New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 12, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Legislators call for reform in education
A panel of the state’s key legislators who addressed the 23rd Texas Legislative Confrenece in New Braunfels Friday morning encouraged Texans to revamp the education and workers’ compensation systems The discussion was moderated by Rep. Edmund Kuempel.
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Bush’s debt plan getting good reviews
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bush administration’s turn-about proposal aimed at dampening Latin America’s debt crisis is getting generally good reviews, despite some reservations that it may not go far enough to quell the region’s explosive social
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Smithson Valley kept its share of first place in the District 26 soccer race with a 1-0 victory over Canyon ' » at Ranger Stadium Saturday. New Braunfels remained
tw0 points behind with a 9-0 victory over Lockhart.
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Vol. 137, No. 86
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March 12, 1989
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Appraiser, legislator disagree on affect
Proposal ends inventory tax
Part of the drill
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
* Proposed legislation to exempt businesses from paying taxes on inventory in transit would result in a great loss of value and a possible tax rate increase locally, says the local chief appraiser.
But, Texas Speaker of the House Gib Lewis told an audience attending the 23rd Annual Texas Legislative
Reforms the start of state’s recovery
Rebuilding Texas into a land of many opportunities is going to take an investment in youth and a diversifyed state economy, Texas Speaker of the House Gib Lewis said Friday at the 23rd Annual Texas Legislative Conference.
“For many years Texas meant opportunities, today many no longer believe in the promise and potential of Texas,” Lewis said, “It is time therefore for us to show we believe in ourselves.
“Today I believe it’s fair to say Texas is on its way back and we must maintain that momentum.”
The road to economic and education recovery began in 1984 when the Texas Legislature began to initiate reforms, he said.
Education reform began with House Bill 72, Lewis said. “The bill
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Conference Friday the constitutional amendment is needed to prevent big businesses from moving to states with the provision.
“Simply, there’s a lot of money in those categories locally,” Rhodes said recently. “And we need to be aware that were the legislature to remove these types of things from taxation there will be quite a bit of value lost.”
Wal-Mart Distribution Center,
located on Interstate 35 in New Braunfels, would greatly be affected if the bill passed, Rhodes said.
‘This is a tax on inventory in transit which calls for a constitutional amendment,” Lewis said. “It was on the ballot last year and was rejected. We need to pass that bill.”
The bill won’t give big business a free ride, he said, adding the legislation is designed to bring Texas in the
same conformity as other states.
“If it were to go through, it could conceivably be a situation where we have a major industry that doesn’t pay any taxes. Or a major entity that pays very few taxes,” Rhodes said.
If the value is lost it would “further depress the value that is on those properties out there, which is going to
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U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith told the audience at the Texas Legislative Conference that aid to other countries should be used as a bargaining tool to end corruption. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
The new vice chairman of a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee of immigration believes aid to Mexico and Third World countries should be withheld unless those countries take steps to end corruption and population growth.
Lamar Smith, who became vice chairman of the subcommittee three weeks ago, said he is concerned about how the United States can cope with the influx of immigrants. At least I million have been coming each year.
“While immigrants are coming to this country., one tiling we cannot deny is the impact on the labor force,” Smith said at the Texas Legislative Conference. “My concern is how do we protect American people.”
He contends immigrants take jobs away from the people who need them the most — young, unskilled workers who often are black or Hispanic.
“I think there arc often legitimate reasons to accept immigrants and often legitimate reasons to reject
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Ron Hamada of Samuel Clemens High School Air Force JROTC unit took part in the color guard drill during the annual Hill Country Military Skills Meet this weekend. The annual event is hosted by the New Braunfels High School JROTC unit. A total of 25 teams from South Texas participated in the event judged by members of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets. Members of the local unit will travel to Baytown next weekend to participate in a military skills meet. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Krier delivers bill for water plan
By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writer
A water plan for the Edwards Aquifer region ha^ been filed in the State Legislature.
Speaking at the Texas Legislative Conference in New Braunfels Civic Center Friday morning Sen Cyndi Taylor Krier said she would file the bill in the Senate. After returning to Austin, she and Sen. Frank Tejeda took the action Friday afternoon. Reps. Terral Smith of Austin and Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio filed the bill in the House.
• Friday was the last day for unhampered filing of legislation in the 140-day session.
“This is not a water war, as others have tried to characterize it,” Krier said at the conference. “If I could file the bill with an olive branch attached, I would.”
The bill would set limits on use of the aquifer in
San Antonio, which uses it as its sole source of drinking water; in Uvalde and Medina Counties, where farmers use the aquifer for irrigation; and elsewhere in the Edwards region. Under the bill, the Texas Water Commission would adopt such limits.
Proposed limits in the historic right of farmers to capture all the water they need for irrigation so angered the western county voters that they voted to withdraw from the Edwards Underground Water District in January.
“Unfortunately, unlike many other parts of the state, groundwater management in the Edwards cannot take place on a divided or single-county basis,” Krier said. ‘The aquifer is a shared regional resource. Management in one area is ineffective unless common rules apply across the region.”
Officials from Comal, Bexar, and Hays counties
drafted the legislation and are leading the drive for the bill. Directors of the water district recently voted to give $62,500 to a lobbying effort. The City of San Antonio has allocated $50,000 for the effort. New Braunfels City Council may consider giving similar support.
“I hope to have our City Council pass a resolution in support of the bill in the next couple of weeks,” New Braunfels Mayor Doug Miller said.
“I was interested and pleasently suprised to hear Ll. Gov. Bill Hobby make mention of some type of legislation to regulate water,” said Miller. “Even though some legislators oppose Ute bill, at lease we’ve taken the first step toward protection of the aquifer."
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Juveniles held over for hearing
A 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy arc facing a formal hearing later this week.
The youths were apprehended by local law cnforcment officers after a high-speed ended with the crash of a stolen vehicle they were driving Thursday.
Comal County Sheriffs Department spokesman Alan Trollingcr said after a preliminary hearing Friday the juveniles were ordered to be held over for a formal hearing.
The 13-year-old was released to his father in San Antonio. The 15-year-old remains in custody at the juvenile detention center in Guadalupe County.
Trollinger said the vehicle the youth stole in the Canyon Lake Forest
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Fire races through park, forces campers to flee
BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK (AP) — The worst fire in the history of Big Bend National Park roared through more than 500 acres of mountainous woodland Saturday, forcing the evacuation of about IOO campers, authorities said.
A detachment of about 17 firefighters Saturday night battled the High Chisos mountains blaze, which was first reported by campers early Saturday afternoon. *
The rangers, carrying hand held pumps, hoes and other equipment, hiked for two hours along the Blue Creek trail, a steep and rugged climb from the desert to the high mountain country, to reach the blaze, said park ranger Karen Boucher.
No injuries were reported, officials said.
An additional 50 personnel from
the Gila and Lincoln National Forests in southern New Mexico were expected to arrive Sunday to help battle the blaze, which had scorched more land than any other fire in the park’s 45-year history, officials said.
A crew of Department of lnterior-trained Mescalero Apache Indians were among those expected to assist in fighting the fire, officials said.
The 1980 Laguna Meadows fire, which burned 500 acres, was the park’s largest fire on record.
“This one is a little bigger than SOO acres,” Ms. Boucher said.
She said flames late Saturday were jumping as high as 40 feet and light winds of between 5 and IO mph were blowing embers ahead of the fire as it spread slowly over ridges.
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Off-duty policeman arrests youth breaking into trailer
An off-duty New Braunfels police officer took a bite out of crime recently when he snuck up and apprehended a 17-year-old male breaking into his travel trailer.
Michael Hewitt of the Horseshoe Falls subdivision was released from the Comal County jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond after Cpl. Russell Bell apprehended him Wednesday.
Bell, a 15-year veteran of the New Braunfels Police Department, was putting a roof on his shed when he heard Hewitt approaching his property on a dirt bike around 6:30 p.m.
“Then I heard him turn the motor off,” Bell said. “I went over there and looked through some bushes” approximately 125 feet away.
Bell, who lives in the Spring Mountain subdivision off FM 306 in Canyon City, said he saw Hewitt struggling to get the trailer door open.
“He then knocked the outside knock completely off my trailer with a rock and he still couldn’t get in,” he
said. “He walked to the back of my trailer where his motorcycle was parked. I couldn’t see him from where I was, so I got a little closer and I stooped down.
“I could see his legs from under the trailer and I heard a bunch of glass breaking out.”
He broke the glass and the aluminum frame of a window and entered the trailer, Bell said.
“Then his legs disappear — he’s climbing in — I can see my trailer shaking.”
Bell, who said the trailer wasn’t stocked, then ran closer to listen.
“I’m sitting there listening. He’s opening and closing all my cabinets looking for stuff in there."
Then he walked out “and he hears a click and that was my safety going off my shotgun,” Bell said. “I told him to get his hands up and I frisked him.”
Bell walked Hewitt up to his house where he asked his wife Suzy to call the sheriff’s office for assistance. Hewitt was charged with burglary of a habitation.
A beautiful day is in store for the New Braunfels area today.
After some fog this morning, skies will be clear. The high today will be a warm 85 degrees. Winds will gust to 20 miles per hour. The low tonight will be 52 degrees. Monday will be warm with 85 for the high.
New Braunfels Noon Lions Club will sponsor a free health screening — including cholesterol, blood pressure, weight, diabetes, tuberculosis lest, anemia, tetanus booster (if needed) and a health risk profile. The screening will be in the basement of Texas Commerce Bank Monday from 8 a.m. to noon and from I to 3 p.m. For more information call Shirley at 625-7541....
Lone Star FTA will meet Monday al 6:30 p.m. al the school. Carolyn Braswell will be the guest speaker, during which time the youngsters will be treated to a movie. A Book Fair will be held at the school all week....
The New Braunfels area Cancer Support Group met recently to discuss plans for the future of the group. Members decided to meet every other week beginning this Tuesday at the Garza Street classroom across from McKenna Memorial Hospital at 6:30 p.m.
Tile group was begun two months ago by representatives of Southwest Oncology, Hospice New
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