New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 16, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Congress beginning Robin-HUD inquest
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress today begins investigating the second scandal to surface in as many months at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and legislators say they don’t expect it will be the last.
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Senators spending millions on mailings
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sens. Lloyd Bentsen and Phil Gramm spent more than $1 million each keeping in touch with Texas through mass mailings, but the per-household cost amounts to less than the price of two stamps, according to a Common Cause study.
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Four ace a
in today’s U.S. Open
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Four golfers fired holes-in-one on the par-3 sixth hole, breaking the all-time U.S. Open tournament record in a span of two hours Friday morning, as Oak Hill Country Club continued to be soft on par.
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Vol. 137, No. 155
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
June 16, 1989
25 Cents Two Sections, 20 PagesGERA files suit seeking regulation of pumping
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority filed a lawsuit in the state district court of Hays County Thursday afternoon seeking regulation of withdrawals from the Edwards Aquifer by the Texas Water Commission.
GBRA’s board of directors approved the lawsuit during Thursday’s board meeting in an effort to halt “severe and irreparable harm to the Comal and San Marcos Springs, the San Antonio Bay and Estuary and the Edwards itself.”
‘The end result would be the same as if the legislation had passed,” said Eddie Gumbert, a river authority director from Hays County.
The suit comes after the 71st Legislature failed to pass a regional water plan that sparked bitter disputes over control of the aquifer. Western .counties in the Edwards Undergound Water District opposed the imposition of the Texas Water Commission over the aquifer because they said underground water is not subject to state control. Medina and Uvalde counties split from the district in January.
“This suit serves as a notice to those concerned and allows time
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for them to join us in the suit," said John Taylor, chairman of the GBRA board. “The suit also doesn't seek to take water from anyone. It does seek primarily in the long run to protect the aquifer for all concerned from Uvalde to
The river authority also seeks adjudication of water rights from the aquifer, lf the court decides that pumpers from die Edwards do nm have valid rights under the law to divert water, these pumpers will
have to apply for water appropriation permits from the water commission.
“There is certainly going to be some form of riparian rights (water
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Fire prevention districtCounty voters to decide fate
Consumer prices rise during May
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices rose a sharp 0.6 percent in May, pushed up by strong increases in food and gasoline costs, the government said today.
The rise in the Consumer Price Index, the government’s primary gauge of inflation at the retail level, followed an even stronger 0.7 percent Apnl increase that was the largest jump in more than two years, the Labor Department reported.
During the First five months of die year, consum
er prices rose at an annual rate of 6.7 percent, a significantly faster pace than the 4.4 percent price increases registered in 1987 and 1988.
Inflation at the wholesale level has been even stronger, rising at an annual rate of 9.4 percent so far this year.
Despite the persistently strong price increases, many analysts say inflation now may begin to level off and that it could sum to drop again late this year.
Today’s report will be closely scrutinized by the Federal Reserve Board, which last week slightly eased its grip on the money supply in the belief that the slowing economy will help to tame inflation.
Analysts believe the central bank will wait for further evidence that inflation is under control before it eases any more.
In May, the overall inflation rate was heavily
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Residents in the response arca of the Bracken Volunteer Fire Department will vote Saturday on the creation of Comal County’s third rural fire prevention district.
“The fire department people of the Bracken Volunteer Fire Department recognize the need of a stable base income,” said Precinct 2 Commis-sipner Neil Craigmile of Garden Ridge. “It’s just a follow-on of the other fire districts in the county.”
If voters approve creating the fire district, a levy of tax — not to exceed 3 cents per SKK) valuation — can be collected by Comal County from residents in the Bracken Volunteer Fire Department arca.
County Clerk Rosie Boscnbury
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
The Safe City Commission has given New Braunfels car etching, neighborhood meetings, a cleanup day, and education about crime and now it wants to give die community a night out in August.
“It’s just to get everybody together and have a good time that night,” said Chairman Aim Bartholomew of the Aug. 8 event.
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Association report, agreement top agenda for board meeting
A report on Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and an interlocal agreement with Comal Appraisal District top the agenda for die Comal Indpendent School District’s regular meeting scheduled Monday at 7:30 p.m.
During the last meeting, board members approved a plan to allow high school students to receive high school credit for college courses taken
during the evening cid summer vacations. Students may take only courses from colleges and universities approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. A report will be given during Monday’s meeting concerning the schools involved in this program.
Trustees also will vote on an interlocal agreement between Comal Appraisal District and the school dis
trict concerning the priming of lax statements.
In odier action, the board will consider changing the regular board meetings to the last Monday of every month instead of the third Monday.
The board also will review and vote on various bids and payments as well as the student handbook and school calendar.
Bush orders no plea bargains for gun-wielding criminals
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush summoned the entire cadre of U.S. attorneys to the White House today to hear new marching orders: no plea bargaining with violent, gun-wielding offenders.
Or, as the president put his message lo criminals bluntly in a speech Thursday, “Pacs a gun ara! we’ll pack you away.”
All 93 U.S. attorneys were invited to today’s meeting with Bush. Also on the president’s agenda was a lunch with the heads of all federal law enforcement agencies.
Bush on Thursday sent Congress the legislative draft of the $1.2 billion anti-crime package which he outlined a month ago.
Bul to dramatize his commitment to fighting drugs and violent crime,'Bush journeyed to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in steamy Glynco, Ga , to sign the transmittal document.
Most of the money — $ I billion — would go to expand federal prison capacity, bul Bush also is intern on hiring 1,600 new prosecutors to work under the U.S. attorneys,
and 825 new federal agents.
Tile U.S. Treasury-run center in Georgia trains police and investigators from every federal law enforcement agency except the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Agency.
“Iii a country where criminals threaten to erode the very liberties we hold so dear, you arc domestic freedom fighters in the war on crime,” Bush told trainees and several thousand others gathered on a 90-degree day for the event.
Bush said he has instructed Attorney ueneral Dick Thornburgh, who accompanied him to Georgia, “to advise America’s federal prosecutors to end plea bargaining for violent federal firearms offenses "
He exhorted Congress to enact his plan to double the mandatory penally for use of semi-automatic weapons in drug ta violent crimes to IO years.
But earlier, Bush advised a graduating Border Patrol officer, David Rivera, to remember that criminal suspects “should be treated with respect and given his rights or her rights, even though the evidence looks overwhelming.*’
This 1959 Cadillac El Dorado convertible, which had the largest tail-fins ever put on a car, has been described as a ‘paradox even in its day" because people either hated it or loved it Antique cars from every year imaginable will be on auction Saturday morning at Brooks Collector Car Auction in Wursthalle Brooks has been auction collec tible cars in New Braunfels for 15 years and Ron Brooks estimated probably 8,000 cars have been sold in the auction. The fad for collectors now, he said, is cars from the 50s and 60s. (Photo by Deryi Clerk)
said absentee voting, which started May 30, has generated IO ballots — eight in person and two by mail.
A fire district creates a stable financial base, Craigmile said. ‘They arc a political subdivision with the power of taxation.”
Persons living in the city limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of Garden Ridge; extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of San Antonio situated in Comal County and the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of Schertz may vote in the election.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 n.m. Eligible voters can cast ballots at either the old municipal court build-
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Today’s beautiful weather is expected to carry right over into the weekend. Tonight’s low should drop to 68 followed by highs Saturday and Sunday between 91 and 95. Overnight lows arc expected to be about 75 with south to southeasterly winds between 5 and 15 mph. No rain is in the immediate forecast, but weather forecasters are keeping an eye on a tropical storm that is approaching.
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b’s not too late to sign up to attend the 20-ycar reunion of the New Braunfels High School Class of 1969 at Pat’s in the Park. The reunion is July I and classmates can call Carola Davis at 629-2788 for information and reservations....
New Braunfels Railroad Modelers Society will sponsor its third annual garage sale, which it has twice a year. This year’s sale will be June 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the New Braunfels International Great Northern/Missouri Pacific Railroad Depot in downtown New Braunfels, talons wanting to rent a space to sell their wares should call Felix Roque at 625-2582 after 5 p.m. Donations also will be accepted. Money raised from the sale will be used to restore die depot...
The San Antonio Bureau of the Census is looking for approximate ly 30 workers in New Braunfels lo help verify addresses in the neighborhoods for the 1990 Census Persons interested should report to the grand jury room on the third floor of the Comal County Courthouse June 21 at IO am. to fill out an application and take an aptitude test. Persons should also bnng their driver’s license ami Social Security card. Workers will be needed for three to four weeks and hours of work are flexible. The bureau will pay $5.50 an hour to workers. For more information call William B Johnson at 512-841-5408....
Serving up a juniors tournament June 23-25, the New Braunfels Tennis Association is hoping for an ace. Marshall Schubert, a local pro, and David sui Rulhie Perkins will handle on-court supervision at
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