New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 15, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
Patrons of the Scores Sports Bar on West San Antonio Street raise their drinks in celebration after the Spurs defeated the Cavaliers 83-82 in Game four of the NBA Finals Thursday.
FRIDAY, JUNE 15,2007
NEWS FLAG DAY
Elks Lodge joined by JROTC for annual ceremony.
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Five area baseball player named to coaches' all-state teams.
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Spurs are NBA champs again
Fans celebrate sweep of Cavs
By Will Wright
T here was a surreal atmosphere at several area sports bars Thursday, as folks gathered from far and wide to root on the San Antonio Spurs’ bid for a sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
They got their wish, as the
Spurs overcame a Cleveland comeback in the fourth quarter to post a 83-82 victory that sealed only the eighth championship series sweep in NBA history.
The Spurs joined the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls as the only teams in league history to win four championships. However, to most fans here — many of whom took to the streets honking their horns in celebration — the victory was as inevitable as paying taxes.
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They stayed with that attitude throughout the series and until the end of Game 4.
It was a boring series, to be sure, featuring ugly play by both sides. The Spurs were far from being at their best in the final two games, but that didn’t change how folks feel
about their team.
“If it’s the Spurs, it can’t be boring,” said Matt Cavanaugh of Gruene while watching the action at On The Half Shell Oyster Bar. “Well, it was maybe a little bit.
“But I absolutely think we’ll win. Why pay attention to the game when we know they're going to win anyway? We’re here to drink.”
All around town the Spurs faithful dutifully watched as their team went up by ll
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Another delay on Milled Street
Construction workers lay down a layer of asphalt along West Mill Street near North Hickory AvenueThursday morning.The long-running project's completion has been delayed further as city officials decided milled section of street must be rebuilt not just resurfaced.
Residents upset about extended street repair
By Mark Koopmans
Mill Street in New Braunfels is ironically living up to its name — to the frustration of some of its residents.
I lomeownetSi who have lived with a road construction project that already has been like a unwelcome family member for about a year, found themselves facing an unexpected extension to their problem Thursday.
“They started working on this nearly a year ago and I know theres been some issues with the weather, but it doesn’t look like much progress has been made,” Pain Koerlin said Thursday afternoon. “My husband, Keith, and I live on the 1000 block. We saw that (the blocks) on either side of us was asphalted, but we weren’t. So he went to talk with one of the contractors sitting outside our house.”
Pam Koerlin said her husband could not believe it when he was told that instead of getting their street in shipshape condition like their neighbors, the contractors were about to tear it up again and completely reconstruct the road — but just on their block.
“On Wednesday, there were about 20 or 30 people from the city holding a meeting out front of our home,” Pam Koerlin said. “Trust me, I’m glad that the job is going to be completed correctly — but its been a year already.”
Many drivers passing Mill Street at Walnut Avenue might be familiar with the “road closed to through traffic" signs, and the red cones that identify the on-going status of a project that was expected to have been finished by the end of this month, New Braunfels city officials said.
In lune 2006, the city hired contractor Valemas Inc. of San Antonio to undertake a
multi-street construction project. In lanuary, former Director of Public Works Mike Short told the city council that the contractor had until July 2007 to complete the project.
Although the 900 and the I IOO blocks of Mill Street were given a silky, new look this week with the addition of a final layer of asphalt, the Koerlings and the other residents who live in the nine
homes that make up the 1000 block will have to shake, rattle and roll their vehicles for nearly a month longer before they, too can experience a smoother ride.
Interim Public Works Director James Ballowe said he has received several comments from local residents, adding that the reconstruction of the street is a better decision overall.
“When we ‘milled’ that
section of Mill Street, we discovered there was no foundation,” Ballowe said. “If we just put some asphalt down on top of what’s already there, it might only last two or three years.”
He said the city decided not to go for the quick fix and it should all be “completed in three or four weeks at the long end of things.”
Mark Koopmans can be reached at mkoopmans @ herald-zeitung.com.
Doctor censured by state board
Bahr investigated after an elderly patient died
By David Saleh Rauf
A New Braunfels area doctor has been disciplined by the Texas Medical Board for failing to appropriately treat an elderly nursing home res-ident who died from an infection in her lower digestive tract.
Douglas Frederick Bahr— who has practiced internal medicine in New Braunfels for about 20 years — was disciplined for failing to meet the generally accepted standard of care with regard to an 89-year-old female patient who was suffering from diarrhea, vomit-ing and abdominal pain caused by an infection called clostridium difficile. Clostridium difficile is a bacteria that can cause severe diarrhea, sepsis, inflammation of the colon and in some cases death.
According to the TMB agreed order obtained by the Herald-Zeitung, Bahr admitted that he failed to monitor the patients condition in a timely manner and he did not “consider alternatives to the medication
See DOCTOR, Page 3ATransportation Commission authorizes toll road projects
From staff and wire reports
AUSTIN—Transportation officials on Thursday approved more than 80 toll road projects across the state, many of which probably would use some private financing.
State lawmakers recently passed a two-year moratorium on some private toll road contracts. The law still allows local and state planners to
1-35, U.S. 281 improvements among possible area toll-financed projects
move on the new toll projects — with a price range of more than $50 billion — although the rules have changed.
Included in the list are identified projects to build managed lanes on Interstate 35 and U.S 281 from the Comal County line south to San
Antonio. The 1-35 project is listed on TxDOT documents as a total cost of $2.2 billion. The U.S. 281 project calls for a 4- to 6-lane toll road costing $400 million.
Under these projects, local officials would get the first crack at development before the state steps
in. And even if privately financed, the government would own and operate the roads and collect the tolls.
But with that comes the added risk to taxpayers that if the tolls don’t produce the revenue they were expected, they get stuck with the loss.
“The message we got was toll roads are OK, but we don’t want privately owned roads,” said Ric Williamson, chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission, which approved the projects.
The projects touch most of the state’s largest cities. Williamson said they need to be built as toll roads
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