New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 7, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 156, No. 205 14 pages, 1 section
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TV GRIDS 9Obama, Medvedev agree to shrink nuclear stockpilesTwo sides still far apart on missile defense issues
MOSCOW (AP) — Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev confidently committed to a year-end deal to slash nuclear stockpiles by about a third on Monday, but the U.S. leader foiled to crack stubborn Kremlin objections to America's missile defense plans — a major stumbling block to such an agreement.
Both men renewed pledges to pull U.S.-Russian relations out of the dismal state into which they had descended during the eight years of the Bush administration. And to that end, they signed a series of
agreements and joint statements designed to enliven and quicl^ contacts on a hn)ad range of issues — including cooperation on Afghanistan, a key Obama foreign policy objei-tive.
Obama said the leaders both feU relations had "suffered from a sense of drift. President Medvedev and I are committed to leaving behind the suspicion and rivalry of the past."
His host expressed similar good will.
"This is the first but very important step in improving full-scale cooperation between our two countries, which would go to the benefit of both states," the Russian leader saitl. But he injected a note of caution, saying (iisnissions so far "cannot remove the burden of all the problems."
There was no statement of Russian readiness to help the United States persuade Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions, even though Obama's top Russia adviser, Michael McFaul,
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told reporters in a post meeting briefing that Iran dominated the two leaders' private meeting that opened the summit. Talks continued in an expanded session that included 12 advisers for each president.
For all the upbeat public statements, a pall of disagreement on missile defense and NAK) expansion lingered over the glittering Kremlin hall where Obama and Medvedev answered reporters' questions. Obama said the meetings had been "frank," diplomatic speak for difficult.
Obama sits down on Tuesday with Medvedev's patron and predet essor as presi dent, l^me Minister Vladimir l^itin. tiie target
Arms deal limits nuclear warheads
President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed an agreement that sets a new limit of 1 675 on warheads
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of a verlial poke from tlie I ).S. president kist I ri day. In a pre-summit interview with I he Associated Press, Obama saitl I'litin Mill had one f<M)t in the old. ( "old War way ot doin^ things.
See RUSSIA, Page 3A
Time to themselves commissionersLocal mothers getting time done at hospital
By Aslill« McEadMm
As a mother of ^iree, Stacy Jones knows how hectic it can be at a hospital when so many visitors want to see a new baby.
However, with the recent birth of her third daughter Ryley, Jones had the opportunity to experience a new program at Christus Santa Rosa — New Braunfels that ensu:^ the preservation of important bonding time between mothers and newborns.
"Mother-baby time" is an uninterrupted two hours each afternoon from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Giristus officials said the birthing center's new initiative reinforces the importance of nurmring newboms, postpartum mothers and breastfeeding routines.
The visiting hours of the birthing center have also been modified and only the father of the newborn is allowed in the room during the two designated hours.
"We are pleased to extend a service that means so much to the new mothers who have entrusted our hospital with tiieir care and the care of their newborn," said Jim Wesson, Christus administrator. "Friends and families of our
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Stacy Jones holds her newborn daughter, Ryley, Inside their hospital room at Christus Santa Rosa—New Braunfels on Wednesday.
patients are still strongly encouraged to visit, however, by establishing this private time as part of their daily schedule our mothers can enjoy the bonding experience with their baby, more direct care from our nurses and much needed rest."
Wesson also said that for some mothers, recovering fi'om giving birth also means recovering fi'om surgery, and tiie allotted two hours provide a time to heal and recuperate.
Happy to have some alone time with her new daughter.
Jones said she used the time to relax and get to know her baby
"It has been wonderful to rest and spend time with Ryley," she said. "You always feel like the bad guy when you turn people away who come visit, but the truth is, you really want the most time you can get with your newborn. It was so nice to have that time where I knew it would just be us and 1 could hold her."
Anne TVoutman, a nurse at the birthing center, said moth-er-baby time had so far
received positive responses from all the moms involved in the program.
"We dim the lights and there are no visitors allowed except fathers," Troutman said. "Moms can either take a nap, leam about baby care from our staff or just spend time with their baby. Sometimes what we have seen is mothers in tears because they were so exhausted from overdoing it with visitors, it's such a great program and I'm happy we can offer this to our patients.'
(>omal (bounty (>omm?s-sioners began their aninial budgeting pnu ess this week, evaluating the funding for all of the various county tiepartments.
I h e c o u r t eventually will hear from every c o u n t y d e p a r t -ment head a b o u t budget submittals for fiscal year 2010 during this week's budget hearings, which began Monday and will conclude by noon Wednesday llie hearings are open to the public.
Every department—including tlie sheriflTs oflBce, public health, road, animal control, tax and justice of the peace
otlit es have to present then biulget recjiK'stslor.!(ii(i.
"We lake tio((>s aiui com pare where thev are a I this year, ant! then I will put together the Inulj^el,' said (Gonial ilonntx jndj^e 1 )anii\ Scheel, presidinjj; ofiiccr ol the eoniniissioners court. I will then work with I he county auditor to look at the proposed revenues .iiid expenditures lo uiake sure we come out at the eud with a balanced hudgiM.
Ihis year's total (dun'v budget topped out ii |i i under $51) million.
Scheel is expecteii to suh mit next year's hudj^et lor amendments to the lour commissioners in August After a public hearing process, the budget will be voted upon and adopted. I he court will set the 2010 property tiix rate at that time. The current county tax rate
See BUDGET, Page 3A
Emergenq^ crews report quiet Independence Day
Kolbe honored as lawman of the year
Tim Kolbe of the Comal County Sheriff's Office is being honored as the top lawman in the county this year.
The Ed Murphy Lawman of the Year award, presented amiualiy by the New Braunfels Breakfast lion's Oub, was gfven to CpL Kbibe for his "dedication to law enforcement,'' said Ron Zipp, the selection committee chairman.
"He was an outstanding candidate and he rose right to the top out of several great nomi-nations," Zipp said.
The Breakfast Lion's Qub presented the award June 23 and made a donatton in the form of a lifetime membership in Kolbe's
name to the 100 Club, an organization that provides assistance to dependents of police and firefighters killed in the line of duty. Instead of having to pay yearly dues, Kolbe's lifetime membership was ensured in the form of a one-time payment covered by the donation.
Lt Mark Reynolds of CCSO nominated Kbibe and said die corporal was very deserving of the award.
"His service to the county
in the fields of crime prevention and his implementation of some of these programs has been instrumental," he said.
Kolbe has been the crime prevention officer for CCSO since 1998. He described his job as "recognizing and anticipating crime risks and initiating means to remove or reduce them." A member of a community resource team comprised of local la.wmen.
See LAWMAN, Page 3A
From staff reports
Police, fire, and EMS departments across Comal County described the luly 4 holiday weekend as "well-behaved" and reported no major incidents related to the influx of tourists and riv-er-goers to the area.
Between July 3 and July 5, CCSO issued 144 total citations, with 112 of those being traffic citations, and made 35 arrests. For the same period NBPD river patrols wrote 169 citations and made 24 arrests.
A three-acre fire in the Canyon Lake area caused by
a barbeque grill resulted in no property damage and was suceessiully put out by the ('anyon lake lire Department. No other major fires were reported. I his was the result of the county wide prohibition on fireworks, according to firetlghters.
"I know it was unfortunate for the vendors, but I would have to attribute the low number of incidents to the fireworks ban," said Darren Brinkkoeter, New Braunfels battalion chief.
EMS departments in New Braunfels, Bulverde/Spring Branch, and (Canyon Lake reported no major incidents.
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