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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 10, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10,2007 Herald Newspaper of the Year Zeitung SPORTS BASKETBALL Canyon hoopsters continue their victory streaks over archrival New Braunfels. Page 6A NEWS CANYON LAKE A Katy woman will return to Comal County to face arson charges after fleeing to the Netherlands. Page 5A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol. 147, No. 46 16 pages, 2 sections 50$ www, Mostly sunny High Low 61 53 Details ____2B DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS 5B COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 4B f*> # ft * ) i The Scooter Store's president steps down By Gerard MacCrossan Managing Editor The imminent departure of The Scooter Stores' president Mike Pfis-ter was announced by the company's founder Tuesday morning. Doug Harrison, chief executive officer, released a statement announcing that Pfister will move to Houston to become Halliburton's chief information officer. Pfister has worked for the company since 2003. Harrison Company CEO Doug Harrison set to take position said the New Braunfels company's loss is Halliburton's gain. The Scooter Store spokesman Mark Leita said Tuesday that Harrison will assume Pfister's role as president for the Doug Harrison foreseeable future. Pfister's departure comes after several up-and-down years for the company and its competitors in a market hit by cuts in Medicare payments for its products. "You really do hate to see your president and your leader leave," Leita said. "But Mike's leaving comes at a time when our company has a veiy bright future. We're positioned veiy well, going forward." In December, the company was forced to cut 200 employees, more than half at its New Braunfels headquarters. Leita said that The Scooter Store currently employs 659 locally and has 357 workers spread across 47 oilier states. When Pfister joined the company in 2003, the power mobility industry faced serious challenges from impending regulatory changes, Harrison said. "One of Mike's biggest contributions was never letting us lose our compass," Harrison said. "He kepi our team focused on the fact that the Medicare beneficiary came first and foremost mid that it was our responsibility ... to ensure that people living with disabilities continued to have access to a mobility benefit that could improve their quality of life." Craddick keeps seat Newscom State Rep.Tom Craddick of Midland waves with his wife, Nadine, to the audience of state representatives and guests after he was sworn in as speaker of the House on the opening day of the 79th Legislature. Rep. Jim Pitts withdrew from the speaker race allowing Craddick to keep his seat onTuesday, the first day of the 80th Legislature. MACIAS' FIRST DAY From Staff Reports : Freshman District 73 House Rep. Nathan Macias, R-Bulverde, was sworn into his position Tuesday on the first day of the state's 80th iegisla^ rive session. "It was truly a fantastic :�: and thrilling day, and I could not be more excited and humbled to be in this position/' Macias said following adjournment. "It's a great honor to be apart of this legislative body, and I will do my best to represent my district." Challenger drops out of running AUSTIN (AP) - Republican Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick fended off a coup attempt Tuesday by one of his former GOP allies, solidifying an historic reign that's come under criticism as too iron-fisted and tyrannical. Craddick, often called the most powerful man in state government, was re-elected 121-27, after Rep. Jim Pitts, a Waxahachie Republican, dropped his bid to oust Craddick. "It's time to heal," Pitts told House members. "It's time to go on with Texas' business. That's whatTexans expect." But Pitts cautioned that the divisive atmosphere of the House must end. "We cannot continue what we have had," Pitts said. When it became clear that Pitts did not have the support necessaiy to win, he withdrew from the race to save his supporters from retribution, he said. "I thought that was the only appropriate thing to do to protect the members," Pitts said. In his acceptance speech, Craddick vowed to be a more responsive leader. See SPEAKER, Page 8A Power companies argue over funds Resident brings area roots, shoots group By Mauri Elbel Staff Writer For more than a decade, Paula Pebsworth has studied primate behavior. As a newcomer to the Hill Country, Pebsworth is taking a little time away from the field, but she is not taking a hiatus from her mission to make the world a better place-beginning in New Braunfels. "If more and more people thought about the implications of IP YOU GO � Roots and Shoots informational meeting'  � When: 7:30 p.m.___ H Where: Faith United Church, 970 N. Loop 337__ � .Visit or cajl (830) 214-7050 for more information their actions, they might make different choices that would positively impact their community and the environment," said Pebsworth, who moved to New Braunfels from Germany last summer with her husband, who serves in the military, and two children. "I have a lot of enthusiasm and passion for the environment that I want to share, whether I am in New Braunfels for 10 minutes or 10 years." Taking lessons from her role model since childhood, Jane Goodall, Pebsworth is striving to See ROOTS, Page 8A By Mauri Elbel Staff Writer Pedernales Electric Cooperative officials said Tuesday the Lower Colorado River Authority is holding more than $70 million in over-collected fuel revenues from its 43 wholesale customers. The power supplier has rejected the claim, saying the funds are cash reserves. "Our major concern is the LCRA's over-collection of $70 million over the last three years, $26 million which is from our customers," said Bill Cunningham, spokesman for the cooperative which provides electricity to Comal County's rural population. He said the last lime LCRA refunded an over-collection to its wholesale customers was in 2003. See POWER, Page 2A NBISD Readers in New Braunfels ISD will see the first special publication devoted to events and happenings in the district If you live in NBISD and didn't get a copy in your paper, call625-9144 Local woman jailed on narcotics charges By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter A New Braunfels woman remained in Comal County Jail onTuesday following the first local drug raid of the year. Guadalupe Lozano Farias, 42, was taken into custody about 6:30 p.m. Friday after the Comal County Metro Narcotics Task Force raided her home in the 2300 block of Michigan Street. The New Braunfels Police Department Special Response Team assisted with the arrest. Comal County sheriff's Capt. Dennis Koepp, commander of the task force, said Farias, who was arrested without incident, was found in possession of less than an ounce of cocaine. See BUST, Page 8A Paula Pebsworth, right, a New Braunfels resident poses with Jane Goodall in this June photo taken at the 21st Congress of the International Primatological Society in Entebbe, Uganda. Photo submitted "# Shop Late till 8:00pm isppi 0856825000011 ;