New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 25, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 94-No. 19
January 25,1985 25 Cents
24 Pages—2 SectionsShuttle to deploy spysatellite
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Discovery’s commander, his voice encoded, reported the shuttle was performing flawlessly today as the astronauts readied for deployment of a $300 million superspy satellite whose fate depends on a rocket stage which failed its only other shuttle assignment.
Sources reported the satellite was scheduled to be deployed sometime today, but the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Pentagon said they will not confirm it has been released until much later in the flight. The reporting delay is one of several secrecy steps being taken to confound Soviet tracking efforts
during this first completely classified U.S. manned space flight.
The mission began at 2:50 p.m. EST Thursday after a secret countdown, whose status was revealed publicly just nine minutes before liftoff.
Missing as the spaceship rose spectacularly into space were the voices of the astronauts. Throughout the mission, expected to last at least until Tuesday, reporters will not be able to listen to space-to-ground communications, as has benn allowed for years. Even if they could listen in, the conversations are encoded.
NASA plans to issue a statement about every eight
hours on condition of the spaceship and crew.
“Discovery, its crew and ail elements of the space transportation system are performing satisfactorily,” the agency said early today.
A mid-morning statement essentially repeated that message and added this quote from from Discovery’s commander, Navy Capt. Thomas K. Mattingly: “You’ve never seen a machine like this one. It’s so nominal you’d think the gauges were printed on here.”
The statement also said the crew had witnessed the breakup and fiery re-entry of the ship’s huge external fuel tank after it was jettisoned. It quoted Air Force Ll.
Col. I/)ren Shriver, the pilot, describing it as “a beautiful display of fireworks.”
The other crew members are Marine Lt. Col. James Buchli and Air Force majors Ellison Onizuka and Gary Payton.
Discovery’s payload, sources report, is a 24-ton Air Force satellite capable of monitoring Russian missile tests and intercepting military and diplomatic communications in much of Europe, Asia and Africa.
The Pentagon has acknowledged the satellite will be
See SHUTTLE, Page 12A
Utilities OKs Solms takeover
Water system acquisition has other hurdles to clear
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Trustees unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding to eventually add the Solms Water District into the New Braunfels Utilities system at Thursday’s board meeting.
The acquisition must be approved by directors of Utilities and the Solms Water District, the Farmers Home Administration, and the Public Utility Commission before it becomes final.
Utilities Manager Bob Sohn said the Solms Water District has an outstanding debt with the EHA, and if the transfer couldn’t be made at the agreement’s present interest rates, the acquisition would require “some re-thinking.”
If approved, the move would serve to incorporate the area from Solms Road down both sides of Interstate 35 to the rest stop area near Northcliff© into NBU’s service area.
"We must re-define the system, bring it up to date, and with the (anticipated) increase in the number of customers out there, they could in five to seven years meet the indebtedness for the initial acquisition cost of the system," Sohn said.
Sohn compared the Solms situation to the Clear Springs area a few years ago in that very little of the Solms area is currently within the New Braunfels city limits, but is included in the city’s extra-territorial
jurisdiction (ETJ). Sohn said about the time the residents of Clear Springs paid off their indebtedness, the city annexed the area and the residents there fell into the same rate system as other Utilities customers.
In the Solms acquisition, Sohn said Utilities would be buying such assets as an operational well, a 2-million gallon storage tank and a pumping station. And like Clear Springs, “Solms would pay its own way. We will develop a rate to allow this, higher than what Utilities customers pay within the city.
“For the minimum cost, the customers of the Solms Water District get 4,000 gallons, and that’s not going to change.” Sohn said. "On the average, their monthly cost of water won’t change too much either.
"We’re hoping to maintain as close to what they’ve got as possible (as far as rates go),” he added.
Hanno “Fritz” Welsch, president of the Solms Water District board of directors, said the present system was “maxed out. A lot of folks want more water, and we can’t help them.”
He said the majority of customers in the Solms Water District would "welcome a NBU takeover.” as well as the many developers who ask at least once a week about the present water situation.
In other action, the board reelected Bill Brown as board
See SOLMS, Page 12A
The collision knocked down the street sign at the corner of Nacogdoches and Casten
Car. school bus collide
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By DANA STELL Staff writer
A New Braunfels couple in their 70s remained in McKenna Memorial Hospital today in satisfactory condition after their car was hit by a school bus about3:45Thursday afternoon.
None of the 26 children on the New Braunfels ISI) bus were injured. They were put on another bus anil taken home before the wreckage was cleared.
Peter Petrosky. 75. and Lydia Petrosky. 73. of 133 K. Basel were admitted for observation, said a hospital spokesman.
As far as I can tell," said New Braunfels patrolman Russell Bell, “he i Petrosky I stopped at the sign and [lulled away without seeing the bus The bus tried to stop and hit the I 19821 Cadillac, forcing it up into the yard and into a telephone pole.”
Petrosky was southbound on (’astel! and the car was in the middle of the intersection when the bus hit the passenger door Bell said the bus left 41-find
The bus, driven by 38-year-old Elisa Natal, was eastbound on Nacogdoches at aixiut 30 to 35 mph. Bell said “With that kind of force behind it. the bus wouldn’t have had to have been going that fast," he added
Petrosky was ticketed for failure to yield from the stop sign at the intersection. Bell said
The stop sign and street sign.N on the southeast corner of the intersection were being replaced at presstime today
Where there's smoke
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New Braunfels firefighters battle a Thursday afternoon blaze at 41 Mittman Circle off FM 1863. The fire was reported to the department at 12:08 Thursday, and
firemen were on the scene until 2:40. A minute after they cleared the scene, tfiey were called back, us the fire had rekin
died in the attic. Extensive damage was reported, although a dollar estimate was not available.
County says no to jail change
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
The architect for the new county jail brought in three change orders for county commissioners’ consideration Thursday , but they flatly turned dow n one costing $176,125 The other two, which total $45,361, will have to be presented at a later meeting. They were not on the commissioners’ agenda Thursday, so no action could be taken The $176,125 was to put in a gas pump, car wash facility, storage shed and fenced yard. However, commissioners had en-was something less that would cost around
what the visioned elaborate $40,000
The gas tank and car wash was for the convenience of deputies, rather than having to go the six-eight miles to the car barn.
“But I can’t see spending this kind of money to keep them from having to travel the six-eight miles," Commissioner Monroe Wetz said
Construction supervisor Buddy Vogel told commissioners the gasoline tanks had to bt* buried and certain environmental regulations had to be met
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The nice weather will continue today and tomorrow with partly cloudy skies and a high today in the nud 60s. Expect mild and cooler weather tonight with a low in the upper 30s Saturday will see partly cloudy skies and temperatures near 50 Yesterday’s high was 65 and this morning's low was 40 Sunset today is at 6:03 and sunrise tomorrow will be at 7:24 a rn