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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 2, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY, AUGUST 2,2005 SPORTS STATE CHAMPS New Braunfels 11-year-old Little League baseballer savoring state championship run. Page 5 FORUM COLUMN Melodye Pinson writes how Carter Casteel set an example other legislators should follow. Page 4 RU fW W SUSMSS® hi $15M airport expansion bond sought By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfelsers planning trips to L^s Vegas might soon be able to fly out of the city’s air port instead of driving to San Antonio to catch a plane. Scheduled flights to “Sin City" are just one possibility with the municipal airport’s planned expansion, a partnership between New Braunfels and airport tenant Silver State Helicopters. If approved, the $16.5 million project will include hanger and classroom space for Silver State’s new training school for fixed-wing aircraft, maintenance and air traffic control students, an air traffic control tower and a fixed base operations center. The Industrial Development Corporation (4B) Board members already have said they are willing to provide $1.5 million for the control tower. See CITY, Page 2 NBISD to discuss drug test policy By Melissa Johnson Staff Writer Two informational meetings to discuss the New Braunfels Independent School District’s random drug testing policy have been scheduled for today and Thursday. Both meetings will AT A GLANCE I take P,ace at 6 P m- in ■ What: NBISD I ,he New Braunfels Informational i High School auditori-meetings j urn. ■ When: 6 p.m. I NBIS1) l>ublic lnfor-today and I mation Officer Steph-Thursday j ame Ferguson said a ■ Where: New I representative from Braunfels | Pinnacle Medical Man-High School j agement and a physi-auditorium ^ cian would be on hand to answer questions about procedures. "We have sent out information in registration packets and its available on the Web site, but we hope parents will attend if they have questions,” Ferguson said. See NBISD, Page 3 Seek students decorate trash cans to beautify city By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The Downtown Plaza is a lot cleaner and more colorful than it used to be, thanks to the artistic talents of some local elementary school students. Last spring, Parks Director Stacey Laird was surveying the Parks Department trash can inventory when she realized a number of the monochrome green cans needed a new paint job. Instead of handing tile task over to her maintenance supervisor, Laird enlisted the help of Seek* Elementary fourth- and fifth-graders to transform the trash receptacles into works of art. “I wanted to take a mundane item and make it fun," she said. Each of the school’s classes got its very own can and paint provided by the Parks Department and went to town creating its own cylindrical murals. See GARBAGE, Page 2 NASA to conduct spacewalk to fix filler material By Marcia Dunn AP Aerospace Writer SPACE CENTER, Houston — NASA said Monday it will send out a spacewalking astronaut to fix two worrisome pieces of filler material protruding from Discovery's belly — a high-stakes operation to repair a problem that could threaten the shuttle during re-entry. Engineers simply do not know enough about the problem and its consequences to leave it unattended. so the fabric strips will be pulled out or cut Wednesday “to set our minds at rest,” said deputy shuttle program manager Wayne I lale. “At the end of the day, the bottom line is there is large uncertainty because not*xiv has a very gtxxi han- AT A GLANCE ■ For more information on the Discovery mission, visit NASA's Web site at returntoflight'main/index.html. die on the aerodynamics at those altitudes and at those speeds,” I lale said. “Given that large degree of uncertainty, life could be nonnal during entry or some bad tilings could happen.” It will be a spacewalking first: Astronauts have never ventured under an orbiting shuttle before, and have never attempted to fix their ship’s thermal shielding in Hight. Mission managers spent three days trying to decide whether the danging strips of still ceramii-fiber doth could cause dangerous overheating during re-entry and lead to another Colum bia-type disaster. The possibility of exceeding tile shuttles certified limits was very real, I lale said, calling it “a place we don’t want to go.” Both pieces tire sticking out about an inch: they’re supposed to fill the thin gaps between thermal tiles. It will be a largely unrehearsed operation, with the risk that the astronaut repairman, Stephen Robinson, might accidentally damage Discovery’s fragile thermal shield and make matters worse. The plan calls for Robinson to perfonn the operation on the end of the international space station’s 58-foot robot arm, which would bend and wrap around the side of Discovery to enable him to reach all the way underneath. CYLINDRICAL MURALS Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung Seele Elementary fourth grader Autumn Bush sits next to one of the trash cans she helped paint for Landa Park. Below, Seele Elementary fourth- and fitth-graders painted trash cans for Landa Park, Hinnemann Island and the Plaza, turning them into works of art. Kolbe earns honor for local crime prevention By Ron Maloney Staff Writer TheTexas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Alamo Area Council of Governments has declared today an Air Quality Health Alert Day. ■ Reduce unnecessary vehicle driving. ■ Carpool if possible or combine all errands into one trip. ■ Avoid use of "drive through" lanes or services. ■ Don't refuel during daylight. ■ Avoid use of gas-powered yard equipment. ■ Avoid exterior painting. CLICK ON THE WEB: feK Pollution levels are posted online at: Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. A Comal County Sheriff’s deputy has been recognized by a statewide association for his years of work in crime prevention. Sheriff’s Cpl. Tim Kolbe was declared “2005 Outstanding Crime Prevention Specialist for the State of Texas” by the Texas Crime Prevention Association. Pni T-    The    award was pre- Cpl.Tim Kolbe semcd a( (he asso(da. tion’s annual convention conducted in San Antonio. Kolbe said he was grateful for the recognition. “Its a real shot in the arm, and helps See HONOR, Page 2 Vol. 154, No. 219 10 pages, 1 section 50c j 56825 00001' Mostly sunny High Low I 10071 1 ■: I DEAR ABBY I CLASSIFIEDS I COMICS I CROSSWORD I FORUM i OBITUARIES I SPORTS I TV GRIDS 7 8 6 6 4 3 5 7 Mayor Bruce Boyer Getting fit Anytime Fitness opens business in Seguin, third new location in a ;