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Vol. 150 No. 199
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Hispanic chamber begins rebuilding
Area Hispanic residents met Wednesday at Librado’s Restaurant to begin rebuilding the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Braunfels. Pictured (left to right) are Mike Cruz, Carlos Mendoza, Daniel Ortega, Barbara Solvin, Samuel Guzman, David Martinez and Lee Rodriguez.
By Martin Malacara
Hispanic New Braunfels residents want to add more diversity to the economy and culture of the city.
And they want to accomplish this by rebuilding the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Braunfels.
David Martinez, of Martinez Entertainment and Promotions, is spearheading the drive to bring the chamber to the forefront of the community.
“We’re here to work with all organizations. It’s a positive start,” Martinez said.
He emphasized the chamber’s goals are
to bring more cultural events to the community, initiate programs to help small business and implement programs for at-risk youth.
Martinez held the chamber’s first rebuilding meeting Wednesday to enlist support for the Hispanic chamber.
Martinez brings his experience with the Seguin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to this chamber and hopes to make it a success.
Samuel Guzman, president and CEO of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce, said when word gets out about the formation of a
Hispanic chamber, red flags tend to go up.
“People always ask why. The answer is why not,” Guzman said.
Guzman’s organization “promotes the growth, development and success of local Hispanic chambers of commerce and serves as the leading advocate of Hispanic business in Tbxas,” according to the group’s Web site.
Guzman said the real essence of any chamber is to enhance business and economic development and not divide a community.See CHAMBER/5A
Plan for Rosedale to go before city
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
The apartments stand closed and dilapidated. The grass is high and some of the buildings show signs of forced entry.
Rosedale Apartments are emy»,y now, the residents forced to move out nearly IO months ago when city inspectors found more than 150 health and safety violations. The apartments consist of 42 units at Rosedale Avenue and South Krueger Avenue off West San Antonio Street.
Now, the Building Standards Commission asked the company responsible for the property for a plan to tear down the buildings.
“They asked in May for them to come back with something in writing about
What’s Up -
What: Building Standards Commission
When: 5:30 p.m. Monday
Where: Municipal Building, conference room D, 424 S. Casten Ave.
Other properties on agenda:
• Public hearing regarding 376 Comanche Street
• Public hearing regarding 466 S. Hill Avenue
• Discuss property at 178 N. Krueger Avenue
• Discuss property at 146 Baden
the buildings,” Legal Assistant Michael Resendez said. “And they are supposed to do that on Monday. I think, at some point, the commission is going to want to see some See ROSEDALE/5A
Missing Houston resident returns home
Man sees self in paper, calls wife
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Michael “Hooch” Blades had an argument with his wife, Becky, on June 23 and walked away mad.
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Blades, who Eve in Houston, had come to the area to go tubing.
After they fought at Camp Beans on the Guadalupe River, he holed up in a hotel room for six days, nursing his anger, thinking about his life and watching old 1970s sitcoms.
Then on Friday, he saw his photograph on the front page of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung and decided he had best call home.
Thursday afternoon, Becky Blades reported her husband missing to the Comal County Sheriff’s Office and was told by Detective Jim Rose that she should go talk to the newspaper.
She did, and the story that she was looking for her husband appeared on page one.
Friday afternoon, her tele
phone began ringing at about 2 p.m. with calls from folks in New Braunfels who believed they had seen him.
One woman had talked to him about one of his tattoos at a local convenience store. She also called Rose.
The others said where they thought they had seen him and offered what comfort they could.
“I probably got five calls in the next two hours,” Becky said.
Then, the phone rang again, and it was the best news of all.
“He called and said. ‘My picture’s on the front page.’ I said, ‘you’re not dead!’
“He said, ‘why would you ever think like that? I’m a grown man. I can look after myself,’” Becky recounted Saturday afternoon.
‘I told him, ‘you could have just picked up the phone, said I’m all right. I’m mad. I’ll talk to you later and not put eveiybody through this.*’
She said her husband told her he had been angry when he left that Saturday and that he needed time to be by himself and think through it.
“He realized he had a fam-See HOME/5APark planning
New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams leans against a fence at the Camp Comal Little League Fields Fiiday while Clayton Mott, Justin Kanas and Rocky Thompson practice in the background.
City council to take up Camp Comal discussions
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
The future of Camp Comal might be determined soon.
New Braunfels City Council plans to set a date at its July 9 meeting for a workshop for the city and New Braunfels Utilities to hammer out details of an agreement.
The two groups were unable to decide on the fate of the land — site a new treatment plant or better park — until recently.
The 44 acres on the Guadalupe
River has been the site of a tug-of-war between New Braunfels Utilities and the city’s parks and recreation board.
NBU bought the land in 1969 and plans to use it for future expansion of its wastewater treatment facilities.
The parks board wants it dedicated as park lands to protect the six baseball fields now at Camp Comal.
City Manager Mike Shands said he talked with the city’s attorney and planned to put the issue on
the council’s next agenda.
“I think they’ve agreed on what to do,” he said. “But the council needs to decide some of the details. How much land do they need? Where should it be located? And how much is the city willing to pay for the land?”
Shands said the groups needed to reach a decision, so the city could look into acquiring land for NBU or new land to replace Camp Comal’s baseball fields.
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River activity not up to holiday weekend
By Ron Maloney
Law enforcement authorities reported solid weekend tourist action on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers Saturday— but not the big holiday weekend authorities geared up for.
Mark Reynolds, who operated the Comal County Sheriff’s Office river command post Saturday, reported that 38 deputies and another dozen river security team members worked on the Guadalupe River Saturday, which is about the manpower level set for a strong weekend.
Next Saturday, he said there would be more deputies on the river.
“It was going to be a toss up to see which weekend was the big one,” Reynolds said,
with the Fourth of July coming at mid-week.
“It’s hard to say if next weekend will be busier, with the fourth landing on Wednesday,” he said.
“If it were a Monday or Tuesday, it could make for a long weekend. But with Wednesday, its hard to go to your boss and ask for a five-day weekend.”
Either way, Reynolds said, deputies would be prepared for whoever shows up.
New Braunfels Police Sgt. John McEchem said business was picking up late Saturday afternoon on the rivers within the city limits.
“It’s the witching hour right now,” Mc Rehem said a little after 4 p.m., referring to the time when tubers start making their way