New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 5, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 147, No. 42 14 pages, 2 sections
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mmDemocrats take control of Congress
From staff and wire reports
WASII INCHON — In a day of ceremony and historic change, Rep. Nancy Pelosi became the nation’s first female I louse speaker on Thursday as Democrats eagerly took control of Congress for the final two years of President Bush’s term.
“The Democrats are hack,” rejoiced Pelosi, and within hours, the House had cleared stricter new ethics rules on a vote of 430-1.
Smith says bipartisanship needed for success
As is customary, the opening moments of the 110th Congress produced pledges of bipartisanship at both ends of the Capitol. Yet Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader I larry Reid signaled a new political order when they swiftly challenged Bush over the war in Iraq.
“No issue in our country is more
important than finding an end to this intractable war," said Reid, D-Nev. “Completing the mission in Iraq is the president’s job, and we will do everything in our power to ensure he fulfills it.”
Bush is expected to announce a revised strategy next week for the war, which has claimed the lives of
more than 3,000 members of the U.S. armed forces.
The two houses convened at the stroke of noon, under Democratic control together for the first time since 1994.
Despite his party’s loss of majority, District 21 Congressman Lamar Smith, who has represented Comal
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County since 1987, said it is exciting to be back in Washington representing a newly configured district. The San Antonio-based congressman said Comal and Bexar are the only two has represented
See CONGRESS, Page 3
Long awaited leader
New fire station could be built on Texas 46
By Jessica Sanders
A new fire station might spring up long Texas 46 in the next few years.
“Once the lands covered with strip nails, it will be too late,” Comal County Ltdge Danny Scheel said Thursday dur-ng the commissioner’s court meeting. I don’t think its too much to ask for levelopers to set aside two or three acres if land to protect their development."
Representatives from Bluegreen Corporation agreed to set aside a portion of land from the Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard development for a new Canyon Dike Volunteer Lire Department Substation. The proposed station would be built near Texas 46 and I lerbelin Lane.
Commissioners unanimously approved 256 plots in unit one of the Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard subdivision during Wednesday’s meeting. Precinct I Commissioner Jack Dawson
said the developers are not required to set aside space for emergency facilities.
“We can’t make them do it but Commissioners Court asked that they provide a space for one of our fire districts,” he said.
Vintage Oaks, which is expected to include about 2,200 homes, is located along Texas 46 in the Canyon Lake Einer-gency Services District. The subdivision
See STATION, Page 3
Texas District 73 representative gets ready for session
By D. Ashley Verrill
freshman public official and New Braunfels’ incoming Texas District 73 Representative Nathan Macias, R-Bulverde, certainly has his work cut out for him this January.
When he officially is sworn in Tuesday, Macias will be faced both with filling the shoes of two-term incumbent Carter Casteel and making a name for himself in the throes of Republican anxiety over lost seats and an uncertain future for I louse Speaker Tom Craddick.
“Its definitely going to be a challenge, hut I tun prepared and ready to make a contribution on behalf of my district," Macias said Wednesday.
In March, Macias narrowly won the Republican primaries against Casteel by 59
votes following a campaign that cost hundreds of thousand of dollars — much of it funded by San Antonio physician James Leininger.
So far the community has been very receptive to his opinions, Macias said, adding that he believes his experience compensates for his less-seasoned experience in the political world.
Recently, Macias said he has been making the rounds in Comal, Kendall, Gillespie and Bandera counties, meeting both city and county officials. I bs meetings included a more than hour-long conversation with New
See MACIAS, Page 7
Nathan Macias professional
SANE program won’t end with hospital sale
By Mauri Elbel
Although McKenna Memorial Hospital is for sale, advocates behind the recently operational Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) program say the local service is here to stay.
“We are not really worried about this,” stud Karen MacDonald, president of the Sexual Assault Response Team (SAIED f oundation of Comal County and crisis response program coordinator for the Crisis Center of Comal County. “Our commitment is to have these exams in Comal County.”
Just as 2006 came to an end, sexual assault survivors finally were able to receive examinations and treatment in New Braunfels — a longawaited feat after more than a decade of local effort and planning.
McKenna Memorial I ios-pital and SARI formed a partnership enabling sexual
S The SART foundation actively is seeking funds to keep the SANE program up and running.
! To donate or volunteer call the Crisis Center of Comal County at 830-620-7520. Donations also can be mailed to SART Foundation at P.O.Box 310344, New Braunfels, TX 78131-0344
assault victims to he exam ined in a room at McKenna’' emergency facility when certified nurses remain on call at all times to perforn sexual assault exams.
Before the program begar Nov. 8, victims were forcer to travel to Seguin or Sat Antonio where specially trained sexual assault nurs ing examiners could collec forensic evidence that cai aid law enforcement ant prosecutors in helping tt
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After months of searching Bulverde’s new chief begins
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Bulverde's new police Chief Joe Hamilton looks over one of the city's patrol cars with Lt. Donna O'Conner who had been acting as interim chief during the city's search for a replacement for former police Chief Royce Goodson.
H 2004 — Royce Goodson was named the first Bulverde Police Chief. Before the department was formed, the city received police protection from the Comal County sheriff's office.
■ Sept. 22, 2006 —Goodson resigned and Lt. Donna O'Conner was named interim chief.
■ Oct. 24, 2006 - Paul Lilly, of Waco, accepted the job after he was unanimously approved by council. He was chosen from among 41 applicants
■ Oct. 30, 2006- Lilly backed out of the job, claiming the $59,000 annual salary was not high enough.
■ Dec. 21, 2006 —Two more candidates were considered for the position.The council selected retired Department of Public Safety Trooper Joe Hamilton over Orange Grove Police Chief Arthur Rogers.
■ Jan. 3, 2007 — Hamilton's first day as police chief.
By Jessica Sanders
BULVERDE — Golf is not enough for Joe Hamilton.
"Retirement wasn’t suitable for me,” tile new Bulverde police chief said Thursday. “I get fulfillment out of doing this job. It s what I’m trained in and what I enjoy.”
I iamilton, who started the job Wednesday. said he preferred working life to spending his days on a golf course. I iamilton, 55, came out of semi-retirement on I )ec. 21, when he was chosen by the city council as Bulverde’s police chief.
I Ie served for 29 years as a trooper
with the Department of Public Safety and has spent the past IO years in San Antonio. After retiring from DPS, I lamil-ton became chief of police at the San Antonio Airport and later worked for the Transportation Security Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Ile then worked part-time for the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center.
Mayor Sarah Stevick said city officials are excited to have a chief with such a wide range of experience.
"We’re very pleased he’s knowledgeable in security, disaster and emergency
See CHIEF, Page 7
Bulverde's new Police Chief Joe Hamilton of San Antonio became the second chief of police since the department's creation in 2004.