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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 5, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY. FP®”’^ r • v-r* OR wnw u ^ p?\1!\a>a'>""u'" nu'1' ,-u z^EITUNG SPORTS TEAMMATES Former New Braunfels High School classmates play on golf team for University of the Incarnate Word. Page 5 CISD BUDGET WOES Heading into new budget year, Comal ISD trustees and superintendent say they are concerned with the district s money management. Page 3 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. DEAR ABBY 8 CLASSIFIEDS 9-10 Vol. 153, No. 74 10 pages, 1 section CLICK 500 www: 56825 000011 lr Pl Mostly cloudy High Low 67 42 Details 6 COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES SPORTS TV GRIDS Farmland annexation talks on hold FRONTand Center Nursing home residents were entertained with Horse tales By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Faced with annexing farmland near the airport, New Braunfels Planning Commission agreed Iliesday to get city council’s opinion on the issue. The commission has wrestled with annexing almost 2,500 acres of farmland adjacent to the airport for several years, provoking landowners whose families have farmed in Comal County for generations. “I wish there was some way to protect that land near the airport without having to annex it," said commission member Randy Vanstory. “Those people aren’t going to use their land for anything other than agriculture. Is there any alternative that says we would annex the land if they decided to use it for something other than agriculture?’’ McAda seemed resigned to the idea that more farmland adjacent to the airport will eventually have to be annexed. “I believe the land should be annexed,” he said. “The same arguments are going to apply now that did when the city council didn’t approve (annexation) last time. I don’t know how we’re going to beat a dead horse again." Frank Robbins, director of planning and community development, said some landowners adjacent to the airport have nonannexation agreements with the city. “One agreement will expire in 2006," he said. “Nonannexation agreements basically say that the city will not annex the land as long as the land is use for agriculture, but if the owners change the usage, for instance to residential, then Commission member Ace See FARMLAND, Page 3A 2 men jailed after $80,000 drug bust DAVID INGRAM Herald Z.Mtunrj Berta Lepp, 99, blows a kiss to one of the horses visiting Eden Home Wednesday morning. The Greater Randolph Area Trailriders visited several area nursing homes on their way to the San Antonio Stock Show. By Ron Malonoy Staff Writer Two men who tried to sell detectives $80,000 worth of cocaine Tuesday night could go to prison for Ute rest of their lives. John Edward Fstrado, 30, and Adrian Daniel Barrera, 21, both of San Antonio, aa* being held in Comal County Jail on charges of possession with intent to deliver more than 400 grams of cocaine. The charge is a First-degree felony punishable by between five and 99 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Comal County Magistrate Ellen Salyers set bail at $100,000 each. New Braunfels police Et. Mike Rust said the two were arrested at 10:30 p.m. in a DID YOU KNOW? ■ Cocaine is typically sold by the gram for $60 to $100. • There are 28 grams in an ounce, and 1,000 grams in a kilogram. • At $100 a gram, two kilograms of cocaine could retail for up to $200,000 “on the street.' parking lot off Interstate 35 as they attempted to sell two kilograms of cocaine to undercover detectives. Rust said New Braunfels police, (x)mal (bounty sheriffs deputies, C^omal County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents participated in a weeks-long investigation that culminated in the attempted sale Tuesday night. See DRUGS. Page 3A Trailriders stop by on their way to SA stock show By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Local nursing home residents were reminded of when horses were a means of transportation Wednesday when the Greater Randolph Area Trailriders visited town. More than 40 trailriders passed through New Braunfels on their way to kick off the annual San Antonio stin k show. Starting in Driftwood with more than UK) riders and four covered wagons, the annual trailride attracts riders from till over the state and will end up in San Antonio Friday at the SBC Center. Wednesday, the riders visited residents at Eden I louie DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Arnold Schroeder. 84. wearing his favorite cowboy hat. waits for the arrival of the Greater Randolph Area Trailriders at Eden Home Wednesday morning and Kirkwood Manor as they rode through New Braunfels on a cold and wet day. "This is our sixth annual trail ride,” said Linda Wing field, a GRA board member. “We always lose about half our riders during the week, hut then we pick up more riders at the end of the week as we get closer to San Antonio. But we always stop and visit several of the nursing homes in New Braunfels on our way. Norman Custer, administrator at Kirkwood Manor, said the residents look for ward to the annual trailride. “A lot of our residents grew up in a rural environment, on farms and ranches," he said. "So they really look forward to this each year. Its some thing they can relate to.’ Calvin (leidrick, 76, was among the residents at Kirk wood who enjoyed a hot chili lunch along with the trailriders. “My family owned a ranch in Comal County, and I was a rancher most of my life," he said. “We raised cattle, sheep and goats. So I kind ol look forward to this each year." Tuesday night, the trailriders visited residents at the Sterling I louse in New Braun leis. See HORSE Page 3A Standing tall New Braunfels dalmatian struts his stuff in the show ring at prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Kraft gives land to city for park REBECCA S. ROGERS/Herald Zeitung City councilman Larry Alexander takes a tour of land Loraine Kraft donated to become a city park. By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council recently honored Calvin and Loraine Kraft when council designated land the Krafts donated as a city park and named it after them. Calvin Kraft, who died Jan. 25, 2003. was a building contractor and grew up in New Braunfels, I lis wife’s parents, William and Anna lkels, farmed in Comal County and eventually owned most of the land now known as the Rolling Valley subdivision. “I grew up on Rolling Valley Drive, Loraine Kraft said. “And my father, who was a cotton farmer, wouldn’t believe what s happened to this land, because there was nothing here in the* 1940s. Kraft said she and her husband had long considered giving the 20 acres to the city. “After Calvin died, it became my responsibility, and I just felt that it was time to turn the responsibility over to the city," she said. “The land is important to the city’s growth because its a major drainage area.” District 2 Councilman Larry Alexander san! the tract is on Pahmeyer Road. See PARK, Page 3A IU KRAFT Always listenin rn MX f\/ICDE3/L~EE~T~EE:L~ Now Offering:    MiI g, always working for you! 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