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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 30, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas i. \J f    f    r    r Proposals include plan for private schools AUSTIN (AP) — Republican slate legislators say their series of education proposals, including a plan to have the state pay for poor children to attend private schools, would provide effective changes for Texas childrc"'    See    Page 3 Vote GOP: Combined polling would save tax money AUSTIN (AP) — Democratic Party officials criticized a bill that would place Republican and Democratic party primary polling places under the same roof. See Page 9 R q I u    pi u o 7 SO-WEST MICROPUBLTSHING 2201 BROOKHOLLOW BLZ SUI TE 300 ARLINGTON, TX 76006 - Q —• - —r    v/    A, W JL MP iCk) with 7th-ilining HR Smithson Valley downed Alamo Heights 4-3 Wednesday night in a District 28-4A baseball game at Ranger Field. Jason LaRue belted a solo home run to win the game, as pitcher Matt Merritt picked up his sixth victory while striking out IO Mule batters. See Page 10 New Braunfels VIV Vol. 137, No. 99 Thursday March 30, 1985 25 Cents 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 One Section, 14 Pages Trailer fire kills NB man By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer Fire investigators today continue lo rummage through the remains of an carly-moming trailer fire in River Bend Subdivision — a fire that claimed the life of a New Braunfels . man. Lynn Douglas Hoffman, 44, was found by firefighters in the kitchen of his trailer. He died of smoke inhalation, according to Guadalupe County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace F.rnst Schlater. The trailer at 378 Placid Drive was engulfed in flames when members of the Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department arrived at 3:04 a.m., said Assistant Chief Charles B. Mills. The Lake Dunlap department received the call at 3:02 a.m., said Fire Marshal D.R. Roberts. The fire was under control at 3:12 and was out by 3:25, he said. Residents gathered around the Good day It’s hot today. Today’s high was expected to reach 91 under sunny skies. Northwest wind will ^gust to 25 miles per hour this afternoon. Winds will calm down to 15 miles per hour tonight and the low will be 55. Friday will be cooler with 74 for the high. The low Friday will remain in die 50s. Inside: CLASSIFIED...........................11-13 COMICS.........................................8 CROSSWORD...............................3 DEAR ABBY.................................6 HOROSCOPE................................8 KALEIDOSCOPE...........................5 SCRAPBOOK................................4 SPORTS..................................10-11 TV LISTINGS.................................8 WEATHER.....................................2 Stammtisch Tonight’s the night to sample taste delights from more than 25 local restaurants and beverage service outlets all in one place and at a one-time cost of S15 at the Tastes of the Town sponsored by the New Braunfels Children’s Museum. The success of this fundraiser will determine whether the museum will be able to remain open on a full-time basis through die summer and into next school year. Along with the food and drink samples, visitors to the Civic Center frm 6 to 9 p.m. will be treated to a continuous flow of door prizes and will be able to vote on dicir favorite kites made by children at die museum this spring. Tickets arc available at several locations around town — Buck Pottery, Citizens National Bank, the museum, Krause Books, The Gold Bow, Whataburger, Chamber of Commerce, The Sizzler, Lack’s Furniture in Seguin, The Ovcrlander in Marion, and Zalc’s in Nordi Star Mall. A few tickets also will be available at Uhc door, For more information, call the museum al 620-0939.... Looking for some good bargains? La Mujer Tcjana will have a rummage sale at the New Braunfels Weekend Flea Market Saturday. Most items will be priced under SI and proceeds will benefit an annual art show, scholarships, and charitable organizations such as the Children’s Shelter and Toys for .Tots. Chi Omega Alumnae will sponsor a garage and bake sale Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 166 Comal Street (die grecn-colorcd house near the Senior Citizens Center). All proceeds will go to the group’s scholarship fund. The Teen Connection Thrift Shop, 1414 W. San Antonio, is S*« STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2 tapcd-off trailer this morning and talked about the tall flames as fire investigators went in and out of the house to determine the cause of the fire. There arc 190 occupied trailers in River Bend Subdivision. Mills said the fire was spreading fast when he arrived. “When we got on the scene, we went automatically to the front door — the front door was locked,” he said. “We went on in the add-on room in the back and we started our quick-watcr attack there and got the {lames knocked down in that room and worked our way on into the trailer from the back door.” A neighbor told firefighters a man was in the house and possibly was trapped in the bedroom, he said. The body was discovered at 3:15 a.m. in the kitchen. “When we arrived, it (the fire) was See FIRE, Page 21st readingCouncil plans hike in golf, civic center fees By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writer An above-average number of users and a bclow-avcragc fee prompted New Braunfels City Council this week to approve the first reading pf an ordinance to increase fees at Landa Park Municipal Golf Course and New Braunfels Civic Center. Council took the action at its regular meeting Monday and must approve two more readings before the ordinance is adopted. City Manager Paul Grohman said See FEES, Page 2MCorp action last of big bank failures Fire Marshal D.R. Roberts, left, of the Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department, and Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn of the New Braunfels Fire Department, sift through the rubble- (Photo by Beryl Clark) DALLAS (AP) — Wednesday’s takeover of most of MCorp is the latest in a series of moves that has realigned the Texas banking community as it seeks to recover from the debacle of a faltering economy. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took 20 of the bank holding company’s 25 banks, and combined them into one bank under a federally owned Deposit Insurance Bridge Bank, N.A., while regulators look for See MCORP, Page 2Veterans interest rates to climb Ranch hand AUSTIN (AP) — State officials say they expect the increase to be small, but rates charged by the Texas Veterans Land Board will be going up. “We had hoped to be able to extend the 8.75 percent interest rate through the end of March. But we’ve received such a tremendous response that we have now committed all the funds we had available at that rate,’’ said David Gloicr, deputy commissioner. Gloicr said Tuesday that interest rates on future land loans made by the board will be higher, determined after bonds are sold in mid-April. The Veterans Land Board last week received approval to sell another $50 million in bonds to fund die loan program. “We still have plenty of money to lend and we arc expecting only a slight increase in the interest rate.’’ he said. The self-supporting Texas Veterans Land Program lends eligible veterans up to S2(),(K)() for purchase of five or more acres of land. Officials said all contracts which were received by the land board prior to Tuesday would receive the HY* percent rate. More than 600 contracts currently arc being processed.Roadwork continues Residents in the Morningside Drive arca will begin to see road construction in late April, following action by City Council Monday night. Council awarded a bid of SI22,725 to F.N. Ploch Construction of New Braunfels for concrete stabilization, widening and resurfacing of Morningside Drive. The city estimates the Morningside project will be completed by early June. “We are very pleased with the bid and are excited about the project,” said City Manager Paul Grohman. “Morningside Drive handles a great deal of traffic, and now can do so more safely and comfortably.” Ploch recently completed widening and resurfacing on Old McQueeney Road. “Ploch did an excellent job on Old McQueeney Road in a very short period of lime — less than 30 days — and we See ROADS, Page 2 Fishermen help clean up; spill spreads for 500 miles VALDEZ, Alaska (AP) — The federal government today said it won’t take over cleanup of the nation’s worst-cvcr oil spill but will closely monitor its effects because of its “enormous potential” for damage lo the environment. Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner made the announcement at the White House after he, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator William Reilly and Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Yost reported their first-hand observations lo President Bush. Bush gave “top priority to assessing the adequacy of environmental protection,” Reilly said. “This is obviously a disaster of enormous potential magnitude on the environment,” Reilly said. The habitats of sea otters and sea lions arc likely to be hardest hit, and die government also will monitor salmon and herring in Prince William Sound, where the disaster occurred Friday, he said. Exxon Corp., whose 987-foot tank er Exxon Valdez struck a reef 25 miles from Port Valdez, is doing a “very craftsmanlike job” with the cleanup, Yost said. Skinner said the response “could have been quicker,” and “most of the damage was done in the first few hours.” Yost defended Coast Guard radar operators who failed to spot and warn the tanker, saying it was not in a treacherous or narrow area. He said the Coast Guard will look into die license of the tanker’s captain. A daily newspaper covering shipping reported today that the captain failed to disclose in his last license application that he had been convicted of drunken driving tw ice in the previous five years. A Coast Guard commander in New York told die Journal of Commerce that Capt. Joseph Hazelwood checked “no” in 1986 to the application’s question about traffic violations. TTic Wall Street Journal reported See SPILL, Page 2 Area law enforcement officers are on the lookout for this man who is suspected of taking expensive ranch supply items from a local feed store. The man allegedly walked out of New Braunfels Feed and Seed, 712 Loop 337, sometime between Feb. 27 and March 3 with four cases of Ivomec cattle dewormer worth about $1,300. Officials at the Moulton Police Department sent local officers this composite sketch of a man suspected of similar thefts in that area and local employees believe they saw the same man in New Braunfels Feed and Seed Call the New Braunfels Police Department at 625-7181 if you have any information on this matter. PUC consultant recommendations would hurt consumers AUSTIN (AP) — Recommendations from a state consultant to revamp the Public Utility Commission would hurt consumer interests, one commission member says. “My basic concern is the fact that it seems to me it (the report) is so heavily slanted. It tills die balance to the utilities, rather than us remaining a fair and impartial body that is looking after the public interest,” PUC member Jo Campbell said Wednesday. Among recommendations in the report by the accounting firm Peat Marwick Main & Co., she said, is the expansion of the commission from three to six members, in pan to allow commission members lo privately discuss issues without having a quorum, thus staying within state law on open meetings. The report says, “On a three-member regulatory commission, opportunities to discuss complex points of major cases do not exist except in .public forums; consequently, any point of disagreement becomes magnified.” PUC Chairman Maria Greytok and commis sion member William Cassiri, both Republicans, have been involved in bitter debates with Ms. Campbell, a Democrat. The commission sets electric arid telephone rates. . The senator overseeing confirmation hearings for Ms. Greytok and Cassiri, set for next week, criticized the reasoning for the recommendation. “I would generally be open-minded about the expansion of a board, but if the purpose of diis proposal is to allow the Public Utility Commission to make more decisions in secret, I would be absolutely opposed, and I think that the public should be outraged,” said Sen. Chet Edwards, who heads the Nominations Committee. “That commission is the single most powerful commission in state government. It oversees billions of dollars of decisions, and to in any way move backwards, toward decisions being made behind closed doors, is absolutely traveling down the wrong road,” said Edwards, D-Duncan Ville. Other recommendations against consumer Hearings on rates continue for LCRA Hearings on the Lower Colorado River Authority’s request to raise electric rales by $46.6 million have entered their third week at the Public Utility Commission in Austin. Urwcr Colorado River Authority joined several customers including New Braunfels Utilities and Pedemales Electric Cooperative in pressing for a compromise proposal which would reduce die increase to approximately $22 million. “Tile transmission credits would provide overall savings to all of LCRA’s customers,” said Bennie Fuelberg, general manager of See LCRA, Page 2 interests, said Ms. Campbell, are increased reliance on rulemaking and staff reductions in the telephone regulation and consumer affairs divisions. The report also recommended strengthening the chairman’s position, giving that person “total control” over such items as scheduling and case management, Ms. Campbell said. It would give the chairman “enormous control” over the results of hearings, she said, and it would eliminate the general counsel’s charge to represent the public interest, making the office a neutral party. “I would hate to think that we’re going to get into a situation where the results are preordained, and it seems to me there’s an awful lot of opportunity to do so under the recommended structure,” Ms. Campbell said. The commission voted 2-1 in January to hire Peat Marwick, although the company'represented El Paso Electric Co. in two cases pending before die PUC. Edwards said he intends to closely question Ms. Greytok and Cassia, whose appointments to the commission arc to come before the Nominations Committee next week, about hiring Peal Marwick. ;