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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 16, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                W W APRIL HERALD EL PASO TX 7990 SPORTS STUNNING The Canyon softball down to its last rallies past Dripping Page BA FORUM COLUMN Columnist Woodall says there is no reason to care about the royal wedding in Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 128 16 2 sections CLICK 5O0 Mostly Cloudy High Low 79 69 Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 41 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 28 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3B Helicopter company to expand at airport By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Silver State Helicopters board of directors approved expansion plans for its New Braunfels operations which will eventually become the Nevadabased compa nys hub in the central United Andy New Braunfels Municipal Airport said Sil ver States commitment to expand its operations in New Braunfels would eventually generate about million a year in additional revenues for the And the impact of that to the New Braunfels economy would be about million a Spinks So this is very exciting for Silver State Helicopters began offering helicopter flight training classes at the New Braunfels munic ipal airport and Central Texas Tech nology Center in Spinks said 50 students enrolled in the first training and that 50 more students were expected to enroll in Theyre hoping to enroll about 150 students a Spinks Spinks said Silver States plans included a training school for ait traffic controllers and a training school for airframe and power plant Silver State owns and operates a charter airline company called Vision he Vision Air uses MDBOs See EXPAND Page 3A SILENCE CAN BE COSTLY City begins to look at creating quiet zones By Scott Mahon StaffWriter The effort to decide whether quiet zones should be created in New Braunfels is City Engineer Mike Short said Friday that he and representatives from Union Pacific and the Feder al Railroad Administration have spent the last three weeks survey ing all 46 raikoadcrossihjgsin New Braunfels to determine what each crossing would require to meet the new quiet zone District 4 Councilwoman Valerie Union Pacific repre sentative Joe Garcia and Jerry Mar tin from the Federal Railroad spent Friday sur veying railroad The group started with the rail road crossing at North Krueger Avenue off Katy Street near the Comal County Sheriffs Depart The initial meetings we have with cities is simply to survey the Garcia But there are minimum requirements for quiet Garcia said train engineers are required to sound train horns 1 mile before and after a railroad crossing and the new quiet zones would encompass the same mile because railroad cross ings each could require dif ferent crossing gates and electron ic equipment to meet the federal regulations for quiet Short estimated the minimum cost for the implementing a quiet Photos by DAVID Union Pacific representative Joe New Braunfels City Engineer Mike Short and Federal Railroad Administration representative Jerry Martin look over the railroad crossing on North Grape Avenue Friday morning to decide what would need to be done to the crossing in order for it to meet the new quite zone District 4 Councilwoman Valerie Hull and Garcia meet at the railroad crossing on North Live Oak zone at the crossing on North Krueger near Katy Street would be Another possibility would be to close streets that run across Union Pacifics two railroad lines in New Weve talked about which streets we could consider Short But Short said closing a street would require additional expen if an alternative street would have to be constructed to provide access to a In some streets might have to be which could add another to the cost of implementing a quiet zone at any particular railroad See QUIET Page 3A Leadership Institute making changes to help students By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Sandy principal of Comal Leadership has watched three former Smithson Val ley High School students leave her campus since January because they could not get a ride to One boy was lucky enough to be able to come back when a friend with reliable transportation also started attending the alternative campus in New Both boys came into my office when they and I joked with the young man with the car not to complete his course work too soon or his friend would have to leave us Hancock Do you know what he told me He This proj them what they are really lacking a close connection with teach ers and other Sandy Hancock Comal Leadership Institute even if I Ill still keep bringing my friend to And he Now thats not all of Hancocks students who live in the north part of Comal Independent School District are as lucky in their Transportation problems for her rural students motivated Hancock to propose sweeping changes to the alternative beginning with the 200506 If the school board approves her the CLI campus will be with Canyon High School students continuing to attend class in the cur rent location and SVHS students attending a northern Although she is not sure where the new campus will be Han cock said several portables on the SVHS grounds were a likely On the one its but on the other it does not give our students much separation from their former mainstream cam she were committed to making it Hancock is excited about the change because she believes it will help CLI serve more but she is equally enthusiastic about the new freshmen recapture program administrators will implement as part of the alternative campus The modeled after a sim ilar set of classes at MacArthur High School in San will help repeating freshmen catch up to their peer group halfway through their sophomore year by allowing them to make up core first year classes they have failed while taking second year The ninthgrade program will start with 35 students screened to See STUDENTS Page 3A County takes a bite out of unpaid fines By Ron Maloney Staff Writer This year hasnt been a good one for Comal County in terms of financial but commissioners got about worth of good news The countys collection Bragg and informed offi cials at a special workshop meeting that it has collected over the past six months in unpaid fines and fees owed to the countys justice of the peace In the countys constables and the warrants division of the Comal County Sheriffs Office have been working each day to retire old unpaid although figures for that activity are not broken out from daytoday The money will be more important than ever this Comal County commissioners say they are strapped by the impacts of the senior and disabled tax freeze and other unfund ed state and are facing what is likely to be the countys second tax rate increase in the last decade as the 2006 See FINES Page 8A Trains galore New Braunfels becomes the center of the train trains 30 Texas lawmakers licensed to carry concealed weapons By Brand Grissom Associated Press Writer Texas lawmakers have permits to carry concealed and nearly all of them support a bill to eliminate the publics right to know who is licensed to pack a gun in The Associated Press requested weapons license information from the Texas Depart ment of Public Safety for 150 state represen 31 state Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Comp troller Carole Keeton Strayhorn and Rick Of the 185 elected or about 16 are licensed to cariy a concealed the records The gover senators and comptroller are not but 26 state representatives and four state senators Asked why they got the law makers generally cited personal safety and the constitutional right to bear See WEAPONS Page 8A I BLUEBONNET MSf 2004 FORD GAS TAURUS SE SAVER Iuviii iiI 5 fiteis ance oo   

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