The Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 79, No. 50, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 2, 1989 Page: 1 of 8
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THE RIO GRANDE HERALD
Published weekly in Rio Giande City, Texas, every Thursday by The RiOvGrande Publishing Co.
Vol. 80, No. 50, Thursday, November 2, 1989
The Ringgold Intermediate campus every Friday is filled with Danners proclaiming
the support of the student body and administration for the Rattler football team.
Head Football Coach Jorge Pena and Athletic Director Ramiro Villegas are pictured
above standing on opposite sides of the back row. (See related story on Page 4 for
Rattlers 'Pancake' Mission Eagles
By WALTER N. WATSON
MISSION- First-year head
football coach Jorge Luis Pena uses
^the term ' pancake' to describe an
^awesome block by an offensive
player who drives the opponent off
the line of scrimmage and forces
him parallel to the ground. The
Rattlers did some pancaking all
night, to the tune of 485 yards of
total offense, 31 points, and one of
i h e most exciting
come-from-behind victories in
a school victories, a 31-28 win over
the Mission Eagles.
Ironically, there were a lew fans
who left before the magical fourth
quarter ending, but for those who
stayed and cheered "Go Rattlers
Go!", the ending of the game was
as fond a memory as can be had. To
those who left or turned the radio
off after the Rattlers failed to score
Aluic in the fourth quarter, the
victory can't be half as sweet.
Behind the awesome blocking of
the best offensive line in 31-5A and
perhaps the entire Valley, junior
Basilio Acevedo pounded out 163
net yards on 25 carries and scored
the initial touchdown of the game
on a 36-yard run. Running mate
Bcrnie An/aldua scored three
9 touchdowns and stepped off I 15
yards on 18 carries. The all purpose
Rattler standout also made several
key receptions on drives and was
1-2 on his fourth down "shuffle
The "Cardiac Kids' took over
following an Eagle punt in the first
quarter and demonstrated
ball-control offense with long
^nine-consuming drives that netted
14 points, with the touchdowns
being scored on runs of 36 yards by
Acevedo anfl 15 yards by Anzaldua.
The extra point kicks by Eddie
Medclcz were true and it appeared
that the rout was on, as the Rattlers
owned a 14-0 lead with 3:27 left in
the first period.
The defense, headed by Richard
wOuellelte, Eddie Salinas, and Eddie
Medclcz, had bottled up the
high-flying Eagle offense on their
first two possessions Quarterback
Willie Rodriguez finally put
together a drive that ended one inch
from the Rattler goal line on a
fourth down try.
Willi their backs against the wall,
quarterback R.J. Ramirez dropped
® short m the end zone and just as he
was about to unload a deep pass
toward Luis Rios, an Eagle defender
managed to grab his arm and the
ball popped into the hands ol
awaiting Eagle lineman Omar
Espcricucta for Mission's only
score of the first half, with 10:13
remaining until halflimc.
^ The second quarter was an
™ offensive battle but neither team
could manage to cross the stripes
On several occasions, the Rattler
secondary were within inches of
picking off Rodriguez's passes and
Tino Benavides, Frankie
Villanueva, and Luis Rios made
some key defensive plays The
Rattler front linemen and
linebackers managed to hold the
Eagle running game to 35 total
yards and executed several sacks of
Rodriguez. Great pressure was put
on the quarterback the entire game.
After a long Homecoming"
halftime peformance, the "viboras
rojas" marched the opening kickoff
down the field and scored on
Anzaldua's 16-yard run with 7:57
left in the third quarter. The Rattler
lead was 21-7 after Medelez's kick
split the uprights.
Then the Eagles began to find
weaknesses in the Rattler pass
defense. With just 2 minutes left in
the third quarter, Rodriguez drove
the Eagles with pinpoint passing
and NFL style receiving to rally the
Eagles and tie up the game at
Rudy Trevino scored the first
touchdown on a two-yard run with
5:47 left in the third quarter and
Oscar Cavazos caught an 11-y ird
touchdown pass f rom Rodriguez for
the second touchdown with 21
seconds remaining in the period.
Cavazos caught the two-point
conversion pass immediately aiier
his touchdown reception to tie the
After a Rattler drive ended just
short of the Eagle goal line with no
points, Rodriguez mounted what
appeared to the Homecoming fans
(and some Rattler fans) as the
come-from-behind victory they are
so used to in Tom Landry Stadium.
Rodriguez, who ended the game
with 19 completions in 33 attempts
(See RATTLERS, Page 6)
ACTION State Official
Honored With Reception
An official of the ACTION state
office in Austin attended a reception
held by the Starr County Food
Pantry near Rio Grande City
Gigi Gutierrez, Volunteer
Director of the Pantry, said, I he
purpose ol this party is to welcome
Martha Jones into the community
and allow hei to get some feedback
fr >m the community. Also, this
will enable her to meet our board of
directors, sponsors, our local
volunteers and our community
Gutierrez noted, "Every three
months, we send a quarterly report
to the ACTION office in Austin.
We have goals and objectives that
we need to meet'
Martha Jones commented, "It's
amazing to me that they (the
Pantry) have accomplished so
much, considering their limited
resources and the fact that the need
is so great."
Jones added, "One ol the many
goals is to develop a core group of
community volunteers that can
manage the Food Pantry, to
generate resources to complete the
new facility, and to get information
on available services to the people
who need help."
Jones concluded, "This
community is very fortunate to
have the Food Pantry and the
dedicated volunteers that they have
working under Gigi's leadership.
Rabies Confirmed In Dog;
The 16th case of rabies in Starr
County this year was confirmed
early this week in a dog that lived
in Las Lomas subdivision cast of
Rio Grande City, and several
vaccination clinics are planned in
the next few days in an effort to
control the rabies outbreak.
Dr. Roberto S. Margo said, "This
case occurred in Las Lomas
Subdivision cast of Rio Grande
City. The dog bit a man, the
owner, on his hand The dog was
brought in live Friday."
Margo added, "the animal control
man put the dog to sleep. I sent the
head in to Austin Friday night"
The latest case of rabies brings to
25 the number ol confirmed cases
within Starr County since
Scptembei 1988, including six
within the past three weeks
Workshop Held To Focus
On Rabies Problem
A veterinarian-official of the
Texas Department of Health led a
workshop at the County
Courthouse in Rio Grande City
Monday to discuss ways of
combatting the worsening rabies
Dr. George McKirahan of the
Veterinary Public Health Division
of the Texas Department of Health,
told the citizens present at the
workshop, "The chances of humans
being exposed to rabies from a dog
are far greater than from a coyote."
McKirahan contended that the
recent and ongoing outbreaks of
rabies in Starr and Hidalgo
Counties are the worst in Texas at
the present lime, arid possibly the
worst in state history.
McKirahan said, "The incubation
period for rabies is very variable.
For every case that we see, there are
usually 10 unconfirmed cases.
Often, the incubation period is three
to four weeks. The incubation
period can be as long as 8 to 12
McKirahan stressed, "The
incubation period is the time
between exposure and when clinical
signs of rabies appear."
Noting that 24 cases of rabies
have been confirmed in Starr
County since September 1988 and
15 confirmed since the beginning ol
1989, the veterinarian predicted,
"We will probably see a lot more
rabies unless steps are taken to gel
rid ol some ol these unwanted
animals and vaccinate those thai are
A film was then shown that
detailed the importance of animal
control to the public safety and
health, and the growing importance
of having skilled and qualified
personnel involved in animal
control. The film noted that animal
control work involves dealing with
people in all kinds of stressful
situations, as well as law
McKirahan predicted, "You'll
probably see rabies cases for the
next year to year and a half."
He concluded that the "Animal
Damage Control Commission is
not really set up to do animal
control work in town."
In response to a question asking
how many post-exposure
vaccinations a person would need,
the TDH official said, Rabies
vaccination is based on body
weight. There are five injections.
The average cost would be
approximately S300 lo $400 per
person for the post-exposure
McKirahan said, "If people are
indigent, we (TDH) will provide the
McKirahan indicated that
"approximately 54 persons m Starr
County have taken post-exposure
vaccines from ihe positive cases
that we know of. Seventeen of
these persons look or are taking
vaccinations in October alone."
McKirahan stressed, "This is a
community situation that all of us
should be involved in."
Rio Grande City CISD nurse
Irnelda Ramon said, "What I'm
afraid of is thai we will have an
exposure (to humans) that no one
will bother to diagnose or treat."
McKirahan replied, "We may
need to come back into the schools
(to provide pertinent information to
students). The local health authority
is established strictly for the
purpose of the Rabies Control
Act." A teacher in the audience said,
"Maybe half to two-thirds of school
children have pets.'
McKirahan warned, "We're at a
point where some hard-line steps
might have to be taken. That's up
to you. There is a wide range in
incubation periods. Most rabies
cases do not fit the stereotype of the
vicious, foaming ai the mouth
County Judge J.M. Martinez, Jr.
said that the county government is
trying everything necessary to
control and stop the outbreak. He
stressed, "Each commissioner has
sent out two men with a vehicle, in
addition to the animal man. The
Animal Damage Control
Commission is helping."
Martinez emphasized, "This (the
rabies outbreak) is an emergency; it
is very serious."
When Martinez asked "What
constitutes exposure?", McKuahan
responded, "We look at two kind'
of exposure. A bite exposure is the
worst kind of exposure. We
recommend that you wash
immediately with soap and water.
(See WORKSHOP, Page 8)
Begins Nov. 11
Texas Parks and Wildlife
Department Game Warden
Guillermo Gonzalez indicates that
the deer hunting season in Starr
County will begin Saturday, Nov.
Gonzalez indicates that the
hunting season for the South Zone,
which includes all points from the
northern boundary of LaSalle
County (county seal is Cotulla)
south The hunting season for ihe
North Zone, or area norih of that
line, begins Saturday, Nov. 4.
Gonzalez also indicated thai quail
hunting season will begin in Stan-
County and throughout Texas on
Saturday, Nov. 4. The quail season
will continue daily until Feb. 25.
Anyone seeking further
information should call Gonzalez at
Astronaut To Speak At
Honor Students Banquet
The coordinating committee
planning the Honor Student
Banquet scheduled for Wednesday,
Nov. 8 in Rio Grande City has
confirmed that ihe keynote speaker
will be Major Sidney Gutierrez,
Major Gutierrez was born in
Albuquerque, New Mexico. He
received a Bachelor of Science
degree in Aeronautical Engineering
from the U.S. Air Force Academy
in 1973 and a Master of Arts degree
in Management from Webster
College in 1977.
The 38-year-old major has logged
over 3000 hours flying time in
approximately 30 different types of
planes. In addition to training for
future shuttle flights, Maj.
Gutierrez is currently involved in
development and verification of
software for future NASA flights,
according to Dr. Mario Ramirez,
chairman of this event.
There are tickets available for
alumni from University of Texas,
Texas A&M University, and
University of Texas-Pan American.
Nine hundred honor students from
Starr, Zapata, Jim Hogg, and
Hidalgo Counties are expected to
attend, with a total attendance of
1300 participants at this event.
The banquet will take place
Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 6 p m. at ihe
Knights of Columbus Hall in Rio
The honorees will be the top 25
juniors and seniors from 20
different high scfools from
Hidalgo, Starr, Zapata and Jim
The dinner has become a South
Texas tradition established by Dr.
Mario Ramirez and a group of
friends 11 years ago. Dr. Ramirez is
a family physician in Rio Grande
City and a member of the
University of Texas System Board
Dr. William Cunningham,
President of the University of Texas
at Austin, will tell the students
how urgent it is for them to stay in
school through college.
The event has quadrupled in size
this year and is being sponsored by
several area banks. Other organizers
are members of ihe Hidalgo-Starr
chapter of The UT Ex-Students
Association, alumni from the
University of Texas-Pan American,
and Texas A&M University.
Several hundred alumni will attend.
Margo indicates that a number of
vaccination clinics for dogs and cats
will take place in Rio Grande City
in the next few days. He stressed,
"Animals need to be revaccmated ,
once a year."
The fee for the clinics will be $6.
All pet owners should bring their
dogs and cats to be vaccinated. The
clinics planned arc as follows:
SATURDAY, NOV. 4- In front
of First National Bank of Rio
Grande City, 10 a.m. to noon
MONDAY, NOV. 6 Next to
Fairgrounds Road at Roque Gucrra
Elementary School, 5 to 6 p.m.
TUESDAY, NOV. 7- Next to
Lopez Street at North Grammar
Elementary School, 5 to 6 p.m.
S & A Jewelry Store in Rio Grande City is reopening its store for business.
Pictured above from left to right in the front row are store owners Giro Solis and
Maribel Solis. In the back row are Mary Lou Trevino, Kva Alvarez, and Floisa
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