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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 20, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Rescuers search for survivors MEXICO CITY (AF) Rescuers dug frantically through scores of crushed buildings today, searching for an estimated 1,000 people en tombed by a major earthquake that devastated central Mexico and left parts of the densely populated capital in flames and ruin. Officials and witnesses confirmed at least 230 deaths in the Thursday morning quake, arid Mexico City’s mayor, Ramon Aguirre, said 5,(HK) people had been treated for irijui ies in the capital alone. Tile earthquake leveled cathedrals, schools, hospitals, hotels and scores of other buildings. There were no damage estimates, but the government said Mexico City and four coastal states Colima, (Juerrero, Jalisco and Miehoacan were hardest hit by the 7:18 a in. (8:18a.m. COT) quake. The quake measured 7.8 on the Richter scale of ground motion, making it the strongest to rock Mexico since 1973. Associated Press photographer Mike Cochran visited one of several temporary morgues in Mexico City and counted 89 bodies. Officials earlier had confirmed 60 dead in Mexico City. An official in Jalisco state estimated between 110 and 150 people had died there, and 30 people were reported killed when two hotels collapsed at the beach resort of Playa Azul in Miehoacan state. Mexico’s Channel 2 monitored in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, reported 770 people, including 140 children, had died The report was not attributed and did not say how many of the victims were in Mexico City. In Washington, the State Depart- See EARTHQUAKE, Page 14A Earthquake effects seen here By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer Bill Tepe with the New Braunfels Utilities Engineering Department had a “shocking” experience when he went to take his daily water readings of the Edwards Aquifer Thursday morning. “I walked up to the first one on Fredericksburg Road where we have a clear tube eight feet tall to see what the water level is,” Tepe See EFFECTS, Page 14A County County won't protest CAD's budget See Page 12A Comal River............242    cts (up Bl Water Canyon inflow.......156 cfs (down 14) •yi/ , Canyon outflow........ 224    cfs    (same) Watch Edwards Aquifer ....... 624.06    (up .04) Canyon Lake level .... 908.06 (down .06) Area tax group mulls Area indigent care impact See below TCU football players suspended for violations, Page 9A New Braunfels Friday Herald New Braunfels. Texas Vol. 94 No. 186 September 20, 1985 25 Cents 38 Pages 3 Sections One injured, one charged in shooting By SARAH DUKE Staff writer SEGUIN A Seguin man was shot Thursday afternoon following an argument that turned into a struggle with a shotgun. condition in Guadalupe Valley Hospital’s intensive care unit Thursday afternoon. A Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Department spokesman said Diaz was arguing with Tony Medrano at 106 Runnel in Seguin when Medrano Joe Diaz was listed in stable reportedly went into the house and brought out a gun. According to the official report, the two men .started fighting over the gun. it went off and Diaz was shot. Medrano is being held in Guadalupe County jail charged with attempted murder. Bond was set at $25,000 PHRC questions decision on city employee status By OANA OVERSTREET Staff writer A day after a city public works employee received a recommendation about his job classification from a grievance committee, the Progressive Human Rights Coalition publicly questioned the credibility of the city manager and department heads. Jimmy Delgado, a director of the Coalition, issued a statement Thursday after Gilbert Martinez received the results of a study conducted by the grievance committee “I question the credibility of the city manager and department heads on this fact-finding decision," read Delgado's statement. Thirty-four employees presented a petition supporting Mr Martinez that he was not aware that the position was advertised on the bulletin board of the workshop ’’ Martinez asked for a grievance hearing last month after his job was reclassified from shop foreman to mechanic when a diesel mechanic-shop foreman was hired in the public works department. Martinez complained that as shop foreman, he was working on diesel engines when he was told a new diesel mechanic would be hired. He said he did not know the new diesel mechanic also would become the new shop foreman. Public Works Director Fred Hyden, however, said the position was advertised on the shop’s bulletin board and in the newspaper and that the opening was for a certified diesel mechanic and foreman. At the Aug. 16 hearing, the grievance board (consisting of the See PHRC. Page MA Officials ponder effect of seat belt law on auto rates AUSTIN (AP) — The State Board of Insurance has postponed a decision on auto rates after hearing conflicting views of what the seat belt law should mean to ratepa> ers. The hoard staff has recommended a 1.3 percent overall average rate cut that would slice $35 million from premiums. The insurance industry wants a 10.6 percent, $288 million hike. Specific rates vary widely, depending on location, type of vehicle, age of driver and use of the vehicle. The board took no action after hearing several hours of testimony Thursday. Chairman Lyndon Olson gave no indication on when the rates would be set. As a result of a law approved this year, Texans riding in the front seat of vehicles must wear seat belts State officials expect the law to greatly reduce deaths and injuries in wrecks Gaylon Daniel, the hoard s staff actuary, said his Thursday, recommendation to the board includes a projected 15 percent cut in losses to insurance companies as a result of the seat belt law. That projection w as based on 50 percent compliance w Hit the law . ‘•There is not a calculation I d sa> is concrete This is a case where judgment is involved very heavily,” he said in response to board mem bers- questions “We know not even body will use seat belts even though the law says they should ” Industry spokesman Charles Bryan told the board. “There is no question that there will be a reduction in losses paid as a result " But Bryan, chief actuary for USAA insurance company in San Antonio, also said, We cannot be sure of the ultimate effect until we have several years of insurance experience from which to deal ” The Texas Automobile Insurance Service Office recommendation figured in a 10.4 percent cut in losses as a result of seat belt use The See RATES. Page 14AIndigent health bill's impact discussed by tax group By SARAH DUKE Staff writer SEGUIN Concern ovei the new state indigent health ate law drew Guadalupe Count;, residents to a Thursday night meeting of the Guadalupe County Taxpayers Association. Those present heard an explanation of the law and asked several questions about it. According to the new law, Guadalupe County will be required to “provide sufficient financial support” to the Guadalupe Valley Hospital in order for it to provide health care for indigent residents. “The hospital is responsible for indigent care,” said County Judge James Sagebiel. “The county is responsible for financial support of the hospital.” The judge said that although ho does not agree with all of the provisions of the law, he will see that tile county follows the law. We (the county judge and commissioners) are the elected officials that have to carry out the law,” he said “We cannot make it or interpret it.” During 1984, the hospital provided $130,000 in indigent care This year, hospital administrators expect to provide about $150,000 for indigent care. The hospital is jointly owned by the city of Seguin and Guadalupe County. Both entities are responsible for finaeial support, according to the law “I don’t see why I would have to pay both city and county taxes to support the hospital,” said one man during the meeting “The people of Seguin are in double jeopardy." Sagebiel said he feels the county and city have to work together to provide quality health services at the hospital to prevent it from becoming a hospital used only by indigents. The judge said this law was necessary because several counties in Texas have not been taking responsibhty for the poor in need of healthcare. “Guadalupe County is not without guilt,” Sagebiel said. He said that several indigent patients from Guadalupe County were treated in San Antonio hospitals and the hospitals were never paid The county and the city of Seguin have both budgeted $60,000 to be paid for indigent care during 1986. Don Richey, director of Guadalupe Valley Hospital, said that amount will probably not cover the need for health care. Richey said that the hospital will notify the county when it needs more money for indigent care. The hospital is planning a $5 million expansion project to begin before the end of this year. The project would include adding two new operating rooms and a new emergency room along with other additions. Richey said the expansion project is to ensure that the hospital provides quality care and will continue to attract paying customers. The project can be completed without decreasing the hospital’s ability to provide indigent care, Richey said. “If you (the taxpayers! will take care of the people who can’t take care of themselves, we have the sources to provide reasonable health care,” he said. “The bill (the indigent care law i just tells us to continue doing what we have been doing,,- Richey said. He said the hospital collects about 92.5 percent of patient's bills after thes leave the hospitalInsideTodays weather Partly cloudy conditions continue There is a slight chance of showers this afternoon and Saturday. The high will be near 90 degrees with the low near 70 degrees22 set for contest High school juniors are preparing for the annual Comal County Fair Queen’s contest Sunday at 7 30 p.m. at Canyon High School commons. See Sunday’s Kaleidoscope section. CLASSIFIED 3 12B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD___ 7A DEAR ABBY___ 7A DEATHS 2A ENTERTAINMENT_ 1B HOROSCOPE_ 7A OPINIONS __4A RELIGIOUS FOCUS ISA SPORTS_____________ >•11A STOCKS_____ TA WEATHER 2A Swarm Fourth grade students in Dorothy Matschek's science class swarm around beekeeper Herbert Ormond, center, as he demonstrates the habits of the busy bees to the Frazier Elementary students Pictured, t en Cadded, Janice Luna and Tim Beaman, from left, lean to get a closer look at the insects The beekeeping demonstration was part of a class science program. Of HYI CLARK Hf RAI O ZflTUMC ;

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