New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 12, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 8A — Herald- Zeitung — Thursday, October 12, 2000
air quality initiatives
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Comal County Commissioners will consider Thursday supporting a list of air quality initiatives for the San Antonio area.
Commissioners meet at 8:15 a.m. in the commissioners’ courtroom, third floor of the Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin Ave.
Commissioner Jay Minikin serves on the Air Improvement Resources Committee of the Alamo Area Council of Governments. He said he would ask commissioners to approve initiatives designed to help America’s 10th largest metropolitan area improve air quality - before the federal government steps in to do it.
“If we’re serious about this, there are definitely things we can do,” Minikin said.
The package of initiatives includes inspections of vehicle emissions control systems, keeping vehicle fleets tuned to manufacturers’ specifications, encouraging carpooling and bringing lunches to work.
“We’re asking governmental entities to step up to the plate in various volunteer strategies to reduce ozone in our region,” Minikin said. “We’re suggesting governments pursue these measures in hopes to stave off an eventual declaration of non-attainment by the Environmental Protection Agency.”SHADOW/From 1A
■ WHAT: County to consider supporting air quality initiatives.
■ WHEN: 8:15 p.m. today
Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin Ave.
San Antonio is the largest metropolitan region in the country - and the last major metropolitan area -to not be declared in non-attainment of air quality standards.
When non-attainment is declared, the EPA imposes a number of sanctions intended to force compliance. Included could be elimination of federal highway funds, reduced speed limits and implementation of more expensive, cleaner-burning fuels.
“We’re going to need the public’s understanding and support behind these initiatives in order to stave off the probably inevitable statement of non attainment and all the negatives attached to that declaration,” Minikin said.
This year, AACOG declared 14 air quality health alert days, and on two of those days, the San Antonio area exceeded the guidelines.
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had been searching for the body as recently as this past weekend.
“You never stop looking,” the detective said:
Tuesday, Shephard’s body was found 75 yards north of a buoy left in the water by the San Marcos Area Recovery Team.
That buoy marked the location Shephard was believed to have disappeared.
MART commander Daniel Misiaszek said the search for Shephard was the longest in the team’s history.
Ward said divers were looking in the right area, but with the water conditions and the poor light, a diver could pass by very near a body at the bottom of the lake and never see it.
“They were searching in the right place, but a diver told me you could be three feet from someone on the bottom and not see them,” Ward said.
Ward said Shephard’s family had been notified of developments Wednesday. “The body is enroute to Houston,” the detective said.
are not the only ones excited about homecoming. All 425 students at NBCA (first through 12th grades), including the players, cheerleaders, spirit squad and band members, are planning to attend Friday’s pep rally at 2 p.m. - in the NBCA gym. i “Everybody will be there,” said Christy Michaels, head of the NBCA spirit club. “Phil Harris, who I believe was a football player, will be a guest and give the team a motivational speech. It’s going to be an all-school pep rally, and it’s the first all school pep rally we’ve ever had here.
“Our first pep rally for the first game of the season was with just the high school students. This one will be with the entire school, first grade and up. Everyone is really excited.”
NBCA also will host a NBCA homecoming dance on Saturday and a powder puff football game on Oct. 23. The spirit girls will take to the gridiron while the boys cheer from the sidelines.
“We had a powder puff football game that was rained out on Monday, so that had to be rescheduled,” Michaels said. “We don’t have our own field, and we had to wait for one to be made available.”
Win or lose, the consensus among the players, coaches, faculty and students is to have fun this season.
“There’s so much enthusiasm this year, even at some of our earlier games where our losses were kind of large, we would go and have pizzas or hamburgers after the game and you would think that we had won,” Michaels said. “There's so much enthusiasm and everybody is just so excited about it, you would think that we had won every game. For several years we’ve wanted to get a program like this started. The excitement goes all the way down to the elementary school because even the smaller kids are ordering mums. It should be interesting on Friday when they’re all walking around wearing them ”
Michaels also is in charge of one of football’s oldest traditions at NBCA —- mums.
“We're selling homecoming mums,” Michaels said. “There are three difference sizes people can buy. There’s a $10, $20 and $30 size. We had a bunch of moms up here (Wednesday) making those. We really didn’t have to go outside our school for any advice on homecoming, but we have a lot of
really good resources here at our school.
“Several of our parents went to colleges and were on yell squads or played football.
“We just asked around. Jamie Rutledge’s father-in-law is D.W. Rutledge (head football coach at Converse Judson High School) and she’s a fifth grade teacher here. She’s had a lot of input. There were a lot of football families who were able to help us put things together.”
With two winless, first-year programs going head-to-head, Davies said he had higher expectations for his team this week.
“We’re always upset when we lose,” Davies said. “I expected, when we first started this, that we’d have a pretty tough go this year. However, I still get upset every week when we lose, particularly when we lose so badly. I probably would be more upset this week than any other week if we lose.”
Faith Academy, despite having not won a game this season, strikes fear into some opposing coaches in the form of running back Jess Steele, who leads the Flames in rushing yards, receiving yards, touchdowns and tack- . les this season.
“Jess is a stud,” Faith Academy head coach Aaron West said.
“He’s one of those guys who ju$t has a lot of natural athletic ability. He doesn’t even realize how much sometimes. He's not only a good running back, but a good linebacker as well.”
“That’s just part of the nature of the competitiveness,” West said. “Everybody just wants to do their best. If you do your best, you should feel like a winner no matter what the score says. The game being homecoming is not really a big deal for us, it’s just another game with more halftime stuff.”
Two weeks ago NBCA had its best outing of the season in a 52-32 loss to San Antonio New Life. Seniors Jeff Lutz and Jonathan Price each scored two touchdowns. It was the only time this season the mercy rule was not put into effect.
“We’re going to have to play better defense than we’ve played all year long,” Davies said.
“We’ve been working hard on defense all week. I didn’t expect too much from our kids in the beginning, but the last two weeks our defense has been just pitiful.
We were in position time after time to make a tackle and they
This year, 63 businesses signed up to open their doors and their minds to offer the students a taste of life after school.
Cindy Sober, who teaches a class called Success Strategies to seventh and eighth graders at NBMS, said the experience helps her students see how the subjects they learn in school apply to real life.
“It’s probably the best example I’ve seen of the community and schools working toward the same goal,” Sober said.
“You can tell them until you’re blue in the face, but until they step into the real world ... well, it really finally helps them realize the uses of what they are learn
Besides teaching students how to walk the walk, the biannual event gives business professionals a chance to meet potential employees.
“The goal is to provide a young adult an opportunity to see what it’s like in the real business world,” said Jim Scheele Jr., director of economic development at the chamber. “Basically, it gives the businesses an opportunity to tell the young adults, ‘Hey, this is what’s expected in this business.’”
Students involved in the fall Shadow Day event did things like hang out in a hospital radiology department; watch a veterinarian perform surgery and ride in a con
“It’s so important to have business and education working together, especially with the low unemployment,” Scheele said. “How many people do you know have an opportunity to meet with a county judge, attorney, editor, or reporter, and actually see what it’s like to be in their business?” Albrecht and her colleague, Ricky Gomez, took X-rays of their hands and learned how to use a stethoscope at Hill Country Medical Associates.
“We saw a baby get four shots,” Albrecht said.
“Two in each leg,” Gomez added with a sympathetic grimace.
would get away from us and often times go on to score.
“We feel our offense is ahead of our defense at this^point.
“We scored 32 points in one game and that built our teams’ confidence a little bit.”