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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 15, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Lifestyle Woman keeps folklorica dance group LEISURE This Week Circle Arts production of Once on this NEW BRAUNFELS American Profile Band of SUNDAY July 2001 44 pages in 5 sections 44 pages in 5 sectu HERALDZEITUNG 150 210 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 River dispute hearings to decide who swims BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer The first administrative hearing to resolve a dispute between a trout fishing orga nization and a state water purveyor over drawing more water from Canyon Lake will take place Guadalupe Trout Unlimit ed and the GuadalupeBlan co River Authority will argue their cases before a judge at 10 Thursday at the San Marcos Activity 501 in San The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Com mission granted the trout group the hearing on June 20 in response to concerns over GBRAs request to take an additional acrefeet of water out of Canyon the water pur veyor is permitted to draw acrefeet of but it says it needs acre feet to meet future water demand across the Canyon Lake is a key com ponent of regional water planning for the next 50 mandated by Senate Bill the states omnibus water Trout Unlimited contends the additional draw on the lake will affect its efforts to stock the Guadalupe River with nonnative rainbow trout for recreational The group wanted an agreement with GBRA to maintain outflow from the lake and into the lower Guadalupe between 160and 250cubic feet per This flow rate would keep the river cold enough for the trout to survive during the See Rodeos high wire act Linemen vie for top prize at annual competition BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer These cowboys work more than 40 feet in the using tools instead of ropes and fighting gravity instead of Working at electric com panies around the these cowboys are the ones responsible for keeping the lights on in And more than 100 of these cowboys gathered in Seguin Saturday to com pete for the ultimate prize the best overall team at the sixth annual Lineman With a fishfry celebra tion Friday the two day competition started early Saturday morning as crews from aU around the state climbed poles to begin their Most of the work is off the organizer Lar ry Baker The apprentices take a written but everyone else is at the poles doing what they are supposed to be doing From rescuing hurt line men to tying knots and splicing the contest is designed to test the met tle of each lineman and the entire organizers Pole hurt man rescue and a dozen other events make up the team While the hurt man event focuses on rescuing an unconscious lineman actually a mannequin the competitors had to deal See OA Photos by JESSIE Above Racing the one man climbs the utility pole to rescue the 185pound Right A team assembles at the bottom of the assem bling their tools and their plans before ascending the 42foot utility pole in the Hurt Man Below Medical personnel prepare to transport an unidenti fied man after he fell from a utility Details of the accident were unavailable at press Slow growth reflects trend in national economy BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer New Braunfels might experience the slowest growth in sales tax revenue in a decade if current trends Finance Officer Chet Lewis While New Braunfels retail sales tax revenue is on the the rate of growth is the lowest it has been since City sales taxes reported for April and delivered to the city in June show a percent increase for the same period this past The slower growth rate reflects the slowing national he Were still experiencing Lewis hoped for higher but it is just one But from what weve received so well have the smallest increase since Lewis said the increase while small was still positive news for New Braun The city has not had a decrease in sales tax revenues annually since Income from the sales tax rose steadily during the economic boom of the increasing from just more than mil lion at the beginning of the decade to more than million so far this CITY BUDGET New Braunfels relies on income from sales tax for a large part of its Nearly 30 percent of the citys budgeted revenues comes from sales Lewis The rest of the revenue is based on property taxes and other he The revenue wont affect the citys bud Lewis Sales tax is a volatile source of rev he So we are pretty conser vative when were putting it in the We go by the past two years and plan The revenue weve gotten in is percent higher than what I bud Lewis said determining why the sales tax revenue goes up and down from month to month or why its higher in other cities would be To he said he would have to get information from the state which isnt available for specific just for types of businesses to see where the growth was occurring and which areas See Border Patrol to deploy search and rescue teams SAN ANTONIO AP The Border Patrol says it will deploy squads of agents equipped with survival skills and medical training along the Texas border to help find and treat undocumented immigrants who become lost or injured in the sometimes deadly South Texas Our mission remains the but due to the num ber of we want to do it in a more humane man Border Patrol Chief Gus De La Vina told the San Antonio The Border Patrols Search Trauma and Rescue called already exist in Arizona and Califor De La Vina The more than 50 agents that will serve on the search and rescue squads will be equipped to hike for up to a week and trained to treat snake broken bones See INSIDE Key Code 77 Homeowners have more chances to air their annexation complaints BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Annexation foes have another chance to convince New Braunfels City Council to remove their homes from Residents in Mission Val ley T Bar M Ranch Estates and Preiss Heights filed petitions against annex ation within the deadline set by state City Attorney Charlie Zech The law requires council to conduct public hearings in those two he Public hearings for these areas have been set for set for July Zech Neighborhoods opposing annexation could file peti tions with at least 20 names with the city secretary with in 10 days after notices of annexation are made according to state That period ended this past The meetings will be pub Zech and anyone interested in annexation is welcome to But the council will only hear com ments from residents who live in the two The first meeting is set for 6 July at New Life Fellowship 1600 Riv er That meeting is for residents of area includ See
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