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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 2, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY June 2001 16 pages in 2 sections pages in 2 scctti HERALDZEITUNG 174 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents This is only a test Agencies practice swiftwater rescue BY RON NlALONEY Staff Writer A Texas National Guard UH60 Blackhawk helicopter hovers a few feet above the cypress trees that line the Guadalupe River near Camp Hueco Its huge rotors whip the tops of the trees into a blurred green fren throwing hurricane force winds to the river 100 feet Its pilots fight the wind currents to keep the helicopter stationary over the river to deploy a rescuer in a weighted basket the aircrew refers to not without the dope on the The helicopter drifts a couple of feet each way on the wind while crew chief Staff Tim Rodriguez and a dozen others onboard ignore the vertical rock cliffs a few feet to the right as the basket drops through the The wouldbe rescuers were among a number of public safety officials from around Texas who trained on the Guadalupe River and Canyon Lake Thursday and The Texas Engineering and Extension Services Texas Task Force 1Water Strike Team prac ticed swift water and flood water rescue techniques this week with military and local includ ing Comal County sheriffs Task Force 1 was formed some years ago in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing to be able to respond to large structure collapses and similar The October 1998 flood changed the groups focus a State offi cials decided it would be prudent to prepare a statewide agency to han dle flooding The exercises in Comal County are the first full dress rehearsal to bring state and local water rescue specialists together to prac tice working with one learn each others techniques and learn about the equipment the various agencies Thats Task Force 1 com mander Tim Gallagher told partici youll be seeing this materi al again on game What Gallagher calls game day is for real and for keeps the situ for in hurricane sea son when a stormdriven flood over powers the ability of local agencies to respond to As Gallaghers job is to be able to quickly pull together people and equipment to get to a crisis The idea is to get in Gal lagher When a communitys overwhelmed and the state calls my job is to pull together all the dif ferent equipment and assets and get Weve got flash flooding problems in If you cant deploy youve got people who are going to be swept out of trees and off of Gallaghers group has equipment for a 24member team built around See CHRIS HeraldZeitung Rescue workers exit a helicopter during a swift water rescue drill Friday on the Guadalupe Rangers ride to finals The Ranger Softball team advances to the state related story on page Jobless rate drops to percent Dip is first in eight months BY LEIGH STROPE AP Labor Writer WASHINGTON AP For the first time in eight the nations unemployment rate improved dipping to percent last But factory workers suffered a 10th con secutive cut in and analysts said the weak economy will send unemployment upward Mays unemployment rate was down per centage point from Aprils 2 high of the Labor Department said The decline surprised analysts but did not boost opti mism that the worst economic days are There are clouds on the Labor Sec retary Elaine Chao On Wall after declining through most of the the Dow Jones industrial average changed direction at midday and closed up Though fewer people seeking jobs were out of work last businesses overall cut following a much bigger reduction of workers in The April cut was the biggest since the country struggled to pull out of recession a decade Manufacturing companies shed jobs last the largest payroll reduction so far in that which has lost almost a half million jobs this Manufacturing still does not appear to have hit said Dean an economist at the Center for Economic and Policy But equally important is the fact that there is very lit tle strength elsewhere to offset this The National Association of Purchasing Man agement said Friday that its factory index con tinued to show recession conditions in manu facturing with a reading of in down from in Any reading below 50 is an indication that manufacturing is Chao said the country still needed a lift from the 10year tax cut that President Bush is to sign into law next Janca lead NBHS class of 2001 LAUREN WALKER BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer Lauren Walker and Clay Janca will graduate today as the coun tys third set of top two ending the chapter on the class of Walker and Janca will graduate with the rest of the New Braunfels High School class of 2001 at 2 at Strahan Coliseum in San Walker is the class valedictori an and Janca is the I had doubts about being vale dictorian my junior I tried to maintain my grades after Commencement The New Braunfels High School Class of 2001 will graduate during a ceremony at 2 today in Strahan Coliseum in San Leading the class of about 370 will be valedictorian Lauren daughter of Randy and Gaye and salutatorian Clay son of Bob and Glenda Walker Walker will differentiate herself from Comal Countys other vale dictorians because she will attend college out of She will attend Florida State University on a full tennis schol Walker will major in civil Its a good tennis and academic situation for she Walker is among the top three high school tennis players in the She won her second University Interscholastic League State Championship for girls singles May She won her first singles title her sophomore year and a See CLAYJANCA Westside Community Center construction to begin soon BY AMY CLARKSON Writer Building for the Westside Community Center starts with a bang this The official groundbreak ing ceremony for the com munity education center is scheduled for Independence Carlos Campos New Braunfels search for a new city attorney pwt funds needed for construc tion on hold since when the Improvement approved over two years to build the City council approved the funds in but no attor ney was available to draw up the Campos Weve been waiting for a new city he See A INSIDE Key Code 76 Olympic gold medalist Rulan Gardner became a hero with the help of his home in the HeraldZeitung NBU sewer connection fees increase BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Developers and builders in New Braunfels face the first sewer and water connection fee increase from New Braunfels Utilities in more than 18 At its regular meeting Thursday the NBU board of trustees unani mously passed a fee hike for sewer and water connections in new The fees were developed based on actual equip ment and material costs com piled for each meter size and as well as if the lines have to be placed through dirt or NBUs Executive Director of Water Service Roger Big gers made the presentation See
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