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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 19, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Insight Thursday. March 19,1987 H9nM-Z0itung New Braunfels Texas Pago5 Texas delegation favored nixing double-nickle limit . WASHINGTON    All    but    three of the 27-member Texas congressional delegation voted to give states the fight to raise the speed limit on rural stretches of interstate htghw ays from SS mph to 65 mph Rep Beau Boulter of Amarillo said that driving along rural highways in Texas is a lot different from driving in Other parts of the country, and states should be allowed to make speed limits to reflect that "let me remind some of my colleagues from urban and City areas rural Texas bears few similarities to downtown Manhattan," said the Panhandle Republican ' More vehicles cross the 14th Street bridge here in Washington in an hour than make the drive between Amarillo and VV ichita Falls in my district in a month " Boulter was among several Texas lawmakers who spoke in support of a provision tied to an SKH 6 billion highway, bill to raise the speed limit on rural interstates from 55 mph to 65 mph House members parsed the controversial change by a 'JIT to 206 vote far cl.>s«*r than an earlier vote on the five year highway funding portion of the bill which passed on a 407 17 vote The highway funding portion of the bill which was pushed through the conference committee by Sen Lloyd Bent sen would pump an extra $:*i5 8 million federal dollar-- into the state s highway fund during the next three years Toni Delay R sugar Land questioned the importance of the >5 mph law in taxing lives on the nations high* ays I don t know of too many people that drive 55 said Delay Most people drive at a -p«*ed they re comfortable at and that - 6 > mph You re making criminals out of our people Martin Frost IMT.*Has was one of those who voted for the 55 mph law bet ause I think it ha- -axed live-- and brought about energy rousers at ion The other I ex as congressmen w ho opposed the change were Mu ke> I eiar I and Mike Andrews both Houston Democrats Vise opposing ’!s» -peed limit change was House speaker Jim Wright of Fort Worth who wa- on the En viroument an: I it VV .ck- » ommittee when it passed the 55 mph law in the *7bs The Democ rata leader who did not vote Wednesday said he fee - the law ha- saved live-Rep Solomon Ortiz D < orpus t hn-t, said he -up ported the 65 mph bill hexause he feel- the tru reased u-e of -rat bells through batule .hang**- in manx -tate-matees drtv ng Ie-- danger>*u- Speed will kill t ut wi re talking about 66 mph -aid Orb; who submitted his own» mph btl) requiring -eat belt u-** My biti offers a little Blare protection But even though mv tim s- sn - .it - on rn tbs* I ; Ian to vote for tht- "Let me remind some of my colleagues from urban and city areas, rural Texas bears few similarities to downtown Manhattan." U.S. Rep. Beau Boulter R-Amarillo One man’s art another man’s health risk in Orange, Texas "I think it has saved lives and brouqht about energy conservation. U S Rep Martin Frost D Dallas The -j***- Simms R Ii with pop; House ham mer that if ti highway WUU* : let -tate- raise max faun -peed-*r nter-tatt* highway - outside urban areason' af o' least >•* w*o t    onlerees    Atli    t****i thfn- week- to * the ompromi** highway t»..i had agre***! House defeateil the 65 mph initiative the .station would leave the > mph limit intact House approval means that the higher maximum -peed will become part of the highway tall to he sent to the senate whet*- it ts expected to be approved within a week sen Phil Gramm R Texas said he is confident Presi dent Reagan will ultimatelv - gn the speed limit change into law but predicted it wouldn t be t**fore the funding -ide of th#-highw a - ■ ill i- redo. ed Vc over I tonight j**--pit are calili g their mamas .intl -wee!hearts anti saving While I could*: t afiord I* fix in tile past Im coming to see vouitcM Gramm -aid I hi- is a big Cav for the working men and won.en ut the nation who can t afford to fly Gramm said who m tr<Miut»xl .i '• > mph t sd in the senate ear lier tbs- sear \ Reagan administration official -aid Wednesday tnt Transportation Department would recommend a ye' las uUm* of rx* e--;vt*costs • >RAN« ,K Texas \P Alex Ezell says his eolith non of dried up < hristmas trees animal hide-pa.nt and poetry art but city officials argue that his v ani en lungers him and his neighbors i'm recognized artist All my work is recorded I'm not ust collecting J unit,' F.zell 42 said after x* ** v mg a subpoena to appear in court Hi- i ase -oneeu.t I for Wednesday was postponed after Beaumont attorney Roger Met abe entered a i »t guilty p:* a on the charge that F.zell violated an ordinance regarding fire hazards t * f f ic la i - contend the dried evergreens could easily flame it someone chopped a match or a pas.-mg mot an s' flipped > ighted cigarette butt into their He * ,j- to realize at the -ame time that we re try ng ’ -av* • - ne Fire Marshal Aller. Armfield said F ell who gay* up painting on cany a- year- ago r i- a var I • •• t with large crept* myrtle truths . * *•: iroi: ar. oat cemetery sections of palm •funks ann- I rom lead trees at the orange House Im Sinai gnarled leafless branches were once hedges at the < athoiic church The ('hristmas trees and drying cedar- are the ones drawing the city s attention, but Fzell said he is cautious and has set the trees aw av from his house I don t really want to fight this at all. he said I just want to be left alone If the judge would call me or even come down and see the work I would possibly be willing to talk to them \rmfield who has been on the job for about a week. said Tuesday he knew little about the alleged violation which was filed bv former Fire Marshal Tim Price Fzell an award-winning artist works for as long as *hree years to construct his art structures of tree -keletons animal hides and electronic circuit boards and writings When the needle- on the evergreens are dry Fzell can pull them off to leave the skeletons of the trunks and branches Some of the Christmas trees will be 'urned into a type of 'wailing wall ” The trees he-aid have been outside all winter in the wet weather and have stayed moist Therefore. they .ire not a fire hazard he said AS A Cl tv COUNCIL CANDIDATE, i'm for clean environment ^ANP CaUALlTW INDUSTRY • tt He's for quality EMV IRON MENT AND CLEAM imDuETRV ' WHAT ABOUT VOUK OPPONG MT ? MI HMplM... I'll CHECK Back WHEN the: mudslinging starts,.. Senate committee okays mineral access measure \l - TIN XI* \ Senate committee has approved a bill that would let ’I • -tat* ga to * out * to get access to -tide ow ne I hard uh k minerals un land that is -ur rounded bv private property Til** Senate Natural Resources I ommittee sh I vote to put th** measure to a lull -enate vote came Wed fledgy after two meeting- T (fort- by Sen Bill Sims D San \ngeio to send it to subcommittee for revision were tabled * 2 Land i ommisstoner Garry Mauro told the group that the state lo-.-- up to $21 million annually Ik*, ail-** -tat** owned mineral interests can t be developed W ithout a. . **-- the adjoining landowners can either use our land without paying for it or leas** it from us at an unreasonably low cost because til** lack of access make- our Ira* t unmarketable to anyone else, Mauro said The measure by Sen Ted Lyon l> Rockwall would allow the stilt** to start eminent domain proceedings on Iv if access agreements could not U* negotiated with the surrounding private landowners Lyon said private owners already have the right to sue for access it their land is surrounded by property that allows them no way in or out Mauro said his office currently has no legal means of gaining access to approximately KH),OOO acres, or >h percent, of the state's surface acreage \nother 6 6 million acres are affected where the state owns mineral rights but the surface is privately owned He said tin* -tat** land Uh ame surrounded * \ priv ate land in the moos when land grant' : ra stoa i> rn s land sales of state land were *Jun ket boarded tot mu. t •: \$e-t Texas Mauro said tile state s liability to develop depc-ds .! beryllium a high tech mineral needed by aerospace and electronic manuta*lurers wa.- an cxampn of ne* I for tile toll Midland attorney c.arv Wisener who said he repres«*nted ranciiers owning Too oho a* res of -ut fa* < rights in Pecos Brewster Dre-uiio and Jeff Davis Counties opposed ttu* toll saying ranchers -boul I get a better deal Hard nick mining destroy s the surface of the land lor any other purpose he said There is nothing left for a rancher lo us** l ins is not ju-t a hobby to the-** people They are making a living off their land Wisener suggested hard hrs mineral light- should in* handled in a way similar to a mm law that allows owners to act as the state s agent in leasing land for oil and gas development and for soft minerals such as coal and sulphur In return, the owners get up to >o per cent of all {sinuses rentals and royalties Y ou want to give the-, people a percentage of vs fiat is rightfully the property of the people of Texas said Lyon Me should not have given up oui rights in mm and ought not to give them up now Wisener said the VS est Texas ranchers were not a-k mg wi percent ut proceeds from hard ro*. k minerals just a percentage Senate measures aimed against designer drugs \! - TIN SF Senators have approved bills to crack town on designer drugs as well as illegal drug laboratories and to require parents of an unmat t ied minor to prov id** ukrL clothing and shelter for the minor s child The Senate al-o voted Wednesday to create a com mutt*** to review state and local taxes and tentatively decided that local tax appraisal board- should be made up of elected officials The Senate on a 2Ho vote sent to the House a bill aimed at manufacturers of illegal drugs Sen Ray Farabee said ins bill is designed to correct a situation where people escape prosecution by altei mg the chemical structure of a drug so that it no longer tits the definition in the law even though the drug would have th** same brain damaging effect These are so-called designer drugs Farabee !> Wichita T alls said his solution is to in corporate into Texas law a federal definition that in elude- drug- substantially similar to certain illegal substances He -aid requiring the registration of larger amounts of certain basic chemicals used in speed labs would hopefully and most importantly deter the illegal manufacture of certain drugs lf illegal drug rnanufactucr- persisted he -aid th* bill would help in identifying where those speed lac tories might in* for prosecution purposes Farabee also sponsored a proposal to make parents of .rn unmarried minor financially responsible tor th* minor - child it the minor is unable to support it Texas, according to information filed with T arabee - bill, is second in th* nation in the number of teen age pregnancies and tirst in the nation in th. number of births to girls under the age of 14 In 19B5. 18,600 babies were born to unwed Texas teenagers I arabee said under his bdl "the court- would look to grandparent - on both sides tor financial support of a minor - child until the minor is 18 He said he hoped the bill would encout age parents to give guidance to their children not to become preg nard and -tem the number of children horn to 12 l l and 14 year-olds Failure to provide support would in* a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail The bdl wa- sent to the House on voice vote A House approved bill to create the Select Commit tee on Tax F quits wa- returned to the House bv the senate 28 a with an amendment to allow the lieut*-nant governor and speaker to appoint the committee chairman The committee would include four public members appointed by the governor two public members and two senators appointed by the lieutenant governor two publi* members and two House members ap pointed bv the speaker and the state comptroller Non-t ©degradable aluminum cans cluster beneath a tree along the banks of the Guada upe p vef in New Braunfels. Photo by Leslie Kriewaldti Guadalupe garbage ;