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Wednesday, November 8, 2000

Laredo Morning Times

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LOCAL/INTERNATIONAL

Funeral services announced

2000 in a local hospital in Laredo. He was born in Laredo and was employed at Bed Factory. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Rafael and Jesusita Contreras and Ancension Garcia. He is survived by his wife, Ruby Lee Contreras; son, Ricardo Jr., and daughter, Alexis Lee Contreras; his mother, Maria Elena Contreras (Rafael Bocanegra); father, Conrado (Rosalinda) Contreras Sr. Also by grandma, Adela Garcia and his nani, Petra Hernandez; brothers and sisters, Conrado (Elvia) Contreras Jr., Sandra Contreras, Leticia Contreras, John Contreras, Jose Contreras and Arnoldo Contreras; nephews, aunts, uncles and friends that will greatly miss them. A rosary will be held at Buitron Funeral Home Chapels, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000 at 7 p.m. Visitation will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000 at Christ the King Catholic Church Holy Mass will be at 11 a.m. The funeral procession will depart Buitron Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the City Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Buitron Funeral Home, 4502 Thomas Ave. For more information, please call 956-723-3611. cousin, Candelario Solis; nephews and nieces Anita Solis Doncaster, Rodolfo V. Solis, Emilio C. Solis, Beatriz S. Herrera, Magdalena S. Wendell, Maria del Refugio S. Owendijke, Sylvia S. Hinojosa, Ofelia S. Davila, Socorro E. Ruiz, Angela E. Vasquez, Ramona E. Sanchez, Patricia Villanueva, Isidro and Rosario Muniz, Luis and Angelica Ramirez, Ramiro and Dora Garcia, Juan and Gabriela Ruiz, Andres Ruiz and Martha Ruiz. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and a rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. in the Hernandez-Lopez and Sons Northside Chapels, 800 Boston St. at San Bernardo Avenue. Funeral services will begin at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000 from the HernandezLopez and Sons Northside Chapels. Holy Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. at Mother Cabrini Catholic Church. Committal service and interment will then follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas, with military honors. Arrangements are under the direction of the HernandezLopez and Sons Northside Chapels, 800 Boston St. at San Bernardo Avenue, Laredo (956)723-2979.

*Wagering

(Continued from Page 1A) to 1,000 ballots still to be counted had the legalization of pari-mutuel wagering on horse races approved by almost 68 percent of voters with 17,979 ballots. Nearly 32 percent of votes, 8,463, were cast against the measure. On the second proposition, to authorize pari-mutuel wagering on simulcast races, voters cast 16,767 votes, or more than 65 percent, in favor, and 34 percent, or 8,762, were cast against. "We are happy to hear that the Laredo community supports us in the attempt to bring entertainment to Laredo," John Weninger, attorney for horseracing legend Keith Asmussen and his wife Marilyn, said. "We expected no less from them and we are prepared to provide them with the best." The Asmussens are owners of a quarter horse and thoroughbred training facility called El Primero, located on FM 1472 in Webb County. According to Weninger, the Asmussens, in partnership with one of the largest racetracks -- Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie -- will make the proper applications to the Texas Racing Commission. The Asmussen family has become famous for its local facility -- an 80-acre site that hosts a five-furlong track and 360 stalls. Remodeling plans have been proposed to facilitate live racing at the track. It is estimated that 10 to 20 races will take place at the remodeled El Primero track, which will host a sports bar and restaurant of 10,000 to 15,000 square feet in which visitors will be able to take part in races from New York to California. The investment will cost an estimated $10 million, which will make this facility one of the largest entertainment centers in South Texas. The remodeled El Primero will produce an estimated 200 jobs with a $2 million payroll. "Pari-mutuel" is a French term meaning that the money bet is returned to the bettor, with the exception of a percentage that is divided between the track and the government. "This place will be targeted toward both men and women," Weninger said. "It will be like their oasis -- a place where they can get away and find the entertainment they want." (Staff writer Diana De La Garza can be reached at 728-2585 or by e-mail at [email protected])

APOLONIO P. "EL BORRADO" RODRIGUEZ Apolonio P. "El Borrado" Rodriguez Apolonio P. "El Borrado" Rodriguez, 65, passed away Friday, Nov. 3, 2000. Mr. Rodriguez served in the United States Army and in the United States Army National Guard. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000 at 8 a.m. from the Hernandez- Lopez and Sons Northside Chapels, 800 Boston St. at San Bernardo Ave. Holy Mass was celebrated at 8:30 a.m. at San Luis Rey Catholic Church. Committal services and interment followed in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were Apolonio Rodriguez, Jr., Gerardo Rodriguez, Javier Rodriguez, Albert Rodriguez, Luis Rodriguez, Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Pedro Mata and Gerardo Rodriguez Jr. Arrangements were under the direction of the HernandezLopez and Sons Northside Chapels, 800 Boston St. at San Bernardo Avenue, Laredo. (956)723-2979.

*Bonilla

(Continued from Page 1A) the years to have great constituents who know me well and have supported me. My constituents recognize my efforts to work for effective solutions on issues that concern South Texas -- trade, health care and the military." Garza, who did not concede, but spoke to reporters after 11 p.m. said, "It appears that the margin is going to be tough to catch up to. But I want to know how the votes went from 50,000 to 100,000 in Bexar County, so I do question the margins." Garza said, "I am very grateful for all the people who came out to support us in Laredo, including Judge Andy Reyes. We will continue to build on the close relationships we developed during the campaign." Garza added that this would not be his last election. "I ran because there is so much need that has not been heard by Henry Bonilla" (Business writer Elizabeth Pease can be reached by calling 728-2543 or [email protected])

*Election

(Continued from Page 1A) were safely Republican or Democratic. By late Tuesday night Gore was projected as the winner in California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois. Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Delaware, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia, according to surveys of voters as well as early returns. Bush was projected as prevailing in Texas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Virginia, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Alabama, South Carolina, Wyoming and South Dakota. The race appeared to have the narrowest margin in electoral votes since 1916, when Woodrow Wilson drew 277 votes from the Electoral College and Charles E. Hughes won 254. The narrowest margin in more recent times was in 1976, when Jimmy Carter won the presidency with 297 electoral votes, and President Ford captured 240. Even hours after polls closed in most states, officials in both camps seemed neither confident nor pessimistic -- just downright jittery. Gore was so unsure that he made calls throughout the early evening to radio stations in key states, moving through Arkansas and then westward as polls closed in the East. The campaign also enlisted President Clinton to make last-minute telephone calls to radio stations in battleground states. "Our focus is on the fact that this is one of the closest elections in a generation," said Douglas Hattaway, a campaign spokesman. "For the first time in three decades, people who live on the West Coast will decide who will be the next president of the United States." At around 7 p.m. in Texas, less than an hour after Bush, his family and his parents had arrived at a restaurant adjacent to the Four Seasons hotel in Austin for dinner, they aborted their plan to watch the returns from a suite in the hotel and instead retreated to the governor's mansion. Bush's decision came about the time that the networks were declaring Gore the winner in Michigan and Florida. Soon after that, Bush told reporters that he questioned some early projections that he had lost Florida, where his brother, Jeb, is governor, and Pennsylvania, where one of his staunchest backers, Tom Ridge, is governor. "The networks are calling this thing awfully early," Bush said. "The people counting the votes are coming in with a different perspective." In an interview on CNN, Karl Rove, Bush's chief strategist, chastised the network for its initial call of Florida, telling the anchor, Bernard Shaw, "I do think that is one criteria you might want to think about changing because you called the state before the polls have closed in a considerable part of the state." The voter surveys found that Ralph Nader, the Green Party nominee, had won roughly 3 percent of the popular vote. The only state where he appeared to pose a threat to the prospects of Gore was Wisconsin. He would need more than 5 percent to qualify his party for millions of dollars in federal campaign matching subsidies in the next presidential race.

ANACLETO ESQUIVEL Anacleto Esquivel Anacleto Esquivel, 83, passed away Monday, Nov. 6, 2000 in a local hospital. Mr. Esquivel was born in Candela, Coahuila, Mexico and had been a resident of Laredo most of his Life. He served in the United States Army and did his tour of duty in Central Europe where he was a decorated veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his mother, Petra Solis Esquivel. Mr. Esquivel is survived by his

*Voters

(Continued from Page 1A) their support in the community college," LCC President Ramon Dovalina said. "They have entrusted us with a big responsibility and we are going to make sure that we don't waste any of it." The unofficial votes for approval of the bond issue, not counting up to 1,000 votes being counted by hand in the Webb County Justice Center early Wednesday morning, totaled 21,723, which was 82.51 percent of the vote. At the same time, 4,603 votes, of 17.48 percent, were cast against the issue.With the community's approval, LCC will be able to purchase the site of the new LCC branch campus, which consists of 60 acres and is located on U.S. Hwy. 83. The campus is expected to serve an estimated 2,500 students. Construction of the campus could begin as early as 2002 and possibly open its doors by 2004. "We have a lot of work ahead of us," Dovalina said. "We will do a lot more planning, and most of all, we will need to find out the needs of our community so we can address them in our studies." The new facility will consist of six buildings: an adult education center, a child development laboratory, an industrial technology center, a regional police academy, a library and a physical plant. Seven computer laboratories, 23 classrooms, three language laboratories, four lecture rooms and a tutorial computer lab are among the rooms that will be located within the new facility. Although some board members found the campus draft to be bigger and more expensive than what was needed at first, they all agreed that the second campus would be beneficial for the community in the end. According to LCC reports, college administrators have cited statistics stating that the college population will exceed its capacity for the current downtown campus by the year 2005. Although the proposed bond issue has been listed as $50 million dollars, Dovalina said he estimated the actual construction of the campus along with the furnishing of the rooms to total an estimated $52 million. During a previous press conference, Dovalina assured the public that the college would find the extra money in order to lessen the burden on the taxpayers. (Staff writer Diana De La Garza can be reached at 7282585 or by e-mail at [email protected])

RICARDO "RICKY" CONTRERAS Ricardo "Ricky" Contreras Ricardo `Ricky" Contreras, 24, passed away Monday, Nov. 6,

Horoscopes

BY FRANCIS DRAKE What kind of day will tomorrow be? To find out what the stars say, read the forecast given for your birth sign. ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You are possessed of a great deal of physical and mental energy, and you are inspired to use it in a positive way. Situations seem to restructure around you. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Take things at a slow and steady pace, and maintain inner focus. Do not confuse yourself by trying to interpret mixed or unclear messages. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Innovative and groundbreaking concepts surround you. You are delighted to find yourself on the cutting edge, and you are stimulated by those who accompany you. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Events and people seem to be moving at a hectic pace, and you are not comfortable with it. Allow yourself to hang back and give yourself space. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Your opinions change rather rapidly as you are faced with a wealth of new information. Take some time to digest everything before you make any significant decisions. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) It is a perfect time for little indulgences; don't take it personally if anyone thinks that you're having too much fun. However, avoid major decisions or risks. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Be patient with yourself and others. It is frustrating when nothing seems to make sense, but a negative reaction will make the situation worse, not better. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Make sure you have an itinerary or a plan of action before you take any serious steps. You are ready to make progress, but it might be in the wrong direction. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Your creative energy is at a peak; you are utterly inspired! A daydream quickly forms into an actual possibility, and you know how to turn it into a reality. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) A conflict caused by a difference of opinion might cause problems for you. Try to be open-minded, but look out for the things and people who are close to you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) You are able to find humor in any situation, no matter how bizarre. A note or comment that would normally offend you only makes you laugh. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Look beyond the obvious to the hidden meaning. At this time you might feel a bit befuddled or defenseless, but your intuitive powers are still available if you choose to utilize them. YOU BORN TODAY Perseverance and determination make you a contender in any field. You are used to getting your way and need to make sure that you know how to accept defeat gracefully if need be. You are able to interact well in social situations, though you sometimes would prefer to have more private time.

*Ballot

(Continued from Page 1A) Workers in Beckelhymer's office stayed until the wee hours Wednesday morning counting ballots that could not be tabulated mechanically. Just after midnight, they were able to estimate that about 31,000 or 87,800 registered voters in Webb County decided to turn out. The substantial turnout was evident earlier in the day when ballots also ran low at United High School. At Milton Elementary School, election officials had only 25 ballots left and 75 people in line at one point. "Some places ran low and we had to refurbish them, but running out completely was only at Amparo Elementary and United High School," he said. Beckelhymer said the huge run late in the evening caused some delays. "The ballots are expensive, so we base (the ordering) on the early voting and previous elections. This time around, voters just blew away early voting. Usually early voting is 50 percent or more of the total (voters casting ballots) and this time, it wasn't," he said. Beckelhymer said in other precincts in Texas some of the polls were shutting down because they ran out of ballots. "So many people were showing up to vote that it was overwhelming," he said. Beckelhymer said they ordered 37,000 ballots and that the main problem was that in some precincts the turnout was higher than projected. "In some instances, I had to steal from one of the sites and transfer them, and that takes time," he said. The election administrator said that police were called to United Middle School after voters there reportedly got a bit rowdy. The situation was under control without any major incident, he said. "It wasn't because they were running low on ballots. They were just rowdy, period," Beckelhymer said. Beckelhymer said the only problem reported early Tuesday morning was at Precinct 18 where the location was erroneously misprinted by the election office showing that 18A was located at Newman Elementary School. "The first list we released stated that 18A was located at the Community Action Agency conference room. Unfortunately, the second listing of precincts that went out had the wrong location," Beckelhymer said. Once the problem was located, a sign was posted outside the school directing voters to go to CAA conference room. "We apologize for the mistake and the inconvenience to the voters. It's our fault but it wouldn't happen again," Beckelhymer said. Beckelhymer said as of 9:30 a.m. more than 3,000 voters had cast their ballots locally. "If we continue seeing this type of turnout throughout the day, it could have a record number of voters surpassing 1996 when some 25,000 voters cast their ballots," he added. Meanwhile, Webb County Republican Party Chairman Gene Belmares said he was not expecting a landslide victory for presidential candidate George W. Bush in Webb County but strongly believed Bush would win the presidential race. "Most parts of the state have gone strictly Republican with exception of the border areas," he said. Belmares said that the Precinct 3 race for Webb County commissioner would be close -- a contest explaining again that the low turnout of Democratic voters would help the Republican candidate. "Most of those precincts were won by George W. Bush during the 1998 gubernatorial election, so that favors us," Belmares said. As far as the election itself, Belmares said it was going very well. "The turnout may be low and it could be a plus for us. The Democrats are not enthused about this race. The sheriff and district attorney are not running and those two individuals bring a lot of people to the polls," he said. Belmares said win or lose, the local Republican Party is going to come out looking good. "We may not win this time around, but we are setting up a good foundation for 2002. You'll see that in the governor's race in whoever decides to run between (Lt. Gov. Rick) Perry and Pat B. Hutchinson," Belmares predicted. Belmares said the border area might follow Mexico's political changes after the ruling party PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) lost the presidential race to PAN (National Authentic Party). "The South Texas Democrat is identical to the PRI and operates like the PRI and I think their (Democrats) time is up," Belmares said. (Staff writer Robert Garcia can be reached at 728-256 or by email at [email protected])

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