New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 25, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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LCRA to increase electricity rates Rosa Parks, civil rights pioneer, dies
From Staff Reports
AUSTIN — Faced with rising natural gas prices, the Lower Colorado River Authority has decided to raise electricity rates to its wholesale customers.
Effective Oct. 25, LCRA’s wholesale power price will increase about one-third.
The two largest electric
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Council voted to modify ordinance
consider charging new development for the effect it has on the city’s infrastructure.
The first group, the drainage impact fee committee ultimately decided not to pursue impact fees and recommended a drainage ordinance that included optional fees in lieu of onsite detention ponds in new neighborhoods. The ordinance immediately became a bone of contention between the city and developers when council voted to increase the fees and make them mandatory for development within 3,000 feet of existing drainage systems.
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Members decided to join cyclists
daughter Katie’s ability to stick with a tough training program and finish the ride.
“Our family talked about participating for years, but we didn’t have our act together until Katie came to us and said, ‘I want to do it this year,”’ Theresa Ogg said. “She really showed incentive and stuck with it.”
Katie, 14, heard about Bike to the Beach several years ago and was determined to complete the ride. For added incentive, a local MS patient gave Katie an inspirational letter to carry with her.
“My dad told me about Bike to the Beach in third grade, and I thought it would be really cool to ride 150 miles,” she
utilities doing business in Comal County, Pedernales Electric Cooperative and New Braunfels Utilities, get the bulk of the electricity they sell from the LCRA. Four of the LCRA’s seven power plants are fueled by natural gas. Local utilities earlier this month had predicted that electricity rates would rise due to higher nat-
City council voted to modify the drainage ordinance Monday by lowering the fees from $1,250 to $600 per residential lot but kept the mandatory provision, despite Councilwoman Valerie Hull’s attempt to remove it.
“We have a letter from the Homebuilder’s Association supporting impact fees, why can’t we postpone this decision and look into that,” she said.
Councilwoman Beth Sokolyk, who voted for the original ordinance and against an attempt to remove the mandatory provision in july, questioned the builders’ sincerity.
“This ordinance came to us from a committee that decided it did not want impact fees,” she said. “If they did not like them then, why would
said. “My parents finally said Yes,’ and then I found a team.”
Matt, 13, said the riding for two days with friends and family was great, but would have been much easier with a little more training.
“Training is just riding your bike more,” he said. “We just have to be sure to stay in shape for next time.”
Fan Niland, Melissa Niland’s husband, said alter two years as a member of the support crew, he plans to join the cyclists on the road.
“It looked like fun, and I’ll
ural gas costs.
The price of the natural gas that LCRA uses to fuel its power plants has more than doubled since early 2005, said Dan Kuehn, executive manager of LCRA Fuel and Energy Risk Management. LCRA also uses coal and renewable energy sources, which help temper rising fuel costs, he said.
they like them now?”
Before Hull had a chance to make her suggestion a formal motion, which would have required a vote, City Attorney Charlie Zech suggested council continue the discussion behind closed doors in executive session.
The Greater New Braunfels Homebuilder’s Association is one party in a suit against the city protesting the current ordinance’s mandatory fees. The case is set to be heard before a district court judge Dec. 13.
After consulting with Zech, Councilwoman Gale Pospisil moved to approve the ordinance, despite her own objections to it.
“I think, in order to make an improvement over what we have on the books, we need to approve this,” she said.
get to compete against Melissa,” he said. “I think it will actually be less work than being on the support crew.”
joey, Ean Niland’s 13-year-old brother, said Iris first Bike to the Beach left him with a couple interesting stories, including one about a cyclist with a boom box and another about passing people on unicycles.
“I think the first three hours were the hardest, and my feet got numb,” he said. “Then everyone started talking, or actually I started talking.”
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DETROIT (AP) — Rosa Lee Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man sparked the modem civil rights movement, died Monday. She was 92.
Parks died at her home of natural causes, said Karen Morgan, a spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.
Parks was 42 when she committed an act of defiance in 1955 that was to change the course of American history and earn her the title “mother of the civil rights movement."
At that time, Jim Crow laws in place since the post-Civil War Reconstruction required separation of the races in bus
es, restaurants and public accommodations throughout the South, while legally sanctioned racial discrimination kept blacks out of many jobs and neighborhoods in the North.
The Montgomery, Ala., seamstress, an active member of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was riding on a city bus Dec. I, 1955, when a white man demanded her seat.
Parks refused, despite rules requiring blacks to yield their seats to whites. TWo black Montgomery women had been arrested earlier that year on the same charge, but Parks
County to conduct field day workshops Wednesday
Comal County will be conducting a Field Day on Wednesday.
The Comal Program Council’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee sponsors the workshop, which will be presented at Honey Creek (Guadalupe River State Park) by Dr. Barron Rector, Texas Cooperative Extension range specialist from Texas A&M University. Rector will discuss understanding watersheds and their effect on vegetation.
Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., and the cost is $5 per
person. Two continuing education units are offered — 1.5 general and .5 laws and regulations.
For reservations or more information, call the Extension office at 830-620-3440.
was jailed. She also was fined $14.
Speaking in 1992, she said history too often maintains “that my feet were hurting and I didn’t know why I refrised to stand up when they told me. But the real reason of my not standing up was I felt that I had a right to be treated as any other passenger. We had endured that kind of treatment for too long.”
On Page 1A in an Oct. 22 story about the New Braunfels ISD Agricultural Science and Technology Center, the acreage of the property was misstated. The center is located on 21.247 acres.
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