New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 20, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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(Above) BiH Santos reaches the top of the utility pole and exchanges an empty basket for the one containing an egg he just carried up. After dropping the empty basket, Santos takes the egg from his basket, puts it in his mouth and quickly descends the swaying pole. Santos completed the task, egg intact.
(Right) New Braunfels Utility team member Mario Rosales and Jeff Barres rush to finish changing out insulators in one of several challenges of the seventh annual Lineman’s Rodeo Saturday afternoon.
Teamwork on the line
Rodeo is more than competition for NBU
By Sean Bowlin
SEGUIN — With the sun glaring and country music blaring, linemen from New Braunfels found there was more to Saturday’s seventh annual Texas Electric Cooperatives’ Lineman Rodeo than competition.
The rodeo was about hard work and brotherhood.
Sammy Martinez, a New Braunfels Utilities line technician, was there to support and film the team of NBU linemen Jeff Burras and Mario Rosales and supporting groundsman Walter Sifford. At 9:15 a.m. the three were installing a “jumper line” atop a utility pole they’d climbed. The line would “heat up” one side of a power line, providing it with power. It was like starting a dead battery with jumper cables — sort of They had 25 minutes to do itcorrectly and, most of all, safely.
Martinez said the team’s by-the-nuin-bers, quickly executed installation was a .product of practice.
‘They’ve worked constantly year-round to prepare for this," Martinez said.
Even in the days of “bucket trucks,” Martinez said pok? climbing is an essential skill. During the flood of 2002, bucket trucks were often prevented from entering flooded areas due to high water levels. Pole climbing is basic to the lineman’s trade.
Finally, Burros and Rosales climbed down from the pole. Sifford put away their equipment. All were soaked in sweat and breathing heavily.
The judge told the three they scored IOO out of IOO points.
Burros said the most difficult aspect of the event was adhering to rigorous safety standards.
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Vol. 152, No. 213
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Boerne fights for the
By Ron Maloney
BOERNE — The City of Boerne could be on the ropes, but it will go down fighting for every acre of land behind the line known as the “Boerne Wall.”
Qty Administrator Ron Bowman said Boerne has appealed to the Tbxas Supreme Court for rehearing of a dispute with San Antonio over 25,000 acres of land both lay claim to annexing in 1987.
The “Boerne Wall” is a strip of properties along Ammann and Blanco roads in western Comal County.
Owners of that land, late in 1987, voluntarily joined Boerne’s extra-territorial jurisdiction just before San Antonio’s annexation of a 1,000-foot strip of land on the west side of Camp Bullis was to take effect.
The annexation would have enabled San Antonio to extend its ETJ deep into Kendall and Comal counties north of Tfexas 46.
Boerne’s annexations blocked the San Antonio action.
Four times, Boerne won in district court. San Antonio appealed every time, finally arriving at the Texas Supreme Court in September 2002.
San Antonio alleged Comal and Kendall counties did not have authority to cede county roads for inclusion in Boeme’s ETJ, because land the roads are on belongs to the state, not the counties.
“They own the land, we own the asphalt on top of it,” said Comal County Commissioner Jay Millikin.
In June, the court agreed with San Antonio.
Bowman said Boerne wants the court to specifically address issues not mentioned in the eight-page decision written by Justice Wallace Jefferson.
“We’re asking, not that the ruling be oyertumed, but that
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Fund-raising fowl float Friday
By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer
Last summer, a duck dove into Comal River in Landa Park.
The uninvited guest splashed in just ahead of thousands of yellow rubber ducks and won the first Comal County Senior Center Lucky Duck Derby.
The $6,000 in prize money still went to the three top winners of the rubber duck race.
“It just decided it would jump in and join the race,” said Gerry Webb, the center’s executive director and race “head duck.”
Center officials expect toJust Ducky -
■ WHAT: 2nd Annual Lucky Duck Derby
■ WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday
■ WHERE: Landa Park
float as many as 5,000 ducks in this year’s race July 26.
This year the center has adopted about 3,000 ducks. Ducks can be adopted for a $6 donation. The person with adoption papers for the winning duck wins $5,000. Second- and third-place runnersup win $750 and $250,
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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Alamo Area Council of Governments has declared today an Air Quality Health Alert Day.
■ Reduce unnecessary vehicle driving
■ Carpool if possible or combine all srrand8 into one trip
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■ Don't refuel during daylight
■ Avoid usa of gas-powered yard equipment
■ Avoid exterior painting
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City officials get ‘tip’ for economy: Do it right’
By DYLAN JIMENEZ
Consultants told New Braunfels officials they need to make a 5-year commitment or give up trying to pursue Toyota offshoot business.
“If you’re going to do this, you need to do it right,” said Ibm Stellman, president of TIP Strategies Inc.
TIP has been working with the Infrastructure/Improvement Corporation Board of Directors (4B) to develop a strategy for attracting Tbyota
parts suppliers to serve the proposed San Antonio plant “Th do it right,” Stellman told 4B members, the city needs to think long-term. He warned that sufficient time, resources and incentives need to be devoted to the effort.
“You’ve got to understand that there are other communities out there that are willing to be veiy competitive with incentives," Stellman said. Sufficient time, resources,