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April 20,1983 25 cents
Vol. 92 - No. 78
36 Pages—4 Sections
Two inmates end fast;
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Two of four county jail inmates fasting since Friday have broken their hunger strike, while picketers marched outside the Comal County Courthouse Wednesday in support of their protest Inmates Richard E. Willis and Gilbert Comales ate an evening meal Tuesday and breakfast Wednesday. Their colleagues. Juan lepez and Margarita Maldonaldo, are still on a liquid dict of orange juice, coffee and tea
Th*' attn toting protestors showed
up around 8 a.m., headed by Virginia Pacheco. She called her group of mostly women the “Committee of Justice for All,” and said they formed ranks Tuesday night. They numbered between 10-15 strong, and plan to march a half-circle around the courthouse until 6 p.m.
The protest centers around a 10-year probated sentence William Dale Savage received last week for killing Ruben Sauceda Sr. in a traffic accident Oct. 30. Savage was indicted for four counts of involuntary manslaughter. because Sauceda's pregnant wife and their two small children were also killed.
Savage was tried for the death of Sauceda Sr., in 207th District Court, and was given IO years probation and a $5,000 fine. The four inmates initiated the hunger strike, saying they would not eat until Savage was tried again.
Some of the signs the marchers were carrying Wednesday read “Outlaw legal Murder,” “Justice Is Not Being Done," and “Savage or Savage."
The two inmates who haven’t eaten since Friday are being considered for indictments by a Comal County Grand
See INMATES. Page 12A
New GNP data shows improved economy in '83
WASHINGTON (API - The economy grew at an annual rate of 3.1 percent in the first three months of this year. the fastest pace in two years and the strongest signal yet that recovery from the 1981-82 recession had begun, government figures indicated today.
The new growth rate was hardly robust in comparison with other recoveries of the last several decades. And it was slower than the 4 percent rate government eeononusts had projected in their first estimate before the quarter even ended However, the report was still
moderately good news after the string of declines and tiny gams that had followed the increase at a rate of 7.9 percent in the first quarter of 1981, just before the recession began.
The Commerce Department
reported that inflation-adjusted gross national product — the broadest measure of U.S. economic activity — rose to an annual rate of ll .489 trillion in the just-ended January-March quarter.
Before such adjustment, the GNP rose 11.3 percent to a rate of $3,177 trillion.
The report also gave apparently
conflicting figures on inflation.
It said the broad-based GNP implicit price deflator increased at an annual rate of 5.8 percent rn the first quarter, the highest rate since the final quarter of 1981.
On the other hand, it also said the GNP fixed-weighted price index rose at a rate of just 3.2 percent, the lowest since 1972.
The fixed-weighted index assumes that the same types of goods were being produced rn early 1983 as in past years, while the deflator takes into
New faces to appear in CISD
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
A major staff reorganization was finalized Tuesday night by Comal Independent School District trustees.
Gone are two of three assistant superintendents — Dr. Victoria Post and Dr. Jim Russell — who both resigned in February. The remaining assistant superintendent — Dr. Arlen Tieken — will change roles in 1983-84 to Director of Community Education.
At the February board meeting, the contract for Mrs. Iulla Mae Cogdill, presently principal at Smithson Valley High School, was not renewed after a four-hour executive session. Ierry Mauldin, principal of Bulverde Middle School, joined the resignation ranks Tuesday night, after being offered only a one-year contract at the February meeting.
Also in February, the board created a Director of Personnel position to be filled by James M. Sheffield, and hired Sylvia Gay Watson as the district’s sole Assistant Superintendent for 1983-84. Both contracts were for two years, on a probationary - basis.
Mrs Cogdill has since filed an appeal with the Commissioner of Education, protesting her nonrenewal. “Her argument is that her contract was not probationary,” Supt. Edgar Willhelm said Wednesday. "She came here in March of 1981, and was not renewed in March of 1983. The state law defines probationary consort" tracts at two years, but tne conu
see economy. Page 12A Protesters hold picket signs in front of the Courthouse
See CISD, Page I2APit bulls— dogs willing to fight and die 'gamely'
Second in a series
Mike (not his real name! lives in Atascosa County, and is quite willing to talk about dogftghting, but anonymously. He has attended three fights, including one in Mexico, where he fought a dog. He stressed that he can only speak about what he has seen at the fights, and what he knows from other enthusiasts.
“There’s not a whole lot going on — maybe once a month,” he said. "There are a lot of backyard fights, but that s more like practice." He has not been involved in the practice for some time because of illegality and concern for his children’s safety.
When Mike talks about being in favor of dogfighting he does not in
clude these backyard fights, or those where pit bulls are given other breeds or types of animals.
People that do something like that, well, that's sorry," he said. "They're at the bottom of the list They’re just trash They get every one against the sport
"I can’t see feeding a puppy or a cat to a bulldog That’s cruel because the animal mot the pit bull) doesn't have a chance," he said.
He says he has never attended a fight like that, but he has heard people bragging about them “I guess they do it for the pure sadistic pleasure of it. They want the dog to be everything they’re not. I despise them," he said.
Mike attended and participated rn “sanctioned fights", ones he says are
run I*' serious breeders", people who breed and fight pit bulls, who care about keeping their fighting dogs in top condition. “Those dogs don't want for anything when they are out of the pit," he said. “A person who has put up that kind of money is going to take care of the dog ."
He does not think dogfighting is cruel when it is done by these people, even though he estimates about half of the dogs die. What is important, he noted, is that the dog be willing to fight until he dies, if necessary. This is referred to as the dog’s "gameness”.
A game dog will fight until it dies or wins, whichever comes first. An average contest lasts about one hour, 15 minutes, but a “good contest” can last two hours, he said
After a dog wins three fights he is considered a champion, and is usually-retired and used for breeding, Mike added "He’s an outstanding dog if he gets that far."
Mike’s wife feels differently about dogfighting. "I’ve never been to one," she said. i ve never wanted to go. It just doesn't appeal to me. A dog is something you love and pet and cuddle. Dogs are people.”
unusual to see large sums change hands. Mike estimated $50,000 to $100,000 was bet at the fight he entered in Mexico.
To the dogfight enthusiasts, the dogs are investments. There are large sums of money involved at the fights. Each owner has to put up money (Mike paid $5,000 > to fight his dog, anil entry fees cost spectators about $10 per person per match.
Gambling is heavy and it is not
That is one major factor in the flourishing practice of dogfighting. Another is the prestige and pride an owner gets when he has a game dog, "Ifs the fact that you were able to do something the other man didn't, you were able to get good bloodlines and bring that out.”
goal — a fighting machine.
That’s the reason they're (pit bulls) put here for,” Mike continued, adding that fighting is "instinctive. Their number one purpose is that they’re a combat dog. People holler it s cruel, but the dogs — they love it. They were put here for that purpose. The breeders are giving them the chance (tofight).
The fighting supporters believe that gameness is bred into the pit bulls, and that they are preserving the strain that makes the dogs fighters. “They are trying to breed and condition a superior animal. The serious breeder is working toward a serious
"I don't think ifs cruel if the dogs are fought by a reputable breeder whose done everything he can to bring the dog to its potential,” he said. “The point is that he < the dog > is game — even if he dies trying.”
Thursday- The dogfight aud the investigator who breaks it up.
NBISD board receivesInside
to replace Hendricks
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
New Braunfels School Supt. O.E. “Pete” Hendricks has got a pretty popular job. A total of 101 persons have applied for it.
Hendricks, who has served as superintendent of the New Braunfels Independent School District for 17 years, plans to give that job up on June 30 Applications were due Friday.
Now, however, the three-member screening committee set up to review the applications “has narrowed it down" to 15 applicants, said school board member Rudy Renner, head of the committee.
He is hoping that his committee — which consists of fellow school board members Garland Lloyd and Bob Self — will have narrowed down the possible applicants to "six or seven” very soon. These applicants will then be contacted for personal interviews with the committee and the school board.
A final recommendation to the board will probably not come until June 15 or later — although Reimer is hoping his group will have a recommendation by June I.
“But that may be dreaming,” he said of the June I date, noting that May is traditionally a busy month for the school board and its members.
Reimer was not really surprised at the number of applicants since the district has got an excellent reputation — especially financially, he said. “There are only five other school districts (including Houston and Dallas) that have a higher bond rating,” he noted.
But the district is not the only attraction, said Reimer. He credited many of the applications “because of the area we’re in...lots of folks would like to live here.”
“With a good school district and a good area...it’s an ideal situation to move into,” Reimer noted in a telephone interview Wednesday.
The age range of the 15 applicants now being considered is 42 to 50, Reimer said, noting that only one of the applicants is from out-of-state (Kansas). Some of the applicants are women, he noted.
Hendricks decided to retire earlier this year and first announced his plans during an executive session of the school board in January. His final resignation did not come, however, until Feb. 15.
At that time Hendricks said there was no particular reason why he wanted to step down as superintendent other than to say that he was ready to retire.
There’s a 20 percent chance of showers this afternoon in Comal County. Otherwise it will be partly cloudy and warm through Thursday with highs in the low-80s and East-Southeast winds 10-15 mph. Tonight s low should be near 60. Thursday will be mostly to partly cloudy with considerate low cloudiness in the morning. High will be in the nud-70s. Sunset tonight will be at 7 with sunrise Thursday at 5:58 a.m.Rangers No. 1
The Smithson Valley Rangers moved into first place in District 26-3A baseball Tuesday by defeating the Cole Cougars 13-4. The Rangers are now 2-0 in district play. See Page SA.Go Out Swinging
New Braunfels pitcher Bobby Tristan struck out 12 Tuesday as the Unicorns dropped the Lockhart Lions, 5-3. In other local action, however, the Canyon Cougars fell to district leading Fredericksburg also by the score 5-3. Speedbatl pitcher Michael Friedrich picked up his tenth win. See Page 10A.
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Supreme Court upholds state's ban
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court, in a stunning setback to the nuclear power industry, ruled today that states may ban new nuclear plants until the federal government devises a safe method for disposing of radioactive waste.
In a 9-0 ruling, the court upheld a moratorium on new nuclear plants enacted by California in 1976.
The justices, rejecting legal arguments by the Reagan administration, said that state power to limit development of commercial reactors is not completely pre-empted by federal law.
The decision comes at a time when the future of nuclear power is already in some doubt because of costs to build new plants and safety fears raised by the accident in 1979 at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island.
Today’s decision does not deal directly with regulation of existing nuclear facilities.
Justice Byron R. White, writing for the court, said a lower court ruling which upheld California’s
moratorium was correct in saying “that the promotion of nuclear power is not to be accomplished at all costs’... Congress has allowed the states to determine — as a matter of economics — whether a nuclear plant vis-a-vis a fossil fuel plant should be built. ”
White said, “Congress has left sufficient authority in the states to allow the development of nuclear power to be slowed or even stopped for economic reasons.”
At least five states besides California have halted new nuclear plants and four have placed restrictions on their development.
A number of other states are seeking to limit tile transport or disposal of nuclear waste within their borders. But today’s ruling did not deal specifically with that issue.
California, in adopting its moratorium, said it was
See NUCLEAR, Page 12A
County panel outlines river plan
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
They’re still a little stumped on the issue of property taxes, and the logistics of charging a “users’ fee’’ to recreation seekers.
But the Comal County Growth and Development Committee drafted its final recommendation on how to handle the burgeoning use of the Guadalupe River course Tuesday night. The 12-page report, backed by a dozen addendums containing background information and survey statistics, will be presented to the Commissioners Court as soon as committee members Tim Darilek and Dorris Brown can get it
typed and bound into final form.
Basically, the report calls for the establishment of a Water Oriented Recreation Area, to be administered through the county government and supported by special taxes.
Since the Commissioners Court under present law has no power to pass ordinances or establish special districts, such a WORA would require special permission from the Texas legislature. However, there are precedents.
A committee member noted Tuesday night that Val Verde County, on the Texas-Mexico border, has
See COUNTY, Page 12A