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Vol. 141, No. 47 - Daily 50 cents, Sunday 75 cents
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Gore administers oath that makes Krueger 29th senator from Texas
WASHINGTON (AP) — His hand on the Senate Bible, family and friends looking on, Texan Bob Krueger took the oath of office that makes him the newest U.S. senator.
Krueger was sworn in Thursday, a day after Sen. Lloyd Bentsen resigned the seat he had held the last 22 years in order to join President Cii.iton’s Cabinet as treasury secretary.
‘‘This is a great day for me personally and my family,” said Krueger, who twice previously had unsuccessfully sought to become a U.S. senator.
The Democrat, appointed interim senator by Gov. Ann Richards, pledged to make it a “great day for Texas.”
Vice President Al Gore administered the oath to Krueger in the Senate chambers, in
his first aa as president of the Senate.
‘‘There’s hardly words to describe it really,” said Krueger’s wife Kathleen, who watched teary-eycd from the Senate gallery. “It was a tremendous honor.”
Added Krueger’s sister, Arlene Seales of New Braunfels: “It was heavenly.”
Krueger becomes the 29th senator to represent Texas since its annexation to the Union in 1845, according to the Senate historian’s office. The line began Feb. 21, 1846, with Sam Houston and Thomas J. Rusk.
Krueger hopes to extend his Senate tenure beyond May, when Richards is expected to call a special election. The winner of that election will serve the remainder of Bcntsen’s term, which runs through 1994.
Several candidates already have lined up to challenge Krueger. Among them are Republicans Kay Bailey Hutchison, the state treasurer; U.S. Reps. Joe Barton of Ennis and Jack Fields of Humble; and Houston businessman Clymer Wright.
Democratic candidates include Dallas lawyer Jose Angel Gutierrez. Former state attorney general Jim Mattox said Thursday he is “about 90 percent in” the race.
Krueger told reporters he will be campaigning in Texas “a great deal” in the coming months. “I expect to be here for crucial votes,” he said. “But I also expect to listen to the people of Texas.”
“They have to decide whether they want to make a long-term commitment. We have a short-term trial honeymoon and then we have
a long-term commitment that I hope I will be deserving of.”
Bentsen and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros, former mayor of San Antonio, were just two of the notables at the swearing-in.
Noticeably absent was Richards, who appointed the 57-year-old Krueger to the seat earlier this month following an extensive selection process.
Richards, who had been in Washington since Sunday for President Clinton’s inauguration, flew back to Texas shortly before Krueger’s swearing-in.
Aides said she had to return to prepare her State of the State address due to be delivered next week.
The swearing-in later was re-enacted for
photographers in the old Senate chambers. Krueger stood with his wife as Gore repeated the oath, the Kruegers’ two daughters — 4-ycar-old Mariana and 3-year-old Sarah — fidgeting behind the vice president.
“The people of Texas don’t expect me immediately to step in Lloyd Bentsen’s shoes. They would like me to walk in his footsteps,” Krueger said following the ceremony.
Krueger served two terms in the U.S. House from 1975-1979. In 1978, he lost by 12,000 votes in a bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. John Tower. In 1984, he narrowly lost a chance at the Democratic runoff for the Vat Tower was vacating. Current U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm, a Republican, won that election.WORD looks at raising use fees to meet budget
By ROBERT STEWART Spacial lo Ow HaraM-Zattung
SATTLER—The board of the Water Oriented Recreation District (WORD) approved an annual budget of Si36,000 for 1992 and scheduled a public hearing on increasing the user fee rate to fund the budget.
WORD board President Guy Anderson said that the district had an income of $82,000 in 1992 and that an increase in fees from a level of 2.5 percent to perhaps 4 or 4.5 percent may be needed to raise the revenue for the budge,.
The WORD collects user fees on rentals of water recreation equipment so that tourists instead of local residents fund maintenance of district waterways including the Guadalupe River and Canyon Lake.
“It’s a public hearing so anybody can come.” Anderson said. “I think the board will be considering raising the user fee percentages. Probably what we’re going to do is look at having different rates for water recreation and maybe leaving hotel/motel like it is.’’
The board currently charges a lesser rate for hotel/motel rentals.
“We’re going to be looking for input from business owners, citizens, recreationalists—anybody that comes and attends, because we need some ideas,’’ Anderson said. “We know what our maximum limitations are and we know that the minimum is zero—-so we’ve got to work within that but we’ve got to try to get to $136,(XX>”
Several members of the crowd said that the WORD should use some of its over $51,000 carryover money from previous years towards the new budget. The board responded that it was important to have that money in reserve as a contingency fund.
Increased items in the budget include a $25,000 line item for law enforcement and public safety, up from $19,800 last year. Another $8,000 is included to reinstate a Courtesy Patrol to assist river recreationalists. Another new line item budgets $2,500 for Public Relations.
The public hearing on possible increases in the rate is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. I at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative in Smithson Valley.
In other adion the WORD board:
• Cancelled the previously suspended permits of Abbott’s River Outfitters and Kimbo’s and approved legal action to pursue collection of unpaid user fees from those businesses. Jane Abbott, owner of Abbott’s was present at the meeting but was told she was out of order when she attempted to address the board. Abbott said she never collected the user fees last year because her revenue permit was not renewed. Anderson said that all 1991 permit holders were automatically renewed by an act of the board anil that attempts at communication with
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Commissioners approve some of WORD changes
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
Comal County Commissioners Court approved the legislative changes proposed by the Water Oriented Recreational District (WORD) with some exceptions.
“I move that we adopt the concepts that have been presented to the court by the WORD board with the omission (of the section) that deals with a flat charge or annual permit,” said Judge Carter Casteel. “There are too many logistics that have not been worked out that are causing confusion and so the funding will remain the same.”
Commissioner J. L. “Jumbo” Evans pointed out during discussion that some language had been omitted
from the proposed legislation which restricted WORD from “engaging in any activity that competes with private enterprise.”
WORD president Jim Inman said although the WORD board agrees that the language of the proposed changes was not as clear as it should be, the intent of the board was not to penalize local residents or compete with local businesses, but to find a way to make the WORD district self-sustaining which is one of the goals. The commissioners approved the proposed legislation subject to suggested changes.
Several Canyon Lake and Guadalupe River businesses were present to ask questions about the wording and clarify their positions
Doyle Patton, owner of the Holiday Looge at Canyon Lake, voiced his concerns over the legislative changes in WORD Thursday at Commissioners Court. (Photo by John Huseth)
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Miller updates Court on Forum
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Wrl tar
Doug Miller updated the Commissioners Court on “what’s going on with the Edwards Aquifer and in particular the Edwards Aquifer Agricultural Forum.”
“(The Edwards Aquifer Agricultural Forum) was sit up by Senators Ken Armbrister and Bill Sims,” said Miller, the representative for New Braunfels in matters regarding the Comal Springs. “The Farm Bureau felt like they were caught in the middle between the western irrigators and agriculturists out in Kinney, Uvalde, Medina and other counties to the west of San Antonio and they were getting increasing pressure from the down streamers in the Guadalupe River Basin.
“In an effort to take some pressure off themselves they set up in
conjunction with Senator Sims who has a close relationship with the Farm Bureau and Senator Armbrister who also has a close relationship with the Farm Bureau ... this forum.”
Miller said Senator Sims is the chair for the senate natural resources committee so any bills relating to the water issue that go through the senate will go through that committee. He pointed out that Senator Sims no longer represents Comal County and in fact now has responsibility for parts of Bexar County. Miller said that Senator Armbrister does represent a good portion of the Guadalupe Basin and therefore needs to work hard to represent that constituency.
Miller said the forum of about 75 met on January 7 and there was a
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Brandon Wahrmund. Michael Meek, Cybil Tupa, Patricia Gibson, Gary Gilbert, Art Rodrigues, Elvira Cordova, Irene Matamoros and Mallory Gomez. Belated birthday wishes go to Kenneth Brinkkoeter,
Saturday anniversary wishes go to Wilhelm and Erika Panke and Frank and Betty Romano.Academic Booster Club
The Canyon High School Academic Booster
Club will meet Thursday, Jan. 28, al 7 p.m. iii the school library. Kin) Roberts of die Kaplan Center in San Antonio will give information benefits of SAT Prep Classes. Application for the Friends of Education Scholarships are available to graduating seniors through the counselors' office. A $5 membership fee in the academic booster club is required. Deadline for membership is Jan. 31. You can sign up al the meeting or contact Larry Lehr at 625-8343 for more information.jaycees
The New Braunfels Junior Chamber of
Commerce (Jaycees) is hosting an Area "M" night at the Bavarian Village on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. with Bill Russell, president of the United Suites Junior Chamber of Commerce, as guest speaker, Anyone interested in learning more about or joining the Jaycees should make plans to attend.
Habitat for Humanity
The Comal County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Dittlinger Memorial Library, 373 Magazine Ave. Everyone interested in this local, non-profit, ecumenical housing ministry
is urged lo attend. Poi more iniomlaiion, call 625-7005.Sweetheart Ball
The New Braunfels Newcomers Club is sponsoring the Sweetheart Ball at the Senior Citizen Center Thursday, Feb. ll. Included will bi* a dinner at 6 p m. and dancing to the Nickelodeons, the musicians that played for the "Red Stocking Review,” from 7 to IO p.m Tickets must be purchased by Feb. 8. They are $12 and can be purchased ai the center or China N Things. This is a fund raiser for the Newcomers Club.
From left to right, Jonathan Saenz, Samuel Gutierrez, Sean Tae Kwon Do class under the direction of Brian Stovall, at the Cantu and Josh Moses, members of Sidekicks, take part in their Landa Recreation Center Thursday. (Photo by John Huseth)
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