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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 24, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY January 24 2003 v1 T mm m mm Vr 14 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 62 11 Serving New Braunfels and Carnal County since 1852 50 cents City eyes funding for new civic center vision BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer New Braunfels officials have seen what could be a vision for the citys future in the plan for a new civic center presented Monday by archi tect Ken Rehler Now comes the time to consider which path to take whether to proceed with renovating the exist ing civic center for million or to move forward in trying to build the new concept for million This past May voters decided by a 21 margin to allow the city to dedicate just more than 30 percent of Hotel Occupancy Tax revenues to pay for the upkeep and improve ment of the existing New Braunfels Civic Center Mayor Adam Cork who threw the civic center question to the vot ers this past year supported the passage of the proposition he said then to give the city another tool to work with Hotel Occupancy Tax money in the expansion pro gram If need be he said Wednesday the question of whether to allow use of HOT money for the new concept could go back to voters this May City Manager Charles Pinto said in many ways he would be more comfortable finding the money to build the new concept than the existing one We would have to go back to See Tie one on K JESSIE Above Now in the middle of trout season Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited member Bill Higdon tries his hand at catching some rainbow trout on the Guadalupe Higdon who also runs In the Hills Fishing Excursions fishes daily until the end of the season The end of the season is when all the tubers hit the Top and below Like most fly fishermen Higdon ties his own flies and can be a little secretive about what he uses that works so well for him Trout group taking river restocking fish lost in flood BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer Members of the Guadalupe River Chapter of Trout Unlimited remain committed to cleaning up the river and restocking it with trout The group hosts its annual winter meeting Saturday Our immediate goal is to get the river Karen Gebhardt one of the chapters directors said Wednes day We lost a lot of trout after the recent floods So our immediate goal is stocking the river Were also helping out by picking up trash stocking at public sites doing Troutfest at Landa Park and doing catchandrelease fish David Schroeder a Travis County resident and member said the groups longterm goals dont differ much from the immediate goals We want to build up the trout fish ing on the Scroeder said Were heading in the right direction with our agreement with the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority which is going to double minimum flows between May and September of 2003 and for the next 15 years Its contingent upon the lawsuit the Friends of Canyon Lake filed against the GBRA being dismissed Schroeder said the local Trout Unlimited chapter stocks the Guadalupe River every year Were nearly putting on trout with donations provided from members We want to have places on the river to fish We want to encourage catchandrelease fishing If the fish are caught and released it builds a See Districts providing students names to military recruiters BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Unless parents check a card saying they dont want their children contacted by a third party local school dis trict personnel are providing their childrens names addresses and telephone numbers to third parties including military recruiters Parents have to opt out they have to check it on a registration form if they dont want us to give that infor mation to third Kari Hutchison Comal Indepen dent School District spokesperson said Hutchison said out of just more than juniors and seniors at Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools the names address es and telephone numbers of 530 will not be released to third parties including recruiters Lana Koch the registrar at New Braunfels High School said military recruiters contact her for information Usually they want lists of all the seniors with addresses and phone num Parents have to opt if they dont want us to give that information to third Kari Hutchison CISD spokesperson bers in the spring theyll want it for the juniors thatll be Koch said Local navy recruiter Chris Lynch said he gets that infor mation from Koch and sends it to his district office And Koch and New Braunfels High School principal Mike Fitsko both added that recruiters are polite in every way they deal with students and school district person nel We have a great relation ship with the military a lot of it has to do with the Marine Corps Junior ROTC and we do have Army Navy Marine Corps and Air Force recruiters Theyll set up in the cafeteria Its lowkey no pressure Theyll lay their information out in a nice dis Fitsko said New home for Salvation K JESSIE Officials celebrate the grand opening of the new Salvation Army office at Suite 373 in the Landa Plaza shopping center on Landa Street Work on Dam Access Road inches closer to completion BYRON MALONEY Staff Writer CANYON LAKE Work on South Road is expected to be completed by Jan 31 according to county officials County Engineer Tom Hornseth said Dean Word Co employees would work with road department per sonnel to finish the job Dean Word is the contrac tor that is setting the cul verts in the limestone chan nel cut when water over flowed the Canyon Dam spill way for the first time this past July The south access project is moving Hornseth told county commissioners Thursday I had my doubts that we would be able to make the Jan 31 deadline but it looks like were going to be able to make Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson acting county judge in Danny Scheels absence said that while the road would be reconnected it might have to be a dirt road for just a little while perhaps one month They have to allow it to settle a little before they pave Dawson said It might be a little dusty for awhile but itll be no INSIDE Key Code 76 8 i Bouncer the wallaby escapes again BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer If you happen to see a wal laby hopping through your yard be sure to call its own ers at 6258689 or page them at 6299524 Tuesday between and 9 Bouncer a 1yearold 1 tall grayishbrown Dama wallaby escaped from his owners Dr Gary Brotze a veterinarian and his wife Terri He uses his little paws to pull the fencing back Theyre like raccoons so he must have pulled it back and he hopped t Tern Brotze said Brotze said a search Wednesday by a local wallaby breeder and neighbors failed to locate Bouncer Bouncer Brotze said likes to eat cat food is very active in the early morning and at night sleeps during the day and has no homing instinct A wallaby is a nonnesting rangeroving animal that is hard to see if standing still Because of its colors it blends into the background But you definitely can dis tinguish Bouncer when it is hopping Brotze said Brotzeis afraid Bouncer could freeze to death in the 20something degree tem peratures or be injured by a dog There are so many fences that if a dog tries to run him into a fence thatd be the end of Brotze said Because of its sensitive ner vous system Bouncer could not handle a lot of stress and could die Brotze said This is Bouncers second escape from captivity Brotze said Bouncer was rescued when he was found on the loose this past Thanksgiving week The are 72 species of kan garoos which includes 43 species of wallabies The Dama wallaby is smallto mediumsized with dark grizzled graybrown to brownishblack fur They nor mally live in pairs In captivity they are mild mannered animals except for the males during mating season
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