New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 2, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Tuesday, Dec. 2,1980 8A
Carter signs Alaska billDeaths
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Carter signed into law today a bill protecting more than IOO million acres of pristine Alaskan wilderness, calling the measure “one of the most important pieces of conservation legislation in the history of our country.”
He used a bill-signing ceremony in the White House East Room to appeal for protection of the nation’s environment. He said financial pressures and the need for energy resources must not be allowed to “interfere with these efforts to enhance the quality of our lives.”
The landmark bill, debated for four years before winning congressional approval last month, was enacted after conservation-minded Democrats reluctantly agreed to accept a compromise version rather than risk delaying the debate until the Republicans take control of the Senate and the White House in January.
“Every time we dig out minerals or drill wells or ignore erosion or destroy sand dunes or dam a wild river or dump garbage or create pollution, we are changing the living Earth. We are affecting the air we breathe and the water we drink,” Carter said.
The president said the legislation “strikes a balance between protecting areas of great beauty and value, and allowing development of Alaska’s vital oil, gas, mineral and timber resources.
“With this bill we are acknowledging that Alaska’s wilderness areas are truly this country’s crown jewels, and that Alaska’s resources are treasures of another sort. How to
tap those resources is a challenge we can now face in the decade ahead,” he said.
By any standard, the bill is historic. Rep. Morris Udall, D-Ariz., chairman of the House Interior Committee and the measure’s chief sponsor, has compared it with President Theodore Roosevelt’s decision to create the national park system.
The bill amounts to the nation’s decision on how it will manage its last big frontier — the mountains, glaciers, tundra and forests of Alaska. It also largely determines to what extent the nation can use the rich natural resources of the land — the oil, gas, timber and minerals.
The bill that finally emerged from Congress puts 104.3 million acres — an area larger than California, but still less than a third of Alaska’s land mass — into protected categories.
That includes 43.6 million acres of new national parks, doubling the size of the park system; 53.8 million acres of new wildlife refuges, also doubling that system; 3.4 million acres of national forests; 1.2 million acres for the national wild and scenic river system; and 2.2 million acres in other conservation areas.
Of that total, 56.7 million acres will be designated as wilderness, never to be touched by a development and accessible only by foot, horseback, raft or canoe.
While the land areas are huge, the total is less than environmentalists had wanted. The version of the bill originally passed by the House would have put 127.5 million acres into protected status.
Candidate denied district judgeship after eligibility problem discovered
BROWNSVILLE (AP) — Melcher Chavez spent about $12,000 on his successful campaign for state district judge only to find out he cannot take office.
The three-term state representative became a certified candidate for the post despite a glaring eligibility problem that went undetected throughout his campaign.
The secretary of state’s office finally pointed out that Article 3, Section 8 of the Texas Constitution prohibits a legislator from holding a public office that was voted a pay raise during the lawmaker's term.
The Harlingen lawyer served in the 1979 legislature that gave district judges a pay raise from $35,700 a year to $42,500.
“It’s unfortunate. Apparently no question was raised during the campaign,” said Jim Cicconi, general counsel to the secretary of state. He informally told Chavez last week of the problem, then wrote him a letter telling him of the official decision to deny Chavez the bench.
Chavez originally filed for re-election but jumped into the judge’s race after Judge Filemon Vela resigned to accept an appointment to the federal bench.
Gov. Bill Clements appointed George Storter to fill the vacancy until an election. Storter ran unsuccessfully against Chavez.
“It’s unfortunate that it comes up this way. We thought we had it resolved,” Chavez said*Monday. “We’re still reviewing the options.”
He did not rule out filing a lawsuit to gain the seat he won and
said he probably would decide what to do later this week.
Cicconi said Monday that his office, which certifies all election results, had no choice in the matter.
“Eligibility is determined on the date the candidate qualifies for the office. In this case for filling a vacancy, it was the canvassing date, Nov. 21, and he was ineligible,” Cicconi said Monday.
“If it had been for a normal full term, the magic (qualifying) date would have been sometime in January,” he said.
Cameron County Democratic Party chairman Rene Oliveira said he was aware there might be a problem during the campaign but decided Chavez was qualified.
Three days after Chavez’s victory at the polls, Storter resigned his appointment to take care of “personal matters.” The judgeship was vacant for three weeks until the governor asked Storter to return until Chavez was certifed.
Clements’ request came before the eligibility problem arose, Storter said.
"I’m staying until a successor is qualified,” he said.
When asked if he would consider taking the job permanently, Storter said the personal matters that caused him to resign had been cleared up.
Jon Ford, Clements’ press secretary, said Monday the governor likely will take no action in the matter until Chavez decides what he will do next.
“I don’t think there’s going to be any appointment made until this thing is cleared up one way or another,” Ford said.Joe P. Garcia
Services are - planned Wednesday for Joe P. Garcia, who died Sunday in Colonial Manor Nursing Home. Rev. James Wasser will service, beginning at 9:45 a.m. from the Charlie Morales Funeral Home and continuing at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church at IO a.m. Garcia, 47, will be buried in San Pedro Cemetery in Hunter. He was born Dec. 18, 1932, in New Braunfels to Albino and Maria Parra, who were both born in Mexico. Formely of Rt. I, Box 140-B, the lifetime local resident was a former laborer for New Braunfels builders. He was also a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and the Union Paders de Familias. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Maria
Rodriguez of New Braunfels; and two brothers, Antonio Garcia of New Braunfels and Juan Garcia of Dallas.Claude E. Nanney
Services were held this morning at Zoeller Funeral Home for Capt. Claude E. Nanney, 68, who died Saturday in Colonial Manor Nursing Home. He was buried in Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park with Rev. Harold Zirkel officiating. The retired Delta Airlines pilot was born on April 17, 1912, in Memphis, Tenn., to Claude W. and Tabor (nee Anderson) Nanney. He married Marion Hale on Dec. 6, 1941, in Pine Bluff, Ark. Formerly living at 56 Mission Drive in New Braunfels, the First United Methodist Church member also belonged to New Braunfels Lodge 1109 AF&AM, New Braunfels Elks Lodge 2279, American Legion Post 179, the Scottish Rite, the
Eastern Star, the Airline Pilots Association and the American Association of Retired Persons. Survivors include his wife; his mother, Mrs. Tabor A. Nanney of Memphis, Tenn.; two daughters, Mrs. Clauda Calkins of Houston and Mrs. Marsha Owens of Germantown, Tenn.; a sister, Mrs. Marie Calhoun of Memphis, Tenn.; a brother, Preston Nanney of North Little Rock, Ark.; and four grandchildren.Martha Schumann
Services were held Monday at Zoeller Funeral Home for Martha Schumann, who died Saturday in McKenna Memorial Hospital. Schumann, 67, was buried in Schumannsville Cemetery with Rev. Henry Fletcher officiating. The retired homemaker and First Baptist Church member was born June 28,1913, in Wichita Falls to Frank and Katherine (nee Bollmann) Sadue. On Oct. 7, 1937, in Seguin she married Erwin Schumann, who died in 1972. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. June (Billie) Wilkinson of New Braunfels; two sisters, Mrs. Milton Dietz of New Braunfels and Mrs. E.A. Moeller of Austin; two grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Pallbearers included Gordon Hartman Sr., Gordon Hartman Jr., Jack Devaney, Fred Obermeyer, E.A. Moeller and lawrence Weidner.Nadine T. Hatcher
Graveside services are planned tomorrow at 2:15 p.it) at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery for Nadine T.
Hatcher, who died Thursday in the Army Medical Center in El Paso. Rev. Bill Arnold will officiate. Hatcher, 69, was born July 4, 1911, in
Brackenridge. She was the widow of Robert J. Hatcher, who died in 1974. The First Baptist Church member lived at 1020 Mission Drive in New Braunfels. She is survived by four sisters: Mrs. Waldine Barr of Hico, Betty Rohdes of Odessa, May Dell Bahr and Bonnie Murff, both of El Paso; two brothers, Willie G. Taylor of California and Jim (Sonny) Taylor of Marathon; and several nieces and nephews.Gene R. Hermanson
Services are scheduled Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home for Gene Robert Hermanson, who died Friday in the U.S. Air Force Clinic at Randolph. Hermanson, 48, will be buried in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at 1:15 p.m. Formerly of 134 Pecan Drive S.W. in McQueeney, Hermanson was born on Nov. 21, 1932 in Wisconsin to Guy Robert and Gertie (nee I^anovic) Hermanson. He married Ix>is L. Howes on Nov. IO, 1955 in Witchita Falls. The former administration employee for the civil service was a Lutheran church member. He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Tana Kieffer of St. Joseph, Mo.; a son, Benny J. Hermanson of Miami, Fla.; a sister, Frances Williams of Iola, Wis.; a brother, Russell Hermanson of Jamesville, Wis; and four grandchildren. Pallbearers will be from the military.Dewey H. Bollinger
Services were held this morning at the Sunset Funeral
Chapel for Dewey H. Bollinger, who died Saturday in Metropolitan General Hospital in San Antonio. Bollinger, 82, was buried in Sunset Memorial Park. The retired engineer for the Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transportation was born Feb. 28, 1898. He married Jewel Holland. He was affiliated with the Baptist church. His is survived by his wife, who lives in San Antonio; a daughter, Mrs. Walter (Janice) Hartmann of New Braunfels; three sons: Denis W. McCoy of Houston, Clifford McCoy of Oklahoma City and Tom McCoy of San Antonio; a brother Bert Bollinger of Houston; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.Linda Louise Neuse
Services were held Monday at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home for Mrs. Linda Louise Neuse, who died Saturday at Oak Crest Inn Convalescent Center. She was buried in Comal Cemetery with Dr. Friedrich Rest officiating. Born Jan. 17, 1900 in Comal County to Adolph and Agnes (nee Ludwig) Reinarz, she had lived in New Braunfels for 46 years. On Jan. 26,1921, she married Egon Neuse, who died in 1957. She was a member of the First Protestant United Church of Christ. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Amo (Dorothy) Link of New Braunfels and Mrs. Arnold (Loraine) Wetz of San Antonio; a half-sister, Thelka Kronkosky of New Braunfels; two half-brothers, Herbert Brietzke and Gilbert Reinarz of New Braunfels; and seven grandchildren.
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