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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 28, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas 2005: TMK YEAR THAT WAS ■SUNDAY: The AP's top 10 stories of the year ■TUESDAY: Faces of suffering ■TODAY: The year in Washington ■THURSDAY: Energy prices loomed large ■FRIDAY: Information Age in high gear ■SATURDAY: Texas deals with drought ■JAN. I: The top 10 stories of the year in Comal County ..... w, V^IX I 3 TIGHT FINISH Smithson Valley and New Braunfels battle into overtime before the Rangers prevail. Page 5A TI WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28,2005 iSDAY, DECEMBER 28,2005 tald-Zeitung FORUM COLUMN Mayor Bruce Boyer says people like Sally Kingsbury and Joe Neely make New Braunfels great. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154    No.    341    |    WKWWfm    |    DEAR ABBY    4B 14 pages,    2    sections ;    V    j    CLASSIFIEDS    a 500 kL 3m j! C0MICS 3B | CROSSWORD 3B Sunny    I F0RUM    4A I High Low I OBITUARIES 3A I    75    45    |    SPORTS    5A ,M 1 I    Details 2B    I    TV GRIDS    48‘No man’s land’ gets short-term reprieve By Hon Maloney Staff Writer Comal County commissioners voted Thursday to pay $16,000 for fire and emergency medical services coverage for 76 residences located in the Rusch Lane and Krueger Canyon area west of New Braunfels. The unanimous vote means fire and emergency response in the area, called “no man’s land” by Commissioner Jay Minikin, will continue without interruption. It came after county officials were informed the homes were located in a pocket between New Braunfels and the boundaries of Emergency Services District 6, which provides fire and emergency medical service in the Garden Ridge and Bracken areas through contracts with Schertz EMS and the Bracken Volunteer Fire Department. ESD 6 board members asked the county to pay for the coverage earlier this month because they thought it was unfair to district residents to have to subsidize service for people who do not live in their district. Minikin, the Precinct 2 commissioner, heard them loud and clear. Since he was first elected to county government, the former Garden See REPRIEVE, Page 7A Bush, Republicans stumble through year shadowed by Iraq By Donna Cassata Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — Republicans ruled the White House and Congress in 2005, but a pox descended on both their houses through a staggering series of investigations, indictments and political missteps. The vice president's chief of staff was indicted and resigned in a special prosecutor’s inquiry of the outing of a CIA operative, a long-running probe that raised doubts about the fate of other senior White House officials. The House majority leader stepped down after his indictment in Texas on conspiracy allegations in a campaign scheme. The Senate majority leader faced a federal investigation of his stock transactions. And then there is the war in Iraq.. Shadowing the legal dramas and Capitol I till maneuvering was a prolonged conflict that surpassed the sobering milestone of2,000 Americans killed, claimed billions in U.S. dollars, undercut President Bush’s standing and exacerbated the partisan divisions. Bush promised an unwavering commitment to the unpopular war. “Most Americans want two things in Iraq,” he said. “They want to see our troops win and they want to see our troops come home as soon as possible. And those are my goals as well. I will settle for nothing less than complete victory.” Bush and congressional Republican leaders start the 2006 election year hobbled by a sense of unease in the nation — two-thirds say the country is headed in the wrong direction in the most recent AP-Ipsos poll — that threatens their legislative agenda and perhaps their political survival. “My colleagues are getting nervous,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said See STUMBLE, Page 2A Warm weather even a polar bear would love By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Right about now, San- I JOIN IN di Aitken probably j ■ For informa-envies the heck out of I tion about Sun-Nick Seidel.    j    day s "Polar Bear Aitken is the president j    "Rivet of the Yellowknife Polar I Road Run," con-Bear Swim Club, which, j tact Nick Seidel as its name implies, is i at 627 8401-located in Yellowknife, a community of about 19,000 located in Canada’s Northwest Tenitories, a scant 1,500 kilometers north of Edmonton, Alberta. It’s a place where Tuesday afternoon’s temperature was 16 degrees Fahrenheit — bone-chilling for us but balmy for them. “We haven’t had a bad winter for our standards," Aitken said Tuesday. “It’s probably minus-15 out there — we’re talking Celsius, eh? — and usually it would be about minus-30.” On Sunday, when Seidel’s New Braunfels Triathlon Club hits the Comal River at Hin-man Island Park at 8 a.m. for what they See POLAR, Page 8A By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer An early start A New Braunfels child gets an early start to his racing career, hitting the streets at the age of 6. Galveston waiting for Schlitterbahn to open park By Grog Barr The Galveston County Daily News GALVESTON — For concerned Galveston residents, officials, hopeful hotel owners and water-slide enthusiasts, the opening of Schlitterbahn’s 26-acre water park — expected by the end of December—is now anyone’s guess. A spokesman for the New Braunfels-based company confirmed Friday that, while construction is continuing in earnest, the ambitious year-end target suggested by corporate executives in November will not be met. “We really don’t have a date,” said company spokesman Jeffrey Siebert. “We’re aiming for a winter opening for the convertible (indoor) portion of the park.” Siebert said he could not predict an opening date. Nonetheless, the delays have not prevented the company from preselling summer season passes on its corporate Web site. Schlitterbahn is offering “early bird’’ prices through Jan. 31 for its summer season passes for the Galveston attraction. Adult passes normally sold for $106.69 are advertised at $87.99, while passes for children and sen- See PARK, Page 8A ! AN END IS IN SIGH T Canyon Lake High School beginning to take shape The name is finalized, and everything else is falling into place for Canyon Lake High School, which is expected to open in August 2007. David Swain, construction coordinator for Comal Independent School District, said months of rain during the summer of 2004 set the school’s construction behind the original schedule. Now, however, construction is moving along well. “It’s a little more than 50 percent complete,” Swain said. “The construction is going really well. We’re very pleased with the work that’s being done.” The construction site is beginning to look more and more like a school, as brick buildings take shape at the intersection of FM 3424 and Ranch Road 32. CISD commissioned Joeris General Contractors to build the new high school, which is funded by a 1999 bond. Swain said Canyon Lake’s students will attend class in a school that is different from any other in CISD. The new school is being designed in a mall-format, with a large hallway and second-story overlooks. “There will also be lots of natural light and skylights,” Swain said. Nancy Cobb, assistant superintendent for administration, said no permanent boundaries have been set for the school, only philosophical boundaries that will help the school district move forward in developing attendance zones. The proposed boundary lines to the south and west would be the intersection of U.S. 281 and Photos by DAVID IIMGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Work continues on Canyon Lake High School, which is scheduled to open in August of 2007. the Guadalupe River. To the east, Canyon Lake’s attendance zone would include Purgatory Road area and the Royal Forest subdivision near FM 306. The school’s principal also has not been determined. Cobb said the district will begin a search process this summer. A committee of staff, faculty, parents and community members will select three final candidates. Superintendent Marc Walker then will select a principal from the finalists. At about the same time, Cobb said, the district will take applications from current teachers and staff who wish to transfer from an See SCHOOL, Page 8A agaUUilJIMJIUtl RESERVE NOW FOR NEW YEARS Downstairs in the Prince Solms Inn 295 E. San Antonio 830-70&5411 ;