The Daily Press Big Spring Herald | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-08-01T12:19:22-04:00 Gliding competitions takes flight this weekend2015-08-01T12:19:22-04:002015-08-01T12:19:22-04:00Copyright 2010 Big Spring HeraldThe 2015 Hang Gliding Nationals are under way in Big Spring at the McMahon-Winkler airport. Saturday was set aside for practice. Competitors used the time to check out the conditions and test their equipment for any fine tuning needs. The competition officially begins Sunday.Pilots and their hang gliders will be pulled into the air by light weight planes and stay in a radius of approximately three to six miles until the start time, which is usually 2 p.m. according to Belinda Boulter, spokesperson for the 2015 Hang Gliding Nationals.The competition will continue through Saturday, Aug. 8. Each day the competitors will be given a task to complete and their progress will be monitored through GPS. The GPS can be accessed at 2015-big-spring-nationals. For information about the days’ tasks or about the competition, contact the airport terminal at 432-264-2362.In the morning and evening, tandem rides will be available, weather permitting. The cost of the tandem hang gliding is $100 and participants may receive a video of their ride for $40. To schedule a tandem ride please contact Lori Brown at 325-874-5742.Big Spring, TXJULIE BASS STAFF WRITERHang Gliding competitions takes flight this weekendBig Spring natural calling 2015-08-01T12:17:12-04:002015-08-01T12:17:12-04:00Copyright 2010 Big Spring HeraldWhen Ryan walked out of his Washington Elementary fourth grade classroom on his first day as a teacher, he knew he had found his life’s calling. Every day in the classroom since has just been a validation.“Teaching has changed my life, my world and I love every minute of it,” the 27-year-old said.Ryan is one of a number of first time teachers hired by Big Spring ISD for the 2014-2015 school year who entered the field through a non-traditional route. He earned his teaching certificate through iteachTexas, a for profit, online alternate teaching certificate program available for people with bachelor’s degrees from an accredited university or college. After graduation in 2006 from Big Spring High School, Ryan hit the workforce running finding shift work in the security business while supporting in his young children and wife. For seven years, he was employed as a security officer at the Big Spring State Hospital.Big Spring, TXBY LYNDEL MOODY Staff WriterA natural calling Big Spring the invasive saltceda2015-08-01T12:13:16-04:002015-08-01T12:13:16-04:00Copyright 2010 Big Spring HeraldTamarix Ramosissima (tamarisk) or the more common name, Saltcedar, are evergreen or deciduous shrubs or trees that grow 1-18 m in height and form dense thickets. They have slender branches with grey-green foliage, scale-like leaves, pink to white flowers that grow masses and usually grow in saline soils. The threat of these small trees and shrubs is that they are fire-adapted and have long tap roots that allow them to interrupt water tables and interfere with natural aquatic systems. Saltcedars are very invasive and disrupt stability of the native plant community by taking up salt from deep ground water, storing it in their foliage, and then depositing it in surface soil. Big Spring, TXBY MISTY MIMS, Education Coordinator for the PBUCDAttacking the invasive saltcedaBig Spring drive to benefit St. Vincent de Paul2015-07-31T12:23:57-04:002015-07-31T12:23:57-04:00Copyright 2010 Big Spring HeraldIntergraCare Home Health is holding a nonperishable food drive for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry during the month of August.“We are taking any non-perishables,” said Tiffany Diaz, Big Spring IntegraCare Home Health Director. “Around the holidays, there is a lot of activity with food drives, but about now, these food pantries shelves are getting a little bare.”Big Spring, TXNo author availableFood drive to benefit St. Vincent de PaulBig Spring learn driving techniques during training course2015-07-31T12:20:51-04:002015-07-31T12:20:51-04:00Copyright 2010 Big Spring HeraldPersonnel with the Big Spring and Howard County Volunteer fire departments are training in the parking lot of Hanger 25 for the next few days.FD International is a company that travels across the United States teaching firefighters different techniques to driving a fire truck under different weather and road conditions.Big Spring, TXNo author availableFirefighters learn driving techniques during training courseBig Spring Should college football playoffs include 64 teams? 2015-07-31T12:13:35-04:002015-07-31T12:13:35-04:00Copyright 2010 Big Spring Herald<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script><div class="ndn_embed" data-config-widget-id="2" style="width:390px;height:219px" data-config-type="VideoPlayer/Single" data-config-tracking-group="90711" data-config-playlist-id="13434" data-config-video-id="29464562" data-config-site-section="horizon"></div>Big Spring, TXNo author availableVIDEO: Should college football playoffs include 64 teams? Big Spring holding fiscal line with proposed budget2015-07-29T12:16:01-04:002015-07-29T12:16:01-04:00Copyright 2010 Big Spring HeraldDuring Tuesday’s city council budget workshop, staff proposed a budget strikingly similar to the current fiscal package.The proposed package — which faces two rounds of public hearings and probable tweaking before it is formally adopted in September — features a modest pay raise for employees, about $2 million for street, water line and sewer line renovation and almost $6 million in capital outlay expenditures, figures roughly similar to the current FY budget.Big Spring, TXNo author availableCity holding fiscal line with proposed budgetBig Spring's over, but officials still encourage conservation2015-07-29T12:06:50-04:002015-07-29T12:06:50-04:00Copyright 2010 Big Spring HeraldHeavy rains in September and May have brought much of the state of Texas out, at least for now, from under drought conditions. The rains in September alone resurrected Lake J.B. Thomas, which had become essentially dry in the last number years. Even with the bountiful rain, the city of Big Spring still continues to request its citizens to voluntarily limit and conserve water.Big Spring, TXNo author availableDrought's over, but officials still encourage conservationBig Spring gliding competition to begin this weeken2015-07-28T11:55:51-04:002015-07-28T11:55:51-04:00Copyright 2010 Big Spring HeraldHang gliders have been coming to Big Spring since 2001 thanks to the weather and the community said Belinda Boulter, spokesperson for the 2015 Hang Gliding Nationals.“There are very few places in the world with such consistent, excellent flying conditions,” said Boulter “And the support of the community is unique; no other place has a standing committee of non-pilots who work to provide the resources we need to put on an event like this, and even help in the launch. Visitors from other regions or other countries are always amazed at the genuine welcome we find in Big Spring and will agree there’s no place like it.”Big Spring, TXBY JULIE BASSHang gliding competition to begin this weekenBig Spring crunching time: Big Spring city council to tackle budget Tuesday2015-07-27T12:08:40-04:002015-07-27T11:46:43-04:00Copyright 2010 Big Spring HeraldThis is the first of four scheduled budget workshops this week; however, if the council follows past history, it will likely be the only session.Council members gave their input on what they’d like to see included in the coming budget earlier this summer, and infrastructure — streets, water and sewer lines and the like — headlined most of the wish lists:Big Spring, TXBY STEVE REAGAN, Interim editorNumber crunching time: Big Spring city council to tackle budget TuesdayBig Spring