New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, January 2, 2007

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

January 02, 2007

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 2, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY, JANUARY 2,2007 Zeitung Newspaper of the Year SPORTS BASKETBALL Texas Tech's Bob Knight becomes winningest men's basketball coach in Division I history. Page 6 NEWS WATER One state lawmaker wants to allow more pumping from Edwards Aquifer. Page 2 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 147, No. 39 12 pages, 1 section 500 www, herald-zeitunq.com EE!!! Sunny High Low 58 37 DEAR ABBY 9 CLASSIFIEDS 10 COMICS 8 CROSSWORD 8 FORUM 4 OBITUARIES 3 SPORTS 6 TV GRIDS 9 IS Chilly celebration Offices close in honor of Gerald Ford Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Shannon Lumbra, 13, right, looks on as her aunt, Dottie Blagg, mentally prepares herself Monday morning for a plunge into the chilly Comal Riveras part of the New BraunfelsTriathlon Club's annual Polar Bear Swim. Club members dive in to 2007 By Suzanne Ashe Staff Writer Fog rose from the surface of the Comal River on Monday morning as 20 members of the New Bratmfels Triathlon Club readied themselves for a plunge into the chilly water as part of the second annual Polar Bear Swim. Temperatures hovered around the 43-degree mark at 8:30 a.m. as club members met at Hinman Island Park to strip down to their swimsuits and take a dive into the 70-degree river. "The water's warmer than the air," Matthew Carl, 15, of New Braunfels said. The event drew more swimmers to the river bank Monday to usher in the new year than in 2006, organizers said. "We have a new slogan this year," said Matthew's mom, Kathy Carl, "We're all here because we're not all there." Jumping into the Comal River on the frigid January morning wasn't everyone's idea of fun. Jolin Lovett of New Braunfels stood by on shore holding towels for his wife, Nick Seidel, center, and other members of the New BraunfelsTriathlon Club swim up the Comal River from Hinman Island Park during their second annual Polar Bear Swim on Monday morning. Christa, while she swam. "I don't make her play golf, and she doesn't make me train for triathlons," he said. "So we're even." And while the swimmers said the 70-degree water was warm, getting out was a different stoiy. "Getting out was cold but I will See SWIM, Page 10 MORENttHMOriON I TriTexNB, a local group of triathlon enthusiasts, will host its third annual . 12-mile River Road Run on Jan. 21 started at Camp Hueco Springs. I Anyone interested in joining the group can e-mailTriTexNB@yahoo groups.com or visit seidel-productions.cqm to learn more. Newest city resident arrives early at McKenna By Suzanne Ashe Staff Writer Congratulations. It's a boy! The first baby born in New Braunfels in 2007 was delivered at 3:48 a.m. Monday at McKenna Memorial Hospital. Amber and Roy Ramirez of New Braunfels were happy to welcome Jaycob Andrew Ramirez into their family. But the healthy baby, who weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces and was 19 inches long, came close to being the second infant born at the hospital on New Year's Day. "I came in at 2:30 in the morning, and I thought there would have been another baby already born by then. But then I ended up racing with another girl who was in labor, too," Ramirez said. Jaycob's father works out of town and his 21-year-old wife said he was worried he might miss their son's birth. Thankfully, he was still in' New Braunfels for the holidays when the couple's final child entered the world, she "Now I have two boys and two girls and that's it for me." - Amber Ramirez mother of the first infant born at McKenna Memorial Hospital _in 2007 said. "I have three other children at home, ranging in ages from 1 to 4 years old," Ramirez said. "Now I have two boys and two girls and that's it for me." On Dec. 21, McKenna reached a milestone Dec. 21 as the 1,000th baby was born there marking the first time the hospital's history that 1,000 babies in a year were delivered. By year's end the hospital had witnessed the birth of 1,016 infants, said Stephanie Hell, a registered nurse who works on the obstetrics floor of the hospital's birthing center. And as the end of the first day of 2007 drew near, three more babies had entered the world and a fourth was on the way, Hell said. By Suzanne Ashe Staff Writer All city and county offices will be closed today in observance of a national day of mourning for former President Gerald R. Ford. New Braunfels City Manager Mike Morrison said late Monday that Gov. Rick Perry issued a proclamation asking everyone to observe the day of mourning for the former president. Mayor Bruce Boyer complied, closing all city government offices today. Gerald R. Ford INSIDE I President Bush joins thousands mourning the loss of former President Gerald R. Ford. Pago 10 All New Braunfels administrative offices, the library and the city's recreation center will be closed, Morrison said, adding that New Braunfels police, fire and EMS personnel will be on duty as usual. Deputies with the Comal County sheriff's office also will be on duty, but all administrative offices will close, Comal County judge Danny Scheel said. While most aspects of city and county business will stop, Scheel said all newly See FORD, Page 3 River committee to finalize report By Suzanne Ashe Staff Writer The New Braunfels River Activities Committee will meet one more time before presenting its final report to the City Council on Wednesday. The committee, made up of seven members, has been meeting since August to seek a comprehensive plan to deal with rowdy river behavior during the summer tourism season. Committee members drew up a rough draft of their recommendations during the group's Dec. 21 meeting. During that meeting, members agreed to recommend a ban on open containers of alcohol at all river-side parks, a ban that See RIVER, Page 10 RIVER RECOMMENDATIONS The following is a list of some of the ideas the river committee has agreed to present to the City Council for its consideration:___ BB Require personal flotation d^evices for children . � Pursue legislation regarding the Hotel Occupancy Tax rebate fjrorr^^e_stete.__________ B Make sure that any deci-sions'are clearly communicated to the public through multiple channels. H Provide overall coordination and structure regard-ing river management. B Prohibit open containers atJ!}eJas^riY5r-?xi--___________ jH Prohibit open containers at Cypress Bend, Prince Solms and Hinman Island parks. DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Roy and Amber Ramirez of New Braunfels show off their son, Jaycob, who was the first baby born at McKenna Memorial Hospital in 2007. Jaycob was born at 3:48 a.m. on Monday. WMAV.beheardblo9.COm 0856825000011 ;

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