New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 24, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
This afternoon will be partly cloudy, passing into a mostly cloudy night. Winds today will be from the east at approximately IO miles per hour, shifting southeast tonight at five mph. Friday will be partly cloudy, with a 20 percent chance of late afternoon thundershowers. Sunset today will be at 6:45 p.m., and sunrise Friday at 6:29 a.m.A New Look At Defense
President Reagan’s defense policy took a significant shift Wednesday night when he announced plans to develop a truly defensive weapon, one which stopped incoming missiles, rather than relying on the deterrent value of massive offensive firepower. Sos Page 7.
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The struggle ends
SALT LAKE QTY (AP) - Barney Clark, “a very stoic, very strong man” who traded a peaceful death from heart disease for a painful, uncharted medical odyssey, died 112 days after becoming the first human to receive a permanent artificial heart.
The end Wednesday night for the courageous retired dentist came ‘‘in peace and with dignity,” said University of Utah Medical Center spokesman John Dwan, shortly after the 62-year-old Hark died of “circulatory collapse due to multi-organ system failure."
His death at 10:02 p.m. MST followed a
Artificial heart recipient dies in Utah
day of medical setbacks in which Clark was returned to intensive care and fell from fair to critical condition.
The heart was disconnected after Clark was declared dead, Dwan said today.
No mechanical problems were found, and ‘‘it’s my understanding that the heart was working perfectly” until Clark died, Dwan said.
An autopsy was performed today in the pathology laboratory at the medical center. Dwan said he didn’t know the results, and added the artificial heart was taken to a laboratory for study.
It was a quick, quiet, painless death.
Clark was ‘‘a very stoic, very strong man,” said Helen Kee, hospital director of nursing. “A man who chose to do what he did knowing this could be the result.”
His death came almost 16 weeks to the minute after he was rushed into surgery late Dec. I, life rapidly draining from his tissue-thin natural heart.
Without the experimental device, he would have become one of 8,000 to 10,000 Americans who die each year from cardiomyopathy, a degenerative, inoperable
See CLARK, Page ll
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March 24,1983 25 cents
Young—no way to avoid crash
By DEBBIE DelOACH Staff writer
Thomas Henry Young, on trial for involuntary manslaughter, took the stand Thursday, and testified he didn t see any way he could have avoided hitting 17-year-old Jinume Muenich the night of April 19.
"I’ve redrove that road, and redrove that road, seeing if there was any way I could have avoided hitting him (MuenichI,” Young said, his voice breaking slightly. “And I just don’t know what else I could have done?"
Young told the eight-woman, four-man jury that he was coming out of a curve when he saw Muenich jogging at or near the center strip of the Interstate 35 access road, and that impact was about three miles from the Gourmet inn. Young pulled his jeep to the left, he sam, to miss Muenich.
"Did you miss him?,” Furlow asked. "No, I did not,” Young said, adding the body went up on the jeep's hood, and traveled with the jeep until Young applied his brakes. Young backed up, but said, with one headlight out, "I couldn’t see the body with my lights. My first thought was to get help "
Prior to the accident, Young testified he experienced a familiar "sinking feeling,” which causes him to lose circulation rn his hands and feel like he may faint. The spells started after his triple
bypass surgery in 1981, and occur on a regular basis.
In cross-examination. District Attroney Bill Schroeder asked Young if he saw w hat Muenich was wearing that night, and if not, what he did see. "I saw a human being I was scared.” Young answered. "I’ve never had anything like that happen to me before. ”
"Neither had he IMuenich I, Mr. Young,” Schroeder said "Was Muenich's complexion light enough to be picked up by your headlights?,” Schroeder added "Yes,” Young said.
"And you never applied your brakes before the impact’’.”
"No. only after,” Young said.
Wednesday afternoon, two defense witnesses said they had been with Young earlier in the day April 19, prior to the fatal accident. Leo Moore said he had seen Young leave his home around 3 p.m., and he acted "normal .”
Schroeder asked Moore when he next saw Young, and Moore said it was around noon April 20. "Did he act normal then’’," Schroeder asked, "or did he act the way people do at a funeral?” Moore said that Young appeared sorry the accident had happened.
Richard Brewster met Young at the Country Corner near Selma at roughly 5:45 p.m. April 19.
See TRIAL, Page 2
Game law battle
House bill to take county powers
AUSTIN (AP) — They pulled out biblical quotes, insulted state officials and pleaded for the hunters back home, but a flock of rural legislators couldn't shoot down a bill to disarm county commissioners of the power to set game laws.
"I recognize a freight train when I see one," bill foe Rep. Bill Hollowed D-Grand Saline, said Wednesday before the House tentatively approved a measure giving the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission authority over game rules in all 254 counties.
In a voice vote today the House gave the bill its final OK and sent it to Gov. Mark White. In Wednesday’s preliminary vote, the bill won 117-25 House approval.
Rep. Fred Agnich, R-Dallas, steered the bill through the House, keeping it clean of amendments pushed by colleagues who wanted to exempt their counties.
Under current statutes, Texas game rules are a patchwork of laws. The Parks and Wildlife Commission now sets the rules in 140 counties. In 30 counties, county commissioners can veto the
Seventy-one counties have local exceptions to the state rules. Thirteen counties are completely exempt from the state rules.
The Wildlife Conservation Act, sponsored by Sen. Ted Lyon, D-Rockwall, would not apply to regulation of migratory game birds, shrimp or oysters.
Agnich claimed “broad support from all across the state” and from 700 hunting and fishing clubs.
"This is far and away the best way to preserve and protect the wildlife resources,” he said. It’s senseless to set game rules by county because animals ignore county lines, according to Agnich.
Mason Rep. Gerald Geistweidt — a Republican — attacked the bill as an "insidious Republican plot.” The current rules are a "crazy quilt pattern because we have a crazy quilt pattern of game in Texas.”
See DEER, Page ll
Commissioners worry about deer
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
For many years, Comal Commissioners Court has had the power to fight the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission over local hunting regulations.
Veto power over that state commission’s game regulations has been used by county officials on several occasions — especially on the topic of spike buck hunting.
But now according to a bill tentatively passed Wednesday by the Texas House (and earlier by the Senate), the court has a good chance of losing its weapon against the commission.
Commissioners courts would be stripped of their veto powers according to the bill, which still needs to be put before the Texas House for a final vote before it goes to Gov. Mark White for his consideration. White has indicated that he will sign the bill into law.
Currently, Comal and 29 other Texas county commissioners courts have veto power over
parks and wildlife regulations. The law now states that if commissioners courts veto proposed game regulations, the previous year’s regulations remain in effect for another year.
The wildlife management bill — if finally passed into law — would remove a clause from state law that allows the courts this power.
Local county officials contacted 'Hiursday took an attitude of "let’s wait and see what happens if the bill becomes law.
“I think passage of the bill should be looked on with favor” for putting "uniformity in game laws,” said County Judge Fred Clark, who admitted to not "personnally being a hunter.”
State games laws now vary greatly from county to county as Parks and Wildlife sets the rules in 140 counties, with 30 counties (including Comal) having veto power over those regulations.
In addition, 71 counties still have local exceptions to the state rules, while 13 counties are
See REACTION, Page ll
Normally, the Comal Creek is a mere trickle, but Wednesday it became a river, carrying runoff from heavy rains Tuesday night and Wednesday morning
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The creek, shown here at the Live Oak Avenue crossing was filled by the 1.54 inches of rain recorded that nightExpansion plan
Community Council board enlarged to 33
The Community Council of South Central Texas Central Board of Directors had growing pains Wednesday night, as the board expanded to 33 members covering ll
The reorganization was necessitated, when federal funds for CCSCT went to block grants through the Texas Department of Community Affairs. Regulations also changed, and the restructuring plan affects each of the ll counties in different ways.
Atascosa County currently has six total representatives on the board — two public officials, 2 private sector, and 2 representatives of the poor. Under the reorganization, one public official will be deleted.
Karnes County will remain the same with four representatives — one public official, one private sector, and two representaives of the poor. Wilson County,
currently with one public official and one private sector, will also remain the same.
Comal County will drop from four to three representatives (one from each sector), while Guadalupe County will lose two of its representatives — one public-official and one representative of the poor — for a total of five representatives under the reorganization.
One public official will be deleted from Frio County, but one private sector and one poor representative will be added.
Expansion counties will be represented in the following manner:
— Kerr County, one public official and one reprentative of the poor.
— Kendall County, one public official.
— Bandera County, one public official.
— Gillespie County, one public official.
— Medina County, one public official, two private sector reps and one poor
These positions should be filed by the CCSCT’s May meeting, CCSCT Executive Director Michelle Rowcroft said.
In other action, board officers for 1983 were elected at the meeting. They are John Mireles from Atascosa County, chairman; Atascosa County Judge O.B. Gaits, first vice-chairman; Wilson County Judge Manuel Toscano second vice-chairman; Lucille Tinker, t'ensurer; Manuel Tolamentes, secretary; and Herman "Tex” Schultz from Guadalupe County, parliamentarian.
Frio County Judge Sid Williams is past board chairman.
The board of directors also designated the fourth Tuesday of every other month as the CCSCT meeting date. The May meeting will be in Pleasanton.
- DEBBIE DeLOACHSecond meeting planned on revenue sharing
Comal Conunissioners will once again consider allocations for 1983 federal revenue sharing funds when they meet Friday at 2 p.m.
I^ast Friday, Commissioners Court began examining revenue sharing requests from various county agencies and departments.
The court tentatively set aside amounts requested by smaller organizations; $100,000 for the county’s volunteer fire department and emergency medical service agencies; and $75,000 for a fund to purchase land or allow for the future expansion of county government.
This year the county expects to receive $143,144 in federal revenue sharing funds. In addition, however, the county also has $56,034 saved from
1981 and 1982 revenue sharing money, County Auditor Bate Bond has said.
Requests for this year’s money totaled $410,645 — almost twice the amount available.
Ifs expected that the court will determine Friday how to divide up the $100,000 between the county’s fire and EMS departments. The court will meet in Commissioners Courtroom, first floor of the Courthouse.
In addition to discussing revenue sharing, the court also plans to continue reviewing a rewritten draft of subdivision rules and regulations.
In a telephone interview Thursday, County Judge Fred Clark said he expects the court will continue reveiwing the rules and regulations for at least the next two to three weeks.NBISD hopefuls to face public
Those seeking election to the board of trustees of the New Braunfels Independent School District will gather tonight for a "meet the candidates” forum.
Sponsored by the American Association of University Women, the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Carl Schurz Elementary School, 633 W. Coll Stret.
Former school board member Esther Boarnet will be the moderator for the forum, din ing which the public will be given the opportunity to question the candidates.
Three places on the NBISD board are up for grabs April 2. Incumbents Rudy Renner and Bob Self, places 6 and 4, respectively, are seeking re-election. Running against Renner is David Cook and Jose Valdemar Espinoza
In place 4, being vacated by incumbent trustee William Lee, Jr., four candidates have filed. These include Gladys Battling, Ronald Dairymple, Bonnie Uhr Denson and Christina Zamora.