New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 10, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
T rustees sworn
With a new school trustee and the two re-elected trustees sworn in, exiting trustee Rudy Reimer took some last swats at House Bill 72 at. the New Braunfels ISD board meeting Tuesday night.
Aguinaldo (Nayo) Zamora became the first trustee to be elected from District I under the 1983 5-2 plan (five single-member districts, two at-large places).
Don Bedford and Bob Self were sworn in as the first two elected at-large since the plan went into effect.
The plan was a compromise between the district and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund lawyers who were
representing Zamora in a discrimination lawsuit. The suit claimed minority candidates did not have a fair chance under the system that elected all trustees at-large.
“I always said anything that came out of California in education could not be any good, but I think we have invented two things in Texas that are as bad or worse than anything California ever gave education: that would be Mark White and H. Ross Perot,” Reimer quipped.
More seriously, he said the worst part of HB 72, the part that took a sizable step back, was in the area of discipline.
Reimer, who is ending ll years on
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Rain hampers search for missing teenager
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Bad weather postponed dragging efforts this morning in the search for a San Antonio teenager missing since Easter from his Canyon I .ake campsite.
Michael Ramirez Jr., 15, walked into a wooded area in Jacob’s Creek Park about 3 a m Sunday, and never came back. So far. air and ground searches have failed to turn up any clues on the boy's whereabouts.
We’re still striking up zero.” Comal County Sheriff’s Investigator Dennis Koepp said. We found a pair of socks and a park of cigarettes his friends said are his brand a couple of miles from the campsite, but we don t really know if they're his or not
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brush, and we've got nothing,” Koepp added. "There’s no evidence of anything — that he drowned, or just walked off, or that foul play was involved ”
At least seven deputies and park rangers, aided by the DPS helicopter from Corpus Christi, searched the lake’s north side Tuesday.
Reservoir Manager Ken Robinson said dragging efforts under the direction of Game Warden Neal Etheredge were scheduled to begin this morning, but had to be cancelled because of the rain.
"We’re waiting on the weather right now,” Robinson said. “We won t be able to drag until that clears up ”
Robinson said lake water in Jacob s Creek Park isn’t particularly deep, "but you can get in over your head. It gets to IO, 15, 20 feet pretty quick.”
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O'Neill brings letter to Gorbachev
MOSCOW (AP) - Rep Thomas P O’Neill, speaker of the U.S. House, met new Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev today and presented him with a letter from President Reagan
O’Neill and a delegation of U S. representatives were the first congressional delegation to meet the Soviet leader since he came to power March ll.
The talks were expected to focus on U S.-Soviet arms control negotiations and the recent speculation about a summit meeting between the U.S. and Soviet leaders.
Gorbachev received the legislators in his personal Kremlin office, loc ated in a secluded building behind the wall that flanks Red Square. No details on the meeting were immediately available.
O’Neill told reporters outside his hotel tins morning that he was carrying a letter from Reagan, but refused to disclose its contents.
A pool of American reporters were admitted to the office a few minutes before the meetmg began and allowed to photograph Gorbachev, O’Neill, House minority leader Robert Michel, R-Ill., and other U.S. and Soviet officials.
Gorbachev arrived ahead of the U.S. delegation and joked briefly w ith the journalists. “Can Soviet and American journalists really work together?” he said.
Gramm supports defense compromise
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Because the United States faces two threats: the Soviet Union and the deficit, U.S. Senator Phil Gramm said he supported a compromise plan limiting the growth in the defense budget to 3 percent.
Gramm spoke to a crowd of 150 who came to share breakfast with hun this morning at the Faust Hotel in an hour stop-over in New Braunfels. The Senator is on a sweep through Texas to talk to and hear from his constituents.
He outlined his views on the compromise senate budget proposal, the deficit, tax reforms, the defense budget and other matters that individuals asked about.
“By reforming the way the Pentagon does business, we can get more for our money,” Gramm said.
“I offered a comprehensive reform of the way the defense department does business,” he said. “We have instituted heavy penalties on defense contractors that overcharge for parts, we have eliminated a lot of the sweetheart deals that went on, the rule that required construction workers to be paid at 40 percent
above the going market value for their labor.”
Many of the reforms he proposed came from the Grace Commission on budgetary reforms. But he also said that many of them could not be instituted. A third of the Grace Commission proposals dealt with the retirement systems for federal employees.
“They were asked to make recommendations but not to measure their political feasibility or their human effect. The problem is that you cannot change the rules on people who have already retired or are fixing to retire,” Gramm said.
“They have made their life plans built on the retirement benefits as they are. We have a contract with those people and we have to uphold it,” the senator explained.
He would support changes in the system for new entrants into the system, but the savings were far off.
He also said he wished that the government could afford all of the missiles that the President asked for in his budget.
“The Russians deployed three new missiles and have readied two new systems while we have been talking about arms reduction,” Gramm said.
The MX would really replace many of the antiquated missile systems such as the Titan II which needs to be disassembled because it is unsafe to handle due to corrosion.
“Without the MX. the U.S. is in effect engaging in unilateral disarmament,” Gramm said.
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Residents want Eoff to replace English
DERYl CLARK HERALD ZEtTUNG
April showers (and April puddles) have returned to Comal County, providing a different perspective as well as badly needed rain and soggy shoes. Light rain fell again in New Braunfels this morning
County commissioners have received a petition from approximately 200 residents of constable precinct 3 asking that EL. i Bo) Eoff Jr. be named their constable.
Commissioners interviewed four persons, including Eoff, who have shown interest so far. The others were former constable laster Jonas, former paper server Ray Wilson Baker and communications engineer William M. Burier, who has no law enforcement background.
Commissioner J.L. (Jumbo) Evans also put Ronald Steubmg’s name in the ring, saying he had been approached by Steubing about the position. His interview could be fit in before the comissioners decide on a constable, which will possibly happen in the April 18 meeting.
The constable position became vacant when Hank English died earlier this year after only a month in office.
When residents in Precinct 3 found out that Jonas, who they had voted out of office, was planning on applying for the job, the petition campaign got underway, Helen Butler, one of the two women who organized the petition, said.
"We the people of Precinct 3 feel it is our obligation to express our desire for our constable. We expressed this desire by voting for H R. Hank English in as constable. His desire as deputy was E. l.ee Eoff. In case anything
At least 200 residents have signed a petition asking that E.L. Eof! be appointed constable Pct. 3 to replace the late Hank English.
should happen, Hank felt Lee would be the best person to handle the job,” the petition read.
The petition also pointed out that Eoff is a certified peace officer. Doris Haeeker was the other organizer in the petition drive.
Eoff also wrote a letter to the commissioners outlining his law enforcement training and certification completed in 1981, actually one of the first three officers in Comal to have the 320-hour law enforcement training course when
See CONSTABLE, Page ISAWhite turns down offer to visit Nicaragua
PANAMA CIV, Panama (AP) — Gov. Mark White, in Central America to visit Texas National Guard troops training in Honduras, turned down an invitation to visit leftist controlled Nicaragua but said he might take up the offer later.
“I didn’t have time to go. I might go at a later date,” White said Tuesday evening en route from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to Panama City.
White was scheduled today to visit UJS. troops in Panama and then head home to Austin.
The invitation to stop in Managua, Nicaragua’s captial, during his
journey came from Halima S. Ixipez, who lives in Houston but is attached to the Nicaraguan delegation to the United Nations, said White’s press secretary, Ann Arnold.
The governor said he thought the invitation that was prompted by publicity about his trip and he expected that the Sandinista government wanted him to “come on over and see our side of the line.”
On his way to Honduras on Monday, White expressed support for President Reagan’s Central American policy, which regards the current government in Nicaragua as an exporter of revolution in Central
White has said that his visit is to demonstrate support to the Texas troops, to assure himself of their safety and to take them a barbecue meal.
Although the governor said he might visit Nicaragua, he also expressed concern about “what their real intentions might be” in Central
He also said that he did not want to dilute the focus of his trip, which involved visiting the guard troops taking part in joint Honduran-U.S. war games near the Nicaraguan border.
"Basically, what we’re here for is just to check with our troops, not be involved in the debate over the national issues ... involving Central America,” White said.
The governor said he didn’t discuss the invitation with the State Department or with U.S. Ambassador to Honduras, John Negroponte, with whom he stayed
while he was in Honduras.
In Honduras on Tuesday, White visited the Texas guardsmen at their base camp, called The Alamo, three miles from the Nicaraguan border.
The governor’s four-hour visit began with a briefing on Big Pine III war games and ended with the 420 guardsmen digging into barbecue that White brought from home.
In between, White saw more peace than war. The M-60 tanks that guardsmen will use today while playing Nicaraguan attackers remained idle.
White toured two nearby villages where the guard has been spreading
At the tiny rural cooperative of Nueva Concepcion, where 30 families eke out a living on the dusty plain, U.S. military engineers had drilled one of nine wells for water used in tile Big Pine III exercises.
The Texans had chipped in to buy a hand pump for families in the cooperative. A small ceremony was held at the well in honor of the governor’s visit.
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in; Reimer raps HB 72
“If there is a third building program I might just run, just to see if I can do it right this time,” Reimer joked.
the school board, received a plaque of appreciation from the board. But hinted that he might come back for another term if another building program came along.
“This is my second building program and I think we are doing
real well, better than the first one. But if there is a third building program I might just run, just to see if I can do it right this time,” Reimer joked.
Trustees re-elected Bob Self as president, Garland Lloyd as vice president, Gene Scott as secretary, and Don Bedford as treasurer.
The board saw the final plans that architect Andrew Perez drew up for the restoration of old New Braunfels High School. The building that will be called the Education Center after it has been remade into administrative offices will mostly retain the walls and ceiling already there, but with a great deal of facelift to restore the
building to its previous beauty.
“The part that is really great about this is the price. We are going to get a complete building for a third of some of the new buildings going up around town with this much space will cost,” Superintendent Charles Bradberry said.
The board also received a copy of the survey of the janitorial and maintenance departments at NBISD which was done free by Ser-vicemaster, a company hoping to get a contract with the school district to manage its maintenance department.