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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 17, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY May 17 2003 v 16 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 157 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents River outfitter fire might be arson DAVID Jennifer and Daniel Phelps owners of Janies River Bank Outfitters look on as local and state fire mar shals sift through what is left of the charred River Road business Friday morning BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Officials say the fire that destroyed a River Road outfitters store and offices ear ly Friday one week before the years busiest tubing weekend was arson Authorities say the fire might have been set by burglars Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Man ford said Friday afternoon that the 3 fire that gutted Janies Riverbank Outfit ters caused possibly in damage to the building and its inventory This fire was intentionally set There are items missing out of the building Fire investigators have ruled the fire incendi Manford said Citing an investigation that includes deputy state fire marshals Tommy Huber tus and Darle McClintock Manford refused to comment further Sheriffs Corporal Milton Willmann dis covered the fire while he was on River Road helping a resident corral a loose ani mal 1 was sitting down there and waiting on the animals owner and I smelled Willmann said I headed down this and I could see smoke and a little bit of fire coming from underneath the store 1 called he said Janies is a steelframed tinsided squarefoot twostory building that is set back against a ledge and elevated off the ground to avoid all but the worst river floods It is located between the first and second river crossings Firefighters from Canyon Lake New Braunfels and Spring Branch fought the fire Canyon Lake Capt Rick Hazels crew was first on the scene When we arrived we had a fully involved twostory Haxel said of the flames We put two landlines and a deck gun on Still the store and its contents were a complete loss Hazel said Hearings debate sex shop ordinance BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County has set a pair of public hearings with others to follow to solicit the input about how it should regulate sexually ori ented businesses Public hearings How Should Comal County reg ulate sexually oriented businesses Officials have set two public hearings to hear opinions on the The flrtt will be conducted dur ing a Bulverde City Council meet Ing beginning at 6 May 27 at the Bulverde Senior Center 30280 Cougar Bend The second will follow Commissioners Court at May 29 In the commissioners courtroom 199 Main Plaza An additional meeting will be conducted In the Canyon Lake by a second round of public meetings a few weeks later The issue came up for the first time in Comal County this past September when an adult bookstore surrep titiously opened along Inter state 35 at York Creek Road The owners of tho store sued county officials in fed eral court on First Amend ment grounds They alleged that the existing county rules regard ing SOBs were designed to prohibit them rather than them which the bwners alleged violated their free speech rights The county countersued in i See The science of Schlitterbahn DAVID Above OakRun Sixth Grade Center students Chandler Pustka and Luke Horadam take a break from tubing to answer questions in the workbook issued to them before Fridays AquaLab at Schlitterbahn The two say school work isnt so hard when it involves tubes and water Below Whitney Johnson front and Kaela Newman enjoy the handson portion of AquaLab at Schlitterbahn Friday morning The program is designed to teach students how math and science works behind the water rides AquaLab gives lessons in fun BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer As they slid jumped and blasted Friday through water in Schlitter bahn Easts Surfenburg and Blas tenhoff sections almost stu dents from 20 area middle schools discovered how the math and sci ence worked behind the rides The idea is to introduce kids to the realworld scene behind the said Sherrie Brammall Schlitterbahns communication director The students who participated in issued a 40 page workbook before the field trip The teacherguided course walked them through exercises ranging from design concepts to figuring out how long it would take the parks Boogie Bahn to flood their classrooms The classroom sections of the workbook were finished before Fri days field trip Once they arrived at the waterparks the students were combining fun with onsite learning Brammall said theres a lot of math and science in the computer generated coaster and hitech rides at the park which has seen more than middle school students participate in AquaLab The kida get Surfenburg and Blastenhoff all to Brammall said pointing out the park was closed to the public Math can be fun Just what kinds of prob lems are Included In the AquaLab project Here are five examples from the 40page workbook that middle schoolers had to complete Friday at Schlitterbahn East The mathematical princi ples of the Boogie Bahn Include geometry The contin uous water flows across a concave surface Draw a crosssection view of the Boogie Bahn showing the angles of the ride surface Diagram the direction the water is flowing as it comes out of the nozzles at the base of the ride Use afroWa to show which direction it flows as It hits the concave surface and flows out of the ride Notice where the Boogie Bahn water goes Before riding the Boogie Bahn observe other people Notice that the rider surfs on a convex bodyboard over a concave surface Notice how successful riders maneuver the board As you observe identify characteristics of both successful and unsuccessful BoogieBahn riders for example Where do the most successful riders position themselves on the board Does shifting the body affect the successful riders If so how What Is the leg posi tion of the most successful riders Based on your observa tions formulate a theory that you feel explains why many riders wipe out Look at the water In the Kristal River Krlstal Cove Boogie Bahn and Torrent The water in these areas is all clear but it may appear to have a different color Why Golf manager plots course of change K JESSIE The new manager of Landa Park Golf Course Dario Sassenhagen sits behind the Venetian blinds in his small office talking with one customer on the phone while anoth er waits at his door Friday afternoon BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer When Dario Sassenhagen worked behind the counter at the Landa Park Golf Course equipment shop he was working himself through school Now golf course manager just a few years later Sassen hagen is using his experi ences to turn the municipal golf course into a facility more enjoyable to the people who use it Sassenhagen worked behind the counter at the shop for a yearandahalf while he attended Southwest Texas State University He is using hie experience as a golfer and lowerlevel employee to build the cama raderie at the golf course Golfers have seen the results Jack Abshire a retiree who golfs at Landa three or four times a week said the atti tudes of both employees and users have changed 110 per cent since Saasenhagen took charge last fall Sassenhagen makes an effort to talk to the players and get their perspectives on the course management wouldnt fix the golf course the way a municipal golf course should be run for the Abshire said They didnt listen to what the people were talking Sassenhagen gained an interesting perspective while working at the course when he was in college He spent a lot of time on the golf course Everybody knew whom 1 was when I came he said Sasoenhagen started mak ing small changes to increase use Golfers used to walk into the building and see an empty dining area and old equipment in the shop The first thing the golfers see is the course und the Saseenhagen said If they see something they dont like they dont come Since Sassenhagen came on the golf course grill has See INSIDE TV Key Code 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