New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 8, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
SUNDAY!See Back to School section in today’s
New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1846 March 21,1895
410 NOI6 10/22/99 177
so west mc:ropublishing
2627 E YANDELL DR
LL PASO, TX 7 9903
48 Pages In four sections ■ Aug. 8,1993
Swing Comal County ■ Homa of DAVID & LUCILE SPAIN
Vol. 141, No. 186
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Bob Thrift, Tucker Cuellar, Cindy Mitchell, Daniel Armedarlz (belated), Jim Cantu (Monday), Mary Barbola, Shirley Spinney (belated), Michael Luna.
Blood drlvo for Tom Muntxor oehodulod
A blood drive for New Braunfels resident Tom Bluntzer has been scheduled for Aug. 23 from IO ajn. to 6 p.m. at the law offices of Reagan, Bunns, Dierksen, Lemon and Bluntzer, located at 203 N. Seguin.
Two blood mobiles will be on hand in the back parking lot to take donations. Walk-ins are welcome or appointments can be made by calling Debbie at 625-8026.
McKenna seeking historical Info
McKenna Memorial Hospital needs your help in acquiring any information pertaining to the history of the hospital. McKenna is celebrating its 40-year anniversary in October of this year. The hospital was built in 1933.
A brief submission consisting of a short written summary of something unique that happened in a particular year, trivia, photographs of any items of interest in relation to the hospital through the years would be beneficial.
Please submit your items to McKenna Memorial Hospital, attn. Tim Brierty, Hospital Development, 143 E. Garza,
New Braunfels, 78130.
Friends For Rivers meeting scheduled
Friends For Rivers invites the public to their next meeting on Thursday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. at Victoria Bank & Trust, 1000 N. Walnut in New Braunfels. The speaker, Andy Goldbloom, head of Texas Parks & Wildlife Greenways Program, will address "River and Trail Issues" throughout the state. The meeting will be held in the Herb Schneider Room of the North Building. Call 906-4315 or 210-438-3628 for more information.
In the Aug. I edition, page I A, under a photo headlined "Three vehicle mishap," it was incorrectly stated that a car driven by Tommy Jean Ridgway stuck a car driven by Wuaniu Riggins. Ridgway was stopped, waiting to turn left on Hwy. 46.
Community Mood drlvo sot for Aug. 13
The New Braunfels Community Blood Drive is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 13 from I pan. to 3 pm in the K-Mart parking lot located at 10501-35 E. The community blood supply is currently low, officials have said. If you are between 17 and 72, weigh at least I IO pounds and in good general health, you can help by donating.
For more information, contact the South Texas Regional Blood Bank at 1-800-292-5534, ext 217.
(The Niw Braunfels Herald-Zeitung invites Us readers lo submit Hems to Slammiisch. According to the SopHienburg Archives and members of the German communUy, “Slammiisch“ represents a silling place for members of the community to gather and share the day's happenings. We invUe you lo share wUh us.)
‘A Discretionary Call’
Herald-Zeitung file photo
Baptist Memorial Hospital's AlrLlfs helicopter provides vital intensive care services and quick transportation to major trauma centers.
EMS president says AirLife’s number has been called too often
By GARY P. CARROLL News Editor
Although Baptist Memorial Hospital’s AirLife helicopter plays a key tole in providing critical care patients with vital intensive care services and immediate transportation to major trauma centers in San Antonio. However, one local top fire official has said it is being called too often by Canyon Lake EMS personnel.
According to figures from Baptist Memorial Hospital, since its inception in January of 1991, AirLife has flown a total of 190 missions into Comal County. This number reflects patient transfers from McKenna as well as emergency response calls from New Braunfels EMS, Canyon Lake EMS and Bulverde/ Spring Branch emergency units.
During the two-and -one-half years of AirLife service, Canyon Lake EMS has called AirLife 29 times — 21 of those 29 calls were made in the first seven months of 1993.
"I’m going to cut down on the number of unnecessary calls to AirLife," said Canyon Lake EMS President and New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Bob Recd. "I’ve begun to re-evaluate when they need and don’t need to call AirLife. There have been instances where the helicopter was called in and the patients have gotten up and walked away — I’m gonna stop that."
Reed has since given Canyon Lake EMS more well-defined guidelines for when to call AirLife. Those instances include patients with major head trauma requiring a neurosurgeon, spinal injuries with neurological deficits; certain critical cardiac patients; and other major trauma.
Although Reed said the guidelines are a framework for the EMS to work with, he said they still will do whatever it takes and whatever is in the best interest of the patient.
"We’re operating within that ‘golden hour’," Recd said. "Air-
AirLife calls to Comal County
'93 (VvMigi VMI)
Now Braunfels EMS
Canyon Uke EMS Bulverde/
life, in most instances, can be on the ground in less than 15 minutes. What we have to do is re-define in what instances do we call Air-Life to ensure that the patients that need air transportation get it and those that don’t, don’t."
Reed said that often patients can be flown to a level one trauma center in San Antonio quicker than they could be transported by ground to McKenna Memorial Hospital in New Braunfels. AirLife has a cruising speed of 150 miles per hour.
Another aspect of the use of the helicopter is cost. Each time AirLife lifts off from Baptist Memorial Hospital in San Antonio it costs $650 plus $28 for each mile traveled one-way. Supplies and medicines used during the flight are extra. The costs are billed to the patient.
Reed said it is important for all parties involved to make the best decision for the patient, but unnecessary calls to AirLife need to be stopped.
“When they’re (EMS) on the scene all they’re thinking about is the patient, and what’s best for them,” Recd said. "They jus need to be more aware of when to and when not to use (AirLife).
"Things are turning around I’m real impressed with the way things are going up there."
Baby Byler holding on for donor
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
In spite of a recent two week hospitalization for infection, Megan Byler is still holding on after five months of waiting for a donor liver for the transplant she needs to save her life.
The 15-month-old still isn’t able to crawl or sit up, but she is learning to wave “bye-bye” and say “mama" according to her grandmother, Billie Conway.
"At this time, doctors at the Children's Hospital in Houston are checking into insurance coverage and considering the possibility and the risks involved for her mother, Vivian, to donate a piece of her liver," said Conway. ‘Time is critical at this point because Megan’s condition could deteriorate even more. The stronger she is, the better her chances of surviving the surgery.”
Megan, the daughter of Bill Byler and Vivian Conway Byler and granddaughter of Harold and Billie Conway, all of the New Braunfels area, is suffering from biliary atresia, a condition in which the liver does not fully develop. She is currently second on the list to receive a donor liver at the Children’s Hospital in Houston.
The family is trying to raise $28,000 to pay expenses not covered by insurance. So far, almost $10,000 has been donated by individuals and raised through several benefit breakfasts and a benefit dance.
A fundraising drawing also was held for prizes donated by Wal-Mart, HEB, St. Anthony’s Jewelers and Regis Hair Salons.
Gladys Smith, manager of Weiners in Seguin, drew Sharon Shuttuck’s winning ticket and the USAA employee won over $125 in gift certificates and products.
According to Conway, another drawing will be held Sept. 14. A donation of $5 will give you the chance to win the same prizes if you don’t already have a ticket.
Donations can be made and tickets picked up at Texas Craft Works, Jim’s Video and Clear Springs Catfish Restaurant. Conway expressed the family’s thanks to merchants who have and still continue to support Megan by keeping receptacles for donations in their stores, and to everyone who has made a donation.
H-Z survey results say leave well enough alone
From staff reports
Should the Guadalupe River (from Canyon Lake to New Braunfels; be made into a state park? Last week's Herald-Zeitung survey question was met with a small response this week as only 34 readers participated.
However, a majority (28 votes) of those who did respond said that the land should be left in private land
■ See survey, Page 4A
owners' hands and not be made a state park.
Those who voted for the river becoming a state park indicated that date maintenance would solve many of the problems experienced there.
This week's question is. "Should WORD include the Comal Riva in New Braunfels and Schlitterbahn?"
Aquifer of plenty
Edwards Aquifer not in danger of low levels, thanks to record recharge during 1992, EUWD report says
By ROSEMARIE EASH
In 1992, approximately 21,000 acre feet of water (I acre foot - 325,851 gallons) recharged the Edwards Aquifer at four Edwards Underground Water District recharge dam sites, a EUWD report indicates.
This amount almost quadrupled the average annual recharge amount of 5,490 acre feet.
The Edwards Aquifer is entirely dependent upon rainfall. Recharge directly affects groundwater levels in
the aquifer, and water levels are greatly affected by precipitation.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the unusually heavy amount of rainfall in 1992 established a new record high of 2,486,000 acre feet of recharge, exceeding the previous record of 2,003,600 set in 1987 by almost 25 percent.
The EUWD’s four dams are located in Medina County on normally dry creek beds. The dams help slow storm water runoff so it can percolate into the ground instead of continuing to flow downstream.
The Seco Creek recharge dam, which diverts flood flow to a nearby sinkhole, accepted the largest amount of recharge, recording 14,631 acre feet in 1992.
According to Russell Masters, EUWD General Manager, the benefits of the record amount of recharge are reflected in the still high water levels this summer.
"While we have received no rainfall over the past 40 days, water levels remain above average in the aquifer, leaving us in good shape during the hottest part of the year," said Masters.
Council to consider election
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
The New Braunfels City Council will consider a resolution ordering a recall election in District 2 regarding Council member Dan Bremer at this week’s Council meeting.
The council also will hear the first reading of an ordinance providing standards of conduct for the city’s public officials and employees and disciplinary measures for violation of such standards.
Also on the agenda for Monday:
■ Public hearing to discuss and receive co.ament regarding the creation of a reinvestment zone on 23.565 acres bounded by old US. Highway 81 on the south and the Missouri Kansas and Texas Railroad
on the north, more commonly know at the “Stripling-Blake property."
■ Second reading of ordinance defining and designating voting districts and polling places.
■ First reading of an ordinance relating to specific pollutant limitations applicable to the wastewater collection and treatment systems of New Braunfels Utilities.
■ Consideration of approval for the Bexar Metro 911 network district budget for 1994.
■ Consideration of the sale or lease of Fire Station #4 property on Keriick Lane.
■ Consideration of authorizing request for proposals for analyzation and reformatting of city code of ordinances.Today’s Texas Lottery numbers are 4-15-31-33
45 Jackpot $19 million