New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 13, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Bush visits park to promote air plan
GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — President Bush, standing against the backdrop of the majestic Grand Tetons, declared today that “environmental gridlock must end” and appealed to the public and Congress to unite behind his plan to clean America’s polluted air. See Page 3
Group predicts tight supplies, high gas prices
WASHINGTON (AP) — Gasoline prices are likely to jump sharply this summer and motorists may face gas lines reminiscent of the 1970s, a consumer group said today in a report disputing Energy Department
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^-ulcwuUD, Calif. (AP) —The NBA Finals can be reduced to this simple equation: three Piston guards minus two Laker guards equals one Detroit championship. Los Angeles Coach Pat Riley is groping for a solution to Detroit’s hot-shooting backcourt. He’d better find one soon. gee Page 6
Vol. 137, No. 152
June 13, 1989
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
One Section, 10 Pages
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Water wasters could face penalties of up to $500 during severe drought conditions following Monday’s night’s emergency passage of a water conservation plan by New Braunfels City Council.
“Instead of waiting until the aquifer is at a level that we cannot react to it,” Miller said, “it’s better to take a proactive stand to see if we can’t do something to urge our citizens to conserve.”
Hot weather and a lack of rainfall prompted city officials to take precautions to protect the resources of the Edwards Aquifer and Comal Springs recently by announcing a four-stage New Braunfels Water Conservation Plan.
“It’s my sincere belief that a good many of our citizens have already begun voluntary compliance,” Miller said. “But, there is that exceptional few that will not voluntarily comply, that’s why we have a need for this ordinance tonight.”
Though Sunday rains slightly rose the aquifer level, there remains an eminent need to move ahead with an ordinance and conservation measures. Miller said.
“There is still plenty of water that’s flowing down there,” Miller said. “There’s thousands of springs that are still flowing. We do still have plenty of water for recreation.”
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Rain leaves aquifer needing much more
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
Sunday morning rains provided a much needed drink of water to the orca, but it wasn’t enough to pull the Edwards Aquifer above drought
The National Weather Service
reported Monday that 1.55 inches of
rain fell in San Antonio during the downpour, and New Braunfels received 0.51 inches.
Heavy rains touched the recharge zones as well. Michael Albach, environmental analyst for the Edwards Underground Water District, said 3.7 inches of rain fell near Utopia in Uvalde County.
“We might not know for several days how much rain fell in all of the recharge zones,” he said.
Albach said the aquifer rose 5 feet in San Antonio as a result of the rains. Hic city of San Antonio obtains its aquifer measurements from the J-17 well at Fort Sam Houston.
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E3rE:E=; Chapa makes plea
the Ladies Auxiliary to die Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7110,
New Braunfels, is urging all citizens to display tile United States Flag June 14 and pause for a
moment and recite with all Amen
cans die Fledge of Allegiance to the United States flag and nation...
A lack of response from local citizens to serve on various city boards prompted New Braunfels City Council to postpone appointments Monday, leading to Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chapa Jr.’s plea to appoint minorities to die boards.
New Braunfels Masonic Lodge No. 1109 slated meeting tonight at
7:30 p m. at the Masonic Hall.
The aiuiual election of officers will be beld at this meeting ...
New Braunfels Police say phone solicitors who arc passing them-
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Police look for car thief after rollover
Police are searching for the person responsible for stealing a vehicle parked at Bluebonnet Motors early this morning and then rolling itover outside of the pat king lot.
“The driver left the seem;,” said police spokesman Martin Mayer. “He failed to negotiate a turn as he was stealing it from the parking lot and flipped itover."*
Emergency Medical Service dispatched rescue units to the scene after
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NB chief receives top award
By STEPHANIE DAVIS SUH Wi lur
A man who ululated die concept of the Safe City Commission and presides as New Braunfels’ top law enforcement official was named Lawman of the Year this morning.
Police Chief Burney Boeck was awarded the Ed Murphy Memorial Award for Lawman of the Year at the Breakfast Lions Club meeting at Krause’s Cafe,
“I do appreciate it," the surprised chief said. “I really do."
Breakfast Lions member Dick Koe-gle said the award is given annually in memory of police officer Ed Murphy, who kist his life in the tine of duty approximately nine years ago.
“I knew Ed,” Boeck said. “I hope what I do is what Ed was trying to do"
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Construction of the New Braunfels’ new K-Mart store, at the intersection of Interstate 35 and Texas 46, is almost complete and managers this week are taking applications for workers. Linda Huerta fills out her application, which will be accepted through Wednesday. Approximately 200 people already have applied for the approximately 77 new positions that will be available. The 48 employees of the old K-Mart in Walnut Square shopping center will be transferred to the new store, which is three times the size of the old store, which opened in 1976. The new store will include a pharmacy, delicatessen, expanded apparel and home products departments and electronic registers. Grand opening ceremonies will take place in late July. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Tourist trade in New Braunfels is big business and the Chamber of Commerce’s request to increase the hotel/motel occupancy tax I percentage point to further promote conventions and tourist trade was granted by City Council Monday.
New Braunfels councilmcmbcrs unanimously approved an emergency ordinance increasing the tax from 6 percent to 7 percent.
“It is not a small business,” said Chamber President Tom Purdum. “It is not something that we can take lightly. It’s extremely important.”
U.S. Travel Data Service estimates $84 million dollars were spent in Comal County by visitors iii 1986, which represents a 59 percent increase from 1985.
“The chamber recognizes that only a community with well-rounded public services, civic and cultural activities, plus an aggressive economic development program can successfully achieve a stable, prosperous economy in today’s competitive atmosphere,” Purdum said. “By the same token a clean, attractive environment with first class public facilities and well-rounded civic and cultural activities is unattainable without a prospering economy."
Purdum and Mike Meek, director of conventions and visitors bureau,
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City agrees to pay expenses for defendants in lawsuit
“Going over die overall list of members on different boards, I think that there is not enough minority representation on the boards as a whole,” Chapa said after Ute meeting. “Appa-
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Money from the city’s coffers w ill be used to pay defendants named in the Bad Schloss Inc. v. City of New Braunfels lawsuit for expenses and lost wages they incurred during the five-day trial in San Antonio.
“You hate to pay it because you feel Uke there was some voluntarism on the part of the servitude,” said New Braunfels Mayor Doug Miller. “But on Ute other circumstance, if you don’t pay it then they say, ‘Why should I go?* "
City councilmcmbcrs voted to pay defendants $35 per day to cover gasoline, meals and parking expenses earlier ibis year.
City Council met for approximately 30 minutes Monday night in executive session to consider three defendants’ requests for additional money to cover loss of wages.
Afterward in regular session, councilmcmbcrs voted to pay $100 per day lo former Mayor Barbara Tieken in lost wages she said she incurred during the trial. She owns Silk
New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Ray Schoch, left, and Dick Koegie, right, presented New Braunfels
Police Chief B C. Boeck his Lawman of the Year
Award during early morning ceremonies today. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Screen Originals. City Council also unanimously approved paying $100 per day to die City of Lockhart for the absence of its new City Manager Joe Michie during the trial. Michie was city manager of New Braunfels at die lime the suit was filed.
“We’re sending a check to the City of Lockhart saying thanks for letting us have Joe (Michie) for a couple of days,” Miller said.
Council members also voted to pay up to $100 per day to former administrative assistant Court Thiclcman per verification of his losses.
Councilmember James Goodbread, fumier council-menibers Max Winkler and Betty Lou Rushing didn’t make further requests. Winkler and Rushing are retired.
Goodbread and District I Councilmember Ramon Chapa Jr. were absent from die executive session and final
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Chinese issue wanted list of students
BEIJING (AP) — State-run television arid radio today broadcast a wanted list of 21 lop student leaders of the pro-democracy movement who have fled underground, and it urged the nation’s citizens to turn them in to police.
By issuing the list, authorities admitted that the activists had escaped die security dragnet set after Communist authorities turned soldiers on unarmed civilian protesters in Beijing to crush the movement for a freer Chula
Also today, the government put border guards on alert for prominent dissident Fang Litchi and his wife, both of whom have taken refuge in the U.S. Embassy to avoid arrest.
The 21 students were pictured on nationwide television and their names were read on Beijing Radio.
At the top of the list were Wang Dan of Beijing University, and Wu’er
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Council OKs fines for wasting water