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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 16, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas ****###**##### QI , ~~ "BWL ‘"J mS 1 IF s»r tvmnK U PASO r» ,LS Un,IL *^AV 780 APRIL 16. 2004 799u? '“''"lh "nil,,,1,11 SPORTS MAKE A SPLASH Landa Park Dolphins prepare for 42nd year and plan to take competitive swimming to a new level this season. Pag* BA SAVINGS $1 OFF Go see the New Braunfels Historic Model Railroad Society's annual show for $ 1 off adult admission. Page 3A Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 135 12 pages, 2 sections CLICK WWW. 500 00001"" 1 rP Peartly cloudy High Low 82 59 Details .... IB DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4-6B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5-6A TV GRIDS 3BBank robbery suspect apprehended By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A New Braunfels police official said Thursday a suspect in Monday's robbery of the Wal-Mart    Fairbank has been identified and arrested. Police Detective Lt. Mike Rust refused to give the suspect's name because he hadn’t been charged. “A suspect in the robbery has been arrested and is being held on unrelated charges at this time pending the issuance of a warrant/’ Rust said. The announcement came just after a press conference in Austin in which police officials announced the arrest of two men on robbery charges. Rust would not say whether the local suspect was connected to the Austin case. Austin police arrested two men — one in Austin and one in San Antonio — believed responsible for at least six robberies. Ernest Hurtado Rodriguez, 44, was arrested at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday in the I IOO block of Interstate 35 northeast frontage road after an alleged aborted robbery attempt of a credit union. An APD official said Thursday afternoon Joe Rene Tamayo, 39, was arrested Wednesday night in San Antonio. Both men are being held on warrants obtained by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Austin, which referred calls to spokesman Daryl Fields in the San Antonio office. Fields did not return calls Thursday afternoon. The cases remain under investigation. Anyone with information can call Rust at 608-2185. Chamber to pay for city’s new tourist center By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfels will get a new $100,000 visitor center, paid for, built and staffed by the chamber of commerce. The chamber has operated a visitor center since 1997 at Post Road and 1-35, but the Texas Department of Transportation recently agreed to lease the city a site at Seguin Avenue and I-35 on the northwest access road adjacent to Hill Country Motor Inn. City council approved constructing the new center Monday. Construction is expected to start in the fall. “The chamber raised $60,000 for the interim visitor center at Post Road,” said Michael Meek, chamber president. “We’ll raise the money for the new center, which we think will cost about $100,000. We also hope to find a general contractor that would like to donate their services.” Meek said the lease allows TxDOT to give the city 30 days notice to vacate the property. The center’s architecture would match other city-owned buildings, he said. “(The chamber) entered into a long-term agreement with the city to operate the center." Meek said. “ We’ll staff the cen ter seven days a week; there will be state-of-the-art computer equipment for visitors to use and, of course, it will be meet state guidelines for the handicapped.” District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine voiced the only opposition to the center, saying it should be funded instead by Hotel Occupancy Tax funds. His motion to amend the proposal died for lack of a second. Break lets area breathe easier on smog issues By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday gave Bexar, Comal and Guadalupe counties until 2007 to reduce ozone pollution levels. EPA declared three other Texas areas in nonattainment of federal clean air standards — 85 parts per billion of ozone during an eight-hour period. Comal County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Minikin heads the Alamo Area Council of Governments Air Improvement Resources (AIR) Committee, which proposed a plan for cleaning up the region’s air. While welcome, Millikin said EPA’s finding — and its deferral in San Antonio — was not unexpected. “This is what we’ve been working toward for years,’’ Millikin said. “We’ve anticipated this would be the case, and its just a substantiation of what we thought the decision would be all along.” The announcement of federal nonattainment findings by EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt came at noon Thursday and included the Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Beaumont-Port Arthur and San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). The Findings bring federal sanctions See AIR, Page 3A I ,, ^ >:9 4    4    ^    ’ N « a i t in Men CLEAR THE AIR Local cities and counties signed onto a plan to lower air pollution levels. The three strategies are: ■ Vapor recovery systems for gas stations selling 25,000 or more gallons of gas each month; ■ Reformulating gasoline to be sold during summer months so it pollutes less, and ■ Mandating use of closed degreasing systems in repair shops to reduce polluting vapors The plan must be approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency COMING SATU^OAY. CHV School funding Local officials react to Gov. Perry's special session plans. ll ll IIH I im I ii Church in the Valley the mother of all Canyon Lake churches Fridays, the HmUd-Zeitung will feature a different house of worship. CHURCH IN THE VALLEY ■ Pastor: Ronnie G. Long (interim) ■ Mission statement: We are a community Bible church lifting up Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior ■ Denomination: Community Bible Church ■ Attendance: 50 B Meeting times: 10:30 a m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. ■ Location: 14181 FM 306 ■ Phone: (830) 964-3624 ■ Web site: www.churchcinthe ■ Worship style: conservative By Leigh Jones Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — Residents here were attending Church in the Valley before there was a Canyon Lake. “We were established in die early 1960s before the dam was completed,” said Dalton Long, chairman of the board of directors. “There were no churches here at that time.” The community Bible church was a place for locals to worship together, regardless of their original church affiliations. As more people moved into the area, denominational groups formed and became large enough to start their own churches. "All of the churches in Canyon Lake started from Church in the Valley,” Iring said. The core group of people who stayed built a new sanctuary and continued to focus on scriptural teaching. “I believe people stayed because it is an extremely friendly church, and we believe in the word of God,” Long said. The church also believes in the importance of ministering to children. Tach lune, the church opens it doors to children from the community for vacation Bible school. Most churches have similar programs, but Church in the Valley conducts its day camp on a scale that belies the size of its congregation. “We have die largest VBS in the Canyon Lake area,’’ Iring said. “Last year, we had 88 children attend.” On a regular Sunday morning, the church pews only contain 50 to 60 people. Judy Van Natter, a VBS coordinator, believes the program is so popular with area parents because of its focus and the careful preparation they put into it. “We center all of our activities around the Lord,” she said. “We start planning in January.” The five mornings of camp are filled with teaching, but all of the activities are See CHURCH Page 3A MILLER & MILLER Insurance Agency Check us out on the web at: www.miller-millerinsurance.com625-3000186 S. Casten Ave. - Downtown New Braunfels FRONTand Center DAVID MKMAM/Herald-Zeitung Artist Clinton Baermann mixes paint colors Thursday morning in front of the mural he is painting on the side of Landa Park Recreation Center. When finished, the mural will portray the history of the Comal Springs, including the Camino Real, an old Spanish trade route. The New Braunfels City Council commissioned the Historic Outdoor Art Gallery to create the mural. DAVID tNGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Dealton Long is chairman of the board of directors at Church in the Valley near Canyon Lake. ;