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(USPS 377-880)Challenger ends successful voyage
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — Challenger, ship No. 2 in America's spacefating fleet, came home Saturday from a break-in flight of 2.1 million miles. More than 100,000 cheered the pinpoint landing on a sun-splashed desert runway.
Paul J. Weitz, a retired Navy captain, and Air Force LL Col. Karol Bobko guided the ship to a centerline landing, on time to the predicted second. It was 42 seconds after 10:53 a m. in California.
Astronauts Story Musgrave and Donald Peterson were only passengers for the final phase of Challenger’s five-day, 80-orbit flight, which would have been an unqualified success had not a satellite gone astray after it was ejected from the ship.
Musgrave and Peterson spent 3 hours, 47 minutes in the ship’s open cargo bay on Thursday, making the first U.S. spacewalk rn nine years as they practiced techniques that will be needed when the shuttle goes up to
retrieve and repair satellites.
The foursome left the shuttle a halfhour after landing and walked around the ship, which appeared little worse for wear.
“Challenger is one hell of a flying machine," said Weitz. at a postlanding ceremony attended by Gov. George Deukmejian of California. “Being here today and having you folks be here kind of makes us feel a little bit like the Academy Awards, we stand up front and take all the bows
Bobko called the flight “a fantastic voyage" and Musgrave added: “We hope we have started another era in the space program by getting Challenger off to a good start.”
And Peterson: “We had really a good time. We had a really fine mission. We really enjoyed ourselves.”
The problem that marred Challenger’s debut lay not with the spacecraft but with its cargo.
The $100 million Tracking and Data Relay Satellite carried aloft by Challenger was ejected properly at the end of the ship's seventh orbit on Monday, launch day. But the satellite’s attached rocket did not fire long enough, for reasons yet unexplained, and the TORS went into a misshapen orbit.
Lt. Gen. James A. Abrahamson, head of the shuttle program, said that a North American Aerospace Defense Command camera in New Mexico
was able to photograph the rocket at the moment it failed — a tremendous help to the team investigating the failure.
The photograph presumably was taken when the rocket was 20,000 miles from Earth — 2,000 miles short of its target.
The satellite story is likely to have a happy ending. Space agency engineers plan to use 1,300 pounds of
See SHUTTLE, Page IZAHere's to your health
Ounce of prevention stressed by groups
ByDYANNEFRY Staff writer
There was a definite do-it-yourself theme about this year’s Comal County Health Fair.
That’s not a new idea, of course. Helping people to help themselves has always been one of the fair’s maul purposes. Held annually at Canyon High School, this cooperative event offers free tests, free advice and a chance to detect individual health problems before they get serious The volunteer doctors and public health nurses were back again this year, screening for glaucoma, oral cancer. <i.abetes and hearing defects. The American Cancer Society was running its computerized risk evaluation. The Noon Lions were offering an eye test — and just for fun, a pair of tridimensional glasses which made a flat, grossly oversized photo of a house fly look like it might just jump off the page.
Those tests help a person recognize when he needs to seek medical help. But there was also, it seemed, an increasing amount of emphasis on preventable hazards — factors over which the individual has almost total control.
And why not? A Texas Department of Health survey showed lifestyle to be a 48-percent factor in the overall death rate. Hereditary factors, such as diabetes or a predisposition to heart disease, added up to 26 percent. Environmental hazards account for 16, and medical attention, or lack thereof, is a mere IO percent.
That certainly indicates that it’s largely up to us to make the best of what we’ve got.
Smoking was not at all popular with Health Fair exhibitors. The anti-tobacco sentiment was very strong even in the grammar-school poster contest. The theme was “What does good health mean to you?"
"Don’t smoke. It’ll kill you,” admonished several students, illustrating their claims with some creative art work One warned against “dipping” as well, and "junk food” was criticized by its share.
The Texas Safety Association passed out brochures in favor of seat belts, and against drunken driving; backing its display with related clippings from the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung and other area newspapers.
The Oakridge 4-H Club provided a sideline to that with its KISS (Keep Infants Seated Safely) booth.
The lions, besides testing vision and supplying materials for the diabetes tests, were showing a film on drug abuse.
“It’s directed toward kids. Would you believe as early as elementary-school age? Fourth or fifth graders0” said first vice president Bill King, shaking his head. “I didn’t, until I read the material
See FAIR, Page 12A
County to handle bond issue details
Annexation heads City Council agenda
Annexation questions took their share of space on Monday night’s City Council agenda.
A public hearing on historic-landmark designation of the Clemens St Faust Bank Building (most recently known as Ye Olde Music Shoppe) will open the meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council chamber. Then council will hear a status report on its effort to annex two strips along Krueger Lane and FM 1863, and will hear the Planning and Zoning Commission's ideas on annexing territory east of FM 306.
A new state law requires any city contemplating annexation to hold a hearing inside the area to be annexed. Accordingly, City Manager E.N. DeUc^mutt has asked permission of General Portland Inc., owner of the Krueger Lane property, and Leome Dischinger, who owns land along the 1863 strip. Delashmutt said last Wednesday that GPI had answered his letter, giving permission for a hearing, but that he hadn't yet heard from Dischinger.
Council at an earlier meeting had asked the Planning and Zoning Commission to look at annexing the FM 306 territory, which the commission did on April 5. Considering their work now in progress on the city's subdivision codes, and the fact that a district voting system is soon to be sent for
approval by the U.S. Department of Justice, commissioners weren't too enthusiastic about the idea.
Council will consider an emergncy ordinance to install traffic controls on certain streets, as requested by the residents of those streets. It will also be checking out a citizen's complaint regarding curb damage by contract work crews, as well as reports of a drainage problem in the 900 block of North Walnut Avenue.
Also on the agenda are:
— Adjustments in the salaries of the City Attorney, Municipal Judge and City Prosecutor.
— A resolution providing emergency funds to the I anda Recreation Association, so that it can keep the r Ands Rec r wa ti im Center open until the city hires a recreation coordinator tm agreed last month.
— A work contract with the Comal County Developmental Training Center for park maintenance.
— Rules and guidelines for compliance with a federal law that encourages co-generation and small power production.
— Amendments to leases on airport property.
— A request to hold a Cat Club show in the local Civic Center.
'Pedernales Posse' selects spokesman, outlines goals
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
Members of the Pedernales Posse held their first roundup Saturday in Marble Falls.
Organizing to try to gain control of the Pedernales Electric Co-op, the posse is the brainchild of Bill Collier, editor of The Highlander, a weekly newspaper based rn Marble Falls.
About 200 people attended the meeting, held at Marble Falls High School. They spent most of their time getting organized, and elected Kyle businessman Jim Dwyer as their official spokesman.
Dwyer had challenged W W. Burnett for a place on the PEC board last year as a write-in candidate, but was defeated.
Collier said the vast majority of those attending were from Marble Falls and two communites on Lake LBJ — Horseshoe Bay and Granite Shoals. An attempt was made to get a group captain appointed for each one of the seven PEC districts. Captains were appointed for five districts, but the Canyon
lAke area i which is served by PEC I was one of the two without a captain.
“We feel good about this area’s representation (Marble Falls),’’ Collier said. “The problem is to get as many people active in other areas," he added.
Some of the goals of the group Include:
— Producing enough proxy votes at annual and special PEC meetings to elect directors and advisory directors from a posse slate.
— Opposing the rate increase recently requested by PEC.
— Opposing the PEC’s Texland project.
— Forcing the cooperative to conform to the Texas Open Meetings and Open Records acts by rewriting its bylaws.
— Simplifying participation by members in the business affairs of the PEC.
“We will be having things to say about Texland,” Collier said. He also stated that the group intends to formally intervene in both the PEC temporary and permanent rate increase requests.
"Our major effort right now is to get enough proxies for the June 20 PEC election to get our people elected to the board,” Collier explained.
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Early preparations for the county’s May 7 bond election are on the agenda of Commissioners Court Monday.
Meeting at their usual time and place — IO a.m. first floor of the Courthouse — commissioners plan to appoint election officials and judges for the bond election.
Last week the court officially called for the bond election, which is needed to pay for a new county jail. According to a federal lawsuit settlement, the county is required to have a new jail ready for occupancy by August, 1965.
The county’s bond election — which is for $3.9 million — will be four days after an $8.85 million bond election called by the New Braunfels In
dependent School District. NBlSD’s election is needed, according to school officials, to meet the district’s population growth and upgrade current facilities.
When Commissioners Court set the amount for the county’s bond issue, it eliminated the choice of building the jail downtown — as was wanted by the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Merchants Association.
Instead the court last week decided to put a singlefloor facility on one of the three sites recommended by the jail site selection committee.
These three include a 12-acre tract off Hanz Drive between Loop 337 and Gruene Road; a 9-acre tract off Water Lane adjacent to Loop 337 between West San Antonio Street and IH 35; and a 6.5 acre tract on
See JAIL, Page UAInside
It will be sunny and warmer today and Monday, turning clear and cool tonight. Winds will be south to southwest at 10-15 mph today. The high today will be near 80, with a low tonight in the low 50s. Monday’s high will be in the low 80s.
Tornado kills three in wake of storms
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Floodwaters closed off part of a major highway and prompted new evacuation warnings Saturday after storms claimed ll lives and forced 27,000 people to flee in Louisiana and Mississippi. A tornado in Florida killed three people.
President Reagan, who telephoned Louisiana Gov. Dave Treen and Mississippi Gov. William Winter on Saturday, pledged financial aid for areas awash after four days of rain.
The flooding forced authorities at dusk to close a water-covered section of Interstate IO, Louisiana’s main east-west hughway, near the Mississippi line. Other highways were threatened, and dozens of bridges
remained closed while inspectors checked for stress from flooding.
The 20,000 evacuees in Louisiana and 7,000 in Mississippi have begun returning home.
But residents of Slidell, La., a New Orleans suburb and one of the fastest-growing areas of the state, were asked to leave Saturday because their turn had come to fight the waters of the raging Pearl River.
The river was expected to crest around noon Sunday at the town of Pearl River, and the crest was not expected to pass Slidell until Tuesday, National Weather Service hydrologist Bob Stucky said.
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Stat! photo by Cindy Richardson
Dr. David Way tells Dr. Dorris Brown to look up during a glaucoma screening