New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 7, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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FEZ, Morocco (AP) — Arab leaders began secret talks today on President Reagan’s Middle East initiative and other possible peace plans after giving PLO chairman Yasser Arafat a hero’s welcome that included a 21-gun salute.
leaders from 15 of the 22 Arab league countries were discussing a joint peace strategy for the first time since the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.
The first item on their agenda was the June 6 Israeli invasion of Lebanon that forced the dispersal of Palestine Liberation
Organization guerrillas from their west Beirut stronghold.
The talks reportedly will continue with a discussion of separate peace plans by Saudi King Fahd and Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba. But Moroccan officialsIsaid those talks will be overshadowed by Reagan’s peace proposal.
The Bahrain-based Gulf News Agency said most of the leaders at the three-day summit are tentatively backing Reagan’s plan, which has been rejected by Israel.
Delegation sources said it was particularly
significant that Fahd and Syrian President Hafez Assad arrived Monday at the conference site, an ornate 12th century palace, in the same automobile.
Assad led a boycott of a scheduled Arab League summit last November, forcing cancellation of the meeting. The Syrian leader was protesting Fahd’s peace plan.
Assad has made no public comment on Fahd’s plan, but Syrian sources said his presence here showed he now was prepared to discuss it.
Fahd’s proposal implicitly calls for Arab
recognition of Israel in return for total evacuation of Israeli-occupied territories. The Bourguiba plan — first proposed in 1965 — calls for Arab acceptance of a 35-year-old United Nations scheme to partition Palestine into Jewish and Arab enclaves.
Reagan’s plan calls for election of an autonomous “domestic authority” to govern the occupied West Bank of the Jordan River and the Gaza Strip in assocation with Jordan. Reagan also called on Israel to immediately cease the establishment of new Jewish settlements in Arab territory.
Israel has rejected all three plans. In apparent defiance of Reagan, the Israeli authorities last week announced plans for new Jewish settlements.
Bassan welcomed Arafat and the chiefs of state in a four-minute speech that mentioned none of the issues before the summit. Five Arab countries were represented by ministers and only Libya boycotted the summit. Egypt was excluded from the Arab League after signing a peace treaty with Israel in 1979.
New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 91 -No. 175
Labor Day visitors escape major injuries
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
Comal County was lucky this Labor Day weekend. Despite the issuance of 22 driving while intoxicated tickets by the Department of Public Safety through Monday morning, not one motorist died in a traffic accident within its perimeter.
And river visitors headed home with only a few minor bumps and bruises.
In Texas, at least 41 persons died in highway accidents over the holiday weekend; however, state officials were still tallying numbers as of this morning, so the final total is expected to be more.
Luck carried through to water recreation, t o. With the exception of a minor water-related accident here and there, the weekend on the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers was “quiet.” Emergency Management Coordinator Herb Syring said his rescue squads on the Guadalupe reported cuts and bruises, but no major accidents.
Gail Mullane, 29, of Dallas, was treated and released Sunday night at McKenna Memorial Hospital, after she was run over by a raft while tubing near Gruene River Co.
With the exception of a report that a boater may have been deliberately bumping other boats at Potters Creek Park, the Canyon I .ake end of the Labor Day weekend was fairly “trouble-free,” said Reservoir Manager Philip Parsley. “No one drowned, and no one was seriously injured. And that’s always good news.”
The Labor Day crowd of 100,000, which really flooded the area lake parks on Sunday, was “well-behaved,” Parsley added. That figure tops last year’s Labor Day weekend visitor total of 75,000.
A spokesman for White Water Sports said, “We had a good weekend, but it was not the volume of a holiday weekend. However, the business we had was nowhere near like last year or the year before that."
Sunday was at least three times as busy as Saturday, a spokeswoman for Texas Canoe Trails said “We had a wonderful crowd, better than the whole summer Bj that, I mean, there wasn’t trouble or as much trash to pick up after they all left. And that’s unusual for a holiday crowd.”
An aggravated robbery Saturday
dominated police activity over the I^ibor Day weekend. The Circle K Food Store at 1289 W. San Antonio was robbed at approximately 2:30 a.m. by a suspect yielding an army knife. At least $250 in U.S. currency was taken from the store. However, no other details on the case were available as of presstime today.
Vicki Perry of Houston was a theft victim between 11:20 and 11:30 p.m. Saturday on the patio of Oma’s Sausage House. Her leather purse, containing $60 in cash, six credit cards and keys was stolen. Also, a plastic ziplock bag with contents valued at $1,000-$1,500 was taken. Some of its contents included a 14-karat gold skull and cross bones ring with four diamonds, a 1932 man’s class ring, a pair of white gold diamond earrings, a necklace with five diamonds, a five-inch gold chain, and two baby’s teeth.
Spot occurrences of criminal mischief also kept police busy Six three-pound boxes of laundry deter gent were emptied into a Jacuzzi at Camp Warnecke Estates, 371 W. Lincoln. A damage estimate was placed at $150 to $200.
Edwards wells continue decline
Despite near-record lack of rainfall in the San Antonio area this summer, water well levels throughout the Edwards Underground Water District showed only slight declines at the end of August.
The levels continued a three-month decline, Tom Fox, EUWI) general manager, pointed out, but the August drop was only two to three feet in most index wells. This summer has been the third driest on record.
Spring flow in Now Braunfels and San
Marcos dropped. Comal Springs was down 46 cubic feet per second (cfs) to a flow of 204 cfs, well below the average flow of 299 cfs.
San Marcos Springs at the end of the month had dropped 9.5 cfs to a flow of 117.5 cfs, compared to the average of 168 cfs.
Follow ing are the water well levels at the end of August shown in altitude above mean sea level, with the all-time record highs in parentheses:
• New Braunfels: 624.0 feet, down 0.7
• San Antonio: 649.1 feet, down 2.4 feet
• Uvalde: 877.5 feet, down 1.1 feet
• Sabinal: 776.4 feet, down 1.8 feet
• Castroville: 685.0 feet, down 2.8 feet
• Hondo: 717.3 feet, down 2.3 feet
• Kyle: 544.6 feet, down 7.7 feet (593.8).
September 7,1982 25 cents
A stack of inner tubes and a small pile of beer cans are two of the things that were on the rocks this weekend at Slumber Falls on
the Guadalupe River However, both may have been there in slightly lesser amounts than usual, according to some reports.
Back in sessionRotary to host media 'watchdog'
Reed Irvine of Washington, D.C., and chairman of the Board of Accuracy in Media (AIM) will be the guest speaker at the New Braunfels Rotary Club noon meeting Wednesday at Eagles Hall.
Irvine and small group of public-spirited citizens founded AIM in 1969. Irvine also edits the AIM Report, AIM’s twice-monthly newsletter, writes a weekly newspaper column, and produces “Media Monitor,” a daily radio commentary.
AIM is regarded as a respected media watchdog, and continues to expose error, distortion and bias in the news.
Legislature gets down to business on depleted fund
AUSTIN (AP) — State legislators met today in a quickly called special session to find a temporary, or permanent, cure for the unemployment fund that has been depleted by recent layoffs during Texas’ hard times.
Committee hearings to consider various legislative proposals were called shortly after the IO a.m. opening.
In a pre-session caucus, the senate elected Sen. John Wilson, D-ILaGrange, as its assistant presiding officer for the special session. Wilson, 43, is finishing his first Senate term after serving eight years in the House.
Gov. Bill Clements, who called the session solely to take care of the diminishing jobless benefits fund, said he would have no address or message foible 181 legislators.
'Clements said earlier he hoped the .session would be over in two or three days.
Others, mostly Democrats who would like to embarrass the Republican governor with a hot controversy just before election, want a permanent solution that would not pass the problem on to the 1983 legislature.
Still others would like Clements to open the session to other subjects.
Rep. Ralph Wallace, a Houston Democrat, said he and about 50 other lawmakers want the session expanded to include utility rate relief. He said legislation has been introduced to prohibit Houston Lighting & Power from
charging its customers for a $362 million investment on the canceled Allens Creek nuclear project. Wallace’s legislation will get no action unless Clements expands the session.
State Education Commissioner Raymon Bynum has asked Clements to let legislators amend a law that prevents school districts from borrowing money until their property tax rolls are certified and tax rates set. Bynum said numerous school districts, including Houston and Fort Worth, may run out of money because the new property reappraisal program has delayed preparation of tax rolls.
The special session will be the third since the legislature adjourned its 140-day regular .session June I, 1981.
Clements called the special session because Texas Employment Commission officials said the fund that pays jobless benefits could run dry by November. The fund has been drained at a record rate by layoffs resulting from the recession.
If the present law is not changed before Oct. I, the minimum $6 per employee state tax paid by most Texas businesses will automatically jump to at least $174 in 1983.
The House Employment Practices Committee conducted public hearings the past week, but made no recommendations since it will handle tile same bill after today’s opening.
Two bills out of about half a dozen offered seemed to attract the com
mittee’s attention one a “committee substitute" or compromise pushed by Speaker Bill Clayton and a bill by Rep. Lloyd Criss, D-l^Marque. Criss has been an outspoken critic of Clements’ handling of the employment tax situation.
Clayton’s bill, which was endorsed by the powerful Texas Association of Business, would appropriate $45 million in state funds to pay the interest on loans from the federal fund until a new tax increase could become effective, next April I. The loan then would be paid back by increasing the $6 minimum to $24 a worker in 1983.
The Texas Legislative Budget Board estimated that, under Clayton’s bill, it would take about $370 million in federal loans before the new tax increase would be effective.
Criss’ bill, which was opposed by TAB, would levy before Oct. I a special surcharge equal to 150 percent of the 1982 payments made by employers. He estimated it would raise $390 million, increasing the present $6 per employee to $9. That would be enough until a tax increase, similar to that in Clayton’s bill could become effective, he said.
“lf the economy improves in 1983,” Criss said, "we would get by with one quick surtax.”
Texas AFL-CIO President Harry Hubbard joined the controversy in a Labor Day speech when he urged legislators to act quickly by raising taxes paid by employers.Forecast
Comal County skies w ill be partly cloudy today and Wednesday, with a 20 percent chance of thundershowers in the afternoon and evening. Winds will be south-southeasterly at IO mph today, becoming light and variable tonight.Streak stopped
Clemson had the nation’s longest winning streak in college football until the Tigers ran into the Georgia Bulldogs Monday night. The stingy Bulldog defense handed the defending national champions a 13-7 loss in the biggest game of college football’s opening weekend Sports. Page 6Beware The Turk'
No one seems to know who he is or why he’s called that, but The Turk’ made his presence felt in professional football Mondos the day NFL teams had to cut their .squads to the 49-player limit. Both Dallas and Houston cut some familiar names. Sports, Page 6
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