Del Rio News Herald from Del Rio, Texas on August 22, 1997 · Page 1
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Del Rio, Texas
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Friday, August 22, 1997
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1. NATION Ban on Race, Sex Preference Could Be Law hi California PAGE 6 STATK Shoppers 'lassoed' for Jury Duty PAGE 5 New Local TV Station to Open SEE BELOW SPORTS Woods, Miekelson Share Lead PAGE 9 DEL RIO, TEXAS FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 1997 .50 cents Travis Texas Open/Babe Ruth benefit community 'SUSAN COTTLE LEONARD Special to the News-Herald f ~-The recent Travis Open Fish- ting Tournament, combined with "''the Babe Ruth Regional Baseball Tournament, brought an esti- .. mated direct economic benefit of '$476.321 to the community. But the indirect economic benefit is many times greater; the money ..brought into the community rolls jipfyer and over, adding to the eco- £f?omic health of the area. Del Rio was awash with fishermen, boats and ballplayers the _ weekend of Aug. 2-3, due to the ^largest fishing tournament ever t-tk)sted by Del Rio, held the same ^weekend as the regional baseball rjpurnament. ~ The Travis Open attracted fishermen pulling 593 and the Babe Ruth Region- brougHt 120 ballplayers plus coaches and families - more than SOO in all. The. out-of-towners Sarived Thursday or Friday, fished or played ball all weekend, and packed up and went home Sunday or Monday. The visitors may be gone now, but they left a great economic benefit behind. , ,A brief example: Joe and Jack, pome to Del Rio to fish in the Travis Open. They live in Austin, ''and they want to win the tournament, so they make arrangements to come to Del Rio at least twice, prior to the big event for practice fishing. The fishermen stay in a motel room four nights ."••I- ,. - • spread over two weekends about $160. They buy bait, meals, gas. etc. (a present for Joe's wife who is angry he is spending so much time fishing) another $600. They have a problem with their vehicle - $100. The two men have spent $860 in Del Rio so far. Now they return for the tournament. They come to pre-fish, so the men stay three nights about $120. Again, they buy meals, snacks, equipment, etc. $600. The two men have now spent $1,580 in Del Rio. They enjoy a meal at a local restaurant and give the waitress a $20 tip. She has been receiving extra tips from many of the fishermen so she spends more than usual at a local beauty shop. The beautician has extra money from her client and spends the money at the grocery store on items she might not ordinarily purchase. The store has a great month since the waitress and others, maybe convenience store owners, are receiving and spending more than average. The store hires a new part-time employee. That employee now has purchasing power to increase the local economy. The money rolls on and on and the circle of benefits continues. The Del Rio/Lake Amistad area has about 1,000 motel and bed and breakfast rooms. From Thursday, July 31, through Sun- day., Aug. 3, motel managers report a total of 1,377 room nights used by tournament participants and spectators. Babe Ruth participants filled about 225. According to figures provided, event attendees paid an estimate average in-town rate of $46.46; the average rate outside city limits was $43.85. This estimate is based solely on the reported number of room nights utilized by people attending the events. The study does not take into account the number of people who camped or stayed with relatives and friends, spending money and adding to the area economy. The number of motel rooms which would have been used excluding event attendees is not considered either. An occupancy rate of two adults per, room was used to determine the estimated economic impact, although more than two people stayed in many of the rooms. The number of room nights reported used by tournament- related visitors July 31-Aug. 3 is 1,377, (1,087 within the city limits.) The total estimated amount of motel revenue generated by the two events is $63,221, with city motels receiving about $50,505.50. The city collects a 7% room tax from motels inside the city limits and 38% of that amount is designated for promotion of Del Rio by the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce Tourist & Convention Department. The Photo courtesy Chamber of commerce Jack and Raquet Shandley of Del Rio will be fishing from their new Cobra bass boat, their prize for winning the Travis Open Fishing Tournament held locally Aug. 2-3. money is used to attract more visitors, another circle of benefits. The estimated individual average daily expenditure for a tourist is $150 per day (the figure used by the Room Tax Committee to determine the impact of special events in Del Rio). This figure represents an estimate amount spent on meals, equipment, repairs, gas, retail items, entertainment and other expenses. Based on two adults per room occupancy (for 1,377 room nights), tournament participants spent an estimated total of $413,100 during their stay (excluding lodging expenditures). The estimated direct economic impact to the Del Rio area is $476,321 (figured by adding the estimated expenditures of $413,100 to the estimated See ECONOMY, P. 3 Dress code to be strictly enforced "Shoes must be worn at all times," is among rules outlined in the new student dress code at Del Rio High School. Dress Code guidelines for the 1997-98 school year were released this week by school officials Patty McNamara, principal, and assistant principals Ray Grolemiind, Manuel Limones, Joe Medina and Lupe Sotelo. Students at the high school are cautioned not to wear "unacceptable attire." Students who fail to comply with the dress code policy will be "sent home for correction," according to school officials. They also ask parents to co-operate to ensure that their son or daughter is in compliance with school dress code policy. As outlined in the Dress Code Policy "unacceptable behavior" is not limited to: • Profane language, lettering or designs on clothing such as Satanic symbols, etc.; • Cut-offs, see-throughs, rare midriffs or halter tops; • All skirts, culottes and walking shorts must be no shorter than mid-thigh length; • Oversized apparel, including baggy pants which are worn at the waist; overalls with one strap unfastened; pants that are cut off below the knees and worn with knee socks. (Pants should fit at the waist and have properly sewn hems); • Gang colors or gang related attire, symbols, emblems, etc. • Shoes must be worn at all time. • Sandals must have a heel strap; • Thongs or flip flops are not permitted; • Hair must be neat and clean; males' hair shall not exceed the base of the collar; • No goatees or beards will be permitted; • Steel-toed boots are prohibited; • No earrings are to be worn by males; • No facial jewelry for male or See DRESS, P. 3 Finally the community will enjoy its own TV broadcast channel! Recently Ernie Evans,v-p sales ahd Bianca Sincic, sales rep., for KTRG-TV1O, stated that they are proud of being the first local t!j/ channel in Del Rio. The channel will start early in September. Ijew local TV station, KTRG, geared to family viewing LOBOS CHEERLEADERS ANGELICA ILTIS Staff Writer • Del Rio's first' television sta- PICK 3 6-2-6 CASH 5 -12-13-16-38 INDEX v; (Vol. 69 NO. 118) t misements 10 otter 2 •Classifieds 11-13 <peaths 2 ^Opinion 4 Spanish 8 Sports 9 Texas 5 IV. *"" \ MasterCarc*~~[ COMPLETE RADIATOR SYSTEM FLUSH fMM>U ,99 tion, KTRG, goes on the air beginning Monday, Sept. 1. Station representatives Ernie Evans, vice president-sales and Bianca Sincic, sales representative, said the new television channel's emphasis will be programming for the whole family. Del Rioans may either tune into the station on Channel 2 (sets with cable) or Channel 1O (sets without cable). The station's offices are on Highway 277 South. The channel will be on the air seven days a week, 24-hours a day. KTRG will be an independent channel - it Is not affiliated with any network or TV company. Cartoons, sports, movies, local news, and educational programs for children are among proposed offerings, said Evans. Also scheduled is a talk show that will be hosted by Susan Cottie Leonard, Del Rio Chamber of Commerce Tourism and Convention director and former News- _i Install new filter • Install pan gasket •Refill transmission fluid Herald staff writer. Leonard's show will feature local personalities and will seek to encourage out-of-town visitors to discover Del Rio. The station also plans to broadcast Del Rio High School football games, said Evans. Owners of the station have more than five years' experience in broadcasting and own other TV stations in San Antonio, Laredo and Corpus Christ!. It is their hope to open other TV stations in Harlingen and McAllen. Evans currently resides in San Antonio. He has been in the television and radio business for more than 21 years. Most recently, he worked at an NBC- affiliate station in Brownsville. Sincic has been a resident of Del Rio for more than a year. She said she is very happy that Del Rio will have its own TV station and she is looking forward to serving the community. Sincic has a lot of experience in Journalism and marketing. News-Herald photo by Rosa Delgado The 1997 Lobos Cheerleaders attended the 1997 UCA Summer Camp which was held on Aug 9-10 at the Del Rio Girls & Boys Club, The cheerleaders received four superior ribbons and a trophy for the Most Improved Squad. Cheerleaders include (bottom, from left) Jessica Villegas, Monica Marines, Brianna Gonzalez, Andrea Abrego; (middle row) Jessica Ortiz Andrea McClure, Jacqge M. Barrera, Desiree Jimenez, Isabel Gonzalez; and (top row) Bertha Ozuna, Jasmine Renteria, Amanda Rubio, Maritza Trevino, and Daniela Esquivel The cheerleaders are sponsored by Elaine S. Trevino. The squad would like to give special thanks to Alcoa Fujikura, Ltd., Mr. Rubio, and all who support the summer camp fund-raiser. BRAKE SERVICE Vil«»wi f»»ur'»W*<>om» eotat* t |on t*rv****»l RiwMKtCan Frtnt Most Cars FUEL INJECTOR CLEANING I Chemically clean injectors and remove intake valve deposits DEL RIO HOME AND AUTO -Your Firestone Store- Fnendly Small Town Service. Big City Savings" 600 Ave F • 775-8473 656 S. Main 90 DAYS SAME AS CASH on Firestone paymen. plan Minimum montniy payment required All linance charges refunded when paid as aqteed Qpen--an account today

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