New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, April 29, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

April 29, 2001

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 29, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Basketball The Spurs lost to the Timberwolves Saturday/IB Lifestyle Have a cup of coffee./"! C New Braunfels American Profile Take a trip off the beaten path ./Inside SUNDAY April 29, 2001 36 pages in 4 sections 36 pages in 4 secdc Herald -Z eitung [ ..... . .U'H ................. 111 *■ innu . .. ... ■■■■■■ .......................... .....*......... .. . , ' T?'T?1111,11 "TV,'u —"-"-i1 ' 1 ;--v4 Vol. ISO No. 145 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 $1.00 Next stop, state Members and coaches of the New Braunfels Unicorns girls track team display the trophy they won in regional competition Saturday./See story, 1B. K. JESSIE SLATEN/ Herald-Zeitung Tourists spending more on hotels By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer Tourists are spending more money in New Braunfels, according to a report released by the state’s travel office. “That’s the good news,” said Michael Meek, director of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve built more hotels, but the percentage of occupancy has remained about the same. The type of room the tourists are paying for has risen. That means important dollars for the city.” The state released hotel occupancy figures for the city for the past 15 years. In the report, the percentage remained much the same for the time period — between 51.1 percent and 52.8 percent — despite the fact that an average of eight new hotels were built. Meek emphasizes that the figures from the state only focus on hotel and motel sales, not condominiums or bed and breakfast rooms. “The hotels and motels are only about half our market,” he said. “But it is interesting to note that people are spending more money here.” Meek estimates that currently there are about 2,000 rooms available to rent in New Braunfels. The state figures show that through the years, the number of tourists, the hotels and the money paid to spend the night in New Braunfels has increased. For example, rn 1985, there was an average of 21 hotels in New Braunfels. The average number See HOTELS/3A Library districts dealing with area’s growth Voters to fill several trustee spots on local library boards By Martin Malacara Staff Writer Western Comal County has experienced much growth during the past IO years. With such growth comes the need for more access to information. This past year county voters approved the formation of two rural library districts to assist community library needs in Bulverde and Canyon Lake. “We’re trying to come closer to meeting needs of our community by adding to our children’s bookroom,” said Bette Wehner, president of the Canyon Lake Community Rural Library District. Her district oversees the needs for the Tye Preston Memorial Library in Sattler. In addition to the children’s section, Wehner said the library will have a children’s librarian in June. “There’s been a tremendous need,” she said. Currently, the library has about 2,500 volumes on its shelves and is looking for more. It will soon add more computers as well with high speed Internet access. To Vote What: Early voting for the rural library districts. Where: Bulverde-Spring Branch Library, 30450 Cougar Bend, Bulverde; Tye Preston Memorial Library, 1321 FM 2673, Sattler. When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Tuesday. May 5 election day, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Through a grant from the Kronkosky Foundation, the library also provides patrons with access to the San Antonio Public Library database Perhaps the biggest need for the library is more staff to help the library stay open longer to give working people access, Wehner said. The Preston Library had a budget this past year of $69,000. Because of the formation of district, it now has a six month operating budget through June of $66,441. “The reason we did only a 6-month budget was, we weren’t sure about the district’s income from the sales tax,” Wehner said. Each district receives a half a percent from the state sales tax. The districts will start collecting revenue from the tax around October. The Canyon Lake Rural Library District Board of Trustees has two at-large trustee positions open in See LIBRARIES/3A Herald-Zeitung wins APME honors From Staff Reports The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung took home two awards from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Convention in El Paso this weekend. The Herald-Zeitung won first place for team effort and second place for community service in the AA category, which includes Texas newspapers with Sunday circulations of about 10,000 to 30,000. This was the first year the Herald-Zeitung had competed in the AA category. The team effort award is for the newspaper’s coverage of the shooting and death of Trooper Randall W. Vetter this past year. Vetter, who was from New Braunfels, died in an Austin hospital several days after he was shot during a traffic stop on Interstate 35 near Kyle. Staff members who share in the award are managing editor Margaret Edmonson, features editor Betty Taylor, staff writer Ron Maloney, photographers K Jessie Staten and Chris Pace, news editor Jo Lee Ferguson and former staff writers Jennifer Rodriguez and Heather Tbdd. The Herald-Zeitung took home the second place community service award for its coverage of the May 5, 2000, election in New Braunfels. Edmonson said, “I am incredibly proud of the staff for their efforts to provide the best, most complete report for our readers.” [shot of prevention Parents, children line up for immtim/aiions By Martin Malacara Staff Writer A Ii IIH • i (I; i I:! I' i I'! > I broo kl af Im i) \\ i ti'mi I >]H ii i ho ■ I: I \ .a; Sc-h! > M • • i I A UIJ \\ Mi I 'Ilk im t: ‘a I S. 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The event was hosted by Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort.    See    SHOTS/3A Inside Abby......................... .....2C Classifieds........................ .1-12D Comics....................... .....4B Lifestyle.................. ....1C Forum........................... ......6A Local/Metro.................. ......4A Movies........................... ......2C Obituaries................... .....3A Sports......................... ..1-3B Today........................... 2A Key Code 77 Remembering Vietnam Former Marine tells of Saigon’s fall By Ex-Marine Lance Corporal Jimmy Sanchez Special to the Herald-Zeitung (Editor’s Note: This is the first part in a series that will last several days commemorating the 26th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, which ended Americas involvement in the Vietnam War. The author helped in the evacuation of Saigon in the days before the city fell.) Operation Frequent Wind My story begins in the spring of 1975.1 was in the First Battalion, Ninth Marine Charlie Co., Third Marine Division. We had just completed our infantry training. We started in Mt. Fuji, Japan, and continued in South Korea before ending our infantry training in the Philippines. During our last night there, me and my friends headed to Olongapo City and went bar-hopping until dawn. Around mid-morning we packed up all our gear, boarded the ship and sailed away from the Port of Subic Bay, Philippines. Four days later, we arrived back to our See SAIGON/5A \ ;