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Losing inmates Zapata County Jail sees fewer federal prisoners, dollars By ZACH LINDSEY THE ZAPATA TIMES

A private prison in Webb County is the reason for a sharp drop-off in federal inmates — and revenue — being sent to Zapata’s County Jail, according to Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo “Sigi” Gonzalez. “We have private jails all around the area,” Gonzalez said. “The federal govern-

ment is contracting to private jails instead of county government.” Gonzalez supported the accusation that the private prisons are sapping away federal prisoners with jail population numbers from 2009 and previous years. After the private prison opened in 2008, the county went from 1,000 federal prisoners in October to just 332 in November, according

to the information provided by the Sheriff ’s Department. In December 2008, there were 240 federal prisoners at the Zapata County Jail. The number of local prisoners remained consistent during that time period, with 150 in October, 64 in November and 180 in December. However, 2009 began with a drastic decrease in

the number of local prisoners. For most of the year, the number of local prisoners was between 30 and 49 a month. The amount of local prisoners did not break 50 until July, when it was at 63. September and October of 2009 have seen an increase, with 73 in September and 71 in October. Gonzalez attributes that

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HELPING HANDS

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A chase between Zapata County Sheriff’s deputies and an unknown driver resulted in a rollover accident Monday night. The injured deputy has since been released from the hospital.

Chase leads to rollover By CÉSAR G. RODRIGUEZ THE ZAPATA TIMES

An attempt to make a traffic stop led to a chase that ended with a Zapata County Sheriff ’s unit rollover and an unknown man on the loose Monday afternoon in north Zapata. Zapata County Sheriff ’s deputies attempted to stop a gray Ford F-250 for a traffic violation in north Zapata on U.S. 83. But instead of stopping, the truck sped off, Sgt. Mario Elizondo said. “As deputies tried to box in the gray truck, the truck purposely and repeatedly rammed the deputy from behind, causing the deputy’s unit to crash and rollover on U.S. Hwy 83, just north of Ramireno,” he said. The injured deputy was

Food bank serves Zapata’s hungry By SALO OTERO SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

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he South Texas Food Bank continues to make a significant difference in its mission of feeding the hungry of Zapata County, providing assistance to 1,621 families in September alone. That’s according to the latest report given by South Texas Food Bank executive director Alfredo Castillo to the food bank board of directors at its November monthly meeting. That number includes 2,463 adults and 1,497 children, he said. The South Texas Food Bank serves Zapata at five pantries. Food distributions are made at: Helping Hands, 8th and Del Mar, 765-9327. Boys and Girls Club, 6th and Lincoln, 765-3892. Concilio el Buen Pastor, Hawk Street and Falcon Meza, 765-1300. Iglesia Pentecostes Emmanuel, 302 East Highway 16, 765-5440. Shepherd’s Pantry, 305 Hawk Street, 765-0123. Helping Hands, run by Norma Mendoza, served 724 families, including 1,291 adults and 979 children, at the site in Zapata, and another 225 families, including 420 adults and 180 children, in San Ygnacio.

transported to Laredo Medical Center with some bruising and soreness, while cruisers chased the truck for about 22 miles after it turned east on FM 3169. When the truck finally came to a stop near the Zapata-Webb county line on Aguilares Road, the driver fled. Deputies later discovered 46 bundles of marijuana, an estimated weight of 343 pounds and a street value of $55,000, inside the cab and toolbox. Elizondo said the injured deputy was released from LMC late Monday evening and is expected to fully recover. Investigation into the case is ongoing. (César G. Rodriguez may be reached at 728-2568 or cesar@lmtonline.com)

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Leroy Ramirez and Norma Mendoza fill packages of food at Zapata’s Helping Hands food pantry. The site is among the busiest of the South Texas Food Bank’s locations.

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H1N1 vaccines on the way By NICK GEORGIOU THE ZAPATA TIMES

The City of Laredo Health Department are scheduled to distribute about 500 H1N1 vaccines to Zapata early next week. Some of the doses will be administered to Zapata County Independent School

District students. Details on the dates and times of the vaccination clinics for students were not immediately available Friday, but a plan has been developed, said Dr. Hector F. Gonzalez, director of the City of Laredo Health Department. “We’re ready to roll on next Monday or Tuesday,”

he said. ZCISD has not been hit as hard by the virus as the public schools in Laredo, where hundreds of students have been sent home with flu-like symptoms on a weekly basis. “Fortunately for us, we have not been affected by high absenteeism,” said

ZCISD Superintendent Romeo Rodriguez. But he knows that could change quickly given that the H1N1 virus is very contagious. “We have done some vaccines for regular flu, but we are certainly ready to fol-

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The Veterans Monument, pictured here, was unveiled Sunday during the annual Veterans Celebration at Falcon Community Park. See story, 3A.

Workshop focus: Customer service matters By CÉSAR G. RODRIGUEZ THE ZAPATA TIMES

A defining factor of any business is the attention to detail when assisting a customer, said Steve Courtier, chief executive officer of MBTR Consulting, a presenter at a customer service training workshop recently sponsored by the Zapata Chamber of Commerce. “Those little things make you sell beyond the competition,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what you do. We’re all involved in customer service.” About 25 people representing several businesses from Zapata at-

tended workshop, held in partnership with Texas Workforce Solutions at the Zapata County Court House meeting room Thursday. Courtier grabbed his cup of coffee, looked at attendants and asked why they decided to enroll in the workshop. The general answer from audience members: To learn. Courtier said many people are involved in customer service without even noticing, whether it’s helping an angry taxpayer or assisting a patron in line at McDonald’s. But to provide better and more efficient service, he encouraged attendants to define the customer. “Do you see them as a pain? Do

“Those little things make you sell beyond the competition.” STEVE COURTIER, MBTR CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

you see them as a paycheck?” he asked. Paco Mendoza, president chief executive officer of the chamber, said he had wanted to bring in a seminar that would be relevant for businesses as well as members of the community.

“Overall, it was successful. I’m really excited to have brought this training,” Mendoza said. “This was a stepping stone opening doors to bring more training to our community.” Mendoza said the session, which allowed members of the au-

dience to share their experiences and then demonstrate what could have improved a given situation, was very positive. Mendoza added that it is important to provide this type of training to employees of public offices in Zapata, such as county offices, where workers may encounter taxpayers in various moods. Celia Balderas, chamber membership services coordinator, had a chance to attend a few sessions throughout the week. She said that she learned that having people skills is great in moments when remaining calm can lead to a more professional, positive response to a complaint.


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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2009

AROUND TEXAS

TODAY IN HISTORY

Saturday, Nov. 21

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Faith Lutheran Church, 2419 Seymour Ave., will hold its annual arts and crafts sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. For more information, call 763-0138. The Webb County Retired Teachers Association will hold its regular meeting at 2 p.m. today at Blessed Sacrament Church Hall, 2219 Galveston St. Bruni Elementary School and the Laredo Chess Club will host the school’s annual chess tournament for players K-12 today starting at 11 a.m. in the school cafeteria, 1508 San Eduardo Ave. There will be a USCF-rated and a beginners division. Registration is from 11 a.m. to noon, with the first round at 12:30 p.m. The entry fee is $5 if preregistered or $8 at the door. Winners will receive trophies, medals and certificates. For more information, call Dan Navarro at 722-4600. The Texas A&M International University Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium will show “The Future is Wild” at 3 p.m., “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure” at 4 p.m., “Bella Gaia” at 5 p.m., “Bella Gaia” at 6 p.m. and “Extreme Planets” at 7 p.m. General admission is $5, $4 for children and TAMIU students, faculty, staff and alumni. Premium shows are $1 more. For additional show times, call 326-DOME or visit tamiu.edu/planetarium.

Today is Saturday, Nov. 21, the 325th day of 2009. There are 40 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 21, 1934, the Cole Porter musical “Anything Goes,” starring Ethel Merman as Reno Sweeney, opened on Broadway. On this date: In 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. In 1927, picketing strikers at the Columbine Mine in northern Colorado were fired on by state police; six miners were killed. In 1959, former heavyweight champion boxer and actor Max Baer died in Hollywood at age 50. In 1973, President Richard Nixon’s attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, revealed the existence of an 18½-minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to Watergate. In 1979, a mob attacked the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing two Americans. In 1980, 87 people died in a fire at the MGM Grand HotelCasino in Las Vegas. Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton, speaking at a conference in Florence, Italy, called on prosperous nations to spread global wealth by helping poor countries with Internet hookups, cell phones, debt relief and small loans. China completed its first unmanned test of a spacecraft meant to carry astronauts. Quentin Crisp, the eccentric writer, performer and raconteur bestknown for his autobiography “The Naked Civil Servant,” died in Manchester, England, at age 90. Five years ago: President George W. Bush, trying to mend relations with Latin America, pledged during an economic summit in Chile to make a fresh push for stalled immigration reforms. Iraqi authorities set Jan. 30, 2005, as the date for the nation’s first election since the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship. Six Wisconsin hunters were shot to death by Chai Soua Vang, an ethnic Hmong immigrant who was later sentenced to life in prison. The NBA suspended Indiana’s Ron Artest for the rest of the season following a brawl that broke out at the end of a game against the Detroit Pistons; eight other players received shorter bans. One year ago: Wall Street staged a comeback, with the major indexes jumping more than 5 percent and the Dow Jones industrials surging nearly 500 points. Somali pirates released a hijacked Greek-owned tanker, MV Genius, with all 19 crew members safe and the oil cargo intact after payment of a ransom. (The ship had been seized almost two months earlier.) Madonna and Guy Ritchie were granted a preliminary decree of divorce by a London court. Today’s Birthdays: Baseball Hall-of-Famer Stan Musial is 89. Basketball Hall of Famer Earl Monroe is 65. Actress Goldie Hawn is 64. Movie director Andrew Davis is 63. Rock musician Lonnie Jordan (War) is 61. Rock musician Alex James (Blur) is 41. MLB All-Star player Ken Griffey, Jr. is 40. Thought for Today: “We are always doing, says he, something for posterity, but I would fain see posterity do something for us.” — Joseph Addison, English essayist and poet (16721719).

Sunday, Nov. 22 The Combined College Orchestra, composed of students from Texas A&M International University and Laredo Community College, will present its Fall Concert at the TAMIU Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall at 3 p.m. today. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Brendan Townsend at 326-3039.

Thursday, Nov. 26 Today is the 30th annual Guajolote 10K Race, sponsored by Hamilton Trophies. For more information, call 7229463 or 722-9105.

Saturday, Nov. 28 Nixon High School’s Class of 1984 will hold its 25th reunion at La Posada Hotel from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The event costs $25 per person. For more information, call Nora Villarreal Garcia at 763-5706 or Sandra Mendiola Alaniz at 206-4508.

Monday, Nov. 30 Texas A&M International University, with the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, will host a blood drive today in front of the TAMIU Killam Library Breezeway from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone 16 years old weighing 120 pounds (with parental consent form) or at least 17 years old weighing 110 lbs and in good general health can donate blood. Identification is required. All presenting donors will receive a thank-you gift. For more information, contact Melissa Compean at 326-2235 or mcompean@tamiu.edu, or visit www.southtexasblood.org.

Tuesday, Nov. 24 The Board of Trustees of the Zapata County Independent School District will hold a policy board meeting beginning at 6 p.m. at the Professional Development Center, 17th and Carla Street. Zapata Hawks boys basketball team will host Valley View today; the Lady Hawks basketball team will play at LBJ in Laredo.

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney stands with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, on Tuesday, in Houston. Hutchison has already upset a slew of ambitious politicians who are having to delay or rethink their plans to run for her Senate seat.

Plans stall as Kay waits By APRIL CASTRO ASSOCIATED PRESS

AUSTIN — It’s too early to say whether Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison will succeed in her run for governor, but she has already upset a slew of ambitious politicians who are having to delay or rethink their plans for moving up the food chain. Since Hutchison’s announcement last week that she would not resign her office until after the March primary, the possibility of a rare vacancy in the U.S. Senate has dissipated. The domino effect stretches from Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who was widely thought to covet the seat, to the many who would have vacated their seats to make a run for the one Dewhurst now holds, and on down the line. "It is hard to go out and campaign if she’s

not going to resign," said Republican pollster and consultant Mike Baselice, who does consulting work for Dewhurst and Gov. Rick Perry. "She has gone back and forth so many times in her decision to resign or not resign, it’s anybody’s guess as to what she does next." If Hutchison was to resign her seat before her term expires in 2013, Gov. Rick Perry would get to appoint an interim senator until a special election could be held. The earliest he could call a special election would be May 2010, depending on how much lead time he has to order the election, or he could declare an "emergency election" on any date. Candidates now must decide — before the six-week candidate filing period starts next month — if they want to pin their hopes on the seat opening up next year, or stay put.

Man gets 30-years in fed drug case

but the increase in jobs by 41,700 from a month ago was just the second jump in the past year.

Rain forces closing of Aransas schools

DALLAS — A 23-year-old Dallas man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison on drug trafficking and money laundering charges tied to Mexico’s Gulf Cartel. Uriel Palacios still faces murder charges in Dallas County in a 2008 crash. Prosecutors say drug enforcement agents seized a suitcase with $1.3 million in 2008 that Palacios gave to a courier to take to Mexico.

Man shot near Beaumont school

ROCKPORT — Heavy rain in southeast Texas led to the closure of public schools in Aransas County. A statement on the Aransas County Independent School District Web said schools were closed Friday “due to weather conditions.”

Jobless rate up, but so are jobs AUSTIN — Texas’ unemployment rate inched up to 8.3 percent in October while the state bucked a yearlong trend by adding jobs, officials said Friday. The state’s jobless rate rose from 8.2 percent in September,

BEAUMONT — A Beaumont Independent School District police officer shot a man during an altercation near a campus. A BISD spokeswoman said the man shot by the officer Friday morning is not a student.

Fire knocks TV station off the air FORT WORTH — An electrical fire forced evacuation of KXAS during a newscast and knocked the state’s longest-serving TV station off the air. A Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman said Friday no one was injured in the blaze reported at 10:09 p.m. Thursday.

Border agent indicted for assaulting teen DEL RIO — A Customs and Border Protection agent has been indicted for allegedly assaulting a 15-year-old in custody. A federal grand jury in Del Rio indicted Jesus E. Diaz Jr. on Wednesday, accusing him of using unreasonable force on the teen in an alleged violation of the 15-year-old’s constitutional rights. -- Compiled from AP reports

AROUND THE NATION Wednesday, Nov. 25 Zapata CISDTeacher staff development day, no classes for students.

Thursday, Nov. 26 Zapata CISD is closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Zapata County Independent School District Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing Tuesday, Dec. 15, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Professional Development Center, 17th and Carla Street.

Friday, Nov. 27 Zpata Lady Hawks basketball team will host Mission. Zapata CISD is closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Monday, Nov. 30 Zapata Lady Hawks basketball team will host Falfurrias. First day of soccer practice for Zapata teams.

Teen pleads guilty in violent BP murder SAN DIEGO — A 17-year-old pleaded guilty Friday to murdering a Border Patrol agent who was shot eight times in head, neck and torso east of San Diego. Christian Daniel Castro Alvarez admitted entering the United States illegally to rob a Border Patrol agent. Alvarez said he lured Agent Robert Rosas out of his car on the night of July 23 and struggled with him over a firearm.

Alleged Maui spy is difficult but sane HONOLULU — The competency hearing of a Maui man accused of spying for China has ended with the prosecutor claiming the defendant is difficult to work with but is legally able to stand trial. But at federal court on Friday, lawyers for Noshir Gowadia contended their client has a mental

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Kara Ravenscroft watches as C.J., a dog trained to track indigo snakes, searches for the reptiles Monday near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge near Folkston, Ga. on to determine the number of snakes. defect that renders him unable to assist in his defense.

Former Marine charged in four deaths OKLAHOMA CITY — A former Marine has been charged

with six counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of four people whose bodies were found in a burning home. Prosecutors in Oklahoma charged David Allen Tyner on Friday with shooting, stabbing and then burning the bodies on Nov. 9. -- Compiled from AP reports

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2009

Villarreal announces candidacy for court SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Gabriel Villarreal Jr., a native of San Ygnacio, has announced his reelection bid for Zapata County Commissioner, Pct. 2. “It’s with great anticipation and respect that I take this opportunity to personally ask you for your continued support and vote as I initiate my campaign,” Villarreal said in a statement. In 1986, Villarreal was elected Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2, a position that he successfully held and served for 20 years. In 2006, he ran for Pct. 2 commissioner and was again elected by the people to serve them. “For the first time in many years, our citizens are living a better quality of life,” Villarreal said. “We have created opportunities for all our children to prosper in the form of higher education. We are advancing our infrastructure by creating better roads and streets, better drainage and sewer systems, better softball and little league fields in our communities.” Villarreal touted the county’s new swimming pool and parks, as well as the museum currently un-

der construction, the Higher Education Advanced Technology Center and a VILLARREAL state-of-theart boat ramp that is still in the works. During his tenure, Villarreal said the court has improved the pay of county employees and provided better health insurance, better working conditions and equipment. He added that the county has applied for federal and state grants to supplement county revenues to continue advancing infrastructure and quality of life. “We have provided our citizens a landfill, better quality of water, more recreational areas, a 24-hour clinic with better working conditions and better wages for their staff, and a very healthy fund balance to boot,” Villarreal said. Villarreal has been married to the former Diana Cuellar for 49 years and the two have raised five children: Santiago, Gabriel III, Gilberto, Ana Maria and Francisco Javier. Villarreal and his wife also have 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Falcon veterans recognized Celebration unveils new monuments in park SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Two new monuments were unveiled Sunday during the second annual Veterans Celebration, which was dedicated to 39 veterans who were born in Falcon. Held at Falcon Community Park, Zapata County Judge Rosalva Guerra served as the Mistress of Ceremonies and introduced the main speakers, Commissioner Jose Emilio Vela, Precinct 1, and State Rep. Ryan Guillen. Commander Manuel A. Uribe, American Legion Post 486, and Commander Felix Garcia, VFW Post

7768, joined together with other veterans to perform the flag raising ceremony. A 21-gun salute, the playing of Taps and the placing of a wreath were also incorporated in the ceremony. Yanelly Salinas led the Pledge of Allegiance, while Kelsie Dannyck Guerra sang the National Anthem. Two beautiful monuments were unveiled. The Veterans Monument was donated by the family of Don Maximiano and Dona Angela Z. Yzaguirre, while the Founding Families Monument honors 56 families with pavers on its walkway. Each paver has the inscription of the families who are alive and still living in Falcon and/or had homes in Falcon or surrounding ranches that belonged to Falcon in 1952 just before they were relocated.

The Founding Families Monument and its pavers were donated by Ricardo “Ricky” Muñoz, Humberto Yzaguirre, Amelia G. Ramirez, Ninfa R. Gracia, and Maria Elena R. Ramirez and family. Members of the Zapata County Historical Commission were also recognized for renovating the “Old Falcon” Historical Marker. Engineer Eddie Gracia, TxDot, was also recognized for supervising the relocation from U.S. Highway 83 to the Falcon Community Park, approximately four blocks directly east. Organizers for the celebration included Alma Diana Z. Canales, Maria Adelina Z. Guerra, Dr. Anita R. Medina, Maria Eva U. Ramirez and Amanda Thelma V. Salinas. Approximately 250 guests attended the ceremony.

Interpreter Hernandez a family woman By DORA MARTINEZ

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Audelia Hernandez, known as “Audie,” is a 1991 graduate of Zapata High School who has recently returned to the community. She left the community to attend the University of Houston, and later moved to Orlando, Fla., where she continued her education in business and finance in 1993.

While in Florida, she worked as a Notary Public, translator and interpreter — and that’s how she met her husband, Salomon Hernandez. The couple have four beautiful children together, whom they are extremely proud of: Isidro, 13; Aaron, 5; Emilio, 4; and Mireya, 2.

In November 2008, Audie and Salomon decided to move back to Zapata to be closer to their families. Audie currently works for County Judge Rosalva Guerra. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering and watching romantic comedies on TV. Her goal is to someday return to her studies. Audie is the daughter of Juan “Cuate” Ramon

Martinez, originally of Guerrero, Tamaulipas, Mexico, and Maria G. Martinez Vega, originally of Nuevo Leon. She also has three siblings: Herasmo, Norabel, and Maria G., known as Lupita. (Dora Martinez is a native of Zapata who was publisher of Hispanic News in San Antonio for 21 years. She can be reached at thezapatatimes@att.net)

THE BLOTTER BURGLARY A 70-year-old man reported around 7 a.m. Sunday that an unknown person broke the window to the Siesta Shores Water Works office building in the 5200 block of Siesta Lane and took a Casio PCR T265 electronic cash register. A 21-year-old man reported around 3:15 p.m. Sunday that someone broke into his home in the 1500 block of Me-

dina Avenue and stole his PlayStation Portable and five games.

POSSESSION Jorge Grajeda Jr., 26, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday in the intersection of Texas 16 and Eighth Street. The man was booked and transported to Zapata Regional Jail,

where he was held on a $10,000 bond.

THEFT A 22-year-old woman reported around 11 a.m. Thursday that someone pumped fuel and drove off without paying for it at Hawk’s Quick Pick, located in the intersection of Texas 16 and Seventh Avenue. A 79-year-old man reported around

10:30 a.m. Monday that a man stole his air compressor in the 100 block of Lake Drive.

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF An 18-year-old woman reported around 11:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, that someone broke her vehicle’s rear passenger side door window in the Lone Star Plaza parking lot on the intersec-

tion of 14th Avenue and U.S. 83.

TERRORISTIC THREAT Antonio Alonzo Martinez, 48, was arrested on charges of terroristic threats around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the intersection of Ninth Street and Texas 16. The man was booked and transported to Zapata Regional Jail, where he was held on a $2,000 bond.


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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2009

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Thank you, Ray Gomez, for being the consummate newsman and teacher To the Editor: To many in Laredoan and around the nation, losing Ray Gomez is a source of deep personal heartache. For those who don’t know Ray, let me fill you in on what he did. Running a small-market television newsroom like the one at KGNS is no easy task. It takes an especially patient journalist and good teacher to make a decent newscast with the limited resources and staff available. It made Ray Gomez perfect for the job. On the most frustrating of days, Ray kept his cool. He always strived to make TV news the best it could possibly be in Laredo, which in turn made the journalists who worked for him better at what they did. I always tell people that starting a career in broadcast news is all about making mistakes and learning from them. Whenever I lecture a cub reporter on that topic, I always think of Ray. Ray took people like myself, fresh out of school, and patiently helped us to spread our wings. When we did right, he’d take on anyone in our defense. When

we messed up, he made us own up and learn from it. He made sure new journalists learned lessons that lasted a lifetime. Some of the people he inspired stayed in Laredo to bring you the best broadcast news coverage you could ever hope for, and you can thank Ray for that. Others moved on, as I did, and will always carry the memories of what we learned while working for Ray. Ray was as important in my own career as the best of my university professors. His work bettered TV news for millions of people beyond South Texas through the young journalists he helped teach. I cannot — in fact, did not — get the chance to thank him enough in life for what he did. So let me say here what I’m sure I didn’t say enough: Thank you, Ray. You helped make me who I am. Signed, Brandon Rittiman Brandon Rittimanworked as an anchor and reporter for KGNS until 2006. He works as a reporter for KTVN, the CBS affiliate in Reno, Nev.

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China fills Africa void By LLEWELLYN KING HEARST NEWSPAPERS

WASHINGTON — Even the celebrated 19th-century scramble for Africa seems to pale compared to the huge and growing Chinese presence, which is roiling the continent. For a decade, China has been buying its way into Africa to secure the fuel and raw materials it believes it will need for its economic expansion. These Chinese moves in Africa are breathtaking in their scope. Whereas the European grab for Africa and its treasures in the l9th century was haphazard, and fed by rivalry in Europe as much as interests in Africa, the Chinese neo-imperialism has a thoroughness and a planning that no European power — not even Britain — ever aspired to. China is reported to be active in 48 countries out of the roughly 53 real state entities on the continent, or on its offshore islands. The Chinese formula is simple: Buy your way in with soft loans and generous arms deals but, above all, a preparedness to overlook the excesses of dictators. No wonder Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe lavishes praise on his new best friends. The same is true in many other African countries. All that is needed for Beijing’s embrace is a supply of raw materials — and especially oil. From Cape Town to Cairo, China is on the march. From South Africa it buys iron ore, among other minerals; from Zambia, copper; and from Zimbabwe chrome, gold and iron ore. In Zambia, the Chinese have promised $3.2 billion to revive the copper industry — an interesting development because Western mining companies pulled out, unable to deal with the wholesale and destructive corruption. At a meeting of the Fo-

rum on China-Africa Cooperation at Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt earlier this month, the Chinese pledged $10 billion in aid to Africa. Quietly, they also forgave a tranche of maturing loans. But government-to-government loans are the least of the Chinese investment in Africa. Most of the investments, such as that in Zambia, are made by Chinese corporations — all state-sanctioned and some stateowned. It is a concerted effort. While oil producers like Angola, Chad, Libya, Nigeria and Sudan are prime targets of the Chinese investment, the rapacious Chinese economic imperialism also extends to lumber and agriculture. The ruling elites of Africa are ecstatic. The Chinese presence is, for them, heaven-sent. Polling, albeit rudimentary, reveals about 80-percent approval of China’s African role by Africa’s elites. At the street level, these findings are reversed. The Chinese are roundly resented. They have no experience in the world outside of China; no curiosity about these strange African lands and their people; and a morbid indifference to Africa’s long-term future. Most Chinese workers, as opposed to executives, brought to Africa are poorly educated and illequipped to live in different cultures. A study by Loro Horta, a visiting fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, found deep unhappiness in a study conducted in many African countries. First and foremost, Horta found, China does not employ local labor, preferring to import Chinese workers and to house them in “Chinatowns.” Second, the indifference of Chinese enterprises to environmental damage is of concern.

YOUR OPINION People who took cell phone calls outside restaurant provided rare period of grace To the editor, While traveling on business through George West last month, I had a most gracious experience I would like to share with your readers. It was around lunch ime, so I stopped at the Nueces Street Grill. For those of you who travel through that area, it is the old, quaint structure with a porch along the north and west sides of the building, located east of Highway 59, a quarter-mile north of the intersection.

The buffet, though not extravagant, was very tasty, and most reasonably priced. I sat down with about twenty other lunchers, and proceeded to eat. There was music, in the background, just loud enough to recognize the song, but low enough to hold a conversation without having to scream across the table. Peaceful and pleasant. Then the cell phones started ringing. I expected the usual, irritating loud voices (cause you

have to scream into a phone, you are a long distance from the caller, you know), raucous laughter, trivial, irritating, boring small talk. That didn’t happen. I was shocked when I heard the callee say, “hold on a minute, let me get outside.” She proceeded to leave the grill and have her conversation outside, so, I presumed it was a private conversation. Other cell phones rang, each and every one of the recipients either went

outside or into the restrooms to converse. They were old, young, travelers, locals, white and blue collar, people from all walks of life. Dumbfounded, I sat in amazement, humbled by the graciousness and consideration of these strangers. I am so proud to discover that real ladies and gentlemen, of manners and grace, still exist in our society, and still lead by example. Signed, Richard Sample

EDITORIAL

Credit card laws need reform NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

Congress left consumers extremely vulnerable when it gave the credit card industry as long as 15 months to end the deceptive predatory practices outlawed in the spring in the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act. The credit card industry, which wants to make a killing in the Christmas season, used this unnecessarily long grace period to intensify its predations, doubling interest rates on people who pay on time and driving up rates by an industry wide average of about 20 percent. These ravages seemed not to have registered

with Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., who represents the nation’s poorest and most economically vulnerable state. On Wednesday, Cochran blocked a vote on a bill introduced by Sen. Christopher Dodd, DConn., that would have immediately frozen credit card interest rates and fees. Cochran said through his office that he objected to the bill on behalf of unknown Republican colleagues who had their own objections. But it is difficult not to see his maneuver in yet another act of obeisance by Senate Republicans to the banking and credit card industries. The same was true of

Congress’ decision in May to delay implementation of the original credit card reform bill. Had the act gone into effect immediately, credit card issuers would have been forced to end many of the practices that have trapped millions of Americans in debt that they had no hope of repaying. Arbitrary increases like the ones that appear to have become even more common since the spring would have been immediately outlawed. So would the practice of penalizing customers who are late paying an unrelated bill — known as universal default — and the rip-off in which companies charge cardholders new interest

on debts that they have paid a month or two earlier. And the companies would have been forced to end the outrageous practice of burdening teenagers with credit cards without first judging their ability to pay the bills or getting a signature from a responsible adult. The Dodd bill appears to be off the table for the moment. But a stronger bill that would move up the effective date of the credit card law to Dec. 1 has already passed the House. The Senate version has been introduced by Mark Udall, D-Colo. With December almost upon us, the measure should long since have become law.

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T-Day staples get some spice By ERIKA LAMBRETON THE ZAPATA TIMES

Temperatures have begun to drop, brown leaves are scattering across lawns and homes are being adorned with festive decorations: Thanksgiving has arrived. For many people making the trek this year, whether traveling long distances or just walking over to an aunt’s house, the meal often makes the journey well worth it. Upon entry, it hits you — the smell of spices, the aromas emanating from the roasting turkey and the sweetness of traditional pies — all the scents reminiscent of the holiday season. Many hosts will opt for the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. But on the other, more daring side, an infusion of Mexican and Spanish flavors will have guests begging for seconds. That’s the case for Bobby Gonzalez, a chef and owner of Kasanti Homes, a local culinary celebrity and food enthusiast who presents his Thanksgiving with a twist. Gonzalez has been cooking for more than 12 years, studying the culinary arts in Vermont and working in New York City, the culinary epicenter of the world, as well as a famous bed and breakfast in Dallas. The passion for all things food can be seen within his eyes.

Combining cultures Since this area has such a strong Mexican background, and many Gateway City natives are accustomed to different spices and seasonings in food, combining those flavors with traditional ingredients is the essence of Thanksgiving with a twist,

Photo by Ulysses Romero | The Zapata Times

Chef Bobby Gonzalez squirts some lemon juice for extra flavor on his non-traditional turkey. said Gonzalez. The dishes have a Hispanic flavor infused with tradition, “because (this region) once was part of Mexico and when it became a part of the United States, we assimilated to their traditions and their holidays,” he said. And the two may combined to create a seamless blend. A prime example of this infusion of traditions is the pairing of Brussels sprouts with chorizo, a traditional Hispanic sausage. Cooking the sometimes-unpopular cabbage with chorizo allows it to absorb the flavor

and the spices of the popular sausage, giving them a dynamic flavor that is sure to sway even the toughest of critics. However, if a stubborn inner child refuses to eat Brussels sprouts, Gonzalez suggested using green beans as a substitution.

New twists Another traditional dish for Thanksgiving — one that some may argue is of absolute importance — is the stuffing. The traditional bread stuffing is usually

sweetened with raisins; however, prunes, which are very popular in Mexico, may be used for the sweetness factor. For the main attraction, a large turkey was marinated overnight with piloncillo, a type of brown sugar mixed with oregano and sage, Gonzalez said. In addition to adding more flavor to the poultry, allowing the bird to marinate overnight ensures the meat will remain moist, he added. The turkey is then basted with a unique blend of achiote paste, a mixture that is used in carne adobada, a traditional Mexican pork dish. Here, it is mixed with orange juice for a bit of acidity and sweetness, and finished off with butter to create a sweet and spicy golden crust. The turkey is then roasted for several hours, continuously rotated and basted until it becomes a sight of mouthwatering perfection. “It tastes wonderful… and decorated with fresh oregano and surrounded with oranges,” for a garnish, it looks great, too, said Gonzalez. As for gravy, Gonzalez provided a prune-infused mole sauce to offset the flavors of the other dishes, bringing the turkey and the stuffing full circle.

Room for dessert With all the new items to choose from, one may find it difficult to save room for dessert. However, with the lure of sweet potato pie looming around the corner, seconds can be put on hold. Instead of the classic pumpkin pie, “camote,” or sweet potato pie, takes center stage. “The flavor is very similar, but it is less intense,” Gonzalez explained.

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All worries are not equal DEAR MISS MANNERS — In an e-mail from a high school friend with whom I had only recently reconnected, he told me about his pain at seeing his daughter off at the airport as she headed for distant lands to spend a year teaching English. He followed this with the comment that he was sure I’d understand because he knew my son had gone to Afghanistan. Miss Manners, as the destination would indicate, my son was not going off on some exciting cross-cultural adventure. In person, my first impulse is almost always to be nice when someone makes a careless remark. If the friend had said this to me in person, even I might have snapped something like, “Oh, are you expecting people to be shooting at her?” but since it was an e-mail, I have had time to consider, and that has only served to confuse. My confusion stems from not knowing exactly when it is appropriate to drag out the soapbox — ever so gently, of course. Should I say anything in my reply or not? Perhaps I could just send a regular note but include links to

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articles on the dangers and difficulties soldiers face in Afghanistan? It wouldn’t kill me to just ignore it. I know it was innocent and well meant, but it also strikes me as egregiously ignorant. GENTLE READER —Of course you are overwrought, as how could you not be? But as you have just seen, comparisons of worries — and, for that matter, comparisons of children — are offensive. So why should you make them? Your friend was addressing the fact that he misses his daughter and worries about her, knowing that you missed your son and worried about him. Yes, there is an order of magnitude difference. But Miss Manners begs you to let this go if you can. And if you cannot, then please confine yourself to saying that you are grateful that your friend’s daughter will not be in harm’s way.


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Zentertainment TAMIU Fall Dance Concert continues

‘Planet 51’ proves unable to support life

By ERIKA LAMBRETON THE ZAPATA TIMES

In a community so rich in culture, where dance is appreciated just as much as music and art, we are constantly reminded of its timeless beauty and importance to a growing society. It is in this light that Texas A&M International University proudly presents its 12th annual Fall Dance Concert tonight. The 2009 Fall Dance Concert will feature performances by students of jazz, classical ballet, modern dance, flamenco, as well as student-choreographed dances, which have been well thought-out and organized by the students who have been planning and rehearsing for the big night for months. “We start preparing from the very first day of the semester,” said Bede Leyendecker, chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Department and a wellknown Laredo choreographer. “Dance students are always enthusiastic; that’s never a problem,” she added. “We have some committed kids, and that’s everyone from the beginning students through the advanced.”

A new venue Leyendecker has been involved with the TAMIU dance program since its inception in the fall of 1998, which also marked the first of the yearly student-led concerts. But this year marks a new “first” when

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Beginning ballet students rehearse Wednesday afternoon for the upcoming recital. the students and teachers have a chance to perform in the newly opened theater located inside the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. “It’s incredible what a difference the space makes with appropriate lighting, curtains, the side and the back,” Leyendecker said. “It changes everything; it really is going to give a different perspective on the dance pieces.” With the allure of the new theater, the anticipated turnout is expected to reach an all-time high, and

with such varied performances and accompanying music, audience members are sure to find themselves debating over their favorite group. “Students come and go, but they’re all in the same ball park… but what’s really going to be different is the new space,” Leyendecker said.

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Fall Dance Concert is by far one of the most alluring cultural events in town this weekend. The TAMIU 2009 Fall Dance Concert will be held tonight from 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children under 10 years of age. Tickets can be purchased by calling 326-2654 or at the door.

It’s been a big year for animation, with a great variety of styles represented by “Up,” ‘‘Monsters vs. Aliens,” ‘‘Fantastic Mr. Fox” and the upcoming “The Princess and the Frog.” The best you can say of the sci-fi comedy “Planet 51” is that like those others, it too is animated. But “Planet 51” is an aborted liftoff when it comes to story, presenting a halfor quarter-baked premise of a human astronaut among little green aliens who, for some uninspired reason, are living the serene “Ozzie and Harriet” life of 1950s America. Working from a screenplay by Joe Stillman (cowriter of “Shrek” and “Shrek 2”), director Jorge Blanco shifts from his Pyro video game career to the big screen with an adventure as bland as the sitcommy decade that fostered it. Likewise, voice stars Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long and cast mates seem to take their cue from the Ward Cleaver school of parental droning. Even vocal gymnast John Cleese sounds neutered as a partly mad alien scientist. But the movie piles on

frantic slapstick and chases, which may go some distance in satisfying young children. “Planet 51” is a world petrified of outsiders, whose big entertainment is the latest B-movie about space invaders coming to take over. “Planet 51,” released by Sony’s TriStar Pictures, is rated PG for mild sci-fi action and some suggestive humor. It is playing at Cinemark Mall Del Norte and Hollywood Theaters.

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SÁBADO 21 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2009

Agenda en Breve SÁBADO 21 DE NOVIEMBRE NUEVO LAREDO – Festival “Vive la Cultura” presenta “Patita de Perro” en la Universidad Tecnológica a las 6 p.m. Entrada libre. LAREDO - El Centro para las Bellas Artes y Artes Escénicas de Texas A&M International University presentará el Concierto de Danza de Otoño hoy a las 8 p.m. en el teatro del CFPA. El concierto presentará a estudiantes de las diferentes carreras artísticas. La entrada es de 5 dólares por persona y los niños menores de 10 años entran gratis. LAREDO - Pase la tarde en el Planetario Lamar Bruni Vergara de Texas A&M International University y explore “The Future is Wild” a las 3 p.m. “One World, One Sky Big Bird’s Adventure” a las 4 p.m., “Bella Gaia” a las 5 p.m., “Bella Gaia” a las 6 p.m. y “Extreme Planets” a las 7 p.m. La entrada general es de 5 dólares y 4 para niños y estudiantes, catedráticos, personal y ex alumnos de TAMIU. LAREDO - La Asociación Asiática de Laredo presenta su tercer evento annual Asian Night Extravaganza en el Student Center Ballroom de Texas A&M International University. Las ganancias beneficiarán a becas estudiantiles. Llame al 717-1001 para más información.

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Congreso sesiona en Guerrero POR MIGUEL TIMOSHENKVOV

ALCALDESA OLGA ELIZONDO Considera histórica sesión del Congreso

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NUEVA CIUDAD GUERRERO – El jueves se celebró en esta ciudad la Sesión Ordinaria del Congreso de Tamaulipas con el objetivo de honrar al Coronel José Bernardo Maximiliano Gutiérrez de Lara Uribe. Gutiérrez nació en Atigua Villa de Revilla, hoy Nueva Ciudad Guerrero y fue un héreo de la Independencia de México. La Alcaldesa Olga Juliana Elizondo Guerra dio la bienvenida a 27 Diputados de la LX Legislatura. “Este es un evento de los más trascendentales en la historia de Guerrero”, dijo Elizondo. “stamos muy agradecidos con el comité de festejos del Congreso del Estado por elegir a Nueva Ciudad Guerrero para realizar su sesión ordinaria” Durante la sesión, los diputados aprobaron un punto de acuerdo para colocar una estatua del Coronel Gutiérrez en el nuevo recinto oficial del Congreso del Estado. Se tiene previsto que el nuevo recinto sea inaugurado en la próxima sesión a celebrarse el 25 de noviembre. “Vamos a patentizar ante el pueblo de Ciudad Guerrero que los tamaulipecos, todos, sabemos re-

conocer a los héroes que nos dieron Patria, al forjar una nación libre” dijo el Diputado Felipe Garza Narváez, Presidente de la Mesa Directiva durante el mes de noviembre, del Congreso del Estado. La sesión pública y ordinaria se llevó a cabo en el Centro Cívico Municipal, nombrado recinto oficial con toda anticipación desde el 4 de noviembre.

Finanzas El Pleno de la Sexagésima Legislatura turnó a la Comisión de Finanzas, Planeación, Presupuesto y Deuda Pública las iniciativas de Ley de Ingresos para el ejercicio fiscal del año 2010. Garza dijo que el plazo para la entrega de la documentación se cerró el 10 de noviembre, por lo que los 43 municipios presentaron su Ley de Ingresos de acuerdo a la normatividad. Corresponderá a la Comisión de Finanzas, Planeación, Presupuesto y Deuda Pública hacer los estudios y análisis correspondientes

Foto de cortesía | Congreso de Tamaulipas

El Diputado local Felipe Garza Narváez habló acerca de que los 43 municipios de Tamaulipas entregaron en tiempo y forma su presupuesto de egresos. para emitir los dictámenes que serán presentados ante el pleno del Congreso para su discusión y, en su caso, aprobación, de cada una de las 43 iniciativas de Ley de Ingresos de los municipios. Garza dijo que “los trabajos legislativos no se detendrán en ningún momento y bajo ninguna cir-

Zamora: presupuesto es austero

DOMINGO 22 DE NOVIEMBRE NUEVO LAREDO – Festival “Vive la Cultura” presenta “Contempodanza” a las 7 p.m. en la Explanada de la Independencia. Entrada libre. LAREDO - La Orquesta Combinada, compuesta de estudiantes de Texas A&M International University y Laredo Community College, presentará su Concierto de Otoño en el Center for the Fine and Performing Arts de TAMIU hoy a las 3 p.m. El evento es gratuito y abierto al público en general. Llame al 326-3039 para más información.

LUNES 23 DE NOVIEMBRE NUEVO LAREDO - La Fundación Colosio filial Nuevo Laredo invita a participar en los acuerdos regionales para la formulación de la Plataforma Electoral. Habrá cuatro mesas de trabajo. El evento es hoy a las 6 p.m. en la Antigua Aduana, César López de Lara y Héroe de Nacataz. Para más información visitar fcnl.org.mx.

MARTES 24 DE NOVIEMBRE NUEVO LAREDO - La Orquesta Sinfónica de Nuevo Laredo, celebrando su X Aniversario, invita a un concierto a las 6 p.m. en la Sala “Sergio Peña” de la Antigua Aduana. La entrada es gratuita.

JUEVES 26 DE NOVIEMBRE LAREDO - “Hands Across South Texas” una organización sin fines de lucro realizará hoy su Caminta/Carrera de 10k por Thanksgiving “The Race for a Cause” a las 8 a.m. Inscríbase en IAAP.com ó en 603 Shiloh Drive. Puede ir con su carreola. LAREDO - Hoy es la 30ta carrera annual de 10K del Guajolote patrocinada por Hamilton Trophies. Más información llamando al 7229463 ó 722-9105.

MIÉRCOLES 2 DE DICIEMBRE LAREDO - Laredo Gateway Rotary honrará a David Killam con el Paul Harris Fellow en el Laredo Entertainment Center hoy a las 6:30 p.m. Haga reservaciones llamando al 728-2501 con Bill Green ó escriba a bill@lmtonline.com -Tiempo de Zapata

cunstancia, pues el cambio al nuevo Palacio Legislativo integrado al Parque Bicentenario se hará organizadamente. (Con información del Congreso del Estado. Localice a Miguel Timoshenkov llamando al 728-2583 ó escriba a mramirez@lmtonline.com)

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El Gobernador de Tamaulipas Eugenio Hernández Flores encabezó la carabana de motociclistas por toda la frontera del 13 al 15 de noviembre.

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El fin de semana, y como una forma de promover los atractivos culturales y turísticos de Tamaulipas, así como la generación de empleos, se llevó a cabo el Moto Rally Fronterizo Tamaulipas 2009 que partió de Nuevo Laredo y tuvo como meta Matamoros. Motociclistas encabezados por el Gobernador Eugenio Hernández Flores recorrieron la frontera chica, Guerrero, Miguel Alemán, Mier, Camargo y Díaz Ordaz, y siguieron a Reynosa y Río Bravo. “Quiero resaltar la derrama económica que generan estos miles de motociclistas que se multiplican por dos para alcanzar seis mil personas de visita en Reynosa, Nuevo Laredo, Matamoros”, dijo Hernández ante más de 3000 motociclistas. El Gobernador ha encabezado el evento cada año.

En Miguel Alemán inauguró el libramiento de tránsito pesado “General Lázaro Cárdenas del Río” con inversión de 42 millones de pesos y con una longitud de cinco kilómetros. Esta rúa desvía del paso al trasporte de carga del centro de Miguel Alemán. En Nueva Ciudad Guerrero se entregaron apoyos por un valor cercano a los 27 millones de pesos. En Ciudad Mier se inauguró la segunda etapa de mejoramiento de imagen urbana del Centro Histórico con una inversión de 16.5 millones de pesos. En Camargo se inauguró la primera etapa de modernización del acceso a la ciudad con una inversión de 5.5 millones de pesos y se dio inicio a la segunda fase de construcción de esta infraestructura vial. En Reynosa se inauguró la primera etapa de la re-

modelación de la calle peatonal del centro histórico con una inversión global de más de 44 millones de pesos. La primera etapa de las obras de remodelación de la calle peatonal comprende la edificación de banquetas, adoquinamiento, pavimentación, módulos de teléfonos, jardineras, alumbrado público y luminarias, entre otros aspectos cristalizados con una inversión realizada dentro del Programa Estatal de Infraestructura. De Río Bravo a Nuevo Progreso se inauguró la primera etapa del Mejoramiento de Imagen Urbana del Centro Histórico y se hizo entrega de la conclusión de obra del Proyecto Integral de Saneamiento, con una inversión de más de 40 millones de pesos. Durante la ceremonia de clausura del Moto Rally se llevó a cabo la rifa de motocicletas y artículos.

NUEVO LAREDO – El gobierno federal mexicano ejercerá un presupuesto de 3 billones 176 mil 332 mil millones de pesos en el año fiscal 2010. Congresistas aprobaron esta cantidad a la 1:54 a.m. del martes, tras 4 días de negociaciones. La Diputada Federal Cristabell Zamora Cabrera (PRI) dijo que fue una acción responsable guiada al desarrollo de México. “Es un presupuesto austero, con sus limitaciones y enfocados al gasto social y desarrollo del país”, dijo Zamora. La decisión fue tomada tras 437 votos a favor, 25 en contra y 4 abstenciones. “Aquí no medimos colores ni razones políticas, consideramos las necesidades de los mexicanos y la recuperación del consumo y la vida de cada ciudadano”, dijo Zamora. “El documento lleva el respaldo unánime del PRI, PAN, PVEM, Panal, Convergencia, y votos diferenciados”. El PT y PRD votó primero en abstención y luego en contra.

Reducciones En el comunicado de prensa de Comunicación Social de la Cámara se aclara que el dictamen sobre el Presupuesto de Egresos de la Federación para el Ejercicio Fiscal 2010 implica la reasignación de 90 mil millones de pesos, provenientes fundamentalmente del ahorro en gasto corriente y la re-

Es un presupuesto austero, con sus limitaciones”. DIP. CRISTABELL ZAMORA

ducción en los gastos administrativos. Por ejemplo, se redujeron 400 millones de pesos al presupuesto de la Cámara de Diputados y se propuso una reducción al presupuesto del Senado de la República, del Poder Judicial, del Instituto Federal Electoral y de la Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos. En el Poder Ejecutivo las reducciones alcanzan a Secretarías de Estado y organismos descentralizados, como Petróleos Mexicanos y la Comisión Federal de Electricidad. “El esfuerzo de ahorro y de reducción de gasto, es únicamente una reciprocidad con la que están haciendo las familias y las empresas ante una recesión económica de una profundidad no vista en una generación entera”, señala el comunicado. Dentro del Programa Nacional de Reducción del Gasto Público se pretende racionalizar el aparato público para tener más recursos para la infraestructura, educación y el campo. (Localice a Miguel Timoshenkov en el 728-2583 ó mramirez@lmtonline.com)

Llevan capacitaciones a personas de Mier POR YAJAIRA L. ZAMBRANO ESPECIAL PARA TIEMPO DE ZAPATA

CIUDAD MIER – El Instituto Municipal de la Mujer llevó a cabo dos capacitaciones, una en Casas Geo y otra en Instalaciones CEDIF, para el personal que labora en talleres de capacitación de equidad de género. La psicóloga Yesica Segura conminó a las mujeres a concienciar a las mujeres de que la igualdad de género está presente y además saber que tanto hombres como mujeres tienen los mismos derechos. Noelia Canales Díaz, enlace mu-

nicipal del Instituto de la Mujer dijo que “los talleres son de gran aportación para todos especialmente para las mujeres quienes no están solas”.

Discapacitados La semana pasada la Presidenta del Sistema para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF) Isabel Cristina Treviño Ruiz hizo entrega de quince tarjetas para discapacitados así como carritos TET. Las tarjetas son de 500 pesos

mensuales. Fue mediante el programa “Sin Barreras” que coordina Belinda Mancías a nivel municipal y Dora Valdez Zozaya a nivel estatal. “Mediante este programa se brinda apoyo a las personas con discapacidad”, dijo Mancías. “Estamos en proceso de los documentos para la autorización de 25 beneficiarios más”.

Prevenir adicciones Se llevó a cabo una conferencia

para prevenir las adicciones en el COBAT No. 11, impartida por Gigimaría Flores Pedraza en apoyo al Instituto de la Mujer Municipal. El objetivo fue hacer conciencia en los jóvenes del cómo una adicción a las drogas puede perjudicarles. “Les hablamos de cómo las drogas pueden dañar a su organismo”, dijo Flores. “Además de cómo les puede afectar en su vida social y en su vida diaria”. (Yajaira L. Zambrano es la Directora de Comunicación Social del Gobierno de Ciudad Mier).


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HUNGER Continued from Page 1A The Shepherd’s Pantry, run by Mary Pulido, served 96 families, including 96 adults and 145 children; Concilio el Buen Pator, run by Maria Hernandez, served 60 families, including 128 adults and 132 children. Iglesia Pentecostes served six families, including 11 adults and 11 children. The STFB works with three other Zapata agencies and programs for food distribution. They are the Boys and Girls Club, Commodity Supplemental Food Pro-

BUDGET Continued from Page 1A increase to “making phone calls.” “Revenue-wise, it’s picking up,” Gonzalez said. “I’m talking total inmates. Federal is still the same.” It costs the federal government $34.42 a day to house male prisoners in Zapata, and $42 for female prisoners. County Auditor Doroteo Garza said the decreases will not affect the way he calculates the budget. “We’re still hanging in there,” Garza said. “Hopefully we’ll come out OK.” He said that although the number of federal prisoners has decreased, Gonzalez’s plan to make up for the loss by bringing in more visiting prisoners from other counties should solve the problem. (Zach Lindsey may be reached at 728-2538 or zach@lmtonline.com)

gram and the South Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. The CSFP, which primarily serves the elderly, distributes to 494 families. Boys and Girls Club served 3,800 meals and STCADA dispersed to 16 families, including 24 adults and 34 children. The pantry and agency coordinator at the South Texas Food Bank is Elia Solis, a native of San Ygnacio. Information on starting a pantry may be obtained by calling her at 726-3120.

A mass mail-out sent this week is targeting the adopta-family program, urging contributions from members of the community of at least $120. That money will be used to give a family a box full of groceries each month. “It’s a great Christmas gift that keeps on giving,” executive director Castillo said. Cindy Liendo Espinoza, adopt-a-family director, agreed. “It would be a great boost

FLU Continued from Page 1A for our clients and the program,” she added. The 2007 census lists Zapata poverty rate of 33.4 percent, or 4,530 residents. There are 2,078 youths younger than the age of 18 who are considered impoverished, making up 46.7 percent of the total residents who meet those guidelines. For more information, visit www.southtexasfoodbank.org. Tax deductible donations can be mailed to: P.O. Box 2007, Laredo, Texas, 78044.

low through with any amount of vaccines the City of Laredo will provide us,” Rodriguez said. The Health Department has received about 11,000 doses so far. But with physicians, hospitals and other clinics factored in, the figure is closer to 25,000, Gonzalez said. Of the 11,000 doses that the Health Department has received, about 8,000 have been distributed in

Webb, Zapata, Jim Hogg and Duval counties. Currently, Zapata residents can get H1N1 vaccinations through Women, Infants and Children and private providers, such as the Gateway Community Health Center and Laredo Medical Center. Local physicians mayalso have H1N1 vaccines available for their patients. For more information, call 795-4900.


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MODESTO ESQUIVEL SAN YGNACIO, TEXAS — Modesto Esquivel, 80, passed away on Monday, November 16, 2009, at Laredo Medical Center. Mr. Esquivel is preceded in death by his parents, Amado (Maria Dolores) Esquivel; greatgranddaughter, Yaritza Marie Esquivel; brother, Luis Esquivel; sister, San Juana (Nieves) Ruiz; in-laws, Juan (Concepcion) Rocha; brothers-inlaw, Eloy Alvarado, Julio (Porfiria) Rocha, Manuel Rocha; and a sister-inlaw, Maria Guadalupe (Luis) Arizpe.

Mr. Esquivel is survived by wife, Juana Esquivel; daughters, Lupita (Rafael) Arambula, Olivia (Guadalupe) Arambula; sons, Modesto Jr. (Irma) Esquivel,

Norberto Esquivel, Alfredo Esquivel, Armando (Vilma) Esquivel, Oscar Esquivel, Juan Esquivel, Ramiro (Brenda) Esquivel, Amado (Mariela) Esquivel; 28 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Oscar (Olivia) Esquivel, Amado (Maria) Esquivel, Antonio (Elena) Esquivel, Juan Manuel (Herminia) Esquivel; sisters, Leonila Alvarado, Rosa (Jose Luis) Palacios, Maria Dolores (Mauro) Garza, Dora Alicia Esquivel; sister-inlaw, Sofia Esquivel, San Juana (Roberto) Marti-

nez, Hilda (Domiguez) Cardenas; and by numerous nephews, nieces and many friends. Visitation hours were held on Wednesday, November 18, 2009, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. at Rose Garden Funeral Home. The funeral procession departed on Thursday, November 19, 2009, at 9:45 a.m. for a 10 a.m. funeral Mass at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church in San Ygnacio, Texas. Committal services followed at Martinez Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.rosegardenfuneralhome.com Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rose Garden Funeral Home Daniel A. Gonzalez, Funeral Director, 2102 Highway 83, Zapata, Texas.


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Sports&Outdoors Lady Hawks ready for hoops Girls’ basketball team hoping to become a top playoff contender in District 32-3A during 2009-10 season By CLARA SANDOVAL SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Basketball season is upon us, as the Zapata Lady Hawks are diligently putting together a playoff caliber team. After a year watching three of

the district teams head off into the playoffs, the Lady Hawks (1-1) are working hard day in and day out to be part of the playoff scene come February. Coach Clyde Guerra Jr. is in his eighth year at the helm for the Lady Hawks and is looking to

an experienced ball club to get back into the playoffs.

“We have an experienced ball club and we are on pace in the season,” Guerra said. “We have a very athletic group that can run up and down the court and create the open lane. “We should be in the mix for a playoff spot, and, you never know, a district title.”

Wealth of experience The Lady Hawks have seven returning lettermen.

Coming back

Lady Hawks are seniors Adriana Peña , Clarissa Solis, Ashley Martinez, Melissa Martinez and Maritza Garcia. Martinez and Garcia are coming off a very successful cross country season that had the team qualify for state a second year in a row. Also returning are junior Selina Mata and sophomore Estella Molina.

Returning lettermen for the

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ZAPATA CROSS COUNTRY RUNS AT STATE MEET

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Zapata’s Gloria Jauregui and Kristina Garcia run the course at the state meet. Courtesy photo

Zapata cross country runners Melissa Martinez and Maritza Garcia compete in the Class 3A division of the UIL state meet in Round Rock last Saturday.

Seniors close out careers with strong efforts in 12th-place finish By CLARA SANDOVAL SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

T

he Zapata girls’ cross country season has come to an end, as they ran their final race of the season at the UIL 3A State cross country meet last Saturday in Round Rock.

Heading into the meet, Coach Mike Villarreal had high expectations for his team, and it did not disappoint with its seventh place finish out of 12 teams with 166 points. It was the best finish of any Zapata team at the state meet during Villarreal’s tenure. “As a coach, I personal-

ly am never satisfied and these girls know that,” he said. “We are always striving for more; to be the best we can be in every way and in everything we do.”

Lead runners Marlena

Garcia,

the

Region IV champion, led Zapata by finishing 12th out of 107 runners with a time of 12:25. Teammates Michelle Garcia (12:45) and Melissa Martinez (12:55) came in 44th and 55th, respectively. Maritza Garcia placed 59th with a time of 13:00, Gloria Jauregui finished

in 79th place with a time of 13:31, Kristina Garcia came in 80th with a time of 13:32 and Alba Jasso was 99th with a time of 14:19. “I would like to also point out that this was the first state meet for Kristina and Melissa, who both missed 2008 with injuries,” Villarreal

said.

Course leaders Villarreal also noted that the seniors were instrumental in leading the team on the course, and they will be missed.

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Cowboys, Redskins set to clash Young returning to his hometown

Washington only NFC East team to win last week

By KRISTIE RIEKEN ASSOCIATED PRESS

By STEPHEN HAWKINS ASSOCIATED PRESS

ARLINGTON — Using the most basic fact, the argument could be made that Washington is playing better than any other team in the NFC East right now. Yes, those 3-6 Redskins without Clinton Portis. Better even than the division-leading Dallas Cowboys, who they play Sunday in the 99th game of their ever-bitter rivalry. Simply put, the lastplace Redskins are the only NFC East team that won its last game.

Possible turnaround Could it be the sign of a turnaround toward a lateseason surge? “I just sense that we

Photo by Mike Roemer | AP

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) tries to scramble past Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins (36) during the Packers’ 17-7 win on Sunday in Green Bay, Wis. The Cowboys will look to rebound from that loss when they face the Washington Redskins in an NFC East battle on Sunday. won one game, we won our third game of the season. That’s really all I can sense,” coach Jim Zorn said. “Being 3-6, it’s not a

record that just bodes of competitiveness, but our players have not thrown in the towel. We’re just trying to climb our way out of

this hole we’ve dug.” Washington took a positive step with a 27-17 victo-

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HOUSTON — In his last start at Reliant Stadium, Vince Young left the field blowing kisses to cheering fans after running for the winning score in overtime. It was a triumphant return to the city where he grew up against the team that passed on drafting him. “It was a fairy tale,” he said. “It was like a dream come true.” Since that win as a rookie in 2006, Young has gone through his share of ups and downs. On Monday night he’ll return to Houston with the Titans and a three-game winning streak to face a Texans team trying to stay in the playoff hunt.

Fan response Young said he knew the

reaction to his winning touchdown in the 26-20 victory was big, but he didn’t remember much else about the fans’ response. “Being a Houstonian, being a hometown kid, there’s a lot of Longhorn fans out there and it’s a lot of fans just period that’s pretty much been following my career ever since I was in high school all the way up to now,” he said Thursday while wearing a Houston Oilers cap. “So it’s just a lot of love. No disrespect to the Texans.” Young said that game ranks second in his career highlights to the 2006 Rose Bowl, when he scored the winning touchdown to give Texas the national championship.

Bad memories The Texans have far less

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TRANSACTIONS BASEBALL National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS: Purchased the contracts of INF Cole Gillespie from Reno (PCL) and RHP Roque Mercedes, RHP Daniel Stange and LHP Jordan Norberto from Mobile

(SL). CINCINNATI REDS: Purchased the contracts of RHP Enerio Del Rosario, OF Chris Heisey, RHP Logan Ondrusek, INF Chris Valaika, and LHP Travis Wood from Louisville (IL) and RHP Jordan Smith and LHP Philippe Valiquette from Carolina (SL). Sent RHP Daryl Thompson outright to Louisville. HOUSTON ASTROS: Agreed to terms with RHP

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Jose Valdez on a minor league contract. Purchased the contracts of RHP Evan Englebrook from Round Rock (PCL) and RHP Matt Nevarez and RHP Henry Villar from Lexington (SAL). NEW YORK METS: Reinstated SS Jose Reyes and LHP Johan Santana from the 15-day DL and OF Fernando Martinez, LHP Jonathon Niese, RHP Fernando Nieve and LHP Oliver Perez from the 60-day DL.

FOOTBALL NFL NFL: Fined Cleveland QB Brady Quinn $10,000 for an illegal block against Baltimore LB Terrell Suggs and Baltimore DE Dwan Edwards $5,000 for a hit delivered to Cleveland WR Joshua Cribbs in a Nov. 16 game. Fined Jacksonville DB Reggie Nelson $7,500 for roughing New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez with a hit to

the head area in a Nov. 15 game. Fined Arizona DT Darnell Dockett $7,500 for his elbow to the throat of Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck in a Nov. 15 game. Fined Pittsburgh LB James Harrison $5,000 for unnecessary roughness against Cincinnati OT Andrew Whitworth in a Nov. 15 game. HOCKEY NHL

NHL: Suspended Dallas F James Neal for two games for delivering a hit from behind that caused injury to Derek Dorsett of Columbus in a Nov. 19 game. PHOENIX COYOTES: Reassigned F Kevin Porter to San Antonio (AHL). COLLEGE NICHOLLS STATE: Fired football coach Jay Thomas, effective Nov. 27.

TEXANS Continued from Page 1B fond recollections of that game. “What I’ll always remember about that run was the way the crowd erupted like it was a home game for him or something,” said DeMeco Ryans, who was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2006 when Young won the offensive award. “That kind of always ticked me off that they were cheering like that for him. Our fans cheering for him really made me mad.” Ryans said he probably won’t be thinking about that play Monday night, but he will be focused on making sure Young doesn’t beat them with his feet. “As defensive players we have to do something about that,” Ryans said. “We’ve got to stop him and it wouldn’t be like that. We’re just going to go out and try to dominate and win the game.”

NFL-worst 205 yards rushing through the first three games, but has given up just more than 60 yards rushing in the last six. “I think we’re a lot better,” defensive end Antonio Smith. “I think we’ve proven that we can stop the run and we can do better against big plays.”

Big matchup

Exciting moment Young’s teammate Ahmard Hall, who played with him at Texas, said Young is trying to contain his excitement about playing in his hometown for the first time since his rookie year. “Vince is the mayor of Houston, everybody loves him down there,” Hall said. “Everybody’s excited to see him play, and Vince thrives in big games and I think he’ll have a special night on Monday night.” Young has been steady in his first three starts since losing his job early last season, throwing two touchdowns and just one interception. But Tennessee’s

Photo by Richard Carson | REUTERS

In this Dec. 10, 2006, file photo, Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young celebrates in the end zone after shedding Houston Texans defender Dexter McCleon to score the winning touchdown in overtime of their game in Houston. success has been due in large part to the virtually unstoppable Chris Johnson. The NFL’s leading rusher has 495 yards and six touchdowns on the ground in those three games.

Having fun The second-year player said Young has brought a new attitude to a team that was reeling after losing its first six games with Kerry Collins at the helm. “We’re just out there having fun basically,” Johnson

said. “We get in the huddle and Vince says: ’Don’t worry about anything, let’s just have fun’ and we just have fun, and if we have fun we’re going to win.” Fisher has been impressed with Young’s progress and thinks his benching helped him grow. “His completion percentage, everything statistically out on the field, but more importantly than that, just the way he’s been preparing,” Fisher said. “He’s having fun. The experience for him, even though it was difficult, it was positive and a

tremendous learning experience, and it’s paying dividends now.” Houston knows the Titans are a different team with Young at quarterback than in the first meeting this season with Collins playing. The Texans won 34-31 despite Johnson running for 197 yards, with 87 yards receiving and three touchdowns of longer than 50 yards.

Slowing Johnson Regardless of who’s play-

ing quarterback, the Texans must make slowing Johnson a priority. “The guy has it all,” cornerback Dunta Robinson said. “He’s breaking tackles. He’s outrunning people. He’s just a great running back. If you want any chance to beat this football team, you’ve got to contain him. He’s taking two and three yard gains and taking them 80 and 90 yards.” The Texans believe their defense is much improved since that game, especially when it comes to stopping the run. Houston allowed an

Young’s return to Houston is certainly intriguing, but the better matchup Monday night might be Matt Schaub and Houston’s high-powered passing attack against Tennessee’s 31stranked pass defense. The Texans have the third-most potent passing game in the NFL and Andre Johnson has had more than 140 yards receiving in each of the last two meetings against the Titans, including a franchise-record 207 in the last game in Houston. Johnson was low-key when asked about his recent success against Tennessee. “I think that it’s just us being able to run the ball and it opens up our playpass,” Johnson said. “When we’re able to do that, we’re able to have some big passes against them.” He scored twice in the Week 2 win over the Titans, with one score coming on a 72-yard reception. Fisher doesn’t want to see that happen again. “We can’t shut Andre out, you just don’t do that,” Fisher said. “They’re going to get him the football. What we can’t do is give up the big plays deep down the field.”

COWBOYS Continued from Page 1B ry over AFC West leader Denver, scoring its most points for Zorn since his second game as coach last season. Ladell Betts ran for 114 yards in place of Portis (concussion) even with the Redskins’ fifth different starting offensive line combination this season. The New York Giants haven’t won in more than a month — a four-game losing streak since their 5-0 start — and Philadelphia has lost two in a row. Even Dallas (6-3), which had won four straight, needed a late touchdown just to avoid being shut out last weekend by desperate Green Bay. “It’s going to be a tough challenge for us,” Cowboys receiver Roy Williams said. “They’re pretty much in the position as Green Bay last week. They’re looking for this game to be their momentum swing and we just can’t let that happen two weeks in a row.”

Up and down After an impressive recovery from their 2-2 start that including a loss in Denver, the Cowboys have to make sure a downward spiral doesn’t continue after the 17-7 loss in Green Bay.

Williams’ touchdown catch came with 38 seconds left; “It was a lonely feeling in the end zone because it didn’t matter,” he said this week. “We had a good run, but now from here on out we have to earn our victories. It’s just that simple,” Bradie James said. “Let’s start a new streak, that’s what it’s about.” Dallas has two games in a fiveday span, following the Redskins with another winnable game: Thanksgiving Day against struggling Oakland. Then it’s a trip to New York to face the Giants, whose last-play field goal in Week 2 ruined the Cowboys’ debut in their new stadium.

Better sentiments While Zorn is trying to keep one victory in perspective, consider that U2’s “Beautiful Day” was blaring from the speakers this week during a Redskins practice — and it was a sentiment no one could really argue with for a change. Their previous two wins had come against Tampa Bay and St. Louis, a pair of 1-8 teams. “Coming off last week’s victo-

son.

“We had a good run, but now from here on out we have to earn our victories. It’s just that simple.” COWBOYS LINEBACKER BRADIE JAMES

ry, we’ve definitely got confidence. It was a big confidencebuilder for us,” Rock Cartwright said. “You’ve got to keep it rolling. That’s the whole objective,” receiver Devin Thomas said. “You can never give up on a season just because things have gone bad. We knew we were just one click away from hitting on all cylinders.” With a win in Dallas, the Redskins would be only two games out of the NFC East lead with six games to play, three against the other division teams — including the Cowboys at home two nights after Christmas.

Able to lose Dallas, whose 57 wins against

Washington are more than against any other team, doesn’t want things to get that close. The dismal day in Green Bay likely got the Cowboys’ attention. “It sobers you, you realize you can lose,” coach Wade Phillips said. “I don’t think it’s a sign of trouble. We lost before we got on the four-game win streak,” Williams said. “It was a setback when we lost the second game. ... After we lost that second game, we won four straight.” The Cowboys will have two first-time starters filling in for players injured last weekend. Alan Ball takes over at safety for Ken Hamlin (high right ankle sprain) and Doug Free replaces Marc Colombo (broken left leg), creating the first change for the starting offensive line this sea-

Injured players Washington likely will be without Portis again, but defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth said he expected to play despite a sprained left ankle that kept him out of practice. If Haynesworth plays, it will be his first time in a regular-season game against Cowboys center Andre Gurode since a dirty play in 2006. Haynesworth was then with Tennessee and suspended five games after cleating the helmetless face of Gurode, who needed 30 stitches and was bothered by headaches and blurred vision the following week. Gurode and Haynesworth, who were both in the last two Pro Bowls, said this week the incident is behind them. But there were reminders this week with the questions and television replays. “It’s something they are going to do,” Gurode said. “I expected that when he signed with the Redskins and we played them that it was going to be brought up. ... It is something in the past.”

CROSS COUNTRY Continued from Page 1B “I wish the seniors the best of luck in their future endeavors and I hope that they will take the lessons they learned from cross country and apply them in their lives, jobs and future

educational experiences,” he said. With a strong middle school program and a talented underclassmen group waiting in the wings, the Lady Hawks future

looks bright.

Back to work Their quest to make a return

trip to state starts next month. Villarreal will waste no time with his team as he prepares them for the upcoming track season. “Our distance runners will

begin their track workouts Dec. 1,” Villarreal said. “Will use this time to improve their times and overall physical abilities and begin their quest to get back to the state meet in 2010.”

BASKETBALL Continued from Page 1B Last year, the Lady Hawks lost a lot of close games, and they hope that experience will get them some extra Ws.

Court speed Guerra will utilize the team’s speed, which figures to be one of its signature marks on the court. “All the girls can run,” Guerra said. “We have 12

girls on the varsity and they all have speed to push the ball up the court.” On offense, the Lady Hawks will run a motion offense that will move the players and give the team a different look every time it heads down the court.

Height advantage The Lady Hawks will also use their height advan-

tage as another weapon on offense and defense. Guerra is banking on his team’s defense to become the Lady Hawks’ identity on the court. “Defense is going to be our signature mark,” he said. “We are going to employ a full court press or a half court trap and keep the tempo up on our opponents.” Solis is the leader of the defense that will cause ha-

voc for the opponents. “Clarissa is the heart of the defense,” Guerra said. “She plays the point on our defense and everything starts with her.”

Early tests The Lady Hawks’ first test of the season came at the hands of the Rio Grande City Rattlers. Zapata found itself in a

hole early in the game and went into intermission down 23-13. A second-half surge had the Lady Hawks cutting the Lady Rattlers’ lead in the third quarter. The Lady Hawks scored 34 second half points to pull out a victory in the first game of the season. Leading Zapata on the scoreboard was Peña, with 18 points. The second non-district

game was not kind to the Lady Hawks as they fell to basketball powerhouse Laredo Alexander, 57-32. Cassy Garza led Zapata with nine points. Martiza Garcia and Estella Molina each chipped in with five. “Alexander has a rich tradition,” Guerra said. “I schedule good teams to raise our level of play come district time because we want to raise the bar of expectations here at Zapata.”


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HINTS BY HELOISE A Factor of Seven? Dear Readers: Ever wonder how OLD YOUR DOG REALLY IS in human years? The old adage to "multiply your dog’s age by seven" is actually incorrect! The truth is that small dogs and large dogs age at different rates. Small dogs will actually live much longer than their bigger canine friends, based on their weights ... some toy breeds can live up to 20 years! The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has drawn up a chart that provides an average age calculator. Keep in mind that this is just an average, not an exact scientific formula: DOG AGE HUMAN YEARS 1 year 12 years 2 years 24 years 3 years 28 years 5 years 36 years 7 years 44 years 9 years 52 years 11 years 60 years 13 years 68 years 15 years 76 years Some signs of old age are problems with hearing, seeing and loss of teeth. Joint pain is very common in older dogs, but

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Chevy Lumina ‘96, a/c, low miles, $1,300 Call 635-6204 Dodge Neon ‘03, a/c, 4dr, automatic, electric, new tires, Gas saver, 67k mil., $2,950 Call 326-7195

Dodge stratus ‘99, 6cyl., 4dr, a/c, blue title, Clean, $2,350 obo, call 237-4543 GMC Yukon ‘02 fully loaded W/3rd seat, Sound system, $7,000 call 740-3233

‘01 Ford Escort ZX2. Aut, Sport, Rims 17’s, Electric, A/C, Sound $2,600 OBO 220-5146

Honda Civic ‘01, Good condition $3,600 OBO, Call 956-693-0406

‘96 Honda Accord $1800 call:242-9799 for more details

Lincoln LS ‘00, 6cyl, a/c, cd player, all pwr., leather int., burgundy, 80k mil., Exc., cond., $4,850 call 326-7195

Escape ‘02 Front is Crashed $1,500 obo Go by 104 Cenizo Lp

‘98Grand Marquis, Good Cond. A/C, Fully loaded. $1900 OBO 206-0007

F250 ‘99, Super duty crew cab, 140k mi, $ 206-6950 for more information.

Classic Ply ‘65 Belvedre, 6cyl, Std., all original, runs great, $1,900 Call 725-7073

Lincoln Zephyr ‘06, Dark Gray, 25k mil., 18” rims, $11,500 obo 956-235-6530 Nissan Sentra ‘91, excelente cond., $1,200 llamar 333-8892


NCAA Football

4B THE ZAPATA TIMES

McCoy set up for success By JIM VERTUNO ASSOCIATED PRESS

AUSTIN — When Colt McCoy started his first game at Texas in 2006, the second pass of his career was a sign of things to come: a 60-yard touchdown in a rout of North Texas.

Impressive resume Over his four seasons as a starter, McCoy has built a resume that ranks among the best in college history in terms of wins, school records and name recognition — a Texas QB named Colt is pretty catchy. McCoy credits some of that success to being in the right place at the right time. “It’s rare for somebody to have the opportunity to play four years at a program that has the ability to win 10 or 11 games each year,” McCoy said. “This has been an awesome four years. We have a lot of goals still in front of us.” What McCoy is missing is a championship. Texas hasn’t won a Big 12 or even a division title since the national championship season of 2005 when Vince Young was leading the Longhorns. A win over

Aggies try one more time for bowl eligibility By CHRIS DUNCAN ASSOCIATED PRESS

PREVIEW He still calls it one of his fondest memories at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Tonight, McCoy will trot onto the home-field turf for the last time with a chance to grab a record of a lifetime. If the third-ranked Longhorns beat a Kansas team mired in a losing streak and a school investigation of coach Mark Mangino, McCoy will set the NCAA record for career victories by a starting quarterback with 43. And he will get his first Big 12 South championship.

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Photo by Harry Cabluck | AP

In this Sept. 2, 2006, file photo, Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, right, notes the defensive alignment before the snap during his first start for the Longhorns in a 56-7 victory over North Texas in Austin. Tonight, McCoy will trot onto his home field for the last time with a chance to grab another memory: beat Kansas and set the NCAA record for career victories by a starting quarterback with 43. Kansas clinches a berth in the Big 12 title game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on Dec. 5.

BCS possibilities If the Longhorns (10-0, 6-0 Big 12) remain undefeated, they’ll likely earn a shot at the Bowl Championship Series title game in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 7. “It just feels good to get the program back in the direction of how it used to be when VY was here,” safety Earl Thomas said. “We’re just trying to get this win and see what happens after that.” While Texas is aiming for records and titles, Kansas (5-5, 1-5) seems on the verge of imploding.

Reeling opponent The Jayhawks have lost five in a row and the university confirmed this

week that Mangino is being investigated on allegations of verbal and emotional abuse of his players. Mangino was the 2007 coach of the year. Mangino defended himself Thursday night on his weekly radio program, saying there were “people who are embarrassing this program just for their 15 minutes of fame.” He also said some allegations are just wrong. Mangino said he has not lost the support of his current players. “I may have lost some people around here but it’s not players,” Mangino said.

Staying focused Kansas senior quarterback Todd Reesing said Jayhawks players are trying to focus on the game, not the losing streak or the allegations about their coach.

“There’s no turmoil within the team. No one’s pointing fingers as anybody. All we can do is keep fighting,” Reesing said. “We’ve played hard for each other and you can never say anything against that.” The trip to Austin was supposed to be a special one for Reesing, who grew up and played high school football in the area. He was one of the top high school players in Texas when he signed with Kansas. He dreamed of playing for the Longhorns, but they didn’t offer a scholarship. “All I want to do is spend the last (two weeks) that I have guaranteed as a football player at this university to be fun and to be enjoyed with my teammates and coaches,” Reesing said.

COLLEGE STATION — Two weeks ago, the Texas A&M Aggies spoke confidently about achieving bowl eligibility and finishing the season strong. Back-to-back losses have turned optimism into pressure, and A&M (5-5, 2-4 Big 12) has two chances left to earn that elusive sixth win, starting with today’s game against Baylor (4-6, 1-5). If the Aggies lose to the Bears — who whipped them 41-21 last year — then they’ll have to upset No. 3 Texas on Thanksgiving to avoid a third losing season since 2005. “We feel a sense of urgency, just for the fact that the season’s ending,” junior quarterback Jerrod Johnson said. “We have two more games left and we want to win those games. It’s kind of getting down to the last. Of course, the bowl eligibility thing is still on our minds, but we just want to win every game we play.”

Similar incentive Baylor has dropped five of six games since a 3-1 start, but will still have a shot at a bowl game with wins against A&M and then Texas Tech on Nov. 28. The Bears say the possibility of a bowl adds helpful incentive this week. “It’s huge, every game still matters,” freshman quarterback Nick Florence said. “Last year in this situation, we weren’t going to a bowl game, we were just playing for pride. But this

year it’s more than that, so we’re going to practice hard and play for each other. We’re going to leave it all on that field and so are they. They’re in the same boat.”

Bouncing back Both teams are trying to bounce back after humiliating setbacks last week. The Bears gave away four turnovers — three of them interceptions thrown by Florence — in a 47-14 loss to Texas. Baylor also mustered only 6 yards rushing against the nation’s top-ranked defense. “With a team like that, we have to play extremely well, pretty error-free and win the three majors: field position, turnovers and momentum,” coach Art Briles said. “I think the outcome shows that we did not do that.” The Aggies, meanwhile, lost three fumbles in the first half of a 65-10 rout at Oklahoma. The most distressing aspect for A&M coach Mike Sherman was that his team fumbled five times in the game on punt or kick returns. “We definitely will put extra emphasis, more than we already have, on that part of the game,” Sherman said. “That is very important.” Added quarterback Jerrod Johnson, “We realize we’re at the end of the season, we’ve got two games left. Give it everything you have, try to bottle up as much energy as we can, and put it to the next two weeks. You can’t hold anything back. We should be playing our best football right now.”


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2009

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MOBILE HOMES FOR SALE 67 2001 Redman, 3/2, 16x76, single wide, remodeled, $22,500 Call 286-6531 MHDRET 36267

HOMES FOR SALE 61

LOTS FOR SALE

Owner Finiance! 10% down, 4/2, Large lot! fenced, $128,000 Call 645-6336 OWNER FINANCED-3/2/1 CHVC 1223FT 6YR OLD STUCCO HOME EXCELLENT COND. NO MONEY DOWN. 5532 PORTUGAL LP. (BEHIND LCC SOUTH) $98,000 210-663-0946 South Laredo 3bd, 2ba, CAH, fenced, tiles floors, W/D hkups, 4437 Exodus Dr. $98,000 Call 286-3651

5400 McPherson 144 x300 Zone Commercial, $12.50sq.ft. 725-3000

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ROYAL EXPRESS OWNER OPERATORS WANTED. MUST BE WILLING TOWORK 2000-2500 miles a week. Please call 956-326-7113

PETS & SUPPLIES

PETS & SUPPLIES 128 Pitbull puppy for sale. Chocolate brown color. 2mths. old. first two vaccines. $150 call: 251-9407 Rat terrier 9wks. old (male), has 1st shots. $150 call:324-3191

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ACREAGE FOR SALE 76 5 acre Commercial tract, frontage on Casa Verde Rd. $200,000 per acre. Contact (956)725-6641 HUNTERS SPECIAL 25-50 AC Tracts on IH-35, Mile 60, Many Ammenities, Owner Finance, Starting at $3,000 P/AC ,Call 956-645-5776

PETS & SUPPLIES 128 Adorable White & Fawn Boxer puppies, 8 wks. old, clipped, de wormed & 1 st. shots. $135ea. Call:(956)286-0150 Black & Chocolate Labrador puppies. $200 OBO call:242-2735

Chihuahua Adults For sale! $75 call 319-2469

FARMS & RANCHES 77

ARTICLES FOR SALE 136

10 chair wood New dining table $2,700 Call 645-6336

PETS & SUPPLIES 128 1720 Ac. working ranch 28’ rainfall + 5 water wells, 2 houses, show barn, plenty of wildlife. $1,580/acre 956-712-1975

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Male Pitbull 4 months old with papers. $300 call:285-2546 Min. Schnauzer Puppies Blk & Silver, & S/P, 1st shots, dewormed, tail clipped, registered parents, $300 Call 956-206-1491

Pekingese puppies for sale! 8wks, $225, Call 324-7608

El Sabor Argentino vende horno y cocina comercial y mesas de metal. empesando desde $150 llamar al 337-6749 o al 337-6818 Executive solid wooden table w/hatch compartment and filing cabinet all in one very classic $150 obo 727-8557 or 763-3104

ARTICLES FOR SALE 136

TRANSPORTATION

99 GMC Sierra 4x4 P/U, good cond., a/c,auto, $5,200 OBO call:286-7354 ‘99 Chevy Silverado Z71 good truck,4x4, bed liner, a/c, cd. $5,900 call:337-7063

27’ Tv $125 call:744-4435 Exibidores p/ropa, Vitrinas, Mesas y mas. Empezando desde $20. Venta en 201 North Zapata Hwy. (Galleria de Muebles) Tel 727-2000

GE 30” gas stove 5 burners, $200 Call 744-0613 Hundreds dozens Vintage sunglasses, brand new different shades and styles, must sell $400 obo Business Closed! Please call 727-8557 Personalized santa letter $5 per child ($10 w/santa key). call:333-0875 after 4pm/santaclause62@hotmail.com

AUTOMOTIVE PARTS 194 20” Chrome Boss wheels for Ford like new, $800 Call 286-2823 Diesel engines Chevy 6.6 Ford 7.3 & Cummins 5.9 Remanufactured w/warranty will deliver, $2,950. 713-918-5811. Ford F150/Expedition Rims 20” Chrome, New tires $600 OBO call 285-8824

MOTORCYCLES

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Sony 55” 3LCD HD TV, $1,200 & 27” X Flat TV, Call 286-2823

2002 Yamaha 660 Raptor, ATV, runs great with lot of extras $3,500 251-3024

SPORTING GOODS 142

2003 Honda CBR 954 gris/negro 1,800millas $4,250 llame:235-9947

Excercise bike & steper in good condition, $175 OBO Call 401-7727

New Deer feeders, heavy duty, four legs, 55gal. capacity, $175 OBO 744-8511; 1802 S. Meadow

JEWELRY

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Rolex presidente lluvia de diamantes. $12,500 call:319-8628

TRUCKS FOR SALE 198

TRUCKS FOR SALE 198 2007 Grand Cherokee. 6 cyl, 30K miles, blue title, sporty tires, excellent condition. $13,500 OBO. Call 324-1875 or 326-5236 ‘07 Lincoln Navigator, Like New! 1-Owner, 30k Miles, Fully Loaded. $34,000 Call 333-0426

Chevy Silverado ‘07 2005 HD, LT, 25 k mi., Extd cab, 1 owner, w/ warranty, $24,950 call 775-5403 or 52*213699*4

Dodge Durango ‘01, 3rd seat, leather int., a/c, V8, blue title, exc., cond. $3,350 obo Call 956-237-4543

TRUCKS FOR SALE 198 Ford F150 FX4 4x4 ‘03 60kmi, exc Cond., 1 owner,35” tires, hvy duty, brush grd, fully loaded cold a/c, $12,000call 693-0899 Land Rover SE, ‘02, leather int., well taking care off needs repairs., $3,000, 956-712-1991 leave message Se Vende Ford Pickup ‘99 4x4 A/C Super Cab $2800OBO Call 727-0393

CARS FOR SALE

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CARS FOR SALE

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Chevy Lumina ‘96, a/c, low miles, $1,300 Call 635-6204 Dodge Neon ‘03, a/c, 4dr, automatic, electric, new tires, Gas saver, 67k mil., $2,950 Call 326-7195

Dodge stratus ‘99, 6cyl., 4dr, a/c, blue title, Clean, $2,350 obo, call 237-4543 GMC Yukon ‘02 fully loaded W/3rd seat, Sound system, $7,000 call 740-3233

‘01 Ford Escort ZX2. Aut, Sport, Rims 17’s, Electric, A/C, Sound $2,600 OBO 220-5146

Honda Civic ‘01, Good condition $3,600 OBO, Call 956-693-0406

‘96 Honda Accord $1800 call:242-9799 for more details

Lincoln LS ‘00, 6cyl, a/c, cd player, all pwr., leather int., burgundy, 80k mil., Exc., cond., $4,850 call 326-7195

Escape ‘02 Front is Crashed $1,500 obo Go by 104 Cenizo Lp

‘98Grand Marquis, Good Cond. A/C, Fully loaded. $1900 OBO 206-0007

F250 ‘99, Super duty crew cab, 140k mi, $ 206-6950 for more information.

Classic Ply ‘65 Belvedre, 6cyl, Std., all original, runs great, $1,900 Call 725-7073

Lincoln Zephyr ‘06, Dark Gray, 25k mil., 18” rims, $11,500 obo 956-235-6530 Nissan Sentra ‘91, excelente cond., $1,200 llamar 333-8892


The Zapata Times 11/21/2009