New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 21, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Committee votes down Bush’s emission plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — A “very upset” auto industry predicts many more recalls will result from the swift collapse of a Bush administration plan to let carmakers meet pollution targets by averaging vehicle emissions.
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Task force believes public overrepresented
AUSTIN (AP) — Residential ratepayers have too many representatives at the Public Utility Commission, said the chairman of a task force studying the agency that regulates telephone and electricity rates.
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Vol. 137, No. 224
September 21, 1989 25 Cents
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approves pay hike
Despite public criticism that the board’s financial future is questionable, the Water Oriented Recreation District board of directors unanimously approved a salary increase for Administrator Betty Walls.
“The increase is definitely in order,” said President Melvin Nolle Jr. “She’s done an excellent job. We’ve gotten more than our money’s worth.”
The adminstrator’s salary constitutes the biggest budget item on the WORD budget, Nolte said.
The WORD board hired Walls in February at an annual salary of $18,000. Wednesday night, the board approved a pay increase of $1,500 for the next six months with an evaluation at the end of that term. If the term were to be expanded to one year. Walls’ annual salary would be $21,000.
The decision brought criticism from the public.
“You’ve just had an off year, and you don’t know what you’re going to have next year,” said Mark Kypfer, president of the Guadalupe River Organization. Kypfer and GRO Secretary Donna Krueger also said some elected county officials do not earn that much every year.
Board members supported the increase by saying some work performed by Walls is often overlooked.
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Burglar turns gun on Bulverde man
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
BULVERDE — A Comal County man was shot by an intruder with an unknown caliber shotgun Wednesday morning in his home, located in Bulverde Estates Subdivision, sheriff’s office authorities say.
Ignacio Segovia Flores, 41, was shot in the back, around 10:15 arn. He called family members living in San Antonio after the shooting and they transported him to McKenna Memorial Hospital in New Braunfels where he was treated and released, said Comal County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Wayne Hoherz.
“He reported that he had been shot by a burglar in his home,” Hoherz said. “He slated he had returned home and
he surprised what he describes as a Latin male.
“The assailant chased Mr. Flores back oui of his house and shot him in the back,” he said. “He was hit once up in the upper back (with numerous bird shot pellets) but he (said) he heard two shots.”
Sheriff’s office detectives and deputies said they questioned residents living in the house and the neighborhood after the incident, but turned up few leads. Flores lives on Jay Bird Lane.
“We made a massive manhunt in the area looking for the assailant, but were unable to find him.” Hoherz said. Items stolen from the burglary include a rifle and a
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Center director discusses GBRA lawsuit
Unregulated pumping cutting flow of springs
It will be a little easier to figure out where you are supposed to drive on
Common Street now that new stripes have been painted on the road’s recently completed new paved surface. Common Street was one of many city streets that was paved this summer in a city project. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Spring flow cannot be sustained with totally unregulated pumping, said Dr. Glen Longley of the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center at Southwest Texas State University.
Longley spoke Wednesday at a New Braunfels Rotary Club luncheon about the Edwards Aquifer and litigation filed by the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority seeking to have the aquifer named an underground stream. As an underground stream, OBRA maintains, the aquifer is subject to regulation by the Texas Water Commission.
GBRA also slated in its original petition endangered species such as the San Marcos salamander, blind salamander, fountain darter, San Marcos gambusia and Texas wild rice are threatened when unregulated pumping diminishes the flow of the Comal and San Marcos springs.
The lawsuit, filed in Hays County District Court, was kicked up to U.S. District Court Judge James R Nowlin’s court in August because several federal installations in the Edwards Aquifer region arc listed as parties to the lawsuit.
Longley said he does not foresee a legislative solution to the pr oblem.
“The Edwards is the resource which your whole economy revolves around,” he said. “Unfortunately, we had to wind up in the situation we are in now.”
According to Longley, the principle of the underground stream stems from the facts that the aquifer has recharge zones, water flows in a definite [lath and water exits in the spring areas.
New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce adopted a resolution supporting GBRA’s intentions on Monday, following the City Council’s decision to do the same. City of San Marcos also announced its support in July. Hays County
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day, but a cold front is on the The Walef 0ricnlcd Recrealion Dis. lion states the local economy, as well
way which will drop the weekend ^ board of directors defined its ^ healdl and welfare of New
h.ghs into ate low 80s and die "^^“7 adopdng a Braunfels citizens, depend on bus-
lows into the DUS. resolution supporting the Guadalupe Uiincd sPr,n8 n°w Also inc,udcd 111
Inside: Blanco River Authority’s litgation to l^e resolution is the statement that
CLASSIFIED...........................10-12 protect the Edwards Aquifer. unregulated pumping from the aquifer
COMICS.........................................8 The board voted in favor of a resol- ^ a!rea(Jy ,cd lo lhe “cessation of the
CROSSWORD...............................3 ution similar to the one adopted by the Comal SPrin8 n°w in drou8hl periods
DEAR ABBY.................................7 Greater New Braunfels Chamber of
HOROSCOPE................................8 Commerce on Monday. This resolu- See LAWSUIT, Page 2
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; A flag-raising experience
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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8573, located in Sattler, will con-duct a Pinto Bean Cookoff Satur-
day. Cash awards will be tendered "yJK M\
for the best beans, best cooker’s rn * y E v„; *
costume, and the most popular |
cookers. A quart of the winning .■nJl
beans will be auctioned off with ^
the proceeds going to the owners of Canyon Lake garage, which was recently ravaged by fire.
Activities will start at noon, with judging planned for 5 p.m. Entry
fee for contestants will be $10, _
payable at the Post Canteen any -rj
afternoon of the week. For more *^*7 ^ 1
information, call 964-3334....
The First Mexican Baptist * .
Church, Rolling Fork Road Lot ’•
26A, will host a three-day revival * lr "
meeting Friday through Sunday at
7 p.m. each evening. The public ^ m
is welcome and there will be a The Sophienburg Museum joined the Captain James Jack Chapter of the Daughters of the American different bilingual speaker each Revolution Sept. 17 to observe Constitution Week and to raise new United States and Texas flags on night, along with the Deliverance recently purchased flagpoles on the museum grounds. On Sept. 17,1787, the Constitution was signed by
whowiflTlrin/lhe ringing™ 12 sta,es,n 1789'the ,hree branches of government — executive, legislative and judicial — were estab-
lished with the new Constitution. The first federal elections were held, the first Federal Congress met, and The New Braunfels Business the first President, George Washington, was inaugurated. Locally, Mayor Doug Miller signed a proclama-and Professional Women’s Club is tion citing Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23, and the flags were raised by New Braunfels Middle School Tex-currently selling gift wrap paper as history students of Birdie Kuempel. Students Carrie Neilson and Kara Birdwell raise the Texas flag and related supplies as its fund- donated by State Rep. Edmund Kuempel. The Captain James Jack chapter of the DAR donated the U S. Sm stammtisch, Fag* 2 Flag (Photo by Deryl Clark)
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16 killed, 49 injured
School bus plunges into water-filled pit
ALTON (AP) — At least 16 people were killed and 49 injured today when
a Mission school bus was hit from behind by a soft drink delivery truck and plunged into a gravel pit, authorities said.
The death toll had reached 16 by 10:45 a.m. CDT, as divers searched the pit, said Sgt. David Baker of the Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin.
The bus was “mostly submerged,” said Mike Cox, a DPS spokesman. When rescuers arrived at the scene, only the tip of the rear end of the bus was above water. An industrial crane was being used to lift the bus, and four McAllen Fire Department divers were searching the pit.
The bus was carrying students to Mission junior and senior high schools when the accident occurred at 7:40 a.m. The bus can hold 70 passengers.
At Mission Hospital, 29 people were listed in stable condition, said Nora Martinez, a nursing supervisor. Seven were listed in good condition at BCA Rio Grande Regional Medical Center, said spokeswoman Betty Baldwin. Thirteen were taken to McAllen Medical Center, spokeswoman Judy Gomez said.
The bus driver and the truck driver were being treated at hospitals, DPS spokesman Cox said. The drivers* names and conditions were not known.
“We’re going crazy here,” said Mission firefighter Ruben Ortiz, who added that ambulances were sent to an information center set up for parents.
Ortiz said the parents “are very hysterical. They have really lost control, some of them.”
“It’s really sad if all these kids came out of the Alton area. It’s going to affect a lot of people,” said Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Deputy Rene Torres.
The accident occurred on a Hidalgo County road at the east edge of Alton. The town of 3,726 people is pan of the Mission Consolidated Independent School District.
Weather was clear and roads were dry, the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office said.
According to Mike Herrera of Alton, who was following the bus and truck, the truck struck the bus from behind, knocking it into the gravel pit. Herrera said he jumped into the water and helped rescue three students.
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Dr. Glen Longley discussed efforts to have Edwards
Aquifer declared an underground river during a club meeting Wednesday.