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Page S^The Battalion/Wednesday, September 18,1985
HOUSTON — Texas prison offi
cials on Tuesday offered to sell two
pieces of prime real estate to finance
the court-ordered construction of
additional facilities, but got no bids.
About 6,000 acres of surplus
prison land in Fort Bend and Harris
counties is being put on the auction
block by the Texas Department of
Corrections through the state Gen
eral Land Office.
State officials had hoped the
Tuesday sale, along with another
scheduled for November, would
raise about $125 million to build a
new maximum-security unit near
Palestine and other smaller facilities.
Eighteen developers obtained bid
packets required for participation in
the sale. However, no bids were sub
mitted for two tracts of land near the
Texas Department of Corrections’
Central Unit in Sugar Land, about
20 miles south of Houston.
Beetles infest East Texas pine
Searchers using horses
A 48-acre tract north of Texas
Highway 90 required a minimum
bid $5.5 million. An 81-acre piece of
property fronting state Highways 6
and 90 and adjoining the Missouri
Pacific rail line had a minimum price
tag of $ 11.1 million.
In addition to the land offered for
sale Tuesday, 11 tracts of more than
3,400 acres will be sold through
sealed bids in November.
The property includues 2,024
acres in three tracts at the Jester
Unit and 1,130 acres in six tracts at
the Central Unit north of the Brazos
River in Fort Bend County.
ZAVALLA — U.S. Forest Service
officials have taken to horseback in
search of pine beetles that are infest
ing and destroying thousands of
acres of forests in East Texas.
The pests have destroyed about
$51 million of timberland in East
Texas this year, officials said.
Forest Service officials usually use
pickups and four-wheel drive vehi
cles to search for the infestations,
but legislation passed last year now
prohibits vehicles in federally pro
tected wilderness areas.
District ranger Cary Williams
hired T.C. Pouland and Willie Self
to track the bugs by horseback in the
Upland Island wilderness outside
Zavalla and the Turkey Hill wilder
ness in San Augustine County.
Williams says the Angelina dis
trict, one of seven in East Texas, is
State board advises
AUSTIN — The State Insurance
Board staff recommended Tuesday
that the board reduce premiums for
automobile insurance rates by ap
proximately $35 million next year.
The staff recommendation
amounts to an average 1.3 percent
decrease statewide compared with
The auto industry Tuesday asked
for what it called a modest increase
of 10.6 percent, or an additional
Drivers’ actual premiums for pri
vate passenger cars will vary widely,
depending on such factors as type of
coverage, where they live, their age,
the kind of cars they drive and how
they use their autos.
The three-member board will set
next year’s auto insurance rates after
a public hearing Thursday.
Charles Wirth, chairman of the
Texas Automobile Insurance Serv
ice Office, said motor vehicle fatali
ties and injuries were up slightly in
1984, reversing a downward trend
in recent years.
Texas’ seat belt law went into ef
fect Sept. 1, and Wirth said, “There
is no doubt that the implementation
of the mandatory seat belt law use
killed by falling crane
SAN ANTONIO — A construc
tion crane fell on a freeway overpass
Tuesday, killing a worker, injuring
another and tying up rush-hour tra
ffic for a brief period, authorities
Mitchell Holland, 29, of San An
tonio, died instantly when he was
“pinned under the boom (of the
crane,)” said Delte Dascomb,
spokeswoman for the San Antonio
His death was ruled accidental,
according to a spokesman in the
Bexar County Medical Examiner’s
Before falling on Holland, the
boom also hit another worker, au
thorities said. Charles Dupin, 31, of
San Antonio, was treated for back,
Officials said they do not know
what caused the crane to fall.
19 patrons become ill,
officials close mall
UNIVERSAL CITY — Fire offi
cials say they are baffled about what
caused 19 people to suffer nausea
dies at a shopping center
and headaches at a
that was forced to shut
“It’s just a big mystery to us,” Ross
Wallace, fire chief for this suburban
city in northeast San Antonio, said.
Five of the victims were hospital
ized for observation. Fourteen com
plained of headaches and other
symptoms, but were not hospital
ized, Wallace said.
The Buckingham Center, a strip
shopping center with seven busi
nesses, was evacuated shortly after a
report to the fire department of a
possible blaze at a convenience store
at one end.
Fire officials ordered the area
evacuated alter people throughout
the building complained of nausea
Firemen, carrying hydrocarbon
testing devices, walked through the
building to “try to get a reading on
the cause of the odors,” Wallace said.
But the devices indicated no
chemicals in the air, he said.
Investigators then turned on the
air conditioning and all the equip
ment in a dry cleaning business, but
still were unable to detect any chemi
“It smelled like a burned motor,”
Bill Viner, 17, of Marion, an em
ployee of a vacuum repair shop at
the center, said.“I smelled it this
morning when I walked in.”
Wallace said he allowed the shop
ping center to reopen at 4:30 p.m.,
about six hours after it was evac
beetle scouts. He said it is
E ensive and slower
“But that’s one of the costs of hav
ing a wilderness,” he said.
Pouland, 60, spends three or four
days a week looking for signs of the
beetles — brown or faded-green fo
liage and white resin on the bark.
“Sometimes the beetles are hard
to find, sometimes they’re easy to
find,” said Pouland, who gets paid
for every beetle infestation, or
“spot,” he finds.
Pouland, who rides his own geld
ing, Rocky, said he usually finds
about two spots a day.
When he locates an infestation,
Pouland marks it with red and yel
low ribbons for Terry Harris, a for
est service technician who then rec
ommends a course of beetle control.
Usually, the forest service wills
monitor active spots of less tl
Where the infestation is larger
the service will cut down trees.
“It’s a shame,” Pouland said. 1i
hurts me to watch these nice trees
die like that.”
The beetle detection starts will
Every two weeks an air team map
the areas suspected of having becil
infestations for the ground scouts.
Usually, the aerial observers tat
pinpoint a spot to within 100 yank
although they can be as muchasi
quarter of a mile off, Williams said
According to Williams, drynts
and summer heat have slowed tin
spread of beetles, but their growth
will help reduce injuries and the cost
However, he said, two recent deci
sions by the Texas Supreme Court
“will just as surely act to increase in
One holds that a person who wins
a personal injury lawsuit can recover
prejudgment interest that has ac
crued by the time of the judgment.
Another ruling overturned a stat
ute that prohibited persons within a
certain kinship from suing the
owner or operator of a vehicle for
damages in an accident.
Can Lee of the Insurance Infor
mation Institute said the staff and
industry proposals reflect different
Lee said the industry is asking for
5 percent total profit.
“We see no decrease in hospital
bills or repair costs, both of which
are rising at a rate above the annual
rate of inflation,” Lee said.
Jon Ford of the insurance board
staff said the staff has proposed an
overall profit of 0.35 percent, com
pared with the current profit of 0.13
The staff summary shows the in
dustry earned automobile insurance
premiums totaling $2.71 billion in
neck, knee and elbow injuries and
released, said Molly Gofron, a
spokeswoman for Santa Rosa Medi
The two men were pouring con
crete on a widening project for In
terstate 35, said Fire Lt. Ignacio
MSC AGGIE CINEMA: presents “Cabaret” at 7:30 p.m. in
501 Rudder. Admission is $1.50.
ATHLETIC HOSTESSES: there will be an informational
meeting in 601 Rudder at 6:50 p.m. for girls interested in
working with athletic recruits on game weekends inter
ested girls who are unable to attend the meeting can pick
up an application in the Student Government Office on the
2nd floor of the Pavilion. Contact John Kigas at $45-3051
TAMU CHESS CLUB: will meet at $:30 p.m. in 607 Rudder.
STUDENTS AGAINST APARTHEID: will meet at 8:30
p.m. in 510 Rudder.
SIERRA CLUB: will meet at 7:50 p.m. in the College Station
Community Center, 1500Jersey, Rm. 102.
TAMU MUSICIAN’S CLUB: will' meet at 7 p.m. in 407 Rud
CIRCLE K: will meet at 8:30 p.m. in 504 Rudder.
HISTORY DEPARTMENT: History film series will show
“Henry V” at 7 p.m. in 113 Biological Sciences Building
UNITED CAMPUS MINISTRY: will meet for an “Aggie
supper” at 6 p.m. at A&M Presbyterian Church.
RESIDENCE HALL ASSOCIATION: w^iil meet at 8 p.m. in
STUDENT GOVERNMENT ELECTION COMMISSION:
Freshman election filing (Student Senate, Freshman class
officers) 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today through Friday.
TEXAS A&M STUDENT CHAPTER OE THE AMERICAN
METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY: will meet at 7:30 p.m.
in the observatory atop the O&M Building.
COMMITTEE FOR AWARENESS OF MEXICAN AMERI
CAN CULTURE (CAMAQ: will meet at 7 p.m. in
PRE-VET SOCIETY: will meet at 7 p.m. in 230 Veti
Medicine Annex. I>r. Gage speaking on pre-profes;
SIGMA TAU DELTA, ENGLISH HONOR SOCIETY:
meet at 8 p.m. in 124 Blocker.
BETA GAMMA SIGMA NATIONAL
SOCIETY: will meet at 7 p.m. in 163
PI SIGMA EPSILON NATIONAL BUSINESS FRA
NITY: will meet at 7 p.m. in 502 Rudder.
AMERICAN INSTITUTES OF CHEMICAL ENGINE!
will meet at 6:30 p.m. in 102 Zachry.
TEMPLE HOME TOWN CLUB: will meet at 8 p.m. in
No one was available for comment
at the construction company Tues
“Fortunately, the top of the crane
did not hit any car,” Avila said. “But
it did stop traffic until they dis
OETCAMPUS AGGIES: will meet at 8:30 p.m. in 701
i : der.
NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS: will mt
at 7:30 p.m. in 607 Rudder.
PEER ADVISORS: will hold an “Endless Summer” Reunit
Party 9 p.m.-midnight at the Q-liuts.
FISH CAMP ‘85-CAMP PENBEKTHY; will meet at 7 p.m.
MICRO SOCIETY: will meet at 6:30 p.m. in 113
Sciences Building East. , e
KOREA ACADEMY OF TAEKWONDO: will meet at 7
m 255 G. Rollie White Coliseum.
TAMU FENCING CLUB: will meet at 7 p.m. in 267
MSC CEPHEID VARIABLE: presents “The Last Star
ter” at Rudder Theater.
BETA ALPHA PSI; will meet at 6:45 p.m. at
Country Club. Topic: “Acoimtiog in the w’s,”
AGGIES AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING: will meet at
p.m, in 407 Rudder. ,
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION: will
at 7 p.m. i n 102 Rudrier,
ALPHA PI MU INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING
SOCIETY: Applications for membership are
the industrial Engineering Office and are due Sept. 20.
TAU KAPPA: will meet at 7 p.m. in 302 Rudder.
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF AERONAUTICS AND AS
TRONAUTICS: will meet at 7 p.m. in 116 Old Engi-
fV-. neertng Bldg. V '
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