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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 29, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas REWARD OFFERED FOR TIPS ABOUT MOST WANTED CLASSIFIEDS, 10 ■IR/IIIIII 50o New Braunfels TUESDAY NOVEMBER 29.2011 herald-zeitu n g. com SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852 ► GOMAL COUNTY    ^ — Bum Councfl postpones vote ONLIIME Scan this QR code to download TCEQ outdoor burning rules or read this story at herald-zeitung,com ban lifted Most recent ban instated on Oct. 20 after no rain By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitunq Kt'( pnt r.iins brought some muc h-nee(k*ii mois-tur(‘ to ('om.vt County's par( hed ficlfis anil [pastures, and allovv(‘d Cx)untv fudge Sherman Krause to lift the county's long-stand-i n g burn ban. "Finally/' said K r a u s e , who canceled the burn ban on Monday. I X c e p t tor a short |)» riod after rains about six weeks ago, the (irought-slric ken county has had a burn ban in ettVct smc (' February. Krause said it's highly likt'lv that a nec‘d exists in th(‘ t c)unt\ tor the open burning of brush, construc -lu)n riebris and refuse. 'When we have the opportunity lo lift the burn b.tn l)ecause the danger of the dry (onditions that we've had no longer exists, we ru*ed to take that oppor-turiif\’ and itff the burn ban," Kr.utse said He said rams drof)|xd the drought ind(‘x, a nieasun* of dryness <uid firt* danger, to fh(> SOO k'vel. Burn bans are ty[)icaliy orch'red when th(‘ indc'X ex( cH'ds ')()(). The 14-day oull( K)k c <ills tor the drought index to remain in the 400-500 rangcv Since [('bruary, Con'iai has had only an 1 1 -day rc'spite from the burn ban following early Octobc'r r.iins. The ban was reinstated on Oi t. 20 after dry' conditions r t ‘t u rnec I. Viol a to rs fac ed tines of uf) to $500. Krause* said those who wish to l)urn must still follow' staff' l.iws regarding outdoor burning. Those ruh's recjuire tires to be attendcnl, prohibit outdoor burning until one hour aitc'r sunrise. F^ntos by LAURA McKENZIF I Hwalrt-Zeitii Karen Dietz, center, and John Pantermuetil join fellow concerned citizens as they watch a presenldlion on the New Brauntels-Segiun Area Region Transportation Draft Pian during fVIonday's city council meeting Council OKs first reading of ordinance Rule is companion to can ban; would allow tubers to carry alcohol in containers through parks By Greg Bowen Tfie Herald-Zeitung The first reading of a (()m|)anion ordinanc e to the city's ban on disj)os-able containers on th(> C^omal and Guadalupe* rivers was a[)proved Monday night by New' [kaunfels City ('ounc il. A second and final reading is schc'duled for Dec. 12 City Attorney Val Acevedo said the companion ordinance would make it lawful for tubers with non-disp)sable containers filled with alcoholic beverage's to carry their drinks through c ity parks w'ith river ac cc'ss. { urrently, Ac evedo said, it is a (rimc' to possess an open container of alcohol or to consumc» ale ohol tn the' c ity's [)arks. Ihe new orclinance' would allow tube'rs to carry closed and sealed rn)n-disposable ceynlain-c'rs from their cars to the rivers, but not to con sume those drinks, in the' following parks; Prince' Solms Park, Hinman Island Park, C ypress Bend Park, the* c ity-ownc'd tuber exit on the' See PARKS. Page 6 City Attorney Val Acevedo responds lo questions on Monday from members of city council concerning an amendment allowing adults to carry alcohol in non-disposable containers In several city parks and public areas. Members want more study on proposals By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeituftg Nc’w Braunfc'ls ( ity (oun c il post[)onecl a dc( ision on a [)roposed new tr.insporfa tion plan Monday night, saving more me'f'tings and study are' ne'C'eied on wlu'ther to ine lude the 1 o n g - d I s * c usse'd outer loo ret) Ybarra ) or ate It with «I nenver parkvva\ plan." The* outer 1(K)[), whic h has Ix'en in development on state* and loc al lev(*ls shk e the 1 ‘K)Os, doc's not a )pe<ir in the c Its's [)ropose*r new tr.msportation pl.in, whuli is Ix'ing dc'veloped as p.irt (H an e'ftort to c reatc' <i munu ipal planning organi/atK>n in the* Ne>w Braunlels/'Se'giun re'gion. In the propos.il, the* oiitC’r loop is repla< e*cl with p.irk-w.iys —- smalle'r more* e'nvi-ronment.ill\ triendlv thor oughfare's roughK fnir-ronng the norfhi'rn, sotilh e*rn and e'asfe*rn portions of the oufc*r loop's would l)e route around the* ( itv. The p.irkway plan, t re'.U-e*d bv c it\ staff during the last few months removes propose*d outer loop road wav at ross the ('iu.Klalu(»( Kivc'r at Rive*r Road and over c'nvironmt'ntalK sc*nsiti\e arenas t>n the t itv s [lorthwc'sf si(k*. ( ountil me-mber Miki* Ybarra drew ap|)lause* wlu'n he* ( uc'stioned vvhc'thei it wou d be wise lo ab.intlon an t)ute*r loop plan that has bet*n studied tor years iti lavt)r t)f the parkwav pl.ui which, he said, "manv ol us had not st>en be'forc* t)r had time ft) trv to understaiul," "There are a lot t)t t|ue*s-tions that nc't'd to be* answerc'd before* we make a tlt*c ision ol this magnitude," he saifl. "The implications tould have* a dr.istic e*tte*t t on homt's and propc*rtv.' See PARKWAY, Page 6 GOP confident as filing period opens WEATHER, 6 ELLE ROCHA GOODWIN FRÄ2IER ELEMENTARY By Drew Stone The Herald-Zeituiig ( omal and Guadaluf)e County Republican Party chairmen say the*y are confident the local GOP will field strong candidate's in the March 2012 primary. As for the Democ rats, well, [)ar- ty officials are just hoping they'll have a candidate in each race. Monday markc'd the first day of filing for the primary election. Already, several Re*|)ul)lican candidates have filc'd with their party's chairmen, but only a few have on the [)e'moc rafie side. local office*s up for ek'ction in Comal County are county tt>m-missit)ne*r [)re*c inc ts 1 and 5, sheriff, tax asse'ssor/collec tor, ( ourt at Law 2 judge*, and all tour ct)nstable' prec I nets. Republicans filing on the first day inclutle incumbents luclge ( harlc's Ste )he>ns, Tax Assessor/C'ol-lecte)r Kat tv Talcott, Precinc t 1 ('onstable Ben Scroggin and Pret int t 2 ( onstable Mii hael Hammes. On the Dc'mocratic lAri'tv side, See FILINGS, Page 6 Herald'Zeitung moving Friday On Friday, the Herald-Zeitung IS moving to 549 Landa St. The Herald-Zeitung will be closed Friday, but production will continue. If you need to reach us Friday, call (830) 625-5232 or email news^Mierald-zeitung.com. The new Herald-Zeitung office will be at 549 Landa St., next to Landa Tire and Automotive. Texas asks court to block new maps AUSTIN (AP) lexas' attorney general asked the LJ.S. Supreme (ourt on Monday to block a federal court from im()lementing ternpo-rary, new political maps as candidates for elected oftk i^s in Texas starte'd filing for election. Sc)me candidates already changed their plans — and a handful announcc'd retirements—^^fter a federal court in San Antejnie) shook Abbott things up last wtvk by drawing ne\v [)olit-ical maps tor the state to usewhile its r;edistric:ting fight continuc's. A stay issued by the nation's highest court cpiilcl cause more upheaval and X)ssii)|y rc'sult in the Marc h (> primary 3eing eielaye'd until May. Lawmakers redniw aistric ts every 10 years to reflect changes in population re[)e»rte'(i by the census. Texas' Republi-can-cohtrolled Legislature drew up new Sunny High; 0G tow: 36 AMy 10 Classifieds ...... __ ____ 10 Comics 9 Crosswords . . 9 Fqiud]_____________ .„.4 Obituaries.......... ... PJanagr....... 8 Sports 7 TV 11 Voi Í59 I No 16 1 siiction, 1Ü pages For breaking news, sports scores, weather, traffic and niid-day updates, follow us on Twitter ©NewBraunfelsHZ il Learn what's in tomorrow's paper, offer news tips, receive alerts. Become a Nevy Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Facebook See REDISTRICTING. Page 6 5 ' 56825 00001 50 cents Receive the Herald-Zeitung e newsletter in your e-mail box each morning; herald-zeitunQ.com.