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EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — Space shuttle Columbia broke through desert cloudcover at dawn today and returned to Earth for the fifth time in just 19 months. The mission milestone: establishing the American ship as a commercial cargo carrier.
Four astronauts swooped through high clouds and calm winds, sun sparkling off their craft, to touch down on the Runway 22, a 15,000-foot concrete skirt that sits on California’s Mojave Desert.
It was right on the centerline, and
commander Vance Brand asked Mission Control, “Are we down now, are we on the ground?” The reply, from ground communicator Roy Bridges: “Absolutely. It was
It was the ship’s fifth perfect landing after five perfect launches.
The crew arrived home elated with the landing, elated with two successful satellite deployments, but disappointed by a canceled space walk.
Brand and pilot Robert Overmyer got the “go for deorbit burn” right on
time and at 5:33 a.m. Pacific time they triggered the rockets high above the Indian Ocean. “On time, good burn,” said Brand.
Landing was at6:33 a.m., just seven minutes after sunrise. Autoland computers guided the craft to about 40,000 feet and then, well above cloudcover that quit at 15,000, Brand took over.
For re-entry, mission specialist Joseph Allen rode in the cockpit, while William Lenoir strapped himself into a seat on a lower deck.
“We Deliver,” became the NASA
motto, in orbit and on Earth. “Fast and Courteous Service,” said a sign waved by the crew. Just after the ship came to a halt, and sating workers surrounded the craft, Bridges said: “You certainly lived up to the motto. Welcome home.”
Columbia kicked up dust to end its postcard delivery home.
The braking rockets slowed the shuttle’s 17,400-mile-an-hour orbital speed and started it from 184 miles high on a long, blazing descent back to Earth. Columbia plunged into the thickening atmosphere on a course
that was to take it over the Pacific north of Hawaii and across the California coast.
Mission Control woke the astronauts before midnight, California time, to the music, “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” Allen asked, “Is that Runway 22 in West Virginia?”
Before descent began, Bridges told Brand that conditions Were “a little less than we’d like,” with a high cloud deck and moderate winds “Doesn’t sound ideal, but doesn’t sound too bad,” Brand said. “We’ll be alert to
pull the nose up a little bit and bring boards in if required” to slow Columbia down. It wasn’t necessary.
Near the desert air base, an estimated crowd of 50,000 braved chilly temperatures to view the
With more than IO million miles on Columbia’s odometer, the safe return crowned five flights over 19 months for the world’s first reflyable spacecraft and its owner, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Charter panel backs '4-3' plan for districts
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
The “4-3 plan" made it out of the Charter Review Committee Monday night A map has been drawn outlining the proposed districts.
It’s up to City Council now. If Council approves the committee's recommendations, it will be up to the voters. Does New Braunfels want to replace its present at-large election system with a district plan?
“The council may not like anything we’ve done,’’ chairman Margaret Naegelin reminded the committee. liOoking more serious, she added, "I hope that doesn't happen, because I think we’ve tried very hard.”
They’ve come up with answers to all the questions posed by City Council. They’ve met the minunum standards set forth by Jose Garza, attorney for the Mexican-Amerkan Defense arui Education
There was some disagreement at the
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District 1 61.8 percent Hispanic
Attorney Jose Garza said MAI,DEF would be happy if New Braunfels had one voting district with a Mexican-American population approaching 65 percent.
Using 1980 census reports and the most up-to-date information on areas annexed since then, City Hall came up with 61.87 percent in its proposed district I. It takes in the West End and extends southward to Wald Road “The city staff has worked long and hard to comme up w ith two districts that were Mexican-American. It’s sort of impossible,” said Margaret Naegelin, chairman of the Districting Charter Review Committee The staff did come up with two districts that had appropriately on* third Spanish-origin population District 2, which includes the downtown area and extends up to Bavarian Village Apartments, has 30 percent. District 4
takes in Comal Town, and has 33.7 percent Mexican-Americans.
District 3 covers Gruene, Jentsch acres and most of the northwestern side of the city It has 11.2 percent Spanish-origin residents.
“Each of these four districts represents a good number of both Mexican-Americans and Anglos,’’ Naegelin pointed out. “It’s entirely possible, with this map, to have a IOO percent Mexican-American council. Of course the reverse is also true.”
She took the map to Garza to get an idea whether MALDEF would go along with it. “I told him, if you can do better,
be my guest,” she said.
T c y ' ‘..DEF attorney seemed to think City Hail had done the best possible job, she said, and he indicated his group would be happy with the districts as draw n.Arts Council ordinance amended on 4-3 vote
A majority of the soon-to-be City Arts and Cultural Coinnussion will be appointed with the blessing of the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council.
A last-minute amendment to the city ordinance setting up the commission assures that Approved on third reading at a special City Council meeting Monday afternoon, the ordinance provides for a commission of seven members serving staggered terms. It also says at least four of those members are to be picked from a list of 20 names to be submitted by the arts council.
This arrangement was suggested in a letter from arts council president Elizabeth Elliott, and proposed as an amendment by Councilmember Barbara Tieken. The final vote was 4-3, with Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr breaking a tie in favor of the amended ordinance Tieken, Max Winkler and Mayor Fro Tem Gerald Schaefer also voted for the amendment. Donnie Seay, Laverne Eberhard and Joe Rogers were against it.
No one had any objection to the arts council’s submitting names for consideration. “I would hazard a guess that all seven (members) are going to come off that list,” said Rogers “Well, exactly That’s my whole point,” said Seay. “I just don’t want to see this council bound. I think we ought to approve the ordinance the way it was.
Seay added, “That would be like the Board of Realtors giving us a list to appoint three from to the
Planning and Zoning Commission. I think we’d be setting a precedent.”
“On our city Historical landmarks Commission, aren’t certain slots held by nominees of certain groups'’" Tieken asked City Manager E.N. Deiashmutt.
Delashmutt had council members look it up for themselves in the ordinance book. The landmarks commission consists of seven members, two recommended by the New Braunfels Conservation Society, two by the Comal County Historical Commission, one by the New Braunfels Board of Realtors and two appointed at large.
“So it s not really a new precedent,” Tieken pointed out.
Seay noted that Elliott and other arts council representatives had been present at the second reading of the ordinance Nov. 8 When asked for comment at that time, they had none. He wanted to know why this new idea was being brought up “at the eleventh hour,” and why Elliott's letter had arrived only hours before Monday’s meeting.
Elliott said the idea came up at an arts council board meeting after Nov. 8. But Tieken said she had made the same suggestion last month, after the first reading of the ordinance She would have proposed the amendment at the second reading, she added, but she wasn’t there that night.
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GVEC, General Portland suing Appraisal District
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Ney seeks county help for juvenile foster home
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Smiles quickly turned to frowns Monday night, with the announcement of Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative’s lawsuit against the Comal County Appraisal District.
“The GVEC has filed suit against the appraisal district, saying the values are incorrect,” Chief Appraiser Glenn Brucks told the district’s board of directors. “Their objections were heard by the Appraisal District Review Board, but they are obviously still not satisifed.”
TTie pending suit involves a substantial difference between the
district’s and the cooperative’s appraisals, Brucks said. “They first came to us with a value of $1,900 per mile of transmission line. Our value was $4,000 per mile of line.
“They came back with $2,800 per mile of line,” Brucks said. “This isn’t a small difference, when taken into account GVEC has 64 miles of transmission lines in this county .”
Board members were worried that the suit would hinder getting appraised values tc the different entities in the distict. Brucks said, “The suit will not hinder our progress in that direction.”
There was also concern on who the
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Comal County forecast calls for cloudy today, tonight and Wednesday. Probability of rain is 30
percent today, 40 percent tonight, and 50 percent , Her “ve t"o county money in
Wednesday. Winds will be from the southeast near IO ‘«™»<*cutting hack on .some of the costs of building
mph today, decreasing to 5-10 mph tonight Sunset J cT>ty ~ w'“f. sa"“’
will be at 5:35 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday will he benefiting Ute youth of Comal County
ate 57a iii Nancy Ney, director of leen Connection, an
alternative school and foster group home planned for here, presented this proposal Monday in Com-ri aerified 13 15 m issi oners Court.
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Funeral Home on West San Antonio, would be able to “handle status offenders.”
Silt* defined status offenders as “young people who have committed an offense (such as running away from home i that if they were an adult it wouldn’t be considered a crime ”
Teen Connection, which will eventually have space for 12 youngsters, would not tx* able to handle delinquents, siie said "I don't have any idea how much money is involved (in the juvenile facility iii the new jail),” she noted “But I’m interested in how much money you save I hope you put it back in Teen Connection.” Currently "status offender” juveniles are not put in jail due mainly to lack of space, plus the fact that there is no separate cell for juveniles.
When a juvenile is picked up now the only thing we can do is call their parents,” County Judge Max Wonunai k noted.
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District 2Voting patterns
The map above outlines the four city voting map in districts 1 and 4. In each case, the
districts proposed by the Charter Review district line will run along the city line
Committee. The city limit extends oft the
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New Braunfels Unicorn running back Earl Wilson is third period class Monday. Wilson's ransom is 2,000
led down the high school halls after being “kid cans of food, and the kidnapping was to promote the
napped” by gun and crutch toting “hoods” from his school's Thanksgiving food drive