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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 19, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                MAY ZEITUNG SPORTS GAME 6 The San Antonio Spurs look to wrap up their NBA playoff series with Seattle Page 8A INSIDE STAR WARS Fans thrilled as final part of epic series opens in theaters around the Page 5A d Coma County since 156 14 2 sections K j Partly Cloudy High Low 92 69 Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 6A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 8A TV GRIDS 3B River annexation bills fall short By Ron Maloney StaffWriter officials are seeing mixed results in their legislative wish list as the 79th Texas Legislature heads into its final 10 days this While it appears Comal County could be headed toward getting its first new district court in 20 the county does not appear likely to see any additional authority to regu late New Braunfels wont see help cleaning up its and its farmers wont see help in negotiating devel opment agreements in lieu of annex And if legislation is to come that would enable patrons to recall a school district it wont come until the next legislative CITY ISSUES In HB State Carter Cas RNew sought to have the state return 2 percent of its hotel occupancy tax to the city to be used to clean up rivers within the city lim She introduced a similar bill in the 78th Legislature that would have returned 1 percent to New Braun but that never got to the House Casteel said she felt the legislation See BILLS Page 3A County reorganizes health department By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Comal Countys public health department has been reorganized to create a new supervisory position and bring Karon Preiss title in line with those who run sim ilar departments around And the reorganization has been accomplished at no cost to the county some thing commissioners appre ciate during what will again be a lean budgetary formerly called the county is now to be director of public health County Medical Authority Dorothy Overman said the change more accurately reflects Preiss duties and responsibilities and her position among her peers in the public health Directly beneath two parttime nursing posi tions have been merged a single fulltime slot for a registered The RN will supervise the vocational nurses who work in Preiss The move will ensure that a RN is at the facility at all times including those when Preiss is away at a con ference or for some other See HEALTH Page 4A CARRYING THE TORCH Shepherd ready to open Special Olympics COMINGSATURDAY TxDOT to reveal plans for widening FM 725 By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Texas Department of Transporta tion will conduct a public meeting to discuss a pro posed million project to widen FM 725 between New Braunfels and Also on the table will be the possibility of moving that part of the road that winds through the historic village nestled along the Guadalupe just north TxDOT staff will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the proposal with community AT A GLANCE public meet ing to discuss widening of FM725 When Tuesday Where McQueeney Elementary School cafetaria The which is open to the will begin with an open house Tuesday in the McQueeney Elemen tary School The meeting proper will begin at The project would be bro ken into phases as funding is See ROAD Page 3A By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Devin Shepherd has been practicing for weeks for the most important journey he has ever After taking yet another warmup lap around the Uni corn Stadium track Wednes the quiet but focused New Braunfels High School junior declared himself ready for his momentous a member of the New Braunfels Independent School Special Olympics has been selected to carry the torch during the statewide events opening ceremony As a young man of few Devins excitement was subdued but his gentle smile revealed his true His high school sec retary Aleisa shared her enthusiasm more Were so excited for This is quite an she The whole Shepherd family will be on hand Satur day and Sunday to watch Devin run the 100meter dash and perform in the shot put Although Devin enjoys ath letic Aleisa declared the Special Olympics cama raderie the most important part of his Its rewarding to see how everyone reacts and responds to the Its really a great effort to help these kids do something she Devin has been a Special Olympian for five com peting in bocce ball and bowl ing when not practicing his Photos by DAVID New Braunfels High School student Devin Shepherd is excited to have been chosen to carry the torch during opening ceremonies at the Special Olympics State Games in San Marcos Friday Shepherd practices for the 100meter track and field For his entire athletic Devin has been assisted by his unified Bobby Aleisa credited the regular NBHS student with helping her son come out of his Both boys will graduate next Devins such a blessing to all of she Hes a joy to be He has such a way with I cant imag ine life without While Devin was contem plating his role in the open ing his teammates were wanning up for one of their last practices before the Counselor Nancy Edelen and her fellow sponsors mar shaled the students into stretching drills before they joined Devin in his warmup A total of 17 students were preparing for shot run ning and standing long See OLYMPICS Page 4A PETA says shooting buzzards wont fix problem MANOV Four black vultures roost in the top branches of a tree in Landa By Ron Maloney StaffWriter A biologist working for an animal advocacy group said it would be more effective for New Braunfels to address its buzzard problem by changing human habits not killing Stephanie a wildlife biologist with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in said killing the buzzards in Landa Park would be at best a temporary The problem with attempt ing to solve this by removing the animals is that without removing the force of attrac tion by attempting to modify the more are simply going to fly in to fill the vacant niche you Boyles Not only is it but it also sets up and perpetuates a vicious We understand their but its really better to focus on the cause and not the symptom of the Boyles said the problem with shooting the birds aside from its that if the Landa Park habitat is more birds will simply move in to replace those that are Forcibly relocating the birds would be ineffective as well and is also she They fly and those that cant make it might settle in a place where the habitat is not so good and Boyles One thing to she would be contraception a program like that employed elsewhere with other Trees in the she could be pruned in a way thai vultures prefer to congregate But most she would be changing the environment by finding ways to limit the food available to the birds and educating people so they dont inadver tently or even intentionally provide They need to address the See BUZZARDS Page 5A This Taste Matters Good call   

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