New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Former astronaut Sally Ride, the first U.S. woman in space, addresses a crowd at Southwest Texas State University Monday.
A woman’s amazing rideFormer astronaut shares her “View From Space”
By Erin Magruder
SAN MARCOS—The first American woman in space, Sally K. Ride, received a standing ovation Monday evening at Southwest Texas State University for her sold-out lecture entitled “The View From Space.”
The pioneer astronaut lectured at 7:30 p.m. to a full house of about 1,000 community members, faculty, students and school children from all over Texas at SWT’s Evans Auditorium.
Ride’s speech was the second annual James Lovell Lecture, presented by the James and Marilyn Lovell Center for Environmental Geography and Hazards Research in the university’s department of geography.
Ride’s presentation included a slide show that gave audience members a guided tour of the earth from the breathtaking vantage point of space.
“The space program has really revolutionized what we know about our own planet,” Ride said.
Ride described her introduction into the space program in 1978 as a 27-year-old Stanford University graduate student finishing her Ph.D. in astrophysics.
Ride said she saw an advertisement in the student newspaper that stated NASA would be accepting astronauts into the space program for the first time in more than IO years since the Apollo program.
“In a certain sense you could say I got my job by applying to an ad in the newspaper,” Ride said. “So keep watching those student newspapers — you never know what will show up.”
“In a certain sense you could say I got my job by applying to an ad in the newspaper.”
Sally Ride, former astronaut
Ride became one of six women accepted into the space program, and in her career would complete two Challenger missions and accumulate more than 343 hours of space flight.
The corps of astronauts that Ride joined was a more diverse group than the Apollo astronauts — who were all male and predominantly trained as pilots, not scientists.
NASA’s pioneering shuttle missions were “completely different” in concept than the earlier Apollo explorations, Ride said.
“They stood this kind of messy looking thing on a launch pad and hoped it, too, would slice up into the atmosphere,” Ride said. ‘There was actually a lot of discussion, concern and analysis whether this was a good concept — over the pluses and minuses of the design.”
The shuttle, which orbits a couple of hundred miles from earth at 17,500 miles per hour, provides a more detailed view of the planet than the “big blue marble” that is seen from the moon, Ride said.
Ride presented photography-taken from the shuttle that showed earthquake faults, hurricanes, vegetation in the ocean and on land, highways, smoke from fires, glaciers, craters and erosion from deforestation.
The view of the earth during nighttime was even more spectacular than in daylight, Ride said.
“It is hard to take your face away from the window when you are on the night side of the planet,” RideSee RI DE/5 A
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Smithson Valley FFA Junior Melissa Galloway took home 2nd place Sunday in Class 9 Brangus breeding Heifers at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Area students will be showing their animals for the next two weeks.
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Carjacking leaves two dead, one in jail
By Heather Todd
Two people are dead and a San Antonio man is in custody after a carjacking in New Braunfels early Saturday morning resulted in a fatal collision in Marion.
John Lee, 23, of San Antonio, was taken into custody by Comal County Sheriff ’s deputies Saturday on a charge of aggravated robbery after he and another suspect, who was killed in the collision, carjacked a New Braunfels couple.
Trooper Wayne Watson, with the Texas Department of Pubic Safety in Guadalupe County, said warrants for Lee’s arrest on two counts of murder also were filed by his office Monday.
Marion resident Misty Milligan, 37, an innocent bystander in a parked car, and 22-year old San Antonio resident Larry Holt, a passenger in the stolen vehicle, both were killed instantly when their cars collided in Marion after a high speed chase.
Lee remains in the county jail in lieu of a $300,000 bond.
Aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony. If convicted, he could face life or up to 99 years in prison and an optional fine up to $10,000.
New Braunfels Police Lt. Mike Rust said an 18-year old New Braunfels woman and a 21-year-old New Braunfels man were sitting in a parked 2000 silver Chevrolet Camaro in the 300 block of Madrid in New Braunfels about 1:45 a.m. Saturday.
Rust said two black males, one armed with a gun, approached the couple from the rear of the vehicle and forced them out of the car.
The men stole jewelry and a cell phone from the woman and about
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Farm bureau, H-E-B check out for SOSResidents can donate to food bank on Food Checkout Day
From staff reports
Local residents are encouraged to participate in “Food Checkout Day” Wednesday by donating non-perishable food items today and Wednesday to the SOS Food Bank.
Donations should be dropped off at H-E-B, 651 S. Walnut.
H-E-B and the Comal County Farm Bureau are sponsoring the event in conjunction with “National Food Checkout Day,” started in 1997 by the farm bureau.
By Wednesday, the average American has earned enough money to pay for their food supply for the entire year —just 40 days.
In comparison, it takes 129 days to earn enough money to pay federal, state and local taxes for the year.
“A lot of people today take their food supply for granted,” Comal County Farm Bureau president Carlon Stapper said.
But Wednesday is a time for Americans to remember how plentiful, safe and affordable food here is, he said.
According to the latest statistics from the Agriculture Department, the average American spends only 10.7 percent of their disposable personal income to buy food.
People in India, however, spend more than 70 percent, said Emilee Trlica, Comal County Farm Bureau agriculture program coordinator.
“We hope people will pay attention to their receipts when they check out,” she said.
A large portion of grocery bills isn’t food, but rather items such as deodorant or dish detergent, Trilica says.
“We hope people will recognize that food is a bargain,” she said.
And that people will recognize the need to help those not so fortunate, she said.
Any food donated will be added to Comal County Farm Bureau’s donation of $100 worth of food and be given to the SOS Food Bank.
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Bed tax petition organizers out collecting signatures
From staff reports
Residents interested in signing a petition asking the city not to spend hotel/motel tax revenue on a convention center can go to Landa Park and the New Braunfels Public Library this week.
Petition organizers will be at Landa Park’s Pavilion 6 from IO a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday collecting signatures.
Organizers will be in the parking lot at the library, 700 Common St., from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednes
day, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Residents need to bring their voter registration cards to sign the petition, which calls for the city to spend a minimum of 30.714 percent for maintenance and improvement of the civic center, historical restoration and preservation projects, arts, historic downtown and other historic buildings and/or city-operated promotional programs allowed by state law.
By state law, expenditures fund
ed through the city’s 7 percent bed tax must be spent to promote tourism and must fit into certain categories outlined in the state’s tax code.
With about 1,000 signatures on a petition — or 30 percent of the number of registered voters who voted in the last general election — council must consider the proposal, according to city code.
lf 1,000 signatures of registered voters are rounded up, council either could approve the petition ordinance as is or call a special
election. If council votes against the ordinance, a special election is automatically called.
City council currently is considering whether to spend part of the city's bed tax revenue on a convention center.
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc. president Michael Meek said a convention center could bring an additional $153,000 in sales tax revenue and $210,000 in bed tax revenue a year to the city. It could offer a more steady source of sales
tax revenue, which funds streets, drainage and various other projects, he said.
According to a chamber-funded study by PKE Consulting of Houston, a convention center would be used at least 228 days a year and attract more than 100,000 persons a year.
Petition organizer Betty Dunkin said she wasn’t convinced this area could support a convention center.
If the people don’t come, property tax would have to make up the shortfall, she said.