New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 7, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A moderate earthquake shook residents across parts of the Northeast and Canada today, rattling dishes and shaking furniture, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The quake, with a Richter scale reading given at 5.2 and 4.9, occurred at 6:19 a.m. and lasted about 15 seconds, officials said. It was felt in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, and in Canada between Toronto and Ottawa, authorities said.
Frank Baldwin, physical science technician at the National Earthquake Information Service in Golden, Colo., said the quake was centered northeast of Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondack region of upstate New York, about 85 miles north of Albany. It measured 5.2 on the Richter scale, he said.
John Ebel, assistant director of the Weston Observatory in Weston,
Mass., said the quake measured 4.9 on the Richter scale. Different Richter readings from different agencies are not uncommon.
Ebel said an aftershock was recorded at 6:40 a.m.
Residents reported that dishes rattled and beds quivered. Radio stations and police departments on Long Island, east of New York City, and in suburban Westchester and Rockland counties reported numerous calls about tremors, rumblings and vibrations in homes.
"It Jiggled my chair," said Howard Buzzell, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Concord, N.H. He added that "someone called and said their refrigerator shook."
John Buchinski, of Paterson, N.J., said the quake woke him up.
"The bed was shaking. I was awakened out of bed in a rocking motion. It was like someone was taking your bed and pushing it back and forth — like you would rock a car if you were in ice — that type of sensation.
Rebel pilot tells of CIA role
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A captured rebel pilot says CIA officers are directing antigovernment attacks from Honduran bases, prompting Nicaragua to protest the "generous assistance" provided to the rebels by Washington.
Nicaragua’s deputy foreign minister, Nora Astorga, Thursday presented the downed pilot, former National Guard MaJ. Roberto Amador Narvaez, as "proof of the growing involvement of the CIA" in rebel attacks on targets in the leftist-ruled country.
The Honduran-based rebels, meanwhile, said they mined the coast off Nicaragua’s only oil unloading port and threatened to blow up any approaching oil tanker.
Also in Honduras, police said Nicaraguan troops
attacked the border town of Las Dificultades and killed a civilian, the latest in a series of border incidents that has strained relations between the neighboring nations.
And in El Salvador, an army spokesman said Thursday that U.S.-trained troops trapped a guerrilla column in an abandoned resort and killed 157 of them. He said troops surprised the rebels Tuesday at Amapulapa, 40 miles east of San Salvador.
Mrs. Astorga said the rebel pilot, whose plane was shot down Monday 90 miles north of Managua, was a member of the Honduran-based Nicaraguan Democratic Force. Many leaders of the Force are former officers of the national guard of late President Anastasis Somoza, a U.S.-backed rightist who was deposed by the Sandinistas in 1979.
"North American elements of the CIA direct the war against Nicaragua, along with some Argentinian and Honduran officers who work in the same mission,’’ said the pilot, who was brought before reporters along with two other rebels.
Ms. Astorga said she sent a letter Thursday to Secretary of State George P Shultz protesting the "generous assistance given by the UJS. government to mercenary Somocista forces it has at its disposal."
Amador said two former UJS. colonels he identified only as "Reins" and "Miguel," and an American known as "Raymond" were the top CIA agents in Honduras.
He said the U J5.-registered DC-3 took off from the Jungles of Honduras' Olancho province, where a former U.S army major directed operations.
Lack of support troubles Watt's future
WASHINGTON (AP) - A longtime friend of James Watt says the embattled interior secretary is "in anguish” as he hears calls for his resignation from senators he once counted as allies. But Sen. Alan K. Simpson says Watt is still undecided about whether to resign.
While Watt struggles with a decision on his future in California, names were beginning to surface in Washington on a possible replacement. The speculation centered on Watt’s chief deputy — Joseph Jacob Simmons III, a Mack Democrat who is part Indian, and Clifford P. Hansen, a former Republican senator from Wyoming.
Win one, lose one
Texas gets drought aid, loses border help
WASHINGTON (AP) - Texan, suffering from the double whammy of drought in West Texas and economic turmoil along the Mexican border, has won one and lost one in Congress in the battle to provide additional federal aid to those areas.
The victory came Thursday in the Senate, which approved an amendment that would require that the Agriculture Department sell damaged corn at bargain prices to livestock growers suffering from the drought.
The loss also came in the Senate, which rejected a provision approved earlier in the day by the House that would have provided an estimated $30 million in additional social services money for Texas over the next two years.
Supporters had said they wanted a good chunk of that money used in high unemployment areas, such as those along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The livestock assistance amendment, sponsored by Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, D» Texas, was attached to a price support measure for dairy products and tobacco. The Senate was expected to vote Friday (rn
the overall legislation.
Bentsen and Sen. John Tower, R-Texas, had been seeking to get Congress to force Agriculture Secretary John Block to take steps to assist livestock growers suffering from the drought.
Last week, Block announced a reduction in interest rates on emergency loans for farmers and ranchers. But Bentson said Thursday that "moat ranchers tell me they already have too much debt.
"They need something a cow can eat, not another note at the bank,” he said.
The Bentsen amendment, which was cosponsored by Tower and several others, would require the Agriculture Department to sell at reduced rates about 83 million bushels of damaged com held by the government in warehouses around the nation.
The cora would be sold to livestock growers in counties suffering from drought or other natural disasters and declared disaster areas by the department. There are 23 such counties in Texas.
The social services money was provided for in legislation approved by the House
that would extend the program of supplemental unemployment benefits for workers whose regular benefits have expired.
The Senate then refused to agree to provide the extra money. However, a House staff aid said it was likely to be attached again later to other legislation.
The money was originally included in an amendment sponsored last week by Rep. Kent Hance, D-Texas. As adjusted by a House-Senate conference committee, the provision allocated an extra $300 million nationwide for various social services programs over the next two years.
An aide to Hance estimated Texas’ share of the money would have been $30 million.
Hance’s amendment originally required that 50 percent of the assistance be targeted for areas of high unemployment, such as those along the U.S.-Mexico border.
But Hance’s aide. Jim Rock, said said last week that "we do plan to work with the governor to see it goes to areas of the state where it’s desperately needed, such as the border and some parts of East Texas."
South Austin to get delayed phone service
AUSTIN (AP) - Southwestern Bell was caught off guard by the rapid growth of south Austin, and hundreds of residents will have to wait at least until the end of the year before they can receive telephone service, officials say.
Southwestern Bell spokesman Jim Goodwin said Austin "is growing faster than any other city in the state."
He said telephone company planners rely on information provided by local Bell offices when allocating construction funds among Bell cities.
"They have to make educated guesses based on forecasts we provide on where growth will occur," he said. "In this case, the growth happened more quickly than we anticipated."
As a result, Beil has about 950 "held orders” requests for service that cannot be met immediately across the city, most of them on the Southside, Goodwin said.
Goodwin said extending service to new homeowners is a complicated task that takes tune. "It’s not something you do overnight. It’s not simply a matter of laying a cable from a central office (ait to a house," he said.
But he said the problem will be alleviated by the end of the year with a major line expansion project in south Austin. Goodwin added that a temporary line is already planned to extend service to some households by November.
Valley prepares for winter visitors
HARLINGEN (AP) — South Texas is bracing itself for an influx of winter-weary visitors this year, but tourist industry officials say the Lone Star state has plenty of room for them all.
Linda Rath, vice president of the Harlingen Area Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber received 528 inquiries about winter accommodations during September, compared with 148 inquiries the previous September,
She said the
Harlingen area usually doubles its population during the winter and can handle any
reasonable increase in winter visitors.
In preparation for the onslaught of "winter Texans," she said
several new RY parks
were built this year, and the Comfort Royale Motel in San Benito
opened with 37 rooms on U.S. Highway 83 only last week.
Operators of the new motel said they are booked solid throughout the Confederate Air Force annual air show, and reservations for the rest of the winter are beginning to pick up.
An estimated 500,000 tourists spent at least part of the 1962 winter in the area, Ms. Rath said.
“Of course we don’t expect four times that number of visitors," she added.
In 1982, the halfmillion winter visitors spent $301 million in Cameron County and $189 million in neighboring Hidalgo County — according to a report by the Washington, D.C.-based U S Travel Data Center.
The center’s report also estimated that the tourism created 7,082 Jobs in Cameron County with a payroll of $60.5 million, and 3,971 Jobs with a $34.7 million payroll in Hidalgo County.
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Simpson, a Wyoming Republican and friend of Watt’s for more than 20 years, had a long telephone conversation with Watt before the interior secretary left Wednesday an a vacation with his wife in California. "I was listening to an old friend who was in anguish," Simpson recalled.
"We talked about how it was tough; how he was hurt by some of the comments of senators he had thought to be his allies who really hammered him,” Simpson said Thursday night.
Watt has been under fire for the last two weeks after describing a coal advisory panel as "a black ... a woman, two Jews and a cripple.” Watt's chances
of holding onto his job lessened Tuesday after Senate Republican leaders emerged from a ciosed-door caucus with the bleak assessment that support for Watt had seriously eroded.
Simpson said Watt told him he wanted to leave town while Congress was rn session "because it was painful to watch” the daily attacks on him.
"He has gone to seek some peace,” Simpson said. "When he comes back he will have made a decision that will be comfortable for him.”
Despite the expressed anguish, Simpson said Watt still "didn’t talk like a man who had made up Ms mind” about turning in a resignation.
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