New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 6, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
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Lake residents, county seek way to keep private ramps open
Residents want to keep ramps like this open
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
A group of Canyon Lake-area residents spoke with one voice Thursday, and their request was simple.
Please keep our boat ramps open, they asked county commissioners.
About 25 concerned citizens crowded into the small commissioners courtroom to ask the court and Canyon Reservoir Manager Phil Parsley to find a way to keep eight boat ramps open. The eight are located in area subdivisions.
One suggestion was that the residents to form a legal entity, such as a non-profit corporation. In this form, the county could serve as the middle group for a contract between the Corps and the residents,
County Judge Fred Clark said.
The ramps, leased by the county from the U.S. Army-Corps of Engineers, are in danger of being closed when their leases expire. Commissioners are reluctant to renew the leases because of the liability.
The liability question surfaced in the wake of a tragic accident over two years ago. Four members of a San Antonio family drowned when a car plunged off one of the county-leased ramps into the lake in July, 1981, and the family filed a $1 million lawsuit as a result.
The ramp in Canyon Lake Village has been closed since its lease expired Dec. 31. Another license will expire Feb. 9.
Clark, who said he had received several phone calls on the matter, said no members of the current
court were in office when the original agreement was drawn up 20 years ago.
The judge explained the Corps will continue to operate the ramps it maintains in its parks around the lake.
The eight ramps in question were requested during the early 1960s by developers to be put in the subdivisions “and it would be a selling point,” Clark explained.
The Corps could not enter into an agreement with the developers because of a policy preventing it from entering into any agreement with a private entity, Clark said.
Therefore, Comal County was used as a vehicle to
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Workers make adjustments on this house-in-transit in on its way to a new resting place near Loop 337 the Loop overpass Thursday afternoon. At least it
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Water f ight
Resort owner dislikes involvement by city in permit requestJob/ess rate downRecovery best in 30 years
WASHINGTON (AP) — Civilian unemployment fell to 8.2 percent in December, continuing the steady improvement from the peak double-digit jobless level of a year ago, the government reported today. It was the best post-recession labor market recovery in more than 30 years.
Since unemployment hit a post-Depression high of 10.7 percent in December 1982, total U.S. civilian employment has soared by 4 million.
The labor market recovery from the business slump of 1961-82 was at the fastest pace (rf any postrecession rally since 1951, the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted.
The agency had initially reported that the December 1962 unemployment rate was 10.8 percent, but in today’s report, the BLS revised jobless statistics for the past 13 months. The new figures put the December 1982 unemployment at 10.7 percent, rather than 10.8 percent.
Today's report said that more than 335,000 Americans went to work lad month, and that the total number of those officially categorized as unemployed shrank by 230,000, to 9.2 million. At the height of the 1981-82 recession, more than 12 million were out of work.
The overall unemployment rate, including the nearly 1.7 million military people stationed in the United States, dropped from 8.3 percent to 8.1 percent last month, the report said.
The ranks of the so-called “discouraged workers” — those not counted as unemployed because they have given up looking for jobs — shrank by 100,000 in the fourth quarter, to 1.5 million. Since the first quarter of last year, the total number of discouraged workers has fallen by 350,000.
There have been eight recessions since the end of World War II. The rally in the labor market following the most recent business slump, the one that lasted roughly from July 1981 through December 1962, was at the quickest pace since the 1949-50 recession.
In 1951, the unemployment rate fell by 3.7 percentage points. The 2.5 percentage-point drop in 1983 eclipsed the 2.3 percent drop in 1960, following the recession of 1959-60, said bureau analyst Deborah Klein.
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
It will be at least a month before the Texas Water Commission acts on the Schlit-terbahn’s request to increase diversion (rf water from the Comal River.
At a hearing held in Austin Thursday, the City of New Braunfels was declared a party to the proceedings, on the grounds that it owns property on the opposite river bank. City Attorney John Chunn requested, and got, a continuance on the permit request. A new hearing has been set for 9 a.m. Feb. 6.
“We’re not in favor of the request at this time, and we’re not opposed to the request at this time,” said Chunn.
He said the city simply wanted more time to study the possible effects of increasing the diversion rate. But Bob Henry, owner of the Schlitterbahn, sees the delay as one more evidence of the city's desire to harrass him at every turn.
“The city has chosen to throw an obstacle
Henry’s application is for five times the current maximum rate. But he contends that when the increase is spread over a wide channel, “it really will not even be apparent what’s happening.”
in my path. The city has gone out and hired professional engineers. They’re just blowing the taxpayers’ money, and to what purpose?” Henry demanded. “To determine whether or not the extra flow is going to muddy the water a little bit? What difference does it make? The only people who see the river are my customers.”
Concerns cited by Chunn and New Braunfels Utilities include bank erosion, increased turbulence at the outtake and input points, and whether the increased flow will affect availability (rf water to other parties.
The Schlitterbahn’s present permit allows it to take 1,289 acre-feet of water from the river each year, at a maximum diversion rate (rf 22.3 cubic feet per second. Henry has asked that his permit be amended to allow up to 5,000 acre-feet a year, at a maximum diversion rate of 111.5 cfs.
All the water taken out ends up back in the river, eventually. Henry said the water is pulled out of the Old Comal channel just downstream of the water park’s big “castle,” pumped to the top and circulated to the other side of the park. It goes back into the river at a point approximately a half-mile upstream of where it’s taken out.
The park was built that way on the premise that water stays fresh and clean if it’s kept moving. Henry said the current permit
meets the park’s basic needs, but he feels the water quality will improve if it’s allowed to move faster His application is for five times the current maximum rate. But Henry contends that when the increase is spread over a wide channel, “it really will not even be apparent what’s happening ”
He pointed out that the average flow of the river is between 200 and 300 cfs. And yet, behind Clemens Dam, where the old cltannel meets up with the man-made course from luanda Park, the water appears not to be moving at all, Henry said.
On the question of bank erosion, Henry said, “You’ve got to remember that at one time, all the river came down this side.”
In December, the City Council hired the engineering firm of Hunter & Associates to do an impact study on the Schlitterbahn's request Henry’ says he will now be forced to hire an engineer of his own, "to keep their engineer from manufacturing improper data.
Houston firm gets bid to build new jailInside
The low bidder won out as Comal County Commissioners awarded Hill Engineering, Inc. of Houston with the contract to construct the new countyJ*
During Thursday’s regular meeting, jail architect Chris DiStefano told the court that Hill Engineering Inc. was qualified for the job. The commissioners took his recommendation and unanimously approved giving the company the job.
The company offered a base bid of $2^79,000 for the construction of a 95-bed facility and an additional bid (rf $147,000 for a 48-bed addition to the
facility. The total sum was for 82,726,000.
The bid is for constructing “the complete facilities," DiStefano said.
The cost of the addition, DiStefano figured, comes to $3,000 per man “and that is really a bargain "
The county opened 17 bids for the construction Dec. 21. All of these came in under the budget sum of $3 million.
Work should begin within 30 days, DiStefano said. The facility is scheduled to be ready for occupation by late 1985.
— DORIAN MARTIN
Man jailed in hit-and-run
An Alpine man has been charged with failure to atop and render aid, in connection with a hit-and-run accident en IH SO Wednesday night.
Wade Hampton Beck was released aa bond from the Comal County Jail Thursday, having bam escorted there by a state highway trooper from San Marcos, whets be was charged with Maay Driving While Intoxicated. ■ash was arrested In Hays County tho Wednesday night which occurred in the
northbound lanes of the interstate, just north (rf Schwab Road. State trooper Un Manford said Beck, driving a white Buick, hit a motorcycle In the roar, and then drove on, leaving the wounded cyclist in the
The cyclist, Steven Scott Edwards of Austin, is “lucky he wasn’t thrown off the bike,” Manford said. Ha was Thursday from McKenna
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It will be partly cloudy this afternoon and tonight, turning mostly cloudy on Saturday. Winds will be from the northwest at 15 mph today, decreasing to light tonight and Saturday. Sunset will be at 5:47 p.m., and sunrise Saturday will be at 7:27 a.m.
The Smithson Valley Rangerettes, led by 39 points from senior Julie Cappei, whipped Cole 73-34 In the teams’ District 26-3A opener Thursday night at the Smithson Valley gym. Sports. Page 6A
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been slow in regulating the cancer-causing pesticide EDB, but it is now considering actions that could remove the substance from the market, said agency Administrator William Ruckelshaus.See Page IB
Coffee-pickers kidnapped by Salvador leftists
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Leftist rebels raided plantations on a volcano in eastern El Salvador and marched 200 coffee pickers at gunpoint to a rebel stronghold, a Western source reports
The mass abduction, described as a possible attempt to impress the peasants into military service, was reported Thursday, coinciding with a Red Cross announcement that the rebels had freed 114 government soldiers captured last week — the biggest prisoner release of the four-year civil war. The soldiers were captured when the rebels overran the El Paraiso army base in the northern province of Chaistenango, killing more than IOO troops in one of their major victories of the war.
The guerrillas have waged a campaign to destroy the economy, but this year have limited attacks on coffee production.
In another development Thursday, a judge ordered the release of a Salvadoran military officer believed to be a key witness in the murder of two American labor advisers.
Judge Nelson Garcia said in an interview that he has ordered police to release Cap!. Eduardo Alfonso Avila within two weeks.
American officials had sought Avila’s testimony about the Jan. S, 1981, murders of American labor advisers Michael Hammer and Mark David Pearlman and Salvadoran labor leader Rodolfo Viera.
Garcia said lbs investigation has shown Avila to be guilty only of violating military regulations when he fled the country in October 1982 without
The guerrillas have waged a campaign to destroy the economy, but this year have limited attacks on coffee production.
authorization Such a violation is punishable by 30 days detention, Avila said. and that will end Jan 19.
Two former National Guard corporals have confessed to killing the labor advisers and testified A Vila helped plan the killings He has never been charged, but U S. officials hoped he would testify against other suspects.
Elsewhere in Central America, Nicaraguan military sources said CIA-backed rebels in planes and speed boats attacked a Pacific coast port, killing one person and wounding eight
The sources said CIA-aided rebels attacked the port Thursday a few hours before Richard Stone, President Reagan’s special envoy to Central America, arrived in the capital for talks with the leftist Sanding ta government.
A military officer in the port of Potosi, HO miles northwest of Managua, said by telephone that two planes, two speedboats and a vin boat “coming from Honduras” strafed and bomb . the town, killing one man and wounding eight people