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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 7, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas BEST AVAILABLE COPY Crowd matches earlier totals Weekend attendance at the 29th annual Wurstfest has been estimated at 46,000 people, matching last year’s first-weekend attendance level. Wurstfest Executive Director Suzanne Herbelin, said the numbers were similar to last year’s First weekend and are on a pace to equal last year’s attendance mark of 130,000 people coming to Wurs-tfest. Herbelin said the attendance for the first weekend was estimated at 47,000 last year. “We estimated 46,(KH) people came the first weekend, and that docs not include the people who came in the First two hours when we did not take tickets,” Herbelin said. “We’re real pleased with the weekend crowd. The opening ceremonies came off just Fine, the weather was great and there were a lot families out enjoying the fcstiv- Tom Blunker, left, and Pete Lingamfelter put together a Wurst-in-a-pocket at one of the food concession booths in Wurstplatz. Civic groups say their salesxare matching or better than last year (Photo by John Senter) ides. It is a good, managablc crowd.” Herbelin said merchants at the festivities did well during the weekend and are doing better than last year. “Most of the merchants that I have talked to are very pleased with die weekend crowd,” Hcrbc-lin said. “Some said they are ahead 30 percent of last year.” Herbelin said they are not doing anything different than in the past years, and have not had any prob lems at this year’s Wurstfest. Traditionally, the attendance level at Wurstfest drops during the week, and picks up again on the weekend. Wurstfest continues this week through Sunday. '>s'    T T 7    -f    %    -rn    -m Good,Day Workers comp overhaul Today will be partly cloudy and Schtg SrtfdSST1"    State senators say job safety at the root of reform Tonight’s low will be near 70 degrees. A weak cold front is on    AUSTIN (AP) — Two state senators say lawmakers the way into the area bringing a    should attack die problems of the workers’ compensation slight chance of rain and partly    insurance system at the root—job safety, cloudy skies. The highs will be in    “Without deaths or injuries, the system never kicks in,” die 70s and the lows in the 50s    said Sen. Carl    Parker, D-Pori Arthur, for the next few days.    Parker    and Sen. Kent Caperton, D-Bryan, on Monday unveiled an overhaul of the workers’ comp system ,nside:    designed    to cut premiums and reduce accidents by tighten- CLASSIFIED.............................9-10    ing insurance regulation and penalizing unsafe employers. COMICS.........................................6    State lawmakers on Nov. 14 begin a special legislative CROSSWORD...............................3    session on reforming the insurance system that compen- DEAR ABBY.................................4    sates workers injured on the job. HOROSCOPE................................4    Parker    said    $500    million    per    year    could    be    saved    if    Tex- SPORTS......................................7-8    as. one of the most unsafe states to work in, reached die TV LISTINGS.................................4    national average in job safely. WEATHER.....................................2    The senators said their plan also addresses business concerns by reducing attorney involvement in workers’ - ,       „    -    comp    cases    and    penalizing    parties    pursuing    frivolous    legal Stam rn risen    ia ,m Fire, smoke damage home Nobody was injured when an electrical short apparently caused of a house fire al approximately 11 a.m. Monday at 148 Concepcion St., according to New Braunfels Fire Marshal Elroy Friescnhahn. Firefighters found smoke pouring from a two-bedroom frame house which was partially engulfed in flames after neighbors spotted the fire and called. No one was at home at the time, but investigators believe an electric cord had been rubbed through by a metal bcd frame and sparked the Fire. The house is owned by Erinina Garcia and was being occupied by Julio Madero Sr. Damage was esti mated at $12,000, according to Friescnhahn. Gilbert Gonzales and Rick Gon zalcs, both of 142 Concepcion Si spotted the flames and called the l ire department. The two acted response ly, Friesenhahan said, when they .first alerted firemen before breaking through a rear door and attempting to control the fire with a garden I lose The blaze apparently became to. intense but the two men were still dousing the house from outside w,1 a two engine companies arid foul support vehicles arrived on the scene The blaze was contained lo a rc^a See FIRE. Page 2 It also would cut comp rates by 15 percent over two years and, over five years, phase in mandatory coverage for employers w ith five or more employees. The proposal maintains the right for an injured worker to appeal an administrative benefits ruling in a jury trial. “We can cut rates and not abridge the right of the injured worker.’’ said Caperton. State Rep. Richard Smith, the House leader on workers’ comp, said he had not seen the senators’ proposal. Smith said his legislation, which he said will be filed by Monday, will include a 15-percent rate reduction. "Every conceivable concept has been discussed ad nauseam. We’re down to getting votes,” said Smith, R-Bryan. Both Smith and Caperton said they believed it probably will take the entire 30-day special legislative session to reach an agreement. Lawmakers earlier this year failed to reform the $3 bil- See REFORM, Page 2 Man discovers missing sailboat A Dallas man who discovered his sailboat was not where he had left it the night before, found the vessel down die road alter alerting Comal County Slier iff’s Deputies of its disappearance. A sheriff’s department spokesman said Charles S. Foley, who was here o race the boat, had secured his sailboat near others at the Turkey Cove N a ramp in Village West off FM 2673 Sunday . The next morning, the boat w, gone. Foley later found die sailboat 3(X) y ards from the Cany on Lake Marina Federal judge eyes lawsuit jurisdiction The Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority’s lawsuit asking for regulation of the Edwards Aquifer has been moved into federal court, where deliberations are centering on whether die case should be returned to state court or dismissed. Tile suit named the U.S. Air Force as a defendant in the case, and die government petitioned lo move the case into federal court. Tile lawsuit, initially Filed in the Hays County District Court has now moved to da United States District Court wlitre Judge James W. Now Im is reviewing the case. “The case was petitioned to be moved to Federal Court, where Judge Nowlin is considering returning it back to state court,” said Kim Bight well, an attorney for GBRA. "Ihere also have been several motions to dismiss the case, which is also being considered ” File decision is expected in the next two weeks.Houston track files motion for rehearing AUSTIN (AP) — A Houston-area group trying to bring Class I horse racing to Harris County will File a motion for a rehearing on its license application, the group’s president said. See Page 3 New BraunfelsRichards blasts pledge of no new school taxes AUSTIN (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ann Richards is criticizing Gov. Bill Clements’ over his “no new taxes” for school funding pledge. 410 Seeiso-HES’ -2^27    ECougarettes, Unicorns face playoff matches Both Canyon and New Braunfels resume Class 4A ^    volleyball playoff action tonight. The Cougarettes .jaw    meet Roma at 7:30 p.m. at Cotulla High, while die "valde at 7:30 p.m. at West Campus MO 09 10/22/99    99    nio ’ MICROPUBLISHING YANDELL DP    - See Page 7 EL PASO, TX 7990A Vol. 137, No. 257 707 Landa St., New Braunfels. Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 Zeitung Tuesday November 7, 1989 25 Cents One Section, 10 Pages Suite Sen. Judith Zaffirini will be guest speaker at the Wednesday meeting of the New Braunfels Business and Professional Women’s organization at Holiday Inn at 7 p.m. ZafFirini will address issues that deal with women and the general public is invited to hear Sen. Zaffirini at 7:30 p.m. For more information or reservations, call Delores Smith at 629-4352 or Nancy Pcevyhouse at 620-1303.... No rest for the weary, you say? Well, there is now. Colonial Manor Care Center has begun Oma and Opa Days. Every Monday and Tuesday, Colonial Manor will offer care givers who have loved ones at home some time *>ff. How does it work? lf you care for your elderly loved one at home and need to shop, run errands or just rest, your loved one may participate in Oma and Opa Days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The service is free and to participate, all you need to do is call the center at 625-7526 Monday through Friday arui ask for Administrator Joy Curry or Social Activities Director Iris Bowden to register. There is no limit to the number of times Oma and Opa may visit the center, the only requirement is that they register each time before coming because space is limited.... Competing in the Gregory-Portland Speech Tournament Oct. 8m STAMMTISCH, Page 2 Voters head to polls to decide propositions AUSTIN (AP) — Polls opened at 7 a.m. today as voters began deciding the fate of 21 proposed constitutional amendments, including a proposed tripling of legislators’ salaries. As expected, turnout was light within the hours after the polls opened. Only 12 percent of the suite’s 8.2 million registered voters were expected to vote today, with one-third to one-half of the vote coming from Harris County, according to Secretary of Slate George Bayoud. There were no problems reported this morning, said Austin Bray, staff attorney at the Secretary of Suite’s elections ofFice in Austin. “It’s just about what we expected.” Hams and Dallas counties had no Figures on turnout at mid-morning. In Hidalgo County, in the Mexican border town of Progreso, only nine people had voted by 9:30 a m. out of 1,459 registered on the precinct list. In San Antonio, Augie Aguilar, chief deputy in the Bexar County Clerk’s OfFice, said voter turnout this morning in the overcast, misty weather has been light. “People aren’t rushing out to the locations yet. We’re getting very few calls here in the ofFice," Aguilar said. More voters were expected to start showing up at the polls late morning, he added. Gov. Bill Clements and his wife, Rita, cast their votes this morning at a school in Dallas. Although the amendments will change the Constitution for all Texans, light voter turnout statewide was expected to give extra clout to Houston residents, who also are choosing a mayor and a successor to the late Congressman Mickey Leland. Heading the list of constitutional amendments before all voters is a proposal to more than triple — from $7,200 a year to $23,300 — the salaries of members of the Legislature. That proposition also would remove the constitutional requirement dial voters approve future salary increases by tying lawmakers’ pay to the governor’s salary, which the Legislature sets. The pay raise proposal goes before voters after months of news reports about lobbyists spending more than $1.8 million to entertain legislators during their 140-day regular session this year. Although he has urged its passage, House Speaker Gib Lewis, D-Fort Worth, last week said he believes the raise is doomed. “It’s dead,” Lewis 8m ELECTION, Pag* 2 Last-minute push Charles Burgess, commander of American Legion Post 179 in New Braunfels, left, and Hugh Talbott, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7110 spent the morning posting signs and distributing flyers urging voters to approve Constitutional Amendment Proposition 4 which would make property owned by nonprofit veterans organizations exempt from ad valorem taxation. Voters today are asked to make decisions on 21 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution Polls remain open until 7 p m (Staff photo) Lawmen confiscate cocaine HOUSTON (.AP) — More than 1,300 pound* of cocaine valued at $60 million was confiscated fiom a tractor-irailer rig during a raid on a warehouse facility, authorities said. Five men were arrested during die joint operation by the I louston Police Department’s narcotics division and agents with ihe U S Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI. said Marc Riggsbee, a DEA spokesman Tile rig, registered with Coast to Coast Transport, Inc. of Brownsville, was loaded with cocaine packed in steel containers wrapped by bags from a fast food restaurant "We’re still in the process of trying to get it all unpacked, but we feel there may be as much as 600 kilos,” or 1,320 pounds, Capt. Dennis Schumann, of the Houston Police Department’s narcotics division, said of tire Monday raid. “You’re looking at probably $60 million worth of cocaine on the street .” Schumann said die bust came al ter several months’ investigation by the police department, the FBI and die Sea COCAINE, Page 2 ;