New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 30, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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WESLACO (AP)—With federal funding for the 1-69 superhighway from the Texas-Mexico border to Canada dead for now, Texas and other states are looking for another route to fund the corridor, a state official said Tuesday.
Mario Jorge of the Texas Department of Transportation sought to allay the concerns of the Rio Grande Valley Mobility T ask Force, a group of elected officials and business lead
ers who lobby for funding for the highway — raised when Texas Transportation Commissioner Ted Houghton said recendy that “1-69 is dead in the state of Texas. The road fairy has been shot.”
“Yeah, we do not have the federal dollars to build the 69 corridor in its entirety,” Jorge said. “From the Texas standpoint, we’re proceeding as we have been.”
Jorge said that Gov. Rick Per
ry’s 2002 proposal for a 4,000-mile network of tollroads whose $175 billion price tag would be covered by private money was one alternative. Other states along the 1,600-mile route would have to find funding for their portions as well.
Some have protested the idea of the trans-Texas corridor, fearing farmers and ranchers along the route would be forced to sell their land.
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Registration is scheduled today
“Because its tied to a course at one of the four ACCD campuses, even if theres only one student here signed up, they can still take the class,” Morphew said.
Enrollment for spring classes is from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at CTTC, 2189 EM 758 in New Braunfels. Representatives from all four ACCD campuses will be on location to answer questions and aid in registration. Financial aid questions can
be addressed to Daniel Baroto at CTTC Student Services.
Using this teleconference technology, CTTC eventually will expand to offer full associate’s degree programs. Currendy, the college offers several certifications and credits that transfer to ACCD campuses.
A number of new nonteleconference courses are offered as well, Morphew said.
Students can study plumbing, criminal justice, welding and basic computer-aided drafting. Students also can take all prerequisites to the registered nurse or certified nurses aid pro
grams at Guadalupe Regional Medical Center in Seguin. Automotive and technical certifications are also available.
New hybrid classes in aviation will be offered at CITC in 2006. Though the courses will be conducted primarily on the Internet, students will meet occasionally for tests or projects.
About 800 students are expected to enroll in the center’s classes next semester.
“We have a lot of people who are unable to drive into San Antonio for classes," Morphew said. “The numbers alone speak to the nefcd.”
Friends of the library celebrate 20th anniversary
The Friends of the New Braunfels Public Library will celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary Friday.
The group, which now has almost 250 members, will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the library to look back on successes and discuss ways to promote the public
library in the future.
The group raises funds for the library by collecting donations, running special programs and holding fund-raisers. It also oper-ates the Friends’ Book Store, which has raised more than $100,000 for the library during the last three years.
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What: Friends of the New Braunfels Public Library's 20th anniversary celebration
When: 10:30 a.m. Friday
Where: New Braunfels Public Library, 700 E. Common St.
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Weather conditions are ripe for a serious fire, Brinkkoeter said, with low humidity and moderate to strong winds forecast over the next several days. Fuel for fires will be increased, he said, as grass killed in recent freezes browns off and dries out. The public must be aware of the fire danger, he said, and exercise extreme care outside.
Even though outdoor burning is not allowed except for the smallest campfires, Brinkkoeter said people should be careful about things that can cause fires.
“I would even be very careful with discarded cigarettes,” Brinkkoeter said. “As unlikely as it sounds, there are many times we’ve seen them start fires.”
Another place to be careful, he said, is with barbecues.
“We don’t see it too often, but careless discharge of fireplace or barbecue coals have caused fires," he said. “People think the embers are cold, but they’re not necessarily.”
Construction workers, Brinkkoeter said, should remember to have the means close by to extinguish a fire.
“Welders already know that if they ’re working around high grass, they need a container of water available,” Brinkkoeter said.
Comal County Fire Marshal Un Munford said firecrackers have caused at least one recent fire in Comal County.
“We’re preparing so if we
haven’t had sufficient rainfall to lift the drought by Dec. 8, I’ll be going to commissioners’ court seeking an order like we had in July restricting rockets with sticks and missiles with fins for the New Year’s holiday,” he said.
Last weekend’s rain, Munford said, was not enough to offer much help.
“It was sporadic,” Manford said. “I got less than a tenth of an inch. At Wayne (Ellington’s) house, he got three-quarters of an inch. Some other places, they didn’t get any.”
Those places that got the most rain, Manford said, didn’t benefit that much.
The Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI), which local and state officials use to assess fire danger, runs on a scale of 0-800.
Manford said the mean or average KBDI for Comal County Tuesday was 656. A reading between 600 and 800 is typical of severe drought and a major risk of wildfires.
National Weather Service meteorologist Marianne Sutton said there was a chance of drizzle Thursday morning, but no one should expect significant rainfall anytime soon.
“There’s nothing else in the forecast through at least the beginning of next week,” Sutton said.
The closest historic rainfall information to New Braunfels is in San Antonio, where rainfall for this year, Sutton said, is 14.36 inches below the norm, which would have been 30.82 inches from Jan. I to Nov. 29.
State officials report fire danger across Texas — and the danger has been exacerbated by freezes.
Mike Dunivan, a fire behavior analyst with the Texas Forest Service in Fredericksburg,
THINK SAFETY FIRST
Comal County and the incorporated cities within the county are all under burn bans until further notice. City, county and state officials recommend extreme caution with flammable or burnable items:
■ Campfires less than 3 feet in diameter are not covered by county bans. Hunters are encouraged to build campfires or warming fires in open level spots away from overhanging branches. _____
■ Smokers need to dispose of smoking materials properly, either by using vehicle ashtrays or crushing cigarettes and ashes out in bare, mineral soil with no roots or other combustibles.
■ Be sure spark arresters and mufflers on all outdoor equipment are in good working order.
■ Park only in areas where catalytic converters and other vehicle equipment will not come in contact with grass or other vegetation beneath vehicles.
■Avoid using grills over flammable vegetation and leaf litter. Make sure coals and ashes are cold to the touch, then dispose of them properly. Never transport a grill or mobile barbecue pit with live embers.
said vegetation is critically dry in the western part of the state — on a line drawn from Dallas to Corpus Christi.
He urged those who hunt or are outside to be aware of the higher risk of wild fires posed by dry vegetation.
“Most of the state is far behind in precipitation, and fuels such as grasses and weeds are largely cured and fire-prone," he said in a news release.
“Even if we get some rainfall, the beneficial effects of the rain on wildfire danger will likely be very short-lived."
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