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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 31, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels Bishops urge decision on Noriega PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) — Panama’s Roman Catholic bishops on Saturday urged the Vatican to hand Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega over for trial in the United States or Panama, calling him “the author of abominable crimes.” Noriega, under U.S. indictment for drug trafficking, took refuge in the Vatican Embassy on Christmas Eve, four days after the United States attacked Panamanian military bases and installed a civilian government. “There are well-founded reasons to believe that if Noriega is released anywhere in the world, he will quickly be provoking disturbances, conflicts and violence in this country, which already has suffered enough,” the bishops said in a letter to Pope John Paul II. Meanwhile, U.S. officials said troops searching for weapons caches made a mistake Friday when they searched the Nicaraguan ambassador’s residence. A senior U.S. Embassy official said the soldiers left as soon as they realized they were on diplomatic premises. Nicaragua’s leftist Sandinista government retaliated by expelling 20 American diplomats and ordering the U.S. Embassy in Managua to cut its support staff. The State Department called the response an “overreaction" designed to reduce the U.S. presence before elections set for Feb. 25. President Bush, finishing up a game of golf in Houston, told reporters an apology had been made. “It’s a screw-up and they (U.S. military officials in Panama) have expressed their regrets that it happened," Bush said. He added that “it shouldn’t have happened and that’s been explained to the Nicaraguans." In its letter to John Paul, the Panamanian bishop’s conference described Noriega as “the author of abominable crimes, who destroyed his people and his own nation, bent on his cruel and evil behaver to the end.” “The mere possibility dial the former general not be taken before justice provokes justified fear in members of the church," the bishops said. They indicated it did not matter whether he was tried in the United States or Panama as long as there were guarantees for his personal and physical safety, the death penally was excluded and he received a fair trial. The letter defended the practice of political asylum but added, “this is a very special case." A church source said papal nuncio Sebastian Laboa, the Vatican’s ambassador in Panama, approved the letter. The official Soviet news agency Tass on Sun- See PANAMA, Page 2AGood Day It will be cloudy and cool today as residents make preparations to celebrate New Year’s. The high will Ive in the low 50s with a 15-mph wind out of the north. Clouds will decrease tonight and the low temperature will hit the freezing mark by morning. Monday will be partly cloudy and cool with the high in the upper 50s. Inside: BUSINESS...................................6A CLASSIFIED............................4-6B COMICS........................SA, 10-16C CROSSWORD.............................7    A DEAR ABBY.............................11A Vol. 138, NO. 36 '07 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 Three Sections, 36 Pages Firm ready Sunday December 31, 1989 50 Cents to compete New Braunfels Cable Communications, the current cable television vendor for the city, said it welcomes competition in the city’s cable market from New Braunfels Utilities. NBU is currently studying the idea of becoming a cable vendor in New Braunfels in direct competition with NBCC. “We welcome the competition as long as it is on the level,” said Mark Morrison, systems manager for NBCC. “We are just going to sit back and see what happens. We want to get a fair deal, we don’t want to sec the utilities subsidize its cable operation with money from water or clcctic rates.” Bob Sohn, general manager of NBU, said he had approached NBCC about buying out the company, but was turned down. Morrison said that NBCC is not for sale and will not be forced into selling. Morrison also said he docs not expect the two companies to join in a collective effort. NBCC is a part of Telecom Inc. of Denver, Colo. “We will compete," Morrison said. “lf the people of New Braunfels want the system they will have to pay for it.” City officials said NBU would likely have to call for a bond election to fund the initial step for a cable television franchise. The legality of a government entity joining in a private market enterprise will stand according to state officials. “You may not find anything that prohibits the utilities from jumping into cable television,” said Carlos Higgins, deputy council for the Office of Public Utilities. “I don’t know how prudent it would be to do such a thing, but cities have great latitude about what to do with their money. In my opinion it should be up to a city-wide vote for approval." SM CABLE, Pag* 2A Sound and fury to welcome new decade Fireworks are as traditional for New Year’s Eve as blackeyed peas on New Year's Day. Because fireworks are illegal within the New Braunfels city limits, the roadside stands are set up just outside the city Here, Nancy Craft of Mr W Fire Works explains the differences of the firecrackers, rockets, roman candles and sparklers to Maryann Lara of New Braunfels. (Photo by Desmond Bostick) EL -ZeitunMoore to seek election Judge Fred A. Moore of Lockhart has announced his candidacy for reelection as 274th Judicial District bench. Moore was first appointed on June 16, 1981, to the 274ih District bench by Gov. Bill Clements. Moore was successful in re-election bids to full terms in 1982 and 1986. The court district includes Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe and Hays Counties and has general jurisdiction including civil, criminal and juvenile cases. Moore is a lifelong resident of the area. He and his wife, Laura, have two sons, Ben and John. Looking back Matamoros deaths 1989 top story By BRAD KROHN Aaaoctalad Prat* Wrltar A horror story of ritualistic killings in Matamoros, Mexico was the overwhelming choice as the top Texas news event of 1989, in voting conducted by The Associated Press. Mutilated remains and implements of torture were discovered near the border city in April, during the search for Mark Kilroy, a University of Texas student who had disappeared during spring break. Drug smugglers are thought to have sacrificed Kilroy and at least 12 others in a ritual meant to ward off police. I poi Ter en people, including the woman described as the witch of the group, face trials in Mexico on homicide and other charges. The story was listed in the Top Ten on nearly all of the ballots from editors at Texas newspapers and broadcast stations. Almost half of those voters put it iii first place. Another South Teras tragedy, the Alton school bus accident, finished second, followed by the school funding crisis. Jim Wright's resignation and the battle over workers’ compensation in the top five. In separate voting, editors deemed die Matamoros killings as the sixth biggest Texas story of the Bm STORIES. Papa 2A Holiday count off to slow start By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Texas Department of Public Safety was thankful Saturday night for a slow start lo the holiday traffic fatality count. Two deaths had been reported by 8 p.m., leading DPS spokesman Mike Cox to comment, “We’re 26 hours into the 78-hour weekend so I’m pretty pleased” (by the low tally). The DPS is tracking traffic fatalities during a period that began at 6 p.m. Friday and runs through midnight Monday. The state agency had predicted 35 people would die in Texas traffic accidents during that time. During a similar time period last year, 38 people were killed. Forty people had been predicted to died during the 78-hour Christmas holiday period, but only 28 fatalities were reported. Board to discuss buying property Ne* Braunfels Independent School District Board of Directors will hold a workshop session at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss a variety of topics. No action will be taken on any of the items on the agenda, said Superintendent Charles Brudticrry. Bradberry said the board will meet in executive session to discuss propcr-ty acquisition which was outlined in long-range planning in 1987. He said S195,(XKJ was set aside two years ago for the purpose of acquiring land for future school projects. Following the executive session, trustees will hear an audit report, Assistant Superintendent Lonnie Curtis said. Trustees will also study proposed policies on attendance. The state has recently changed aspects regarding the number of days required for student attendance and die formation of attendance review committees in case a student wants to appeal a case, Bradberry said. Businesses taking day off to celebrate Cox said the inclement weather was probably responsible for the low number since many Texans chose to stay inside more during the Christmas holiday weekend. A Kilgore woman who died in an automobile accident near Longview was the first reported fatality on Texas roadways during the New Year holiday weekend. The victim of the crash that occurred in Gregg County, just north of Longview, was identified as Heidi Flanders, 19. Cox said she was a passenger in a car involved in a two-vehicle collision that occurred at 8:43 p.m. on Friday. Three other persons were injured in the accident, one of them critically. None of the cars’ occupants were wearing seat belts and it was unknown whether alcohol was involved, DPS investigators said. Sa* TRAFFIC, Pag* 2A As the ’80s decade draws lo a close, residents are making plans to enjoy the first day of the 1990s at home. Government offices, banks and businesses are closing down Monday to allow employees to begin die New Year with a short rest. Offices and businesses observing the New Year’s holiday include: • AH banks and savings and loan institutions will be closed New Year’s day but will open on Jan. 2. • Garbage pickup by city crews will run on schedule Monday and Tuesday as usual. • The Comal and New Braunfels school districts’ administration offices will re-open up Jan. 2. Both districts’ tax offices will be closed Jan. I. Students return to school Jan. 2. • All federal government offices will be closed New Year’s day, but reopen Jan. 2. • State offices will be closed New Year’s Day, and re-open Jan. 2. • New Braunfels Utilities will be closed New Year’s Day and be reopened on Jan. 2. • Comal County Courthouse and the New Braunfels City Hall will he closed on New Year’s Day, but reopen Jan. 2. • Comal Appraisal District will be closed on New Year’s Day only. • The New Braunfels Herald-Zeiiung will be closed Jan. I only. ENTERTAINMENT...............10-11A HOROSCOPE..............................8A KALEIDOSCOPE.....................1-4B OPINIONS....................................4A SPORTS...............................12-14A TV LISTINGS...........................1-9C WEATHER...................................2AStammtisch Members of the Comal County Kennel Club will bring their pride and joy lo the New Braunfels Children’s Museum next Saturday for “Dogs From Around Hic World.” The pooches will be domestic and foreign breeds and will be at Hic museum in Courtyard Shopping Center from I to 4 p.m. Jan. 6. Admission is SI for children and free for museum members. Adults and children are invited also to check out Hic “Where in the World?” exhibit, which features lots of hands-on geography fun, and that will end later in the month. For more informaiton, call 620-0939.... The Comal County Builders Association will hold a “Home Products Show” Feb. 3 and 4. The show will be open from IO a m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. No admission will be assessed at the event and money charged for booth space is to cover expenses involved in putting on Hie show, according to Bob Barber, publicity chairman. Beta Sigma Phi will handle refreshments at the event. For more information, contact Chairman Polly Coleman at 629-1811 or contact Barber at 620-4663.... The Home Delivered Meal SM STAMMTISCH, Paga SA ;