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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 19, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas 2004 SPORTS CENTEX 151s Adding new members to an already solid core has pushed local volleyball team to greatness Page 6A ZEITUNG Serving New Braunfels and Comai County since 1852 ANN COULTER Spanish voters give terrorists what they wanted by replacing Popular Party with a Socialist government Page 4A Vol 163 No 111 14 pages 2 sections www Mostly cloudy High Low 82 60 Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS WB COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 68A TV GRIDS 3B FRONT and CENTER Although figures are hard to trace critters can be costly for drivers By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Comal Countys natural beauty attracts a troublesome however cute problem in the many whitetailed deer that inhabit the wooded areas and visit the developed ones The problem is one of the said Mark Hanna Insurance Council of Texas spokesman The Hill Country offers a favorable habitat for deer especially near the countys rivers he said The animals can be danger ous road hazards but the effect on insurance rates can not be easily calculated According to the Texas Department of Insurance rates higher in Comaland Guaidalupe counties than in Hill Country counties farther north To compare insurance rates for Comal County visit Northern Hill Country counties like Mason Gillespie and Llano host the most dense deer populations in Texas with one deer every two to three acres according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Its really difficult to break down how serious the prob lem is in a particular Hanna said The Texas Department of Public Safety tracks vehicle col lisions but doesnt break down the type of collisions by ani mal According to DPS 15 peo ple were killed and more than people were injured in motor vehicle collissions with animals in 2000 Damages from deer colli sions cost an average of but can cause as much as in damage according See WRICKS Page 3A Local rape program still in talks By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A task force will continue to study how best to assist sexu al assault survivors and gath er evidence that could put their attackers in prison McKenna Memorial Hospi tal which hosted the group meeting Wednesday treats about 15 sexual assault vic tims in its emergency room each year In cases likely to result in a prosecution sex assault vic tims have been sent to San Antonio where Methodist Health System nurses trained as Sexual Assault Nurse Exam iners collect evidence includ ing hair fibers and bodily flu ids The program called SANE involves specialized training in collecting evidence and testifying in court Law enforcement officials rape crisis workers and advo cates want McKenna to estab lish a SANE program in New Braunfels Many victims they say are reluctant to leave New Braun fels for what can be an hours long process of going to San Antonio to be examined and have evidence collected District attorney Dib Waldrip said the long wait is detrimental to a victims emo tional wellbeing and a potential prosecution The wait becomes pro Waldrip said The drive time in and of itself plays a role but it certainly does not help us in getting those exams completed when they have to go to San Antonio to achieve that McKenna officials have been reluctant to establish the pro gram because of the low case load and difficulty keeping See RAPE Page 5A honors victims DAVID Comal County officials say they clean up three or four deer carcasses off county roads each week after motorists collide with the animals DEFENSIVE DRIVING TIPS j Be alert for deer in early morning and evening hours Use highbeam headlights Slow down and blow one long horn blast to frighten deer away Dont swerve Brake firmly when you notice a deer Always wear your seat belt Most people injured in car vs deer crashes were not wearing their seat Nit took for other deer after one has crossed the road RELATED STORY Garden Ridge grapples with deer issue monthly PAGE3A Outdoorsman Deer hunting a vital part of local economy By David Rupkalvis Sports Editor While deer might be a nui sance on the roads the income derived from hunt ing benefits all community residents indirectly When hunters head out into the field in search of a trophy buck or even a small doe they spend money that provides careers for some a big boost for others and tax benefits to the community as a whole The economic impact that hunters have not just on this community but communities overall is said Keith War ren an outdoors enthusiast who has two national tele vision programs Deer hunters go to motels they buy gas and they buy tires See HUNTING Page 3A By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Local garden dub members will plant a Texas Live Oak tree today in an Arbor Day cere mony dedicated to the victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept The ceremony will be held at the Landa Park Dance Slab The three garden clubs Guada Coma Four Seasons and Comal thought it would be a wonderful thing to plant a tree to honor the said Guada Coma Garden Club President Vivian Allen The ceremony will include guest speakers state Rep Carter Casteel RNew Braun fels and noted horticulturist Dr Calvin Finch The public is invited to attend Each year an advisory com mittee plants a different tree on Arbor Day This one was chosen for the living qualities it brings to the memorial The Founders iYee is also a live Allen said We chose it because of its strength See ARBOR DAY Page 5A Mission mentor Church focuses on youth outreach CANYON LAKE PRESBYTOUAN CHURCH Pastor Doua WHPsw As servants flP fflWRS Sunday flnnnnMran 3 By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Prom their vamagepoim atop Shep herd Hill memhers of Canyon Lake Pres byterian Church a mission field Tfoe 19yearoid congregation feels compelled to meet the needs of its com munity and in 1999 it found the perfect vehicle We wmted a program with a strong missjon emphasis that would help local said member Marilyn Arehart Thai program turned out to be Kids pajinershipteween unchurch ffld Mountain ViHfy Pjfflipptfliy school Each year a team of tutors from the church is matched with children who attention A tutor meets a chjjd for one hour once week Sometimes the most important thing a mentor can do is express support and take pride in the students progress The first year 17 tutors made a three year commitment Now a majority of the all of its 95 regu lar with the program I checked the numbers for test Arehart said Out of 126 members of our church over 80 people were involved in one way or another Thats Arehart believes the support the tutors receive from other church members is what makes their program so success ful Although no proselytizing occurs during mentoring sessions the church soil finds a way to minister to the chil drens femUies Each mentors throw several par 8R3U Families are also invited Canyon Lake Presbyterian Chprsh Pastor Doug Dalglish plays a game ol Hangman with Mountain Valley Elementary stu
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