New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 20, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
176 survive flaming crash of United DC-10
A SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A United DC-10 with 293 people flew 50 miles after parts of the plane fel off, then crashed during an emergency landing and cartwheeled in a ball of fire. Yet many walked away from the flaming wreckage and at least 176 survived.
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Drainage project threatens 49 oak trees in Seguin
SEGUIN (AP) — A citizens group says it’s upset the City Council is going ahead with a plan to destroy a grove of oak trees for a city drainage project despite the presentation of an opposition petition bearing 339 signatures.
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Board extends rangers’ pact
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
The Water Oriented Recreation District board of directors once again extended the river rangers’ contract for another four weeks during its regular board meeting Wednesday.
“I feel we have done more good (by having the river ranger program) than if we never had someone reporting back to us,” said WORD Administrator Betty Walls.
Several board members expressed appreciation for the job the river rangers do every weekend.
But, som local outfitters are still concerned about the river rangers program. One outfitter said he did not like the idea of the rangers coming on his property and telling him what to do.
Mark Kypfer, a representative of the newly-formed Guadalupe River Association, aired his concerns about the ranger program to the board Wednesday.
The rangers were re-hired for the next four weekends at a salary of
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Officials probe home burglaries
Two Comal County homes were burglarized this week by unknown parties who entered the homes through broken windows.
Anna Banz, who lives off F.M. 2722, reported a July 19 burglary in which two air conditioners were stolen. Chief Deputy Wayne Hohcrz said the resident is still checking to sec if anything else was taken.
A mobile home on Old Bear
Creek Road belonging to Mattie Wackwitz was burglarized sometime July 18 or 19 by an unknown person or persons who entered the premises by throwing a rock through a window and breaking it.
“It’s undetermined as to what was taken,” Hohcrz said.
He said sheriff’s department officials did not know if the two incidents were related.
Tax refund up
State Comptroller Bob Bullock said this week that local sales tax rebates across the state continued to climb this month, increasing by 12 percent over last year’s July payments.
“National economic indicators seem to be showing a slowdown, but the trend in Texas remains upward,” Bullock said. “Our diversifying cco-
President launches space plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush, marking the 20th anniversary of man’s first step on the moon, today called for establishing tm American base there in the 21 st Century to be followed by a manned mission to Mars.
Bush offered no firm timetable or price tag for a daring program he said would take the nation “back lo the moon, back to the future, and this time back to stay.
“Then a journey into tomorrow,” he proposed, “A journey to another planet, a manned mission to Mars,” at least 35 million miles away.
In a ceremony from the steps of the National Air and Space Museum, the president reasserted the goal of establishing Space Station Freedom in the 1990s, the necessary first step to the moon and Mars.
The technological hurdles of getting to Mars could be matched by political ones, however. At a time of huge budget deficits, Congress already is balking at the start-up costs for the $30-billion space station, and it is the essential first step to the moon and Mars.
Bush was flanked on the outdoor museum stage by the three men who flew aboard Apollo ll two decades ago. Each of them urged the nation forward in space.
“We have rested on our Apollo laurels long enough. It’s time to get moving again,” said one of them, Michael Collins..
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Aquifer dips, Stage III plan started in city
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Residents may face fines up to $200 for wasting water during Stage III
of the conservation plan. Watering lawns is permitted only on designated days outlined in the plan. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
Voluntary water conservation is a dream now that the Edwards Aquifer has dipped below 621 feet above mean sea level, the mark designated by city ordinance to put the City of New Braunfels in Stage III of the water conservation plan.
High temperatures and lack of rain have been attributed to the declining waters of the Edwards Aquifer.
In Stage III, residents need to be aware they can be issued citations for watering on the wrong days or letting water run onto the streets or pavement. Violations of the ordinance could result in fines of not less than $50 and no more than $200.
“They need to know they can be fined up to $2(X) for water in die street or watering on the wrong days," Mayor Doug Miller said. “Those with automatic sprinklers arc going to need to pay attention.”
Stage III went into effect when the Panther Canyon test well measured 621 feet amsl. The level dropped to
Grand jury indicts 13
nomic base should ensure that we continue to do well.”
Bullock added that Texas’ economic growth is becoming apparent in almost every sector of the economy.
“Oil and gas, construction, banking and real estate appear to have bot-
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Four men were indicted on charges of burglary while three other individuals were indicted on charges of possessing a controlled substance Wednesday by a Comal County grand jury. A total of 13 indictments were handed down by the jury.
Adam Bencvides, 20, of Cedar Creek, Texas, was indicted in two separate charges of burglary of a habitation.
Co-defendants Pedro Garcia, 24, and Fernando Ramos, 22, were also indicted for burglary of a habitation. Both men arc from San Antonio.
David Kent, 26, of Houston was indicted for a charge of burglary of a non-habitation. Enhancement means that Kent has served time in a penitentiary before, and as a
result he could receive a stiffer sentence for the current charge.
Rcynardo Scnia, 36, was indicted on one charge of possession of a controlled substance and one charge of [his session of a weapon by a felon.
Edgar Beck, 30, of Canyon l^ikc and Susan Dinn, 27, of San Antonio were indicted for possesion of a controlled substance by the grand jury.
Other indictments include:
• Carl Brantley, 24, DW1 subsequent, San Antonio.
• Santos Montoya, 44, DW 1,158 E. Commerce.
• William DeWar, 18, attempted burglary of a habita-
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Edwards board delays decision
The Edwards Underground Water District failed to make a decision after deliberating for three hours about participating in a Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority lawsuit, said EUWD Genera) Manager Gordon Clarke.
The suit is seeking a declaratory judgment giving the Texas Water Commission regulatory authority over the Edwards Aquifer.
“What we really did was conduct further discussion of the various issues brought out in the lawsuit,” Clarke said. ‘There arc a lot of regional sensitivities to these issues.”
Clarke said die district may make a decision over the next several weeks.
GBRA filed the lawsuit in Hays County District Court June 15 after the 71st Legislature failed to work out a compromise between two opposing sides of a proposed water management plan. GBRA officials maintain the Edwards Aquifer is a tributary of die Guadalupe River and an underground stream. As such, they say, it should be under the permitting power of die Texas Water Commission.
The Edwards Aquifer is the prime source of domestic, recreation, industrial and agricultural water in Comal, Bexar, Hays, Uvalde and Medina
NB students score above CAT average
Students in the New Braunfels Independent School District scored well above the national level on the California Achievement Tests, say two NBISD education directors.
“In all content areas and at all grade levels, students who took the CAT performed above the national norms of the 50th percentile," said Elementary Education Director Linda Schlather and Secondary Education Director Anita Stipnieks. “This means that the average student who attends NBISD performs belter than his or her peers at the national level.”
Students in grades 2, 4, 6, 7 and 8 took the achievement test during the
last school year. Students arc tested on reading skills, language and mathematics.
Of particular interest to die education directors and the trustees was the performance of die second and fourth graders. NBISD second graders did well on the language mechanics and concept and applications in mathematics portions of die test. Fourth graders scored well on language expression and mathematics computation. According to die lest scores, both groups perform well in comprehension skills.
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620.92 feet amsl today. Controlled outside watering is an important aspect of this stage. Residents and businesses at cven-numbcrcd addresses can water only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays while those at odd-numl>ercd addresses can water only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Violations to this rule will result in fines and an appearance in municipal court.
Stage III is also geared toward cl: minating all unnecessary industrial waste.
Activities from Stages I and II arc included in this stage. Stage I activi ties include educational programs, coordination of group activities, deve lopmcnt of special water use provisions for recreational areas and tourist attractions annul general efforts to discourage waste and improve efficiency in the use of water.
Voluntary activities of Stage ll arc careful use of all residential, conman cia! and industrial water, installation of water reduction devices, re See CONSERVE, Page 2
Sunny, hot and dry conditions will continue for the next couple of days. Today’s high will be around 98 degrees. The overnight low tonight should drop to 70 degrees. On Friday, the high will be 95 degrees. There’s an increasing chance for rain Saturday after noon. Weekend temperatures will be in the 90s for die highs and 70s for the lows.
The United States Census Bureau is about to start another operation in the area and needs some more tcm[X)rary employees.
A representative will be at Comal County Courthouse Grand Jury room Friday at IO a.m. and at 2 p.m. to interview applicants and administer tests. Applicants must be older than 18 and are required to bring a driver’s license and social security card.
Another session will be held July 26 at IO a.m. in the same location and at 2 p.m. in the San Marcos Public Library....
Tonight’s free Concert in the Park at Landa Park will be by Texana. Beginning al about 7:30 p.m., Ute concerts are co-sponsored by the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and Miller Wholesale Beer. Take along a picnic supper and lawn chairs to enjoy the warm evening full of music.
On Saturday night, the Parks Department will present “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” at the spring-fed pool. The movies arc for all ages and admission is $2 for children, parents arc free when accompanied by a child. Bring chairs, blankets and a meal if you want to. The next movie will be “Something Wicked This Way Comes” Aug. 5. Tile movies start about 9 pm....
New Braunfels Children’s
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One small step for man...
Twenty years ago today, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin announced
to the world “The Eagle has landed” as the lunar landing module touched down on the moon. The Apollo 11 astronauts collected samples from the moon and took pictures before rejoining Michael Collins who had been orbiting the moon in the command module.