New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 19, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
State officials run & up tidy travel tab
AUSTIN (AP) — Statewide elected officials running up a $90,000 tab at taxpayer expense over the past 214 years for trips outside Texas defended their actions, saying the trips benefited citizens.
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Private policies not good for long-term care
WASHINGTON (AP) — Private insurance companies never will be able to protect most Americans against the staggering cost of long-term care at home or in nursing homes, says a leading expert on social insurance.
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Vol. 137, No. 222
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
September 19, 1989
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Board to vote on bond issue
Tools of the trade
New Braunfels Independent School District board of school trustees will vote on a proposed 1989 fall bond issue and consider a proposed budget by the Comal Appraisal District during tonight’s regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Education Center board room at 430 W. Mill.
The $4.5 million bond issue will go toward the financing of a new sixth-grade facility in the Oak Run area. Also included in this financing are renovations to Lamar Primary School and additions to New Braunfels High School band hall.
Trustees will also review and vote on the proposed CAD budget. Comal ISD trustees approved the budget during a special meeting Thursday. City of Garden Ridge and Comal County Commissioners voted down the budget with some criticism about the CAD’s continued participation in the private retirement plan provided by the Texas Association of Assessing Officers.
The private retirement plan has been an issue since Attorney General
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Accident kills 3 area teens
The death of three San Antonio residents Saturday marked the 13th fatality investigated by the Comal County Department of Public Safety this year.
The two-vehicle accident Saturday occurred around 9 a.m. approximately a half mile from Mile Marker 178 in the southbound lane of Interstate 35.
Alberto Vara, 16, driver of a 1982 Chevrolet Cantaro, and his two passengers, Oscar Aguillon, 18, and Robert Guerrero, 16, were killed when their vehicle ran into the back of a 1976 International truck-tractor.
The truck was stopped and unat
tended on the shoulder of the Interstate when License and Weight Trooper Larry Hancock stopped and parked behind the truck.
Vara’s vehicle then went off the right side of the road into the grass, veering back to the left, traveling back onto the shoulder and leaving approximately 50 feet of skid marks before hitting the left rear of the truck, according to the report. The accident is being investigated by DPS Trooper Tim Jackson.
Neither Hancock nor the truck driver, who were standing approximately 6 feet away from the impact, were injured.
7th victim in 1989
F.N. Ploch & Sons Construction Company of New Braunfels began work on Gruene Road last week to slightly widen and repave the road from Post Road to Ferry Lane. City Manager Paul Grohman said the work should be finished by Nov. 10. Tools of the trade include a level, foreground, and a sheepsfoot roller to make the road as even as possible along that stretch. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Hurricane bearing down on Bahamas
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Hugo spun toward the Bahamas today after scouring Puerto Rico with 125 mph winds, leaving more than 50,000 people homeless throughout the eastern Caribbean. An official reported at least 25 dead.
Hugo hit northeastern Puerto Rico and then skirted its populous northern coast on Monday. It roared on to the northwest and toward open water, its hurricanc-force winds missing the Dominican Republic.
At 8 a.m. CDT today, the hurricane’s center was near latitude 21.8 degrees north and longitude 68.1 west, about 195 miles east of Grand Turk Island in the southern Bahamas, according to the National Weather Service. Winds fell to 105 mph.
Forecasters said Hugo likely would hit the U.S.
mainland later in the week but said it was too early to predict where. Cruise ships steamed out of the way, residents prepared along the North Carolina coast, and Florida residents jammed the phone lines /of insurance companies.
At least 25 people in the Caribbean died from the storm, said Cizanette Rivera, a spokeswoman for the Civil Defense in Puerto Rico. She said three of those victims were from Puerto Rico and dismissed an earlier National Weather Service statement dial said 25 had died on the U.S. commonwealth.
Ms. Rivera said two people died about 15 miles east of San Juan. She gave no details. Another man in Puerto Rico died Sunday before the brunt of the storm.
She gave no breakdown on where the other
reported victims had died, but scattered fatalities were reported throughout the heavily visited tourist islands of the eastern Caribbean.
Hugo left a trail of smashed homes, power failures and injuries in Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Antiqua and the Virgin Islands since Sunday, and widespread looting by machete-wielding mobs was reported on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Clean up efforts were under way today throughout Puerto Rico. Gov. Rafael Hemandcz-Colon said at least 27,900 people were left homeless and asked President Bush to declare it a disaster area.
Hugo’s winds overturned cars, peeled roofs off
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A San Antonio man drowned in Canyon Lake Saturday afternoon, becoming the lake’s seventh victim in 1989.
Seong Je Park, 17, drowned Saturday afternoon at approximately 4 p.m. while attempting to swim across a cove near Cranes Mill Marina with several friends, said Comal County Sheriff’s Lt. Rudy Rubio.
“He fell behind the bulk of the group,” Rubio said. “A couple of friends heard him hollering and he was going down.”
Deputy Bill Urban was dispatched to the scene along with Canyon Lake EMS.
According to reports, EMS technicians administered CPR for about 45 minutes.
“All efforts failed,” Rubio said.
Park was taken to McKenna
Panel to study aquifer
AUSTIN (AP) — Fourteen lawmakers were appointed Monday to the Joint Special Committee on the Edwards Aquifer, which will develop data to determine the best use that can be made of the underground reservoir.
“This underground reservoir supplies water to over I million Texans and unless we explore alternatives to prevent its depletion, serious water shortages could be experienced by individuals currently served by the area,” House Speaker Gib Lewis said Monday.
Lewis appointed seven House members to the panel, and Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby named seven senators.
The committee will examine the aquifer’s storage capacity and recharge capabilities, and it will review alternatives for supplying adequate water to the region now served by the aquifer.
Appointed to the panel were Reps. Terral Smith, R-Austin; Eldon Edge, D-Poth; Orlando Garcia, D-San Antonio; Harvey Hilderbran, R-Uvalde; Edmund Kuempel, R-Seguin; Libby
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Firemen douse weekend blazes
New Braunfels Fire Department firefighters were busy this past weekend battling blazes that sprang up around die arca.
Two engines were dispatched to Glastroii Inc. at 3150 Interstate 35 W. after New Braunfels police officer Mark Bryan reported the fire around 8 p.m. Saturday. Bryan was responding to a call on Rueckle Road when he noticed die fire.
According to department reports, the fire started from “multiple forms of spontaneous combustion” within a dumpster. No dollar loss was incurred as a result of the fire.
The next morning, firefighters raced to New Braunfels Municipal Airport where a fire was reported in the hanger al 7:50 a.m. Volunteers from the New Braunfels and Gero
nimo Fire Departments were dispatched to the scene with six units from the New Braunfels Fire Department.
The fire, which was only smoldering and smoking when it was extinguished, ignited spontaneously from liquid chemicals.
Fire reports indicate the fire was contained within one room. No fire or water damage was reported.
A structure fire reported at 5:05 p.m. Sunday put local firefighters back to work. Approximately $1,000 damage was incurred as a result of the fire at 519 Riverside. Scott Mitchan resides in the duplex owned by Claude Overstreet.
The fire ignited from hot embers or ash left over from a
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State jobless rate drops slightly
AUSTIN (AP) — The unemployment rate for the state’s metropolitan areas last month dropped slightly to 7.2 percent from 7.3 percent in July, according to the Texas Employment Commission.
The August unemployment rate was Iiigher than the 6.7 percent recorded in August, 1988,
But Dianne Dobie, a labor market analyst with the TEC, said “the increase was not large enough to be very significant as joblessness is quite volatile during the summer months.”
“At most the higher rate this August compared to a year ago may signal a general slowing of the state’s economy,” she said.
Total unemployment declined by just under 5,000 between July and August to a level of 607,700, she said. The number of Texans with jobs rose by almost 30,000 over the month, totaling 7,842,700 in mid-August.
Rates of unemployment in the urban areas of Texas as announced Tuesday by the Texas Employment Commission for August, compared
with revised July figures (in parenthesis) included;
Abilene 7.1 (7.1)
Amarillo 5.8 (5.9)
Austin 6.0 (6.3)
Bcaumont-Port Arthur 9.2 (9.8) Brazoria 7.4 (7.7) Brownsville-Harlingen 13.2(12.9) Bryan-College Station 4.9 (5.1) Corpus Christi 8.8 (9.0)
Dallas 6.1 (6.0)
El Paso 10.6(11.1)
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Chamber to support GBRA 's aquifer suit
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce will join the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority’s efforts seeking regulation of pumping ffom the Edwards Aquifer.
In a motion made by Skip Stratemann and seconded by Pete Lingamfelter, the Chamber of Commerce approved a resolution during its regular meeting Sept. 18. Hie resolution supports G BRA’S contention that unregulated pumping from the aquifer “by users of this resource has already caused the cessation of the Comal Spring flow in drought periods and continuation of unrestricted withdrawals will eliminate the spring fiow...”
The resolution also states the economy, as well as the health and welfare of New Braunfels citizens, depend on the spring flow. Degradation to the quality of life in cities, counties and industries in the Lower Guadalupe Basin would occur, and the elimination of certain endangered species would damage the environment.
The resolution reads, “Be it further resolved, that the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce supports immediate and meaningful efforts to negotiate satisfactory agreements to limit withdrawals fromt eh Edwards Reservoir that would result in the consistent and continued fiow from die Comal Springs, but witnessing a lack of action in this regard, the Chamber shall urge the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority to pursue the lawsuit in earnest.”
New Braunfels City Council announced its support of the lawsuit in an Aug. 28 council meeting.
GBRA filed the lawsuit in Hays County District Court June 15 after the 71st Legislature failed to iron out differences over a proposed water management plan for the aquifer. The river authority maintains the aquifer is an underground river and therefore subject to regulation by the Texas Water Commission. The lawsuit also seeks the protection of endangered species
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Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Six other people have lost their lives in Canyon Lake this year. The body of Ray Henry Dykes, 29, still has not been recovered after his April 6 drowning. Richard Keoughan, 65, drowned May 18. Ten days later, Rudy Garcia, 59, lost his life in a drowning accident. Aurora Elyas, 22, presumedly drowned July 15. Her body has not been recovered. Alvie Baird Jr., 34, drowned Aug. 5.
The most recent drowning death from the lake occurred Sept. I when Byron Michael Hope, 28, drowned in about 45-foot-deep water while swimming near the dam. His body was recovered by a diving team from Devine the following evening.
All drowning victims this year have been residents of San Antonio.
Today’s sunny and warm conditions are an indication of the weather for the rest of the week. Today’s high will be near 93 degrees and the low will be 67 degrees. Tomorrow’s high will be near 95 degress with the low near 70 degrees.
Volunteers are needed for the Helping One Student to Succeed Program (HOSTS) program at Carl Schurz Elementary School located at 633 W. Coll. The reading program takes community volunteers and pairs them with fourth-and fifth-grade students for one-to-one contact in the classroom. The only qualifications needed are a desire to help someone else, enjoyment in working with youngsters and basic reading skills.
Easy-to-follow lesson plans are developed for each child by the teachers. The volunteers carry out the instructions with the student.
Volunteers will be provided with training sessions to acquaint them with the program, materials ans specific duties. The following sessions are scheduled for volunteers: Sept. 25, noon-1 p.m.; Sept. 25, 7-8 p.m.; Sept. 26, noon-1 p.m.
If you are interested in participating in the reading program as a volunteer tutor, call Kristi Pon-fick at 620-6200 or Pepper Gutierrez at 625-7361....
Bernice Brown of Houston will paint a still life in acrylic at tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting of the New Braunfels Art league at the Arts Center, 646 Walnut Square. Primarily a realist/impressionist, she is proficient in a variety of media and subject matter including portraiture. She has exhibited in many invitational shows such as the Cowboy Artists of America Museum in Kerrville and has conducted workshops at the Hill Country Arts Foundation and Western Colorado School of Art. The meeting is open to the public....
Teen Connection’s Thrift Shop will be closed Wednesday and Thursday in preparation for a gigantic parking lot sale Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m....
The public is invited to tonight’s opening reception for the S*« STAMMTISCH, Pig* 2
Defenses account for strong beginnings
For the first time ever, all three local football teams are 2-0 thanks in large part to the defenses. Opponents managed just 13 points against Comal County teams * .J 'hted in the
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