The Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), No. 27, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 30, 1987 Page: 1 of 16
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Attend The Sheriff's Posse Rodeo-May <8-9
THE RIO GRANDE HERALD
Serving Starr County For Five Decades
Published in Rio Grande City, Texas, Every Thursday By The Rio Grande Publishing Co.
No. 27 THURSDAY, APRIL 30,1987
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Local Grand Jury
The Starr County 229th
District Court grand jury
voted Wednesday morn-
ing to indict Efrain
Duran, manager of the
Starr County Water Dis-
trict, on a one-count
misdemeanor charge of
Duran was charged
with misapplying the
personal services of two
Employees, to the sum of
more than $200, but less
The one-count, Class A
misdemeanor charge, if
Duran is convicted, car-
ries a maximum penalty
oi one year in the county
jail and a $2000 fine.
Assistant District At-
torney Ricardo Carrillo
told The Rio Grande
Herald that the indict-
ment was signed by Dis-
trict Judge Ricardo H.
Garcia at approximately
11 a.m. Wednesday.
After learning of the
indictment on Wednesday
afternoon. The Herald
attempted to phone
Duran, but was unable to
reach the water manager.
The grand jury began
its inquiry into the Water
District in mid-January.
In the past, Duran has
strongly denied any
The Rio Grande City High School P.E. Program has taken a new diiaction in the
past few years, with increased freedom of choice for students in course offerings each
six weeks In the above photo, Rio students are listening to their swimming instructor
explain the essential aspects of swimming.
Hospital Board Discusses
Variety Of Issues
High School P.E. Program
Offers More Choices
Bv KENNETH ROBERTS
The Board of Directors of the
Starr County Hospital District
discussed a number of issues at
their regular meeting Thursday
night, among them a "Swing Bed"
survey recently conducted by the
Medicare Bureau of Certification
Administrator Thalia Munoz
noted that Starr County Memorial
Hospital had requested the survey
Earlier, the bureau had requested
that the hospital hire a consultant
social worker, a consultant recre
ational assistant, and a consultant
Munoz indicated Thursday night
that the hospital had done all three
of these things.
Munoz said that the bureau had
indicated "verbal approval." About
the "swing bed," she said that the
patients placed on these beds would
be those "needing extra nursing-
care for a couple of weeks This is
not for the patient who would stay
here for a year "
She added, "Once acute illness is
well enough, but once skilled
nursing care is required, the acute
patient qualifies for a swing bed A
purpose of this would be re
habitation. They qualify for this
program as long as it is skilled
On the issue of cardiologists
renting hospital equipment, Munoz
said, "They can rent to us They
will rent the same equipment we
had talked about, the echogram
and thestress test (equipment)."
The Starr County Sheriff's Posse
will be holding a rodeo on Friday,
May 8, and Saturday, May 9 at the
Sheriff's Posse Arena in Rio
Among the events scheduled are
bull riding, $40 prize; and Sr team
roping, $10. The latter event is for
ages 45 and above and 18 and
below Open team roping, 1 for 30,
will take place Saturday night
Among the youth events are a
two-day calf scramble for ages 15
and below, and pole bending, $5,
for ages 0-11 and 12 15, in both the
male and female classes Also
featured will be open barre* racing
and bareback riding, for prizes of
$25 and $35
The price for adults will be $3,
while students and senior citizens
will pay $2 Children under 12 will
be admitted free Anyone seeking
further information should contact
the Sheriff's Department at 487
She commented, "The advantage
is that we would bill the technical
part; they can bill for professional
services." She later said, "The end
result is that we can have some
kind of cardiology service...It
probably takes a cardiologist to
read an echo-gram."
Munoz later explained to The Rio
Grande Herald, "They would lease
equipment to us; we would be able
to provide services by cardiologists
Board member Dr. Ramiro
Narro concluded, "The medical
staff doesn't see anything wrong if
it's not just one cardiologist."
Board member Ross LaGrange
moved that Munoz proceed to work
out arrangements with
cardiologists for the rental of
On the workmen's compensation
issue, Munoz noted that "our
workmen's comp was handled by
the Texas Hospital Association (for
the Texas Employers Insurance
Association); they (THA) are no
longer handling it, for 65 hospitals.
(Insurance) companies are opting
out of workmen's comp
Munoz said, "They have found an
insurance group classified as a
political subdivision group It's a
group of political subdivisions that
band together for self-insurance "
She added, "The price they
quoted is $2000 per year. It goes on
usage, too They come at the end of
the year and audit."
Board member Romeo Aiarnz
suggested, "I suggest we join this
thing." His motion to that effect
passed without dissent.
Munoz briefly discussed the Hos-
pital Based Healthcare Program.
She noted, "Some grants are
available for rural hospitals. I
wrote in just before the deadline "
The administrator commented,
"On reading this closer. I don't
know if this would be the kind of
grant we could take advantage of
The purpose is to improve access,
quality and efficiency of services
for rural areas."
Munoz indicated that the vehicle
used to achieve this would be an
organized consortium of area hos-
pitals and other health providers.
Attorney Carl Hafner com-
mented, "They seemed to say you
had to go in with other hospitals as
a group There are not enough
hospitals in the geographic area
They said the application had to be
made as a group."
Munoz said, "These would be
grant of $600,000 or $500,000."
Board chairman Noel Benavides
suggested that the help and
expertise of the Starr County
Industrial Foundation be tapped on
On the matter of drug screening
for e.nployees, Munoz indicated, "I
contacted two hospitals in McAllen
(See HOSPITAL, Page 7)
Bv KENNETH ROBERTS
'] ' > Grande City High School
physk ducation program took a
turn ai four years ago toward
expanded freedom of choice in
course offerings for students.
Coach Jesse Salinas, who
supervises the program, said,
"What we do in our P.E. program
is offer different activities every
six weeks. Every si' weeks, the
kids register for new activities."
The physical education activities
offered by the high school
throughout the year are softball,
volleyball, basketbali. tennis soc-
cer, track and field, swin. !ing.
tumbling, weight lifting and c<. i-
tioning, badminton, and archery.
As the year winds down, noted
Salinas, the most popular activities
are swimming and Softball.
Salinas said, "We offer activities
that will be 'carryover activities'
that will help the kds later in life.
We try to teach as many skills as
possible, but we try to make it fun
for these kids and get the competi-
tiveness out of them "
Salinas noted, "It used to be that
we didn't give the kids a choice
about what kin of activity they
wanted to take. Now, every six
weeks, they register again. I don't
have the exact same kids every six
weeks The kids enjoy it better
because they are in an activity of
their choice "
The coach indicated, "We try to
encourage them to participate in
many different activities I think
it's a lot better this way."
Salinas noted, "We try to offer
activities that go with the season.
Right now. we have swimming,
tennis and softball We have two
qualified WSI instructors for
swimming. Most classes are
divided into swimmers and non-
swimmers. This is a good opportu-
nity for kids to learn how to swim "
Another difference from the past,
pointed out Salinas, is that "we
Assistance Requested For
Vietnam Veterans List
Starr County Veterans Service
Office Art Herbert is requesting
assistance from Starr County vet-
erans in determining which veter
ans lost their lives in the Vietnam
conflict, and will thus have their
names engraved on the planned
Vietnam Veterans Memorial in
This memo.ial will honor all
servicemen from Texas who lost
their lives in the Vietnam conflict
There will be four permanently
enshrined granite tablets bearing
the names of the 3244 Texans Killed
In Action, with an eternal flame
standing vigil over the 161 Texans
still listed as Missing In Action
Herbert urges anyone with in-
formation about deceased or miss-
ing Vietnam veterans to contact
him at 487 5422 or 84 -1549.
Herbert said that the two Stan-
County servicemen not indicated on
lists by the state Vietnam Veterans
Memorial organization are Pfc
Joel Corona of Rio Grande City,
who disappeared at Cam Ranh
Bay, South Vietnam, on Nov. 8,
1970, and Sp. 5 Adrian Lynn, Jr , of
Falcon Heights, killed in action on
Nov 23, 1967
The Starr County residents who
died in the Vietnam war as listed
Sp. 4 Francisco Alvarez, Rio
Grande City, Nov. 25, 1968, Pfc.
Jose Antonio Hinojosa. Rio Grande
City, Feb. 27, 1968, Pfc Reymundo
Lozano, Roma, Feb. 27, 1967, Sp. 5
Adrian Lynn, Jr., Falcon Heights,
Nov 23, 1967; Pfc. Angel Moreno,
Roma, Oct. 22, 1970; Sfc Alberto
Ortiz, Jr., Grulla, April 19, 1972;
Pfc. Joel Rodriguez, Rio Grande
City, March 5, 1966; Sp. 4 Eloy R
Excel At UIL
A number of students from
Immaculate Conception School
achieved outstanding results at a
recent UIL meet
For the sixth graders, Jerry
Guerra won first place in Ready
Writing Marty Gomez won similar
honors for the fifth graders in that
The other ICS students that
placed are indicated as follows
Grade 2 Story Telling Karen
Ra,mos, fourth place; Hector
didn't have coed activities. We
(now; try to offer as many coed
activities as possible."
Saiinas noted that "every period,
we have close to 175 students.' The
first period, he noted, has five
teachers, while the second period
has four P.E. teachers and the
sixth period three instructors.
The coach commented that "we
have four teacher aides to help us
out, and that's very good."
Salinas concluded, "We try to
encourage them to participate in
many different activities. If we see
Kills Vviui good ability, we try to
encourage them to go into
The five teachers in the P.E.
Program are Coach Jesse M.
Salinas and Coaches Esmeralda
Rodriguez, Ricardo Lopez, Debbie
Harnden, and Ludivico Martinez.
Kio High Principal Ruben Saenz
commented, "There has been a
steady improvement (in the P.E.
Program) over the last two to
three years The kids are
approaching P.E. with a lot more
Saenz said the new philosophy
and methodology "has evolved as
we have seen the n'jeds They are
participating more and enjoying it
more. In the past, they stayed with
the same teacher the whole
semester...House Bill 246 (passed
in 1983) clarified the essential
elements of physical education."
Saenz indicated that the P.E
program will be much bigger and
better when the new high school
gym opens in October He said,
"We will have a greater variety oi
activities We could have a more
complete gymnastics program with
springboards, rings, trampolines,
and parallel bars."
The principal added, "We'll be
able to have a better badminton
program. We could introduce the
very basic concepts of bowling."
In conclusion, Saenz also pre-
dicted that the weightlifting and
volleyball programs will also be
improved and expanded once the
high school moves into its new
Bill Matthews, 53, of Falcon
Heights,died in Tucson, Arizona,on
Tuesday, April 22.
Funeral services were conducted
Monday at 10 a m. at Kreidler
Funeral Home in McAllen, with the
Rev. David Holder officiating.
Burial followed at Valley Memorial
Pallbearers were Hilario Saenz,
Thomas Garcia, Warren Ham-
mond, Dan Lynch, David Wharton,
andA.D "Wayne" Jernigan,
Survivors include Matthews'
wife. Martha, of Falcon Heights;
one son, Charles Robert McLellan
of Houston: three daughters,
Jeannie Motheral of Kerrville,
Harriet Davidson of Houston, and
Sarah Smith of Mobile, Alabama;
one brother, Bob Matthews of
Sheffield, Iowa, one sister. Thelma
Moseley of Donna; 10
grandchildren and four great-
Matthews was born in
Brownsville and had resided in
Falcon Heights for the previous 20
years, having lived earlier in
Austin. He began his career in law
enforcement in the 1950 s with the
Kingsville Police Department, and
later worked for the Department of
Public Safety for a time, including
service as a bodyguard to Gov
ernors John Connally and Dolph
In the mid-1960's, Matthews
joined the Texas Parks and
Wildlife Department, and moved
into the Falcon area, becoming
superintendent of Falcon State
Park In 1974, he joined the U S
Customs Service as a special
Valle, Rio Grande City, July 20,
The memorial will be located on
the Texas State Fair Grounds in
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Fund of Texas is a chartered
non-profit corporation which exists
for the sole purpose of rasing $2 5
million for the construction and
perpetual maintenance of the Tex-
as state memorial honoring all
Texas Vietnam servicemen.
Perez, fifth place Grade 3 Story
Telling Ryan Weiler, fourth place.
Grade 4 Ready Writing
Shannon Colvin, third place.
Spelling Eloy Garcia, fourth
place; Oral Reading Araceli
Gonzalez, fifth place
Grade 5 Ready Writing Jackie
Salinas, fourth place, Spelling
Melynda Garza, fourth place
Grade 6: Spelling- Adn Peterson,
Jerry Guerra, right, a sixth grader at Immaculate
Conception School, won first place honors in Ready
Writing at a recent U.I.L. meet. To his left is Sister
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