The Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), No. 39, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 23, 1987 Page: 1 of 10
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THE RIO GRANDE HERALD
Serving Starr County For Five Decades
Published iri Rio Grande City Texas, Every Thursday By The Rio Grande Publishing Co.
NO. 39 THURSDAY, JULY 23,1987
Rio All-Stars Win
Little League Tourney
The Kio Grande City Little League All-Stars, victorious and undefeated in Site 4
Play of the District 24 Little League tournament, arc pictured above. They have gone
on to tournament competition at Mercedes.
By KENNETH ROBERTS
Eddie Marroquin's one-hitter,
and a potent hitting attack, enabled
the Rio Grande City All-Stars to
overwhelm Roma 25-1 Saturday in
Rio Grande City and win their
section of the District 24 Little
As a result of marching through
the tournament undefeated, Rio
Grande City moved on to competi-
tion in Mercedes against the
winners of the three other Valley
Little League tournaments
As of Friday night, the following
Valley Little League All-Star teams
were undefeated in their tourna-
ments: North Brownsville, Blast
Brownsville, and Weslaco.
In Saturday night's game against
Roma, Rio jumped out to a 1-0 lead
in the first inning. But the second
inning was the one that broke the
game wide open, as Rio exploded
for 10 runs.
After Baldo Solis scored on a
RGC Paper Site Controversy Easing
BY KENNETH ROBERTS
The issue of a storage site for
bundles of paper and gravel, called
a dump site by its critics, in the El
Ogadero area, seems to be headed
toward a solution, due to mutual
understanding between the county
and the property owner.
Sam Vale, president of
Border-Pacific Hailroad, told The
Rio Grande Herald early this week,
"We're doing everything we can
We don t want to infringe oil the
quality of life of any people. But we
still want to be able to use our
On Monday, July 13, a group of
residents of the El Ogadero area
came before the Commissioners'
Court and insisted that the site was
a fire and health hazard to all
persons living in the area.
They further complained that
pornographic magazines were
slipping loose of the paper bales
and being wind-blown throughout
the area, with many children
gaining access to such materials
Vale contended, "There have
been significant improvements (at
the site) The orders were given to
clean up the area the Friday before
the group first went before the
Commissioners' Court No legal
authority has forced us to do
anything. These were all voluntary
Specifically, said Vale, "The
relocation of the cardboard facili-
ties will be carried out in a
maximum of 60 days The decision
to do this was made July 1." The
facility, he indicated, will be
moved to a site approximately two
miles east of Rio Grande City.
At a special Commissioners'
Court meeting on Tuesday, County
Judge J M Martinez said, "I
visited with Mr Vale and he
promised to do something about it
He will be moving the gravel to the
back of the property They already
have a night watchman on duty to
keep children out ."
Martinez urged c itizens that were
present to "see what is done in the
next few days. The paper bales will
be moved, within 45 days, to a
location." approximately two miles
east of Rio Grande City.
Vale told The Herald, "That land
(near Avasolo Street in Rio Grande
City) has been industrial land since
1925. It's the old Missouri Pacific
railyard; this place was opened up
in 1925 Everything there is indus-
trial. It is a short-term transfer
facility Nothing stays here more
than a few days "
Vale added, "This is not a
storage facility Concerning the
sexually explicit magazines. Vale
said, "They (the companies from
Camargo and Miguel Aleman that
Rio Girls Softball
its Four Games
lease; agreed not to bring in any
more of that type of material...We
contacted our tenants, advised
them of our wishes, and they
Vale said that particular problem
'with the magazines) arose when
"some vandals came over and
burst the bales with wirecutters,"
He indicated that is the reason that
a night watchman has been hired.
Vale said, "The crushed stone
operation has been relocated a
little bit to the east...We have
asked the Water District to install
hydrants in the area. We have a
water tank which we're using to
spray the ground "
At Tuesday's meeting, Judge
Martinez said, "He is operating a
business on private property. I do
not know what power the county
has to impose restrictions on
private property "
A woman living in the area
where the site will probably be
relocated insisted to the commis-
sioners, "That's where we live, and
we don't want it there. If a fire
starts, how will we stop it?"
County Attorney Heriberto Silva
commented, "Two organizations do
have authority on the matter of
sand The Texas Air Quality
Control Board would come down
and inspect if the citizens request.
On the paper, the Environmental
Health out of the Texas Depart-
ment of Health would come out and
inspect (if requested)."
Silva added, "The Texas Water
Commission could get involved, if
ground water is affected They (the
two agencies) have not received
any formal request to come in."
Precinct Four Commissioner
Reynaldo "Moreno" Alaniz asked,
"Why can't they keep on going (to
Mexico) with the papers?" Shortly
afterward, Alaniz indicated that
Precinct Three Commissioner Eloy
Garza had said that American
trucks cannot take such materials
Martinez suggested to residents
of the area, "If the problem
continues, please ieel free to come
back and we'll see what we can
As he discussed the matter with
The Herald, Vale took exception to
a remark made last week by
Precinct One Commissioner
"Chema" Alvarez, who said that
the site was causing nothing but
problems for the county and area
Vale contended, "There are at
least four or five residents of Starr
County employed there, and tolls
from this to the bridge (at Roma)
amount to $80 to $100 per day "
Vale acknowledged, "They (the
residents) had a legitimate com-
plaint; that's why we took ac-
tion...Once the problem was noted,
we took steps to take care of it
This has all been done voluntari-
Vale said, "The county has not
removed the dipping vat from the
area. They've agreed to do it, but
just haven't done it yet."
After the discussion at Tuesday's
meeting, the commissioners passed
a motion requesting the Texas Air
Cash Seizure Matter
The Rio Grande City Little
League girls softball team was
eliminated from their district
tournament with a 9-2 loss to San
Benito at Pendleton Park in
Harlmgen on Thursday night
After an initial 8-7 extra inning
loss to Harlingen on Monday night,
July 13, Rio defeated Corpus
Christi on Tuesday and edged
Willacy County 8-7 on Wednesday
The matter of forfeitures from a
$212,510 seizure of cash in January,
allegedly part of a drug trafficking
operation, seems headed toward a
settlement, with the Sheriff's De-
partment to receive over $96,000
and the Internal Revenue Service
to receive at least $106,510.
Assistant District Attorney
Ricardo Carrillo told The Rio
Grande Herald, "The state will
make a motion to withdraw the
state's motion for new trial. That
will revive the old judgment
(agreed to in late May)."
On Tuesday morning, Carrillo
indicated, "This morning, the
judge signed the motion
withdrawing the motion for new
Carrillo said, "The sheriff (Gene
Falcon) has agreed with the state's
proposed settlement of $106,000 to
IRS However, as of today (Fri-
day), IRS has told us that they will
not allow any money to be released
until they get their $139,000 "
Sheriff Falcon was out of the
county throughout the early part of
this week Chief Deputy J.C.
Gomez told The Herald, "We have
agreed to it We will be getting
$96,566 The Sheriff's Department
has agreed to this, we don't want
any more time to lapse "
Gomez added, "The more time
that lapses, the less money we'll
get It's not what we hoped for, but
it's what we'll have to settle for
Carrillo said that the sHIIem^nl
Quality Control Board and the
Environmental Health Department
of the Texas Department of Healtt
to come look into the matter
In other matters, the commis-
sioners discussed the status of the
health insurance plan for county
employees with EBC of Edinburg.
County Attorney Silva said, "Mr.
(Jim) Elliott (of EBC) told me that
was his impression of the final
meeting." Silva was referring to
EBC's contention that the county
needs tc diiect such funds to the
sinking fund in the first quarter of
the coming fiscal year.
Silva added, "This is a self-
funding plan; it's up to you The
sooner you get it funded, the sooner
you can fund it on a regular basis.'
Judge Martinez commented, "We
may not get any tax money until
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wild pitch to make the score 2-0,
Santiago Carrion blooped a single
to right center to drive in another
Shortly afterward, Marco Bazan
grounded the ball up the middle
past the pitcher, scoring two runs,
and another run scored when the
ball got past the centerfielder,
making the score 6-0. An error was
charged against the Roma pitcher
on the play.
Robbie Vasquez then drove in
another run by grounding a triple
to left field. J.T. Solis then singled
to center for another run, and
advanced to third when the bail
rolled past the centerfielder Alex
Guajardo then slammed a single to
left field, making the score 9-0.
The final two runs of the inning
scored after a wild pitch and an
errant throw to the plate by the
In the top of the third, Rio's lead
swelled to 16-0 after a two-run
single by Robbie Vasquez and a
towering three-run homer over the
left centerfield fence by J.T. Solis.
The Rio All-Stars then proceeded
to score two runs in the fourth and
four more in the fifth.
In the meantime, pitcher Eddie
Marroquin was breezing along with
a no-hitter With one out in the
bcttom of the fifth, Roma coaxed
th*ee walks to load the bases, but
R o turned a double play to get out
of that jam.
In the top of the sixth, pitcher
Eddie Marroquin made the score
25-0 when he clouted a three-run
homer over the left field fence.
With two out in the bottom of the
sixth, Carlos Bravo broke up the
no-hitter with a high drive over thf
centerfielder's head for a two-
Juan Gutierrez of Roma then
lined a ball past the rightfielder,
scoring Roma's lone run of the
game. A two-base error was
charged on that play. But Marro-
quin retired the next batter on a fly
ball to end the game, and the
The Rio All-Stars marched to the
tournament finals with a 27-4
victory over Roma in the tourna-
ment's first game on Monday, July
Two nights later, Rio overpow-
ered Donna 13-1. In that game,
Rio's Robbie Vasquez hit two home
runs, and Pete Moreno chimed in
with a four-bagger of his own.
On Thursday night, Roma de-
feated La Casita 19-6 in a game
that was fairly close until the late
On Friday night, Roma and
Donna played a close game that
was ultimately won by Eoma 12-10.
With two out in the top of the
third, Roma's Juan Gonzalez cut
the Donna lead to 7-6 with a
two-run "Texas League' single to
left field. Two more Roma runs
soon scored on a fielder's choice
play, the latter coming due to a
throw to the plate that was bobbled
by the Donna catcher.
Donna tied the game in the
bottom of the third, as a bases-
loaded walk forced in the only run
of the inning.
In the top of the fourth, Roma's
J.J. Vela led off with a line drive
double to left. Carlos Bravo then
moved him to third with a sharp
single to right. Vela then proceeded
to score on a wild pitch
Leo Mireles drove home two
more Roma runs with a line drive
double to right center
In the top of the sixth, the final
inning, Heron Perez hit a two-run
double to right center to expand
Roma 's lead to 12-8
Donna attempted a comeback in
the bottom of the sixth, starting
with two singles, with IN first
runner scoring on an overthrow of
third base. The second run scored
on a groundout to second base,
making it two outs, and the next
batter was routinely retired, clin-
ching Roma's 12-10 victory.
The coaches for the victorious
Rio All-Stars were head coach
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5 Rio Youths Qualify For
AAIJ National Competition
Five youths competing for Rio
Grande City have qualified for the
National Amateur Athletic Union
(AAU) competition to be held in
New York and California over the
The five athletes qualified for
this lofty level of competition
through their performances this
past Friday and Saturday at the
Region IX AAU championship
competition in McAllen They
competed against athletes from
throughout Texas, Oklahoma,
Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Pedro Suarez, competing in the
Senior Boys Division; Rene Cailos
Ozuna, competing in the Interme-
diate Boys Division; and Rosa
Ramirez, representing Rio in the
Intermediate Girls category; will
be competing from Aug. 13-15 in
Syracuse, New York.
Aaron Rosa, of the Midget Boys
Division, and Clint Mills, of the
Bantam Boys Division, will be
competing at Riverside California
from July 30- Aug. 1.
Coach Juan Salazar exulted,
"They did an outstanding job. I
was pleased with all the
The athletes competing for Rio
achieved as follows:
SENIOR BOYS- Pedro Suarez
finished first in the high jump with
a performance of 6 feet, 10 inches
INTERMEDIATE BOYS- Rene
Carlos Ozuna was first in the
shotput with a throw of 47 feet, 6
INTERMEDIATE GIRLS- Rosa
Ramirez was second in the long
jump with a jump of 16 feet, 7
inches She was also third in the
triple jump with a jump of 34 feet,
MIDGET BOYS- Aaron Rosa was
third in the discus with a throw of
89 feet, 9 inches.
BANTAM BOYS- Clint Mills was
fourth in the shotput with a throw
of 15 feet, 7 inches.
Also, Tina Saenz finished fourth
in the 1500-meter run, and Ariel
Rosa and Teresa Salinas competed
in the high jump and 3000-meter
only needs the signature of Sheriff
F'alcon before it is signed by 229th
District Court Judge Ricardo H
Garcia. He indicated that the
proposed settlement would be
allocated as follows: Sheriff's De-
partment. $96,255; DPS Narcotics
(in Austin), $10,000; IRS, $106,255.
Carrillo said, "Originally, when
the Sheriff's Department called
IRS, IRS came in and talked to the
claimant, Guadalupe Saenz Garcia,
and told him that since this $212,000
is unreported income for 1985, you
owe us. $89,000.' Penalties and
interest will raise the total to
The Assistant D.A suggested
that "there could be a court fight
over whether IRS will get $139,000
before local entities get their share
A total of $140 is tacked on every
day in penalty and interest, pro-
gressively increasing That was
one reason we wanted to settle it as
soon as possible."
Carrillo added, "The sooner we
settle it, the better Each day we
prolong the matter, the less
amount Starr County gets '
He continued, "According to IRS,
nobody gets anything until they get
their $106,000 If we have to fight
IRS, we'll have to go to federal
court The fight would be over
whether this judgment supersedes
their levy "
Carrillo said predicted that the
new judgment will he signed by all
parlies and entered into sometime
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The following member* of the Rio Grande Cily class of lOS?, which held their reunion recently are
pictured above. In the first row, from left to right, are Ramona C Olivares, Ma. Umisa O. Garcia, tdna H
Sztuk, Virginia G. Guzman and Rafaela H Olivarez. In the second row are Annette Watson Carmen P.
Escobar, Irma A. Tudor Flerida C. Guerra, Alicia O Saenz. Imclda Carrein Consuelo G. Canalez, Delida
O. Rich, Dora G. Gonzales, and Dr. Alberto Gutierrez In the third ros are Kdward Heath, Ray l.und.
Enemorlo Garcia. Hector G. Gnrza. Juan Kriismo Saenz |<>se Pedro Olivares Otlavlano Guerrero, Oclllo
Garcia, and l)r Holundo ( huveA (See I'ugc 4 for related story).
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