Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 21, No. 11, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 16, 1972 Page: 1 of 16

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Vol. XXI No. 11
March 16, 1972
Rio Grande City, Texas
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Funds approved for Starr Memorial Hospital
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Sunday afternoon, Dr. Mario
Ramirez announced to the Her-
ald that he had just received
word from Dr. James E. Peavy,
Commissioner of Health for the
State of Texas and from Dr.
John M. Smith, member of the
Texas State Board of Health
to the effect that the applica-
tion submitted by Starr County
for a grant for the construc-
tion of a hospital under the Hill
Burton Act had been approved.
The application calls for the
construction of a 50 bed new
facility at a projected cost of
$1,499,725.00. Prior Hill Bur-
ton regulations stipulated that
grants could be awarded to
qualifying applicants on a max-
imum 50-50 matching basis on-
ly. This year the State of Texas
has received word stating that
grants awarded could be in-
creased to a maximum total of
90% federal participation under
certain circumstances depend-
ent upon the economy and pov-
erty conditions of the area ap-
plying. The County Judge re-
quested that Starr County's ap-
plication be considered for a
90% grant under these guide-
lines, and pending final word
from the federal government,
the State Board of Health has
approved and set aside approx-
imately $1,350,000.00 for the
tell It
like it
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It's a well earned congratulations to the people
of Starr County!
The county has received word that we will be re-
ceiving 1.35 million dollars for a new county hospi-
It would be unfair to give credit to one individual
for the funds acquired for the new facility so ba-
dly needed, many people have worked hard to get
these funds and it looks like the hospital is only
a few steps away.
In the near future we'll be releasing new infor-
mation on the site and type of construction and ex-
actly what is planned for the new hospital.
The school board should be thinking seriously of
asking for funds to build a new high school.
It takes time to acquire the funds needed for
such construction but maybe if we can get the boa-
rd to dedicate some time to doing something for
the children in school instead of how many people
they can hire for this and for that we should be
able to get such funds.
The high school leaves a lot to be desired as
compared to other high schools in the county and
the valley. The old buildings smell of mildew and
when you consider that the fort is over 125 years
old we believe that your children deserve a little
better building than the rat hole we have for them.
If you attended the Starr County Youth Fair this
past weekend you received one of the yellow sheets
passed out by couriers of the New Party faction.
The yellow sheets were announcing who the party
is endorsing for office in different national, state
and local election.
The sheet was signed by some of the party's
more prominent members.
The party, according to the sheet, is endorsing
Dr. Rene A Solis who was convicted to vote fraud
by a federal grand jury. The conviction was up-
held by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
recently and their case is on appeal in the highest
court in the land.
It is our feeling that the sheet is in poor taste
as far as some of the signatures go. To endorse
a convicted man for county sheriff is to tell youth
of the county that it's alright if you break the law
so long as you have the party behind you. It is
sickening to see one of the more respected indi-
viduals on that list of endorsers. We can expect it
from the rest.
Starr County Project. Washing-
ton approval of the state plan is
expected very very soon and
then this action has to be pub-
lished in the Federal Register
for a period of 30 days. The
money should be available soon
Dr. Ramirez stated that he
was elated with the news and
so were all the other physicians
of the community. The construc-
tion of a modern hospital for
this county has been the judge's
dream for many many years.
He explained to this newspaper
that very shortly after he as-
sumed office as County Judge in
1969 he pointed out to the Com-
missioner's Court and to the
people of the county that the
problems of health, health fa-
cilities, and health man power
facing us were foremost, of ut-
most importance, and that they
needed to be resolved with the
greatest urgency possible. With
the consent and approval of the
County Commissioner's Court
he appointed a Starr County
Health and Hospital Commis-
sion to study health problems of
our area and to proceed with
plans for construction of a coun-
ty wide hospital facility. This
committee was informed that
they would make recommenda-
tions, which the judge felt sure
would be honored, to the Com-
missioner's Court and that final
action would be forthcoming
from this body. The original
group was composed of leading
citizens from all political
groups and factions of the com-
munity including many who were
directly concerned with the de-
livery of health care. Amongst
these were the four physicians
practicing in the County at the
time: Dr. Rene Solis, Dr. Ra-
miro Narro, Dr. Hesiquio Ro-
driguez, and Dr. Mario Ram-
irez. Others in the group in-
cluded Mr. Eladio Carrera,
Mrs. Jean Neal, Mrs. Rosario
Pope, Mr. Francisco Margo,
Mrs. Helen Shuford, Mrs. Ra-
miro Narro, Mr. Raul Trejo,
Mrs. Rene Gonzalez, Mr. Ce-
sar Salinas, Mrs. Mario Ram-
irez, Mr. Richard Ceballos, Mr.
Abel Sanchez, Mr. Pedro Diaz,
Jr., Mrs. Rebecca Rodriguez,
Mr. H.P. Guerra ID, Mrs. Roel
Ramirez, Mrs. Arturo Garza,
Mrs. Romeo Alaniz, Mrs. Ed-
na Ramon, Mrs. Cruz Guerre-
ro, Mrs. Nance Munoz, Mr,
Francisco Garza, Mr. Reymun-
do Margo, Mr. Joe Moss, Mrs.
Humberto Garza, Mr. Frank
Anderson, Mrs. Ray Rochester,
Mrs. Boone La Grange, Mr.
Hector Lozano, and Mrs. Fran-
cisco Garza. The Commission
met on many occasions and
health needs and priorities were
delineated. The need for a new
hospital was emphasized and
under instruction from the judge
the group proceeded to inter-
view architects who were ex-
perienced in the field of hospi-
tal construction. The group re-
com mended to the Court that Mr.
Jack Rice Turner and Associa-
tes from Corpus Christ! be em-
ployed as project engineers and
a standard form of agreement
between owner and architect was
entered into between the County
of Starr, State of Texas and Mr.
Jack Turner and Associations
on May 26th., 1970. The Corn-
mission and the Commission-
er's Court asked Dr. Ramirez
to proceed immediately with ap-
plication for project construc-
tion. On May 27th., 1970 the
Court passed a resolution de-
signating the County Judge as the
authorized representative, with
necessary powers to sign any
Narcotic agents having
field day with janers
The U.S.Bureau of Customs,
Border Patrol Agents and Port
of Entry Customs Officers have
seized over 2000 pounds of
marijuana in recent weeks.
A spokesman for the Bureau
of Customs said that arres-
ted and released to Starr
County officials was Rene Eloy
Villerreal and his wife Yolanda
Vlllerreal with one ounce of
marijuana and one marijuana
The couple was arrested
some 8 miles north on FM755.
The three branches were in-
strumental in the arrest of
Pedro Lopez Gutierrez Jr., of
713 West Market Street, Sin-
ton with 7 pounds of marijua-
Lopez was releaded on $2,000
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Border Patrol agents assis-
ted in the arrest of Richard
Winters of Box 8 Banquete,
Texas and Gary William Whit-
worth with approximately 70
pounds of marijuana.
The arrest came after ex-
tensive investigations by Bu-
reau of Customs officers at
Falcon Height.
Arrested in connection with
340 pounds of marijuana were
John Gary Frlsby of 1312 Hi-
biscus In McAUen.
Frlsby was arrested in Rio
Grande City by Border Pat-
rol agents in Rio Grande
Jose Jesus Orosco Perez of
Nuevo Laredo, Mexico was ar-~
rested by Port of Entry Cus-
toms Inspectors with some 150
pounds of Marijuana.
Perez was remanded to Hi-
dalgo County Jail by Cus-
toms Officers after his arrest.
at Falcon Dam
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U.S. Customs agents and
Border Patrol units arrested
Ruben Ran&el Martinez of 710
South 17Ui in McAllen with 50
pounds of marijuana. The ar-
rest was made by border pa-
trol agents near Falfurrias af-
ter investigations by Falcon
Height agents.
Jesse Robert Martinez of
1720 San Antonio saw a con-
voy of Customs Agents and
Border Patrol officers when
he was arrested by Port of
Entry officers at the Roma
bridge with 635 pounds of Ma-
In another arrest Mary Strom
was arrested by Falcon-Laredo
Agents and units of the Heo-
bronville Border Patrol with
607 pounds of marijuana
Mrs. Strom is from 607 North
M ad 1 son in San Angelo.
and all documents, plans, etc.
relating to Starr County's Ap-
plication for Hill Burton Hos-
pital Funds and all and any oth-
er matters pertaining to the
construction of the Starr Coun-
ty Hospital. On May 23rd., 1970
the voters of Starr County, Tex-
as by a 5 to 1 majority ap-
proved a bond issue for the
county share of $400,000.00 to-
wards the construction of a com-
munity hospital. The initial ap-
plication for project construc-
tion as well as a project nar-
rative and preliminary plans
see HOSPITAL page 11
Mrs. Rodriguez
files for
Erika K. Rodriguez, longtime
school board trustee announced
that she is seeking re-election
to the board April 1.
Mrs. Rodriguez who has
served on the board for some 12
years said that she plans to work
hard towards a re-election.
"I think that the people that
I have served have always been
able to come to men when they
needed help and when they need-
ed something presented to the
district," Mrs. Rodriguez.
"My prime interest has al-
ways been the educational wel-
fare of your children, I have no
selfish interest, I am not asso-
ciated with any political party,
I feel that lack of political
ties is the only way to serve
all the people," she added.
Mrs. Rodriguez is being op-
posed by Raul Guerrero, a used
car salesman for Ramirez Ford
They are seeking position six
on the board.
Also in the race but running
unopposed is Dr. Ramiro Nar-
ro who has been active in com-
munity affairs for some time.
Mrs. Rodriguez claims cre-
dit for being on the board that
eliminated the dual system. The
dual system that Mrs. Rodri-
guez refers to was a time when
the School Superintendent and
the tax-assessor collector both
received the same salary and
the tax-assessor had strong
powers in the operation of the
school district.
Absentee balloting has begun
in the district race and election
day Is April 1.

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