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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 21, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas SV Rangerettes victorious in opener, Page 7 New Braunfels Vol 134 No 162 New Braunfels Herald Publishing Company, 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 781 30 (LISPS 377 800) Friday August 21.1987 25 Cents One Section 16 PagesStammtisch Diana Cooke of Canyon Lake was taking pictures of her youngest daughter against a backdrop of this cypress tree The little girl was climbing into the crux of the bran ches when the poodle Midget, ap parentis felt it was Unrig left out of the event and tried to climb into the tree as well The dog of course isn’t a cat and failed in the attempt Damage suit filed by man shot after July 28 dog fight A lawsuit has been filed in state district court here seeking damages for a man who was shot after his half breed pit bull terrier dog got into a fight with another man s dogs Calvin Ritchie of Spring Branch fit est the civil suit Monday in the 274th District Court against Cypress Cove resident Wtlliam Xrthur Thompson Thompson 49 is charged with ag gravated assault after he allegedly shot Ritchie once in the upper left leg with a 20 gauge shotgun on July 28 Thompson whose case is expelled to be presented to grand jurors next month was released from Comal Count) jail after posting a $5.UUU bond Rill hie is M-eking actual damages of $ SO ooo including $15,out) in hospital expenses and exemplary damages of $1UO.OUO According to reports Thompson approached Ritchie at his Cypress Cove convenience store brandishing a shotgun and a handgun Ritchie said Thompson opened fire on him his wife and son before hitting him in the leg A woman described as a te nant of Ritchie's, incurred a broken jaw during the fracas The dispute reportedly stems from Ritchie s dog attacking four dogs owned by Thompson Thompsons wife was walked the four dogs that evening When they walked across Ritchie s property Ritchie s dog unrestrained attacked Thompson s dogs Reports indicate that when Thompson learned what had happen ed he went to confront Ritchie and the shooting occurred GBRA sees long-term increase in electricity production with hydro Bv SARAH DUKE Staff Writer The Guadalupe Blanco River Authority is experien cing a boom in hydroelectric generation and will rn crease its production significantly when the Canyon Lake hydroelectric project is complete Currently GBRA s hydroelectric plants produce an annual average of 61 5 million kilowatt hours said Fred Blumberg operations manager for the river authority As of July (.BRA had produced 95 million kilowatt hours of energy this year That power sells for J 03 cents per kilowatt hour compared to 2 75 cents per kilowatt hour for energy from the lx)wer Colorado River Authority The Canyon Lake plant which could come on line as soon as next year will boost the river authority s generation by an estimated 25 million kilowatts annually or roughly 40 percent more than the current anticipated average James MacDonald New Braunfels Utilities resource management director said LCRA fuel costs are expected increase in increments of 30 percent during the next few years That increase will be stabilized in part by the less expensive power to be generated at the Canyon Dam site GBRA's directors Thursday approved a budget for the authority's hydroelectric division which included $2 03 million in estimated revenue Officials said the river authority is ending the fiscal year with about $2 2 million in reserves generated by hydroelectric power sales Those reserves will be cut to about $13 million by this time next year if planned repairs and other work is completed Blumberg said The GBRA official said the cost per kilowatt hour of hydroelectric energy probably w ill go down w ithin the See GBRA Page 2 Officials urge safety precautions after brush fire threatens homes although Diana decided the poodle ought to havr a chance to know what it would have i*t*n like No she put the poodle in Uh* tree ami snap p<*d this photograph Racoons of ( omal County might view this with chagrin since they are usually Uh* ones winding up in this precarious position Mission A alley Bible « buri h has found a new plat e to meet Mein hers tan rejoice with Moses as they make their exodus from Lamar School to a new place of worship which is New Braunfels Christian Ai adc my *f Mission Hills Drive They will thank our faithful God tog* the! when ttn*y gaiter mi not at the rive! at * ■* a 111 August 2 > Net* you ttiere The Ntnond Annual Cops and Robbers Nofthail Tournament will repeal will happen August 2* a Naturita) al ( omal Hark lait' ot games prizes a t exas Guard ar inured tank on display a dunking tMtnih and on and on Admission is $1 ami if you bought tickets to either of the two rained out tournaments those tickets are gotnl for admission to the up*nming event A ou can get tickets at the Department of Public Safety office in New Braunfels New Braunfels Police Department HFB and Buy for U*$$ super markets and Pat > Place Money raised wilt tx* given lo tile Comal County (emergency Children s shelter It you don t like or oilier wise would like to see our managing editor dunked in a tug bucket of cold water you will have an opportunity to contribute to that end at the dunking tmoth Darw in in the Dark was a success and the sponsors would like to thank the following folks for their support The Cr are the band Balloon World I lucky s T Shirt Shoppe W R smith Joe Michie First See STAMMTISCH Rag*. J Cloudy skies will keep the temperatures in the cool up per iWs today with fair skies tonight and a low in the mid 70s Southeast winds tonight will be from 5 to IU mph Saturday will partly cloudy and trot with a high again iii the upper 40s and southeast winds between IU and 15 mphThe Menu CLASSIFIED    9    IS COMICS    8 CROSSWORD .............. 3 DEAR ASBY.................5 ENTERTAINMENT ...........3 RELIGIOUS FOCUS............6 SPORTS....................7 WEATHER..................2 \ motor home exhaust is suspected as Uh* caus** ot a brush fire Thursday evening across Mime 25 acres off Texas 4c South near developed sub divisions An increase rn this month of reported grass fires has local fire of fuials serving warnings to persons concerning extremely dry conditions in ( omal County Thursday evening s blaze was fought for more than three ami a half flours ny members of the New Braunfels Fire I department Canyon I ake A olunteer F ire department and Bra* ker Volunteer Fire department. as wet; as residents helping to keep the fir* from spreading into their yards The fire was reported at 3 5o p rn and occurred on Texas 46 between Oak Run ami Northwood subdivi Mons It came very clos** to some houses within about 2W> yards said New Braunfels Fire Marshall Flrov Friesenhahn But the yards were verv well manicured ami there was in) real danger to the houses An hour after extinguishing the blate fire officials were summoned bai k to Hie scene where a rekindling had occurred Firemen worked for about an bour then to stop that fire Residents in the area this morning reported seeing smoke rising again Fire department units returned to tfie scene around *> I > a rn but no fire was found A motor home was seen in the Man remains at large after escape from Hays County Bv DAVID MAY Staff Writer A man arrested Thursday morning in Hays County escaped from the jail there eight hours later by crawling through a suspended ceiling and leaving through the front lobby Authorities are searching for l>ouglas Albert Dougherty, 37 He was arrested in Hays County in a stolen vehicle He is wanted by Austin Police for questioning in con nee Hon with an armed robbery and has a four year old warrant out of Washington state where he was in solved in an aggravated armed rob ber) and a shoot out with police He is considered dangerous, though authorities are unsure if he is armed * He was armed at the time of his arrest Thursday morning ” said a Hays County sheriff s spokesman lie was stopped in Hays County Thursday in a stolen auto after allegedly holding up an Austin gas station late Wednesday, according to reports He had stolen a van in Austin See ESCAPE. Page 2 New Braunfels firefighters and Northwood Subdivision residents joined grass fire Thursday (Photo by Deryi Clark) forces to combat a area with engine trouble and it could have been started by the exhaust system said Friesenhahn "Weare assuming that w as the cause ’ Grass fires along roadsides have been on the increase the past month mostly caused by motorists tossing cigarettes out of vehicles and possibly igniting dry brush I want to warn people in New Braunfels as well as rural area peo pie in Comal County that vegitation in the unpopulated areas is very very dry and susceptible to burning he said The fire official said he urges people will us** extreme caution when discarding smoking materials and to be careful when parking their vehicles on the side of roadways in brush and high grass "Also there should In* no open burns occurring Just about anything can set one off We were very lucky yesterday in that we got the fire under control before it did any damage We expended a lot of man power because we wanted to be sure it was controlled • Grass fires are starting to pickup Maybe citizens are not aware of how drv it really is ” stated Friesenhahn NBHS students, teachers stage benefit vehicle wash Saturday A group of New Braunfels High School teachers and students will hold a car wash Saturday to raise money for a scholarship fund established in honor of 1987 graduate Linda Woodward 18 who was killed earlier this summer rn an automobile accident Karen Rayburn an NBHS teacher said the car wash will be at the Plant Haus at 936 N AS a1 nut from 9 a rn to 3pm Saturday She said the group of volunteers mostly the NBHS graduate s close friends are asking only for donations to the scholarship fund Rayburn, who was one of Wood ward s teachers for two years said the scholarship fund is the most fitting way to remember the young stu dent who died July 24 of injuries sustained after reportedly losing control of her vehicle near Neguin Shortly before her death Woodward had enrolled at Southwest Texas State University for what would have been her freshman v ear in college Linda was a recipient of several scholarships and it was through the scholarships that she w as going to be able to go to college Rayburn said She added that the student s former teachers and her parents "thought establishing a scholarship would be an appropriate thing to do ’ cither donations to the scholarship fund may be made at the New Braunfels 1SD Education Center at 430 W Mill St Texas radioactive waste disposal official addresses NB Rotary Club Bv SARAH DUKE staff Writer The general manager of the Texas Low level Radioactive Waste Disposal Authority tried to dispel some myths Thursday about what radioac tive waste is and how dangerous it is Lawrence R Jacobi said that while New Braunfels and Comal County have relatively few sources of low level radioactive waste, lie took an opportunity to discuss his work and how it relates to the area Jacobi who said he is more used to be mg met with protests and hostility instead hospitality, was in New Braunfels to address the Downtown Rotary Club "The closest you probably get to radioactive waste material is that it would go by in trucks up Interstate 35 toward the waste site in Washington.” he said He said other radioactive materials may be found at the radiology depart ment of hospitals and at uranium mines south of Seguin in Gonzales County Texas residents now are able to dispose of their radioactive waste at dumps in either South Carolina, Washington or Nevada The federal government has ordered state governments to find spots for disposing of low level radioactive waste "We’ve been looking for a place We haven’t been real fortunate It’s not like trying to find a site for a WalMart distribution center.” Jacobi told the group of local men He said the authority has found a site In Hudspeth County west of Kl Paso which will probably serve as a waste disposal site for the next 3u years Although radioactive waste is usually the last thing most communities want, Jacobi said the majority of Hudspeth County residents, who number some 2.000, are not opposed playing host to the waste disposal site The government official said the residents’ attitude might have been influenced by the $400 OOO annual government incentive payment which would go to the county government Jacobi said that while the site likely will be able to hold radioactive waste generated during at Hazardous chemicals monitoring committee being organized here Ernie Hassold is a recently appointed Comal County deputy civil defense coordinator for management of hazardous materials The 99th Congress enacted Public L^w 99 499, which requires that local and state governments organize to monitor locations of "extremely hazardous chemicals ” The law was in response to the tragedy at Bhopal India in 1984 resulting in the chemical poisoning of hundreds of persons Ste PANEL. Page 2 least the next 30 years the site must stay secure for at least 500 years to prevent persons from begin exposed to the radioactivity That always raises an eyebrow People alway s say How can you be sure the site w ill be secure for 500 years-’ There have been studies of structures that old he said, adding that bv using heavy materials, the radioactiv tty can be contained Low-level radioactive material, if not properly contained can cause a number of health problems for surrounding populations "lf not handled cor recti) it can cause cancer birth defects and in great enough quantity, it can kill you That s not unlike other toxic chemicals lf you go out and drink a quart of gasoline it can kill you too ” The government official said the West Texas location makes a good site for disposal because unlike Comal County , it gets very little ram and does not have underground caverns Jacobi said it is 99 percent certain” that the low level waste disposal site will be located in Hudspeth County He said that although El Paso County is continuing to fight the site through litigation, the I’ S l^epartment of Energy expects to spend ll billion studying the site The government official said there also are a number of unregulated materials which produce radioactivity in small amounts Among such materials are various oil production by products and some chemicals used in agriculture Jacobi said the government is looking into ways to regulate those materials ;