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A federal case
Texland files antitrust suit against LORA
The battle royale between I/)wer Colorado River Authority and two of its wholesale customers has reached the federal courts.
Pedernales and Bluebonnet electric cooperatives and the company they formed — Texland Electric Co. — filed an antitrust suit against LCRA in federal court in Austin Thursday.
Both groups have Comal County connections. Pedernales serves the Canyon I,ake-area and other portions of Comal County, while New Braunfels Utilities is one of LCRA’s largest wholesale customers.
Both Texland and LCRA are seeking permission from the Texas Public Utilities Commission to build new
generation facilities. The suit alleges that LCRA used its monopoly power to oppose Texland’s application for a building permit before the commission and “illegally and improperly subverted and interfered with Plaintiff's (Texland’s) efforts to finance the Texland facilities’’ in order to “eliminate competition.’’
The suit charges LCRA and the other defendants — which include the authority’s financial consulting firm, Capital Markets Group and its president, Roger B. Davis — “successfully induced’’ potential financiers to withdraw from Texland financing transactions “with specific intent to monopolize trade in the Relevant Market.”
The market is comprised of 21 counties.
including Comal, Hays and Guadalupe.
In addition to declaratory and in junctive relief, the suit seeks an unspecified amount in actual damages.
Both Texland and the LURA have claimed that their plans were superior and that their generating facilities would provide the cheapest electricity when completed. Texland officials maintain their plant would save $1.04 billion dollars between 1987 and 1999.
The suit was filed by Austin attorneys Donald S. Thomas, Donald Scott Thomas Jr. and Paul J. Van Osselaer of the firm of Clark, Thomas, Winters and Shapiro and Round Mountain attorney A.W. Moursand.JBL New •iiir1---! BraunfelsNew Braunfels, TexasHerald-Zeitung
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The remainder of the I,abor Day weekend in Comal County will continue to warm with partly cloudy skies. Highs are expected in the low-90s Sunday, with a low Sunday night in the upper-60s. High Monday will be in the upper-90s.
One Out of Three
Smithson Valley was the only local te carne away victorious after Friday’s opening high school football games. n Braunfels and Canyon lost tough Details in Sports.
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River Road parking to merit second look
Another round in the River Road battle is scheduled for Wednesday in Commissioners Court.
When they meet ut IO a.m. ut the Courthouse, Comal Commissioners plan to take a second look at a proposal presented to them earlier this summer by a citizens committee.
Commissioners are meeting on Wednesday this week since Monday, their normal meeting date, was Labor Day.
The latest River Road proposal under the court’s consideration is one commisioners looked at earlier this summer. It calls for a ban on all parking on the shoulders of River Road on weekends and holidays.
This is a different plan than the court’s own plan which commissioners considered adopting at a public hearing on July 26.
After hearing from River Road residents and businessmen at this public meeting, the court agreed to scrap its own plan and once
again considered the committee’s earlier proposal.
The cost of their plan also discouraged commissioners from considering it further. They found that it would cost approximately $25,000 to build and place one large advisory sign at each entrance to River Road. Faced with a dwindling contingency fund, commissioners discarded their idea.
On Wednesday, commissioners will review the committee’s proposal and study the changes made in it since the July public hearing, Tim Darilek, administrative assistant to the court, said Friday.
The committee’s plan, orgmally presented by committee chairman Joe Davis, called for noparking at all times in “hazardous areas” - such as bridge crossings, dangerous curves, where there is heavy side traffic, tight squeezes (caused by cliffs)
See RIVER ROAD, Page 16A
Red Cross workers watch and wait
Long weekend starts slowly
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
After dealing v\ith ihe record-breaking crowds which descended upon Comal County over the Memorial Day and Fourth of July holidays, this weekend was a welcome relief for l(x*al law enforcement and emergency personnel.
With the exception of a few incidents which resulted in minor scrapes, cuts and bruises —
I .abor Day weekend has thus far been very quiet.
The crowds of tourists just didn’t come as they have on previous holiday weekends, mainly because the water level was tori low, local river businesses reported.
The outflow from Canyon Dam will remain at IOO cubic feet per second through the holiday weekend considerably lower than some river or.litters might like.
But, still, some tourists did show “Ifs not like it was Memorial Day or Fourth of July it s considerably lower,” said Ellen Martin, owner of Whitewater Sports. “Things have been pretty smooth,” she added, referring to the low tourist turnout.
Gerry Dworkin, director of safety services with the Houston Red Cross, agreed that turnout had been low .
“It’s the way it should be,” he added “They’re (tourists which did visit area rivers and lakes) having a good time and we’re (the emergency personnel) relaxing.”
But, he added. "We’re prepared (if anything should happen).’’
As of Saturday evening, no serious water-related accidents had been reported.
“We’ve had assists (first aid calls),” said Dworkin. “But no calamities of any kind.”
There had been predictions made that parks in Canyon I .ake expected in excess of l(K).lKK) visitors. This compares to the record 16:1,000 persons which visited area parks over the Fourth of July weekend.
River area businesses aren’t expecting that this weekend’s tourist load will meet this IOO,(KH) prediction.
One gate attended at Potter’s Creek Park said he’d only checked in 148 campers by mid-afternoon Saturday. This was “about half” the number he said he’d cheeked in during the July 4th weekend.
However, another gate attendent at Canyon Park at Canyon I-ike said visitors had steadily been coming, although not setting any records. He expected that things might pick up Sunday or Monday.
In addition to the American Red Cross, Civil
See LABOR DAY, Page 16A
By R GREGORY NOKES An AP News Analysis
WASHINGTON — U.S. officials are encouraged by the initial Arab reaction to President Reagan’s new , Mideast peace initiative, but they say Arab leaders must take the next step by giving Jordan the go-ahead to enter negotiations with Israel on behalf of the Palestinians.
One U.S. official, who asked not to •be identified, said that could come at an Arab League summit meeting, tentatively scheduled to open at Fez, Morocco, en Monday. At the least, he said the administration hopes the Arab leaders will set in motion a Jordanian role in peace talks.
If that occurs, the official said, it could constitute an unofficial recognition of Israel by the participating Arab nations - possibly including the Palestine Liberation
Organization of Yasser Arafat — that would also amount to embracing U.N. Resolution 242.
It could all add up to an enormous breakthrough toward resolving the decades-old conflict between Israel and the Arab world over the Palestinian issue. Reagan clearly had in mind such a breakthrough in unveiling his surprise peace initiative Wednesday night.
If the strategy works, Reagan will be deserving of plaudits as a peacemaker equal to or greater than President Jimmy Carter received for his efforts in hammering out the 1978 Camp David peace accords.
According to senior U.S. officials, Reagan decided months before Israel’s invasion of Lebanon that new proposals were necessary to break the long stalemate in the
See MIDEAST, Page 16A
City planners to get
annexation law briefing
Annexation is on the agenda again at Tuesday night’s City Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in council chambers in City Hall.
Planning commissioners will hear a presentation from City Planning Director Debra Goodwin on state laws passed by the 1981 legislature which forces cities to provide services to newly-annexed areas within a certain timetable.
Following the presentation, commission members will discuss recommendations for annexation.
The city’s most recent annexation went into effect earlier this year. City Council approved the annexation of seven tracts, the largest
being a tract between old FM 206 and Gruene Road.
Before they get to annexation, the panel members will hold a public hearing on a zoning change, consider five plats, and look into a proposed ordinance establishing minimum dimensions for off-street parking.
The hearing involves rezoning of lots at 534 and 588 PL River Street from R-2 (single- and two-family district) to K-3 (multi-family district). Alamo Insurance Agency and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Neuhaus are making the request.
The five plats include a request from County Judge Max Wommaek of subdivide a 1.91 acre tract at 544 Granada Drive.
The Guadalupe River was down, and Huaco Falls was quieter than usual as a result
Stuff photo by Cindy H'cnmdson