New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 28, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 154, No. 215 12 pages, 2 sections
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DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3BCasted: School-finance reform possible
By Leigh Jones
State legislators left Austin empty-handed again Tuesday, frustrated in another attempt to pass school reform and financing packages.
Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels, said she hoped the day’s confusion would be the straw that broke the partisan camel’s back.
“CXit of chaos can come something good,” she said. “Yesterday revealedNational Night Out could make city safer
By Bon Maloney
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Law enforcement offi- I tion or to organ-cers want people to be I j*? a National partying all around New j p^'inCom^l Braunfels and across I County, call 620-Comal County Tuesday I 3400 and ask for night j Cpl. Tim Kolbe
Its the 22nd annual j rendition of National j 2185 and ask for Night Out against crime j Libby Rinehart. and violence, the summer night where police ask residents to have a “block party” — to get outside, get acquainted with the neighbors and take back their neighborhoods from thugs, crooks and dope dealers.
Nationwide, 34 million people in 10,000 communities in all 50 states are expected to participate in National Night Out to some degree or another. In New Braunfels and
See SAFER, Page 2A
that the old ways of doing things are not going to work.”
Both bills brought to the House floor were similar to previous measures that already failed during the regular and first special sessions.
Continuing to bring up the same solutions to the problem, Casteel said, is not going to work.
“We’re going to have do something new to get things moving, and I think that’s going to happen,” she said. “I
have heard a bunch of people from both sides of the aisle are working to do something good for both schools and property owners.”
Casteel broke ranks with Republican leadership Tuesday to vote for I IB 2, die education reform package.
Despite a last-minute amendment added by Democrats, the New Braunfels representative said the bill had enough to pass her test for positive changes to the education system.
Casteel was not so positive about I IB 3, the financing cmd property tax relief mechanism.
“I voted against it because it put $1 in your left pocket and took $2 from your right pocket,” she said.
I leartened by rumors of a willingness from both parties to end this summer’s second special session with a solution to the school funding
See REFORM, Page 2ANASA to ground shuttle flights due to safety fears
By Marcia Dunn
AP Aerospace Writer
SPACE CENTER, Houston — NASA said Wednesday it is grounding future shuttle flights because foam debris that brought down Columbia is still a risk — and might have doomed Discovery if the big chunk of broken insulation had come off just a bit earlier and slammed into the spacecraft.
A large chunk of foam flew off Discovery’s external fuel tank just two minutes after liftoff Tuesday morning. Shuttle managers do not believe it hit the shuttle, posing a threat to the seven astronauts when they return to Earth. But they plan a closer inspection of the spacecraft to be sure.
“You have to admit when you’re wrong. We were wrong,” said shuttle program manager Bill Parsons. “We need to do some work here, and so we’re telling you right now, that the... foam should not have come off. It came off. We’ve got to go do something about that.”
The loss of a chunk of debris, a vexing
See NASA, Page 2A
By Melissa Johnson
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was one of the first to bring the Mexican horseman lifestyle and culture to the United States.
Learning to ride and walk at about the same time, Jerry began performing at birthday parties and rodeos at a young age, earning his first $25 as a 4-year-old performing rope tricks at Randolph Air Force Base.
Now 45, Jerry has performed at an exhibition at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and entertained President George I i.W. Bush and other world leaders at the 1990 International Economic Summit in I louston and at the president’s 1991 Drug Summit in San Antonio.
But Jerry is not the only horse performer on the Diaz’s 50-acre New Braunfels ranch. His wife, Staci Diaz, is a third-generation performer who rides dancing horses and has the animals work at liberty, or without any lines or riders.
“Our family tradition of horse artistry and showmanship has gotten even bigger and stronger since our marriage,” Staci said. “Jerry and I get along so well because we both understand the time and ded
ication we give to our horses. It takes two people in the same boat to really understand our way of life."
The Diaz’s way of lite often means long days on the ranch, short breaks for dinner and little vacation time. But Staci said it s all worth it when it comes to show time.
“We put so much time in the horses that theres no better feeling than when the horses go out and perform well,” Staci said. “Theres this feeling of pride inside because we know how many hours it took to get there.”
Staci and Jeny will lx* }x*dorming a horse-riding duet at an onsite exhibition Saturday. The Mexican fiesta-themed event, which will benefit the Holy Family Parish Church, will feature dancing horses,
See HORSES, Page 2A
Musicians band together for hairy mission u^ps
By Melissa Johnson
There are few solutions to keeping cool in Texas besides swimming or staying indoors.
But local musician Matt Briggs has discovered a cure that will not only beat the heat but also support a good cause. Briggs is the organizer of the first Locks of Love benefit at Saengerhalle, which encourages long-haired locals to cut off their hair and donate it to the national nonprofit agency.
The drummer got die idea for the
AT A GLANCE
■ Locks of Love benefit
■ 6 p.m. to midnight, Aug. 7
■ Saengerhalle, 255 Saengerhalle Road
■Admission $5, all proceeds benefit Locks of Love
benefit when he was playing volleyball with bandmates and friends at the Saengerhalle court. Even though it was only April, Briggs said the Texas heat was making him want to cut his IO-inch ponytail.
Briggs told his friends he was going to shave all his hair off and
donate it when a buddy recommended that Briggs make the cut on stage. The idea for the benefit show, which incorporates three Americana bands, six acoustic acts and five hair stylists, was bom from the courtside conversation.
“A lot of people can’t give money to causes like this, but they have hair to donate,” Briggs said. “It s kind of like helping out your brothers and sisters naturally."
Thougthffcriggs had long known about Locks of Love — a Florida
See LOCKS, Page 3A
Tracking the news
Representing NB LAST WE KNEW: Rachel Roberts won the New Braunfels Junior Miss title.
LATEST: Roberts will be re presenting the city in the final state competition this weekend in San Antonio.
NEXT: The Texas Junior Miss winner will be crowned. After the competition, Junior Miss will close its doors in the state.
State Rep. Carter Casteel
State Sen. Jeff Wentworth
Local school districts reveal their results from recent TAKS tests.
Living with horses a fact of life for Diaz family
Photos by MANDY REARY Heraid-Zeitung
Eighteen-month-old Nicolas Diaz shows off his horsemanship by encouraging Barney to bow while his mom, Staci, keeps a hand on the lead rope. Below, professional horseman Geralo "Jerry" Diaz helps Nicolas to pat Barney on the nose.www.beheardblog.com