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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                SPORTS DISTRICT Tli Canyon girls soccer team beats New Braunfeis to tie for the lead in district standings Pago 8A LIFE RECYCLING Ted Garland sells his business to focus on his hobby restoring junked cars to road worthy machines Page IB Serving Vdl 163 No 86 14 pages 2 sections CLICK Mostly sunny High LOW 70 47 Details 2B 352 DEARAeeir NBU fights power plant purchases impact By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfeis Utilities filed a suit Tuesday in Kerr County to seek clarification of its contract with the Lower Colorado River Authority which provides up to 90 percent of NBtis electric power NBU in conjunction with the Ker rville Public Utility Board filed the lawsuit following LCRAfc purchaseifc LostPines 1 Power Project ered plant near Bastrop GenTex Corp a LCRA affiliate paid million for 50 percent interest in the Lost Pines No 1 Power Project according to the Austin Business Jour owrildl elecfrid ebrnpany has a con tractwithLCRAto purchase almost 90 percent of its electric power through 2016 and it does not believe the cost of the Lost Pines purchase will bene fit its customers in New Braunfeis contract with said Gretchen Reuwer NBU communications manager Our concern is the cost of the Lost Pines 1 Power Project and we Want to ensure LCRA does not pass that cost on to our customers We feel the expense of LCRAs purchase of the Lost Pines Plant outweighs any benefits to LCRA LCRA based in Austin supplies electricity to 42 electric coops and See POWIR Page 2A Budget consultant By Dylan Jim6nez Staff Writer Experts advised New Braunfeis Inde pendent School District to cut mil lion in staff positions and reduce the over65 property tax exemption Facing a possible million deficit the district hired John Wilson and Asso ciates to recommend budget cuts The budget deficit is something that a lot of districts across the state are dealing Wilson said adding that it is impor tant to get the problems under control before they dry up reserve funds Although the district cut the budget last year officials still had to dip into reserves NBISD board president Jorge Maldonado said Frankly we cant do that he said DuringAe lastfiveyears ulation and the size of the budget have grown slower than state and regional averages the consultant said Staff levels have remained lean during See BUDGET Page 2A PUBLIC FORUM ON NBISD BUDGET CUTS 6 March 1 NBHS auditorium OTHER COSTCUTTING MEASURES Consolidating the tax office with Comal County would save per year A state free ener gy audit could save each year Changing the longdistance rate plan could save Increase commu Encourage better attendance to get more state funds Explore cheaper copier services 4A 4B construction fund for CTTC covered By Ron Maloney Staff Writer If Guadalupe County commissioners are a little embarrassed over their failure to pony up toward construc tion of the Central Texas Technology Cen ter they neednt be The City of New Braunfeis joined Seguin Tuesday night in covering the countys promise The 4B Infrastructure Improvement Corp voted unanimously to lay down toward building the project See CTTC Page 2A OTHER ACTION 4B set a public hearing for 7 Feb 27 to discuss offering economic incen tives to a busi ness in New Braunfeis and Tabled a vote on whether to enter into a contract with New Braunfeis for meeting space and services until city staff prepares the contract PROMT and CENTER DAVID Hilmar SGhwarelose 91 looks out over his 78acre farm in New Braunfeis He retired 15 years ago and Ns sons Uroy and Nolan work the land Farmers hope crops rebound By Scott Mahon Staff Writer After surviving last years inconsistent rains Comal County farmers say this year looks better as generations of families cling to a lifestyle that may be disappearing The weather is a farmers number one problemrsaid Koryan Kreusler a fiftkgeii eration farmer who farms with his father Melvin Kreusler And last year the rains came at the wrong time although the annual rainfall was about In Comal County the corn crop brought farmers mil lion in 2002 but only last year while the milo crop dropped from to Last year was Kreusler said But this year looks good so Kreusler 33 said farming is a capitalintensive business It costs a lot to buy farm he said It takes a lot of capital investment to buy tractors combines and planters And there may be fewer farmers today but farm ers are more efficient because of the equipment they Kreusler said farming had become more efficient You could probably get 50 maybe 70 bushels of corn per acre if you pushed it 25 years he said Today you can get 150 bushels per acre if the weather cooperates And because of technology there will iprobably be fewer farm ers but larger Hilmar Schwarzlose 91 has lived in Comal County all his life and bought 78 acres of See Page 2A Filing opens for city CISD elections From Staff Reports A few people waited no time filing their candidacy for New Braunfeis municipal and Comal independent School District elections m New Sokolyk filed for the District 2 seat Tuesday The incumbent Urry Alexander cannm run because of term limits Toe other spot up for grabs is Disc trict 1 currently held by council woman Sonia MunozGUl who will complete her first threeyear term in May Voters will have until April 15 to file an application tor voter registra linn wirii fha rraintv fay aggftggrrv flilv Secretary Michael Resendea said According to the citys charter a candidate must be qualified voter and must have lived in his or her dis trict not less than 12 months prior to fOingforofiice Resendez said mere is no filing fee in CISD trustees for districts 6 and 7 Sokolyk seeks to replace Alexander Incumbents Charles Burt and Bill Swim filed for candidacy Monday Winners in the election wUi threeyear term cfTYANocisD j I Filing deadline is March 15 and ante May Ete J6 By Scott Mahon Slatt Writer Beth Sokolyk was the first candidate to file for Mays city election SokoJyk filed as a candi date tog District 2 cur rently held by Larry two executive terms and one of the seats must he registered vot er s live in the district M W vebeenres jty tax swmantns 1 Sokolyk a mother and professional volumes is Homeowners She has Cancer Societys Starlight Gala three years she has also served as presi dent of both Memorial and New Braunfeis Middle School PTAs and is one of the eitywide PTA representatives SotoJyk said growth water awl public safety are Uveeniain issues ivyanuomak tbf American plan for oui citys ruiure and our streets and traffic situa tion need imme diate she believe the Edwards Aquifer and the Comal and Guadalupe rivers are the lifeblood of our community and we must work to protect Sokoiyk is married to DC Steve SokoJyk 9 cardiolo gist and they have three   

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