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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 20, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 - ’ p      Ñf          A'          1 m               ■ SPORTS, IB  2011 All-Comal girls hoops team  VHÍMrtNS  ■ LIFE, 1C  Bingo evolves into a money maker  ■ NEWS, 3A  Christopher dies at 85  SUNDAY  MARCH 20, 2011  Texas Ap Newspaper of the Year  'U$ H $ fé i i - fHy $ M  Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.  $1.50  U.S. missiles hit Libya  Allied forces launch first wave of assault on Gadhafi’s forces  Offensive action taken  The U S fired more than 100 cruise missiles from the sea while French fighter jets targeted Libyan leader Moammar Qadhafi s forces from the air on Saturday  A U S official said the assaults from the U S Navy vessels In the Mediterranean would unfold In stages and strike air defense installations around Tripoli, including Misrata, and a coastal area south of Benghazi  The Associated Press  WASHINGTON — U.S. and British ships and submarines launched the first phase of a missile assault on Libyan air defenses, firing 112 Tomahawk cruise missiles Saturday at more than 20 coastal targets to clear the way for air patrols to ground Libya’s air force.  In announcing the mission during a  visit to Brazil, President Barack Obama said he was reluctant to resort to force but was convinced it was necessary to save the lives of civilians. He reiterated that he would not send American ground troops to Libya.  “We cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy,” he said in Brasilia.  It was clear the U.S. intended to limit its  role in the Libya intervention, focusing first on disabling or otherwise silencing Libyan air defenses, and then leaving it to European and perhaps Arab countries to enforce a no-fly zone over the North African nation.  Navy Vice Adm. William E. Gortney, director of the Pentagon’s Joint Staff, told  TUNISIA  Tripoli  Misrata  LIBYA  > Benghazi  France sent a dozen Mirage and Rafale jets to survey Benghazi and later fired on a Libyan military vehicle  EGYPT  200 ml  200 km  See LIBYA, Page 10A SOURCE: esri  ► NEW BRAUNFELS ISD  Board may offer teachers contracts  Move comes despite a projected budget shortfall of $7.6 million  By Will Wright  The Herald-Zeitung  New Braunfels Independent School District’s board of trustees meets in its normal session on Monday to consider a variety of items, including extending contracts to professionals for the 2011-12 school year.  NEW  BRAUNFELS  ISD  When: 7 p.m. Monday Where: The  Education  Center,  430 W. Mill St.  Despite a projected budget shortfall of $7.6 million for next year, superintendent Randy Moczygemba will recommend offering contracts for all professional personnel, and waiting until after an April 7 board workshop meeting before doing the same for probationary staffers.  “If you’re a teacher, nurse, counselor or librarian and a non-probationary employee, then you have a right to that contract for the following year, as long as the district hasn’t filed for financial exigency,” NBISD public information officer Stephanie Ferguson said. “Any employee who has a contract, whether it be probationary or non-probationary, has to be informed 45 days before the last day of school as to whether they have a job or not.”  Board president Rigo Mon-tero said the district is still waiting for the Legislature to make decisions on state funding.  “What we’re trying to do is buy some time so they can make some more decisions,” he said. “If they can provide the district with some financial relief, we won’t have to let any of these probationary teachers go.”  Also Monday, assistant superintendent Victoria Pursch will lead the final installment of explaining  See NBISD, Page 10A  TUBING TIME IUST AROUND THE BEND  LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung  Scores of spring break river goers congregate Friday at Hinman Island Park in New Braunfels.  READY FOR THE RUSH  New Braunfels officials prepared for start of tourism season  By Greg Bowen  The Herald-Zeitung  City officials have been working over the winter to prepare the Comal and Guadalupe rivers for the annual influx of tubers and other tourists, who began to hit town last week for Spring Break.  City River Manager Nathan Pence  said there are no new changes this year to water recreation rules.  “There are no major changes that the tourists arriving in town would notice or be affected by. It’s business as usual in New Braunfels,” Pence said. “Come and have a great summer. The sunshine is going to be out.”  He said tubing continues to grow in popularity.  “Its a family activity. It is somewhat more affordable than other family activities. It’s easy to access,” said Pence. “Anyone can do it and almost everyone enjoys it.”  Parking getting better  Pence said there is always work  See RIVER, Page 9A  ► NB CITY COUNCIL  Officials to discuss EAR1P Monday  By Greg Bowen  The Herald-Zeitung  New Braunfels City Council on Monday will hold a workshop to discuss the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program.  Council is expected to NEW give direction BRAUNFELS to city staff CITY  concerning S? UNC,L  the city’s Wh.iv MO p.m.  ,  J  ^ Monday ‘-olvemem  whe . e: Clty   in BARI I. Halt. 424 S.  City officials CastellAve. have been  participating in the regional EARIP group since it was formed via legislative mandate in 2007 to develop a plan to balance the needs of endangered species in New Braunfels’ Comal Springs and in neighboring San Marcos Springs with the ever-growing human demand for Edwards water.  The group has a 2012 deadline for preparing an approved Habitat Conservation Plan for managing the aquifer and protecting the springs species.  The HCP is essentially an application for a federal Incidental Take Permit. The ITP would allow a small number of endangered creatures to be killed or harmed incidental to the conduct of lawful activities, including recreation and aquifer pumping.  The group recently posted the first draft of its HCR which  See COUNCIL, Page 10A  Teen s fitness level keys recovery from wreck  Dustin Saulie sits March 10 on the front porch at his home. Dustin has had to overcome extensive injuries he sustained in a June 2010 car accident.  LAURA McKENZIE  Herald-Zeitung  By Will Wright  The Herald-Zeitung  Dustin Saulie doesn't remember anything about the accident, which occurred during a rainstorm last June 28.  Nestled in the passenger seat of a car traveling on U.S. 281, another car slammed into his side of the car, which spun around and was T-boned again on the same side by a truck.  The New Braunfels  teenager suffered lacerations to his liver, spleen and kidney. He broke a rib and had a collapsed lung. Even worse was the brain damage, which left doctors predicting a dark future for the multi-sport athlete.  “I’m very lucky,” he said. “Only 10 percent of people suffering my kind of brain injury manage to survive, and only 2 percent are functional — which is like  See SAULLE, Page 10A  Vol. 158, No. 111  28 pages, 4 sections  Inside  CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES PLANNER SPORTS TV GRID  CLICK  3A    Cloudy, warm  2C    ^igh    Low  18    81    64  ED    Details    9A  8 "■56825 00ÖÖ2 s  herald-zeitung.com  Big enough to serv e, small enough to care.  New Braunfels' only independent community bank.  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