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Vol. 92 - No. 25
FRIDAY February 4,1983 25 cents
(USPS 377-880}Jobless rate dropped in January
WASHINGTON (AP) - Unemployment nationwide declined to 10.2 percent last month because military personnel were included in the computation for the first time and there were fewer layoffs than expected, the government said today. The rate also fell sharply for the allcivilian labor force.
The I^bor Department added some 1.7 million uniformed military men and women to the jobless count for January, a change that swelled the ranks of the employed while adding no one to the rolls of the jobless.
For the civilian labor force, January’s unemployment rate fell 0.4 percentage point from December’s 10.8 percent to 10.4 percent, mainly because of the lower-than-expected layoff total.
It was the first time in a year that the civilian unemployment rate fell.
President Reagan said today “we’re on the move now” to economic recovery, with unemployment headed downward and business improving. He said the worst joblessness of the long recession is a thing of the past.
Shortly after the government
reported that unemployment declined in January to a rate of 10.2 percent, Reagan told a White House news conference that it was “one more sign that America is on the mend.”
He said the lower jobless rate, higher retail and automobile sales, and other economic indicators all are evidence of the long-awaited comeback.
“I think it is a trend,” Reagan said of the lower jobless rate. He referred to the “volatility” of unemployment figures, but said, “I don’t think it will come up above the high mark of 10.8”
percent of recent months.
The jobless rate last declined — from 8.8 percent to 8.6 percent — from December 1981 to January 1982 because of the same seasonal adjustment process that helped produce last month’s decline. That adjustment reflects the fact that, because preholiday employment did not rise as much as would be expected in better economic times, there were fewer seasonal layoffs in January.
In the civilian labor force last month, the number of unemployed, when seasonally adjusted, plunged by
nearly 600,000. from more than 12 million to 11.4 million, while total civilian employment held steady at roughly 99.1 million.
When the military personnel were included, total U.S. employment came to 100.8 million.
Today’s employment report came as momentum was building in Congress for enactment of a massive public works program and indications by the White House that President Reagan is weighing the idea of speeding up government military and civilian construction projects to ease
Deborah Klein, a Bureau of I,abor Statistics analyst, cautioned against interpreting the latest figures as a sign that the nation's civilian unemployment has peaked, noting that the fewer-than-expected layoffs in January were the product of a weak — rather than a strong — economy.
She noted that, in addition to reduced pre-holiday hirings, many businesses had already pared payrolls to the bone, further lessening
See JOBLESS. Page 16
County jail panel recommends 18 sites
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
After an initial browse of the area, the County Jail Site Selection Committee had little trouble in coming up with possible sites for a new criminal justice center.
At least 18 locations were named by the 11-member Commissioners Court-appointed panel that held its second meeting at the Courthouse Thursday night.
Trouble was. however, that most all of the 18 sites were located in the south side of the county, as a few of the IO committee members present pointed out.
All of the sites were within the city limits. According to a state statute, the jail must be build within the “county seat” — meaning within New Braunfels’ city limits.
“There are a lot of good sites that have been mentioned,” said S.I). David Jr., the only real estate agent on the committee. “But most of the sites kicked around are on the south side of the county.
“We r*' ot lookin>* to the north part...to ‘he Canyon Lake area," where he noted that there is “a lot of activity" during the summer months."
Elliot Knox, head of the site committee, named the major portion of the 18 sites which had been recommended to him by committee members. A few last-nunute suggestions were added by indivdual committee members Thursday.
Upon hearing the 18 sites, committee members took no action regarding the locations which — it was emphasized — are at this point only considerations.
Before trying to pick from among the 18 sites, committee members agreed to wait until Commissioners Court has hired an architectural firm to plan for the criminal justice facility.
The court still lacks interviews with two of eight firms being considered. County Judge Fred Clark noted. Once these two interviews are completed (which should be this afternoon), Clark said the court would decide on a architectural firm probablyGarden Ridge mulls cost of city maps
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
Grow th doesn’t come cheap.
When the Garden Ridge Planning and Zoning Commission first talked to Ferguson Map Company about doing work for the city, “we had kind of a gentleman’s agreement for $1,000,” said P&Z Chairman Bob Kolstad.
That number was based on a working figure of $4 per parcel, with an estimated 260 lots in the city.
Since Ferguson started preliminary work, the City Council has annexed 330 acres and approved the plat for a new subdivision which will contain 126 lots.
The $1,000 tag, which was never written into any sort of contract, is now obsolete. Ferguson, realizing that the council might not be prepared to pay the expanded cost, decided to renegotiate.
“...rather than just do the work and hand them the bill,” explained company vice president David Sheehan.
"We’ve had a good relationship up to this point," he told council Wednesday night. “Our investment so far has been minimal.” His company (which also does work for the Bexar County Appraisal District) has finished its initial survey of Garden Ridge, and is ready to go to work on the maps. Now, Sheehan needs to know just how much detail the council wants.
The company outlined four options for city officials to consider. Councilwoman Bobbie I Landrum says they range in price from $2,000 to nearly $6,000.
Kolstad, in his official capacity, favors option 4 — the most detailed and the most expensive. Scale maps of the city and its extra-territorial jurisdiction would show not only property lines but abstract lines, parcel and lot numbers and legal descriptions.
“Were the case to arise, they would be able to do (property tax) appraising from that map,” Sheehan
See GARDEN RIDGE, Page 16
by Feb. 14.
Feeling that architects could advise them toward picking the better land sites, committee members wanted to meet with the court and architects after Feb. 14.
Following this meeting with commissioners and architects. Knox predicted that his group would have little trouble in recommending to the court what his committee felt were the best three or four sites for a criminal justice center.
After receiving the committee’s recommendations, Clark said Commissioners Court will hold a public hearing to discuss each proposed site “so that all factions of the community can be heard."
Depending on the outcome of this public hearing, the court may either select one of the sites recommended by the committee, or it may send the committee back to the drawing board to look for more sites.
Among those sites mentioned Thursday tsometimes in vague terms) was a tract of land that Knox said “runs from Casten Avenue to Seguin Avenue,” known as “the (Richard) Krueger and Garza property."
Other sites mentioned were the Producer’s Co-op property on Casten Avenue, the “Doeppenschmidt property" located behind the Courthouse, and property owned by WestPoint Pepperell near Mission Valley Mills on Highway 81.
A six to seven acre tract of land located between the Dry Comal River and the railroad tracks on Walnut Street “across from a telephone warehouse" was also named.
One of the larger tracts of land suggested to Knox w as a 21 acre spot on Water I .ane south of Conroy Industries. A site between the new Department of Public Safety office on IH 35 South and a "trucking business" was mentioned, as was a tract of land on Freheit Road behind Armstrong Machine Works.
One A specific area of Loop 337 “near the fire
See JAIL, Page 16Inside
T oday's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for cloudy and cool through Saturday. Winds will be from the east at 10-15 mph today, and light northeasterly tonight. There is a BO percent chance of rain today, a 50 percent chance of rain or drizzle tonight, and a 40 percent chance Saturday. Sunset will be at 6:11 p.m., and sunrise Saturday will be at 7:18 a m.
Coogs Rip Lockhart
The Canyon Cougarettes swiped a doubleheader from the l.ockhart lions Thursday night with excellent fast-paced defenses. The varsity brought home a 42-31 win while the junior varsity stole a 75-10 victory. See Page 5
Budgets And Jobs
House and Senate Republicans are hard at work drafting entire sections of the 1984 budget to replace parts submitted by president Reagan. The biggest change is in emergency relief for the jobless and work projects to reduce unemployment. Reagan lias publicly spoken out against both, but his aides say privately that the two ideas are being considered. See Page 3.
Mackovic Leaves Pokes
John Mackovic, former quarterback coach for the Dallas Cowboys, accepted the head coaching job for the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday. Said Tom I ii adry, “I couldn’t ask him to stay.” See Page 5
WEATHER.........................2Electric companiesLORA, Texland seeking agreement to end 'feud'
A settlement is closer, but still not a reality in the struggle between the Lower Colorado River Authority and Texland Electric Cooperative and the construction of respective lignite-fire generating units.
That struggle is of interest to Comal County residents, since New Braunfels Utilities buys its power from LCRA. while Pedernales Electric Cooperative, which serves Canyon [.ake and other
areas outside New Braunfels, is a member of Texland.
LCRA’s board of directors approved the basics of an agreement, which would allow I,CRA to build jointly with the City of Austin a 400-megawatt third unit at the Fayette Power Project near I .a Grange. Meanwhile, Texland could construct tnree 500-megawatt units near Rockdale in Milam County. with Houston Lighting & Power as a primary customer
However, the LCRA board recommended changes in the agreement which are subject to approval by Texiand’s board of directors. Those changes include the rate structure of LCRA sales to HL&P. the transition period in which Texland shifts from LCRA, LCRA’s option to purchase future surplus power from Texland. and terms of the settlement approval by the wholesale customers.
We’re now studying those changes, and their effect on us," said Bill Cunningham. Texland public relations director. “We had an agreement with management with the usual give-and-take, and now we have to consider how these changes affect that give-and-take.”
Cunningham said the first three changes concern Texland. and its ow ners, Pedernales and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperatives, the most, lf Texiand’s board of directors approval the recommended changes, the settlement agreement must then be approved by a majority of LC’RA’s wholesale customers other than
See LCRA. Page 16On trial
PRESCOTT, Wash. < AP I The Big Bad Wolf was guilty of property destruction as charged. Gretel was cleared of murder in the killing of the old witch, but it took four polls of the jury to ac quit her.
Teacher Bill Wolford uses fairy tale characters who are good, biol or just everyday citizens to show his class of about a dozen second-graders at Prescott Elementary School how the American judicial system works. He said it also trains them to think on their feet.
The students, ages 7 and 8, play defendants such as the smirking wolf who blew dow n the Three Little Pigs’ houses, or the frightened Gretel, who shoved the witch into the oven and banged the door shut.
Students also play witnesses, lawyers and jurors.
Second graders convict wolf, acquit Gretel in mock courtroom
“Their reading, comprehension and listening have developed because they have to think,’’ Wolford said Thursday. "I generally sit down with the students and let them throw out ideas."
Wolford said he sets aside 45 minutes each Friday for the discussions and fairy tale trials for his pupils in this southeast W ashington community Angela Gessel, 8, appropriately defiant as the Big Bad Wolf, was grilled about whether she huffed and puffed and blew clow ii one little pig’s straw house.
"Just as I was beginning to talk to the little pig, a strong w ind came up and blew the house down," she claimed The jury didn’t buy that story and convicted her.
In the case of Gretel vs. The Second Grade, the jury had a tougher time. Gretel baked the witch to death, that’s clear; but
w as it murder or justified homicide?
Jurors finally acquitted Gretel because of testimony by a w oodcutter w no said that after the witch died, all her belongings vanished The woodcutter added, however, that the witch always fed him cookies and seemed nice enough.
Since the witch tried to roast Hansel and Gretel, she had to bt* a bad witch, not a good one. Gretel, the jury concluded, did w hat needed doing.
When students recently discussed "Jack and the Beanstalk.” they questioned whether Jack had the right to run off w ith the giant’s golden horn.
"I read the story and then asked them if there was anything wrong with it,” Wolford said. "They agreed Jack was stealing and that wasn't right."
Dredging time, funds extended
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
"Today's not the last day," was the word from Parks Director Court Thieleman, about on-going dredging relief for I anda lake channels.
“In view of the accomplishments and the unknowns we ran into, I’ve been told to keep the crane here and finish the project as originally set up,” the parks director said. "It’s with the city manager’s authorization, and he’s the boss."
H&H Crane Co. arrived Jan 17, and was set to pull out of I anda Park at the end of the working day today. "Now it looks as though the crane’ll stay until next Wednesday,” Thieleman said.
That development comes, even though
the project has virtually run dry of funds The project had been allocated $20,(HK) on separate occasions, and the additional dredging will run in the neighborhood of another $6-8.000. "All I know is the money will be made available to pay for the additional crane time,” Thieleman said.
The added time to the dredging project isn’t the only accommodating change, though. Utilities Manager Bob Sohn said Friday, "We still have some work to do on the hydroelectric unit, with all the rust and corrosion. So we won t be opening the gates Saturday morning, as previously announced.
"We’ll be reading our progress on a daily basis, but it looks like now the earliest we’ll raise the level back up would be Tuesday evening, and the latest would
The progress of the dredging project so far includes the mid-section and the wading area of the channel between the park area and the peninsula with the circular drive. The crane moved to the mouth of the lake around I p.m. Thursday, will reach out about IOO feet into the lake, then move onto the gazebo area, and try to reach out as far as possible there, too.
“We removed about 3,375 cubic yards of silt so far,” Thieleman said. “The first two days the crane’s in an area, it averages about 65-70 truck loads a day. Then the number of loads drop off to between 30-40, because the amount of mud decreases.”
Thieleman estimated the dredging efforts so far had deepened die channel between 4-5 feet.
t tiger Staff photo by C/ndy Rn ' in)so/,
Buck Owens once sang that he had a "tiger by the tail.'' Four year old Gloria Luna seems to be having better luck with her stuffed tiger, which she s riding at her Mill Street house.