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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 16, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas JUNE ZEITUNG SPORTS NEWS LITTLE LEAGUE EMPLOYMENT Area teams fare well on the I Despite recent gloomy first day of Little League j economic Texas tournament I jobless rate Page 8A Page 3A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 186 20 2 sections CLICK Possible heavy rtin High Low 90 71 Details1B DEAR ABBY 38 CLASSIFIEDS w COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 21 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES tA SPORTS 8A TV GRIDS M Slow start to summer tubing season By David Saleh Rauf The Herald Zeitung A preliminary report on riv er managment fees paid to the city of New Braunfels indicates a drop in the total number of tubers on the Comal River this year that is hitting business owners where it hurts the most their On at least three Comal river outfitters report ed that their business has dropped by nearly 50 percent compared to last The figures for May were released to the HeraldZeitung late Friday afternoon and appear to substantiate what business owners have feared since the city council passed a group of controversial river ordinances New regulations would deter tourism on the river in would equate to less money in their The river managment fee is a levy that outfitters are charged for each person who rents water recreation equip ment or purchases a ride from an outfitter that operates or uses facilities within city lim The which are arent audited and by city bMirtahcfevafecollected by outfitters for payment to the According to the citys fig Texas Tubes which submitted nearly in fees in 2006 paid about last In May of it paid The numbers for Texas Tubes indicate a 52 percent drop in business and a loss of more than people for Outfitters say tubers are confused by new city staying away from Comal River the month of May Business is down a sub stantial said Sondra coowner of Texas Weve had a lot of our long time regulars say theyll never come back to the city of New What the river fee manage ment numbers dont say is exactly how much money the outfitters are losing And business owners arent saying adopting a mums the word philosophy that leaves exact totals Reno did say that cash flow has Another Comal River out fitter Felgers Tube Rental reported paying about in management fees last In May of it paid about which appears to indicate that Fel gers Tube Rentals put about 700 fewer people on the river this Business is very See Page 10A Some river outfitters have paid in river management tos that appear to reflect a substantial decrease in the number of on the Comal Some people blame the citys river rujfs for dettrring City ordinance cads for outfitters to pay per rtvtr Comal Rapid Transit Felgers Tubes Texas Tubes 2006 Source City of BraunMe Weekend could be wet National Weather Service offi cials forecast storms to cross the Interstate 35 corridor early WEEKEND FORECAST SATURDAY chance of heavy rain SUNDAY DAVID Texas Tubes employees Casey Wright and Davidson ring up customers waiting to make a splash on the Comal River Friday Additional storms are expected to bring rain through Sunday with breaks of 12 to 18 hours between Most loca tions will receive from a halfinch to one inch of but no doubt some loca tions will see repeated rainfall and iso lated totals of 5 to 7 forecaster Larry Eblen The first 2 or so inches of rain will saturate the soil and any rainfall after that will turn into flash he chance of storms Perry cuts million from vetoes 49 bills Special projects at universities axed By April Castro Associated Press Writer Criticizing mil lions of dollars in porkbarrel Rick Perry signed the states next twoyear budget vetoing million in costs he deemed unnecessary Many of the cuts were made to higher education and items lawmakers had advocated specifically for their communi Perry criticized the flurry of earmarks for colleges and slashing mil lion for such special The 2008 and 2009 which amounts to almost increases state spending by billion from the current budget Most of the growth is in edu human servic criminal justice and the Lawmakers started with an expected billion and used all but about Not one cent of more than billion unspent by this legislature went to additional tax Perry See Page 3A Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund tax eliminated By Kelley Shannon Associated Press Writer The 80th Legislature AUSTIN Rick Perry made his final rul ings Friday on legisla tion approved by Texas law vetoing 49 bills that came out of the fivemonth The Republican governor had until Sunday to decide whether to sign or veto but he planned to get it all done before the On Perry announced hed signed the 200809 state budget into allocating billion for state pro He used his lineitem veto power to get rid of million from the budget that lawmakers Vetoing bills from Democ rats and Republicans Perry used his veto pen on some legislation before the 140day session ended May 28 and announced Friday he was striking down dozens of other One of the vetoed meas Perry would have See Page 3A New resource for parents in conflict The childrens exchange room at Connections has recently been redecorated and contains a closed circuit television Connections opens child custody exchange location By NUtrk The HeraldZeitung Local residents embroiled in parental disputes have a new resource to safely and securely exchange their children for weekend visitation Connections Individual and Family a 26yearold nonprofit agency that provides education and emergency residential programs across 18 counties in south central is offering a neutral site to transfer chil dren to a noncustodial parent at its regional headquarters in New officials said The Connections Kids Exchange pro gram offers a safe and neutral envi ronment for supervised and the transfer of children between said Sandy assistant director and program The kids exchange can help couples who are divorc ing or those in paternity situations by providing a place where parents do not have to come into contact with each oth Sheelar The visits take place in a monitored or structured setting with staff Services are also avail able if a parent has concerns about their childrens visits with the other Connections also offers family coun seling as as well as providing assistance in finding a solution to custody and visitation the See Page 3A
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