New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 24, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writar
The 11-member advisory committee, appointed by the Comal Independent School District board of trustees on June 21, has decided to hold two open hearings — even though the committee does not fall under the Texas Open Meetings Act.
A staff attorney from the Texas Daily Newspaper Association told the Herald Zettung that because the advisory committee would not be spending public funds, nor had any rule-making authority, it would not fall under the definition of a “governmental
body.” Therefore, the committee would be exempt from holding open meetings.
‘‘The committee met last night (Thursday). We were advised by the district’s attorney, Lonnie Chunn, that we were a legal committee and that we can therefore make recommendations to the school board,” Committee Chairman Col. Robert Van Horn said Friday. “We also decided to hold two opening hearings, even though we don’t fall under the Open Meetings Act.”
The first open session will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at Frazier Elementary. The second will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at Smithson Valley High
“The open sessions are for the purpose of gathering information, so anyone can voice a concern or comment. Depending on the number of people in attendance, there may be a time limit placed on each speaker,” Van Horn added.
Committee members will not answer questions at the open sessions. “We will be listeners,” the chairman said very inatter-of-factly.
I-ast night, the committee discussed problems and recommendations on teacher-administration
See CISD, Page 10A
Jail opponents may reveal plans today
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Residents of the city’s West End, who are unhappy with the county’s chosen jail site, are still contemplating taking legal action.
But as of yet the group — known as the Westside Citizens Committee — does not know if it has grounds to file suit against the county, l-ater today,
however, it may know more.
Richard 0. Trevino, Jr., the San Antonio attorney working for West End residents, is expected to release his findings and a rec *nmendation this afternoon, a committee spokesman said Friday morning.
Since June 14, Trevino has been studying information provided by
See JAIL, Page 10A
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Vol. 92 - No. 125
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Shuttle lands in California
Plowing the water
A silhouetted man on a jet ski motors through the waters of Canyon Lake on a balmy Thursday af ternoon. With the onset of hot weather, all sorts of
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crafts, motorized or wind powered, have been gilding across the lake There s more in store, as the July 4 holiday weekend approaches
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. <AP) Space shuttle Challenger, rerouted on its 96th orbit, went around the world two extra revolutions today and glided without fanfare to a sunrise landing on the familiar bed of Rogers Dry lake.
“Challenger, wheels down,” commander Robert Crippen reported as the I OO-ton winged shuttle touched down right on the centerline as it ended a near-flawless six-day mission, marred only by waveoff on tile first attempt to land a shuttle in Florida.
The ship’s five astronauts, including America’s first woman in space Sally K Ride, hoped to return the shuttle to Cape Canaveral, Flu., but overcast Florida skies forced the disappointing diversion.
“The good news is tin* beer is very, very cold this morning. Tin* bad news is that it is 3,000 miles away," ground controller C.uy Gardner told the flight crew as Challenger rolled to a stop.
“That’s what I was afraid of," Crippen replied
Cripplers crew included pilot Rick Hauck and mission specialists Ride, John Fabian and Dr Norman Thagurd.
A small NASA crew and a inini-convoy of “safing” vehicles was read) and waiting on the lakebed The regular landing crew was still in Florida.
Challenger pierced clear skies onto runway 15, a hard-sand strip on the Mojave Desert, at 6:57 a.iii Pacific time.
“Nice and smooth on the way in,” said Crippen. “As I said once before, what a way to come to California " He was pilot on the first shuttle flight in
There were hundreds of thousands of sightseers and a rousing w elcome-home ceremony to greet that mission This time, only 125 people made the trip on the chance that weather would force the detour. And the ceremony, planned for Cape Canaveral, was canceled
NASA first postponed the Florida landing for 90 minutes, citing “patches of fog and low clouds.” Officials still hoped skies would clear to allow an 8:30 a.m. EDT touchdown.
But just after 7 a.m. EDT, as Crippen was to begin descent to Florida, Clardner radioed: “The weather at the Cape is getting worse instead of better, so it looks like no go for ESC (Kennedy Space Center).
‘‘You guys can sit back and relax a little bit; we will tx* going into Edwards on the following orbit.” He added, ‘‘HSC had a red carpet out for you."
Crippen, who had practiced tlx* KSU landing for months, said in resignation: “We would have liked to go there very much, but if the weather’s bad, that’s the right thing to do and we understand.” Irater he said, "We’re ready to come down whenever and wherever.”
On orbit 97, Crippen got the go-ahead to fire Challenger’s twin braking rockets. That slowed the shuttle’s 17,400-mph speed by 210 miles to start it from 180 miles tugh on an hour-long, blazing descent back to Earth.
The ship landed on orbit 98.
See SHUTTLE, Page IGA
Di irlrmt franZiQ/Compromise plan 'slap' at Reagan;
DUUytZl /# 01*00/ tax cut 'cap' approved by House
WASHINGTON < API — Congress has broken step with President Reagan's economic program, adopting a cornpronuse 8859 billion budget blueprint calling for more taxes, more domestic spending and less military spending than Reagan has insulted on for 1984.
The Democrat-controlled House, meanwhile, took a second slap at Reagan by voting to luiUt next month's personal income tax cut to a maximum $720 — a move that ut unlikely to ever become law.
In rapid succession on Thursday, both the House and Senate approved the budget plan completed by congressional negotiators un Monday. The House tally was 239-186 while the Senate approved it 51-43 It does not require the president's signature because It only serves as a guide for Congress as it drafts spending and tax legislation
Reagan repeatedly has hammered at the compromise budget saying IU mandate for 873 billion in higher taxes over the next three years, multibdlion-dollar increases in domestic spending and half the military spending boost he wanted could stall the economic recovery and weaken national defense
After the budget vote, House Democratic leaders brought up the bill to limit the July I personal income tax rate cut to a maximum 8720 per family and 8637 for single people Rep Dan Rostenkowski, D-lll., chairman of Hie Ways and Means Committee, noted tliat the proposed limitation would raise 86 billion next year and 821 billion over the next three years, and would be “a statement that Congress has begun to grapple with the menace of federal deficits "
However, the 229-191 House vote for the tax cap was a clear political statement from Democratic leaders who have portrayed the measure as a move to restore fairness to Reagan's tax policies, which Democrats argue favor Hie rich.
All 229 votes came from Democrats.
The Senate is expected to take up the lax limitation measure Tuesday and all indications are that the Republican-controlled chamber will kill Hie legislation lf it survives the Senate. Reagan said fie is ready to veto it.
Before the final vote, the Senate rejected 51-41 a proposal by Sen Robert J. Dole. R-Kan , chairman
of the Senate Finance Committee, to reduce from $73 billion to $59 billion the amount of taxes to raised After the final vote, Dole said, "There is no possible way ... that our coiiumtlec can come up with $73 billion” in increased rev enues In addition to the $73 billion iii tax increases over the next three years, the budget directs congressional committees draft legislation for $12 3 billion in spending cuts in existing programs over the same period.
In other action, the Senate rejected an attempt to impose a 821,000-a-year limit on outside earnings from all sources The action came one week after the Senate voted itself a $9,1(10 pay raise A proposed amendment by Sen Jake Gam, H-Ulah, which was defeated 58-34, would have applied the $21,000 cap to honoraria from speeches as well as to so-called unearned income from investments and trust funds
The House Science and Technology Committee asked the House Ethics ('ouuiuttee to investigate
See BUDGET, Page IGA
Loeffler blasts budget package
By ROBERT JOHNSON Editor
To put It mildly, Rep Tom l-oeffler (R-llunh didn’t care much for what the House did Thursday.
I defiler, whose 21st Texas District includes Comal County, calk'd tile cornpronuse budget resolution passed by the House “Ute most ridiculous document to be brought to us out of conference, because it means we are returning again to the past 20 years of a high-spending, high-taxing Congress ”
Both Hie budget resolution. which contained too much money for domestic programs and not enough for defense in President
Reagan's opinion, and a “tax cap" (which would put a limit on the third-year tax cut scheduled to take effect next month I passed the House Thursday, Daffier voted against both measures Loeffler said the budget resolution “represents economic short-sightedness, political gluttony and legislative buffoonery.” He felt the measure would “revive Hie vicious inflationary spiral, higher interest rates and greater unemployment of the past Increases in domestic spending al tlx expense of defense particularly irked loftier, one of Reagan’s staunchest supporters
See LOEFFLER, Page IGA
New Braunfels student named to academyInside
U S Senator John Tower < K-Texas > has announced the appointment of Heron Vaijean Patterson of New Braunfels to the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY
Patterson, the son of Mr and Mrs. Ladd Patterson, attends New Braunfels High School He will enter the academy for a two-month period of basic training this summer prior to the start of the academic year.
Patterson's appointment was offered on the basis of his well-rounded academic and extra-curricular record. A member of the New Braunfels High School Student Council, National Honor Society and Junior ROIC, he also earned a varsity letter in crosscountry
"The academy is fortunate to be gaining a midshipman the caliber of Damn Patterson,” said Tower. “He will bs afforded one of the finest
educations available and I am confident that he will make a sigimfcant contribution to the Regiment of Midshipmen and to his country
“I am pleased to be his sponsor and know the people of New Braunfels are proud to have such an outstanding representative,” Tower added.
Tower is currently accepting applications from young men and women interested in entering the service academies in 1984 Inquiries should be directed to his office at HOO Commerce, Dallas, Tx, 75242
Now serving his fourth term, Tower is chairman of the Armed Services Committee and Is a member of the Budget Commute and the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. He also serves as chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee and now ranks second in seniority among GOP members of the Senate.Today's Weather
ll will be partly cloudy through Saturday, and mild tonight There la a SO percent chance of afternoon or early evening thunderstorms today, dropping to a 20 percent Saturday. Winds will be east to northeast near IO mph today, then east at 5-10 mph tonight Sunset will be at 8 34 pm. and sunrise Saturday will be at 8:32 a rnMora for Mo Boll
Southwestern Bell today asked the Public Utility Commission for a record $1.7 billion statewide rate increase The phone company says it needs the money lo make up for decreased rates In other areas. Story, page JA
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Killer scoffs at high bail, pledges to solve murders
MONTAGUE, Texas (API — Henry Ixe Lucas laughed when the judge set his bail at $1 Mullion, objected when his lawyer protested that the bond was too high and pledged to help solve the cases of IOO women he claims to have killed “I will finish what I have started I will finish giving back the dead that I have taken,” Lucas told State District Judge Frank Douthitt on Thursday.
laa as, a former mental patient convicted over two decades ago of killing his mother, lias been charged in three slayings and has talked about as many as 60 in all, investigators said Since being released from a Michigan prison in 1975, I.ucaa, 46, claims he had killed about IOO women, many ol them hitchhikers, in Texas and 15 other states, authorities said But a key investigator said Thursday that he is skeptical of Lucas' story.
Lucas has been “definitely linked" to only four killings, Texas Ranger Carl Weather* of l.ubbuck said
Montague County Sheriff W F. Conway said none of 120 calls he has received from law officers in 17 states has panned out.
“I don’t believe he’s intentionally lying There are
things he's specific about and things he’s very vague about. Who knows for sure I low many I murders) are involved'”’ Weathers said l.ucas was charged Thursday with the murder of his 15-year-oid conunon-law wife, Freita brattie Powell. The girl, known as Becky, was a runaway from Jacksonville, Kl* , investigators said.
He also is charged with the murders of Kale Rich, GO, from nearby Ringgold, last September, and a young female hitchhiker I.ucas says he picked up in Ilecember 1981 near Abilene Iuicas told investigators he raped the woman before and after decapitating her.
The torso of the unidentified victim, thought to be in lier late teens or early 20s, was found war Plainview ami her skull was found near Scottsdale, Aru , investigators said The charge was lodged after Lucas sketched the victim’s face, investigators said Lucas led officers to the remains of Mrs Rich and Ms Powell at two gravesites in North Texas on June 16, five days after his arrest on a charge of illegally possessing a 22-caliber pistolSee LUCA*, Page MA