New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 23, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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-OTI p.Texland keeping Johnson City option open
By SANORA JACKSON Staff writer
The City of Johnson City is going ahead with its effort to help Pedernales and Bluebonnet electric cooperatives bypass the Public Utility Commission to build a Texland power project.
The city filed Friday for a declaratory judgment in district court in Austin seeking judicial confirmation of its right to obtain financing for the project.
Texland, a joint venture of the two cooperatives, has
been seeking to build its lignite plant in Milam County so that the two cooperatives, presently the Lower Colorado River Authority’s two largest wholesale customers, can develop what their officials say will be more economic fuel sources.
Pedernales Electric Cooperative serves the Canyon Lake area of Comal County.
Under the Texas Public Utility Regulatory Act, municipalities are not required to receive a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity to construct generating facilities.
The Johnson City action came little more than a week after a state district judge ruled that PUC had discriminated against the Texland project by denying its certificate while granting the LCRA a permit to build its Fayette 3 lignite plant.
The PUC denied Texland’s application last May, claiming that the new generation project did not meet requirements for a “firm” financing plan.
Texland, while appealing the PUC action to district court, began discussions with officials of Johnson City,
headquarters of PEC and one of 13 municipalities served by that cooperative, about pursuing financing independent of PUC regulations. The Johnson City council unanimously approved participation in such a plan last summer.
District Judge Charles Mathews last week ruled that the PUC order was “arbitrary and capricious and must be reversed.”
The judge said PUC applied different standards to LCRA
See TEXLAND, Page 12A
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WEDNESDAY November 23,1983 25 cents
Vol. 92 - No. 233
32 Pages—3 Sections
Inflation rate creeps upward
Leon LaShomb used to have a garage over these cars oh"'1' b*JahnN
A windy night
Gusts take garages, cause scattered outages
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Only sound snoozers slept through a storm Tuesday night that brought almost an inch of rain to downtown New Braunfels, and kept three New Braunfels Utilities crews busy until sunrise.
Wind gusts up to 40-50 mph leveled at least one garage in New Braunfels, and picked up another one at Canyon lake's Indian Hills subdivision and put it down five feet away, while 70 mph gusts blew off at least one roof in Canyon lake Village.
Mack Weston called the Comal County Sheriff's Office about 12:20 a m “He said he heard a roaring noise, looked out the window and saw his garage take flight. It came back down five feet away," an office spokeswoman said.
Leon laShomb's garage disintegrated
with the first gust of wind that hit Morningside Drive about ll p.m. “It was completely shattered. One pole is all that's left," Lashomb said.
“I thought my collection of Buicks was gone, but they didn't get a scratch. The wind did move one half way out of the garage, though,'' he added.
lashomb theorized a twister visited him last night. There was so much wind," he said, "but no rain at all. And wood from my garage was scattered half a mile down the road."
NBU Electrical Distribution Supt. Frank Panebianco didn't see any tornadoes, but he said he'd guess the wind gusts reached 40 mph in New Braunfels.
“The biggest outage we had was on Highway 46 South toward Clear Springs A transformer pole that blew over put about five customers without power,"
Panebianco said. “And there were some isolated outages in town, mostly due to lightning and wind “Overall, though, we weathered the storm well, because of the extensive tree-trimming program we got into real heavy about 15 months ago. That program paid for itself last night He put the number of outages at 12, and said NBU kept three crews working through the night on repairs “We got a lot of calls between 12 and 12.30 a m. from people who thought their street lights had gone out." Panebianco added “But when the lightning gets real brtght, it opens the photo-electrical cell inside the street lights, and they go out."
David Dossey, Canyon l.ake district manager for Pedernales Electric
See WEATHER, Page 12A
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices, restrained by the first drop in gasoline prices since the spring, rose a moderate 0.4 percent last month, the government said today.
Food prices, however, rose at their steepest clip since April
With just two months left in the year, the inflation rate for 1983 was running at 3 9 percent If that rate persists, it would match last year’s rate, which had marked the economy's best performance since the early 1970s.
Prices over the last 12 months have risen only 2.9 percent.
The overall October gain was 0.1 percentage point below the September figure and matched the increases of July and August.
largely responsible for last month's moderate nse in the Consumer Price index was a 0.4 percent decline in gasoline prices, which are now 8.4 percent below their peak level of March 1981.
But food prices, driven up by higher beef and veal costs, rose 05 percent, the labor Department reported
Among meats, only pork was cheaper.
Fresh vegetable soared 4.3 percent and fruit prices rose 0.9 percent, the result of last spring’s freeze
The bright inflation news has been widely attributed to the fallout from last year’s severe recession, worldwide oil glut and abundant harvests Economists still expect next year’s inflation rate to be a little higher than this year’s, a reflection iii part, they say, of the economy's improving health.
Their foreceast for 1984 is for inflation to be in the range of 5 percent to 7 percent, still well under the 8.9 percent of 1981 and 12.4 percent of 1980 In today’s report, the department said overall energy prices fell 0 4 percent, restrained by the fresh decline in gasoline prices and a 14 percent drop in natural gas costs, which had fallen at an annual rate of 4.6 percent over the previous five months Gasoline prices had risen 0.4 percent in September and 1.1 percent in August.
Heating oil prices climbed 0 4 percent last month as the winter heating season began in many parts of the country.
See INFLATION, Page 12A
'Hill Street's' Conrad
“It’s sort of Uke losing your old man," said Charles Haul, who plays Officer Andy Cowboy" Kenko in the series He noted that Conrad continued to work on the show despite worsening health "He was with us until the last possible minute and for that we have great respect and admiration for him," Haid said.
“We’re his faiiuly and we’re going to miss him. We’re going to go on making Hill Street’... but we’re going to miss what he brought to it."
The Hill Street" cast worked Tuesday after they learned of Conrad s I a m. death, but planned to take an extended Thanskgtving break. NBC spokesman Brian Robinette said.
Ten segments of the show involving Conrad, who earned two Emmys for his portrayal of Esterhaus. had been filmed for the current season and six have been broadcast, NBC spokesman Gene Walsh said.
Bene Enriquez, who plays Ll Ray CaUetano rn the series, said Conrad knew he was suffering from cancer, but "he thought he was going to conquer it."
The 6-foot-4 Conrad was known early in his career for "physical" and bad guy roles. But he found his greatest success w ith his gentle, elegant expressions on "HillStreet Blues."
He was partly attracted to the role, he said, because “I think I can show softness in a male."
A New York City native, Conrad was the eldest son of a career Army man and served in the artillery during World War II before attending New York’s City College. He studied drama, played summer stock and toured nationally with "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Mr. Roberts."
"I couldn’t make a Uving as an actor until I was 33," Conrad told Hie Associated Press last year. "But I knew that if I stuck with it, some day I would make it."
In 1963, he moved to Los Angeles and appeared on “Wagon Train" and played heavies on “Gun-smoke," “Laredo" and “Rawhide."
More recently, he appeared in “The Longest Yard" and “Cattle Annie and Little Britches," and appeared in the movies “Castle Keep" and "They Shoot Hordes, Don't They?"
Conrad is survived by his fourth wife, Sims, an Israeli actress
Sit! ft photo bn Clotty Richardson
Joshua Reinke's Thanksgiving meal is finger licking good, as the student at New Braunfels Crhistian Academy seems to be cornering every crumb of it. The school's kindergarteners made costumes, and their parents supplied the traditional meal, in eluding turkey and pumpkin pie
Father wins latest round in tangled custody case
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
A four-year-old boy was picked up Nov. 8 at Ann L Andy Learn and Play Center and delivered to his mother, who took the child with her to Florida
On Tuesday, District Judge Fred Moore dissolved the writ of attachment which allowed the mother to take the boy, and granted temporary custody to his father in New Braunfels. Moore's order gives the father, John R. “Frank" Connelly, the right to take immediate possession of his son, "Bubba.” But getting him out of Florida may be easier said than done.
"They can’t do anything, really, until the order is signed," said local attorney Virginia Coop-Ullman, who represents the mother, Kathryn A Connelly. It had not been signed as of 5 p.m. Tuesday. Even with a signature, Moore’s order cannot be enforced by a Florida law officer. There will have to be a corresponding order issued through a Florida court.
And the Florida courts have a few orders of their own regarding the Connelly case It was a Florida, divorce and custody decree that led local Judge Robert T. Pfeuffer to give Mrs. Connelly the writ of attachment on Nov. 8. The mother showed up in his court, with papers to show that she had been awarded custody of Bubba in February of 1982. Both divorce and child custody were awarded by default; Mrs Connelly claims that she was unable to determine the whereabouts of her child and exhusband at the tune Pfeuffer issued the writ, and Coop-Ullman went with a sheriff’s deputy to Ann & Andy to pick up Bubba. “They told us that we had to turn the child over to them. The mother was not with them. I have never seen the mother," said Joyce Gilles, who runs the center with her husband, Norbert. She said she tried to contact Frank
See CUSTODY, Page 12A
NBISD bids under budget
New Braunfels ISD received and opened three bids to air-condition six existing structures Tuesday.
NBISD trustees will decide to accept or reject bids during their regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at New Braunfels High School library.
All three bids came under the
budgeted amount of $1.8 million, according to Superintendent Charles Bradberry.
Guarantee Plumbing and Airconditioning of San Antonio offered a bid of $1,622,000 while Mesquite Construction Inc., also of San Antonio, bid $1,734,908. Victoria Air Condition’s base bid was $1,645,000.
The night’s stiff northwest winds were expel ted to lighten up by this morning, turning westerly later at 10-15 miles per hour A fair, cool day is predicted, followed by a fair night in tile iiud-40s Monday will be partly cloudy, with a high in Hie mid-70s.
Sunrise today will be at 6:59 a rn
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One of Four
One of the four Comal County basketball teams in action last mght — the Canyon Cougars — came away with a victory The Cougars held off Randolph 61-47 at the Canyon gym. Sports. Pago SA
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dead at 58
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Conrad, the Emmy-wituung sergeant on television’s "Hill Street Blues" who died after a two-year battle with cancer, was remembered by colleagues as a strong, “always positive ' ador who inspired respect
Conrad died Tuesday at age 58 at Kenneth Norris Jr Cancer Hospital, where he had been undergoing treatment for cancer of the ureter, hospital spokesman Gordon Cohn said The tall, balding actor who played the fatherly Sgt Phillip Freemason Esterhaus on the acclaimed series was known for his soft-spoken eloquence and his admonition to patrol officers, “Hey! I>et’s be careful out there!"