Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 82, No. 22, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 1, 1995 Page: 1 of 10
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<ly in Rio Grande City, Texas every Thursday by The Rio Grande Publishing Co.
3L. 82, NO. 22, THURSDAY, JUNE 01, 1995
County awaiting news
about disaster status
Three < > r u 11 a Middle School eighth graders watch the Graduation Ceremony for
themselves and their classmates at the GMS Gym on May 29. More than 130
students will become freshmen at Rio Grande City High School in the fall. (See
related story on Page 7). (RGCCISD photo)
Roma High Class of 1995
members awarded diplomas
Mori- than 2(H) members of the
Roma High School Class of 1995
wen' awarded their diplomas Friday
evening in commencement
cxeu ises held at Gladiator Stadium.
A highlight of the graduation
exercises was the presentation of
scholarships lo numerous
graduating seniors by various clubs
The featured speakers were Roma
ISD trustee Eloy Vera, valedictorian
Romel'-t Hinojosa, salutatorian
Zclma K. Barrera and third ranking
student Javier A. Ramirez.
Vera told the graduates, "It is
truly .hi honor for me to address the
senior class of 1995." He proceeded
to initially address the parents in
Vera emphasized the dangers
facing today's young people, such
as gangs, drugs and sex. He said,
Over the last 12 years, you have
been studying and learning for the
great test of life."
Vera declared, "You will be
confronted by many obstacles,
which are really opportunities.
They will test whether you are
prepared for the future. I have every
confidence that you arc very well
prepared. Your parents and teachers
have prepared you, but only you
can determine to succeed."
lie continued, "Determination
truly comes from within. Success
only comes through hard work. No
pain, no gain, ("he late Dr. Jesus
Garza was a role model in my class,
the Class of 1969. You too can be
Vera told the graduates, "You
must set goals that are obtainable,
but challenging. You must steer
clear of temptations. Remember
your wholesome upbringing and
education. Education is a door
Vera concluded, "The Class of '95
Little dribbler hoops
Hie RV I iltle Dribbler Boys and
Girls Basketball Camp is scheduled
to take plan at the Rio Cirandc City
High School Gym from 8 a.m. to
12 noon each day from Monday,
I tine 12 through Friday, June 16.
Hie clinic is lor both boys and
girls. I'h age limit is 6-13. The
camp li r is S2() per child and the
registration deadline is May 31.
Among the camp highlights are
camp regulation basketball, a camp
T-shirt for each camper, individual
and team competition and contests
and awards Instruction and
evaluation will be headed by the
Rio Grande City coaching staff and
oilier area coaches.
Anyone interested in participating
in this camp should contact Coach
Ramiro Villegas at 716-6755 or
for Fax Assessor
Jose David (J.D.) Martinez has
announced his decision to file as a
candidate for the office of Starr
County Tax Assessor-Collector in
the Democratic Party primary
elections to be held in March 1996.
Mrs. Maria Ofclia Saenz, the
present I ax Assessor-Collector, has
indicated that she plans to retire at
the end of the current term, which
expires on Dec. 31, 1996.
Martinez is a 1974 graduate of
Rio Grande City High School and
attended I'cxas A&M University.
He also attended Texas State
Technical Institute in McAllen and
Lincoln Graduate Center in San
Antonio, where he enrolled in real
estate and real estate appraisal
Martinez is a former partner of M
& R Appraisal Services in
McAllen, and he has extensive
experience in appraising properties
in Hidalgo and Starr Counties.
Martinez is married lo the forma
I) borali Ann Harper and they have
two children; Javier Jose, a
13-year-old student at Ringgold
Middle School, and Alyssa Marie,
J. I). Martinez
an eight-year-old student at
Immaculate Conception School.
Martinez stated recently that the
office of County Tax
Assessor-Collector is one of the
most important departments in
Martinez declared, " The duties of
the office include assessing and
(See MARTINEZ, Page 10)
symbolizes the determination of us
to adapt to a world that is changing.
You will always have your parents,
the Roma ISD and the entire
community behind you."
Javier A. Ramirez, the highest
ranking boy and third ranking
student, was introduced by honor
student Gladys I. Rodriguez.
Rodriguez commended Ramirez for
his outstanding achievements in
athletics, U.I.L. competition and
Ramirez told his fellow
graduates, "Tonight will not be a
goodbye, but a very hopeful "See
you later.' It is sad to leave friends
behind, but that's the way life is
meant to be."
Ramirez declared, "I have decided
to take along my memories, which
will last forever. My memories
will be my souvenirs. The
memories you keep will last in
your heart forever. Your education
will pay off in the future."
Salutatorian Zclma E. Barrera
was introduced by honor student
Doroteo Pena, Jr. Barrera
commented, "Today will be the last
time we will spend together as high
school nj.'nt The moments will
be branded together in the halls and
on the classroom walls.1 She
recalled such events as pep rallies,
open houses, football games and
the senior trip.
Barrera emphasized, "My parents
were always behind me and very
supportive. I want to thank our
principals, teachers and
administrators for sharing our
laughter and our tears."
Barrera recalled with emotion "the
loss of our one devoted classmate
Barrera concluded, "We have
reached the end of one road, but the
beginning of another road." She
again expressed fervent thanks to
her parents and family and stressed
that all graduates owe much
gratitude to their parents and family
Honor Student Marcia Lynn
Gonzalez introduced valedictorian
Romclia Hinojosa. Gonzalez noted
that Hinojosa has consistently
excelled in extracurricular activities
and in the classroom.
Hinojosa declared, "1 thank my
friends for challenging me and my
parents for guiding me and standing
behind me. There arc classmates
who chose other roads, but we
stoixl together and traveled this road
together through the headaches and
Obstacles. We've shared so many
Hinojosa emphasized, "Here is
where the road divides. We will
have to choose between right and
wrong and face the consequences as
She concluded, "We are all
unique. I will remember all of you.
Don't forget your roots and
(See ROMA, Page 10)
By KENNETH ROBERTS
Starr County is currently
awaiting the verdict from
Washington, D.C., on whether the
county will be declared a federal
disaster area due to the extremely
dry conditions and searing heat of
A federal drought disaster
declaration would enable farmers
and ranchers in the county to
receive low interest loans and
possible tax breaks.
Starr County did not receive any
measurable rain from early March
until Saturday morning, May 26,
when light to moderate showers fell
in the Rio Grande City area. Most
observers indicated that the rains
provided very little relief from the
Mr. and Mrs. Elder Neie, who
live several miles west of Rio
Grande City, recorded .31 of an inch
from Saturday morning's
Portions of Willacy and Cameron
Counties received significant
drought relief and even some
flooding from thunderstorms
Monday that dropped up to eight
inches of rain in some locations.
Starr County did not receive any
moisture from that outbreak of
Isaura Dc La Cruz, director of the
Consolidated Farm Services Agency
(formerly ASCS) in Starr County,
indicated on Thursday, May 2~>,
"We just finished with our Flash
Report, whic h i ; the I.rst step we
have to take to get our county
declared a federal disaster area.'
De La Cruz indicated. We sent
the Flash Report to the County
Judge and to the state oi l ice. The
state oflic" then notifies the federal
office and the Governor. The federal
office in Washington decides il a
more detailed report is needed. II
they decide that further study is
merited, they will ask for a Damage
Dc La Cruz rioted, "Jim Hogg,
Brooks, Hidalgo and possibly
Willacy Counties are taking this
first step. Zapata County is in the
emergency Iced program just as we
About the federal decision, De La
Cruz stated, "It usually takes about
two weeks to hear from the federal
level. We sent in the Flash Report
on Monday (May 22)."
The following letter was sent on
May 22 to Harold Bob Bennett,
state executive director of the
Consolidated Farm Services
"The Starr County CEB Board
met today to file the USDA Flash
Report due to the drought
conditions that continue to prevail
throughout Starr County. We have
had very high winds and abnormally
high temperatures of over 100 to
115 degrees during this month. We
arc 65 percent below our normal
precipitation during this year."
Dc La Cruz emphasized,
"Basically, it's been dr> since June
1993, vcheri *c had substantial
rains from the tropical storm."
Until Saturday, Starr County had
riot received any measurable rain at
all since early March Temperatures
have frequently soared above the
century mark, with readings
climbing as high as 114 degrees on
May 13 in some areas of the
Dc La Cruz noted, "We had 2.1
inches in June 1994 and 2.1 inches
in October 1994. Those are the
only months ihat we have been
over two inches since June 1993."
(See Page 8 for schedule of
low cost rabies clinics)
She stressed, "The situation is
very desperate. They say that the
cotton is gone and the corn is gone.
Dryland watermelons are 100
percent gone. The grains can hold
out a little bit another week or two,
but the other crops arc gone."
De La Cruz noted, "Farmers are
hurting even worse than ranchers.
The extreme heat has even caused
problems for crops in irrigated
areas All they (the farmers) can do
is plow up their crops, plant other
crops and hope for rain. Cotton will
have to be plowed under by June 15
if it has failed."
She said, "Rains would improve
the pastures, but I don't know how
much it would take to get the
pastures back to normal. Some
ranchers think the grass won't make
it back and that they'll have to
re-seed. They had to re-seed in the
19X8-89 drought This is the worst
(Set DISASTER, Page 10)
Reception planned Friday in
honor of David Porras
A reception will be held Friday to
honor David Porras, the new
County Treasurer and former Rio
Grande City Alderman.
The reception will be held at 5:30
p.m. Friday, June 2 at the
Haunschild Building under the
auspices of the Rio Grande City
Chamber of Commerce.
David Porras was born in Rio
Grande City on Sept. 27, 1955. His
parents were the late Domingo P.
Porras and Manuclita Corona.
David has one brother, Abel; one
sister, Dina; one half-brother, Juan
Jose; and one half-sister, Marisa..
David is married to Mrs. Ma.
Guadalupe Guerra Porras.
David attended West Grammar
Elementary, Ringgold Intermediate,
Ringgold Jr. High and Rio Grande
City High School. He graduated
from Rio Grande City High School
in 1974. During his junior and
senior years, he was the class
Upon graduation, David furthered
his education and respectively
earned 20 hours to his name at
Laredo Jr. College.
From 1974-1977. Porras was a
volunteer firefighter. He managed
West Point Service Center from
1976, 1978, Consumer's Country
Mart from 1978-85 and West Point
Nursery from 1981 to the present.
Among Porras's community
accomplishments have been
cooperating with the PTO with the
(See PORRAS, Page 10)
The honor students in the Rio Grande City High School Class of 1995 are pictured
above. Pictured left to right in the front row are Denise Yvette Margo, Jesus R.
Gomez, Victor Manuel Barrera, Carv Allen Caro, t'lga Carcia, and Judith Ha/an. In
the second row are Selina Lee Saenz, Celso Garza, Omar Escobar, Claudia Lozano,
and Adelita Garcia. In the third row are Klena Guerrero, Mtlinda Zarate, Jessica
Vera, Rolando Castillo, Nancy Veronica Medina, and Kliberto Vltndoza. In the fourth
row are Kennedy Felix Salinas, Juan Carlos Salinas, Melissa Lee Vela, and Eloy
Ruben Garcia, Jr. In the fifth row are Leticia Ramirez, Pedro Enrique Castellanos,
San Juanita Coello, Cecilia Machuca, and Rosa Isela Martinez. Not pictured is
Monica Marroquin Martinez.. Commencement exercises were scheduled for Wednesday
evening, May 31.
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