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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 7, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas BEST AVAILABLE COPY NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY March 2001 18 pages in 2 sections pages in 2 scctu HERALDZEITUNG 99 Serving New Braunfels and Cornal County since 1852 50 cents Schertz mourns sudden death of school pathologist Northview staffer collapses during teacher meeting BY JUSTIN BRASWELL Staff Writer SCHERTZ Northview Early Childhood Center staff remained in shock Tuesday after one of their coworkers collapsed and PAHL died suddenly Speech pathol ogist Teresa Pahl fainted and stopped breath ing during a staff meeting at and later died on the way to the hos The 41yearold woman was seven months The Bexar County Medical Examiner listed the cause of death as natural resulting from an aneurysm that ruptured an artery near her Tim public information officer for the SehertzCibolo Universal City Independent School said the district was saddened at the loss of Pahl was speaking to a group of staff members and a parent in a staff room when she Northview principal Jeff Bryan Pahl was seated and giving a verbal reportcard to a parent and the students teachers when she seemed short of She braced herself with her fainted and stopped witnesses Physical Education Coach Tasca Gibson and Bryan adminis tered CPR to and she was revived A coworker called 911 and the ambulance arrived very Bryan When she we thought that she was in good hands and good Bryan When they called and said she had it was very Pahl was taken to Northeast Methodist Efforts to See Backup hangups More traffic frustrations in store this week BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Motorists and com muters who got through the latest Interstate 35 roadwork should expect continued frustration today and this traffic backed up more than a mile south of Solms Road as workers removed lane striping in preparation for shifting northbound traffic to the concrete barri ers were shifted as The work caused alter nating northbound lane closures that backed up traffic to Engel but that work is now complet it wasnt as bad as we a TxDOT official said of the Solms Road It only backed up to At the FarmtoMarket Road 725 workers set concrete bridge deck obstructing one lane each way and back ing up traffic as much as two miles in each direc Interstate travel slowed to a crawl through New Roadwork will continue today on southbound Interstate 35 at FM After look for traffic obstructions to be mini mized until late Saturday TxDCTs Michelle Kopp At north bound Interstate 35 will be closed and the center southbound lane will be blocked while workers place precast bridge beams and panels at the Schmidt Street bridge between Ruekle Road and Walnut Northbound traffic will be diverted onto the frontage road at the Ruekle Road TxDOT The interstate will be reopened at Walnut JESSIE Road construction crews place prefabricated concrete along Interstate 35 at the Farm toMarket Road 725 bridge Tuesday Work on the Interstate caused traffic delays Tuesday around New More delays are expected this The which will be performed only if the weather is is sched uled to be completed by 10 well only have minimal traffic inter Kopp Traffic usually drops off significantly at Redistricting to be based on raw census BY GENARO ARMAS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP Calling it the most accurate census in the Bush administration refused to adjust the 2000 head count in a decision eagerly awaited by states for congressional redis Critics immediately assailed Tuesdays move as one that could cause millions of mostly minori to be missed in the Commerce Secretary Don Evans said he endorsed a Census Bureau conclusion that the initial raw count offered the most accurate snapshot of the Those numbers will begin to be sent to states this week for lawmakers to use in redrawing political boundary In mak ing the Evans turned aside pleas by Democ rats and civil rights groups to use a secEVANS statis tically adjusted population tally that they said would compensate for an estimat ed million uncounted I weighed their recom evaluated their and I concluded that the recommendation of the Census Bureau profes sionals was correct and pru a longtime friend and supporter of Pres ident told a news con See GR mulls proposed bicycling regulations BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE den Ridge City Council again will consider restricting access of large groups of cyclists to some roads in the Council meets at 7 today in the Municipal Chambers at 9357 Schoenthal In City Manager Mike Castro and Chief of Police Walt Myers proposed restricting large events such as bike rides and parades to FarmtoMar ket Road 3009 with a Under the large scale events would have been prohibited on other such as FM 2252 or Bat Cave A number of people many from the bicycling com munity from the San Anto nio area expressed con cerns to A major concern was the Whats Up WHAT Changes to the Garden Ridge traffic ordi WHO Garden Ridge City Council WHERE City Council 9357 Schoenthal Garden WHEN 7 WHY To address safe ty concerns on roads in the proposal requiring groups of six or more to obtain permits to use roads in Garden That would mean Id need a permit to go bicycling with my councilman Bobby Roberts He asked city staff to rework the ordinance amend ments to raise the number of cyclists that would trigger the permit See Southwestern Bell dials up equipment upgrade in NB FROM STAFF REPORTS Southwestern Bell recently com pleted work to upgrade telephone service in New Braunfels and avoid the telephone service interruptions that plagued the city this past Telephone company officials said the installation of million in digi tal switching equipment would bring state of the art service to this com munity The new equipment was installed at Southwestern Bells central switch ing office on San Antonio It was something we had been planning when we had that problem in We expedited and targeted the work for and it was com pleted just Bill Noble SWB spokesman The switchover from an outdated and outmoded electronic system to the digital equipment was accom plished without fanfare in late Feb This network upgrade concludes many months of planning and hard said Gene external affairs manager for Southwestern Last summer we promised to bring stateoftheart equipment to New and Im pleased to say Southwestern Bell has delivered on that The new equipment is a Class 5 digital network which Moreno said was comparable to equipment used in much larger Moreno said New Braunfels cus tomers could expect improved Inter net dialup Soon to come will be new features such as Privacy Man and Internet Caller The summer of 2000 was tough for Southwestern Bell in New Braun During the Fourth of July week telephone service leav ing residents with no way to corn See INSIDE Key Code 76
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