New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald Zeltung New Braunfels, Texas
Friday, April 19, 1991
WeatherComal River................Canyon Lake inflow.. Canyon Lake outflowCanyon Lake level.....Edwards Aquifer........
..............................290 cfs (down 4)
.................261 (down 15)
....................628 (up 301)
................907.52 (up .01)
................625.27 (up .02)South Texas forecast
CURRENT — Partly cloudy tonight. Widely scattered showers and thunderstorms east. Somewhat cooler with lows in the 70s extreme south to 50s Hill Country, 60s elsewhere. Partly cloudy and not as warm Saturday. Highs in the 80s.
EXTENDED — Hill Country and South Central Texas, mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms Sunday. Decreasing clouds Monday. Partly cloudy Tuesday. Lows in the 60s with highs in the 80s. Texas Coastal Bend, mostly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms Sunday. Partly cloudy Monday and Tuesday. Lows in the 70s. Highs from the 80s at the coast to near 90 inland. Lower Rio Grande Valley and plains, partly cloudy with warm days and mild at night. Lows in the 70s. Highs from the 80s ai the coast to 90s west. Southeast Texas and the upper Texas coast, mostly
cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms Sunday and Monday. Partly cloudy Tuesday. Lows in the 60s. Highs in the 80s.The state
Severe thunderstorms roared across a vast arca of North Texas, triggering at least one tornado and hail ranging from golf ball- to tennis ball-size.
More strong thunderstorms are possible across much of the state tonight. It will be mostly cloudy and cooler around the state on Saturday.
The severe weather was triggered by an upper-level disturbance as it moved across the area late Thursday afternoon.
A tornado was sighted near Frost in Navarro County. There were no reports of damage. Tennis ball-size hail pelted an area near Maypearl in Ellis County and golf-ball size hail was reported near the Dallas Naval Air Station in Grand Prairie, near Dallas Love Field and at Saginaw in Tarrant County.NBISD
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morale of the troops. I was just looking at the whole picture.”
While casting a vote for Simmonds, Trustee Robert Clarke told the large audience at NBISD’s central office he was concerned about the lopsided amount of public interest in the decision
“What really bothers me about this whole thing that happened is why do we not have people like you calling us when we are electing a principal, assistant principals, a counselor, a teacher or a choir director." he said.
Brad bern said because the the nead football coach is a focal point of any Texas community, he was not surprised at the amount of input the
board received. He added that he thought Simmonds would work aggressively at his new position.
“I think Lew is going to give it everything he’s got. The bottom line, though — and we can talk about everything we want to say — but I remember the year Jim Streety went 7-3 and how many phone calls I got. It will be the same thing no matter who we hire," he said. “We car. talk about winning ugly, but I will assure you that whoever is in the position — whether it be Corky Nelson or Lew Simmonds — if New Braunfels isn’t going to the playoffs every year, they’re going to hear from people who have some concerns. But I think Lew is up to the challenge of taking us down the right road.”Stammtlsch-
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and their families, parents ot students and friends of Texas A&M. CISD candidates
A “Meet the Candidates” forum is planned to give Comal Independent Scnool District voters an opportunity to lean. more about the 13 candidates running for four seats on the school district's board of trustees. It will be 7 p.m Monday a: Canyon Middle School, sponsored by Comal Educators’ Association.Meet the candidate
District 4 City Council Member Eddie Temple, running for reelection, invites the public to a ‘'meet the candidate” reception Sunday from 5:30 to 7 p.m at 1246 Clearwater Drive, located off Hunter Road in GrucneElection forum
Meet District 3 and 4 City Council candidates at a forum sci for 7 pun. Tuesday in the Civic Center lobby. The public is invited to the non-parti san event sponsored by the Comal County Democrats and may ask question* of candidates after their prepared remarks Information of Comal Independent School District board candidates also will be availableCheerleading clinic
A cheerleading lock-in clinic for girts ages 8 and up is slated for Friday from 7 p.m. to 8 a.rn at J&k Gymnastics, old Canyon Middle School, U.S. 81 East New Braun fels High School cheerleaders will leach participants cheers and a dance Movies, games, shacks and breakfast will be furnished A J&K gymnastic coach, cheerleaders and cheerleader parents will assist the girls around the clock. Cost is SI2. For more information call Hope Mot/ ai 629-4982 or Debbie Fitsko at 620-6934.Rummage sale
Cross Lutheran Church will hold its 9th annual rummage and bake sale, planned for 9 a ni to 3 p.m today and Saturday in the church gym. The church is at 169 S. Hickory Ave.Junior bowlers
A rummage/bake sale is slated for Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m at Coma] Bowl, 1053 U.S 81 West, to benefit the Junior Bow las A car wash is slated from 1-5 p.m.AAUW book sale
The annual book sale of the American Association of Urn vastly Women will be at St. Paul Lutheran Church from 9 a.m. lo 4 p.m. Saturday. AAUW’s sale proceeds arc used to university scholarships for mature women. Selec
tion of scholarship recipients will be announced before June. The organization still is accepting books for the sale. For information or pick-up of books, call AAUW' members Agnes Lehmann, 625-5391; Virginia Caffee, 625-3849; Nettie Oakes, 620-5315; or Mary Tymrak, 625-5366. Because textbooks and magazines have not sold well in the past, these will not be collected.Boy Scout bingo
Boy Scout Troop #757 and Cub Scout Webclos Pack #163 will have a turkey and ham bingo game from 7-10 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Hall. There will be no money prizes so the whole family can play. For more information contact JcfT Mund at 629-2519. Rummage donation
Rummage donauons are still needed for die New Braunfels High School Junior Class rummage sale Saturday. Students will pick up donations or items can be delivered to 534 Oakwood. For more information call 629-4516 or 625-8457.Golf tournament
New Braunfels Breakfast Lions wilt hold us sixth annual golf tournament Saturday at Chaparral Country Club in Seguin. Play will be select shot/Florida scramble. Entry fee includes green fee, golf can, cash prizes, food, beer and two mulligans A barbecue lunch is included after die tournament and spouses are invited. For more information, contact Steve Schultz ai 625-6492 Silver Spurs
Snndison Valley’s Silver Spurs Dance Team IS sponsoring a 20-fa-iiilly rummage sale, opening al 8 a.m Saturday at Bulverde Country Club on U.S. Highway 281. The event is pan of die “Silver Spurs’ Fiesta Fun Fest.”Spaghetti dinner
Sis. Peter and Paul Catholic Church will sponsor a spaghetti dinner Sunday from 11 a rn to 1:30 p.m, and 5-7 p.m. al $3.50 a plate. Proceeds will help offset medical costs a teacher at the school has faced. The public is invited to the diluter at St, Mary Hall cafeteria, 386 Casteel St. CMNT carnival
New Braunfels’ Wal Man Distribution Center will sponsor a car nival benefitting die Children’s Miracle Network Telethon from IO a m. to 4 p.m Organizers offer a wide range of games and good plus such special guests as a Teen-Age Mutant Nmja Tunic and McGruff. All proceeds will be donated to CMNT.NEU please PCU limits LCRA rate
From STAFF *id WIRE REPORTS
The Public Utility Commission approved a 3.29 percent rate increase Thursday for the Lower Colorado River Authority, an increase less than what the authority requested.
“This is a great day for ratepayers all over Central Texas,” Commissioner Mona Greytok said Thursday.
“I’m very pleased,” said New Braunfels Utilities General Manager Bob Sohn. “I feel very optimistic at this point.”
The overall rate increase was $9.6 million.
Each of the LCRA’s wholesale customers will determine the extent to which the rate increase is reflected in the retail rates they charge, the PUC said.
The increase represented a settlement proposed by 42 of the 44 parties in the rate case, according to the PUC.
The city of San Marcos and the Office of Public Utility Counsel opposed the increase.
More than eight months ago, New Braunfels Utilities joined other wholesale users in the fight against LCRA’s $20 million, in new money, request.
“The New Braunfels group felt that in the beginning that that was too much, not only that, but we felt there were other issues there that we felt very strong about,” Sohn said. “One issue was the oil and gas exploration program. They projected expenditures of some $200 million in the next couple of years that we didn’t feel that we should do. We should leave that to the professional oil and gas exploration people ”
That program has now been “done away with,” Sohn said.
The New Braunfels group was made up of NBU, Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative, Dewitt Electric Cooperative and San Bernard Electric Cooperative.
Becci Pickelman of Wal-Mart shows fourth graders from Memorial Elementary School the recycling bins available in the local store's parking lot. During their tour, youngsters examined recycled products and what role they can take to help the environment: contributing to recycling drives, planting trees and buying ecologically safe products. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
NRC report praises Comanche Peak
GLEN ROSE, Texas (AP) — Several citizens groups that have opposed Comanche Peak are critical of a Nuclear Regulatory Commission assessment giving TU Electric high marks for operation of the facility.
Lon Bumam of Texas Citizen Action, a consumer and environmental advocacy group, said the report is “pretty much a whitewash, which is what we’ve come to expect.”
Betty Brink of Citizens for Fair Utility Regulation agreed.
“A lot of things were omitted,” she said. “Comanche Peak has had soDogs
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“Currently, the process of handling these problems (is) very, very slow. What the people want at the lake is a way to expedite things.”
He does have a faster complaint system now, in which people can file a complaint in approximately five minutes. Some cool down after a few days, he said, but the majority do proceed to testify before a Justice of the Peace
“It’s making a dent," Young said ofVoting
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As of 5 p.m. Thursday 78 registered voters have cast absentee ballots, according to City Secretary Bonnie Sarkozi.
“I thought we would have had a few more but I’m sure it will pick up next week," Sarkozi said.
Absentee voting began April 15 and runs through April 30.
Persons in CISD can cast absentee ballots at the CISD Central Office Building, 1421 U.S. 81 East from 8 a m. to 4:30 p .rn. Monday through Fri -day; Smithson Valley Middle School, Comal Elementary School and Mountain Valley Elementary Schools from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Persons voting in the city council election can cast absentee ballots at New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S.Casten Ave. betweens a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Running for the District 3 council scat are Joe Kuchlcr and Rudy Seidel. Running for the District 4 scat arc incumbent Eddie Temple and challengers, Paul Fraser and Susan Curtis.Lawmaker plans bill after ruling
AUSTIN (AP) — A key legislator said today he will seek House approval of a bill designed to correct a law requiring driver’s liability insurance in lite wake of a court ruling thai invalidated thousands of war ram* charging motorist* with not having lite coverage.
Rep Eddie Cavazos, D Corpus Christi, arid chairman of tile House Insurance Cor urn nice, said fie hopes the House will he able lo vote on his measure next week
State law requires each driver to be able to cover damage claims of at least $55,(AJO arising from an automobile accident
On April IO, die Texas Court of Criminal Appals said dial not having liability insurance wasn’t die same as failure to meet die law's requirement of financial rcsfMinsihility
the complaint system. “(There aren’t as many repeat offenders when) they’re paying out of their pocketbook.”
The visibility of his service has also resulted in a substantial increase in calls, however, with 828 more calls in 1990 than 1989.
“I looked for indicators to sec what would cause that type of increase, and I couldn’t find any," he said. “(Except that) the public knows where to get a hold of us."
There was also an increase in reported dog bites, from 24 in 1989 to 86 last year. Young attributed that to hospitals being more responsive to the problem.
He said he hopes that a full-time assistant, if approved, would have the opportunity to do some dog patroling in some of the more heavily populated Canyon Lake subdivisions.
Casteel said that consideration of hiring a full-time animal control assistant may be included on next Thursday’s action agenda.
many shutdowns, and the NRC is not addressing it.”
But NRC spokesman Joe Gilliland said Thursday the report rated operational safety in several areas.
“The report doesn’t really address how many shutdowns you have. The number of shutdowns may be an operational inconvenience, and may lead some people to question its reliability, but a shutdown may be exactly the action that needs to be taken at the time from a safety standpoint,” Gilliland said.
“Operational safety is taken into account at all times. We rated them in 7 or 8 different areas, which range from plant operation to security, and they all deal with operational safety at some point.”
Gilliland pointed out that the report also found some weaknesses, including the adequacy of some technical evaluations.
TU spokesman George Hedrick said officials were pleased with the NRC’s assessment.
“Our objective is to be one of the best operating plants in the U.S.,” Hedrick said. “We will continue to improve our performance until we reach excellence.”
The annual report was originally delivered last month, but NRC and TU officials met Thursday to review the results.
Comanche Peak, which went on line about a year ago, is located 45 miles southwest of Fort Worth. It has been shut down since March 20, when a leak developed in a secondary cooling system. TU Electric said the plant will remain off line until early May.
The report covered the period between September 1989 and January, and assists the NRC in its regulatory and licensing authority over the utility.
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