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Eorts increase to advancemassive Great Springs Project

CHARTING THE PATH

Anticipated for completion by 2036, the Great Springs Project will be a trail running about 100 miles from Barton Springs in Austin to San Antonio’s Blue Hole spring. In between, the bulk of the continuous trail will run through Comal and Hays counties. A key reason for the trail is to protect the network of springs and water that run along the planned green corridor.

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With an approximate length of 100 miles running continuously from Austin to San Antonio, the Great Springs Project is one of the most ambitious trail concepts in Texas. When complete, the trail will connect four nat- ural springs running approximately parallel with I-35—Barton Springs in Austin, San Marcos Springs in Hays County, Comal Springs in New Braunfels and the Blue Hole in San Antonio. Great Springs Project CEO Garry Merritt said the CONTINUED ON 18

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Downtown experiences growing pains

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obstacle because there isn’t this kind of free-thinking of, ‘Oh I’ll just pop down to downtown.’” Balmos has worked in the retail industry for more than 30 years and owns Lot 59 and The Local in down- town New Braunfels, where she regu- larly hears customer complaints about parking in the city center. Due to a rapidly growing community punctuated by increased interest in CONTINUED ON 20

Kathryn Balmos has watched down- town New Braunfels boom with activ- ity and new development over the last several years, and she has also seen the city outgrowmuch of its infrastructure. “Before you leave your house, you do consider what time of day it is, what day it is and whether or not you really want to battle the possibility of hav- ing to drive around to nd [parking],” Balmos said. “In that sense, it is an

Business owners and area ocials are working to make downtown more vibrant. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

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thru and delivery, but the dining room is not yet open. 830-620-0008. www.mcdonalds.com 5 OffRoad Worx , a garage specializing in four-wheel drive and off-road vehicles, held a soft opening on April 1 at 115 Schumans Beach Road, New Braunfels. The shop offers body work, alterations and more and will hold a grand opening on May 8. 830-521-5232 FireFly Books , a virtual bookkeeper for small businesses based out of the Creekside area of New Braunfels, had its grand opening April 21. In addition to bookkeeping, FireFly books also makes in-person visits to provide business recovery services as well as help with financial organization. 210-665-6200. www.fireflybook.net New Braunfels Mobile Physical Therapy PLLC began operations in May providing mobile physical therapy services. The organization will visit a patient’s home or office and provides one-on-one care for each person. 830-837-2777. www.nbmobilept.com COMING SOON 6 Dental Noveau will open May 17 at 2111 I-35 S, Ste. 1101, New Braunfels. The dental practice is run by husband and wife team Dr. Forrest Arguelles and Dr. Courtney Arguelles and offers family dental care with an emphasis on sleep solutions for adults and children. 830-360-1618. www.dentalnoveau.com 7 A new Domino’s pizza restaurant is on its way to construction at 2211 SH 46, Ste. 103, New Braunfels. The buildout is estimated to be complete July 12 for

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NOWOPEN 1 Full service home building company JLP Builders had its grand opening April 10. Located at 1214 Wild Rose Drive, New Braunfels, the business offers virtual tours of its custom home plans and can help facilitate the building of a home on an already-owned lot or a lot owned by JLP Builders. The company has built homes throughout central Texas. 830-200-0305. www.buildingwithjlp.com

March 26 at 564 Comal Ave., New Braunfels. The store provides footwear, apparel and accessories for runners and walkers. Information from the company states it also offers training and coaching programs and hosts running groups each week. 830-660-6820. www.tworiversrunning.com 4 A McDonald’s restaurant reopened in April at 1201 I-35, New Braunfels after the original building was demolished and rebuilt. The location is open for drive-

2 Lazy J Crawfish opened a new location April 9 at 5441 FM 1102, New Braunfels. The restaurant serves boiled crawfish, shrimp, blue crab and oysters, but Lazy J also does public sales of large orders to cater to events for several communities in an around the New Braunfels area. 936-334-6568. Face- book: Lazy J Crawfish – New Braunfels. 3 A retail store centered on running called Two Rivers Running opened

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that store. The pizza chain offers combo deals for carry out or delivery that include pizzas, salads, sides, drinks and desserts. www.dominos.com 8 A new Mexican restaurant is slated to open in June at 1308 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels. Mi Torito will offer Mexican and Tex-Mex food and will host live music, parties and events. 830-237-2205 RELOCATIONS 9 Spark Homes , located at 820 N. Wal- nut, New Braunfels, is planning to relo- cate to a new site at 230 Hunters Village, New Braunfels in June. Spark Homes is a business that builds affordable housing subdivisions and infrastructure. The owners also run the Arp Brothers team at Guild Mortgage, which will operate in the same location. 830-357-6116. www.sparkhomestexas.com EXPANSIONS 10 The Humane Society of New Braunfels , located at 3353 Morningside Drive, New Braunfels is expanding its operations to include a new spay and neuter facility. The new facility will be inside of a portable building on the Humane Society’s premises. The building is still going through the permitting process and could be ready by summer 2021. 830-629-5287. www.hsnba.com ANNIVERSARIES 11 Pat Molak and Jane Nalley opened Gruene Antique Co. in July of 1986 and

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From left: ChadNiland and Jason Sublett operate the restaurant that has been open since 2016.

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FEATURED IMPACT NOWOPEN For some New Braunfels businesses, declining cases of COVID-19 and loosening restrictions have allowed for a return to regular hours of operation. More than one year after closing its doors during the coronavirus pandemic, The Downtowner Bar & Kitchen ocially reopened on April 8. The restaurant initially closed March 17 following stay-at-home orders and did not reopen at a limited capacity like many other local restaurants. “We looked at it as a risk management kind of thing,” owner Chad Niland said. “We just didn’t want to spend the money to open when we weren’t sure if we were going to have to close down again.” Though Niland and his business partners own the restaurant building and do not pay rent, Niland said that closing still cost the business nearly $50,000 in payroll and other expenses immediately following its closure. As local coronavirus case counts began to decline, vaccines became available and the statewide mask mandate was lifted, Niland and his team began planning to reopen. The price of ingredients and cleaning supplies has increased over the last year, Niland said, and he has worked to

adjust menu prices to oset costs. Like several other businesses in New Braunfels, Niland has also struggled to hire enough sta for the restaurant as many employees have found other jobs or left the industry. “We cannot be open all the hours we want to be open because we don’t have enough cooks,” Niland said. “Restaurants are adjusting hours. Restaurants are shortening their menus. Restaurants are having to raise their price. I hope the customers understand that. We can either be open like this, or we can not be open at all.” The restaurant is open Thurs.-Fri. 4-10 p.m. and Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and features a new menu with Southern cuisine and craft cocktails. 208 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels 830-627-9080 www.downtownernb.com

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will celebrate 35 years in business this summer. The business is housed in the HD Gruene Mercantile building, located at 1607 Hunter Road, New Braunfels. The 6,500-square-foot building was constructed by Henry D. Gruene in 1904 as a space for farmers to buy and sell goods. 830-629-7781. www.grueneantiqueco.com COMMUNITY 12 Construction is underway on a new headquarters for the New Braunfels Police Department to be located at the 3000 block of West San Antonio Street, New Braunfels, across from the Comal County Sheriff’s office. The 65,000-square-foot, $36.3 million facility broke ground earlier this year, and David Ferguson, media and communications coordinator for the city of New Braunfels, said project leaders estimate it will be complete and ready for officers to move into in mid-2022. 830-221-4100. www.nbtexas.org/2464/ Police

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training for new lifeguards. Portions of the course will be oered online before attending in-person sessions. Certication is valid for two years, and recertication courses are available. $200 (new lifeguards) or $100 (recertication). Ages 15 and older. 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. both days. Landa Park Aquatic Complex, 350 Aquatic Circle, New Braunfels. 830-221-4360. www.nbparksandrec.com 22 SPLASH INTO SUMMER Kick o the summer season during the rst annual Splash Into Summer event. Hosted at the Comal County Fairgrounds, the event will include inatable waterslides, food trucks, live music and booths with over 60 local vendors. Free parking and admissions, $18 (inatable attractions zone admissions), $25 (5K race) or $15 (kids fun run). 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 701 E. Common St., New Braunfels. www.athleteguild.com 22 HOMEGROWNMARKETFEST The Homegrown & Homespun MarketFest will celebrate and showcase local artisans, farmers, musicians and food vendors. All ages are welcome to the free outdoor event hosted at the Gruene Outpost River Lodge from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free admission, cost for food and goods will vary. 1273 River Terrace, New Search for antique and vintage items at the annual barn sale hosted at the New Braunfels Conservation Society. Free admission. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 1300 Church Hill Drive, New Braunfels. 830-629-2943. www.newbraunfelsconservation.org 29 FAMILY GEOCACHING TREASURE HUNT Braunfels. 830-625-7772. 29 ANTIQUE BARN SALE &MARKET Teams of up to six people can hunt for treasure using geocaching equipment. Each team will be provided with equipment by the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and will take home the items they discover. $10 per team, all ages welcome. 10:30 a.m.- noon. Fischer Park, 1964 Monarch Way,

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Join Spass Walking Tours for a guided walking tour through the Comal Cemetery and the New Braunfels Cemetery. Participants will learn about the founders and historic residents of the community and use dowsing rods to nd unmarked graves from 1846. $20 per person. 5-7 p.m. Comal Cemetery, 422 Peace Ave., New Braunfels. 830-221-4370. www.spasswalkingtours.com

This artisan market is held monthly in historic Gruene, and shoppers can listen to live music and purchase handmade gifts, clothing and food items from local vendors. Attendees will be encouraged to wear face masks and observe social distancing where possible. Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the market. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. 1641 Hunter Road, New Braunfels. www.gruenemarketdays.com

07 FIRST FRIDAY INDOWNTOWN NEWBRAUNFELS Explore all downtown has to oer on the rst Friday of each month. Participating businesses will be open late, some establishments will oer special promotions and attendees over the age of 21 can sample beer at Shiner Beer stops located throughout town. Free admissions. 5-8 p.m. www.downtownnewbraunfels.com 15 SATURDAY SEAMSERIES: HERE COMES THE SUN Kindergarten through third grade students will learn about the power of the sun by baking s’mores in a solar-powered oven, creating art with sun-sensitive paper and studying how radiometers work. 10-11 a.m. $3 (child of a Headwaters supporter and contributor), $4 (child of a family that are Headwaters members), $5 (regular admission). Headwaters at the Comal, 333 E. Klingemann St., New Braunfels. 830-608-8937. www.headwatersatthecomal.com 15 WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT GALA Join the Pink Warrior Advocates for the rst local Women’s Empowerment Gala,

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which will replace the annual Breast in Show Gala. $100 (single admission), $175 (two guests), $500 (dinner for four guests), $750 (dinner for eight guests, premier seating and customized wine glasses) or $1000 (dinner for eight, customized wine decanter and professional sponsorship video). 6:30- 11 p.m. New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center, 375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels. 830-708-7898. www.pinkwarrioradvocates.org 16 THROUGH 22 BIKE TOWORK WEEKWITH CYCLOVIVA! During National Bike Month, the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation department will host several events to promote bicycling in the community. Bike routes, bike safety tips and the benets of biking will be highlighted, and Bike to School/Work Day will be May 21. Information about additional events can be found online at www.nbtexas.org/cycloviva. 19 THROUGH 20 AMERICAN RED CROSS LIFEGUARD TRAINING Learn to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies through this

2021 Texan of the Year Glenn Hegar will be honored, and several panel discussions will take place during the 55th annual two- day Texas Legislative Conference. Social distancing will be observed, and ticket sales will be limited. $55 (Texan of the Year Reception, May 6), $55 (conference and luncheon, May 7) or $95 (discounted conference and reception). May 6 from 7-9 p.m. and May 7 from 7:45 a.m.-1 p.m. McKenna Events Center, 801 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels. www.chamberinnewbraunfels.com/ texas-legislative-conference 07 SIN CITY SLAYER INTERACTIVE MURDERMYSTERY Find a killer during this interactive murder mystery dinner party hosted at Landa Haus. Sign up is required prior to the event, as guests ages 21 and up will be assigned a character before the event and are encouraged to dress according to their role. $35 per person. 7 p.m. 360 Aquatic Circle, New Braunfels. 830-221-4000 http://signup.nbparksandrec.com

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ONGOING PROJECTS 1 West San Antonio Street project Work on West San Antonio Street between Krueger Avenue and Spur Street is ongoing as part of a joint effort between the city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities. David Ferguson, media and communications coordina- tor for the city of New Braunfels, said improvements to the eastbound portion of the road are ongoing and expected to be completed in late June. Timeline: November 2020-June 2021 Cost: $2.4 million Funding sources: New Braunfels 2013 and 2019 bond programs 2 FM 306 hazard elimination Reconstruction on a signal at FM 306 and FM 1102 is currently underway. Under the Highway Safety Improvement Program, the Texas Department of Transportation will rebuild a city-owned signal at the intersection to meet safety requirements. Timeline: early 2021-TBD Cost: $269,889 Funding sources: federal, state 3 River Road bridge construction Work on a bridge and overpass that will raise Loop 337 over the River Road inter-

section is underway. The overpass will begin west of the Rock Street exit and end west of the River intersection. Tem- porary concrete barriers were installed earlier this year, and drivers can expect daily, alternating lane closures and traffic shifts throughout the duration of the project. Timeline: February 2021-23 Cost: $14.2 million Funding sources: TxDOT, New Braunfels 4 Loop 337 widening A project to expand 6.65 miles of Loop 337 in New Braunfels between I-35 to Hillcrest Drive has been largely completed. The project will widen the road from two to four lanes and include a sidewalk and bike accommodation. Jennifer Serold, public information officer for the TxDOT San An- tonio region, said the final portion of the project has focused on placing intersec- tions, sign installation and final construc- tion. The project is expected to be finished sometime this summer. Timeline: November 2017-summer 2021 Cost: $42.3 million Funding sources: New Braunfels, TxDOT

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RECREATION River outfitters, city officials prepare for 2021 river season

BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY

down the river having fun.” Some tubing businesses will continue to encourage mask-wearing while on shuttle buses, and city day camps will continue to limit group sizes, but Dicke said this season will largely look the same as previous years. The $2 river access fee will remain in place, though it is waived for New Braunfels residents. “My hope is ... that this is an opportunity for people to get outside and do something fun—do something they’ve in many cases been doing ... for generations,” Hoyt said. “I believe this is going to be a pretty normal season when it’s all said and done.” Summer also brings an increased demand for parking, and road construction near Landa Park could mean longer walks for those who normally park and walk to the river. “Right ... between Landa Park and Hinman Island Park, that’s all under construction,” Dicke said. “The routes people normally take will be diverted, and our two big parking lots on Elizabeth Avenue will be closed.” While Hinman Island Drive is expected to reopen in May for thru trac, parking lots on Elizabeth Avenue will remain closed through- out the summer, Dicke said. Parking at Prince Solms Park will be $20. River parking passes are available through the parks and recreation department for New Braunfels resi- dents. Each household can provide proof of residency and receive up to three car sticker passes. Pass holders will be allowed to park on East San Antonio Street, a portion of East Mill Street and Hinman Island Drive at no cost. Public parking is also available downtown, though Dicke recom- mends those visiting the river be dropped o and picked up by a river outtter shuttle or a ride service. “There is a public parking lot downtown that is available. It feels like it’s far away, but it’s not really that far away to walk to Prince Solms from there,” Dicke said. “If they could get dropped o, that’s the easiest.”

In New Braunfels, residents and visitors have begun returning to the Comal and Guadalupe rivers as summer approaches and COVID-19 restrictions ease. Ongoing vaccination eorts and declining new coronavirus cases have brought an increase in visitors to area parks and businesses that oer river access, said Stacey Dicke, director of the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department. “Our rentals have really picked up,” Dicke said. “People are planning for summer get-togethers because they’re vaccinated, and they feel safe getting together. We’re planning to open our pool to 100% capacity, where last year was at 50%. We’re gearing up for, I would say, a regular summer season.” The 2020 river season was cut short by Gov. Greg Abbott’s June 26 executive order GA-28 restricting the activities of river outtters. For the more than 30 river outt- ters in the city, closing for the major- ity of the summer season resulted in signicant nancial losses. “We had to lay o employees who worked here for years and who are counting on these jobs,” Corner Tubes owner Matthew Hoyt said. “Not to mention, I lost my job doing this.” Though executive order GA-32, which went into eect Oct. 14, permitted businesses to reopen at 50%-75% capacity depending on regional COVID-19 hospitalization rates, the usual river season had already ended, and area outtters largely remained closed. Executive Order GA-34 went into eect on March 2 and superseded Executive Order GA-32 by opening businesses to 100% capacity. Outtters began preparing for a new season ahead of spring break for area schools in March, and Hoyt said it was a process that involved rehiring employees and looked much the same as previous years. “All the vehicle prep and the tube prep is the same regardless of how long we’re closed,” Hoyt said. “It’s exciting getting back to work, getting people their jobs back and people

Tubers took to the river in early summer of 2020 before COVID19 closures and restrictions took eect. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)

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When planning a trip to the river, it is important to consider parking options. Due to ongoing construction, some parking options will be closed this summer, and others may be too far from the river for some visitors.

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Residents of New Braunfels can obtain up to three parking passes per household by visiting the Parks and Recreation Administrative Oce at 110 Golf Course Road or by calling 830-221-4350. Pass holders will be able to park free on: Hinman Island Drive East San Antonio Street East Mill Street 2 4 5 Public parking in downtown New Braunfels is available in a lot located at the corner of: N. Seguin Ave. and E. Bridge St. 6

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“MY HOPE IS ... THAT THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO GET OUTSIDE AND DO SOMETHING FUNDO SOMETHING THEY’VE INMANY CASES BEEN DOING ... FOR GENERATIONS. I BELIEVE THIS IS GOING TO BE A PRETTY NORMAL SEASONWHEN IT’S ALL SAID AND DONE.” MATTHEW HOYT, OWNER OF CORNER TUBES

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EDUCATION BRIEFS

News from New Braunfels ISD

COMPILED BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY

Finalist named in hunt for superintendent NEWBRAUNFELS ISD The search for the new New Braunfels ISD superintendent has ended with the board of trustees’ announcement that Cade Smith is the lone nalist for the position. NBISD made the announcement April 19, and JG Consulting conducted the search on behalf of the district with more than 50 applicants con- sidered. The board conducted nal interviews over several days in April. Smith served as superintendent for Brock ISD in the Dallas area since 2018 and previously worked as the executive director of campus operations and campus leadership in Georgetown ISD from 2016-18, was principal at Georgetown High School from 2013-16 and was an assistant principal in Frisco ISD from 2009-13. While at BISD, Smith collaborated with district stakeholders to help the district achieve an “A” rating and oversaw the passage of the 2019 bond package.

Smith currently serves on the board of directors for Quality Texas Foun- dation and has been elected to serve as secretary for the Texas Fast Growth School Coalition.

A new elementary school is expected to open in fall 2023 and will integrate students from Seele Elementary and Carl Schurz Elementary schools. The building will be constructed using funds from the 2018 bond.

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Comal ISD Meets May 20 and June 24 at 6 p.m. at the CISD District Oce, 1404 N. I-35, New Braunfels. 830-221-2000 • www.comalisd.org New Braunfels ISD Meets May 10 and June 21 at 7 p.m. at the NBISD Administration Center, 1000 N. Walnut Ave., New Braunfels. 830-643-5705. www.nbisd.org MEETINGSWE COVER The board of trustees will ocially vote on the appointment at the end of the mandated 21-day waiting period during their regular monthly meeting May 10. If approved, Smith will begin his position before the end of June.

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New school nears groundbreaking

NEWBRAUNFELS ISD Work on a new elementary school in New Braunfels ISD is set to begin later this summer. The campus is expected to accommodate approximately 850 students and will replace Carl Schurz and Seele Elementary Schools, which were built in 1935 and 1950 respectively. During the April 11 New Braunfels ISD board of trustees meeting, board members selected Cadence McShane as the contractor.

The district received 10 proposals from contractors by March 2. Funds for the school were included in the NBISD 2018 bond election. Approximately $29 million was set aside for construction of the elementary campus. The nal cost of the contract with Cadence McShane is $27,362,822, according to the district. The school will open in August 2023 on the grounds of the former Ninth Grade Center, located at 659 S. Guenther Ave., New Braunfels.

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CITY& COUNTY

News from New Braunfels

COMPILED BY BRIAN RASH

Face coverings no longermandatory inNew Braunfels city facilities due to drop in case rate

Child safety zones proposed inNewBraunfels NEWBRAUNFELS City officials have introduced an ordinance to restrict the residency of convicted sex offenders within certain areas of the city. During an April 26 meeting, City Council voted to approve the second reading of the ordinance. The ordinance restricts where registered sex offenders may live or travel to through the establishment of child safety zones. In New Braunfels, a child safety zone would be defined as premises where children commonly gather. The ordinance would not only prohibit registered sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a child safety zone, they would also be restricted from going near the zones. The ordinance has exceptions built in for certain registered sex

CREATING ZONES Child safety zones proposed in New Braunfels would restrict convicted sex offenders from living or going within 1,000 ft. of areas including:

NEWBRAUNFELS Officials revis- ited a temporary policy requiring masks to be worn by staff, visitors and customers at New Braunfels city facilities and rescinded the policy. The mask requirement became effective March 10 but also allowed 100% capacity in city facilities, up from 75% prior to that order. During an April 12 meeting, City Council examined stats presented by City Manager Robert Camareno and voted to end the requirement. Prior to the March decision, Camareno said protocol so far in Texas had placed capacity restric- tions and other restrictions on areas with COVID-19-related hospitaliza- tion rates at 15% or higher. At that time the hospitalization rate in New Braunfels was at about 6%. By April 12, Camareno said the hospital- ization rate was down to about 3%, and vaccine eligibility throughout the state has rapidly increased in the past several weeks.

Several physicians were present during a March 8 council meeting discussing the mask requirement, and for the most part they were unified in their assertions that masks should continue to be required until COVID-19 case rates and deaths improve.

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New Braunfels City Council Meets second and fourth Mondays at 6 p.m. at 550 Landa St., New Braunfels. 830-221-4000. www.nbtexas.org Comal County Meets Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. at 100 Main Plaza, second floor, New Braunfels. 830-221-1100. www.co.comal.tx.us Guadalupe County Meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at 101 E. Court St., Seguin. 830-303-8869 www.co.guadalupe.tx.us MEETINGSWE COVER

offenders, including for those who were minors when they committed the offense; those who lived within a child safety zone prior to the establishment of the ordinance; those who reside in a jail or other corrections facility; or those who must attend counseling, religious or other applicable appointments within a safety zone. New Braunfels Police Capt. Michael Penshorn said about 140 registered sex offenders currently live in the city.

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BUSINESS FEATURE

BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY

DISPELLINGMYTHS One of the shows Deputy Director Jarrod Forthman and his team conduct helps to dispel myths and misconceptions about snakes. The program teaches visitors how to determine if a snake is dangerous and how to recognize harmless varieties.

• Snakes do not chase people • Most snakes are harmless • Mothballs and “snake- MYTHS DEBUNKED

away” products do not deter snakes • Some harmless snakes mimic venomous snakes to appear dangerous

VENOMOUS CENTRAL TEXAS SNAKES

• Western diamondback rattlesnake • Copperheads

• Cottonmouth/water moccasin • Coral snake

Jarrod Forthman holds a Burmese python, one of several the zoo houses. (Photos by Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

A Brazilian rainbow boa is one of dozens of snakes at the facility.

Animal World&Snake FarmZoo Zoo focuses on education and conservation in New Braunfels F or more than 50 years, experts at Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo have been educat- ing visitors about snakes, reptiles and exotic own experience as a child, are important in helping visitors better understand the animals that share their environment.

A peacock roams the grounds of the zoo.

mammals and the role they play in our ecosystems. Originally founded in 1967 as the Snake Farm, the facility draws thousands of guests each year and was renamed Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo after being purchased in 2007 and earning accreditation from the Zoological Association of America. The accreditation was awarded because of the zoo’s focus on animal husbandry, conservation, education and research. It also allows the organiza- tion to collaborate with national zoos, according to Deputy Director Jarrod Forthman. “We have several breeding programs like our jaguars,” he said. “If it weren’t for zoos, the sur- vival of these species would be nearly impossible.” Forthman joined the zoo in 2004 but knew he wanted to work there since he was 8 years old. That was when he visited with his family and held a snake for the rst time. Though he had always been interested in reptiles and snakes, seeing one in-person made him appreciate the animals even more. The zoo oers educational shows every 30 min- utes, and Forthman said these experiences, like his

“One of the biggest things that helps with conservation that we do is a lot of hands-on animal education—teaching people about the environment and about animals in nature as well as in captivity,” Forthman said. “Here in Central Texas we actually have more species of snakes than anywhere in the country.” In total, the zoo houses more than 500 species of animals ranging from snakes and reptiles to lions and camels. The zoo has grown as sta regularly update and expand enclosures. The owners recently acquired about 25 acres of land, and Forthman said that plot will eventually become home to some of the larger animals at the zoo. The educational shows also give the animals opportunities to learn skills they would have in the wild while visitors gain a better understanding of their natural behaviors, he said. “When you’re here, you’re going to get those edu- cational shows every 30 minutes, and you’re right up close to the animals,” Forthman said. “That’s kind of like the bread and butter of the place.”

The zoo is home to two jaguars.

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DINING FEATURE

BY BRIAN RASH

HOT POTATOES AND A BURGER The menu at Spud Ranch has expanded to 22 potatoes and more than a dozen burger and sandwich options. Owner J.R. Gallegos said three of the most popular menu items to date include:

PHOTOS BY BRIAN RASHCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER 1 HOT WING SPUD: boneless Bualo chicken, butter, cheddar cheese and hot wing sauce; comes with a side of ranch or blue cheese ($7.79)

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CHICKEN FRIED CHICKEN SPUD: breaded chicken- fried chicken, butter, cheddar cheese, country gravy and a slice of Texas toast ($7.99)

TEXAS CHEESEBURGER: Ground beef patty with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, American cheese, sautéed onions, mayo and mustard on Texas toast ($7.69)

Spud Ranch What started with a few items has expanded into a loaded potato menu W hen J.R. Gallegos opened Spud Ranch in San Marcos in 2003, the menu was potatoes, from the chicken enchilada spud, which comes with chicken

concept, Gallegos said aspirations for a new business began to take hold. “I was up in San Marcos one day, and I happened to drive across this building that was there,” he said. “I ended up calling to see how much the lease was and ended up getting it.” The menu at the San Marcos location oered a traditional potato with butter, cheese, bacon bits and sour cream; one loaded with broccoli and cheese; beef fajita and chicken fajita options; and what he calls the Ranch Hand Spud, which comes with chili and cheese. “Year after year, it kept growing,” he said. “We tried dierent items, and sometimes some of the items didn’t work, and some did. We added a new potato here and there, and sometimes it would hit.” Now, customers of Spud Ranch can choose from 22 dierent loaded

fajita meat, cheese, onions, sour cream and enchilada sauce, to the teriyaki spud, which has teriyaki chicken, cheese, broccoli, and sautéed peppers and onions. Three of the most popular menu items at Spud Ranch, according to Gallegos, are the Chicken-Fried Chicken Spud, the Hot Wing Spud and the Texas Burger. Though Gallegos said his two locations do good business, he does not yet have plans to expand to a third location. He likes the position Spud Ranch is in for the time being. “I’m kind of enjoying myself right now. I’ve got good sta,” he said. “If my kids were ever to want to open [another Spud Ranch location], then I’d be more than happy, as long as I wasn’t working so much.”

simple and included ve types of potato and a burger with Texas Toast. By 2011, Gallegos, who was born and raised in New Braunfels, had parlayed the success of his San Marcos location into a second Spud Ranch in his home town on Common Street. “I always loved to cook,” said Gal- legos, who owned several concession stands at the Schlitterbahn water park prior to opening his restaurant. “Then I was building these roasters, and I started baking potatoes inside of them, just for the family.” Gallegos would stu the potatoes with dierent ingredients, includ- ing beef fajita meat or chicken, and they quickly became popular with his family. As he continued to build on the

J.R. Gallegos opened the rst Spud Ranch location in 2003 in San Marcos.

SpudRanch 118 Common St., New Braunfels 830-387-4466 www.spudranch.com Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., closed Sun.

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