New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, June 6, 2007

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

June 06, 2007

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 6, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas J WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6,2007 "A '-rrj- ON STAGE SPORTS Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. I- f f m t � -1 � r * - Broadway's Texas tale Brauntex becomes the NBA FINALS The Spurs Bruce Bowen is ready for Thursday's challenge of containing Vol. 154, No. 177 20 pages, 2 sections 500 APPLAUSE 5B CANYON LAKE 5A CLASSIFIEDS 6B Chicken Ranch. Page 8A j LeBron James. Page 6A www: 1 Parti dov High Low 75 Details____2B COMICS FORUM 3B 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS TV GRIDS 6A 4B �r s ? mi RIVER RULES LAWSUIT BACK IN COURT TODAY Attorneys for the City of New Braunfels and the Stop The Ordinances Please will return to district court in Comal County today at 10 a.m. Visiting Judge Ron Can* is hearing the case in place of Judge Charles Ramsay who recused himself. Municipal judge sets fines for river rule violators RIVER FINES (Alt lines listed include $65 court costs.) 4 By Suzanne Ashe The Herald-Zeitung Tubers who visit the Comal River in New Braunfels on week-ends for fun and relaxation should think twice before breaking the law or they just might have to make an unwanted trip back to town. Municipal Court Judge Sara Martin said minors caught either in possession of or consumption of alcohol especiallyare at-risk. "If you are under 21, it's not just die money," she said. "They also get a minimum of 8- and a maximum 40-hours of community service or alcohol awareness classes. They only have 90 days to complete them or their (drivers's) license will be suspended by die Department of Public Safety." Martin said that, as judge, she has die authority to set fines up See FINES, Page 10A  Public intoxication - $309  Minor in possession/ consumption - $309  Disorderly conduct/lan- guage - $309  Littering - $329 t 4  Possession of glass on the river-$200  Open container - $309  Ice chest ordinance violation - $219 Source: New Braunfels Muncipal Court Designing for the futur Golf course open house planned for Thursday evening By Laura Blewitt The Herald-Zeitung Potential improvements to Landa Park Municipal Golf Course will be presented to members of die public Thursday evening at an open house at the clubhouse. City officials and two consulting firms have collaborated to develop preliminary plans for course improvements, that could include a walking trail. "We will take a comprehensive look at the golf course condition, playability of the course, course maintenance and course operation," said Stacey Laird, New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department director. A $64,000 contract was awarded in February to San Antonio-based Terra Design and Finger Dye Spann Inc. of Houston study the existing course and suggest potential changes, Laird said. City of New Braunfels Park Planner Wade Tomlinson said die open house will be beneficial to golfers and non-golfers alike, and everybody is welcome. "We are exploring using the golf course as a facility for jogging and walking, which will open up beautiful land to people who want to get up and get active," Tomlinson said. Laird said among the ideas that will be presented Thursday are ways to move the golf course towards more environmentally friendly procedures, including changing areas of the course back to native grasses, which require less watering and maintenance Open House for proposed coure improvements Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m. Landa Park Golf Course Clubhouse Call 221-4340 for info. DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Wesley May putts on the 4th green at the Landa Park Golf Course Tuesday afternoon. Several preens on the course are slated for rebuilds in proposals to be revealed to the public for comment and input at an Open HouseThurday from 5 to 7 p.m. and add more aesthetically pleasing texture and color to the course. Other planned improvements to the course will focus on drainage problems and water conservation practices, Laird said. "We also want to make some minor changes to the holes to increase the playability of the course and make it more challenging and interesting," she said. The Parks and Recreation Department surveyed 240 See COURSE, Page 9A Immigration debate devolves into partisan bickering By Julie Hirschf ield Davis Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON-The Senate debate over a broad immigration compromise degenerated into bitter partisanship TUesday, witii Republicans and Democrats accusing each other of trying to squander its chances of passing. "People are looking for excuses on the Republican side to kill this bill," said Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., hours before moving to force a test vote Thursday on the complex and contentious measure to* speed its passage. The move ran into swift and forceful opposition from Republicans who said Democrats were squelching debate. Sen. Jon Kyi, R-Ariz., an architect of the bipartisan legislation, called it "an extreme act of bad faith" and said Reid's move would "risk the bill not passing at all." The sniping threatened to scuttle a bipartisan measure that's feeing numerous See DEBATE, Page 9A Oak Run sidewalk removal plan draws dozens of detractors By David Saleh Rauf The Herald-Zeitung 1 The politics behind big money land development isn't usually the type of discussion that readily draws the interest of 11-year-old boys. But then again, Adam Bays and Jimmy May aren't your typical soon-to-be sixth-graders. When plans were publicized last week that the developer of Oak Run wants to tear down a 10 foot wide sidewalk connecting their neighborhood to the OakRun Sixth Grade Center, they took action and rounded up more than 20 signatures for a petition to save the path. On Tuesday, the two boys were among about 90 Oak Run residents who attended the Planning and Zoning meeting for a hearing on developer Ed Badouh's proposal to replat the property. His application proposes the 10 foot strip be transferred to adjacent property owners, who in turn would give approval for the path to be demolished. Bays and May- who both live in the Oak Run subdivision and plan to attend the OakRun Sixth Grade Center next semester - stood behind, and under, a lectern that dwarfed them as they See SIDEWALK, Page 10A Students walk home from Oak Run School along a sidewalk that leads to their . subdivision next door to the school. Friday. DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung h - t LCRA transmission line project crawls forward By Mark Koopmans The Herald-Zeitung Area residents worried that transmission towers might be built on their property - will have at least a five-month wait to discover if they will be affected. Texas Public Utility Commission officials have scheduled an official hearing in November for a Lower Colorado River Authority plan to build a new 345-kilovolt double-circuit transmission line known as the Clear Springs/Zorn-Hutto project. If approved, parts of the plan could affect up to 1,200 landowners. The LCRA plans to take the first of its three new circuits from the Clear Springs Switching Station, on Link Road in southern Guadalupe County to its expanded Gilleland Creek Switching Station in eastern TYavis County. This will be accomplished by using various-sized transmission towers ranging in size from 80- to 190-feet-tall, according to information received by New Braunfels resident Tom Cunningham, who opposes the proposed $175 million project. "For example, the placement of a tower could affect the runway I use for my aircraft-building business at the (New Braunfels Municipal) airport," Cunningham said. In April, Airport Director Andy Spinks said any new transmission lines also could have a negative effect on safety at the facility. "It would be nice to have that line moved further away," Spinks said, referring to one proposed route that would see transmission towers and lines crossing the airports main approach at a distance of about 9,000 feet. "There's a chance pilots on approach could fly in just 12 feet above the lines," Spinks said. The height of any towers built close to the airport would be determined by the Federal Aviation Authority, said LCRA spokesman Robert Cullick. "As these proposed towers would be closer than 20,000 feet, or about four miles from the runway, the FAA will tell us what the federal standards are at the time. We'll do what they tell us," Cullick said. "But we're still a long way out. We hoping to energize the lines by 2011." The recent pre-hearing conference was led by See LINE, Page 9A www. Herald -Zeitung.Com 0856825000011 ;