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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 8, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW V I HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 79 16 pages in 2 sections March 8 2000 WEDNESDAY Serving Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Industries individuals feeling the burn of Pumped up prices Brandy Rivers isnt looking forward to pre dictions that she will be spending to to fill up her SUV by this summer Shes thought about a small er vehicle but with her fami ly she said she needs the room her SUV provides K Jessie Zeitung BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A surge in prices at the gas pump to an unprecedented per gallon this summer could mean bad news for local consumers and businesses alike The pinch of high gas prices might be felt now but local gasoline retailers and oil industry leaders say the worst could be yet to come The United States Energy Depart ment reported Monday retail gas prices reached a new record of per unleaded gallon this week up eight cents from last week and 58 cents a gallon higher than a year ago Gas prices could jump another 20 cents by the end of May and soar high er during the summer driving season Energy Department officials said Motor fuel prices are rising because of high crude oil prices and tight petro leum supplies cause by the Organiza tion of Petroleum Exporting Countries production cutbacks Even if OPEC raises its output the Energy Department said gasoline prices would reach a national average of a gal lon this summer In New Braunfels unleaded gas is going for between and per gallon Some estimate mat price could reach locally by the beginning of the summer Compared to the price of a gallon of gas this time last than or around the recent surge in gas prices is creating a strain on many pocketbooks When asked if he felt the pinch of the higher gas prices San Antonio resi dent Ed Manta who commutes from San Antonio to Austin everyday Who hasnt A year ago I was paying about 92 cents a gallon now its up to a gallon Before a fill up cost me about now it costs about to fill up my he said Drivers can follow several tips to conserve gas such as carpooling cut ting back on unneeded errands and combining trips local gasoline retailers said But a forecasted rise in gas prices in the coming months could threaten some family vacations arid cause finan cial hardships for some businesses Allen Wilson manager of a Chevron service station off Interstate 35 said higher prices this summer meant a greater likelihood of gas customers leave without paying High gas prices also could impact the summer tourism industry in New Braunfels which relies on traveling Texans Its going to Wilson said When the kids are in town they dont care as long their pockets are full of money But adults are different I think its going to factor in especially when they were paying per gallon and See the most go The Family Health Research Council a family health and con sumer research coun cil offers the following gas saving tips Car pool it reduces travel monot ony and gas expense Combine short errands into one trip Eliminate jack rabbit starts Accelerate slowly when starting from dead stop Buy gasoline dur ing the coolest time of day early morning or late evening is best During these times gasoline is densest Avoid filling gas tank to top Overfilling results in sloshing over and out of tank Dont start and stop engine needless ly Idling your engine for one minute con sumes the gas amount equivalent to when you start the engine Avoid revving the engine Avoid prolonged warming up of engine Keep windows closed when traveling at highway speeds Open windows cause air drag reducing your mileage by 10 per cent Crude oil prices West Texas intermediate crude settled at March 2 after topping a barrel Daily closing prices for crude oil have been at their highest levels since it closed at on Jan Here is a look at the monthly closes since January 1991 per barrel 91 Energy officials working with OPEC to avoid gas price spike Source New York Mercantile Exchange AP BY PAULINE ARRILLAGA Associated Press Writer James McKenna isnt too worried that gas prices could go as high as per gallon this summer That might sound odd coming from the top tourism official in Lake Placid a vacation spot that even he calls a rubbertire McKenna estimates that tourists dri ving up from New York City would pay about more in gas each way should prices increase In todayfe boom ing economy he said thats still a bar gain You cant even get a glass of wine for eight he said The Energy Department on Monday predicted that gasoline prices already averaging about for a gallon for unleaded would spike at to this summer because production isnt keeping pace with demand Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said prices of or more are not a certainty this summer It likely depends on how much the Organization of Petro leum Exporting Countries will allow oil production to increase he said Hopefully we are going to avoid See Bush wins five primaries BY RON FOURNIER AP Political Writer Cruising across the regions George W Bush won five Republican presiden tial primary victories Tuesday in an accelerating drive to vanquish John McCains political insurgency Its a huge step toward the the Texas governor said as McCain struggled to broaden his challenge beyond inde pendentminded New England Bush won in Ohio Georgia Missouri and Maryland and broke McCains BUSH hold on die Northeast with a victory in Maine McCain won in Massachusetts Rhode Island and Vermont as voters in 13 states participated in the years largest night of Republican presidential con tests Bush said he did not consider him self the certain nominee Tonights going to be a good he said but my frame of mind is to keep Forging familiar coalitions Bush relied MCCAIN on party faithful while McCain drew from independents and moderate Republicans McCains gamble of criticizing conservative Christian leaders may have back fired in key states while Bushs visit to a South Carolina uni versity with a history of antiCatholic views seemed to be a beneficial campaign issue for McCain in some states With Super Tuesday voting the general election began to take shape Vice President Al Gore was bidding to sweep 16 Democratic contests to push Sen Bill Bradley to the brink of withdrawal McCains situation was not as dire but his candidacy was flagging with a tough week of contests lying just ahead Gore pushes Bradley further from nomination BY DAVID ESPO AP Political Writer Al Gore swept past Bill Bradley in an unbroken string of states on Super Tuesday pushing his rival to the brink of withdrawal in the Democratic presidential campaign In this election we are the party of the the vice pres ident said turning his focus to the general election Gore won from New York to Georgia to Ohio and at several stops in between regularly gaining 60 percent of the vote or more He also bid for victory in California the biggest prize on the busiest night of the primary season He won I Bradley said succinctly He telephoned Gore with his congratulations and said he would announce his plans on Thursday Polling place interviews with voters in every region of the country underscored the vice presidents strength among core constituencies vital in Democratic primaries Blacks and Hispanics preferred Gore over Bradley by a mar gin of 81 the margin among union members was smaller but a healthy 31 Bradley fared better among independents Victims fiance testisfies in Ytuarte sexual assault trial BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer The fiance of a New Braunfels woman took the stand Tuesday in the trial of the local man accused of raping her A sevenwoman fiveman jury heard opening statements and testimony from local and state law enforcement officials Tues day in the first day of 23year old Jerald Ytuartes sexual assault trial Ytuarte is accused of breaking into the victims apartment and sexually assaulting her in the early morning hours of July I 1999 A Comal County grand jury indicted arte Jan 5 on one count of sexual assault and one count of burglary of a habitation Sexual assault is a seconddegree felony Because of the underlying sexual assault charge the burglary of a habitation charge is a firstdegree felony If convicted Ytuarte could face life or up to 99 years in prison and an optional fine up to Ytuarte remains in custody at the Comal County Jail in lieu of a bond He was arrested July Ed Jendrzey Comal County assistant dis trict attorney told jurors Tuesday the victim came home about midnight July after a night out with friends when two men approached her in the parking lot of her apartment complex and tried to engage her in conversation The men followed the victim up to her secondfloor apartment and continued to talk to her until she went inside her apart ment and locked the door Jendrzey said The fiance who was her boyfriend at the time of the alleged attack testified the victim called him after midnight very distressed about two men in the parking lot who seemed over anxious to get to know She was a little concerned because she was there by he said The fiance who lives in Galveston Coun ty said while he was talking to her on the phone he heard someone knocking on her door After discussing calling the police the woman spoke through the door and the men outside the door were the same men from the parking lot the fiance testified She convinced the men to leave and she hung up the phone about her fiance testified He said she called him again at 3 Her words to me were He raped he testified During opening arguments Jendrzey said SeeTRIAL75A INSIDE Key Code 76   

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