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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 23, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                SV volleyball playing for playoff spot NEW BR HERALD TUESDAY October 2001 12 pages in 2 sections 297 Serving New Braunfels and Coma County since 1852 50 cents Music from the harp Students touch the strings of a harp held by MidTexas Symphony harpist Shana Norton Monday in the New Braunfels Civic CHRIS Zeitung Taliban Hospital hit by bombs BY STEVEN GUTKIN Associated Press Writer Afghanistan AP jets struck Taliban frontline positions Monday as the United States tried to pave the way for the opposition to advance on Kabul and other major In an appeal for Muslim support the Taliban accused Ameri ca of waging a campaign of The president of neighboring Pak Pervez said he hoped military operations in Afghanistan would be over by mid when the Muslim holy month of Ramadan Lenders throughout the Muslim world fear a backlash if operations continue against Muslim Afghanistan during While saying the campaign should continue until its objectives are Musharraf said bombing during Ramadan would certainly have some negative effects in the Muslim During Muslims fast from sunrise to So one would hope and wish that this campaign comes to an end before the month of and one would hope for restraint during the month of he said on CNNs Larry King The Talibans ambassador to Pak Abdul Salam claimed and British jets attacked a hospital in the western Afghan city of Herat on killing more than 100 Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld denied the and Britain See TALI A Tales from Ground Zero CHRIS San Antonio Fire Department Nim Kidd talks about his departments role in the World Trade Center tragedy after math during the Local Emergency Planning Committee meeting Monday at the Comal County Sheriffs Emergency response officials learn from WTC disaster BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A local committee responsible for preparing for disasters in Comal County got a look Monday afternoon at the mother of all disasters the World Trade Center San Antonio Fire Nim Kidd described the aftermath Monday to the Local Emergency Planning Com mittee during a meeting at the Comal County Sheriffs LEPC is a group of medical and business officials who meet each quarter to plan response to Comal County Kidd went to New York as part of Texas Task Force the states urban and swift water search and rescue organization based at Texas While in New Kidd shot more than photographs and observed the disaster response at ground zero one week after terrorists attacked the trade dont know about you but if we had a seven story building fully involved in flames in San theres no way we could handle San Antonio Fire Nim Kidd While Comal or Bexar counties might never experience such a disas Kidd said lessons learned from it could apply Advance planning must be meticu lous and as complete as possible although Kidd said no one could be ready for You have to decide how far you want to go with Kidd Are the logistics and legalities covered he This is some thing everybody should be ready I dont even know that it has to be an incident this big to truly test Comal County officials should address communication needs dur ing a crisis and plan for assistance from outside he In New we had outside ambulances coming in from New Jer sey and other states who had no idea where the hospitals were and no way to get It basically went back to pencil and Kidd Local officials should make con tacts at Texas Task Force 1 and oth er state mutual aid agencies to know what will be Kidd Among its components and equip TTF1 includes a pair of physi four two structur al four dog handlers and a whole bunch of firefighters ready to go to Kidd See City council approves chamber budget BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer The city council voted 42 with one to approve the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce Convention and Visi tors Bureau 2002 proposed Mayor Stone Williams and council members Sonia Larry Alexander and Lee Rodriguez voted to give the chamber next representing the projected 55 percent of local hotel occupancy tax receipts the organization uses to pro mote Council mem bers Juliet Watson and Deb bie Flume voted against the budget while Robert Kendrick abstained from vot Watson said she did not want to issue a carte blanche to the cit ing what she considered to be the organizations high personnel and overhead More than of the budget is for personnel costs and thats a high cost for peo ple to promote the she Id like to see a more concentrated effort on using hotel occupancy taxes on things like historical preser vation and cleaning and monitoring the Even with all that personnel they still say they cant market the civic center to outof They want to expand it civic center and not use what they currently Alexander said the extend ed debate was persnickety and No other budget gets more Alexander Some people have a need to nitpick this to death and it never goes But Chamber President Michael Meek said the rhetoric is old Ive gone through this for Other Action In other the City Council approved the installation of practice field lights on the parking lot side of the HEB soccer changed the times of school zones near New Braunfels High School and Middle School to 7 to 9 and 2 to 4 named The Schultz Group as the leading engineering firm for the Gruene Road 13 years and this is no dif ferent from any other Meek In addition to the chamber employs a vice pres three administrative two administrative assistants and five secre The ripple effects of the 11 terrorist attacks means News Braunfels must work harder to reach poten tial visitors who might he considering regional rather than national tourist desti according to Con vention and Visitors Bureau Chair Dan Henry We have to fight more stiffly against markets like San Antonio that typically have a flyin rather than dri vein Henry With the tragedy of those markets might focus more on a drivein mar keting Chamber and CVD staff have totaled more than tourists contacts through according to More than of those contacts were with Internet Earlier in the the council took no action dur ing its executive session See INSIDE Key Code 76 Race for 4 justice of the peace heats up with two hopefuls FROM STAFF REPORTS CANYON LAKE Two candi dates are seeking the Republican nomination for the retiring 4 Justice of the Peace Howard Smiths Ray Martinez is a famous former lawman who himself served four years as a justice of the His Jennifer has spent the past years as the chief clerk in the Precinct 4 years of those with The Republican primary will be conducted on March The justice of the peace hears civil small claims and class C misde meanor criminal The position pays in The redistricted Precinct 4 now takes in the north ernmost reaches of Comal County to match the district of the 4 It runs from Spring Branch north of the SMITH Guadalupe River along the north side of Canyon into Sattler where it collects the office building on Sattler Road and then down the north bank of the Guadalupe River to where it crosses the river and goes into New the former 2 Jus tice of the perhaps is best MARTINEZ known for his role in 1966 as a young Austin he helped end a snip ing incident atop the University of Texas Tower in August Sniper Charles Whitman had killed 14 and injured dozens in the hour and a half he fired at passersby from atop the See JUSTICE OF THE SAUNDERS   

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