New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 5, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
By Suzanne Ashe
The Stop the Ordinances Please group’s lawsuit against the city of New Braunfels will get its day in court at IO a.m. Wednesday.
Attorneys for the city and STOP will go head to head over river ordinances STOP clients think are illegal and
Scott Tschirhart, attorney for STOP said Monday that he has been fielding lots of phone calls about the lawsuit.
“I have people calling me daily to become a part of the lawsuit," he said, adding that the time of the hearing was changed from 9 a.m. to IO a.m. to give the judge time to read the pleadings.
STOP is an unincorporated group of business owners and other parties interested in the use and enjoyment of the Comal and Guadalupe rivers inside the city limits.
STOP members named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Rockin “R” River
See LAWSUIT, Page 6
Seven in running for 4B board seats
TUESDAY, JUNE 5,2007
ZeitungGame warden remembered for spirit, drive
■Seguin man died while trying to save others
GUADALUPE COUNTY — Nemo me impune lacessit.
The phrase, which in Latin means “no one wounds me with impunity,” graced the black bands that covered the badges of more than 300 state game wardens who attended the Monday afternoon burial ceremony of one of their own.
Teyran “Ty" Patterson, 28, who died Wednesday, was the sixth Texas game warden to drown in
the line of duty. Seventeen game wardens have lost their lives since 1919.
Patterson, who hailed from Seguin, was drowned in the Paluxy River in Somervell County as he attempted to recover the body of a flood victim.
His partner, 25-year veteran Danny Tuggle, barely escaped with his life when their boat capsized in flood waters.
“I would like for my son to be remembered as a role model,” Joe Patterson Sr. said before the grave
side service began.
“He wanted to be in criminal justice. He said Tm going at all the way,’ and he did,” Patterson said of his son, who earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Texas State University. He graduated the 51st Texas Game Warden Academy in 2005 and was stationed in Johnson County.
Joe Patterson Jr. stood by his father as they talked about his little brother.
See WARDEN, Page 5
Limiting the skies
Visiting judge to hear river lawsuit
A proposed airport user fee could have a serious impact on local operators at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport.
■ FAA plan could affect growth of municipal airport
By Mark Koopmans
A proposed plan by the Federal Aviation Administration to change the way the national agency is funded could have serious impacts on the local economy, officials at New Braunfels Municipal Airport said Monday.
The present funding system that support the FAA
expires Sept. 30 and the agency, which is being backed in its plan by some of the nation’s biggest airlines, is proposing to institute what it calls “user fees.”
“Apart from safety issues, we don’t think the general aviation industry should be subjected to user fees the same way Europe, Canada and Australia has been,” Airport Director Andy Spinks said. “In those
countries, allowing just one user fee did nothing but open up the door for many other fees to be implemented."
The proposed legislation, Senate Bill 1300, would be a disaster for towns and small businesses that depend on general aviation, Spinks said.
“This is being driven by the big airlines,” he said. “Many of them have just come out of bankruptcy—they're trying
to not have to pay the taxes they should.”
User fees would transfer billions of dollars of the airlines’ tax obligations onto the backs of small businesses that depend on general aviation, according to information submitted by the Airport Advisory Board to the New Braunfels City Council during a
See FEES, Page 6
By Suzanne Ashe
James H. Hawkins has joined six other applicants who hope to be selected to sit on the New Braunfels Industrial Development Board.
The 4B Board accepted applications through Monday to fill two positions left vacant by the death of one member and resignation of another Kirk Kistner earlier this year.
The deadline was extended until Monday to find a replacement for 4B Board member Kirk Kistner who announced recently he was
The following have applied to fill two open seats on the city's 4B Board:
■ James H. Hawkins
■ Gordon L. Hughes
ii Robert Nohrm _____
■ Bill Norvelt
■ Jay Patrick
■ Wes Stamps__
■ Timothy K. Zipp
moving to a residence outside of the city, according Deputy City Secretary Ann
See SEATS, Page 6
The casket containing the body of game warden Ty Patterson is carried to its final resting place in Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park by fellow game wardens, family and friends Monday.
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Comal County Commissioners will discuss a proposed billboard on FM 306 at their Thursday meeting. Page 3
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The Spurs are not underestimating the Cavs in their championship series. Page 7
Vol. 154, No. 176 14 pages, 1 section
Storm sweeps through causing little damage
By Mark Koopmans
The storm system that blew through Comal County and other parts of South Central Texas Sunday evening might have worried some people, but it appeared to have left little lasting damage in its wake, officials said Monday afternoon.
Nearly all the wind damage reported to National Weather Center offi
cials in New Braunfels was attributed to severe thunderstorms with winds in the 60 mph to 70 mph range, according to radar imagery and reports from spotters, meteorologist Larry Eblen said Monday.
“Along with two reports from the public, we knew there was an area of damage near Blanco that could have been due to tornadoes,” Eblen said. “However, after examining the area, although I’ve seen tin laying around
from tin roofs that were damaged, I’ve not heard that any injuries were reported. We were very fortunate.” Locally, several county road crews were dispatched throughout the area Sunday evening and into Monday morning to handle any storm-related damage, Comal County Engineer Tom Homseth said.
“I spoke with the road superintendent
See STORM, Page 6
The storm that swept through the area Sunday night brought strong winds that downed limbs and trees like this one on Wald Road.