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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 13, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas RON PAUL TO LEAVE CONGRESS TO MAKE 2012 BID news. 9 50oNew Braunfels WEDNESDAY JULY 13.2011Herald ^Zeitung SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852 AG asked to rule on emails Citizen requests NB Aero-related materials from New Braunfels ByGregBowwi The Hwald-Zeitiinq The City ot New Braunfels is asking for an attorney general's opinion that woulrl allow it to withhold emails betwwn (ity offi-(iais (om ('rnmg the New Braunfels Aero (ontrovi'rsy. The emails are being sought by resiilc'nt Frerl M( Michael under the Texas Public Information Act. On lune 2 i, McMichael filed a request for all emails concerning the municipal airport sent from jan. 1, 2009 until lune 23 between any two of thrt'e city Isham officials: the airport director, the city attorney and City Manager Michael Morrison. Interim City Attorney l\iul Isham said Tuesday that the city intends to release* (»mails that are not related to NB Aero. The city and NB Aero, which ofjerates an aviation business in faciliti(‘s leased from the city at New Braunfels Municipal Air port, are fighting court battles over a lease* extension and a fuel-transfer incident that resulted in the city obtaining a restraining order against NB Aero and the (losure of the firm's avi.ition fuel sales op«*ration. See EMAILS. Page 12 McConnell ► DEBT SHOWDOWN McConnell offer woulc give Obama new powers WASHINGTON (AP) With c(MHf)romise talks at a vitu|M’rative standstill, Si'n-ate Republic ans unexpec t-(*dlv ofiertHl liK'sday to hand Pr('M(lent Barack Obama new fM)W('rs to avert the first govcrnmt'nt default threat-<‘nod tor Aug. 2. Under a proposal out-lin(‘d by Sen. Mit( h M( -('oniu'll of K e n t u I k y, ()bama could re(|uest and likely secure — increases of u[) iit $J S trillion in the g()V(‘rnment's borrowing authority in thrc’e separate installments over the next year, as long as he simulta-iK'ously proposed spelling cuts of grc'ater size. Ihe (lebt limit inc rt*ases would take effect unless bloc ked by (ongress under spc>c lal rules tn.U would rec|uire spc’edy ac tion and even then Obama could ex(*rc ise his authority to veto sue h legislation. Significantly, the prc'sident's spending cuts would be clc*bated under normal procedures, with no guarantee they c'ver come to a final vote. M( (onnc'll made his pro-)osal public a tew hours )etore Obama presided over his third mec*ting in as many days with congrt's-sional leaders searc hing for a way to avoid a dc'tault and possible tinanc iai crisis. Democ ratic officials who participatc'd in the session said (ibaina did not rc'ject the Senate Republican leader's suggestion, but stresseci it was not his preferred a[)proac h. A statement issu(*d later in press s(*c retary jay (^ariu'y's name said the )resident "contin-uc*s to be* ieve that our focus must remain on seizing this uni(|ue opportunity to come to agreeMnc*nt on significant, balanced cbficit re’duction." Other oiticials said par-tic ipants at the meeting spc'nt part of the time rc'vic'wing proposc'd spending c uts that were made by both sides during several weeks of negotiations le*d by Vice Presieient joe Biden, suggesting ne*gotiators had not given up on a dt\il to c ut deficits. {here was little or no dis-[)ute among senior officials about the importance of avoiding ciefault. WATERSHED ADVISORY COMMITTEE TOUR Ptiotos by LAIWA McKME j Herald-Zeitunq Steven Spears, right, of DesignWorkshop talks Tuesday about the retention pond at Westpointe Village shopping center dur ing a bus tour for Watershed Advisory Committee members. THE BUS STARTS HERE Watershed Advisory Committee begins work to improve drainage ByOragBowtn The t4erald-Zeitung The city's Watershcxi Advisory (x)mmittt*e has start-e>d its work. Tlie committee was formed in April by New Braunfels City Council to help guide improvements to the city's drainage system, the flaws of which were exfK)se?d during the lune 9, 2010flcK)d. On Tuesday, the 10-member committe^e, chaired by City Councilor Mike Ybarra, met at City Hall with the team of consultants who will lead the development of the city's new Stormwa-ter Management Plan. The group hopped aboard a bus for a tour ot areas where drainage has been an issue, including the new HEB's detention pond, Blie*ders Creek, Dry Comal Creek, Landa Park and Panther Canyon. Development of the Stormwa-ter Management Plan is a necessary step toward instituting federally mandated stormwater-runoff quality rc'gulations — also known as MS4 regulations — rex^uirexf of New Braunfels now that its pot)-ulation has officially e'xcee*de*d 50,000. The plan must be submitted by The retention pond at the Westpointe Village shopping center was among the places visited by the Watershed Advisory Committee during Tuesday’s tour Fe‘b. 12 to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality^ which administe'rs the MS4 (Municipal Se^parate Storm Sewer Systems) program in Texas for the federal Environmental Protection Agency, said consultant Saul Nuccitelli of Lcxkwood, Andrc'ws & Nc'wnam of Austin. Consultant Re^becca Leonard of Dt'signWorkshop of Austin said the [)lan will tn.* ck*velo x'cl with a ve*ry he*avy ciose of [)ub ic input to hel[) build a community consen sus on stormwater strategy. Innovative stormwater options will be looked at in the process, she said. Public mee'tings are f)lanne'd in late fall, she said. See TOUR, Page 12 *■ CANYON LAKE Divers recover body ByDalondoMoultrl« The Herald-Zftiliinq I )ivers on Tuesday morn ing rcH overe*d the* body of ,1 San Antonio man who dis-apf)(*ar(*d weeks ago in ( anyon I ake, authoriti(*s said. Matthew Arzate, 21, was found in about 72 fee*t of water about 1 'iO tecM from shore ne*ar the area where he* was last se*en, said 11. Mark Reynolds ot ('omal ( ounty Shc'riff's ()ttice. He said lusticc' of the* Peace William Sc hroedc*r pro-nounc(*d Arzate dead about 1 50 p.m. as a result ot ac c idental drowning. Arzate vvc*nt under about 10 a.m. Saturday, lune .'5, With a tric'nd, ( hestt'r M. Aguilar |r,, 20, also ot S.ui Antonio, as the* two bc'twe*(*n islands at ('onial Park. Arzate* re*f)ortc*dly tric*d to rc*sc ue his friend but got inlo trouble. Authorities have* said passengers on a pontoon boat approachc'd Arzate as he* tried to swim l),i( k to shore*, and the*y saw him sink bc*low the* surtac <*. Aguilar s IkkK was rc*i ov ('rc'cl in ■’7 fec’t of walc'r (*ight minutes alter San i\t,irc os Arc'.i Kc*c overv leam divc'rs enterc'd the* \vat(*r. Thc*v tailed to imnu* diately tind Arzate*. Authorities nc'vcr gave* up •incl evc'iitually brought in sophistic atc*d sc anners to c ontiiUH* the sc'.irc h lor Arzate Icxas Parks .mcl VVildlite wardens with a Ic'xas l c|uuSearch c rc*vv sc‘archc*(l tor Arzatt* on luc'sday and rc'covere'cl his body, Reynolds said. He said Arzate's next ot km on s( c*ne and notified of the rc'c overy. A third San Antonio man drowned in ( anvon lake the* same day as Aguilar .ind Arzate. On lune* 27, divers re*cov-erc'd the* body of Mauric e Ivrome Hamilton, 28, who went under about ():2 3 p.m. while floating with his son on an inflatable alligator raft. WEATHER, 9 SKYLARQ BLEVINS MEMORIAL ELEMENTARY A few Clouds and hot Higti: 99 Low: 76 Abljy 10 Classifieds M Comics 9 Crossword 8 Forum 4 Qi.biluaries 3 Planner 7 SfiQllS ___________ ...... Ç TV 11 Voi 158 1 No 209 1 section, 12 pages 8 *56825 00001 50 centsEvery drop of water matters. HtSUFind out the latest on landscape watering restrictions at or call (830) 608-8925 for mc»e information. Here is what matters. For breaking news, sports scores, weattier, traffic and mul'daY updates, follow us on Twitter ONawBriunfsltHZ Learn wtiat’s in tomorrow's paper, offer news tips, receive alerts. Become a New Braunfels Heratd-Zeitung Facebook fan. Receive the Herald-Zeitung e-newsletter in your e-mail box each morning: CKck 'l^erald-Zeitung Mailing List' ;