New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 26, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
SATURDAY July 26, 2002
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Vol. 152, No. 218
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Second special session looms with death of redistricting
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From Staff and Wire Reports
AUSTIN (AP) — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst confirmed Friday congressional redistricting will not be debated or voted on by the full Senate before the term ends next week because of a lack of support, but he vowed that “seamer or later,” a new plan will get approved.
“In essence, redistricting in this session is dead,” said Dewhurst, who presides over the Senate. “We will continue to
do everything we can to bring everyone together.”
A bloc of ll Democrats and one Republican have been holding firm in opposing redistricting in the Senate. That’s enough to keep the bill from coming up for debate under Senate rules.
. Republican Gov. Rick Perry, however, is expected to call a second special legislative session on the issue. Dewhurst said he expects Perry to call it “sooner than later."
The current 30-day special session ends Tuesday.
District 73 State Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels, expressed frustration Friday at the Democrat-led obstruction of redistricting in the Senate.
“I’m coming home. We’re not working this weekend. The redistricting didn’t come out of the Senate. We’re coming back Monday at IO (a.m.) and adjourning on Thursday. I don’t think we’ll pass any
thing,” Casteel said. “I get exasperated when we don’t move forward. I call this swimming in mud. I want to get out of the mud and move forward.”
A GOP-controlled Senate committee approved a redistricting map this week that, appears as though it could give Tbxas Republicans an additional seven seats in the congressional delegation that is now dominated by Democrats 17-15. The bill shilled in the Senate after the vote.
Fire Chief: NB needs two new fire stations
By Dylan Jimenez
New Braunfels needs two new fire stations in the next four years to stay ahead of growth. Fire Chief John Hether said.
He and city council members will discuss developing a plan to address growing disparity between emergency services and population.
Herber said he supports the city’s current annexation plan, provided appropriate increases in fire-fighting infrastructure.
The two new stations could cost $3.5 million in equipment and buildings and another $1.5 million per year in manpower, Herber estimated.
*1 don’t think that we need a station that precedes annexation if we adopt a plan that ensures that this happens,”
See FIRE STATIONS/3A
Blood test could reveal officer’s fate
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
New Braunfels police secured a bl xxi sample Friday they hope will help an officer assess her risk of contracting Hepatitis from a woman she arrested July 15.
Police Lt. Mike Rust said detective Scott Renken and New Braunfels Fire Department paramedics secured the sample from Elizabeth Ti rn rn er-mann, of New Braunfels.
Timmermann, 37, is being
Dollars for dashing ducks
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Ducks at the second annual Lucky Duck Derby Friday evening jockey for position and a prize of $5,000 for the lucky duck owner.
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(Above) As the flock of lucky ducks floats the final stage of the race, onlookers root tor their own duck to be the first through the winning gate (Left) Comal County Senior Center volunteers help release thousands of ducks into the Comal River late Friday evening.
Winners, senior center get lucky in annual race
By Ron Maloney
If things arc just ducky today for Ramona Zerr, of San Antonio, its with good reason.
She sponsored the winning entry Friday in an important racing event.
Forget about what those* Formula I guys are doing this week in whatever country they’re doing it in.
Don’t think about those NASCAR folks up at that strange, triangular racetrack "in roffWiyiva* nia.
Don’t even consider those guys chasing Lance Armstrong around France on their spindly little bicycles.
What Zerr won could be called the Tour
de Duck — the second annual Lucky Duck Derby conducted Friday afternoon in luanda Park.
The derby benefits the New Braunfels Senior Citizen Center.
Director (Jerry Webb said this year’s event outstripped last year’s for attendance and fan support.
“It’s wonderful -— just awesome. We floated 5,(XX) ducks,” Webb said. Receipts weir* expected to be between $10,000 and $15,000, she said.
Ducks were dumped in the Comal River at Lamia Ha us and swept downstream to the finish line at the large pavilion.
Zerr, who led a San Antonio sweep of the top two spots and won five grand, wasn't present to claim the prize.
But Suzanne Phillips, of New
■ Ramona Zerr, San Antonio, $5,000
■ Scott Spencer, San Antonio, $750
■ Suzanne Phillips, New Braunfels, $250Inside Medical helicopter maintenance operation moves to New Braunfels
By Dylan Jimenez
More john will be available for helicopter mechanics aw a medical tranwport company expanda itw operations in New Braunfels.
San Diego-baaed Critical Air Medicine Inc. plana to move itw regional maintenance operation from Phoenix, Ariz., to the New Braunfels Municipal Airport.
The company could move as soon as a hangar is cleared at the end of August, but official) waul paperwork could slow the move.
Critical Air now operates a smaller operation iii one-third of a hangar at the New Braunfels airport.
A six-man crew at tile Current 2,000-squartv feet facility inspects 15 helicopters from across Texas. It’s the main Texas inspection and repair facility.
“They’re flying these* aircraft quite a bit, and these aircraft get an inspection every IOO hours of flight time. So they’re in here every two-and-a-half months,” said Richard Brakey, supervisor of the local facility.
The operation will be expanded “immediately” to 20 employees, “with the eventual goal to expand to approximately 30 to 35 employees,” according to a business plan submitted to airport officials.
The move will allow Critical Air to serve a fleet of 18 aircraft throughout 'Ibxas, and the facility could eventually become the “hub" of the company's maintenance operations, the plan said.
The new operation will be located in a hangar next door to the current one. The hangar is 6,(XKJ-square-feet, plus office space.See HELICOPTER/3A
K JESSIE SLATEN/Herald /eitunyMechanics at Critical Air put their tool cribs away at the end of the day Friday. Repair manuals mark boundaries of their temporary space at New Braunfels Municipal Airport.