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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 30, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY May 30 2003 7 jpppWiMBMp 16 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 169 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Today third straight air quality health alert day BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer This years ozone season is off to an early and unhealthy start Today is the third straight day and the fifth this year that the Texas Commis sion on Environmental Qual 1 Tips to cut ity has called an air quality health alert for the San Anto nio region The declaration is made when groundlevel ozone or smog could exceed federal air pollution standards and con stitute a health risk The standard 85 partspor billion of ozone in the atmos phere has been exceeded three times already this year including at sensors located in Seguin Quadalupe Coun ty and at Camp Bullis Dorothy Birch transporta tion and natural resources specialist with the Alamo Area Council of Govern ments said the ozone season is getting an early start this spring Comparing it to last year by this time we hadnt had any Air Quality Health Alert days Our first was on June 1 and we didnt pick up an exceedance until June 15 At this point this season were looking at Birch said This year as a result of the San Antonio regions Early Action Compact with the fed eral Environmental Protec tion Agency there is no dan ger of this area being Ready for the next steps 415 graduate from NBHS BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Parents grandparents and siblings lined up Thursday night outside Strahan Coli seum at South West Texas State University As family members waited to get in to see their 2003 New Braunfels High School graduates they about graduation and college and everyday life Dads carried bundles of flowers for their daughters Others carried cameras and camcorders Inside the 415 grads were standing in a different kind of line They were waiting for the processional Some looked cool and confident most wrung their hands and rocked nervously One of the few who seemed to be keeping his cool was Ronny Cruz 18 Im so he said I cant wait to get out of It was much the same for the other grads But Ronny said he was ready to get to work over the summer and get on to college at SWTSU NBHS salutatorian Ryan Bartow told his class the next step would be to mak ing their own decisions as adults We as the future leaders of America have to decide what to do with our Barlow said Those decisions are impor tant and will affect the future he said We can either be part of the worlds problems or part of the worlds Bar low said His fellow salutatorian Brittney Stevens said grads had everything inside them to be who they want to be and to go where they want to go We are the type of people See Photos by K JESSIE Top Waiting for the official New Braunfels High School gradu ation ceremony to commence Christ Perez Katie Medina and Veronica Martinez kick up their heels Above Seele student Emmy Zapata little fun with graduating senior Amanda Cadena out in the parking lot of Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos Right NBHS student Michael Russell gets a little help with his cap as time grows short for commencement exer cises More than 400 students walked down the aisle and out of high school Thursday evening declared in noncompliance with federal clean air stan dards The San Antonio Metro politan Statistical Area which includes liexnr Cornal Guadalupo and Wilson coun ties has until March 31 CISD to fork over to state Formula puts district under Robin Hood BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Comal Independent School District trustees learned Wednesday that CISD will have to pay an estimated to the state through the Robin Hood funding plan This moans the school dis trict is property said CISD Business Manager Abel Campus We will have to send local funds to the Omar Garcia of the Region 13 Education Service Center explained how Chapter 41 or Robin Hood works Chapter 41 is part of state law under theTexas Educa tion Code It was enacted by the Texas legislature in to equalize wealth for educa tional spending Its intent is to recapture local tax dollars from property rich districts and redistribute the funds to property poor districts A school district is consid ered property wealthy and subject to Chapter 41 status when its property value is divided by the number of stu dents and the state maxi mum of is exceeded lycal tax values above that amount become subject to equalization CIS will be a Chapter 41 district because its projected wealth level is Garcia said Chapter 4 1 sla tus is not determined by a districts tax rate the lax rev enue generated or the income level of district residents School district officials cannot change CISDs status Nor can CIS opt out of Chapter 41 and refuse to make the recapture The is to Inpaid See INSIDE TV Key Code 76 AIM OIJ A I NY Health Alert The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Alamo Area Council of Governments has declared today an Air Quality Health Alert Day Reduce unnecessary vehicle driving Carpool II possible or combine all errands Into one trip use of drive through lanes or services Dont refuel during daylight use of gaspowered yard equipment Avoid exterior painting Pollution levels are posted online at Residents speak out for tight control of sex businesses BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Two citizens urged Comal County aonmuuiitinurH to pro hibit sexually oriented busi nesses such adult book stores or strip bars from opening locally New liraunfeln resident Phyllis Schorte and Canyon Lake resident Diane Dasher were among several who attended Thursdays public hearing to give commission era a sense of how to regulate see sexually oriented busi The meeting waa the sec ond of u aeries Dauber an unsuccessful candidate for the District 73 went in the Ibxaa Legislature now held by Carter Carted uttenda most Our books are explicit Our movie industry is very explicit I think we need to protect our children by not allowing sexually oriented busi nesses anywhere y DIANE DASHER Canyon Lake resident court meetings 1 am very much against sexually oriented businesses simply because weve embarked upon Internet scaww that are hitting our children Our booka are explic it Our movie industry w very explicit 1 think we need to protect our children by not allowing these Dasher District Attorney Dib Waldrip has been meeting tor weeks with a special com mittee appointed by county commissioners to study JBHuea connected to SOJfa He agreed with Dasher that the businesses arent desirable but said they couldnt be banned KegulatioiiB elsewhere typically wet diaUmcea front homes churches or Waldrip said We cant just put a wall around the county and say No you cant bo Waldrip explained hat to do so raises the constitution al issue of attempting to hibit free speech While the county cannot prohibit speech Waldrip said it could regulate it I myself would like to see them not permitted U we cant 1 would like to sue them very strictly Dasher said BcherU who lives off Klin Creek lloud and owns prop erty along the Guudulupe Uiver said SOBw would encourage more lowdness of See
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