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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 20, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas AUGUST 233 16 2 sections CLICK SPEAK OUT ZEITUNG GET Ill New Brai Smithson Valley use scrim mages to prepare for opening Page 5A Readers have their say about fuel racial supporting farmers and Page 4A and Comal County since Partly Cloudy High Low 101 75 Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 41 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 31 4B Board agrees to fund airport tower By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The New Braunfels Municipal Air port will get its air traffic control tow but not without jumping through a few more Industrial Development Corpora tion 4B Board members approved Thursday spending million for the as long as it remains city property and the remainder of the million expansion project gets Silver State Helicopters has pro posed a guaranteed by the city and paid back through the compa nys rental to pay for hang er and classroom a fixed base operation center and ramp expan Airport Manager Andy Spinks told board members he was waiting on final bids for the additional improve ments before taking the request to city Although council members have not approved or even discussed guaranteeing a bond for the they will vote Monday to ratify the 4B boards conditional City Manager Chuck Pinto said the accompanying vote enabling the city See Page 3A GETTING AN EARLY START science displays mix excitement and education By David Rupkalvis News Editor SATTLER Jennifer Curtis spends each school year working to get children excited about sci she got a head As students at Mountain Valley School returned to the school to meet their new they had a surprise in store fun and games that challenged students to think about science and Curtis came up with the idea after seeing it at another but in order to make it a she needed So she recruit ed some of her daughters friends as well as former and for days they When students walked into the gymnasium and cafeteria at Mountain what they found were stations set up with differ ent games and challenges that encouraged students and parents to think about math and Curtis said one of the reasons she came up with the idea was because she wanted to give par ents ideas of what they could do with their Each station included instructions on how to do the projects at Parents are always looking for Curtis They want something to do with their chil especially during the first week of school when theyre real Taylor a seventh grade and Katy a went through the Robinson said the hardest event was a hopscotch jump where par ticipants were challenged to mul tiply as they jumped from number to Having to do both at the same time was Robinson Both girls agreed the most fun event was a table where their thumbs were taped to their hands and they were asked to do simple chores without their Photos by MANDY From Lilliana and Natalie Eyster and Laura Richner blow through straws to see who can shoot the furthest at Mountain Valley School Thursday Taylor left and Katv Payne make their way through the multicolored flowers into Mountain Valleys gymna where science and math experiments were set It was challenging but fun at the same Robinson You never really think about how much you use your Sixthgrader Jackie Salazar helped students try the thumb She said she had practiced for two days to get but Im pretty good at Were showing how hard it is for animals to get around without Salazar Matt Hanly led a station where students learned about their bod ies by checking their pulse before and after exer cise and reaction It just proves all about yourself in different scientific he One station was less about sci ence and math and more about a challenge between boys and At the students were See Page 8A Sales tax revenues in New Braunfels continue to climb By Leigh Jones StaffWriter New Braunfels is way ahead of the rest of the state in this years sales tax increasing its take percent compared to the same time last According to numbers released by Texas Comptroller Carole Kee ton the state has increased its revenue by only percent compared to last years City Manager Chuck Pinto said the New Braunfels betterthan average performance was noth ing Doing better than the state overall is a city he We have made a marked effort to improve our economic develop which creates While the citys efforts have con tributed to the growth in sales tax Pinto said the areas overall expansion also was a fac Our entire area is The houses going up all around us cre ate a need for businesses to serve the people that live in he Those businesses generate sales tax The citys steady increase dur ing the last 10 months equals more so far for this years Augusts sales tax report covers the first month the city uses for its summer revenue calcula So so Pinto See Page 3A McKenna gets shot down by 4B Board By Leigh Jones StaffWriter The Industrial Development Corpora tion 4B Board sent McKenna Healthlink home without any money told officials not to come back McKenna Health System President Tim Brierty had asked the board for to help pay for the groups Healthlink and Childrens Museum facility on San Anto nio Board member Jay Patrick said the board had not liked the idea any of the previous three times it had come before them for consideration and wasnt likely to change its If we had wanted to do something with we would have scheduled a public hearing on it before he I think weve made ourselves clear on Patrick was joined by board Chairman Matt Harrison and members Kirk Kistner and Monroe Miller in voting to permanent ly table McKennas effectively end ing the groups bid for 4B See Page 3A COMING SUNDAY Family fitness New Braunfels business allows new moms to get in shape even with the Fire danger could be lifting in Comal County By David Rupkalvis News Editor Comal County commissioners could wait awhile before instating another burn ban after learning a new technique to measure the fire Twice this commissioners enforced a burn outlawing virtually all outdoor burning in the Alter hear ing a presentation from Lon a regional fire coordinator with the Texas Forest commissioners decided to allow burning for the time Patterson explained that the Keetch Byran Drought which Fire Marshal Lin Manford and commissioners have used to assess fire is not the best tool to make that the Forest Service uses its own the National Fire Danger Rating Patterson explained the weakness with the drought index was it was created to check for drought not fire The drought system measures the depth under the soil before moisture is The further under the the great the See Page 3A
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