New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 30, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
May 30, 2003
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Vol. IS2, No. 169Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since IJS52
SO centsToday third straight air quality health alert day
By Rom Maloney Staff Writer
This yonr’n ozone season is off to an early and unhealthy start.
Today is the third straight day — and the fifth t his year that the Texas Commis* sion on Environmental Qual-
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The standard, 85 parta-por-billion of ozone in the atmosphere, has been exceeded three times already this year, including at sensors located in Seguin, Guadalupe County and at Camp Bulbs.
Dorothy Birch, transporta
tion and natural resources specialist with the Alamo Area Council of Governments, said t he ozone season is getting an early start this spring.
“Comparing it to last year, by this time we hadn’t had any Air Quality I leal! h Alert days. Our first was on .June
I, and we didn’t pick up an exceedanee until .lune 15. At this point this season, we’re looking at three,” Birch said.
This year, as a result of the San Antonio region’s Early Action Compact wit h the federal Environmental Protection Agency, there is no danger of this area being
declared in noncompliance with federal clean air standards.
The San Antonio Met ropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe' and Wilson counties, has until March 31,
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CISD to fork over
Formula puts district under ‘Robin Ilood’
By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer»
Coma) Independent School District trustees learned Wednesday that CISD will have to jiay an estimated $832,OOO to the state through the* “Robin Hood funding plan.
“This means the school dis trict is property rich, said CISD Business Manager Abel Campos. “We- will have to scold local funds to tIm* state
(hoar (Jama of I In Region 13 Education Service Center explained how Chapter 11, or Robin Hock!, works.
Chapter 41 is part of state law under the Texas Eduea lion Code*, ll Wits enacted By the Texas G*gislnture in 1993 Pi equalize wealt ll for educational spending. Its intent is to recapture local tax dollars from “property rich districts and redistribute the* funds to “property poor’’ districts.
A school district is considered property wealthy and subject to Chapter 41 status when its property value is divides! by the number of students and the state maxi mum of $305,ODO is exceeded.
Dm al tax values above that amount become subject to equalization
CIS!) will be a Chaplet 41 district, because its projected wealth level is $309,077.
(jama said < 'hapter 11 la tun is riot determinest bv a district s tax rate*, the* tax revenue generate d or the income level cif district residents. School dist rict officials cannot change CIS!Vs status. Nor can 1 ISI) opt out of <'hapter 11 and refuse* to make iii** “recapture payment
The $832,000 is to he paid
Residents speak out f or tight control of sex businesses
By Ron Maloney
'IWo citizens urged Coma) County commisstoiierH Pi prohibit sexually oriented businesses, such as adult Ixxik stores or strip bars, from opening locally.
New Braunfels resident Phyllis Schertz and Canyon Lake resident Diane Dasher were among several who attended Thursday's public bearing to give commission* I TH H HI* I IHI* of how Pi regulate see sexually oriented businesses t St tBsj.
The meeting was the second of a serieN.
Dasher, an unsuccessful candidate for Ila* District 73 seat in the Texas legislature now held by ('arter Casteel, attends most commissioners’
ur books are explicit. Our movie industry is very explicit. I think we need to protect our children by not allowing (sexually oriented businesses) anywhere. J J
Canyon Lake resident
“I am very much against sexually oriented businesses, simply because we’ve embarked upon Internet scams that are hitting our children. Our hooks an* explu* it. (fur movie industry is very explicit. I think we need to protect our children by not allowing these businesses anywhere, Dasher said.
District Attorney Dill Wa Id rip has lx*en me*'ting for weeks with a special coin lint Ie** apjxmited by county commissioners to st inly issues eonnixled Pi SO Ba.
Hi* agreed with Dasher that the businesses aren’t desirable, but said they couldn’t be banned
“Regulations elsewhere typically set distances from
homes, churches or -OhxiIh,’ Waldrip said.
W<* can't just put a wall around the county and say, 'N*/, you can’t be here.”’ Waldrip explained thai to do so raises the constitution a1 issue of attempting to pro bibi! free speech.
While the county cannot prohibit speech, Waldrip said, it could regulate it “I myself would like to s**e them not permitted. If we can’t, I would like pi se* them very strictly regulated,"
I lasher said Schertz, who lives of! Elm (’reek Road aiel owns property along the Guadalupe River, said SOBs would encourage wore lewdness of
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Ready for the next steps
415 graduate from NBHS
By Dylan Jimenez
Parents, grandparents and siblings lined up Thursday night outside Strahan Gob scum, at South West Texas State University.
As family members waited to get in to see their 2003 New Braunfels High School graduates, they buzzed about graduation and college .and everyday life.
Dads carried bundles of flowers for their daughters. Others carried cameras and camcorders.
Inside, the 415 grads wen-standing in a different kind of line. They were waiting for the processional. Some looked cool and confident; most wrung their hands and rocked nervously.
()ne </f the few who s^med Pi be keeping his axil was Kenny Cruz, 18.
“I’m s/i excited,” he said. “I can't wait Pi get out of here*.”
It was much the same for the* other grads. But Bonny said he was ready to get to work over the summer and get on to college at SWTSU.
NBHS salutatorian Ryan Barlow told his class the next step would he Pi start*making their own decisions as adults.
“We as the future leaders of America have to decide what Pi do with our time,’’ Barlow said.
Those decisions ar/* important and will affect th/* future, he said.
"We can either he part of the world's problems or part of the worlds solutions,’ Barlow said.
His fellow salutatorian, Brittney Stevens, said grads had everything inside them Uj be who they want Pi be arid to go where t hey want to KO.
“We are the type of people See NBHS/3A
Photo/* by K JESSIE SLATEN/Ho/uM /ortung
(Top) Waiting for the official New Braunfels High School graduation ceremony to commence, Christi Perez, Katie Medina and Veronica Martinez kick up their heels, (Above) Seele student Emmy Zapata has a little fun with graduating senior Amanda Cadena out tn the parking lot of Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos (Right) NBHS student Michael Russell gets a little help with his cap as time grows short for commencement exorcises. More than 400 students walked down the aisle and out of high school Thursday evening.