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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 29, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY January 29 2003 m T 14 pagcs jn 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 66 i Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Bush rails against Hussein lauds tax cuts State of the Union focuses on economy impending war FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Building a case for war against Iraq President George W Bush said Tuesday night he has fresh evidence that Saddam Hussein seeks to dominate intimidate or attack with weapons of mass destruction that he could share with ter rorist allies He pledged to fight with the full force and might of the United States if necessary to disarm Iraq A future lived at the mercy of terrible threats is no peace at Bush said in a State of the Union address delivered before Congress and broadcast live around the world Two local retired military offi cers with children in the Middle East were supportive of Bushs vision Tuesday evening Jim Reid a retired Marine colonel who graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and was a professor of naval science at Texas University in College Station is now the department head of the Marine Corps Junior ROTC at New Braunfels High School Reid said he thought Bush made a case for forcing Hussein to disarm if necessary and was right in still providing Hussein a chance to comply with resolutions It wasnt an outright decla ration of Reid said of Bushs speech Reid also said he thought the Democrats might want to make Bush invoke the War Powers Act if See If this is not evil then evil has no mean Bush on Saddam Hussein Elderly woman dies in fire Officials think blazes cause was accidental BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer An 81yearold New Braunfels woman died Tues day morning in the fire that destroyed her Rivercrest Drive home New Braunfels Fire Mar shal Darren Brinkkoeter said Marjorie C Mitchell 1215 Rivercrest was found dead in her bedroom shortly before 6 Brinkkoeter said the pre liminary report from the Bexar County Medical Examiners Office Tuesday was that Mitchell died of smoke inhalation Her home appraised at was a complete loss The fire was believed accidental in origin Brinkkoeter said New Braunfels Battalion Chief Steve Mabe said fire fighters were dispatched to Mitchells home at after a neighbor reported the fire We responded with a full assignment and Truck 3 was first on Mabe said A full assignment is the NBFDs regular structure fire response It means every firefighter on duty and every available truck and engine was dispatched Truck 3 arrived from Hanz Drive four minutes after the first alarm Arriving firefighters saw flames billowing out the front three windows and through the roof in the cen ter of the home The roof was nearing collapse Mabe said At the same time we got reports from dispatch that there was a possible victim in the Mabe said See DAVID Above New Braunfels Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter and Battalion Chief Don Zercher discuss the possible causes of a house fire at 1215 Rivercrest Drive Marjorie C Mitchell 81 died in the early morning blaze Left Brinkkoeter speaks with Sid Clifton Mitchells brother while investigating the fire The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen area Mitchell died of smoke inhalation Annual Troutfest kicks off Thursday BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer If s time to start reeling em in at Landa Park Troutfest 2003 the annual winter fishing event spon sored by New Braunfels Parks and Recreation and Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited begins Thursday and runs through Feb 9 in the springfed pool at Landa Park Weekday hours are 4 to 8 Weekend hours are 10 to 8 Admission for those fish ing is for children and seniors and for adults Each pass is good for up to five fish The annual kids fishing derby is conducted Saturday At a glance Troutfest 2003 week days and 1Q to 8 wesk entte Thursday Feb 9 WHERE Landa Park spring fed pool Admission tor chlttren anxl seniors and for adutts tar up to five fifth from 8 to 11 with tro phies going to the children who catch the largest trout and catfish Entry fee for the fishing derby is New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Director Iris Nef fendorf said trout and pounds of catfish would be stocked in the pool before the event begins Troutfest is a major winter event we host here in Landa Park Jan 30 through Feb 9 Its a family event where we stock the springfed pool with trout and catfish It makes it great for those who might want to try their skills at Neffendorf said Troutfest is also good for young wouldbe fly fishermen Neffendorf said This is for any level of skill If youre a novice and would like to pick up fly fishing we host clinics with Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited for children ages 10 to 17 years old We also host a fishing tournament for ages 10 and Neffendorf said INSIDE Arts and Key Code 76 Meek More jobs tax revenue could be headed this way BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc President Michael Meek dis cussed Monday the chal lenges the city has faced in economic development over the past four years Meek acknowledged dur ing a presentation to city council that New Braunfels has lost nearly jobs onetenth of its job base during the past 18 months and more layoffs could be on the way There are two faces to the local economy One face is a 20 percent increase in the construction of singlefamily Meek said The sec ond face is flat sales tax rev enues commercial construc tion down million and the loss of Meek said One local employer of 100 he did not identify would need help to survive in New Braunfels Meek said He called on council to dis card a proposal by District 3 Councilwoman Debbie Flume to take to voters a plan to use twothirds of the sales tax earmarked for economic development to repair streets With the national state and local economies as they are now is not the time to divert money from economic Meek said This is shortsighted ill timed and fiscally irrespon In the works Projects the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce said could help offset the jobs the area has lost during the past 16 months Include a firm looking at a former Flextronics building that could bring more than million in new taxable value and 270 jobs a firm looking at a Rextronics building could bring million in tax base and 70 new jobs a firm with 200 jobs looking at the former main Flextronics building on Freiheit Road an inbound call center that could bring 300 jobs parts suppliers for the Toyota truck plant that might be coming to San Antonio a new tenant for the former Walgreens building at Walnut and San Antonio two firms looking at the for mer National Sanitary Supply building on Loop 337 and numerous firms have inquired about the New Braunfels Kmart which hasnt closed yet With its recent challenges Meek said economic devel opment now brings cause for optimism as well Economic development offi cials at the chamber of com merce and the city are in talks with prospective employers Meek said could bring tens of millions of dol lars in tax base to the city and nearly jobs In addition he said deals could be near that would fill some wellknown empty buildings locally and one See Trail ride stop K JESSIE Alterra Sterling House resident Mildred Reeh holds tight ly to 4yearold Cody Lanes hand as he explains with pride how he rode his own horse on the trail Tuesday Lane his mother Gladys Foster Gerald DeLaO standing and more than a dozen other riders stopped in for their annual visit with the residents Tuesday evening The group on their way to the San Antonio Rodeo will travel through town today leaving the fair grounds at 8 and visiting both Eden Home and Kirkwood Manor Nursing Home
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