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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 19, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas 2004 /^LD-ZeITUNG program still in talks Although figures are hard to trace, critters can be costly for drivers By Dylan Jim6nez Staff Writer Comal County’s natural beauty attracts a troublesome, however cute, problem in the many white-tailed deer that inhabit the wooded areas and visit the developed ones. “The problem is one of the terrain,’’ said Mark Manna, Insurance Council of Texas spokesman. The Hill Country offers a favorable habitat for deer, especially near the county’s rivers, he said. The animals can be danger-ous road hazards, but the effect on insurance rates cannot be easily calculated. According to the Texas Department of Insurance, rates are higher in Comal and Guadalupe counties Blan in I Iii! Country counties farther north C Lie k To compare insurance JhgC rates for Comal County, visit www tdi state tx us/ consumer/auto html Northern Hill Country counties, like Mason, Gillespie and Llano, host the most dense deer populations in Texas with one deer every two to three acres, according to the Texas Parks and Wild'iife Department. “It s really difficult to break down how serious the problem is (in a particular comity),” I lamia said. The Texas Department of Public Safety tracks vehic le collisions but doesn’t break down the type of collisions by animal. According to DPS, 15 people were killed and more than 1,500 people were injured in motor vehicle collissions with animals in 2000. Damages from deer collisions cost an average of $2,000, but can cause as much as $8,(X)0 in damage, according See WRICKS. Page 3A DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Comal County officials say they clean up three or four deer carcasses off county roads each week after motorists collide with the animals. DEFENSIVE DRIVING TIPS ■ Be alert for deer in early morning and evening hours ■ Use high-beam headlights. NI Slow down and blow one long horn blast to frighten deer away I Don t swerve Brake firmly when you notice a deer M Always wear your seat belt Most people injured in car vs. deer crashes were not wearing their seat belt. ■ Look for other deer after one has crossed the road RELATED STORY ■ Garden Ridge grapples with deer issue monthly PAGE 3A Outdoorsman: Deer hunting a vital part of local economy By David Rupkalvis Sports Editor While deer might be a nui-sance on the roads, the income derived from hunting benefits all community residents indirectly. When hunters head out into the field in search of a trophy buck, or even a small doe, they spend money that provides careers for some, a big boost for others and tax benefits to the community as a whole. “The economic impact that hunters have, not just on this community, but communities overall, is incredible," said Keith Warren, an outdoors enthusiast who has two national television programs. “Deer hunters go to motels, they buy gas and they buy tires. See HUNTING, Page 3A By Bon Maloney Staff Writer A task force will continue to study how best to assist sexual assault survivors and gather evidence that could put their attackers in prison. McKenna Memorial I hospital, which hosted the group meeting Wednesday, treats about 15 sexual assault victims in its emergency room each year. In cases likely to result in a prosecution, sex assault victims have been sent to San Antonio, where Methodist I lealth System nurses trained as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners collect evidence including hair, fibers and bodily fluids. The program, called SANE, involves specialized training in collecting evidence and testifying in court. Law enforcement officials, rape crisis workers and advo cates want McKenna to establish a SANE program in New Braunfels. Many victims, they say, are reluctant to leave New Braunfels for what can be an hours-long process of going to San Antonio lo be examined and have evidence collected. District attorney Dib Waldrip said the long wait is detrimental to a victim’s emotional well-being — and a potential prosecution. “The wait becomes protracted,” Waldrip said. “The drive time in and of itself plays a role, but it certainly does not help us in getting those exams completed when they have to go to San Antonio to achieve that result.” McKenna officials have been reluctant to establish the program because of the low caseload and difficulty keeping See RAPE, Page 5A Arbor Day ceremony honors 9111 victims By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Local garden club members will plant a Texas I ive Oak tree today in an Arbor Day ceremony dedicated to the 2,948 victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. ll, 2001. The 10:30 a.m. ceremony will be held at the I .anda Park Dance Slab. “The three garden clubs — Guada Coma, Four Seasons and Comal — thought it would be a wonderful tiling to plant a tree to honor the victims,” said Guada Coma Garden Club President Vivian Allen T he ceremony will include guest speakers state Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels, and noted horticulturist Dr. Calvin I inch. Hie public is invited to attend. Each year, an advisory' committee plants a different tree on Arbor Day. T his one was chosen for the liv ing qualities it brings to the memorial. “The Founders ce is also a live oak,” Allen said. “We chose it because of its strength See ARBOR DAY. Page 5A SPORTS CENTEX 151s Adding new members to an already solid core has pushed local volleyball team to greatness. Page GA TTffWlM FORUM ANN COULTER Spanish voters give terrorists what they wanted by replacing Popular Party with a Socialist government. Page AA FRONTand Center 1    MlillMMMHMMMMamMMMNMNMM »P* IMM I IHI I a I » M .•ttSMOTMMU’ Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol. 153, No. 111 14 pages, 2 sections CL wwv,. ■56825 oooor pT..... w * Mostly Mostly cloudy High Low 82 Details 60 . . 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4-6B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM    4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6-8A TV GRIDS 3B "'-''I'M- Local rape Gartenfest Event volunteers say‘Lettuce Entertain You.* Get more event details in today’s Daily Planner, IB.Canyon Lake Presbyterian :=    .    . Canyon    Fridays, the Lake Village    Hemld.7j;itung -H a,    unit feature a J? g    GI    different house of worship. PM 2673    CCSO Substation CANYON LAKE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH B Pastor Doug Dalglish B Mission statement As servants of our Lord, Jesus Christ, our mission is to build a strong fellowship dedicated to providing spiritu al care and nurture to our church and community B Denominational affiliation Presbyterian a Current attendance: 95 B Meeting times 11 arn Sunday B Location: 230 Shepherd Hills a Phone: 964-2427 B Worship style: traditional and contemporary Mission mentor: Church focuses on youth outreach By Leigh Jones Staff Writer From their vantagepoint atop Shepherd I UU, members of (Canyon lake I’res-byterian Church see a mission field. The 19-year-old congregation feels compelled to meet the needs of its community, and in 1999, it found tile perfect vehicle. “We wanted a program with a strong mission emphasis that would help local kids,” said member Marilyn Atellan. That program turned out to bt* “Kids Hope,” a partnersliip between the church and Mountain Valley Elementary school. Each year, a team of tutors from the church is matched with children who need special attention. A tutor meets with a child for one hour once a week for at least a year. During that hour, they work on homework or other exercises die teacher diinks the student needs help with. Sometimes the most important tiling a mentor can do is express support and take pride in the student’s progress. The first year, 17 tutors made a three-year commitment. Now, a majority of the congregation — almost all of its 95 regu lar attendees — help with the program. “I checked the numbers for last year,” Arehart said. “Out of 126 members of our church, over 80 people were involved in one way or another. That’s amazing.” Arehart believes the support the tutors receive from other church members is what makes their program so successful. Although no proselytizing occurs during mentoring sessions, the church still finds a way to minister to the children's families. Each year, mentors throw several parties for children involved in the program. Families are also invited. Arehart was concerned that the first gathering for this See CHURCH Page 5A DAVID INGRAM 'Herald Zeitung Canyon Lake Presbyterian Church Pastor Doug Dalglish plays a game of “Hangman" with Mountain Valley Elementary student Robert Hagar as a way of helping him with his spelling ;