New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 19, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
From a dollars and cents standpoint, August was the best month for New Braunfels Utilities in a long time, according to figures from the utility company’s operating report.
Utilities trustees approved that report at their regular monthly meeting yesterday afternoon.
Fueled by a large increase in electric revenue, the company wound up the month with a net operating revenue of $280,322. The amount is more than twice the $131,397 recorded in July.
Much of the increase is due to the fact the the Utilities is finally catching up in unaccounted electric revenue, Manager Bob Sohn explained. In August, the difference between the kilowatt hours sold by the Utilities and the amount bought from its supplier, Lower Colorado River Authority (which is referred to as unaccounted) was only .441 percent, Sohn said.
In contrast, the figure was 5.41 percent in July and a whopping 15.8 percent in June.
There is always some loss in transmission, but the main factor in the percent unnacounted figure is usage between the Utilties billing cycle on the
15th of each month and the arrival of the LCRA bill on the 25th, Sohn said.
If the usage between these two dates is extremely heavy (as it was in June), the Utilities doesn’t collect the revenue from this usage until the next billing cycle, although it is still reflected in the LCRA bill.
As a result, the unnaccounted often peaks early in the summer and begins to drop steadily, Sohn had explained previously.
Due to this factor, and also due to an increase in electric sales, net electric revenue nearly tripled from July. Net electric revenue last month was $233,658, compared to $87,166 the previous month.
Water also showed an increase in net operating revenue, but sewer continued in the negative column. The August water figure was $30,421; the sewer figure, a minus $8,656.
The water loss figure was 7.7 percent, which is about even with July 7.59 percent and a substantial improvement over the 32.38 percent figure recorded in June. Sohn said his crews had discovered and repaired three water line leaks while doing work recently, which had helped reduce that figure somewhat.
Water use continues to be heavy, which throws the budget for water pumping out of whack, Sohn said. This figure will get back within budget in cooler months, he explained.
Sohn was at a loss to explain negative water and sewer figures for the 1980-81 bu«»gef. AeowwHngOo the- . report, water was budgeted for a net operating revenue of minus $8,986 for August, while sewer was budgeted for a minus $16,620.
He assured the board he hadn’t budgeted a deficit for the two departments for the entire year, and said he planned to refigure the totals to see how they were derived.
Missile silo explodes
22 maintenance workers injured in Arkansas accident
DAMASCUS, Ark. (AP) — A fiery explosion that lit the night sky “like daylight” rocked an underground Titan II missile silo today, injuring at least 22 maintenance workers, the Air Force said. Pentagon sources said a nuclear warhead was atop the missile, but said there was no evidence the weapon was damaged or that any radiation leaked.
Authorities evacuated an area that stretched IO miles north of the silo and five miles on either side, routing about 1,000 people mostly in the tiny towns of Damascus, Bee Branch and Gravesville. But by late morning, people were being allowed back except within a mile of the facility, according to the Strategic Air Command.
Teams from the Department of Energy and the state health department were sent to the site
about 50 miles north of Little Rock to check radiation levels.
Rep. Bill Alexander, D-Ark., said the Air Force told his office there was “no evidence of a plutonium leak, the warhead is intact and the warhead is in the hands of Air Force officials.” Tom Mahr, a public information officer at SAC headquarters in Omaha, Neb., said his latest information was that 22 people were injured, 18 of them seriously enough to be hospitalized.
Sources at the Pentagon said the missile contained a single nuclear warhead, that it was not damaged and that no radiation was leaking.
Gov. Bill Clinton said Air Force officials told him that no nuclear explosion had occurred and that none could have occurred in the silo housing the 103-foot-long intercontinental ballistic missile
which is capable of delivering this nation’s largest hydrogen bomb to a target 6,300 miles away.
Maj. I^w lambert at SAC headquarters said the explosion scattered debris around the surrounding area and that Arkansas officials reported some foliage caught fire. By midmorning, he said, the fire had subsided.
It was not immediately known whether the missile itself or only fuel exploded. The silo, covered by concrete doors, was “just a big rubble inside” after the blast, Clinton said.
The explosion occurred as a maintenance crew tried to neutralize a fuel leak in the first-stage of the missile, said SAC spokesman Col. Richard Kline.
It was the second accident this week involving sophisticated Air Force weaponry.Armed robbery suspect arrested
A man suspected of being involved in two hold-ups here last night was arrested by San Marcos law enforcement officers after trying to hide a gun under his tire.
New Braunfels police detectives said the man is suspected of obtaining money at gunpoint from the Gourmet Inn on IH-35 at approximately 10:30 p.m., using a loaded, nickel-plated .357 Python.
Police had responded to an attempted aggravated robbery call at the Hill Country Inn on Highway 81 IO minutes earlier. A masked man entered the lobby of the hotel, and threatened the clerk with a gun, police said, adding that the clerk distracted the man and discouraged him.
The clerk at the Gourmet Inn described the robber as a 5-foot, 6-inch, 170-pound Hispanic with a mask over his face, police said.
New Braunfels detectives said while troopers from San Marcos were traveling to New Braunfels they saw man standing beside a car stopped at the side of the road. Upon inspecting the car they saw a mask and bills scattered on the front seat, police said, adding when the troopers spoke to man, they noticed him trying to hide a gun under the tire of the car.
The troopers took the man to San Marcos for questioning, and upon investigation discovered that the gun had been stolen from a San Marcos store last week.•' c°“"
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Jackson shooting apparent accident
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
No foul play is suspected by officials in the apparent shooting death of Fischer resident McDerwood Jackson last night.
Jackson was found dead in his pickup truck with the motor still running by area property owner R.L. Scheel in Glen Mare subdivision near Potters Creek Road.
According to Sheriff’s Department spokesman Gilbert Villarreal, Jackson, 69, of Star Rt. 2, Box 362, Fischer, had apparently been bird hunting earlier in the afternoon. It appears he bled to death after sustaining a gunshot wound to the left thigh, which apparently severed a major artery.
Villarreal said an empty casing was found in the truck, leading him to
believe he had loaded the gun and was trying to put it on the seat beside him when it discharged.
The truck was headed out of the subdivision, and it appeared Jackson lost control of the vehicle, which ran off the road and was finally stopped by tree branches. When found at about IO p.m., the headlights were not on, but the truck was still running, which causes authorities to think the accident happened before dark.
Canyon Lake emergency medical services spokesman Vernon Till said the call was received at 10:18 p.m. and an ambulance was dispatched, but Jackson was dead when it arrived.
He was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Carroll Matheny and was taken to Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home. Arrangements are pending.
_ S tuff photos by John S*/trfv
A new water storage tank is being erected near Kerlick Lane with a volume capability of 750,000 gallons. Clockwise from top, a bird's eye view of the tower 100 feet above Loop 337. A welder draws a bead on a metal plate. New Braunfels Utilities inspector Carlton Soechting (left) and Ronnie Marple, erection foreman for Caldwell Tanks, Inc., view the tower.