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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 14, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                004 ZEITUNG SPORTS GRIDIRON GURU i Texas Footbafl magazine founder Dave Campbell stops in NIB to talk about tackles and touchdowns Page SA LIFE SUMMER SLICE Growers say watermelon season still has a while to go so make the most of it with these tips IB Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 209 14 pages 2 sections ICK i WWW DEAR ABBY SB Partly cloudy High Low 96 69 Details1B COMICS 4B CROSSWORD FORUM 4A OBtTUARlES 3A SPORTS TV GRIDS Mans body still missing NBU proceeds with suit against power provider By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfels City Coun cil members have agreed to let New Braunfels Utilities proceed with a lawsuit against the Lower Colorado River Authority NBU filed a law suit in February in Kerr County over the interpretation of its contract with LCRA which pro vides 90 percent of NBUs electric power In conjunction with the Kerrville Public Utility Paula DiFonzo Photos by DAVID Above San Marcos Area Recovery Team Dive Team Captain John Mosley briefs relatives and friends of Stephen Andrew Molina Tuesday afternoon on the status of the search for the 19yearolds body Molina slipped beneath the fastmoving Guadalupe River about Monday afternoon just downstream from the Interstate 35 overpass Top A Starflight heli copter flies up the Guadalupe River Tuesday morning helping search for Molina Board NBU filed the lawsuit following LCRAs purchase of Lost Pines 1 Power Project a gaspowered plant near Bastrop LCRA paid million for 50 percent interest in the Lost Pines project We wanted to be sure LCRA did not pass that cost on to our said Gretchen Reuwer NBU com munications manager LCRA supplies electric power to 42 electric coops and cityowned utilities and has had a contract with NBU since 1974 NBU Chief Exec utive Officer Paula DiFonzo said LCRAs purchase of the Lost Pines plant would not benefit NBU customers It was our opin ion that the cost of the Lost Pines plant was significant enough that we did nt want to pay any of the cost of the she said It was our contention that LCRA was going to include the cost of the plant in its prices to its DiFonzo said NBU chose to exercise a contract provi sion that allows the utility to See LAWSUIT Page 3A Diver captain says that quick recovery By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Police firefighters and divers broke off their search Tuesday evening for a New Braunfels man missing and believed drowned in the Guadalupe River New Braunfels Police Lt John Villarreal said eight police officers a number of New Braunfels firefighters South Hays County firefight ers and members of the San Marcos Area Recovery Team searched the banks of the riv er down to the Lake Dunlap Dam without finding a trace of Stephen Andrew Molina is of New Braunfels Molina tried to swim through heavy current Mon day afternoon to the swing suspended from the Business 35 bridge He was washed downstream and was last seen at about as he slipped beneath the water under the Interstate 35 over passes Monday night NBFD Bat talion Chief Don Zercher called off a search because the river too dangerous for divers Police contacted the Army Corps of Engineers and asked that the Canyon Lake floodgates be closed to facilitate the search Lake Manager Tim Horn said the flow was reduced overnight from to 160 cubic feetpersecond Traffic study to be completed this fall wH oii Friends and relatives of Stephen Andrew Molina watch from we could do to help Horn behjnd crjme scene tape Tuesday morning as SMART divers See RISCIIE Page 3A search the Guadalupe River for Molinas body By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council approved hiring a San Antonio engineering firm Monday to study traffic and parking patterns along the Comal River City Manager Chuck Pinto said council approved a contract with Carter and Burgess Carter and Burgess has an expertise in traffic studies They began the study two weeks Pinto said Over the course of the next few months theyll be collecting data and information relating to traffic patterns and park ing between Lincoln Street and McKenna The consultants will conclude their study in October or November Once they compile the data then well have something to use to decide where we need to change the flow of traffic or where we need new stop signs and signals or whether or not we need more oneway Pin to said IN OTHER ACTION In other business Monday council Approved issuing requests for pro posals for servic es associated with the Convention and Visitors Bureau Approved the first reading of an ordinance granti ng the code enforcement offi cer authority to issue citations Approved a rec ommendation by the 4B board to grant HEB finan cial assistance for expanding the drainage infra structure at the intersection of FM 306 and 135 Chapa hopes to be a consensus builder for aquifer board By Brand Grissom Staff Writer Former New Braunfels Mayor Pro Tern Ramon Chapa Jr was appoint ed to the Edwards Aquifer Author ity Board of Directors Tuesday He fills the unexpired term of for mer District 8 director Cheryl Cpilpin who resigned in June The Hoard received only one applica tion for the position Chapa will serve in the position until the Nov 2 general election Chapa who has a long record of public service including positions on the West San Antonio Chamber Commerce Caldwell Guadalupe Qomal and Hays County Commu nity Resource Groups and the Hill Country Resource Council said he looked forward to working with the board to help protect local water I know our region is growing very very quick ly so Id like to ensure that we have enough clean water for our children and he said His work in the various com munities represented on the board would make him a good candi date for the position Chapa said Its not like I am new at public Ramon Chapa Jr Chapa said Im fortunate enough to have experience one of the things that I think is my strength is Im a con sensus builder Im not out in left field trying to do my own Gilpins 19month tenure on the board was marked by a tenuous rela tionship with other board members a situation current members hope to avoid Board Chairman Doug Miller in previous interviews said the board was seeking a director who would work with other members to find solutions to the areas water prob lems Before voting to appoint Chapa Bexar County Dfetrict 7 Director Johnny Rodriguez asked him to join a pact with other board mem bers That pact is that we will work together for the common goals that we all have as a Rodriguez said And all I ask is that you rep resent the entire area that you work for the benefit of the entire region and not one specific The appointment was approved unanimously Chapa took the oath of office and assumed the District 8 seat Tuesday Foreign aid w KRAFT Your Specialists   

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