New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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arm hangs (for women), situps, a broad jump and a run; color guard competitions; and an 8- to 10-minute academic presentation followed by a five-minute current events quiz on U.S. and global events.
There also was a shooting competition, in which rifle teams shot pellet guns while standing and in the prone position.
Reed said the cadets were working hard to be good hosts as he stood near the command center inside the high school. At the center, his cadets manned computers as scores were tabulated judging overall sendee, drill meet and color guard champions.
The main cadet overseeing it all was Cadet Lt. Col. Joseph Mehrer, a senior and the high school’s Marine Corps JROTC Battalion Commander.
Having competed in drill
meets at other high schools, he saw it from the other side — what it was like to run such an event.
“It gives us a first-hand look at what these other teams do for us when we participate in their drill meets. And it unites the battalion together in this big all day event,” the commander of 189 cadets said.
Gunnery Sgt. Kosta Mar-avelias, a retired Marine and Marine JROTC drill team instructor from Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, said the competition was educational for his cadets.
“The most significant thing for us is that this is all pretty much a brand-new drill team,” Maravelias said. “We just started working together, and we have very limited experience on this drill team. And every’ competition we go to is a learning experience for them.”
In 1994 the chamber wanted to set up a tourist information center at the Seguin Avenue location, but moved to Post Road in response to the widening project on Interstate 35. Seguin Avenue was always the chamber’s preferred location, chamber president Michael Meek said.
Now that the widening pro-ject is wrapping up, the chamber wants to relocate its tourist information center to Seguin Avenue. Last September the chamber made a presentation to council of its budget and the idea to move the CVB to the Seguin Avenue location, which is state property leased to the city. The chamber wanted to sublease the property to run the tourist information center.
Valentine saw a conflict of interest between private commercial representation on
public property and placed the issue on Monday night’s agenda for discussion.
“I would prefer that no one private organization be able to give (commercial) recommendations on public property," Valentine said.
About 17 percent of CVB funding comes from hotel occupancy' tax, and the rest is funded by the chamber. Eighty retirees run the facility, which services 25,000 visitors a year.
Meek said member fees are a way to offset the $49,000 it costs to run the visitors center.
“We’ve got to keep an open mind," Meek said. ‘Whoever is paying the bills has to have a way to recoup costs.”
Valentine raises the issue as council looks at other uses for HOT money, such as river cleanup and the proposed new civic center.
Wells is preparing the test materials for the whole school for the third grade and is also prepping fourth graders doing the writing portion of the TARS.
And shes helping Mariah prepare. Wells is going over reading strategies, telling her to take her time, pace herself, take the flow and not worry too much.
Does Wells think the bar is being set too high this time?
“I wish they didn’t put the pressure on the kids like this. I think the kids feel the pressure regardless,” Wells said. “In third grade, they’re too young for them to feel this. Even though they’re not told necessarily that you have to pass this or you don’t go to fourth grade, I just don’t like the whole idea of them at third grade being tested. I just think that our children are tested a lot. They’re tested a whole lot." Wells said.
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and to meet the needs of anticipated growth — will be to pump about $14 million and 600 additional jobs into the
local economy each year.
It also means that in any given year there will be a 39 percent possibility that the lake level will dip below 900 feet above mean sea level during the summer.
That number compares with an 89 percent likelihood during any given year over the next 50 years without the permit amendment.
The study assumes that OBRA pumps the maximum amount of water permitted — which it has never done.
OBRA General Manager Bill West said Friday the authority has never pumped mort* than 21,000 acre-feet per year. According to GBRAs pro-jections, that number is expected to increase to 32,000 acre-feet per year in 2050.
An acre-foot of water is 325,851 gallons, enough to cover a football field with water one-foot deep. Water planners regard it as the amount of water necessary to sustain a family of four for one year.
“It appears to us that even though there are many different points of view, people will aglee with the key sets of conclusions,” Keen told commissioners. “You may not agree* from reading the newspapers because* people disagree about what the*y would like to see done.”
For Bob Wickman of the Friends of Canyon Lake, a group of lake area residents forme*d at the last moment in a four-year permitting process to fight the amendment, that about sums up the situation.
Wickman wants the subordination of hydroelectric lights with no increase in the confirmed yield of the* lake.
"I can’t quibble with the fact that GBRA has authority to withdraw the maximum
amount under its permits, but for 34,000 people who live on the lake, so far, it hasn’t happened,” Wickman said.
“I want you to understand that this study begins with a baseline assumption that all of this water would be withdrawn. The figures you saw repre*sent nothing more than the difference between how bad it could have been and how bad it will be. lf you foUow
the study, it simply reports a less-bad effect than there would have been."
The study largely supports what GBRA, which partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build the lake in the 1960s, has said right along — that the permit amendment will not negatively affect lake water levels.
The reason, Keen said, is the subordination bv the
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