Tuesday, September 26, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 26, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses endina in or 2 can HERALDZEI I Vol 149 No 235 14 pages in 2 sections September 26 2000 A1 I AT jr Qpv Ay Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Cooler weather blows in just in time for county fair BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ National BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer The cool air that slipped in from the North tangled with tropical moisture and dropped more than 3 inches of rain on some parts of New Braunfels this weekend will give way to temperatures in the 90s by the end of the Comal County Fair this week Winds of 15 to 29 miles per hour punc tuated a temperature drop of nearly 25 degrees within two hours on Sunday after noon Theres a potential to see near record lows in this area with the coldest air in the Hill Country and low lying said Monte Oaks National Weather Service meteorologist Oaks said southern winds would slowly warm the area from lows in the mid40s through Wednesday rising to the mid60s by the weekend High temperatures in the 70s through today will be in the 90s by Saturday Tropical moisture from the south rolled over a strong cold front riding polar air from the north causing rain The forecast looks good for the 107th annual Comal County Fair This weekends rain should keep fairground dust under control while temperatures should be pain less Also an upperlevel ridge will keep an unshakable dry pattern around and mete orologists do not expect more rain for at least days Fairgoers could get a little sprinkle this weekend because the southern winds that will warm up New Braunfels also will bring more moisture No whispering required K JESSIE Lisa Bockholt doesn t whisper to her horses although she does communicate with them in other ways Bockholt was at Comal Saddlery Saturday to share her communication skills with about 250 people on Saturday Once an unruly stallion Illusion now answers to a series of cues from Lisa Bockholt South Texas woman teaches others how to communicate with horses BY K JESSIE SLATEN Staff Writer Lisa Bockholt thought she was having Appaloosian illusions the first time she saw a runaway roan stallion outside her window From the moment she saw him though she knew they were meant for one another But being meant for one another did not mean they worked well together at first Just how Buckholt learned to communicate with her horse Illusion brought her to Comal Saddlery Saturday to teach others to talk to their horses Bockholts husband Jerry tried to explain that a horse showing up at their rural home in Kingsville with no collar no tags and no brand was a little different than a stray dog wandering in to their lives Bockholt just didnt agree I knew he was my horse and he knew he was she said He ran away from After a friend stepped in the owners agreed to give Lisa the headstrong equine Part incurableromantic the small woman with almost no experience with horses thought things couldnt get any bet ter It didnt take her long to find out just how much she had to learn What I wanted was a partner a friend and a good Bockholt said What I had was a maniac stallion that only had one speed There was no whoa in this horses vocabulary I was in big trouble and it didnt take long to figure out that I could get See NBGS proceeds with river walk business plan BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer A business plan for a proposed river walk along the Comal River could be in the New Braunfels City Councils hands in 180 days The council on Monday voted to give NBGS International the goahead to develop the plan Councilwoman Juliet Watson was the one council member who voted against moving the proposal to the next stage I would prefer to send this to a she said Weve sent everything else to a She suggested the issue be sent to the river activities com mittee that the council also discussed Monday night The coun cil still was hashing out the details of the committee late Mon day NBGS sistercompany to Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort previously presented the proposed river walk to the council The river walk or Wasser Strasse would span from Landa Street to Garden Street along the Comal River It would include about two miles of landscaped walkways The walkways would pass over city park property Schlitterbahn property and property where Wurstfest operates The river walk would be accompanied by a waterbased transportation system called Transportainment It would car ry tubers from the Comal River exits back to Prince Solms Paik It also would connect the two Schlitterbahn waterparks through Prince Solms Park Watson said this is an important issue that involves parkland and a Schlitterbahn ride on parkland That river activities committee sounds like the perfect committee to study this she said Many questions remain about the proposal she said and she wants to hear more about it before NBGS invests in preparing the business proposal However the other six council members voted to move for ward with the business plan Jeff Henry CEO and founder of NBGS said the business plan would take about 180 days to complete Theres a lot of citizen input that needs to be he said NBGS plans to hold a pub lic hearing on the issue meet with various groups and vis it with other people about the proposed project Theres been pretty broad support to investigate this from what weve Hen ry said Also he said the business plan may get bigger as a result of the discussions with city residents Also on Monday the coun cil voted down a proposal to declare as parkland the city properties leased and used by the Wurstfest and Comal County Fair associations See COUNCIU5A OTHER ACTION In other action Monday night the New Braunfels City Council postponed action on a pro posed settlement agreement with Brookshire Homes until a special meeting Oct 10 Copies of the proposed agreement will be avail able at the municipal building today gave final approval to an ordi nance pertaining to Landa Park Golf Course passbook fees and availability The ordinance requires passbooks to be used within one year of purchase It also limits the passbooks to the name on the book and that per sons spouse Passbooks are for New Braunfels residents and for nonresidents Fair queen and court CHRIS Fair Princess Reagan Johnson Queen Ashley Wersterfer and Duchess Lauren Mechler from left are presented after the Fair Queen Contest Sunday night at Canyon High School INSIDE Abby 7A Classifieds 46B Comics 8A Crossword 7A Forum 6A 4A Movies 7A Obituaries 3A Sports 13B Today 2A Television 38 Key Code Lodging group wants bed tax money to expand civic center BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels Civic Center could more than double in size under a funding request to the citys hotel occupancy tax committee New Braunfels Lodging and Restaurant Association has applied for bed tax money to fund expansion and remodeling of the civic center Under two proposals presented by the group construction costs would be paid during a number of years One plan would cost about million and increase the civic centers size to square feet from square feet according to the associations application for funding Another plan would cost about million to build and increase the civic centers size to square feet according to the associa tions funding application Expansion and remodeling of the center would allow the city to enter the lucrative convention and meetings according to the associations application Dan Henry president of the lodging and restaurant association is a member of the hotel occupancy tax committee The committee has focused on bringing heads and beds to New Braunfels The expanded civic center would bring heads and beds to the city if it is built and marketed cor rectly he said Obviously we want to increase our hotel See rat