Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 85, No. 24, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 11, 1998 Page: 1 of 8
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La Union students visit historical sites
La Union Elementary students recently visited historical sites in the Rio Grande City area. I .a Union third
graders are pictured above louring historical sites. Fourth and fifth graders from La Union also visited local
historical sites recently. The tour conductors were Sam and Elia Ramos.
Roma graduates awarded
$101,850 in scholarships
Numerous graduates in the Roma
High School Class of 1998 were
awarded scholarships during
® commencement exercises on
Wednesday evening, May 27 at
Close to 300 seniors were
presented diplomas in the May 27
commencement exercises. The
featured speakers were valedictorian
Annette Ibarra and salutatorian
a The grand total of scholarships
awarded was 5101,850.
The seniors awarded scholarships
arc listed as follows:
AWARD- Annette Ybarra, tuition
A.R. SANCHEZ, SR.,
MEMORIAL SCHOLARS HIP-
Gerardo Alv;ire/, $1000.
ALAS SCHOLARSHIP- Maria
% Magdalena Florcs, $200
ALAS ART CLUB
SCHOLARSHIP- Oneida Garza,
ALAS HISTORY CLUB
SCHOLARSHIP- Hilda Canales
and Myte Gonzalez, $100.
ALAS JOURNALISM CLUB
SCHOLARSHIP- Arlen Jasso,
ALBERTO A. MUNOZ
AWARD- Domenica Rendon,
A L I E S M A F. L I
SCHOLARSHIP- Mario A.
OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN
SCHOLASTIC AWARD- Monique
ANA S. CANAVAN
SCHOLARSHIP- Elias Perez III,
BERT OGDEN CHEVROLET-
KIA INC. SCHOLARS H1P-
Annette Ybarra, $250.
CALIXTRO VILLARREAL, JR.
AND ORLANDO RODRIGUEZ,
ATTORNEY AT LAW
SCHOLARSHIP- Sara Lilia Garcia
and Jose F. Gonzalez, $200.
CAREER COLLEGES AND
SCHOOLS OF TEXAS
SCHOLARSHIP- Jorge Joel
Garcia, Jr., and Conrado Munoz,
CITIZENS STATE BANK
SCHOLARSHIP- Sashua Noe
Muniz and Lisa B. Gonzalez, $750.
Magda Florcs and Hervey Garza,
$500; Gabricla Garza and Mario
COURT OMI CATHOLIC
DAUGHTERS OF AMERICA
SCHOLARSHIP- Lisa B. Gonzalez
and Annette Ybarra, $300.
DELIA G. GARCIA
SCHOLASTIC AWARD- Lcticia
SCHOLARSHIP- Ivan Reyes,
EARLY HIGH SCHOOL
Isela Cantu, Estcban Falcon,
Lizette Garcia, Isabel C. Garza,
Yvette Garza, Celia Gonzalez, Erika
Huerta, Leticia Longoria, Blanca
Martinez, Debora Martinez,
Eglantina Morales, Roberto
Moreno, Sara Alicia Orta, Rosalba
Pena, Oscar Salinas, Jr., Sandra L.
ESCOBARES KNIGHTS OF
Jorge Joel Garcia, Jr., Karina Ga/za,
Roel Figueroa and Vannesa Marie
Lauro Tanguma III and Jose F.
AWARD- Raul E. Hinojosa, $250.
H-E-B SCHOLARSHIP- Raul E.
HERALDO GARZA, JR.
Kristy Lynn Jordan, Jose F.
Gonzalez, Javier Ivan Sandoval and
Sandalio Elizondo, $200.
M AGDALEN A "MAGGIE"
SCHOLARSHIP- Jose F.
JASMINE EDITH LARA
Rebecca Zuniga, $400.
JESUS ANGEL GONZALEZ
Erik Rey Gonzalez, $300.
(See GRADUATES, Page 6)
Commissioners focus on
Self-Help colonia funding
By KENNETH ROBERTS
At their regular monthly meeting
Monday morning, the County
w Commissioners discussed the statu.;
of several programs and grants
related to colonias.
Coordinator Elisa Beas said, "One
of the five colonias approved earlier
for Self-Help funding has been
annexed into La Grulla, making it
ineligible for funding. You would
need to substitute another colonis.
^ The state legislature calls for five."
^ Bcas added, "I need to notify the
state if you're going to add any
other colonias. This will probably
involve $720,000 for the five
Ken Christy, the Colonias Self-
Help Center Director, indicated,
"Mike's Colonia will be out." Bcas
noted, "Any colonia in the county
0 and not in an incorporated area can
be included." Christy declared,
"There are some questions about
remaining work in a couple of
colonias: B&E and Tierra Linda. If
the sewer project comes through,
there can be more things done at
Precinct Three Commissioner
Eloy Garza insisted, "I'm not
willing to let them (state agencies)
run the county. I insist that they
work with us on the projects we've
County Judge J.M. Martinez, Jr.,
suggested, "Whatever projects arc
for the common good should take
precedence over those of individual
benefit." Christy declared, "Housing
rehab is a major component under
the legislation. These priorities are
not in any particular order."
Garza contended, "It will be many
years before some of these areas can
rcccive sewage service." Christy
emphasized, "We need TDHCA to
understand that the streets arc
needed." Prccinct One
Aldermen okay water
By KENNETH ROBERTS
At their regular monthly meeting
Thursday night, the Rio Grande
City Board of Aldermen voted to
authorize the implementation of a
mandatory water conservation plan
as first approved by the Starr
County Water District in 1989.
The aldermen discussed several
water issues of critical importance
with managers of the Rio Grande
City Public Utility Department,
formerly the Starr C anty Water
District and now under the
supervision of the city government.
Department Manager Ruben
Klein led off the discussion by
indicating that there are 1343 acre-
feet of water rights, compared with
2535 at the beginning of the year.
He emphasized, "We need to
purchase some water rights." City
Administrator Jose Escamilla
declared, "We need to get the word
out that we're interested in
acquiring water rights."
Klein staled, "We try to tell our
customer, to wat r only twice a
week and then late at night or early
in the morning. The lake has only
27 percent capacity. We need to
conserve as much as wc can. We're
recommending that odd numbered
addresses water on Monday and
Thursday and even-numbered on
Tuesday and Friday."
Escamilla emphasized, "We need
in my opinion to get to mandated
conservation right now. I think
we're in a severe stage now. There's
already a plan to work from,
approved by the Water District in
1989. We need to meet with the
water supply corporations right
away. They need to provide
essential information, and they need
to enforce conservation regulations
with in their areas."
A consensus was reached that
Klein and cily attorney James
Darling will work together to
acquire water rights, possibly on an
interim basis. The aldermen
approved a motion giving
Escamilla the authority to
implement mandatory water
conservation policies approved by
the Starr County Water District
Board in 1989 Escamilla said,
"Most people are already working
Assistant Director of Utilities
Rogelio Reyes indicated, "The
sewage plant has a maximum
capacity of 1.5 million gallons a
day. Right now, it's at 60 percent
The aldermen considered awarding
the contract for drainage arid paving
improvements under TDHCA
Contract No 716731 for Cox and
Bluebonnet Streets Escamilla
declared, "The s cond (package of)
bids arc before you. I his package is
a bit more favorable." Engineer
Robert Gracia said, "The base bid
came in at about $238,000."
Gracia indicate 1 that roughly
$10,000 could be ved by
eliminating N-sections of pipes.
I arnilla said that another $20,(XX)
could be shaved from the project by
the city doing certain work on a
force account basis.
I lie aldermen voted to award the
contract to McAllen Construction,
the low bidder. Gracia noted, "The
contractor could be ready to move
in equipment next week. The
project should last two to three
months." It was pointed out that
the low bid was $238,456, with
change orders to bring the price
down to approximately $207,(XX).
After some discussion, the
aldermen voted to annex property
northwest of the current city limits.
Escamilla commented, "The
purpose is to expedite the location
of a Fire Department substation.
We need to do something to better
our resrionsc time in that area."
The administrator noted, The
tentative plan calls for an area 500
f( t on either side of FM 3167 to
be annexed all the way from the
high school to the airport. Plans
have also been made to annex
property iri the area of the proposed
industrial park and foreign trade
Escamilla continued, "For
voluntary annexation, we need
letters and signatures of landowners.
We have a majority, both in
number of landowners and volume
Annexation of both tracts, the
arc- no; iliwcst of the cily limits and
'See CONSERVATION, Page 7)
Rio 2020 project moving
forward through committees
Commissioner Jose Maria "Chema"
Alvarez declared, "They need to
understand that our youth are being
affected by all this dust." Garza
declared that in one of the colonias,
the dust is almost as thick as flour
much of the time.
At this point, the commissioners
approved a motion deleting Mike's
Colonia and adding Rosita-Garceno
as an applicant for Self-Help
funding. Bcas suggested, "Wc can
put this for Friday on the addendum
Concerning '96 paving, Beas
said, "Wc had to delete some streets
in some precincts so they can come
in with the budgeted amount"
About Change Order No. 1 for
EDAP 715135, Bcas said, "The
delay has been about 18 months.
On-site sewer connecions in Las
Lomas are involved. It will be $5
per linear foot instead of $4."
(See COLONIA, PaRe 6)
Citizens are responding well to
Rio Grande City's plan for the
future, Rio 2020.
The objective of the Rio 2020
project is to develop a
comprehensive long-range plan that
will address the economic and
community development needs of
Rio Grande City. The 14
committees that formed in March
have met and identified strengths
and weaknesses significant to their
The next step in the plan is to
develop goals that will be major
components of the plan. Several
committees, such as Technology
and Economic Development, Live
already begun this process.
Leonel Lopez, co-chairman of the
Committee, emphasizes "the need
for specialized training in the it;
He added, "Citizens need to have
training available in specialized
areas such ax communications,
welding, etc." Lopez, also
mentioned that one of his
committee's goals was "to beautify
Rio Grande City's downtown area.
This would definitely have a
positive impact on our economy."
Josie Guerra, chairperson of the
commented, "The Rio 2020 Project
offers an exciting opportunity for
accepted at Pet.
Precinct One County
Commissioner Jose Maria Alvarez
is informing the public that
recyclable paper and cardboard are
being accepted at the Precinct One
Warehouse in La Rosita
The warehouse is located behind
the Starr County Precinct One I ire
Department. The cooperation ol all
residents in this matter will be
greatly appreciated. Anyone seeking
further information should call 849
Rio Grande City in terms of
improvement for growth and
development. Residents face the
challenges of a changing society
and economy. Technology has
become and will continue to
become increasingly pervasive a- a
tool to manipulate the changing
requirements of the soci il and
economic environment of the 21st
century. With at least 60 percent of
all U.S. jobs requiring proficiency
in sophisticated technologies by the
year 2000, understanding
technology is essential."
Guerra emphasized, "The Rio
2020 Project offer our community
an opportunity to keep within this
The Rio 2020 project staff would
like to encourage everyone to
become involved with this project.
Please refer to the June schedule of
committee meetings, printed
elsewhere in this edition of The Rio
Grande Herald, and mark the
For more nformation, interested
persons should call Leonardo
Olivares at 381-3348 or Carlos
Margo at 488-9311.
Ri.i 2020 participants will
(See PROJECT, Page 6)
TxDOT to conduct Roma
meeting on Hwy 83 plans
On Wednesday, June 10, 1998,
the Texas Department of
Transportation (TxDOT) will
conduct a Citizen's Public Yleeiin ■
in Roma on highw ay improvement
needs for U.S. 83 from Brown il1
The meeting will be held at the
Roma Community Center on 6th
Street, beginning at 6:30 p.m The
purpose of the meeting will be to
explain the project scopc and goals
and to solicit public comment m
related local issues
Prior to the public meeting,
project maps and information will
be displayed lot publii viewing at
an Open House between \ and 5
p.m. Assisting TxDOl is MK
Centennial (Dallas) I MX)I
personnel and project consultants
will be on hand to answer
The U.S. 8 * Corridot extends
from Brownsville at the I S X3/ /1
and SH 4 intersection to I arcdo at
the I S 83 and III ^5 intersection
U.S. 83 is one of iL pn m-s
corridors on the ! e ! link
System. Although the istmg
U.S. 83 route will b< th n>
locus of the study, reliever and
alternative routes will also be
The goal of the study is to define
an implementation plan for
highway improvements within the
corridor so that TXDOT can include
it in their long-range plans.
Including these improvements in
the long range plan is the first step
required by both federal and state
regulations to obtain funding.
The feasibility study will begin
by evaluating existing road
conditions followed by traffic
safety environmental, construction,
and cost benefit issues. Freeway
alternatives will be considered and
evaluated and if found unfeasible,
highway alternatives will be
considered. An implementation plan
will be proposed by spring 1999.
Public involvement is a key
aspect ol the project and is
•ncouraged throughout the duration
ol the study. Verbal and written
comments will be accepted through
June '.5, 1998. Written comments
can be mailed to Olivarri <fc
v i ■ Itu 5656 S. Staples,
Suit' 104, Corpus C'hrisii, Texas
MI 1; 5r 993 1319.
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