New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 30, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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The explosion sent rockets blazing through the air, he said.
Partida said the fire pattern was near the truck’s exhaust outlet and there was a hole burned through the bed of the truck, indicating a “good possibility” that a combination of heat and acc ui Hula ti on of gas vapors may have started the fire.
Fire Inspector Jack Wilkson agreed, adding that since a rag instead of a gas cap was covering the truck’s gasoline tank, fume exhausts combined with heat was the “probable cause” of the explosion.
No one was injured in the explosion, firefighters said.
TV LISTINGS..............3 2 pages
Staff photo by John Santee
It looks like it at least, at first glance Photographed on South Casted Avenue, these two ladies were wearing matching red scarves a rid navy blue coats and carried nearly identical purses The shoes provide the only clues in telling them apart.
Leftists' murders spark violence in El Salvador
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -Gunbattles erupted early Saturday in this tense city as supporters mourned six leftist leaders they claim were kidnapped and assassinated by government troops. Twenty people were reported killed in the new surge of violence.
Police said the latest victims were all killed in overnight gunfights and other assaults. An estimated 8,500 people, mostly civilians, have been killed this year in the struggle for power between left- and right-wing extremists.
Witnesses said army patrols and left-wing guerrilla bands fought at least nine gunfights in poorer districts of San Salvador.
A brief gunfight at midday caused panic among the hundreds of people milling about
the plaza outside the Metropolitan Cathedral. The bodies of the six slain leaders had been placed there, guarded by armed leftists, until a bomb exploded outside the church Friday night, injuring nine. The bodies were secretly removed to a funeral home in a poor neighborhood following Hie blast and would be returned to the cathedral at a later tune, Roman Catholic church sources said.
Police said they had no immediate reports of casualties in the cathedral area gunfight.
More than 300 leftist youths wearing red and black bandana handkerchiefs across their faces surrounded the cathedral, draped large banners across the entrance and
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LORA plans rate increase to pay for construction
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
Lower Colorado River Authority has announced electric rate increases for its wholesale customers, including a 6.56 percent boost for New Braunfels Utilities, effective Dec. 5.
Utilities Manager Bob Sohn said Friday the increase would be applied to kilowatt hours on electric users’ monthly bills, but would not affect the “fuel cost” portion of the bill.
“Bills are made up of two components, the energy part and the fuel cost. The average bill is 50 to 60 percent fuel cost, so if we raise half of your bill by 6.56 percent, then we have effectively raised the whole bill by about 3 or 4 percent.”
The LCRA has justified the rate increase by pointing to its $50 million construction program, and the Wholesale Power Group, an organization of LCRA customers to which Utilities belongs, has tentatively agreed to it, Sohn said.
“They are undertaking a large construction effort costing $50 million, ultimately $60 million. This is the amount it’s going to take to finance those bonds. The rate increase is for debt service coverage,” he explained.
The group, composed of 41 wholesale power
customers, including 23 municipally-owned utilities, has hired an attorney and a rate consultant to look out for its interests. As an organization, it has considerable leverage in dealing with LCRA, Sohn said.
“Prior to 1978, when we banded together, we had very little clout. In 1976 they (LCRA) decided they were going to finance construction just with rate increases,” Sohn said.
The customers decided to form a group, and went before the Public Utilities Commission to fight the increases.
“It got kinda sticky — it really gave them a fit. In 1978, they decided that, rather than fight, it would be easier to cooperate.
“We can understand their need for these increases. Now, they’ve learned their lesson. The minute they start talking about an increase they bring us into it, open their books to us.”
Sohn said the whosesale customers agreed the need for the money is real, and “the way they want to finance it is reasonable.”
The rate increases will be different for each power customer, and are based on kilowatt demand and consumption. For example, the Guadalupe Valley Electric Coop’s rate increase will be 5.96 percent, the City of Seguin will experience a 4.85 percent hike.
The largest increase, 9.96 percent, will be assumed by Pedernales Electric Coop.
A provision in the city’s proposed new electric ordinance permits LCRA to adjust the power cost. The ordinance, which will take passage of one more reading by City Council before it becomes law, states:
“The New Braunfels Utilities shall add or subtract any power cost adjustment received from supplier (LCRA) to customer billings, uniformly applied on a kilowatt-hour basis, such adjustment becoming effective immediately upon receipt of supplier billings, and official notification to the Utilities Board of Trustees and the New Braunfels City Council.”
The biggest Utilities customers pay proportionately less for power rates than for fuel costs. The average homeowner pays less for fuel costs than energy, and it is energy that the rate increase is applied to.
“The more fuel you use, the more it costs you. But as you use more kilowatt hours, the energy cost part comes down. The fuel costs for most large, commercial users is more than the energy part of their bills, and for residential users the opposite is usually true.
“There’s a point where both costs are about equal,” Sohn said.
Interest high locally, despite de-emphasis elsewhere
Truck explosion blocks
both lanes of interstate
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
For various reasons, it has been said that nationwide foreign language is becoming less attractive to high school students as a subject.
Unlike many years ago when such languages as Spanish, German, French, not to mention Latin, were required courses for high school students, nowadays these languages are offered as an “elective” class — one the student does not have to take.
In addition, several of the larger colleges and universities have either weakened or dropped their foreign language requirements altogether. Instead of requiring students to complete so many college-credit hours of foreign language in order to graduate, many larger schools now allow students to substitute a group of other classes for this requirement.
“There are ways to get around it (the foreign language requirement),” said Christine Taylor, who has taught German at Canyon High since
1976. "The U.S. is undernourished in foreign
language compared to other countries according to the President’s Council. We rely on interpreters to do our business abroad for us.
There should be more people that speak foreign languages,” she said.
The universities and colleges are getting so big that they’ve got to keep their enrollment up and to do this, they’ve dropped their language requirements, Taylor said. “Universities are hurting. They need larger enrollments and so they’ve made it easier to get in.”
Although it is not a required subject at New Braunfels, Canyon or Smithson Valley high schools, foreign language seems to be holding its own, according to local teachers. And even though language is not a required subject, most teachers agree that their class size has increased over the years.
Because language is taken as an elective class, one that is not needed in order to graduate, students seem to be motivated to learn, said Berino Engel, who has taught German at New
Braunfels High School for eight years.
With more than IOO students enrolled in his classes this,year, Jj^el said the “size of the classes" proves that students “Still have an quite an interest in learning” the language.
So why do students pick a class in foreign language over other courses?
Some of the reasons are as simple as hearing from other students that the teacher who teaches a particular foreign language class is a “good teacher,” Taylor said.
Another attraction to learning a second language is because it is a prerequisite to have had the first class of a language before becoming a member of the Spanish, German or French club.
And such things as students organizing a tour of Europe, state conventions, Christmas carolling, parties, field trips and other activities planned for foreign language club members attract students into joining these clubs and in
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Rocket's red glare
New Braunfels firefighters carefully rummage through the charred cases of fireworks that exploded into flames in the back of a rented truck traveling southbound on IH 35. No one was injured in
Saturday's incident; however $10,000 worth of fireworks may be destroyed. The probable cause of the fire was the combination of exhaust heat and the accumulation of fuel vapors.
The northbound and southbound lanes of IH-35 in north New Braunfels were closed for approximately an hour Saturday while firefighters worked to extinguish a fireworks explosion in a truck The incident occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m., when Guadalupe Amador and Jesus Mireles of Austin heard a noise like a flat tire and drove their rented truck to the side of the road. The men were transporting $10,500 worth of fireworks from Austin to Rio Grande City.
The driver of the truck saw said he saw smoke, and got out of the car to investigate the rear of the truck. When he opened the rear door and saw more smoke, he and the passenger ran from the vehicle. The men said motorists offered to help them put out the fire with fire extinguishers.
New Braunfels firefighters, Department of Public Safety troopers, Sheriff’s deputies and police patrolmen arrived at the scene shortly before 4 p.m. While troopers closed both lanes of IH-35, firefighter Bob Reed opened the rear door of tile truck to extinguish the fire.
When Reed opened the door, the truck exploded, knocking Reed and other firefighters down. The explosion singed his facial hair, Reed said.