DEI Rio NEWS-HERALD 44th YEAR NUMBER 33 Phone 775-3531 DEL RIO , TEXAS 78840, TUESDAY AFTERNOON, April 27, 1971 10cCOPY EIGHT PAGES TODAY City to Buy Slurry-Seal Paving. Amistad Report Amistad elevation this morning was 3,063.64, unchanged from Monday. Depth of the water at Amistad Dam was 163.64 feet; water storage amounted to 1,097,735 acre feet, and water surface measured 26,716 acres, all unchanged from Monday. Downstream release was also unchanged atl,120 second feet. U.S. Winding Down Indochina Air War Purchase of a second-hand Slurry-Seal street surfacing machine received a cautious go-ahead from the Del Rio City Council at a special meeting Monday night. The council authorized purchase of the machine from the manufacturer, Young Slurry-Seal, Inc., of Waco, provided the machine performs according to specifications upon its arrival here. The cbst of the machine and the truck upon which it is mounted total $10,850. City Councilmen Johnny Martinez and G.W. Cox and City Street Supt. Jesus Zuniga flew to Waco to see the machine and samples of its work. After all three had given generally favorable reports, J.J. Gaitan moved and Mrs. Robert Paret seconded that the machine be purchased. The vote was unanimous with all councilmen present. City Manager James A. Hester explained the urgency of obtaining the machine during the discussion which preceded the voting. Hester showed maps prepared by the street engineers whose services were contracted last year showing that almost all streets in Del Rio are in urgent need of attention. Hester said Del Rio has approximately 200 miles of paved streets, which require resurfacing at a minimum of Around Town By IMA JO FLEETWOOD PRE-REGISTRATION for first graders and those who will be in kindergarten in the next scholastic year will be completed this week in the Del Rio Independent School District. Principals Luis Hernandez Jr. at Garfield and W.L. Brown at East Side Elementary School said pre-registration was conducted Monday and Tuesday with disappointing results. Parents of these children are requested to call at the offices of the principals this week to pre-register their children. Any time during the school day they may call, the principals said, coming to the school office. MR. AND MRS. COLEMAN NEWMAN left this-morning to drive to Tampico, Mexico, to attend the meeting of the International Good Neighbor Council in session Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They plan to spend tonight in Matehuala, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and drive on to Tampico from there. He is a member of the Good Neighbor Committee in Del Rio arid superintendent of the Amistad Recreation Area for the National Park Service. THE REV. AND MRS. CHARLES SOLOMON, former residents of Del Rio, are here renewing acquaintances. The Rev. Mr. Solomon is a former § tor of the First Presbyterian irch and the visitors will be lored at an informal open ise tonight at 7:30 o'clock i^i the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hill, 806 Pecan St. Friends and acquaintances of the couple, whether members of the Presbyterian Church or not, are invited to visit with the Solomons. once every 10 years. To provide maintenance on such a schedule would require surfacing of 20 miles of street per year. To retop 20 miles under the level coating system now employed would cost $64,000 for materials alone and would require approximately 200 work days for the city paving crews. The Slurry Seal process can do the 20 miles for $20,000 in material costs in 100 crew work days, Hester explained. The City Manager said that since the city is so far behind in its street maintenance work, it is essential that it turn to another method and attempt to save streets in danger of deteriorating beyond repair. In other business, City Manager Hester expressed grave concern over the city's failure to obtain county approval for a plan for joint operation of the ambulance service by the city and county under management of Val Verde Memorial Hospital. Hester told the council that he had met with the Commissioners Court earlier in the day and admitted that he was "highly perturbed" when told that the county did not have funds for the purpose, suggesting that the city operate the service solo. However, Hester added, the commissioners promised to review their budget and did not completely shut the door to an agreement. The big problem is that time is running out, he explained. Private ambulance operators have issued notice, that they will discontinue their operations at the end of May. Fire Chief W.E. Zorn reported the resignation of Timothy M. Hansen from the fire department. The position will be offered to the one person on the civil service roster. If he decides not to take the job, civil service tests must be conducted before the position can be filled, City Manager Hester explained. The council went into executive session and after emerging from behind closed doors announced that they will be ready to act on acquision of a site for the new Central Fire Station at their next regular meeting. They will also select an architect to design the structure at that time. Mayor Alfredo Gutierrez said that persons residing near two potential sites for the station will be interviewed before final selection of a site is made. 25 Per Cent Cut Ordered OCCUPATIONAL CAREER SPEAKER-Capt. Lindy Nicholson explained the advantages of serving as a military nurse as she conferred with San Felipe High School students at the occupational career conference in that school Monday from 4 to AT SAN FELIPE HIGH 5 p.m. With Captain Nicholson, left to right, are Sandy Ramon, student in charge; Olga Cardenas and Adelaide Cardenas. (News-Herald Photo) By FRED S. HOFFMAN AP Military Writer WASHINGTON ,(AP) - U.S. fighter-bomber operations in Southeast Asia will be cut about another 25 per cent in the coming year, reducing them to the lowest level since early in the air war, Pentagon sources sav. Current planning calls for a monthly average of about 7,500 Air Force fighter-bomber sorties in South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia during the fiscal year starting July 1, the sources said. That represents a drop of some 2,500from this year's average of 10,000 sorties a month. A sortie is a single flight by a single plane. . Even before the planned new reduction, fighter-bomber operations have fallen about 50 per cent below the war peak of almost 19.600 a month in fiscal 1968. Meanwhile, the number of Weather Day Program Held Students heard advantages offered in various occupations at the Occupational Career Conference in San Felipe High School from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday. The conference- was sponsored by SFHS, the guidance department, which includes Mrs. Marie Keller and Ernesto Zamudio; by the Student Council, the Neighborhood Youth Corps Department and Laughlin Air Force Base civilian personnel. ...- Harry Urby, president of the Student Council, opened the meeting with introduction of platform guest, Ross N. Read, chief employe of management relations, placement and training. After a brief talk by S.V. Ramon, principal -of SFHS, the individual conference sessions were held. Fields represented included general office work, nursing, medical laboratory technician, law enforcement, .business administration, professional musician, recording artist, telephone operator, military service, federal Civil Service, engineering, computers, auto mechanics, teacher and electronics and radio. Representatives in the various fields included Mrs. Luz L. Fisher, Mrs. Sobeida Snow, Capt. Lindy Nicholson, Sgt. Norman Cage, Sgt. R. Ornales, Wencho and Moises Calderon, Miss Anne Reed, Miss Gloria Constancia, Lt. Lavonne Mark, Sgt. William Barnes, H.H. Anderson, Robert Zavala, Capt. James A. Johnson, M. Sgt. Charles E. Weed, Rodrigo Santellanes, Lt. Milton E. Swainston, J.B. Pena, Abelardo de la Cruz and Al Fernandez. DEL RIO AND VICINITY: Partly cloudy and hot this afternoon with 20 per cent possibility of thundershowers late this afternoon. Generally fair and a little cotiler tonight and Wednesday. Minimum temperature tonight in the low 60s; maximum temperature Wednesday in the high 80s. Winds from the northwest at 5 to 18 miles per hour. Maximum temperature Monday, 93; minimum 68. Minimum temperature this morning, 71. Time of sunset, 8:17 p.m.; time of sunrise, 7:05 a.m. SENTENCE SUSPENDED Drug Offender Turns Preacher A young New York man, arrested here last December, told District Judge George M. Thurmond this morning, "I feel that the Lord wants me to work with drug addicts," and was given a two-year suspended sentence with probation after pleading guilty to possession of seven marijuana cigarettes. AdultProbation Officer Named Students Res To Clean-Up Call High school students from both the Del Rio High School and the San Felipe High School are responding to the call for volunteer workers in the concentrated clean-up campaign being staged this week. Sponsoring the drive is the civic affairs committee of the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce with Tom Sullivan as chairman. The Del Rio Board of Realtors is offering a trophy to the group or class having the most volunteers for the project, Sullivan said today. Fiftv-five workers from Del Rio High School cleaned the right of way areas on Highway 90 West Monday afternoon, with 22 of them seniors and 23, juniors. Laughlin Air Force Base provided four trucks into which the students dumped the gathered litter and debris from along the highway. Late this afternoon junior and senior students from San Felipe High School will work along East Gibbs Street, which is Highway 90 East. For the 'remainder of the week, Sullivan gave the schedule as follows: Sophomores and freshmen from Del Rio High School will work Wednesday afternoon along Las Vacas; on Thursday afternoon, sophomores and freshmen from SFHS will work on Margarita Street, Highway 277J3outh. "A big party will be given at the end of the week for all volunteers," Sullivan said. "Every day, each worker is given tickets to the party. We are working out the details as to the place and arrangements," Sullivan said. The former Maverick County district clerk, Rene Barrientos, began duty today as the adult probation officer for the five-county 63rd Judicial District following approval Monday by Val Verde Commissioners Court of his appointment to the newly-created post by District Judge George M. Thurmond. The Appointment of Barrientos;- hjis been several months irT being made final. Judge Thurmond's appointment was approved by Commissioners Courts in all five counties which comprise the 63rd Judicial District. Val Verde was the last to approve clearing the way for the new officer to begin his official duties. Barrientos was in district court his morning in Del Rio where his first probation case was assigned to him by Thurmond. The adult probation officer's position was created through a program implemented by the Middle Rio Grande Development Council and is supported in part with a grant from the Texas Criminal Justice Council. Each county in the district also contributed funds or services as their share of the support for the operation of the probation office which will also include a juvenile probation officer. It was reported this morning that Barrientos will make his office in room 10 of the county annex building on Griner which also houses the Community Action Agency offices. He will travel with the district court and supervise offenders receiving probationary sentences in the five-county area served by the 63rd District Court. William Edward Whitehurst has been confined to the Val Verde County Jail for almost five months after he was arrested by a U.S. Customs Inspector on the weed charge. During his confinement in jail, Whitehurst was visited by members and lay ministers of a local church. One of the members, Myron J. Potts, testified in court that when the church group first began visiting Whitehurst, "he wasn't very happy to see us." Potts said that "he made catty remarks to us and asked us if we didn't have anything else to do on Sunday but talk about Jesus Christ." But as the days went by, Potts said, "Bill accepted the^Lord as his Savior while he was in, jail." .According to Potts testimony; the youthful offender wrote a letter to him and asked him for a private conference in the jail. He said that he and a local pastor went to visit him and were allowed by the jailer to talk in a private 1 room. "It was during that visit that he told us that he wanted to do the Lord's work and become a minister," continued Potts. Judge Thurmond, after (See PREACHER, Page 8) B52 bomber sorties, temporarily up to 1,200 a month because of the intense air campaign to shut off enemy supplies flowing through Laos, will be down to 1,000 a month in the coming fiscal year. While U.S. ground combat responsibilities are due to end this summer, American war planes will continue to support South Vietnamese troops at least for another year. As the South Vietnamese air force gradually assumes the principal task, the weight of U.S. air power is expected to concentrate almost entirely on the North Vietnamese supply lines through Laos and Cambodia. President Nixon has indicated some U.S. air power will remain in the war zone as long as North Vietnam holds Americans prisoner and until the South Vietnamese develop the capacity to defend themselves against a takeover. Four squadrons of F100 fighter-bombers are due to be withdrawn from South Vietnam this summer, followed by three squadrons of F4 Phantoms later in the fiscal year. The United States will keep a couple of squadrons of F4s and another few squadrons of AC 119 gunships in South Vietnam throughout the coming fiscal year,accordingto present plan. Along with its B52 bombers in Thailand, the United States will retain about eight squadrons of F4s, plus several squadrons of other fighter-bombers, light bombers and gunships whose principal target is the Ho Chi Minh trail. School Talks To Open Today The arrival of Frank W. Render II, deputy assistant to the Secretary of Defense, was being awaited in Del Rio this morning to conduct a meeting between federal, state and local education and military officials. The meeting was scheduled to open at 1 p.m. in the Ceniza Room of the Del Rio Civic Center. It was understood that the meeting would be concerned with complaints against the bussing of Laughlin Air Force Base students to attend Del Rio schools. CAA Head Raps Manpower Chiefs CLEANING UP LITTER-Volunteers from the senior and junior classes of Del Rio High School worked on Highway 90 West late Monday afternoon, gather.ng up litter irrthe concentrated clean-up campaign that will continue this week. Fifty-five students piled the collected trash into four Laughlm Air Force Base trucks as they worked. Juniors and seniors of San Felipe High School will work this afternoon along East Gibbs Street. Highway 90 East in town and, for the remainder of the week, others from the two high schools wilt work in assigned areas. (News-Herald Photo) "* I Community Action Agency Director Sharon Flippen made g ublic a letter to the Office of conomic Opportunity Monday in which she scoulded area manpower program chiefs for what she termed leaving Val Verde County out in the cold in the planning, implementation and operation of the programs.. Mrs." Ffippen read the two page letter before Val Verde County Commissioners Court •Monday. Following the reading of the heated letter she told the commissioners, "I've had just about all that I can take." The letter expressed her apparent dissatisfaction with the lack of response that she has received to her requests for more local participation in manpower programs-which are conducted in other area cities and include) students from Del Rio and VaJ Verde County. Mrs. Flippen's letter specifically pojnted out a complete lack'of response from Marcos Salas with the Department of Labor and Ralph Garcia, Manpower Specialist in Laredo, to her letters requesting information and aid tor development of manpower programs in Val Verde County. She stated that she has written them both several letters but has never received a reply from either. Del Rio and Val Verde County are being given no consideration in these E rograms by the Concentrated mployment Program In Eagle Pass or by .the Cooperative Area , Manpower Planning System (CAMP£), she said. Fifty persons each day are bussed to Eagle Pass to the. CEP training program, yet ho one here has anything to saw about the program, according to Mrs. Flippen. She said that CEP Director Floyd Kocher has remarked that he is taking care of the manpower prog]""" for Val Verde County. ."I ' tank that someone here, either the CAA, City Council or Commissioners Court, should have some involvement in the program »f our people are going to participate in it," said Mrs. IhT'said that she has requested forms, information and dates in reference to the submission of this year's CAMPS but has yet to receive a renly. "The plans and requests are due to be submitted soon," she said, "but we can't even get anyone to talk with us about it " ' After . reading the letter which she had written apparently without the prior knowledge of _ the commissioners; Mrs. Flippen said, f'There, you can dress me down ifryou want to, put frankly I am fed up." The commissioners responded with a vote of confidence lor her. .... .^.i.....-^...* . UK. *.
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