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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Blue faffs fo LocJkfuarf Page 5 50 CENTS New Braunfels 10 pages in one section Tuesday July FASO rx Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Qarrttt Vol 145 No 169 Inside SUimmtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to James Garrett Kathy Lam on Carmen Whetstone Chelsea Eager 10 Benny Beiers dorfer Elizabeth Mendez 14 Amanda J White 19 Matt Pfannstiel belat Julie and Jennifer Van Delden 14yearold twins and Kristi Hartman To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Mold 862 Grass 4 Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 333 cubic feet per sec ond down 1 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 02 Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons otsurface water Monday and million gallons of well water Perfect summer weather on tap Todays forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms through the evening Todays high temper ature is expected to be in the lower 90s with a low in the mid 70s South winds ranging from 10 to 15 miles per hour should make porch sittin and lemon ade sippin an attractive enter tainment option Tomorrows weather looks to be a carbon copy of todays Watch Pathfinder in action The Pathfinder a space craft launched in December landed on Mars Friday and is responding to commands from control stations on Earth Updates on the mission can be found on the World Wide Web at NBISD voters have until Thursday to register for election Residents wanting to vote on Aug 9 for the constitutional amendment election or the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees election have until 5 Thursday to register to vote To register call or visit the Comal County Tax Office The area code has changed On Monday the area code for New Braunfels Canyon Lake Seguin Boerne Gonza les and Kerrville changed from 210 to 830 After Oct 6 calls using the old 210 area code will no longer be con nected Beating the heat Slow down reduce your activities Ji Dont dry out drink lots of liquids Dress for heat loose lightweight light clothing Get out of the heat and into an airconditioned environment for awhile Major accident New Braunfels Emergency per sonnel free Amy from her Ford Mustang Monday on FarmtoMarket 725 Salisbury was northbound on FM 725 when she lost control of her vehicle and drove Into the southbound lane of traffic hitting Augustine Cruzs Chevy truck Salisburys condition was unavailable at presstime Cruz suffered minor injuries HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Damall Womans body recovered Autopsy to determine cause of death By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer LAKE MCQUEENEY Lawmen recovered the body of a woman Monday who was thrown off a boat during a collision with another boat late Fri day night on Lake McQueeney We recovered her Monday morning at said Peter Flores captain game warden for the San Antonio Texas Parks and Wildlife Department district We got her before she got to the Lake McQueeney The victim was identified as Sylvia Yvonne Franz 50 of Houston Flores said Franz was a parttime McQueeney resident An autopsy to determine the cause of death was performed by the Travis County Medical Examin ers Office today The autopsy was to determine whether Franz died in the collision or if she drowned Results were not available at presstime Game wardens divers and Guadalupe County Turn to Woman Page 2A Outreach of care McKenna Memorial fills health care need in rural areas By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer McKenna Memorial Hospital considers all of Comal County its community and part of its health care service area For the first 40 years of its exis tence the hospi tal endeavored to serve its extend ed community exclusively from Part of a series its central location in New Braunfels Beginning in the fall of 1995 the hospital began to aggressively address the needs of the rural county when it opened the first of its rural health centers These centers provide nonemergency health care for county residents that normally would be sought in hospital emer gency rooms or doctors offices The federal government has iden tified Comal County as a Health Professional Shortage Area which means that according to gov ernment calculations the county does not have enough physicians to adequately serve the population In HPSA areas the government allows for rural health care facilities super vised by physicians but operated on a daytoday basis by physician assistants or nurse practitioners also known as midlevel practitioners McKenna officials said they are not trying to eliminate the role of trie emergency room or doctor visits but instead are providing health care service and convenience for county residents We saw that there were a lot of patients with sore throats and ear aches being treated in emergency said Gwenn Scott McKen senior vice president for clini cal services Most of the local gen eral practitioners were not accepting patients so there was a real need for accessible nonemergency care in the Rural health center patients praised the convenience accessi bility and personal service provided at the facilities I find it is a lot faster to get in and out said Adolph Alvarez of New Braunfels who said his family uses one of the four centers about once a month Sometimes it takes two or three weeks to get an appointment at a doctors Scott said the centers fill a need in HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Damall Physician Assistant David Patten and Elizabeth Martinez examine Jorge Tinagerp Monday afternoon at McKenna Neighborhood Clinic on Krueger Avenue Jorge later was diagnosed with an ear infection Centers Neighborhood Health Center 272 S Krueger New Braunfels TX 78130 phone Dave Patten physician assis tant Carlos Campos McKenna Health Center Smithson Valley 6098 FM 311 Spring Branch TX 78070 phone 830 9042041 Stephen Greenfield physi cian assistant Gary W Bird McKenna Health Center Sattler 1423FM 2673 Canyon Lake TX 78133 phone 830 907 2303 Ken Nichols physician assistant Robert M Lambert Health Center Garden Ridge 18965 FM 2252 Garden Ridge TX 78266 phone Karen Witherly nurse practitioner Ronald R Cohle I find it is a lot faster to get in and out Adolph Alvarez patient the community in serving Medicare and Medicaid patients with non emergency needs Most local physicians limit the number of Medicare and Medicaid patients that they take into their Scott said We fill a niche by accepting those The centers are set up like a typ ical doctors office There are exam ining rooms and a basic medical laboratory at each center Scott said waiting time at the centers are sel dom more than 30 minutes even for walkin patients She added that midlevel health care professionals at each facility are able to spend more time with patients and discuss patients medical needs in more detail than at a fast paced doctors office Stephen Greenfield physician assistant at the SmithsoH Valley cen ter said his work was very reward ing When you practice at a rural health center you have a lot of inde pendence in how you Greenfield said 1 initially saw being a physician assistant as being a stepping stone to being ah but this job fulfills all of my goals and needs Im happy where Im Two local campuses on school choice list By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Two Comal County schools appeared Mon day on a iist of schools from which students may transfer because the schools failed to meet certain academic performance stan dards New Braunfels High School in New Braun fels Independent School District and Comal Leadership Institute an alternative school in Comal Independent School District were included on the list of schools rated lowperforming in any one of the last three years or had 50 percent students passing the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test during any two of the last three years School administrators saidthey dornot expect to see students leaving because of the list New Braunfels High School was rated as lowperforming in 1995 based on drop out rates from 1994 The high school report for that year showed a percent dropout rate among Hispanics 6 percent higher than the state allowable Comal Leadership Institute also falls into the category allowing students to transfer Superintendent Jerry Major said the ranking was based on the scores from the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test from 1996 and 1997 In the spring of 1997 three of the five students or 40 percent taking the test did not master the math section of the test he Turn to Schools Page 2 FEMA lists Guadalupe for disaster relief From staff reports Guadalupe County was among nine Texas counties declared eligible for federal disaster by the Federal Emergency Management Agency The designation came on the heels of Pres ident Clintons statement Monday naming Texas a major disaster area Guadalupe County joins Bandera Bexar Burnet Kendall Llano Medina Real and Uvalde counties now eligible for federal aid Comal County was not on the list for fed eral disaster assistance However FEMA Director James Lee Witt said more counties and other assistance for state and local gov ernment agencies may be designated later Garden Ridge police chief likes what he sees Myers brings 20 years of experience By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE Walt Myers wanted to get away from the big city so he applied fer police chief of Garden Ridge Myers wish came true when he was appointed police chief by the Garden Ridge City Council in late June Myers came to Garden Ridge with more than 20 years of law enforcement experi ence He had been an instructor at the academy that trains police officers for the San Antonio International Airport I built it eight years Myers I organized it ran it and founded it It was my He was also chief of police for Sabi nal and Boerne in the 1980s After 10 years in the Air Force and serving in Vietnam as a flight engineer and gunner on a helicopter Myers got into law Canyon Lake mans death ruled drowning HeraldZeitung photo by David DeKunder Walt Myers Mid he enjoys the slow er pace of Garden Ridge enforcement by working for the George town Police Department Myers said he believed his law Turn to Police chief Page 2 By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Wfitsr The death of a man whose body was found on Canyon Lake on Sat urday has been ruled a drowning An autopsy report by the Travis County Medical Examiners Office Monday said Robert Paul Wilkerson 40 died as a result of drowning Lt David Ott of the Comal County Sher iffs Office said There is no evidence of foul play no signs 01 Ott said Ott said Wilkersons wife and friends found his body at about Saturday near a private boat ramp in The Oaks subdivision on Charter Oak Drive The Oaks is on the lakes south side east of Starteville When Wilkersons body was recovered Justice of the Peace Howard Smith declared him dead at the scene Ott said According to the victims friends and wife he went swimming at Ott said Interstate 35 improvements may be halted by federal budget freeze Page 4
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