New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 14, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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FRIDAY October 14,1983 25 cants
Vol. 92 - No. 205
22 Pages -2 Sections
(LISPS 377-B80IClark surprise choice to follow Watt
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan's surprise selection of National Security Adviser William P. Clark to take over the Interior Department from James Watt left environmentalists fuming and triggered a new guessing game about who will get Clark’s foreign policy job.
Dark, 51, a longtime Reagan confidant and one of the most powerful men in the administration, had not been on anyone’s list to succeed Watt — anyone except Reagan.
His appointment, subject to confirmation by the Senate, will keep the Interior Department under the stewardship of a staunch con
servative. Critics complained Clark’s lack of background on environmental issues would allow Watt's deputies to keep his controversial policies intact, with Clark simply a caretaker.
Speculation as to Clark's successor immediately centered on Middle East envoy Robert C. McFarlane, who is Clark’s deputy, and United Nations Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick.
For several days, Reagan secretly considered Hark, not even letting his inner circle of advisers in on the idea. He finally told top aides what he had in mind about midday Thursday, just hours before actually deciding Clark was the right man for the job.
Clark did not volunteer for the job, said White House deputy press
secretary Larry Speakes. “The important thing is the president asked him to do it,” Speakes added. "Clark was needed somewhere else.”
Reagan broke the news publicly at the conclusion of remarks to a gathering of women leaders of Christian organizations.
Describing Clark as a troubleshooter and result-oriented professional, Reagan said, "He is a God-fearing Westerner, fourth generation rancher, and a person I trust. I think he will be a great secretary of the Interior.” Environmentalists made clear they were no happier with Clark than they had been with Watt.
"It is a preposterous appointment
and an insult to the American environment,” said William Turnage, executive director of the Wilderness Society. "It is the third time that President Reagan has appointed Mr. Clark to a job for which he has no apparent qualifications .... The appointment apparently is being made as a sop to the extreme right wing of the Republican Party.”
Geoff Webb, with Friends of the Earth, said, "He knows about as much about endangered species as he does about Angola."
Carl Pope, political director for The Sierra Club. said. "We're dumbfounded.”
For his part, Clark said, "I am pleased and honored that the
president has expressed his confidence in me by this nomination. and look forward to continuing my se rvice to him and this administration
“As an American who believes in our great country, I pledge that if confirmed I will do all that I can to preserve and enhance our natural heritage,” Clark added.
At the White House, Clark saw Reagan each morning and briefed him on overnight developments around the world Clark’s role grew increasingly larger as he took on responsibility for shaping arms negotiating strategy and policies for Central Amenta, and sent his deputy. McFarlane, to Lebanon as a replacement for Philip Habib
Inevitably, there were rumors that Secretary of State George P. Shultz felt overshadowed by Clark and was unhappy.
Speakes said Clark would remain in his national security post until confirmed at Interior Asked if Clark endorses Watt’s policies. Speakes said, "I would judge he supports the president s environmental policies.”
In taking the new job, Clark is leaving a White House post that kept others such as Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski in the global spotlight. However. Clark, who had barely a year’s experience in national security matters, kept a low profile
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Sunny and nuld today, with high near OO. Winds out of southeast at 10-15 miles per hour. Fair tonight, turning cloudy by morning. Low in mid Ma with southeast winds near IO mph. Cloudy Saturday morning beton ling partly cloudy by afternoon. High near M with southeast winds at 5-IO mph. Sunset today at 7:02 p.m., and sunrise Saturday at 7:32 a.m.
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WEATHER........................SASavage gets discharge from Army
By DEBBIE DaLOACH and DYANNE FRY Staff writers
Pvt. First Class William Dale Savage is about to become a civilian.
Gen. Robert H. Baker, Commandant of the Academy of Health Sciences at Fort Sam Houston, announced his decision Friday morning to release Savage from active duty. Savage will get a general discharge certificate under honorable conditions releasing him as soon as the Army can complete the necessary’ paperwork.
A news release from the Academy of Health Sciences said Buker’s decision was "mandated by the climate of the times regarding Driving While Intoxicated offenses.” along with existing Army regulations
Savage. 23, was tried in April for the DWI>relat6d death of Ruben Sauceda Jr. in New Braunfels in October 1982. He was convicted and received a 10-year probated sentence.
On Sept I, he pleaded guilty to the invotuntary manalaughter of Sauceda's wife and two children, who were killed on the same night. He received three more 10-year probated sentences to run concurrent with the original sentence.
When the military announced that a board of inquiry would convene to decide Savage's military status. Savage himself requested that any military action be delayed until all civil proceedings were resolved.
He appeared before a board of three officers on Sept. 30 at Fort Sam He testified he wanted to make the military’ a 20-year plus career.
Savage found out Friday morning that it wasn’t going to work that way. "We asked him if he wanted to make a statement to the media, and he declined,”
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Fifth Marine killed in Beirut
New Braunfels High students Rhonda Fritsche (left) and Roxahne Adams sign a poster dedicated to fellow student Julie Cloots, injured in a freak accident a week ago. Cloots, who suffered head injures
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when she was blown off a pickup truck, remained in stable but critical condition Friday in the intensive care unit of San Antonio's Methodist Hospital
BEIRUT, lebanon (AP) — A US Marine died after being caught in a hail of sniper fire today at Beirut's international airport and another Marine peacekeeper suffered gunshot wounds in both legs, Marine spokesman Maj. Robert Jordan said The fatality was the fifth suffered by the Marines since the latest round of violence in lebanon began Aug 28 Forty more Marines in the international peacekeeping force have been wounded in grenade attacks and bombardments.
latter in the day, Jordan said. two Marine positions came under additional fire and the Marines shot back.
Jordan said the dead Marine was hit by sniper fire in the chest and possibly the head But Jordan said it could not be immediately determined whether the head injury was a gunshot wound or occurred when his jeep overturned as it came under small arms fire Jordan said he did not know which of the injuries the man died from The Marine, whose name was withheld until his family was notified. died in a helicopter that was evacuating him from the Marine base at the airport to a hospital aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima off the Beirut coast, Jordan said
Jordan said the jeep was hit at IO 42 a.rn local time 14 42 a m EDT • by sniper fire from the northeastern comer of the road between the Shute Moslem militia strongholds of Hay el-Sellum and Bourj el-Barajneh on Beirut’s southern outskirts
The other marine was wounded 37 minutes earlier in another jeep that came under sniper fire from the same direction. Jordan said He was evacuated by helicopter to the Iwo Jima and was in "guarded” condition, according to Jordan Jordan said a Marine staff sergeant was riding in the jeep w ith the Marine who was killed The sereant was hurled out of the vehicle by the impact of the accident and was unharmed, Jordan added He said that Charlie Cornoany, a unit of the ].60G>man Marine contingent. stationed at the northern end of the airport perimeter road, and the Marines helicopter base both came under fire from rocket-propelled grenades and small arms "We nave returned small arms fire,” Jordan said "I can still hear some small arms fire now Another Marine guard of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut’s seafront Em Mretsseh corniche suffered a slight shrapnel wound Thursday night when a hand grenade was tossed at the main Marine security checkpoint in front of the Duraford building where embassy offices are lot ated All four Marines who died during the civil turmoil in late August and early September were killed by bomb and rocket shrapnel Since the latest round of violence began. 41 Marines have been wounded
Today’s attacks came a few hours after Druse militiamen fired at
See MARINE. Page MAComfundto top $80,000 mark soonBy DEBBIE DaLOACH Staff writer
Jesse Garcia, 1963 Comal County Community Fund drive chairman, can see the light at the end of the $100,000 tunnel.
”We expect contributions from two major industries soon that will put us over $90,000, ' Garcia said Friday. “We can see the money out. It’s just we need lo get it in.”
Garcia is so encouraged that he’s
willing to commit to Oct. 31 "as the day we plan on wrapping up the drive.” Both Garcia and Comfund secretary’ Suzanne Herbehn said that's th* earliest wrap-up date they can remember.
At least 19 local organizations will benefit from Comfund dollars this year. They include the Salvation Army, Comal County Mental Health-Mental Retardation Center, Humane Society, Crisis Line, Youth Fair, American Red Cross. Head Start, Boy
Scouts and Girl Scouts of America. Home Care, Senior Citizens Center, Community Service Center, Arthritis Foundation, Children’s Habilitation Center, Child Welfare Board, Hays County Women’s Center, Canyon laike Volunteer Adion Center, Texas Society for Autistic Children. Bihl Rehabilitation Center and the national United Way.
Community Fund is Comal County's own version of United Way. As of Friday, $62,175 had been collected
and-or pledged toward the 1963 $100,000 drive goal.
Comfund developed a new at-trariion this year by erecting a thermometer to track the goal s progression on Main Plaza and at the Canyon I^ake Volunteer Action Center.
"We’ve had beautiful comments on the /thermometer) idea, with some even saying it s one of the finest
things we've done ” Garcia said "Canyon laike even has theirs lighted, and really diu a fine job of mounting it ”
Garcia also said the serious second or third calls to potential givers haan’t been necessary this year "We have drafted a We're within 75 percent of our goal letter that we've sent to some people, but overall we haven’t had to do as much reminding as years past,” he added
Local students learning
about fire prevention
By PATRICIA YZNAGA KING Wit a editor
Students at Canyon Middle School could have gotten all wet Wednesday afternoon if the wind was blowing the right way.
Instead, they learned about fire prevention.
Volunteers and firefighters from the New Braunfels Fire Department have been vialling the city’s schools to promote Fire Prevention Week.
On Wednesday, Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn and three men from the fire department talked about fire prevention and demonstrated how to use fire truck equipment. At the beginning of the demonstration, the firefighters shows students how an engine water boat works.
“You’ve had fire prevention in the past, you’re going to get it today and
you’re going to have it in the future,” Friesenhahn told a group of students in the middle school gym.
In addition to Friesenhahn's talks, the students watched a movie about fire prevention.
The talks and the move concentrated an what to do if a fire begins in a home, how carelessness can cause fires and how false alarms can cause danger False alarms interrupt classes and ach adults, cause the evacuation (rf a building, and cause danger for the firefighters rushing to the scene and vehicles and pedestrians on the street, the movie stated.
Traffic accidents can occur when a fire truck is en route to a false alarm, the film stressed. While a fire unit is rushing to a false alarm, attention to a
Bae FIRE, Page 14A Benson Griffin inspects a hose as firefighter Scott Koehler looks on