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New Braunfels. Texas Vol. 91 — No. 217 64 Pages—4 Sections (USPS 377-880)
Help from Austin
Traeger, commissioners to talk
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
The probability of Comal County obtaining legislative help to combat tourism and growth-related problems will be addressed Monday by Sen. John Traeger < D-Seguin I in Commissioners Court.
Traeger’s talk — which is set for IO a.m. in the Commissioners Courtroom first floor of the Courthouse — will be a rare appearance for the newly re-elected senator, in that he does not often get to New Braunfels, let alone appear before Commissioners Court.
In last week's election, Trager was re-elected to his second term as senator of District 21, which encompasses Comal and numerous other counties.
‘‘Sen. Traeger shall be present along with his assistant, Mr. Ed Kline, to discuss...the situation Comal County finds itself in coping with the many problems of River Road and the Guadalupe River,” Tim Darilek, administrative assistant to commissioners, stated in the court’s agenda packet.
‘Questions of legislative support for Comal County is one area Sen. Traeger shall address,” Darilek noted. “This applies to both statewide legislation and apicial legislation.”
For many years. Comal Commissioners have felt ordinance-making powers would help them combat some of the county’s tourist and growth-related problems. Obtaining ordinance-making powers, however, would require that new laws be passed by the Texas Legislature.
Several terms of the legislature have considered
offering counties ordiance-making powers on a local option basis, but no final legislation has been forthcoming.
In recent months, however, the topic of again proposing such legislation to the new state legislature which will meet in January has been discussed among members of the Comal County Growth and Development Committee.
This 13-member committee, composed of residents from all areas of the county, was appointed last spring by Commissioners Court to study the county’s growth, tourist and recreational-related problems.
The committee, which has set a self-destruct date in February, 1983, will be responsible for recommending solutions to the court as to how the county’s problems could be solved. More importantly, however, the committee will also have to suggest ways in which their recommendations can be financed.
Committee members, some of which will probably be present at Monday’s meeting, have not yet proposed any specific legislation. They have, however, dis* ussed how a county sales tax (on a local option basis might help draw in funds to the county to help meet some of its problems.
At the committee’s last meeting in October, Republican Edmund Kuemepl, who has since been elected as the new District 46 State Representative, promised to help pass any legislation the committee might get the legislature to consider.
The newly-elected representative also warned, however, that “just because you walk in the door”
See TRAEGER. Page 16A
Clements looks for reasons for defeat
AUSTIN (AP Gov. Bill Clements woke up tired and disappointed the day after the general election and asked an aide what happened to his apparently sure-fire re-election campaign.
"Where did that truck go')” the assistant told the 65-year-old Republican who made political history in 1978 by becoming the Texas’ first GOF governor this century.
“We ticket-splitters took a beating last night,” was Clements’ own explanation to reporters of his defeat by Democrat Mark White.
Cements said he had not had time to explore the causes of his downfall, but others quickly pointed out a record 3.1 million voter turnout resulting largely from a unified campaign drive by Democrats.
The straight-talking Dallas multimillionnaire, who had no experience as a political candidate before the 1978 governor's race, believes his party will come back, but not with him as a candidate.
“When you take a shellacking, which we did, you lick your wounds and you come back for another day, and certainly the Republican Party will rebound from this ... they will come back,” he said.
“Remember 1980 (the year President Ronald Reagan carried Texas) when the Democrats had their tail between their legs and running for cover? They came back "
When Clements scored the surprise win over
Attorney General John Hill in 1978, some called it a David and Goliath victory over a Democratic Party that had made Texas a one-party state for many years.
“I represent all of the people of the state,” Clements said after that election. “I intend for us to have a legislative program that is responsive to this state."
He proudly declared himself “a businessman, not a politician” and carried that theme throughout his first term and his unsuccessful reelection campaign.
He stressed the importance of selecting the right staff and making the right appointments to state boards and agencies. He brought in a rich South Texas rancher. Tobin Armstrong, to recommend appointees.
"You don’t surround yourself with ribbon clerks," he said.
He rapidly became known as a workaholic governor. When he could not make a speech or appearance, he sent his “secret weapon” — his wife, Rita.
i’m having a wonderful time being governor," Clements told reporters frequently, grinning from ear to ear and chuckling.
Clements was not always successful in his dealings with the predominantly Democratic
See CLEMENTS, Page 16A
Last chance for Wurstfest
Today s the final day to enjoy the dancing, food, drink and just plain fun of the 1982 Wurstfest. Myron Floren (top) and his accordion have already made their final appearance, but there s plenty of other fine music. You could do the ever popular chicken dance,
(bottom left) Ilk*1 Sherry Henke (Miss Loverwurs and Roger Reminder (Der Grosse Opa) Or you cou just eat funnel cake, (bottom right) like three year-o Casey Marie JonesInsideWurstfest Weather
Comal County skies will be mostly cloudy today through Monday, with areas of drizzle this morning and highs in the upper-70s. The probability of measurable rain is less than 20 percent.Playoff-Bound
The New Braunfels Unicorns football team clinched at least second place in District 13-AAAA Friday night and with it a spot in this year’s high school playoffs. Senior tailback Earl Wilson was the star, gaining 172 yards and scoring three times in the 28-0 win over Fredericksburg. See Page 6AOne-Two Punch
Kim Whitaker and Kourtney Kahier finished in their usual spots — first and second — at the regional cross-country meet Saturday at Fort Sam Houston. The Unicorn girls’ team, paced by that one-two finish, had a high enough overall score to qualify the entire team for next week’s state meet in Georgetown. See Page 6A
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Local results certified despite protest
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Canyon l.ake businesswoman Ixiis Duggan was back in Commissioners Court Friday, protesting a portion of the votes cast in the Nov. 2 election. The votes were direct descendants of 43 absentee votes she questioned after the May Republican primary.
The commissioners were making slow, but steady progress with their vote canvassing and certifying duties, until the
envelope from Precinct 17 was opened. That was Duggan’s cue.
"I came here to ask the court not to canvass or certify the votes for Pct. 4 Commissioner from 750 Rusk St. My premise has been, and still is, that the commissioners court has the authority to void those votes,” Duggan said
The votes in question were cast by residents of River Gardens, a count) mental health facility, in the Pct. 4 Commissioner race. Duggan had a similar complaint after the May primary when 43
residents from that facility voted absentee in that election.
In the GOP Republican primary, W.N “Bill” George won that race over Duggan by 19 votes, and then defeated incumbent Orville Heitkamp on Nov. 2.
As limited partners in River Gardens i meaning they have invested money for the operating expenses of the facility), George and his wife have repeated!) denied any wrong doing. "The residents at River Gardens have a right to vote. And Duggan continues to infer that there was
hanky-panky going on,” George has said. “But the rules were followed to the letter."
‘ I’m not questioning their right to vote, just the manner in which they (the River Gardens residents! voted,” Duggan said Friday. “There is also a deep question in my mind whether George was entitled to be on that ballot.
“This is a dangerous precedent, gentlemen There has never been such a cut and dry, pinpointed issue of voting man-
See VOTE. Page ISA
Reagan gearing up for '847
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Paul Uxalt, selected by President Reagan to head the Republican National Committee, said Saturday he is convinced that Reagan will seek re-election in 1984.
“I got a clear enough signal to satisfy me," Laxalt told an administration official. That "signal,” the senator said, followed his declaration to the president that he would refuse the post if Reagan would not run again.
"My political instincts told me he would be a candidate," the senator later told reporters, while acknowledging that uncertainty over the nation’s unemployment rate, now at a 42-year record of 10.4 percent, could stay the president’s decision.
The choice of i^axalt was seen by one administration official as evidence the president was assembling a re-election team, and the senator’s
conunents sent the strongest signal yet that Reagan would run again.
As he entered the White House grounds for a lunch with the president, laxalt said the president had not told fain what political course would be chosen.
‘‘ITI be frank to tell you that if I personally didn’t think that he was going to be a candidate, I wouldn’t be accepting this position.”
Other Republican officials said they, too, interpreted the choice of l,axalt, one of the president’s oldest political allies and chairman of his 1980 election campaign, as a sign that the president would seek a second term.
The two-term Nevada senator would replace Richard Richards as party chairman.
See REAGAN, Page ISABoathouse, dock rules top City Council list
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
The New Braunfels City Council hopes to learn just who has the authority to regulate the buildings of docks and boathouses this Monday. John Specht, general manager of the Guadalupc-Blanco River Authority , has been asked to appear at the 7 .30 p.m. meeting at City Hall
The question came up when tile city got a request for a permit to build boat hoist extending 12 feet
into the Guadalupe River. The council has reviewed an ordinance requiring that detailed engineering plans be submitted for all proposed river and riverbank structures But questions have been raised about the city’s authority to enforce such an ordinance.
Allocation of Entitlement 14, federal revenue sharing funds, is also high on the list for Monday.
An estimated $261,000 will be
See CITY, Page ICA