New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 10, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
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Bush seeks immigration plan support, tougher border enforcement
YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — President Bush boasted of tougher enforcement along the Mexican border Monday as he tried to revive his stalled efforts to overhaul U.S. immigration laws. Many of his fellow Republicans in Congress
are opposing him.
Frustrated by his failure to get a bill approved last year when the COP was in charge, Bush said prospects look brighter in the Democratic Congress. “I think the atmosphere up there is good right
now,” he said.
His message — particularly to conservative critics from his own party—was that stepped-up border enforcement is working and it’s time to adopt a temporary worker program, hold U.S.
employers accountable for the workers they hire and resolve the status of the millions of illegal immigrants already in the United States.
I Ie saluted the opening of a new border patrol station in this
southwest corner of Arizona and said, “This border is more secure and America is safer as a result.” The president was joined by Sen. Jon Kyi, the Arizona Republican
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Drug busts net seven arrests
■ Sheriff’s office task force raids two NB homes
By Jessica Sanders
Two New Braunfels residents were arrested early Friday morning when Comal County officers raided their home.
The Comal County Narcotics Task Force found cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana during a 2 a.m. search of 36-year-old Michael Sanchez’ residence, task force commander and Comal County sheriff 's Capt. Dennis Koepp said Monday.
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River Crossing residents want out of Bulverde^ ETJ
By Jessica Sanders
BULVERDE — River Crossing subdivision residents hope a petition will keep their neighborhood from becoming part of Bulverde.
During Tuesday’s council meeting, Bulverde City Council will hear a presentation from residents of River Crossing who are asking to be released from the extra-territorial jurisdiction.
Bulverde Mayor Sarah Stevick said the council can choose to reject the request or to vote on an ordinance that would release the subdivision from the extra-territorial jurisdiction.
When completed, River Crossing will include hundreds of homes east of Bulverde and some commercial plats along the north side of Texas 46.
Several River Crossing residents attended Bulverde home rule charter information meetings in January and voiced concerns that the city would annex their subdivision.
The home rule charter, which goes before voters on May 12, allows the city more freedom from state regulations. The charter would also allow the city council to annex property without request from landowners.
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I lenry Perez, one of die Spring Branch area residents who attended the Jan. 22 public meeting, said it was unfair that residents of the one-mile extra-territorial jurisdiction were not granted a vote.
“If we are annexed, we don’t have a say until we're already in the city and paying city taxes. To us, it looks like taxation without representation," he said.
Only city residents — not residents of Bulverde’s one-mile extra-territorial jurisdiction — can vote in the upcoming election.
Stevick said that council members and city staff do not plan on any mass annexations. Instead, they want to make sure the city takes
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New city logo presented to council
By Suzanne Ashe
San Antonio artist Jeff I leinke captured the symbolic longevity and spirit of New Braunfels when he “played hooky” one day and sat in Linda Park on the banks of the Comal River to design die city’s new logo.
T he logo, the first step in a branding campaign for die city, was unveiled at Monday night’s city council meeting by I leinke, who was hired to create the logo, and Stacey litird, director of the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department.
I leinke said he was looking for elements the community could rally behind.
“I saw a city that remembers the past and embraces the future," he said.
I leinke said, to him, the oak tree is symbolic of the longevity and growth of the city. The lines underneath the wording in green and blue, he said, imitate die Guadalupe and Comal rivers that flow through the city
What else did the council act on? See Page 2
and symbolize the spirit of the community.
Laird said the logo was conceptualized by a community relations committee that was formed to focus on promoting die city and the positive activities within the community.
“ File committee of 15 people from all different backgrounds filled out a survey," l.aird said. “They wrote down words they thought symbolized New Braunfels. Then we
gave the words to the artist."
Laird said 11 new police cars are ready to be pinstriped with die new blue and green colors.
“As other new vehicles come in, they will also get stripped," she said.
The current city seal is embedded into the background of city stationery and business cards and will be retained as a watennark which will allow the new logo to be more visible.
The oak tree on the left hand side of the logo represents the deep roots of New Braunfels including traditions, values and people.The oak tree was chosen due to its prominence in the area and is said to be reminiscent of the Founder's Oak in Landa Park.
The two lines underneath the wording represent the two rivers that run through the town and provide foundation for the image.The type face and colors are uniform with the recently adopted wayfinding signage.Remember! EZPAY
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Lawsuit filed to stop river rules
By Mark Koopmans
Hie raging stream of discord between some local businesses and the City of New Braunfels reached new levels Thursday, when a San Antonio law finn filed a petition for temporary restraining order on the river ordinances.
The four ordinances regulate cooler sb.es, prohibit alcohol consumption in Hinman Island and Prince Solms parks, and ban beer bongs and Jell-0 shots on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers. They have gradually gone into effect since last june.
The temporary restraining order, temporary injunction and permanent injunction petition was filed in the 207th District Court. Lead attorney Scott Tschirhart said the case is scheduled to be heard in New Braunfels District Court at 9 a.m., April 26.
According to court records, it was filed on behalf of an unincorporated association of business owners and residents that calls itself “Stop The Ordinances Please.”
“‘STOP’ is made up of a large group of people who feel
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Group wants cooler restriction, bans on beer bongs, Jell-0 shot, open containers overturned
What river rules are in force in the city of New Braunfels? See Page 3