New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 9, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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'Posse' candidates seek to oust incumbents
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
Two incumbents of the board of directors of the Federnales Electric Cooperative < PEC) face stiff opposition in the upcoming election.
Members of the “Federnales Posse," a group organized to fight for control of the PEC, are backing two candidates w ho are attempting to unseat incumbents M.C. Winters and O.C Harmon The meeting is set for 2 p.m. June 20 at PEC headquarters in Johnson City. PEC furnishes electricity to all of the Canyon I-ike area in Comal County.
Registration for qualified voters will be held from IO a rn. until 1:30 p.m. and voting will take place when the meeting begins at 2 p.m.
Two directors and two advisory directors will be elected for three-year terms on the board of the cooperative. The advisory directors are unopposed.
They are C F. Williams of bander, representing District I, and Harold Kongabel of I .ago Vista. District 2. “Advisory directors participate fully in the business of the cooperative, but have no vote," explained Bill Cunningham, spokesperson for the PEC.
Claiming excessive remuneration and
self-serving decisions on the part of the existing board of directors, members of the Federnales Posse are seeking to unseat the directors whose terms expire this year. The Posse also is against the proposed rate hike and tho Texland project.
Texland Electric Company was formed by PEC' and its sister cooperative, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, in an effort to provide an alternate source of energy other than the Lower Colorado River Authority Texland first request for a permit was denied by the Public Utilities
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Blinded by smoke, pilot managed to land safely
WASHINGTON (AP) - The pilot of smoldering Air Canada Flight 797, blinded for most of his approach and his plane’s instruments useless, was guided to an emergency landing only by the directions of an air traffic controller watching the plane on radar, government documents showed today.
Transcripts of conversations between the plane and die Cincinnati control tower last Thursday revealed a dramatic ll minutes, much of which Capt. Don Cameron was unable to see where he was going or the airport at which he would land. Twenty-three persons were killed, all from smoke inhalation, and 18
survived in the fire after the jetliner landed, investigators said.
“We have a fire ... rn the back washroom and it’s ... filling up, uh, with smoke right now ,” the Air Canada crew told the Cincinnati tower.
The mayday gave controller Gregory Karam, 36, who was working in the Cincinnati radar room, the first indication of the seriousness of Flight 797’s plight.
Two minutes later the crew informed Karam that the plane’s navigational instruments had stopped working because of the fire or could not
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Attorney mulls Wurstfest suit
Teachers in both local schools districts have been getting a course in the care and feeding of corn fluters this past week Above, at New Braunfels Middle School, NBISD teacher Lowell Hansard helps his fellow faculty members work with their
machines Classes were also field at Canyon High School The goal is to make all teachers "computer literate with an eye toward their expanded use in tile classroom.
By DEBBIE DelOACH Stuff writer
San Antonio attorney Kubcn Sandoval has planted the seed for a possible lawsuit against the Wurstfest Association in connection with the William Dale Savage case And the prospect didn’t set tot) well with a few local folks, namely the Chamber of Commerce president and the chief of police.
lf the deaths of the Ruben Sauceda family haven’t changed Die mentality of the Wurstfest Association, then maybe a lawsuit will,” Sandoval said Thursday, adding he had been asked by Ruben’s parents to look into the idea of suing the organization Ruben, his conunon-law wife and two small children were struck and killed as they walked along U S Highway 81 last October.
Savage was convicted, fined $5,000 and placed on ll) years probation for Ruben’s death, but District Atlarney Bill Schroeder refused to prosecute Savage further However, Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox announced Wednesday that he would appoint one of his assistants to prosecute the Fort Sam Houston private again.
Within the last three years, I can think of at least eight in nine deaths connec ted with Wurstfest The concern for the almighty dollar replaces the concern for human life,” Sandoval charged, "and for those Iveo weeks, New Braunfels becomes ‘Wide-Open USA*”
Savage testified during his first trial he had been to the Wurstfest celebration prior to the accident, and pictures of Wurstfest cups resting in the floorboard of hts car were entered into evidence. “Savage got drunk, and we certainly can’t dismiss the blame But the availability to consume was directly con
nected with the Wurstfest attitude of ‘come on. get drunk, be rowdy, and tomorrow’s another day’,” Sandoval said.
“I believe in having fun. but there is a manner and moderation to have fun. During Wurstfest, New Braunfels is left to the mercy of hell-raisers in the name of economic prosperity, and tile time has come to change this profit of the very few at the expense of many."
When asked about specifics of the proposed lawsuit, the San Antonio attorney said, “I am not well versed in civil law, and the action might be handled by some other attorneys I’m looking for now. I don’t know whether individuals would be named or not."
Back on the profit motive, the attorney also said he had uiformation that the New Braunfels Police Department “rakes iii about $3,000 a night” during Wurstfest, and that officers have the attitude of "okay, boys will lie boys Let’s leave ’em alone, and make tluit extra buck.”
Police Chief Burney Boeck’s response was tempered with forethought and tact. “My mission is not dollars and cents, but to maintain luw and order. This office under my management for the last IO years has never given the instructions to officers of boys will be boys.’ My officers don’t make money off Wurstfest, and any information Mr. Huben Sandoval has otherwise borders on a be."
Boeck said he was deeply disappointed in Sandoval’s tactics. “We sat down and talked I back when the Courthouse picketing was going oni. We got something accomplished, and for him to slander my police department like this well, ifs a slap in the
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NBISD reaches goals in tests, plan
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Flu Pacharzma did everything bul stand up and cheer when she presented results of tlus year’s basic skills tests to tin* New Braunfels school board Pacharzuia administrative assistant Midi the New Braunfels Independent School District, was proud of the test results, which measured students* knowledge iii reading, writing and mathematics But Pac ha re in* like other district officials
was also pleased and relieved Rial test results showed NBISD Itad met its five-year plan.
• This has been a long road,” she said, referring to the process NBISD lias undergone since 1976 to organize its five-year plan and meet the goals outlined iii tliat plan NBISD was tlw first Texas school district to go through a state accreditation cycle “TEA (Texas Education Association) several years ago" started a new system for accrediting schools, Patharzma explained They (TEA) decided that it was best for tile st 'lux »l district to set its own goals and accomplishments "
Following TEA’s reorganization, NBISD began
planning til 1976 for its first five-year plan designed to “raise students’ learning in reading, language arts and mathematics,” she added The goals iii that first plan, which went into effect iii 1978, “iii nearly all cases were either reached or ex ce filed our goal," she told die board.
There were, however, two areas where Redistrict’s goals were not met Iii the ninth and tenth grade, test results showed that the percentage of students obtaining a certain degree of mathematic and reading know ledge w ere slightly lower than tilt* district Imped “But curriculum changes are being made to help us do better,” she noted Although NBISD has just completed its first five-year plan, the district lias been planning for the second five-year plan for tin* past two years The second plan. which updated tile district’s curriculum goals, w as recently approved by Hie board Pacharzina introduced district principals to present their school’* results from the Texas Assessment of Basic Skills Tests iTABSt given this year to third, fifth and ninth graders and resultsSee NBisti, Page IDAInsideToday's Weather
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CISD scores high on skills tests
Comal Independent School District Supt Edgar Willhelm is proud of the district’* results of the Texas Assessment of Basic Skills (TABS) and the Iowa Test of Basic Skills
"Our students performed ver> well on the standardized tests given this spring,” Willhelm said "We’re very pleased I think the results show tliat our teachers are doing a good job in the classroom and that our students are learning the basil skills they will need when they graduate ”
The TABS test is given each February to students iii the third, fifth and ninth grades. The tests are designed to help teachers identify strengths and weaknesses iii mathematics, reading and writing
The statewide goal is to have 85 percent of the students mastering the objectives. Willhelm was particularly pleased with the overall results which
put GISI) w ay above tliat goal
In (’ISI) third grade. 90 6 percent of the students mastered the math objective: 91 5 percent in reading; and 91.6 in writing Iii fifth grade, tile percentages went 90.7, 86 1 and 92.3 for math, reading and writing, respectively. Iii ninth grade, 91 percent mastered math and reading, arid 96 percent conquered w riting
The I I BS test is given each spring to all elementary and middle school students, and to tenth graders. Mrs. Gay Watson, CIS!) assistant superintendent, said, "Iii every Mislain^*, the scores are above the national average grade equivalent. In several areas, we are more than a year above the national average.”
A more detailed report of all test scores will lx* presented to tile school board at its June 21 meeting
DEBBIE DeLOACHChamber eyed for update of city master plan
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends letting the Chamber of Commerce do the dirty work on the next master plan update for the City of New Braunfels.
It was. after all, a chamber committee that urged City Council to do an update last winter, when making its report on an overall community study.
The master plan was last updated iii 1977, with the help of a broad-based
citizens* committee coordinated by the Chamber of Commerce. The organization offered to do something of the sort this time around, lf council desired it "I think we ought to take them up on tlieir offer,” said planning and zoning member John Dierksen Tuesday night
“I do, too. I think the large committees they’ve appointed in the past have done an excellent job,” said commissioner SD David Jr. No dissent was voiced City Manager E N Delashmutt said
a final okay from the City Council would be needed before work could begin. Council had asked planners and zoners to come up with a recommendation before July ll, so he assumes their proposal will bt* presented at Uiat nights council meeting
“Ust tune, lf I remember right, we had sort of a joint meeting with the council, Uie chamber’s executive board and planning and zoning,” he said. “You can’t just do things overnight.”
Once the committee gets started.
the update will probably take about six months, said chamber executive secretary Tom Fur durn.
We’ve received no official word yet on just which sections tliey want us to look at,” said Purdum.
Hie chamber asked the city to do at least a partial update Planners and zoners agreed that lf they were going to do it, they should look al the entire plan. But Delashmutt says some sections don’t need to Th* touched.
It w ill tx* up lo the council to decide.
“We probably would be dealing with areas of zoning, annexation, streets,
parks and drautage.” He envisions a subcommittee for each of those categories, and a steering committee made up of subcoiiuiuttee chairman.
Each subcommittee will include some experts in its particular area. Membership will probably consist of local businessmen, city staff and just average citizens
“Since we’re trying to look for people who have special talent or knowledge, we’re going to do a lot of selection," Purdum said “However, we welcome volunteers We almost never just turn anybody down; we will
try to put them in the spot where they'll tx* of the most value."
More than IOO people worked on the 1977 update.
Planning commissioners welcomed tTx* chamber's help, since they feel they’ve got their hands full wiUi the present revision of subdivision codes. That project, aided by an Austin consulting firm, has been in the works for months. Chairman David Hartmann estimates at least two more workshops will be needed before the revised code is ready for City Council review.