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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 31, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2004 Zeitung wmmwrnmmmmmmmnmm Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 121 14 pages, 2 sections CLICK    500 WWW. 56825 00001 Mostly Sunny 82 49 Details 2B DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS ASB COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 48 FORUM LETTERS The New Braunfels girls' soccer team advances to regional finals with a score of 9-0, one step away from state level. Pages 4A I Readers share opinions on I CISD cutting jobs, tourists and I fees and Medicare having I flaws in its plan. Page 4A SPORTS PLAYOFFS smir °T ’ooks at center plans cials would take the two consultants on a tour of New Braunfels today. “I got a quick tour a month ago with Mr. Pinto,” Krueger said. “But we’ll spend more time touring the city Wednesday.” “We’ve invited everyone we can think of Wednesday and Thursday, and I think we have a good representation from local hotels and restaurants,” Meek said. The New Braunfels City Council approved phase I of a convention center study with CSL in February for $60,000. During Tuesday's meeting, Krueger said a comprehensive study will be conducted of corporate, association and private parties who have used the New Braunfels civic center. “We’ll contact as many as possible and see what their needs are,” he said “And usually, the people we contact give us referrals, people that need a facility for conventions.’’ Krueger said national convention events usually take place in the spring and fall. See CSL, Page 8A ion btan turner MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Mayor Adam Cork, left, and Greater New Braunfels Chamber President Michael Meek look at one proposal for a new civic center near the Comal River. Consultants studying how to expand the New Braunfels civic center will get a tour of the city with local officials today. Bill Krueger and Kris Nelson of Conventions, Sports & Leisure, a Minneapolis consulting firm, met Tuesday with City Manager Chuck Pinto, Mayor Adam Cork and Michael Meek, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce president. Krueger, CSL president, said city off!- COMING FRIDAY Tour of Faith Chapel in the Cove is the church to be featured this I week. FRONTand Center Small scare turns practice drill real Committee delays proposed wristband system By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The River Activities Committee Tuesday tabled a proposed wristband system for collecting the river management fee, saying it would be difficult to enforce. Currently, the city collects $1 per tuber from outfitters on a monthly basis, and the committee hoped a new wristband system would provide more accountability. Committee member Kathleen Rockwood said Tuesday the commit tee felt ti Hie were too many problems to implement the plan this season. “There are problems with enforc ing a wristband system and monitoring its use,” she said. “Plus, the cost of implementing a new system has to be weighed against the river management fees we collect now.” Outfitters paid die city $177,716 in river management fees in 2003. Committee member Joe Breads, who also owns Comer lubes, said there was a concern that some outfitters were not honest. DID YOU KNOW? “There’s a perception that peo- I pie are cheating,” he said. “But is j the amount of cheating relatively | small, and not enough to justify j enforcing? Theres also a question of j whether collecting the river man I agement fee is legal." Breads said the fee was a contribu- : lion tiy river outfitters to help hind law j enforcement and cleanup programs. ; “But its not fair that the ouitters j are saddled with the fee when other people benefit from the river, too,” he j said. TOP 10 RIVER MAN AQ EMFN I CONTRIBUTORS FOR 20< ■ Rockm R - $82,787 ■ Comer Tubes — $35,929 A Landa Falls — $14,506 ■ Texas Tubes - $12,749 ■ Felgers - $7,237 ■ RUB Tube - $2,239 ■ Gruene River Co — $2,074 ■ Float Inn — Schlitterbahn — $1,769 I WIN Tube Rental - $1,481 A Corner Shuttle — $1,142 Tamiga park residents get 5-day break Canyon Lake man sentenced By Bon Maloney Staff Writer A 25-year-old Canyon Lake man drew 60 years in state prison Monday for breaking into the home of his former girlfriend and sexually assaulting her. Comal County First Assistant District Attorney Cd Springer said Charles J. Stoering would have to serve at least one-fourth of his sentence and pay a $5,000 fine before he is eligible for parole. The crime, burglary during commission of a sexual assault, is a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in state prison. Springer said 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison presided over a four-day trial in which jurors heard evidence that Stoering broke into his estranged girlfriend’s New Braunfels home April 23, 2003, and attacked her. The victim, Springer said, was a woman in her 20s. See TRIAL, Page 3AMILLER & MILLER Check us out on the web at: Agency    f    QQ    Q    CSStell    -    DOWtltOWtl    BrSUHfelS By Ron Maloney Staff Writer New Braunfels, Comal County and state officials who gathered for a “dirty bomb” nuclear drill at the Comal County Fairgrounds Tuesday got a radioactive surprise when they practiced with equipment designed to find dangerous debris. What began at 7 a.m. Tuesday as a war game coordinated through the county’s bioterrorism and emergency management offices elevated into a real incident when detectors indicated radiation readings at the fairgrounds were above the “zero level” expected in this area. The readings are believed related to the region’s geology and represent no health threat, officials said. The city, county and U.S. Army National Guard 6th Civil Support team had called an unannounced readiness alert Tuesday morning to practice a full-dress drill into how local officials could cope with the explosion of a nuclear device designed to spew hazardous radiation. The simulated bomb, patterned after a weapon rumored to be part of terrorist arsenals, kicked off the exercise with an “explosion” reported to New Braunfels police. Chief of Police Russell johnson said his officers responded, and emergency management officials were notified of the incident, which kicked off the exercise. Police and New Braunfels firefighters treated the “injured.” cordoned off the parking lot east of the fairgrounds race track, and safety officials began a radiological surv ey of the scene. T hat’s when the “exercise” became real. New Braunfels Fire Chief John I lerber said the training required real radioactive material in order for safety workers to detect it, Isolate See DRILL. Page 8A By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Tamiga Acres mobile home park residents got a five-day reprieve Tuesday. District Attorney Dib Waldrip said 274th Judicial District Judge Gary Steel issued an order that would prevent power from being turned off to some 40 families as scheduled today. The park was ordered closed because its septic systems were defective or overwhelmed, resulting in raw Dib Waldrip sewage flowing onto the ground in a neighborhood that was home to at least IOO children. This past week, 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison ordered the power shut off and the park closed to protect the health of its tenants. Steel took Tuesday’s action, Waldrip See TAMIGA. Page 3A MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Anthony Buck and Reggie Book of the 6th Civil Support Team with the Army National Guard begin tracking the location of the simulated radiological incident so that testing and evaluation can commence. ;