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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 22, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas SENIOR NO TAPPERS KNOCK #EM DOWN AT FIESTA bowling, 8 50$ New Braunfels WEDNESDAY JUNE 22,2011Herald ^Zeitung SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852 NBPD: Marine choked out cop M. Cothron A. Cothran By Daiondo Mouttrte The Herald-Zeitung A U.S. Marine and his wife were arrested and charged over the weekend in connection with an attack on a New Braunfels Police Department officer near the Comal River, police said. . The Marine, Matthew Mitchell C othron, 28, of San Antonio, was charged with aggravated assault against a public servant, booked at Comal County jail and released after posting $125,000 bond. His wife, Annaliese Cothron, 23, of San Antonio, was charged with interference with public duties and released after posting $2,000 bond. Matthew Cothron, according to police, tussled with an NBPD officer and choked him unconscious before a second officer intervened, subduing Matthew Cothron. It started about 5:55 p.m. Saturday when the officers, on river patrol duty, had arrested a man for public intoxication on one side of the Comal between the Garden Street Bridge and the Last Tubers Exit, NBPD Capt. Michael Renshom said. See MARINE, Page 14 POSTMAN RETIRING AFTER 38 YEARS ► NEW BRAUNFELS SCHOOLS Budget looking bit better Letter carrier Jimmy Quinn delivers mail Tuesday at Laurel Heights Apartments. Quinn will be retiring June 30 after 38 years with the U.S. Postal Service9 Local dogs will have to find new target M By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung ailman jimmy Quinn has seen it all during tne 38 years of his appointed rounds. He's seen the inside of the emergency room, where he went in his torn United States Postal Service uniform to be treated for a Doberman bite on the butt. He's delivered the mail in the rushing waters of a New Braunfels flood. Once, a lady prayed for someone to help her with an ill friend — and then jimmy the mailman was there at the door, an answered prayer. A gregarious man with a big smile and a twinkle in his eye, jimmy, 61, is Jimmy Quinn retiring after 38 years of delivering mail, dodging angry dogs wrapping up his career as a mail carrier on june 30. He talked about it all Tuesday during his lunch break, seated in his mail truck under a shade tree at Walnut Avenue and Kerlick Lane, enjoying his customary sandwich and Mason jar full of ice water. "The thing I've liked most about the post office is my family out here on the route," he said. "They're not customers, these folks are my family. I've seen some of them move in and have kids and now their kids have kids. It's just really cool." jimmy, who started his postal career in Pasadena back in 1973, has been working his route covering the greater Walnut Avenue and Landa Street areas for 24 years. "I'm out there to take care of people — and I spoil everyone of them rotten if I can. I call 'em with their first name. I treat 'em like they're special — and I find it's just been a reward back to me." He remembers once stepping up to a See QUINN, Page 14 H mm U mm MORE ONLINE An extended version of this report can be found at By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels ISD Superintendent Randy Moczygemba is taking a more optimistic view of the district's financial situation going into next year. The district is rehiring teachers, and restoring sacrificed items back into its $48.4 million budget for 201 1 -12, which was approved by trustees on Monday night. Fearing legislators might strip up to $10 billion from public education, the district prepared to lose up to $8.2 million next year by trimming more than $4 million from operations. Projected numbers from the bill being considered by the Legislature put NBISD's losses between $4 million and $2 million. "The projections in Senate Bill 1 are going to have to play out for us," Moczygemba saic of the measure, which will fund schools over the next two years. Moczygemba said SB 1 has over-estimated New Braunfels' weighted average daily attendance figures by as much as $500 per student. "The state has their figure that we don't always agree with," he said. "If they use their number to fund us, we know we're going to have to pay it back in the next year. That's a variable that's hanging out there, but we feel at this point that we can fund the district based on the cuts we've actually made." Trustees approved using up to $3.5 million in fund balance Monday to help balance the budget. Moczygemba said provisions in SB 1 and the loss of Federal Education Funding will mean districts will lose more money in 2012-13. "We may go into fund balance somewhat, but we're going to be as protective with our fund balance as we can," he said. Photo submittedDry Guadalupe Reader Milan Michalec submitted this photo of the Guadalupe River taken from the Rebecca Creek Road crossing on June 8. To become an IH-ZReporter, email your photos to [email protected] ih-z Officials: Western wildfires will blaze until rain season PHOENIX (AP) The wildfires sizzling through dried-out forests and grasslands across the Southwest are a bad omen in a fire season that is expected to continue for weeks until nature provides relief in the form of seasonal rains. Fire officials are working to contain existing blazes even as they brace for new threats, setting up a dangerous and frustrating summer. But authorities don't expect to be stressed beyond their limits. While much of the South and Southwest has received less winter precipitation than normal, the rain and snow farther north has led to huge snowpack in the Sierra Nevada range in California and in the Rockies. The wildfire outlook issued by the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, calls for above-normal fire potential in the Southwest through RELATED: New Braunfels firefighters spent the weekend battling blazes. Page 2 September, but normal or milder than normal fire conditions across the rest of the West. Millions of acres across Arizona, New Mexico and west Texas have been scorched in recent weeks. And firefighters are battling tinder boxes in east Texas and north Florida, as well — officials blame fires in those states for at least six deaths this year, including two forest rangers killed Monday near the Florida-Georgia state line. Rains are expected to reduce the fire danger in Florida this week, but seasonal storms that normally stop the threat in the Southwest aren't expected to come until mid-july at the soonest. Officials say that means the three large fires now churning across Arizona's forestlands will not be the last. WEATHER, 14 JOANNA ZAPATA LONE STAR ELEMENTARY m lia I#* ft É *4 ' « ÍÜÉiK:lltt aft i ’ *? 4Ê&P-V.-:- Decent chance of storms High: 95 Low: 74 Abbv 1? Classifieds H Comics JS Crosswords 11 Forum 4 Obituaries 3 Planner 9 Sports 7 TV 13 Vol. 158 1 No. 191 1 section, 14 pages 56825 000011    1 50 centsEvery drop of water matters. Find out the latest on landscape watering restrictions at or call (830) 608-8925 for more information. Here is what matters. For breaking news, sports scores, weather, traffic and mid-day updates, follow us on Twitter ONewBraunfeisHZ II Learn what's in tomorrow's paper, offer news tips, receive alerts. Become a New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Facebook fan. Receive the Herald-Zeitung e-newsletter in your e-mail box each morning: Click ‘HereW-Zeitung Mailing list' ;