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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 27, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas or IC .Uo»n 3 11 : 11 Itch --o'n^leI . J. DOX /f'5^3c JalIps ,    759/1,5 Playoff Score Michigan St. 62, (4) Indiana 54 SWC Hoops Texas NBA Van Vleck 75, Smithson Valley 62 Florida St. 74, (14) Memphis St. 72 (2) Houston 86, Rice 52 Dallas 118, Kansas City 107 National Scores (10) Kentucky 81, Georgia 72 (6) Arkansas ll. Tech 63 Houston 120, San Diego 108 (18) Georgetown 71, Seton Hall 60 Texas AEtM 60, TOU 58, OT Milwaukee 107, San Antonio 104 (7) Villenova 71, (9) St. John's 70, OT (15) Missouri 54, Nebraska 51 Baylor 86, Texas 57 JBL New J’siasH- Braunfels New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 92 - No. 41 Zeftuno <0 /I Q notmnr SUNDAY February 27, 1983 50 cents 66 Pages —4 Sections (USPS 377-880} Hydro foes meet Greene, Duggan lead charge against GBRA project By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer There will never be a hydroelectric generation plant at Canyon Dam if one group of lake and river residents has its way. Over IOO people met Saturday at Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department Station One at Canyon City to organize a steering committee for an organization that will try to block the proposed construction of the plant by the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority (GBRA). The meeting was organized by Wallace M. Greene, who is the first property owner on the Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam. “This whole thing will be right in my front yard,” Greene said, urging the others to join him in his movement. Greene claimed that the building of the hydroelectric plant will ultimately affect all property values in the area. “Commissioners Court is so shortsighted they can’t see that if our property values are decreased, they will have a decreased tax base eventually,” he added. GBRA has control of all water in Canyon I^ake as long as the elevation LOIS DUGGAN of the lake is under 909 feet above mean sea level, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has domain when the level is above 909. Greene said the GBRA has the right to take 50,000 acre feet of water from the lake per year for municipal purposes. And since the GBRA has recently signed a 50-year contract with New Braunfels Utilities for power generated by the proposed plant in what Greene terms a WALLACE GREENE “sweetheart contract,” they would ultimately have control of the release rate IOO percent of the time, he said. “It has been said that the amount of water being released during the low periods is not enough to turn the turbines,” Greene said. He added this will cause the GBRA to increase the outflow releases, eventually creating a “mudhole” where the lake used to be. In a previous interview. John H. Specht, GBRA general manager, said, “The cost of pumping the water is very considerable. We don't anticipate maintaining a higher release” for the power plant. He explained that the value of the water is many times higher than the value of the electricity produced. “We will simply take advantage of present releases,” he explained. Greene claims that the hydroplant is unnecessary. He said that according to a Public Utilities Commission survey of the power situation in Texas, there was a 30 percent excess of power everywhere in the state, except Houston. “This is not a case of needing power," he said. Greene feels that the plant would be detrimental to the area due to its unsightliness, the noise it could cause, and the string of high-tension power lines that would be required to carry electricity from the plant. Greene told the group that the GBRA could possibly use the Corps’ 20-foot easement around the lake for power lines, and he added that there is also an easement through the new See HYDRO, Page 13A Sohn takes swipe at anti-hydro forces By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer Utilities Manager Bob Sohn had some harsh words Friday for opponents of the proposed Canyon Dam hydroelectric unit, and their methods to gain the allegience of others. “To get people stirred up over such lies, distortions I’ll call them, is sick. It makes me angry when people try to get others to believe untruths,” Sohn said, waving a copy of a full-page advertisement in the Canyon Lake Times-Guarchan last week. The ad. supporting the Saturday public meeting in search of hydroelectric opponents, directed its anger at the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority (GBRA). However, New Braunfels Utilities has contracted to purchase the hydro unit’s entire power output from GBRA (six megawatts at peak capacity I, if the plant is built. “Whoever wrote this (ad) didn't know what they were talking about. This facility is, by contract, a third priority unit, meaning it can’t be put above the flow of the river or conservation concerns,” Sohn said. “All we want to do is make use of the water that’s already being released from the dam. It’s a logical place for a hydro unit, and this one is a peanut.” The ad alleged ‘if this project gets off the ground, the real cost w’ill come in the...visual impact faced by shoreline residents who would have transmission towers and power lines between their lakeview decks and the lake.’ “That’s ridiculous. We’ve never even considered running transmission lines around the lake. In fact, that’s in the opposite direction we want to go,” Sohn said, adding that the power from Canyon would be inserted into the Lower Colorado River Authority’s (LCRA i system. Getting power from Canyon doesn’t mean there has to be a direct connection, Sohn added. “The City of New Braunfels could buy from Amarillo, if it wanted to. Existing lines are used, this power company gives another company credit, and the power gets there. “We will need to construct a fewSee SOHN, Page 13A Reagan proposes to end natural gas price controls WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan said Saturday he will ask Congress to remove all controls from the natural gas market over the next three years ‘to ensure abundant supplies ... at reasonable prices." At the same time, the Reagan plan would place a cap on consumer prices through Jan. I, 1986, allowing increases based only on inflation, unless a government agency approves higher fees. On the first day of 1986, all price controls would be removed. "The key to cheaper, more abundant energy for all Americans is a policy that combines consumer protection, incentives to produce, and efficient economic use of our resources,” the president said in his weekly radio address to the nation, broadcast from the Oval Office. “That’s what our program will do.” The president said the Energy Department estimates that the plan will reduce prices IO cents to 30 cents per 1,000 cubic feet of natural gas in the first year. I.arry Speakes, the chief deputy White House press secretary, said Reagan would send the proposal to Congress on Monday, and that Energy Secretary Donald Hodel has reported, on the basis of preliminary consultations, that congressional reaction “has been far better tfian expected.” "There seems to be a consensus that something has to be done," Speakes said, in reference to complaints about rapid increases in natural gas prices that have driven bills up 20 percent to 40 percent in some areas this winter. However, Sen. Howard Metzenbaum, D-Ohio, an opponent of decontrolling natural gas prices, said he believed Reagan’s proposal would be defeated in the Senate. He called the Reagan plan w as “absolutely off-base” and said he thought there were IO to 20 senators who would join him in a filibuster against it. Metzenbaum also said the move would raise costs to homeowners and increase unemployment by hurting small business. "The gas industry itself has estimated that decontrol will cost $60 billion a year,” he said. And Rep. Bill Hefner, D-N.C., giving the Democratic Party response to Reagan’s address, said the president’s proposal would increase natural gas prices by 67 percent over the next four years. Reagan's plan was backed by the Natural Gas Supply Association, an industry group, and the Natural Gas Consumers Information Center, an organization representing industrial users of natural gas. Duncan added to conference Former Secretary of Energy, Charles W. Duncan Jr., has joined the line-up for National Issues speakers of the Texas legislative Conference March IO and ll in New Braunfels. The legislative Conference, co-sponsored by the Texas State Chamber and the New Braunfels Chamber, has named Sen. Lloyd Bentsen as Texan of the Year. Bentsen will be honored at a reception March IO, and give the opening address March ll for the Civic Center conference. In addition to Bentsen and Duncan, the National Issues speakers also include Ray Marshall, former Secretary of labor and currently a professor Economics and Public Affairs at the University of Texas, LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin. Duncan served in the Carter administration as Deputy Secretary of Defense and then Secretary of Energy. He is also former president, and currently a member (rf the executive committee of Coca Cola, and current president of Warren-King Companies, a group of diversified energy related concerns. Congressman Tom Iaeffler, Minority Chief Deputy Whp and member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees of the House, will also speak at the conference. Advisory Committee Chairman Ben F. Love, president of Texas Commerce Bancshares, wil preside and moderate a question and answer session. Speakers on state issues include Carol See CONFERENCE, Pagel3A Council to eye streets A variety of items — some familiar and some new — face City Council Monday night as it competes with the final episode of M.A.S.H. for the attentions of New Braunfelsers. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall. Setting priorities for the 1983-84 street improvement program is on the agenda again. At council’s January 24 meeting, City Manager E.N. Delashmutt provided a list of over 70 streets which need improving. Total cost: $538,969. Total the city has budgeted for that purpose: $139,000. Delashmutt has asked the council to put these 70 projects in order of importance. Council will also take up an addendum to extend the current lease with Jim Biedermann, who operates the paddleboat and bicycle concession in luanda Park. At the February 14 meeting, council members voted to extend Biedermann’s contract three years in exchange for a 33 percent increase in his annual payment and an estimated $15,000 rn planned unset COUNCIL, Page 13A Inside Today's Weather Comal County forecast calls for decreasing cloudiness and not as cool today, then fair tonight and Monday. Light winds will be from the northeast. High today will be in the mid 60s, low tonight in the low 40s, and a high Monday near 70. Play Ball The basketballs have been put away for the season, and now ifs time for the gloves, bats and baseballs. The high school baseball season is upon us, and the New Braunfels Unicorns and Canyon Cougars will be looking for some new faces to fill a lot of holes left by graduation. Details in Sports BUSINESS..............3.4B CLASSIFIED............7-11B COMICS. .  ...............5B CROSSWORD.............3A DEAR ABBY...............2B DEATHS.................3A ENTERTAINMENT..........6B HOROSCOPE..............5B KALEIDOSCOPE.........1    12B OPINIONS................4A PUBLIC RECORDS..........3A SPORTS................6    SA WEATHER................5A Utilities workers do some excavation work on W. San Antonio St. downtown to make way for electrical conduit. Eventually, all the electric lines downtown will run un derground and the overhead wires and utility poles will be removed as part of a downtown beautification plan. Staff photo by Cindy Richardson Goodbye, poles ;