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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 9, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas „    SATURDAYNew Braunfels    August    9,2003 14 pages in 2 sections «■■■■■ mmmmm    hmm    14    pages    in    Z    sec    tmHerald-Zeitung Vol. 152, No. 230    Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852    *    50 centsDemocrats say GOP escalating war against rights 4SPECIAL    From Staff and    lican leadership, who have gone lating war on the constitution- “We cannot, in good con- the filing of a “writ of man- SESSION    Wire Reports    to the Texas Supreme Court to a1 rights of Hispanics and science, stand here when there damus” that asks the court to try to compel Democrats back to    African Americans in the state    is work to be done and not be    determine the ll absent sena- ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP)    the Capitol.    of Texas,” said Sen. Eliot Shap-    able to do the job we were elect-    tors are acting contrary to their On the Web    — Democrats boycotting the    The court action by Gov. Rick    leigh, D-El Paso.    ed to do, when our ll colleagues    duties and seeks their return Texas Legislative    Texas Senate over congession-    Perry and Lt. Gov. David    Dewhurst has said the    are effectively thumbing their    to Austin. Council:    a1 redistricting lashed out Fri- Dewhurst Thursday “signals Democrats gave him no other nose at the process,” Dewhurst State Rep. Carter Casteel, R- www. day agajn8t the state’s Repub- another-hostile act in an esca- option.    said this week as he amiounced    See    REDISTRICTING/3A Fees for using city park facilities to take a hike By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Park fees in New Braunfels will soon increase. Since New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Advisory Board updated the parks ordinance and approved a revision in June, City council members have been debating details of the ordinance that would increase fees for some facilities. Sonia Munoz-Gill fought for lower proposed fees at Ernest Eikel Field and Solms pavilioas, which currently are free. The proposed fee was reduced from $75 to $45. ’There will bt1 no charge for use of the pavilions Monday through Thursday, Parks and Recreation Director Iris Nef-fendorf said. Mayor Adam Cork argued for minimal fees for residents to use picnic tables. He succeeded in reducing the proposed fee by $5 for residents. Picnic tables would remain free Monday through Friday, and residents still would not be charged for the first table used on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Nonresidents would be charged $10 per table. Fees for the city’s 200 picnic tables generate about $10,000 each year, mostly from nonresidents, Nef-fendorf said at the last council meeting. Use of the tables Monday through Friday will still be free, and fees are not anticipated, Neffendorf said. The ordinance also would revise family pool pass regulations, which park staff said were difficult to enforce. Proposed fees Proposed fees Facilities: Dance Slab — $75; year-round Gazebo — $75; year-round Pavilions: year-round for nonresidents; Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays for residents Ernest Eikel Field Pavilion — $45 Solms Pavilion — $45 Cypress Bend Pavilion I —$110 Picnic tables: Monday to Friday, free for residents and nonresidents. Saturday, Sunday, holidays, residents get one table free, additional tables $5; nonresidents pay $10 per table. The re.sident family pass would be reduced from $110 to $100 and would pay for two adults and two children under the age of 18 living in the same residence. Children could be added to the pass for $20 each. “We’re still probably going to have issues, but it’s a little* better defined than it was before," Neffendorf said. The ordinance would extend glass container and alcohol regulations to new park areas. Glass containers are prohibited in all sports facility and in all park areas next to a river, lake or stream. Alcohol is prohibited in some parks or in the parking areas and roadways of some parks. NBISD to purchase 154 acres off Klein Road By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The New Braunfels Independent School District will pay about $1.5 million for a 154-acre property on Klein Road west of Farm-to-Mar-ket Road 725. Superintendent Hon Reaves said the land could lie used for two or more new schools in the future. The precise purchase price will depend upon a final survey of the property, which is owned by Arthur Ned Zipp, Reaves said. The purchase price will be $10,000 per acre. Money for the transaction will come out of the $75 million 1999 bond issue approved by district voters. TTe sale will close Oct. 31. Reaves said the land is located in the city limits in Guadalupe County between the Angelfire and North Ranch Estates subdivisions Property purchase i $ \\ - Nm bitumen ISO mil pm a** 154 actos nsif Klew Hoad and a pfoposad ^ IMM Awk* ed»»ta No sprat* use tor ft* land ras awn sa on the west side of Klein Road. The Walnut Avenue extension proposed in the city’s master thoroughfare plan will run along its north edge. “We’re very glad we’re able to acquire this land. We think we got it at a good price. It’s actually below what some other land out there is selling for,” Reaves said. See NBISD/3A Ritter retires after 26 years with DPS By Ron Maloney Staff Writer John Ritter is putting himself out to pasture at the end of the month. He is retiring after more than 26 years as a Department of Public Safety trooper. That doesn’t mean the man who has been commander of the local DPS office for a decade won’t be working. “I’m going to do a little bit of ranching,” said Ritter, who grew up on his father, Clinton’s, ranch in Comal County. “My dad was a big rancher in Comal County through his life. I kind of picked it up from his interest,” Ritter said. “I’ve always been interested in the beef industry.” Ritter’s been slow to get back to ranching full time, deciding to pursue a career with the DFS, but that didn’t bother his father. RITTER “He was excited for me. He always wanted me to do what I wanted to do and not necessarily what he wanted to do,” Ritter said. Ritter married a local girl, and they have a son who’s at ITT Technical Institute in San Antonio. He and Phyllis have been together 30 years. Hitter said he was lucky his wife accepted the lifestyle of a DFS officer. “The family of any law enforcement officer sacrifices due to the schedules we have to work — the night hours and the weekends. Ifs hard on relationships, and it takes a very special lady to put up with that,” Ritter said. Ritter spent 11 years as a See RITTER/3A Inside Classifieds..............4-8B Comics...............2B Crossword...........   2B Forum  ........5A Obituaries.............3A Sports................1B Today.................2A ITV...................3B ■56825 00001 Celebrating life K. JESSIE SLATEN/Heratd-Zeitung Carter Casteel and Dib Waldrip encourage the crowd gathered at the Starlight Gala to bump up bids for auction items donated to help cancer patients in Comal County. Cancer had affected the lives of nearly all 240 local folks who attended the American Cancer Society Starlight Gala Friday night. “This is a celebration of lift* and the opport unities of life,” State Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels, said. “We’re celebrating the fact that the American Cancer Society is an important player in the community. We’re celebrating, hut we know what we’re here for. ’ ACS provides Comal County with about $75,000 each year in services, said Beth Sokolyk, chair of the event. The gala began ll years ago to help give some of that money back to ACS, she said. ’This year, more than $30,000 was raised from ticket sales, donations and sponsorships. Suzannah Granatt, ACS field representative, has been working on the event for four years. She said this year’s gala was as successful as usual. It’s important to be aware of the disease and to know what the community can do to fight cancer, Casteel said. Casteel lost her mother to cancer when she was 14. Today, because of advances iii research, her mother would have been able to fight cancer and probably win, Casteel said. See GALA/3A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herakj-Zeitung Dancers at the American Cancer Society Starlight Gala Friday night swing to the music of the band. The gala raised funds to support research for cancer treatment. American Cancer Society Gala raises funds for cancer research By Dylan Jimenez Staff Wnter ;