Friday, August 10, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 10, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY August 2001 24 pages in 2 sections wWvin HERALDZEITUNG 233 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Fire rages near subdivision BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A 20acre brush fire was con tained between two subdivisions by Canyon Lake and New Braun fels firefighters Thursday But firefighters were on the scene into the early morning hours today mopping up and ensuring any flareups were con Cause of the fire was not The fire at Texas Country Estates on Farmto Market Road was reported at Canyon Lake and New Braunfels Fire Department was called to New Braunfels Fire Chief Jack Collier and Canyon Lake Fire Chief Shawn both on their way home from were in the neighborhood when the fire was Id almost made it Col lier Wherry turned into Hill County which is located just See Campuses have different rules on backpacks BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer Harry Potter the kinds of backpacks stu dents carry to school this year will depend on their In Comal Independent School each school has its own rules regarding district spokeswoman Kari Hutchison Its primarily for safety We want to make sure students arent carrying stuff they should Hutchison Local districts school supply In response to several bomb threats in previ ous some CISD schools only allow clear or mesh or none at At Canyon and Smithson Valley high clear or mesh backpacks are These backpacks are also allowed at Smithson Valley Arlon Seay and Canyon Intermediate Arlon Seay students will have a chance to buy mesh backpacks when the school hosts its back to school night 6 to 7 The backpacks cost At Canyon and Spring Branch middle no backpacks are at Canyon Middle mesh bags are allowed if the material is transpar Mountain Valley Intermediate students will be allowed to have Pack It Up JESSIE Canyon Middle School principal Janet Reden explains the principle of the hand carried mesh bag to algebra teacher Richard Strachan during registration or clear All other elementary schools will allow regu lar The clear or mesh backpacks are available at most area In the New Braunfels Independent School students are allowed to bring back packs to district spokeswoman Stephanie Ferguson Ferguson said the district had no prefer ence on types of back as long as they do not have inappropri ate language or images on Canyon High Mesh or Clear Smithson Valley High Mesh or Clear Canyon Middle No backpacks allowed mesh bags are allowed if totally seethrough Smithson Valley Middle Mesh or Clear Spring Branch Middle No backpacks allowed Arlon Seay Intermediate Mesh backpacks for sale during back to school from 6 to 7 for Canyon Intermediate Mesh or Clear Mountain Valley Intermediate Backpacks allowed any type of Frazier Elementary is the only elementary campus requiring mesh Tips Health experts offer these tips to prevent children from receiving back or shoulder injury while wearing a backpack overload the Your child should carry no more weight in her pack than the weight she can carry comfort ably in her arms for a few To be sure your child is not carrying more than she can safely notice the childs Backpack wearers should walk nor with their shoulders down and back and their stomach muscles sure the backpack is the right It should not be wider or longer than the childs The torso extends from the bony bump at the base of the neck down to the top of the sure your child wears the pack The backpack should be evenly centered in the middle of your childs You should also make sure the straps are snug but not excessively Straps that are too tight can cause the pack to ride up on the childs the safety belt The best and safest backpacks have belts at their base that can be buckled snugly around the childs The waist belt helps distribute the weight to the lower body so the hips and legs bear some of the Racing against shift ing Canyon Lake firefighter and paramedic Mike Shown takes the hose to battle a fire near the River Chase JESSIE Zeitung City to chew legal fat prior to annexation BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer New Braunfels city councils meeting on Monday starts with an executive session to discuss legal issues surrounding Council then will consider the first reading of the ordinance to annex more than 11 areas into the City attorney Charlie Zech said the closedses sion discussion focuses solely on the legalities surrounding annex Were discussing legal he The issues that involve annex We wont be discussing specific areas or who to annex just the legal issues associ ated with People are thinking about suing the so we need to talk about those Three areas Southbank and Hunters Creek retained attorneys to help understand Zech said several other residents threatened to sue the city during public Zech said the attorney for Southbank had not been Were negotiating with he Their attorney hasnt been adversarial in respect Appraisals send tax bills but rate going down Whats Up WHAT New Braunfels City Council WHEN Monday executive session at WHERE City Council New Braunfels Municipal Building BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners are lowering the tax but appraisals still will mean higher tax bills for some County Commissioners Thursday unanimously approved the proposed 2002 budget and filed it with County Clerk Joy At the countys proposed genera fund budget for 2002 will be paid for by a tax rate of just less than cents per of assessed valuation of a cent below last The county tax on the average home in Comal with a taxable value of will be with the proposed budget and tax In on an average home with a taxable val ue of the county tax was The 2002 proposed general fund up See INSIDE GALA EVENT Key Code 76 The American Cancer Societys Starlight Gala Fabulous will begin at 7 at the New Braunfels Civic 380 General admission is for two For information or to purchase call 830 6065810 or 830 Bush backs funding for limited stem cell research BY SUZANNE GAMBOA Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON Presi dent Bushs decision to allow federal funding of limited research on existing stem cells won praise from Texas top Democrat on I think this is an impor tant step in the right direc tion because we have an awful lot of people who are suffering with Parkinsons who can bene said Martin Frost of Frost hopes in the future that other embryonic stem cell research can be who has been wrestling with the thorny issue for took a mid dle road on the volatile issue that has divided the Texas congressional Embryonic stem cell research offers both great promise and great peril so I have decided we must pro ceed with Bush Bush said he would allow federal funding for research on stem cells from embryos that already have been House Majority Whip Tom DeLay of Houston blasted embryonic stem cell research in a floor speech before voting for a bill passed by the House that would essentially ban human Ken a Democrat also of extolled the value of the research in a news con ference with Texas scientists As the representative for the Texas Medical where much of this stem cell research may be I believe we must act to ensure the stem cell research fulfills its promise in the near See