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THE RIO GRANDE HERALD
Publiihed weekly in Rio Grande City, Texat. every Thurtday by The RJ^Grande PublishingCo.
Vol. 80, No. 15, Thursday, March 8, 1990
The grand champion steer at the 1990 Starr County Youth Fair, shown oy jow a.
tiarza, is pictured above. Pictured above are Sam Rodriguez and Eloy Rodriguez, of L
& (J Community Exchange of Edinburg and Roy Cantu, President of First National
Hank in Rio Grande City; and Cesar Gonzalez., Executive Vice-President of First
National Bank. First National Hank and L & (i Community Exchange purchased the
grand champion steer for $11,000.
Democratic Primary Election
Scheduled For Tuesday
The Democratic primary elections
arc set lor Tuesday, with few local
races being contested, but several
statewide races are drawing much
AI the local level, Precinct Two
County Commissioner Amando
Pena of Roma is opposed for
reelection by Vicente Lo/.ano of
Tvo of the Peace arc i
opposed in their bids for reelection.
In Precinct 4, incumbent Hector
_ "!vo Perez laces only one
opponent. El rain "Rookie" Carrera.
In Precinct Six, incumbent Dcwitt
lones, Jr., is opposed by challenger
Guadalupe Lupc" Amador, Jr.
In statewide races, the contest
drawing the most interest is the
gubernatorial race, as seven
candidates are vying for the
Democratic nomination. The most
a| prominent candidates arc former
Governor Mark White, Treasurer
Ann Richards, and Attorney General
J nn Matto.v The other lour
candidates are Theresa
Hcarn-Hayncs, Ray Rachal, Stanley
Adams, and E-.arl Holmes.
Suite Comptroller Bob Bullock is
unopposed in his bid lor the
Democratic nomination to succeed
Bill Hobby as Lieutenant Governor.
Hobby has served as Lieutenant
Governor for 17 years.
Hugh Parmer and Harley
Schlanger arc vying for the
Democratic nomination to oppose
incumbent Republican U.S.
Senator Phil Gramm in November.
Four candidates are competing for
the Democratic nomination for
State Treasurer. They are Karen
Friend, Nikki Van Hightower, Tom
Bowdcn, and Armando Gutierrez.
John Odam and Dan Morales arc
battling for the Democratic
nomination for Attorney General,
and John Sharp is unopposed in his
bid for the Democratic nomination
for Suite Comptroller.
Commissioner Jim Hightower faces
opposition from the following six
opponents: John Earl Smith, Paul
McDaniel, Neal Burnett, Dan
Pustcjovsky, Clyde W. Chandler,
and Dan A. Krenek.
Robert Krucgcr and Clint
Hackney are vying for the
Democratic nomination to a scat on
the Texas Railroad Commission.
The following Supreme Court
races are contested: Place 1- Fred
Biery and Gene Kelly; Place 2-
Scrappy Holmes, Ross Sears, and
The following races on the Texas
Court of Criminal Appeals are
contested: Place 1- Morris L.
Ovcrstreet. Jeff Van Horn, and
Frank Maloney, Place 3- Bill White
and Pat Barber; Place 4- Herb
Hancock ,r"' Charles F Baird.
Incumbent State Rep. lrma
Rangel of Kingsville faces one
opponent, Mel Bucntello-Hawkins,
in her bid for reelection to an eighth
term to the Texas Legislature.
The following are the voting
places for the Democratic primary
on Tuesday; Precinct One-
Multipurpose Center in Rio Grande
Ciiy Precinct Two- North
Grammar Elementary, Rio Grande
City; Precinct Three- Roque Guerra,
Jr., Elementary, Rio Grande City;
Precinct Four- San Isidro; Precinct
Five Fi Sauz; Precinct Six- Roma;
Precinct Seven- Salineno; Precinct
Eight- La Union Elementary,
Garciasville; Precinct Nine- Grulla
Elementary School, La Grulla;
Precinct Ten- Precinct Three
(See PRIMARY, Page 7)
Gutierrez Named To State
TSTI Board Of Regents
Governor Bill Clements has
named Ricardo Gutierrez of Rio
Grande City to the Texas State
Technical Institute Board of
Regents for a term ending Aug. 31,
Gutierrez i^ replacing Ed Aiken,
Jr , of Sweetwater, whose term
Gutierrez, -3, is owner of
Gutierrez. Oil Company, a gas and
oil wholesale and retail company,
and has business interests in
ranching and real estate. He earned a
bachcloi's degree from Texas A&I
0 >: % University in 1969.
A pa. t member and chairman of
the board of directors of the
University System of South Texas,
Gutierrez, is a director of the Starr
County Airport Board and the Starr
County Industrial Dcvelopmeni
The Starr County Historical
Society will meet on Sunday,
March II at 2 p.m. at the Parish
Hall in Roma.
The program will be a walking
lour of historical Rom£ and will be
l| t cond ictcd by Alonz.o Alvarez.
Historical Society members and the
public are invited to attend.
Gutierrez was appointed to the
University System of South Texas
Board of Regents in 1974, and was
reappointed to that board by
Governor Clements in 1979. He
was named chairman of the South
Texas Board of Regents in 1979 and
remained in that position until
1986, when his term expired
Gutierrez noted that he was
appointed to serve on the Rio
Grande Valley Municipal Water
Authority in 1972 by Governor
Gutierrez, said that he is looking
forward to serving on the state
TSTI Board of Regents. He termed
TSTI the finest technical school in
the suite, noting that it serves from
10,OCX) to 12,000 students.
He is a former member of the
Rio Grande Valley Municipal Water
Authority and the Starr County
Hospital Board and currently serves
as a member ofthc Starr County
Urban Development Commission.
Gutierrez, is a director of the Rio
Grande Valley Chamber of
Commerce, a past President/Knight
of the Knights of Columbus, an
officer of the Order of the
Alhambra, a board member of ihe
Medina Electric Cooperative, past
chairman of the Rio Grar.de City
C1SD Board of Equalization, past
1990 County Fair
Evaluated As Successful
president and treasurer of the Rio
Grande City Chamber of
Commerce, past president of the
Rio Grande City Rotary Club,
vice-president of the Starr County
Airjx)rt Board, past president of the
Rio Grande City Quarterback Club,
past president of 'he Immaculate
Con. :pti( .i School PTO, and
president of the board of directors of
Immaculate Conception School.
The 25th annual Starr County
Youth Fair, held during the
weekend at the Starr County
Fairgrounds in Rio Grande City,
has been evaluated by its organizers
and leaders as a tremendous success,
perhaps the best yet.
This year's County Fair was
marked by favorable weather, except
for rain on Thursday morning in the
event's earliest stages.
This year's event featured a
three-day format for the first time,
with the Parade of Champions and
the auction held on Sunday. On
Sunday morning, a
non-denominational church service
was held at the Fairgrounds.
A highlight of the Fair came on
Sunday when 13 organizers of the
Youth Fair in its early years were
recognized and commended. The
individuals recognized were
Reynaldo "Moreno" Alaniz,
Heberto Barrera, Efrain Duran,
Manuel Falcon, Manuel P. Guillen,
Fidencio Guerra, Fela Ireland,
Mario Guillen, Mrs. Connie Nye,
Randall Nye, A.V. Peterson,
Rodolfo Resendez, and Lazaro
Dr. Roberto S. Margo, president
of the Fair Association,
commented, "We were elated with
the crowd. In my opinion, this was
the most outstanding fair we've ever
had. The weather was absolutely
grCat on Friday, Saturday and
Margo stressed, "We were
satisfied with the contributions of
the donors. The community and
merchants really cooperated in every
Margo concluded, "The three-day
format allowed us to have more
entertainment and activities.
Because of this, things proceeded in
a more relaxed way. The church
service on Sunday morning was
very well attended."
The parade on Saturday morning
featured closc to 100 entries. El
Fresno Hcadstart and Grulla Jr.
High won first place in the
non-com mere ial categories and were
each awarded prizes of SI00.
Palito Blanco Headstart had the
second place float and was awarded a
prize of $75. El Ebano Headstart
and La Casita Headstart had the
third place floats and were each
awarded prizes of S50. The Texas
Migrant Council and the Little
Miss Roma float placed fourth and
were each awarded prizes of S25.
In the commercial category, the
following floats placed highest:
First, First National Bank; Second,
Garza Drive Thru; Third, Chico
Bands from Rio Grande City,
Roma, and San Isidro High Schools
participated in the parade, as well as
bands from Grulla, Ringgold, and
Roma Jr. High Schools.
The auction was held Sunday
afternoon following the Parade of
Champions, with the championship
livestock and baked goods being the
subject of expensive bidding. The
results of the auction for grand and
reserve champion exhibits are listed
Grand Champion Steer, shown
by Jose A. Garza, purchased by
First National Bank of Rio Grande
City and L & G Community
Exchange of Edinburg for $11,000.
Reserve Champion Steer, shown
by Annette Flores, purchased by
Citizens State Bank of Roma for
Grand Champion Brahma Steer,
shown by Baldemar Acevedo of Rio
4-H, purchased by Corpus Christi
attorney Dan Alfaro for $600
premium. Reserve Champion
Brahma Steer, shown by Eduardo
Lopez of Roma FFA, purchased by
Corpus Christi attorney Dan Alfaro
for $400 premium.
Grand Champion Lamb, shown,
by Annette Flores, purchased by
First National Bank of Rio Grande
City and Starr Produce Company
for $3600. Reserve Champion
Lamb, shown by Noel Garcia,
purchased by Sanchez Funeral
Home for $2500.
Grand Champion Hog, shown by
Juan A. Avila, purchased by
Amando Pena and Rivcrvicw
Family Center for $3000. Reserve
Champion Hog, shown by Aaron
Cruz, purchased by Haunschild
Distribution Co. and El Chaparral
Family Center for $2500.
Grand Champion Rabbit, shown
by Leticia Herrcra, purchased by
(See FAIR, Page 7)
Rodeo At Youth Fair
The rodeo this weekend at the
Starr County Fairgrounds, held
under the auspices of the Fair
Association and managed by the
Sheriffs Posse, has been evaluated
as impressive by its organizers.
Sheriff Gene Falcon commented,
"Everybody was impressed with the
rodeo turnout. Everybody really
enjoyed themselves, and the weather
was splendid. There were plenty of
In Friday and Saturday night's
Barrel Racing, Mike Jeter came out
first with 70 points. In Bareback
Ruling, Pete Carr and J.R. Sullivas
tied for first with 70 points. In the
Tie Down event, Mark Godammer
finished first with 13.4, and Donna
Sosa finished first in the Barrel
event with 20.18.
In Team Roping, the results were
as follows: Robert Chaprra and
Dickie Plake, 9.2; Dickie Plake and
Robert Chapman, 9.3; Eloy
Rodriguez and Sixto Florez, 10.4.
In Junior Barrel Racing Friday
night, the results were as follows:
First, Kristy Morre, 12 years,
21.28; Second. Melissa Falcon, 7
years, 26.28; Third, Michelle
Falcon, 9 years, 27.08.
The tollowing results occurred in
Pole Bending: First, Melissa
Falcon, 7 years, 27.99; Second,
Kristy Morre, 12 years, 28.56;
Third, Michelle Falcon, 9 years,
30.45. In the Boot Race, Danny
Chapa finished first, Gibala Garza
came in second, and Monica Chapa
came in third
In SaV1 day's Junior Barrel
Racing, the results were as follows:
First, Melissa Falcon, 7 years,
23.91; Second, Jeanne Lane, 11
years, 26.40; Third, Michelle
Falcon, 9 years, 26.58.
The Pole Bending Results were
as follows: First, Michelle Falcon,
9 years, 25.61; Second, Melissa
Falcon, 7 years, 26.42; Third,
Amanda Narro, 11 years, 29.33.
'Shakedown Team' Wins
Despite enjoying ideal beautiful
County Fair weather, the 1989
defending cookoff champions found
the competition to their culinary
Judges Homero Saldana, Trine
Rodriguez, and Javier Rodriguez,
awarded the Shakedown team first
place in the chili cookoff.
Shakedown team members are
Bobby Molina, Jorge Bazan, J.J.
Gonzalez, Roberto Ramirez, Bruno
Lozano, and Ricky Ozuna.
Receiving the second place
trophy was Coche Garcia
representing Bobby Joe's He was
assisted by Nito Arredondo, Sabino
Alvarez, Lizandro Garcia, and
Simon Garza. The third place
trophy was awarded to Jesus
Alberto Solis and Dutch Piper
representing Haunschild's Miller.
First place in the pinto beans
category went to perennial favorite,
the 755 Weekend Gang, represented
bv Ricky Hinojosa. Bobby Joe's
again placed second in this category
and the third place trophy was
awarded to Commissioner Eloy
Garza representing Garcia's Grocery
and Auto Parts in Alto Bonito.
During the awards ceremony,
Alex W. Gabert and Romeo Ortiz
announced a future fajita, chili and
beans cookoff contest during the
Memorial Day holiday weekend at
the county park.
The reserve champion nnr at the 1990 Starr County Youth Fair, shown by
Annette Flores, is pictured above. The steer was purchased by Citizens State Bank of
Roma for $6000. Standing on the right is Martin Canales, Executive Vice-President
of Citizens State Bank. (See Pages 4, 6, and 8 for more County Fair pictures).
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Roberts, Kenneth. The Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 80, No. 15, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 8, 1990, newspaper, March 8, 1990; Edinburg, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth195227/m1/1/: accessed January 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rio Grande City Public Library.