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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 15, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas I n >eamMnjt- 1 Olm I , # •Frankfurt "'-y'-''' v WMwfcn \ “S % CHEK in -J AUST* Munri) Gorbachev: Berlin Wall no obstacle to relations BONN, West Germany (AP) — Mikhail S. Gorbachev today dismissed the Berlin Wall as “no great problem” in East-West relations and hailed as a breakthrough NATO’s new willingness to negotiate a cut in short-range missiles. See Page 4 Battling children ’s summer boredom “There’s nothing to do.” Parents dreading the onset of that endless summer refrain will be heartened to know they have more control over alleviating the boredom of children’s summer freedom than they may sometimes think.    g    p    ^ 4 3 0 M 0 0 9 :2 ~ l'!xr r MI CPO PUP ■'701 0/92/99 r t MI HG U I PPOOKHOLT OW ~ SUITE, J mr an, tx -,60{), Atlt/Uu y  ____ LOS ANGELES (AP) — The combination of Kirk Gibson and pitcher Ord Hershiscr overwhelmed the Houston Astros. Gibson had a two-run homer and a bases-loadcd groundnut Wednesday night as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Astros 3-0. e D Q os© Page h New Braunfels Vol. 137, No. 154 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 City hikes speed limits The speed limit for trains is increasing by 20 miles per hour in the outlying areas of New Braunfels since City Council voted this week to decrease accidents and the amount of time railroad crossings are blocked. “What we hope to do is expedite the trains through town so there will be less opportunity for a car-train collision,” said City Manager Paul Groh-man. “In the state of Texas ... the major contributing cause of car-train wrecks is the length of lime the train is in the intersection,” Increasing the speed limit also will get the trains through town about 12 minutes faster, Grohman said. New Braunfels City Council voted unanimously Monday night to change the speed limits. Union Pacific trains still will travel 30 mph from North Live Oak Avenue Se* TRAINS, Page 2 Grand jury returns charges Thursday June 15, 1989 25 Cents One Section, 12 Pages Commissioners hail high court decision By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer A Texas Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow residents to petition counties for a rollback of taxes is being hailed by local county commissioners and residents. “I see no reason why we, as a taxing entity, should be treated any differently than any other taxing entity,” said Precinct 2 Commissioner Neil Craigmilc. “But, the possibility of us exceeding the 8-perccnt increase in tax rate I think is very unlikely. “I don’t have any problem with it.” Cities, school districts and now counties arc subject to a rollback of taxes if they raise the tax rate by 8 percent. The Texas Supreme Court ruled May 31 that commissioners courts weren’t given exclusive authority to set tax rates based on constitutional rights. Cities and school districts already are subject to tax roll- Clties, school districts and now counties are subject to a rollback of taxes lf they raise the tax rate by 8 percent._ backs because their taxing power comes trom the Texas Legislature. Attorney General Jim Mattox released an opinion in 1987 stating tax hike initiatives were unconstitutional. “The Supreme Court apparently held that statutory provision was constitutional and applied to counties and I don’t see any problem with letting people vote on something like that,” said County Judge Fred Clark. “I don’t think it’s a threat in any way to county government.” See ROLLBACK, Page 2 NEU exceeds water permit Union Pacific trains win be allowed to travel at 50 mph in the outlying areas after New Braunfels City Council voted to increase the speed limits going out from North Live Oak and Gruene Road (Photo by Deryl Clark) Two Kingsville men were indicted on charges of possession of a controlled substance Thursday by a Comal County grand jury which also handed up five other indictments — including one sealed. Rene Travcno Cruz, 21, and Lawrence Ralph Avelar, 28, were indicted after they were arrested Jan. 16 by Department of Public Safety troopers and charged with possession of more than 5 pounds of marijuana. Avelar was driving northbound on Interstate 35 w hen troopers Tim Jackson and Scott Haag stopped him, searched his car and allegedly found bundles of marijuana. Also indicted was Edward Lozano. 18, on a charge of burglary non-habitation Lozano was arrested Feb. IO and charged with breaking into Frazier Elementary School. Others indicted include: • Jose Gonzales. 40, DW I subsequent, 2524 W. Katy St. • Jesus McKinnis, 29, DWI subsequent. 225 S. Live Oak Ave. • James Wyrick, 32. unauthorized Sm JURY, Page? By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer New Braunfels Utilities exceeded its water transport limit by more than two times its registered amount last year, according to Mike Albach, environmental analyst with the Edwards Underground Water District. Albach reported Tuesday during the district’s regular board meeting that NBU exceeded its registered amount as did the City of Schertz. Til? board is currently looking into its pol icy concerning water transport permits and the process of application. NBU is registered to transport 447.7 acre feet of water per year outside of the district to other sources. Albach said the utility company’s quarterly reports indicate it transported 1,200.2 acre feet last year w ith-out applying for a permit. “I am very certain that NBU has simply overlooked it," Albach said. Se® WATER. Page 2 Texas prisons close doors again MCorp reports loss of nearly $1 billion Good day Partly cloudy skies dominate the forecast once again as any chance of more rain has disppcared. Today and tomorrow will be partly cloudy with tile high in the mid 80s for today and near 90 for tomorrow. There will be fair skies and lows near 60 degrees tonight. For die weekend,    look    for    partly cloudy skies with    highs    in    the 90s and lows in the 70s. Inside: CLASSIFIED...........................10-12 COMICS .........8 CROSSWORD.................J DEAR ABBY HOROSCOPE...............................8 KALEIDOSCOPE    7 SCRAPBOOK SPORTS..................................9-10 TV LISTINGS.................................8 WEATHER Stammtisch HUNTSVILLE (AP) — The Texas prison system was closed Wednesday to new prisoners because the inmate population surpassed a court-ordered limit, a corrections spokesman said. The closure, which began at the end of die day Wednesday, was the eighth so far this year, Texas Department of Corrections spokesman Charles Brown said. Brown said the prison system will be closed to new inmates for the rest of the week. ’ Hopefully, we’re going to open Monday or Tuesday or next week ” The prison population Wednesday totaled 39,875 inmates, or 95.25 percent of capacity. DALLAS (AP) — Government reports show the five banks still owned by financially troubled MCorp. which is operating under bankruptcy court protection, sustained continued losses of $13.4 million in this year’s first quarter. The reports came as the bank holding company on Wednesday released First Federal plans restructure of staff Fust Federal Savings and Loan Association of New Braunfels has insutuied a restructuring plan which will cost 13 staff members their jobs. The imaiLuiiiMi, along with its accounting firm, developed the restructuring and arrand ming plan to combat a $41 million loss of assets along with a soft real estate market and light loan demand “It is unfortunate that this will include a reduction ut staff that is being accomplished by not replacing employees dial have quit or retired arui by some layoffs,” said Arthur Darling, chairman and chief executive officer. “We are still solvent and we warn to stay that way.” Congressional action on a bill which wilt affect savings and loan institutions also is being credited flu the changes. Sn PLAN, Pag® 2 Supreme Court upholds 1976 civil rights ruling WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court, which touched off an uproar last year by considering reversal of a key civil rights decision, today upheld the 1976 ruling that has been a powerful tool to fight racial discrimination The justices unanimously reaffirmed that an 1866 law emoted lo help freed slaves could be used to sue private ciuzens accused of race bias. But the court, by a separate 5-4 vote, also ruled that the 133-year-old civil rights law cannot be invoked to fight racial harassment Justice Anthony M Kennedy, in his opinion for the court, said adher ence to precedent compelled the conservative majority on the court to uphold the 1976 ruling. Furthermore, he said, even if that ruling was based on a mistaken interpretation of law, “it is certain that it is not inconsistent with the prevailing sense of justice rn this country. To the contrary, (it) is entirely consistent with our society’s deep commitment to the eradication of discrimination based on a person’s race or the color of hts or her skin.” But Kennedy said allowing suits for racial harassment was not envi- Sn COURT, Pay* 2 Members of New Braunfels Fire Department search and rescue team went through their paces Wednesday during a drill. (Photo by Deryl Clark) long-dclaycd 1988 financial statements showing a net loss of almost $1 billion last year. Officials said it resulted in part from a write-off involving 20 banking subsidiaries closed by federal regulators. Despite the gloomy news, the com- See MBANK, Page 2 Drills test local teams By MARGARET EDMONSON Stall Wflier A New Braunfels Fire Deparuiiem search and rescue team raced to Panther Canyon Wednesday afternoon to render aid to a victim who had reponedl y fallen off a cliff. When Ow team got there, personnel found out they were only being drilled “Everthing is the same,” said Wesley Meyer, search and rescue team coordinator, “They never know what’* coming.” The three search and rescue teams are currently competing with one another for the search and rescue team trophy. Every three months, an emergency is simulated for each of the teams, and the teams are judged on their speed and skill. Each team is given the same emergency. “This is my way of testing to see if they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing,” Meyer said. Meyer explained that the first response of the team is to find out where the victim is. The next response is to find out his injuries and bring die proper gear. After providing aid to die victim, the team must bring the victim to the ambulance in the safest manner possible. Wednesday’s drill contained an added hazard: the ground was still wet SM DRILL, Page 2 Tonight’s Concert in the Park ai Landa Park will feature music by Burney Boeck and Mostly Country ai 7 p m. The Thursday-night concerts aie free and folks arc invited to bring blankets, chairs and picnics (no glass containers). The concerts are sjxmsorcd by the parks department and Miller Wluilesale Beers. Following the concert. “Pete’s Dragon” will be shown for die youngsters (of all ages) at die spring-fed pool, beginning ai 9 p.m. Admission is $2 for children, adults are free with children... Smiihson Valley High School students ate invited to a Summer Swimming Party June 27 from 5 lo IO p.m. at Canyon Park Beach Shelter No. I in Hancock Volleyball, swimming and music will be the entertainment, bring your own tapes. Admission is $1 and the party is sponsored by the Smithson Valley Paxem-Studciu Network. For more information, call Sharon Sharp at 885-7602 ... Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department Home Fest is June 24 at the Spring Branch Fire House ai FM 311 and U S 281 There will be bingo, children’s games and crafts tables to browse through. For information on renting a table for $10, call Gloria Cass at 885-4405 aller 6 p m The day also will feature a barbecued chicken dinner from noon to 9 p m. Tickets are $4 SO for adults arui $3 50 for children. George Chambers will play for the dance from 9 p m to midnight. Tickets are $3 50 each. Adults can buy one dance ticket, one barbecue ticket and a bingo ticket for $7.... New Braunfels Girls Softball Association will host a giant, 15-family garage sale Saturday only from 8 a m to 2 p m at 1280 E. Common in the parking lot. Proceeds will benefit the Girls Softball State Teams.... SM ST AM MT ISCH, Raga 2 ;