New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 7, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
Final-day filings scramble county elections
By DEBBIE DELOACH and DORIAN MARTIN Staff writers
Three Republicans and one Democrat waited until Monday’s final filing date before putting their names into the race for county office®.
Before the deadline had come, Jack Bremer and Gilbert Villarreal had filed for sheriff, constable Lester Jonas was in the Precinct 3 county commissioner race and David Achilles joined two opponents on the ballot for Jonas’ old job, Precinct 3
One announced candidate, former highway patrolman Robert Butler, did not file by Monday’s 6 p.m. deadline for the Precinct 3 constable office.
Bremer joins two other GGP candidates — Carl Davis and Walter Van Auken — who are trying to unseat incumbent Walter Fellers, who has held that office since 1953.
Bremer, a New Braunfels resident, is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and has 24 years of law enforcement experience with the Justice and
Treasury Departments. He retired in 1980 as the Assistant Regional Commissioner of Operations in the U.S. Customs Service in Houston.
Noting the long time spent in law enforcement, he said, “I think ifs time to give something back to the community.
“I’d like to have a modern, sophisticated sheriff’s department,” Bremer, 51, said. He added he would “bring new thoughts and new blood into the organization and I think that’s healthy.”
Villarreal, a former sheriff’s
lieutenant, cited “internal problems” when he resigned as lieutenant of investigation on Jan. 23. Fellers said the officer quit “because he wanted an 8 (a.m.) to 5 (p.m.) job.”
But Villarreal said Monday, “I told Sheriff Fellers if I was not able to be effective within the department due to internal problems, then I may as well have taken an ‘8-to-5’ job to spend more time with my family.
“Wanting an ‘8-to-5’ job wasn’t why I resigned,” he added. ‘‘My resignation stemmed from a supervisor causing friction among the
officers. That affected working conditions. The matter was taken to the sheriff, and I wasn’t satisfied with the results.”
Villarreal worked over eight years with the Comal County department, and was named Officer of the Year in 1982 by the Breakfast Lion’s Club. The award honors the late Ed Murphy, who was killed in the line of duty as sheriff’s investigator in September 1981.
That was about the time Villarreal was promoted to lieutenant, he said. He also listed letters of com
mendation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New Braunfels Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Texas Department of Public Safety Narcotics Division for his assistance in the biggest drug bust in Comal County in July 1983.
He said he also helped establish a fingerprint program in 1983 for the county’s young children.
“I know this (campaignI is going to be an uphill battle. The sheriff has
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Nm Braunfels, Texas
Volume93-No. 27 12 Pages
TUESDAY February 1,1984
Three file for seats on Council
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
Retired resort owner Bob Henry made good his promise to run for City Council in April. He was the second of three candidates to put his name in the hat on Monday, first day of the official filing period.
Dr. Kenneth Joe Kuehler, a local dentist, opened the filing on Monday morning. Rolf Edward Moore, a selfemployed designer, increased the field to three before City Hall closed its doors.
Henry, 57, bought Landa Resort in the 1960s, and built the Schlitterbahn next door in 1980. He has since turned over operation of both businesses to his sons, which, he told the Herald-Zeitung, gives him plenty of time to serve on the council.
Henry and his family are presently engaged in litigation against the City of New Braunfels. A federal lawsuit, filed August 1963 in San Antonio, was on the March 5 court docket at last report. Both Henry and City Attorney John Chunn have said in the past few weeks that they were “negotiating the possibility” of a settlement.
Kuehler, 39, has an office at 457 Landa, and lives at 566 Kerlick Lane.
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Bob and Kathleen Krueger chat with supporters at a political rally Monday night which kicked off the New Braunfels native's campaign for U S. Senate. The rally, which was preceded by a sponsors
reception at Krueger s house, drew several hundred people to the Civic Center. The can didate's 70 member local steering committee sponsored the event.
Staff photo bv harems Brntgas
BEIRUT, lebanon (AP) — Rebel Moslem militiamen took charge of west Beirut today and called a “final cease-fire" with the beleaguered lebanese army. A Christian militia commander summoned his fighters for a showdown with the Moslems.
Off Beirut, the U.S battleship New Jersey opened fire to halt a shelling attack on the American Marines in Beirut.
One Marine was reported wounded by mortar fire. Another had been wounded Monday, the fiercest day of fighting since the latest outbreak in Lebanon's civil war began last Thursday.
About 30 U.S. Embassy workers, considered non-essential personnel, were evacuated by helicopter from Beirut, the State Department reported rn Washington.
Officials in the Near East Bureau of the department said that representatives of the Agency for International Development and private contractors — “people who couldn't get to work because of the fighting" in the city — were taken to ships of the 6th Fleet and probably will be transferred from there to the island of Cyprus.
"It happened moments ago and it's still unfolding,” said a U.S. official
WASHINGTON ap The United States toady foeman evacuating nonessential personnel from if, embassy in Beirut the State Department said today
Some SO work els were tieing ta* en out by helicopter said oHiciats who declined to be identified
who asked not to be quoted by name One official said the embassy “remains operational.” including the consular section.
Asked if there are plans to evacuate more American personnel or to close the facility, the official replied, “not at this point.”
Secretary of State George F. Shultz, traveling in Latin America, told reporters the Western governments represented rn the multinational force were considering possible changes in the force’s mission He did not specify what changes were being considered.
Victorious Moslem militiamen took up positions throughout west Beirut, driving armored personnel carriers through some districts. The army, weakened by defections, held on to
See MIDEAST. Page 12Shuttle astronaut makes historic walk in space
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -Astronauts Bruce McCandless and Robert Stewart unhooked lifelines today and became the first humans to fly free in space, using a gas-powered jet-pack to propel themselves more than 300 feet away from the shuttle Challenger and back again.
“We sure have a nice flying machine,” said McCandless as he went first.
The tests of the jet-pack are to demonstrate the ability of an untethered astronaut to retrieve and repair satellites in flight. On the next mission in April, an astronaut is to use the jet-pack to move over to the defective Solar Maximum Satellite
and secure it so it can be brought into the cargo bay for replacement of a faulty electronics box.
McCandless maneuvered cautiously at first, carefully testing the new machine, pulsing its jets, moving back and forth, up and down, making certain all was right. He proceeded at a deliberate speed of about 2 mph — equal to a slow walk.
“I’m going to head out, with your permission,” he said. Mission Control gave him permission to move out 150 feet, saying, “There are some jealous folks down here. l.ooks like you’re really having fun.”
Stewart, watched, ready to help if needed. Their colleagues in the
shuttle, commander Vance Brand, • Robert Gibson and Ronald McNair, also were observing, alert to fly the ship to a rescue should things go wrong during one of the free flights.
The TV pictures showed McCandless heading out, with first the Earth in the background and then the eerie blackness of space. He seemed to be suspended, rolling slowly as he adjusted his jets.
“It’s nice,” McCandless commented. “The sun just came into my eyes,”
He was surrounded by a grand vista of Earth, moon, sun and stars. At one point he took time to look down at the globe: “I’m over the Florida Keys.”
At 150 feet out, he stopped and, with a camera attached to his helmet, took TV pictures of the shuttle, which were relayed to Mission Control. Then he moved back toward Challenger, ready to move out 300 feet on the next trial.
A successful test of the jet-pack would ease some of NASA’s pain over the loss of three satellites on this loth shuttle flight. Although the cause of the failures was not immediately known, they could scramble the future launch schedule.
Informed of the third failure today — none of them the crew’s fault — a disappointed commander Vance Brand said That blows our minds.”
Brand and the other crew members, Robert Gibson and Ronald McNair, watched their space-walking colleagues and were ready to fly Challenger to a rescue should things go wrong during one of the free flights
The pack is a backboard-hke contraption with arms. Nitrogen gas fired through 24 jet thrusters provides the propulsion. The astronaut controls the thrust w ith hand levers on each (rf the two arms
With his right hand, the astronaut operates controls that can send him spinning, tumbling or cartwheeling With his left hand, he controls straight line movement — forward-back, up-
down or left-right.
A minicomputer teamed with a gyroscope on the jet-pack can automatically fire the jets to hold the space walker in one position That enables him to do work in space w ith both hands free while being held relatively motionless.
Clad in pressure suits, McCandless and Stewart began their space w alk at 7:25 a rn. EST, opening a shuttle airlock high above South Africa and floating into the 60-foot-long cargo bay, whose doors were open to the vacuum of space They were attached to guide wires by 50-foot cords
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Water slide gets permit from state
The Schlitterbahn water slide got its permit to increase the diversion of water from the Old Comal River channel. New Braunfels City Manager E.N. Delashmutt described Monday’s hearing before the Texas Water Commission as “real amicable.”
Attorneys for the city and New Braunfels Utilities made no objections after Schlitterbahn owner Jeff Henry explained that the request was made in the interests of clearer water.
The amusement park’s slides could continue to operate on the present
10.000 gallons per minute, Henry said. He added that the quicker flow (up to
50.000 gallons per minute) would increase turbulence, aerating the water in the same way a sewage treatment plant does. The result would be a cleaner-looking river, which people would be more interested in floating on, Henry said.
All the water circulated through the Schlitterbahn is returned to the old
river bed at a point 3,000 feet upstream from where it’s taken out. The water is pumped to the top of park’s castle-style superstructure, runs through the slides and back into the river.
Spokesmen for the parties involved indicated there was enough water in the Old Comal channel to support the increased flow. The entire spring-fed stream passed through this channel at one time, but a man-made channel built in the mid-1800s now carries most of the water around the other side of I .anda Park. The two channels join at south end (rf Hininan Island, downstream from the Schlitterbahn.
Monday’s hearing was a continuation of a hearing originally scheduled for Jan. 5, at which time City Attorney John Chunn asked for a continuance so that the city could study possible impact on the banks and river flow. Jeff Henry’s father, Bob Henry, described the month’s delay as “harrassment” on the part of the city.
It will be mostly clear and mild today, then turning cloudy and cool through Wednesday. There is a 30 percent chance of light rain or drizzle tonight, and a 50 percent Wednesday . Winds will be from the southeast near IO mph today, light tonight and 10-15 mph Wednesday. Sunset will be at 6:14 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday will be at 7:16 a.m.Two of Throe
In local basketball action, Canyon’s girls beat Gonzales 44-43 on a shot with eight seconds left in the game, while Smithson Valley’s girls bombed Southside 77-36 Monday night. New Braunfels girls weren't quite so fortunate, as they lost to Fredericksburg 63-29. Sports, Page 6.
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Parks board tables can-gobbling machine
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board decided Monday night that a Golden Goat reverse vending machine was not the answer to the park sy stem’s litter problems
Board chairman Sharon Phair said Aluminum Vending Systems’ machine, which gobbles up alununum cans and gives money in return, is a great idea. But the cost of the machine, and the amount of business required to make it pay off, is too big a bite for tile city to chew at this time, board members agreed
“If they had a scaled-down model of that little thing, and could put one in about six different places, it would be wonderful,” Phair said after the meeting adjourned. “He can’t afford to put one everywhere we need it. And if you’ve got one machine, where do you put it?”
Fitzgerald, who left before the board voted Ie table the idea indefinitely, had indicated he’d be willing to try a Golden Goat somewhere in the park system So far, his San Antonio-based company has dealt mainly with H E B stores, putting the machines in the grocery parking lots. The New Braunfels H.E.B is due to get one in the next few weeks, Fitzgerald said.
He thinks the community is big enough to support two Golden Goats — but he does expect a certain return on his investment.
The machines cost approximately $16,000 apiece,
Fitzgerald said. AVS pays for installation, maintenance and utilities To break even, the Golden Goat must take in an average of 10.000 pounds of cans per month, at 25 cents per pound
If a machine does that well or better, AVS pays the host business a IO percent commission on the cans If the take is consistently less, the company can’t afford to keep the machine in operation, Fitzgerald said
The parks board understood his problem And so far, members can't think of a location strategic enough to meet the quota.
After a look around the town, Fitzgerald seemed to favor a spot near the new bathhouse at Prince Sodus Park East.
He didn't know that the City Council had just agreed to charge a $2 fee for driving into that area on summer weekends and holidays. Board members agreed that a machine there nught get stray cans, or even six-packs, from the visitors, but that the fee would probably discourage local residents who had saved larger quantities of alununum
Board member Carl Fox said the Prince Solms circle wasn’t a good idea anyway, because it’s so congested during the summer There would be no place to park while unloading cans.
Other locations suggested included the Union
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