New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 8, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 153, No. 154 14 pages, 2 sections
Parking woes top council’s discussion
By Scott Mahon
They wanted permit-only parking to keep tourists away, but residents in one riverside neighborhood will have to get by with “no parking” zones this summer.
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“It’s our attempt to give the people in that neighborhood some relief," said Mayor Adam Cork.
Cork said “no parking” zones would be just one of several tactics to relieve parking problems in the area.
“We’ll also put up temporary directional signs directing visitors to Prince Solms Park,” he said. “We approved a new code enforcement officer last meeting.. But we also want more signs directing Schlitterbahn patrons to designated parking areas for the theme park.”
City Engineer Mike Short said 46 new signs would be needed to redirect traffic to other parking areas.
The city plans to paint “no parking" stripes in front of residential driveways, and the proposed ordinance states that any vehicle left parked within five feet of a driveway will be towed away. Also, a
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LAST WE KNEW: Comal County approved an interlocal agreement April 17 allowing Tax Assessor/Collector Sherman Krause to collect taxes for the City of New Braunfels.
LATEST: County Commissioners approved a similar agreement Thursday for New Braunfels Independent School District.
NEXT: The agreements take effect in June, which will enable the city and school district to save about $120,000 a year.
Rumsfeld apologizes for prisoner abuse
By Pauline Jelinek
Associated Press Writer
WASI ilNGTON — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld offered his “deepest apology” f riday to Iraqi prisoners abused by military personnel and warned videos and photos yet to come could further inflame worldwide outrage.
“It’s going to get a good deal more terrible, I’m afraid,” he said glumly in congressional testimony televised throughout the Arab world as well as in the United States.
He said the Iraqis who were
mistreated will receive compensation.
One week after shocking photos appeared showing prisoners subjected to sexual humiliation, Rumsfeld said the treatment was “inconsistent with the values of our nation. It was inconsistent with the teachings of the military ... and it was certainly fundamentally un-American.”
In a long day in witness chairs on both sides of the Capitol, Rumsfeld sought to repair the damage done to American prestige aboard, to ease the anger of lawmakers caught off guard by the uproar and to shore up sup
port for his own job among key members of Congress.
He said bluntly, “These events occurred on my watch. As secretary of defense, I am accountable for them. I take hill responsibility.”
Rumsfeld said he “would resign in a minute” if he thought he could not be effective. But he brushed aside Democ ratic calls to step down, saying, “I would not resign simply because people try to make a political issue out of it.”
The defense secretary said those involved in the abuse would
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Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
(Above) Tubers run toward the Comal River as spectators watch from under umbrellas at the second annual Running of the Tubes Friday afternoon at Hinman Island Park. (Below left) Clarissa Smith, 3. watches from under a tree as the other “zebras" from Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch wait in the rain for the judges to make their decision. The Wildlife Ranch won the most creative award. (Below right) Karen Dolle waits under her umbrella as the rain continues to fall.
City gets a ‘jump’ start on tourism season with Running of the Tubes
By Leigh Jones
Under the same dark clouds that have plagued tubers for four weekends, New Braunfels kicked off the summer season with the “Running of the Tubes.”
“Cavemen don’t worry about rain,” said Weldon Price of Natural Bridge Caverns, who was dressed as a caveman.
The “Running of the Tubes” is the kickoff event for New Braunfels’ summer season where tubing is one of the most popular activities. Tubers gather in Prince Solms park in costume with decorated tubes for the inaugural dunking.
Price and his fellow tubers were soaked well before cannonballing into the Comal River.
New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork said residents and visitors should be grateful for the rain now.
“Think of this rain as filling the trough so we have water to drink all summer,” he said.
“Celebrity” tubes, decorated by local businesses, lined the banks of the river to
be judged for three awards: Most creative, best design and most tubes used.
Competition was fierce, with some entries even including special effects.
New Braunfels Smokehouse’s entry consisted of a smokehouse replica on top of a standard tube. Smoke curled out
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With two separate ordinances, city council hopes to make the following areas "no parking” zones.