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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 26, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Ilk Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses endina in 0. 1 or 2 canHer ald-Zei i u in g I Vol. 149 No. 235    14    pages    in    2    sections    September    26,    2000 Tuesday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 centsCooler weather blows in just in time for county fair By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer The cool air that slipped in from the North, tangled with tropical moisture and dropped more than 3 inches of rain on some parts of New Braunfels this weekend will give way to temperatures in the 90s by the end of the Comal County Fair this week. Winds of 15 to 29 miles per hour punctuated a temperature drop of nearly 25 degrees within two hours on Sunday afternoon. “There's a potential to see near record-lows in this area, with the coldest air in the Hill Country and low lying areas,” said Monte Oaks, National Weather Service meteorologist. Oaks said southern winds would slowly warm the area from lows in the mid-40s through Wednesday rising to the mid-60s by the weekend. High temperatures in the 70s through today will be in the 90s by Saturday. Tropical moisture from the south rolled over a strong cold front riding polar air from the north, causing rain. The forecast looks good for the 107th annual Comal County Fair. This weekend’s rain should keep fairground dust under control, while temperatures should be painless. Also, an upper-level ridge will keep an unshakable dry pattern around, and meteorologists do not expect more rain for at least days. Fair-goers could get a little sprinkle this weekend, because the southern winds that will warm up New Braunfels also will bring more moisture. NBGS proceeds with river walk business plan By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer A business plan for a proposed river walk along the Comal River could be in the New Braunfels City Councils hands in 180 days. The council on Monday voted to give NBGS International the go-ahead to develop the plan. Councilwoman Juliet Watson was the one council member who voted against moving the proposal to the next stage. “I would prefer to send this to a committee,” she said. “We’ve sent everything else to a committee.” She suggested the issue be sent to the river activities committee that the council also discussed Monday night. Hie council still w as hashing out the details of the committee late Monday. NBGS, sister-company to Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, previously presented the proposed river walk to the council. The river walk. or Wasser Strasse, would span from Landa Street to Garden Street along the Comal River. It would include about two miles of landscaped walkways. The walkways would pass over city park property, Schlitterbahn property and property where Wurstfest operates. The river walk would be accompanied by a water-based transportation system, called Transportainment. It would carry tubers from the Comal River exits back to Prince Solms Park. It also would connect the two Schlitterbahn waterparks through Prince Solms Park. Watson said this is an important issue that involves parkland and a Schlitterbahn ride on parkland. “That (river activities committee) sounds like the perfect committee to study this issue," she said. Many questions remain about the proposal she said, and she wants to hear more about it before NBGS invests in preparing the business proposal. However, the other six council members voted to move forward with the business plan. Jeff Henry, CEO and founder of NBGS, said the business plan would take about 180 days to complete. “There’s a lot of citizen input that needs to be gathered,” he said. NBGS plans to hold a public hearing on the issue, meet w ith various groups and visit w ith other people about the proposed project. “There’s been pretty broad support to investigate this from what we've seen.” Henry said. Also, he said the business plan may “get bigger” as a result of the discussions w itll city residents. Also on Monday, the council voted down a proposal to declare as parkland the city properties leased and used by the Wurstfest and Comal County Fair associations. See COUNCIL/5A Other Action In other action Monday night, the New Braunfels City Council: • postponed action on a proposed settlement agreement with Brookshire Homes’ until a special meeting Oct. 10. Copies of the proposed agreement will be available at the municipal building today; • gave final approval to an ordinance pertaining to Landa Park Golf Course passbook fees and availability. The ordinance requires passbooks to be used within one year of purchase. It also limits the passbooks to the name on the book and that person's spouse. Passbooks are $288 for New Braunfels residents and $335 for non-residents.Fair queen and court CHRIS PACE/Herald-ZeitungFair Princess Reagan Johnson, Queen Ashley Wersterfer and Duchess Lauren Mechler (from left) are presented after the Fair Queen Contest Sunday night at Canyon High School.Inside Abby................................7A Classifieds.......................4-6B Comics..............................8A Crossword........................7A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................................7A Obituaries...........................3A Sports............................1-3B Today.................................2A Key Code 76 Lodging group wants bed tax money to expand civic center By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer New Braunfels Civic Center could more than double in size under a funding request to the city’s hotel occupancy tax committee. New Braunfels Lodging and Restaurant Association has applied for bed tax money to fund expansion and remodeling of the civic center. Under two proposals presented by the group, construction costs would be paid during a number of years. One plan would cost about $6.5 million and increase the civic center’s size to 33,207 square feet from 15,(HK) square feet, according to the association’s application for funding. Another plan would cost about $3.5 million to build and increase the civic center’s size to 23,750 square feet, according to the association's funding application. Expansion and remodeling of the center would allow the city to enter “the lucrative convention and meetings market,” according to the association's application. Dan Henry, president of the lodging and restaurant association, is a member of the hotel occupancy tax committee. The committee has focused on bringing “heads and beds” to New Braunfels. The expanded civic center would bring “heads and beds” to the city if it is built and marketed correctly, he said. “Obviously, we want to increase our hotel See LODGING/5 A No whispering required K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Usa Bockholt doesn’t whisper to her horses, although she does communicate with them in other ways. Bockholt was at Comal Saddlery Saturday to share her communication skills with about 250 people on Saturday. Once an unruly stallion, Illusion now answers to a series of cues from owner/trainer Lisa Bockholt. South Texas woman teaches others how to communicate with horses By K. JESSIE SLATEN Staff Writer Lisa Bockholt thought she was having Appaloosian illusions the first time she saw a runaway roan stallion outside her w indow. From the moment she saw him though, she knew they were meant for one another. But being meant for one another did not mean they worked well together at first. Just how Buckholt learned to communicate with her horse, Illusion, brought her to Comal Saddlery Saturday to teach others to “talk” to their horses. Bockholt’s husband, Jerry, tried to explain that a horse showing up at their rural home in Kingsville with “no collar, no tags and no brand” was a little different than a stray dog wandering in to their lives. Bockholt just didn't agree. “I knew he was my horse, and he knew he was home,” she said. “He ran away from home.” After a friend stepped in, the owners agreed to give Lisa the headstrong equine. Part incurable-romantic, the small woman w ith almost no experience w ith horses thought things couldn’t get any better. It didn’t take her long to find out just how much she had to learn. “What I wanted was a partner, a friend and a good relationship,” Bockholt said. “What I had was a maniac stallion that only had one speed. There was no whoa in this horse’s vocabulary. I was in big trouble and it didn’t take long to figure out that I could get killed.” See HORSE/5A ;