Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 81, No. 36, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 16, 1993 Page: 1 of 10
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iue City, Texas every Thursday by The Rio Grande Publishing Co.
Vol. 81, No. 36, Thursday September 16,1993
Red Cross evaluates
Roma flood damage
RATTLERS STRIKE FIRST, FAST, AND HARD—The Rio Grande City High School
Rattlers struck first, fast, and hard against the Mission Eagles on Friday, September
10. Rio racked up over five hundred offensive yards in their defeat of the Eagles.
County considers status of
water development grants
By KENNETH ROBERTS
At their regular monthly
meeting, the County
Commissioners discussed the recent
"freezing" of water development
grants by the Texas Water
Federal Program Coordinator
Javier Margo indicated, "Phase I of
the colonia project has been
completed, and we're waiting for
authorization on Phase II- the Solis
M;trgo noted, "There arc quite a
few monies frozen by the Texas
Water Development Board, (that
would have gone) for the city of
Roma and rural water entities."
He stressed, "I think a recent
meeting with the Water
Development Board and
representatives of the Attorney
General's Office and Rep. Irma
Rangel's office proved helpful."
Engineer Eloy Vera said, "I also
felt encouraged at the meeting.
They (the Board) wanted to see
some steps to show that the model
rules and regulations (for
subdivisions) are being followed."
Vera added, "They want us to go
after developers that are not abiding
by the regulations." He commented
that the county has carried out
concrete steps during the past year
The Board of Trustees of the Rio
Grande City Consolidated
Independent School District will
conduct a public hearing on
Tuesday, September 21. 1993, at
7:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose
Center-Main Hall, to hear reports
on how the district plans to move
from unacceptable student perfor-
mance to acceptable student perfor-
mance on the Texas Assessment of
Academic Skills (TAAS) "test.
The public hearing, required by
state law, mandates that the Board
of Trustees inform the community
of the district's unacceptable perfor-
mance, improvements expected in
student performance, and sanctions
that may be imposed if performance
docs not improve.
Jack Grimes of the Texas
Education Agency will give an
overview of the suite accountability
system prior to the district's re-
District and campus personnel
will present improvement plans, fo-
cusing on specific improvement
strategics and action plans to im-
prove student achievement at all
to deal with the subdivision
problem and taken action against
flagrant violators of the regulations.
On another matter, Precinct Two
Commissioner Amando Pena
commented, "We have to do
something to deal with the water
coming from north of Roma. We
need to consult with the Soil
Conservation Service." Precinct
Four Commissioner Reynaldo
"Moreno" Alaniz suggested, "The
Corps of Engineers should look at
Margo indicated, "We've just
about terminated the '91 (paving)
project. We're about ready to go out
on bids on the '92 project. On this
('92) project, we need to have a
pre-bid conference and
Vera said, "We're finishing up on
Avasolo Street as part of the '91
project. That should be completed
this week. We've come to an
agreement with the contractor on
Vera declared, "The plans are 80
percent complete for the '92 project.
Each commissioner will get 8500
linear feet of paving."
Vera concluded, "For the landfill,
the application for extension should
be ready for the County Judge's
signature very soon."
Noe R. Sanchez of Rio Grande
(See WATER, Page 7)
The extent of damage to homes
caused by the flash flood in Roma
on Monday night, Sept. 6 is
continuing to be evaluated by the
American Red Cross, which is also
continuing its relief efforts to help
those residents adversely affected by
Mary Ann McDonald of the Red
Cross told The Rio Grande Herald
Friday afternoon, "We have
identified 325 dwellings (individual
houses or apartments) that were
affected by the flooding. That
doesn't mean we have that many
cases. In some instances, the water
got into the kitchen and the people
got it right back out (of their
McDonald indicated, "There are
27 houses, all within the city of
Roma, with major damage. Four
separate apartments had major
damage. Four mobile homes were
destroyed, and two sustained major
She noted, "We've opened 68
cases so far (as of Thursday
evening) and spent $12,511
providing assistance such as food,
clothing, minor household repairs
and essential household
McDonald emphasized, "The
community itself has been
supportive of people who sustained
losses, as well as of the Red Cross
McDonald noted, "We had 22 in
the shelter at the VFW Hall after
On Tuesday, Sept. 14, Betty
Webber of the Red Cross said, "I
feel very good about the help the
Red Cross has been able to provide.
People seem to be recovering real
nicely. Today is our last day (in
Roma). After today, we can be
meeting Sept. 22
The Starr County Fair
Association will hold its annual
membership meeting on
Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. at
the Starr County Fairgrounds in
Rio Grande City.
All members of the Starr County
Fair Association are invited and
encouraged to attend this meeting.
contacted at the Pharr office at
787-7851 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. on Monday through Friday."
On Monday evening, Sept. 9, a
heavy thunderstorm dropped almost
five inches of rain just north of
Roma in only 90 minutes. The
resulting runoff caused the Roma
arroyo to surge far out of its banks,
damaging a number of nearby
The flooding also claimed the life
of a woman from Comales, Mexico
whose car was swept into the
raging arroyo. Three passengers
inside that car were miraculously
rescued, largely due to the
courageous efforts of a family
Garza candidate for
Basilio Villarreal of Rio Grande
City has announced his candidacy
for mayor in the upcoming city
elections scheduled for Rio Grande
City on Nov. 2.
Villarreal noted that "I have lived
in Rio Grande City over 43 years.
My wife, Socorro, and myself
moved to Rio in early 1950. Our
Five children were born in this city.
Our oldest son is 42 years old and
our youngest is 30 years old.
"Iam up in age, but I feel I have
a few years yet in which I can help
give our city a good start as an
incorporated city. I operated a
business for 39 years and started my
own in 1958 and ran it for 31 years,
when I retired four years ago.
"I was a volunteer member of the
Fire Department for 12 years and
served one term as President of that
organization. I served as a member
of the Rio Grande City Lions Club
over 25 years and was elected one
term as President of the Club.
"In the 60's, I was elected as
President of our Rio Grande City
Chamber of Commerce and
re-activated the Chamber and
continued being active in it,
supporting incoming new officers
of the Chamber until my retirement
four years ago.
"Based on the above experience, I
filed for mayor of our city in the
coming election of Nov. 2, 1993.
There is a lot to be done in a new
city like ours. I feel it can greatly
improve our: (1) Safety; (2)
Sanitation; (3) Ability to acquire
federal and state monies for
improvements; and (4) The looks
and appearance of our city.
(See VILLARREAL, Page 4)
Balde Garza, lifelong resident of
Rio Grande City and a local
practicing lawyer, has announced
his candidacy for the office of
Alderman of Rio Grande City in the
upcoming city elections on Nov. 2.
Garza, who was born in La
Pucrta Ranch and raised in Rio
Grande City, attended the public
schools in the Rio Grande City
Consolidated Independent School
District, and he graduated from Rio
Grande City High School in 1979.
After graduating from high
school, Garza attended and graduated
from Sul Ross State University in
Alpine, Texas where he received a
Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983
with a major in English and a
The drawing for the position on
the ballot in the Rio Grande City
mayor/alderman elections is
scheduled for Monday, Sept. 20 at 5
p.m. in the Starr County Clerk's
Office in the County Courthouse in
Rio Grande City.
County Clerk Omar Garza
stressed that all candidates arc urged
to be on hand for the drawing
McDonald noted, "The area along
the Roma arroyo sustained the
worst damage. From Morelos Street
down to Harrison Street, it (the
arroyo) flowed from the northwest
and took a bend to the southwest as
it neared the river."
McDonald declared, "The deepest
water was 36 inches in just a few
She stated, "We assess structural
damage from the outside. Some
houses had been pushed from the
foundation, and other houses had
portions of the exterior walls
removed by the force of the water.
(See FLOOD, Page 2)
Probe continues into
slaying near La Rosita
The Sheriffs Department is
continuing to search for clues that
may lead to the persons or persons
responsible for the murder of a man
in his late twenties whose
bullet-riddled body was found north
of La Rosita Friday morning.
Sheriff Gene Falcon noted
Monday, "The body has not yet
been identified." On Tuesday
afternoon, the sheriff said that
preliminary autopsy results revealed
that the man was roughly 28 to 30
years of age. He was approximately
6 feet tall and weighed 220 pounds.
Falcon declared Tuesday, "We
believe he was shot close to 10
times, according to preliminary
autopsy results. We have recovered
one bullet, which we have sent in
for analysis." Early evidence
indicates that a 9-millimeter
weapon could possibly have been
used in the murder, he said.
The sheriff said Monday, "We
believe that the victim is a Mexican
national. This is strictly our
Falcon said, "On Friday, at
roughly 10:13 a.m., the Sheriffs
Department was called to a site
north of La Rosita and met a
witness there. Adjacent to a dirt
road, an unidentified body, covered
with a brown blanket tied with
wire, was found"
Falcon noted that "the body had
sustained numerous gunshot
wounds...He was shot all over the
neck and body."
On Monday, Falcon indicated that
(See SLAVING, Page 10)
minor in Spanish.
After completing his education at
Sul Ross State University, Garza
attended and graduated from the
Thurgood Marshall School ol Law
in Houston in 1986 where he
received a Juris Doctor (J.D.)
Since his graduation from law
school, Garza has practiced law in
the Rio Grande Valley, and his
office has always been in Rio
Grande City. Garza is a p. J ;r in
the law firm of Garza & Montalvo
in Rio Grande City.
When asked why he seeks the
office of Alderman, Garza
responded, "I want to give the
citizens of Rio Grande City a
different choice. The persons who
are elected to lead the first city
council must be persons with
vision. An Alderman must be
totally committed for the
betterment of our community, and
he must be able to bring everyone
together and be a team player to
build a strong foundation for the
"We must realize that in order to
succccd, wc need to participate not
because there is something to
personally gain from it, but bccause
it's the best thing for our
community. The City itself is
(See GARZA, Page 7)
Ricardo Gutierrez of Rio Grande
City has announced his candidacy
for mayor in the upcoming city
elections for Rio Grande City on
Gutierrez says that "growth,
commerce and quality of life will be
the main themes" of his candidacy
Gutierrez, a native of Stan
County and graduate from Texas
A&I University, offers his unique
administrative experience which
stems from serving on local,
county and state-level boards and
committee appointments to
operating Gutierrez Oil Company.
"I feel that my years in Stan-
County gives me a unique
perspective or ihe needs of our
community," Gutierrez commented.
Gutierrez feels that the
incorporation of Rio Grande City is
another indication of the important
role Rio Grande City should play in
the identity and future of South
Texas and the Rio Grande Valley.
"This is a new beginning for our
city," he states, "and we can take
this opportunity and make our city
a powerful leader.''
(See GUTIERREZ, Page 4)
Rio Grande City attorney Balde Garza has announced
his candidacy for the position of Alderman in the
upcoming city elections scheduled for Nov. 2.
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