New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 9, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAY April 9, 2003
18 pages in 2 sections
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Vol. 152, No. 125Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
SO centsSaddam’s fate unknown after bomb raid
By Chris Timunson and David Espo Associated Press Writers
BAGHDAD, Iraq — U.S. forces battled the tattered remnants of Iraq’s army for control of downtown Baghdad on Tuesday, crushing a counterattack and seizing a military airport. Saddam Hussein’s fate was unknown after an attempt to kill him from the air.
Inside the capital to stay, some Army units routed Iraqi fighters from a Republican Guard headquarters. Others discovered a 12-room complex inside a cave, complete with white marble floors,
10-foot ceilings and fluorescent lighting.
Marines battled snipers as they
fought deeper into the capital from the east. They seized the Rasheed Airport and captured enough ammunition for an estimated 3,000 troops. Ominously, they also took a prison where they found U.S. Army uniforms and chemical weapons suits possibly belonging to American
The toll on civilians from four days of urban combat was unknown. But the World Health Organization said Baghdad’s hospitals were running out of supplies to treat the bums, shrapnel wounds and spinal injuries caused by the fighting.
Two cameramen we*re killed and at least three others wounded when
an American tank fired a round into the Palestine Hotel, headquarters for hundreds of journalists. Commanders said hostile fire had been coming from the building, although the journalists said they witnessed none.
Separately, the Arab television network al-Jazeera reported thatSee MILITARY/7AUtility bills to rise along with cost of wholesale energy
By Dylan Jimenez
The average New Braunfels Utilities customer would pay about $6 more for every 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity used from May to the end of 2003.
Gretchen Reuwer, NBU communications manager, said the “fuel charge increase” is necessary to cover the rising costs of the natural gas used to produce electricity.
The I»wer Colorado River Authority Wholesale Power Services provides NBU with “basically all” of its wholesale electricity, Reuwer said.
When the cost of power production increases or decreases, LURA passes those cost variations to utili
ty customers. These costs appear on NBU’s bills as the “power cost recovery factor.”
More than half of LCRA’s electricity comes Prom combined sources of coal, water and the rest from natural gas.
NBU customers use an average of about 1,500 kilowatt-hours per month, Reuwer said. So the impact should be less than $10 for the typical New Braunfels resident.
The price increase comes at the start of the summer, which is NBU’s heaviest season of electricity use.
Dan Kuehn, manager of fuel and energy risk management, said natural gas prices art; sensitive to weather demands, international “uncertainties” and the world See BILLS/3A
Seventh-grader dies in nighttime vehicle wreck
By Ron Maloney
CANYON I AKE — A 13-year-old Smithson Valley Middle School seventh-grader died early Monday in a single vehicle rollover accident on Farm-to-Market Road 306.
Precinct 4 .Justice of the Peace -Jennifer Saunders said she pronounced Andrew T. Reding dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred near the Oak Valley Drive intersection.
His mother, Dianne Meyer Reding, 48, and his brother, Brian Christopher Reding, 8, were taken to University Hospital in San Antonio with injuries that included
cuts and bruises.
Brian Reding was also treated for broken bones.
Both were released from University Hospital Tuesday afternoon.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Vaughn Pack reported Dianne Reding was driving a 1998 Ford Explorer northbound on FM 306 at about 1:55 a.m. in heavy fog when a deer ran across the roadway in front of her vehicle.
She swerved right ti) avoid the deer and then overcorrected back to the left, Pack said, causing the vehicle to roll over onto its right side.
Both children were thrown
Pinto takes ‘interim’ out of Fire Chief Herbert title
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
City Manager Charles Pinto shortened .John Berber's title at the New Braunfels Fire Department Tuesday afternoon.
Heftier, 44, appointed interim fire chief to replace Jack (jollier Dec. 31, 2002, was named fire chief.
The interim appointment came at a time of strife in the department. Pinto said he realized in working with Berber that the temporary chief was the man to lead the department forward.
“I felt real comfortable with him working with him over the last three months,” lrinto said.
“I just felt. ‘Why fix something that’s not broke.’ In my
opinion, John’s doing a fantastic job and has a good grip on things. My first inclination whenever possible is always to try to promote from within. I haven't always had the opportunity to do that. But we have a good group of guys over there at the fire department and John has the experience and the talent to do this. I don’t see why I need to go out when we have everything we need right here,” Pinto said.See CHIEF/7A
Key Code 76
Winds knock out power in some areas
By Row Maloney
(Justy winds toppled trees and utility jsiles around the county early Tuesday morning, causing power outages from New Braunfels to Smithson Valley.
New Braunfels Utility spokeswoman Gretchen Reuwer said there were several downed utility poles along Texas 46.
“It was wind-related. We bad a circuit go down that affected Highway 46 out to Smithson Valley,” Reuwer said.
Comal County Sheriff’s deputies also reported trees and wires down in the River Road area.
Deputies and New Braunfels police officers directed traffic at the affected traffic lights during the morning
rush hour into New Braunfels. Sheriff’s deputies directed traffic around NBU repair crews.
Reuwer said the crews had power restored to most homes within an hour or two. The rest of the affected homes were on line by ll a.m.
“It’s a very reliable system, hut high wind always tends to create havoc on the lines,” Reuwer said. “When you get winds upward of 40 mph, between trees and things of that nature, you’ll have outages.”
The Pedernales Electric Cooperative, which serves western Comal County, reported no power problems in its service area.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Constantine Pashes said a cold front that
swept through the area cooled down temperatures and spawned the winds.
“The highest gusts were 41 to 42 mph. There might have been higher winds in some valleys in the hills,” Pashes said.
But little or no rain was reported, Pashos said.
A few storms were experienced west of Kerrville, Uvalde and down toward Eagle Pass, but they basically stayed southwest of Interstate IO and west of Hondo, Pashos said.
The winds were expected to die out overnight. Today's forecast calls for sunny skies with temperatures in the low 70s.
Thursday and Friday will see a warming trend with a few clouds lingering into the weekend.
(Right) New Braunfels firefighter Petey Bartels (left) prepares a mixture for Craig VanRyswyk to spread on the leaking fuel tank of a semi truck cited for failing to yield to the Volkswagen Beetle that crashed into its side near Solms Road and 1-35 Tuesday. No one was seriously injured. Firefighters formed a small dike of absorbent material to keep fuel from flowing downhill into the nearby 4 Mile Creek.
(Above) New Braunfels firefighter Anthony Pitzer grabs a bag of absorbent material as he and others work to contain a fuel leak threatening 4 Mile Creek.
Photos by K. JESSIE SLATEN/HoraW /wiling