New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, January 17, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

January 17, 2004

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 17, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas Check us out on the web at: www.miller-millerinsurance.com MILLER & MILLER    625-3000m.u,.nc.Afl.ncy    f    $6    S.    Casten    - DowntoxBraunfels ■Min—fr iniim.' inn    ii|i    >Tiiiitiiiiiiiiiww'T(TWwri^ijw|Ti    'iMii'iiiii'>'    - Front and Center Fishing brightens gloomy weather Troutfest continues today; so does rain By Ron Maloney Staff Writer When it comes to fishing, the hardcores and true believers would never let a little rainy weather get in the way. Ask Mariano Troncoso or his son, Cody, who were fishing in the rain Friday afternoon at Troutfest, the annual family fishing adventure at the spring-fed pool in banda Park. Not only were they out in the rain, but Mariano had made a point of driving by when he got out of work Thursday — checking the lay of the land before he brought his boy. "I just came out to do a little spotting and see where all the fish were,” said Mariano, who works at New Braunfels Utilities. ...    .    ,    .    AT    A    l?U»Nr*l I wanted to see ; where we could catch them.” Cody, IO, who likes to catch bass and crappie, has been fishing since he was 3 — and going to Troutfest. “I want to try to catch a big one here,” he said. So far, dad said, they hadn’t had any bites. "Dad, you got a little nibble," Cody said. "Yes, but we haven't caught one yet," Mariano said. He hoped the rain would help — especially when it came to fishing for trout. "Sometimes they bite more when it rains,” he said. "They think it’s like little bugs on the water, and sometimes they attack it.” According to the National Weather Service, the fish could still be attacking rain today, with mostly cloudy skies and a 20 percent chance of precipitation both today and Sunday. Around the county, public safety officials reported a smattering of rain-related traffic accidents Friday, but no serious injuries. Southbound Interstate 35 south of New Braunfels was closed for more than two hours beginning at a little after 2 See WEATHER, Page 3A • Troutfest continues today in the spring-fed-pool at Landa Park. ** Fly fishing lessons and a fishing derby for kids under 10 begin at 8 am. • General fishing begins at 10 am. R Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children and seniors. Head to head Canyon, New Braunfels gear up for cross-town rivalry. (Above) Die-hard fisherman Travis Hoffman waits for the rain to stop and the fish to start biting Friday at Troutfest in Landa Park. (Right) Mariano Troncoso and his son Cody, 10, make Troutfest a father-son outing. (Inset) Jacob Hubble, 12. shows off his bounty that he caught hook, line and sinker. REBECCA S. ROGERS/Herald-Zeitung County puts flood dam ‘ducks in a row’ By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Final approvals aren't in, but (bmal County is making preparations to build a flood-control dam in Krueger Canyon. (Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to begin looking for a civil engineer to design a concrete dam 500 feet across and 90 feet high. It would help hold back floodwater on the Dry Comal Creek. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) has earmarked up to $5.2 million in funding for the dam in its I laz-ard Mitigation Cram Program. Several of the dams F'TjBlBK”’] archeological and built on the Dry Comal    environmental stud- Creek and Blieders Lm^ IM ies. (Teek watersheds alter    PEMA could release the 1972 flood are i red-    the money in June, iled with reducing the    County Judge Dan- water level in down-    ny Settee! said the town New Braunfels by    county is looking for one-third in the Ot to-    an engineer now ber 1998 flood.    mLW— AHI because it only has Since the 1998 flood, Tom Hornseth tw0 years to get the county officials have sought to dam built once the money is build a series of additional dams, but permitting issues have so far stymied the effort. Now, County Engineer Tom I Ionise th said all that is remains is completing a pair of minor released. "We're getting our ducks in a row so we ll be able to move on this,” Scheel said. See FLOOD DAM Page 3A 4B waits on CTIC funding shortfall By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels Infrastructure Improvement Corporation (4B) board will make up the $100,000 shortfall for the Central Texas Technology Center if Guadalupe County’s economic development board opts not to do so. Guadalupe County officials voted late last year not to participate in the CTTC project because of budget constraints. The center, which will cost $4 million and is located in Guadalupe County, is scheduled to open in May. It will offer basic classes in technology training. Originally, Guadalupe County, Comal County, New Braunfels and Seguin were to collectively fund the project. “Several months ago, Guadalupe County voted not to allocate $100,000 for the project,” 4-B board member Monroe Miller said Thursday. "But there’s a possibility Seguin’s 4A board may be willing to contribute.” Ramon Lozano, director of Seguin’s economic development corporation, said formal discussions would have to take place between the two boards. “After the county backed out, we need See CTTC. Page 3A CISD’s new school plans back on track By Dylan Jim6nez Staff Writer Educators have finally balanced the number of necessary classrooms at the new (Canyon Lake area high school with the school’s $42 million budget. Comal Independent School District administrators and staff agreed Thursday not to redraw plans, which means future expansions if needed would add millions to the projected cost of the facility. Earlier this month, Superintendent Nancy Fuller insisted teachers and administrators become part of the design process after she realized that architectural plans would not include an appropriate number of classrooms. After a week-and-a-half of planning, architectural drawings are BO percent complete, and construction remains on track. "We are far better off than we were a week ago,” Fuller said. CIS!) administrators and staff spent two weeks working with the architects to make sure the right classes and BY THE NUMBERS According to the current plan, the new Carryon Lake school would have E 840 square feet of classrooms, ■ four 1,000 square-feet computer labs, • a 10.000 square-feet dining area. • a 5,400 square-feet performing arts auditorium, • a 5.000-seat stadium See SCHOOL, Page 3A SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2004 Serving New Braunfels and Comal coumy „.,.ce 1852. FORUM UNDAMPENED New Braunfels girls soccer ties Lake Travis, tops Flarker Heights in Unicorn Invitational. 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