New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 26, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 150, No. 273
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Major developments— — Saud
■ The U.S. and its major allies agree to produce coordinated plan to freeze assets of terrorist organizations.
■ Saudi Arabia cuts ties with Taliban government, saying Afghan leaders were defaming Islam by harboring and supporting terrorists.
■ Osama bin Laden’s organization makes fresh call to arms, saying “wherever there are Americans and Jews, they will be targeted.”
■ Russian President Vladimir Putin talks with German leaders and calls for the “complete ideological and political isolation” of terrorists.
■ Ruling Taliban say they are dispatching 300,000 fighters to defend Afghanistan’s borders.
■ Stock prices fluctuate but are relatively stable.
■ Death toll at World Trade Center rises to 279, missing number 6,398.
■ A Saudi doctor detained nearly two weeks by the FBI as a material witness after the terrorist attacks returned home to San Antonio on Tuesday but wouldn’t say whether his involvement in the case was at an end.
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officials weigh airline security plans
By Ron Fournier
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon ordered 2,000 more reservists to duty Tuesday as President Bush weighed putting more armed guards on airliners and strengthen
ing cockpit doors against potential hijackers. In a diplomatic victory for the United States, Saudi Arabia cut ties to the terrorist-harboring Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
Defense Secretary Donald
laid Americans are in for a long, brutal struggle for justice in the after-math of the Sept. ll attacks on Washington and New York. “It will be difficult,” he said. “It will be dangerous.” Underscoring the threat, Osama bin Laden’s terrorist group warned of retaliation if Washington attacks. “Wherever there are Amer
icans and Jews, they will be targeted,” said a statement issued by Naseer Ahmed Mujahed, chief military commander for the al-Qaida network fingered by Bush for the Sept. ll attacks.
Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell went to Capitol Hill to give Congress top-secret briefings on Bush’s See TIES/3A
City council unanimously OKs tech training site
By Bill Frisbie Staff Writer
New Braunfels City Council unanimously approved up to $929,024 in local sales tax dollars Monday to help pay for a regional technology training center slated for construction at the Municipal Airport in Guadalupe County.
The vote paved the way for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce officials Tuesday to hand-deliver a funding request for matching grant dollars from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration regional office in Austin. If approved, the EDA could provide as much as 60 percent of total construction costs.
The city will serve as the grant applicant for the proposed Central Texas Technology Center, chamber President Michael Meek said. The 46,000-square-foot facility, which supporters say will include an academic wing, carries a price tag of nearly $4.7 million. The estimate includes the land donation valued at $105,000.
However, Meek cautioned that the recent terrorist attacks will likely mean an across-the-board shortfall in federal dollars.
“With all the things that have happened since Sept. ll, and with the deterioration of the economy, they (EDA) feel they will likely experience some major cutbacks in funding,” Meek said. “They don’t expect as much funds for the five-state region as they have in the past. What we qualify for, and what we get, are two different things.’’
Chamber officials expect a funding decision near the end of year. Meanwhile, classes are expected to begin Jan. 12, 2004.
The CTTC stems from a “critical” need to develop a skilled work force locally, said Paula DiFonzo, chairwoman of the chamber’s Higher Education Task Force.
“Nearly one-third of local employers believe that a qualified work force does not exist to meet the (area’s) needs for the next five years,” she said.
Nebraska-based GLARUS Corporation was hired this past year to provide a demographic study and market assessment of the service area. More than 300 citizens and 275 employers participated in the effort, DiFonzo said.
The facility’s technical wing would provide training in auto body repair, welding, interior design, computer technology and possibly aviation. A 5,000-square-foot academic wing is on tap to provide core curriculum.
Officials hope for home run with Camp Comal plan
By Bill Frisbie
The New Braunfels City Council went into extra innings Tuesday to approve a plan intended both to preserve Camp Comal baseball fields and to allow for expansion of New Braunfels Utilities’ wastewater treatment plant.
After a closed door session
with NBU officials and Parks and Recreation Department Advisory Board members, council unanimously endorsed a motion to notify land owners of its interest in acquiring the nine-acre Kenneth and Glynda Finely tract adjacent to the Camps southern edge, said Mayor Pro-Tem See CAMP COMAL/5A
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NBISD declines state insurance
By Ron Maloney
New Braunfels Independent School District trustees voted Monday against joining into a state-sponsored health insurance program for district employees — at least for right now.
NBISD ended its relationship with Blue Cross/Blue Shield and became self-insured in a plan with Benefit Planners.
For now, Business Manager David Rastellini said the school board decided the district would stay with the sys-tem now in place — as trustees watche developments at the state level.
Last session, the Texas Legislature earmarked $1.2 billion to help pay for teacher insurance in House Bill 3343.
The program will provide money to school districts to help defray the costs of health insurance — even if the dis
tricts don’t participate in the state system. So NBISD employees could see some savings in insurance costs.
Called TRS-ActiveCare, the new program goes into effect on Sept. I 2002, and will be administered by the Teacher Retirement System.
Rastellini said NBISD chose to wait and see what develops at the state level before deciding what it will do about health insurance in the long term.
TODAY Carnival — open from 6 p.m. to midnight; armbands $10 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Contests and exhibits — entries arrive starting at 8 a.m. for shoe box float, wildlife, horticulture, sewing and clothing, baking, canning, antiques, handwork, arts/crafts/photography and agriculture contests.
Night in Old New Braunfels — starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Comal Corral, free admission; master of ceremonies Mattson Rainer; Kinder Tanzen; introduction to 2001 Fair and introduction of incoming and outgoing fair and rodeo courts; dance contest; grand march;
Ed and Marlene Kadlecek and The Fun Bunch.
Baby Barnyard — open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Poultry and rabbits — exhibits taken from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
THURSDAY Carnival — open from 6 p.m. to midnight; armbands $15 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Judging — entries for wildlife, horticulture, sewing and clothing, baking, canning, antiques, handwork, arts/crafts/photography and agriculture contests.
Baby Barnyard — open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Livestock entries — steers, cattle, lambs, goats, sheep and hogs arrive, 4-7 p.m.
Comal Corral —
Cariene Walker and her Black Diamond Band, $6 admission 7th Annual PRCA Rodeo — 8 p.m.; prerodeo ticket price $6; ticket price at the gate $7
Kayleigh Burner, Allyssa Rosas, Evan White and Jessey Landrum (from left) ride the Tsunami Tuesday during the first night of the Comal County Fair carnival.
Rodeo kicks off Thursday at 108th annual county fair
By K. JESSIE SLATEN Staff Photographer
They call it America’s No. I sport, and Thursday, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association brings the rodeo to town.
For 108 years, the rodeo has been a part of the Comal County fair.
“As long as there has been a fair,” said Rodeo Chairman Mike Jonas, “theres been a rodeo.”
At a time when people are searching for ways to bond together and show their national pride, this weekend offers a chance to catch a glimpse of some old-fashioned American spirit.
In the only professional sporting event that comes to New Braunfels, Thursday night kicks off what could be the longest night of the rodeo.
After working all year to get the professional athletes to show up, there is an overflow of competitors, the majority of which are generally ropers.
After the main performance Thursday, participants who can’t fit into the regular three-day schedule compete in “slack.”
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A steer wrestler hooks the horns of a calf and moves to plant his feet while bringing the calf down at this past year’s PRCA rodeo.
Slack contestants are regulated by the same scoring and rules as other competitors; they just don’t get to perform in front of the large crowds.
Jonas, who has been working on the rodeo committee for almost 20 years, is excited about the 300 entries in this year’s show.
Coming to the end of the professional rodeo season, cowboys planning to compete in the PRCA finals are looking to earn enough
money toward their year-end totals needed to compete in the finals.
“Toward the end of rodeo season they need to pick up all the cash they can,” Jonas said.
Although New Braunfels is not known as a rodeo town, the athletes are assured by the PRCA of a certain caliber of arena and stock. That, and the added
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