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Vol. 89 - No. 102 20 Pages — 2 Sections (USPS 377-880)
New Braunfels, Texas
Guadalupe River discharge comments due by Nov. 21
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
River Road residents have one week to register their comments or to ask for a public hearing on a permit application filed with the Corps of Engineers to allow discharge of fill material into the Guadalupe River.
A “comment period” for interested parties expires Friday, Nov. 21, according to a public notice mailed to riverfront property owners Oct.
The applicants, Steve and Jane Abbott and Arbs Mosley, are “seeking after-the-fact authorization for the discharge of approximately 846 cubic yards of fill material below the plane of the ordinary high water mark of the Guadalupe River,” the
The Corps of Engineers’ Fort Worth District office has received two comments on the action, taken in connection with parking lot construction at Abbott’s River Outfitters Inc., 4.5 miles northwest of Loop 337 on River Road.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries considered the impact minor, but with reservations.
The NMF “said they don’t have the resources to investigate, but believe the impact will be minor,” said l^arry Buck at the corps office in a telephone interview Thursday.
“The Fish and Wildlife Service said they were not in favor of authorizing things in violation of the law, but given the chance to comment beforehand, they would have said the impact
would be minor,” Buck said.
Any person may submit a written request for a public hearing to the District Engineer’s office, but the request and comments should be received not later than Nov. 21.
“However, more time may be given when required if the request is received by the limiting date. If no comments are received by that date, it will be considered that there are no objections." the public notice reads.
An environmental assessment will be completed after the comment period. Buck said.
Comments should be addressed to the office of the District Engineer, Fort Worth District, Corps of Engineers, 819 Taylor St., Fort Worth, Tex. Additional nformation is available from I*irry Buck or David Barrows at (817) 334-2681.
Close encounters of a tree kind
An alien arm reaches across a wooded area, a loud buzzing sound is heard, then a tree limb crashes to the ground. You may have experienced this same phenomenon if you were in Landa Park. Schwab's Tree
Staff photo by John Sen tar
Service has been trimming and dressing the trees in the park to achieve better shaped trees. The project is funded by the Parks and Recreation Department.
Grand Jury no-bills man in shooting
A Rockport man who had confessed to the Nov. 2 shooting of Timothy Joe Nelson, 31, of Austin, was no-billed yesterday by the Comal County Grand Jury.
The grand jury no-billed Patrick Gordon, 28, after more than three hours of testimony.
“He did it in self-defense,” Felix* Roque, head of the New Braunfels Police Department, said.
Police said Nelson was shot in a parking lot across from the Wurstfest grounds at approximately 12:45 a.m. Nov. 2, after a dispute with Gordon concerning getting out of the crowded lot.
Nelson, in an attempt to lead a friend’s van into the line of traffic leaving the parking lot, was trying to get other drivers’ attention by banging on their car hoods, police said. Nelson smashed the passenger side windshield of Gordon’s car with his fist and threatened the passengers in the car, police said.
Gordon produced a .22 caliber revolver and shot Nelson in the chest, then drove out the rear of the parking lot through a field, police said.
Nelson was pronounced dead at 1:13 a.m. Nov. 2 from a single gunshot wound to the chest.
Gordon, accompanied by his attorneys, met with police detectives and a Texas Ranger Nov 4, and confessed to the shooting, Roque said.
The grand jury also indicted Stephen Harmon, 103 E. Mulberry, San Antonio, for theft of property by check; Jeffrey Dale Allrnan, 130 E. Formosa, Sari Antonio, John Scott Morris, 350 E. Formosa, San Antonio, and Pedro G. Escobedo, 276 West End, New
'He did it in self-defense, ' Detective Felix Roque said concerning the incident Nov. 2.
Braunfels, for burglary of a motor vehicle.
Also, indicted were Orlando Esquivel, 533 Sherman, San Antonio, Patrick Jessie Walsh, 1041 Madeline St., New Braunfels, Francisco Sanchez Mendoza, 10715 San Jose Ave., Del Valle, and Manuel M. Lopez, 916 Sycamore, San Marcos, for driving while intoxicated; James Michael Welsch, 1352 Cedar Elm St., New Braunfels, for theft more than $200 and less than $10,000, and Alfred Partida Vasquez, 854 Samuels Ave., New Braunfels, for possession of a controlled .substance.
Names of four other individuals indicted for felonies were witheld pending their arrest.
The grand jury passed the case of Jimmy Jennings, who has been charged with indecency with a child, for further investigation.
Mrs. Elizabeth Culpepper is foreman of the Grand Jury. Members are Carol DeHaven, Ruby Morgan, Verna Peterman, Kenny Durocher, Elaine Patten, Delores Mitchell, Juan Hinojosa, Gaston Haupert, George Smith, Calvin Mantooth III and Patsy Nisson.
REAL ESTATE............ 1-41
WASHINGTON (AP) — A three-year extension of a multibiUion-dollar revenue-sharing program called vital to basic services in cities and counties across the nation is halfway through Congress. Its fate now, however, is unclear in the unpredictable lame-duck session.
The House voted Thursday to continue the $4.6 billion in no-strings-attached grants to local governments through fiscal 1983, which will end Sept. 30 of that year. It also authorized $2.3 billion a year for state governments in fiscal 1982 and 1983.
The measure now goes to the Senate, which is expected to consider a similar version of its own next week.
While Senate approval is likely, it is questionable whether there will be enough time before the targeted Dec. 5 adjournment date of this lame-duck session to resolve differences between the two measures.
“To forecast with reliability” what the outcome will be is impossible, said a Senate aide, who asked not to be identified.
Comal County Commissioners Charles Mund and Orville Heitkamp went to Washington this week at county expense to lobby with congressional leaders on the matter. Earlier the Commissioners Court passed a resolution supportig the continuation of revenue sharing.outcome
Revenue sharing, begun during Richard M. Nixon’s presidency, expired Sept. 30, the end of fiscal 1980, but the effect has yet to be felt by local governments that rely on the money as an integral part of their budgets — ranging from police and fire protection to civic projects. The next round of grants are not due until January.
The National league of Cities said in a statement Thursday that the uncertainty “has left local governments around the United States facing the prospect of substantial shortfalls in revenue for budgets that were prepared and adopted earlier this year.”
“Revenue sharing contributes 5 percent ofremains
the local revenues in an average city and substantially more in some communities,” the statement said.
laical officials say failure to extend the program might lead to higher property taxes and curtailed services.
The House rejected efforts to eliminate the states’ share and to extend the program for local governments for only one years.
The Senate bill would extend the program at the $4.6 billion annual level for five years and authorize the $2.3 annual state grants for four years beginning in fiscal 1982. It also would authorize $1 billion a year in additional federalunclear
aid, which is triggered in times of severe
Opponents of the state grants argued the federal government no longer can afford thei Supporters said they are the most efficient method of providing federal aid, because the are no strings attached and little bureaucrat is needed to administer the program.
Rep Jack Brooks, D-Texas, the Governme Operations Committee chairman and a stroll opponent of revenue sharing, said if state entitlements were retained, Congress could “kiss a balanced budget goodbye for your lifetime.”
Conservative leaders voice fears that Reagan deserting their causes
WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidentelect Ronald Reagan’s choice of mainstream Republicans for his transition team is setting off alarms from the New Right, whose leaders are worried over their apparent decline of influence.
“We don’t understand why the conservatives have not been more prominent in the campaign and the early stages of the transition,” said Richard Viguerie, a leading fund-raiser for conservative causes. “It sure looks strange.”
Although New Right leaders continue
to voice confidence that Reagan will live up to his conservative principles, they are clearly concerned about being shut out of the incoming Reagan administration.
“The early signs are that Governor Reagan will be pursuing rather liberal policies economically and a policy of detente in foreign affairs,” said Howard Phillips, national director of the Conservative Caucus.
Reagan has turned heavily to former officials from the administrations of Presidents Gerald R. Ford and Richard M. Nixon in setting up his
transition team. And that has raised suspicion among some conservatives that a Reagan administration might adopt policies similar to those pursued by his two Republican predecessors — policies the New Right considers too moderate.
The New Right, which advocates major tax cuts, sharp reductions in social spending and a massive military buildup, has been particularly critical that advisory positions have been given to former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Treasury Secretary George Shultz and Alan Greenspan.
Two bands score firsts
New Braunfels, Canyon and Smithson Valley High School Bands all have a right to be proud. All the practicing they’ve been doing for the last month, paid off.
At the University Interscholastic league marching competition held Wednesday at Southwest Stadium in San Antonio, all three bands brought back top honors in addition to their trophies.
Mike Myers, assistant director at New Braunfels High School, said the Unicorn Band brought home a trophy for a first division rating, which is classified as being superior out of five possible ratings.
Winning first place was not much of a surprise to Myers, however, since the more than 200-member band also did it last year. In his words, they were merely
“keeping up a tradition.”
The Unicorn Band is not alone in sharing honors, however. I.arry Correll, director, reports the 150-member Canyon High School Cougar Band also brought home a first-place trophy.
“It’s the first time in 5 years that we’ve gotten a one (superior rating),” Correll commented.
The Smithson Valley High School Ranger Band had a few minor problems, which kept it from gaining a first division rating, according to I^irry Sparks, director.
“The kids did a real fine job, but we had a few precision problems because of the extreme spread of th< band,” he explained.
The 94-member Smithson Valley Band still brought back a trophy with an “excellent” or second rating.