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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas                                JUNE ZEITUNG SPORTS ALL THI WAY The San Antonio Spurs could clinch a fourth NBA title tonight in Page SA Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since Part 5 of the Page 6A 184 16 2 sections CL j Motthr sunny High Low 93 70 Details 18 DEAR ABBY 31 CLASSIFIEDS 41 COMICS 21 CROSSWORD FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 1A SPORTS SA TV GRIDS M Guadalupe flow back to normal Tubers who have been waiting for the best time to float on the Guadalupe River can dust off their gear and come out this Mike Water Ori ented Recreation District said the Guadalupe River flow will be optimal for tubing or any other water Weve had some disap pointing weekends and we hope to kick off he summer this he Judy a Corps of Engineers park said the release from Canyon Lake reservoir will be between 400 and 800 cubic feet per second this It looks like it will definite ly be tuber and family friend ly this she The elevation at Canyon Lake on Tuesday was feet above sea feet above Suzanne Ashe Comal ISO proposes budget By Oavld Satoh Rauf The HeraldZeitung With a stateimposed 31 deadline the Comal Independent School District is considering a pro posed million budget for the 200708 fiscal The biggest challenges for Comal ISD budget writers 12 percent increase for extra raises keeping teacher pay scales competitive and facilitating rapidly growing enrollment without exerting too much burden on The result a proposed budget that reflects a nearly 12percent increase from last years million The bulk of the mil lion in new expenses can be directly attributed to which comprises 77 percent of the budget According to the proposed Comal ISD expects to spend about million more than it did in the previ ous year to pay teachers and an percent spike from Of that the budget allocates approximate ly million for pay raises and increased health care benefits for Comal ISD The district is set See CISD Page 3A STOP attorneysfiling asks Attorney General to intervene in lawsuit Citys lawyer not available this week for mediation By Suzanne Ashe The HeraldZeitung GUadalupe River will be at optimal tubing flow this Guadalupe River outfitters upstream of New Braun fels said they are geared up Whan 9 June 21 and ready to some outfit ters in New lawsuit against the city of New They are mulling it over whether or not they will he Members of the STOP law suit that include Rockin R River Texas Corner Gruene Home Run BattineCage Stone Randall and Lindsay Michelle The lawsuit NaKt Hearing I What STOP City of New Braunfels lawsuit Where Comal County Courthouse Braunfels remain embroiled in a court battle against the city to eliminate or loosen city Attorneys for Stop the Ordinances Please are seek ing an injunction against the city alleging a violation of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage according to court Scott attorney for said Wednesday that he sent a letter brief to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott office asking that the AGs office intervene in the also seeks damages to outfitter busi ness from the ordinances and River Management Fee they are required to pay by the This past visiting Judge Ron who is pre siding over the case in place of District Judge Charles Ramsay who recused him gave the attorney gen eral until June 18 to respond to the The next hearing is 9 on June Tschirharts filing includes a 2000 petition of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commis sion by the city to initiate a See Page 9A WANTED EMERGENCY SERVICE DISTRICT TO CLAIM COMALS NOMANS LAND Krueger Canyon Road resident Bob Reed is trying to raise enough signatures to promote annexation of his neighborhood so that they will be able to receive EMS DAVID INGRAM Herald Zeitung Farmer pushes to have neighbors land added to ESD 6 By Mark Koopmans The HeraldZeitung COMAL COUNTY The term no mans land is familiar to many as the one used by soldiers to describe the ground between two opposing And although retired Marine fight er pilot Bob Reed no longer flies mis sions over Vietnam or he is concerned that Comal Countys version of no mans land includes the 12 acres of ne has farmed since retiring to the southern end of the county in For 25 I assumed that my and I had always paid our county taxes and that we were covered in the event we needed assistance from the local fire or rescue emergency Reed said for about the last 10 years or weve been in this no mans and while the coun ty was making sure we were things changed on 1 of this The Reeds were one of about 75 prop erty owners in the unincorporated por tion of the county between New Braun fels and Garden Ridge who received a letter from the county explaining that although they were benefiting from fire and EMS they were not being assessed the appropriate levy for these After several public Reed discovered their home would officially be left without fire protection or emer gency medical I dont want to cry over spilled said who counts four buffalo named Cleopatra and Hercules among his many farm he talked with county com missioners Greg Parker and Jay who explained that someone would have to volunteer to get enough signatures on a petition asking that no mans land be voluntarily annexed by the bordering Emergency Service District If the annexation request is approved by the fiveman board of commissioners on ESD the Bracken volunteer fire department and Schertz EMS would be See Page 3A House bill strengthens national background check system for guns States mandated to match mentally gun buyers lists By Jim Abrams Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON The House voted Wednesday to fix flaws in the national gun back ground check system that allowed the Virginia Tech shooter to buy guns despite his mental health The passed by voice was endorsed by the National Rifle boosting its chances of becoming the first major gun control law in more than a As the Virginia Tech shoot ing reminded there is an urgent national need to improve the background check system to keep guns out of the hands of those barred from buying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi The measure would require states to automate their lists of convicted criminals and the mentally ill who are prohibited under a 1968 law from buying and report those lists to the FBIs National Instant Criminal Background Check or SeungHui who in April killed 32 students and faculty at Virginia Tech before taking his own had been ordered to undergo outpatient mental health treatment and should have been barred from buy ing the two guns he used in the But the state of Virginia never forwarded this information to the national background The House action came as a panel ordered by President Bush to investigate the Virginia Tech shootings issued its find including a recommen dation that legal and financial barriers to NICS submissions be in a said the report made clear that bet ter information sharing between federal and state authorities is essential in helping to keep guns out of the wrong hands and to pun ish those who break the He said he was closely follow ing legislative efforts to strengthen the instant back ground check The panel also urged feder al agencies to expand pro grams to prevent school vio lence and said the Health and Human Services Department should focus on college stu dents in its mental health pub lic education Asked why the commission did not make a deeper review of gun White House press secretary Tony Snow That really wasnt within the purview of what they decided that theyre going to look Virginia Tech President Charles Steger said the report disclosed the deep complex ities of the issues facing col lege campuses and said he believes it will help advance federal and state officials scrutiny of issues related to societys safety personal The House bill next moves to the where gun con trol advocate Charles said he was talking to NRA ally Larry and there was a very strong chance of pas When the NRA and I agree on you know that its going to get become law and do some he The legislation requires state and federal agencies to trans mit all relevant disqualifying records to the NICS It also provides million a year over the next three years to help states meet those goals and it imposes penalties See Page 7A Remember EZ PAY Have your subscription paid directly from your credit checking or savings account CALL HERALDZEITUNG OR COME BY 707 UNPA   

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