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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 11, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW<ritidsKFELS “3^tTcp^/22/m 262? E VANDELL UDR1SHING ?2 Herald Vol. 148, No, 79    18    pages    in    2    sections    March    ll,    1999 PASO, TX ? 9 9 03 Thursday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Comal County Junior Livestock Show ‘Spice Hog’ gets family’s full attention By Bill O'Connell Staff Writer Named after one of the Spice Girls, “Posh” is a 259-pound hog awaiting her chance at fame. Sharing a pen with a 262-pounder named Sandi, Posh was one of four hogs entered by 10-year-old Laramie Boos at the 31 st Annual Comal County Junior Livestock Show and Sale. Laramie, a fifth-grader at Memorial Intermediate, has been raising and shewing hogs for three years at stock shows in San Antonio, Gonzales and Floresville. Laramie was one of several hundred youths who brought their animals to the Comal County Junior Livestock Show on opening day Wednesday. Larry and Renee Boos have watched Laramie care for different livestock breeds since he was a toddler. The Comal County residents had neighbors that owned hogs and goats — animals that Laramie took an interest in right away. “Laramie got to helping them when he was 4 years old,” Renee Boos said. It wasn’t surprising to the Boos that their son was curious about the livestock that Laramie saw every day. Most children naturally are attracted to all types of animals. What caught the attention of Laramie’s parents, Renee said, was the gentleness he displayed with their neighbor’s livestock. ‘To be quite honest, he is very compassionate. He’s kind of a big-hearted kid,” Renee said. Now a veteran exhibitor in the pre-junior division, Laramie has won an assortment of blue ribbons for the hogs he single-handedly raised. Larry is an employee at New Braunfels Utilities and Renee takes care of the home. Both parents said they gave their son full responsibility for raising the hogs. Feeding, watering, walking and cleaning up after the animals are among the daily chores that keep Laramie busy when he^ not at school or baseball practice. Raising livestock keeps a 10-year-old busy, and can even earn a kid some ribbing at school. Laramie has endured the work and occasion- See HOG/5A Shadow work rn ll V 9 + rn *. %f . -W rn . n - rn. * # ♦ dr * A * % mi 'KIL JKS HEATHER TOOO/Heraid-Zettung Canyon Middle School student Erika Vargas helps Colton Rankin with a computer program on Wednesday while classmate Pete Valenzuela looks on. Valenzuela and Rankin are students in Gayle Korhell's kindergarten class at Lamar Primary. Vargas “shadowed” Lamar Primary principal Leigh Ann Dees as part of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Shadow Day. Middle schoolers get dose of‘real world’ during chamber’s Spring Shadow Day By Heather Todd Staff Writer While most area middle school students were sitting in classrooms Wednesday afternoon, Daniel Phillips and Israel Garcia were learning that crime doesn’t pay. Phillips, a student at New Braunfels Christian Academy, and Garcia, a New Braunfels Middle School student, spent their school hours learning the ins and outs of the Comal County Sheriff’s Department and Comal County Jail. Garcia and Phillips were two of 174 middle school students who participated in the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Shadow Day. The shadow program, sponsored twice each year, pairs local businesses with area youth who have a keen interest in learning about the professional world. Seventy-five local businesses, ranging from law enforcement agencies to recreational parks and health facilities, participated. After breakfast and an opening ceremony at the New Braunfels Civic Center, students were escorted to one of their top four choices of businesses to visit with employees and get a first-hand look at today’s work environment. Phillips said the sheriff’s office was his first choice because he was interested in law enforcement. “My dad is a private investigator, so I think I’d like to follow in his footsteps,” he said. Four students toured the county jail and learned what life was like behind bars — right down to the prison food. Jail administrator Bill Collins said the students were fed typical prisoner^ ftue during their lunch break. Tt's not like mom makes,” he said. Deputy George Rosales gave the students and shadow participants at the New Braunfels Police Department a tour of the law enforcement center^ holding cells and explained the process of booking someone into the jail. Richard Allerkamp in, a Canyon Middle School student, said he was looking forward to going out on patrol with sheriff’s deputies. See SHADOW/5A CISD trustees ready to crunch numbers Pay raises for teachers at heart of budget issue By Heather Togo Staff Writer Comal Independent School District teachers could get a much-anticipated salary hike, but it might not be enough. The administration is proposing a $3,000 across-the-board pay raise for all district teachers, nurses and librarians for the 1999-2000 school year at a board meeting 6 p.m. Thursday at Canyon Intermediate School, 1275 N. Business 35. CISD’s entry-level teacher salaries are currently the lowest among surrounding districts — more than $5,000 below many San Antonio school districts — and could affect the district’s competitive edge for new teachers next year. CISD teachers with a bachelor^ degree and no experience earn $23,500. The minimum salary for entry-level teachers with a master’s degree is $24,000. The proposed raise would give a CISD teacher with no experience and a bachelor’s degree an annual salary of $26,500. Under the proposed salary hike, the minimum teacher salary for CISD personnel with master’s degrees would be $27,000. See CISD/5A Meeting WHO: Comal Independent School District board of trustees WHEN: 6 p.m. today WHERE: Canyon Intermediate School, 1275 N. Business 35 WHY: Consideration of $3,000 across-the-board pay raise for all district teachers, nurses and librarians; changes in graduation requirements for freshmen in 1999-2000 school year Full agenda/Page 2A Artesia deal with NBU closer to approval By Bmj. O’Connell Staff Writer Your next bottle of Artesia water migbt taste familiar. Spring water from Comal County appears to be headed to the San Antonio bottling company as soon as New Braunfels city officials OK the deal in April. ‘To me, this is a win-win situation... I don't see how we can ask for anything better,” said city council member Larry Alexander. However, council member Juliet Watson said the sale of water to a commercial bottler might send a “mixed message” to city residents if mandatory water conservation measures take effect. Watson cast a dissenting ballot Monday when council voted 5-1 in favor of a contract between New Braunfels Utilities and Artesia Water Company for spring water. Council approved the first of three required readings enacting the ordinance. The final reading was expected April 12. Restrictions on lawn watering and other discretionary water uses are enforced by NBU and the city when periods of dry weather cause the Edwards Aquifer to drop below stages considered critical to the survival of endangered aquatic species. The contract with Artesia reportedly did not include any clauses calling for a halt to taking water from the aquifer during mandatory conservation periods. “I'm just concerned that the citizen has to conserve, but the commercial customer doesn't,” Watson said. The agreement between NBU and Artesia could net the utility up to $277,500 annually. The contract would allow the company to draw up to 30 million gallons of Edwards Aquifer spring water from NBU-owned wells. Benefits of the water sale for the city included up to $38,000 in yearly revenue for the general operating fund and name recognition on Artesian bottles. “One of the things we were looking to do was advertise Edwards Aquifer spring water,*' NBU assistant general manager of operations Roger Biggers said. Artesia general manager Raymond Henarie confirmed Tuesday that bottled water collected at New Braunfels would include labels identifying the source. NBU officials told council the agreement with Artesia equated to little more than a dent in the local water supply. “This contract would represent less than a half percent of our total water supply,” NBU general manager Paula DiFonzo said. NBU’s combined rights to Edwards Aquifer and surface water from the Guadalupe River totaled 14,249 acre-feet, a supply that utility officials said would meet demand for 30 years. The Artesia contract would draw a maximum of 92 acre-feet per year from the Edwards Aquifer. An acre-foot is equal to about 325,000 gallons of water. Inside Abby........................... .....7A Business....................... .....5A * Classifieds................... ..5-8B Comics......................... .....8A Crossword.................... .....7A * Forum........................... .....6A S: Local............................. .....4A Obituaries..................... .....3A Sports.......................... ..1-4B Today........................... .....2A Television...................... BA Bush says he’s not distracted by presidential politics By Michael Holmes Associated Press Writer AUSTIN — Republican George W. Bush, with a few kind words for potential presidential rival Elizabeth Dole, insisted Wednesday that his own budding presidential bid hasn’t distracted him from his job as Texas governor. Bush, who on Sunday formed a presidential exploratory committee, said he will keep his promise to voters to work at the Capitol until the Legislature ends its current session on May 31. “You’ve got to understand, I’m working members (of the Legislature) all the time. I really am spending time inside that Capitol building,” Bush said. “I would hope the presidential potential candidacy would not disrupt the legislative session. I've told members they need to do what they think is right for the state of Texas,” he said. BUSH Bush’s comments came as former American Red Cross leader Elizabeth Dole was in Iowa, announcing her own presidential exploratory committee. She said, “We must rekindle a spirit in our hearts, something very American, something still alive but buried beneath a thickening layer of skepticism and doubt.” As he has been repeatedly, Bush was gracious — but succinct — when talking about the woman whom many opinion polls place alongside him at the front of the GOP pack. “I wish Mrs. Dole all the best. She’s a good person,” Bush said. “I think anybody who runs for higher office, whether it be governor or federal office, ought to try to bring out the best in the people they represent They ought to elevate the soul and the spirit.” Also Wednesday, Bush got the backing of nearly three-fourths of Republican legislators in another state, Montana, said John Harp, majority leader of that state’s Senate. “It is important that the Republican Party support one candidate and run strong,” said I a letter signed by 67 of Montana^ 91 GOP lawmakers. ;