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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 14, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas AUSTRALIAN STAR TO PLAY TEXAS MUSIC THEATER WEEKEND, 6 50oNew Braunfels THURSDAY JULY 14,2011Herald ^Zeitung SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852City can release emails for freeFreedom of Information Act specialist says New Braunfels doesn’t have to charge ByOregBowm Tlw Herald-Zeitung A rt^sidcnt seeking emails sent lK*tvv('en N('w Braunfels {ity offi-{laK conterning th(> municif)al air-fM)rt might not nave to pay for the ref|uested documents, a First Amendment attorney with the f>(‘<’dom ot Information f ounda- ► ROAD RAGE Woman in’Vette flashes weapon New Braunfels Police: No charges will be filed By Datondo Mouttrte Tfw Her.ild-Zeitung During a tratfi( altercation last w(‘('ken(l in New Br.iuntels, a woman who saifl sh(' telt thre,it(‘ned hv a male driver flasht'd a gun at th(‘ man and drove otl, |)oIk e said 1 f. john Wells of New Braunfels Police Department said oftK c'rs inv(‘stigati*d and determinc'd no ch.irgcs wc're warrantc'd. No one was hurl. Wc'lls said the man calk'd police about 7;4S p.m. Saturday .ind reported a woman in a COrvc'tte showed him a gun aftcT c ut-ting him ott at a traffic light. Police tr.u ked down the woman and found a handgun in |)lain sight on ht*r < ar s(‘at, Wells said, adding driving with a gun in plain view is Ic'gal. Otticc'rs cjuestioned the' man, the woman and th(> woman's U'malc' passengt'r ,ind got similar stories from all, Wc'lls said. According to Wells, the tric'd tt) gc't ovc’r in front ot the woman but the woman wouldn't allow it, angering the man. The man bc'gan to make hand gc*s-turc'S and drive aggressively around the woman, frightening her. The female drivc*r helci up a silver and black handgun, and the man ()ulle{l over to get away trom the women. He then calk'd 9-1 -1. Ihe man told [)olice the women never [)ointed the gun at him and so he wanted to file no charges. The f(‘male driver said she only raisc'd the' gun atter feeling that the man thrc'atenc'd her and shc' too wanted to file no chargc's. Wells said [)olice took the drivers' information and tiled a report but no (h.irgc's. tion of Texas said Wednesday. The t'mails are being sought by resident Fred McMic tiael under the Texas Public Information Act. He's asking for all em.iils cone c'rn-ing the air()ort sent from jan. 1, 2(X)<) until )une 2 i 2011, betwcw the airiM)rt dircn tor, the c ity attorney and the c ity manager. rhe c ity is compiling a cost estimate for staff time that would fx' involvc'd in retric’ving the emails anri for copying c harges. The city plans to have Me Mic lael pay the estimatc'd costs Ix'fore hc' receivc's the co()i('s. But attorney )oel White of Austin said a provision of the Texas Pub lic Information Act allows agc'ncies to release doc uments refjuestc'd under the' <u t frc*e' of c harge*. The* provision re'c^uirt's that the do< uments must Ix* of sufficient interest to the' (lublic, he said. The rc'cjue'st for emails concc'rn-ing the airj)ort weHjkl set'm to f|ual-ifv, White saifl. The cit>' and an air )ort tc'nant, NB Ac*ro, are fighting c'gal l)attk's over NB Ac'ro's Ic'ase' anei abilih to sell fue'l at the* air|M)rt. "That kind of thing is )ust what that provision is intendc'd for," White said. See EMAILS. Page 12 SAN ANTONIO TAPS LOCAL LAKE LAURAMcKENZIEiHerald-Zeitung Clouds are reflected on the surface of Lake Dunlap on Wednesday afternoon south of New Braunfels in Guadalupe County BEXAR NECESSITY BexarMet resumes use of water from Lake Dunlap By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung BexarMc't W'ater District has rc'sumed the use' of water trom I ake Dunlap south of Nc'w Brauntels in Ckiadalu[)e ('ounty. Spokesman Mike lopez said Wc'dnc'sday that BexarMet ck'ciek'ci lo change from Edw.irds Acjuiter wells to 1 ake Dunlaf) water to su[> [)ly its e ustomc'rs in Bc'xar County near t onversc' to cut Fdwards use and torc'Stall the nc'c'd for Stage' III water rc'stric tions. "Stage ill puts a real burden on the customer, so we're trying to (k) our part to conserve the water that comes from the- Edwards Aejuifer," Lopez said. Bc'xarMet has a contract dating back to 1494 to f)urchase l ake Dunlap vvate'r from Canyon Regional W''ater Authority (CKWA), which operates a Lake Dunlap water trc'atment plant that pro vides water to various entities in the region. He said BexarMet has rights to 5,()()() acre-fc^'t per ye*ar. An ae rc'-kK)t is apf)roximately ,i2(),(KK) gallons. BexarMet's Lake Dunlap water is a reserve sup()ly that is used trom time to time, he said. The additional pum[)ing fre)m Lake Dunlap bc'gan at the end of lune. [^ave Davc'nport, ( KWA general manager, said the Be*xarMet usage almost efoubled the out[)ut ot the Lake Dunlap water f)lant trom () million gallons f)er day to 11 million gallons per day. By comparison, the ('it\' of New Braunfels is using about 14 million gallons a day from its suf)plies. Daven[)ort and Lope'z said the additional pumping will have no impac t on the k'vel of I ake Dunlap, a popular s(X)t for water rex rc*-ation anei fishing. The lake, a reservoir on the (juaefalupe River, is managed b\ Cjuadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA), which operates a hvdroc'k*c trie plant and dam there. "Normally, the lake stays at the same level all the time unless CjBRA is working on its dam," Daven[X)rt said. "It's a constant-k'vel lake." Neither Lo[X'z nor Daven[)ort had heard any complaints about the additional f)umping for Bc'xarMet. Lopc'z said it's uncertain how' long Bc'xarMc't will continue using I ake Dunlap supplies. "We may continue another 60 days and then switch Ixic k over (to Lelwarels wells) or we may continue to use that source for the rc'st ot the' year.' Lopez said BexarMet has a S2 [)ercent interest in ( anyon Regional Water Authority. "So it would only behenjve us to continue," he said. Authorities make example out of ‘river pirate’ Carmony By Dalondo Moultrie Ttie Herald-Zeitung Since he was 10 years old, jarid Allan Carme)ny has bc'en swimming the ('omal River in New Braunfels. And since he was 10 years old, Carmony said, he has been finding things other tubers dro[) in the water. Recently, however, he Ic'arne'd a valuable lesson. "I was told if you find sunglasses e>r anything down there and ek)n't try to find the owner, it's considc'red thc'ft," Car mony said. "I know that now." It tcK)k getting caught up in a police sting, being on the wrong end of a theft jury trial and having Comal County authorities intend to hold him up as an example of what not to ek) on the river for ( armony rst Protestant Churc ► NOLEN VARGAS 5K run to raise money for aware By Jena Codidge The Herald Zeitung Run e'very da\ like it could be' your List. For the five c ross-c ountry seniors at ( anvon High IS a ihr.ise' i(‘ de>afh of Varga’. Sc hool, this reminde'r of i frie*nd, leadc'r and t{‘,im-mate Nole*n Vargas, The 2011 ( HS graduate was killed luly i in an a ( c I d (' n t when his ear tli[)f)ed and rolled over the JlOO blnt k ot Texas Hwv. th South. "He h.ul the Ingge'st heart ot anyone' I h.ive' e'ver met, and th .It's not an ove*rstafe' mc'nt," said ( onnor lac ob-se'n, V'argas' iriend and teammate'. The me*mor\ ot Vargas' le)ving, kind and h.ird-uork ing fX'rsonalih proix'lk'd tiu' five se'niors to unit(‘ and organize the Nolc'n Paul Vargas Sc holarship SK, Starting at 8 a.m. Aug. (> at Landa Park, all proct'eds trom the' race* go to the* N( )k'n Vargas Memorial Scholarship. Funds raiscnl and ekinat-C'd will award a e r< )ss-e (>untr\ sc'nior in the fall. The' collaborative c'ttorts from New Brauntels Running C lub, ( anyon 1 ligh Sc hool c ross-country, teachers, coache's, friends See VARGAS, Page 12 WEATHER, 6 MAX DORNOSTYN GOODWIN FRAZIER ELEMENTARY Mostly sunny and hot High 99 Low; 75 Classifieds Comics____ to k'arn his lesson. In August 2010, an undercover oftie c'r pretendc^d to drop a plastic bag of valuables and fake cash as he floated the river at Stinky Falls. Once the See RIVER, Page 12 Criissvy^orl..... Forum_______ Qbiluirijs..... 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