New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 26, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
JUNE 26, 2005
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DEAR ABBY 3E CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 6C CROSSWORD 6C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 1B TV GRIDS 2,3EPinto could get League City job Tuesday
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels City Manager Chuck Pinto will learn Tuesday whether League City council members approve him as their next city administrator.
Pinto has been a favorite for the job since early this year when outgoing mayor Jeff Harrison delayed his appointment until
after the coastal city’s heavily contested mayoral election.
Mayor Jerry Shultz, who was seated June 20, opened a dialog again with Pinto last week. After their discussion, the New Braunfels city manager gave his future boss a proposed employment contract.
Pinto would not confirm details of the contract, including
salary, but did say he planned to travel to League City for Tuesday’s council meeting.
"They have not formally asked me to be there, but I think I should,” Pinto said.
Pinto will have to wait through a long list of agenda items before council steps behind closed doors to consider his appointment.
Pinto, who has been in New Braunfels since 2003, said previously he was very excited to take on the challenges League City offered.
Before coming to New Braunfels, Pinto held city manager’s posts in Orange, Seabrook and Midlothian.
Pinto admits he moves around a lot, saying he enjoys the chal
lenge a new job offers,
If council approves Pinto’s selection, New Braunfels city council and staff will have 60 days to complete the budget process and decide how to run the city until a replacement can be found.
If the council offers him the job, Pinto said he would plan to be in League City by Sept. I.
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FISH OUT OF WATER
Competition forces athletes
Early budget indudes 4 new police officers
to take on new challenges
Arts, crafts show turns back time
CTTC honored as regional project of the year
By Ron Maloney
Those who worked more than a decade to bring the Central Texas Technology (tenter to New Braunfels got reinforcement from outside the community this week that it was a good idea.
The Alamo Area Council of Governments recognized the school Wednesday with its 2005 award as “Governmental Regional Project of the Year.”
Opened in 2004, the CTTC has brought technical education on the junior college level to Comal and Guadalupe counties, enabling local students to avoid a commute to Austin or San Antonio — and acting as a magnet to attract students from rural areas around New Braunfels, San Marcos and Seguin.
AACCX! Executive Director Al Notzon said the intent of the award is to acknowledge
See CTTC Page 9A
By Melissa Johnson
Though most sold their wares indoors, McCleod set up his booth outside under the shade of a large oak tree. McCleod and Boswell were selling handmade ocarinas — oval-shaped wind instruments with finger holes and a whistle-like mouthpiece — and bamboo flutes.
McCleod’s love for the flute began at the age of 12 and has continued to the present day. Already an accomplished musician before he reached adiilthood,
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Monsignor Eugene OY Callaghan celebrates 50 years as priest in a special mass.
Extreme Sports fans witnessed the advent of new form of triathlon Saturday.
Rather than the traditional bike, run and swim competition, participants in the Texas Ski Ranch JuniorTHI-X competition picked of three out of six action sports — wakeskate (cable), wallboard (boat), rock climbing, skateboarding, motocross and kayaking — and went head to head for $7,500 in cash prizes.
Tournament director Blake I less said the event is designed to take radically different sports and combine them in one competition. The second annual event was modified from last year to force participants to compete in a variety of fields.
“We want cross-over athletes," Hess said. "We took out cable wakeboarding and put in kayaking to make it a more diverse, true action sport event."
Competitor Jay Prock, a sophomore at Florida Southern College, flew in from Virginia to compete in the wakeskate, wakeboard and rock climbing competitions.
"This competition is interesting because it’s not a wakeskating competition or a wakeboarding competition,” Prock said. "It’s an overall athletic competition."
Prock has been wakeboarding since he was 13 years old and picked up wakeskating a few years ago. Though lYock spends an average of 18 hours a week on the water, he admitted he spends significantly less time in the rock gym.
By Melissa Johnson
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels city ; AT A GLANCE council members will j u What; New take their first stab at j Braunfels City haggling over the city’s I Council meeting budget Monday. j BWhen: 6:30
City Manager Chuck j p.m. Monday Pinto and his staff have I BWhere: City whittled an initial $5 I Hall, 424 S. million deficit down to I Casten Ave. a $134,000 surplus, giving council room to negotiate.
The Initial budget includes four new police officers and one new municipal court clerk, but does not include the six firefighters requested by Chief John I leber for the new fire station on the city’s south side.
Pinto’s budget also is missing a tax increase, something both he and several council members have indicated might be necessary to make progress on things citizens have asked them to address.
See BUDGET Page 5A
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Kyle Reed works on his wakeboarding technique while practicing for the JuniorTRI-X competition at the Texas Ski Ranch Saturday afternoon. Below, Josh Potter sails through the air while practicing Saturday.
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Scott Boswell, left, plays a bamboo flute that he made while Cloud McCleod jams on a guitar at their booth at the Summer Showcase Arts and Crafts Show Saturday.
Cloud McCleod and Scott Boswell turned the clock back Saturday, sitting beneath an oak tree and playing ocarinas and bamboo flutes.
The two Austin natives displayed their talents and their wares during die Summer Showcase Arts and Crafts Show at the civic center.
The day-long event featured more than 50 vendors selling goods ranging from jewelry and candles to bonsai trees and bags of roasted almonds.
“I actually just started rock climbing about 4 days ago,” Prock said.
Rather than feeling like a fish out of water, Prock said the diversity of events was what drew him to the competition.
“The really cool Uiing about this tour is that it forces people into places where they’re not comfortable,” Prock said. “You can be the best wakeboarder in the world and still finish close to the bottom if you can’t do anything else.”
Darren McKinley, a senior at Smithson Valley I Ugh School, was returning to the competition after placing second overall last year. His forte is skateboarding but McKinley says he’s been wakeskat-Jng off and on for a few summers.
“I love the universalness of