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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 17, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels SATURDAY May 17, 2003 16 pages in 2 sections •mmmmm    mmm    lo    pages    in    c    seeHerald-Zeitung UZZZ.~7.JLZ-Vol. 152, No. 157 fHHH Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents River outfitter fire might be arson DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Jennifer and Daniel Phelps, owners of Janie’s River Bank Outfitters, look on as local and state fire marshals sift through what is left of the charred River Road business Friday morning. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Officials say the fire that destroyed a River Road outfitter’s store and offices early Friday — one week before the year’s busiest tubing weekend — was arson. Authorities say the fire might have been set by burglars. Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Man-ford said Friday afternoon that the 3 a.m. fire that gutted Janie’s Riverbank Outfitters caused possibly $100,(XX) in damage to the building and its inventory. 'This fire was intentionally set. There are items missing out of the building. Fire investigators have ruled the fire incendiary,” Manford said. Citing an investigation that includes deputy state fire marshals Timmy Huber-tus and Darle McClintock, Manford refused to comment further. Sheriff’s Corporal Milton Willmann discovered the fire while he was on River Road helping a resident corral a loose animal. “I was sitting down there and waiting on the animal’s owner, and I smelled smoke ” Willmann said. “I headed down this way, and I could sec* smoke and a little bit of fire coming from underneath the store*. “I called dispatch,” he said. Janie’s is a steel-framed, tin-sided 1,100-square-foot, two-story building that is set back against a ledge and elevated off the ground to avoid all but the worst river floods. It is located between the first and second river crossings. Firefighters from Canyon Lake Fire/EMS, New Braunfels and Spring Branch fought the fire. Canyon Lake Capt. Rick Hazels crew was first on the scene. “When we arrived we had a fully involved two-story building,” Hazel said of the flames. “We put two landlines and a deck gun on it.” Still, the* store and its contents were a complete loss, Hazed said. See ARSON/4A Hearings debate sex shop ordinance By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County has set a pair of public hearings with others to follow — to solicit the input about how it should regulate sexually oriented businesses.Public hearings How should Comal County regulate sexually oriented businesses (SOBs)7 Officials have set two public hearings to hear opinions on the issue. The first will be conducted during a Bulverde City Council meeting beginning at 6 p.m. May 27 at the Bulverde Senior Center, 30280 Cougar Bend. The second will follow Commissioners' Court at 10:30 a.m. May 29 in the commissioners’ courtroom, 199 Main Plaza. An additional meeting will be conducted in the Canyon Lake area — followed by a second round of public meetings a few weeks later. The issue came up for the first time in Comal County this past September when an adult bookstore* surreptitiously opened along Interstate 35 at York Creek Road. The owners of the store sued county officials in federal court on First Amendment grounds. They alleged that the existing county rules regarding SOBs were designed to prohibit them rather than regulate them — which the owners alleged violated their free speech rights. The county countersued in See HEARINGS/3A Golf manager plots course of change K. JESSIE SLATEN/Horald-Zertung The new manager of Landa Park Golf Course, Dario Sassenhagen, sits behind the venetian blinds in his small office, talking with one customer on the phone while another waits at his door Friday afternoon. By Dylan JimEnez Staff Writer When Dario Sassenhagen worked behind the counter at the Landa Park Golf Course equipment shop, he wits working himself through school. Now golf course manager, just a few years later, Sassenhagen is using his experiences to turn the municipal golf course into a facility more enjoyable to the people who use it. Sassenhagen worked behind the counter at the shop for a year-and-a-half while hi; attended Southwest Texas State University. He is using his experience as a golfer and lower-level employee to build the cama raderie at the golf course. Golfers have seen the results. Jack Ahshire, a retiree who golfs at luanda three or four times a week, said the attitudes of both employees and users have changed “I IO jx*r-cent” since Sassenhagen txxik charge last fall. Sassenhagen makes an effort to talk to the players and get their perspectives on the course. ‘‘(Former management) wouldn’t fix the golf course the way a municipal golf course should la* run for the citizens,” Ahshire said. ‘They didnt listen to what the people were talking about.” Sassenhagen gained an interesting perspective while working at the course when he was in college. He spent a lot of time on the golf course. “Kverylxxly knew whom I was when I came back,” he said. Sassenhagen started making small changes to increase use. Golfers used to walk into the building and see an empty dining area and old equipment iii the shop. ‘The first thing the golfers see is the course and the building/” Sassenhagen said. ‘‘If they see something they don't iike, they don’t come back.” Since Sassenhagen came on, the golf course grill has See COURSE/3A Inside Abby........................... .....5A Classifieds . 2-6B Comics........................ .....9A Crossword.................... ......9A Forum......................... GA Obituaries 3A Religion......................... BA Sports 1-2B Today............................ ......2A TV Grid......................... .....3B Key Code 76 •    56825    00001    1 The science of SchlitterbahnMath can be liin ■ Diagram the direction the water is flowing as it comes out of the nozzles at the base of the ride Use arrows to show which direction it flows as it hits the concave surface and flows out of the ride. Notice where the Boogie Bahn water goes ■ Before nding the Boogie Bahn, observe other people. Notice that the rider surfs on a convex bodyboard over a concave surface. Notice how successful riders maneuver the board. As you observe, identify characteristics of both successful and unsuccessful Boogie Bahn riders, for example: Where do the most successful riders position themselves on the board? Does shifting the body affect the successful riders? lf so, how? What is the leg position of the most successful riders? ■ Based on your observations, formulate a theory that you feel explains why many riders “wipe out." ■ Look at the water in the Kristal River, Kristal Cove, Boogie Bahn and Torrent The water in these areas is all clear, but it may appear to have a different color Why? Just what kinds of problems are included in the “Aqua-Lab" project? Here are five examples from the 40-page workbook that middle schoolers had to complete Friday at Schlitterbahn East: ■ The mathematical principles of the Boogie Bahn include geometry. The continuous water flows across a concave surface. Draw a cross-section view of the Boogie Bahn showing the angles of the ride surface. DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung (Above) OakRun Sixth Grade Center students Chandler Pustka and Luke Horadam take a break from tubing to answer questions in the workbook issued to them before Friday’s “Aqua-Lab" at Schlitterbahn. The two say school work isn’t so hard when it involves tubes and water. (Below) Whitney Johnson (front) and Kaela Newman enjoy the hands-on portion of “Aqua-Lab" at Schlitterbahn Friday morning. The program is designed to teach students how math and science works behind the water rides. ‘Aqua-Lab’ gives lessons in fun By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer As they slid, jumped and blasted Friday through water in Schlitterbahn East’s Surfenhurg and Blas-tenhofT sect ions, almost 3,000 students from 20 area middle schools discovered how the math and science worked behind the rides. “The idea is to introduce kids to the real-world scene behind the rides,” said Sherrie Brammall, Schlitterba h n’s com rn u nication director. The students who participated in “Aqua-Lab”were issued a 40-page workbook before the field trip. The teacher-guided course walked them through exercises ranging from design concepts to Figuring out how long it would take the parks “Boogie Bahn" to fl<x>d their classrooms. The classroom sections of the worklxxik wert* finished before Friday’s field trip. Once they arrived at the waterparks, the students were combining fun with on-site learning. Brammall said theres a lot of math and science in the eomputer-generated coaster and hi-tech rides at the park, which has seen more than 20,(XX) middle sch<x>l students participate in Aqua-Lib. “The kids get Surfenhurg and Blastenhoff all to themselves,” Brammall said, pointing out the park was closed to the public. See AQUA-LAB/3A ;