New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 16, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Ze/fung, New Braunfels, Texas Friday, August 16, 1991 Page 3NWS consolidation on schedule
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Consolidalion of four arca National Weather Service stations at the New Braunfels airport is proceeding on schedule.
The next step of the project, now enmeshed in paperwork but moving along, will be delivery of the completed architectural plans for a 3,000-to 4,000-squarc-foot NWS building at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport, said Al Drcumont, the National Weather Service’s arca manager for South Texas.
The Kansas City, Mo.-bascd engineering consulting firm Fluor Daniel Inc. is expected to deliver the architectural plans in the next few months, he said.
The operation's formal name will be the Austin-San Antonio Weather Warning Forecast Office at New Braunfels, he said.
“This is a major step for the National Weather Service in the moderniza
tion of lite service,” Drcumont said. “We plan to combine four offices in one.
“We will be at the vanguard of modernization of the weather service,” he said.
Construction is scheduled to begin in about a year. Staff members from the NWS’ Austin and San Antonio weather stations will begin moving here once the building project is completed and approved, well before the statc-of-thc art long-range Doppler weather radar system is installed in September 1993, Drcumont said.
The Hondo and Del Rio offices arc scheduled to be closed in die mid-90s after another state-of-the-art radar system is completed at a Del Rio Air Force base, he said.
Currently, 27 people arc planned for the office. In general, the expertise level will be high, but no payroll has yet been estimated, Drcumont said.
“We consider ourselves a scientific organization, and we will be moving a major scientific organization to New Braunfels,” he said.
The planned New Braunfels office, one of the premier National Weather Service forecasting stations in the region and the main center for South Texas, will feature the latest weather radar technology and an automated surface observation system.
Forecasters will be equipped with modem computers, and the system will provide more weather information that is more frequently updated, increasing accuracy, Drcumont said.
The new equipment will double the daytime surface observation capability in this area and quadruple it al night, he said.
Major operations will include forecasting for the San Antonio, Austin
and other arca airports and the many Air Force bases in the region, he said.
New Braunfels was selected as the site in large part because studies indicated this would be the most effective location for the new radar, Drcumont said. The NWS has been working with city on the move for more than a year, he said.
Fluor Daniel representatives have visited New Braunfels several times during the past couple weeks to conduct site tests at the northeast comer of the airport, City Manager Paul Groh-man said.
“These will be the type of jobs you really like to attract to your community because. They will be professionals in a professional wage range,” Groh-man said.
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McKenna Health Plan ‘on line’ with presentation of first bid
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
McKenna Memorial Hospital plans to submit its first bid today for the new *stay at home: health care plan to the New Braunfels Independent School District, said Mary Faria, hospital information director.
•The idea behind this program is to stop the outmigration of patients from New Braunfels and to provide insurance access to people who don’t have coverage due to high costs,: she said *Our hope is that the main health resource for employers in our community will be McKenna Memorial Hospital.:
The new health plan is designed to provide a service to the community and to keep health care dollars in the local arca.
The McKenna plan is written through Philadelphia American Life Insurance Co. and allows a portion of the premium to stay at the hospital to
cover Fixed costs which would help meet the hospital’s ongoing operational expenses. This is different from the traditional set-up where no money goes to the hospital until treatment is provided.
♦I think its a good idea thai they’re getting something like this started,: said Lonnie Curtis, assistant superintendent for finance at NB1SD. *1 only expect to receive two or three bids at the most for the district.:
Curtis said that the district’s current provider, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, is the only company that can offer a guaranteed lockcd-in rate. He added that not many carriers arc making bids to the district due to several potentially high-dollar pending cases.
•We will look at all proposals that come in,: Curtis said.
The McKenna plan will initially be offered only to employers for group coverage but there are plans to offer
the package to individuals, Faria said.
•The program benefits the community with services and helps keep the hospital viable,: she said.
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Governor hopes next session much shorter
By PEGGY FIKAC A—od Nod Pro so Wrftor
AUSTIN — Lawmakers may be able to make quick work of the upcoming special session on redistricting. prison construe uon and the problem of county jail crowding, Gov. Ann Richards said.
"I hope this is going to be a short session We’re going to push for it to be as short as possible." Richards said before a Thursday speech to her appointees to state boards and commissions.
This year’s second special legislative session begins Monday, less than a week after lawmakers ended a 30-day spec iii budget session. Thai followed a 140-day regular session in which lawmakers approved, among other items, comprehensive school finance reforms Richards said she has not yet pm criminal justice issues on the official agenda for the session because she wants to be careful about how she words the item.
"Certainly criminal justice — prisons. jails — very much will be a pan of the call," the said The governor controls the special session agenda, or call, and she so far hat listed only congressional and State Board of Education redistricting for lawmakers’ consideration
’* When you call a session, anything that is germane lo a general topic can be introduced and discussed and considered .. lf I am not cautious in the hegunung about how I phrase the call, then we could have a whole lot of legislation come through here and be here fur a tong time,’’ Richards said "I dunk these legislators want lo come in and get this business done thai must be dune, and get on back she said
In the special session that ended
Tuesday, lawmakers approved a $59.45 billion, two-year state budget and a $2.7 billion increase in fees and taxes.
They did not approve new districts for the 15-member State Board of Education or for the U.S. House of Representatives. The districts are redrawn every IO years, following the US. census
Under 1990 census figures, Texas gains three new congressional scats in the US. House of Representatives, for a loud of 30. The new lines have to be drawn before January, when political candidates must file for the 1992 primary elections
On criminal justice, lawmakers last session approved a proposed constitu
tional amendment for voters to decide on Nov. 5 whether the state should issue $1.1 billion in bonds to build and repair prisons.
But the funds could not be spent unless lawmakers approve separate legislation on the construction plan Legislators have tied such a prison plan to reaching a settlement with counties that have sued the state because their jails are crowded with felons
About IU,UUU state prisoners are being held in county jails. The slate prison system takes in only a certain number of inmates at a time because it is under a federal court order to limit IU population.
Richards said her staff also is looking at whether other issues should be considered during the next session.
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Hostage kin broadcast messages
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Hostage families heartened by new diplomatic imitative* broadcast messages to their captive loved ones Bul con fileting signals are emerging from Israel, Iran and Syria - key players in any hostages-for-prisoner* swap,
With a proposed exchange hinging on word about Israel’s seven missing servicemen, Lebanon’s leading Shine Muslim cleric is calling on Lebanese
groups to release the MlAs or their remains.
The plea by Sheik Mohammed Mehdi Shamscddine came Thursday as diplomatic efforts slowed for a deal to free five Americans and six other Western hostages in exchange for hundreds of Arabs detained by Israel.
Today, Israel restated its willingness to make a gesture rn exchange for information on the servicemen.
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Hernandez, ai San Autumn, was tccMMiccd to death by a Comal County jury rn 19i5 fur murder in the shoot mg md robbing of five Mexican nationals rn Comal County.
Or Ally 16, Pf coffer set the execution date for Aug 16 He expected attorneys lo appeal the case lo the Circuit Coon of Appeals, a Federal District Judge, the Fifth Circuli Coon of Appeals and the Supreme Cutin ut an effun to delay the execution
'‘IWC law is constantly evolving aller a case is tried,” Pf coffer said “The longer period lh. t elapses means fauve things urn be fw d rn relation to the case *
Pf co Ter said that he i* ad all 146 pages of the motion before 'flaking his ruling lo deny the stay.
Friday's execution dan was the fir* for Hernandez
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Sunday, August 18, stop by Reebok’s to meet members of die San Antonio Riders.
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