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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 16, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Air quality health alert NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY June 2001 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG 186 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents MARTIN Jacqueline Caballero and her father Tomas operate a pifiata store in New New Braunfels business supplies areas pinatas BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer Whats colorful and gets smashed at a lot of parties You would be the weakest link if you said it was one of your drinking Pinatas are what usually wind up get ting smashed at And if you need one for a birthday party or other festive you dont have to travel to San Antonio to find New Braunfels residents can usually find Tomas Caballero across the street from the LCRA building selling his He was the one with the said his daughter He did it so he wouldnt have to work so Jacqueline filled in for her father Friday while he worked at a road con struction She said her father is semiretired from road construction and uses most of what he earns to put back into his enter which he started several years Caballeros Landa Park Pifiata and Castle 231 Landa is trying to Were hoping to get on the and maybe even get a cash she Right she said her father wants to spruce up the landscape surrounding the old house that now contains their The family is native to New They travel to Nuevo Laredo to pick up most of what they The Caballeros do business with another family in the border town that makes the pinatas the Caballeros Jacqueline makes some pinatas her but mainly repairs the ones dam aged from the trip back from Tve made clowns and I even made a football with the New Braunfels High School Unicorn she The most popular pinatas sold on Landa Street are ScoobyDoo and particularly the diminu yellow Jacqueline The shop also carries the more tradi tional star Spanish missionaries during the 16th century used the pinatas to convert North American natives to The star pifiata has seven spikes on symbolizing the seven deadly sins wrath and The pifiata itself is supposed to repre sent wearing an attractive mask to seduce The candy stuffed inside the pifiata represents See Open meetings question clouds park pact BY AMY CURKSON Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council apparently vio lated the Open Meetings Act when it autho rized City Manager Mike Shands to sign an agreement to buy land for open gov ernment advocates said The contract is to buy land at 776 East Tor rey St and 2136 Gruene Road to create a new city The current owners are Howard and Yasako Although the council had discussed buying land for parks in closed session on several the discussions were never made See related public nor was the discussion ever placed on a public Shands said he disagreed that the council violated any open meetings laws and that secrecy was important for the council to negotiate an agreement for the While the contract was signed and earnest money was the first public discussion of the issue will be at the meeting Wednesday night when the board discusses funding the The earnest mon ey to hold the property came from the general Shands It will be reimbursed if the 4B Board fails to fund the purchase or if the council fails to formally approve The date on the contract is June before new city attorney Charlie Zech attended his first council Charlie attorney for the Herald They absolutely can discuss negotiations in closed They cannot sign There are no Dis cussing real estate is an exception to the law The contract with the Wimberlys hinges on several Shands Those See Water tugofwar Western Comal County wants water flowing its way BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer Small groups concerned about water loss from Canyon Lake are taking lastminute steps to oppose the GuadalupeBlanco River Authoritys request to draw more water out of the But some groups on the western part of Comal County have waited four years for water to qxiench the thirst of an evergrowing Hill Country GBRA wants to provide water to the cities of Fair Oaks It can accomplish this by con structing a pipeline from the But the also known as the Western Canyon Pro might get delayed an additional two years if the Texas Natural Resource Con servation Commission grants a group of trout fisherman a contested case hearing over GBRAs request to draw acrefeet from the GBRA currently is permit ted to draw The additional acre feet are needed to meet water demands for the next 50 Its finally needed for Bul Bulverde Mayor Bob Barton The TNRCC should go ahead and issue the Its been in the works since 1997 and should not get delayed a couple of This past two subdivi sions in Bulverde had to have water hauled in by tanker The mayor even had to declare a water emergency during the summer of See Waging War Over Water A Series Today Thirsty in West Comal Trout Unlimited Sunday Friends of Canyon Lake Lawmakers on the issue CHRIS A water well and holding tank sit on a lot off of Panther Drive in The well was drilled more than a year ago and is currently not in The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission will consider a permit amendment request from the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority next week that would help provide water to Trout group Water for fish benefits economy BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer Its a universal fact that water equals a group of concerned trout fisherman says more specifically water equals eco nomic Guadalupe River Trout Unlim ited wants to protect a trout fish which can stock up to rainbow and brown trout in the Guadalupe GRTU contends the fishery can benefit Comal County and the rest of the state by bringing in more dollars from other avid trout Were looking for something thats a great benefit for Comal GRTU spokesman Dave Schroeder Water has more value than just to Thats our The trout group has concerns with the GuadalupeBlanco Riv er Authoritys request before the Texas Natural Resource Conser vation Commission to draw more water from Canyon The group contends drawing additional water from the lake will severely impact its ability to sustain trout yearround in the The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission gave GRTU six weeks to reach an agreement with GBRA officials through the agencys office of dis pute The only thing theyve offered is the same thing they offered Comal County limiting the amount to This is not Schroeder The countys current agree ment with GBRA is to have no more than acrefeet direct ly drawn from the lake Comal County Commissioners Court made the agreement with GBRA in November 1999 to sup port the proposed permit amend ment with TNRCC to draw an additional acrefeet out of the The amendment would increase the draw from the lake to if approved by An acrefoot is TNRCC WHO Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission WHAT meeting to decide fate of permit amendment to take more water from Canyon Lake WHEN am Wednesday WHERE Building sec ond floor conference room in TNRCC offices in DRIVING DIRECTIONS Take Interstate 35 North through Take the Yager Lane Exit and go to the Turn left and go over Interstate 35 to the southbound access Park 35 is the main build ing to the Take a right into the main road and go down to the parking Schroeder said his group had two proposals to offer The first is for GBRA to ensure a minimum stream flow from the Dead mans past includes murder conviction BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The man found dead in a car left in a New Braunfels parking lot Wednesday was himself convicted in a 1986 New Braunfels Jesus Jesse Medina who police have said met his own fate under suspicious circumstances and whose rotting corpse was found in the HEB shopping center on Walnut is no styangej Jpqal Jaw Espinoza has a long local criminal history that dates back to a arrest and conviction for assaulting a police officer and includes drug and theft convictions in each of the three following Officials havent said how Espinoza except that his decomposing body was found in a Cpmal County District Attorney Qjb Wajdrip detectives awaitjng toxicology testing While law enforce ment offi cials call the death nobody is ESPINOZA saying Espinoza was and New Braunfels police released no new information on What officials do say is forensic specialists are care fully examining Espinozas the car he was found in and other unspecified evi looking for fingerprints or other indicators that could lead them to someone who knows what happened to detectives are reviewing videotapes from security cameras that scan the parking lot of the JJEB shopping See INSIDE Key Code 76 Peqos hosted the worlds first rodeo 118 years agoVSunday in the HeraldZettung
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