Wednesday, March 26, 2003

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 26, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW WEDNESDAY March 26 2003 16 pages in 2 sections ITUNG VoL152 No 114 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents McKenna buys old HEB space takes over CMdrens Museum BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer McKenna Health System announced Tuesday the intended purchase of the for mer HEB supermarket on West San Antonio Street At HEBs request McKenna Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Malatek said the hospital system would not disclose the purchase price Malatek said McKenna would use the facility to con centrate its education and outreach services at the new site with the New Braunfels Childrens Museum and a prescription assistance pro gram Monday night the board of the nonprofit museum vot ed to turn its operations over to McKenna The childrens museum will become a sepa rate nonprofit corporation under the McKenna umbrel la May 1 It will retain its board Executive Director Melissa Krause and its employees Malatek said Were very excited about working with Melissa the staff and the board of the childrens museum This has been a very exciting Malatek said When renovations are com pleted on the HEB build ing McKenna and the chil drens museum will move in Tentative completion date is December 2004 The partnership with the childrens museum is unique for a hospital But we believe its a way for a hospital to reach out to Malatek said By putting them together it would be easy for families to be involved with the museum and get See Ground fighting intensifies Iraqis sustain heavy casualties as coalition draws closer to capital BY DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent American infantry troops fought off a desert attack by Iraqis on Tuesday inflict ing heavy casualties in a clash less than 100 miles from Baghdad British forces battled for control of Basra a city of million sliding toward chaos Defense officials said between 150 and 500 Iraqis were killed in the battle near An Najaf adding there were no immedi ate reports of American casualties Iraqis launched their attack on a day of howling sandstorms weather bad enough to slow the drive toward the Iraqi capital After the sandstorm lifted in Baghdad coalition aircraft struck the Iraqi state run television channel which mili tary officiate hit in order to cut communications links between Sad dam Hussein and his military and the Iraqi people troops in control of a vast Iraqi air base sealed 36 bunkers designated as possible hiding places for weapons of mass destruction American officials also issued fresh cautions about the possible use of chem ical weapons by Iraqi troops although none has yet been used in the 6dayold war or even found by the invading troops As the pace of combat quickened Amer ican and British officials sought to pre pare the public for something less than a quick campaign and predicted difficult days to come Still President Bush forecast victory The Iraqi regime will be and our world will be more secure and peace he said after receiving a war update at the Pentagon Thus far in Operation Iraqi Freedom Americans said they had taken nearly Iraqi prisoners There was no accu rate death toll among Iraqi troops or civil ians American losses ran to 20 dead and 14 captured or missing The remains of the first two to die were flown overnight to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Twenty British troops had also died including two killed Monday by friendly fire t u ERIC Photo A Marine from the 2nd Bataihon 8th Regiment patrols on his truck Tuesday passing by a burning army truck that was ambushed the previous day in the southern Iraqi town of Nasiriyah More than 100 Iraqi bodies littered the road north from Nasiriyah where marines headed toward Baghdad after fierce fighting in this southern city Sapper Jamie Maddock a bomb disposal expert from the 20th Field Squadron Royal Engineers clears a route through a minefield at an undisclosed location in southern Iraq in an image released Tuesday troops killed hundreds of Iraqi soldiers near the city of Najaf south of Baghdad without losing a man the Pentagon said Tuesday as reports emerged of a possible popu lar uprising against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in the southern city of Basra Lists of those whove died serving in war on Iraq list of those cap tured Page 5A I New Braunfels resident voices anger over lack of patriotic display Page 5A Startzville woman organizes Operation Shoebox drive to support troops overseas Page 5A I Trained dolphins used to help ferret out mines in chan nels near port of Ummj3asr Page 5A H Businesses resi dences fly colors with pride Page 5A Follow late developments on the HeraldZeitung Web Site com Schools cooperate with city county on emergency plans CPL PAUL Pool RAF BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer City county and school dis trict officials met Wednesday to announce that in light of the war and possible terror ism they were coordinating emergency planning with each other to protect stu dents We treat emergency oper ations in this area as a com munity New Braun fels Mayor Adam Cork said We have a combination of the city and county and the school districts that work together to make sure that if there would be any type of event in the area that were all prepared for it weve got all of our lines of communi cation open and weve taken the proper precautions and trained With that Cork introduced New Braunfels Independent School District Superinten dent Bon Reaves who said school districts have had emergency plans for a num ber of years and they are always being refined Reaves also said in light of national events both county school districts came togeth er to enhance planning for emergencies with the Comal County Emergency manage ment Reaves said that in the See INSIDE 6A Abby Classifieds Comics 3B Crossword 6A Forum 7A Movies 6A Obituaries Sports 810A Today 2A Key Code 76 Candidates outline platforms at forum BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Ten Comal Independent School District and New Braunfels city council candi dates discussed school and city issues at a luncheon sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc Gale Pospisil District 3 council candidate said the residents of district 3 deserve a focused effective council member who will represent their views consistently on city She said she is familiar with thj city and the chal lenges it faces First we need to promote economic development and we need to revitalize our his 4 join race for Bulverde aldermen toric Pospisil We need to plan for and manage our growth We need to improve our streets and our traffic flows We need to solve our drainage problems and enhance our quality of Pospisil said councilmem bers need to be informed and willing to work together to accomplish these goals Her opponent District 3 Councilwoinan Debbie Flume did not attend the forum District 4 candidate Valerie Hull said New Braunfels is at a crossroads I believe its time for a she said What we do today will affect our future and our childrens She said establishing goals and prioritizing will be important She said the city can not afford to sacrifice economic development She also said few issues are black and white and council members should compromise Her opponent District 4 Councilman Robert Kendrick did not attend the forum Dora Gonzales who is run ning unopposed for her third term as District 1 school board representative talked mostly about her Me in New Braunfels She said she hopes her constituents are happy with their representation and See