New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 13, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Senator: Parimutuel racing in starting gate by the fall
AUSTIN (AP) — Parimutuel horse racing in Texas should get out of the gate on schedule, even without legislation to clean up some legal problems, says the chief Senate author of the racing act.
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White era ends with Cowboy’s retirement
IRVING (AP) — Danny White, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback of the 1980s, retired Wednesday after a 13-year NFL career. White is the most accurate passer in club history and holds 11 team records.
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Area businesses show customers appreciation
Arca businesses this week are showing their appreciation to their valued customers. Sec our special section chock full of bargains that can’t be beat.
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Vol. 137, No. 174
707 Lancia St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
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District sets hearing on drilling test wells
New Braunfels police are looking for a Latin male who pulled a knife on a Wal-Mart employee July 6 during an attempt to steal car stereo equipment. The 19- to 23-year-old entered the Wal-Mart store, 1081 Interstate 35 E., shoplifted the equipment by removing it from its original package and concealed it inside the front of his pants. Once outside the store, the suspect was confronted by a store employe who had observed the theft. The suspect turned and ran, heading toward Walnut Avenue and into a vacant field behind That's Entertainment. The male then pulled a knife on the employee. The suspect fled in an unknown direction. He is described as 160 pounds, 5-feet 8-inches tall, with a medium complexion, dark hair and possible light mustache. Persons with information about the robbery should call Crime Stoppers at 620-TIPS or Detective Mario Guerrero at 625-7181.
Trustees vote for rehearing
The Edwards Underground Water District invites local residents to a public hearing tonight to discuss a New Braunfels drilling project that will allow geologists to conduct a water quality investigation of saline water in the Edwards Aquifer.
“The objectives of the project arc to characterize and monitor the bad water lines,” said EUWD geologist John Hoyt. ‘‘To do that we wanted to pick some areas where we feel that there could possibly be movement of a saline water zone.”
A transect of wells will be constructed and once in place will be used for long-term monitoring of the potential movement of sal inc water into freshwater portions of the Edwards Aquifer during periods of drought and increased water demands in the future.
Drilling at three sites in New Braunfels will begin next week. The combined drilling time is expected to last through December 1989.
‘‘We felt that (New Braunfels) is one of the more interesting areas of a bad water line plus possibly an arca, if there’s ever movement of a saline zone, that would be one of the more promising places to look for it,” Hoyt said.
The focus of the project is to collect information that will help the district to preserve the gtxxl quality water of the Edwards Aquifer.
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Outlined are the three proposed sites for test wells in New Braunfels
New Braunfels Unities trustees approved a request to the Public Unities Commission for a rehearing of the lx>wcr Colorado rate case Wednesday night in a special meeting.
General Manager Bob Sohn said NBU is not alone in its request for a rehearing. The Cities of Haileyville and Gonzales, along with Dewitt Electric Cooperative, Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative and San Bernard Electric Cooperative have indicated they might also File for a rehearing.
The issue began June 22 when the PUC voted in favor of a rate increase for LCRA wholesale customers totalling an estimated $19 million. The commission voted against facilties credit which allowed for differentia-
Shelter to expand facility
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Comal County Emergency Children’s Shelter board of directors unanimously voted Wednesday night to expand its facility so more funding from the Stale of Texas can be secured to ensure the shelter’s survival.
“We’re going to expand because the need is there,” said shelter administrator Patti Barlow. “And we’re going to expand because the (new) license will give us the increased income we need to survive."
The shelter, created in 1987 and located on West Bridge Street, houses a maximum of six children, and receives $11 per day from the State of Texas for each child.
When the shelter expands to serve up to 13 children, the state will pay
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tion of rates based on the customers’ investments in transmission and substation equipment. LCRA saves more money by supplying customers who have made these investments than to those who have not.
Another issue the PUC voted down was rate differentiation for transmission lines. Again, LCRA docs not have to pay as much to supply customers who have invested in 138 kilovolt (KV) transmission lines that it does to customers who have only 69 KV transmission lines.
NBU has $10.4 million invested in transmission lines and substation equipment. The local utility company also uses >38 KV transmission lines.
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PUC considering issue of hydroelectric deal
Ihe question about an interconnection agreement concerning the hydroelectric project at Canyon Dam among the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, New Braunfels Utilities, Pedcmales Electric Cooperative and the Lower Colorado River Authority is before the Public Utilities Commission for the third time today in Austin.
The commission remanded the issue to the hearings division of the state regulatory agency on Nov. 9,
1988, to consider the physical location of die interconnection and interconnection facilities. The hearings division also was ordered to determine any effect on die ratepayers by die agreement.
The New Braun/els Herald-Zeitung reported al the tine that this agreement was made part of GBRA’s amended Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license by an FERO order issued June 20, 1988.
Patti Barlow, administrator of the Comal County Emergency Children’s Shelter, said the shelter needs more funding in order to expand and ensure the shelter's survival (Photo by Deryl Clark)
The issue stems from a complaint filed by die Canyon l^ike Arca Citizens Association which stales OBRA must obtain a certificate of convenience and necessity for a transmission line to connect the hydro plant to the City of New Braunfels.
According to David Wclsch, director of planning and development for OBRA, CLACA filed the complaint
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Lawmakers closing in on accord
AUSTIN (AP) — Lawmakers said diey have reached a tentative agreement on overhauling the state workers’ compensation system, but admitted die proposed reform probably would not reduce employer-paid workers’comp rates.
Businesses, the major force behind the push to change the system, have complained of workers’ comp insurance rate increases of 148 percent over the past four years.
Ll. Gov. Bill Hobby said he didn’t know if the proposal would reduce workers’ comp insurance rales. “Nobody can predict,” Hobby said Wednesday.
House Speaker Gib Lewis said, “I think you’re going to see an increase in October regardless of what we pass here in the Legislature.
“'Ihe only thing we can hope for is by this legislative action on this work-
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It’s another hot day with the high temperature reaching IOO degrees. The low will drop to 76
degrees tonight. Winds will be out
of the south at IO to 15 miles per hour. Friday will be another hot day with the high at 98 degrees and the low at 76 degrees. There is a slight chance for isolated showers.
Comal County Republican Men’s Club will host a breakfast with 21 st District U.S. Rep.
Lamar Smith Friday from 8 to 9 a.m. at Krause’s Cafe.
All interested persons arc invited to have breakfast with the representative....
Comal County is blessed with a long growing season. The warm mild days of the fall season are perfect for most common garden vegetables. Tonight, Dr. Jerry Parsons, extension vegetable specialist from San Antonio, will be in New Braunfels for tile Fall Vegetable Garden Program. 3he program will be at Comal County Extension Service meeting room at 1115 N. Walnut at 7:30 p.m.
Ihe program is free to die gen eral public. Topics to be covered will include cultural practices, vat icty selection and care and maintenance of die home garden. As usual, Dr. Parsons will be lively and entertaining and should provide some measure of education....
It’s loo hot to do anything else, so head on over to Landa Park tonight for the free Concert in the Park widi music by County Line. The music starts about 7 p.m. and you’re welcome to bring the whole family, all your friends, and lots of food and drink. Remember, no glass containers. The concerts arc sponsored by the New Braun fels Parks and Recreation Department arid Miller Wholesale Beer, They’ll be ending in August, so don’t miss out,...
The deadline is fast approaching to sign up for the one-year vocational nursing program offered by St. Philip’s College, in affiliation with McKenna Memorial Hospital. The program, under the supervision of Gary Stogsdill, is accepting applications for the 1989 fall semester. Deadline to applications is Aug. 3. Classes arc conducted at McKenna; for more information, call 625-9111, extension 244....
Parents Without Partners will have a birthday/hot tub adult social Saturday at 8 p.m. All single parents of any age are invited to join for conversation, music, and relaxation at 1036 Spnnghill Drive. Cost is $2 and a bag of munchies. Call Cindy Carter at 629-6846 for more information. BYOB, swimsuit and towel....
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NBU budget has rate hike
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
New Braunfels Utilities customers may see increases in their utility bills next year if the board of trustees approves an operating budget for the 1989-90 fiscal year at its next regular meeting.
The new budget includes increases in electric revenues and water revenues which come partly because of rate increases. Jeff Thompson, NBU’s director of administrative and financial services, said during a special board meeting Thursday NBU customers could see additional charges for electric and water rate increases.
If approved, the new electric rate increase will go
into effect Oct. 2. Thompson said it is the first time in more than two years the board has raised the rate. This rate hike will bring in around $1.2 million annually, of which NBU will receive approximately half, while customers will see their average monthly bills increase by SI .75.
Again, if approved by the board, the new water rate increase will go into effect January 1990. This increase will bring in around $240,000 in additional revenue. Average monthly bills will go up by $1.25.
Not considered in all of this is the impact of the Public Utilty Commission’s decision to raise the Lower Colorado River Authority’s wholesale rates
without allowing credit for investment in transmission lines or voltage differentiation. When asked a question by resident David Wallace, Thompson said the rates could be affected by as much as another $1.2 million, increasing the already increased financial burden on NBU customers to $2.65 million.
“We need the money to do the kind of projects we need to do over the next year,” Thomspon said. “We need to put money back in the system. He reminded customers NBU has not raised the rates in two and a half years. He also said NBU lowered
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