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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 18, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas 18 2004 ZEITUNG LIVING A DREAM Smithson Valley High School graduate Reininger wins national collegiate title with the Texas Longhorns Page SA TAKE ACTION With school districts crunching numbers to make budgets work its time the state tackles funding problems Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 NO 12 pages 2 sections ICK CL www this morning High Low 82 60 Details18 DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS S6B COMICS 26 CROSSWORD 28 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS S6A TV GRIDS 38 Zamora denies campaign wrongdoing By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Precinct 3 Comal County Commissioner Cristina Zarhora said Wednesday her reelection campaign broke no lam in the March 9 Demo crat primary Her Republican opponent in the November general elec tion Greg Parker alleged Tuesday that Zamoras cam paign workers acted improp erly with up to 140 mailin ballots the margin of Ramon Chapa loss to said the votes could have an impact on the Giro RodriguezHenry Cuel lar primary for the Democrat nomination to the 28th House seat which was decid ed by 126 votes I found what I believe to be voter intimidation by the Zamora campaign voter assistance misconduct by the Zamora campaign to include marking ballots other than the way the voter directs not pro viding the necessary infor mation as required under the Texas Election Code and pro viding unlawful voter assis tance as prohibited under See CAMPAIGN Page 3A Conrad gets 9 years for wreck that killed boy 7 By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Matthew Cobble couldnt be in 274th Judicial District Court Wednesday but his face was everywhere and he left an impression in the stories his family told about him A boy from a Christian Fort Worth fam ily Cobble 7 might have approved if he had lived to know his parents forgave Joseph Conrad for causing the drunken driving accident that killed him July 14 2003 Cobbles parents Greg and Amy Cob Merandhls all injured in that occurred when Conrads truck crossed the center line and slammed into their minivan on 281 in Spring Branch spinning it into a tree Before a courtroom packed with mem bers of the Cobble and Conrad families friends and representatives of Mothers Against Drunk Driving 274th Judicial District Judge Gary Steel sentenced Con rad 49 to nine years in state prison on manslaughter and aggravated assault charges finding that his truck was a deadly weapon which means he will have to serve at least half of the sentence During the fourhour hearing Steel heard testimony to the impact on the victims familys lives and Conrads 26 years as a nurse military career and 17 year battle with alcoholism and the impact on his own family Im sure you can imagine these kinds of things are not easy when you sit up Steel said In this county when See DRUNK DRIVING Page 3A FRONTand CENTER DAVID River Project Manager Nathan Pence talks with city employee Harry Perez Wednesday as he paints a new fence at the entrance to the Prince Solms Park Tube Chute The city is trying to work out several kinks before the onset of the spring and summer tourism season MEANDERING ISSUES City takes aim at river behavior parking fees and enforcement By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Tubers are already taking advantage of he warm spring weather but the New Braunfels Qty Coun cil still has some controversies to resolve before the onslaught of tourists arrive Riverside neighborhoods want to keep permit only parking and one councilman is pressing for a resolution to ban beer bongs on the river arid proposing the city issue wristbands to outfitters Also tto parks department wants more park rangers and the River Activities Committee is recommending increasing parting fees at Prince Solms Part The New Bjaunfels Police Depart menti which already is short will have to begin scheduling offduty officers for weekend work The city has attempted to restrict alcohol use on the river before District 6 City Councilman Ken Valentine said but opponents say the restric tion would be illegal Valentine said he asked City Manager Chuck Pinto to draft a resolution to ban beer bongs Beer bongs provide an accelerated route to inebriation and public Valentine said Beer bongs are a negative image for the citys efforts to attract valentine said council in fact passed an ordi nance in 1999 to ban alcohol use on the rivers The ordinance cant be enforced though because it didnt meet the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commissions rules and the rivers are state he said Valentine said he would introduce a resolution to ban beer bongs at councils March 29 meeting Nathan Pence river project manager told council Monday the River Activities Committee recommended the city use a wristband system to collect the citys river management fee Outfitters would purchase wristbands for each from the city at the beginning of the season and in turn distribute them to river patrons Pence said the committee also rec ommended increasing the parking fee at Prince Solms Park from to In the meantime council will vote Monday whether to keep permitonly parking in one riverside neighborhood The Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board voted last week to keep permitonly parking along East Lincoln Washington Avenue and See RIVf R Page 3A Weiswurm challenges CISDs Swint From Staff Reports Klaus Weiswurm a longtime Comal Independent School District resident and parent filed for the District 7 trustee seat in the May election closely with the other board members to reach a common goal and direction for the school district in resolving the current problems and challenges that face candidate questionnaire I also wish to repre Weiswurm is president and CEQ of InKtrt anoints Terh The Weiswurms have lived in Comal County for more than 12 years Their tour children attended CISD schools Weiswunn said in the questionnaire he was qualified for the position because of his experience on the job and in various boards including the Comal Education Foundation MAs a businessman and an engineer 1 feel 1 have the necessary skills and experience to make decisions and give direction based on a careful analysis of the he said District 7 covers the Garden Ridge and SoJjns areas WfHswurm will face incumbent 3iM wfofl flflFJMJ tefil member John Oay Trustees mull dropping block schedule at NBHS to save funds By Dylan Staff Writer New Braunfels High School students could find themselves attending 50 minute class periods next year Right now NBHS students attend eight 90minute classes during a two day period Trustees are considering condensing the current block srhfttiiilp arrange meni to one djjy The move could help deficit next year Bon Reaves racom Monday two revised high school schedules that would save the district money One schedule would maintain the block schedule but require teachers to teach seven of eight classes during a twoday period instead of the current six classes The district would save and cut eight teacher jobs Another schedule would condense the twoday schedule to seven 50 minute class periods in one day The district would save and cut six teacher jobs Reaves said Tuesday that witii some v