New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 5, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
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Georgia Tech 71, Maryland 70 Alabama 69, Kentucky 62 Washington 89, UCLA 81 Stephen F. Austin 69, SWT 60 DePaul 59, St. John's 57Ruling on petition surprises mayor, Miller
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
The legal opinion that led City Council to throw out a citizens’ petition last Thursday surprised people on both sides of the council bench.
Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr. says he came prepared to put the 40 percent homestead exemption on the April 7 election ballot, as the petitioners had requested. He did not expect City Attorney John Chunn to say the petition was improperly worded, and therefore not binding on the council.
The mayor had talked with Chunn the previous week, and had understood then that the council had no choice but to call the election. Citizen Douglas Miller, who helped draw im and circulate the petition, got the same impression.
“I talked to the city attorney last week. He told me we needed (signatures from) 32 more registered voters, and that everything was in order,” Miller said. ‘‘We went out and got over IOO more,” only to hear Friday morning that the petition was no good after all.
Chunn admits to misleading some people, because he’d made an erroneous assumption himself. At the time he’d last talked to Miller and Stratemann, he was still thinking that the petition applied under Article VHI of the Texas Constitution, which provides for initiative and referendum on certain tax matters.
In the last day or two before Thursday’s special meeting, Chunn found that the constitution permits referendums on certain types of tax exemptions, but not the optional 40 percent homestead exemption. He
told council Thursday that the petitioners might still be able to call an election under the New Braunfels City Charter, but that the present petition did not meet the requirements of that charter. Specifically, the signatures were not dated; and no one signed an oath at the bottom of the petition, attesting to the truth of the statements therein.
After hearing the report, Coun-cilmember Betty Lou Rushing moved to grant the homestead exemption outright. She was voted down 3-2, with two council members absent.
None of the petition-signers attended Thursday’s special meeting. Miller told the Herald-Zeitung Friday that he did not know what their next step would be.
Chunn gave each council member a sample petition which, he feels, would satisfy the initiative requirements of
the city charter.
But the attorney is not sure the homestead exemption is a subject for initiative and referendum. Repeated conferences with the Texas Attorney General’s office have still not given him a clear answer.
If Miller’s group drew up a petition just like Chunn’s, and collected 109 signatures by next week, Chunn would advise the council to call an election. He feels that ignoring such a petition might be grounds for a lawsuit.
If the election were called, and the voters passed the 40 percent exemption, the attorney feels fairly sure the results would not be challenged.
However, it seems possible that Qty Council might still refuse to call the election.
“If John Chunn tells me that by
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Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr. (left) said Thursday's ruling by City Attorney John Chunn (right) took him by surprise
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Volume 93 — No. 26
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(USPS 377-880)Villarreal to announce for sheriff
By DEBBIE DeLOACH and DORIAN MARTIN Staff writ ars
Monday’s filing deadline should set the stage for local politics in 1964. Part at that drama will be former Sheriff’s Ll. Gilbert Villarreal, who has announced he will file for sheriff at IO a.m. Monday.
Villarreal resigned as lieutenant on Jan. 23 over what he called “internal problems/" Walter Fellers, who’s been sheriff since 1953, accepted the resignation and said Villarreal “got a little cross with one of his supervisors.”
“I will file by petition at IO a.m. Monday at (Tom) Bluntzer’s office,” Villarreal said Saturday. "I needed 76 signatures to get on the ballot (to file by petition), and I have over 250.”
Both running as Democrats, Villarreal will oppose Fellers, who filed for re-election Jan. 24. Carl Davis and Walter Van Auk en have filed for the post on the Republican side.
Four county officials who will seek re-election were unopposed, as of Friday. They were: Bill Reimer, county attorney; Gloria German, tax assessor-coUector; J.L. “Jumbo” Evans, Precinct I county commissioner; and Werner Kiesling, Precinct I constable. All of these incumbents, except for Evans, are running on the Democratic ticket.
District attorney William Schroeder, who has indicated he will seek re-election on the Democratic ticket, will file in Austin. Thus far, he has no announced opposition.
Incumbent Charles H. “Tart” Mund and Lorenzo
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Two ROTO members lake a break to lean on the railing of the walkway on the Comal River near the Wursthalle Saturday. Club members from all over the area journeyed to New Braunfels Saturday, as the New
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Braunfels High School Junior ROTC chapter hosted them for drill competition on the Wurstfest grounds More photos. Page 2A
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla 1AP1 -An official raised the possibility Saturday that the $75 million Wester VI communications satellite exploded after it was launched from the space shuttle Challenger and is now merely chunks of junk orbiting the Earth
Bill Ziegler, mission director for Western Union, which owns the satellite also said later that a faint signal heard by a California ground station may indicate tile satellite wasn't destroyed But he said it was useless anyway because there was no fuel left to send it up to its 22,300-mile-high orbit.
Meanwhile, a second shuttle customer — the government of indonesia —■ fiad NASA postpone Saturday’s shuttle launching of Palapa-B. an electronic twin to the Weslar VI When the astronauts went to bed, they were told that no decision had been reached w hether to release it on Sunday or Monday, or bring it back home.
Another decision hinged on the second launching: whether the
Challenger should stay up an extra day to acconunodale the delay. On Tuesday and Thursday, mission specialists Robert Stewart and Bruce
and perform the first space walk without a lifeline The North American Aerospace Defense Command said its huge radars in California and Florida determined that 'two of the objects are large enough to be the satellite” and said the pieces are in the same general orbit as Challenger.
That would indicate the rocket firing that was to take Westar VT from the Challenger’s 190-mi Ie orbit to one 22,300 nuies high may have spun the satellite in place like a pinwheel. The solid state fuel used in Westar's rocket stage burns until it is exhausted; there is no way the engine shuts dew ti once the fuel is ignited.
With no fuel, there is virtually no chance of it being useful ... we could never get it up to geosynchronous orbit,” Ziegler said.
A tracking station operated by Hughes Aircraft Co , in Fillmore, Calif., - received two minutes of signal from an object trailing the orbiter" about I p m EST, but it was so weak that antennas could not lock on it, Ziegler said Asked whether he thinks the satellite has been found, Ziegler
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Wild horses due in San Marcos
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
SAN MARCOS — Most children dream of having a horse of their own. But by adulthood, they put such dreams away, acknowledging that its cost is too high.
Yet, those dreams can come true today. The chance: a herd of wild horses to be adopted at the Hays County Gvic Center. The price: $195 ($125 for the horse, $70 for handling and paperwork).
Approximately 50 healthy horses will be put up for adoption by the Bureau of Land Management, a part of the United States Department of Interior.
The program, which will run from 8 a m. until 5
p.m., is just one of many around tile country in which the range horses are distributed "These horses are wild,” said BLM official John Whitley. "They’ve been captured in Nevada.”
The bureau captures horses as part of a herd reduction in eight states: Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Colorado and California.
The animals have been handled, sorted, vaccinated, wormed, aged, Coggins tested Hor anemia» and freeze-marked “They can go anywhere,” Whitley said.
The bureau also offers wild mules from Arizona and California for adoption, although there are none in the San Marcos group. "They (the burros) go as
fast as they can get them,” Whitley noted Whitley explained the adoption process is to help BLM reduce the 60,000 horses on public lands to around 25,000 This insures adequate food for the remaining wild horses and protection of the area wildlife
The Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971, and amendments to that law in 1976 and 1978, provided for the protection and adoption of the excess animals The round-up of the wild horses is done by contract, but the method of gathering the horses has changed
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Three suspects jailed in county burglariesInside
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Ed Mullins, who’s only been a Sheriffs investigator a little over a weak, has already arrested three burglary suspects.
His promotion Jan. 27 from deputy to Investigator, along with Kermit Kroosche, was prompted by the rtslgnshon of Sheriff’s LL Gilbert VtUaiteal Jan. 0.
“It started with an Informant who catted us, Randall and Basar countian, and said there wort two boys with stolen merchandise,” Mullins •aid Saturday. ‘‘Wa wart working on
it on this end when we found out they were in jail in Boerne. ”
Officials there had arrested Ricky Fay Woods, ll, and Johnny Ray Buckley, 17, in connection with two house burglaries and a stolen car in Bexar County.
“While we were working on it from this end, we recovered about $3,500 worth of merchandise from two pawn shops and the suspects’ residence,” Mullins said, adding most of the merchandise was traced back to three house burglaries In the Bulverde — Sun Valley area.
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It will be turning windy and colder today, becoming clear and cold tonight Winds will increase from the north to 15-20 mph and gusty today. High today will be in the mid- to upper 50s, low tonight in the tew to nud-30s, and a high on Monday near 46.
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Nine children killed in Washington fire
TACOMA, Wash (AP) — A boy playing with a cigarette lighter started a fire that raged through a small two-story home Saturday, quickly killing nine youngsters who were trapped on the second floor, authorities said.
The victims, five boys and four girls, ranged in age from I to 8 years old, said fire Capt IJoyd Hanson "Preliminary reports are that a 4- or 5-year-old child was playing with a lighter in a closet," said Police LL Darrell Hughes ‘‘When the fire started, he got scared and took off.” The boy escaped the blaze and police talked with him, Hughes said.
"The fire spread very rapidly and was inhumanly hot. They were all dead before firemen arrived,” Hanson said.
Four youngsters, aged 2 to 6, two men and a woman escaped unharmed, officials said, leaving
one man "walking around the neighborhood in a daze,” Hanson said
A neighbor reported the fire at 7:45 a rn. and when firemen arrived -‘there was smoke coimng wit of all the windows, cracks and crevices" of the two-story, wooden home, said fire 14. Amie Johnson.
Initial reports indicated the victims were members of two families, Hanson said They may fiavt died of smoke inhalation, he said. #
"We had a report there were kids rn the building We saw smoke coming out of the upstairs windows and flames conung out of one window,” said paramedic Scott Whiting, 26, who suffered burned ears. “There was heavy smoke inside and we couldn’t see. Flames were halfway down the stairwell.”
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