The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, December 03, 1986, Image 9

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i Wednesday, December 3, 1986/The Battalion/Page 9 Warped by Scott McCullar mo, ,WRPD. t£5,5r|K THE. NOVELIST THE. COOK W ITHl E KIFLE RAWROP f\NP IT A5 A COAT HAW6ER. youTE WELCO/it. j :er on HELLO,WRPD. YES, MAM WELL,THE novelist STA BBEP THE COOK WITH THE RIFLE RAMROP AHP hid it A5 a avrr hanger. ... YOU'RE WELCOME. A HELLO,WRPD- YES, MA'AM, too SEE, THE NOVELIST STA5BED THE COOK WITH THE RIFLE RAWROP AVP THEN HIP IT AS A CCAT HANGER... YOU’RE WELCOME. POWER BLACKOUT DURING THE MY5TEKY MOVIE LAST NIGHT... /aide by Kevin Thomas I HOP£ she DOESN'T notice! o iL y [1 jay**- Louisiana utility panel rejects GSU rate hike ~ Gen y broaj. n Asira jue in ise :sday. imem rt iger Did d noi it III Wist; n them- rt of • I .Tu \ "We-: .ontrit.l hopeMATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — isalfil Gull States Utilities, which has thiratened to go bankrupt if not roadc, liven a $100 million rate increase, )tattr. ias turned down Tuesday by the Jana [state Public Service Commission. ■Gulf States President Linn Draper on sai said that without a rate hike, the util- I ditkiI by March will w ind up without justHough cash to operate. Draper said the utility probably will appeal the itelyn Commission’s 3-2 vote in court, heooliHlhe company, which serves about ork wHO.OOO customers in Louisiana and lienn fexas, is struggling to pay for its said!) $4 4 billion nuclear generator at St. getinii jfrandsville, a facility originally pro- Hted to cost about $380 million. ■The utility also is asking the PSC’s counterpart in Texas for a $144 mil lion rate hike to help pay for the River Bend generator. HCommissioner Louis Lambert told 'GSU officials,“I warned you in the 1970s to stop that construction, to go to coal.’’ The utility constructed both nu- [earand coal-fired plants to service expected boom in the petrochem- industry that never materialized, he industry has been depressed in |£cent years and several chemical ants are generating their own elec- icity because of high energy costs. The PSC was not swayed by Gov. ISN'T THAT AN AWFUiLY BIG ZIT ON YOUR NOSE7 Explosion, fire hit company in Texas City TEXAS CITY (AP) — An explo sion apparently set off by a ruptured tank car ripped through a dock com plex in this industrial Gulf city Tues day, injuring several people before it was brought under control, officials said. At least six fire departments bat tled the blaze for more than an hour at the Stan-Trans Inc. marine distri bution terminal, where the explo sion went off about 4 p.m., authori ties said. Authorities sealed off the area near the company and evacuated some people. The explosion and fire occurred in a tank car in a heavily industrial area of Texas City, officials said. It was controlled shortly before 5:30 p.m., officials at the scene reported. At least one company building caught fire, but firefighters were able to prevent the flames from spreading to the other tank cars, of ficials said. Authorities did not know the cause of the explosion, but said the tank cars reportedly carried gaso line. When vou need y it fast (and cheap). Zip’N is what a convenience store is supposed to Groceries, hot food, cold beverages and quality Shell gasoline. And you can charge everything on your Shell Credit Card. Lilly Milk Club Buy 20 gallons: The 21 st is FREE Valvoline and Shell products are available at all Zip'N stores in Bryan-College Station including these locations: 1400 S. Ttexas Avenue • 321 Redmond Drive and Ttexas Avenue • 609 University Drive and Nagle • 3500 E. 29th and Barak • 1124 Villa Maria • 1615 N. Texas Avenue • 200 N. 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Within the next few years, GSU is expected to ask for roughly $900 million in rate hikes to offset the cost of the plant — increases that would be phased in over several years. “I’m not interested in putting any one into bankruptcy,” said Lambert, who led the move to deny the re quest. “The utility can find ways to downsize, to sell off some assets. It has four gas-burning units in Port Neches, Texas, that are sitting there. GSU was offered $40 million for those.” TAES (Continued from page 1) in the world to be bitter about his situation. Yet he speaks excitedly and proudly of the things he has kept going and the new programs he has implemented since coming to Brazos County in February. “We started the first hay asso ciation in the state,” Mazurkie- wicz says. “I re-formed the live stock judging team and took it to state. “Next week, the T-H kids are having the first pecan show in Brazos County. We also had the fire ant program. That’s pretty good for someone who has only been here for seven months.” Another problem Mazurkie- wicz faces is trying to replace two agents who were in Brazos County — one for 26 years and the other for six years. He says this has not eased his work load. “I came here at a time when the budget cuts were going into effect,” Mazurkiewicz says. “It was a bad time to start in a new place. The people kind of stood back and said, ‘Let’s see what this guy can do.’ “The key to extension is volun teer leadership and volunteer help, and the volunteer help comes from getting to know the people, but I just haven’t had the time for the one-on-one relationships. It’s going to be a while before people come in and say, ‘Hey Jim, we’re here to help you with this problem.’ ” Despite the problems he and his staff are facing, Mazurkiewicz says it’s all worth it because he be lieves in the extension program. He says he just wishes the day had more hours. “I love adult education,” he says. “I think it is rewarding and worthwhile. I also enjoy the kids and working with the 4-H pro gram. “However, extension is like anything else; you get out of it what you put into it. I don’t think there’s a service in the state that offers as much as extension does, both for adults and the youth. We have something for everybody.” While he is dismayed about the present situation, Mazurkiewicz refuses to look at it in a negative way. “The good old days are gone and we’re just going to have to make what we’ve got better,” he says. “I much prefer getting out and meeting the people and cre ating the personal, bonds, but for now, it just can’t be like that. “Of the 40,000 people my posi tion affected in some way last year, most only knew me from large, general meetings. 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