New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 2, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Comal River.......... 262 cfs (down 8)
Canyon inflow....... 229 cfs (down 18)
Canyon outflow ........791 cfs (same)
Edwards Aquifer 624.89 (down .06)
Canyon Lake level .... 909.90 (down .14)
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Vol. 94-No. 152
August 2,1985 25 Cents
24 Pages —2 Sections
Teamsters strike has little effect here
By DEBBIE DaLOACH Staff writer
More than 22.000 Teamsters Union truck drivers are still on strike, despite truckloads of cars that pulled into two local car dealerships this morning.
“The strike is still on. and there s no settlement on schedule. In fact, I was out on the picket line most of the night," said Richard Hammond, president of the South Texas Teamsters Union No. 988. headquartered in Houston.
But Jack Krueger at Krueger Mazda-Chevrolet and Milt Ferguson at his Oldsmobile-Buick-Chevrolet-Pontiac dealership said they each received a truckload of cars about IO a rn. today.
"Yeah, a truck just pulled up." Ferguson said during his interv iew But it’s not the company that usually hauls our cars From all indications, the immediate effect of the week-old strike on local car dealerships has been slight But that could change if the
strike endures into late-August.
“If it (the strike) lasts awhile, say into late-August, then it would really start hurting," said Amo Becker, head of Becker Motor Co., where Dodge, Plymouth and Chrysler models are sold. “That’s when they usually start shipping ’86 model cars.
“We had all our 85 s in already, and were at a lull anyway when the strike started." Becker added.
Ferguson said his dealership was “light on inventory" when the strike was announced on July 26. Before this morning’s delivery, he indicated he hadn't received any cars in over a week.
We had quite a few cars due I’ve got up to 40 inventory cars still sitting in Houston. Arlington and Kansas City." Ferguson said. “But our 1985 orders were just about over. Ifs only-held up about four or five of those.” Orders on 1986 models could be a different story. “We’ve received some 86's, but that was before the strike,” Ferguson said. “We’re just
See TEAMSTERS, Page 12AA big one
Rickey Rouse of Liberty Avenue has good reason to be smiling his grandfather, Freddie Nagvar. brought a 43-pound watermelon from
LESHE KRIEWALDT HERALD ZEITUNG
Lavaca County. Neighborhood youngsters were invited to partake of the melon, but couldn't make much of a dent.TDHRsuspends attorney
A top Texas Department of Human Resources official in San Antonio has been suspended without pay, pending the outcome of a felony drug case against him in Comal County.
Arthur Richard Thormann Jr., 38, of Route 6, Box 617, New Braunfels, was arrested Tuesday for possession of marijuana over four ounces. A warrant for his arrest was issued after local sheriff’s investigators confiscated 60 marijuana plants, ranging from two to seven feet tall, growing at his residence off Nacogdoches Road on July 24.
Thormann had served as assistant regional director of the San Antonio DHR office since September 1980. He began his career with DHR in 1974.
His supervisor, Homero Rodriguez, said Thormann’s suspension will last until the drug case against him can be heard.
Thormann turned himself in to Comal County Sheriff’s Lt. Rudy Rubio about 4 p.m. Tuesday after returning from a two-week vacation. Within an hour, Thormann posted $10,000 bond set by Justice of the Peace R.G. “Doc" Blanchard.
Respect for rivers can eliminate problems
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
A healthy respect for the power of moving water can elinunate a lot of problems Because three people have died this year, none of whom were canoing or boating, word has gone out to water enthusiasts in the large cities that the Guadalupe is dangerous Rumors of hundreds of people being rescued every weekend from the river, made many tubers and novice canoers afraid to go in the water “No matter how many times you’ve been on it, the river changes," Ellen Martin Posey, owner of Whitewater Sports said. “This year we have a real Whitewater nver. Because of that we are emphasizing the safety aspects of the nver this year."
Every outfitter has his own rule of thumb. Posey, for instance. said if a person is not a swimmer, her workers try to convince him not to go on the nver at all. Others emphasize that the rest of the group should watch out for non-swimmers.
Posey allows children as young as 6 years old to go rafting but no one younger than 12 years old can go canoing in her equipment. Other outfitters have IO years old as the cutoff for rafts.
But all of the canoe rentals said they require lifejackets on everyone Also, they assess their customers’ skill level and direct them to the part of the nver best suited their ability.
“It's just like ski slopes," said Betty Walls, owner of Texas Canoe Trails “There are slopes for beginners, intermediates and advanced But the first question
we ask our customers when we get them in a group is Does every body swim?’"
Posey encouraged those who bring their equipment to check with an outfitter and find out nver conditions before going in.
Walls said she has a safety lecture and instruction on strokes she gives every group of renters, and she always tells people to get out and look at the falls before going over, and portage around anything that looks too difficult.
Outfitters were unanimous on discouraging tubes from going over Slumber and Hueco rapids.
The owner of River Rally-Rio Raft Co. near Sattler said he does not rent equipment to go over Slumber Falls or Hueco Spring Rapids.
“Because we are below the chute’ and above the second crossing, we have a lot of families and first-timers," John Guezel, co-owner of Rio Raft Co, said. “We encourage people who want to do those lower rapids to rent a raft rather than a canoe."
One of the problems this year, Walls reported, is that the hydraulics on Slumber and Hueco Springs rapids have fooled many experienced rafters.
"People who have been over the nver many times have gotten into trouble this year when they have taken a raft over the falls too slowly,” Walls said. “Everyone nas gotten in the habit of just sitting back and going over the
See RIVERS, Page 12A
Austin water use drops
River rescue squad keeps weekend vigil
AUSTIN (AP I — City residents are cooperating with mandatory watering restrictions, Austin officials say, and falling water use figures show it.
Officials Thursday reported that Austin’s three water treatment plants pumped 146.1 million gallons on Wednesday, the first day police enforced watering rules with tickets.
That compared to 162.9 million gallons used on Tuesday , a record w hich pushed pumping capacity near its limit.
We have a high degree of compliance. People aren’t opposed to what’s going on," said Jerry l^awson, director of the Austin Resource Management Department.
Lawson said the city’s booming population growth — not waste — appears to be the culprit behind the high levels of consumption.
“There are just so many more customers, even though they are trying to be conservative. There’s been a lot of growth in the system,’’ Lawson said.
Lawson also said that because the heavy consumption has occurred on weekdays rather than weekends, officials believe business users rather than homeowners may be responsible for much of the increased demand.
City Manager Jorge Carrasco See WATER, Page IZA
Commissioners work out lease
By SARAH DUKE Staff writer
“Sometimes I think we’re just a bunch of old fools out there trying to help people."
Ernie Hassold, president of the Comal County Civil Defense Rescue Squad, was referring to the squad and its rescue work on the Guadalupe River. Every weekend he and other members of the Emergency Communication Hub fish hapless tubers and canoers out of the river, administer first aid and, if needed, escort injured swimmers to the hospital.
Hassold estimates that on an average weekend, the squad rescues 20 to 25 people who get caught In the currents. "We figure about one-third of those would drown lf somebody weren’t there to pull them out," Hassold said.
The squad regularly patrols the rapids at Hueco Falls and Slumber Falls. This weekend for the first time the squad will patrol tbs Greene bridge because of s request from the city manager.
Haisold said the biggest problem on the river is that people just don't use common sense..
“Whether people can swim or not, they should wear their lifejackets," he said.
Hassold said eight out of ten canoes going over the falls turn over. "It beats all I’ve ever seen,” he said. “The canoes flip and people go one way and their lifejackets go another.
"A lifejacket may be uncomfortable but it will save your life," he said. "The best swimmer in the world is gonna drown if he gets knocked unconscious and isn’t wearing a Lifejacket."
Fewer than IO percent of people going down the river wear lifejackets, Hassold estimated.
Other factors contributing to accidents, Hassold said, are alcohol and drugs. “We get people out of that river sometimes who ire rn drunk they can hardly stand up," Hassold said, "but they think they can handle themselves in the river.”
The most common injuries on the river, Hassold said, are cuts, bruises, some broken bones and dislocated shoulders. Squad members give basic first aid and tell swimmers whether or not they
See RESCUE, Page UA
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
At a price of 65 cents per square foot, tile county is offering the Central Appraisal District 4,300 square feet of office space in the new annex.
County Auditor Bate Bond told county commissioners in Thursday’s meeting that the price included the construction cost, but not utilities, janitorial or parking fees.
Utilities could be billed each month to the appraisal district, with its share of the bill based on tile per
centage of the building’s square footage being used.
An alternative would be utilities figured as an additional 20.4 cents per square foot, the auditor said. He based that figure on the percentage of space the appraisal district would occupy multiplied by the estimated $10,000 per month utility bill.
Parking space would also be a monthly charge, based on $42.50 per month per covered parking space for four spaces.
See LEASE, Page 12A
Today’s forecast is identical to yesterday’s: sunny and hot with winds up to IO mph out of the southeast. Temperatures may reach the upper-90s and drop to the mid-70s overnight.
A small-town boy made a big-time catch as the North defeated the South in the Texas High School Coaches Association all-star football game Thursday in Irving. Sports, Page 7A.
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Wes Meyer is used to rescuing people from area rivers