New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 20, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
Holiday has special meaning for man who, with his wife, started a home to help troubled teen girls. Page IC
SPORTS HOME STRETCH
Two more New Braunfels Little League teams advance to the finals series. Page 111
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IKLawsuit clogs pipeline project for 6 months
By Ron Maloney
BULVERDE—The summer of2005 could be hotter and drier for residents of west Comal and east Kendall counties.
The Guadalupe-Bianco Riv-er Authority announced Thursday a legal battle by the grassroots “Friends of Canyon Lake” (FOCL) has set back completion of the Western
Canyon pipeline project by three months from July 2005 to October 2005 — six months after Bulverde, Fair Oaks Ranch and Boerne will begin paying $450,000 a month for
the $82 million project.
The 43-mile pipeline project includes a IO million gallon-per-day treatment plant now being built near Starts Hill. It is designed to provide up to
10,500 acre-feet per year of treated lake water to Kendall and Comal counties.
A portion of that water early in the contract will go to Bexar County. As needs in
Kendall and Comal counties increase, the contract with Bexar County — which is helping finance the project —
See WATER, Page 7A
A ROAST WELL DONE
Petitioners hope signatures give a voice to issues
Archbishop Patrick Flores celebrates Mass with those gathered at Holy Family Catholic Church Saturday evening before being honored at a roast held next door at the church's hall.
VIPs gently poke fun at retiring Archbishop Patrick Flores
By Ron Maloney
Saturday was a day to be heard on Main Plaza in New Braunfels.
A grassroots group of seniors, District 6 City Councilman Ken Valentine and a dozen or more other supporters staked out four comers of the plaza, seeking signatures for five petitions that call for votes on various issues this fall.
The petitions seek:
■ A freeze on taxes on the homesteads of senior and disabled homeowners in both New Braunfels;
■ The same freeze applied to county taxes;
■ A ban on aluminum cans on the city’s rivers similar to bans of plastic foam and glass;
V Declaration of the Comal County Fairgrounds as a city park — not to be bartered to Schlitteibahn; and
■ Reducing the cost of the visitors and convention bureau by making it a city department.
See PETITIOH, Page 7A
MISS THE PETITIONS?
Seniors seeking city and county property tax freezes will be on Seguin Avenue in front of the U S Post Office Monday
District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine plans to return to Main Plaza Saturday with petitions seeking:
— to ban cans on the city s rivers
— to designate the fairground a city park. and
— to make the convention and visitors bureau a city department.
By Ron Maloney
lf a few good Christians around New Braunfels aren’t praying for forgiveness this morning, they ought to be.
Soon-to-retire San Antonio Archbishop Patrick Flores came to Holy Family Catholic Church Saturday, where he offered Mass and was the willing target of a celebrity “Pat Roast” fund-raiser for the Holy Family Catholic Ministries Center.
The unique event, attended by parishioners and many luminaries of the local community, lived up to its promise.
Mistress of Ceremonies and News 9 San Antonio television personality Alisa Armijo hit on the crux of the problem early in the program.
"I really had to think about it,” Armijo said, “because I'm not sure of the eternal
ramifications of being part of a roast of an archbishop.”
Think about it: How would one approach a sendup of the revered and beloved man who is spiritual leader for Catholics in 23 South Texas counties? Cautiously and with considerable conversational finesse.
It’s a challenge, because, after all, too much enthusiasm just might contribute to a roaster receiving a rather warm reception in the next lifetime.
Ken Otte, state deputy of the Knights of Columbus, Texas State Council, offered this country’s first Mexican-American archbishop a bit of retirement advice.
“Most people, when they retire, are looking for a little something on the side. Archbishop, I thought I could give you a head start,” Otte said. “You can be in the salsa business: Archbishop Salsa—heav
enly sweet, devilishly hot.”
Monica Navarro, news anchor for San Antonio Univision 41, presented most of her sendup in Spanish.
“Archbishop Flores is very well-known for his ability to convince the wealthy to give money,” she said. “A girl was choking on a coin and someone said, ‘Call the doctor!’ Someone else said, ‘Call Archbishop Flores. He'll get that coin from that girl. ”
Former New Braunfels Mayor and now Wurstfest President Doug Miller commented on Flores' support of Wurstfest, which raises tens of thousands for charity each year.
Then, he threatened him with photos of pasts Wurstfests that he never showed. Flores gratefully accepted one photo,
See ARCHBISHOP, Page 5A
New Braunfels City Councilman Ken Valentine, right, shows photos of tubers to Bobby Rogers, left, and Sharon Cronin Saturday at Main Plaza while trying to convince them to sign a petition to force a referendum on banning aluminum cans on the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers.Young entrepreneurs
CISD closer to choosing name, breaking ground on new school
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Angel Gomez, 10, holds up a sign to attract customers to the snow cone stand set up in his West San Antonio Street yard while Jessica Chavez and Angela Gomez, 11, sample the raspas and wait for a sale. By 1 p.m.. the trio had made $5.50.
By Leigh Jones
CANYON LAKE — Canyon Lake area residents might be able to refer to their new high school by name after Comal Independent School District trustees consider a recommendation from the naming committee Tuesday.
Committee members previously narrowed the possibilities down to three — Canyon Lake I Ugh School, North Lake High School and Sorrel Creek High School.
Trustee Charles Burt said he thought the committee’s selection would probably be the best choice.
“I will be listening closely to their recommendation,” he said. “We shouldn't set up a
committee to give recommendations if we’re not willing to go along with their suggestion.”
Burt said he felt the name of the school was important but not crucial in the long run, unless it might be confusing.
“I have heard the concerns about the confusion between Canyon High School and Canyon Lake High School, and I can see a potential there,” he said.
The new school will be located at the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 3424 and Rural Route 32. It was designed to relieve overcrowding at Smithson Valley High School.
After considering the new name, trustees
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