Kerrville Daily Times, April 18, 2003

Kerrville Daily Times

April 18, 2003

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Kerrville Daily Times (Newspaper) - April 18, 2003, Kerrville, Texas Easter services Area churches plan special activities this weekend PAGE IC. State Waco survivors IO years later, former Branch Davidians still trying to come to terms with raid. PAGE 3A. Friday April 18, 2003 Fifty Cents KERRVILLEDAI LY TIM ES Weather Low: Mostly cloudy. See more on 10A.Barricaded bridge crumbles into Quinlan Creek By Gerard MacCrossan Times Staff Writer A large portion of Travis Street Bridge fell into Quinlan Creek Thursday, two months after Kerrville public works staff closed the road between Park Street and Texas 27. More than a dozen square feet of tarmac caved in on the Park Street side of the bridge leaving only a narrow strip of roadway. Paul Knippel, director of public works, said the structure already was undermined when it was closed, and said it was only a matter of time before it collapsed. “It’s a good thing we saw it when we did,” Knippel said Thursday afternoon. “When we first noticed a sinkhole, it revealed another hole underneath it.” According to Knippel, the July 2002 flooding on Quinlan Creek severely damaged the bridge, washing out abutments and undermining the integrity of the bridge. “We closed it down, then pumped the water out of the creek,” he said. That investigation revealed the full extent of the damage, leading staff to permanently close the bridge. Knippel warned that no one should attempt to walk on the bridge, which is blocked by warning tape and barricades. “It’s not passable, even by foot,” he said, adding the bridge is very unsafe. Knippel said two alternatives are being considered for the crossing. He said the bridge could be replaced by a similar structure or the street may be permanently closed. A new bridge connecting G Street across Quinlan Creek is being considered to tie into TVavis Street. Knippel said that alternative was already considered as a future crossing in last year’s comprehensive plan. “We’re going to look at the cost difference,” Knippel said. “It’ll be a month or so before all the evaluations are in.” UA;-    ^ ■j/*    . ; A iqg Times photo by John Schmid The Travis Street bridge that spans Quinlan Creek near Schreiner University has begun collapsing. The bridge suffered damage in the July 2002 flooding, which undermined the structure. U.S. troops thwart Iraq bank robbery Saddam’s half-brother captured By David Espo AP Special Correspondent American forces seized a half-brother of Saddam Hussein in a commando raid Thursday, eager to interrogate him about secrets of the old Iraqi regime. The FBI joined the hunt for irreplaceable antiquities stolen from the National Museum in Baghdad. In northern Iraq, there were grim hints about life — and death — under Saddam. Kurds brought American officials to what they said was a large area of unmarked graves around Kirkuk, a region where thousands of Kurdish men disappeared in the 1980s. With the fighting all but over, Americans struggled through another day of trying to restore security and vital services for civilians. Soldiers thwarted a Baghdad bank robbery over the protests of Iraqis eager to share in the loot, and Marines sought to calm tensions in Mosul after shooting 17 Iraqis to death in ENI Danny Ybarra, a 1983 I    graduate of Tivy High School, j    is on the USS Gunston Hall I    and is stationed in Virginia, j    He is serving in the Persian Gulf. Ybarra is the son of j    Ramon and Mary Ybarra of j    Kerrville. He is married to Margarita (Carreon) Ybarra, j    His family wishes him a safe j    return. clashes over the past two days. “The war is not over,” Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld warned an audience at the Pentagon. But the State Department awarded Bechtel Restoration of San Francisco a See IRAQ, page 8A Cancer survivors urged to participate in Relay for Life By Melissa McEver Times Staff Writer Nearly 40 teams likely will participate in Kerrville^ first annual Relay for Life May 2 through 3, organizers said Thursday. Local organizers are anticipating that the overnight event, a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society, might draw as many as 500 people, said Kerr County volunteer chairman John Murawski. “That’s a wild guess,” he said. So far, eight teams have committed to participate, making a $100 donation to reserve their places. An additional 30 teams have not yet committed, Murawski said. Earlier this year, organizers set a goal of 350 people participating in the relay. Some relay teams already See RELAY, page 7A Index CLASSIFIEDS COMICS 6-12C HEALTH 4C LOTTERY 6 ,M,71260 11111,,n 1 9A OBITUARIES 2B OPINION 6A RELIGION 4A SPORTS 1-3C TV    5C 1-4B WORLD/NATION    2A Vol. 95, No. 16 Kerrville Daily Times 429 Jefferson St. Kerrville, Texas 78028 Out A °f Africa Couple turns building from the 1800s on Y.O. Ranch into a specialty store Story by Jeff Raymond Times Staff Writer • •• Photos by John Schmid Times Chief Photographer MOUNTAIN HOME — Almost every item in Ashleigh and Ricky Kay’s Y.O. Safari Store at the Y.O. Ranch has a story behind it. “This is an antique pillow,” Ashleigh Kay said, holding up a carved, wooden headrest, worn smooth from nightly use. “The chiefs would have one that is really well decorated. They will walk for miles and miles and miles in the bush, with a stick in one hand and a pillow in the other.” The unpretentious pillow — likely the better part of a century old — smells as though it spent the previous night next to a campfire. “That’s like the smell of Africa to me,” she said a bit wistfully. The Kays have refurbished what was a sturdy-but-rundown building more than IOO years old and turned it into a repository of several months of traveling around Zimbabwe seeking out representative items from throughout the country. The Kays were forced to leave their home because of violence against white landowners and political instability in the country. Describing the six areas of Zimbabwe she scoured for deals, Ashleigh Kay said: “I actually bartered and bargained with people in the bush and bought the stuff myself.... You could go to Botswana and not see anything like this.” Members of the Schreiner family, Kerr County pioneers and owners of the Y.O. Ranch, said they were pleased the Kays opened the store and that it complemented the ranch and the exotic game that roam it. “To have this African store here, with us being the keeper of so many African animals, this is just the best of both worlds,” said Lori Schreiner, as she snapped pictures for the Kays’ photo album. See AFRICA, page 6A sculptures to the front entrance of their Y.O. Safari Store on Thursday morning while opening the spot that carries unique pieces from Africa. Above: Ashleigh Hay and her daughter Caisey move metal On the Hill Country Wall of Honorwww-il.'ilvtiiues.coni    It's    your    newspaper 1 ;

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