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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung October 30, 1985

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 30, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas The 22nd shuttle Nation launches today See Page 5A Comal River......... 282    cfs (down 8 ) j-* . Canyon inflow  662 cfs (down 262) ^ Canyon outflow........ 926 cfs (same) Watch Edwards Aquifer....... 625.36 (up .02) Canyon Lake level .... 911.66 (down .10) Canyon ends district Sports play undefeated See Page 9A New Braunfels Herald New Braunfels, Texas Local students carve Halloween tumpkins, See Page 3A Wednesday October 30,1985 25 Cents 30 Pages —3 Sections Car rolls over boy By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer A 4-year-old New Braunfels boy remains in satisfactory condition at McKenna Memorial Hospital today after a car rolled over him Tuesday afternoon. New Braunfels Police Sgt. John McEachem said the boy received a broken leg and a possible broken elbow in the accident. McEachern said Juan Pablo Mandurjano and his 3-year-old sister were playing in their mother’s car in the driveway of their home at 811 Holly. McEachem said the little girl, who had taken the keys from her mother’s purse, put them in the ignition and released the transmission lock. The car began rolling backwards and Juan Mandurjano fell off the car as he climbed out onto the truck lid, McEachern said. ‘‘He fell behind it and the car rolled over his body,” McEachern said, 'adding that the mother discovered her son under the 1969 Buick after hearing one of the children screaming. OHworkers stranded by hurricane - - ■---mn ------ * I I i HH f HOUSTON (AP) - Hundreds of offshore oil workers were stranded in the Gulf of Mexico by Hurricane Juan because the storm grew so fast that companies were unable to conduct their standard emergency evacuations, oil industry officials say. Other company officials speculate that the quick escalation of Juan from a tropical depression to a hurricane on Sunday also could have contributed to the loss of two jack-up oil rigs and the capsizing of a barge off the coast of Louisiana. Three men were believed trapped in the barge and some 80 people had to be rescued and at least one man drowned after the two rigs toppled. ‘‘There are never ideal conditions, but these were probably some of the worst,” said Sarah Colletti of New Orleans-based Shell Offshore Inc., part of Shell Oil Co. “The storm became a storm right in the middle of the oilfield,” Sondra Fowler of Conoco Inc. added. “Hurricanes usually move rn, but this one was created in the middle of the gulf.” Tenneco Inc. spokesman David Harpole said Tuesday that when Juan first approached the Texas coast, crews were evacuated from that area. “When it took such an abrupt turn and began heading to the Louisiana coast, we did not have enough time to safely remove the people,” he said. Tenneco had 793 people riding out the storm The Coast Guard would investigate the rig collapses and the barge capsizing as soon as the weather allowed crews to return to the wreckage, spokesman Keith Spangler said. “It depends on what’s left,” Related story, page 13A Spangler said. “People want quick answers right away but it doesn’t come that easy.” He predicted an investigation would take weeks to complete. Oil companies, which supplement National Weather Service reports with private forecasting firms and reports from their own rigs, were left with the dilemma that the winds became too strong for helicopters to fly and the waves were too high for crew boats to navigate. “We’re basically mariners,” says Barney White of Houston’s Zapata Corp. “If it reaches a certain level in a storm, we automatically begin to evacuate. We were not able to do so. We really got sort of bushwacked.” In a routine storm, company procedures call for evacuations to begin with non-essential personnel when the bad weather is hundreds of miles away. As the storm approaches, production crews halt their work and the rig is abandoned. Modern platform may continue to operate with computers controlled by onshore crews. More than 250 rigs are operating in the Gulf of Mexico, plus numerous production platforms. Platforms are concrete-based structures, more secure than the jack-up rigs, which are held inside giant crane-like legs resting on the sea floor. Uke auto bumper jacks, they can be raised or lowered, depending on the depth of the water. “But rigs are not supposed to have legs that collapse like that,” White DCRYLCLARK HERALD ZEITUNG Utilities worker David Staats fights the wind to hang the Wurstfest banner across Seguin Avenue. Reserve deputies will work Wurstfest Reserve deputies will work Wurstfest again this year with very-few changes from the way it has been done in the past. John Dierksen, vice chairman of the Wurstfest Association’s security committee, said he contacted a represenative of the Texas Board Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies after the association saw the problems that Guadalupe County Fair had with using reserve deputies and have worked out a solution. Sheriff Walter Fellers and Wurstfest Association representatives met with the security agency board recently. “I met with Ken Nicholson from the private security agency board,” Sheriff Walter Fellers said recently. “And we got a compromise worked out. They (reserve deputies) will be in full uniform, but will not wear any county patch or designation and the reserve deputies will not be wearing guns.” The law that created die board specified that besides those certified as security officers, only full-time employed peace officers could carry their weapons as part of their uniform. ‘Probably 16 of our reserve deputies are fully certified peace officers, and the other 20 have as many as two or three times the training required for security officers, but that’s the law,” said Wilburn Fishbeck, supervisor of reserve deputies. “It’s really all political. Security agencies are just protecting their business.” The law requires private security officers to have 30 hours of training and reserve deputies used to be required to have 70 hours. Recent legislation has increased reserve deputies' training by an additional 140 hours. The private security board told Wurstfest representatives when they contacted them, that many rural counties hae similar arrangements to those used in Comal and Guadalupe counties. The board admitted it does not attempt to enforce the law on the smaller urban See FEST, Page 13A New stamp will commemorate Wurstfest See JUAN, Page UA By SUSAN HAIRE Managing editor Only in New Braunfels. The U.S. Postal Service has approved a special cancellation stamp honoring New Braunfels and the silver anniversary of Wurstfest. And that’s the only place that collectors can get it. In a press conference Tuesday, Wurstfest officials announced that the postal service will be canceling letters mailed at a special booth at the festival with a special commemorative cancellation stamp And its only available at Wurstfest,” John Searson, officer in charge of the New Braunfels Post Office said at the conference. Searson, added however, that a self-addressed stamped envelope could be sent to the post office and that envelope would be stamped for collectors during the celebration. And word has already gotten out,” he added. “We have had about 200 requests from collectors for the special cancellation stamp " Searson said the cancellation See STAMP. Page 13AInsideToday's Weather Comal County forecast calls for mostly sunny skies today, becoming fair tonight and Thursday. A lake wind advisory for winds up to 25 miles per hour will be in effect today, later shifting to the northwest at IO mph tonight and to the northeast at 5-10 mph on Thursday. Highs today and Thursday will be in the mid 70s, with a low tonight in the low 50s. CLASSIFIED    4-7B Proposed amendments set limits for Land Commission COMICS 2C CROSSWORD BC DEAR ABBY 3B DEATHS 2A ENTERAINMENT BC FOOD 1 3B HOROSCOPE BC OPINIONS IC SPORTS 9-10A Editor’s Note: This is second in a series of articles on the proposed constitutional amendments which will be voted on Nov. 5. Amendments have been taken out of sequence in groups with common themes. In this article, Amendments I and 8 will be discussed. Amendments 4 and 8 relate to authority of the Land Commission. Amendment 4 will allow the Land Commission to buy land for investment purposes with the proceeds it makes from selling parcels of land in the permanent school fund. By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer The permanent school fund which provides state funds for public education was created by the Texas Constitution with the idea of keeping a perpetual fund of public lands that reduces the local tax burden for education. The constitution allows land to be sold, but limits what the money can be invested in. Approximately 13 million acres of land are in the school fund, which has earned almost $1 billion in funds for the next school year. The restrictions on investments were adopted when losses to the fund from bad investments occurred, an analysis of the amendments by state legislature revealed. Those who support this amendment see land as a viable option to increase the flexibility of the permanent school fund’s investments. “As circumstances change, it might be timely to sell a specific parcel of land held and to acquire a different parcel of available land. In that manner, the permanent school fund can take advantage of a changing real estate market to maintain or enhance the value of the permanent school fund,” the analysis reported. Those opposing the amendment are concerned that an increase in real estate investments could decrease the liquidity of the fund, or its ability to come up with ready cash, which might be essential in certain investment climates. Also the opposition is concerned that land brought into the fund may not earn any income until it is sold. The amendment did not require that land bought have an income-earning capacity. Amendment 8 would authorize the Veteran’s Housing Assistance Program to issue $500 million in additional general obligation bonds to finance mortgages to veterans. The Veteran’s Housing Assistance Program, rn existance since 1983. was modeled after the Veterans I .and Board which was created in 1946 to reward Texas veterans for their service to the country. The land board, administered by the Texas land Commissioner, received $25 million in general obligation bonds to buy land and resale it to qualified veterans on favorable credit terms. Since then $1 225 billion in bonds have been added to the Veterans land Board and $500 million was authorized for the Veterans Housing Assistance Program Those who support the amendment, including land Commissioner Garry Mauro, say that the housing assistance program for veterans has been depleted due to its popularity. “By providing an attractive source of home mortgage money for veterans, the housing assistance program reduces the competition among potential homeowners for other sources of home financing,” the amendment analysis cites as a pro argument. On the other hand, those who oppose it point to the numerous federal programs for housing assistance including the Veterans Administration. By combining the VA and state veteran housing programs, a veteran can purchase a home in many instances with no down payment, opponents to the amendment point out. Also since the VA program exists as an alternative to veterans, they already do not compete with other mortgagees ;

  • Dana Overstreet
  • David Harpole
  • David Staats
  • Garry Mauro
  • John Dierksen
  • John Mceachem
  • John Searson
  • Juan Mandurjano
  • Juan Pablo Mandurjano
  • Keith Spangler
  • Ken Nicholson
  • Lillian Thomas Staff
  • Sarah Colletti
  • Sheriff Walter Fellers
  • Sondra Fowler
  • Susan Haire
  • Walter Fellers
  • Wilburn Fishbeck

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: October 30, 1985

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