New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 27, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Spillfighters face battle in Persian Gulf
DALLAS (AP) — Oil spill righten who had success with petroleum-cai mg microbes off the Texas coast could put a dent in the massive Persian Gulf slick, but their efforts would probably be too little and too late, environmentalists say.
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Educators recommend school improvements
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas school teachers and administrators on Saturday gave Gov. Ann Richards several suggestions for improving education, including limiting **no-pass. no-play** probation and raising school employees‘ pay.
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SV remains unbeaten with comeback win
The Smithson Valley Rangers took sole possession of first place in the District J7-5A soccer race with a 4-2 win over Boerne Friday, scoring three goals in less than IO minutes to win the game. New Braunfels
won its district opener against Canyon
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Vol. 139. No S3
Jan. 27, 1991 75 Cents
707 Landa St.. New Braunfels. Texas 78130 (USPS 377 880) 512-825-9144
Four Sections. 60 Pages
Berger named Besserung winner
By JAMNE GREEN Managing Editor
Capping its banquet and annual meeting at the Gvic Center Friday evening, the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce honored as its citizen of the year longtime resident Janclle Berger.
The chamber annually presents its Besserung (or “betterment") Award to “someone who has been an outstanding citizen." said outgoing chamber chairman David Lamon. “especially in participating and providing leadership to those efforts that result in community betterment.”
He noted that Berger, a native Texan and resident of New Braunfels since she was six, was graduated from New Braunfels High School and the Umveristy of Texas at Austin. In addition to her participation rn choir and youth activities at First Protestant Church, her chamber roles have included chairing a recent City Master Plan Update Committee and many hours of work on the annual Heritage Exhibit.
“She has also been a loyal Blue Coat and has received the Chairman of the Board Award, as well
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House numbers needed
Cooperation urged for 9-1-1 service
Besserung Award winner Janeile Berger, center, is congratulated by her daughter Theresa and her husband Dr Charles Berger. (Photo by Frances Bridges)
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Haw* Editor
More than 3,000 calls for 9-1-1 emergency service have been logged at the Comal County Sheriff s Office and New Braunfels Police Department since the number went on-line in September 1990.
“I think curiosity was probably the reason for a lot of those additional calls,” said Jerry Marshall, coordinator for Bexar Metro 9-1-1 Network District. “They arc leveling off now around the total of around 600 (a month)."
In September and October, more than I .OOO calls for 9-1-1 service were called in to agencies in Comal County each month.
Marshall discussed the 9-1-1 calls and an address maintenance system for Comal County w ith Commissioners Court last week.
Since 9-1-1 went on-line in Comal County, a number of streets and routes have been named or renamed to help police and fire officials find the houses easier.
But, Marshall said. a number of residents have not disposed their new
street numbers on their houses for the
benefit of letter carriers, police officers, firemen and paramedics.
Precinct I Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo” Evans said residents should
be urged to place the new numbers on their houses “Urge them to take
advantage of the benefits of 9-1-1 by putting their house number an their property, so it can be easily identified "
“We discussed this last week with the post office and the good news is, even though we don’t have the authority to go tell people to do that, the post office does," Marshall said “So when the post office is ready to convert to that mailing address they have the federal authority to tell those people, You will put those numbers on your house*."
In the incant'inc. Marshall said
officials of Bexar Metro will continue asking residents to put their house numbers up.
Bexar Metro also is providing financial support to area volunteer fire departments
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It'll be a little cloudy today with a 30 percent chance of rain this morning. Partly cloudy skies will prevail through the afternoon with a high in the mid 60s and south winds at IO to 15 mph. Tonight will be mostly fair with a low of about 42. Monday will sec a high of 65. Those mid-60s day-umc highs and mid-40s nighttime lows should continue through midweek, along with a chance of rain Tuesday and Wednesday.Inside:
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Spill lighters face tough battle in Gulf flow
The City Engineer’s Office Friday announced the closure of several intersections on Live Oak Avenue for street and utility construction. Live Oak at Lee Street will be closed through Monday,
Jan. 28; Live Oak at Cross Street will be closed through Tuesday,
Jan. 29; and Live Oak at Stonewall Street will be closed until further notice. Elizabeth Avenue between Torrey Street and Country Club Circle will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 28 and 29, for utility construction....
The son of a New Braunfels High School graduate can grow up to say he played in the Super Bowl Well, sort of. Christoper Miles, son of 1972 grad JJ.
Mites, will be a [ion of the halftime show this afternoon, The 9-ycar-old was one of about 5,000 kids who auditioned for parts and one of 1,200 who made it. He will be playing an umpire in the Disue) world production and his grandmother, Julia Hailey of New Braunfels, said she told him to do the 'Hook 'em Horns’ sign so wc’ll know which one he is. Mrs. Hailey said Christoper also is a member of the Cabbage Patch doggers which just won the Florida State Championships. Way to go, Chris....
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DALLAS (AP) —Oil spill fighters who had success with petroleum-eaung microbes off the Texas coast could put a dent in the massive Persian Gulf slick, but their efforts would probably be too little and too late, environmentalists say.
The mideast spill, which could amount to a dozen times that of the Exxon Valdez disaster, could be fought using bioremcdiation techniques. said Texas Committee on Natural Resources and Friends of the Earth representatives.
But an> efforts would be stalled by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, who would probably fire upon containment crews in the area, observers say.
"We definitely need the best expertise we have, much of which is in Texas." said Ned Fritz, TCONR task force chairman "All we can do is the best that we can until we find out what works."
But he added. "There’s bound to be tremendous damage regardless of what we do.’*
He said oil-eating microbes could have been responsible for consuming up to 80 percent of the spill that resulted from last summer’s explosion of the tanker Mega Borg off the Texas Gulf coast.
"I think there are enough microbes and equipment to disperse" the Per sian Gulf oil, Fritz said. "But we lose with every passing hour, depending (Mi whether the prevailing winds hold.
"We are also hurt by the fact we
have to go that far (to Kuwait) to fight the spill."
Officials at Alpha Env ironment in Austin said Saudi Arabian leaders contacted the bioremcdiation firm Friday about the possibility of using the oil eating microbes in the Persian Gulf.
Texas Land Commissioner Garry Mauro said the Texas Land Office was prepared to help in the process, but on Saturday he wasn’t optimistic that officials meeting in Washington would give the OK to use the technique
"We’re just waiting for a phone call," Mauro said.
The 11-mile-long slick, first reported by Saudi environmental authorities on Wednesday, could amount to a dozen times the nearly 11 million gallons that the Exxon Valdez tanker spilled into Alaska’s Prince William Sound in 1989, the Pentagon has said
By comparison, about 3.9 million gallons of oil spewed June 8 from the Mega Borg about 60 miles off the coast of Galveston, while 700,000 gallons of oil spilled when the tanker Shinoussa hit two barges July 28.
The July tanker-barge collision in Galveston Bay left stains of heavy, black oil along several beaches, seeped into some marshes and collected around several residential docks.
The barge spill prompted a temporary fishing ban in Galveston Bay.
Countless fires rage in targeted zones
DHAHRAN. Saudi Arabia (AP) — On the gulf s newest war front, allied planners Saturday searched for a way to halt the colossal "black tide’’ drifting toward Saudi water plants. Some of the oil spill was ablaze, but a military spokesman said. "A solution is dose."
High above, in sunny skies, allied bombers kept up a furious bombardment of Iraqi positions in Kuwait and southern Iraq, described by returning pilots as a devastated landscape of shattered bridges and fires beyond number.
The U.S. command said Desert Storm aircraft shot down three Iraqi warplanes. The Pentagon also said about two dozen Iraqi planes recently flew to neighboring Iran, apparent defectors seeking refuge.
In Iraq. CNN correspondent Peter Arnett was taken to the Muslim holy city of Najaf, where he saw bomb craters and more than a dozen houses flattened by what Iraqi authorities said were air raids. Amen. one of the last Western correspondents in Iraq. was told at least 20 people had been killed
The U.S. military says it is targeting strictly military and other strategic sues, although it acknow ledges that civilians might be unintended victims l-atcr Saturday, the Pentagon specifically denied it had targeted any religious sites.
Along the northern front lines. Iraqi forces and troops of the I S.-led coalition exchanged haras*-ing fire.
Marines unloaded their heaviest barrage yet on forward Iraqi positions, from a battalion of 155mm howitzers, and the Iraqis fired off short-range missiles that fell harmlessly in the desert, allied officers reported.
But it looked more and more like a ground offensive to drive the Iraqis from Kuwait will be on hold until well into February. For one thing, American armored forces are at least two weeks from full strength.
The gigantic oil spill at the head of the Persian Gulf, first reported Friday as IO miles long, was washing up on Saudi beaches 70 miles away on Saturday.
NBU rates on agenda
New Braunfels City Council Monday night will discuss the third and final reading of an ordinance increasing the New Braunfels Utilities water and sewer rales. On Jan. 14. council voted 4-3 to approve the second read ing of the ordinance as several coun-cilmcnibcrs said they wanted the rate request to be lower NBU first sought to raise watci rates by an aver age of 48 percent but
council approved an increase of 41 percent Jan. 14. Sewer rate* were to
increase 27 percent, but council decreased that to 26.97 percent.
Also on Monday’s agenda is a discussion with the director of the Alamo Area Council of Governments, who ii expected to explain to council why the city should continue to belong to the
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Care Fair set for February
Local agencies concerned about the quality of life for children and families in Comal County will participate in “It’s a Family Care Fair" in February,
“The purpose is for the service organizations and agencies to get to know each other and their services better and for the townspeople to know what the services are,’’ said Claudette Doherty of Agencies United For Child Abuse Prevention, a
sponsor of the fair. Texas Department of Human Services is another
Tile fair will be Saturday, Feb. 9, from IO a m. to 4 p.m. at Holy Family Hall. 245 S. Hidalgo Ave. in New Braunfels.
The fair will give local agencies an opportunity to “network” and learn what services arc offered in Comal County.
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Environmentalists believe the seafood-rich estuary may have suffered heavy, long-term damage The mideast spill threatens a manatee -1 ike creature, the dugong. which is an endangered mammal species Also unpen led are humpback. spotted, spinner and false killer whales, along with endangered olive Ridley tunics.
Saudi military officials said the spill began after Hussein's forces apparently turned on pumps at the Sea Island terminal. IO miles offshore from Kuwait’s mam petroleum refinery and loading complex at Al Ahmadi, just south of Kuwait City.
"He is a madman He is an environmental criminal." said Dr Brent Bl ack we Ider of Washington. Friends of the Earth vice president for policy "He does not care about innocent people or what be does to the land and w Mer on w hich these people live.**
He said the Kuwait! spill, although massive, "is just the drop in the bucket’’ in Hussein's arsenal of environmental terrorism "He can release an Exxon Valdez disaster every week or month." said Black welder. "He is in control of oil facilities including storage tanks, hundreds of producing wells, refineries and tankers in the northern Gulf.
"As a result of his environmental tenon sm, we would see total destruc-uon of the Persian Gulf, turning it into adead seaCop DARES 'graduates9 to say no
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Editor
Catholic Schools Week
Students and others at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School and Church will celebrate Catholic Schools Week, which begins today and will include such activities as a flag ceremony, a tree planting, a scavenger hunt, and prayer circle for peace (Photo by Erik Kartsson)
The first group of students in Comal and New Braunfels mdependcnt school districts to graduate from the DARF, program now are equipped wit1, the ability to say “no” to drug* "We give them not only the reason to say, ‘no’ we tell them why and how,” said instructor Cpl. Robert Owens of the New Braunfels Police Department DARE, or Drug Abuse Resistance Education, was first instituted in Comal, Carl Schurt and Seele elementary schools in 1990. Students finishing the 17-wcck course now are graduating in separate ceremonies. Graduation ceremonies last week were dedicated to former New Braun Bm DARE. Pag* >A