New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 22, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
APRIL 22, 2007
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Max Molthen, 12, prepares for a fast dismount off of his bike as he finishes the near four-mile cycling portion of the triathlon Saturday.The race included a swim of 200 meters and a mile run after cycling for the 11 to 14 age group.
Girls ages 7-10: Izzy Hall, first; Isabella Westin, second; Christina Tirado, third.
Boys ages 7-10: Jack Molthen, first; Nathan Ploeger, second; Zachary Jackson, third.
Girls ages 11-14: Laura Bellm, first; Sara Dix, second; Alexa Haverlan, third.
Boys ages 11-14: Max Molthen, first; Timothy Tirado, second; Andrew Skowronek, third.
See RESULTS, Page 9A
Photos by MIRANDA LAINE/Herald-Zeitung
Swimmers in the Schlitterbahn New BraunFit triathlon Saturday push their way through the 100-meter swim during the first leg of the race. About 230 young athletes participated in the swimming, biking and running race.
About 230 young athletes take part in annual triathlon
By Mark Koopmans
The sound of birds chirping in the tree-lined parking lot of the Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort competed with the sound of parents cheering as hundreds of children participated in the local attraction’s fourth annual triathlon Saturday.
The course for the Schlitterbahn New BraunFit triathlon — a race that combined swimming, cycling and running — was designed for three age groups. The 7- to 10-year-olds set the pace by swimming IOO meters, biking slightly less titan two miles and finishing with a run of more than a half mile. Participants in the 11-
to 14- year-old age group doubled that distance, while the senior group of 15- to 16-year-olds tripled the course.
This year’s triathlon, an event officially sanctioned by USA Triathlon, the governing body for triatlilons in the United States, drew 235 young athletes, race director Lauren Ramsey said.
The young athletes were well-represented by friends and family members, many of whom strategically placed themselves — and their cameras — around the course to capture as much of the action as they could.
“This is our daughter Kristin’s first time,” said Carla Hazel of Canyon Lake, watching her daughter put on her helmet in prepa-
See TRIATHLON, Page 9A
Beatrice Pelicano, 9, makes her way around a turn during the half-mile running leg of the Schlitterbahn New BraunFit triathlon on Saturday in which dozens of area youths competed.
Council to discuss litigators to handle city lawsuit
By Suzanne Ashe
A lawsuit filed against the city of New Braunfels on behalf of an unincorporated association of business owners and residents that calls itself “Stop The Ordinances Please” is set to be heard on Friday.
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 at 9 a.m. Friday in Comal County District Court.
The city council will meet Monday in exec
utive session to approve a contract for legal services to defend the city in the case. The city is considering employing San Antonio attorney William M. McKamie to represent the city.
Paul Isham, former interim city attorney who handed over his duties to the city’s new attorney Alan Wayland on Monday has said the city needs to be in the best position to defend its ordinances.
“Due to the transition, we’re not really equipped to handle this case right now,” he said in a previous interview. “That’s why we’ll be hii ing a firm out of San Antonio to represent us.”
IF YOU GO
■ What: New Braunfels City Council tutting
■ When: Special meeting begins at 5 p.m. Monday with the regular meeting set for 6 p.m.
■ Where: City council chambers,
424 S. Casten Ave.
“STOP is made up of a large group of people who feel the city has overreached its
See COUNCIL, Page 11A
Gunman at NASA feared being fired
■ Man given a poor job review
By Rasha Madkour
The Associated Press
HOUSTON (AP) — The shooter in an apparent murder-suicide at the Johnson Space Center had received a poor job review and feared being fired, police said Saturday.
William Phillips, 60, smuggled a snub-nosed revolver into the space center Friday, shot David Beverly, 62, and barricaded himself with a hostage before shooting himself in a building that houses communications and tracking systems for the space shuttle, officials said.
Houston Police Chief I larold I lurtt said Phillips bought the .38-caliber revolver and 20 rounds of ammunition March 18, two days after receiving an e-mail from his employer citing deficiencies in his job performance and outlining an improvement plan that Phillips was to follow.
A copy of the e-mail was found in Phillips’ lunch bag on the day of the shootings, police Lt. Larry Baimbridge said.
On Friday, Phillips had lunch with Beverly and another man, police said. T hen, early that afternoon, Phillips entered Beverly’s office with the gun in his hand and said “You’re the one who’s going to get me fired," Baimbridge said.
After Beverly talked with Phillips for several minutes, trying to calm him and suggest ways to improve his job performance, Phillips shot him twice — once in the right leg and again in the chest, Hum said.
Phillips then left the room for a few seconds,
See NASA, Page 9A
Fields of irises are in bloom thanks to a local couple’s work to cultivate the plant
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Transmission lines a cause of concern
■ Airport officials say safety is key
By Mark Koopmans
Local residents have two weeks to register their support or concerns regarding a new transmission line that could affect safety at New Braunfels Municipal Airport and will affect local landowners, detractors of the proposed $175 million project said Thursday.
The Lower Colorado River Authority Transmission Services Corporation is proposing to build a new 345-kilovolt double-circuit transmission line known as the Clear Springs/Zorn-Hutto project. Parts of the plan also will affect landowners in Guadalupe County.
The LCRA, a nonprofit conservation and reclamation district that provides energy, water and community services to Texans, plans to take the First of its three new circuits from the Clear Springs Switching Station, on Link Road in southern Guadalupe County the expanded Gilleland Creek Switching Station in eastern Travis County-
This will be accomplished by using varioussized transmission towers ranging in size from 80
See LINES, Page 11A
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