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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 21, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas                                W IT JUNE HERALD ZEITUNG Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since SPORTS PartG of the 6A Little CLICK Baseball and Softball schedules revised affter rain postpones some Page BA j 190 14 2 sections SO0 40 chance of storms High Low 88 71 Details 18 DEAR ABBY 3t CLASSIFIEDS 41 COMICS 21 CROSSWORD 21 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES SA SPORTS BA TV GRIDS N Comal passes budget 10 percent hike due in large part to reappraisals By Mark Koopmana The HeraldZeitung The Comal Appraisal Dis trict board of directors has approved and adopted its budget for 2008 following a public hearing The total which takes effect is That is an increase of more than or about 10 from this years adopt ed officials Much of thtf is due to 2008 being a re appraisal Every three property owners are sent a mandatory notice of apprais Chief Appraiser Lynn Rqdgers County Judge Danny Scheel and New Braunfels Mayor Bruce Boyer were among those who spoke in relationship to their own par ticular Rodgers we had no one who spoke up against any of the line items on the The appraisal district is sup ported by payments split between the 15 governing bodies of the school cities and towns served by the appraisal For call 830 or visit Mark Koopmans can be reached at Lynn Rodgers Havoc on the highways PHOTOS BY DAVID A Jeep Liberty lies on its roof on southbound Interstate 35 just north of Schwab Road after rains and unsafe speed caused several accidents Wednesday wreck stall 135 By Mark Koopmana The HeraldZeitung The storm system that blew through Comal County left misery in its wake but also the discovery thai ji frontage road makes for an impromptu thousands of drivers unexpectedly found themselves in a 4milelong parking lot along Interstate 35 Wednesday The 10 traffic jam started close to mile marker 180 after an unidentified woman driving a silver Jeep Liberty travel ing southbound on 135 lost control in heavy rain that developed overnight in the Dallas said meteorologist Larry Eblen with the National Weather Service in New First responders arriving at the scene found the who was not transport ed to the sitting in the truck of a friend who had been several cars back See Page 8A A Chevrolet Suburban splashes through high water at the intersection of North Walnut Avenue and West San Antonio Street Wednesday Corps opens Canyon Lake flood gates The Canyon Lake release rate was slowed but with heavy officials havent decid ed if it will be dropped On the elevation of Canyon Lake Dam was feet above sea so the Army Corps of Engineers opened the flood gates to release water at up to cubic feet per second into the Guadalupe The plan was to lower the lake to 910 and have the release rate back at a tuberfriendly 600 cfs by the officials were in a holding pattern right Canyon Lake manager Tim Horn said Wednesday after Were at with a release at about cfs in response to the lakes Its too early to say what will happen A decision will probably be taken Thursday Bush pulls out veto pen again on stem cell bill By Dab Riachmann Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON Vetoing a stem cell bill for the second President Bush on Wednesday sought to placate those who dis agree with him by signing an exec utive order urging scientists toward what he termed ethically responsible research in the Bush announced no new feder al dollars for stem cell which supporters say holds the promise of disease and his order would not allow researchers to do anything they couldnt do under existing Announcing his veto to a room ful of Bush If this legislation became it would compel American taxpay ers for the first time in our history to support the deliberate destruc tion of human I made it clear to Congress and to the Ameri can people that I will not allow our nation to cross this moral We also intend to continue bringing this up until we have a prostem cell Presi dent and a prostem cell Diana DeGette Democrat from Colorado and chtef iponaor of 1 vatoad scientists to work with the govern ment to add other kinds of stem cell research to the list of projects eli gible for federal long as it does not cre harm or destroy human Democrats dis missed Bushs veto as a moral and his executive order as a mean ingless gesture He vetoed similar embryonic meant to trick people into thinking stem cell legislation last he had advanced stem cell His executive order encourages They said they would hold votes to try to override the veto or at least give the issue more air We also intend to continue bringing this up until we have a prostem cell president and a pro stem cell said one of the Houses chief Diana Senate Democrats were expect ed to begin the process by trying to attach embryonic stem ceil legjsla tion this week to a mustpass appropriations bill for the Labor and Health and Human Services By the 2008 elec they Bushs veto of See Page 7A FIND IT IN OUR MORE IN IT FOR YOU Expert outlines omnibus water bill State and city officials briefed on Senate Bill By David Salah Rauf The HeraldZeitung The Chairman of the Guadalupe Basin Coalition presented an overview of Senate Bill 3 an omnibus water bill recently signed into Greater New Braun fels Chamber of Commerce members Wednesday morning at the New Braunfels Utilities board The joint meeting between the cham bers Legislative Affairs and Natural Resources commit tees focused on clar ifying the complexi ties of a of political compro mise that could have farreaching implications for the While there are many things in this bill we dont there are some things that could prove good for Michael Meek President of Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce million people in South Central Texas who depend on the Edwards The overview was provided by Tom who also serves as director of water and water for the city of San Taggart presented about 30 state and city officials with specifics about a bill with state wide water implications and how it will affect the New Braunfels area and stake holders dependent on the The presentation highlighted a set of amendments within the bill that specifi cally target the Edwards Among the most discussed items was the lifting of pumping Chamber President Michael Meek Under Senate Bill which was signed by Rick Perry on Friday and becomes effective the Edwards Aquifer See Watar Page 3A city meet this morning in District Court From staff report Officials from both sides of the river ordinance lawsuit are set to meet during a public hearing scheduled for 9 today at the 207th District 150 Seguin in New Attorneys for both sides met Stop the Ordinances Please attor ney Scott Tschirhart said no agreement had been City attorney Alan Way land and outside legal counsel Mick McK amie declined to The lawsuit aimed at throwing out the citys new river ordinances regulating cooler size and other rules on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers was orig inally filed with the Comal County Dis trict Court in Search   

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