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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 26, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY July 14 pages in 2 sections 218 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Second redii SPECIAL SESSION On the Web Texas Legislative Council FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS AUSTIN AP David Dewhurst confirmed BWday congressional redistricting will not be debated or voted on by the full Senate before the term ends next week because of a lack of sup but he that sooner or a new plan will get In redistricting in this ses sion is said who pre sides over the We will continue to do everything we can to bring everyone Abloc of 11 Democrats and one Repub lican have been holding firm in oppos ing redistricting in the Thats enough to keep the bill from coming up for debate under Senate Republican Rick is expected to call a second special legislative session on the Dewhurst said he expects Perry to call it sooner than The current 30day special session ends District 73 State Carter RNew expressed frustration Friday at the Democratled obstruction of redistricting in the Im coming Were not working this The redistricting didnt come out of the Were coming back Monday at 10 and adjourning I dont think well pass any Casteel I get exasperated when we dont move I call this swimming in I want to get out of the mud and move A OOPcontrolled Senate committee approved a redistricting map this week that appears as though it could give Texas Republicans an additional seven seats in the congressional delegation that is now dominated by Democrats The bill stalled in the Senate after the Fire Chief NB needs two new fire stations BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer New Braunfels needs two new fire stations in the next four years to stay ahead of Fire Chief John Herber He and city council members will discuss developing a plan to address growing disparity between emergency services and Herber said he supports the citys current annexation provided appropriate increases hi firefighting The two new stations could cost million in equipment and buildings and another million per year in Herber T don t think that we need a station that precedes annexa tion if we adopt a plan that ensures that this See FIRE Blood test could reveal officers fate BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer New Braunfels police secured a blood sample Friday they hope will help an officer assess her risk of contracting Hepatitis from a woman she arrested July Police Mike Rust said detective TIMMERMAN Scott Renken and New Braunfels Fire Department paramedics secured the sam ple from Elizabeth Timmer of New is being See Dollars for dashing ducks i iu i i i i uuoaic OUM Ducks at the second annual Lucky Duck Derby Friday evening jockey for position and a prize of for the lucky duck JESSIE Above As the flock of lucky ducks floats the final stage of the onlookers root for their own duck to be the first through the winning Left Comal County Senior Center volunteers help release thou sands of ducks into the Coma River late Friday senior center get lucky in annual race BY RON MALONEY If things are just ducky today for Ramona of San Anto its with good She sponsored the winning entry Friday in an important racing Forget about what those For mula 1 guys are doing this week in whatever country theyre doing it Dont think about those NASCAR folks up at that trian gular racetrack in1 Dont even consider those guys chasing Lance Arm strong around France on their spindly little What Zerr won could be called the Tour de Duck the second annual Lucky Duck Derby conducted Friday afternoon in Landa The derby benefits the New Braunfels Senior Citizen Cen Director Gerry Webb said this years outstripped last years for attendance and fan Its wonderful just awe We floated Webb Receipts were expect ed to be between and she Ducks were dumped in the Comal River at Landa Haus and swept downstream to the finish line at the large who led a San Antonio sweep of the top two spots and won five wasnt present to claim the But Suzanne of New See Uscky Ctudks First Place Ramona San Second Place Scott San Third Place Suzanne New INSIDE Medical helicopter maintenance operation moves to New Braunfels BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer More jobs will be available for helicopter as a medical transport company expands its operations in New San Diegobased Critical Air Medicine plans to move its regional maintenance oper ation from to the New Braun fels Municipal The company could move as soon as a hangar is cleared at the end of but officials said paperwork could alow the Critical Air now operates a smaller opera tion in onethird of a hangar at the New Braunfels A sixman crew at the current feet facility inspects 15 helicopters from across Its the main Texas inspection and repair Theyre flying these aircraft quite a and these aircraft get an inspection every 100 hours of flight So theyre in here every twoandahalf said Richard supervisor of the local The operation will be expanded immedi ately to 20 with the eventual goal to expand to approximately 30 to 35 according to a business plan sub mitted to airport The move wjJUi aBow Critical Air to serve a fleet of 18 aircraft throughout and the facility could eventually become the hub of the companys maintenance the plan said The new operation will be located in a next door to the current The See space at New Braunfeis Municipal
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