New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 11, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
FRIDAY, MAY 11,2007
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Vol. 154, No. 155 18 pages, 2 sections
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DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 3BJudge’s ruling could stop river lawsuit
By Suzanne Ashe
Visiting Judge Ron Carr granted the city of New Braunfels’ plea of jurisdiction Thursday that could stop a lawsuit to dismiss four river ordinances.
Carr granted attorneys for the city and a group of outfitters, beer distributors, and locals, collectively known as Stop the Ordinances
Several members of STOP group revealed
Please, five days to file an amendment briefing.
Mick McKamie, a San Antonio attorney representing the city, argued that STOP was bound by its previous pleadings that had no jurisdictional facts included in them.
“There must be a distinct injury
pled. There are none,” he said. “The pleading is insufficient. It is clear under this pleading, they have failed to plead jurisdictional facts."
Scott Tschirhart, attorney for STOP, said the river ordinances are “causing specific injury to businesses who are part of the association.
“We would be severely damaged
if the court won t allow us to replea,” he said.
Until Thursday, the members of STOP had not been revealed. However, Tschirhart named a few of the businesses in court Thursday.
Rockin’ R, Texas Tubes and The Outpost are some of the members of STOP that the river ordinances
that will be hurt by the ordinances, he said.
Tschirhart said he thinks the city is trying to impede the rights of people trying to enjoy the rivers.
“We’re going to file a letter brief that shows the court we have a right to re-plead,” he said. “I think the city is using some procedural trickery to try to get this case from being
See LAWSUIT, Page 10A
■ Group of Aggies cool off in area river’s high waters
County OKs plan to fund road repairs
By Mark Koopmans
Comal County Commissioners approved all seven items on its action agenda during Thursday’s regular meeting.
In die absence of Comal County Judge Danny Scheel, who is on vacation, the hour-long meet- INSIDE ing was chaired by Precinct I Commissioner Jack Daw- , k e r s
son. debate toll
While most of the seven road
items on the agenda were p^rp aa1
passed unanimously by the four commissioners, one transportation issue, however, was passed by a majority of 3-1.
A resolution committing the county to providing $16 million to the Texas Department of Transportation was first amended and then
See ROAD, Page 10A
College shows off whats new
By Mark Koopmans
More than 30 local educators and community leaders took a sneak peak Thursday at what is new at the Central Texas Technology Center.
“We invited representatives from several independent school districts and local companies to show them our new training systems,” said Mike Morphew director of CTTC. “We’re here to assist the employee pipeline and develop local job growth.”
The community college is next to the New Braunfels Municipal Airport on Farm-to-Mar-ket 758, and was originally built for $3.3
See COLLEGE, Page 10A
Fishing for tubers
By Suzanne Ashe
GRU ENE — A banner hanging from the second story balcony at Rockin R River Rides in Cinene Thursday signaled it was Aggie Day on the Guadalupe River.
The Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets were 250 strong tubing the Guadalupe on Thursday celebrating the end of their final exams.
“It’s Aggie Day, sort of a tradition,” said Chris Douthit, a river guide at Rockin R River Rides in Gruene.
Bobby Hartzell, 22, from Katy said the A&M cadets tube in Gruene every year.
“It's just a good way to relax and kill time before we go home,” he said.
Tubers were allowed back on the river this week since the release rate from Canyon Reservoir decreased from the rate of 1,050 cubic feet per second to about 800 cfs Wednesday and is expected to remain at
See TUBERS, Page 9A
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
TOP: Rockin R River Rides employee andTexas Longhorn fan Matt Ornelas watches as Aggie Cadet Keith Sage tries to prevent himself from floating under the Gruene bridge during an outing on the Guadalupe River with about 250 other cadets Thursday afternoon. Ornelas says his job is "fishin' for tubers," but unfortunately Sage was one that got away. ABOVE:Texas A&M Cadets Elise Dickens, left, and Victoria Mbachu try to paddle toward shore before they slam into the Gruene bridge over the Guadalupe River during an outing with about 250 fellow cadetsThursday.
Several local students take learning sky-high
By Mark Koopmans
Several local teenagers enjoyed a bird’s-eye view of their new school as part of their coursework recently.
The students are part of Chuck Hughes’ aviation course at New Braunfels
Christian Academy. The plane ride they took was the culmination of a semester-long introduction to the world of aviation, I lughes said Thursday.
“It’s the third time I ve taught this elective course,” he said. “This isn’t about training pilots, we’re just trying to
whet our student’s appetites about flying in general.”
The four-month class went over various aspects of aviation, and followed a curriculum that covered the principles of Hight, aerodynamics and navigational systems, I lughes said.
“I was a navigator in the
U.S. Air Force for many years, and when developing this class, I discovered the ‘Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge’ would be a great textbook,” he said. “It’s approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and,
See FLYING, Page 10A
Katie Lay of Garden Ridge and Adrianne Tsen of Seguin prepare for a recent flight in a Piper Cherokee 140. The teenagers attend New Braunfels Christian Academy and enjoyed their flight as part of an elective aviation course taught at the local school.
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