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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 31, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas HERALD-ZEITUNG.COM | Wednesday, August 31, 2011 | 9 ^ exclusive: Up to $60B in war WASHINQTON(AP) As much as $W) billion in U S. funds has ten lost to waste anfj fraud in Iraf] and Afghanistan over the ()asf d(H:ad(' through lax cjversight of contractors, p(K)r pi,inning and corruption, ah ind^endent panel investigating U.S. wartimesfx^nd-ing estimate's. In its final re|M)rt to (on-gress, the Commission on Wartime Contracting sairl the tlgun' could grow as U S, support for retonstruction projects and programs wanes, leaving both countries to hear the long-tc-rm costs of sustaming the s( htx)ls, nnedi( a! {lini( s, barracks, roads and )ovver plants already bui t v\ ith American tax dollars. Mu( h of the waste and fraud could liavt' Ix'en .woided with Ix'tter planning and more aggressive oversight, the commission said. To avoid repeating the* mistakes, governnnent^genc ies should í)verhaül the way they award and manage contracts in war zones, the (()mmissi( )n rw < jmnriendc'd. The Assoctated Press obtaint'd a copy of the com-niissii)n's 240-page report in advanti* of its scheduled pul)lic rc'lease tcKÍay. Oeatf'd by ( ongress in 2008, the eight-member c (»mmissii >n held more than two dozen ht'arings, interviewed hundrcnls and trav-(•1(^1 multiple times to lrac| .ind Afghanistan. The panel's final r(*(X)rt is the most {ompr(‘h('nsiv(' examination ol the U.S. de[)('ndence on (ontrac tors and the government's ability to manage them in comb<it areas. PETITION Continued from Page 1 sure thc'v wc're valid Ix'tore turning thcw in The (>00 turnc'd in just minutes before ( itv f lall closc*d its d(M)rs on lu('sday had been c hacked ,ind judgcxi valid b\ those' working to "Can th(> Ban," which was th(' slog,in written across the van Wolf drov«' to City Hall to deliver th(' petition. The (juestion would appcwr on the Nov. 8 ballot If )an opponents gel the recjuirc'd number of signatures to Aten in time t( >r him to confirm their validit\ and prescmt the validati'd petition to c itv council tor its acceptance on or betöre Sept. 7. ALBERTSONS Continued from Page I the numbcT of those who have* given notu cv She* said all employ(H*s atfectc'd b\ the im[)encling layotts have bec'n counseU'cl on rc'( eiv-ing s(‘veran( e and unem- MAP The commission said calculating the amount lost through waste and fraud is difficult because there is no ; accepted methodol()gy for doing so. Using information it has gathered, h(iw(*ver, ihc> commission said at least $11 billion has been lost and the total could Ix* as high as $f)0 billion. The commission c ant'd the c'stimate "conservative." Overall, the commission said spc'ndihg on contracts and grants to suf)(X)rt U.S. operations in lrac| and Afghanistan is ex^KKted to exc c'ed $206 billion by the (>nd of the* 2()11 budget yc'ar. Bast'd on its investigation, the commission saici con-trading waste in Afghanistan rangeci from 10 [X’rcent to 20 (xrcent of the $20i) billion total. Helicopters rush food, water to cut-off Vt. towns "Se(>t(‘mber 7 is the» last d.ty for the counc il to order an I'liHtion for Nov. 8, " he said. "That's what the* st.ite s.iys." Atc*n said thc' law gives him as many as f ive working (Liys to validate the signature's, but he might Ik* <ible to do that task more cjuic kly. But It <dl five* days are rei|uir('d to validate, then the' C an th(' Ban group missed Its Novemlx'r elcK tion dc'ad-iine, v\hi( h was p.m. Tu('s-(l.iy. If the* Sept. 1" date isn't a( hic'vable, the next avail-.ible elec lion da\ would be in Ma\ 2012, Atc-n said. Woll said (“ither November or M.1V would be tine. "In till honestv, we )ust want the p('opl(' to be* able to flee idc'," Wolt said. H(' said those wanting to can the ban "bc'lic've it was handlenl wrong." Counc 11 af>|)rov(‘d the ban on Aug. 22 in a mcwc' to keep the (^omal and CiuacfalufX' rive'rs from bt'ing trashe'd by tubers. It bans bc'c'r cans and oth(*rdis[X)S-able containers on the rivers bc'ginning Ian. 1. Wolf said outfitters and othe'T op(K)ne*nts are against litte're'd rivers and the bad behavior of beer-guzzling tubers. But too little [)ublic in[)ut was allowed before the c ounc il votc'd to ban thc‘ dis-posal>k's, he said, " We I List wantc'd everv^ body to c omc' together and sit ck)wn at the table, su( h as the Ad \ loc Committc'e that IS being put in place, to figure out thc' Ix'st steps to take and tht'n run from there'." plc)vm(*nt bc'iK'lits. "We h.ive dirt'c ted them to th(' .ippropriate resouri es," slie said. "That oc ( urr(‘d as part ot the xUvnouiK (‘ment procc'ss (of < losing the stor(')." Yellow signs on the d(X)rs of th(' Allx'rtsons said phar-inacv ( ustoni(‘rs ( urrc-ntlv enrolled at Sav-On Urugs, would be transt('rre'd to the HEB loc ation at 16S5 Tc'xas 4b Wt'st —Wc'stpointe Village Shc)[)ping (Center — etfec five Sef)t. 8. Wilt ox declined to release the number ot ( us-tomers who might be affected. Continued from Page 1 Redistricting Committee member Arm.inch> (larc ia of Canyon I ake. (ommittcH* member Ben nie Newman of Bulvc'rdc' agreed, saying: "I'm (om fortable w'ith this." The new lines, whith also apply to )ustic (‘ ot the* peace and constable precincts, arc- reciuirc'd by the federal government teauseof |)opulation shifts in the county's 2010 ( en-sus. Rc'distric ting consultant David Guinn of Waco-based Ciuinn and Morrison said all adjiistnx'nts made' to the new niiip are w ithin allowable federal tolerances. "This is tonsfifutional," Guinn said. Under the new map, Prec in( t 1 would have a popuLition ot 27, iS7; I’rcH in( t 2 would have 2(),S81: PrtH iiK t ? would have 27,778; and Prt'c I net 4 would have 2b,7S(). Along with new commis-sionc'r precinct line's, voting prec inc ts and polling [)lac es in the c ounty woulcl c hange for some voters. Also, a nc'v\ [)olling place w'ould be c reatc'd at Oak (reek Elenu'ntary on V'ROI^I We Want to Make You a Loan * No Checking Account Needed • Usually 30 Minute Service STOP BY TODAY FOR FAST CASH! S 1. r'mk L m..-' m 4 ^5 ÍH-35W.Ste20S-D, New Braunfels » (830)627-8800 New Braunfels Herald fcZEiTUNG Labor Day    ^ Advertising Deadlines ß Retail and Classified (Display) Deadline Date Wednesday, Aug. 31 at Noon Thursday, Sept. 1 at Noon Friday, Sept. 2 at Noon PubJication Date Tuesday, Sept. 6 Wednesday Sept. 7 Thursday, Sept. 8 UP Wednesday, Sept. 7 Classified Line Ads Friday, Sept. 2 Saturday Sept. 3 Sunday, Sept. 4 Tuesday Sept. 6 Our ofiices will be closed on Monday, SepL 5, to allow our employees to spend time with their families for the holiday. Wednesday, Aug. 31 at Noon Wednesday, Aug. 31 at Noon Thursday, Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1 at Noon Friday, Sept. 2 at Npon NEWFANE,Vl(AP) National Guard helicopters rushed food and water Tuesday to a dozen cut-off Vermont towns after the rair^ remnants erf Hurricane Irene washed out rcKJtis and brid^ in a deluge that tcx)k many people in the land-locked Nt*w England state by surprise'. "As soon as we can get help, we nt'ed help," Liam McKinley said by cellphone from a mountain above ft(X)d-stric ken Rex hc'Ster, Vt. Up to 11 inches of rain from the weekend storm turner:! placid stre^ams into churning, brown torrents that knocked homes off their foundations, flatteneni tree's and t{K)k giant bites out cjf the asphalt across the' countrysid«'. At least three'people dit'd in Vermont. "I think that p<H)ple arc' still a little sheli-shocked right now There's just a lot of disbelief on f)eop|e's faces. It came through so quickly, and there's so much damage," Gail Deviney director e>f thé Woodstock Recreation Center, said as volunteers rnove'd furniture out of the flooded basement and shfM'led (KJt thick mud that fille'd the' centers two swimming fXX)ls. The' cut-off towns rangeai in fK)pulation from under 200 iStratton) to nearly l,4()() (Cavc'ndish). (ioodwin Lane. Some of the c hangc's in boundary line's we're attributable to the pro[)ose'd c real ion of the nc'w ?5th ( on-gressional District, which includes portions of ('omal (ounty. The nc‘w precinct maps are available tor viewing at ('ounty ludge Sherman Krause's office during rt'gu-lar ottice hours. The maps also will be posted on the county's website. BUSES Continued from Poge 1 that trans[)ort a daily average of 7,son students along 14 S routes in a 600-scjuare-mile area. Rodriguez said only 10 of the buses are air conditioned, and they are used to transport Students on longer routes. ( ISD [)icks u[) its |)ri-mary school students (grade's K-S) bc'ginning at (y. ] 5 a m, and drops thc'm at their destinations be'tween 7 and 7: I S a.m. The district's secondary schcx)lers (grade's fvl 2) are picked up beginning at 7: IS a.m. for arrival between 8 and 8:IS a.m. Departure's tor primary schoolers bt'gin around ] p.m., with secondary schcx)lers Ic'aving )ust after 4 p.m. — the hottest time of the day. The longest one-wav travel time for any student is about an hour (x)m,il ISD also provick's late-aftc'rncKjn shuttle st'rv'-Rt'S for high school students participating in ath-Ic'tic and other extracurric -ular ac tivitic's. The distric t transfK)rts Ix'tween 4S and SS students on thrc'e routes. With afternoon temperatures ranging bc'Kve'en 1 (H) ancJ 108 degrees, it can be c'ven hotter inside the buses. "Wt> kee open and ) the* windows lave the vc>nts on tof) ot the buses open to increase the air circulation," Rodrigue'z said. All of lh(' busi's have' small fans nc'ar thc' driver's area at the' front of the bus. "They don't f)rovide a whole lot of ventilation, whichcomcs through ke't'j)-ing the windows and vents ofX'n," Rodriguez said. Studt'nts c an bu\ lx)ttled water through a vc'ndmg machine tor $1.2 S [K'r lx)t-tle. ( ISD c c)mmunications dirc'c tor lulie jerome said students are allowed ample time' tc> fill up their water lx)ttlc's fx'fore Ixjarcl-ing the busc's. NBISD New Braunfels ISO's a|)proac h to busing stu-dc'nts is muc h the' same <ts (omal ISO's. The' distric t em[)loys \ i busc'S on \ \ route's, sc'rvtng i,8()() students daiiv. Twelve of thc* district's SB busc's are alr-c onditioned; sc'ven of those tr.uisport all of the* district's spc*cial-nc‘eds stu dc'nts eac h da\. NBISO trans )ortation dircH tor Kc'itha P iillips s.iid thc‘ distric t pic ks u() students bc'tween h ii.m, at 8; U) a.m., and begins taking them homc> arc)und 2:4S p.m. Outside ot ,i handful of students who live in outlving areas, thc' longest time an\ studcmt sf)ends on a bus is about M) minute's t'ach way. "We have' alx)ut five kids - some are overflow students who have bt'en sent to programs at other cam-pust's, and others who 1iv(' way out in thc' country — who could b(' on the l)us for about an hour and half," Phillif)S said. "Most of the routes are really short. "All of the others — about 90 pc'rcent - an* on the bus tor Ic'ss than iO minutc's." On the busc'S without air conditioning, the windows are open and the vehicle's art' tonstantlv moving. "It's onl\ when thev have to stop that the bus can get hot," Phillips said "We encourage the* students to drink a lot ot vvalcT." Relief is in sight Since school be'gan Aug 22, neither distric t has reportc'cl anv inc idc'nts of studc'nts suffering from hc'at c'xhaustion or heat stroke', Todav should mark the* last 1 (K)-dc'gre'e' day tor a uhile', as the weather forc'c ast is calling for a drof) in fe'm|)t'raiure's and .i good t hanc t‘ of ram. That tomes as wekome nc'ws for school district tr.uisportation direc tors, who also worn,' alxvut how the hc'at has atfc'cted their bus flt'efs. 'We just pra\ that we don't have an\ breakdowns, because the hot weather makes it hard on the bus s\stems as well, Phillips said. Notice of Tax Revenue Increase The City of New Biaiinfels is conducting public hearings on August 25, 2011 and wSeptember 1, 201 1 on a proposal lo increase the total tax revenues of the City of New Braunfels from properties on the tax roll in the preceding year by 12.09078 percent. The total tax revenue raised last year at last year's tax rate of 0.409862 for each $100 of taxable value was $13,853,442.82. The total tax revenue proposed to be raised this year at the proposed tax rate of 0.448362 for each $100 of taxable value, excluding tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year, is $15,302,953.20. The total tax revenue proposed to be raised this year at the proposed tax rale of 0.448362 for each $100 of taxable value, including lax revenue lo be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year, is $15,717,323.93. The City Council of the City of New Braunfels is scheduled to vote on the tax rate that will result in that tax increase at a public meeting to be held on September 7, 2011 at City Council Chambers, 424 S. Castell Ave., New Braunl^ls, TX 78130 at 5:00 PM ;