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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 1, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Lifestyle River outfitters bank on tourists Second part of a C Business new owner updates menu Sports NEW BRAUNFELS Time to cut down Nets NBA playoff SUNDAY June 1 2003 32 pages in 4 sections Hjmfffmijjjm 32 pages in 4 scctk ERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 171 Serving New Braimfels and Comal County since 1852 Life lies ahead Canyon High School graduates Evaleen Chalkley left and Amber Shed look tor friends In the mob of red Saturdays graduation Coliseum in San Moment is here for 273 CHS grads BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SAN MARCOS Saturday was a day of hugs handshakes and It also was as three speak ers reminded Canyon High Schools 273member Class of 2003 the first day of the rest of their It was graduation day With about an hour left in high school Saturday morning Joey Salazar was hot and maybe just a little nervous Everyone will be he said while waiting to line up Salazar has been a Comal Independent School District stu dent since day one he said From Goodwin Primary all the way to Canyon High he said Im ready to hit college and Im ready to get out of high Salazar of New Braunfels will attend Palo Alto College to See Above CHS graduate Ryan Grammer gets a pat on the back from his grandfather and dad while mom snaps a few photos Right Following tradition CHS graduates toss their caps in the air at the end of Saturdays commencement exercises INSIDE Falls residents unhappy with tubers Tourism season helps to lower unemployment BY RON MALONEY AND K JESSIE SLATEN Staff Writers CANYON LAKE Horseshoe Falls Estates residents whose homes were wiped out in the July 2002 flood have found their lives changed in its after math For the first time theyre now coping with what resi dents down river have endured for decades tubers Its like adding insult to injury for Phyllis McDon ald whose home was wiped out in the flood and for I Falls cleanup Joyce and Charles Evans whose home was damaged McDonald lost most everything she owned She also lost things she enjoyed but didnt own the giant cypress trees that studded the river and ahis toric scenic waterfall Now Horseshoe Falls Estates residents are losing their privacy and they dont like it For the first time tubers are floating down from the dam to the first crossing at BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Despite having two college degrees Chris Plummer works summers at a river outfitter because of the depressed job market Its the boom in tourism related jobs such as Plum mers that helped bring Comal Countys jobless rate down in April from percent in March to per according to Alamo Workforce Development Inc Februarys local unemploy ment rate was percent Plummer put himself through school working for Gruene River Company Recovering from last years floods was hard for outfitters he said It also was vital to the local job market Ive put myself through school down here got a bachelors and masters degree and the job market isnt too hot So Im just trying to work down here until I can find a job Jobless rates for April 2003 according to Alamo Workforce Develop ment Inc Comal County percent 12county regloVi percent Texas percent Nation percent In Comal County resl dents were employed while were not Im willing to give this up Plummer snid After the July 2002 Hood washed away much of the summers tourism season and a string of businesses and manufacturers either closed or moved the unemployment rate in Comal County finally is falling The decline represents an overall recovery for the coun ty said Rick Zamarripa See Flume files lawsuit for unpaid legal fees BY DYLAN Staff Writer Former District 3 Council woman Debbie Flume is suing James Patrick a former city ethics commis sion member and current 4B Board member for allegedly refusing to pay in attorneys fees The citys ethics commis sion ordered Patrick to pay the fees after a complaint he filed against Flume was found groundless In December 2002 Patrick filed the ethics complaint against Flume for voting to delay the consideration of floodplain maps claiming a conflict of interest because Flume owned property along the river and her husband builder Michael Flume was working on flooddamaged homes The commission heard the com plaint Jan 31 decided it was groundless and ordered Patrick to pay Flumes FLUME attorneys fees Her lawyer Mike Smithers said at the time that Patricks claim was meant to harass Klume Along with the suit Smithers f iled a copy of a cer tified letter dated and postmarked Feb fl that demands the money be paid and that litigation would be sought if Patrick did not pay Patrick said after the com mission meeting in January that he disagreed with the commissions power to bill See FarmtoMarket Road 306 The water is 50some degrees yeararound in that stretch of the river and the trip to FM 306 takes sever al hours at the current flow rate of about 240 cubic feet persecond Before Memorial Day it wasnt too bad not many tubers were making the trip But last weekend it picked up tremendously Charles Evans said Now in addition to the tubers the private park at the gorge near the Evans residence is attracting trespassers See K JESSIE San Antonio tourist Ryan Ledet center paddles around a group that came to see the new formations in the Horseshoe Falls area Saturday afternoon Resident Charles Evans fears that when tubers and kayakers see others on the private shore it will lead to more problems
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