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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 24, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas VIV FELS 20332 HO09 10/22/99 SO - WE ST n I c RO PU BL I SLI I NG 2627 E VONDELL DR EL POSO, TX 79903- 7 2Herald-Zeitung Vol. 148, No. 155    12    pages    in    I    section    June    24,    1999 Thursday— Comal County since 1852 50 cents Spurs now one step from the titleSan Antonio rolls past New York in Game 4; closes with 10-5 run By Chris Sheridan AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK — All of the San Antonio Spurs, not just Tim Duncan and David Robinson, emerged as championship material in Game 4. In a game in which somebody had to make the big plays in the final two minutes, it was the Spurs who made them all. Closing with a 10-5 run, San Antonio defeated the New York Knicks 96-89 Wednesday night, taking a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals. No team has ever recovered from such a deficit in the finals. This was a true team effort, not just a bunch of guys riding along on the coattails of Duncan and Robinson, who scored 28 and 14 points, respectively. Mario Elie had 18, Avery Johnson and Sean Elliott scored 14 apiece as all of San Antonio’s starters reached double figures. San Antonio held the Knicks to 17 points in the third quarter and outrebounded them for the first time in the series, 49-34. Duncan had 18 of those rebounds and Robinson 17, and the Twin Towers deterred the Knicks all night with their size. Robinson had four blocks and Duncan three. San Antonio led for most of the game, but — unlike in Games I and 2 — the Knicks made a final run in the fourth quarter. A foul shot by Larry Johnson cut the Spurs' lead to 86-84 with 3:40 left, but New York wouldn’t score again until the final minute. Elliott and Robinson each hit a pair of free throws to increase the lead to six, and all the Knicks got were missed jumpers and poor ball handling. The crowd at Madison Square Garden sat in stunned silence as nothing seemed to work, and they were heading en masse to the exits by the time the clock ticked inside the final minute. Latrell Sprewell finished with 26 points and Allan Houston and Marcus Camby had 20 apiece for the Knicks, who were down another player with Chris Childs’ sprained knee limiting him to 7 minutes. Besides those three starters, nobody else contributed much for New York. Larry Johnson and Kurt Thomas had five points each and Charlie Ward added 11 — only one after the first quarter. San Antonio will be going for the first championship in franchise history when the series resumes Friday night. & v* rn- CHRISTINA MINOR/HeraW-Zeitung Jim Inman of the Water Oriented Recreation District (left) and County Commissioner Moe Schwab point out some of the features of Nichols Landing, an area designated for recreational use. Nichols Landing site earmarked for county park By Chris Crews Staff Writer Nichols Landing, a peaceful spot on the Guadalupe River above Canyon Dam, opened recently to the public, and Comal County officials are working to improve the area for summer recreation. 'it’s a beautiful area that’s different than other places on the river,” said Jim Inman, general manager of the Water Oriented Recreation District. “There are a lot of families that go up there” The nine-acre park, with about 1,200 feet of river homage, has been under development for about three years, County Commissioner Moe Schwab said. The park is in western Comal County off Old Spring Branch Road. WORD is working on an agreement to operate and maintain the park for the county. Inman said the county needed a public park on the river above the lake. The park will make a good put-in and take-out point for tubers and canoeists, he said. Inman said the opening of the park had led Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife to consider stocking See PARK/3 Directions From New Braunfels, take Texas 46 to Farm-to Market Road 311. Take FM 311 to U.S. 281. Take a right on U.S. 281 to Spring Branch Road. Take a left on Spring Branch Road to Old Spring Branch Road. Old Spring Branch Road then dead ends at Nichols Landing.Game 4 Spurs 96, Knicks 89 New York    29 17 17 26 — 89 San Antonio 27 23 22 24 — 96 Spurs lead best-of-seven series 3-1Series Schedule Game 1: Spurs 89, Knicks 77 Game 2: Spurs 80, Knicks 67 Game 3: Krucks 89, Spurs 81 Game 5: ©New York, 8 p m. Friday ‘Game6: ©San Antonio, 6:30 p.m. Sunday ‘Game7: ©San Antonio. 8 p.m. Tuesday * — if necessary TV: KMOL; Radio: WOAI, KCOR BRIERTY McKenna selects its new leader Hiring of Brieity comes from within By Peri Stone Staff Writer McKenna Health System decided to promote from within when the board tapped Tim Brieity for die position of president and chief executive officer. Briefly, formerly the administrator of the hospital and chief operating officer of the system, is the new president and CEO of McKenna Health System, effective Wednesday. “I’m surprised and I’m honored,” Brierty said Wednesday afternoon. Brierty replaces Bill Morton, who came out of retirement April 7 to serve as interim president and CEO. Morton, a former chairman of the board and president of Mission Valley Textiles, replaced Ray Harris, who left McKenna to pursue private interests. Hams was president and CEO of McKenna Health System for about two y ears and oversaw the $11 million expansion project and implementation of Heritage Health Plans. Bnerty said he planned to continue working on the expansion project, which started in August 1997 after five years of planning. “My next step is to complete what we’ve got going through next year,” Bnerty said. This phase of work should finish at the end of the year, he said. Projects include work on the pharmacy, cardiopulmonary and radiology units and administrative and ancillary offices. The next phase of improvements See LEADER/3 National Senior Tour event begins Wednesday with pro-am tourney; pro event tees off today From staff reports The New Braunfels Open began on Wednesday afternoon as 60 local amateur golfers teamed up with 60 National Senior Tour professionals for a pro-am tournament at The Bandit Golf Course. Rains earlier this week threatened to bump the tournament schedule back one day, but NST officials credited The Bandit’s ground crew with preparing the course on time. Tuesday’s practice rounds were delayed for four hours because of the rain. The $60,000 professional tournament begins today with starting times at 7:30 and 11:30 a.m. for the field of 115 NST pros. After Friday’s round, the field will be cut to the low 60 scores and ties for Saturday’s final round. The pro tournament will feature at least three players who recently qualified for the U.S. Senior Open, one of the premier senior events. Jimmy Delaney and Horacio Carboned qualified this past weekend in San Antonio, with Delaney shooting a medalists core of 67 and Carboned shooing a 70. Dave Oakley also qualified this past weekend in Baltimore. Wednesday’s pro-am was a scramble in which amateurs could play the best drive of the group, including pros, while the pros played out their lies. On par three holes, all players played out their lies. Three-day tickets fot the pro tournament are $10, with proceeds benefiting the Braunfels Foundation Trust. The Bandit is located south and east of New Braunfels at 6019 Farm-to-Market Road 725. Hitting the links PETER BROWN/Heratd-Zeitung The Bandit’s Frank Hidalgo prepares to marshal the course as 120 pro and amateur golfers team up for Wednesday’s New Braunfels Open pro-am tournament. The National Senior Tour tournament begins at 7:30 a m. today and will continue through Saturday. Admission is $t0 for dethme-day event. NBISD trustees approve public hearing for tax rate By Heather Tooo Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District trustees set July 12 as the date for a public hearing on a maximum $1.73 tax rate for the 1999-2000 school year. Trustees took a roll call vote Wednesday night on the highest tax rate the district could impose on its taxpayers. Board members unanimously approved the $1.73 maximum rate, an 8 cent increase. The public hearing is set 6:30 p.m. July 12 at the Education Center, 430 West Mill St. also is scheduled to adopt a 1999-2000 budget July 12. David Rastellini, NBISD business manager, said the maximum tax rate was the highest the district could impose but not necessarily the tax rate the board would adopt. Rastellini, who presented board members with a proposed $38.4 million budget for next year, recommended a $1.71 tax rate. He said the 6 cent increase on local taxes would bring in about $1.4 million in additional local rev CAMPOS enue to balance the proposed budget, which is about $3.4 million more than the 1998-99 budget. The 1998-99 school year budget was $34.98 million. Rastellini said the proposed budget reflected “difficult cuts” on the part of Superintendent Ron Reaves and administrative staff'. “What it boiled down to was to find a way to fund or cut a little over $2 million,” he said. “We’ve whittled this down to the bone.” Rastellini said administrators cut $2.3 million in budget requests to $875,000. However, trustees disagreed with many budget cuts and recommended $ 139,000 in additional funding for items cut by the administration. The biggest budget cuts were for See NBISD/3Inside Abby......................................5 Classifieds.....................9-12 Comics.................................7 Crossword............................5 Forum...................................6 Local/Metro...........................4 Movies..................................5 Obituaries.............................3 Sports...................................8 Today..................................2 Television..............................7 www.haraki-aaltiing.oom Key cod* 76 NBISD* current tax rate is $1.65 per $100 valuation, with _______    the current BEDFORD    maintenance and operations rate at $ 1.40 and the debt service rate at 25 cents. Adoption of the district* tax rate is scheduled July 20. The board ;