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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 12, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 Page 12 — Herald-Zeitung — Thursday, May 12, 2011  NFW MAUHFflS I*  Live Team Trivia  * rhursday Nights 8 pm •  i'izts for 1st, 2nd and 3rd plaa  Live Music  PUN  CONTINUED FROM Page 1  The medical groups say they arc* worried they will he left holding the bag for losses, that the government has designed tilings so there is no easy way to tell which patients are part of the program, and that there’s no reliable way to adjust for patients who an* sicker and requin* closer follow-up and mon* expensive treatments.  The deadline for public comments on the proposed regulations is still weeks away, but Fisher said "we needed to gel their attention early on, so (the administration) could be thinking about how major changes are needed to make these regulations viable,"  Medicare spokesman Brian Cook said the agency is doing extensive outreach to explain and take feedback on the* regulations and hat "we will carefully consider this input,’  "We are confident that providers’ decisions on whether to participate in the program will be made on the basis of the final rule, which will reflect the feedback we receive,” added Cook.  Many in the health care industry were silent partners backing Obama’s overhaul law, but disappointment over the accountable can* rules has put a chill into the relationship.  During the congressional debate, Obama extolled Mayo and Geisinger, holding them up as a model of what he wanted to achieve for the nation. Industry criticism of his administration’s proposal has been building up for weeks in online forums.  PARK  CONTINUED FROM Page 1  I le told council that blowing the Old Channel ERPA would "show the federal government we’re doing everything we can to preserve the habitat of the endangered species.”  I he EARIP is seeking a federal Incidental Take Permit, which would help protect the city’s water recreation industry from lawsuits by allowing a small number of endangered creatures to Ix* killed or harmed incidental to the conduct of lawful actions like water recreation or aquifer pumping.  ,ilc in Small Bi  ites  Still l ife Paintings by I. A. Baker  764 West Gallery  764 W, San Antonio St., New Braunfel.s  OPENING RECEPTION Friday, May 13 • 5 - 9 PM  Shown are Cindy Wesch (Midlothian,Texas), Carol Calvert (Waxahachie Texa^d Blackwell, Bill Blackwell, Don Boyd (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), James Willingham, Richard Hurt, Zona Hurt, Jerry Hudson and Paul Sjodin. All pictured are from Canvon 1 akp except where otherwise mentioned.  ALABAMA  CONTINUED FROM Page 1  warm homes but it also warms the hearts of the volunteers.  "We do this to serve the Lord by serving our fellow man.’’ Moberley said. "We share the love of (Jirist with families, but oh, by the way, we cut down trees too."  Thousands of volunteers flocked to Alabama and the region after the April 27 storms. The storms claimed hundreds of lives. Residents saw winds up to 190 mph that ripped apart wood frames of homes and knocked over trees.  Moberley said he has spoken to homeowners who were quoted prices of up to $15,000 to have downed trees removed from their properties. Imkily, they benefit from the chainsaw teams come that around and do it at no charge.  “ I hese are massive, massive trees,” Moberley said. "We come through in two or three days and remove them for free.”  He said his team has been in Tuscaloosa since May 1 and will he coming home Saturday.  Charles Dean, a member of the chainsaw team from First Baptist Church New Braunfels, said he plans to go to Alabama this weekend and  possibly meet up with another area team. A business trip to Ohio prevented him from going with the Canyon Lake team that works in conjunction with the one from First Baptist New Braunfels, Dean said.  Dean said he hopes he can get to the wind-whipped area and do some good.  “You can go out there and comfort people, show them the lord’s love through your actions,” he said. "Nothing else quite gives you that feeling of just sharing with these people and trying to help them through this terrible time in their lives.”  (The Associated Press contributed to this report,)  DIARY  CONTINUED FROM Page 1  They described the intelligence to The Associated Press only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk publicly about what was found in bin Laden’s hideout. Analysts are continuing to review the documents.  I he information shatters the government’s conventional thinking about bin Laden, who had been regarded for years as mostly an inspirational figurehead whose years in hiding made him too marginalized to maintain operational control of the organization he founded.  Instead, bin Laden was communicating from his walled compound in Pakistan with al-Qaida’s offshoots, including the Yemen branch that has emerged as the leading threat to the United States, the documents indicate. I hough there is no evidence yet that he was directly behind the attempted Christmas Day 2009 bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner or the nearly success-ful attack on cargo planes heading for Chicago and Philadelphia, it’s now clear that they bear some of bin Laden’s hallmarks.  He was well aware of U.S. counterterrorist efforts and schooled his followers in working around them, the messages to his followers show. E)on’t limit attacks to New York City, he said in his writings. Consider other areas such as Los Angeles or smaller cities. Spread out the targets.  In one particularly macabre bit of mathematics, bin Laden’s writings show him musing over just how many Americans he must kill  to force the U.S. to withdraw from the Arab world. He concludes that the smaller, scattered attacks since 9/11 had not been enough. I le tells his disciples that only a body count of thousands, something on the scale of the Sept. 11,2001, attacks, would shift I J.S. policy.  He also schemed about ways to sow political dissent in Washington and play {political figures against one another, officials said.  The communications were in missives sent via plug-in computer storage devices called flash drives. The devices were ferried to bin Laden’s compound by couriers, a process that is slow hut exceptionally difficult to track.  Intelligence officials have not identified any new planned targets or plots in their initial analysis of the 100 or so flash drives and five computers that Navy SEALs hauled away after killing bin Laden. Last week, the FBI and Homeland Security Department warned law enforcement officials nationwide to he on alert for possible attacks against trains, though officials said there was no specific plot.  Officials have not yet seen any indication that bin Laden had the ability to coordinate timing of attacks across the various al-Qaida affiliates in Pakistan. Yemen, Algeria, Iraq and Somalia, and it is also unclear from bin Laden’s documents how much the affiliate groups relied on his guidance. The Yemen group, for instance, has embraced the smaller-scale attacks that bin Laden’s writings indicate he regarded as unsuccessful. The Yemen branch had already surpassed his central operation as al-Qaida’s leading fundraising, propaganda and operational arm.  DRIP  CONTINUED FROM Page 1  cold spell or a drought,” Skasik said. “But drip irrigation waters deep and encourages plants to put down deep roots.”  Drip irrigation also prevents water from being wasted by running down streets, side-waiks and curbs.  "It allows you to have a beautiful green yard without using more water than you should,” she said.  Gretchen Reuwer, New Braunfels Utilities’ communications director, said the city is on Stage I water restrictions. Stage II restrictions begin when the aquifer dips below the 650-foot level, Reuwer said.  On Wednesday, the well was measured at 651.3 feet — a one-day drop of three-tenths  of a foot. Under Stage II water restrictions, landscape watering using a sprinkler or irrigation system will only be permitted one day per week based on the last digit of the customer’s address.  Experts estimate that about hail of resident ial water is used for landscaping and other outdoor activities, Reuwer said. So, NBlJ’s water customers should try to make significant reductions in this less-than-essential areas.  She doesn’t know much about drip irrigation, Reuwer said, hut anything to help lessen the load on the local aquifer is a bonus.  “Anything that anyone can do at this point to help conserve, especially on non-essential use, is going to help," she said. “Hopefully, we’ll get some help with these rains. If not,  GIUL t f  Fried or  HVVY  Fried Ostfisi  Oysters _  Grilled  JRrimp  Salmon  we have to face the fact that Stage II is approaching.”  Fat chance, said Paul Yura, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in New Braunfels. He said a limited amount of rain fell Ttiesday and there was the possibility of similar amounts Wednesday and today.  "If you got more than a trace (luesday) then you were lucky,” Yura said. “I bet there was probably more lightning strikes than rain drops.”  In the meantime, Skasik said anyone can install a drip irriga-tion system. It only takes an irrigation kit, scissors and a couple of other around-the-home objects, Skasik said. Once installed, it’s basically worry-free, she said.  “You don’t need a lot of technical equipment or know how,’’ Skasik said. “You can hook this up to a timer, and you can go off and forget it. It comes on and waters every day, same time, same amount of water.”  No fuss, no waste, no problem, she said.  “For water conservation, to be a good steward of the water and your community,” Skasik said, “I think drip irrigation is a way you can make a difference."  .01 inch of rain reported Tuesday and Wednesday  By Dalondo Moultrie  The Herald-Zeitung  Traces of rain fell on the New Braunfels area Tuesday night and chances of more were forecasted for Wednesday and today.  “Boy, it was a few drops in most locations,” meteorologist Paul Yura of the National Weather Service in New Braunfels said of Tuesday night's dripping. “If you got more than a trace, then you were lucky.”  Yura said most totals measured about .01 inch in the area. He said hail described as penny- to nickel-sized was reported near Seguin.  Storms were being watched Wednesday between New Braunfels and San Angelo, Yura said. But, he said, those were heading in a more northeasterly direction.  Yura said today’s chances of anything quenching the current drought are slim to none.  “The chance of rain is still  * before Î0a.m. and after 8  PJH. $9 ¡fi  • if your address ends in  (U4,$or8ÿ r ......  irrigation days are Monday and Thursday.  •If your  address ends in 1,3,5,7 or 9, irrigation days are Tuesday and Friday.  • Hand watering and drip irrigation allowed any time.  • Vehicles may be washed at home on assigned days and times using a handheld hose with automatic shut-off noale or 5-gafjpn bucket. Wash at a commercial facility any time. Vehicle-wash fundraisers allowed, but only at commercial car washes.  • Qirtdoor water features are prohibited..  going to be about 30 or 40 percent,” Yura said, adding that it would probably be better to report that there is a ”60 to 70 percent chance of  sun ”  You like?  Become a fan on facebook today at Clear Springs New Braunfels.  Â   

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