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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 3, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas SPORTS UNBELIEVABLE The Smithson Valley baseball team stuns Moody to advance to state Page 5A FORUM COLUMN Columnist Charley Reese says government would work better with a little more Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 169 14 2 sections CLICK 5O0 i Partly Cloudy High Low 92 73 Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 48 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3B I Chief City needs 12 new police officers By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfelsers might get more men and women in blue to serve and protect them if city council approves the staffing plan proposed by Police Chief Russell Johnson Johnson made his proposal as part of a twonight budget work shop that brought all city depart ment heads before councilmem bers to plead their cases for a slice of the next fiscal years rev enue The police department is ask ing for 12 new officers for the next three years to catch up to the national average of officer to citizen I know Im not the only department that needs Johnson told But if we are going to have an effective police we need to address these crucial staffing According to the Planning the city currendy has residents to Johnsons 78 law enforcers a ratio of to The national average police to citizen ratio is officers per And of die resident fig ures do not take into account the thousands of visitors who swarm the city during the summer I would invite each one of you to spend a day with one of our officers on the river sometime this John Villar real told council Its grueling standing in the hot sun for 10 and many of these officers are working 50 to 60 hour not including river More officers will help spread the workload but they will not come Each new position will cost the city for salary and equipment in the first total ing The cost goes down to roughly per offi cer the second Johnson also is requesting sev eral other departmental See POLICE Page 3A Russell Johnson CLIMB OF A LIFETIME Whitney not too much for Kriner to overcome By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels resident Jay Kriner is not into relaxing When the 24yearold Texas State University student heads out of he goes to ferret out adventure and bring home a slew of great sto Last Kriner loaded up his picked up his Mafic and headed off to Cali fornias highest peak in the contiguous 48 We wanted to do something weve never something Kriner The young determined to climb to the top of the summit and proclaim their victory over had no idea how much of an attitude adjustment they were about to The first stop in the road trip was at Las where the climbers spent a few days The trip seemed marked by des tiny when the first quarter Gonzales fed to a slot machine brought up 777 and earned almost After a quick visit to Hoover the climbers drove all night until they reached Lone at the base of the Looking up at the it felt Kriner I kept wondering what we were The climbers rented their equip got a permit for camping on the mountain and told the rangers when to expect them in They planned to cover the first six DAVID Jay Kriner practices climbing near his New Braunfels Kriner makes camp while climbing one the tallest peaks in the miles in half a but Gonzales developed blisters within the first slowing them down By mile the trail was covered by snow and they were crossing frozen streams on ice We got to camp by 7 and had just enough light to set up our tent and eat dinner before going to Kriner Kriner set off for the summit the next morning on his leaving Gonzales at the camp to nurse his sore The taxing hike had become a steepgrade Altitude sickness began to take and Kriner had his first thoughts of turning I was not looking forward to the final he 1 felt no 1 had run out of Every 20 Kriner stopped to rest and think about going back to I was just about done when I hit the trail he Im glad I didnt turn Standing up I was completely blown Flowing through his exhaustion was the beginning of a mountain man attitude As glorious as reaching the top Kriner said the descent was the best part of the I wrapped my jacket around my waist and slid down most of the he I was sick as a so I couldnt wait to get back to Kriners roundtrip took only five but the memories will last Once we got back to the trail See CLIMBER Page 3A Farmers Markets provide alternatives in Canyon Bulverde By Melissa Johnson Staff Writer Shoppers who prefer their produce picked fresh off the vine have an alternative to the frozen vegetable section of the local grocery Farmers markets in New Canyon Lake and Bulverde have opened for the The New Braunfels Farmers Market is held weekly from 3 to 6 Fridays at the Red Rooster Antique 386 San Antonio Vendors sell fresh pre serves and Red Rooster employee Vivian Henwood Canyon Lakes Market at the Lake is held the second Saturday of every month on the corner of FM 306 and Canyon Park The next market will be held from 9 to 5 June Organizer Rex Henry expects more than 20 vendors to Although die markets emphasis is on arts and Henry said he would like to add vendors of fruit and vegetables as There will be vendors selling Mexican wrought iron pot scented soaps and custom furniture and Henry We would love to find some produce ven See MARKET Page 2A Dancing in the park Christian Albes gets the first Concert in the MANDY ed byTerri Stewart at of the County turns down water extension By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County commissioners Thursday refused to extend a certification saying the countys secondlargest water purveyor has adequate water to serve its The taken against Canyon Lake Water Supply which provides water in the Canyon Lake area as well as parts of western Comal could stop addi tional development in the utilitys service area until it can get such CLWSC Thursday sought a sixmonth extension of a certification deadline that expires Until the certification is grant county will approve no additional subdivision plats that depend upon CLWSC Those projects now in the planning pipeline or now under construction are unaffected by the But new subdi visions or new units in existing subdivi sions not yet be held up for See WATER Page 2A COMINGSUNDAY Financial help Primerica Financial Services expands its opera tion in New Braunfels to help itscustomers The Scooter Store fires back with twin court filings By Ron Maloney Staff Writer In separate The Scooter Store has filed suit against Medicare for payment for power wheelchairs or scooters deliv ered to its clients and asked that a govern ment counterclaim be tossed out of Comal Countys largest private employer responded to counterclaims die Department of Justice filed in Federal Dis trict Court for the Western District of Texas in which federal attorneys allege the com pany submitted fraudulent claims to Medicare and also in federal The Scooter Store demanded payment for mobility equipment worth millions it has delivered to Medicaid or Medicare charg ing that the federal government has vio lated its own guidelines in refusing the claims and continues to wrongly deny A spokeswoman for the federal Centers for Medicaid Services said Thursday evening that she couldnt comment on matters See SCOOTER Page 2A
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