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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 30, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas                                W JANUARY HERALD Newspaper of the Year LOCAL Sunday wrack injures three car passenger still in Page 6 LOCAL Celebrating education Mayor helps launch Catholic Schools Page 2 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 68 12 1 sections CLICK j Possible rain High Low 55 39 Details DEARABBY 9 CLASSIFIEDS 10 COMICS 8 CROSSWORD FORUM 4 SPORTS 5 TVGRIDS Rehab center attracts 08 hopefuls Clinton dodge Iraq praise veterans at new facility for war wounded By Michelle Roberts Associated Press Writer SAN ANTONIO Hillary Rodham Clinton and John both 2008 presidential joined military leaders and others Monday at a dedica tion ceremony for a rehabilita tion center designed to treat the growing number of severely wounded Iraq war Clinton and members of the Senate Armed Services thanked the wound ed for their service at the Fort Sam Houston event attended by about people including singer John Mel lencamp and celebrities Rosie ODonnell and Michelle Both senators skirted political questions about the increasingly unpopular Iraq said whatever political disagreements divide the Americans are John McCain united in sup port of the nations veter particular ly those wound ed in We are obli gated to ensure every way we can that they Hillary Clinton and their fami lies are given the support they have so richly earned and said who has stepped up her criticism of Pres ident Bush and the conflict since entering the race for the White There is common ground on higher and on that high er we stand to pay in full our debt to those she McCain said service members who have been asked to extend their duty or to return to Iraq ear lier than expected are under standably frustrated at Bushs recent call for more But the Arizona Republican said he is confident they would go See HOPEFULS Page 6 USDA tackles birds Landa Park vulture colony too big for residents By Ashley Verrill Staff Writer Landa Park has some unusual secret admirers a colony of black The birds have set up camp in Landa Park near the Seele Elementary It is causing some parents and residents to be concerned for their health and that of the young children near Like everyone else in the they love Lan da Director of Parks and Recreation Stacey Laird Laird said approximately 100 vultures have made themselves at roosting in a tall sycamore tree across the street from the resident was concerned that the excrement of the animal would come in con tact with the students and spread around the Seele Principal Cris Vasquez Laird said the animals most likely have not moved on from the area because of easily accessi ble food sources from rodents and garbage in the The colony has fluctuated in size for about eight Laird Officials from the parks and recreation and city health departments met last week to discuss the New Braunfels Independent School District spokeswoman Stephanie Ferguson said two years ago the problem required specialists from the Department of Agriculture to come and kill some of the In this USDA Wildlife Services Assistant District supervisor Doug Steen visited the ele mentary school Monday morning and evening with a pyrotechnic noisemaker to try and coerce the large birds to His visit was prompted by a call from a local If the birds do not Steen will have to get a federal permit to shoot some of the protected They are very destructive and dirty Laird But the scare tactic is usually pretty and hopefully we will not have to result to shooting The birds have been known to eat the grout between she The vulture popu lation in the area usually is highest in the Vasquez said the school and the Parent Teacher Association discussed the problem last and campus officials sent letters to parents Monday so they would be aware of the The parents actually didnt seem that con I think they are used to seeing them Vasquez We sent the letters out mainly to explain if kids came home saying they heard guns Top USDA Wildlife Services Assistant Doug Steen prepares to fire a pyrotechnic noisemaker to scare off black vultures near Seele Elementary School on City officials say the scare tactic is usually pretty suc If it doesnt a permit may be sought to shoot some of the animals to reduce the colonys Left The vultures fill up a tree in Landa Photos by DAVID HeraldZeitung Huntsmans Ball raises to support ACS MIRANDA Comal County District Attorney Dib Waldrip calls out bids Saturday during the live auction which raised funds for the Comal County Chapter of the American Cancer Society during the Huntsmans Ball at the McKenna Events Stylish night against cancer By Mauri Elbe StaffWriter Saturday evening was a night of glitz and glamor in New but the golden achievement was money raised to fight Approximately 400 area residents and busi ness members gathered for the second annual Huntsmans the Comal County chapter of the American Cancer Societys largest fund raiser of the It was a fantastic evening and a premier event in New Braunfels where all the money raised went to a good said Tim president of the Comal County chapter of the American Cancer We think it is the most successful Huntsmans Ball weve had The preliminary count estimates that was raised at the soldout black tie but donations are still coming Zipp Last the Huntsmans Ball grossed for the American Cancer Society and its Im very thankful for all the volunteers that put on the event which helped to raise a record amount of money which will go to supporting our local chapters support groups and initia tives to help people fight and deal with cancer in New Braunfels and Comal Zipp Some of the programs offered in Comal Coun ty include Road to which provides See BALL Page 2 Koenig Tough times prompt closure i By Jewica Sanders StaffWriter Some 20 employees owed money The last customer was served last but about 20 Live Oak Grill employees still are waiting for financial employ their pay ees and some of the business suppli Mark owner of the restau ers still are awaiting said the grill closed its doors We are really sorry about the way for good on because of this has affected the employees and Koenig Our inten tions are to make it right in the On Koenig said he and his family had not yet calculated their total He and his do not immediately plan to open another but will seek See CLOSURE Page 6 R I I 1 1 JIM fruiy DAVID The Live Oak Grills owners say financial strain has forced its MORE IN IT FOR THE POWER OF NEWSPAPERS IN EDUCATION Newspapers make great teaching tools   

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