DEL Rio NEWS-HERALD 42 YEAR NUMBER 169 DEL RIO, TEXAS 78840 THURSDAY OCTOBER 2, 1969 IOC COPY •FORTEEN PAGES TODAY Board Okays 9.9 Per Cent Car Insurance Rate Increa Grows Hotter By United Press "International The United States- Mexico dispute over narcotics traffic heated up another degree Wednesday w^th the refusal of Mexican officials to allow American trucks to cross tlfe border and with a complaint from the mayor of Del Rio to President Nixon. Officials in La Linda, Mexico Wednesday refused to allow trucks from the Dowell Chemical Co.' of Houston, a division of Dow Chemical Co., to cross into Mexico to pick up fluor- spar, a necessary..part of the Dowell operation. Dowell, which closed its operation, said the border closing was probably taken in revenge for Operation Intercept, "The word I got today is that officials in La Linda were saying 'No more gringos in .La Linda,' " the Dowell spokesman, said. Mexico promised an offl- »cial explanation today. The Del. Rio mayor, Dr. Alfredo Gutierrez, Wednesday wir- - ed President Nixon asking that a review be made^of the delay and inconvenience 'caused by a search of every car coming in-> to the U.S. Gutierrez said Operation Intercept was having an adverse impact on business in Del Rio and that "irreparable damage" could result if tho operation was not halted. "I am convinced the '. major effect "of Operation Intercept is not the one you intended," Gutierrez said in the wire to Nixon. Meanwhile, Mexican labor unions and business groups, apparently anxious to get even with the United States for the tourist-crippling operation, said a counter squeeze i would go into full effect today. ' The Mexicans said "Operation Dignity" will be a "massive campaign in the public me- "dia" td persuade Mexicans not to cross .the border Into th United' States except for "unavoidably urgent; business. • Intercept, designed -by . the United States to reduce- drug traffic across, the Mex.ieaB-} der, continued Wednesday with no sign of the-Mexican counteroffensive. Customs agents searched every person and ev ery car that crossed the border. Customs agents at El Paso said there was no sign of any demonstration although busl nessmen in Ciudad Juarez, Mex ico, across the Rio Grande, sai they had a volunteer force o 1,200 men to stop Mexicans .from crossing. Many Mexico, residents complained about Intercept, saying ] It hurt their business an was an insult to Mexico. A third operation sprung up along the Texas border. ^Members of the chambers of commerce in Matahtoros, Mexico ah$ Brpwns.yi.Ue,. ,Tex., startet "Operation Friendship." --' The program calls fo Brownsville" residents to^wal across the-, ^border ^e\ times a week to shop and eat, thus helping-Mexican business, Customs agents arres_tefl five men and seized 43 burros near Bouqiilas, Mexico, Wednesday jid charged them with illeg- transporting 7,000 pounds ' candelilla wax into the coun- Agent Carl Brooks said the urro train and men were caught neaking across the border a ew miles from the Boquillas rossing point. "The wax is not a stimulant, )ut a base for polishing wax," Brooks'- said. "Ther-meri were Aimed over to 'immigration." He said? 179,726 persons en- ered the United States by plane, boat, car and foot. Waiting time ranged from 45 minutes 'at El 'asp to three minutes at Eagle 'ass. : ." • Texas Gov. Preston Smith said te strongly favors anything that would reduce narcotics traffic nto the state, although he sym- idthizes with border cities which ost business because of Intercept. " - > Smith told Brownsville Mayor tony Gonzales in a letter there was little he could do about the operation. . He said the program "is retty much a federal problem and I just don't know any way he state can get into it to help." Gonzales wrote a. letter fo Smith earlier this weetf asking the governor to declare Brownsville an economic disaster area because of loss of business caused by Intercept. Jack Drake, president of the International Good Neighbors Council, asked President Nixon t;o review the operation with an. eye toward a "more workable system." Drake, from Weslaco, called' Intercept "ill conceived, not practical, not working and creating an adverse effect on good relations between Mexico and the United States." . -^ He said many members of his organization in the Mexico chapters, particularly in Monterrey, T^mpieof*lncr-Mexico City, are not planning to send delegates to_tb£-!31st -assembly in Hous- Hike to Take Effect Nov. I ton Oct. 23-25 because of Operation Intercept. Weather ONE HUNDRED PER £ENT—Gilbert Murray Motors used, a payroll deduction plan to become the first business to report 100 per cent participation in the 1970 United Fund drive with all 23*employes of the firm contributing an amount equal to at least one'day's pay. Ernest.Worley, left, vice- president of the United Fund, presents a certificate to company employes, left to right, Hubert Clark, sales manager; Jack Harrington, parts manager; Miss Josle Ramos, clerk representing the office force, and James Murray, service manager.' Gilbert Murray Motors is also a United Fund sponsor, being one-of those contributing a minimum of $100 annually to the fund on a sustaining basis. (News-Herald Photo) ..'•"•'•' IN UNITED FUND DRIVE Gilbert Murray First TOO Per Cent DEL RIO AND VICINITY: Clear to partly cloudy and warm this afternoon, tonight "and Friday. Minitnum temperature tonight in the low GOsj 1 maximum temperature Friday in the low 90s. Winds from the southeast at 8 to 211 miles per hour. Maximum tem- peraturc^-Wednesday, 92; minimum 62. Mijiiirium: temperature this morning,' 657 Relative humidity at noon, 62 per cent. Time of sunset, 7:28 p.m.; time of sunrise, 7:38 a.m. - ___, ••_ SOUTHWEST TEXAS, East, of the Pecos River: Partly cloudy and Friday^;, Low tonight, 5.8 in the northwest to 70 in .the southeast; high Friday, 85 to 97. More than $4,000 had been raised for the Del Rio and Val Verde County United Fund before noon today, the total being$4,004.Goal for the ..campaign- is .$35,000. The sponsor division reported $3,515; the Commercial A division, $190; the Commercial B division, $160 and the general division, $109. Gilbert Murray Motors became the first business to report 100 per cent .participate in .the canv paign with all 23 employes giving an .amount equal to at least one day's pay. The payroll de- dacation plan was-used at the plant; Ernest Worley, vice-president of the United Fund, reported. '* . . \ Gilbert Murray Motors is also a United Fund sponsor,'contri- Davis, W.A. Bartee, H.O. Clark, vloises Guzman, Beatrice Balard, JosefaRamOs,NorrisPark, Ramon Ruiz, Armando Sosa, ames Murray, Ellis Beauford, oe Danny Davis, Encarnacion nually to the .fund .on a sustaining basis. . Employes at Gilbert Murray Motors contributing are Joe G. Boycott Moves Fail To Get Much Support By United Press Intel-national ! •. The "Buy Mexican" campaign to 'retaliate against the U.S. "goverrrienf s operation intercept crackdown on marijuana smuggling has received little support at the grassroots level in Mexico* s border cities. .The' Mexican Confederation of Natiortal Chambers of Commerce dubbed the drive "Operation Dignity^' and nad envisioned :thousands of volunteers at border checkpoints dissuading Mexicans^ from crossing to the U.S. side to shop or w(ork. But the campaign received virtually no support from local 'chambers of- commerce in Mexican border towns adjoining California and 'Arizona Wednos-; day and there.were no signs of pickets along the T^xas frontier,. Jn_Mexicp City, Francisco Ca- no Escalante, head of the national chamber, said the full effect of the 'counteroffensive would be felt today." . "A massive campaign in the public media — newspapers, radio, television — will be ed" to keep Mexicans out of the United States except for "unavoidably urgent business/':Cano Escalante said. Mexican businessmen say commerce has dropped an av- .erage of 60 per cent in borde^j cities because American tourists are scared of the .long waits to get backxjnto the United State caused by .person-by-person searches at border checkpoints. Intercept headquarters in LOB Angeles announced Wednesday the- seiwre- of 7,350 pounds of "contraband" candle wax brought across the Rib Grande on a 43-burro pack trail, in the desolate Big Bend area, of Southwest Texas. • ' The candililla ; ., .made , . from a desert plant, II used for candles -and industrial purposes and 'Mexico charges an export duty. There is no ,UiS. -import - •«*Operation Intercept has : been criticized as ineffectual because of the difficulty of patroling the vast stretches of desert along the border where smugglers can come, and go easily. .Bufe in announcing the seizure, a spokesman credited "Intensified inspection and surveillance of operation. Intercept (which) enables border patrol and customs agents to patrol more extensively such isolated aro-?s a '.*BigBend." Zuniga, Raul Villarreal, Benny Hernandez, Hermilio Adame, Oscar .Garcia, Ignacio Pequeno, Federico Rivera, H.B. Hpwer- ton, Antonio V. Flores, Evaristo Patino and Jack L. Harrington. Around Town THE LAUGHLIN-DEL RIO Coin Club will meet tonight at 7:30 o'clock in the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce - building at 405 E, Gibbs St. Anyone interested Is welcome to attend, members said. 1 . A REMINDER THjtT THE* dinner planned for George -Bush was canceled was issued today. Cancellation of the dinner, due to a conflict" with thev.epening the season for the Del Rio Community - Concerts ; Association with the presentation of ' 'Fiesta Mexicana," was announced some time ago but. the reminder v >vaa issued today lest the first announcement had [been overlooked. ' _ Bx IMA JO FLEETWpOD . AND MRS. PEDRO PENA lave jas their guests Mr. and Mrs Arthur Pena of Dallas and their family as well as Frank-Terranella, also of Dallas. THE SAN .FELIPE HIGH School Class of 1957 is planning a reunion and out-of-town mem- >ers are being asked to determine the date, Fifteen class members met Wednesday night and decided to offer possible dates as .Nov. 13 or 14, Dec. 20 or "'••27'. The group will meet again Oct. 15. GREGORY HOLLINGSWORTH, recently ,ho<M*m^teaYe visiting MAJ. . ton of Laugliiiri Air Force Base have . as • their "fgucsts "their-" mothers. Mrs. V.M.ThorntonSr. flew from, her home in Ilazle- nurst, Ga., to San Antonio, where 1 her son and daughter-iti-law met her. The trip was her first-flight and this, is her f irsfevlsit to Del Rio.' Mrs. Thornton's '-mother, Mrs; Henry" Schooler, is from Big Lake, Tex; . A. GAMES PARTY WITH TWO cakes offered as prizes v for each game will be held tonight at 7:30 o'clock by the San Felipe, High School Student Council., The games will be played in the auditorium of the high school to raise money for the council. his parents.^Mr.. and Mrs. Joe Hollingsworth, is now on duty with the U.S. Navy -and his new address/is B 740385 RMS A, U.S. Na-vcomsta", Philippines, Box 93; FPO San Francisco, Calif. $6656', - . . . RELATIVES.'OF RQBERT Barrera, badly burned in Vietnam, said in' addition to amputation of his right: hand, a portion of. his -upper, lip and part of. his right ear have been removed by physicians at. the burn center at Brooke Genera Hospital in San Antonio. He is still under intensive care. Th son of Assistant Chief of Police I.Ii. Barrera and Mrs. Barrera lie was burned when an ampht bious vehicle in which he wa r; Hng hit an enemy mine. Minister Files Suit Against Radio Station DALLAS (UP!) — An Arkansas minister filed a suit for S540,000 in damages Wednesday in federal court, alleging the owners of a Mexico radio sta- ion cut him off the air. The Rev. Ji Harold Smit^ filed the suit against Compania Ra- diodifusura de Coahuila, and At* turo C. Gonzalez of Del'Rio,. Tex., a majority stockholder in he corporation. The corporation owns and operates/ station CERF-in Cjudad Acuna, Coahui- a, Mexico. Smith alleges that last June 1, Gonzales cancejed his one-hour radio sermons 'on the time segments he paid for under a contract signed in 1947. .The term of the contract, he said, was "the lifd of the concession from Jte Mexican government under which XERF operates.'' 'Smith said he paid $85,000 for the rights accruing him under the, contract. In addition, Smith said he agreed with; Gonzalez-in 1957 to help defray; the' expense of hv creasing tHe power of XERF to 250,000 watts. Gonzalez said the agreements are no longer binding, the suit said, and has demanded $2,500 a month from Smith.to continue airing his daily sermons. AUSTIN (UPD — ITie State Insurance Board today approved a 9.9 per cent rate increase for passenger car insurance ef- fective'Nov. 1. : The rate increase — delayed from Sept. 1 by a governor's committee hearings into spiraling auto, insurance rates—will cost Texas insurance buyers an dditlonal $41.4 million in the 'xt 10 .months. ''"Vitv-insurance board followed governor's committee rec- icndatiohs in cutting the in- .0 from its originally pro-j '] 11.4 per cent to the 9.JT ent level. a one-page news release an- icing the rate increases, the ixl said "we- will give care- consideration to the gover- 'n study committee recom- idation that investment in- "j from unearned, premium loss reserves'.' be included ;irc rate-m.aking formulas. i the rate increases prooos- ur Nov. 1 were, calculated i formula that did not allow profits made by insurance jmpanies on their investments. _BOard actuary Sammy Sapp predicted the new rates will not allow the insurance companies to make ,as much as 5 per cent profit next year, which could result in an even larger rate hike in 1970. .,,.;, -% For all normal auto insurance coverage, premiums' will increase from $18 to $29 per year in the 40 different rating areas of the state. The biggest increases will be in the El Paso, West Texas, and Wichita Falls areas. Notices of the proposed rate increases were mailed, today to all insurance companL" and all agents in the state, board.chair- man Ned Price Jr. said. Price said the board order follows a governor's committee recommendation requiring that insurance agents receive an average commission of 18 per mittee study will mean that the new rates that take effect Nov. 1 will be in use only 10 months rather than a full year. Price said the board next year will attempt to rffake any rate changes effective Sept. 1 as it has done in the past. Insurance companies at hearings, before the governor's committee had indicated they might go to court to force the board* to adopt the 11.4 per cent average hike recommended by the board staff. But price said today he has no indication .if any court action will follow the rate increases. Bridge Traffic cent on physical damage policies. Agents and insurance companies had differed over Interpretation of the governor's committee recommendation. Companies had told agents to be prepared for Cuts in their commissions because the committee recommended a maxim 18 per_ cent commission, ~~ But Price specified that the 18 per "cent figure was listed as an average—not a maximum^-commission. The delay in rate changes caused by the governor's corn- Traffic, over the International Bridge spanning tho Rio Grande is down more than 20 per cent for the last 1.5 days of September, Manager H.W. Monzingo reported this • morning, the latter portion of the month being the time Operationlntereepthasbecn in effect. ' Cars crossing the bridgb.^num- bered 27,207 during the last 15 days of September .down .6,700 from the total of 33',907 for the first 15 days of the month, Monzingo said. The number of buses crossing dropped to 521 from 524 during the latter period. Truck crossings increased, with 187 crossing during the last 15 days and 174, during the first 15 days of the month, the manager reported. Passengers in vehicles totaled 28,100 during the last 15 days of September, down 9,301 from the total of 37,401 for the first half, of the month, Receipts for the month of September totaled $23,158.03, down $2,131.53 from the total of $25,289.56 for September, 1968. The number -of pedestrians crossing the bridge, however, increased, Monzipgo noted. During' the last^S'tlays of September, pedestrians numbered 2,703, up 256 from the number of pedestrians .crossing the bridge the first 1-5 days of the month, which was 2,447. ' ' •' : Training Program Is Great Success AUSTIN (UPtt— An exper-, imental program to train unskilled Mexican-Americans for full-time jobs as aircraft workers proved so -successful the newly trained employes didn't want to go home at night, a Daila's executive.said today, "Our biggest problem was to get them to quit at the whistle," said JosephB.Andras- ko, a vice president of the -LTV Aerospace Corp; '- • Andrasko spoke at the University of Texas 31st management conference* He said 65 per cent of the 750 Rio Grande Val- ley residents trained in LTV's "• experimental program are now . working at the-company's Grand Prairie plant. Less than 30 have returned to the Valley, he said. "The others (who left LTV) have stayed in the . area taking what they considered a better job opportunity. They now have a transfer- rable and salable skill," Andras-" ko said. .","••. The Mexican-Americans who participated in the .training program were previously unemployable;-*-^^ . •.' ' : •..•,•" CONVENTION LANDED To Meet in Del Rio Texas Travel Counselors will meet in Del Rio.in April, 1970, Amistod Report Amlstad elevation this, morning was 1065.44, down .01 from Wednesday. Water storage amounted to 1,146,659 acre feet, down 279 acre feet.' Water surface measured 27,791 acres, a decrease- of six acres. Downstream discharge ,was 1,056 second feet. • ;•,... E.H.. 'Shefficldj executive vice- president of the Chamber of Commerce, 'Was informed 1 this morning. . The . meeting is expected to bring approximately 100 representatives of top travel agencies, bureaus- for the state and of major attractions, with pub* lie relations personnel from numerous concerns. The meeting will be the first for the counselprs to Del Rio, although representatives!visited here while the meeting was held in Brackettville.in 1961. • ' Directors of the organization . will meet in Del Rio. in January, 1970, to plan the gcneraf meeting in April of that year,. They are expected to visit the Judge Roy Bean Information Center oF the Texas Highway Department at Langtvy, Alamo Village north- of Brackettville, spend a night in Old Mexico and attend a fish fry at Lake Amistad, Shcfflold said.
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