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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 21, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas More politicians jump into races A wealthy Houston businessman who isn’t afraid of spending his own cash to campaign jumped into the Land Commissioner race and former congressman Bob Krueger expects to file as a Democratic candidate for the state Railroad Commission in 1990. See Page 3 New Braunfels Up With People cast seeks host families On Jan. IO, approximately IOO New Braunfels residents will become new parents and they, don’t even have to go to the hopsital. No, it’s not the latest episode of the Twilight Zone, it’s Up With People. 410    M009 10/22/99 SO-WEST MICROPUBLISHING 2627 E YANDELL DR Canyon & SVprove too tough in 2nd half Both Smithson Valley and Canyon won their nondistrict boys basketball games on Wednesday. The Rangers overcame an 11 -point halftime deficit to beat Somerset while Canyon won despite trailing Edgewood by seven at halftime. See Page 9 EL PASO, TX 79903 138, No. 29 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 Thursday December 21, 1989 25 Cents One Section, 12 Pages City bracing for cold With temperatures expected to drop to the teens tonight and remain there Friday, arca residents arc warned to take precautions. “Using common sense is important,” said Dr. Carlos Campos, health authority for Comal County. He said it is especially important for persons older than age 65 and younger than age I to stay indoors during the bitter cold. Oilier groups he said should take social precautions include those with heart or chronic lung conditions and those with diabetes. “It’s important to ca’ well and stay warm.” For those who must venture out during the cold, Campos said it is important to wear a hat or some type of head covering and to protect the nose, ears and fingertips because of the threat of frostbite. While residents are making preparations for the cold weather, staff members at the local utilities arc also getting ready. New Braunfels Utilities department heads gathered for a staff meeting this morning to prepare for any emergency situation that may arise. “During extra cold weather, we need to protect some of our facilities,” said NBU General Manager Bob Sohn, adding that NBU is making sure crews will be on hand in case of any emergency. “We’re going to be available to help people wherever we can.” Sohn said residents should be aware that the cold weather often is more dangerous than it seems. “A little bit of precaution, a little bit of care, can save a lot of money,” he said. “People should be aware that pipes freeze very quickly.” If a pipe freezes, the water supply See COLD, Page 2 Arctic front punches South By JOHN DONNELLY Associated Press Writer Tile arrival of winter Unlay brought another punishing punch of arctic air, dropping temperatures to well below zero from the Wyoming to Michigan, and sending shivers to the Deep South. But forecasters said the polar winds may stop by Christmas. Winter officially began at 4:22 p.m. EST today, but many called it anticlimactic. “I doubt we’ll notice it,” said Terry Conroy, a street cleaner in Syracuse, N.Y., where street crews have had to See FRONT, Page 2 \ Officials discuss aquifer proposal i!8 SSSI • Winter roared into the arca along with an Arctic front this morning. This afternoon’s temperatures will be in the 20s but northerly winds of 25 to 30 mph will bring windchill down to 0 degrees. The overnight low will be 14 degrees. Friday’s high will be 19 degrees with an overnight low of IO degrees. Very cold temperatures coupled with strong winds will make for dangerous conditions so take the necessary precautions. HERE'S TO A Id ARM ANR UJONPERFUL HOLIPAY SEASON. 4 shopping days to Christmas inside: CLASSIFIED...........................11-12 COMICS.......................................10 CROSSWORD..............................3 DEAR ABBY.................................4 By MIKE CROUCH Staff writer Texas Water Commission officials visited New Braunfels Wednesday to present its initial proposal for a settlement of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority’s lawsuit over the regulation of the Edwards Aquifer. The proposal calls for splitting the aquifer into three regulatory districts made up of Hays and Comal counties in the north, Bexar County in the south, and Medina and Uvalde counties in the west. Under the proposal, each district would regulate its own amount of water usage and the three regulatory districts would be under the Texas Water Commission, which would regulate any disputes. The plan met with resistance from New Braunfels and Comal County because it calls for the aquifer to be at a level where the Comal Springs would be dry. ITic plan by die water commission has the aquifer level at 612 feet above mean sea level, the Comal Springs go dry at 619 feet. The commission based the propos-al’s plan for water distribution to the three districts on the highest level of pumping from the aquifer and the lowest historical level of the underground water source. Each district, according to the proposal, would receive water according lo the counties’ history of aquifer water usage. “In my opinion, the plan was made with New Braunfels, Comal County and Hays County getting the short end of the deal," said Bob Sohn, general manager of New Braunfels Unities. “I feel that the plan falls short for what the answer is.” Craig Hollmig, Comal County’s chairman of the Edwards Under- See AQUIFER, Page 2 Clayton Williams discussed his plans for seeking the Republican nomination for governor during a gathering Wednesday (Photo by Desmond Bostick) Williams calls for reduction in budget Clayton Williams, Republican candidate for governor, said the only way for Texas to truly get back on its feet again is to cut the expanding state budget. Williams spoke to a group at Schwamkrug’s Stcakhouse at noon Wednesday and stated his plan to restructure the state budget. Williams said the budget has grown from'$38 billion to $47 billion during the past two years. “Even in cowboy mathematics, that is a 23-percent increase,” Williams said. Williams said he would begin the budget reduction by first freezing state hiring and cutting state operating expenses by 7 percent. He said he w ill not cut salaries. Williams said he would sell IO percent of the state automobiles and 61 airplanes. He said the cuts would add up to $1.6 billion. Williams said, however, would not he happy wu'th those cuts alone. See WILLIAMS, Page 2 Health officials expand warning on Hepatitis A Tlte Hepatitis Strain A wanting issued by Comal Independent School District and Comal County Health Department has been expanded to include all students at Goodwin Primary. County Nurse Shcl McWilliams said that all children who attended the Christmas parties Friday at the school were excised to the contagious discase. “We need to nip it in the bud before it spreads,” McWilliams said. A parent volunteer who assisted with the Friday Christmas parties at Goodwin Primary was diagnosed with Hepatitis Strain A on Tuesday. She hi Iped prepare and serve food to students at the Friday parties where she iced cupcakes. McWilliams said that children who attend New Braun-lels Child Development Center also have been exposed to the disease, See WARNING. Page 2 Troops meet resistance in hunt for Noriega HOROSCOPE. ................10 KALEIDOSCOPE...........................6 SCRAPBOOK................................7 SANTA LETTERS.........................8 SPORTS.........................................9 TV LISTINGS...............................10 WEATHER....................................2 vm ■ f ^ I New Braunfels Christian Church, 114 Loop 337, will have a Candlelight .Service Sunday at 6 p.m. The public is invited. The Church is one mile west of Interstate 35 on the Ltxtp.... This year, Texas Shriners and several oilier sponsors are combining efforts to aid children who are crippled or burned through the “Cans for Kids” campaign. The aluminum beverage can recycling program is designed to help die Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in Houston and the Shriners Bum Institute in Galveston, which treat burned and crippled children free of charge. All the money raised during the program will be given to the two hospitals. To find the nearest participating recycling center, or for further information, call I 800-64-TEXAS.... The 15 youth at the Valley View Children’s Home will be enjoying tuikey and dressing and all the fixings this Christmas 8m STAM MUSCH, Pag* 2 PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) — U.S. troops controlled major Panamanian military bases today but still met stiff resistance as they hunted for the elusive Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, who vowed over the radio to “win or die." The general’s loyalists apparently still held at least a dozen Americans hostage. There was sporadic gunfire through the capital, where armed thugs roamed, one day after the U.S. attack in which at least 18 Americans died. Heavy fighting raged m the middle-class suburb of San Miguelito just before dawn, marked by machine-gun fire, grenade explosions and light artillery fire. U.S. aircraft and helicopters flew overhead and drew ground fire. By daybreak today, the fighting had ceased, and U.S. army troops patrolled the streets as many Panamanians began looting shops once more. Shoaly before midnight Wednesday, a da> of terror ended for 2^ Americans and other foreigners at the Marriott hotel when about 90 paratroopers from the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division secured the building alter firefight. Armed Panamanians had raided the hotel periodically and abducted guests, eventually freeing all but two, the hotel’s manager and a CBS pew s producer. In addition, the Smiihsonian Institution said 11 scientists and technicians were missing from a research institute and believed taken hostage. U.S. officials in Washington conceded Wednesday night the offensive was anything but over as Panamanian troops who tied vanquished garrisons regrouped and joined Dignity Battalions, the civilian militias formed by Noriega. Noriega surfaced with an ominous message. See PANAMA, Page 2 Community opens up to annual Cheer Fund The groceries will soon be arriving to fill Christmas baskets for die eighth annual New Braunfels Ueratd-Zeitung Cheer Fund. Although baskets will be delivered by volunteers Saturday, tile fund will continue to accept donations to pay for the goodies and to start a beginning balance for next year’s drive. The fund’s goal is to raise contributions to fill baskets with Christmas dinner for 2(X) area families selected by the Community Service Center. Any monies not used this year will be used to start next year’s drive. The administrative costs are paid by the newspaper and volunteers including members of the New Braunfels Fire Fighters Association and [.ake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department as well as newspaper staff members provide the labor to package and deliver the H •iaWje" Christmas baskets each year. Each year since 1982, the newspaper has sponsored the drive to provide a Christmas dinner to the less fortunate in the area who might not otherwise enjoy a holiday meal. That first year, the drive netted $1,807.70 and spent $1,260 to provide baskets to 60 families. The drive has grown and now provides baskets to 200 families in the arca. This year, a goal of at least $5,000 has been set to buy the goodies to fill those baskets. All of the tax-deductible contributions are used to purchase the food items contained on the Cheer Fund shopping list. The administrative and distribution costs are provided by lite Ilerald-Zeitun^ and community volunteers. In the past, contributions have exceeded the goal and provided a beginning balance to start the drive each year. This year, a balance of $1,033.67 kicked off the annual drive. The llerald-Zeilung will publish the names of contributors to the Cheer Fund each day. Donations S«« FUND, Pig* 2 Police arrest suspects in weekend car thefts There was a mild outbreak of car theft fever last weekend as three vehicles were reported stolen. Two of the three were later recovered and New Braunfels police arrested three suspects. Police reports indicate Charles Kevin Santo of 764 N. Union St. and Kenneth Ray Wheeler, 746 S. Seguin, were arrested for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle Saturday. Wheeler, 24, and Santo, 23, allegedly stole a red two-door from Milt Ferguson Motors. They were discovered while involved in an accident while driving the car in the vicinity of Linde Avenue in New Braunfels. The two abandoned the ear and fled on foot to a field between Linde and Interstate 35. Wiuiesscs at the accident scene told police in what direction the two had fled and the police made the arrests. On Tuesday, .Salvador Hernandez, 19, of 910 W. Frio, San Antonio was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Hernandez was seen in a 1983 Ford pick up truck at the Pit-Stop convenience store at the intersection of Interstate 35 and Texas 46 by police. Hernandez abandoned the truck and ran to the Kmart parking lot. Police followed him into die lot and made the arrest. On Wednesday, police officer Michael Rutherford discovered a stolen vehicle when he witnessed a car driving the wrong way on a one-way street. The vehicle was traveling east on Wallace Street when spotted by Rutherford. The car ran into a telephone pole, and the two people inside escaped on foot. The car was registered to a resident of San Antonio. Martin Mayer, spokesman for the New Braunfels Police Department, said dial it is not unusual to have three or four cars stolen during a week. “There are some weeks when we Sm THEFTS, Pay* 2 ;