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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 18, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels TUESDAY March 18, 2003 IO pages in 2 sections ■whip1    pages    in    2    sectuHerald-Zeitung Vol. 152, No. 107Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Bush: Tyrant will soon be gone Iraqi dictator given 48 hours to flee country By RON FOURNIER AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush said Monday the United States will unleash war against Iraq unless Saddam Hussein flees his country within 48 hours. The president warned Americans that terrorists may strike in retaliation and put the nation on higher alert. “The tyrant will soon be gone,” vowed Bush, commander in chief of 250,000 U.S. troops poised to strike. Bush set a course for war without U.N. backing after months of futile ly trying to persuade Saddam to disarm. In an address televised worldwide, he spoke to several audiences at once, starting with the American public and skeptical allies and including Saddam, Iraq’s military and its citizens “The day of your liberation is near,” Bush told Iraqis. The speech did not silence opposition from home and abroad to Bush’s tough-on-Saddam policies. Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle said Bush had failed “miserably” at diplomacy, forcing the United States to go to war with Iraq. From the ornate cross halls of the White House, Bush said for the first time that Saddam could not retain power even by beginning to disarm his nation of weapons of mass destruction — long the stated goal of U.S. policy in Iraq. The only way war can be avoided now is Saddam’s exile, Bush said. “All the decades of deceit and cruelty have now reached an end,” the president said. “Saddam Hussein and his sons must leave Iraq with- See BUSH/3A Inside Abby....................................4A Classifieds..........................2-4B Comics................................6A Crossword..........................4A Forum.................................5A Movies................................4A Obituaries...........................3A Sports..............................1-2B Today..................................2A Key Code 76 *56825 00001 Interest high in legislative conference By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer The threat of'war has boosted interest in the 37th annual Texas Legislative Conference, a chamber official said Monday. New Braunfels residents have until noon today to buy their tickets to meet some of the state’s and country’s most influential officials. The conference, slated for this week at the New Braunfels Civic Center, starts with a reception at 7 p.m. Thursday honoring Karl Rove, senior presidential adviser and assistant to President George W. Bush. Then a slew of state senators, representatives and other political figures will discuss insurance costs, homeland security and terrorism and other issues at an all-day conference Friday. “Whenever you have people of Mr. Rove’s status there becomes a renewed interest in this event,” said Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc., which is hosting the event. Meek said the opportunity to interact with high-level officials at the cusp of war also has lead to “new highs” in conference ticket sales. Speakers include Mike Tbomey, chief of staff for the Office of the Governor; state Sen. Tteel Bivins, chair of the Senate Finance Committee; state Rep. Tom Craddick, Speaker of the Tbxas House of Representatives; Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst; Jose Mon-temayer, Tfexas Commissioner of Insurance; state Sen. Kip Averitt, vice chairman of the Business and Commerce Committee; state Sen. Jeff Wentworth, member of the Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee; Tommy Davis Jr., director of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Rove is being awarded the ‘Tfexan of the Year” award at Thursday’s reception for his contributions in the field of public service. The Texas Association of Business has called the event the best legislative conference in the state. ELECTION 2003 Filing deadline Wednesday for city, Comal ISD elections By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Their hats are in... The deadline to file as a candidate in the New Braunfels and Comal Independent School District elections is Wednesday afternoon. New Braunfels City Secretary Michael Resendez said the fifing period for candidacy for the city’s two contested council seats ends at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Those interested in the Comal ISD race must also file by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Early voting for both elections begins April 16 and runs until April 29. Election Day is May 3. The New Braunfels City Charter fists the qualifications for council members in Section 3.02. A candidate must be a resident of the council district that he or she would represent for at least 12 months prior to fifing for office, must be a qualified voter in the state of Texas and must not be indebted to the City of New Braunfels. According to the charter, an elected officer in New Braunfels must five in New Braunfels throughout his or her term. Anyone qualified to run can pick up a fifing packet at the city secretary’s office located in city hall, 424 S. Castell Ave. There is no filing fee. For information, contact Resendez at 608-2100, ext. 234. Voters in four of the seven Comal ISD districts will elect school board members — Districts I, 2, 5 and 7. Anyone interested in fifing must be a registered voter; five in the single-member district they are fifing for; and have been residents of the district for six months. Voter registration cards tell each patron their single-member district number. Applications are available from the CISD Central Office at 1421 North Business 35, New Braunfels. Zimmerman enters race for Comal ISD’s D-5 seat New Braunfels City Council ■ DISTRICT 3 Debbie Flume (i) Gale Pospisil ■ DISTRICT 4 Robert Kendrick (i) Valerie Hull Comal Independent School District ■ DISTRICT 1 Dom Gonrekm (I) ■ DISTRICT 2 Dan Krueger (i) ■ DISTRICT 5 Rose Cervin John Zimmerman Lee I redale ■ DISTRICT 7 Randy Pawelek (i) Bill Swint By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer John Zimmerman has entered the race for the District 5 seat in the Comal Independent School Board’s Board of Trustees race. Zimmerman, a San Antonio-based architect and Spring Branch resident who has two children attending Bill Brown Elementary, said he’d like to examine teacher turnover in the school district. ‘There’s always concerns about teachers and teacher salaries,” he said Monday. “There are a lot of teachers that move on and I’d like to try to figure out why that’s there. I don’t know if that’s the salaries if it’s just time for them to move on,” he said. Zimmerman said was unsure what other goals he had. “I know some issues in the past have been accepted so readily. So, I can help with a smoother transition. Goals are kind of hard to pin down until you know all of the issues the board will have to face,” he said. Zimmerman also said it would be a benefit to have him as an architect on the school board because he’s worked on school projects and the board will be dealing with growth and building plans in the future. And he and his wife are active in the PTA at Bill Brown Elementary^ Zimmerman will face challengers Rose Cervin and Lee Iredale in the District 5 race. Incumbent Deraid LaRue has not announced if he plans to seek re-election. Other candidates to file include: In District I, incumbent Dora Gonzales has filed to seek re-election. In District 2, incumbent Dan Krueger has announced plans to seek re-election. In District 7, Bill Swint faces incumbent Randy Pawelek. All incumbents are completing three-year terms except Pawelek. ■ >• •. V . .• Reelin’ in the fun The winners ■ 6 and under — First prize: Kelsey Aarons; second prize: Hope Mata, San Antonio. ■ 7 to 11 — First prize: Andrew Lible; second prize: Heather Jassik. ■ 12 to 16 — First prize: Krystal Schiller, second prize: Chuck Allen. Top Fund-raisers — First: Annlyn Basham; second: Stormy Clifton; third: Amanda Krause; fourth: Erik Mladk; fifth: Kaylee Cravey. All winners were from Comal County unless noted otherwise. Key volunteers Jim Inman, Katy Rogers, Krystal Tomlin, Travis Laeclelin, Kelsea McLain, Kody Fry, Ryan© Hopper, Brandon Rogers, Brandon Roberts, Chase Walker, Tim Ivy, Brandy West, Erica Martinez, Alyssa Hoehn, Sooner Guerra, Zac Chmelik, Jeremy Soto DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Dakota Pearson (above) waits patiently for a nibble while participating in Kidfish and Crystal Yates (left) gets a helping hand from her dad, John. The educational event was held Sunday afternoon on the banks of the Guadalupe River near Canyon Lake. More than 350 participate in Kidfish From Staff Reports Kids and fishing have gone together since there have been kids and fish. Sunday, more than 350 kids — and who knows how many moms and dads — converged on Whitewater Sports for the annual Kidfish event sponsored annually by the Water-Oriented Recreation District. Anglers who fanned out for 500 yards up the Guadalupe caught at least 150 stocked trout, according to George Cushanick, WORD general manager. “It was fantastic. It was just a wonderful day. We broke all previous Kidfish attendance records,” Cushanick said. "A lot of people caught fish and everybody had a good time.” Cushanick said volunteers, including Jim Inman, Wendell Lyons, 17 Smithson Valley High School students and Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited members, contributed to the success of the event. Dominique Sanchez didn’t want to touch the fish he just caught, so his dad, Cados, had to remove the hook from the fish’s mouth. ;