New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Traveling theater shows hard-hitting reality of poor choices
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Whtn: 7-11 p.m Feb. 25-27, March 4-6,11-13,17-20 Where: Northwest 14 parking lot, 7600 W. 1-10, San Antonio Tickets $3 at the door
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SAN ANTONIO — Lvery day, an average of 99 young people die In the United States.
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control shtnv 31 young people will die today from auto-related accidents; 16 from domestic violence or homicide; 12 will commit suicide today; and the remaining will die from poor
choices, diseases and natural causes.
A traveling reality theater is bringing a message to San Antonio that organizers hope will make a difference and save lives.
Called “The 99.“ the walkthrough theater focuses on the leading causes of death for American young people. Ibe production is housed in a 20.000-square-foot air-structure and features 13
rooms each portraying real-life situations where guests will experience a 45-minute guided tour.
1 he production is not based on fear and scare tactics, but rather is based solely on reality, organizers say.
The 99’ is the ultimate near death experience — a life-chang-
lives forever," directorlerry Hen- 99" will be set up in the North
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shaw said in a news release An estimated 20,000 people are expected to attend the walkthrough theater in San Antonio.
The 99" will be open to the public for four consecutive weekends, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Feb. 25-27, March 4-6,11-13
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can change the course of their Doors are open 7-11 p.m. “The
west 14 movie theater parking lot at 7600 W. 1-10. Some 200,000 discount tickets will be distributed throughout San Antonio and surrounding areas in local businesses and restaurants.
Tickets are $3 at the door.
For details, contact Henshaw at (877) 843-9909 ext. 712; e-mail [email protected]
; or visit www.whatisthe99.com.
Open government advocates oppose Wentworth’s e-mail bill
Jim Demczak shows his children, Emma and Jimmy, the trout Emma caught in the kid fish Dond Saturday atTroutfest 2011 at Rio Raft Resort on the Guadalupe River.
Troutfest 2011 under way on Guadalupe
By Megan Holt
Fishermen from all over Texas gathered Saturday to support flyfishing on the Guadalupe River.
Iroutfest 2011, a fly-fishing banquet and exposition, gave outdoor lovers the opportunity to hone their fishing skills and learn from others.
Hosted by Guadalupe River Thout Unlimited (GRTU) in conjunction with the lexas Parks and Wildlife Department, more than 300 people attended fly-fishing classes and enjoy fishing activities at Rio Raft Resort, said Phil Dopson,TVoutfest chairman and GRTU board member.
GRTU is dedicated to protecting, restoring and sustaining tail-water fisheries.
Although in its fourth year, Trt>ut-fest 2011 was opened for the first time to the public this weekend.
"We started planning this in March of last year,” Dopson said. "Our focus this weekend was to create an environment that was specific to youth."
Ihe weekend kicked off with a sold-out banquet Friday evening.
“We hoped to raise about $10,000 at the banquet,” he said.
Free events, such as educational classes, local shopping and a kid fish pond took place Saturday.
Fishermen were invited to wade the cool waters of the Guadalupe River and try different fly-fishing techniques or canoe downstream.
‘‘Trout fishing tends to be made up of conservationists as much as sport fanatics,” he said. “You have to understand what you’re doing and be educated on the stream and bug life. You can’t fly fish without knowing those things.”
Three celebrity guests were invited to Troutfest this year: Ed Engle, fly-fisherman and author; Tvler
Befus, 13-year-old fly tier; and Dave and Emily Whitlock, professional fly fisherman.
New this year were the Danish Casting Games, a contest that provides opportunities for anglers of all skill levels to advance through various casting challenges.
"Fly fishing is relaxing, especially when the sun comes out," Houston native Courtney Griggs said, casting her fly-fishing rod. “We are always so «busy, it’s nice to get a break from every day life.”
I he Guadalupe River is the top southernmost trout fishing destination in the United States. It is listed as one of the best 100 streams in the United States, according to “Trout Unlimiteds Guide to Americans 100 Best Trout Streams” by John Ross.
Troutfest will continue today until 4 p.m. with education classes and contests. For information, visit www.grtutroutfest.org.
By Greg Bowen
The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas said it opposed SB 669, a hill filed last week by New Braunfels’ state Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio.
SB 669 relates to requests to inspect or be provided with copies of e-mails under the public information law.
Keith Elkins, FOIFT executive director, said Friday that the bill seems to have a chilling effect on transparency and to delay the public’s right to know.
Typically, information requested of city councils or other such bodies can be inspected free of charge. But the bill appears not only to prevent nonpaid inspection of e-mails but to allow repetitive delays in the standard 10-day delivery of the information.
Elkins said he was surprised to see the bill come from Wentworth’s office.
“Senator Wentworth normally has been a big supporter of open government," Elkins said.
in fact, this week the FOIFT reported Wentworth was one of four senators who voluntarily signed a Texas Open Government Pledge, which is a promise to uphold the letter and spirit of the state’s open government laws.
Wentworth said Friday he filed the bill at the request of the City of San Antonio, whose employees are spending a good deal of time collecting requested e-mails and preparing them for review by requesters.
“Then the person looks at them and decides they don’t need them, so don’t pay any money for hard copies and the city is out a significant amount of research time that the employees are spending — and they don’t think that’s right,” Wentworth said.
The senator said he believes the city shouldn’t be making money on FOI requests, but FOI requesters should pay a government’s cost of compiling the materials.
“The requesters aren’t paying anything and yet they’re costing the municipality a good deal of money,” Wentworth said.
He said the part of the bill that
allows a new 10-day period for delivery of the materials would allow the governments time they need to gather the materials once the requester has agreed to purchasing them. That would keep the government employees from having to compile information that will not be purchased.
Wentworth said details of introduced bills are typically hashed out by the interested parties during the legislative process and that debate and compromise on this bill are to be expected.
Recent local happenings in the Texas Legislature include:
• State Rep. Doug Miller, R-New Braunfels, filed HB 1526, relating to the prevention of automobile burglary and theft.
• Wentworth filed SB 668, relating to changing the name of the Railroad Commission of Texas to the Texas Oil and Gas Commission.
• Wentworths SB 467 was referred to the Natural Resources Committee. It relates to the power of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to authorize certain injection wells that transect or terminate in the Edwards Aquifer.
•Wentworth’s SB 561 was referred to State Affairs. It relates to damages in an action arising out of a deficiency in the construction or repair of an improvement to real property.
•Wentworth’s SIR 23 was referred to the Finance Committee. It proposes a constitutional amendment increasing the rates of taxes imposed on gasoline and diesel fuel, adjusting those rates annually for inflation, and dedicating certain revenue from those taxes to the design, construction, and maintenance of public roadways.
•Wentworth’s SB 562 was referred to the State Affairs Committee. It’s a bill relating to the waiver of sovereign immunity for certain claims arising under written contracts with state agencies.
• Wentworth’s SB 625, relating to authorizing the county clerk in certain counties to conduct a marriage ceremony and collect a related fee, was referred to the Jurisprudence Committee.
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