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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 17, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas Senate confirms Loeffler as a University regent AUSTIN (AP) — State senators who had complained that appointments to the University of Texas Board of Regents ignored minorities and women withdrew their opposition and voted to confirm nomina-lions Of two white men.    See    Page    4A Large crowd expected playoff , _t for second in the 28-4A boys basketball race? How about a five-way tie? The answers will be clearer tonight after the Unicorns host Canyon at 8 p.m. See Page 8 A SO-WEST MTCRGPUBI .TSH!NG 2201 BFOOKHOLLOW PUZ SUITE 300 APLINGTON, TX 76006    I looks for bail out AUSTIN (AP) — Taxpayers are expected to be asked to provide money to keep the Texas Racing Commission operating because the commission, which was supposed to be self-supporting, is nearly broke. See Page 10A New Braunfels Vol. 137, No. 70 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144FridayFebruary 17, 198925 Cents Two Sections, 18 Pages Chapa, Kraft seek re-election Better late than never By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writer Two members of New Braunfels City Council have announced they will seek re-election in May. Ramon Chapa Jr., from.District I, and Loraine Kraft, from District 2, will officially file for a place on the ballot for the May 6 election Tuesday. Chapa and Kraft each have served one-three year term on council. “I felt it was in the best interest of my consti-tuants,” said Chapa. “We have momentum going in terms of economic development in New Braunfels.” Numerous improvement projects are under way in Chapa’s district, which is the West End area of New Braunfels. “I feel if I was to bow out these project might not be completed. I want to see some of these projects I’ve started completed.” Chapa said he decided to seek three more years after talking with his key supporters. “I’ve done a good job. All Hispanic and anglo leaders stand behind me,” he said. “I don’t think I should have a problem, I’m not worried about winning. If someone wants to oppose me that’s their perogative. I’m going to go all out and cover all bases whether I’m opposed or unopposed. “I have probably the best organization of any elected official in New Braunfels or Comal County,” Chapa said, referring to his campaign which will again include a phone bank staffed by 50 volunteers. Chapa has named Robert Perez as campaign manager, Jesse Camareno, treasurer; and Marty Nealeigh II as grass roots organizer. “I see a very positive city coming out of City Council,” said Kraft when asked why she decided to seek another term. “I see a good working council. We have a good city manager and I see some good long-term planning falling into place. I can see improvements over the past three years.” Filing was to begin Monday, but City Hall will be closed in observance of President’s Day. Tuesday is the first official day to file. March 22 will be the last day for filing application for a place on the ballot with the city secretary. Good day Unlicensed area pumpers will continue through most of the draining more than tanks with the low at 43 degrees. Satur- day's temperatures will he slightly    Bv STEPHANIE davis cooler with the high at 49 and    BySTEPHANiE DAVIS * I    »    Staff Writer Mi kT i    mPrn,n8    Unlicensed    septic    tank    pumpers    arc    draining    not    only will he cloudy but there .sa    ^ at    Lake>    thc    of chance thc sun will come through    residents by late    afternoon.    The    high will    And Comal County    Sanitarian    David    Litke said county -    ?    a    residents    should report fly-by-night    pumpers    and    instead, wi in the Os.    call jocaj jq~jc pumpcrs for service. “Thc local guys lns,de:    we can count    on.” CLASSIFIED............................3-7B    Recent cases have been reported in the Canyon Lake COMICS.......................................2B    ^(.3 by residents who paid an excessive fee to unlicensed CROSSWORD.............................3A    pumpers with no assurance of the work performed, Litke DEAR ABBY...............................1B    said ENTERTAINMENT.......................1B    In January, a woman reported a man with no idcntifica- HOROSCOPE..............................2B    tion, registration or address pumped her septic tank for RELIGIOUS FOCUS...............6-7A    $282, Litke said. SPORTS...................................8-9 A    “He’s gone. We tried tracing him, but there was no pap- TV LISTINGS...............................2B    cr trail at all. We don’t know where he went. And we don’t WEATHER...................................2A    know what he did with what he pumped,” Litke said. Approximately six cases of unlicensed pumping have been reported, Litke said. “It was always done during the day ... most of the people that were contacted were elderly ,,    ...    u i    .. j .    women    at home.” Parents,    high    school    students and older folks ready to hit the books again can call a free    Financial Aid Hotline this weekend    for information about scholarships, loans, grants, part-time jobs and other options to help in paying for college. Call the hotline at 1-800-253-8989 Saturday or Sunday between IO a.m. and 6 p.m. The Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators is sponsoring its third annual Paying for College Information Line. Financial aid administrators from Texas colleges will be available to answer the questions of many college-bound students and their parents. Stammtisch Canyon Lake residents are easy targets for out-of-town unlicensed pumpcrs because of the close proximity to metropolitan areas, he said. “It’s real easy for a pumper to run up from San Antonio or from Austin, do a load, then leave,” Litke said. More than 90 percent of the lake residents have septic tanks, he said. Two small treatment plants are at Canyon Lake condominiums and T-Bar-M Tennis Villas and Conference Center on Texas 46. In December, a company operating out of Austin and based in Victoria, was offering Canyon Lake residents inspection and pumping services, Litke said. “It was a consumer fraud deal because he would look at (the septic tank) and say, ‘Yea, it needs pumping — it looks like about 3,000 pounds.’ “He was charging $60 to $65 per 1,000 pounds. You don’t weigh liquids, you pump gallons. The average bill was getting over $200,” he said. Finally, people starting reporting the fraud, he said. “We finally caught him,” Litke said. “We got real good help from thc sheriffs department on it. Four charges of S«e TANKS, Page 2A Offices close for holiday See STAMMTISCH, Page 2A All City of New Braunfels offices and financial institutions will be closed Monday and mail will not be delivered in observance of President’s Day. U.S. Postal Service employees will also get a holiday Monday for thc federal holiday. AU city sanitation crews will be operating on normal schedules. Dittlinger Memorial Library also will be closed. Comal County offices and all public schools will be open Monday. The llerald-Zeitung office will be open. Wheatley pleads guilty to abuse A New Braunfels man arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault to a child in September pleaded guilty to both charges Thursday in Comal County District Court. Weldon Wheatley, 47, Route 6, Box 568, was arrested Sept. I, 1988, on bad check warrants, said Comal County sheriff’s office detective Richard Alvarez. “He was already under investigation (for sex- See PLEADS, Page 2A Victor Medina, who served in the U.S. Army from Dec. 29, 1942, to Oct. 23,1945, was honored recently by his children. Medina was with Charlie Company 823rd tank destroyer battalion and was a loader of 76-millimeter guns. He fought in four campaigns until he was wounded outside Paris, after which he was re-assigned as a special guard at the Eisenhower headquarters. After his discharge, Medina never received his medals or accommodations, and his five sons and four daughters wanted him to have them. Last year, his youngest son Herman, a staff sergeant with the United States Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton, Calif., began the paperwork process and finally located his father's service record and got the medals. Last friday, Herman made a surprise visit home and on Saturday, the family gathered for an awards ceremony. Among Mr. Medina’s medals are a-Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct medal, and the World War ll Victory Medal. (Photo by Deryl Clark) Police investigate apparent suicide New Braunfels Police Dcparuncnt detectives arc investigating the possible suicide of a 43-ycar-old New Braunfels woman. Police were dispatched to a residence on Rivercrest Drive around 8:50 Thursday night and found a woman dead from a gunshot wound to the head, said Sgt. John McEachem, New Braunfels Police Department. “It appears to be a standard, routine suicide," he said, adding police are continuing their investigation. The woman’s family was at home during the incident, he said. Hats off No funding for vocational classes Schools face cutting programs Some popular vocational education courses may not be offered by area school districts next school year because of a Texas Education Agency rule regarding a priority funding sequence. At this time, programs such as Coordinated Vocational-Academic Education (CVAE) and life management skills — which all school districts are required to offer — are not vocationally funded for next school year. “Eight of thc IO fastest growing jobs do not require a college education, so we’re going to have to be pro-* viding thc training that they will need unless they choose to go to a technical school,” said Carol Hall, curriculum director for Comal Independent School District. She said curriculum is being structured more for the college-bound student, with vocational programs being cut. Local schools arc having to submit their application for vocational funds by March I with an estimated number of students for each course. From those applications, Texas Education Agency will determine thc state cost for all vocational programs. If school districts do not correctly estimate numbers for each course, thc agency may not have enough money, at thc state level, to fund programs. “In essence, what we doing is projecting what enrollment might be and they’re telling us you could get your money and you might not or you might get a portion of it for next fall,” See PROGRAMS, Page 2A Trade deficit down for year American Heart Association President Mary Lou Erben, left, helps Dee Ann Ott and Sandra Wilson, hostess chairmen, with their 1940s fashions (some of the items are from the Costume Chalet) in preparation for the March 4 Salute to the Forties dance with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra at Heidelberg Halle and the golf and card tournament at the Woodlands Country Club. Participants are invited to wear fashions from the 1940s and if anyone has any vintage clothing or uniforms to lend to the cause, drop them by Ott Plumbing (be sure to label them if you want them back). Tickets are $10 in advance and are available at City Pharmacy, Vollbrecht’s Pharmacy, and Hoffman Insurance Agency, WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit shrank to $137.3 billion in 1988, the first annual decline since 1980, as a surge in exports offset a relentless climb in imports, the government reported today. The Commerce Department said exports shot up to an all-time high of $322.2 billion last year, a dramatic 26.8 percent above the 1987 level, led by a boom in sales of American-manufactured products .and farm goods. The huge gain in exports was enough to offset an 8.3 percent increase in imports, which also rose to a record level of $459.6 billion. For December, the trade deficit shrank slightly to $11.9 billion, down from a revised November figure of $12.2 billion. However, both November and December represented the highest imbalances between what the United States imported and what it sold abroad since August. Analysts are worried that the improvement in America’s trading performance has stalled out. After improving dramatically in the first half of 1988, the deficit began to widen again toward the end of the year. Reversing that trend and getting further trade improvements is one of the major economic challenges facing the new Bush administration. The trade deficit along with the related federal budget deficit represent the twin towers of debt thai President Bush inherited from Ronald Reagan. The $137.3 billion deficit for all of 1988 was down 19.4 percent from the all-time high of $170.3 billion set in 1987. It was the first year that the trade deficit has shown any improvement since it fell 12.5 percent to $31.4 billion in 1980, thc last year of the Se* DEFICIT, Page 2A ;