New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 6, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
MAY 6, 2007
Borne eliminates NB softballers; Unicorns move on in baseball. Page 1B
NEWS SKATE PARK
First phase of park set to be complete by September or October, city officials said. Page 2A
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Local prescription drug plan offers hope■Thousands participate in free Comal program
By Mark Koopmans
Joyce Mayo of New Braunfels is glad she listens to her doctor. Mayo, who lives on a limited income, said she has a history of strokes and
needs to take various medications to prevent more strokes in the future.
“The problem is that the pills were very expensive and the only way I could afford them was by driving to Mexico to buy them over the counter,” the white-haired senior citizen said Friday. “So I’m glad my doctor told me about Prescription ACCESS.”
ACCESS is a prescription plan set up and run by tile staff at McKenna I lealthlink in New Braunfels. Currently the plan, which is free to
qualified applicants, serves more than 1,100 patients, ACCESS program coordinator Christa Cooley said.
“In order to qualify, patients can be selfemployed, under-insured or on a limited income, but they must be a resident of Comal County, with a physician in the county,” Cooley said. “All of our patients also must meet our requirements of an annual income of less than $19,000 for an individual and $25,000 for a family.”
1 The McKenna prescription ACCESS program is open from 9 a.m. to
2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
i For more information, call 830-606-2166.
Becky Purcell, who has been in the program for several years, said she has been “especially pleased with the extra efforts I description ACCESS has taken to seek exchanges for medications when ones prescribed are not in the program."
“My goodness, when I first heard about the See PLAN, Page 12A
Rivers of change
Photos by MIRANDA LAINE Herald-Zeitung
TOP LEFT:Rafters make their way down the Guadalupe River rapids on Saturday.The release of Canyon Lake Dam caused the flow of the river to increase to 2,000 cubic feet per second. TOP RIGHT: Floaters enjoy a smooth ride down the Comal River on Saturday.The flow of the spring-fed Comal is unaffected by the release of water from the dam.
■ Rafters, tubers enjoy different rides on area waterways
By Mark Koopmans
Hundreds of people had a fun day out on the local rivers Saturday, but they did it in two different ways.
After the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Canyon Lake increased the Guadalupe River flow below Canyon Dam to 2,000 cubic feet per second on Friday, guided rafting trips were enjoyed by visitors on the Guadalupe, while tubing was the mode of choice for many on the Comal River.
Mike Dussere, manager of the Water Oriented Recreation District, recently said he did not recommend tubing on the Guadalupe River this weekend because of the high flow rate.
“It will make for a great rafting trip,” he said of the fast river flow. “But, you should be experienced or go with a guide.”
W.O.R.D. recommends there be no tubing if the release rate is over 1,000 cfs.
“I’ve never been on the (Guadalupe) river before, so I’m really looking forward to this
(rafting trip),” said 13-year-old Michael Herzeers, part of a 25-strong group of Boy Scouts who belong to Troop 642 from Houston.
“The flow rates are great for guided rafting right now,” said Rick Rivers of Rockin’ “R” River Rides in New Braunfels. “Each trip lasts about 75 to 90 minutes. Basically, the higher the water, the quicker the trip, which means the lower it is, the slower it goes.”
After completing her first rafting experience, Susan Paine of Austin said she had “a blast.”
“At first, I have to say I was a bit scared, but it was awesome and our guides were great,” she said.
On the Comal, the day started off at a slow pace and continued that way.
By 10:30 a.m., the only thing floating next to the Texas Tubes, a Comd River outfitter, was a black dog apparently enjoying the calm waters that were flowing at a reported 326 cfs, while his master watched from the riverbank.
See RIVERS, Page 12A
The release rate to the amount of water being released from the Carbon Lake Reservoir into the Lower Guadalupe River.
According to river outfitters, optimal tubing on the Guadalupe is between 200 cubic feet per second and 600 cfs.
Tubing can take place up to 1,000 cfs and is up to outfitter's discretion.
Tubers visit areas across the country to enjoy tranquil floats. PmgplA
- 100 to 500 cfs
500 to 800 cfs
■ Strenuous —
800 to 1,200 cfs
■ Extreme caution urged,
experienced boaters only.
No tubing allowed —
1,200 to 3,000 cfs.
■ More than 3,000 cfs:
dangerous. Guided rafts only, no tubing.I SNOW OPEN
Local combat medic heads back to war
By Mark Koopmans
Wearing a baseball cap and T-shirt, 24-year-old Bryan Salge blended in with the many other young men and women relaxing with a latte or cappuccino at Starbucks on Thursday.
While others might have been discussing local goings-on or what sports event to attend this weekend, Salge is preparing to go back to war on Tuesday.
Army Pfc. Salge is a combat medic with the 82nd Airborne. Deployed in Afghanistan since the beginning of the year, his unit is expected to remain there until April or May 2008.
“Bryan’s been there since January and he just flew home for two weeks of rest and relaxation, and to attend my dad s memorial service,” said his moi her, Penni Salge,
See MEDIC, Page 11A
2007 Wurstfest president named
From staff reports
Rusty Brockman, director of economic development for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, has a new job — one with great honor and prestige, but no paycheck. The Wurstfest Association has selected Brockman as its 2007 president.
“I am proud to be able to serve this great organization as its president,”
Brockman said. “Its history and meaningfulness to this community exemplify what New Braunfels is all about. This is a dream come true and an honor to work with so many great people.”
He is leading the organization through its 47th Wurstfest, heading up the 263 volunteer members.
Brockman succeeded outgoing president Jeff Albrecht, who recently was inducted as the organization’s “Grosse Opa” or “Big Granddaddy" an honor tile Wurstfest Association bestows on a member for
his loyalty, dedication and willingness to participate.
Brockman, who was born in Baytown, has lived in New Braunfels since 1986, when he moved her as principal of Canyon Middle School.
See WURSTFEST, Page 10A
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