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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 15, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                SUN LIFE LOVE STORIES Cupids arrow hits its mark twice as local couples pick Valentines Day to exchange wedding vows Pago rnsmrn Snow RIDING HIGH At only 16 years old SVHS student Nathaniel Oku claims a national championship in FEBRUARY No 83 28 pages 4 sections CK i DEAR ASSY flC WWW IPOBUM High Low 54 33 SPORTS Details 3B 4A IB on icedover highways DAVID Snow clings to a cactus along FM 1863 Saturday morning after a late wintery storm blew threw Comal County late Friday and early Saturday By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Two law enforcement a New Braunfels policeman and a Comal County Sheriffs deputy narrowly escaped injury early Sat urday in Interstate 35 accidents caused by icy snowy weather Local law enforcement officials shut down 135 from 6 to 9 Sat urday morning as a safety meas ure after experiencing 10 accidents in a very short period of time New Braunfels police Sgt Mike Ruther ford said At about am bridges with in the city including 135 began to ice Rutherford said Assisted by the sheriffs office steps were immediately taken to close down 135 throughout die city limits of New No one was believed seriously injured in the accidents although one person was taken to the hospi tal he said The first accident involving a patrol car came at about 6 am after New Braunfels police officer Scott Lange stopped on northbound I 35 at FarmtoMarket Road 1044 to use his car as a safety buffer behind a disabled vehicle that had just been involved in an accident My patrol car was smashed up against a Lange said I had just stepped out of the car a guy lost control and hit The patrol car was probably a complete loss Lange said The axles bent and it looks like the frames Lange said Two more accidents occurred at the same spot just behind that one Lange said See WEATHER Page 2A Candidates agree Water key to future By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Mark Twain probably best summed up the wests water situation more than a century ago when he said Whiskey is for drinking water is for fighting The future of Texas is as tightly tied to waterasitsiiast was to ment addresses this states evergrowing thirst for water will determine its future wealth and prosperity When it comes to water Comal Coun ty is a microcosm of the state How it manages its water needs over the coming 50 years will determine our quality of life this county remains the gar den spot it now is or becomes a parched suburban wasteland rooftop to rooftop without enough water to take care of its own basic needs much less grow Candidates for Comal County com missioner were asked what measures need to be taken to ensure the county has enough water for the next 50 and what conservation measures they support See WATER Page 5A 2004 This is tfie third in county commis sioner candidates and their stances on Today they address how the county can con serve and man age water usage to ensure future water supply One more issue will be featured in next Sunday The Primary Election will be Tuesday March 9 Early voting runs Feb 23 through March 5 in Room 104 of the Comal County Court house FRONT and CENTER OAVJD Historian Edward Moore walks by a granite sign marking the location of the Camino Real at the intersection of South Seguin Avenue and West Nacogdoches Street The Camino Real was established 310 years ago by the Spanish Arthistory group puts el Camino Real On the Road to recognition City mural will highlight historical contributions of Indians and Spanish By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer New Braunfels will celebrate the local impact and importance of Indian and Spanish cultures with a mural in Landa Park The citys Historic Outdoor Art Gallery group has been inter ested in painting the mural on the recre ation center building in the park since the Ferdinand Lind heimer mural was completed in May 2001 on the LA Hoffman building down town Its taken some time to get money and city approval for the project said Wayne Rahe HOAG board president Theres a lot of history in Landa Park that the people here dont he said This will be a great educational tool for school The gallery has hosted many school children visiting the two current down town murals of Prince Carl of Solms Braunfels and Undheimer who both contributed famously to the citys estab lishment and cultural beginnings The third mural which will feature the Camino Real and the Landa Park springs will fill in another piece of New Braunfels history Artist Clinton Baermann of Llano who also painted the City of a Prince mural in 1999 will paint the Landa Park mural The murals focal point will be the Lan da Park springs the reason Indians See MURAL Page 2A Changes in works for city sanitation services By Scon Mahon Staff Writer Now that the privatization issue has been settled city administrators will begin implementing changes they say have been needed in the sanitation department Gity Council voted not to privatize after Waste Man agement offered to take over the service City Manger Chuck Pinto met with sanitation workers and congratulated them on the outcome Our sanitation employ ees were very professional during the whole Pinto said So 1 met with them early Tuesday to let them know that but also to teU them that now weve got to go through the process of making some changes in the department Were not going to do anything dras tic itll be a slow logical process and the employees See Page 2A Polka Pest NBISD budget consultant gives report Tuesday night Nancy Villas and Pete Zimmerman enjoy dancing to music provided by The Seven Dutchmen at Polka Fest Saturday night The event continues tan 11 to 7 pm today at the Knights of Columbus Hai By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Consultants New Braunfels Independent School District officials hired to recommend budget pos sible layoffs will present their findings Tuesday District officials do not know yet what those reeom mendations will be said NBJSP board president Jorge Maldonado Everyone will hear the same thing at the same he said WeU hear his recommendations and then during his presentation we may ask for clarificauoa But were not going to get into discussion with him at that time Because it is prelimi nary we will ask for a written report The district can either accept reject or modify the recommendations The presentation takes place at 5 Tuesday at New Braunfels High School March i residents will See   

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