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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 22, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 Continued from page 1  at the Other Place Resort on the banks of the Gomal River, supp()rters handed out campaign buttons and blue T-shirts bearing the slogan "Vote For the Ban.'^ Kruecer said the ban is needed because careless tubers are leaving behind hundreds ot thousands of  ¿lumiMum CdPiS on the bottom of the Comal and Guadalupe rivers.  "Since 2009, New Braunfels taxpayers have paid to remove 1 .Smillion gallons of tr^sh from in and a ro u n d o u r rivers," s he said, adding the city is expecting to spend $600,000 more than it earns from tourism revenues next year to (X)lice the rivers and keep the litter  cICuHCd up.  "This is a cost borne by the taxpayers of New Braunfels/' she said. "Enough is enough."  She congratulated city council for "the bold step" it took on Aug. 22 in passing an ordinance to ban disposable containers on the rivers effective jan. 1, 2012.  "The vast number of New Braunfels citizens, we  piMuU iMC  council's courage and support their decision," she said to applause from the crowd.  But an anti-ban group backed by "money-interest groups and others," she said, submitted a petition that forced a referendum  —    a citywide "for" or "against" vote on the ban  —    on Nov. 8.  In response, she said.  I I t icBfin 19 hdiu ut  work organizing an educational and get-out-the-vote campaign.  More than 100 volunteers from all walks of life, she said^ have pledged to knock on doors, send direct mailings, speak to civic groups, place ads and speak one-on-one with friends in neighbors in support of the ban.  Several others also spoke  in favor of th€ ban, including Matthew Hoyt of the city's Planning Commission, who said the antibanners are causing Ifxal taxpayers to have to foot a $25,000 bill — or about $1.85 per household — to pay for holding a referendum.  "Next time you see our opposition, ask them for your $1.85 back," Hoyt said. „  LAYOFFS  Continued from poge 1  Employees affected by the cuts were notified Monday and iu(‘s(l.iy, and th(> layoft«- were effective immediately.  "This is sotm'fhing we did not take lightly/' Wesson said. "We did our best to treat ever>'Ofre with dig-nity."  Wesson said the cuts were necessary liecause system management anticipates a decrease of atout $20 million in reimbursements next year ihe hos-pitals are experiencing tewer people with insurance seeking servic c's and more folks paying out ot pocket, Wesson said, a(j(ling many ol those patients tail to pay in full.  And, he s.rid, the hos-(>itais similarly to most across the <ountrv — are scH'ing a d('( line in sheer volume ot patii'nts. They are torestalling (‘lective surgeries as long as possible', Wc'sson s.iid.  "Plus, with national un(’m[)loyment rales, fXH)-  ple may bc‘ lc*ery to take time off from their jobs," said Melissa Krause, Chris-tus Santa Rosa Health System marketing and communications director,  Wesson said clinical, administrative and management jobs were cut, as well as some from other areas of the system. ( )ver-all, the cuts will save Christ us Santa Rosa Health System about $4 million annually, he said.  The newly unemfiloyed from Christus Santa Rosa Hospital-Nevv Braunfels were encouraged to a[)ply tor other opc'nings. Wesson said. He said those* rehired within SIX months of being laid ott will r(*tain their tenure.  Wesson declined to d iv u 1 ge seve ra n c e-1 ) a c k -age intormation for those who lost jobs, saying the severance was distributc'd along previously defined guideline's.  “It's a ver\' tair pac kage," he said. Ckristus has no plans to re-o[)en the' jobs eliminated bv this vve'ek's workforce re^luc tion, We^s-son said.  ïïi  FREE DRINK  with every  TOGO ORDER  *C>fter gcHHl Sept 22 thru 29  490 TX-46 • New Braunfels^ Tx  wvvw. texashttrlwrstHifooti. com _- ____________  Carne'^'Asada Pîmo  -lunly    ■ ‘»1. {' )pe<i ‘tb'guifed  Vf!i'.)rìs dnd ifi ot < c ‘ mb t¡d ■ínr lrílas: ■ for ^7.95 .f  ..c. '  ■ms^'  LAURA McKENZIE ^ Heraid-Zeitunq  YMCA turns 5  YMCA members Addison, 9, left, and Emmerson Belmarez, 7, pose for a photo with Y Guy as the cake is cut during the facility’s 5th birthday celebration on Tuesday,  Fires charred timber worth more than $97M  I COLLEGE STATION (AP)  t:asf lexas has lost more than $^7 million in timber to wildtir('s ove'r the last 10 months.  In <) Wednesday state'-nient, theTex<is Forest Se'r-vice said Fast Texas has lost 207,7f)i a( rc's of tim-  ixT to 2,1 SI Wildfire'S since Nov. 1 That's e'C|uivale*nt to 17S million c ubic fc'c't of timber. Forest service' re'souree analyst ('hris I flgar says that much tim-be*r e c)uld have' be*en us«'d to ()roduce $1 .(> billion in torest produe ts.  [fTuT*Du s]  CALL TO ORDER (830)629-6100 (830)629-6101  Try our new  Belly Buster  28” I TOPPING PIZZA $24.99  1.514 W. San Anionio St. • New BraunfeU, Tx 7HÍ.Í0  Mi  ►  'ê  ^ t\‘s: : rul^  1:00-MIDNIGHT Saturday, October 8 FREIHFIT COUNTRY STORF  www.HydroAngelsOverTexas.org  (830) 837-9459 ~ Pre - Purchase Tickets ~  It's Hydrocephalus Awareness Month  Eixli North oi Gryerie  tire rwi 306, n«w Bmunfttivrx T0130  f»hon«! (630) 625.5156 H«w« o( Binimst; 9wn-9pro,Monday thru Saturday  CAMPAIGN  page  Nov. 8 referendum on the f)re>posed ban.  In the other corner was Kathleen Krueger, recent mayor pro-tem and spf)kes-woman for SuppelrtThe-Ban.org.  Thé two presented their vie'ws during a Ne>vv Braun-fe*ls Rotary Ouh meeting.  McGonigal said city officials have long wanted to re'move alcohol from the rivers and the profX)sed ban is just another attempt to do that.  "Is this really about litter or is it abeyut something else^ 1 believe the city council's sole purpose is banning alcoheil," McC'jo-nigal said.  Krueger said the ban isn't about al( ohol.  "It's about trash and it's about our rivers getting trashed," she said.  Kruc?g(*r said the city''s river litter contractor has pic ked u[) se) many beer cans that the'y would stretch irom Ne'w Braunfe'ls to Fort Worth it placc'd end to e*nd.  McC'jonigal disputed the e)yantitie's of col ected lit-te'r the' e ity is reporting.  ( 'ity ottie ials say river-1 it-ter ee)|k'( tion totals reae he*d ()S7,31 S gallons as of Sept. n. With some six weeks vet to go in the litter-col-le*etion sc'ase)n, collections tor 2011 have already sur-[)asscHl the prc'vious season-long mark of 518,%7 gallons sc't in 2010, they say.  "I say show us the pr(K)f," NU Cionigal said, adding b<m op()onents believe' the re-al figure to be about 25 percent of the amount c laime'd by the c ity.  Fie saicl it would take some 59,000 discarde'd e ans d.iily to ( reate the ame)unfs the city is claim-  Creekside  CINEMAS all «howtim«« aiu ro* fhhmv StmnkflontrmlOMtiuDKttm»  CREEKSIDE CINEi^S '  ♦    MONEY BALL [PG13] 100 3S0 7151010 THÍHÍIP[PCI31 1225 335 7«) 1005 ♦KIIUR ILITE [R] 1130 215 450 725 1005 WARRIOR [PC 13] 115M5  ♦THE LION KING 3D 16] 1105 110 315 520 725 930  ♦    ABDUaiON [PC 13] 1125 1 50 4)5 710 940 ♦MARDIGRASIR] 1120 125 330 535 750 955  ♦    D01PHINTAIE2D[PG1 1100 1230 430 730 SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA (GJ 1135 145 355 7451000  THE DEBT]111 900  SPY KIDS ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD 3D  (PC] 11 10 410 735  ♦    STRAW DOGS [R] 1145 210435 705 935 CONTAGION tPG 13] 1115 140405 740 1015  ♦    I DONT KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT [PG 13]  300 505 720 925  ♦    DRIVE IR] 1140 200 425 750 1010  ♦    THE LION KING 2DIG) 1200 205 410 615  ♦    DOLPHIN TALE 3D [PG] 13010(H)  crejeksioe: cinemas  ’/nOifMJD  r—i—___  IVC llftOfOp|r  JPMi  •Ì09%ùi^t9t  • luMW)f Sfméium  thorn A^fmHwkh  ing. Krueger responded the figures are facts reported by the contractor nired to remove the river litter.  "Facts ck)n't lie," she said.  McGonigal argue'd a ban on dispensable containers would drive down ecc)ne)m-ically vital tourism re'venues — and drive u() residents' propeirty taxes in return.  "You ( an clean up litte'r, but wi)o's going to clean u() our economy?" he asked.  Kruege'r responde'd that the same' outcry was heard when the e itypasse'd regulations on cooler size and |ell-() shots.  "But tourism has gone up every year," she' said.  McGonigal also sairl state' laws prohibit the city from adopting its prof)e)sed ban e>n disposable ee)ntainers.  Hut Krueger said that wasn't the case. "I think the c ity council is well within its rights to do this," she said. "In tact, I know they are."  McGonigal said Nf vv Braunfels residents just nc'ed more' time to find the right solution.  " We ne'C'd to e ome up with a plan to solve the problem that is not in con-flict with state law," he said.  Krue*ge*r said voters are' about to make one» of the  most im in the Braunfels.  )ortant decisions lisforv of New  Register to vote  The last day to rc'giste'r to vote in the Nov. 8 referen-elum is ()(t. 11. t arly voting begins Oct. 24,  To register, go by the Voter Registrar's Office at 205 N. Seguin Ave'., or registe'r by mail.  Voter registration forms are available at libraries, government offices or online    at   www.e  o.comal.tx.us/TAX_ Of FK f or at votexas.org.  viiit Creekst€leCinemas.€om hr  thowHmtt mttl IM tit-lma Ncltcftng fbM  Texas soldier killed in accident in Iraq  MCALLEN (AP)  A Foil I lood soldier trom South Irxas has died in what .III .\rmy statement says v\a ^ a non-combat-related iiu ident in Iracf  The statement issued Wednesday says Staff Sgt. Estevan Altamirano of Edcouch died Sunday in Tikrit, lrac|.  Tlie statc'ment ce>ntains no other details on the circum-stancc^s of his death, but wife Pamela Altamirano of McAllen said that her husband was shot in the face while trying to remove the ammunition from a .50-caliber mac hine gun.  WWW.  VISIT us ONUNE AT HERALD-ZEITUNG.COM  1L.IVB MLUSIC  Wednestlay Nights 1 pm  0f / ?40S SKailNAVf.  (44^41^     www.faHstliatRlrnm   HOitU «HtwlNii CO WWW lansllMewHi}/ cn   

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