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New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 92 — No. 44 20 Pages-2 Sections (USPS 377-8801Economicgauges point to recovery
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A boost in housing sales in January and a sharp rise in the Index of leading Economic Indicators have “flashed a bright green light" for economic recovery, according to President Reagan.
Sales of new single-family houses jumped 9.9 percent in January, rising to their highest level in more than two years, the government reported Wednesday.
That news arrived on top of word from the government that its chief economic forecasting gauge, the Commerce IX*part-ment's Index of leading Economic Indicators.
shot skyward in January by 3.6 percent, its biggest gain in 33 years.
And a business group reported a gain in consumer confidence and plans by Americans to make major purchases.
Analysts have taken these signs — as well as good news in stock prices, construction, spending, inflation and interest rates — to mean recovery from recession might be more vigorous than most expected.
President Reagan issued a statement saying Wednesday’s figures “flashed a bright green light for recovery. They provide compelling new evidence that the United States economy is rapidly gaming strength."
The president asked Congress to work with his administration "in a bipartisan spirit to build a lasting recovery that w ill create more jobs."
“There has never been a gain in the leadingRelated story, Page UA
index this large in the past without an economic recovery,” Commerce Secretary Malcolm Baldrige noted.
Treasury Secretary Donald Regan spoke of "substantial evidence that the recession is over and we are beginning the recovery.”
Some analysts voiced cautious agreement.
“I really do think that we have had a lot of evidence that we are in a recovery,” said Sandra Shaber, an economist for Chase Econometrics, a consulting firm “But I think the danger is that people will overestimate how strong the recovery will be. There was so much caution late last year, and wisely so, because there were so many obstacles that would restrain growth."
The Conference Board, a business-sponsored research group, said its consumer confidence index climbed to 64 8 in February, up almost seven points from January. It was the second consecutive monthly gain for the
survey. Its buying plans index rose to 75.5 from 71.9 in the previous month, led by a gain in planned auto purchases.
January sales of new single-family homes — at an annual rate of 576,000 houses — were up a full 58 percent from the level as recently as July The new sales rate was the highest since September 1980.
With the step-up in the sale of houses, their prices climbed too. The median price, the Commerce Department said, was a record $75,500.
The January gain in economic indicators was the fifth monthly increase in a row — and the largest since the 4.1 percent of July 1950.
Last-minute filings swell school trustees' races
On the last day they could do so. three candidates added their names to the April ballot for school board elections in the Comal and New Braunfels Independent School Districts Wednesda) was the last do) candidates could file for the April 2 election However, unregistered voters wishing to vote »n either election have until Friday to register to vote at the County Tax-Assessor-Collector’s office Absentee voting for the elections will be held March 14 to 29 Two of the three candidates who filed Wednesday are vying for positions on the NBISD board One of the two is running for what has become the most hotly contested race in that district place 5.
Shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday, 45-year-old Christina Zamora filed for this spot making it a four-way race She faces opposition Iran Gladys Battling. Ronald Dalrymple aud bonnie Uhr Denson for place 5, which is being vacated in April by incumbent Trustee William lee Jr.
The other NBISD candidate who filed yesterday afternoon was Jose Valdemar Espinoza who lives at 1559 W San Antonio Street Espinoza, who filed for place 6. has lived in the school district and state for 48 years, according to his candidacy statement He was unavailable for com
ment by presstime.
Place 6 — currently held by Trustee Rudy Renner w ho is seeking re-election is now a three-way race since New Braunfels resident David Cook is also a candidate for this spot The other place up for re-election this year — place 4 — is an unopposed race. Incumbent Trustee Bob Self is the lone candidate.
The latest name added to the CISD ballot is that of Selden G. Becker, of Canyon [.ake, who has been teaching for 16 years He filed at 8 30 p.m. Wednesday against inc umbent CISD Trustee Erwin Lehmann Lehmann was one of three incumbents who found himself with a spot on the board after a request from the Texas Assoc iation of School Board to reduce the CISD board to seven members.
Terms of office of Lehmann, who is finishing his first term* and incumbents Judy DeVtllez, (who has also served one term) and Raymond Soechting, i who has served two terms I w ere to expire in 1983 regardless of TASB’s request Essentially the three trustee spots will dissolve into one position on the board, which lA'hmann filed to keep and Becker has now challenged Becker, who was unavailable for comment by presstime, lives at Star Route
2. Box 296-V at Canyon I .ake. He is a safety and driver education teacher for Northside Independent School District in San Antonio. Before teaching in San Antonio he taught the same subject for eight years in Houston and seven years at South West Texas Stale University in San Marcos
He and his wife Gisela moved to Canyon Lake in 1974. Although he was unavailable for comment as to why he filed, his wife said, "He doesn't think any one should go unopposed in a democracy."
Zamora, who filed for place 5 on the NBISD ballot, said she chose to run because of her interest in the school system. She and her husband Aguinaldo Nayo" Zamora have been a resident of New Braunfels for 25 years, prior to which they lived in the Rio Grande Valley.
They have five children, two of which have graduated and *' * • »h* *»ill attend
NBlSw schools — a*»i»x • sc**. . b,inu, an eighth and a first grader.
Zamora, who is an independent insurance agent and part-owner of Easy Bail Bonds, said she has just recently started as a volunteer teacher's aide at Lone Star, w here her y oungest child attends school.
It was what she’s already seen while working at the kmdergarden and first
See TRUSTEES. Page 12AInsideToday s Weather
Comal County forecast calls for mostly cloudy today with a 30 percent of showers, increasing to a 50 percent chance tonight and Friday. Winds will be from the south at 15-25 mph today, with a lake wind advisory in effect. Sunset will be at 6:31 p.m., and sunrise Friday will be at6:54a.m.All The Marbles
That's what's on the line tonight in Barnhill Arena when the Arkansas Razorbacks host tile nation's No. I team, tile Houston Cougars. First place in the Southwest Conference is on the line in a game Arkansas coach Eddie Sutton calls the biggest in the history of the SWC. See Page SA.Spreading The Word
At the find stop of an eight-country' tour of Central America, Pope John Paul I! told a group of priest and bishops in Costa Rica to shun both Martism and unrestrained capitalism, to seek justice and to work to stop violence. See Pege SA.
Death toll rises to 17 in California
Bv THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
California got a break today with a lull in almost a week of violent storms that have caused $130 million in damage, killed 17 people, and chased 9,200 from their homes. But more trouble may be on the way.
Officials late Wednesday evacuated about 1.200 people from the Simi Valley, northwest of lx»s Angeles, after deciding that the earthen Sinaloa Dam could give way under the strain of a week of ram.
"There’s 6 inches of water coming over the dam and both sides of the dam are corroding," Ventura County fire dispatcher Kathy Whitman said.
“We have engineers out there cutting off the flow of water, trying to lower the level of water,” said police LL Dorsey Cullen, who said the water behind the dam was 6 feet above normal.
The death toll from the West Coast storms that began over the weekend rose to 17, w ith more than 50 people injured. Forecasters predicted another powerful storm would hit California this weekend.
The storm pushed eastward into Arizona and western Colorado where forecasters issued a winter storm watch.
Elsewhere, an intense storm over Nova Sc otia was dumping rain and heavy snow over eastern New England. During the six hours ending at 7 a.m., a half a foot of snow fell at Caribou, Maine The storm also buffeted New England with strong northerly winds.
But unseasonably mild weather continued over muc h of the nation.
Tile storm has wrecked over $130 million in property since Monday, according to tile state Office of Emergency Services said Thirty-one counties were expected to ask Gov. George Deukmejian for emergency aid today, and the govoernor was expected to relay the request to President Reagan.
The foul weather rerouted the California tour of Queen Elizabeth II, who left Southern California by air Wednesday afternoon and arrived at San Francisco a day ahead of schedule.
The British monarch offered her sympathy to
Deukmejian in a statement that said she and Prince Philip were “saddened by the loss of life and damage caused by the storm in California "
“The state is just absolutely soaking wet right now," said Alex Cunningham, director of the state Office of Emergency Services, it s like a completely saturated sponge that can’t hold another drop of water without a drop running out somewhere."
Forecasters said the storm also spread eastward today to Colorado and Arizona. Storm warnings were issued for Colorado.
In Southern California, IO piers were undermined or sheared off by pounding surf and at least 1,124 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed, including six wrecked by Malibu surf and 12 by a downtown Los Angeles tornado In northern California, flooding and mudslides swept houses from their foundations and trapped 90 people in a canyon.
See STORMS, Page I2A
Mapping approved for Garden Ridge
Garden Ridge council seeks answers on truck traffic
Assured that the city could pay the bill over three year* instead of in one chunk, Garden Ridge City Council Wednesday approved a city mapping proposal.
To be prepared by Ferguson Map Company, the detailed city maps would cost the city $2,932, and would be ready in four to six weeks, Planning and Zoning chairman Bob Kolstad said.
The program selected was actually the third option of four available to the city, with costs ranging from $2,000 to $6,000 for the fourth option. Since the city budgeted only $1,000 for maps, council members were concerned about the potential impact on the budget.
But Kolstad said after talking to Ferguson officials, he was sure the
city could pay the bill over a three-year period Council then approved the third option unanimously.
Kolstad, who supported the fourth option at council’s February 2 meeting, said that plan will still be needed down the road. But he seemed happy with the third plan, calling it “a bargain."
"It looks like what we need,” councilman Ned Craigmile said.
The proposal passed would show property lines within the city. The fourth option would show those lines, but would also add abstract lines, parcel and lot numbers and legal descriptions.
Since the maps are prepared by computer, they can be revised easily, Kolstad said.
By ROBERT JOHNSON Editor
One thing is certain — they know trucks are tearing up their streets, and they don’t like it a bit.
But Garden Ridge City Council members aren't quite sure what they can do about it.
The subject came up at council’s Wednesday meeting in the form of a proposed ordinance. Taken from state statutes by city attorney Harvey Hardy, the ordinance prohibited through truck traffic on Garden Ridge streets, then defined "truck’ as a vehicle carrying more than 20,000 pounds on a single axle or 34,000 pounds on a tandem axle.
Violations would result in a maximum fine of $200.
However, council members saw two problems with the proposal:
1. It didn’t prohibit heavy trucks from coming in, making a delivery, and then leaving — it stopped only through traffic.
2. The weight limit was too high, several members felt.
Council eventually moved to table the ordinance, agreeing it was a good idea. but that it needed
“refinement," as councilman Robert Harmon put it.
* The main purpose is not to stop a man from bringing a load of furniture or gravel in,’ Harmon said. But if trucks “don’t have any business here, they should go around" the city’s perimeter, lie added.
Although portions of KM 2252, KM 3009 and Bat Cave Road are in the city limits, council members made it clear the interior, city-maintained streets, which they felt couldn’t take the punishment heavy trucks dish out, were their main concerns
Councilman Keith Richter was the first to point out that the weight limit was "not very restrictive," mentioning that fully-loaded tractor-trailers probably wouldn’t exceed those limits. Harmon later noted that a truck “could weigh 200,000 pounds" and still comply with the ordinance if it was making a delivery in the city.
However, council members were unsure how to improve it. Municipal Judge John Phillips said lowering the weigth limits would make the ordinance unenforceable, since the city does not have
See TRUCKS, Page UA
This tree one of several with strange shapes off Saenyerhalle Read east of New Braunfels looks like it forgot to take its
Sta*photo bv John Santa'
vitamins while a mere sapling Its strange shape and a passing buzzard are silhouetted against the evening sky
Staff photo by Robert Johnson
David Henschel raises a question during truck traffic discussion