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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 17, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY, JUNE 17,2005 "'■J. J.'.‘MUJ IX 1£'3I.I/U3 SOUTHWEST HICROPUPLISHERS 2621 I YANDELL DL' EL PASO U 79m Zeitung SPORTS BATTER UP Canyon coach Peter Garza shows young players the finer points of baseball at camp. Page 6 a m#imm FORUM COLUMN Columnist Dick Morris says more moderates are needed to get things done in Congress. Page 4 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 181 14 pages, 1 sections 500 www: i 00001 Sunny High Low 97 73 Details .....8 DEAR ABBY    10 CLASSIFIEDS 11 COMICS    9 CROSSWORD 9 FORUM    4 OBITUARIES    3 SPORTS    6 TV GRIDS    IOPinto still interested in League City post By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels could soon be in the market for a new city manager. Current City Manager Chuck Pinto has once again entered discussions with League City officials over their administrator’s job, a position he interviewed for March 18. Although Pinto had the sup port of the League City’s council and mayor during his initial interviews, the process stalled as the city elections heated up. Now, with a new mayor-elect ready to take office Monday, the city has once again made finding an administrator a top priority. “I got a call Monday from Mayor-elect Jerry Shults asking if we could meet,” Pinto said. “He wanted to know if I was still interested in the job.” Pinto is, in fact, interested. “At my age, I still like running up escalators,” he said, laughing. “They’re a real challenge, but it could very well work if everyone is comfortable with the situation.” Pinto does not have a formal offer from Shults, who has the sole authority to appoint die new city manager, hut said everything he had heard seemed positive. New Braunfels Mayor Bruce Boyer was caught somewhat by surprise when he heard the news Thursday. “If he does decide to take the challenge, it will certainly be our loss," Boyer said. Shults will preside over his first League City council meeting lune 28. Pinto estimated a decision could be made soon after that, although he was quick to say he did not have any inside information on a potential deal. Once he knows the job is his, Pinto would give New Braunfels 60 days notice, which should be CRAZY ABOUT THE SPURS Fans of all ages cheer during NBA Finals By Melissa Johnson Staff Writer Residents at Kirkwood Manor assisted living facility were greeted with a montage of black and silver when they entered the home’s main dining room Thursday afternoon. The residents were treated to a Spurs pep rally — complete with staff cheerleaders, mini basketball hoops and a Spurs sheet cake.— in honor of game four of the NBA Finals. The pep rally was the first of its kind at Kirkwood and was received with fervid enthusiasm. Eighty-two-year-old Virginia Temple showed her support for the team by wearing a halo decorated with black and silver foil stars. T he retired secretary said point guard Tony Parker was her favorite player but quickly added, “I really love all the Spurs. They’re such a nice group of young men.” Other fans waved homemade “spirit sticks” and tried their hand at shooting hoops at a 3-foot high goal. Ninety-four-year-old Alexander Schwab made a few successful baskets before returning to his table to enjoy a slice of cake. Schwab joked that what he likes about the Spurs is that “they’re winning.” “I would follow them all over the world,” Schwab said. Residents seemed delighted by the event and smiled and chatted in a sea of black and silver, a color- Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Aiming for a hoop set low with a “Go Spurs Go" poster on it, Epolita Espinosa takes a shot at the Spurs rally at Kirkwood ManorThursday. Below, Behula Houde waves her pennants and ribbons while wearing a black and silver crown and herTim DuncanT-shirt on her chest Thursday. scheme that covered the checkered tablecloths, balloon centerpieces and stars dangling from the ceiling. The celebration more closely resembled a rally found in a high school gym than an event in a retirement home. Kirkwood Manor Administrator Norm Custer said the residents have been eagerly following the Spurs’ progress and the pressure is mounting as the team moves further into the finals. “We hope they win quickly and don’t give us heart palpitations,” Custer joked. The Kirkwood staff donned Spurs shirts and jerseys and helped residents express their Spurs spirit by acting out cheers and dancing along to Queen’s “We Will Rock You.” At one point the festivities got so loud that resident Marie Hoffman feared the police would be called. Occupational therapy assistant lodie Praesel said she was proud of the staff for getting into the action. “I’m really impressed with how the staff is participating and getting the patients excited,” Praesel said. “Making tile patients happy is worth it, even if it means acting like a fool.” r i & * Ll From street comer to bars, Spurs fans hoping for another NBA title ‘ye!' mm* pm MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung From left, Alejandro and Victoria Lucio, Gloria Souca, Tracey Hayman, Mike Garcia, Eve Kelsey-Wood, Fred Brawley and Melody Wolfshohl cheer for the Spurs. By Will Wright Sports Editor Anywhere and everywhere around New Braunfels, folks are pretty crazy about the San Antonio Spurs. “Go Spurs Go!” is found on business marquees, Spurs flags are draped on houses, and young and old alike are awash in silver and black. Entrepreneurs are making bucks on Spurs gear during the team’s NBA Finals series against the Detroit Pistons. And the bar business isn t doing badly — evidenced by the turnout at three of them downtown during the Spurs’ 00-00 loss to the Pistons Thursday night. “It’s very good,” Scores owner Dick Roberts said of the nightly take during Spurs games. “I only hope the Cowboys can do as well.” Scores is New Braunfels’ upscale sports bar, featuring more than a half-dozen plasma TVs and a huge 10-foot by 12-foot screen in a new section Roberts opened in time for die playoffs. While Roberts’ heart might be with the Spurs, it’s also widi die bottom line. “It needs to go seven,” he said of the series. “Every bar’s owner feels that way — only if they can win it in Game 7.” No matter how the series winds up, Trey Kurtz will do OK. He’s the dude See SPURS Page 5 uiumiinimuu See PINTO Page 3 Chuck Pinto Flood control dam project moves forward By Ron Maloney Staff Writer County officials have reached an agreement with a mining company that could allow for construcdon of a th xxi control dam widiout cost for purchasing the property. The dam, to be built on property west of Krueger Canyon Road owned by the Holcim Corp., an international mining conglomerate based in Michigan and France, would hold back Dry Comal Creek water for three days in the event of a “ 100-year” flood event. It is estimated the structure would reduce the water flow at the dam face in such a flood by a factor of IO from 13,000 cubic feet-per-second to 1,300 cfs. It would cost $6 million to build. The October 1998 flood has been described as a “500-year” flood event. Estimates are the dam would have reduced the level of the creek at banda Street by See FLOOD Page 2 Place to play What is being done to make up for an shortage of sports facilities in New Braunfels? Police searching for stolen pieces of city’s history By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Police and operators of a local museum are hoping someone will blow the whistle on a crook who recently stole three vintage railroad signs. New Braunfels Police Department Crime Analyst Libby Rinehart said the thefts occurred at the New Braunfels Railroad Museum on West San Antonio Street sometime between May 30 and June 2. Hie signs are described as: ■ Blue sign with white underlined letters, “Texas Special,” 24-114 by 20 inches: ■ White sign with black letters, “Goodwin," 43 by 9 inches; and ■ White sign with black letters, "No Trespassing MKTRR,” 24 by 15 inches. “Together, the signs were worth $1,000,” Rinehart said. Police collected evidence at tile scene but so far have no suspects in the theft, she said. Ron Mathews, museum vice president who is in chaige of its physical plant, said whatever cash value the signs have belie their true worth as historical artifacts. “The Texas Special’ was a passenger train See SIGNS Page 3 t ;