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FRIDAY June 10, 1983 25 cents
New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 92 — No. 115 18 Pages —2 Sections (LISPS 377-880’
Unicorns fall short
Power outage dims Travis County, area
Sdff photo bv John bi Sent*'
Assistant baseball coach Tim Kingsbury consoles Unicorn Bobby Tristan after Tristan made the final out in the Unicorns' 4 3 loss to Snyder Thursday in the state 4A semifinals
The flip side of the coin is apparent in the background, as the Snyder players celebrate. Details in Sports.
AUSTIN (AP) — A surgeon calmly finished an operation by flashlight and assistants ran some life support systems by hand during a major blackout that darkened lights and flared tempers in this capital.
Scores of people were stranded in elevators, office buildings and hotels, and some civilians directed traffic on streets congested by the power outage that tested the resourcefulness of the 420,000 residents of Travis County.
Early today officials speculated, but still were not certain about the cause of the failure that knocked out power to all of Austin and Travis County and parts of the adjacent counties of Williamson. Hays and Bastrop.
Dr. Gerald Baugh said he completed pacemaker-implanl operation by working for 15 minutes with a collution household flashlight that is routinely on hand in surgery.
“Some of our life support systems had to be run by hand, but everting seems to be OK.” said Baugh, who said the surgery was uncomplicated and w ent smoothly.
“It’s hardly worth reporting,” he said. “The lights went out and we finished by flashlight. We have them all over.”
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
The local Mothers Against Drunk Drivers group now lias 24 dues-paying members enough to apply for an official charter, said treasurer Ken Patten Thursday night
Eight of those 24 have been directly affected by Driving While Intoxicated accidents,” said Patten.
‘including us. We lost our daughter that way," added Mrs. Patten
Baugh completed the operation at Brackenridge Hospital after the power outage and before backup generators began operating.
But at the Americana Theater, where the operators at first thought the problem was just at the theater, angry patrons demanded and got refunds.
“They were getting a little radical. They said, ‘Give us our money I .et us have our money,”’ said cashier Anne Spencer. “If they hadn’t have gotten their money back, it might have got pretty bad."
The blackout forced the municipal airport here to close briefly, diverting incoming flights to San Antonio.
One unidentified and would-be passenger, who said he went through the blackout in New York, complained that the airport had no backup power for the runways.
“Austin is trying to act like a big city ... and they don’t even have a backup power at the airport,” he said. “The city council needs to grow up."
The City Council was in session at the time, and was in darkness
The city lost all electrical power at 7:24 pm., while it was still light
See BLACKOUT, Page 10A
Austin blackout not felt here
Lights flickered at Canyon lake, and dimmed just a little in New Braunfels. Comal County was otherwise unaffected by the Thursday night blackout in Austin.
“We are on an interconnect system.” noted Frank Panebianco, electric superintendent for New Braunfels Utilities. “We did indicate a slight dip about a half-volt difference from normal levels at approximately 7:15 (p.m.) There were no outages, and no rerouting of any sources."
David Dossey, manager of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative's Canyon I .ake substation, experienced the blackout first-hand. But only because he was in Austin, waiting for a concert that never happened.
At 7:25 p.m., just as the curtain was about to rise, the lights went out in the auditorium. “It sure got dark," Dossey reported. He and his wife waited until approximately 9 40, then gave up and left.
Panebianco talked to the Lower Colorado River Authority Friday morning, but was still waiting for an official report on what caused the outage, or whether there had been any damage to the interconnect system that might affect New Braunfels in the long run.
Local chapter growing, will apply for charter
The group can't legally use the MADD name until its gets the charter. But the 14 members present at Thursday’ meeting got some ideas for action from their guest speaker. County Attorney Bill Kenner.
It was a special purpose audience, obviously well aware of the problem already. Bul member* appeared surprised when Kenner told there were nine Driving While Intoxicated deaths for every murder in Comal County.
"The most likely way to die an acct,l»ntul flouth iv tins foiintv is to Im* hit hv
a drunk driver either walking, running or driving your own car and minding your own business," said Kenner.
Recent cases in point: The Kuben Sauceda family, struck down while walking near the Y Cafe last October; Jimmy Muemch, tut while training for track last spring: and Carla Scheel, hit head-on on FM 725 on the way home from church just a few months ago.
Part of the problem is due to actual
See MADD, Page 10A
The CISD controversy
picks up steam
Rust, McWilliams regret exam interruptionGroup eyes petitions,
By DEBBIE Du I (JACH Staff writer
Carter Casteel and her group, “Concerned Taxpayers” of Hie Comal Independent School Distric t, regret titty trusted others so much.
“I go by handsltakes We were told by several board member* that no one would go public with our concerns. We'd keep the problem at home, and not go nationwide with television coverage," Casteel said Thursday. “We wanted to give Hie board a (fiance to address our concerns at the June 14 meeting before anything Came out We owed the board that courtesy."
Then tile 6 o'clock newscast Wednesday on KMOI/-Channel 4 in San Antonio “forced our hand," Castile! said “There was Supt, i Edgar i Willhelm, several of tin* Bulverde group members who support him. and the* reporter accusing us of unprofessional^!!!, because we refused to comment on tile air ”
Casteel and several other “Concerned Taxpayers” fund been asked earlier by the Channel 4 reporter to < unguent on tile group s concerns. “But we told her ae wanted to wait We even invited her to tile June 14action on CHS incident
board meeting We were told by David Boa titer that the Bulverde group wouldn't speak out. We were even told by Supt Willhelm that he hadn't made a statement to her yet."
But the televised newscast (ame on the air, with Dr Willhelm saying, “I think ifs a philosophical difference on the management style I brought with me. I believe iii Die cham of command, with the principals track to the teachers, and they t Concerned Taxpayers) say that’s a loss of communication on my part."
Lucie Dow and Carolyn Carney, representing the Bulverde area, shared their support for Supt Willhelm and said they felt tile board was doing a good job And tile reporter ended with tile group s refusal to comment on tile air about their concerns “Okay, so the cards are all Hie table now We thought tile concerns were pressure enough on everyone, but I guess not." Casteel said, as she shared those things kept out of the media, at the group’s request, before the TV broadcast “We have been in contact with the Texas
See (LSD, Page IO A
Comal Independent School District board member Karen Bust 1ms apologized for interrupting tile Advanc ed 111 English class’ final exam last Friday.
“This is to the parents and students of Canyon High School and to CISD: I would like to apologize for the inconvenience and detriment I might have caused students by visiting Canyon High School on May 27," Bust said “It was not my purpose to interrogate student*. It wasn't, and never has been, my intention lo jeopardize students’ performances in any way Again, I extend my apology to all concerned."
Bust added Friday that the apology extended to the class teacher, Mrs. Vicki I Bingham “By Hill means, my apology includes her, too " The day before, I anglian! confirmed that not one board me in Im* r had contacted her as to details of the incident And that statement included Hie otlter board member involved in Ha* classroom visit, Carey McWilliams.
“I agree with that apology UM) per cent,” McWilliams said Friday. “I feel real laid about what lias happened, and iii retrospect, I wish we d never gone Our intent was not to interrupt
“Iii fact, we came to the school when (principal) larry Moehnke told us to. We set up the time with him, because la* said that was the last tune the class w as ever going to be together," McWilliams added
Moehnke was quoted iii the June I Herald fritting as say ing, “It was my understanding the students had finished their exam, but evidently they had not," He added he had not stayed in the classroom during the discussion McWilliams and Bust had with I Bingham'* students.
I ve known some of those kids iii that class for so long, through church, soccer, Boy Scouts," McWilliams said. “And it broke my heart that people of Hus community could be convinced I’d do something detrimental to children, because my concern for children is the number one reason I'm on Ha* school la ta rd "
“I went to Canyon High School," Bust said, “thinking we were going to solve a problem But we created one instead Our intentions were good, but the outcome was a total mess."
A group of parents and CIS!) patrons bearing Hie
See TRUSTEES, Page IO A
Commissioners accept price for county jail tract
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Commissioners Court has jumped one more hurdle toward reaching its goal of having a new county jail open by August, 1965.
The court Thursday accepted a “negotiated offer” for a nine-acre tract off Water lame, which is where the county plans to build a I Ob-im na ie jail.
Price tag for the land. which is bordered by West San Antonio Street, was $210,800 - slightly less than the $196,000 appraised market value of the land (not $96,000 as was earlier reported).
The difference in the appraised value of the land which was incorrectly reported in Wednesday’s paper as being $96,000 was the result of a rmscom-murucation between County Judge Fred Clark and a Herald I*tang reporter dark emphasized Thursday that there wasn’t
much difference between the appraised value of the land and what the county agreed to pay for it.
“My opinion is that the purchase price is a very fair price. Our appraisal is within $15,000 ut Hie price” that the county agreed to pay, Clark added Considering legal fees and court costs involved if Commissioners Court had to use its eminent domain authority to obtain the land, Clark thought the land cost was quite fair.
“...when all those matters (involved in eiiunent domain proceedings) are considered...it is in the best interest of the (county) taxpayers” for the court to accept the negotiated price, Clark said Commissioner Monroe Wetz also voiced appreciation to land owner Terrell Timmennann of Austin for selling the land "since he didn't have the land on the market for sale. I appreciate Mr. Tim-
See JAIL, Page 10A
It’s going to be warm, humid and partly cloudy today with winds out of the southeast 10-15 mph.
Tonight there is a 20 percent chance of thun
derstorms carrying through Saturday. law tonight will be in the low-70s with winds decreasing to 5-10 mph Saturday will continue to be partly cloudy and warm with a high in Hie upper-80s Winds will be out of the southeast 10-15 mph
CROSSWORD............ 7 A
DEAR ABBY........................ 2A
HOROSCOPE .................. 2A
SPORTS ................. 5 BA
Thatcher wins easily in British elections
IAJNIXJN I AP) Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, declaring today, “My victory is greater Hum I dared to hope," romped to a second five-year term as her embittered election rivals split the opposition vote.
Her party, according to the latest resulLs from Thursday’* general election, took 42 percent of Hie vote -nearly 2 percent less than in tile
previous election iii 1979 — but
emerged with a stunning success,
thanks largely to Hie strong showing of a new centrist alliance which eroded support of the socialist I-abor Party.
The projected Conservative majority of 144 seats in the 650-
member House of Conunons was the
biggest mandate for any British government since 1945, when laborite Clement Attlee defeated wartime leader Winston Churchill with a 146 seat majority.
By early morning, results were available for 571 of the 650 seats up for election Mrs Thatcher’* party had 352, labor 196, Hie alliance 17 and others 4
The same figures showed the Tories receiving 42 percent of the overall vote, labor 29 3, and the alliance 25.6. In 1979, Hie Conservatives received 43.9 percent and labor 36 9, while the Uberal Party, the only alliance partner then in existence, got 13.8.
“It s a tragedy," said Michael Foot, the 69-year-old labor leader whose party had its worst defeat in 80 years.