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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 17, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas                                W FEBRUARY ZEITUNG Newspaper of the Year SPORTS SOCCER New Smithson Valley soccer teams lose ground to district Page 8A NEWS SKAT Winners of an international Skat tournament that took place in New Braunfels are Page 3A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 84 20 2 sections CLICK 5O0 WWW I a Sunny High Low 67 37 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS M COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2i FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 8A TV GRIDS 3i Riled residents could seek more recalls By Suzanne Aahe StaffWriter District 6 City Councilman Ken Valentine might have company in some New Braunfels residents bid for a recall New Braunfels Deputy City Secretary Ann Smith said Friday that she and City Secretary Mike Resendez had received a pretty signifi cant amount of calls wanting information about the process to recall not only but District 4 Councilman Pat Wiggins and District 5 Councilwoman Kathleen Krueger as As of one recall petition that con Staff gets calls about Wiggins cemed Valentine was circulat Former River Activities Committee member Kevin Webb who was appointed to the position by his councilman said he started the petition because he believes Valentine is repre senting only a select few resi dents in his Webb resigned from the river committee on Kathleen Krueger 30 citing a disagreement with Valentine over a contain er Upon hearing of the recall petition on Valentine and the possibility of Mayor Bruce Boyer said he had hoped the river issues could be put behind the council once the decision regarding Pat Wiggins cooler sizes was These issues are so apparently he I would hope we can move on to the other important business we have such as development and hiring a new police chief and city he people have a right to express their views in a lawful Its important people who feel strongly to voice he I respect everybodys opinion even those I disagree with and their right to express Article Section of the New Braunfels city charter states that any elected city offi cial is subject to recall and removal from office See Page 10A Made in Texas Locally produced trucks roll off onto roadways By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter Toyota might be a Japanese but dealers say the new Tundra pickups are all Jim general man ager of San Marcos said dealerships recently receiveddie newly redesigned fullsized Tundra pickups from the San Antonio Toyota The trucks are powerful enough to compare with Dodge and Ford pickups while maintaining Toy otas sense of he Our older models just didnt have the power to compete with the other fullsized Stienke They built the plant in San Antonio so Toyota could compete in the mar and well be able to do that The San Antonio plant has helped the company focus its line of fullsized pickups to the needs of an American specifically He said that the 2007 trucks have 401 pounds of which he said allows the 2007 Tundra to tow pounds more than last years Stienke said part of the trucks appeal is that it was built locally by workers from San Antonio and the surround ing I went to visit the and the feel ing was almost he Theres a very strong camaraderie the employees even cheered the plant He said that employees at San Marcos Toyota are equally excited about the new The dealership held an event Friday 16 First Toyota Tundra rolls off the production line at v billion plant in San The plant houses 21 Bv this when officials say the plant will nave reached full it Will have the capacity to produce fullsize trucks and for customers who had purchased a previous Tundra allowing them to have a peek at the latest incarnation of the fullsized Toyota We even got props from the movie The Alamo1 to add to the Texas atmos he Until the end of San Marcos Toyota is offering one free pair of Larry See Page 3A Photos by DAVID San MarcosToyota sales consultant Manny talks with customer Philip about the engine and towing capacity of the new San Antoniobuilt Tundra truck Friday Looking on is sales manager Devin Lawmakers propose rebate for buying hybrids AUSTIN AP who buy hybrid vehicles could get a 10 percent rebate on their sales tax under legislation pro posed This state must confront the serious challenge of reducing vehicle emissions not to mention reducing our depend ence on foreign said Dwayne a Houston Republican who made the proposal along with Rafael This bill allows us to kill two birds with one stone by creating an incentive to drive more fuel efficient vehicles and getting less efficient vehicles off the Incentivizing people in their pocketbooks is the best way to get their Rafael Anchia Texas representative from Dallas Buyers of hybrid engine or alternative fuel vehicles would be eligible for the rebate based on emissions Any vehicle that is rated in the Environmen tal Protection Agencys Green Vehicle Guide as emitting less than pounds of carbon dioxide per or averaging 44 miles to the would The measure also includes a 7 percent rebate on vehicles that emit less than but not more than pounds of carbon dioxide per mile or average 36 to 43 miles per Incentivizing people in their pocket books is the best way to get their atten Anchia While people might not believe the sci entific claims about global I know they believe in getting some See Page 10A Macias authors bill to restrict alcohol use on public land By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter State legislators are con sidering a bill echoing New Braunfels efforts to ban open containers in riverside On District 73 Nathan Macias filed House Bill which would allow cities with fewer than people to peti tion the Texas Alcoholic Bev erage Commission to ban alcohol on public land with in 500 feet of a navigable Macias also authored House Bill which would allow cities to recoup 2 percent of state tax revenue to clean waterways that are within the city This bill would apply to cities like New Braunfels that are in counties with an exist ing parks and recreation dis Both of these were rec Nathan Macias ommended to me by New Braunfels Macias Im just working for the people of my but Im sure other municipalities will be able to take advan tage of both Macias said Friday that both bills were being con sidered by legislators and would not be voted on for a few New Braunfels Mayor Bruce Boyer said the city council unanimously agreed to recommend both bills to Macias during a workshop several weeks Since that the city has passed a local ordinance banning open containers of alcohol in Hinman Prince Solms and Cypress See Page 10A 4B board balks at concessions idea By Suzanne Ashe StaffWriter When New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Direc tor Stacey Laird asked the citys development board Thursday for to build a new concession stand at Landa board members balked at the Members of the Industri al Development Corpora tion 4B board said they werent ready to spend as much as even the lowest bid for Lairds proposal of a 15 foot by 15foot concrete building with Laird asked for Thursday although bids for the project were coming in much When she gave them the lowest which came in at about more than her requested several members of the 4B board put on the Thats an astounding increase in said Matt president of the 4B Laird explained to 4B board members that the Parks Board wanted to add the concession stand for the pool and park We know we have vend ing machines that are a nice amenity on hot summer day to get a cup of a cold ice cream and other snacks for she Board member Monroe Morton told Laird he would find it difficult to vote for See Page 10A NEW 2007 TUNDRA SANMARCOS JLvJL TOVOTA Larry Mahan No refund on bout with purchase of a 3007 Tundra   

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