Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 88, No. 26, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 28, 2001 Page: 1 of 6
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June 28, 2001
88th Year, No. 26
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127 RAIL ROAD
SI'RINOI'ORI Ml 49204
A Newspaper Serving the People of South Texas
Munoz racks up numerous powerlifting awards
Jesus Carlos Munoz of Rio Grande City is pictured above with many of the trophies he has achieved in
powerlifting competitions over the past two years. He has been awarded 23 trophies in the past two years.
On June 9, he set two state records in the 2001 USPF South Texas Powerlifting Competitions in Seguin.
Munoz graduated from Rio Grande City High School in June 2001.
Munoz sets two state records
at Seguin powerlifting meet
Jesus Crtrlos Munoz of Rio
Grande City continued his record of
excellence in powerlifting by
setting two state records at a South
Texas powerlifting competition in
Seguin on June 9.
Munoz won first place in the
Junior Men's Division (ages 16-17)
and first place in the Open Men's
Division (all ages) at the U.S.
Powerlifting Federation, (USPF)
South Texas Powerlifting
Competitions in Seguin on June 9.
Munoz set a state record in the
Deadlift by lifting 555 pounds. He
also lifted 300 pounds in the Bench
Press and 550 pounds in the Squat.
His totals in the Deadlilt, Bench
Press and Squat gave him an overall
total of 1405 pounds, which
enabled him to achieve another state
In the Seguin competition, he
competed in the 165-pound class in
both .categories. Munoz also won
the honors of Best Lifter in the
Junior Men Division and Besl
Deadlift in the Open Men Division.
Munoz, who graduated from Rio
Grande City High School on June
2, 2(X)1, has won 23' trophies in
two years of powerlifting
competition. He is the son of
Humbcrto and Gracie Munoz of Rio
In March 2001, Munoz tied for
first at the state powerlifting meet
in Fort Worth by lifting 1275
pounds in the 148-pound class.
Muuo/ will be competing at
powerlifting meets in Seguin and
McAllen later this summer. These
two competitions are on a statewide
level and will be privately funded.
The Seguin meet on June 9 was
also privately funded.
TWDB hosts celebration
for Phase I of new Roma
wastewater treatment plant
The Texas Water Development
Board (TWDB) was scheduled to
host a celebration of the completion
of Phase I of the City of Roma
W Wastewater Treatment Plant No. 2.
The ceremony was scheduled to
be held at 10:00 a.m. on
Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at the
Roma Community Center located
on Sixth Street at the intersection
of Highway 83. Immediately
following the ceremony, the TWDB'
was scheduled to present a
commemorative key to Jose F.
Moraida, Mayor of the City of
W Roma, at the Control Room of the
new plant, located adjacent to the
The City of Roma received
approval from the Texas Water
Development Board in August 1997
for funding of 528,977,700 /or
proposed water and wastewater
improvements under the
Economically Distressed Areas
Program. The project area includes
68 separate colonia/subdivision
areas, some of which arc in the
City of Roma, while others are
spread out to the east and west of
the City. The Colonias
Improvement Project includes
design and construction of
approximately 10 miles of water
lines, 90 miles of sewer lines, 22
lift stations, an elevated storage
tank, booster pump stations and
expansion of the City's water and
wastewater treatment plants.
Only a small portion of the
project area is served by Roma's
Wastewater System, The collection
National Trust to announce
11 Most Endangered Places
Representatives from the
National Trust for Historic
Preservation, the Texas Historical
Commission and other preservation
organizations will be participating
m a nationwide announcement of
America's 11 Most Endangered
The announcement of "America's
Most 11 Endangered Places" was
scheduled to be made by Daniel
Carey of the National Trust for
Historic Preservation at the IaBorde
House Hotel at 601 E. Main Street
in Rio Grande City. A live
National Conference Call was
scheduled on Monday, June 25 at
12 noon, and a Regional
Announcement and Reception were
scheduled at 6 p.m. that same day.
On Monday, the National Trust
indicated that the Los Caminos del
Rio corridor has been named to the
2001 list of America's 11 Most
Endangered Historic Places.
The area known as "Los Caminos
del Rio" stretches for 200 miles
between the cities of Laredo and
The National Trust contended that
"the area's older buildings and
communities arc threatened by
poorly-planned growth and
inappropriate development (much of
it fueled by NAFTA, the North
American Free Trade Agreement,
apathy, lack of funding, and simple
(See ENDANGERED, Pa^e 6)
RGCCISD plans meeting
on neighborhood concept
The Rio Grande City CISD will
be holding a public meeting at the
Multipurpose Center on Thursday,
July 5, 2001 at 6:30 p.m. to
discuss the new zoning process and
to implement the "Neighborhood
Concept." All members of the
public arc invited and encouraged to
Anyone seeking further
information should call 716-6702.
In a recent memo to the
RGCCISD board of trustees,
Superintendent Roel Smith noted
that "major efforts have gone into
the preparation of restructuring our
elementary schools to implement
the 'Neighborhood Concept' system
of operation for our School
District. This whole issue of
implementing the 'Neighborhood
Concept' came about as a result of
the preparation that took place two
years ago for the bond issue. In
preparing for floating a bond issue,
it became necessary to conduct a
needs assessment which revealed the
need to prepare a density study. The
result of this study indicated the
need to construct schools in areas
indicating rapid growth in sludent
population. Zoning is an expected
by-product of the 'Neighborhood
Concept', and it is in this issue
which 1 want to discuss by this
"Since two new schools will be
ready to open their doors for
operation come August 2001, and
since some of the other schools that
arc having renovations and additions
to increase the capacity of their
facilities will be ready within the
following school year, it wa-^
necessary for the School District to
create new attendance zones for the
effective implementation of ihe
'Neighborhood Concept.' Much
thought and work have gone into
the creation of these zones which
arc as listed below:
* North Grammar - Zone 1 and
* New Elementary A - Zone 2.
* Roque Guerra Elementary -
* Ringgold Elementary - Zone 4.
* Hinojosa Elementary - Zone 5.
* La Union Elementary - Zone 7
and Zone 9.
* Alto Bonito Elementary - Zone
* Grulla Elementary - Zone 10.
"In preparation for notifying the
parents as to which school their
child/children will be attending
based on the new zone, a committee
of campus principals and central
office staff reviewed all the research
on 'effective schools', and discussed
the pros and cons of the zoning
issue, thus arriving at a number of
issues which indicate that the
'Neighborhood Concept' has many
merits to it.
"The subject of rezoning,
understandably, produces a feeling
of uneasiness and anxiety. I would
like to provide as much information
to parents as possible regarding this
matter. However, I feel strongly
that the School Board of Trustees
needs to review this information
beforehand so that you may
familiarize yourselves in order to
make a more informed decision."
Smith indicated that a number of
pros and cons of zoning were
arrived at by the committee. Ihe
pros as evaluated by the committee
arc listed below as follows:
(1) Improves parental
(2) Provides for consistent
accountability and training of
student progress from grades Pr K
(3) Decreases transportation
(4) Provides a better
understanding of neighborhood are;i
(5) Improves student attendance.
(6) Provides an equitable balance
of student enrollment
(See CONCEPT, Page 6)
CACST to host Starr
County Discovery Day
The Community Action Council
of South Texas (CACST) will be
hosting Starr County Discovery
Day on Saturday, August 4, :J0<,
at Rio Grande City High School.
Admission to the event will be free,
and it will feature a number of
exhibits for the public to view.
Discovery Day highlights will
include a Car, Truck and
Motorcycle Show. FFA Exhibits
and Demonstrations, Agriculture
Demonstrations, Youth Science
Fair, Nature Exhibit, Remote
Control Airplane Air Show, !nd a
number ol t :licr exh !>.>,■> ■. >,
organizations and businesses
Discovery Day is an alcohol-fur
weapons-free event. Tt participa;.-
in the science fair, the cat. truck, oi
motorcycle show, or to volunteer
assistance, please call Deborah
Trevino at (956) 487-2585, ext. 208
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
U.S. Customs at Roma seizes
almost 150 pounds of cocaine
system serves a few of the areas
within the city limits, which
represent about one-third of the
possible service connections in the
area. The remainder of the
households utilize substandard
septic tanks/cesspools to dispose of
their wastewater. These facilities
pose a significant health threat to
the community, since most are
placed on inadequately sized lots or
soil conditions, which are
unsuitable for septic systems. In
addition, the City's wastewater
treatment plant has been operating
at or near capacity in recent years
and had been cited by the TNRC'C
for inadequate treatment capacity.
The 2.0 MGD Wastewater
Treatment Plant was proposed to be
expanded in two phases, with each
phase providing 1.0 MGD
treatment capacity. On May 9,
2001, the City of Roma
Wastewater Treatment Plant No. 2 -
Phase 1 was put into service with
the shutdown of the City's existing
Wastewater Treatment Plant No. 1.
The new 1.0 MGD Wastewater
Treatment Plant represents the end
of a l()-ycar problem of inadequate
wastewater treatment capacity for
the City of Roma and will provide
adequate treatment capacity for
approximately 10,000 colonia
residents to the year 2020.
U.S. Congressman Ciro D.
Rodriguez indicated his support of
this project: "This project is a
positive step toward improving the
quality of life on the Texas border,
but the problems will persist
without our continued efforts to
improve and maintain water and
waste disposal facilities."
(See TREATMENT, Page 6)
A Houston bus driver spent the
weekend in jail pending a Monday
court appearance following his
arrest Friday by U.S. Customs
Inspectors in connection with a
failed cocaine smuggling attempt at
the Roma Port of Entry.
Jose Rosales-Lppez, age 53, a
resident alien living in Houston,
was scheduled for an initial
appearance before a U.S. Magistrate
Judge in McAllen Monday on twy
federal charges: importation and
possession with intent to distribute
a controlled substance.
Rosales-Lopez entered the U.S.
from Mexico on Friday, June 22
driving a commercial bus filled
with passengers. U.S. Customs
Inspectors referred the bus for a
gamma-ray scan by the Vehicle and
Cargo Inspection Service (VACIS).
The scan indicated discrepancies in
the spare tire area. A subsequent
Canine Enforcement Team
examination resulted in an alert by
Canine "Popsicle" to the same area
Upon further examination, U.S
Customs Inspectors found bundles
containing a total of 148.7 pounds
of cocaine in the spare tire.
The cocaine has an estimated
street value that can be as much as
S5.9 million. U.S. Customs
Inspectors arrested the driver and
turned him over to U.S. Customs
Special Agents, who secured
prosecution on federal drug charges.
The June 22 seizure fell on the
heels of another significant
narcotics load found ai the same
port of entry in a commercial bus
U.S. Customs Inspectors on
Thursday seized 342 pounds of
marijuana from a rear bathroom
"Our Inspectors have done a truly
fantastic job in the past 24 hours.
Slopping back-to-hack seizures in
commercial buses shows both the
skill of the Inspectors and
effectiveness of our non-intrusive
inspection equipment." said Cris
Cantu, Port Director at Roma.
CACST distributes RIF books at La Rosita
On a recent oa a ion, Mrs. Mayda Guerra voluntarily went to CACST La Rosna Head Stan in take part in
the distribution'ol RIF books. She is pictured above reading to the children and was ver\ imp- . ,rd at how
the children were excited about the b<xik selections. (See related story inside)
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