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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 4, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY, MAY 4,2007 SPORTS PLAYOFFS All local baseball, softball teams winThursday in their respective games. Page 6A FORUM PARK FUNDS Legislators moved in the right direction in their effort so help state parks get the money it needs. Page 4A Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 148 16 pages, 2 sections 500 '56825 00001' Morning fog High Low 90 71 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 3BFew attend public debate on city issues By Suzanne Ashe The Herald-Zeitung Candidates for the New Braunfels District 2 city council seat squared off and District 6 recall election issues were aired during a public forum Thursday night sponsored by the League of Women Voters Comal Area at City Hall. Candidates Jay Patrick and Mark Goodlier were the first in the hot seat as Bonnie Leitch, moderator and vice president for community service of the League of Women Voter Comal Area, asked questions supplied by an audience of less than a dozen people. ■ Council hopefuls, recall election proponent face off “I want New Braunfels to be a place where my boys are going to be proud to call their hometown," Goodner said. T\vo ways he said he would accomplish that would be to "change the dynamic where we are no longer labor exporters but rather bringing businesses to New Braunfels" and "have Mark Goodner businesses want to come here.” Patrick said, if elected, his top priorities would be to make sure arterial roads can handle the growing amount of traffic as well as improving their conditions. He also said he would address underdeveloped city-owned parks. Jay Patrick ed when Kevin Webb, spokesman for the KeepNB NB political action group who are trying to oust District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine from his seat, and Valentine went head-to-head. Valentine said that the recall election "boils down to what I have advocated on the river solutions,” Ken Valentine the infrastructure in place to where The debate became a little heat- adding that he is "totally respon- INSIDE Find out how many votes were cast Thursday. Page 2 A sive to his constituents.” “Mr. Webb started it and he’s responsible for it. Its costing the city thousands and thousands of dollars to have these elections.” Webb resigned his River Activities Committee seat on Nov. 30, See DEBATE, Page 8A Kevin Webb Day of prayer (ownmm sp*,For fun and conversation Enjoy an Uptown Piano Bar wmmmmmmmmt Downstairs in the Prince Solms Inn 295 E. San Antonio 830-708-5411 ■ Tony Hawk Foundation offers funds Outfitters ready for weekend; tubers urged to call ahead Grant moves city skate park closer to reality Christians from around New Braunfels gathered around the fountain at Main Plaza to pray during the lunch hour Thursday as part of the National Day of Prayer. ■ Dozens take part locally in the nationwide event By Mark Koopmans The Herald-Zeitung Sherry Black and her friend Anita Dania were up at the crack of dawn Thursday to pray for hundreds of people they might never meet. "We walked the entire perimeter of New Braunfels High School and prayed for the safety and well-being of everyone, from the janitors to the principal," said Black of New Braunfels. The two women attend Community Christian Church in New Braunfels, and after notifying the local schools, the church, led by the Rev. Tim Duff, organized small teams of volunteers to walk and pray for students, staff and faculty during the 2007 National Day of Prayer. The two women also participated in a time of prayer that took place at noon in New Braunfels’ Main Plaza. Standing next to the empty fountain, voices filled the area as more than 30 people, including many local pastors, split into small groups. Shoulders were grasped and hands were held as each person gave See PRAYER, Page 5A By Suzanne Ashe The Herald-Zeitung The New Braunfels-based, skateboard-loving Skinner family learned Thursday that the Jaws Skate Park at Ernest Eikei Park is to receive a $25,000 grant from the Tony Hawk f oundation. “We’re stoked, we’re floating,” said Jim Skinner, head of the Skinner family. “It’s unusual to give the maximum amount. We were hoping to get something, but we weren’t sure would get the top award.” Skinner said because the grant came from die Tony Hawk Foundation, the park will be a place not only for local skaters, but it will attract professional skaters as well. “They’re calling it their golden child park’,” he said. “Its the biggest endorsement you can get in this industry. Everybody wants to compete to build a Tony Hawk Park that will attract professionals from all over country. It becomes a way to leverage what were doing." See PARK, Page 8A Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung Community Christian Church PastorTim Duff sits on the edge of the fountain on Main Plaza and prays while other Christians gather in small groups and do the same during the National Day of Prayer on Thursday. RIVER LEVELS The release rate to the amount of water being released from the Canyon Lake Reservoir into the Lower Guadalupe River. According to river outfitters, optimal tubing on the Guadalupe is between 200 cubic feet per second and 600 cfs.Tubing can take place up to 1,000 cfs and is up to outfitter's discretion. Rafting is the mode of choice for levels of 1,000 cfs or more. IS Recreational — 100 to 500 cfs ■ Challenging — 500 to 800 cfs  _ ■ Strenuous — 800 to 1,200 cfs ___ ■ Extreme caution urged, experienced boaters only. No tubing allowed — 1,200 to 3,OOO cfs. ■ More than 3,000 cfs: dangerous. Guided rafts only, no tubing. By Suzanne Ashe The Herald-Zeitung The weekend is here and meteorologists are forecasting some sunshine and temperatures to be in the upper 80s. Although there is some concern by weather analysts for scattered thunderstorms, Comal and Guadalupe river outfitters said they are geared up and ready for tubing season to begin. “Hopefully this weekend will be good,” Julie Shepherd at Guadalupe Outpost said. “A lot of people want to tube. Just call first.” The Canyon Dike level as of Thursday was 910.71, more than one foot above the normal level of909 feet. The amount of water being released from the Canyon Lake Reservoir into the Lower Guadalupe River was 400 cubic feet per second as of T hursday. “Unless the flows change, it will be great for tubing,” said Mike Dussere, manager of the Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County. Tim I lorn, Canyon I .ake manager, said he is unsure how much water will See TUBERS, Page 8A DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung James Summers gets a little airtime while skating in Ernest Eikel Park on Thursday afternoon. ;