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Vol. 148, No. 53 12 pages in I section February 2, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
Stewart Henry, an Austin attorney, represented Citizens League for Environmental Action Now in the Ingram Readymix hearing last week in Smithson Valley and on Monday in Austin.
Town hall meeting slated in Seguin
By Bill O’Connell Staff Writer
SEGUIN — Clean and cheap energy will be the topic of discussion at a town hall meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Seguin-Guadalupe County Coliseum, 810 South Guadalupe St. in Seguin.
The meeting is one of several called by the Lower Colorado River Authority, one of the region’s major suppliers of wholesale electric power.
“We think it’s the best way to hear from folks who are genuinely interested in how they will get their electricity,” LCRA general manager Mark Rose said.
The authority provides wholesale electricity to 33 cities and 11 electric cooperatives in a 58-coun-ty service area, including part of Comal County.
Information gathered at Thursday’s town hall meeting in Seguin, as well as similar meetings in Giddings, Burnet and Fredericksbuig, will be used to determine future energy sources.
Public input reportedly will be incorporated into a request for proposals this summer as the authority solicits plans from an energy committee, according to LCRA spokesman Robert Cullied
The proposals will help LCRA officials find and acquire additional sources of electricity.
About the only power source ruled out was nuclear energy, Cul-lick said. Coal- and natural gas-burning power plants were listed as the most likely energy sources to be used in the future, depending on what the public favored.
The town hall meetings also were said to give the public opportunities to discuss alternate energy sources such as wind power, small-scale generation facilities and energy efficiency programs. The meetings also will focus on how the public prioritizes concerns such as environmental protection and price controls.
“Some people look more at the environmental impact of producing electricity, while others are primarily concerned with keeping their electric bill as low as possible,” Cullick said.
Ingram hearing wraps up in Austin
Final decision expected in May
By Heather Tood
An official hearing pitting western Comal County residents against a local cement manufacturer wrapped up Monday in Austin after another day of technical warfare.
Ingram Readymix Company’s official hearing to gain authoriza
tion for a new concrete batch plant in Bulverde began Jan. 25 in Smithson Valley and ended after four days of testimony and evidence from engineers and geologists.
Administrative law judge Kerry Sullivan, who was appointed tty the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings, presided over the hearing.
Attorneys representing parties involved in the hearing have until early March to submit written
closing arguments. Sullivan will have 30 days to review the testimony and evidence and make a recommendation to three Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commissioners and public interest counsel.
A decision by the commissioners is not expected until May.
A TNRCC spokesman said the judge’s ruling would not be the final word on the issue. TNRCC has denied permits for exemptions based on information presented
at the hearing even though the exemptions were recommended for approval tty judges, he said.
Specialists in engineering continued to play leading roles in Monday’is proceedings after testimony from Jennifer Geran, a consultant for Ingram who completed the proposed site’s air dispersion modeling.
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Scheduling panel near decision
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With a toss of the rope, Lone Star student Ty Marks lassoes a fake cow head while showing other students how to rope Monday morning. David Worley gave roping demonstrations to second-grade students in conjunction with a special physical education project to improve hand and eye coordination as well as to increase interest in the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, which starts Saturday.
Lewinsky questioned by prosecutors
WASHINGTON (AP) — In their first face-to-face meeting, White House lawyers offered Monica Lewinsky an apology Monday “on behalf of the president” for the difficulties the impeachment investigation has caused her. They turned down the chance to ask any questions during sworn testimony forced by House prosecutors.
The deposition of the former White House intern took place behind closed doors in the Mayflower Hotel’s presidential suite but was videotaped for senators weighing the impeachment charges.
Rep. Ed Bryant, R-Tenn., spent about four hours posing questions on behalf of the House prosecution team that fought to persuade the Senate to
summon Ms. Lewinsky.
Her testimony closely tracked her earlier account to a federal grand jury, according to sources familiar LEWINSKY with the testimony who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The sources were not associated with the House prosecution team and worked outside the White House. Ms. Lewinsky’s lawyers declined comment.
By not questioning Ms. Lewinsky, the Clinton lawyers passed up an opportunity to challenge her statements.
One source said Ms. Lewinsky reaffirmed that:
—When she asked Clinton what to do about subpoenaed gifts from him on Dec. 28, 1997, his response was something like “let me think about it.” White House lawyers had argued to the Senate that on other occasions, Ms. Lewinsky said Clinton had no reaction.
—In a middle-of-the-night conversation on Dec. 17, 1997, Clinton told her she was on the witness list in Paula Jones’ sexual harassment lawsuit, suggested she could file an affidavit and mentioned their previously arranged cover stories to explain why she was coming to see the president. Ms. Lewinsky filed a false affidavit denying an affair.
NBHS committee meets Wednesday
By Heather Todd
The New Braunfels High School programming committee has entered the final
stretch toward a scheduling option for high school students and might cross the finish line Wednesday night.
Several sources, who asked to remain anonymous, said the high school program committee was “very close” to a decision about scheduling options for New Braunfels high school students.
Sources said discussion between committee members had progressed during two committee meetings in January and a scheduling plan likely would come out of a meeting Wednesday.
Rosalyn Bratcher, assistant superintendent for instructional services and an ex-offi-cio member of the committee, said committee members appeared to be “comfortable” with one scheduling option at the close of their Jan. 26 meeting.
“At the end of the meeting, they were talking about one particular option, but they have not officially ruled out other options,” she said.
No one would say, however, what scheduling option was being considered.
Bratcher said a consensus on a programming option for New Braunfels High School students might not be reached Wednesday if committee members needed more information.
“The committee needs a lot more information about implementation costs and feedback from teachers and students,” she said. “We’re going to try to get information together to answer their questions, but Acy might not be ready to make a decision if they are presented with additional information and other concerns are raised.”
The 30-member program committee is comprised of 15 high school staff and 15 community representatives who examined high school structure and programming options for New Braunfels High School since May 1998.
The committee was formed after teacher and parent concerns about the current schedule at the high school.
Under the current hybrid schedule, high school students take two 90-minute accelerated block classes each semester and three 60-minute classes throughout the entire year.
Students earn seven credits under the hybrid schedule, which is one credit less than the school’s previous accelerated block schedule.
The hybrid schedule was implemented at the beginning of the 1997-98 school year.
Under the accelerated block schedule, students were allowed to take four year-long subjects and each class was 90 minutes long.
However, some parents criticized the current high school schedule because it did not provide daily core classes, such as English and math.
Clinton budget includes billions for Texas
WASHINGTON (AP) — The dollars for Texas add up rapidly when President Clinton’s fiscal 2000 budget is examined line by line. Billions are earmarked for weapons and space programs with Texas ties, millions more for lakes and buses, wildlife refuges and highways.
The yearly budget dance, which kicked off Monday with the president^ $1.77 trillion budget submission, won’t end until Congress
has put its own stamp on the process months from now.
But the ritual is of keen importance to Texas, which received nearly $90 billion in direct federal payments in 1997, the most recent year for which figures are available.
A large chunk of the budget, the $261 billion defense blueprint, is of particular interest to defense-rich Texas. The North Texas-based defense contractors who manu
facture the F-16, F-22 and V-22 Osprey, in particular, would benefit.
The defense budget holds out the promise of the largest pay raise for military personnel in nearly two decades. Seeking to reverse attrition in the ranks, the Pentagon is proposing a 4.4 percent across-the-board military pay raise, improved retirement benefits and enlistment bonuses.
Clinton also renewed his call
for Congress to authorize new rounds of military base closings.
The White House and Congress are sure to disagree on numerous other budget priorities — chiefly the issue of tax cuts. Clinton’s budget was silent on across-the-board tax cuts.
“Out of $4 trillion in projected surpluses over the next 15 years, the president can’t find one penny for tax cuts,” said House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Irving.