The Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is working this week with residents in its expanded metro area outside San Antonio to come up with a regional transportation and traffic safety plan for the next 25 years.
Mid-Texas Symphony has a performance on Sunday that may have escaped your attention, but I'm here to make sure it doesn’t!
“We are in Seguin, and we perform in Seguin and New Braunfels," said Mid-Texas Symphony Music Director David Mairs. "I think it’s been said that they are the two smallest cities in the United States that have a fully paid, fully professional orchestra. We are founded by Anita Windecker, a former piano professor at Texas Lutheran University.”
The Mid-Texas Symphony uses musicians from all around Seguin, but as Mairs explained, they don’t stop there.
The San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization is in the midst of its second round of public meetings to plan for the next 25 years of regional transportation needs.
With new census numbers bringing in large populations from surrounding areas, regional road planning is necessary to accommodate all the expected traffic growth from an additional 1.5 million residents by 2040.
The New Braunfels ordinance that bans cans and large coolers on the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers was overturned by a state judge.
The New Braunfels City Council banned cans; other disposable items, and large coolers from its rivers in 2011. Met with opposition from river outfitters, a group sued the city shortly after the council vote. A judge has indicated he will rule in favor of those outfitters.
James Ewbank, the attorney for the river outfitters, said the can ban was arbitrary:
Floating the Comal River could cost non-New Braunfels residents a $5 fee if its city council votes in favor of a new proposal.
When tubing the Comal River you can either rent a tube from an outfitter and use their entry point, or use your own tube and enter from one of the city’s parks.
"We spend pretty close to $1 million per year in all of the river maintenance, clean-up, and police and fire," said New Braunfels Mayor Gale Pospisil. "So we were looking at a way to try to bring in some revenue to help us to keep the river and keep the services provided for our visitors."
New Braunfels Police say the death of a Canyon High School student is the result of an assault, and not a fight.
Police were dispatched to the Comal ISD high school at 9:27 a.m. Tuesday. When they arrived, Cpt. John McDonald said officers found faculty and staff tending to the victim, identified as 15-year-old Logan Davidson.
McDonald said the suspect, another 15-year-old student, waited for Davidson outside their classroom after their first class of the day.
McDonald said the suspect used his fist to punch Davidson in the head twice, which rendered him unconscious.
The Metropolitan Planning Organization is asking public input from residents in Kendall, Comal, and Guadalupe Counties before regional transportation planning gets underway.
As of the 2010 census, New Braunfels is designated as part of the San Antonio urban metro area, and officials say the law requires that New Braunfels be incorporated into the San Antonio-Bexar County MPO.
The Comal Springs feed the Comal River, and people usually come to see and take pictures of the springs that bubble up at the edge of Landa Park just below Panther Canyon in New Braunfels, but New Braunfels Utilities spokeswoman Gretchen Reuwer said that spring is no longer visible.
"This is one of those visual impacts of the drought," Reuwer said.
The springs have not dried up to this extent for many years, at least since the mid-80s, and before that not since the 1950s.