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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 1, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY April 1 2003 14 pages in 2 sections Z14 pages in 2 secth EITUNG Vol 152 No 118 Serving New Braimfels and Coma County since 1852 50 cents Go fly a kite One of springs most enjoy able rituals is kite flying When the warm breezes of the season begin to blow adults and children alike head outdoors with kites and line in hands The fanciful shapes and colors of kites add intrigue to a sport that traces its origin back thousands of years But most of all flying a kite is just pure fun as the child at right discovered this past Friday at Lamar Primarys kite day and grandfnends picnic at K eitung the Comal County Fairgrounds More r kite fun occurs Saturday at the Kite Festival sponsored by the City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department scheduled from 10 to 4 at Prince Solms Park Its free but children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult Fly your own kite or make one for For information call 830 6082167 DAVID Above Roxanne Farias and her son Jeremiah laugh it up while trying to get Jeremiahs kite strings untan gled during Lamar Primarys kite day At left Jessy Ruiz a first grader bat tles some strong winds as she attempts to get her kite to fly Trustees urged to drop support for transitional first grade BY SEAN BOWLJN Staff Writer New Braunfels Indepen dent School Board trustees were urged Monday night not to support a retention pro gram for kindergartners be cause better alternatives are available Trustees were told by dis trict administrators that keeping kindergartners for an extra year in transitional first grade is no longer the best option for young stu dents who trail some of their peers on the learning curve Assistant Superintendent Rosalyn Bratcher said the transitional first grade pro gram has been left behind as the Texas Essential Knowl edge and Skills TEKS learning system has been implemented Kindergarten is no longer just a period of socialization to schooling it is much more rigorously academic Brateh er said So learning expecta tions for kindergarteners have become more academic in focus And Bratcher pointed out that respected early child hood advocates dont recom mend retention Instead trustees were ask ed to look at three successful programs within the New Braunfels ISO as alterna See SCHOOL INSIDE TV Key Code 76 Fighting fierce outside Baghdad BY DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent American forces battled Iraqi defenders in fierce street fighting 50 miles south of Baghdad on Mon day pointing toward a drive on the capital Army guards shot seven Iraqi women and children to death when their van refused orders to stop at a checkpoint officials said troops and tanks encounte red rocketpropelled grenades and small arms fire in a dawn raid against Republican Guard defend ers of Hindiyah a key city astride the Euphrates River Other units fought to isolate Najaf to the south and prevent attacks on lines There are maneuvers going on to try to destroy those divisions that stand in our way of Bagh dad Maj Gen Stanley McChrystal said at the Pentagon He added that more than precision guided bombs have been dropped on Iraq in the paot few days out of in the entire war In the northern part of Iraq com manders said an assault on a com pound controlled by an Islamic Iraqi group turned up lists of names of suspected militants living in the United states And heavy bombing was report ed during the day from areas near the northern oil fields to downtown Baghdad to Republican Guard de fensive positions south of the city of the capital prob ably against Republican Guard pos itions resumed at daylight Tues day On day 13 of Operation Iraqi Free See WAR ON Precisionguided bombs not fool proof Page I Demand for local firms environmental spill kits on the rise Page 8A I The latest briefs from the warfront Page 8 A Follow late developments on the HeraldZeitung Web Site Planning commission takes first pass at citys annexation plans BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The New Braunfels Plan ning and Zoning Commission will discuss tonight a city staff recommendation about what pieces of land the city should annex this year New Braunfels City Plan ner Frank Robbins said the commission would then make its recommendation to city council The planning and zoning commission meets at in the city hall council chambers 424 S Castell Ave The planning and zoning commission off and on since the summer of 2002 has been looking at what weve been annexing and how weve been evaluating what we should be annexing in light of state Robbins said The council agreed in Jan uary to go through a different process than we have in the past What were doing now is evaluating each tract with a lot more information pro vided which has raised our lime place The New Braunfels Plan ning and Zoning Commission meets at today in the council chambers Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave ft would provide the public with a first look at what the city would annex later this year sensitivity to the extension of New Braunfels Utilities and other city services and where we ought to annex for strategic purposes rather than just for control purpos Robbins said The commission and city staff have examined the vari ables and Robbins said to night the commission would arrive at a proposal for coun cil We believe theyll make a recommendation of the prop erty to be annexed this Robbins said Residents east of Texas 46 who have opposed annexa tion Robbins said still have concerns Other nearby development activity not on the tracts those people live on sug gests the city should consider annexing in those areas Rob bins said Planners adopted this years annexation schedule in Jan uary New Braunfels has listed 10 parcels of land compris ing square miles of prop erty for possible annexation Most of that property is located on the east side of the city although small portions that could come under con sideration are located off Texas 46 West The schedule calls for the city to recommend specific properties for annexation in April Public hearings would be conducted in July The annexation ordinance would be read Aug 20 Sept 3 and Sept 17 Annexations would be completed by Nov 19 Register to vote by Thursday How to sign up To keep voters in the city and Comal Independent School District abreast of the May 3 elections the HeraldZeitung will begin running a Campaign Notes column daily Candidates in both elections are invited to submit for publi cation details about their electioneering which can include V Planned district meetings for their constituents Scheduled debates or forums Planned neigh borhood canvas efforts by a candi date or supporters Call Ron Maloney or Gary E Maitland at 6259144 or email them to BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Thursday is the deadline for reg istering to vote in the upcoming municipal and school district elec tions Election day is May 3 In New Braunfels the council seats held by Robert Kendrick and Debbie Flume aie up for election Gale OHara Pospisil is opposing Flume in District 3 while Valerie Hull is running against Kendrick in District 4 In addition three propositions are on the May 3 ballot in New Braunfels The first would permit the use of Hotel Occupancy Tax money to fund the building of a civic center in New Braunfels not just expanding the existing one The second would reduce by two thirds or onequarter cent per dollar the economic development 4B sales tax while the third would dedicate that money to a street repair fund In Bulverde two atlarge council seats are up for election Incum bent Charlie Baetz Sarah Stevick Elliott L Franklin and Cindy Cross are seeking the seats In the Comal Independent School District elections in districts 1 and 2 have been cancelled because in Register to vote by visiting the Comal County tax office 160 Oak Drive in Setter before Thursday or the Comal County Tax Office 205 N Seguin New Braunfels before 5 Thursday cumbents Dora Gonzales and Dan Krueger are running unopposed Four people John Zimmerman Rose Cervin Lee Iredale and write in candidate Randy Shelton are seeking the District 5 seat In District 7 which includes Gar den Ridge and Solms incumbent Randy Pawelek is being challenged by Bill Swint and Les Sutton In Garden Ridge three incum bents are running unopposed and the city council will vote Wednesday on whether to cancel the election Early voting will be conducted in Room 104 of the Comal County Courthouse It begins April 16 and runs through April 29 except on weekends and on Founders Day April 25 when city and county of fices aie closed In addition early voting will be See