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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 2, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas ■ LOCAL SPORTS. SBombers prepare run for nationals ■ LOCAL NEWS. 2Concert in the Park series opens today■ THE STATE. 3 Texas AG backs school in graduation prayer suit THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2011Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 500Parker ponders RR Commission bid New districts By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung Comal County Commissioner Greg Parker announced Wednesday that he is contemplating a run for the Texas Railroad Commission. Parker said last month that he wouldn’t seek reelection to a third term as commissioner. His current term ends Dec. 31.2012. "While I am not prepared to commit to a run (for Railroad Commissioner) at this time, I have actively sought a gubernatorial appointment to the seat vacated by former Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams, and I am compelled to contemplate the possibility of a Railroad Commis- Parker sion run," Parker said Wednesday. Parker, a Republican who explored running for the Railroad Commission in 2009, was elected to Comal County Commissioners’ Court in 2004, becoming the first black resident to be elected to a Comal County office. He was reelected in 2008. He said supporters have asked him to See PARKER, Page 10 Reuwer ► DEADLINE NEARS NBU could pick power provider within week By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Utilities could have an announcement soon related to the question of whether it will retain Lower Colorado River Authority as its electric power provider or find other suppliers. The city-owned utility has contracted with LCRA since 1974 to supply the electricity that powers homes and businesses in New Braunfels, Comal County and a portion of Guadalupe County. But the current contract expires in 2016, and NBU has to tell LCRA by June 25 whether it will stay with the Austin-based supplier for another 25 years or look elsewhere. “The only deadline we’re under is having to tell LCRA by June 25th whether we’re staying with them under the current contract we have, or whether we’re no longer going to be a customer after 2016,” NBU’s Gretchen Reuwer said Wednesday. She said a determination to that question may come in another week or 10 days. After that, she said, NBU will have some time to continue evaluating proposals. She said NBU staff and consultants have already done extensive evaluations of proposals submitted. She said NBU has a number of proposals sis well as the LCRA contract to take into consideration. “It’s looking at what would best serve NBU and its customers in the years to come.” "The actual decision about a See NBU, Page 10 LOCAL RIVER FLOWS cfs - cubic feet per second • Guadalupe at Sattler    54    cfs • Guadalupe at New Braunfels 74 cfs • Comal at New Braunfels 200 cfs RIVER FLOW RATE GUIDE • RECREATIONAL- 100-499 cfs • CHALLENGING-500-799 cfs STRENUOUS-800-1,199 cfs • DANGEROUS- 1,200+cfs Optimal tubing on the Guadalupe is between 200 cfs and 600 cfs. Tubing is safest^ below 1,000 cfs. Rafting is the mode of choice for levels above 1,000 cfs. LADY LIBERTY CELEBRITY ENCOUNTER would split New Braunfels City would be represented by two congressmen, if approved Photo submitted A group of New Braunfels Middle School eighth-graders bumped into former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Wednesday while touring the Statue of Liberty in New York City. SIGHTSEEING SARAH New Braunfels Middle students bump into Palin By Megan Holt The Herald-Zeitung A group of New Braunfels teenagers visiting New York met someone unexpected Wednesday morning. While watching the local news Wednesday, the adult chaperones were aware Sarah Palin, former Republican vice presidential candidate, was sight-seeing during their stay; however, they did not expect to run into her. On a celebrity watch, the children established a code word — “Master Blaster” — at the beginning of the trip in case they spotted someone famous. Standing in awe on the Statue of Liberty platform, the group of 15 to 20 eighth-graders noticed flocks of people dressed in business suits. “I was going to the back of the statue so See PALIN, Page 10 By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung A swath of New Braunfels and Comal County along I-35 would become part of the proposed new 35th Congressional District. Portions of north and northwestern New Braunfels and Comal County would stay in San Antonio Republican Lamar Smith’s 21st Congressional District, which currently encompasses the entire county. But some southern portions of New Braunfels located in Guadalupe County, now in the 28th District of U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, I)-Laredo, would be placed into the 15th District of Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, D-Mercedes. Guadalupe County, now wholly in Cuellar’s 28th District, would be split into the new District 35 as well as into Hinojosa’s 15th District. Seguin also would be split between the two districts. If t he Legislature’s proposed Plan Cl25 map is eventually approved, the first candidates for the new 35th District would run in the 2012 U.S. House elections and be seated for the 113th Congress in 2013. The new District 35 would be a majority Hispanic district stretching from Bexar County to Travis County. Texas Republican lawmakers unveiled the proposed 21 is ' GUAÒAi.(RÉ 15 ir •TEWm 34 i 45 js* * nsi f\0 *    1- <■ V . Herald-Zeitung graphic This map shows the proposed new congressional districts and how they affect New Braunfels. map for new congressional districts on Tuesday, and Gov. Rick Perry placed it on the special legislative session agenda, according to the Associated Press. The new map appears intended to guarantee Republicans continue to hold almost all of the Texas seats in Congress. Democrats immediately condemned the map. See MAP, Page 10 Special session timing won’t favor school funding protests The Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — Texas Democrats would love to see Wisconsin-style protests in the Capitol starting today, backed by waves of angry teachers and parents refusing to accept a $4 billion shortfall in funding for public schools. But the best they can likely hope for is some signs and a modest rally. The timing of the special session that Gov. Rick Perry ordered to begin this week — immediately after the Texas Legislature failed to pass a state budget during the 140-day session — won’t favor teacher unions and parents who might otherwise head to Austin and rail against the state reducing its obligations to school districts. Many Texas districts are still finishing classes this week. It’s also graduation weekend for See SESSION, Page 10 Holder, task force await word from Perry By Dalondo Moultrie The Herald-Zeitung There’s nothing to do now but wait, and Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder said he won’t hold his breath. After submitting wishlists to Gov. Rick Perry, the Task Force on Unfunded Mandates has been waiting for word from Perry on what’s next, Holder said. “I’m so busy with other things, until they call I’m not going to focus on it,” Holder said Tuesday, when the state Legislature was to begin a special session in hopes of ironing out a budget. “It’s all up there.” Holder presented unfunded mandates incurred by the courts system, law enforcement and corrections, public health and county roads departments. The county’s top costs include a $2.4 million tab for indi- Holder gent health care, $1.6 million to house the mentally ill in the county lock-up, $1 million for underfunding work done on state highways and $530,000 for prosecuting and/or providing defense counsel for defendants charged in state cases. The task force was formed in February and charged with identifying costs the state passes on to local governments, cities, counties and school districts, and See HOLDER, Page 10 11 Vol. 158, No. 174 10 pages, 1 section Inside CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES PLANNER SPORTS TV GRID 8 7 7 4 3 6 9 10 A few clouds High Low 96 69 Weather, 6 ■56825 00001 ’ l On the corner of Seguin & Coll St. st Protestant Chu ■Hsp lip ir r of New Braunfels 50 cents Sunday Services 8 and 10:30 a.m. m mt ;