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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 10, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas i'l icroi J e / , Inc. --ct. -‘Itch ^omnle P.O. do/ 1*5*06 Calif's, iV-xp^ 75^*0 • orn^ Hydro- electric project stirs meeting By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer The hydro-electric project at Canyon I .ake generated quite a stir during Thursday’s meeting of the Comal County Commissioners. At a recent meeting. Canyon I^rke resident Ix>is Duggan asked commissioners to acquire several documents concerning the plant. Duggan also requested that County Attorney Bill Reimer look into the plant’s impact on the county and that commissioners schedule a public hearing on the matter. However, Clark said later that the county has no real final jurisdiction over this matter, although the commissioners may request a public hearing. Duggan expressed concern that the hydro-electric plant would be detrimental to the environment around the area. ‘There is no proveable need for hydro,” she told commissioners. She asked “for Canyon I .ake to remain as it is.” Duggan said she believed that “federal law doesn’t allow at present any changes in Canyon I,ake.” New Braunfels Utilities Manager Bob Sohn and Guadalupe Blanco River Authority General Manager John H. Specht reiterated that the plant would not be detrimental to the area. “The issues that have been discussed today...’ have been discussed over and over by myself and Mr. Specht,” Sohn said Specht explained that Canyon Reservoir was constructed by GBRA to provide a consistent water supply for the Guadalupe Basin. “The project has functioned very well,” he said. At the time the reservoir was built in the 1950s, New Braunfels Utilities studied the idea of a hydro-electric plant. However, Specht said NBU found it was”not economically feasible to proceed with this construction.” However noting NBU had decided that the feasibility might improve in the future, he said that day was dawning. “The effect on the reserves and the flows is zero,” Specht said. He said the reservoir’s main pur- See MEETING, Page 10A LOIS DUGGAN JOHN SPECHT jfiu New Braunfels Nm Braunfels. Texas Herald-Zeftuno Vol. 93 No. 30    ^    Qortionc    —Panoc    IT FRIDAY February 10, 1984 25 cents 2 Sections 20 Pages (LISPS 377-8801Andropov dies after long illness MOSCOW (AP) President Yuri V. Andropov died Thursday at age 69. the Soviet Union announced today. He led the Communist Party for 15 months, ailing and out of public view the final six months of his leadership. The announcement of his death ended months of reports that he was seriously ill with kidney and heart problems and suffering from diabetes He had not been seen in public since Aug. 18, when he met with nine U S. Democratic senators. The Kremlin withheld announcement of his death for nearly 24 hours, and there was no word on a possible successor. But if the Kremlin rulers decide to turn over the reins of power to a younger generation, the names most frequently mentioned are Grigory V. Romanov, 61, and Mikhail S Gorbachev, 52. Andropov’s death was announced at 2 ’20 p m 15:20 a rn CST tod&y i by the official Soviet news agency Tass, on its English-language wire. Tass said he died Thursday, but did not give a cause of death The only official comment on Andropov's health carne when he missed the early November parade through Red Square. Officials said then he was suffering from a cold Andropov’s brief tenure was marked by a deterioration of relations with the United States and the rupture of talks between the superpowers on limiting both strategic and medium range nuclear weapons Relations were subject to additional strain on Sept 1.1982 when the Soviet Union shot down a South Korean jetliner w ith the loss of 269 lives Andropov, former head of the KGB secret polit e for 15 See ANDROPOV, Page 10.4 Americans set to leave Beirut BEIRUT, lebanon The U.S. Embassy said today that Americans wishing to leave Beirut would be evacuated because of the * unsettled conditions” in the capital, divided between rebel militias and the government. British citizens gathered today at their mission in preparation for departure They were to be taken to the port of Joumeh this morning and flown by American helicopters to a chartered Cypriot ferry off shore for transportation to Cyprus Other foreigners, including Turks and Saudi Arabians, have already left following the the takeover of mostly Moslem west Beirut by rebel militiamen in fierce fighting with the lebanese army Monday and Tuesday. But the leftist Beirut newspaper As-Safir quoted an unidentified Soviet Embassy spokesman in Beirut as saying, “There is no decision at the time to evacuate any of Ute Soviet nationals from Beirut ” U S Embassy spokesman John Stewart said he expected between 500 and 1,500” Americans to show up tor evacuation to Cyprus. U S. Navy and Marine helicopters were expected to lift the civilians from the corniche near the embassy to American ships offshore, starting this afternoon Stewart said a similar evacuation would be conducted at Joumeh, about 12 miles north of Beirut. Meanwhile, Beirut radio stations reported that Shute Moslem and Druse militiamen traded machine gun and rocket-propelled grenade fire with the lebanese army across the Green Line that divides Beirut into Moslem and Christian sectors throughout the night and morning. Government troops on the eastern, Christian-controlled side of the line also exchanged mortar barrages with militiamen of Amal, I^ebanon’s largest Shute irregular force at the southern entrance to Beirut and the adjac ent suburb, according to a radio report. More than 400 people have been killed and 1.000 wounded since the latest round of lebanon'* civil war broke out eight days ago, police said. The U.S. Marines serving with the multinational force were not involved in the la test fighting "Ifs very quiet around our position today,” said a Marine spokesman who declined to be named. U.S. warships off the lebanese coast unleashed a massive bombardment Wednesday and Thursday of the rebel positions in the hills overlooking Beirut. Syria, whose troops occupy the mountains with Druse and Moslem anti-government forces, warned it “cannot stand neutral watching the barbaric bombardment practiced by the iU.S.) 6th Fleet against lebanese civilians ” The government radio said Syria “may be compelled to react,” but did not elaborate Lebanon's US.-supported president, Amin Gemayel, meanwhile, remained publicly silent He lias made no public statements or appearances since the latest stage of Hie lebanese civil war erupted Landrum files for re-election in Garden Ridge Incumbent City Councilmember Bobbie Landrum has filed for reelection in the City of Garden Ridge. City Secretary Betty McGranahan said she got the application Thursday. Landrum, who occupies Place I on the council, is the first candidate to file for the April 7 elec tion. David Hencshel and Keith Richter, sitting in places 4 and 5, also come up for re-election this year Both have said that they will run again, but neither has made it official yet. landrum is one of the “original residents” of Garden Ridge, having lived there before the city was incorporated under Texas law She served as city secretary at one time, and is now employed by Ivy Oaks Properties She was first elected to the council in 1982. Comal County couple sentenced to prison A Comal County jury sent a New Braunfels couple charged with delivery of methamphetaimne to prison Thursday. George and Sharon Anderson of 155 Richter were each fined $10,000 George was sentenced to 15 years in the Texas Department of Corrections, and his wife Sharon five years. The couple was arrested last July in the biggest drug raid in Comal County. Department of Public Safety narcotics agents assisted local officers in making over 30 arrests on 47 counts of drug delivery and selling controlled substances The Anderson trial began Wednesday, and ended late Thursday afternoon before presiding Judge Charles Ramsay. Just Ducky $t»tt t i Sp Jofin V Smut What do ducks do when they're not busy-* Sit in wheelbarrows} No one really knows, but these ducks were found in the driveway of 1213 Hillcrest recentlyAndropov leaves little mark on Soviets MOSCOW (APi Yuri Vladimirovich Andropov took power after 15 years running the KGB and promised a revived economy and a cleaned-up bureaucracy He started strong and nude some tentative changes, but may not have ruled long enough to leave any real mark on the vast Soviet Union. Accustomed to the obsessive secrecy of the KGB. Andropov was even more mysterious than his predecessors in the seat of Sov iet power There even are conflicting reports about whether Andropov s wife. Tatyana, is alive But the 15 months he was head of the Communist Party saw U S -Soviet relations steadily decline through a series of crises, including the Soviet downing of a Korean jetliner last .September with the loss of 269 lives. The Communist Parts was reshuffled, with dozens of top officials replaced. Many (rf the new officials were of the younger more professional breed that Andropov said the Soviet Union needed World attention focused personally on the 69-year-old leader throughout his tenure, first for his new style and seeming tirelessness and then because of the constant fears about his health Andropov took office Nov ll, 1982. following the death of President Leonid I Brezhnev He became the oldest man ever to become general secretary of the Communist Party of the Sov let Union Andropov immediately made it clear he aas not going to lake a backseat But he was plagued from the outset by health problems, the impossibility ut making rapid changes in the cumbersome Soviet system, and reported resistance from Brezhnev’s old guard in the Politburo In mid* 1983, after keeping a fairly high public profile. Andropov dropped out 'rf view Reportedly bedridden with kidney problems that some sources said stemmed I rom diabetes, Andropov missed one Nee PROFILE. Page IU AInsideToday's Weather This afternoon will be partly cloudy, with a high in the upper-70s and south winds near IO miles per hour. Tonight and Saturday will bring mostly cloudy skies and a percent chance (rf showers Expect light winds tonight, and southerly breezes at 10-15 mph on Saturday The extended forecast through Tuesday calls for highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s Sunset today will be at 6 16 pin., and sunrise Saturday at 7:14a rn.Spacewalkers Challenger’s two spacewalkers, who call themselves “Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers,” said today their free flights outside the shuttle paved the way for repairing a crippled satellite oil the next mission and for building space stations piece-by-piece iii orbit See Pag* 3A CLASSIFIED.......... I    98 COMICS............... 10B CROSSWORD.......... 10B DEAR ABBY............ 2A DEATHS................2A ENTERTAINMENT.........8ANurse defense Gentile Jones, who sat silently as 44 witnesses told a story that points to her as a baby-killer, wants to testify un her own behalf, but her lawyers are not convinced ifs a good idea A source close to the defense says Ms Jones has made it clear she wants to take the stand, but that no decision has been made on whether she will testify Sa* Pay* 9ABOB Wait Not all groceries are following the lead of Safeway and Kroger, two of Texas’ largest supermarket chains, in removing products contaminated with tile pesticide EDB Safeway, Kroger and several others began removing the products Wednesday, a day after state officials issued emergency guidelines Uimtiiig the presence of cancer-linked ethylene dibronude in grain products Se* Pug* 9A OPINIONS....... 4A RELIGIOUS FOCUS    5A SPORTS.......  6    7A STOCKS.............. 10A TV LISTINGS    10B WEATHER .............. 2A Local man dies after stabbing Police continue investigation A 3l-year-old New Braunfels man died at McKenna Memorial Hospital early this morning shortly after lie was found slabbed at his home Jose Antonio Avalos, 1440 Jackson St., was pronounc ed dead about 3 40 a.iii. at tile emergency room of McKenna Memorial Hospital, after being rushed there by the New Braunfels Emergency Medical Service. Police found tile ll year-old man in his home at 3 49 a iii Reports indicate he was .stabbed once iii the chest. A four-inch fixed-biade knife was recovered at the scene, and police detectives say the case is still under investigation An autopsy has been ordered by Peace Justice Harold Krueger The body has been taken to the Travis County Medical Exaiiuner s office Krueger today there will probably lie a formal inquest in the death Police said the victim’s closest relatives live iii Brownsville Israeli planes bomb targets in Lebanon TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli air force planes bombed guerrilla bases on the Betrut-Damascus highway in central lebanon today, a iiulitary spokesman said The strikes were against “terrorist” headquarters, the spokesman said. The spokesman, who asked not to be identified did nut specify which forces were involved. The Syrian army, Palestinian guerrillas and anti-government Lebanese militias operate in the central mountains All of the targets were destroyed and all of the Israeli planes returned safely, the announcement said i ;