New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 6, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Senator plans filibuster against flag resolution
AUSTIN (AP) — A possible filibuster awaits a resolution to exempt desecration of the flag from the constitutional protection of free speech. “I can’t filibuster the whole weekend by myself, but I’ll do what I can,” Sen. Craig Washington said.
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State ponders questions in school funding case
AUSTIN (AP) — After a lively session of oral arguments before the Texas Supreme Court on the lawsuit challenging the state’s method of funding public schools, lawmakers and state officials tried to discern what the court will decide based on the questions they
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Vol. 137, No. 169
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
July 6, 1989 25 Cents
One Section, 12 Pages
River outfitters report disappointing holiday
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
River outfitters along River Road were disappointed with business during the Fourth of July weekend, a weekend that is usually one of the biggest business opportunities for the outfitters during the year.
“We’ve had busier regular weekends,” said Bill Perkins of Rio Raft Company and River Valley Campground. “All the cottages and campgrounds were full, but we saw less than half of the rental equipment go out.”
Perkins credited low river flow and flooding in oilier areas of the state to slower business.
“We’re still putting people out and they’re still having a good time,” he said.
Bud Bond of Little Ponderosa Rentals said his Fourth of July business was considerably off.
“The people have decided to go somewhere else,” he said, “lf we had consistently good water, business would be steadier. We get several phone calls from people asking what the river flow is. Now people arc educated: they know what ‘cubic feet per second’ means. When we say the river is flowing 114 cfs, they know it’s low.”
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Prank calls end in man’s arrest
Members of the National Little League Intermediate All-Star team salute the flag during Wednesday's pre game ceremonies at the American Little League field. Josh Voight, Andy Holtman and
Daniel Puhls (left to right in picture at right) and their American League teammates went on to an 11-2 victory in the All-Star game. For more details, see Page 9. (Photos by Deryl Clark)
Few tickets given out under new boating law
Boaters across the state had to be careful of how much alcohol they consumed during the Fourth of July weekend because of recent legislation which gives law enforcement officials tools to properly enforce the law prohibiting persons from operating a boat while intoxicated.
According to Dexter Harris, boating law administrator for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, few tickets were given out for boating while intoxicated.
“There have been some arrests through the state,” he said. “Some arc under investigation where accidents were involved. All the publicity really helped. The people operating the boats were in good shape.”
Enforcement of the law is difficult for officials because of a lack of equipment.
“We don’t have any equipment as far as running any breath test. As any new law, it will be difficult to get started on. We thought it would go into effect Sept. I, not July I,” Harris said.
Harris said the department is working on an interagency agreement with the Department of Public Safety to obtain the proper test equipment.
In the meantime, law enforcement officials are patrolling the waters to watch for safety violations. Any peace officer can arrest and ticket persons whose blood alcohol levels exceeds 0. IO.
Comal County Game Warden Bob Wofford said he did
Officials offer suggestions for keeping lawns watered
A 21-year-old Bulverde man was arrested Wednesday and charged with five counts of telephone harassment after allegedly calling five women and making obscene statements, says a Comal County sheriff’s office detective.
“What turned out to be a joke turned out to be some pretty serious business,” said detective Richard Alvarez. “One complainant had a phone trap and from there I was able k> track down the* defendant.”
After receiving a court order and subpoenaing records at Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative Alvarez said he traced the phone calls to the residence where .Samuel J. Vail,
HC 51 Box 1332, lives.
Vail turned himself in to authorities Wednesday at 3:40 p.m. Bond has been set at $300 for each charge. Telephone harassment is a Class B misdemeanor.
“This involved several victims that were called and harassed numerous times and they all lived within the same subdivision — Oak Village North,” Alvarez said.
Hic subdivision is off FM 1863 in Bulverde. Vail was choosing listed numbers in the Bulverde phone directory to call, Alvarez said.
“You may get away with it once or twice but sooner or later you’re going to get caught,” Alvarez said.
First offenders can pay fines between $100 and $1,000 and serve up to 180 days in jail. Second-time offenders receive fines between $300 and $2,000 with jail time up to one year. Offenders who break the boating while intoxicated law three or more times can spend as many as five years in prison.
not give any tickets for boating while intoxicated on Canyon Lake during the weekend.
“We haven’t had a whole lot of pioblcms with it,” he said.
Tile new law went into effect July I. Although it has been illegal since 195V to operate a boat while intoxicated, prosecutions have been scarce because of legal technicalities.
The new law, authored by Sen. Carl Parker (D-Port Arthur) and sponsored by House Rep. Barry Connelly (R-Houston), makes operation of a moving vessel while under the influence of alcohol more than 0.10 blood alcohol a violation of the Water Safety Act. Stricter penalties were
Scientists test system to verify arms control
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MOSCOW (AP) — American scientists proclaimed success today in a pioneering experiment to detect the presence of a nuclear warhead aboard a Soviet warship in the Black Sea.
The success of die experiment, ii confirmed by other scientists, could bolster Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev’s argument that it is possible to verify the presence of nuclear weapons aboard ships and submarines.
“It was very successful,” said Tom Cochran, an American physicist with lite Natural Resource Defense Council, a liberal Washington group that organized the experiment with the
During the heat of the summer, residents may be tempted to water their lawns more to help it retain its lush appearance despite warnings from local officials that water conservation is a must during these dry times.
The Texas Water Development Board estimates that more than half the water used by homeowners in the summer is for lawn watering. Half of this water used for landscape watering is wasted, according to the Texas Agricultural Extension Service.
The Texas Water Development Board has provided lips on watering to help curtail water wastage and to avoid needless water use.
“Importantly, following the instructions will not adversely affect the condition or appearance of a lawn; homeowners will simply save money and help the state conserve its already limited water supplies and protect water quality,” said T. James Fries, chief of the Texas Water Development Board water uses, projections and conservation section.
Soil type will help to determine how much waler a resident’s lawn will need. Lawns on sandy soil
require more frequent watering than lawns on loam or clay soils.
“In Comal County, we have mainly clay loam soils west of the Edwards Escarpment,” said Carl Englerth, district conservationist of the Soil Conservation Service. “East of the escarpment, we have heavier clay soils.” Residents who landscaped their yards with a different soil than what was already there need to consider that soil as well.
“Those who landscaped with clay loam have water conservation in hand,” Englerth said. “It retains moisture for longer periods of lime.” Residents also need to consider the slope of the landscape when watering. On heavily sloping areas, sprinklers should be placed near the top of the slope. Texas Water Development officials recommend applying water slowly for 5 to 15 minutes, stopping for 15 minutes, and water for 5 to 15 minutes, etc., until the correct amount is applied.
TWD also recommend slow-release nitrogen fertilizers which help plants use less water. A lawn fertilizer
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The best time to water lawns is in early morning with a sprinkler that sprays large drops instead of a fine mist.
Soviet state Academy of Sciences.
Bul it remains possible for either side to hide weapons or shield diem against detection by the type of devices used Wednesday, Cochran said.
Washington has balked at Soviet demands that the proposed Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which would cut superpower atomic arsenals by 30 percent to 50 percent, include a curb on nuclear-tipped cruise missiles aboard submarines.
U.S. Navy officers say they will not allow Soviets aboard American sub-
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Palestinian forces bus into ravine
ABU GHOSH, Israel (AP) — A Palestinian shouting “Allahu Akbar” grabbed the steering wheel of a crowded bus today, forcing it off the road into a deep ravine, police said. Eleven people were reported killed and 23 injured.
Police Commissioner David Kraus said the bus caught fire and that other victims were believed trapped inside. The gutted bus lay on its roof about 180 feet down a slope from the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway.
“He (the Arab) yelled something and grabbed the wheel. The bus tumbled into ravine, flipped over and caught fire,” Police Minister Chaim Bar-Lcv told reporters at the scene.
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir said on the radio: “This is a shocking disaster, the fruit of a disgusting mind, hate-filled. We have reached the height of madness, a product of flowing hatred (engendered) by endless incitement.”
Witnesses said the rcd-and-whitc bus of the slate Egged company, which seats about 50 people, was full.
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The rest of die week, and into the weekend, will be hot and humid just like it has been all week. Today’s high was expected lo reach the upper 90s with the low tonight dropping to the mid 70s. There is a chance of scattered afternoon thundershowers through the weekend, which will sec highs near HK! and lows from the mid to high 70s Conserve water.
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The American Legion executive board will meet at 7 p.m. today at Comal Post 179. The auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m. The general membership and wives arc invited to installation of officers at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served by Woodroe Jonas....
The free Concert in the Park tonight at Landa Park will feature the sounds of New Braunfels* own Clay Blaker and the Texas Honky Tonk Band. Take your picnic supper, blanket and your dancin’ shoes to the concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Remember, no glass containers are allowed. The concerts are sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department and Miller Wholesale Beer....
The two Magical Child Creative Clay workshops at Buck Pottery in June raised approximately $9(X) to benefit the New Braunfels Children’s Museum. The Bucks present die workshops each year to .help out the non-profit museum. Just a reminder, clay creations await those who created them at Buck Pottery. Please pick them up....
Ihe July 13 Circle Arts Theatre production of Brigadoon, will benefit the Children’s Museum. Members of the museum can call die museum at 620-0939 to reserve your tickets. The museum also is offering a free babysitting service for members that night; call the museum to let them know' you plan to leave your youngsters there.
Meanwhile, the New Braunfels Children’s Museum continues its Discovery Scries next week with a German class taught by Edda Buchner Wednesday and Thursday.
I here are still a few spaces left in the class; call 620-0939 to reserve a space and register the morning of die class at 9 a.m. If youngsters want to participate only in art classes, such as woodworking, stained glass making or watercolor, they may do that also. Classes are from 9:30 to 11 a ni. both days....
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