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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 26, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas s. ■MMmMNNonM m. HK MC WU 100D511 05/16/05 SOUTHUEoT mCSOraBLlSHERS 2627 E VARDELL OR EL FASO TX 79903 i\ I 3 SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 2004 lald-Zeitung DIVE IN Hundreds of area swimmers get ready to make waves in the Schlitterbahn Invitational at Landa Park Pool. Page SA FORUM CHARLEY REESE Columnist says energy independence for the United States won t happen without reverting to the 19th century. Page Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 196 16 pages, 2 sections CLICK 500 www:* 00001 o 70% rain chance High Low 87 71 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5-6A TV GRIDS 3BCity seeks law to avoid annexation snags AT A GLANCE R What New Braunfels City Council ■ Whan: 6:30 p.m. Monday I Where: Municipal Building. 424 Casten Ave. By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfels city officials want State Rep. Carter Casteel to support legislation preventing the kinds of problems the city has encountered with annexation. For three years, the city has tried to annex thousands of acres of farm land near the municipal airport to control residential development. And each year, landowners argued that their livelihoods would be jeopardized by becoming part of the sprawling city. This year, however, the city’s planning board attempted to work out an agreement with landowners, but eventually deferred the controversial issue to the city council. Council voted earlier this month to proceed with the annexation of almost 2,500 acres of farm land near the airport, but Mayor Adam Cork said he wanted to prevent future problems. “We’ve gone through the same thing for three years,” he said. “And I understand the farmers’ situation, but there has to be a balance.” Cork said he would meet with Casteel, R-New Braunfels, Tuesday to outline new legislation. See ANNEXATION, Page 3A COMING SUNDAY pressures Programs unprepared to deal v wife the atma of parenthood leant lo control their anger.Gas prices still falling but might rise for holiday From Staff, Wire Reports HOUSTON — For the fourth consecutive week, pump prices in Texas dropped, according to AAA Texas. The national average for regular self-serve gasoline is $1,925 a gallon, 3.9 cents lower than last week’s average, but 43 cents higher than last year's average. The Texas average for a gallon of regular self-serve wmmmmmmmmmmm b CLICK OM TNI Will AAA Texas: www aaa-texas com fell four cents to $1,818 a gallon. In New Braunfels Friday, prices for regular ranged from $1,769 cents at Rudy’s on Loop 337 to $ 1.799 at the Pit Stop at River Road and Loop 337. Corpus Christi has the cheapest fuel at $1,731 a gallon, down 4.2 cents since last week. San Antonio posted the biggest weekly drop of 6.1 cents to $ 1.770 a gallon. Dallas tops the list at $1,851 a gallon, down 3.1 cents compared to a week ago. “Pump prices in Texas have dropped IO cents a gallon within the last month," said Rose Rougeau, spokesperson for AAA Texas. “ This downward trend is expected to continue for the next several days. I lowever, its difficult to know which direction fuel prices will head when the Fourth of July holiday draws nearer.” Texas prices peaked at nearly $1.93 in the May 26 survey. That same week, the national average was more than $2.05. AAA Texas monitors the average price of gasoline at popular destinations for automobile trips. Chamber disputes Valentine petition By Scott Mahon Staff Writer If New Braunfels' District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine can get enough signatures by Monday, he could get an election as early as Sept. 11 to vote on making the convention and visitors bureau a city department. Valentine, who is spearheading the drive for five petitions, advocates that the convention and visitors bureau, which is operated by the Greater New ■ Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, could be more cost effective as a city-run department. The city currently contracts with the chamber of Ken Valentine commerce to operate the convention and visitors bureau. An agreement between the city and the chamber provides that the city gives the chamber Michael Meek 5-> Percuem the hotel/ motel (HOT) tax monies collected each year for promoting tourism. Valentine said the city would receive approximately $1.6 million in HOT tax revenues this year, and the chamber would get 55 percent. He said the chamber’s salaries and administrative costs are 42 percent of the convention and visitors bureau’s costs. Fifteen percent of the city’s HOT tax funds go to arts and historical groups, and about 12 percent of HOT tax funds are allocated for the maintenance of the civic center, he said. About 19 percent is unallocated, presumably for the expansion See PETITION, Page 3A DRENCHED Even if you’re not tubing, you’re still likely to get wet By Brandi Grissom Staff Writer Its going to be another wet weekend in the Hill Country. Officials from the National Weather Service predict rain all weekend and into next week. Some areas could see as much as five inches of rain and even pea-sized hail today, but no major thunderstorms are expected, said NWS forecaster Cristy Mitchell. A flash flood watch will remain in effect through Sunday. “It s going to just plain old rain, ’ Mitchell said. An upper-level low pressure system over the 11 ill Country will meander in the area at least through today, she said. That could serve as a catalyst for showers and thunderstorms producing one to two inches of rain in some areas and up to half an inch in others. Rain will continue into next week, but at a slower pace, Mitchell said. “We’ll still have afternoon showers and thunderstorms, but not the big coverage we have now.” she said. “They will be more widely scattered, lf you’re right under the shower, they can run anywhere from a quarter of an inch up to an inch and a half. If you're on the periphery, you’ll get a See WEATHER. Page 3A MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung (Above) Brandon Pfeifer of Houston braves the cold water and the rain Friday to float the Comal River. (Left) Ginger Valentine of Fort Worth, her dog Misty, and friends make the best of a rainy day while taking refuge under some tubes. J ;