New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 28, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, March 28,1985
LORA- Decker fight concerns PEC official
By SANORA JACKSON Staff writer
Pedernales Electric Cooperative officials are worried about the consequences if the Lower Colorado River Authority loses a $1 billion lawsuit fild against it for breach on contract.
PEC General Manager Bennie Fuelberg said the suit could result in nearly $1,500 liability per PEC member.
Decker Coal Co. filed the suit March 15 in U. S. District Court in Billings, Montana, after LCRA and the City of Austin announced plans to void contracts to buy Decker coal through the year 2003 for the jointly owned Fayette County Power Plants.
PEC, as LCRA's largest wholesale customer, would have 20 percent of damages passed to its members if LCRA were to be held liable in a judgment for Decker, Fuelberg said, putting that amount at approximately $100 million.
“The prospect of a ruling in
Decker’s favor is potentially catastrophic for central Texas ratepayers,’’ Fuelberg said.
“It is particularly appalling to those of us in the PEC because we have been striving to develop alternative sources of energy to protect us from these economic upheavals that have become a trademark of LCRA,” Fuelberg added.
LCRA and Austin contend that they will be successful in legally voiding the Decker contract and will be able to buy cheaper coal on the spot market. They have filed suit in district court in Austin seeking to void the contract.
Rather than continuing to purchase coal from Decker until the matter is settled in the courts, LCRA has announced that it will stop taking delivery of Decker Coal and making payments as of April 21.
However, the I-CRA will continue to collect from its wholesale and retail customers a full $56 per ton it is
currently paying Decker while buying coal on the open market at an estimated $34 per ton.
The difference in pricing will be put in an escrow account to pay Decker if LCRA loses its lawsuit.
“We were concerned even before the filing of Decker’s lawsuit about the ability of the escrow funds to make up the contracted payments if the Decker contract is upheld by the courts,” Fuelberg said.
Decker’s $1 billion figure is based on its contention that it will have to curtail or close its Montana mines and possibly lose its coal reserves if deliveries are not accepted. The suit alleges that the state of Montana could lose tax revenues and that the local community could suffer economic hardships.
Decker has asked that LCRA and Austin either be enjoined from refusing to accept coal delivery or that the judgement be entered in an amount to be determined at trial, “but in no event less than $1 billion.”Lake menus
Mountain Valley School
Monday - Manske rolls, juice and milk
Tuesday - Pancakes, juice and milk
Wednesday - Cereal, juice and milk Thursday - Blueberry muffins, juice and milk Friday - Jelly doughnut, juice and milk.
Monday - Chicken pot pie, macaroni and cheese, salad, fruit, milk
Tuesday - Meatballs and gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, batter bread, gelatin with topping, milk Wednesday - Meatloaf, mixed vegetables, sweet rice, hot rolls, cherry crisp, milk Thursday • Burritos, chili and cheese, Spanish rice, pinto beans, cornbread, ice cream, milk Friday - Fishburger on bun, French fries, cabbage slaw, tartar sauce, Easter cake, milk
Smithson Valley High School
Monday - Toast and bacon, juice and milk
Tuesday - Doughnuts, juice and milk
Wednesday - Hash browned potatoes, sausage, juice and milk Thursday - Cinnamon crisp, juice and milk
Friday - Honeybuns, juice and milk Lunch:
Monday - Tacos, pinto beans, salad, cornbread, fruits, milk Tuesday • Hamburger on bun, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, French fries, cookies, milk Wednesday - Spaghetti and meat, mixed vegetables, spinach, bread sticks, apple sticke, milk Thursday - Chalupa with cheese, Spanish rice, salad, cornbread, fruits, milk Friday - Fish and hush puppies, macaroni and cheese, green beans, batter bread, cupcakes, milk.
Fire department plans annual bazaar
Plans for the annual barbeque topped the agenda for the regular monthly meeting of the directors of the Canyon I,ake Area Volunteer Fire Department.
The fund-raiser will be held June 2 at Fire Station No. I where barbeque plates may be purchased for $3.50, and those attending can enjoy the firemen's bazaar, kiddie rides and play bingo.
Directors were assigned their various tasks in preparation for the event, which is the only fund-raising activity the department sponsors each year, other than its membership drive.
Directors accepted the resignation of board member Vernon Till, who stepped down from the board because of poor health. He was replaced by Gene Piersol, who will serve the two months remaining in Till’s term.
Five new directors will be elected at the April 5 annual meeting, and they will be seated in June.
R. A. “Bob” Hann, president of the fire department’s board, said rn a telephone interview that the directors have not heard from Comal
County commissioners on the proposed lease of two lots adjacent to Fire Station No. I.
Hann said he had the item on his agenda, thinking directors could vote on the lease proposal at the March meeting, but have received no response yet from commissioners. Fire department directors had offered to lease two lots to the county for use for offices of the peace justice and constable in the lake area.
Board treasurer Frank Crosier read a letter from the department's tax attorney advising them that it was improper for CLASP < Canyon l^ake Ambulance Service Project) to funnel its funds through the fire department, using its tax-exempt status and identification number.
Hann indicated that CLASP directors intend to continue accepting funds on this basis for the time being, even though they have been advised that it would be more acceptable to keep funds separate from the fire department.
The next meeting of directors will be held immediately following the general membership meeting April 5, when new officers will be elected.
Church to host Easter egg hunt
Canyon Lake area children are invited to participate in an Easter egg hunt Saturday (March 30) on the grounds of the Cranes Mill Baptist Church.
Sponsored by the Baptist Young Women of Canyon Lake, the egg hunt is the third annual affair the group
Each child who participates should bring his own basket or container. Children will be divided into three age groups to allow them to participate more equally in the day’s activities.
The egg hunt will begin at IO a m. at the church, located on FM 2673, nearStartzville.
Lake-area Easter services.Church in the Valley
Members of Church in the Valley will participate in a joint Maundy Thursday service with members of the Canyon Lake United Methodist Church and St. Francis By-the-I^ake Episcopal Church. Services will be held at St. Francis on April 4, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
St. Francis members will join Church in the Valley for the annual Easter sunrise service to be held April 7 at 6:30 a.m. at Overlook Park, near Canyon Dam. Those attending should bring their own lawn chair, and dress appropriately for the weather.
Regular morning worship will be observed at Church in the Valley on Easter Sunday, beginning at 10:15 a.m. led by the Rev. Gary Calmes.
Church in the Valley is located on FM 306, near Canyon City.First Baptist Church
Special music will be sung by the choir of the First Baptist Church on Easter Sunday at their regular morning worship services at 8:30 and 10:40a.m.
The church is located on FM 306 at the entrance to Horseshoe Falls subdivision.St. Andrew Lutheran
Members of St. Andrew Lutheran Church plan an outside procession with palms to be held on Passion Sunday, Mar. 31 beginning at 10:45 a.m.
During the service, members of the
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Leonard Voges plays with his newly- acquired black bear, RolandBear necessitiesVoges' new friend has big appetite
Black bear are thought to have run wild in Comal County when the first German settlers arrived 140 years ago, and at least one of their kind has returned. His name is Roland.
Roland belongs to Violet and Leonard Voges, and he now resides at the Wildlife Wilderness drive-through ranch on FM 306. near Canyon l.ake.
A movie star, Roland appeared as a cub in the movie Wilderness Family ll, which can still be seen on cable television. His owner at that time, an animal trainer, decided to retire Roland. So at the age of seven, he has made a happy home in Comal County.
Besides entertaining folks who visit the ranch, the thing Roland does best is eat.
“He’s never had any meat,” said Voges, who feeds him bread, and lots of fruits and vegetables.
“Yesterday he had strawberries for breakfast,” Mrs. Voges said, but the couple explained that Roland’s favorite dish is the bread. He eats about three loaves a day, plus his daily allotment of six pounds of produce.
It takes a lot to teed a 350-ppound bear,” Voges said.
And even at that, the North American Black Bear is the smallest of the bears, with grizzlies and brown bears growing much larger than the blacks.
Although his previous owner took him out of his cage daily and exercised him on a leash, the Voges’ have built him a more spacious home — complete with a weatherproof shelter - and Roland no longer takes his daily walks.
"No one takes him out or touches him — except that I play with hun through the bars,” Voges said. He hopes to do more with the bear once he is more familiar with his new home. He has been at the ranch five weeks.
Roland is the only caged animal at Wildlife Wilderness, where 175 exotic and native animals roam free. Of course, Chester (the camel) is indoors right now recovering from a broken leg, but he, too, normally roams the ranch at will.
- SANDRA JACKSON
congregation will assist the pastor, the Rev. Harold Wemecke, in reading the passion history from the Gospel of Mark.
Maunday Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter sunrise services will be treated as one service and will be open-ended. The Thursday and Friday services begin at 7:30 p.m. and Easter sunrise service will be held at 6 a m. The services begins in darkness and moves to light, celebrating the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper at this service.
A second Easter morning service will begin at 10:15 a.m. when the Eucharist will also be celebrated.
St. Andrew Lutheran Church is located on FM 2673, between Sattler and Starkville.St. Thomas Chapel (Catholic)
The mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated on Holy Thursday (April 4) by members of St. Thomas church at 7:30 p.m. Another mass will begin at 5 p.m., and adoration will be ongoing until midnight.
On Good Friday, services will be held at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. and a vigil service will be held beginning at 7 p.m. on Holy Saturday. No 5 p.m. mass will be held Saturday.
On Easter Sunday, sunrise mass will be at 5:30 a.m., and regular mass will be at 7:15,9:30 and ll: 15 a.m.
Pastor is Monsignor Anthony Drozd.
St. Thomas Chapel is located on the South Access Road, next to Canyon
Dam.Cranes Mill Baptist
Easter Sunrise service will be held at Cranes Mill Baptist Church at 6:30 a.m. April 4 on the church grounds, with special music by the choir. A free nursery will be provided.
Following sunrise service, coffee and doughnuts will be served, and then a short Bible study will be taught.
At the 10:45 a.m. service, the choir will sing a short cantata, The Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ by Isabelle Ritter. Director of music for the congregation is Henry Talbott.
Pastor of the Baptist church is the Rev. Lee McDowell. The church is located on FM 2673 near Startzville.Friendship Circle meets April 4
Members of Friendship Circle, Church in the Valley, will meet April 4 at IO a.m. in Scarborough Hall.
Devotional program will be brought by Mildred Gaither, who has worked in children’s programming for television. Her topic will be, “How and Why the Church Became Part of My Life.”
Following a business meeting led by the group’s president, Renelle Hoehn, a luncheon will be served. Hostesses are Lou Reynolds, Myrtle Dishongh, Opal Day, Vivian Meyer, Adele Hair and Sarah Mowery.
The circle’s semi-annual rummage sale has been set for April 23 to 26 at Eagles Hall In New Braunfels.