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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 1, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Lifestyle River outfitters bank on tourists. Second part of a series/1 C Business Krause’s new owner updates menu, restaurants Sports New Braunfels Time to cut down Nets — NBA playoff preview/1 B SUNDAY June I, 2003 .32 pages in 4 sections mtmmmmm    pages    111    *♦    SCCtK Herald-Zeitung ■nnnBSi1 Vol, 152, No. 171Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 $1.00 Life lies ahead Photos by K. JESSIE SLATEN/HernkFZoiluog Canyon High School graduates Evaleen Chalkley (left) and Amber Shed look for friends and family in the mob of red robes following Saturday’s graduation ceremony at Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos. ‘Moment is here’ for 273 CHS grads By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SAN MARCOS — Saturday wan a day of hugs, handahakeH and “high-fives.” It also was - as three speakers reminded Canyon High School’s 273-member Class of 2003 — the “first day of the rest of their lives.” It was graduation day. With about an hour left in high school Saturday morning, Joey Salazar was hot and maybe just a little nervous. “Everyone will be watching," he said while waiting to line up. Salazar has been a Comal Independent School District student since day one, he said. “From Goodwin Primary all the way to Canyon High School,” he said. “I’m ready to hit college — and I’m ready to get out of high school.” Salazar, of New Braunfels, will attend Palo Alto College to See GRADS/8A (Above) CHS graduate Ryan Grammer gets a pat on the back from his grandfather and dad while mom snaps a few photos. (Right) Following tradition, CHS graduates toss their caps in the air at the end of Saturday’s commencement exercises. Inside Abby....... ..........2C I Classifieds — ........1-100 Comics ..........6C i Lifestyle ........1-5C Forum .........6A Local/State... ..........4A Movies ..........2C Records ..........7A Sports....... ........1-3B Today ..........2A Stocks ...... ..........4B www. herald 8 ”56825 00002 a Falls residents unhappy with tubers By Ron Maloney and K. JESSIE SLATENStaff Writers CANYON LAKE — Horseshoe Falls Estates residents whose homes were wiped out in the July 2002 flood have found their lives changed in its aftermath. For the first time, they’re now coping with what residents down river have endured for decades — tubers. It’s like adding insult to injury for Phyllis McDonald, whose home was wiped out in the flood and forFalls cleanup update/9A Joyce and Charles Evans, whose home was damaged. McDonald lost most everything she owned. She also lost things she enjoyed hut didn’t own the giant cypress trues that studded the river and a historic, scenic waterfall. Now, Horseshoe Falls Estates residents are losing their privacy, and they don’t like it. For the first time, tubers are floating down from the dam to the first crossing at ---- Tourism season helps to lower unemployment By Dylan JimEnez Staff Writer Despite having two college degrees, Chris Plummer works summers at a river outfitter because of the depressed job market. Its the boom in tourism-related jobs such as Plummer’s that helped bring Comal County’s jobless rate down in April from 4.7 percent in March to 4.3 percents according to Alamo Workforce Development Inc. February’s local unemployment rate was 5.2 percent. Plummer put himself through school working for Gruene River Company. Recovering from last year’s floods was hard for outfitters, he said. It also was vital to the local job market. “I’ve put myself through school down here — got a haolielors and masters degree, and the job market isn’t too hot . So I’m just trying to work down hen* until I am find a job Jobless rates for April, 2003, according to Alamo Workforce Development Inc. Comal County: 4.3 percent 12-county region: 4.8 percent Texas 6.2 percent t Nation 5.8 percent In Comal County, 42,578 residents were employed, while 1,924 were not. that I’m willing to give this up for,” Plummer said. After the July 2002 flood washed away much of the summer’s towns rn season and a string of businesses and manufacturer’s either closed or moved, the unemployment rate in Comal County finally is falling. The decline represents an overall nrovery for the colin ty, said Kick Zamarripa, See JOBLESS/8 A Flume files lawsuit for unpaid legal fees By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Former District 3 Councilwoman Debbie Flume is suing James Patrick Jr., a former city ethics commission member and current 4B Board member, for allegedly refusing to pay $1,750 in attorney’s fees. The city’s ethics commission ordered Patrick to pay tin* foes after a complaint he filed against Flume was found groundless. In December 2(X)2, Patrick Filed the ethics complaint against Flume for voting to delay the consideration of floodplain maps, claiming a conflict of interest bi-eau sr* Flume owned projierty along the river and her husband, builder Michael Flume, was working on flood damaged homes. The commission heard the complaint Jan. 31, decided it was groundless and ordered Patrick to pay Flume’s attorney’s fees. lawyer, Mike Smithers, said at the time that Patrick’s claim was meant to harass Flume. Along with the suit, Smithers filii! a copy of a certified letter dated and postmarked Feb. 3 that demands the money be paid and that litigation would he sought if Patrick did not pay. Patrick said after the coin mission meeting in January that he disagreed with the commission’s power to hill See LAWSUH/8A Farm-to-Mai ket Road 306. The water is 50 some degrees year-around in that stretch of the river, and the trip to FM 306 takes several hours at the current flow rate of about 240 cubic feet-per-Hocond. Before Memorial Day, it wasn’t too bad not many tubers were making the trip. But last weekend, it picked up tremendously, Charles Evans said. Now, in addition to the tubers, the private park at the gorge near the Evans’ residence is attracting trespassers. See FALLS/9A K JESSIE SLATEN/! UjfakJ /oiluny San Antonio tourist Ryan Ledet (center) paddles around a group that came to see the new formations in the Horseshoe Falls area Saturday afternoon. Resident Charles Evans fears that when tubers and kayakers see others on the private shore, it will lead to more problems. ;