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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 1, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas Senator proposes cutting state’s share from tracks AUSTIN (AP) — Opponents of pari-mutuel wagering are crying foul after a state senator said he may seek to reduce the state’s take of money wagered on horse races as a way to help get the racing business running in Texas.    See Page 3A NB-EP contest postponed again Today’s baseball game between New Braunfels and Eagle Pass, postponed from Tuesday, was again delayed by weather conditions. The game between the third-ranked Eagles and lOth-ranked Unicorns is now set for April 21.    *    „    ^ „ See Page 9A o o Test your savvy for grocery shopping 4 IO SUIt*BrOO''- R°P ^lls and make the most of y$>9 ' ^ for groceries. Z p/S-XI,{G 98 (1BL ' habits ^Oo. a2B New Braunfels Vol. 137, No. 78 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 Wednesday March 1, 1989 25 Cents Two Sections, 22 PagesEPA issues order against MV mill By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer The Environmental Protection Agency recently issued an administrative order against Misson Valley Mill whose wastewater discharge turned the Guadalupe River a burgundy color in September. Agency and Mission Valley Mill officials said the color isn’t harmful to the environment but is a permit violation. “(The mill’s) permit stipulates there can be no substantial visible Good day (color) contrast in the river, and because of increased production there has been substantial contrast” said EPA spokesman Roger Meacham today. “Because of citizen complaints, the Texas Water Commission inspected the situation and that led to our issuing an administrative order.’’ Operations at the mill, now owned by Farley Inc., include dying and finishing apparel fabrics for shirts and pants. The mill is allowed by separate EPA and Texas Water Commission permits to discharge treated wastewa ter into the Guadalupe River. “Color is not considered a pollutant,” said plant manager Bill Morton in an interview Oct. 23 for the Herald- Zeitung. “What’s in the water isn’t detrimental to fish life or human life.” The administrative order issued Feb. 15 is the “first effort to resolve a problem,” Meacham said. Morton said burgundy-colored water was discharged before the plant’s chlorination system was installed in late September. Water from the plant is pumped to lagoons to be equalized, aerated, clarified and chlorinated before being released into the river, Morton said in October. Sulfur dioxide is added to the water to kill the chlorine in the water. Discharged water consists mainly of dye particles, salts, and starch, Morton said. Texas Water Commission’s investigation revealed the discoloration continued from Sept. 19 until Sept. 23 See MILL, Page2A Rash cause undetermined The cause of “Lake Dunlap Rash,” for years blamed on discharges from WestPoint Pepperell mills by tubers and residents living along the Guadalupe River, has never been substantiated. Roger Biggers, technical services manager for New Braunfels Utilities, told citizens at a Friends for Rivers meeting Tuesday he has investigated the possible culprit of the itchy rash. “They have been, through the years, trying to find out what it is and what’s causing it,” Biggers said. “It could be a combination of a lot of things down there. There’s been no determination or anything that anybody can pinpoint.” A local dermatologist said three types of skin rashes arc commonly See RASH, Page 2A Slippery ahead It’s a nasty day — weatherwise    y — in New Braunfels. Skies will be cloudy and there will be    r drizzle for the next couple of days, The high today is expected ll to reach 58. The low tonight will be 51. Skies will remain cloudy through the morning hours Thursday but may clear by afternoon. The high Thursday will be 75. The low will be 55.    ■ Inside: CLASSIFIED............................6-9B COMICS.......................................4B    M CROSSWORD.............................3A    * DEAR ABBY...............................5B EDUCATION................................BA ENTERTAINMENT.......................5B HOROSCOPE..............................4B KALEIDOSCOPE...................  1-6B OPINIONS....................................4A SPORTS.................................9-11A TV LISTINGS...............................4B WEATHER...................................2A Stammtisch Walnut Avenue between Katy Street and Eikel Street will be closed Thursday for work on the railroad crossing. It should be open by Friday..... Old McQueeney Road will be closed for about 30 days beginning today for reconstruction. The road will be closed from the Interstate 35 frontage road to County Line Road.... Safe City Commission continues its neighborhood meetings tonight at 7 for people in the Comal, Guada Coma and Kessler street neighborhoods. The meeting is at the Senior Citizens Center on Comal Street. For more information call 620-SAFE.... Volunteers still are needed to help oui with some of the fun activities at the Get in the Swing golf tournament March 4 at Woodlands Country Club. Helpers are needed in the morning or afternoon and the activity won’t be physically strenuous, but will be fun. The tournament, sponsored by Miller Wholesale Beer, is part of a day full of fun planned by the local chapter of the American Heart Association. A card tournament will be inside the country club and is open to anyone from IO a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. A style show will be held during the luncheon. The day will be capped off with a Salute to the Forties dance at Heidelberg Halle. Tickets to the dance are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and are available at City Pharmacy, Vollbrecht’s Pharmacy and The Hoffman Agencies and at The Pit Stop at Canyon Lake. To volunteer to help out at the golf tournament, call Bud Dallmann at 625-6342.... Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority has cleaned out grandma’s attic and will host a garage sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 pan. at 472 W. San Antonio St. (the old building next to Krueger Chevrolet’s used car lot). There will be lots of junk, fabrics, clothes and other usual garage sale fare. No early birds please ... SM STAMMTISCH, Page 2A FAA turns down grant for local airport system By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writer It appears New Braunfels Municipal Airport will not receive the grant the city has been seeking from the Federal Aviation Administration. The city applied for a $4 million grant from FAA to purchase an Instrument Landing System and lengthen one runway to accommodate jet aircraft. “The plan has been returned to us because it was not approved by the FAA,” said Glenn Crow, chairman of the airport advisory board, Tuesday night. “There were reasons given, including that they have not approved our study of the municipal airport which we have submitted and it had been approved.” The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce in 1985 had per formed an airport study and Crow said the FAA originally said the study would be sufficient. Now die FAA is requiring a master plan. Other reasons given by the FAA included not giving enough justification for lengthening the runway. T he study submitted did not have an environmental impact statement, anyjusti See AIRPORT, Page2A Residents getting message to clear up local warrants The 21 -year-old San Antonio resident driving the Mercury Cougar, in background, was treated and released at McKenna Memorial Hospital this morning after a 7 a.m. accident on Interstate 35 just north of the Texas 46 overpass. The driver of a BMW, foreground, was northbound when he apparently was forced off the road and crossed the median, into the path of the Cougar. The driver of the BMW escaped injury. No further information was available as of presstime this morning. (Photo by Deryl Clark) Student hospitalized after weekend wreck The clogged drain of city and county warrants has begun to clear as 41 citizens voluntarily turned themselves in to authorities this week after a recent raid. “I didn’t expect this many,” said Lt. Rudy Rubio, Comal County sheriff’s office Tuesday. “It was beyond my expectations." The Feb. 24 warrant raid, conducted by 25 city and county officials, resulted in the arrest of 26 local residents and the clearance of approximately 62 warrants. The raid was intended to send a message to the community that outstanding warrants will be served, officers said. “It was immense,” Bobby Owens said about public response. “It’s still going. It’s a hot and heavy tiling. “We’re hoping to see a lot of people coming in on their own because of the warrant raid,” he said. “They will get the idea we’re not playing games.” Approximately 4,000 warrants remain outstanding iii the county and the city has approximately 800 warrants stacked up. Owens and Rubio said people aren’t sa> ing whether the raid prompted them to pay off outstanding warrants “I don’t think anybody is going to admit tothat,’Owcr said. “It’s just like getting a letter from a credit agenes saying that you’re being sued and soon w ill be reported to their credit reporting bureau for not making payments." “It was a success,” Rubio said. “Hopefully, we won t have to make that many arrests (next time). Hopefully, See WARRANTS. Page 2A Police seeking burglary clues A 14-year-old Smithson Valley Middle School student remains in serious condition today at Medical Center Hospital with head trauma after being involved in a wreck Saturday in San Antonio. Krystal Pierce of the 1200 block of Shawnee Pass was a passenger in a 1982 Chevrolet Camara Z-28 with four others when the accident occurred around 2:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of Northeast Loop 410. Killed in the one-car accident were Douglas Ronald Miller, 18, 8102 Sel-don Trail; and Dale Jay Golding, 18, 6107 Patrick Henry. Injured were driver Donnie Smckland Jr., 21, Converse, and Aldea Sanderford, 17,3800 block of Harry Wurzbach. The vehicle ripped into two pieces after slamming into a signpost. Burglars who stalk New Braunfels day and night should beware because police are determined to stop the rash of recent break-ins. As the number of unsolved burglaries increases residents should “try to get involved,” said detective Mario Guerrero of the New Braunfels Police Department. Burglaries are hard to solve when “we don’t have people who will come forward,” he said. Five-year police statistics from 1983 to 1988 indicate $2.5 million worth of property has been stolen in New Braunfels as the result of residential and business burglaries. Many of the burglaries are related because the metnod of operations, such as entering through broken windows, arc similar, Guerrero said. The Safe City Commission recommends residents keep doors and windows locked and garage doors down. “And (residents) should try to keep an eye on their neighbors’ (property)," said Commission Director Don Ferguson. “Neighbors helping neighbors can help reduce crime." Police are asking citizens with information to help solve the following burglaries by calling Crime Stoppers at 620-TIPS or police investigators at 625-7181. • Automotive Audio was broken into Feb. £ when an assailant drove a stolen 1988 GMB Suburban into Ute store’s front and stole a large amount of stereo equipment. The vehicle was recovered in San Antonio Feb 14 The steering column sustained sub stantial damage. • West Point Pepperell administra lion offices were burglarized dining the weekend of Feb. 4. A filing cabinet and a large amount of cash were stolen. Burglars broke a window on the building’s southeast side, reached through the glass and unlatched the window to enter the offices. • A residence in the 300 block of See BURGLARIES, Page 2A A lien enters race for CISD board Martin Allen entered the Comal Independent School District trustee race Tuesday saying he would bring a sense of commitment for quality growth while keeping taxpayers’ concerns in mind. The district court administrator for Comal, Hays, and Caldwell counties joins incumbent school board president Carter Casteel as the only announced candidates for the May 6 election. “I think education is important to children — having three children in CISD for the past nine years, and will continue to have children in it for the next eight years — I just want to be a part of ensuring that quality education is given to the children in CISD," Allen said. Allen has not been involved in public education, but has been involved in education with the Texas Association for Court Administration. He was a charter member for the association founded in 1976 and currently is serving as a member of the board of directors as secretary/treasurer, and is also a past president. In 1986, he received the Justice Charles W. Barrow Award as outstanding Bm BOARD, P*g* 2A Martin Allen Hance looking to make Texas more competitive The Texas Railroad Commission is working on economic development issues to make Texas more competitive. “One of the things we’re trying lo do at the railroad commission is to make trucking rates in Texas competitive with rates in other states,” said Railroad Commissioner Kent Hance who stopped in New Braunfels Tuesday. “We don’t want to lose business to other states or we don’t want present businesses looking to go to other states and so that’s going to be our top priority this year.” Although the New Braunfels area is not directly involved in energy production, all areas of the state are affected by the industry, Fiance said. “I’ve been an advocate for stability. I think when we have oil price stability it helps the consumer and the pro ducer,” Hance said, explaining why he has gone to numerous overseas meetings with oil producing countries. He said an agreement reached at a Nov. 21 OPEC meeting is a good agreement for Texas because it will help the economy. Hance said there is an 80 percent chance the agreement will hold until a June meeting keeping oil prices in a $17 to $19 per barrel range. “lf that happens, you will see a turnaround in our economy,” he said. “It SM HANCE, Pag* 2A ;