New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 29, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
TUESDAY, MAY 29,2007
FORUM Landa Park
The Comal Springs have long attracted visitors to New Braunfels waters. Page 4
SPORTS Spurs up 3-1
The Spurs return to San Antonio with a 91-79 crucial road win against the Utah Jazz. Page 6
Rain, high river sends tubers home early
■ Red Cross shelter opened for rescued tourists
CBS documentary airs tonight
I Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
belongings inside their pop-up camper trailer.
“We’re not fighting for a river spot ever again,” Holly said.
The Cannons were camping at Rainbow Camp at 8690 River Road in New Braunfels, in their pop-up camper when the rains hammered the area and the river began to rise.
Holly said they were “just rocking along” and didn’t think the river would rise as quickly as it did.
“We’ve toughed it out before,” Bob Cannon said. “Which warning do you heed?”
“This time when it started, it
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1 I Details .....7 I TV GRIDS 9
By Suzanne Ashe
At 9 p.m., tonight, a CBS News primetime special at anchored by Katie Couric will feature an interview by Kimberly Dozier, inset, the CBS newswoman injured in the bomb attack that killed Capt. James "Alex”
Funkhouser” on May 28,2006 in Baghdad.
Dozier and a news crew came to New Braunfels to meet Jennifer Funkhouser,
and their two daughters. Also killed in the blast were CBS News cameraman Paul Douglas, soundman James Brolan and their Iraqi interpreter.
Holly and Bob Cannon of Houston work to dry off their belongings at the Rainbow Campground on the Guadalupe River Monday morning after their camper was flooded Sunday.
Torrential rain in Comal County Sunday caused the Guadalupe River to overflow its banks. Tubers were forced off of the river by the Comal County Sheriff’s deputies and campers fled their campsites to search for higher ground.
Holly and Bob Cannon and Bob’s brother, Chris, came from Houston to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend on the Guadalupe River. It’s a trip they take every Memorial and Labor Day, one of them said.
However, this past weekend put a damper on their trip and their
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Deployment ceremony this Friday
By Mark Koopmans
New Braunfels and surrounding towns will soon be missing nearly 200 of its residents, so the com-munities affected are being encouraged by local business leaders to join them at a deployment ceremony Friday at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
Nearly 170 members of the Texas Army National Guard will depart Saturday for a year-long deployment to Iraq, said Rusty Brockman of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to New Braunfels, the soldiers from A Battery, 4th Battalion, 133rd Field Artillery Regiment all come from San Marcos or Seguin and a few of the other smaller towns in the area, he said.
According to Chief Master Sgt. Gonda Moncada, the soldiers are scheduled to depart from the New Braunfels Armory at 9:15 a.m. They will be led by Patriot Guard Riders who will provide an escort to the civic center, where the
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attend Memorial Day Ceremony
By Mark Koopmans
CLEAR SPRINGS —The inclement weather of the last several days was not evident Monday morning as the sun mostly shone and the wind whispered gently over the fields of the fallen — but not forgotten — during a Memorial Day ceremony in New Braunfels.
More than 200 people of all ages attended the 45-minute event at the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park, including one little girl whose helium balloon read, “We love you, Grand-dad.”
“It was a wonderful event, very successful again this year,” said loan Helmke, Memorial Day chairwoman of the American Legion Post 35.
Helmke, whose husband, Leon, served in the Air Force for more than 21 years, said she decided to arrange a local Memorial Day event when she couldn’t find one herself.
“There might have been one, but I couldn’t find it, so I decided to start one,” she said.
State budget approved, Craddick survives
By Kelley Shannon
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN — Amid last-minute budget squabbles and uproarious rebellion against Republican House Speaker Tom Craddick, the legislature stumbled toward the Finish line Monday.
Entering the final day of a five-month legislative session, a few key bills remain in limbo, the result of an early morning protest staged by Craddick’s foes. The speaker’s opponents from both political parties have tried all weekend to oust him from power, with no success.
Dozens of angry House80th Legislature ended business Monday
members who want Craddick to leave office walked out of the chamber in protest, bringing work to a halt.
“This man is sitting here violating every rule of the House, every rule of parliamentary procedure to keep himself in office, and it’s wrong,” said Rep. Pat Haggerty, R-El Paso.
Craddick has refused to allow the opposition to even bring up a motion for a vote to “vacate the chair.” His office issued a statement early Monday denouncing those who want to have a speaker's race
right now and urged lawmakers to get back to work on important bills.
The 140-day session must conclude by the end of
LEGISLATION the daY MondaY-DONE OR Republican Gov. Rick DROPPED? Perry made a similar SEE PAGE 7 pronouncement.
“The members of the Texas Legislature have not finished the people’s work,” Perry said. “Important legislation addressing our future water needs, border security, clean air, funding for parks and our future energy needs will die unless they are acted upon today.”
Craddick gaveled the House to order Monday afternoon with no mention of the insurgency that erupted hours earlier. He said he planned to allow House members to try again to pass some of the lingering bills that were caught in the conflict.
Lawmakers did manage to approve the only bill they are legally required to pass — the state budget, despite some lith hour fights and threats in the Senate to filibuster the bill, or talk it to death. The House and Senate signed off late Sunday night and early Monday on a compromise $153 billion two-year spending plan.
Year since Alex’s death chronicled
■ News correspondent recalls Capt. Funkhouser on first anniversary of death
By Mark Koopmans
One year ago today, 35-year-old Capt. lames “Alex” Funkhouser Jr. became the 2,467th member of the Unites States military to die during the Iraq war.
Alex died when an improvised explosive device went off as his unit were being “followed” by a CBS news crew, who were there to report on how Memorial Day 2006 was spent by American troops serving in Iraq.
The blast, which occurred in what high-ranking US commanders considered to be a relatively safe part of Baghdad, killed not only Alex, and his Iraqi translator Sam; it also ended the lives of CBS cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan.
News correspondent Kimberly Dozier and six members of the 4th Infantry Division were severely injured.
Although Alex’s widow, Jennifer, 28, wishes she would never have to commemorate such a terrible anniversary, the mother of two young girls has no regrets, she said.
Instead, not wanting to let the memories of the man she loves fade into the distance of time, she decided to honor her husband by sharing his story and participating in a CBS News primetime special that airs tonight at 9 p.m. with limited commercial breaks.
“Flashpoint,” which will be anchored by Katie Couric, traces the many lives changed by a bomb that weighed an estimated 400 pounds.
According to CBS News, it tells a story of the war in Iraq — the loss, heroism, pain, guilt, luck and — eventually for some — recovery.
I A four-part series I leading up to the I first anniversary I of Army Capt.
Alex Funkhouser’s death in Iraq.
Friday: Jennifer and Alex meet. Saturday: Marriage, family, deployment. Sunday: Alex is killed; Jennifer faces life without him. Today: The first Memorial Day; CBS' Kimberly Dozier I meets Jennifer.
The CBS interview
A major part of the one-hour special will focus on Dozier meeting Jennifer for the first time. The veteran journalist, who has covered the war for three years, met the stay-at-home mother of two during a visit to her New Braunfels home in April.
“A producer from CBS called and I discovered Kimberly had been trying to contact me for awhile, but I wasn’t sure at the beginning — I just remember wondering what the special would be about,” Jennifer said. “They said it would be go into what had happened that day and then focus on the recovery of the injured soldiers and Kimberly.”
With a television production about her husband in the works, Jennifer decided she should be involved, she said.
“Alex isn’t here to speak for himself, so I wanted to speak for him,” she said. “Plus I thought it would be a good opportunity to sit down with the woman who spent the last few minutes of my husband’s life with him ”
For Dozier, the sentiments about meeting Jennifer were similar.
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Charlie Rupert of the American Legion post 245 in Seguin plays Taps during the Memorial Day Ceremony Monday morning at the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park.The ceremony was organized by American Legion Post 35. See MEMORIAL, Page 5