New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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County adds health services for Jwomen
'< By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer
7* The Comal County Public I Health Department is offer--ing women’s health services, including cervical PAPS, .-breast cancer screening and family planning services to women 18 or older; screening and treatment for sexually . ^transmitted diseases for men T;or women; and expanded ;-laboratory services for all I ^clients, including cholesterol I ?and fasting blood sugar lev-r ;.els.
• i “We have an underserved
- ;population,” health depart-r .merit office manager Nanette t .Burkhardt said. “And there t fare women out there that ^can’t get these services
• "because of the cost of doctors and lab fees.”
“This has been a goal of famine for a long time — ^expanding the services,” y, Comal County Nurse Karon Preiss said. “We’ll be ’ -serving about IO percent of ’.rthe people in the county.”
C. All patients will be seen by appointment only and : there’s a small fee for service in addition to any laboratory charges, Preiss said.
- Finally, a new family nurse I practitioner, Cynthia Rei-
- dinger, has joined the health . ^department staff, Preiss
•. The department is at 178 *.E. Mill St. Its phone number is (830)608-2015.
I LIGHT/From 1A
Section of wing found near Fort Worth
Environmental Protection Agency employee Beverly Negri (left) gets help from cowork-er Scott Harris (right) navigating the muddy bank of the Toledo Bend Resevoir prior to boarding a boat that is assisting in the search for space shuttle Columbia debris near Hemphill Friday. Authorities have reported a 20-30 foot long piece of debris in the water.
PAUL BUCK/AFP Photo
FORT WORTH, Tbxas (AP) — The search for clues to the Columbia tragedy stretched Friday from the Fort Worth area, where a section of wing was found, to a lake on the Tbxas-Louisiana border.
Michael Kostelnik, a deputy associate NASA administrator, called the discovery of the wing section “a significant recovery.”
“We do have a large piece of one of the wings. It’s not clear which wing this is... obviously the structure is very important,” he said.
Shuttle program manager Ron Dittemore said the panel is 26 or 27 inches long with 18 inches of wing structure still attached. He said it would be a day or longer before NASA knew whether it came from the left or right wing.
Since shortly after the
Columbia broke apart above Texas on Feb. I, NASA has focused on finding parts of the left wing, which they believe may have failed, leading to the disaster that killed seven astronauts.
Dittemore said NASA has received more than 350 reports of debris from outside Tbxas and Louisiana — mostly from California and Arizona — but that none had been confirmed as related to the shuttle.
In East Texas, searchers returned to Toledo Bend Reservoir along the Louisiana state fine to examine several objects on the lake bottom that might be parts of the shuttle.
Buoy markers were placed where searchers believe debris may be resting on the lake bottom, but gusty winds
kept divers from entering the water, officials said.
A Forest Service spokesman said dive teams would return to the lake Monday.
, Meanwhile, a three-day amnesty program where people who picked up shuttle debris would not face prosecution ended at 5 p.m. CST Friday.
U.S. Attorney Matthew D. Orwig said response to the program was overwhelming, with hundreds of pieces turned in since it began Wednesday.
"We have all been gratified by the response,” he said. “Many people have been calling in and returning pieces of debris. We appreciate the effort, which helps gather the clues to this tragedy.”
In Nacogdoches County alone, 35 people had turned in 117 pieces of debris under the program, Sheriff Tom Kerss said.
Earlier this week, two people were charged with stealing government property for keeping shuttle pieces. Each faces up to IO years in prison and a $250,000 fine, Orwig said.
Kerss said authorities would continue hunting for violators after the amnesty deadline passed.
“We will have some search teams begin visiting flea markets,” he said.
Orwig said prosecutors would focus on people who concealed debris or lied to law enforcement rather than those who still have previously reported pieces on their land.
Local firefighters help in search
By Ron Maloney
BRACKEN — Four Bracken firefighters are traveling to East Tbxas to volunteer in the search for debris from the space shuttle Columbia.
Bracken Fire Capt. Bill Anz said he and three other firefighters were going to San Augustine to participate in the search this weekend.
The other firefighters are Fire/Rescue Capt. Craig Ackerman, Rescue Lt. Sammy Sikes and firefighter Heath Lipke.
Anz said Lipke had already been in San Augustine this past week.
The firefighters are members of Rescue Techs, a statewide, all-volunteer search and rescue organization made up mostly of firefighters.
“I know one member is a flight attendant and we have a few cops too,” Anz said.
Members become educated in safety and rescue techniques. They buy their own equipment and pay for their own training when it isn’t provided by the agencies they work for, Anz said.
“I’m trained in swiftwater rescue, cave rescue, ground rescue and vertical rescue. We have people who are trained canine handlers. Basically, we come from all walks of life,” Anz said.
The group has more than 300 members.
“This past week, 60 of our members were up there. This weekend, some 20-odd of us are going up to help,” he said.
until this past week.
TxDOT announced the intersection now qualifies — but area engineer Greg Malatek said there was no state money available for the project until at least Fiscal Year 2005.
Dawson said that solution was unacceptable.
CISD officials had said in the past that the district would pay for the light Taecause of safety concerns for its students.
Dawson noted that the school district is strapped for Hcash, and that the people who would benefit from a safer intersection would be residents of the county.
He sought — and got — unanimous support for the signal from commissioners’ court.
CISD Superintendent Jim Grunert requested a special meeting of board trustees Friday to discuss the signal. Trustees heard from Malatek and TxDOT Direc
tor of Construction David Kopp, who told them the signal would be added to an existing contract.
When county commissioners took up the issue of a traffic signal for Texas 46/FM 3159 in a special meeting Friday, County Judge Danny Scheel offered some frank opinions about problems he’s had with TxDOT.
Scheel told TxDOT area engineer Greg Malatek that state money should be paying for the $100,000 project instead of local money, but the county could wait no longer for state funding.
“I would not have a problem if we could be reimbursed for spending this money. I’m sorry TxDOT is taking this approach. This is only one example. If we were some big city and needed this, say, for a Toyota plant, we both know the state would make this light happen,” Scheel said.
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