New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 12, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAY April 12, 2001
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Vol. ISO, No, 130Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
LLS, China standoff ends with crew’s release
U.S. says it is ‘very sorry’ craft landed without permission
WASHINGTON (AP) — Presi-dent Bush said Wednesday he looked forward to welcoming home the crew of the U.S. surveillance plane after a delicate diplomatic compromise ended their 12-day detention in China.
“We can’t wait for them to get home,” Bush told students at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., about two hours before a charter plane took off from Hainan island with the 24 crew members
aboard. The plane was refueling in Guam early Thursday before continuing to Hawaii, where they will see doctors and be debriefed.
But the Navy plane remained in Chinese hands, its future to be taken up at a joint meeting April 18. “The diplomacy continues, the discussions will continue,” a State Department spokesman said.
The EP-3E Aries II, crammed with surveillance equipment, collided with a Chinese fighter jet on April I and made on emergency landing on the island in southern China. Crew members worked to delete top-secret codes and intelligence before the Chinese boarded.
Texans await return of family members on plane./3A
With the charter in the air, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley said a 13-member team of psychologists, physicians, intelligence officers and other specialists was on the plane to check on the crew’s health and begin debriefings.
“What we’re looking for is before the details of the colhsidn start to fade ... with time, we want to see if we can capture their memories ... and get their understanding, in their own perceptions, in their own words, of the details surrounding
the accident,” Quigley said.
China’s acceptance Wednesday of a letter in which the United States said it was “very sorry” the Chinese pilot was lost and the U.S. plane had not sought permission to land broke the stalemate on the crew’s return. The Chinese had demanded a full apology.
In Washington, Democrats and Republicans alike congratulated Bush because it was hard to argue with the results of his diplomatic juggling act and low-key leadership style in his first foreign pokey test. In his first major act as commander in chief, Bush waited out the Chinese with a seasoned foreign pokey
team that never shed its united front and repatriated the captive American servicemen and -women.
Despite the overall satisfaction on Capitol Hill, there remained those BUSH who said Bush’s confrontational style was at times too harsh, his soothing words to soft. More than that, some in Congress geared up for trade moves against China and were urging the administration to go ahead with arms sales to Taiwan.
CL group opposesGBRArequest
By Amy Clarkson
A group of Canyon Lake businessmen who are opposed to the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority proposed permit amendment plan to meet next week to discuss how the amendment will affect the area economicaky and environ-mentaky.
Led bv BiU Womack, the group wik meet at 7 p.m. April 19 at Papa Docks Restaurant in Canyon Lake. The GBRA proposes to take an additional 11,000 acre-feet of water each year out of Canyon Lake. Of that amount, 4,000 wik be sold to Bexar County. In exchange, Bexar County will pay for part of a pipekne to send water into parts of Western Comal County, including Bulverde. There are 325,000 gakons of water in a single acre-foot, essentiaky the amount of water it takes to cover one acre of land one foot deep.
“We have been fighting this amendment for months,” Womack said. “We’ve been gathering information from several sources and are ready to present what we’ve found. I think people need to know that this is going to negatively affect us.”
A representative from the GBRA and the Corps of Engineer also will be present at the meeting to present information.
“We don’t want this permit,” Womack said. “And it’s time that we ak puk together for the good of the area.”
The GBRA recently held a public meeting at the New Braunfels Civic Center to hear comments about the permit. About 200 peopleSee GBRA/3A
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A day out in New Braunfels
Joanna Flanagan-Revis, marketing director for A Lady’s Day Out Inc., visits with Treefrog Ed Owner Karen McDonell, right, and Sausage, a blue-tongue skink, Tuesday at Treefrog Ed. Revis is researching businesses for the New Braunfels chapter in the book “A Lady’s Day Out.”
Author visiting NB for chapter in Texas installment of book series
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
Children love Treefrog Ed -the special seminars, the five snakes and kzards and especiaky the books and toys.
Thanks to a book series author who is visiting New Braunfels, children across the country wik also know about the special things at the store.
Joanna Flanagan-Revis is in town this week, visiting unusual stores, restaurants and hotels for a book series known as “A Lady’s Day Out.” The book on Texas included a New Braunfels Chapter, she said.
“We’re looking for anything that’s reaky special,” Revis said.
“Anything that’s different, unusual — just reaky unique to New Braunfels. That’s why we’re going (Tuesday) to Treefrog Ed and to Eaglebear Gakeria.”
In the current Texas edition, the New Braunfels chapter is just a few pages. Flanagan-Revis hopes to expand it — with a kttle help from local businesses.Contactinformation-
Joanna Flanagan-Revis is visiting local businesses for the book series “A Lady’s Day Out.” She can be reached by cell phone at (817) 528-5294. She leaves Friday morning.
“If you have something special, if theres something unique about your shop or restaurant, or hotel, then I want to know,” she said. “We’re stik open to go to new places and look around.”
Revis is only in town until Friday morning, she said. Any businesses that want to be included in the book should contact her. There is a small fee to be included in the book, she said.
“A Lady’s Day Out” started eight years ago, born from one woman’s wish to know more about shops in Texas towns, such as Fredericksburg.
On a trip back from Fredericksburg, Paula Ramsey decided to write a book on the tourist town to let other families know where to go to find unusual shops and restaurants. Years later, the series now includes 12 books. Ramsey’s daughter, Jennifer, took over the business when her mother died this past summer.
The group is working on its 13th and 14th books — “A Lady’s Day Out in Mississippi” and the third volume of “A Lady’s Day Out in Texas.” Whke New Braunfels has been featured in the books before, Revis said they want to expand the section to truly show people what the city has to offer.
“People who may only come here for the rivers may decide to take a look downtown,” she said. “Or people who wouldn’t come here because they don’t tube down the rivers might decide to spend a weekend because of the antique shops and the historic district.”
Even chain stores are invited toSee DAY OUT/3A
Transportainment, Wasser Strasse study could be presented in May
By Amy Clarkson
Presentation of a plan to create a new “transportainment” system along the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers in New Braunfels has been moved back one month, designers say.
A vision of NBGS, sister company to Schlitterbahn, the Wasser Strasse, or river walk, and transportainment canal system was proposed to city council this past November. The council asked the company and its officials to come up with a proposal and feasibility study and bring it back to counck. Organizers said that would take about six months.
“The study’s going well,” said Bob Sohn, the engineer in charge of the study. “But we’ve hit some snags from the NBGS side, so we have to wait to finish some little issues.”
Many of the snags come from the water park’s busy staff, says Sherrie Brammall, public relations director for Schlitterbahn.
“We’ve been so busy — trying to put the park together here and get it ready to open. We have some new rides here too,” she said. “We’re also working on opening a brand-new park at South Padre Island.”
The park at South Padre will use much of the technology that is planned to be used in the “transportainment”See RIVER WALK/3A
New committee to study city ordinances
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
Creating a flexible, performance-based subdivision ordinance tops the list of goals for the newly created Subdivision Ordinance Committee.
Bom from attempts to address New Braunfels’ drainage problems, the Subdivision Ordinance Committee plans to re-write the city’s subdivision ordinance. The committee started meeting four months ago under the direction of Councilman Robert Kendrick to come up with an ordinance that addresses the amount of impervious cover a developer can place on a property.
Now officially sanctioned by the Planning and Zoning Commission, the committee held its inaugural meeting Wednesday night. The members addressed the scope of the work and looked at the ordinance as it now stands.
Made up of engineers, developers and lawyers, the committee listed the following as its main objectives durihg the course of the work:
• Tb make sure the definitions and language throughout the city’s planning and zoning ordinances are identical — including the Tree Ordinance, the Planning and Zoning Ordinance and the Drainage Ordinance.See COMMITTEE/5A
Passing the baton
CHRIS PACE/Herald-ZeitungUnicorn Cherita Mannie takes the handoff from Michelle Carson Wednesday in the varsity girls 400 meter relay at the District 27-4A Track and Field Meet at New Braunfels High School. See related story/1 B.