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SUNDAY April 24,1983 50 cents
Vol. 92 - No. 81
68 Pages—4 Sections
Hunger strike, protests continue
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Don’t be fooled by the absence of picketers around the courthouse this weekend. The four county jail inmates are still fasting, and the Committee of Justice for All hasn't quit either.
“We will continue to work seven days a week, doing one thing or another until we see results. Something is gonna have to give.” Virginia Pa* heco, the group's leader. said Fnda>
Monday will be a big day for the protestors, who have planned a grand march from Eikel Park down Peach St., to San Antonio, ending at Main
Plaza. Over 200 people are expected to participate in the afternoon march.
But while others are carrying signs and wearing holes in their shoes. Mack Martinez, an Austin attorney representing surviving members of the Ruben Sauceda family, has an appointment with District Attorney Bill Schroeder, Martinez is also serving as legal advisor to the Committee of Justice for All.
“I've been working with Ruben Sandoval in San Antonio, and with the league of United I-din Amercian Citizens We’re hoping Schroeder will agree to help us get a special
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Juror tells his side of the story
There were six women and six men on the Jury w ho w anted to make sure William Dale Savage remembered the night of Oft 30 for at least IO years
The same 12 people felt probation was the means to that end, and Savage was sentenced accordingly The trials aftermath has since thrown the town of New Braunfels into a slight turmoil. And the 12 jurors are no exception
Although he asked not to be identified, one juror was somewhat outspoken Saturday when asked to comment about the community's reaction. He talked about the jury’s deliberations; hts thoughts an the hunger strike, the protestors in front of the courthouse, and the juror who couldn't write English; and his feelings in general about probation. Here’s what he wanted to share:
“I think a lot more people are concerned with revenge than with justice, because they have a misconception of what justice is. This trial was a difficult thing to go through It was terrible what happened, but this person i Savage) didn t belong in the penitentiary.
That would not bring the Sauceda family back. Instead, we felt it might be better to make Savage constantly remember for at least the next IO years what he did by having to follow the rules of his probation.
“DWI * driving while intoxicated) is a tremendous problem, but prison is not always the perfect deterrent. Just look at those people on the hunger strike Two of those guys have been there I to the penitentiary) twice."
Comal County Jail inmates Juan
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Hydro plant enemies continue to organize
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
Foes of the proposed hydro-electric generation plant at Canyon Dam met Saturday to better organize their effort.
Approximately 60 people attended the third meeting of the Cany on l-ike Area Citizens Association, a group which has declared its purpose to "study the feasibility, practicality, and effect of the installation of a hydroelectric plant on Canyon I-ike and the Guadalupe River."
Plans are being made by the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority to construct a hydroelectric plant at Canyon Dam. The GBRA has already contracted with the City of New Braunfels for purchase of the power to be generated.
"We will be meeting them (GBRAi at every place they have to go to get a permit," said Wallace M. Greene, president of the citizens’ group. "We plan to force them to make a complete and in-depth environmental study."
Greene says that the GBRA has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERO to waive all environmental studies, and to pose no limits on the cost of the project, nor the amount of land used.
Speaking to the group which met Saturday at Fire Station No. I at Canyon Qty was retired U.S. Army Col. Harcourt Newman, whom Greene described as an environmental science expert. Newman ii a resident of Tamarack Shores, a subdivision at Canyon Lake.
Newman talked to the group about the proposed plant’s environmental impact on the lake and the surrounding countryside. “If you think they’re not going to drain that lake, theh you believe in Santa Claus,” he ■aid.
John H. Specht, general manager of
the GBRA, hail previously said that the operation of the reservoir would remain the same as before the plant is installed, and that no additional w ater would be released from the lake for the purpose of generating electricity.
Newman said there is "no way” ttiat outflow will equal inflow to the lake after the plant is in use, especially considering seepage and evaporation. He explained that the rise and fall of the lake seriously affects the water wells in the area, many of which went dry every summer before the lake was full.
In addition, the lake area is attracting more and more people, who will create a bigger demand for water, and the building of the plant will have a very adverse effect on the recreational aspects of Canyon I .ake and the Guadalupe River, Newman says.
Other officers elected for the organization are Dr. Richard Q. Lewis, vice president; and George “Jack’’ Richards, secretary-treasurer.
Five committees have been set up. Dr. I^wis is chairing the one for environmental studies and engineering. Greene is the head of finance and fund-raising, as well as the legal committee. Dorothy Baltzo is chairman of public relations and education, and Jack Richards is in charge of political.
The group has retained the Austin law firm of Henry and Iaiwerrt. This firm has had previous experience in the field of environmental law and has dealt in cases with the GBRA and the Lower Colorado River Authority. It has also handled cases dealing with sewer discharge problems and other matters concerning public waters.
The executive committee for the group will meet next on May 9, but the next meeting of the entire membership will be called at a later date.
Appraisal district j self-examination begins Wednesday
ByDYANNE FRY Staff writer
Charles Lewis, one of five directors of the Comal County Appraisal District, isn’t one to sit idly on a special assignment.
His new committee, set up to take an in-depth look at district operations, will hold its organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the appraisal office at 130 E. Mill. The public is invited to attend.
Lewis plans to give each member an area to look into, allow a week or two for gathering information, then call the group together to share findings and come up with recommendations for the board to consider. Directors are already looking at budget needs for 1984. Lewis thinks the committee’s recommendations will be of most use if they’re submitted as soon as possible.
The committee will include tax assessor-collectors for four of the district’s participating governments: Gloria Gennan for Comal County, E.W. Neuse for the Comal Independent School District and Glyn Goff, who collects taxes for both the New Braunfels ISD and the City of New Braunfels.
Oliver Haas, representing the Edwards Underground Water District, and former municipal judge John Phillips of Garden Ridge had also agreed to serve as of Friday. Lewis was still trying to recruit someone for the Guadaco Municipal Utility Districts, the York Creek Water District and the City of Selma, a small part of which lies within appraisal district territory.
Chief Appraiser Glenn Brucks will probably be there, perhaps with some of his employees. "But they will not be card-carrying members of this committee,” Lewis said. Brucks and his staff will be asked to provide background information, but will have no voting power.
The “central appraisal district" is a new species of government, set up by a legislative act of three years ago. These districts are in operation all over Texas, and there’s no one, strictly speaking, that has a great deal of experience in running one.
Board chairman Leroy Goodson proposed formation of the committee at the April 18 directors’ meeting, and asked I,ewis to be the head of it. Lewis accepted, and seems enthusiastic about the possibilities.
Sunday will be sunny and warm with a high in the upper-70s. Tonight will be clear and cold with a low in the low-50s. Monday will be warmer, partly cloudy with a high near 80 and low in the low-50s. The extended forecast for the rest of the week calls for a slight chance of showers on Tuesday with cooler temperatures and fairer skies Wednesday and Thursday. Winds Sunday wil be northernly 5-10 mph, becoming easternly 10-15 mph Monday. Sunrise today was at 6:55 am. Sunset will beat 7: O'? p.m.
Reagan honors blast victims
ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. (AP) — President Reagan solemnly welcomed home the bodies of 16 Americans killed in Beirut with a vow Saturday evening that the “cowardly, skulking barbarians” who killed them “will not have their way."
Speaking in front of a large American flag before wooden coffins draped with folded smaller flags, the president quoted the Sermon on the Mount in tribute to the victims of one of the worst attacks on a U.S. embassy in the 200-year history of the foreign service:
"It is written, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers,’ and they truly were the peacemakers.’’
Members of the families of the dead sat solemn-faced, some wiping their eyes, on three long rows of folding chairs on the other side of the coffins.
The entire proceedings took place beneath the stark steel beams of Hangar No. 3 at this Air Force base near Washington, forced indoors by rain. A military honor guard stood facing the audience at the president’s right beside the caskets.
Reagan was accompanied by his wife, Nancy, and Secretary of State George P. Shultz and his wife, Helena, in what he earlier called “one of the saddest journeys of my presidency" by helicopter from the White House.
I^banon’s ambassador to the
United States, Khalil Ram, and secretary general of the lebanese Foreign Ministry, Faoud Turk, also attended.
Calling the bombing of the Beirut embassy a “dastardly deed, an act of unparalled cowardice" and “an attack on all of us and the values that we hold dear,” the president said of the dead:
“They knew first hand how an afflicted mankind looked to us for help, with faith in our strength, our sense of justice and our deceny. ... Iiet us in their presence serve notice to the cowardly, skulking barbarians in the world that they will not have their way.”
As the ceremony closed, the president and Mrs. Reagan walked among the bereaved families, speaking to each person, shaking hands, sometimes kissing. Some sobbing family members could not speak The president at one point wiped his cheek; Mrs. Reagan wiped her eyes several tunes.
An Air Force band played hymns, “God of Our Fathers,” and “O God, Our Help in Ages Past,” as well as the national anthem and “God Bless America” and “American the Beautiful.”
The chiefs of the services and
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Spreading German culture
For the second straight year, students from New Braunfels Middle School have put on a program demonstrating German traditions for a visiting group of Houston students. Above, Rob Smith (left) and Craig Morrison demonstrate sausage
Staff photo by Cindy Richardson
making, while below, Trent Nowotny tells the Houstonians about the traditions of German Jews. The event is an educational experience for both groups See Story, Page 2A.