New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139, No. 108
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377 880) 512-625-9144
April 17, 1991 25 Cents
Two Sections, 20 PagesStammtischBest wishes
The New Braunfels llerald-Zeitung wishes "happy birthday" today to Adrian Rosales, Suzie Hartman, Agapipo Lara, Rene Lara, Andrea “Amli" Gonzales, Olga Lara Ruth Warburton and Ashley Kaufmann.
Belated birthday greetings to Adrian Alexander Garcia.
"Happy anniversary” today to Thomas and Angelita Vallejo and Frank and Annie L. Huctcr.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.Street closings
Closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. today for street construction arc Live Oak Avenue from Cross Street to U.S. Highway 81, Lee Street from Hackberry to Orange avenues, Stonewall Street from Hackberry to Orange avenues and Jackson Street from Hackberry to Live Oak avenues. Closed until further notice is Unicom Avenue from U.S. Highway 81 to the Interstate 35 access road.Newcomers’ Club
AU new residents of New Braunfels are invited to an activity of the Newcomers’ Club at Lamia Park Pavilion No. 16 on Thursday. Bring musical instruments and games for a 4 p.m. entertainment time and a covered dish for dinner at 5:30. For more information, call Shirley Kcllcrman at 629-6916. Project Graduation
There will be a very important Project Graduation meeting for all parents of juniors and seniors at 7 pan. Thursday in the Ccmmoas of Canyon High School. Even those who haven’t attended past meetings. and especially die parents of juniors, are encouraged to attend, said Paula Spit/er.Patriot pep rally
At 2 p.m. Friday, New Braunfels Middle School will host a Patriot Pep Rally. Desert Storm veterans and oilier former service members are invited. For more information, call Sue Hayworth at 625-7728 Go Western Dance
Tickets are available now for the Canyon Lake Chamber of Com merce’s Go Western Dance and Bar B Qon Saturday.
Tickets, which are $10 for adults and $4 for children may be purchased at die Canyon I .ake Chamber office, Canyon l-ake Office Supply, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts or from any Canyon Lake Chamber director. In New Braun fels, tickets may be obtained at the Herald Zeitung offices.Aggie Muster
Former students of Texas AAM University will assemble in New Braunfels Sunday for the annual Texas Aggie Muster, according to Co-Chairman Marvin Pustka.
Muster activities will begin, Pustka said, at 12:30 p m. after church at Forkc’s Store in Conservation Pla/a.
Muster is open to all former students and their families, parents of students, and friends of Texas AAM, he said.
Those planning to take part in die New Braunfels Muster are asked to call 629-4406 by April 18.
Se* STAMMTISCH, Page 2A
Cloud cover should break up today, but late -evening showers are still a possibility. A high estimated today at 85 should be followed by a low near 69, with mirror conditions Thursday. High in New Braunfels Tuesday was 85 and die overnight low was 69. For more weather information, please see Page 2A
Railroad strike hits home
A striking rail worker who declined to give his name carries a pickets sign at a New Braunfels crossing Please see related stones Page BA (photo by Erik Karlsson)
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Newt Editor
The Union Pacific tracks that wind through New Braunfels will be deserted today as picket lines of striking rail unions begin forming across the country
“In fact, right now, pickets are starting to pop up along the railroad.' said Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis in a telephone interview this morning from Omaha, Neb
A small picket of about five men formed in New Braunfels this morning at the railroad crossing at Hill Avenue and Coll Street to show their support of the strike "We’re all in this together " said one striker, who refused to give his name The New Braunfels strikers work on the line at various locations assisting in bringing in supplies to .oca! industries
The earliest evidence of the strike came from the Hast Coast around " this morning after the nation’s rail anions walked off the job when last-ditch negotiations failed to produce a settlement with major freight carriers.
One of the iast Union Pacific rrams to travel through New Braunfels went through town around 8:30 a.m. today alter the picket had formed at the Hill/ Coll crossing.
The strike ^suited 'rom the differences net ween unions and management. Unions say the Wilroads are not offering high enough pay ncrease to make up for oast wage freezes, hut nanagement says raiiroad workers are naid higher wages then those of ither industrial workers.
U.S. Congress .s pledging quick action today to keep the walkout from being a tong one
The strike, if extended, could affect .ml us tm es .ocated in New Braunfels that rely on supplies that come in on rail, officials sav.
"It will have a definite mmediate effect," Davis said “If they (local industries) get timely shipments coming in daily they will feel the mpact of the strike immediately. And that rolls over to the consumer "
The New Braunfels strikers, some from United Transmutation Union.
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Garden Ridge can’t All seat until ballots in
By STEPHANE FERGUSON Newt Editor
State District Judge Charles Rani say extended a temporary restraining order Tuesday barring the Garden Ridge City Council from filling a
council seat, declared vacant, until after the May 4 election
Ramsay’s granted extension tonies after District Judge Robert Pfeuffer issued a temporary restraining order, barring the council from filing the position held by Mayor Pro Tempore
Keith Richter, who filed suit against the city for declaring his seat vacant Mayor Walter Yohey declared the seat vacant after Richter, who was deployed to serve in (zperation Deser Storm, missed three city council meetings.
Richter, who filed suit April 3, accused the city council members 'rom playing ooiitics He has salved five terms .cs a council nember
The council was deadlocked several weeks igo in whether he reinstate
He said he would *tmo the sun t he von the nice for mayor Richter ’aces former cliv secretary L.nda Klekar in the election
Yohev is not miming for reelection.
Cutting plant’s power would violate rightsGood Day
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Newt Editor
The general manager of the New Braunfels Utilities says that "arbitrary disconnection” of power from the Balcones Cement Plant would be a violation of the owner’s rights.
“Realistically, the arbitrary disconnection of any of our customers would be, at least in my opinion at this point, a pretty severe violation of their rights," said Bob Sohn.
Disconnecting power from the plant wits suggested last week during a New Braunfels City Council meeting
Paul Fraser, an opponent of plans of burning hazardous waste at the plant and a candidate for city council, suggested dial the city had the author ity to cut power from the plant, under the City Charter, if hazardous waste was burned tliere.
“I would feel like certainly dial there could be some very, very dire consequences for such an action.” Sohn said. “I feel that our customer’s rights are pretty sacred so long as the customer has pad his hill and from a utility standpoint done what our agreement says he should do."
District 4 City Council Member Fddie Temple, running for re election against Fraser said: “In doing some research on that idea of Mr Fraser’s it’s my understanding from die NBD and city officials dial it would have a very negative effect on our city and NBU ratepayers.”
Temple, who said he is opposed to
the idea, said pulling the plug from any com par. y could put the city in a position of possibly being sued by that company.
Susan Curtis, also running for the District 4 council seat, called the idea to cut off electricity from the plant “foolhearted
She said if electricity was cut from the Balcones Cement Plant, erne of the largest NBU customers, the ratepayers would suffer, the Public Utility Commission would receive a complaint that day and San Antonio-based City Public Service could offer electricity to the plant.
Public Utility Commission of Texas Spokesman Bill Dunn said: "From our standpoint, our jurisdiction over a city-owned utility is extremely limned Basically, the city council uiu-maiely has the responsibility for the citvowned utility."
Sohn said if electricity was cut from the plant the company and its employees could file a lawsuit against the city-owned utility NBU.
"The Public Uulity Regulatory Act establishes, among utility commissions, a certain certified area thai we serve and those are somewhat sacred in a sense that they have been very closely guarded and regulated and that the inclusion of a municipal into an area that is approved by the PUC doesn’t give that customer any tau tudes as through what uulity company they want to be served from," he said
rvi« retaliation ot cameras n Quoartment of Public Safety vencies servmq Te New Braunfels area colic >ee ncreased convitiors of drunken drivers, authorities oeneve The dasnoodra-■nounted video cameras anil allow the courts to see exactly what the arresting officer saw. (Photo by £nk Karlsson)
Cameras in DPS cars should give ‘truer picture' of DW I
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON laws Editor
Cameras now ire roiling in local Suit* Department of Public Solely '.rooper cars aping everything from DW I suspects to accident investigations
“They are going to uke sway any contradiction hoi may come up un court, ’ said DPS Sgt. I ft Holder of New Braunfels ‘Pictures don t ie
The small video cameras and monitors are being mounted on the vehicles' dashboards and troopers are being wired with microphones to give a better picture of what happens on the roadways. Those aped recordings can be used in court to bring various accidents and incidents to the jurors "I think we will get a truer picture of the DW I ms pea." said Trooper Scott Hmm, who recently attended
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Holder caid ie expects IU have camel as installed in ail ax looper vehicles hi die New Brauna els fleet. The State of Texas jays nu die cameras ana mommas.
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