New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 13, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
u, Bo* -^5^36 callas, 'itexai 75235
Taylor Communications inc
5 cents November 13, 1980
Vol. 89 - No. 101 24 Pages — 2 Sections
(USPS 377-880) New Braunfels, Texas
Recount approved in sheriffs contest
District Judge Robert T. Pfeuffer yesterday granted a request from defeated sheriff’s candidate John. K. Mullins for an official ballot recount of the 1980 sheriff’s election returns.
“I’m sure it will be carried out next week,” Martin Allen, district court administrator, said, explaining Pfeuffer wants to act on the recount
“as soon as possible.”
Pfeuffer granted five of the Republican candidate’s six requests for a ballot recount under the Texas Election Code, Article 7.15, Subdivision
Pfeuffer granted permission to examine the program used in making the test counts, examine the program used in counting the ballots, examine the ballot assemblies for all voting
devices, make a recount of the test count using the program and test materials and a recount of the ballots cast for the office of sheriff, using the same materials and methods as in the original count.
Pfeuffer said he would not consider Mullins’ request for a manual recount of the votes cast until after the first five procedures were carried out.
“He (Mullins) has the right to pick who he wants (to administer the recount),” Allen said. “He will submit a list of names to the judge. The judge will approve whoever he wants,” he said.
Allen said he did not know what the cost of the recount would be, or whether the cost will be broken down into labor and time. Under the election code, Mullins will make a deposit to
cover the estimated cost of tile recount.
Mullins requested the recount in a Nov. IO letter to Pfeuffer, citing “problems with the operation of equipment used to tabulate results of the vote in the Nov. 4 General Election,” which “have caused many voters to question the Comal County totals.”
Pfeuffer said he is primarily concerned with the confidence of the voters in the electoral process by the laws of the state, “and that the same were carried in Comal County to the spirit and letter of the law.”
Commissioners Court canvassed the returns Monday but did not certify the results. A discrepancy of 61 more voter signatures than ballots was found.
Within $13,000 of goal, directors pledge to continue raising funds
Not all the rabbits are out of the hat so to speak as far as the Community Fund is concerned.
And as members of the board met last night, they proved it, by pulling out the names of a few more groups, businesses and individuals who have not yet contributed to the campaign.
With $65,900 or 82.5 percent of their original goal of $80,000 already collected, James Cook, chairman of the board said the fund is about $13,000 ahead of where it was at this time last year.
And because the fund is doing so well, board members agreed last night to extend the orginal deadline for contributing I which had been Oct. 31) until the end of November, “in order to serve the agencies” and because, according to Cook, “the more we talk about it
and the more we toss around names (of those who have not contributed), I can see us making this thing (their goal of $80,000).”
Until their next meeting on Nov. 25, board members plan to personally contact various local service organizations, businesses and private citizens “in an effort to finalize the campaign” and in turn reach the goal.
In speaking of thanks to all of those who have already contributed, Cook said, “I’m very optimistic about getting the whole thing (their goal) — but we still have some hill to climb.”
However, there are “still quite a few on the list (who have not contributed) and perhaps if we all tie together we may be able to make our goal,” he added.
Small office, apartments
Rezoning requests denied
“I didn’t know this was going to stir up a hornet’s nest.”
So said Merrick H. Truly as he withdrew consideration of his request for a zoning change by the Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night.
Truly wanted to put a small office building on his property at 887 Cross St., but objections from 12 out of 22
surrounding residents prompted him to cut short a public hearing on the proposal.
But if Truly thought that was a hornet’s nest, he should have stayed and listened to the wave of objections that engulfed Edna G. Voigt’s rezoning proposal.
Nineteen residents of Jentsch Acres subdivision sent letters to Planning and
SOIL CONSERVATION . . .
Zoning Director Debra Goodwin registering objections to Voigt’s request for a zoning change that would allow multi-family dwellings to be built on her land between Madeline Street and I Alop 337.
Five of those residents voiced their objections at the meeting, and another seven signed a petition asking the commission to disapprove the rezoning.
That’s what the commission did, by a unanimous vote, after also hearing Steve Taylor, Voigt’s attorney, argue that apartments were “the highest and best use” for the land.
The arguments of neighboring residents, whether expressed by letter, petition, or in person, boiled down to a desire for continued “peace and quiet” and a fear that apartments would mean low-rent dwellings for low-
See REZONING, Page 16A
Members of the South Texas Treasure Hunt Club of San Antonio listen to the beeps of their sophisticated metal detectors to determine if treasure lies inches below the surface of the ground. The club scoured the Wursthalle grounds
Staff photos by John Santa/
Tuesday and found some interesting items. Clockwise from top, Wayne Coffman and Anna Burke scan the ground with detectors. Burke digs into the ground after being alerted to possible valuables. Coffman holds found treasure.
Krueger plans political return
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
Bob Krueger, President Carter’s ambassador-at-large to Mexico, said Wednesday he expects to reenter the Texas political scene.
In a telephone interview, Krueger said he had planned to come back to Texas next year regardless of the outcome of the Nov. 4 presidential election.
“Of course, Reagan’s victory sets a more specific date for it,” he observed.
“I plan to do some things in business and I do expect to go back into public service,” Krueger said.
Krueger recalled the narrowness of his 1978 loss to John Tower in their race for the U.S. Senate.
“To lose by about three tenths of I percent of the vote is like losing a basketball game 181 to 180,” he said, repeating a sports analogy he often uses.
The former 21st District congressman said he is not discouraged by Reagan’s victory in Texas and does not concede Texas is fully a two-party state.
“There have always been a few Republican of
ficials. If one looks at Texas, one needs to recognize voters have, on earlier occasions, favored Republicans for president.
“If one looks at other races, this is easily a Democratic state. Nineteen out of 24 Texas congressmen are Democrats,” he said.
Krueger spent Wednesday night at his home in New Braunfels. He was in San Antonio to speak to a five-state meeting of university officials responsible for foreign students here and for American students studying abroad.
Asked what he considered to be his greatest accomplishment as ambassador, he quoted Stuart Eizenstat, Carter’s domestic affairs assistant.
“Had I not been there, ‘the United States would not have gotten a natural gas agreement,’ ” he said. “I think that’s probably right. The one we got was much better than the one (former Energy Secretary James) Schlesinger turned down.
“It was important both for the agreement itself and as a symbol. It’s important to have symbols of agreement rather than disagreement,” Krueger said.
Krueger cited a recent agreement on “what to do in case of further oil spills” and one to build two new bridges over the Rio Grande border with Mexico.
“I think, more than just .specific items, there’s a new attitude, both of mutual respect and also of openness, to be able to discuss issues.
“I’m not going to claim any personal responsibility for it, but our trade increased IOO percent in the year and a half that I’ve held this post. Mexico is now our third largest trading partner,” the ambassador said.
Krueger, when asked to predict how a Reagan presidency would affect U.S.-IAltin American relations in light of his stated opposition to the Panama Canal treaties, replied,
“Ifs funny you should mention Panama. The president of Mexico, in his State of the Union address Sept. I, particularly commended Carter and the United States for showing the ‘courage and magnanimity of a great power.’
“Mexico will want good relations. If he will speak carefully, not threateningly, we can continue to have them,” Krueger said.
Alaskan wilderness bill sent to Carter
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House, which for years demanded tough protections for more than IOO million acres of pristine Alaskan wilderness, took one look at the onrushing Republican hordes and passed a weaker Senate bill.
It now goes to the White House and President Carter’s expected signature.
Wednesday’s passage came only six hours after the House convened in an unusual post-election session to wind up the year’s business.
The swift action on the historic bill shattered predictions that the lame-duck Democratic Congress, would not act on anything but
The measure turns 104 million acres of land — the United States’ last frontier — into special federal protective categories, such as national parks and wildlife refuges, to preserve their splendor for future generations.
At the White House, Carter said he was “pleased and gratified.”
“Both houses of Congress have now endorsed the greatest land conservation legislation of the century, thus assuring that the ‘crown jewels’ of the Alaska national wonders are afforded protection,” Carter said.