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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 17, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas THE SUNDAY JUNE 2007 HERALDZEITUNG LIFE RIVIRS OP TEXAS Fish some of the states treasures this Fathers Page 1C Teacher pay The need to stay competitive has NBISD comparing its salaries with other districts By David Salah Rauf The HeraldZeitung Like most in her Julie Estes didnt become a teacher for the When she started working for the New Braunfels Inde pendent School District 10 years she knew that other school districts in the City ISO and about less than a teacher with 10 years experience at Lackland ISO in San The substantial discrepan cy in pay is an issue that has resonated across the district for some leaving many to conclude one thing Pay scales for teachers in the NBISD need to become area were not just paying teachers more they were paying a lot raise wouW cost the district about raise wouM cost the district about r o u n n g the students and the dis tricts reputa tion solidified Estes decision to work for the For those components are enough to keep the 38 yearold communication and student leadership teacher at New Braunfels High School though she continues to make substantially less than her peers in neighboring school On Estes makes about less than a teacher with the same tenure at the ShertzCiboloUniversal more compet itive and quickly or the overall quality of edu cation could suffer at trie hands of expe rienced teach ers leaving for jobs with bet ter My con cern lately has been that were losing a lot of amazing teach ers because of the Estes We need to be Quality educa tion comes from qualified thats what it comes down Youre not going to get highly qualified teachers if you dont pay them Estes concern is one that is shared by New Braunfels school board who See Page 9A President pledges to veto excessive spending By Deb Riechmann Associated Press Writer ident Bush warned Congress on Saturday that he will use his veto power to stop run away government The American people do not want to return to the days of taxandspend Bush said in his radio The House passed a billion budget for the Homeland Security Department on Fri but Republicans rallied enough votes to uphold a promised veto from The of sev eral annual spending bills that Congress began to consider this week exceeds Bushs request for the department by The hoping to appease Republicans who demand fiscal has pledged to keep overall spend ing to the level in Bushs pro posed budget in Feb The president has had uneven Most Democrats added billion to an Iraq war funding money President Bush not sought by Bush AU Democrats plan spending increases for annu al agency budgets of about billion above the White House budget House GOP conservatives See Page 9A SPORTS OPEN GOLF Baddeley aims to stay ahead of Woods on the final day at Page 1B Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 187 36 5 sections CLICK I i Heavy rain I High Low I 85 73 s Details3B DEAR ABBY 3E CLASSIFIEDS 10 COMICS ec CROSSWORD 6C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS IB TV GRIDS Police City river citations number about same as 06 Cooler citations being but most frequent violations are alcoholrelated By David Saleh Rauf The HeraldZeitung Citations on both the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers so far this year are on par with last the fact that the number of tubers is substantially New Braunfels Police Officers patrolling the rivers said Satur Exact figures were not available as of Saturday after noon but Zac a river patrol con firmed that citation numbers were about even with last even though the number of people police are seeing and dealing with is actually New ordinances approved last spring by the New Braunfels City Council that affect the entire Comal and the portion of the Guadalupe River within the city See Page 12A DAVID Tubers enjoying the Comal River have more space than last but police say not everyone is following the Passport delay DAVID Comal County Assistant Civil Coordinator Angela Umphrey processes a passport application at the courthouse Friday Four month wait is forecast for applications By Mark Koopmmw The HeraldZeitung Passport requests for citizens vis iting Mexico and the Caribbean have been lifted until But the Comal County District Clerks office in New Braunfels warned people about the backlog of passport The District Clerks which processes passport applications at its location on the third floor of the Comal County Courthouse is one of only two locations in the county where passports applications are handled New Braunfels Post Office is the Weve been overwhelmed since the new rules were District Clerk Kathy Faulkner said Thats why I decided to change our applica tion times to Monday to Friday from 8 to 3 instead of Our staff needed the extra time to get their work While travel to most international destinations already required a pass the current backlog appears to stem from a January 2007 decision by the Departments of State and Homeland The new rule meant anyone including citizens traveling by air between the United States and Central and South the Caribbean and Bermuda were required to present a valid The temporary lifting of the restric tions is confined to those who have applied have not received their All other rules still according to information on the Department of States Web In the county processed a total of about and I just ran a report and weve already passed applications this Faulkner Thats the same as last year in only six See Page 11A THE SONIFR GROUP mtmm m
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