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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 3, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 410 MlC MITCH 262 TX 75245 Area Indigent health bill will effect area See below Water Comal cfs down 4 cfs up CanVQn cfs same Edwards down Canyon Lake down Local Teachers start school a week earlier than students See inside See Page 6 New Brau nf els Herald New Texas 174 Tuesday September 25 Cents 14 Pages1 Section Area tie lice have busy weekend By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer It was a busy holiday weekend for police in New There were 15 accidents in cluding four motorcycle wrecks over the Labor Day Many of the accidents were We had a lot of said New Braunfels Police John Worn And they amounted to pretty good property Between 5 Friday and mid night Monday Wommack there were 205 calls for police Police officers made 36 which included four arrests for driving while intoxicated and 20 arrests for public Last summers booking sheet was shorter there were 186 calls for service during the same amounting to 24 Wommack said there were seven accidents one major last We zipped right on the lieutenant attributing the rise in the increased number of tourists in town this things werent so busy in the Considering it was a major said Sheriffs Brian We had a very quiet A Sheriffs Department dispatcher The highlight of my shift was a woman called in last night said there was something hissing under her front I sent an officer out there and it turned out to be a Details of the weekends major See Page 3 Summer ends with big splash By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer It was definitely a but at least there was plenty of water to cool off in this Thats the way most folks will remember the summer of which ended with a big splash over the Labor Day Almost visitors poured into Canyon Lake while many more con centrated on getting wet in the Comal and Guadalupe But there wasnt much to splash about last By the time the Labor Day weekend had rolled outfitters along the Guadalupe had to spend money to make buying water from Canyon Lake just to give their customers something to float The main differences between last summer and this summer were water and said Betty Walls with Texas Canoe We also tried to stress communication and education this and had an opportunity to do so with more water and more Walls also said river maps will be updated before next summer to add to the outfitters education The new maps will better mark the and will be available at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce office and the River Road gatehouse in time for next summers Eddie manager of Whitewater summed up this summer by We had high lots of and fewer Canyon Reservoir Manager Philip Parsley said a total of people visited Canyon Lake parks over the threeday That was less than the visitors recorded over Memorial Day weekend last but more than the who came to visit Labor Day last After two relatively dry years and last years very dry I would say the visitors came back very Parsley See Page 3 Back to school On their way Coriane Pacheco and her sister Dana Pacheco are on their way to the bus stop today for the first day of Both a fifth LESLIE HERALD ZEITUNG grader and a fourth look like they are anticipating the Both Comal and New Braunfels started school Health care law will have impact on area By SARAH DUKE Staff writer A new health care law went into effect Monday and it will have an impact on Comal and every county in The law states that each county must provide up to 10 percent of its revenue for health care for It the new law will have a major impact on Comal said Mary administrative assistant to the county com If the need for indigent health care is greater than 10 percent of the countys the state will pay 90 percent of the extra expenses and the county will pay 10 Brotze said she does not know y et how much money the program will cost the county or how many people in the county will be considered She said that the county is waiting tor the state to determine who is con sidered indigents and what type of care must be McKenna Comal Countys only wyj serve as the countys health care Marion Johony MeKeanas said that he does not the bill to have a major impact because the hospital is already obligated to provide as as in charity We are obligated to meet the publics Johnson The hospital has never turned anyone Johnson said McKenna s staff is anticipating working with the county and negotiating plans for the The residents of Comal County have not had any real respon sibility for indigent health care in the Johnson said of the two years he has worked as the hospitals He added that McKenna does not receive money from any governmental agency state or Brotze said the county has maintained a clinic that gives free immunization and vaccination shots to anyone needing That is only health service provided by the McKenna is obligated to provide charity care because the hospital received a guaranteed loan from the federal government and must meet certain In McKenna had 120 cases that went amounting to always be required by law to provide health care to They will have fulfilled their requirements in another eight or nine she The new health care law requires counties without public like Comal to provide certain mandatory ser Those services include rural health laboratory and X ray services and family planning Brotze said she expects that the county will have to provide some new health When asked about providing health clinics out in the she said that the law has no requirements about decentralized health But if we find large segments of population that are not provided we would have to See Page 3 Traeger backs law providing for indigent care Brotze said McKejruna witt not By SARAH DUKE Staff writer John of said Friday that Texas has been inadequate in providing health care to the poor and was in desperate need of an indigent health care The health care signed by Governor Mark White June makes counties responsible for providing care for the Comal County will have to provide up to 10 percent of its revenue for indigent health Traeger served as the chairman of the Indigent Health Care Committee that studied the health program in Texas and worked to pass the indigent health care bill during the special session of the The bill was sponsored by Traeger and Jesse Oliver of We the committee realized that we would have to find some way to deal with this Traeger One of our major objectives was to make sure that no person in the state of Texas would be denied care because they couldnt pay for he Traeger added that a lot of private hospitals in the state were not providing any type of care for We found about 100 counties with no major health facility for the Traeger In those poor patients simply had to be transported to other counties where they could be He said that another important problem with Texas health care was that there was not prenatal care program in the We found in many cases the first time poor pregnant women were receiving professional care was when they walked into a hospital in Traeger He added that Texas is way up on the list of child birth Texas also has a dispropor tionately high rate of birth In birth defects are caused by poor nutrition and health care during the Traefier See Page 3 Two stabbed over holiday New Braunfels Police expect to arrest two Latin males following an earlySunday morning double stabbing in the citys West one of the two 33yearold Emeterio Sanchez of New remains in McKenna Memorial Hospital suffering from two stab The other 25yearold Clemente Sanchez who is Emeterio Sam nephew was released from McKenna Sunday following treat ment for stab wounds in the leg and New Braunfels Police Mario Guerrero said today that a scuffle occurred about Sunday mor ning near 109 Rosedale when the two Sanchez men met two other Latin One of the defendants cut Emeterio in the chest and the right side of his body near his while the other man stabbed Guerrero Witnesses say the suspects fled in a large brown Guerrero said the men were acquaintences and that arrests are Holiday deaths exceed estimates By The ASSOCIATED PRESS Accidents on Texas highways during the Labor Day weekend killed 47 exceeding the original prediction by the Department of Public Safety reported During the similar 78hour period last 41 Texans were killed and five others died later of The count began at 6 Friday and ended at midnight State officials had expected 45 people to One factor we can point to is the lack of safety belt We had over a dozen accidents in which use of the safety belt could have made a dif said DPS spokesman David another factor was that we had more auto pedestrian accidents that weve been seeing during recent holiday Eighteen deaths were reported from singlevehicle while 11 others died in vehiclepedestrian Wells See Page 3 Inside Todays weather Same old forecast sunny and hot days and fair and warm nights will at least through Highs will be near 100 and lows will drop to the Southerly winds will reach 15 Yesterdays high was 105 and this mornings low was Suiuet tonight is at and sunrise Wednesday is at
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