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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas ZEITUNG RUM FOR IT Athletes outrun outjump opponents to claim top spots at UIL district track meet Page 6A EDITORIAL Theres enough blame to go around in and Congress should take a look in the mirror Page New and Comal County since 1852 vol fSTSi 12 pages 2 sections CLICK com i ma i uounty si OF W Mostly cloudy High Low 81 65 Details 1B DEAR ABBY i COMICS 2B 26 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A I SPORTS 67A I TV GRIDS 8A Officials agree funding needs fixing FYI j For information call Rep Carter Casteel In Austin 512 4630325 By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Local educators legislators and economists say its too ear ly to know what to expect from next weeks special session on education funding but that change is necessary The special session called by Gov Rick Perry begins Tuesday in Austin Rep Carter Casteel RNew Braunfels said the growing con sensus among educators was that the current funding system was outdated Pressure from educators and taxpayers has forced the issue but a plan would need to be fair to taxpayers schools and businesses she said Perry proposes to limit to 3 percent a year the amount local governments can raise property appraisals He also wants to cap property values at per assessed valuation for residents and for businesses The current properly value cap is per assessed valuation But that could hurt the grow ing New Braunfels and Comal See SCHOOLS Page 5A I I District Office 254 E Mill New Braunfels I 830 6270215 or toll free 866 6874961 Police say man caught in Austin is local suspect By Ron Malonay Staff Writer New Braunfels police confirmed Fri day that one of two men arrested in con nection with several Austin bank rob beries was a suspect in the robbery of the WalMart Wells Fargo branch A federal affidavit reveals the pair also could be responsible for robberies in Dal las and Corpus Christi New Braunfels police detective Lt Mike Rust did not say which if either man matched the description of the man pho tographed in the New Braunfels robbery Rust said no charges Mike Rust robbery had been filed as of Friday Ernest Hurtado Rodriguez 44 was arrested at Wednesday in Austin after an alleged abort ed robbery attempt of ft credit union Joe Rene Tamayo 39 was arrested Wednesday night in San Antonio Both men are being held on federal bank robbery charges in connection with April 2 and April 9 bank robberies in Austin Rust said Friday information that led to the arrests was developed in connection with the investigation into the New Braunfels robbery We had received information in rela tion to our bank robbery that the sus pect was also involved in bank robberies in Rust said The information was relayed to Austin through the New Braunfels Police Department and they were on the lookout for these Rust said the information enabled Austin police to identify Rodriguez and they stopped him after he left a credit union See ROBBERY Page 3A FnoNTand CENTER DAVID New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modelers Society member David Doege adds another train to his huge HO scale modular railroad layout as he readies for todays 17th annual Jamboree at the New Braunfels Civic Center The event takes place from 9 to 5 UPSCALE ENTERTAINMENT Hobbyists display life in miniature at model train jamboree By Ron Maloney Staff Writer David Doege railroad engineer looked at the clock late Friday afternoon and glanced up as a Union Pacific freight and a military train towing a brigade of Ml tanks crossed the yard in front of him Behind the trains were an industrial park With a grain elevator and two large industrial age factories Nearby nestled a little town A couple miles HO scale anyway two World War i biplanes flew under a railroad trestle You couldnt hear a train whistle but if you listened carefully you could just hear the engines and freight cars clack ing over the rails and could almost smell the creosote on the railroad ties Both trains which took Doege and his friend Gary Reichenbach four hours to set up in the Elks Club on South Seguin Avenue will run from 9 to 5 today as one of the many model rail road layouts on display in the 17th annu al Model Railroad Jamboree Organizer Jim Edraonson said the jamboree is an opportunity for railroad hobbyists to get together see whats going on share ideas and buy the things they need for their pastime Venders from across the state partici pate This has always been a great Edmonson said It used to be a little boys hobby but its been getting to be a big boys Hobby or not with the railroad muse um the civic center the Elks Club and a Union Pacific engine at City Hall all as part of the program the jamboree is quite a show for a family whether into railroading or not Bring the kids out and show them the train Edmonson said This See TRAINS Page 3A AT A GLANCE The 17th Annual Model Railroad Jamboree 9 to 5 today New Braunfels Civic Center 390 S Adult admission is Admission for children under 18 years old is Exhibits also at the Elks Club the New Braunfels Railroad Museum and the Union Pacific engine parked behind City Sponsored by the New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modelers Society Special Olympics fundmiser Dorothy Tiner and Casey Laubach dance to music Thursday evening at the New Special Olympics fundraiser at Taco Cabana UPPATI Tracking the news i Jamie Lyle Peters 44 of New Braun fels pleaded guilty March 8 to intoxicated assault for ting two patrol cars April 8 2001 injuring two deputies District Judge Charles Ramsay sentenced Peters Thursday to 10 years in state prison Peters will be eligi ble for parole when he has served onequarter of his sentence District 3 gets more streets on repair list By Scott Mahon Staff Writer City officials jugged the list of street repairs scheduled for the first two years of a fiveyear project after fairness issues were raised by one coun cilmember New Braunfds District 3 City Councilwornan Gale Pospisil questioned the citys mil lion street repair program after noting only one street in her district was scheduled for worth of repairs in 2005 A list of streets sched uled for repair in the next five years can be found on the City of New Braunfels Web site Clara Avenue Pospisil also noted that Walk er Circle was the only street in her district to be included in the list of projects for 2006 Estimated cost of repairs for that project is Mayor Adam Cork told Page 5A See Look in the Fri ft for our proownod