New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 25, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Watson leaving CISD post
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Mrs. Gay Watson, assistant superintendent of curriculum, resigned from Comal ISD Monday night to take on similar duties for Round Rock ISD.
“I regret losing her. She worked hard, and did a good job. But Round Rock is a much larger district — 16 schools, I think — and I know the salary’s a lot more,” Superintendent Bill Brown said after the board had formally accepted Watson’s resignation.
Her new position at Round Rock will be curriculum director. Mrs. Watson began her CISD stint as assistant superintendent on June 1,1983.
She also served as CISD assistant superintendent in July 1984 when Dr. Edgar Willhelm announced his intention to leave his superintendent post. She was named interim superintendent in August 1984, and served in that
capacity until Brown was hired as CISD superintendent in late November. His first day on the job was Dec. 26, 1984.
‘‘I enjoyed working with her,” Brown said Monday night. “We have such good people here. I like to give them a job to do, and let them do it. And she did it well.” Brown said he will look on the “inside first” for Watson’s replacement, adding he would probably bring a recommendation to the board at its July 16 meeting.
“I’ve already gotten some calls, but I’m not going to talk to anybody until I look inside first,” he said. “There has only been two times in my 12 years that I’ve had to go outside f to fill a job). There’s a lot of talent here, and they deserve first shot. That’s just the way I am.”
Even though Watson’s title was assistant superintendent of curriculum, Brown said her replacement
See WATSON, Page 14
Sex in space station recommended by pane!
NEW YORK (AP) — It’ll take more than Tang to keep our astronauts happy if men and women are sent on 98-day trips together, according to an environmental psychologist who recommends creating quarters for space station sex.
“The prospect of having women and men working together in close quarters always seems to lead to questions about sexual activity,” Yvonne Clearwater writes in the July issue of Psychology Today magazine. “It seems obvious, however, that a group of normal, healthy professionals will probably possess normal, healthy sexual appetites.”
Hence the conclusion by the leader of a National Aeronautics and Space Administration research team: “If we lock people up for 90-day periods, we must plan for the possibility of intimate behavior.”
Ms. Clearwater’s Habitability Research Group has been charged with telling NASA how to make the space station, which is scheduled to begin operation in the next decade, comfortable and efficient.
Reached by telephone Monday at NASA’s Arnes Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., Ms. Clearwater said she was reluctant to
See SPACE, Page 14
Rozier signs with Oilers, Page 6
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Syria, Israel may help free hostages
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - Syria and Israel, bitter Middle East foes, were reported* today to be ready to join the United States in separate efforts to seek the release of the 40 U.S. hostages held by Shiite Moslem militants in Lebanon.
The leftist daily newspaper as-Safir quoted informed sources as saying Syria had agreed to U.S. requests to use its good offices with the Shiite Moslems to secure the release of the Americans held since June 14.
Sources of Syria’s ruling Arab Ba'ath Socialist Party in Beirut said the hijack drama figured high in the talks Syrian President Hafez Assad held in Damacus on Sunday and Monday with visiting Iranian Parliament Speaker Hojatoleslam Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Iran is influential among Lebanon's militant Shiites, including Hezbollah, or Party of God, the group believed to be involved in the TWA hijack.
Israeli media reported that Prime Minister Shimon Peres of Israel has told the United States the two countries should cooperate to gain freedom for the hostages.
Meanwhile, a top leader of the Shiite Moslem Amal militia, which has taken responsibility for the hostages’ safety, said Monday that Amal will hand them back to the hijackers in about IO days if no
Reagan may apply economic pressure
WASHINGTON (AP) -President Reagan is considering closing the Beirut airport and cutting off goods and services to the Lebanese capital in an effort to increase pressure on those holding 40 Americans hostage in the city, the White House announced today.
Spokesman I^irry Speakes said Reagan could decide later in the day which of a series of steps the United States would take to put pressure on the terrorists, Iran, Syria, Libya and any other nations or groups supporting the hijackers of TWA Flight 847.
Speakes indicated, however, that no direct military action to free the hostages was contemplated, saying the safety of the 40 American men being held captive remains a top priority.
Speakes refused to say how the United States might act to close the airport, other than to suggest “international cooperation” as one option.
See REAGAN, Page 14
progress is made toward meeting the hijackers’ demands.
The hijackers are demanding that Israel release hundreds of lebanese and Palestinian prisoners charged with attacking or planning attacks on Israeli troops in lebanon and that Spain release two Shiites being tried on charges of plotting to kill a Libyan diplomat there.
Israel released 31 of the 766 Arab prisoners Monday but said the move was unrelated to the hijacking.
As-Safir quoted informed sources as saying Syria has promised to exert efforts “if positive stands by the concerned parties on the demands under discussion were made. ”
The sources, who were not identified in the report, said Syria demanded that its mediation effort be conditioned by Israel’s commitment to release the Lebanese prisoners.
Syria is the power broker in lebanon and supports most Moslem groups, including Amal.
Israel radio and the mass circulation newspaper Yediot Ahronot said Peres sent sent a message to President Reagan suggested their countries cooperate in finding a solution to the hostage crisis.
Such a message would indicate a change in Israel’s attitude. Previously Israel has said the crisis
See HIJACK, Page 14
Council tables Utilities bond discussion
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
Taking the lead from New Braunfels Utilities, City Council Monday night took no action on its choice of authorizing $18.1 million in utility revenue bonds or ordering a public referendum on the issuance of those bonds.
Utilities trustees, including Mayor Barbara Tieken, on June 19 unanimously agreed to delay a request to City Council to approve any utility bonds "until some future date.”
Tieken said Monday that when the Utilities board returns with its request for bond money it should list the projects in priority order.
“One of the items that I think is important to us,” said Tieken, “is, whether we decide to do it ourselves or take it to the people, to have a priority list prepared for us by the Utilities as to exactly what projects are designated, whether we do $18 million or $13 million or whatever.
“By having this in a list with the most important projects listed first (and) those that are the least important listed last, then rn case there is an overun of a project, the money could be taken from the least important at the bottom of the list and added to the top,” Tieken said
The Utilities first presented the proposal for the bonds — which were to go for electric, water, seWer and wastewater projects — on May 27.
Then, on June IO, a 3-3 vote defeated the Council’s motion for a public referendum That vote was followed by another 3-3 vote, which defeated a motion for a notice of intent. A motion to table a decision that night even ended in a tie.
At the June 19 Utilities meeting, trustees agreed with Amo Becker, who said the issue “has gotten away from the bonds."
The trustee said, “These bond projects need to be weighed by facts, not emotion.”
During the cooling-off period, Tieken suggested the Utilities committee studying the pro rata recovery policy.
“I do hope that committee gets on with their work,” Tieken said. “I think that will be significantly important to the people of New Braunfels to have a capital recovery system in place.”
Also Monday night, Council agreed to allow Doug Webb of Webb Lube Center and Tube City Inc. to operate a shuttle service along Union Avenue to and from the river. The agreement ends Oct. 15.
Webb said he has been renting tubes for four summers and people are “constantly wanting shuttle
“I would like to provide these people an option to get back to their cars,” Webb said, adding that his shuttle would eliminate traffic hazards by getting some of the pedestrians off Union Avenue.
Webb will use a pick-up truck equipped with carpet-covered seats and a rail around the bed to transport passengers.
Councilwoman Betty l»u Rushing, who voted against the approval, said people are here for recreation and shouldn’t need a ride to the river.
“I don’t see the need to be transporting around for people who come for recreation,” she said. “This is how River Road got started. If we do it for one, we’ll have to do it for others.”
However, others such as Councilman George Erben, said the service would benefit the city. “I think Doug has a good idea,” he said. “I think he would actually be performing a service to get the people off the street.”
Also Monday night, Council:
— unanimously approved an amended city wrecker ordinance. The amended ordinance allegedly streamlines the procedures used in rotating wrecker service. New Braunfels Police Lt. John Wommack explained the procedure to Council.
— authorized final payment of $27,798 to Olmos Construction Co. for
See COUNCIL, Page 14
Boom-Boom, the emu at the adjacent Wildlife Wilderness park, checks out the towerTower buyers eye 1-35 corridor business
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
The firm that bought the old RLRN broadcast tower, located off EM 306, will soon rent space to communication companies along the San Antonio-Austin corridor.
RLRN, the public broadcasting statior that serves San Antonio and Austin, sold the tower in February to Shaffer and Associates, Gene Doren, RLRN vice president of engineering, said.
“We hope to start our marketing campaign next week,” Rich Cieslak, vice president of Shaffer and Associates, said. “Presently we have been getting the site ready to begin renting the space on the tower to various communication firms.”
The company, a communications consulting firm based in Illinois with an office in Houston, plans to mail an invitation to rent space to all Federal Communication Commission license holders in the Interstate 35 corridor.
A renter could place his repeater or base station antenna on the tower and have access to mobile units from San Antonio to Austin
“We decided to move into this area because of the growth phenomenon in the corridor,” Cieslak said. “We realize this is
going to be one of the major demographic and business locations in the next IO years And where there is that kind of concentration of people and businesses, there is a need for communications.”
The tower will be useful to companies that have either customers or employees to communicate with from San Antonio to Austin, such as pager companies, mobile phone companies and even towing services that have business from the two major cities “Cellular phone companies could also rent space, but they would want to place their antennae at a lower height,” Cieslak explained. “The cellular concept is designed for re-use of frequencies because of the shortage of frequencies.”
The cellular systems keep the antenna sites low so that the frequency can be used another IO miles away, the communication consultant said Buildings and such shield the low sites so that the same frequency can be used by another sender a few miles away without interference. A cellular phone system could rent space on the 1,000-foot tower, but have its antenna around IOO feet up, Cieslak said
See TOWER, Page 14
Camera store suffers big loss
New Braunfels police have no suspects in the weekend burglary of more than $25,000 worth of cameras and related equipment from Shutterbug Photo in Courtyard Shopping Center.
Police Det. John Villareal said this morning there are “a few leads, but no suspects” In the burglary, which occurred sometime after the studio closed late Saturday afternoon.
The burglary was reported about noon Sunday.
There were no signs of forced entry, Villareal said, and “no one really knows” how the store was entered.
Taken were “lots of cameras and sophisticated camera equipment and development equipment” that the
studio photographers used, along with equipment and supplies that were sold to the public, Villareal said.
“They estimate a big loss — about $25,000 worth,” the detective said.
The studio's equipment was leased and Villareal said the proprietors are waiting on identification from the leasing company.
Burglary of a non-ha bi ta tion is a second degree felony and is punishable by a sentence of two to 20 years and-or a fine of $10,000
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Seguin’s Valerie Lowrance is already experiencing the fruits of winning the America’s Junior Miss title — a TV’ appearance, tours and plenty of attention. She became the first person from this area to capture the national title when she was crowned Friday night See Page 2Today's Weather
A 30 percent chance of showers is predicted for today again Otherwise skies will remain partly cloudy with temperatures reaching near 90 and dropping to the mid-70s overnight Southeasterly winds should stay at 5 mph Monday s high was 89 and this morning’s low was 75. Sunset will be at 8:37 p m and sunrise will be at 6:36a.m.