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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY JUNE 200 ZEITUNG IN TRANSITION See something being built or Call Page 2A YOUR SAY Citys rules continue to draw criticism from local river Page 4A FIGHT The bipartisan compromise immigration plan draws opposition from Republicans and Page BA Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 179 16 2 sections CK I cloudy High Low 93 74 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 31 CLASSIFIEDS 41 COMICS 2B CROSSNVORD 21 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES IA SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS It THURSDAYS GAME 1 SCORE Cleveland GoSraRsGo DAVID A crane hoists a giant Go Spurs Go flag in a vacant field at the corner of Business 35 and North Mesquite Avenue Thursday afternoon ahead of Game 1 of the NBA finals where the Spurs faced the Cleveland See Game story on page Mortgage rates at 10month high By Martin Crutsinger AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON Rates on 30year mortgages rose for a fourth straight hitting the highest level in 10 as bond markets responded to strong employment Mortgage giant Freddie Mac reported Thursday that fixedrate mortgages averaged percent this That was up sharply from MORTGAGE RATES percent last week and 30year represented the highest Source Freddie Mac point for 30year mort gages since they aver aged percent on Analysts attributed the increase to recent signs of economic strength out side of the slumping housing market including last weeks report that the economy created jobs in nearly double the April Mortgage rates climbed this week owing to mar ket concerns of a tight labor force and wage said Frank Freddie Macs chief He said that bond markets have also grown con cerned about renewed inflation reflect ed in a report this week that unit labor costs rose at a percent annual rate in the first three months of this double the governments initial Financial markets were also disappointed this week py comments from Federal Reserve Chair man Ben who repeated his view that inflation still represented a bigger threat to the economy than weak The comments were seen as further diminishing the chances for a Fed rate cut any time All mortgage rates tracked by Freddie Mac showed increases this Rates on fixedrate a popular choice for rose to up from percent last Fiveyear adjustablerate mortgages averaged up from Oneyear adjustable mortgages rose to per up from percent last A year rates on 30year mortgages stood at 15year mortgages were at 70 Edwards aquifer stakeholders meet RIP steering committee must be in place by September By David Salah Rauf The HeraldZeitung SAN the waning moments of the tumultuous 80th Texas legislative ses lawmakers passed an omnibus water bill with vast implications for the million people in South Central Texas who depend on the Edwards Senate Bill 3 was amended 118 times before both chambers signed off on a com promised committee substitute version that is still awaiting Rick Perrys The reason for much of the debate San Antonio lawmakers say pumping more water from the Edwards aquifer is needed to serve constituents along the Guadalupe The result language was added into SB 3 that would give the Edwards Aquifer Author ity the goahead to increase pumping near ly 25 from its current cap of acrefeet per year to acrefeet per On about 70 aquifer stakehold ers met in San Marcos to start a dialogue process intended to eventually bring a con sensus on the best science for managing water levels of the Most of the discussion has been to figure out how to roll in what the legislature has established without disenfranchising a number of ToddVotteler executive manager of intergovernmental GuadalupeBlanco River Authority The of about 50 differ ent water entities with a stake in the aquifer is part of the recovery implementation See Page 3A MUSIC OF SUMMER New Braunfels residents lounge in their lawn chairs around the Landa Park Dance Slab Thursday evening to listen to Jay Eric and Blieders Creek below open the 23rd annual Concerts in the Park series with contemporary and original country The concert series wllWnflrtuefeach TKursdWeWfiiffl through the Next week is Plan B with their brand of Southern rock and Photos by MONTY Landa golf upgrades could cost million By Laura Blawitt The HeraldZeitung The Landa Park Municipal Golf Course could be in for drastic provided that patrons are willing to waitand up to million dollars can be scraped As well as redesigning parts of the one plan being considered includes building a walking trail mat would circle the courses Avail able trail funds from the city could help pay for this allowing developers to stretch city said Architect Bax ter Spann of Finger Dye Spann Walkers would be safe because the trail would be placed in spaces far from dan ger and only a small percent age of the trail would combine See Page 8A Putin wants anti missile system in exSoviet Republic By Terence Hunt AP White House Correspondent Germany Vladimir bitterly opposed to a missile shield in presented President Bush with a surprise counterproposal Thursday built around a Sovietera radar system in Azerbaijan rather than new defenses in Poland and the Czech Bush said it was an interesting sug gestion and promised to con sider Putins formula would force a major rethinking of plans for defending Europe against attack from hostile regimes such as Iran or North While outright accept ance of Putins idea appeared the White House seemed eager to avoid further inflaming tensions by giving it short The Russian president said he would abandon his threat to retarget missiles on Europe Bush accepted the Krem lins missiledefense propos This is a serious issue and we want to make sure that we all understand each others positions very Bush said after an hourlong meet ing with Speaking through a Putin said he was satisfied with the spirit of openness from With relations at a postCold War the See Page 8A Preengineering classes open to high schoolers 4B board considering CTTC progam funding By David Salah Rauf The HeraldZeitung High school juniors from four area school districts now will have the opportunity to earn col lege credit and jump start a future career in engineering or manufacturing while finishing high Starting this the Central Texas Technology Center located at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport will offer preengineering classes as part of the new Manufacturing and Technology The available to high school juniors from New Seguin and Navarro school is designed to provide experience and job opportunities for stu dents interested in preengineer ing or Similar programs have been offered to high school students in San Antonio but not in the New Braunfels During the students will work first hand with instruc tors from Phillips College in San Antonio and will use profes sional by Alamo Community College Dis trict in a classroom setting at There curriculum will comprise a variety of high school classes and six collegelevel Students who complete the program also will receive cer tification in different fields and will have the opportunity to earn 24 to 27 college credits at the end of the twoyear The col lege credits can then be applied to a bachelors said Becky Comal ISD director of career and technical The students that are want ing to go the preengineer See Page 8A WJU11UIIUIWU The Uptown is a Great Place for Entertainment or Just a Nice Evening Out Downstairs in the Prince SoJms inn 295 San Antonio
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