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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 20, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas THI JRSDAYNew Braunfels    ,    ..ber    20,2001 14 pages in 2 sections __ ——    ^    ^    ^    14 PaSes in 4 sect..Herald -Z rte UNG _ tvx Vol. ISO, No. 268    Serving    New    Braunfels    and    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents Commission discussions turn to annexation issues By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer A Planning Commission workshop to discuss changes to the subdivision ordinance in New Braunfels’ extra-territorial jurisdiction repeatedly turned into a discussion over annexation concepts. Hie commission met to discuss “band-aids” to the subdivision ordinance, currently being revised by the Subdivision Ordinance Committee. The committee plans to hire a consultant to create a unified development code, combining all ordinances that deal with development inside the city binits and its ETJ. But some commissioners asked for a quick fix to problems that arose after theSee COMMISSIONGInside Abby...............................5A Classifieds.......................4-6B Comics..............................8A Crossword........................5A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports...........................1-3B Today.................................2A Key Code 76 Board supports higher education facility By Ron Maloney Staff Writer School bells could be ringing not far from the New Braunfels Municipal Airport in early 2004. The New Braunfels Infrastructure/Improvement Corporation unanimously recommended Wednesday night that city council support a higher education center through a $929,000, 15-year bond issue. New Braunfels would also apply for a federal economic development grant to build the facility at the airport, which is located in Guadalupe County — a “distressed” area under federal guidelines that qualifies for the grant money. For its local match money, the city would: • Own a multi-million dollar community coUege/tech-nical school campus paid for largely through state or federal grants; • Educate regional students from Comal and Guadalupe counties in business or trade curriculums; and • Have the facility managed, operated and maintained by the Alamo Community College District at its expense. Greater New BraunfelsSee EDUCATION/7A _— By Robert Burns AP Military Writer WASHINGTON — The Air Force laid the groundwork Wednesday for dispatching dozens of warplanes to the Persian Gulf area, setting in motion the United States’ promised battle against terrorism. “The United States is reposition! ng some of its forces to support the president’s goal,” Pres-i d e n t Bush’s national security adviser, Condoleez-za Rice, said without elaborating. The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt also was sent toward the Mediterranean to join two aircraft carriers already in the region near Afghanistan, where suspect No. I, Osama bin Laden, is said to be hiding. Combat aircraft, including F-16 Fighting Falcons and F-15 Eagles, will be preceded by Air Force airlift control teams from bases in California and New Jersey, senior defense officials said. It probably will take about a week to get the combat planes in position to carry out “Operation Infinite Justice,” one official said. Asked whether Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld had signed a deployment order, his chief deputy, Paul Wolfowitz said Wednesday, “There are movements and we will see more movements.” He would not elaborate. Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio is home to a National Guard F-16 unit. Officials at the base refused to say if that unit was part of the fighter planes deploying to the Persian Gulf. Some officials involved in the military planning want Bush to target Iraq, but advisers close to the president say Saddam Hussein is not an initial target. He wants to strike bin Laden and his alleged terrorist network, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Developments ■ Bush met with Megawati Sukarnoputri, the president of Indonesia. There were also meetings with German and Saudi Arabian foreign ministers. Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov suggested pledged support for the U.S. ■ At the Organization of American States, the permanent council approved a resolution declaring that the terrorist attacks last week constituted an attack on all 34 member nations under a common defense pact. ■ Pakistan has pledged its full cooperation with the U.S. effort to hunt down Osama bin Laden. ■ FBI agents enlisted the help of banks to track the trail of terrorist money. ■ The number of people detained on immigration violations or for questioning rose to 115. ■ Law enforcement officials said there is uncorroborated evidence that one of the suspected hijackers met with an Iraqi intelligence officer earlier this year. Iraq denied involvement. ■ The FBI is investigating whether some of the hijackers might have used aliases of people who might still be alive. ■ Authorities have evidence that at least four people being sought in the terror investigation, including a doctor now in custody, were booked on one or more flights that day leaving San Antonio. The cluster of four people linked to the probe on flights that day raised intrigue, as did the fact that President Bush was tentatively scheduled to visit San Antonio the day before to speak to a Republican women's group. Earlier, Rumsfeld said bin Laden and his associates have activities in 50 or 60 countries, including the United States. Separate from the plane deployment order, the USS Theodore Roosevelt and the ships in its battle group left their home port at Norfolk, Va., for a scheduled six-month deployment to the Mediterranean. The deployment from Norfolk includes more than 15,000 sailors and Marines, including 2,100 Marines aboard a battle-ready unit known as an Amphibious Ready Group, led by the assault ship USS Bataan. The Theodore Roosevelt battle group includes two attack submarines, the USS Hartford and the USS Springfield, both of which are capable of firing Tomahawk cruise missiles. RUMSFELD‘Operation Infinite Justice’ Pentagon deploys aircraft to Middle East By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Last week’s tragedies in New York City and Washington D.C. may seem somewhat distant to most 10-year-olds. And besides, what could a school kid in Tfexas do to help, anyway? Ask Meredith Rogers. The Canyon Intermediate School fifth grader has been working in her free time to raise about $200 so far for the families of firefighters lost in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Meredith and her schoolmates found out about the Peggy Davis, front left, becomes an official “Newfie” at a party thrown by Norris Arm residents after Delta Flight 49 was stranded in Canada. Photo submitted assault on the morning of Sept. ll during school testing. “The principal brought a note in and said the planes had crashed. They said it was an attack. We stopped and had a moment of silence,” Meredith said. That evening, she watched news videotape of the attack and collapse of the twin towers with her parents. Meredith said she started making felt flags in a school project later that week. “We had to make something red, white and blue in school,” Meredith said. “They said we could make a ribbon if we wanted to, and I went upstairs and started making flags. By Saturday, Meredith had decided to make more and to try to sell them to raise mon ey for firefighters. “My uncle, Kevin Murphy’s a fireman in Ketchikan, See PROJECT/7A Stranded in Canada: Town opens homes to passengers By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer When New Braunfels resident Peggy Davis boarded Delta Flight 49 from Frankfurt, Germany, on Sept. ll, she had no idea the flight would end in the remotest part of Canada. She also did not know that by the weekend, she would make lifelong friends of people on the flight and be touched by the kindness of people in a small Canadian town. “I couldn’t believe how the town reached out to us,” Davis said. “People gave us their beds and slept on the floor or in their basements. It was the most amazing thing — I get goose bumps thinking about it.” Davis was on an international flight diverted from the United States when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the See STRANDED/7A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Meredith Rogers, 10, greets city officials as she donates money to the New York firefighters relief fund. Accepting her donation is New Braunfels fire chief, Jack Collier, second from left. She raised about $200 selling flags she made for a school project. AP photo In this handout picture from the U.S. Navy made available Wednesday, an F-14A “Tomcat” fighter plane taxis to a catapult for launch aboard USS Enterprise in the Arabian Sea area. The Enterprise was to have returned home from the Persian Gulf this month after the USS Carl Vinson arrived, but the orders were changed and the Enterprise remains in the region. Girl’s school project turns into fund-raiser ;