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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 12, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 158, No. 156 12 pages, 1 section Inside CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES PLANNER SPORTS TV GRID 9 8 8 4 3 9 6 11 Storm«    possible High    Low 86    68 Details    7 ■ LOCAL NEWS, 2CHS student studies HIV/AIDS, wins $2K ■ LOCAL SPORTS, 6Baseball, softball playoffs resume ■THE NATION, 5It's official: Gingrich is running for president THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011 Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.    500 ► LANDA PARK Lovett asks NB council to revisit proposal Leaders balk at Diary: Bin Laden eyed body count Terrorist mastermind was looking for new ways to attack Americans, officials say The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Deep in hiding, his terror organization becoming battered and fragmented, Osama bin Laden kept pressing followers to find new ways to hit the U.S., offi- cials say, citing his private journal and other documents recovered in last week's raid. Strike smaller cities, bin I,aden suggested. Target trains as well as planes. Above all, kill as many Americans as possible in a single attack. Though he was out of the public eye and al-Qaida seemed to be weakening, bin Laden never yielded control of his worldwide organization, U.S. officials said Wednesday. His personal, handwritten journal and his massive collection of computer files reveal his hand at work in every recent major al-Qaida threat, including plots in Europe last year that had travelers and embassies on high alert, two officials said. See DIARY, Page 12 ► PROVIDERS OBJECT President’s health care quality plan in jeopardy The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Barack Obamas main idea for getting quality health care at less cost was in jeopardy Wednesday after key medical providers called his administration’s initial blueprint so complex it’s unworkable. Just over a month ago, the administration released long-awaited draft regulations for “accountable care organizations,” networks of doctors and hospitals that would collaborate to keep Medicare patients healthier and share in the savings with taxpayers. Obama’s health care overhaul law envisioned quickly setting up hundreds of such networks around the county to lead a bottom-up reform of America’s bloated health care system. But in an unusual rebuke, an umbrella group representing premier organizations such as the Mayo Clinic wrote the administration Wednesday saying that more than 90 percent of its members would not participate, because the rules as written are so onerous it would be nearly impossible for them to succeed. “It’s not just a simple tweak, it’s a significant change that needs to be made,” said Donald Fisher, president of the American Medical Group Association, which represents nearly 400 large medical groups around the country. Its members, including the Cleveland Clinic, Intermountain Healthcare in Utah, and Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, had been seen as the vanguard for accountable care. See PLAN, Page 12 protection area near Spring-fed Pool By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung lohn Lovett, a New Braunfels builder who serves on the Edwards Aquifer Authority’s board of directors, is asking New Braunfels City Council to reconsider its lack of support for a proposed “Environmental Restoration and Protection Area” in Landa Park. The ERPA has been proposed as part of the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program (EARIP), a plan being developed to balance Lovett the needs of endangered species in Comal Springs with the growing human demand for Edwards water. In April, council voted to support the overall concept of the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program, including the construction of a single ERPA that would be built in the Gazebo Circle area of Landa Park to ensure the survival of the endangered Comal Springs Riffle Beetle. But council failed to endorse a second proposed ERPA that would be more visually obtrusive and located near the popular Spring-fed Pool. The second project would be built along the old Comal River channel behind the Spring-fed Pool, a prime habitat for most of the endangered species. The Old Channel ERPA would include water pumps and pipes and concrete-lined channels to move water to prime species habitat during those dangerous times when drought or overpumping of the aquifer results in extremely low flows from the springs upon which the species depend. Lovett asked council to take another look at the decision to not endorse the second ERPA. See PARK, Page 12 NB woman Melissa Skasik of the Comal Master Gardeners points out her drip irrigation system while walking around her backyard garden on Wednesday. laura mckenzie Herald-Zeitungsuggests drip irrigation to save water By Dalondo Moultrie The Herald-Zeitung While thunderstorms would be a welcome relief to area aquifers, the National Weather Service predicts only a 30-40 percent chance of those storms happening this week. The lingering drought and falling aquifer levels have pushed New Braunfels and Comal County dangerously close to Stage II water restrictions. One city resident, however, has what she thinks is an answer to keep restrictions at a minimum and lawns and gardens beautiful: drip irrigation. Melissa Skasik said watering plants below ground conserves water, which is better for mankind, and nourishes the plants at a deeper soil depth, which is better for plant life because it allows for deeper, stronger roots. “If you're walking along with a hose and getting a splash here and a splash there, it encourages plants to have shallow root systems. These plants will not be as likely to survive either a See DRIP, Page 12 LOCAL CHURCH HELPING ALABAMA VICTIMS _    Photo    courtesy    of    Country    MusicTelevision Country MusicTelevision films a segment on First Baptist Church Canyon Lake's chainsaw team clearinq debris in Alabama. The segment will be aired during a disaster relief telethon at 8 p.m. today. LOVE THY NEIGHBOR First Baptist Church Canyon Lake’s chainsaw crew on scene in Ala. By Dalondo Moultrie The Herald-Zeitung Hearing about the devastating destruction tornadoes wreaked in Alabama, a team of local volunteers sprang to action in hopes of helping victims. The storms in Tuscaloosa caused damage reminiscent of a war zone, said Ben Moberley, a volunteer with the chainsaw team of First Baptist ■ OUR VIEW: Don't let "disaster fatigue" keep you from helping out. Page 4 ■ RELATED: Floodwaters from the bloated Mississippi River spilled across farm fields, cut off churches, washed over roads and forced people from their homes. Page 5 Church Canyon Lake. “Some people are equating it to Hiroshima in some neighborhoods,” said Moberley, a retired Army lieutenant colonel living in Canyon lake. Moberley said he and his team arrived safely in Alabama and have been providing help where needed, cutting trees and branches that have fallen on houses and vehicles. They spend many hours a day clearing debris and lending helping hands, Moberley said. He said the work they’re doing helps residents get back inside their See ALABAMA, Page 12 On the corner of Seguin & Coll St. www m ri h Sunday Services 8 and 10:30 a.m. ;