New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, June 16, 2007

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

June 16, 2007

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 16, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas SATURDAY, JUNE 16,2007 SPORTS LITTLE LEAGUE NEWS Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. EMPLOYMENT Area teams fare well on the | Despite recent gloomy Vol. 154, No. 186 20 pages, 2 sections 500 first day of Little League tournament play. Page 8A economic forecasts,Texas jobless rate drops. Page 3A i t + I 6 1 DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 5B + COMICS 2B FORUM Possible heavy rain High Low j 90 71 I SP0RTS CROSSWORD 2B 4A Details 1 OBITUARIES 3A 8A 3B TV GRIDS By David Saleh Rauf The Herald Zeitung A preliminary report on river 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 wallets. On Friday, at least three Comal river outfitters reported that their business has dropped by nearly 50 percent compared to last year. The figures for May were released to the Herald-Zeitung 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 and, in turn, would equate to less money in their pockets. The river managment fee is a $1.25 levy that outfitters are charged for each person who rents water recreation equipment or purchases a ride from an outfitter that operates or uses facilities within city limits. The fees, which are aren't audited and are^mandated by city ordinance, ate'collected by outfitters for payment to the city. According to the city's figures, Texas Tubes - which submitted nearly $55,000 in fees in 2006 - paid about $3,700 last month. In May of 2006, it paid $7,750. The numbers for Texas Tubes indicate a 52 percent drop in business and a loss of more than 3,200 people for Outfitters say tubers are confused by new Another Comal River out- i city rules, staying away from Comal River - reported paying about litter - Felger's Tube Rental HlVOF IwlaiiafgeilteiWt FGGS the month of May alone. "Business is down a substantial amount," said Sondra Reno, co-owner of Texas TUbes. "We've had a lot of our long time regulars say they'll never come back to the city of New Braunfels." What the river fee manage- ment numbers don't say is exactiy how much money the outfitters are losing daily. And business owners aren't saying either, adopting a "mum's the word" philosophy that leaves exact totals unclear. Reno did F say that "cash flow" has decreased. $1,300 in management fees last month. In May of 2006, it paid about $2,150, which appears to indicate that Felger's Tube Rentals put about 700 fewer people on the river this May. "Business is very, very slow," See TUBING, Page 10A Some river outfitters have paid in river management fees that appear to reflect a substantial decrease in the number of tubers on the Comal River. Some people blame the city's river rules for deterring tourists. Crty ordinance calls for outfitters to pay $1.25 per river user. 2006 r , r Comal Rapid Transit $497.50 2007 .� i $282.50 B Felgpr's Tubes Texas Tubes $2,15750 $7,751.25 $1,313.75 $3,697.50 DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung TexasTubes employees Casey Wright and A.J. Davidson ring up customers waiting to make a splash on the Comal River Friday afternoon. Source; City of N6w Braunfels Weekend could be stormy, wet National Weather Service officials forecast storms to cross the Interstate 35 corridor Weekend Forecast SATURDAY 5080% chance of heavy rain SUNDAY early Saturday. Additional storms are expected to bring rain through Sunday with breaks of 12 to 18 hours between them. Most locations will receive from a half-inch to one inch of rain, but no doubt _____________ some locations will see repeated rainfall and isolated totals of 5 to 7 inches, forecaster Larry Eblen said. The first 2 or so inches of rain will saturate the soil and any rainfall after that will turn into flash flooding, he said. 4050% chance of storms Gov. Perry cuts $570 million from vetoes 49 bills Special projects at universities axed Many of the cuts were made to higher education and items lawmakers had advocated cation, human services, criminal justice and the environment. By April Castro Associated Press Writer specifically for their communi- Lawmakers started AUSTIN ties. Perry criticized the flurry of earmarks for colleges and universities, slashing $35.8 mil- Criticizing mil- lion for such special projects, billion. with an expected $14 billion surplus, and used all but about $7 Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund tax eliminated By Keiley Shannon Associated Press Writer lions of dollars in pork-barrel spending, Gov. Rick Perry signed the state's next two-year budget Friday, vetoing $570 million in costs he deemed unnecessary spending. The 80th Legislature had until Sunday to decide whether to sign or veto bills, but he planned to get it all done before the weekend. AUSTIN - Gov. Rick On Friday, Perry announced The 2008 and 2009 budget, which amounts to almost "Not one cent of more than $7 billion unspent $153 billion, increases state by this legislature went to spending by $7.7 billion from additional tax relief," Perry the current budget period. Most of the growth is in edu- See BUDGET, Page 3A Perry made his final rulings Friday on legislation approved by Texas lawmakers, vetoing 49 bills that came out of the five-month session. The Republican governor he'd signed the 2008-09 state budget into law, allocating $151.9 billion for state programs. He used his line-item veto power to get rid of $570 million from the budget tiiat lawmakers passed. Vetoing bills from Democrats and Republicans alike, Perry used his veto pen on some legislation before the 140-day session ended May 28 and announced Friday he was striking down dozens of odier bills. One of the vetoed measures, Perry said, would have See BILLS, Page 3A -LB- * ""V DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung The children's exchange room at Connections has recently been redecorated and contains a closed circuit television system. New resource for parents in nflict Connections opens child custody exchange location By Mark Koopmans The Herald-Zeitung Local residents embroiled in parental disputes have a new resource to safely and securely exchange their children for weekend visitation purposes. Connections Individual and Family Services, a 26-year-old nonprofit agency that provides counseling, education and emergency residential programs across 18 counties in south central Texas, is offering a neutral site to transfer children to a non-custodial parent at its regional headquarters in New Braunfels, officials said Friday. who are separated, divorced-or divorcing - or those in paternity situations by providing a place where parents do not have to come into contact with each other," Sheelar said. "The visits take place in a monitored or structured setting with staff supervision. Services are also avail- The Connections Kids Exchange pro- able if a P*161* has concerns about their gram offers a local, safe and neutral envi- children's visits with die other parent." ronment for supervised visitations, and the transfer of children between parties, said Sandy Sheelar, assistant director and program coordinator. "The kids exchange can help couples Connections' also offers family counseling as needed, as well as providing assistance in finding a solution to custody and visitation questions. However, the See PARENTS, Page 3A j m � A-.v,..^.U^.:--r^'-. 0856825000011 ;