Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 86, No. 24, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 17, 1999 Page: 1 of 6
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A Newspaper Serving the People of South Texas
County given update
on rabies situation
BY KENNETH ROBERTS
At their regular monthly meeting
Monday morning, the County
Commissioners were given an
update about the improving rabies
situation in Starr County over the
last three years, but were warned
that the problem could suddenly
flare up again if residents let down
Rio Grande City veterinarian Dr.
Roberto S. Margo noted, "From
1998 to 1996, there were 115
confirmed cases of rabies in Stan-
County. From 1997 on, we have
not had one confirmed case. This is
thanks to the fine work of the
Commissioners Court and other
Margo emphasized, "We need to
continue this trend. Several ranchers
have called about suspicious
coyotes that have exposed their
ranch dogs. There have been a
number of bite cases throughout the
county." The Sheriffs Department
was unable to pick up the
suspicious coyote heads due to the
press of other business, he
"We need a rabies control
authority," stressed Margo.
"Previously it was Dr. Narro. Can
we get someone to send in heads (to
the local office) and send in heads to
Austin (for analysis)?"
Dr. Greg Pye of the Texas
Department of Health Zoonotic
Control Division in Harlingen
indicated, "I helped investigate a lot
of the earlier rabies cases and helped
set up some of the clinics. We need
surveillance going on. After a
period of no cases, people tend to
become lax and complacent People
don't know what to do in this
Rye asked, "Are there positive
cases that are not being reported?
Distemper could be involved in
these episodes. Pets need to be
vaccinated. If cases arc reported, we
need to increase dropping of oral
"We need a person in charge of
animal control and have someone
under him," concluded Pye. "Stan-
County has done a good job of
fighting rabies, but people should
not forget about animal control."
County Judge Eloy Vera stressed,
"I would like to commend Dr.
Margo for his efforts." Precinct
Three Commissioner Eloy Garza
contended, "Each commissioner
takes care (of the problem) within
his precinct. Tha's what the
Commissioners Court agreed to."
Precinct One Commissioner
Jaime Alvarez suggested, "We need
someone who is certified to handle
this." Margo stated, "We've
received few dogs for testing in the
past year. Who's authorized to pick
them up? Who will do it on
Saturdays and Sundays and at
Vera suggested, "We can put an
action item on Friday's agenda
authorizing Dr. Margo to be paid
for sending animals. If the Sheriffs
Department is occupied, how about
the Fire Department?"
Margo responded, "The Fire
Department has been trained by the
Texas Department of Health." Vera
advocated, "Let's train those who
need to be trained."
Margo emphasized, "We need the
name and phone number of
someone to be called." Vera
declared, "We'll come up with a
contact person." An informal
consensus was reached that specific
actions concerning the rabies
problem will be taken at a
commissioners' meeting in the near
Later in the meeting, as she
discussed the status of different
grants and projects, Federal/State
Program Coordinator Elisa Beas
indicated, "Mexico will need $1.3
million for their share of the
(Roma) suspension bridge project
(preservation and refurbishing). The
U.S. share is over $1.8 million,
with funding amounting to $1.5
million. The matching share (of 20
percent) must be provided by the
county and the city of Roma."
Alvarez insisted, "I like history,
but I don't think this is
reasonable." Beas contended that
destroying the old bridge is out of
the question because "it's been
designated as a National Historic
Vera contended, "The future of
the area depends a great deal on
history and international trade.
Maybe funding can be provided
from other sources. If Mexico
doesn't come up with their part, we
don't have a problem. I understand
it's the last suspension bridge in
the United States across an
Alvarez said, "If we have to do it,
we have to do it." Vera declared,
"This $300,000 to $400,000 must
be obtained by the county and the
City of Roma. If Mexico comes up
with (the needed) money, we will
do everything in our power to come
up with the money (needed)."
(See RABIES, Page 4)
Thank You, HEB
7"he Prekinder 4 students of Penny North Barrera at Immaculate Conception Sch<x>l proudly display a
banner thanking HEB tor their assistance dunng the 1998-99 school year. HEB provided certificates for
incentives, making learning even more fun at I.C.S. Every class. PreK 3 through eighth enjoyed the
incentives provided by HEB. Enrollment is; now open for 1999-2000, and the school is open every day,
Monday through Friday. Call 487-2558 for more information.
Trustees told plans underway
to repair RMS roof problem
By KENNETH ROBERTS
At their regular monthly meeting
on Tuesday night, June 8, the Rio
Grande City CISD board of trustees
were told that the planning process
is already underway to correct a
roofing problem that cropped up a
week earlier in a small area of
Ringgold Middle School.
As discussion of the matter
began, Maintanance Director
Arcadio Salinas said, "We have Mr.
Trevino of Hinojosa Structural
Engineers to report on the middle
Grulla Middle School holds
8th grade promotion exercises
RGCCISD News Release
Rio Grande City High School
has announced a change in the dress
code for the 1999-2000 school year.
The school will not allow pants
of any kind with color striping,
lettering, designs or oversized
pockets that are more than eight
inches in size. They must be plain
blue or black jeans.
The change, pending school board
approval, is necessary to maintain
the safety of all school students.
RGCCISD News Release
Grulla Middle School held
commencement exercises on
Thursday night, May 27 to mark
the advancement of eighth graders
to high school.
Principal Alfonso Solis offered a
fervent welcome to parents,
relatives and friends of the promoted
eighth graders. He also welcomed
district administrators, school board
members and clergy.
Solis told the graduates, "You are
the last eighth grade class of this
decade and century. But more
importandy, you are the first class
going to high school that will see
the turn of the new millennium.
Wow!! Some say that the world
will end at midnight New Year's
Eve 1999. Others say die Y2K bug
will being the world to its knees. I
don't hear anyone from this group
saying those things. Instead I hear
you saying 'Look out World, here
we come.' Get ready world because
here come the Mighty Grulla
Cranes and Cranes Rule! Each one
of you has been given special
talents and abilities by God. Use
those talents as you leave your
mark. Leave your mark of quality
work, the mark of teamwork,
friendship, wisdom, trust, honesty,
integrity, courage, tenacity, and
Solis added, "Good luck and
Lhank you for leaving your mark on
your principal's heart...Get
involved with your school and
GMS honor students at commencement
Promotion exercises for the 1999 class of eighth graders at Grulla Middle School were held on May 27.
Several eighth grade honor students are pictured above. Pictured left to right arc Javier Garza, first ranking
student; Fclipa Pcna, sccond ranking student; Elizabeth Gonzalez, Principal Alfonso Solis, Joanna Garza,
Viviana Vcrastcqui and San Juanita Chapa. (RGCCISD photo: publicinfolO@yahoo.com)
strengthen your relationship with
God. In so doing, you will discover
new opportunities to leave your
mark as you build your future; a
future that includes helping your
fellow man and making the world
around you a better place. I respect
you, I admire you, and will always
The First Honor Students are
Javier Garza and Felipa Pena.
Second Honor Students are Joaniu
Garza and Elizabeth Gonzalez. Third
Honor Students are San Juanita
Chapa, Martha Morado, Nallely
Olivarez and Viviana Verastegui.
Other honor students are
Alexandra Rodriguez, Pedro Coello,
Kristina Bazan, Teofilo Andrade,
Daniel Flores, Romeo Guzman,
Salvador Rodriguez, Adriana
Zarazua, Irene Bazan, Yesenia
Salazar, Luis Miguel Garcia,
Melissa De La Cruz, Anna Lee
Sanchez, Elma Bazan, Hector
Garza, Magda Salazar, Laure
Villarreal, Janie Gazca, Brenda
Garcia, LeeRoy Salinas, Angelica
Velasquez, Clarissa Vera, Dianira
Ba'.an, Christian Cavazos, Bruno
Javier Garza, the top ranking
student, told his fellow graduates,
"This day is very special to all of
us. A milestone in our young lives.
As I look back I remember many
challenges, some of which I almost
thought I couldn't overcome."
Garza added, "One of the biggest
challenges 1 can remember is
starting sisxth grade...It wasn't
long before cerything started falling
into place. Now we're here again
facing the same challenge as we are
moving on to high school. The
anxiety I felt coming to sixth is
now only a memory and the anxiety
we feci today will one day also just
be a memory. Now we have the
next four years to look forward to,
(See PROMOTION, PaRe 4)
Idcn Trevino, engineer in
training, indicated, "We were told to
come by last week and inspect the
roof that had collapsed. Supposedly
the roof had been leaking for many-
years. The moisture caused the
wood to begin to rot. I came by
today to inspect the latest room
Trevino later told The Rio Grande
Herald, "The roof collapsed to
approximately four feet above the
floor in one classroom south of the
corridor. In the corridor, the ceiling
dropped about a foot.. Another
classroom had minimal damage."
Trevino added, "The critical areas
are the cooridor and (a couple of
rooms). It's a very serious matter.
We'll give you a recommendation
and you can take it from there. I
hope we can get bids before two
Board President Basilio "Bacho"
Villarreal, Jr., later told The Herald,
"This happened in a small part of
the old wing (at the former high
school). I think a couple of
classrooms and a hallway are
involved. We were concerned a few
days earlier that this problem might
Villarreal added, "The majority of
the school is safe, according to the
engineer. Any problems will be
resolved as soon as possible."
The Rio Grande Herald attempted
to contact Acting Superintendent
Roel R. Smith, but was unable to
Villarreal told The Herald on
Friday, 'They have checked the rest
of the school and found things
basically in order."
At the meeting. Board President
Villarreal commented, "The main
thing you can do is come up with
blueprints and plans." Trustee
Silvina Hinojosa emphasized, "The
pictures show this is needed."
Superintendent Smitn noted,
"The building opened in 1977."
Trustee Dalinda Escobar contended,
"The problem is in other areas
beside this one. I think there have
been several repairs (in the past).
The problem with the flat roof has
gone on and on."
Smith stated, "I thnk this is the
oldest part (of the school)."
Villarreal suggested, "I think we
should go with steel."
The trustees then approved a
motion authorizing district
administration to seek bids for
repairs to quickly correct the
Board President Villarreal later
said, 'The problem occurred in the
old structure at the old high school.
All the chiller lines go through
there. They indicate the weight of
the lines could have caused the
problem. They told us they will get
to the problem immediately."
Villarreal added, "That part of the
building was made out of
wood...We'll probably wind up
repairing with steel instead of
wood. This should start getting
repaired in the next two to three
weeks We're moving as fast as
possible under the law."
The trustees briefly discussed and
approed an agreement between
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
and the RGCCISD for a High
School Equivalency Program.
Assistant Superintendent for
Curriculum Dr. Richard Irizarry
declared,"This is a different program
(from the GED). It targets a
different population; it focuses on
Consuclo Martinez, representing
TAMUK, stated, "We've acquired a
(See PROBLEM, Page 4)
Storm drops more than
2 inches in RGC area
The Rio Grande City area
received its first significant rainfall
since late March Monday night as a
thunderstorm dropped up to 2 1/2
inches of rain in less than one hour.
The Rio Grande City Fire
Department recorded 2.45 inches of
rain. A local weather observer
reported 2.50 inches to KRGV-
Channel Five. Another local
resident reported 2.10 inches of
rain, but indicated that only .20 of
an inch had fallen at his ranch in
northern Starr County.
Channel Five also indicated that
closc to five inches of rain had been
reported at some locations near
Storm clouds started building
west of Rio Grande City just before
5 p.m. A steady rain began falling
shortly before 6:30 p.m., and the
rain became extremely heavy a few
minutes later. The rains continued
at an exceptionally heavy pace for
about 45 or 50 more minutes. After
8 p.m., the Rio Grande City area
received only sporadic light rain.
The last significant rain for the
Rio Grande City area came on
March 27 when 2.66 inchcs of rain
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