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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 25, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas #01 1000571 12/?0/05U S^TMUEST HICROfmiSIOS 2627 E VOWELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 lAicriMcsDAY, MAY 25,2005 RALD Zeitung By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The City of New Braunfels Industrial Development Corporation (4B) Board of Directors will consider spending $3 million to expand two city facilities Wednesday. Half of the money will go toward building a control tower at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport as part of a deal to expand Silver State Helicopter’s operations. Economic Development Corporation Director Rusty Brockman almost laughed he was so excited about the new deal Tuesday. “There are so many positive things going on with the airport that it s hard not to get silly about it sometimes/’ he said. “Theres so much to this deal, it could be really huge for us.” Once the tower is in place, Silver State will begin to offer air traffic control training, something Brockman had hoped would be part of the Central Texas Technology Center’s Phase 2 expansion. Those plans fell through earlier this year, thanks in part to a $9 million price tag. While Brockman could not sell his dreams for the CTTC immediately, the proposal sparked Silver State’s interest in its own expansion. See EXPANSION Page 3A4B Board could fund airport expansion A STEP FORWARD IN LIFE CLI students battle through adversity to graduate By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Garden Ridge expands to deal with rapid growth By Melissa Johnson StaffWriter CARDEN RIDGE — The City of Garden Ridge is expanding to match the needs of its growing population. Plans are under way to build a new city hall, library, public works building and roads. The new buildings will be located off Municipal Parkway on the same property as the J.F. Feibelman Community Center. “The buildings will be more centralized and much more convenient to the community,’’ City Administrator Nancy Cain said. The city hall and library will encompass 13,000 square feet. “The new facilities will be larger and much more modern,” Cain said. 'The city will begin soliciting bids for the projects in july. Construction is expected to be completed by spring 2006. Construction on the new road, named Tonkawa Pass, has begun. The street will skirt the city limits and act as a bypass for Bat Cave Road. The pass will initially be a two-lane construction but is planned to expand to four lanes. Hie new buildings and roadway are being constructed to meet the demands of the residential growth in the area. “The growth had been absolutely phenomenal,” Mayor Jay Feibelman said. “We have been growing at 14 percent a year.” Feibelman estimates the current population at close to 2,900, which means Garden Ridge has grown by nearly a third since 2000, according to U.S. Census reports. See GROWTH Page 3A Bane of the county A continued look at the problems illegal drugs have on Comal County. GRADUATION CLASS OF 2005 The Herald-Zeitung takes a closer look at the graduating classes from the area high schools. INSIDE SPORTS SPURS ROLL San Antonio takes a 2-0 series lead over Phoenix with a 111-108 victory. Page 7 A Ana Gonzalez did not think she would get a chance to walk across any stage for high school graduation one year ago. She attended foul schools during the first semester of her junior year before finally ending up at Smithson Valley I ligli School. “I lost all my credits because I moved so much,” she said. “I thought about dropping out, but I really wanted a high school diploma." In March 2004, G entered Comal Leadership Institute, the Comal Independent School District’s alternative school. Thriving in the self-paced curriculum structure, she completed her coursework in 11 months. Thursday afternoon, Gonzalez joined 50 of her CLI classmates for graduation practice, a sweet, if rowdy, conclusion to her high school career. The students did not look much different from their "traditional” counterparts at Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools, but CLI Principal Sandy Hancock said looks could be deceiving. “Every kid is here because they had to overcome something, which makes them extra special,” she said. Oblivious to their leader’s emotional contemplations, the students laughed and chatted next to the civic center stage while Counselor Shawn Pierce tried to get them in order. “It’s very exciting,” Pierce said. "We haven’t seen some of these kids for a while because they graduated sometime during the year.” Like Gonzalez, many students were already working or prepar- Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Photos by MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung Fernando Palos, Smithson Valley assistant principal, gives a big congratulatory hug to Bert Santibanez before the graduation proceedings for the Comal Leadership Institute class of 2005. Below, graduates wait in line to cross the stage at the New Braunfels Civic CenterTuesday evening to accept their diplomas. ing to head off to college. "I’m working and saving for college,” Gonzalez said. “Since I have been in Child Protective Services most of my life, I’m going to get some help paying for it.” She did not have to come back for the formal graduation ceremony, but Gonzalez said she would not have missed it for the world. “I wanted to come back because I’ve always wanted to walk across the stage, even though Tm nervous," she said. "During my eighth-grade graduation, I tripped, which See GRADUATES Page 6A |    DEAR ABBY    48 I    CLASSIFIEDS    BB I    I    COMICS    3B p    .    I    CROSSWORD    3B Clouc^y    j    FORUM    4A High Low I OBITUARIES 3A I    95    70    I    SPORTS    7A 1 i    Details    .... 2B    i    TV GRIDS    4B Vol. 154, No. 161 16 pages, 2 sections DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Tubers take a leisurely float down the Comal RiverTuesday afternoon. Police: We will be ready for holiday crowds By Ron Maloney StaffWriter When the anticipated tens of thousands of tubers converge on New Braunfels and Comal County this weekend, local law enforcement officials will lie ready to look after them. New Braunfels Chief of Police Russ Johnson said every available officer, supervisor and staff member of the NBPD would be working. “We’re about as prepared as we can be with the manpower we have,” Johnson said. “We’re working everybody on this." Johnson said he hoped four years of emphasis on the rivers within the city limits had shown returning vis itors that police in New Braunfels are serious about correcting lewd and raucous behavior. “We’re going to do our best to keep everybody in line,” Johnson said. Police Lt. Joe Vargas said his department activated its summer river management plan two weekends ago — just to work the winter kinks out of tire system and make sure everything’s ready for die summer’s first holiday weekend. Traditionally, we try to start two weekends before Memorial Day to give us a little time to prepare and get everybody in the groove,” Vaigas saki Where the past two weekends police had 12 officers working the rivers bi addition to the city’s nor mal weekday river complement of four officers, this weekend, there will be 26. “We’re as ready as we can be,” Vargas said. “Obviously, our personnel shortages are something we have to work dirough, but fortunately, the people we do have recognize this is part of die job bi the summer bi a town that’s geared toward the tourism bidustry.” Vargas said all off-duty officers would be working — including administrators and supervisors who are normally off on weekends. “Til be out thane, as will C^apt Villarreal and Lieutenants Rust and See POLICE Page 3A V.. ‘ caf-i r- r: rBe Selective ;