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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 24, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels * FRIDAY January 24, 2003 14 pages in 2 sections 14 pages in 2 sectKHER ALD-Z EITUNG Vol. 152, No. 62 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 centsCity eyes funding for new civic center vision By Ron Maloney Staff Writer New Braunfels officials have seen what could be a vision for the city’s future in the plan for a new civic center presented Monday by architect Ken Rehler. Now comes the time to consider which path to take — whether to proceed with renovating the existing civic center for $7.3 million or to move forward in trying to build the new concept for $11.9 million. This past May, voters decided by a 2-1 margin to allow the city to dedicate just more than 30 percent of Hotel Occupancy Tax revenues to pay for the upkeep and improvement of the existing New Braunfels Civic Center. Mayor Adam Cork, who threw the civic center question to the voters this past year, supported the passage of the proposition, he said then, to give the city another tool to work with — Hotel Occupancy Tax money — in the expansion program. If need be, he said Wednesday, the question of whether to allow use of HOT money for the new concept could go back to voters this May. City Manager Charles Pinto said in many ways he would be more comfortable Finding the money to build the new concept than the existing one. “We would have to go back toSee FUNDING/3A Districts providing students’ names to military recruiters By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer Unless parents check a card saying they don’t want their children contacted by a third party, local school district personnel are providing their children’s names, addresses and telephone numbers to third parties — including military recruiters. “Parents have to opt out; they have to check it on a registration form if they don’t want us to give that information to third parties,’’ Kari Hutchison, Comal Independent School District spokesperson, said. Hutchison said out of just more than 1,500 juniors and seniors at Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools, the names, addresses and telephone numbers of 530 will not be released to third parties, including recruiters. Lana Koch, the registrar at New Braunfels High School, said military recruiters contact her for information. “Usually, they want lists of all the seniors with addresses and phone num- “Parents have to opt out... if they dont want us to give that information to third parties. ” — Kari Hutchison CiSD spokesperson hers; in the spring they’ll want it for the juniors that’ll be seniors,” Koch said. Local navy recruiter Chris Lynch said he gets that information from Koch and sends it to his district office. And Koch and New Braunfels High School principal Mike Fitsko both added that recruiters are polite in every way they deal with students and school district personnel. “We have a great relationship with the military — a lot of it has to do with the Marine Corps Junior ROTC; and we do have Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force recruiters. They’ll set up in the cafeteria. Its low-key, no pressure. They’ll lay their information out in a nice display,’’ Fitsko said. New home for Salvation K. JESSIE SLATEN/Heraki-Zertung Officials celebrate the grand opening of the new Salvation Army office at Suite 373 in the Landa Plaza shopping center on Landa Street. Work on Dam Access Road inches closer to completion By Ron Maloney Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — Work on South DanrAccess Road is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, according to county officials. County Engineer Tom Hornseth said Dean Word Co. employees would work with road department personnel to finish the job. Dean Word is the contractor that is setting the culverts in the limestone channel cut when water overflowed the Canyon Dam spillway for the first time this past July. ‘The south access project is moving ahead,” Hornseth told county commissioners Thursday. “I had my doubts that we would be able to make the Jan. 31 deadline, but it looks like we’re going to be able to make it.” Precinct I Commissioner Jack Dawson, acting county judge in Danny Scheel’s absence, said that while the road would be reconnected, it might have to be a dirt road for just a little while — perhaps one month. ‘They have to allow it to settle a little before they pave it,” Dawson said. “It might be a little dusty for awhile, but it’ll be no problem.”Inside Abby....................................5A Classifieds..........................2-6B Comics................................8A Crossword..........................SA Forum.................................6A Local/State.........................4A Movies................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports..............................1*2B Today..................................2A Key Code 76 Bouncer the wallaby escapes again By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer If you happen to see a wallaby hopping through your yard, be sure to call its owners at 625-8689, or page them at 629-9524. Tuesday, between 8:30 and 9 a.m., Bouncer, a I-year-old, I 1/2-foot tall grayish-brown Dania wallaby, escaped from his owners — Dr. Gary Brotze, a veterinarian, and his wife, Terri. “He uses his little paws to pull the fencing back. They’re like raccoons, so he must have pulled it back and he hopped through,” Ibm Brotze said. Brotze said a search Wednesday by a local wallaby breeder and neighbors failed to locate Bouncer. Bouncer, Brotze said, Ukes to eat cat food, is very active in the early morning and at night, sleeps during the day and has no homing instinct. A wallaby is a non-nesting, range-roving animal that is hard to see if standing still. Because of its colors, it blends into the background. But you definitely can distinguish Bouncer when it is hopping, Brotze said. Brotze is afraid Bouncer could freeze to death in the 20-something degree temperatures, or be injured by a dog. “There are so many fences that if a dog tries to run him into a fence, that’d be the end of him,” Brotze said. Because of its sensitive nervous system, Bouncer could not handle a lot of stress and could die, Brotze said. This is Bouncer’s second escape from captivity, Brotze said. Bouncer was Vescued when he was found on the loose this past Thanksgiving week. The are 72 species of kangaroos, which includes 43 species of wallabies. The Dama wallaby is small- to medium-sized, with dark, grizzled gray-brown to brownish-black fur. They normally Eve in pairs. In captivity they are mildmannered animals, except for the males during mating season. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung (Above) Now in the middle of trout season, Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited member Bill Higdon tries his hand at catching some rainbow trout on the Guadalupe. Higdon, who also runs In the Hills Fishing Excursions, fishes daily until the end of the season. “The end of the season is when all the tubers hit the river." (Top and below) Like most fly fishermen, Higdon ties his own flies and can be a little secretive about what he uses that works so well for him. Trout group ‘taking river back,’ restocking fish lost in flood By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer Members of the Guadalupe River Chapter of Trout Unlimited remain committed to cleaning up the river and restocking it with trout. The group hosts its annual winter meeting Saturday. “Our immediate goal is to get the river back,” Karen Gebhardt, one of the chapter’s directors, said Wednesday. “We lost a lot of trout after the recent floods. So our immediate goal is stocking the river. We’re also helping out by picking up trash, stocking at public sites, doing Troutfest at Landa Park and doing catch-and-release fishing.” David Schroeder, a Travis County resident and member, said the group’s long-term goals don’t differ much from the immediate goals. “We want to build up the trout fishing on the Guadalupe,” Scroeder said. “We’re heading in the right direction with our agreement with the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority, which is going to double minimum flows between May and September of 2003 and for the next 15 years. It’s contingent upon the lawsuit the Friends of Canyon Lake filed against the GBRA being dismissed. Schroeder said the local Trout Unlimited chapter stocks the Guadalupe River every year. “We’re nearly putting on 48,000 trout with donations provided from members. We want to have places on the river to fish. We want to encourage catch-and-release Fishing. If the fish are caught and released, it builds aSee FISH/3A Tie one on - ■    TSH ‘•a**., ‘ -    ‘ ;