New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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. 10 pages In one section ■ Tuesday, July 8,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of
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The New Braunfels Herald' Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: James Garrett, Kathy Lam-on, Carmen Whetstone, Chelsea Eager (IO years), Benny Beiers-dorfcr, Elizabeth Mendez (14 years), Amanda J. White (19 years), Matt Pfannstiei (belated), JoHe and Jennifer Van-Deiden (14-year-old twins) and Kristi Hartman.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold — 862 Grass —4 Pigweed —10
(Pollen measured in parts par cubic meter of air. Information provided by Or. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River — 333 cubic feet per second, down 1 from Monday.
Breards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 626.71 feet above sea level, down 02 Canyon Dam discharge — 5.491 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —1,815 cfs Canyon Lake level — 932.69 toe! above sea level. (Above conservation pool) New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping 6.042 rraion gallons otsurtaoe water Monday and 3.876 milton gallons of well water.
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Today’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms through the evening. Today’s high temperature is expected to be in the tower 90s, with a tow in the mid 70s. South winds ranging from 10 to 15 miles per hour should make porch sittm’ and lemonade sippin’ an attractive entertainment option. Tomorrow s weather looks to be a carbon copy of today’s.
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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 http://www nasa gov.
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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 p.m. Thursday to register to vote To register, call or visit the Comal County Tax Office
On Monday, the area code for New Braunfels, Canyon Lake, Seguin, Boerne, Gonzales and Kerrville changed from 210 to 830. After Oct. 6, calls using the old 210 area code will no longer be connected.
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■ Slow down — reduce your activities.
■ Don't dry out — drink lots of liquids.
■ Dress for heat —wear loose, light-weight, light clothing
■ Get out of the heat and into an air-conditioned environment for awhile
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Woman’s body recovered
Autopsy to determine cause of death
By DAVID DEKUNOER
LAKE MCQUEENEY — Lawmen recovered the body of a woman Monday who was thrown off a boat during a collision with another boat late Friday night on Lake McQueeney.
“We recovered her (Monday) morning at 6:30 am,” 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 dam.”
The victim was identified as Sylvia Yvonne Franz, 50, of Houston. Flores said Franz was a part-time McQueeney resident.
An autopsy to determine the cause of death was performed by the Travis County Medical Examiner's 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
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 existence, the hospital endeavored to serve its extended community exclusively from 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 non-emergency health care for county residents that normally would be sought in hospital emer: gency rooms or doctors' offices.
The federal gov ernment has identified Comal County as a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). which means that according to government calculations, the county does not have enough physicians to adequately serve the population. In HPSA areas, the government allows for rural health care facilities supervised by physicians but operated on a day-to-day basis by physician assistants or nurse practitioners, also known as mid-level practitioners.
McKenna officials said they are not trying to eliminate the role of the 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 rooms,” said Gwenn Scott, McKenna’s senior vice president for clinical services. “Most of die local general practitioners were not accepting patients, so there was a real need for accessible non-emergency care in the county .”
Rural health center patients praised the convenience, accessibility and personal service provided at the facilities.
“I find it is a lot faster to get in and out of,” 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 doctor’s office.” Scott said the centers fill a need in
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Phylcton A—IMW* David Patton and EHabatb Martinez examine Jocga TTnagfp Monday altomoon al McKanna Neighborhood Clinic on Kruagar Avenue. Jorge later wee diagnoeed with an ear infection.
■ McKenna Neighborhood Health Cantar, -
272 S. Krueger Ave., New Braunfels, TX 78130; phone: (830)608-1575; Dave Patten, physician assistant; Carlos Campos, M.D.
■ McKanna Health Center-SmHhson Valley,
6098 FM 311, Spring Branch, TX 78070; phone: (830) 904-2041; Stephen
Greenfield, physician assistant; Gary W. Bird,
■ McKenna Health Center-Sattler 1423 FM 2673, Canyon Lake. TX 78133; phone: (830) 907-2303; Ken Nichols, physician assistant; Robert M Lambert, M D.
■ McKanna Health Center-Garden Ridge,
18965 FM 2252, Garden Ridge, TX 78266; phone (210) 651-4309; Karen Witherty, nurse practitioner: Ronald R. Cohle, M.D.
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— Adolph Alvarez, patient
the community in serving Medicare and Medicaid patients with nonemergency needs.
“Most local physicians limit the number of Medicare and Medicaid patients that they take into their
practice,” Scott said. “We fill a niche by accepting those patients.”
The centers are set up like a typical doctor’s office There are examining rooms and a basic medical laboratory at each center. Scott said waiting time at the centers are seldom more than 30 minutes, even for walk-in patients. She added that mid-level 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 doctor’s
Stephen Greenfield, physician assistant at the Smithson Valley center. said his work was very rewarding.
“When you practice at a rural health center, you have a lot of inde-pendence in ho* you practice,” Greenfield said. “I initially saw being a physician assistant as being a stepping stone to being ah M.D., but this job fulfills all of my goals and needs I’m happy where I’m at”
Two local campuses on school choice list
By DENISE DZIUK
Two Comal County schools appeared Monday on a list of schools from which students may transfer because the schools failed to meet certain academic performance standards.
New Braunfels High School rn New’ Braunfels Independent School District and Comal Leadership Institute (an alternative school) in Comal Independent School District were included on the list of 1.153 schools rated low-performing 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, said-they An not expect to see students leaving because of the list.
New Braunfels High School was rated as low-performing in 1995. based on drop out rates from 1994. The high school report for that year showed a 6.6 percent dropout rate among Hispanics, .6 percent higher than the state allowable.
Comal Leadership Institute also falls into the category allowing students to transfer. Supenntendent Jerry Major said the ranking was based on the scores from the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test from 19% 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
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FEMA lists Guadalupe for disaster relief
From staff reports
Guadalupe County w as among nine Texas counties declared eligible for federal disaster by the Federal Emergency Management
The designation came on the heels of President Clinton's 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 w as not on the list for federal disaster assistance. However, FEMA Director James Lee Witt said more counties and other assistance for state and local government agencies may be designated later.
Garden Ridge police chief likes what he seesMyers brings 20 years of experienceBy DAVID DEKUNOER
Staff Writer *
GARDEN RIDGE — Walt Myers wanted to get away from the big city, so he applied for 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 experience. He had been an instructor at the academy that trains police officers for the San Antonio International Airport “I built it eight years ago,” Myers said. “ I organized it, ran it and founded it It was my baby.”
He was also chief of police for Sabinal and Boerne in the 1980s. After IO years in the Air Force and serving in Vietnam as a flight engineer and gunner on a helicopter, Myers got into law
Canyon Lake man’s death ruled drowningHwald-Zaitung photo by Daw* DaKunder Walt Mynra saki ho anfoy* tho slower pac* of Gnrcton Ridge.
enforcement by working tor the Georgetown Police Department.
Myers said he believed his law Turn to Police chief, Page 2By DAVID DEKUNOER
The death of a man w hose body was found on Canyon Lake on Saturday has been ruled a drowning.
An autopsy report by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office Monday said Robert Paul Wilkerson, 40, died as a result of drowning, Lt. David OC of the Comal County Sheriffs Office said.
“There is no evidence of foul play ... no signs of struggle,” Ort said.
Ott said Wilkerson’s wife and friends found his body at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday near a private boat ramp in The Oaks subdivision on Charter Oak Drive.
The Oaks is on the lake’s south side, east of Starkville.
When Wilkerson’s body was recovered. Justice of the Peace Howard Smith declared him dead at the scene, Ott said.
“According to the victim’s friends and wife, he went swimming at 8:15 arnOtt said.Interstate 35 improvements may be halted by federal budget freeze — Page 4