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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 22, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas AT A GLANCE I What: New Braunfels Independent School District school board meeting I Whan: 5:30 p.m. Monday I Where: The Education Center Board Room, 430 W. Mill St. Lack of decent ag facility worries NBISD By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Wading through knee-deep weeds, New Braunfels High School Agriculture Teacher Ronnie Wunderlich surveyed the school’s borrowed hog facility. A lot of work needs to be done before it is ready to house any of this year’s agriculture projects. Worse than the dilapidation is Wunderlich’s concern that the property, which is for sale, might not be available for too much longer. The agriculture program will go on, but it will be harder for students who do not have large animal facilities at home to participate. “We are running out of urban land, so we need a facility where kids can store their animals and know they are secure,” Wunderlich said. In April, Comal County offered the district a place to build a new vocational agriculture facility. Part of the 20-acre property, See AO FACILITY. Page 7A Report: Area’s water supply adequate for next 50 years By Ron Malovtoy Staff Writer Comal County commissioners Thursday were briefed on progress toward the second rendition of the plan to meet this region's water needs for the next 50 years. While population — and water use — projections have increased in the South Central Texas Regional Water Planning Group’s “Region L Plan,” officials with the San Anto nio River Authority and Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority told commissioners the projects now planned for this region will meet its projected water needs through 2060. The second edition of the Region L Plan must be completed next year to be merged in 2006 with plans from 16 other Texas regions into a statewide water plan. Steve Raabe of the San Antonio River Authority and Bill West of GBRA outlined the impacts of drought and this area’s projected water needs at Thursday’s meeting. At a future court, they will update commissioners on water projects including the Western Canyon pipeline project now under construction and the Lower Guadalupe pipeline project to return send Guadalupe and Blanco river water to San Antonio to augment Edwards Aquifer water. The 1995-96 drought, Raabe said, cost Texas $6 billion. “A drought such as the 1950s drought of record could cost between $25 and $40 billion," Raabe said. The SCTRWPG's latest projections say Region L will need 785,000 acre-feet per year—70,000 more than the 715,000 projected in 2001. An acre-foot of water is 325,851 See WATI* Page 7A NB council sets second hearing on annexation City to incorporate more land in Ocotber By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council members will hold Monday night the second of three required readings before the city annexes 3371 acres Oct. ll. The areas scheduled for annexation include 1,904 acres near the municipal airport, 184 acres north of Conrads Lane, 176 acres on FM 306 north of Bretzke Lane and 617 acres between FM 1101 and the municipal airport. The tracts near the municipal airport have been controversial for years, as landowners have fought against annexation claiming their farming heritage would be jeopardized by city regulations and zoning. In other action Monday, council will: ■ Vote on the final reading of ordinances to adopt the city's 2005 budget and tax rate. The proposed tax rate of 44.83 cents per $100 valuation includes 12.8 cents for debt and is almost 8 cents more than the 2004 rate of 37.11 cents. The general fund budget includes a 3 percent salary increase for city employees, $300,000 for more firefighters and an 8 percent rate increase for sanitation services; ■ Approve the second reading of an ordinance to designate specific size of solid waste containers; ■ Discuss and consider terminating the current appraisal process for the Comal County Fairgrounds; and ■ Consider an interlocal agreement with NBISD concerning payments for a fiber-optics system. AT A GLANCE ■ What: New Braunfels City Council ■ Whan: 5 p m. Monday ■ Where: Municipal Building, 424 S Casten Ave. Photos by DAVID tNOAAM/Herald-Zeitung (Above) Former Baltimore Colts starting wide receiver and Spring Branch resident Eddie Hinton participates in the team penning qualifier Saturday morning at the Comal County Sheriff's Posse Rodeo. (Right) Hinton s partner, Dave Kaufmann, runs the calves in the rodeo arena off the 1-35 frontage road. Cowboy UP Ropin’ and ridin’ for the love of the sport By Ron Maloney Staff Writer In 1971, Eddie Hinton of Spring Branch, a starting wide receiver for the Baltimore Colts, caught passes from Johnny Unitas in Super BowlV. For Eddie Hinton, the game is a cherished memory. For Texans, the game was a heartbreaker: a 16-13 loss to Baltimore on a tie-breaking field goal kick in the final seconds of the game. Just a week ago, Eddie Hinton, rodeo rider, won a national championship for penning calves in the age 50-and-over category. Hinton’s a big, easygoing guy everyone in the rodeo paddock jokes about football with. His fame and his horsemanship did him little good Saturday, though, in the Comal County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo qualifiers when a recalcitrant calf showed it could care less who he was in the team penning competition. Events Saturday included team roping, mutton busting, calf roping and a junior boot scramble. Hinton, Dave Kaufmann and Trey Martin of Bulverde placed third in the penning qualifier. In team penning, three riders pick three designated calves out of a herd, peel them off from the group and run them down the arena and into a pen. They have two minutes to do it. The riders got two of them down to the pen. but Hinton ran out of time when the final calf went down on its knees — getting stampeded by several others in the process. “Oh, this ones dead!” Hinton exclaimed, his frustration evident to spectators as the calf got up and walked off afterward Hinton, Kaufmann and Martin pocketted third-place money and didn’t complain afterward. See RODIO, Page 8A > mw aw ™ Sgnwtf mf*®®*9*** Ut nit'rn il’’ LETTERS Readers sound off on fairgrounds land deal, cars that come out of nowhere and a columnist s view on slavery. Pogo IB SUNDAY AUGUST 22 2004 rald-Zeitung LIFE CHILD'S PLAY New Braunfels Parks and Recreation fall programs offer something fun for everyone. 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