The Pharr Press (Pharr, Tex.), Vol. 47, No. 25, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 3, 1980 Page: 1 of 16
- Highlighting On/Off
- Adjust Image
- Rotate Left
- Rotate Right
- Brightness, Contrast, etc. (Experimental)
- Cropping Tool
- Download Sizes
- Preview all sizes/dimensions or...
- Download Thumbnail
- Download Small
- Download Medium
- Download Large
- High Resolution Files
- IIIF Image JSON
- IIIF Image URL
- View Extracted Text
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
Pharr Memorial Li^irary
130 E. Caffery
New lawyer attracted
by growth potential
'ft 11 '
Alejandro and Carmen Moreno review legal papers
Pharr's newest lawyer came to Pharr
because of a prior interest and because of
the city’s growth potential.
Alejandro Moreno, Jr. recently set up
practice at 121 East Park in Pharr. He and
his wife Carmen, who is the law office’s
executive secretary, presently live in
Elsa with their two children, Laura- three
years and Louie- eight years.
Moreno said he had known Pharr
Chamber of Commerce executive
vice-president Benny Benavides, and
Benavides mentioned Pharr as a good
place to begin business. Moreno said he
had worked in the Pharr area previously
and he thought there would be good
opportunities for him here.
‘With the present growth and the
bridge possibility, I hope to be able to
grow with Pharr.”
Moreno was born in Laredo but went to
jchoo! in Mercedes. His father has been
with U.S; Customs for over 30 years,
working between Lardo and Brownsville,
before the family settled in Mercedes.
Moreno went to Pan American
University for two years before going to
the University of Texas where he
graduated with a major in Latin American
development economics. He came to the
$3 million rav&R/es- $3.3 million budget
Preliminary city budget released
The preliminary 4(30-81 ciiy budget
that City Manager Reyes Vela has handed
over to the city ccmm*ss*°<’’ shows
projected general-fun<< revenues of
slightly over $3 million and proposed
pe nditures of just over $3-3 million.
is a preliminary sketch," Vela
i^he city commissioniind'C£*®'d last
year thafXthey wanted to see each
departments request "That is what they
were given Vela sakf.
Included in the budget is an
eight-percent raise across the board in all
Vela pointed out that a 15 percent
increase is normal for each department
for one year due to inflation and standard
Overall, Vela said the budget looks
better going into the first round because
there are less capital improvements
listed. Some of the needed improvements
will be covered by the bond issue that
El presupuesto preliminar para los anos
1980-81 fue entregado a los comisionados
de la ciudad por el gerente de la ciudad Sr
Reyes Vela. El mismo indica unos gastos
de mas de $3.3 millones. las entradas
seran de unos $3 millones. El senor Vela
dijo que los comisionados querian ver el
pedido de cada departamento, y esto es lo
que se les ha dado. En este presupuesto
se incluye un aumento de un 8 por ciento
en todos los de par tame ntos. Los
comisionados tendran oportunidad de ver
los pedidos de cada departamento y
estudiar y dar prioridad a todas las
necesidades de la ciudad.
Vela also pointed out that increased
sales tax and electrical franchise tax
raises should help equal out expenditures
By resolution the city passed, electric
franchise taxes were doubled, from 2 to 4
percent. This was project to raise the
revenues from SOo.uuu last year to
$130,000 for the next fiscal vear.
City sales tax revenues were projected
to increase $120,000 in 1980-81, from
$795,000 to $915,000.
Federal funding used for the general
fund was $85,000 in community
development funds and $285,000 in
revenue sharing in 1979-80. Projected for
the coming fiscal year, are $104,081 in
community development and $423,000 in
The biggest requested increase in
expenditures for 1980-81 is the fire
department. It is requesting $434,814
compared to $217,933 for last year.
The police department is requestion
$640,785, about $80,000 above last year’s
budget. Vela said new vehicles and
increased cost of gasoline make up most of
The other large expenditures request-
Traffic engineering $11,147 up from
Street maintenance $313,785 up from
Sanitation $373,423. up from $276,757.
The Pharr Library $169,180, up from
Parks maintenance $137,817, up from
Building maintenance $130,976, up from
Community Development Program
administration $104,981, up from $89,313.
City Manager’s office $137,823, up from
The Utility fund service revenue
projected for 1980-81 shows water
revenues projected at $741,500 and sewer
revenues at $304,000.
Included in the water revenues are
$720,000 from water sales, $15,000 from
tapping charges. $2,500 in reconnections
and $4,000 in miscellaneous.
The sewer revenues projected show
$300,000 in sewer charges, $3,000 from
See CITY BUDGET, page 7A
Ei senor Alejandro Moreno Jr.
recientemente inaguro su oficina en la I
calle East Park, numero 121. El y su
esposa Carmen, quien funge como
secretaria ejecutiva, viven en Elsa junto
con sus dos hijos. El dijo que conocia al
senor B. Benavidez y el fue quien le
recomendo a Pharr como un buen lugar
para empezar un negocio. El dijo que]
espera crecer junto con Pharr.
El senor Moreno es graduado de la I
Universidad de Texas y se especializo enj
Desarrollo de la economia latirioamericana
sus prime ros dos anos asistio a la I
Universidad Panamericana. En el ano
1977 se fue a Houston a obtener su titulo
de abogado. Este ano consiguio suf
licenciatura. Actualmente el senor
Moreno esta ocupado con trabajos del
inmigracion, pero el tiene interes en el)
^aivijb de los impuestos yen easos de j
Valley to work after graduation in 1968. Ini
1977 he returned to law school from which!
he recently graduated.
See MORENO, page 5A
u period i cobilingue
47th Year No. 25 USPS Thursday, July 3, 1980
Pharr hosts Drive for Conservation
BY ROGER LARA, JR.
The city of Pharr has been given the
honorable distinction of being the first
Valley city to host Atlantic Richfield’s
‘Drive for Conservation”, a public service
program that shows motorists how they
can save on gasoline, which will be heid at
El Centro Mall July 2-5.
The program, whicj^^^j&Lsts, of
number of exhi&tsojM-
dynamometer, a device " that si»iiulac«l“
road driving conditions. A volunteer froip
the audience will be asked to take two
three mile “drives”, the first consisting of
the voluteer’s regular driving habits, and
the other incorporating recommended
techniques. The audience will be able to to
read the miles per gallon impact of the
driver’s actions on large gauges monted
outside the cae which are connected to
special monitering equipment inside the
The city commissioners, at their regular
meeting on July 1, unanimously approved
a resolution presented by Mayor Quintin
Newcombe that proclaimed Wednesday,
July 2 as “ARCO DRIVE FOR
CONSERVATION DAY”. The Mayor
himself officially opened the display by
being the first to take a “drive” in the test
It seems to always happen
in Falfurias, the couple said.
Last year when travelling
through, the wife was locked
in a bathroom.. This year she
and her husband stopped in a
Falfurias restaurant. The
wife was telling her son about
the incident: “I entered the
restroom and went to my
surprise saw a man on the
commode.” ‘Wow,’ her son
replied. “And yoy know
something. I recognized him.
‘Wow, Wow’ said the son.
“Yes, it was your dad.” Be
said in the obscurity of the
hall, it was difficult to read
the signs. Or so the husband
COMINGS & GOINGS
The annual installation for
new officers of Post 101,
American Legion will be July
7,1980 at 8 p.m.
The First Annual 8am-
A-Cross will be Sturday, July
12 at the Pharr Olympic Pool.
For information call 682-1363.
Reynosa State Fair begins
today, June 26th and
continues through July 13.
The PSA Colts will play this
July y will be a Free Kids
Dog Slow at 3 p.m. at 8uth
Park Youth Center in
Weather taken from The Carl
Summer Recreation activity
on Photo Page,IB.
First of series on Mexican-
U.S. Policy, Press Ed. Op. on
Weddings, Page 2A.
Dorothy Bagwell begins
series on marriages, Page 8A.
Your Forth of July Pharr
Shopping Guide, Pages 3 &
Plus sports, asgrigulture and
ritcn, Hit & Run registrat-
ion begins June 30. Boys and
girls ages 8-13 eligible. Will
be July 12. Cll 687-4926 or
686-2351 for more infor-
District 15 8>w Pitch
Tournament will be July
12&13 in Edinburg. For
information call 383-5661, ext.
71 or 75.
k® Srnuo for
The Pharr Chamber of Commerce
announced that it is organizing a group
to represent Pharr at the Reynosa
Fair on Valley Day.
July 8 is Valley Day and Executive
Vice President Benney Benavides said
he expects to have a delegation of
about 25 people going. The group will
leave from the Chamber office at 7
Valley Day honors the Valley’s
contributions to Mexico and stresses
the benefits of cooperation between
Mexican valley cities and U.S. valley
Benavides said anyone is invited to
attend. People should contact the
Pharr Chamber office at 787-1481.
La camara ue comercio de Pharr ha
indicado que esta organizando un grupo
que asistira a la feria de Reynosa el dia 8
de julio, que ha sido designado por la feria
como el dia del valle. El senor B.
Benavidez, presidente ejecutivo de la
camara de comercio dijo qUe una
delegacion de 25 personas estara
asistiendo a la feria. El grupo partira de la
oficina de la camara a las 7:00 P.M.
Cualquier persona esta invitada a esta
feria. Todas las personas interesadas en
asistir pueden llamar al telefono 787-1481.
Demonstrations will be held daily from
H a.m. to 7 p.m. The specially equipped
show how fuel savings form up to
conservation nniA*, -Vt driving with a
principles and proper vehicle
See CITY COUNCIL, page 7A
La ciudad de Pharr es la primera en
recebir la presentacion "Drive for
Conservation”, un programa que muestra
al publico como se puede conservar
combustible. Estara en El Centro Mall
el 2 hasta el 5 de Julio.
En otra accion la ciudad:
-Aprobo tres peticiones de planamiento;
Jose Quintero, Quintero subdivision por
“I” Road; George Noser, a coraerdal FM
495 y Sugar Road; y Frank Quintero, US
281 al sur de Hall Road.
-Aprobo una ordenanza la cual se
prohibe el estacionamiento o parada de un
~«^ulo aHado del centro de las cuadras-
Las Milpas fue red •
hasta 45 mph.
Valued items stolen
A local Pharr family suffered a loss
of family heirlooms in an April
robbery. To date the family hasn’t had
any success in recovering the items.
The family contacted the PRESS
and said that they will pay to get ther
heirlooms back. The family spokesman
stressed that the items are valued by
the family for the history and
sentiments attached to them.
Anyone who has bought these items
and who would want to return them,
should contact Mr. D. 0. Lee at
787-1552. Mr. Lee will act as
intermediary in purchasing the items.
The items the family especially
wants back are:
-An antique music box made of wood
with rose inlay. The box plays eight
tunes and has a stop-start-repeat.
-A Jones & Jones gun rack, carved
gold and black.
Una familia local de nuestra ciudad
<fue victima de un robo de objetos
familiares en el mes de abril pasado.
Hasta la fecha la familia no ha podido
La familia se puso en contacto con
este semanario y dijeron que ellos
estan dispuestos a pagar por lo objetos
que les robaron.
La familia esta interesada principal-
mente en una caja musical de madera,
una repisa para detener pistolas, tres
pistolas, una de ellas con las iniciales
A.L., un cargador muzzle y una
Winchester 30-40. Cualquier persona
que ha comprado lo antes mencionado
puede hablar con el senor D.O. Lee al
telefono 787-1552. __
-Three guns: A Daisy B-B gun with
the initials “A.L.”, a muzzle loader
and a 30-40 Winchester.
Drops bus in favor of Mexican truck ride with Manuel
Part 4- by Cris Riebli
The truck driver’s name was Manual and only thirty minutes
ago he had finished a late breakfast with his wife and children.
He was sitting,chewing on a toothpick, with both feet dangling
out the door of his truck. The sunlight reflecting back from the
water made his face seem large and dark against the harsh
white of his tee-shirt.
While I stood on a tiny running board just back of the cab,
Manuel fire-off a salvo of questions that Latins seem to ask of
foreigner *iling in their country. He wanted to know what I
did and how ,.iuch I made among other things, questions that
were usually much more gaurded in the U.S.
When I told him, he stopped chewint his toothpick and
converted the salary into pesos.
“Not that much more than what I mah down here if I drive an
extra day or two during the month,” he said.
We looked out across Tampico’s bay. Two ferries were
shuttling traffic back and forth between where we stood and a
point of the other side of the water, perhaps a mile away. Both
ferries seemed to keep about a half mile between them all the
time. They passed each other every fifteen minutes.
The ferries resembled large barges with elevated walkways
that ran along each of their sides. The pilothouse was suspended
over the deck area by steel girders. Here the pilot stood behind
a long, wooden-spoked wheel, occasionally leaning out to talk or
shout an order to one of the two deckhands.
The ferry drew closer. The pilot spun the wheel sharply to
starboard and brought the vessel perpendicular to the dock.
When it seemed almost certain that the bow would crash into
the concrete pilings, he reversed the direction of the props and
raced the engine sharply. Water bubbled and rolled up from the
lower depths, making waves that bobbed the smaller crafts near
shore. The ferry nosed into its berth smoothly.
They began to unload. A deckhand cranked at a stubborn
winch and lowered the steel ramp onto the dock’s surface. The
foot passengers scampered ashore before it had hardly touched
down. The other deckhand began directing the drivers on how
to unload, pointing to each when their turn came to disembark.
“When are they going to build a bridge here?, I asked. Part of
my American impatience had surface with the question. The
Whole ferry operation violated a most-American principle it took
too much time.
“The bridge has been planned for years.” Manuel chuckled.
“But they never seem to have enough money to build it. It think I
saw a drawing once that an enginner had made. Everyone had
talked about it and how much easier it would be to drive. Now,
maybe, the perroleum industry can build one since they are the
ones that tear up the highways so much. You see all this heavy
traffic? The trucks carrying high pressure gas pipe, all the
motors and pumps and equipment? That’s all for oil and gas.
I wanted to tell him that I didn’t know who had the greater
challenge to face - the enginners in building roads or the people
that had to drive on them. It seemed to difficult to phase and so
it went unsaid.
“The roads here make Mexico’s bus and truck drivers some of
the best in the world.” I was patronizing Manuel but, it was my
of thanking him for the ride he offered.
We live with the roads just like we live with everything else.
I don’t know that we accept it but we live with conditions that
are Mexico’s and that must be very different from those in the
United States. We do things different here.”
I agreed. There weren’t too many places left in the states
where ferries would operate between points scarcely a mile
apart. Engineers would have designed and built a bridge and
sent any of those ferries to early mothball. Traffic would move
across it in a constant flow. No deckhands and shouting pilots,
no straining cables and slippery decks. We were always
changing forms, sloughing off earlier one. There was with one
excuse or another. Progress, innovation, speed ever any
shortage of reasons for what we did.
The ferry emptied and it was now our time to board. Young
boys selling brightly colored punch in plastic bags gave us their
final sales pitch before moving to the next vehicle. Manual
ignored them. He had both eyes rivted on the deckhand, waiting
for the signal. When it came Manuel eased his truck into gear.
We inched forward.
The weight of Manuel’s truck and trailer made the ferry sink
until the deck was now below the top of the dock. We continued
forward, moving up into a long space with vehicles on either side
of us. One more truck followed and then a final group of
passengers on foot. The plate was winched up again. A shout
came from both ends of the vessel and we were underway.
I glanced over at Manuel. Sweat had gathered in the folds of
his forehead and had made a little triangle through the front of
his tee-shirt. He was watching the deckhands from his side-view
mirrors. They were on the walkway lighting cigarettes. With a
book of tickets in their hand they descended onto the deck once
again and began collecting tolls.
It still wasn’t quite noon. The sun danced off the surface of
the water and made swirling, jelly-like reflections against the
passengers. Grey smoke tumbled out of distant stack and hung
across Tampico's skyline. Metal buildings glimmered in the
heat; sea going tankers and freighter listed at their moorings.
The sun felt cooler yet brighter out on the water.
“I don’t mine the ferry so much,” Manual said. “I think it’s
the smoothest part of the highway between here and Mexico
city.” We both laughed.
The ride was smooth. With the weight of the vehicles, the
ferry plowed evenly rough the water with hardly a pitch.
Smaller boats with low, wooden roofs painted red and green
passed by. Their passengers sat benches arranged in rows with,
the luggage piled just before the pilot in the stern. There wasj
always a child leaning over the side of the boat and trailing his
hand in the water.
See TRUCK RIDE, page 8A
Here’s what’s next.
This issue can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Matching Search ResultsView 14 places within this issue that match your search.
Tools / Downloads
Get a copy of this page or view the extracted text.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Newspaper.
Nelson, Charles. The Pharr Press (Pharr, Tex.), Vol. 47, No. 25, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 3, 1980, newspaper, July 3, 1980; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth861716/m1/1/?q=12th%20Armored%20Memorial%20Museum: accessed February 20, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Pharr Memorial Library.