New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 12, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Archaeologists sift through history of New Braunfels' first residents at nearby Natural Bridge Caverns. Page IC
Livestock association unveils building plans
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Activity center seating
By Ron Maloney
The Comal County Junior Livestock Association presented preliminary drawings Saturday for the show and auction facility it hopes to build west of New Braunfels.
Association President David Waldrip and other officers greeted guests, sponsors and patrons at the presentation on property purchased by Comal County.
The 20-acre property, located off
Resource Drive behind tile county road department and rural recycling center was purchased earlier this year and has been declared a county park. I lalf of it — including the home occupied by its former owners — houses offices of Texas Cooperative Extension.
The other half has been leased to tile livestock association for 50 years at a cost of$l per year.
County Judge Danny Scheel said he
By Ron Maloney
CANYON LAKE — A retired New Braunfels Police Department administrator has announced he will seek the Precinct 4 Constable position being vacated by Ben Scroggin.
Doug Dunlap, retired assistant chief of police, announced he will be a candidate for the post next year.
Scroggin, whose district was changed in 2001, will run for the Precinct I constable post.
“Ben took Precinct 4 as constable, and
he really turned it around,’ Dunlap said. “He’s done a very gixxi job. I’d like to continue his work," Dunlap said.
A 28-year Comal (bounty resident, Dunlap rose from unpaid reserve patrolman through the ranks to the second-highest post in the NBPD.
He holds basic, intermediate and master peace officer certifications.
I ie worked a few years as a patrolman, moving into the criminal investigation
See DUNLAP. Page 7A
Redistricting showdown set for 2 p.m.
Senators ready to vote — after House keeps promise
Fire fair sparks safety interest
Former NBPD official Dunlap to run for Precinct 4 constable
From staff, wire reports
AUSTIN — State Rep. Carter Casteel and her colleagues in the Texas legislature return to work at 2 p.m. today after a Saturday football recess.
A GOP-authored redistricting bill passed the House Friday, but has it been ensnarled in a tug-of-war over House Bill 7 — the governmental reorganization bill.
The Senate refuses to vote on redistricting until the House votes on Bill 7.
“We’ve already passed the map,” Casteel said. "The lieutenant governor won't take up redistricting until we’ve passed another bill. We’re playing a game of chicken, it looks like."
With the big Texas football weekend under way, House Democrats took advantage of dwindling legislative attendance and again broke a quorum in their battle to block redistricting Friday night.
The lawmakers’ disappearance meant the House — which already had approved a Republican congressional redistricting bill — could not vote on the government reorganization bill some senators coveted.
So Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Senate Republicans decided to wait to vote on new congressional district boundaries.
Both houses will meet today in what could be the redistricting finale in the Legislature.
There is optimism, if not pure confidence,
See LEGISLATURE Page 7A
■ U.S. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez says redistricting is a power grab. State Rep. Carter Casteel disagrees. Page 7A.
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Fireman Tim McKay shows 4-year-old Sean Lachance how to put out Department's Fire Safety Fair. Below, Jackson Evans. 2. listens intent-
a fire using fire extinguishers Saturday at the New Braunfels Fire ly as firemen give a demonstration. October is Fire Safety Month
Parents, kids go through putting out all flames
m lf windows or doors in your home have security bars, make sure that the bars have quick-release mechanisms inside.
P Be sure children know how to dial 9-1-1.
N Don't leave cooking food unattended.
■ Keep the stove clear of grease, napkins or other flammable items.
GKeep a fire extinguisher.
By Ron Maloney
For just a little while Saturday afternoon, New Braunfels High School sophomore Matt Marbach could have been a fireman.
For the first time, Marbach, 15, used a fire extinguisher to put out a blaze — a smoky gasoline fire in a steel drum.
With a little training from a couple of firemen, Marbach swept the nozzle across the fire, quickly putting it out.
Marbach and his father, Kenny, were among 500 who attended the second annual Fire Safety Fair conducted by the New Braunfels Fire Department at NB1 IS.
Local firefighters were aided by the San Marcos Fire Department and a contingent from the San Antonio-based Airlift? helicopter ambulance service.
“I expected it to be more powerful, but it was very easy to control," Matt Marbach
said of using the extinguisher. “I learned you have to sweep it from side to side.”
I bs ladler took the opportunity to drive the lesson home, reminding the boy that the firemen had told him to remember the word PASS when using an extinguisher: I»ull the pin: Aim the nozzle; Squeeze the trigger; and Sweep the nozzle.
New Braunfels Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter, who organized the fair as part of the city's Fire Safety Month, said the event went well.
"It s been excellent. The parents are as involved as the kids are, and that s important,” Brinkkoeter said. “It’s good positive reinforcement, and the parents are leading by example.”
“This morning, there were people waiting to get in here at IO a.m.,” Brinkkoeter added. "It’s been good. Well definitely be doing it next year.”
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