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FRIDAY: MAGIC JOHNSON TESTS HIV-POSITIVE, Page IB WEATHER: COLD, Page 2A Fort Concho celebration Christmas fun in San Angelo Hill Country Journal, Page 3A Mamie Webb Day! Hunt church honors 'Flower Lady' Religion, Page 6A Hill Country Youth Soccer Championship team pictures Sports, Page 3B ifcrruilt? iatltj Vol. 83 No, 180 Kerrville. Texas FRIDAY Novembers, 1991 Coach Donnie Laurence and his Tivy Antlers hope to close a rugged season on a winning note tonight against Southside. Story on Page 1B. In brief Chamber banquet site correction • The Y.O. Ranch Hilton Hotel will be the site of the annual banquet of the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Nov. 19, and not the Inn at the Hills as previously reported Dinner reservations can be made by calling the chamber office at 896-1155. Businesses close for Veterans Day • KERRVILLE — All financial institutions, county, state and federal offices will be closed Monday in observance of Veterans Day. Also, no mail will be delivered on that day. City of Kerrville offices will remain open on Monday as will the Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library. There also will be regular city-county landfill hours and regular Monday garbage pick up. Flag pole dedication Veterans Day • INGRAM — The American Legion, Hill Country Post #64 will join the Ingram Oaks Home Owners Association in the dedication ceremonies of the flag poles and flags at the Ingram Oaks Club House at 11 a.m. Monday. Visitors are welcome. INDEX Ann Lenders 8A Bridge 8A Business 5A Classified 4-8B Comics 8A Crossword 8A Editorials 4A Entertainment 10A Horoscope 8A Ufestyle 6A Sports 1-3B Stocks 6A Television 10A Weather 2A BIBLE VERSE "Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit." Eccbsiasies 7:8 Cool Woather, Page 2A Thursday's high: 69 Overnight low: 30 7-year debate continues over power line path By GREG PERLISKI Times Staff Writer KERRVILLE — A proposal to build a high-voltage electric transmission line through Kerrville and across the Guadalupe River has renewed a seven-year debate about the placement of the line. Correspondence between the city and the LCRA indicates city management has known about the proposed power line route since at least 1984. "Actually the project started back in 1981," said Bill Taylor, KPUB general manager. "That history really shows you that there really has been a lot of discussion." The Lower Colorado River Authority, which provides the Kerrville Public Utility Board with wholesale power, wants to build the high voltage power line to connect to its other retail customers outside the KPUB service area. If built, the line would hook up with a proposed KPUB substation near Catalina Court in Kerrville South. It would originate at a substation behind Antler Stadium. But mayor pro tern Jim Murphy has led recent city council protest about the route. Murphy prefers to run the transmission line down Turtle Creek to avoid hanging the lines over city streets. The current controversy is just the latest in a long series of disagreements about where the line should be built. A letter, dated May 29, 1984, shows that an LCRA environmental consultant discussed the Guadalupe River route with former city manager!. Louis Odle and Glenn Brown, who was Odle's assistant at that time. Two years later, a memo from the city's former engineering director, Rick Conner, shows the city still had few details on the project. The LCRA environmental consultant, Espey, Huston & Associates of Austin, mentioned in 1984 it was making contacts to acquire environmental information about the route area. Rob Reid, project manager from Espey, Huston, said Friday morning the report was begun in 1987 and has yet to be finalized. Depending on what city council decides, the report will be updated, finalized or revised or we will do something else," Reid said. Mayor Leonard Holloway said the LCRA didn't tell the city the transmission line had to be built until two years ago. "In this scries of discussions, it's the first time it has been a recommended route," Holloway said. "There was never a routing that said this is the way its going to go." Brown said he doesn't recall specific discussions about the project in 1984 and that most of his meetings "have centered around the location of the substation and the routing of the substation in Kerrville South." The Kerrville South substation, known as "Rim Rock," was to be built on Ball Drive near Rim Rock Road but was moved to a spot behind Catalina Court at the request of Kerrville South residents. The substation, which will be built by KPUB, will be on land owned by the University of Texas System. In reponse to the latest concerns from the city council, the LCRA has proposed rerouting the transmission line around the city. But KPUB disagrees with this option. Taylor said if the line doesn't cut across Kerrville, KPUB cutom- ers will see rate increases in the future. With either route, increased electrical demand will require two additional substations in 1996 and 2006 at costs approaching $1 million each, Taylor said. But those costs could be reduced to between $30,000 to $70,000 each if the transmission line goes through the city because KPUB could connect new equipment to existing facilities. "You wouldn't have to buy the land; you wouldn't have to buy a transmission line going to it," Taylor said. City council and KPUB members have tentatively agreed to meet Nov. 20, and the KPUB board is expected to have their own recommendation about where the line should be built It will be one more step in a very long process, Taylor said. Times Photo By Ken Schmidt GETTING A MEASURE from floor to hoop is Tivy High School girls basketball coach Stuart Caulkins, left, and varsity boys coach Brady Gage. The basketball rims must be in shape for the tipoff of the season Nov. 18. 18 Pages 25 Cents Phone company disputes 911 claim By MICHAEL BOWLIN Times Staff Writer KERRVILLE — Kerrville Telephone Company President Calvin Weinheimer disputes a claim by 911 board chairman Victor Huvelle that an agreement has been reached concerning use of a city map jointly owned by KTC and the City of Kerrville. "We do not have an agreement with the 911 district at this time," Weinheimer said in a telephone interview Thursday afternoon. Wednesday night at a called 911 board meeting, Huvelle announced that he had secured written agreements from both City Manager Glenn Brown and Weinheimer for use of the map. But Weinheimer said the telephone company wrote Huvelle saying the map would be available to 911 "under a right to use arrangement." There may be some possible considerations later, Weinheimer said "but we just haven't defined those at this time." Weinheimer said he did not expect that consideration to be a monetary one. "It just depends on what exactly they want — what the 911 contractors will need," Weinheimer added. "If he needs hard copies or digitalized copies — all those type things have not been determined. I'm not sure what the cost might be associated with that or that I would want to recover it. None of those details have been worked out," Weinheimer said. Asked what he expected in return from 911 for allowing use of the map, Weinheimer said he wasn't prepared to discuss that yet. "I think it would be premature for me to do that. Like I said. I would not anticipate a monetary consideration here, Weinheimer added. Brown, on the other hand, said he did give permission for 911 to use the city map to help local emergency network create a countywide mapping system. "Mr. Huvelle told me that the phone company had agreed, would (Continued on Page 2A) Civil rights battle over President promises to sign legislation WASHINGTON (AP) — The battle over a new civil rights law is over, but emotions ran high even as the House provided the final, overwhelming margin that supporters have sought for two years. The House's 381-38 vote Thursday sent the bill to President Bush, who has promised to sign it. "When 1 say 'Thank you Mr. President,' I must also ask, 'Why did you make us wait so long?'" said Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a veteran of the 1960s* civil rights battles. The bill expands the rights of job discrimination victims, including the objects of sexual harassment, to sue and collect damages. It negates a series of Supreme Court rulings that had increased the burdens of proof on plaintiffs in job discrimination cases. Speaker Thomas Foley, D- Wash., hailed the House action as "a historic moment." Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a conservative Republican from California, contended that — Bush's claims to the contrary — the bill "enshrines race-based quotas" for hiring and promotions. "This bill is not a retreat — it's a complete surrender," said Rohrabacher, who joined 32 other Republicans and five Democrats in voting against the bill. . The debate was marked by outrage over a provision added in the Senate that exempts from the bill the parties in a single case — some 2,000 Asian-American and other minority employees of an Alaska salmon cannery, Wards Cove Packing Co. Their case resulted in a 1989 Supreme Court ruling that significantly narrowed the rights of plaintiffs in some job discrimination cases. Undoing the legal precedent established by that court ruling was one of the primary motivations of supporters of the bill. The bill sent to Bush would negate the law established by the Wards Cove ruling. But the special exemption means that the suit against Wards Cove Packing itself won't be covered by the change in law. Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D- Hawaii, denounced the exemption as "extortion" that subjects two minority groups — Asian-Americans and Alaskan natives — to unfair treatment. He said Congress would never agree to such treatment for more politically powerful minorities. Jobless benefits bill has doubtful future WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are pushing a new plan to extend benefits for the long-term unemployed, but the Bush administration and congressional Republicans say the proposal is unacceptable. Because of GOP opposition — and a preference by House Democrats to write the measure differently — its future appeared doubtful. It seemed likely, at best, to put President Bush in a difficult position by forcing him to oppose yet another Democratic effort to help victims of the recession. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, D-Maine, and other lop Senate Democrats introduced the measure Thursday. Like two previous measures Bush has defeated, it would provide up to 20 weeks of benefits for people who use up the regular 26 weeks of coverage. "For us, the overriding need is to provide emergency benefits to millions of Americans who need them," Mitchell said. The measure, costing about $5.5 billion, would let Bush choose either of three options to pay for the benefits. He could declare an emergency and allow the government to borrow the money, reduce the growth of foreign aid or accept a package of minor lax changes. (Continued on Page 2A) Opening of hunting season deadly for hunters AUSTIN (AP) — State wildlife officials are renewing safety warnings after four hunters were killed and six more wounded during the opening weekend of hunting season. "Everything you see and hear in the woods should be considered a human until there's absolutely no doubt," said Steve Hall, education administrator for the Parks and Wildlife Department. "Thai's before you ever raise a gun. If there's any doubt, raise the binoculars," Hall said. While there are geographical differences, Saturday generally marked the opening of while-Wiled deer, turkey, quail andpheasam seasons in much of Texas. Opening morning in Llano County saw a 48-year-old man shot in the chest with a .270-caIiber rifle after his hunting partner mistook him for a turkey, wildlife officials reported. The same day, a 15-year-old was mistaken for a deer and shot in Palp Pinto Couiuy. In Jasper County on opening day, one man died when he and two companions were walking back to their vehicle and one of the other men's guns discharged as he tried to unload it. The fourth death involved a boating accident during a hunting trip on opening day in Red River County. Officials said three hunters were trying to cross a slough in a boat with a deer stand. They overloaded the boat, it overturned, and one of the three drowned. In one of the accidents that wounded six, a hunter in Fisher County swung his gun on some quail and shot his partner in the face. Parks and Wildlife officials, in a report on the incidents, said the number of accidents "was surprising 10 some because Texas hunters have shown to have been much more careful in the past few years." Hall said there were eight fatalities in T> ia$ last year, the first time Texas had seen f <>er than 10 in a year. The 53 hunting accide in 1990 tied 1979 for the lowest on record. Hall blamed pan of the problem on hunter excitability and hunters not using common sense. "By the time the season opens, psychologically you're ready to hum. People are excited to be out there, they've wailed all year for opening weekend. Thai's when hunters don't show enough restraint," he said. "What it comes down to is common sense and thinking safety first," Hall said, advising hunters 10 always know their targets, know where their guns are aimed at all limes, and treating all weapons as if (hey are loaded.

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