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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 12, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY April 16 pages in 2 sections EITUNG VoK 152 No 128 Serving New Brdunfels and Gomal County since 1852 SO cents Coalition forces expand control over Iraq BY DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent American troops took the northern city of Mosul with out a fight and awaited sur render from holdout forces in western Iraq on Friday dis mantling the remnants of Saddam Husseins regime officials agreed to stem looting in Baghdad and other areas In a war nearly won President Bush said he did nt know whether the Iraqi ruler was alive or dead I know hes no longer in Bush added Mosul Iraqs third largest city fell when an entire Army Corps evaporated a force of roughly on paper but far less in reality That left Tikrit Saddams home town as the biggest population center not under the control of Ameri canled forces Iraqi troops there have been battered by airstrikes and dont present an effective fighting force military officials said They said some troops may have already fled Warplanes bombed Iraqi forces in the area and commanders were planning for stiff resistance as they mapped plans for battle in the next several days Gen Richard Myers chair man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he expected fight ing to end soon in Qaim a town near Iraqs western bor der with Syria There have been intelligence reports that the leaders want to sur render And so I think thats going to be worked out today he said Looting swiftly erupted in Mosul hospital ambu lances were taken at gun point and lawlessness con tinued to plague Baghdad See ti n i F Photos by K JESSIE Above New Braunfels Fire Departments Captain Ray Hacker Inspector Brett Neely and Lt Scott Koehler from left try to determine the cause of a fire that began somewhere in the kitchen in this Gardenia Drive home Below Firefighter Miguel Troncoso right and two neighbors help Kurt Lenhoff to the ambulance as a precautionary mea sure after a fire damaged much of Lenhoffs home eary Friday afternoon Kitchen fire causes in damage BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer An accidental kitchen fire caused worth of damage to a Gardenia Drive home Friday afternoon New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Frank Gonzales said the stove kitchen cabinets and ceiling of the Kurt Lehnoff residence were heavily dam aged in the blaze Smoke damage was spread throughout the home Police and firefighters were dispatched to the home locaf ed in the 1200 block of Gar at was Bring the police denia at officer said I could see The first safety official on smoke coming out of the roof the scene was apolice officer vents and could hear the fire popping and cracking when I opened the Firefighters controlled the fire in a few minutes Gon zales said It was a heck of a stop Any more time and it would have been he said Investigation revealed that the fire started on the kitchen stove It spread to a wicker bas ket which ignited the cabi Gonzales said Tara Brinkkoeter Ameri can Red Cross New Braun fels branch manager said her agency went out to visit the family Friday afternoon Were going to be putting them up in a hotel if they wish and providing help with food and clothing as she said City might hike fees for services to boost revenue BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer New Braunfels City Coun cil will consider increasing service fees to bring in more income and to reach parity with other towns at Monday night regular meeting The increased fees would mean an additional in revenue annually coming out of the Planning and Com munity Development Depart ment Fire Chief John Herber will ask council to more than double the base rate of EMS service from to which is the average of near by communities of similar size New Braunfels Fire and Rescue Department also is looking to increase the EMS mileage charge from to per mile and is increasing many of its charges for med ications The issue has not been addressed in 10 years City Manager Chuck Pinto Other Action In other monfey action New Braunfels City Council will Discuss budge revisions a public hearing discussion and action regarding the transfer of funds from the reserve fund to the general fund to help balance the budget Discuss reduction In force a policy for dealing with staff layoffs and Discuss accepting bids of more than said the increases are all part of a strategy and He said the city has been planning to make fee increases for more than a year We started putting togeth er and reviewing all of our Pinto said We asked ourselves Are we competi tive and are we paying our See Students fare better on TAKS than state average BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer Thirdgraders in both the New Braunfels and Comal independent school districts did better on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills TAKS test than their peers across the state Local school district offi cials shared this week the results of their students with members of the Business and Educational Partnership Committee of the New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce In the New Braunfels Inde pendent School District Director of Curriculum and Instruction Dr Rosalyn Bratcher said 94 percent of the dis tricts thirdgraders passed the TAKS The state average was 89 percent 31 percent of the dis tricts thirdgraders passed the test at the commended level of percent The state average was 26 percent Eighteen of the commend ed thirdgrade students were Hispanic and 42 were white The district tested 93 percent of its thirdgraders Across the state school dis tricts tested on average 90 percent of their thirdgraders My goal is we will test at least 95 percent of all our stu Bratcher said See Bus roadeo practice doubles as instruction BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer Comal Independent School District school bus drivers practiced driving maneuvers Thursday in preparation for a They tested their driving skills in a parking lot behind school district headquarters and in culdesacs in a for merly flooded neighborhood that the city of New Braun fels had purchased As part of the workout Suzy Crandall the school dis tricts Hill Country trainer worked with three trainers and lead drivers They assist ed her teaching and grading maneuvers as bus drivers drove their long yellow bus es through obstacle courses One obstacle was the ser Others involved maneuvers like moving the bus forward and backward a saw park practicing getting into confined areas and straightline testing Crandall also had trainers taking measurements on left hand turns to give the drivers parameters so they can work on increasing or decreasing clearance on turns Also there was a dimin ishing alley where they went from a wide area to an increasingly restricted area The drivers were practicing for next months regional school bus in Bas trop But it was also invaluable safety training Crandall said the district has a full training program for drivers Its yeararound This is a refresher course to help all the drivers always stay up on their she said Although designed for all 125 of the districts bus dri vers just 15 went through the school Thursday Crandall said that over the course of the month other drivers would take the course some during spring break next week others on week ends Besides close maneuvering exercises the course provides information on student man agement and how to watch for unpredictable traffic We take drivers that have a variety of experience See DAVID Comal ISP Bus Driver Trainer Suzy Crandall right discusses with drivers Beverly Garcia and Bob Webber the fundamen tals of scoring a good grade on the straight line test The objective of the test is to have the front tires and rear dual tires pass between tennis balls without knocking one over INSIDE TV Key Code 76 8 i   

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