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Page 6A Search for Pineda Continued from pg. 1A for Human Identification for com- parison. Examiners have asked the Hays County Sheriff's Office if any other bones could be found to help pinpoint a match. "We got a call last week to see if we could go back and find some more bones to make a definite comparison," sheriff's spokesman Lt. Dennis Gutierrez said. "With this severe drought this river is about the lowest it's ever been. We're able to go up and down it pretty easily now.', The search comprised 60 volun- teers from the sheriff's office, San Marcos Police Department, the county's Civilian Emergency Re- sponse Team and forensic graduate students from Texas State UniversiW. Local pilot Ron Huffman also provid- .ed aerial support from his airplane. Hours later, searchers found no human remains but gathered some clothing of interest, which included a woman's shirt, blue jeans and a shoe, said Gutierrez. He added it would be another few weeks or so to analyze the clothing. "We know the Pineda family would love to have closure in this," he said. "That is our ultimate goal. It's been seven long years for them." The woman's father, Ignacio Pineda, appreciated the support for his lost daughter. "The more they find, the more "We know the Pineda family wouM love to have closure in this. That is our ultimate goal. It's been seven long years for them." -It. Dennis Gutierrez, spokesperson for Hays County Sheriff Department hope we find that it's her," Ignacio said. "They did what they could. I'm grateful that they went down there." He said that he and other family members were called in to give ad- ditional DNA samples to help with the process. If examiners cannot verify a positive match, the Pineda family ~ have to find closure another wa~fi he says. "We just have to, in time, realize that she's with God because we haven't found her," he said. "It's hard to come to a conclusion. We just have to keep going on with our lives and keep her in our thoughts." NEWS Sixty volunteers from the sheriff's Office, San Marcos Police Department, the c~unty's graduate students from Texas State University helped in the search for the remai0s of Laurie Pir water crossing at Five Mile Dam in 2004. H~ Free Press September 14, 2011 PHOTO BY SEAN KIMMONS Emergency Response Team and forensic whose car was washed away at a low BY WES FERGUSON The Kyle City Council has closed the book on a difficult budget season, giving final ap- proval to a $37.1 million bud- get for the next fiscal year. The budget slashes spend- ing for city services and sharp- ly increases fees for water and wastewater utilities, among other fees, as the city grapples with mounting debt and fund- ing shortfalls. During Tuesday's council meeting, members also gave the final OK to a property tax rate increase of about 7 cents for the next fiscal year. Coun- cilwoman Becky Selbera was the only member who opposed the rate of 48.45 cents per $100 of property value. Thebudgetisaboutl2.5per- Lucy Johnson, Kyle's mayor. cent leaner than last year's, and "We're bringing up the city to council members noted they a much higher standard of fi- spent 25 hours in workshops nancial security and a better going line by line through the financial future." city's finances to ensure the Also during Tuesday's meet- cuts weren't as painful as they ing, the council voted to an- could have been. thorize a contract of up to "I'm happy we're moving $527,650 for Lake Kyleproject forward with this budget," said improvements. + *Annual Percentage Rate. All rates are expressed "as low as". Actual rate may vary depending on credit qualifications. **Rate applies to 1st lien commercial real estate loans with a loan to value of 80% loan rates/terms may vary'. ***Annual Percentage Yield, Penalties for early withdrawal may apply, Jumbo- A minimum deposit of $95;000 is required. Rates and terms are sub NMLS#458989 ~.Federally insu +