New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2004
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TAKS RESU LTS
Percentage of Comal County 11ttvgraders who passed each portion of the TAKS test compered to the state average.
NBISD CISD STATE AVG
By Scott Mahon
In a town hall meeting Wednesday, taxpayers told Mayor Adam Cork they want more law enforcement for summer tourist problems and that river businesses should pay more taxes.
“New Braunfels is basically two towns,” said Bill Norvell. “It’s a winter town and a summer tourist town, but people feel the problems associated with summer tourists impact the town’s lifestyle, and they
don’t understand why the city won't use tourist businesses more as a revenue source to pay for law enforcement.”
New Braun-Adam Cork fels Police Chief Russ lohnson said the police department already was understaffed.
“We have seven openings right
now that we haven’t been able to fill,” lohnson said. “We’re having a hard time finding good, qualified people for several reasons. One, a lot of applicants don’t want to work the rivers during the summers. Plus, we need to be paying more to our officers.”
Monroe Miller, a 4B hoard member, said although tourism is important, river businesses should help more with the cost of law enforcement.
“Tourism is important, but we need mon* police,’’ Miller said. “And
someone has to pay for it other than property owners. I tliink those who benefit from river tourists should share in the cost. They’re living off the rest of us, and we need to tax people who make money off the rivers to help pay for the city’s infrastructure and law enforcement. We have to have the courage to say to outfitters and others who profit from river tourists that they have to participate in sharing the costs.’’
Norvell suggested implementing See MAVOR. Page 3A
Local students shine on TAKS test
Tourism, police, taxes hot topics at town hall meeting
event is that this year’s juniors did extremely well,” she said.
TAKS is made up of four tests — math, reading (English language arts), science and social studies — which juniors have five opportunities to take and pass before the end of their senior year.
They must pass all tests in order to graduate.
Pursch said CISD juniors did Well by State Standards, MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung
but more importantly, they Sunni Reimer (7) and other Unicorns softball team members
celebrate after beating Lockhart and earning a spot in the See TAKS, Page 3A state semifinals. For full game details, see page 6A.
Defense plays tape of Suarez interview
By Ron Maloney
The co-defendant who fingered John Hernandez as a member of the Mexican Mafia did so during a jailhouse interview with an FBI agent investigating gangs in New Braunfels.
Defense attorney Glen Peterson continued Wednesday to play a two-hour tape of a May 2, 2002, interview between murder suspect Santiago "Crazy Jimmy” Suarez, Comal County Sheriff ’s detective Sgt. Tommy Ward and an FBI special agent.
The FBI officer had participated in a raid at the home of the alleged Mexican Mafia lieutenant for New Braunfels and was attempting to build a case against a New Braunfels businessman alleged in court to be his second-in-command.
Suarez, Hernandez and Daniel Campos Correa were arrested April 28,2002, in connection with the killing of Pablo Esquivel, 45, who was found stabbed to death on Daniel Drive in Solms.
lf convicted in 207th Judicial District Court of engaging in organized criminal murder, Hernandez faces between five and 99 years in state prison.
Correa, who was scheduled to stand trial with Hernandez, pleaded guilty to murder
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Ready or not
Here they come; river outfitters, hoteliers brace for holiday tourist influx
By Leigh Jones
By Ron Maloney
The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test results are out, and Comal County students and school officials have something to celebrate.
Both New Braunfels Independent School District and Comal ISD juniors beat the state passing average.
Eighty-three percent of CISD juniors passed the test. Eighty-one percent of NBISD juniors passed. The state
average was 72 percent.
Vickie Pursch, Comal Independent School District executive director of curriculum
and instruction, said the district was pleased with the results.
“Our first and most joyous
It was a day in “Margaritaville” at Felger Tube Rentals Wednesday — but not a lazy one with summer’s first big tourist holiday fast approaching.
While Jimmy Buffett blared in the background, J. Felger s staff was patching and inflating tubes and stocking in bev-erages for the Memorial Day holiday.
All around New Braunfels and Comal County, outfitters, hospitality, law enforcement and emergency personnel are preparing for the Big Weekend.
“We’re cleaning up, just blowing up inner tubes — ail that good stuff,” said Felger, who took a moment out from helping a couple of young ladies to talk about the weekend’s prospects.
“The last week or so. it’s been real good," he said. “I guess it s been IO days of pretty, sunshiny weather. Before that, it’s been kind of gloomy and drizzly.”
Felger said Memorial Day, like July Fourth and Ixibor Day, is important to his business and to the community.
“I ve had so many years where we pret- V ty much survive off just three major ^
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■ No glass or plastic foam products on the rivers j
■ Do not leave trash on the ground or in the rivers
■ All rafts and watercraft must be equipped with life jackets as required
■ No trespassing on private property
■ Do not drink and drive or operate a watercraft
■ Public intoxication is against the law
■ Leave narcotics and illegal drugs home
(Above) Felger Tube Rental employee Kayla Wagner spray paints the company's name on stack after stack of inner tubes Wednesday afternoon in anticipation of arriving Memorial Day tourists. (Below) Tubers float the Comal River this past Saturday. Tourists are expected to crowd the rivers bank-to-bank this holiday weekend.
Law enforcement: Weekend river patrols are good to go
By Ron Maloney
Local law enforcement officials were bracing Wednesday for this weekend’s anticipated tourist influx.
In New Braunfels, patrol Lt. John Villarreal said preparations were hampered by staffing issues at the police department, but everything was ready.
“We have seven vacancies,
and with two officers injured, we’re nine officers down,” Villarreal said. “Despite that, on our... rivers, we’ll have 23 people designated.”
The rest of the city, Villarreal said, would have to make do with a standard patrol contingent in spite of tens of thousands of expected visitors.
“We’ll have no stepped-up patrols because we’re so
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