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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 31, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas ► Alamo Bowl The Nebraska Cornhuskers take on Northwestern in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. Check Sports to see who won./1B Texans to see partly cloudy skies today By The Associated Press Partly cloudy skies were forecast for most of Texas on Sunday, with chances of snow showers and rain in northern and western portions of the state. The Texas Panhandle was expected to get more snow in the form of showers, with high temperatures in the 20s. Chances of rain or snow were also predicted in part of North Texas, where the high temperatures was forecast in the 20s to 30s. Temperatures were forecast in the high 50s in far West Texas, along with sunny skies to melt some of the snow that hit the area on Tuesday and Wednesday. Clouds were predicted to hover over most of the state on New Year’s Day and* into Tuesday. Sunny skies were forecast for parts of West Texas. High temperatures were expected to range from the 20s to 40s and the low temperatures from the teens to 20s. Index Abby...........................  2C Business................................8A Classified...................  1-8D Stammtisch..................................3C Forum...........................................6A Local/Metro............................,......4A Obituaries.................................3A Sports....................................1-3B Today............................................2A Television...........................TV    Week Kay cod* 77 qwnr--  —s ——.......   ---i CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Above: Houses sit under construction Saturday on North Ranch Estates Boulevard in New Braunfels. Subdivisions are popping up around the city and county as more people move here. Below: Traffic is heavy at Farm-to-Market Road 725 and Interstate 35 Saturday in New Braunfels. From staff reports To know what Comal County and New Braunfels have ahead in 2001, one merely needs to look back on 2000. Then add more people, more homes, more cars and virtually more of everything except money and water. The region has a pretty full plate on its governmental table for 2001. Comal County and New Braunfels lie in the Interstate 35 corridor between Austin to the north and San Antonio to the south. That location is at best a mixed blessing. GROWING PAINS Sprawl and urban flight from San Antonio affect the county’s southern and western edges. In the Canyon Lake area, infrastructure is stretching to keep up with growth. In western Comal County, the City of Bulverde will be enlarged next month if it votes to consolidate with Bulverde Northwest. Its government is fighting growing pains as it works to reconcile two disparate and opposing visions. One seeks to protect a rural lifestyle while the other wants to add services that come with being an incorporated city. Parched western county and Bulverde residents are waiting for the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority to build the Canyon Lake pipeline they hope will be the answer to their water problems. That will not happen in 2001. County officials are watching developments warily and warning again and again “that there’s a bottom to Canyon Lake.” In New Braunfels, officials are reaching out to enhance infrastructure and services. The county population has grown 51 percent in the past IO years. It is expected to double during the coming few decades. Virtually every issue the county, the city and the school districts deal with relates in some way to growth and its effects. From the county’s standpoint, it becomes easy to wonder how to shoehorn all this growth into 561 square miles. The city watches what is happening in the county and tries to find the money to deal with infrastructure improvements and amenities. See 2001/4A 2001: A Look Ahead Today: Comal County, school districts make room for growing population Tuesday: City of New Braunfels adjusts to everincreasing . demands; 1-35 work Wednesday: Redistricting at state, county and city levels Thursday: Jack Warren Davis . murder trial set for May Friday: Water officials keep close eye on levels From Staff and Wire Reports DALLAS — Mike Cox’s millennium dinner came from his favorite restaurant — in a takeout box. Like thousands 01 other workers, he rung in last New Year at work, awaiting fallout from the Y2K computer glitch that threatened to wreak havoc, but didn’t. “I had my entire staff at work,” said Cox, who was then spokesman for the Texas Department of Safety. “Threadgill’s sent over chicken-fried steak and we had fake champagne. Then we just sat by waiting on problems. It was probably the safest New Year’s Eve ever.” Don’t call Cox tonight. For him and others who missed the fun last year, this holiday will be an excuse to party like it’s 1999. Under the widely used Gregorian calendar, which started with the year I, the third millennium doesn’t begin until Jan. 1, 2001. In New Braunfels, the Elks Lodge is planning a New Year’s Eve party tonight. The band Rio is slated to perform. For information, call 625-5217. For youngsters ages 5 through 12, J&R Gymnastics is hosting a New Year’s Eve Party and Sleepover at the gym, 1437 S. Walnut. Call 606-0375. Local music venues also are presenting hot acts to entertain New Year’s revelers. Gary P. Nunn will perform a sold-out concert at Gruene Hall while the Groobees and Slaid Cleaves will keep toes tapping at Saengerhalle, 255 Saengerhalle Road. Riley’s Tavern also has live music planned. Forecasters are predicting a 50 percent chance of light rain possibly changing to light freezing rain late tonight, so officials are urging parkers to use caution, dress warmly and choose a designated driver. Officials take oath of office Monday From Staff Reports Many Comal County elected off icials will take their oaths of office Monday. At IO a m., every official elected or re-elected in the Nov. 7 election w ill be sworn into office The ceremony w ill be conducted in the district court on the third floor of the Comal County Courthouse Annex. The ceremony will be open to the public and will be followed by a photo session and a brief reception. Refreshments will be served. Officials to be sworn in will include Sherman Krause, the county’s new tax assessor/collector. Also, Commissioners Cristina Zamora (Precinct 3) and Jack Dawson (Precinct I) and Sheriff Bob Holder, who ran unopposed for re-election, will take the oath of off ice. Constables Randy Galindo, Lester Leissner, Jim Hanley and Ben Scroggin will be sworn in as well. The courthouse annex will be open only for the swearing and reception. County off ices are closed for the New Year’s Day holiday. izs. ~Vol. 150, No. 43    24    pages    in    4    sections    December    31,    2000    Ot    t\tfv    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    $1.00 Sunday Full plate in 2001 Comal, New Braunfels struggle to make room for more NewHerald-Zeitung ST" gyro?    .m.,.              ——    ...-;  « :• " I SBS!  '          —- — After Y2K: Will the real Made a resolution to live healthier in 2001? See Lifestyle today to read local experts’ advice on keeping your resolutions./! C millennium stand up? Happy New Year Inside ► Stay resolved CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Julie Swift, executive director of the New Braunfels Children’s Museum, stands Friday in the museum’s new space near Hastings at the New Braunfels Marketplace. Bidder and better Children’s Museum settles into larger quarters By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer The Children’s Museum in New Braunfels will reopen Tuesday in a space twice the size of its previous location. And while the new location allows the museum to expand its programs, one particular change might interest the busloads of squirming children who visit. The number of bathrooms is doubling from two to four, each decorated in a different theme, such as flamingos and frogs, Executive Director Julie Swiff said. That’s an important addition for the school children, she said. When they arrive in groups of 30 or 40, the bathroom is the first place they go, Swift said, laughing. But Swift and the others who have invested years in the museum are excited about much more than the bathrooms. “We just have a very bright future,” Swift said. The museum previously had 5,000 square feet in Suite 530 in the New Braunfels Marketplace, 651 N. Business 35. The new location is still in the See MUSEUM/5A ;