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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 12, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas *nu ""h nil, ~i ""hii,ii SPORTS PLAYOFFS The Smithson Valley baseball team opens the second round of the 5A playoffs against SA Taft. Page 8A CANYON LAKE MARKET DAYS The annual fund-rasier for the Community Resource and Recreation Center is scheduled May 21. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 150 14 pages, 2 sections 500 WWW? 56825 00001' r* peartly Cloudy High Low High 87 Details 68 ... 1B Y *• J t    i DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 6A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 8A TV GRIDS 3B Valentine asks for recount in council race By Scott Mahon Staff Writer After losing a bid for re-election by a margin of 14 votes, New Braunfels' District 6 City Councilman Ken Valentine has petitioned for a manual recount. Valentine, who has served one three-year term on council, lost the election to newcomer Lynn Limmer, who had a 15-vote lead in early voting and held on to win by a count of 374 to 360 votes. Although Valentine said Wednesday he didn’t expect a recount would change the results, his supporters urged him to ask for a recount. Limmer said had the tables been turned, she might have asked for a recount too. “I think anytime an election is that close, you owe it to your supporters to ask for a recount,” she said. “Although I don’t anticipate any change in the vote count, I might have done the same thing had I lost by that close of a margin.” City Secretary Michael Resendez said the manual recount would be today at 9 a.m. at the municipal building and would take about three hours. Resendez said Valentine would be required to pay for the cost of the recount and was required to put up a $100 deposit. A committee of four people have been appointed to do the recount, Resendez said. Valentine and Limmer were each allowed to appoint two people to the committee. Each committee member will be paid $10 an hour, Resendez said. The election results will be canvassed May 16 and newly elected council members will be sworn May 23. Kathleen Krueger was elected to represent District 5, and Bmce Boyer will be sworn in as New Braunfels’ new mayor after defeating Adam Cork.Bulverde council calls special election to choose mayor By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Bulverde residents will have to wait several months before they get a new mayor. Bill Cole resigned the city’s top spot last week, citing sudden health problems for his departure. Rather than appoint someone to finish out Cole’s term, council voted Tuesday to call for a special election Sept. IO. Mayor Pro-Tem Bev Lemes said council members decided not to appoint because they felt the community would be against such a move. “There has been so much controversy in this community recently that I think most people would rather it be elected" she said. Lemes said the council chambers were packed Tuesday with people who had signed up to speak, against HOW WILL THEY CONDUCT BUSINESS? ■ With no mayor, Bulverde will turn to Mayor Pro Tem Bev Lemes to run meetings until she steps down later this month. While the council chose not to select a mayor, the council will choose a new mayor pro tem to run meetings when new council members Cindy Cross and Robin Urbanovsky are seated. a decision to appoint she was sure. The council never heard the voices of dissent because they voted to hold the election before the public comments section of the meeting. “I’m not sure who else talked to potential mayoral appointees, but I found no one who was willing to be appointed," Lemes continued. “Hopefully, we will find See BULVERDE Page 3A Summer tourist season kicks off with a splash By Scott Mahon StaffWriter The first day of summer doesn’t officially begin until the summer solstice June 21. But by then, most feel summer is half over, especially in New Braunfels where tourists and local businesses are already ready for summer. Wednesday, the summer season kicked off with the annual Jump-In near the historic Gruene Bridge when Judy Young, director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, joined dozens of others who leaped into the crisp waters of the Guadalupe River. “It’s an annual celebration of the beginning of the tubing season in New Braunfels,” she said. Young said the celebration will continue with the Wein and Saengerfest festival this Saturday, and Sunday, Gruene Hall will host its ninth annual Americana Music Jam, a 12-hour charity fund-raiser concert. Schlitterbahn Water Park will open daily beginning Saturday, but some tubing outfitters have been open for weeks. WEEKEND OF FUN ■ Wine and Sangerfest, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday in downtown New Braunfels. ■ Americana Music Jam, Sunday at Gruene Hall. “We’ve been open daily since about mid-April,” said Teri Wilks, co-owner of Corner Tubes. “But the weather has been kind of funky so far, and the season doesn’t really begin until Memorial Day weekend.” Sherrie Brammall, Schlitterbahn director of communica-tions, said Schlitterbahn opened April 23 for weekend operations. “The first several weekends were kind of dismal,” she said. “But we’re seeing strong indicators that this summer will be a strong tourist season. And we expect the weather to cooperate more than it did last year when it rained so much. It s expected to be a hot, dry summer.” New Braunfels’ Parks and Recreation Director Stacey Laird said Landa Park is ready for the summer season. “Life guards are already on See JUMP Page 4A Trio indicted on felony charges after fight By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Three New Braunfels men arrested Saturday night in connection with a shooting incident at a Walnut Avenue residence were indicted Wednesday on felony deadly conduct charges. Adrian Francisco Barbosa, 19, Brian Navarro, 21, and Robert Navarro, 24, were all indicted on deadly conduct charges for shots allegedly fired at about IO p.m. Saturday. The three were originally booked into county jail early Sunday on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity. Those charges and other possible allegations against the trio were still being considered while an investigation continues into what happened Saturday night. As ofWednesday, Barbosa’s bail was $30,000. Brian Navarro was being held on $18,000 bail and Robert Navarro, whose bail was set at $20,000, was also being held on a no-bail parole violation warrant. I Ie was also indicted for the alleged unlawful possession of a firearm. If convicted as indicted on the deadly conduct charge, each man faces a sentence of two to IO years in state prison and a $10,000 fine. Police reported Saturday night they were called to the residence, located near Walgreens, just after IO p.m. for a reported sighting of a man with a gun. As officers approached, they heard See FELONY Page 5A Ken Valentine Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Tourists and local officials jump in the Guadalupe River in Gruene Wednesday afternoon at the “Jump In" which kicks off the summer tubing season. Below, New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork and Connie Worley stomp grapes in a demonstration of activities taking place at Saturday's Wein and Saengerfest. A bullish A local bullfighter shares the secrets of his trade, talking about the fun and fear of taking on the monstrous beasts. ;