New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 14, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
State leaders expect vote on workers’ comp soon
AUSTIN (AP) — Legislative leaders said the House and Senate will vote Saturday or Sunday on a workers’ compensation bill and send it to Gov. Bill Clements.
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Chet Edwards joins race for nomination
AUSTIN (AP) — State Sen. Chet Edwards says his bid for the Democratic lieutenant governor’s nomination will be an uphill Fight against his primary election opponent, Comptroller Bob Bullock. 4 ^ ^
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Tip leads deputies to field
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
An anonymous tip led Comal County sheriff’s office detectives Thursday to three alleged marijuana growers — living along River Road — marking the second time in 14 days officials have harvested marijuana in the county.
“These people who are growing marijuana arc just doing it for a habit,” said Lt. Rudy Rubio. “Our job is more of a necessity. We have to do this.”
Rubio discussed the importance .of drug tips to help wage a war against drugs as Detective Richard Alvarez and Deputy Sheriff David Ott cut and bagged the marijuana plants they confiscated Thursday at die River Road trailer, approximately seven miles from the gate house.
Randy Rasmussen, 34, Mark Myers, 38, and Elaine Meckel, 49, all of NCR 3 Box 795 remain in the Comal County jail on charges of possession of marijuana more than four ounces, less than five pounds, in lieu of $10,(KXI bond each.
The plants — identified as marijuana — were growing in a garden full of
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Babe Ruth All Stars outlast Luling, 8-4
LULING — The New Braunfels 14- and 15-year-old Babe Ruth team jumped out to an early lead and q c 'mg 8-4 in the first game of the all-irsday night.
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PUC rejects complaint filed by lake area group
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By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
The Public Utility Commission dismissed a complaint Thursday filed by the Canyon Lake Arca Citizens Association requesting that the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority apply for a certificate of convenience and necessity for an intcrconcction between the Canyon Lake hydroelectric plant and a Pedemalcs Electric Cooperative transmission line.
PUC accepted Hearing Examiner Becky Bruner’s recommendations that the complaint be dismissed because the interconnection and die intcrconcction facilties arc part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s license on federal land, the
interconnection is on the project site, and the interconnection has no adverse affect on New Braunfels Utilities ratepayers and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.
“ll was time to conludc this long, protracted and, for the most part, unnecessary hearing,” said David Wclsch, director of planning and development. “I expected it. I wanted it to end. We feel the commission made the proper decision in dismissing the complaint.”
Robert Sohn, general manager for New Braunfels Utilities, indicated he felt the same way.
“I really feel good about it,” he said. “Even if the commission ruled they had jurisdiction, it wouldn’t have
Regulators take control of SASA
Comal County Sheriffs Detective Richard Alvarez, left, Deputy David Ott harvested several marijuana plants on River Road Thursday after the sheriffs department received an anonymous tip. (Photo by Stephanie Davis)
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first drop in 18 months
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale prices fell 0.1 per- Because food and energy prices swing widely from
The action of federal regulators placing San Antonio Savings Association in receivership Thursday will not affect the branch bank in New Braunfels, bankers say.
“The depositors have absolute access to their money. It’s totally transparent,” said David Colgren, director of public affairs, Federal Home Loan Bank in Dallas. “It doesn’t affect them in anyway.”
SASA’s New Braunfels branch President George Et ben directed all questions to Colgren this mornings.
Colgren said the only difference for
depositors is SASA will experience a name change — San Antonio Savings Association F.A., standing for Federal Association. All of SASA’s deposits, assets and offices will be transferred to this newly created federal institution.
The savings and loan had been declared insolvent in early 1989 and placed under a joint conservatorship program of the FSL1C and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Action taken Thursday will conserve assets, eventual cost to the FSLIC in resolving the thrift and protect insured deposits.
SASA has 52 offices in Texas.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale prices fell 0.1 percent in June, the first drop in 18 months, driven down by steep declines in energy and food prices, the government said today.
The slight decline in the Labor Department’s Producer Price Index suprised most economists, who were expecting a moderate increase of 0.3 percent, and marked a sharp turnaround from the big 0.9 percent jump in May.
Energy costs, which had soared more than 20 percent over the first five months of the year, fell 3.1 percent in June, the biggest drop in three years.
Food prices fell 0.8 percent, the steepest in a year and a half, reversing an identical increase in May.
Despite the overall decline, economists were likely to read mixed signals from the June report because goods other than food and energy rose 0.7 percent, the largest increase since October 1986.
Because food and energy prices swing widely from month to month and arc less influenced by the economy as a whole, analysts look to the inflation rate of other gcxxls as an indicator of underlying inflationary pressures in the economy.
In a separate report today, the government said retail sales fell 0.4 percent in June — their first monthly back-to-back drop in more than two years — as consumer spending remained sluggish, particularly for cars and other more costly durable goods.
The Commerce Department said sales dropped to a seasonally adjusted $140.8 billion last month following a 0.1 percent decline in May. The May figure was revised downward from an 0.1 percent increase originally reported last month. Sales had risen 0.4 percent in April and 0.1 percent in March.
Representative agrees on flag-burning ban
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A petition with 1,300 signatures will be hand-delivered today to U.S. Speaker of the House Tom Foley in Washington asking Congress to pass a Constitutional amendment lo protect the U.S. flag, said U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith today.
“People rightly feel strongly about this issue simply because of what the flag stands for,” Smith said in an interview at the llerald '/^eitun#. “I
obviously agree with them.”
ITie Supreme Court recently ruled flag-burning is protected under the First Amendment right to free speech. President George Bush has called for a constitutional amendment to that decision. •
The flag stands alone and is unique, said Smith, who represents die 21 st
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Program aids fight against drug abuse
Getting in tune
'Blanks to a new program, local parents and teens now have a way to fight drug abuse in New Braunfels and the Smithson Valley arca.
Dr. Joe Vicars and his wife Roy Ann presented the program Thursday before the Community Drug Awareness Committee meeting in the Canyon Lake Action Center. Tile program Peer Assistance Leadership and Support is based at Smithson Valley High School and is designed to train students to help other students deal with problems, particular drug and alcohol abuse.
PALS involves taking students to Starlitc Village Hospital in Center Point for a two-day training seminar on alcohol and drug abuse. There they attend classes focusing on alcohol and drug abuse and mingle with some of the patients there.
“You realize they are just normal people," said PALS participant Holly Daniels. “When they really open up to you, you realize, ‘I don’t have any kinds of problems like these people have.’ ”
Daniels said the group focuses on three principles: PALS participants cannot ‘fix’ the students, confidentiality is a must, and PALS participants are not counselors but friends.
Vicars explained the basic concept of the group is “Be the friend you
would like to have,” and the group’s message to local students is “Lean on me.”
A similar program for parents began when several parents of the PALS students inquired about what their children were doing. Mrs. Vicars started the training program for parents to help diem understand.
“We talk about problems with our children and we share with each other,” she said.
While the students are meeting and going through such training exercises as communication techniques, listening techniques, role playing and working on problems, the parents arc meeting and going through the same exercises. Although they arc working separately, the parents and students are learning how to communicate with each other and with their peers.
“One important Uiing we need to learn to do is to listen,” Mrs. Vicars said,
PALS is not restricted to Smithson Valley High School, and will soon be able to offer services to Smithson Valley Middle School, Bulverde Elementary School and Mountain Valley Middle School.
The middle school program will be designed so PALS from the middle
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Greater New Braunfels Arts Council, thanks to a grant from the Union Pacific Railroad Company, presented the works of pianist Janet de Chambrier, left, and soprano Elisabeth Braden, to residents of Eden Heights Apartments Thursday afternoon. Braden, who has a master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music, has recently performed Verdi's “Un Ballo in Maschera” and “The Merry Widow” with the Virginia Opera and “Carmen" with the New York
done anything. It just would have caused unnecessary time and expense.”
According to Carol Kingsbury Ottmer, public counsel for the commission, the case was dismissed with prejudice which means a complaint cannot be filed on the same issues again. She did say that a rehearing could be requested by CL AC A.
CLACA members anticipate filing for a rehearing within the 15- day requirement after the final order has been signed.
PUC started the final order meeting Thursday morning in order to make a decision in the case. After hearing the
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It’s another hot day in New Braunfels. The high will be near UK) degrees with the overnight low dropping to 78 degrees. There is a slight chance for scattered showers. The weekend will be partly cloudy and hot with the highs in the mid- to upper-90s and the lows in the uppcr-70s.
A brand new Comal ISD Community Ed class has been scheduled — learn how to decorate a pair of men’s boxer shorts with buttons and bows, lace, strips and paint splatters. There will be many decorating ideas from which to choose. The class will meet July 18 and 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Canyon High School and is for ages 15 and older. All decorating materials will be furnished for the first class; bring a pair of white men’s boxer shorts to the first class.
Deborah Behrens Fcssler will teach two Jewelry Making classes for the CI SD Community Education program. Jewelry Making I will begin July 18 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Canyon High School. Learn basic working techniques of construction and design layout. Jewelry Making Skills, Advanced, will cover wax casting. The class starts July 19 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Class size is limited.
For more information or to register for these classes, call Community Education at 625-8081....
The United States Census Bureau is looking for some temporary workers. Representatives of the bureau will be in the grand jury room at the Comal County Courthouse July 21 at IO a.m. and at 2 p.m.. Applicants should be 18 years old or older and should bring a driver’s license, Social Security card and be ready to fill out some paperwork and take a test....
More than 900 pint-sized guests of honor have been invited to a gigantic birthday party Sunday at Village Oaks Regional Hospital. Most of the honored guests have never met, but they all have something in common: They were bom at Village Oaks.
It is all part of a birthday party and open house to celebrate the beginning of the hospital's fifth year of delivering babies in north-
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City Opera. The official accompanist for the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera regional auditions, de Chambrier teaches Italian, French, and German diction and literature at Metropolitan State College. She has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. The Union Pacific Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Union Pacific Corporation. (Photos by Deryl Clark)