New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 23, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Gramm defends super collider ceremony
WASHINGTON (AP) — Uncharacteristic squabbling has split the Texas congressional delegation on the eve of a make-or-break vote on the super collider, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony the source of the brouhaha. _
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Legislature progresses on workers’ comp issue
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Senate today was scheduled to take up a proposed overhaul of the workers’ compensation system, as lawmakers said they were making progress on the controversial issue that has tied them up since the beginning of the year.
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Vol. 137, No. 160
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Buying water Cotton pickin’ time
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
River outfitters told the Water Oriented Recreation District they do not want to buy water for the weekend before July 4, said Betty Walls, WORD administrator.
Walls began polling the outfitters Thursday after the Wednesday-night regular meeting. She talked with Water Consultant Dave Brown, who was hired by the board to do research in the New Braunfels arca. Because Brown is in Tennessee, he said he could not offer advice on the decision until he had more information.
“I’ve talked to approximately 15 percent of the outfitters," Walls said. “Their initial reaction has been that they do not feel the need to purchase water at this time, and they want lo focus on a long-term solution.”
Pending airline accomodations, Brown will arrive in the arca July 8 or July 15 to begin his work for the district A resident of Tennessee, he has
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Lawsuit against city
Hampton tells story in court
Youngsters of every age are invited to the New Braunfels Children's Museum Saturday between 10 a m. and 5 p.m. to get a preview of the new King Cotton exhibit, featuring WestPoint Pepperell. Mission Valley Mill plant manager Bill Morton will be there from 10 to 11 a.m. and industrial engineer Norman Stephens from 11 to noon will talk to youngsters and answer questions A video tour of the plant, following the raw cotton through the pro
cess of making fabric, will be shown and ifs a nice opportunity for many youngsters to see where their parents work. Children also will be able to make their own looms and try their fingers at weaving Museum artist Mike McMahan is working on the cotton field area where children will get to pick the r own cotton. For more information, call Use museum at 620-0939. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
OBRA: Suit not a takeover bid
Officials from the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority maintain the lawsuit filed in Hays County last week is not a ploy to take over the Edwards Aquifer.
“It will have no effect at all in terms of our power," said General Manager John Specht. "It will stabilize the Coma) and San Marcos Spring flows.”
GURA filed a lawsuit in Hays County June 15 in an effort to give the Texas Water Commission authority to control pumping rights of the Id M, urds Aquifer. GBRA maim ains the aquifer is an underground river and a tributary of the Guadalupe River, making it subject to regulation by the Texas Water Commission
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is named rn the lawsuit because it is involved in the protection of endangered species such as dime found in die Comal and San Marcos rivers. These rivers are fed by spring water from die aquifer.
Officials from the Texas Water Commission have not yet taken a stand on the lawsuit However, they explained that OBRA could not take over the aquifer if the commission has
“The Texas Water Commission allocates water rights. We would determine how much water would be available,” said Bill Colbert, division director of the commission’s off ice of public information “GBRA would have no more influence than ans other landowner on the Guadalupe.”
Russell Masters, assistant manager of the Edwards Underground Water District, declared the district is not laking a position at this time.
"We’re taking the position of no position. We’re taking die conservative approach to it now," he said.
Several residents have expressed concern about the lawsuit. One well pumper said it was the most ridiculous thine Ire had ever heard of. One Comal County resident has asked what will happen later after GBRA wins the lawsuit and then says die aquifer really belongs under its control.
“The control of surface water belongs to the Texas Water Commission,” Specht said. “Our sole purpose is to crate our lac limes under the permits of the Texas Water Commission.**
“On pow much influence they (GBRA) are going to have, that’s 12 to 15 years in the future,” Colbert said. “For me to answer would be entirely speculative.”
Any person who owns a well or pumps water out of the aquifer can be named as a parts in the lawsuit. Depending on his stand oil the issue, the well owner or pumper could be named as plaintiffs or deferments. The lawsuit states, “ it is impossible to know at this time which of these parties should be designated as plaintiffs, who contend that water in the Edwards is owned by the State ol Texas and subject to regulation as State water by the Texas Water Commission and which parties should be designated as defendcms, who claim that wilier in the Edwards is not ow ned by the State of Texas and. therefore, not subject lo regulation as State waler by the Texas Water Commission.”
David Wcixch, director of planning and development, said GBRA has received some postive feedbag k from the well owners.
“As far as a responsive action, there has been none yet,** he said.
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By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Testimony in the breach-ol-lease lawsuit against the City of New Braunfels began quietly today after the visiting judge wanted the plaintiff Thursday he will face contempt of court charges if he continues to pass over questions and challenge the city’s attorney.
“I know you arc under a certain amount of stress,” Judge Charles Lance of Milam County told Richard Hampton in absence of the 12-mcm-bcr jury, adding that Hampton should answer the questions, "or wc’ll hold
Panel does not honor investment
The l*ubtic Utilities Commission laded to recognize New Braunfels
Utilities’ investment in transmission lines and substations Thursday during a public hearing concerning the Low er Colorado River Authority’s request
tor a rate hike The three commissioners voted down the examiner s recommendation that allowances he made to I.CKX customers who had made investments m transmission lines and substations. NRU has an investment of $10 4 million in equipment which saves money for I .CRA It is cheaper Uh I CRA to provide service to a customer that has fins equipment than to one which does not.
“New Braunfels (Utilities) made an investment which makes it cheaper lur I CRA to serve them, ara! the commissioners did not recognize tins,” said Richard Baiough, attorney tor NBt and Guadalupe Valley Electric Company "What this means is New Braunfels Unities customers will be sub&i/tng rates for smaller cities like Bastrop who have made rio investment at all. We don’t think it *s fair.” GV TC has an investment of $19 million in substation and transmission equipment.
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High court rejects ‘dial-a-porn’ ban
WASHINGTON (AP) — IU Supreme Court Imlay refused to let Congress outlaw lite billion doh ar “dwl-a-porn” industry , rejecting arguments thai such a ban is needed to pro lect the nation’s children The justices unanimously said Con gress was not justified w hen it fem, J a law last'year banning ail sex,.. > explicit telephone dial-up message services.
The hun v mimes tree sjiecch rights when applied to merely indecent ' messages, the court ruled
lite 1988 law made is a crime lo use a telephone to make any “obscene v*r indecent” comr mu Ovation for commercial puijxm's. But us iota! ban was never imposed because U 5 District Judge A. Wallace Tashtma fin Los
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Personal income posts weak advance
New Braunfels Mayor Doug Mitier has proclaimed Sunday as Natural Bridge Caverns Day, kicking off th# caverns' 25th anniversary colouration winch fasts through July 4, With Mater if Clara Heide mann ©wrier of the property on which lour St
Mary s University students discovered the caverns in i960 Sunday's entertainment will feature live muse, a visa t>y Grendei the caverns' dragon, and br tho ay cake For more information, see Page 2
(Photo by Defy) Clark)
WASHINGTON (AP) — American's per venal income rove a lackius ter 0.3 percent in May, the smallest gam in eight months, while consumer spending posted its weakest advance since October, the government said today.
Consumer spending represents two-thirds of the U S economy and analysts closely mom tor fluctauons rn both spending and ok tm ie as a barometer of the economy's overall health.
Economists arc likely to consider tile small gain in income, Ila; slowest since September to a seasonally adjusted annual rule erf $4.39 mil ion as a sign iii at consumer demand may slacken,
lTie income Imamu followed strew gti gams of 0.5 percent in April and 0,9 percent iii March However, the Commerce Department noted it tat the March gam was swelled by two spe
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“It’s just dragging,” he said. “I’m not going to fault counsel for Mr. Hampton’s transgressions.”
Hampton attempted to give background information for questions which the defense attorney asked for only “yes” or “no” responses. He also accused the attorney of putting words in his mouth.
After briefly consulting with his attorney, Jack Borchcrs, Hampton returned to the stand for approximately 30 minutes. The trial in district
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Picnic plans for the weekend may have to be changed. Thcrc’^ art increasing chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight. Saturday and into Sunday morning. Today’s high will reach 90 degrees with the overnight low at 74 degrees. The temperatures will be slightly cooler Saturday with a high of 89 and low of 73. Sunday will be a little wanner with a high of 93 degrees
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It’s turn: to get all gussied up f*»r the Mid-Texas Symphony's Hoedown and Bant Dance Saturday night ai SaengcrhaJtc. off Texas 46, from 6:30 to 11:30 pm.
The Hoedown and barbecue din lier will consist ol many activities for youngsters and adults alike, including horseshoe pitching, bullfrog jumping, goal racing, watermelon seed spitting ai a1 a hay stalk scramble Symphony Debutantes and their moms will man a Country Store that will feature homemade taste delights, along with country decor items ErucrtautnvcfU for the evening will he by the country and western band “Southbound.” A fiddlers’ contest also is planned
A trip, courtesy New Braunfels and Seguin Travel, will be pre-seined to a guild member joining or rejoining lite symphony guild the night of the party. A drawing will determine die winner of a watercolor palming by New Braunfels artist Angie Bania Brown, w hose work can be viewed ai Gruetli Rood Gallery
Tickets are available ai Krause lh Aik* and The Gold Bow or by ca)ling 629-0629. Hoedown tickets are SS for adults and $3 St) for children under 12. ..
Members of the Downtown Rotary Club of New Braunfels will conduct another blood cholesteiol screening beginning at 9 a tit tomorrow rn the pharmacy of die HTB grocery store Members of die club wilt offer die test, for a $5 donation, through 4 30 p rn
“We’ve been conducting these screenings lur die past two years now,” said club President Mike Doherty. “They serve as an important public service for die community because of the threat to health that a fugit cholesterol level can be. However the money
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