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Laredo Morning Times
THURSDAY,MARCH 23,2006
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LAREDO | ENVIRONMENT

NUEVO LAREDO | VIOLENCE

The waiting game
City says state OK’d soil for Chacon hike and bike trail
By JULIE DAFFERN
LAREDO MORNING TIMES

City officials said Wednesday that the environmental hazard caused by antimony-laced dirt used for the Chacon hike and bike trail is the result of nature, and plans to fix the problem are on hold until the state takes action.

Three weeks ago, state officials told an environmental group that inspectors had found three more contaminated sites after a controversy involving use of the tainted material at Los Arcos subdivision had been resolved. But Riazul Mia, the city’s environmental services director, said Wednesday the city had received test results in

2002 showing that the material used at the Chacon trail met the standards of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Mia said the problem today isn’t the test results, it’s how the material was used. “It’s a road-based material,” Mia said. “It needs to be mixed with ce-

ment. It has to be bound.” Mia said the city did bind the material on the Chacon hike and bike trail, but time has eroded the cement, exposing antimony. “We’ve had about four or five big floods and some of the material gets

Three bodies found
Victims were incinerated
By VICENTE RANGEL
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

See CHACON | PAGE 14A

UISD | BOARD ELECTION

Educator, incumbent up for seat
By TRICIA CORTEZ
LAREDO MORNING TIMES

BASEBALL TEAM GETS NAME, LOGO

NUEVO LAREDO — The bodies of three people were found Wednesday incinerated in an open pit near the Mex II highway, increasing the number of homicides this year to at least 53. At about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, an anonymous caller to C-4, the city’s emergency headquarters, reported the grisly discovery. State police were sent to the scene. The charred remains were found about 325 yards west of the highway, at about the 24-kilometer mark, officials said. None of the victims had been identified as of

See BODIES | PAGE 14A

A former Laredo Independent School District educator will face United ISD trustee Pat Campos at the polls in the May 13 election. Jesus Martinez, 64, is a retired high school teacher who taught science at Martin and Nixon before serving as an assistant principal at both schools. “I feel competent and experienced to do the job,” said Martinez, who retired 2½ years ago. Since retiring, he has worked on several family business investments, which include ranch stores and rent properties. CAMPOS He is also a licensed professional counselor who works on “difficult and serious” Child Protective Services cases. While substitute-teaching at various UISD middle and elementary schools, Martinez said he has noticed several areas in need MARTINEZ of immediate attention. “Academics need to be emphasized more, and teachers need to be more dedicated and have more control in the classroom,” he said. His opponent, Campos, is a first-term incumbent who oversees 21 probation officers at the Webb County juvenile department as case-management director. April 3 will be her 25th anniversary working with the county’s most neglected and at-risk children. “I’ve learned a lot about education in these last three years,” said Campos, 46, who won election to the board three years ago after two failed attempts. “I’ve always loved to volunteer, and have served on several boards, but I wanted to serve on the UISD board because I wanted to be in a position that would most help our children,” said Campos, who has many educators in her family.

LAREDO | OBITUARY

Courtesy photos

Musician Veronica Mimoso is shown, top, as a child playing an organ and, above, later in life.

By SALO OTERO
LAREDO MORNING TIMES

Broncos eye local players/Page 1B
the San Angelo Colts, Amarillo Dillas, Alexandria Aces, Edinburg Coyotes and Rio Grande Valley White Wings (Harlingen). Melendez said the idea is to bring affordable family entertainment to Laredo. “The most expensive ticket will be $7,” he said. “And the parking is free.” The team is negotiating a land acquisition to build a new ballpark for next season. “In the new ballpark, the most expensive ticket will be $10,’’ Melendez said. “And if we charge for parking, it will be no more than $3.

Student safety
Campos ran on a platform of student safety three years ago and said she is proud of the work that has taken place in the district since that time. “We’ve done a lot to curtail our serious drug and gang problem, and we’ve implemented drug searches at our schools and now have security guards at all elementary schools,” she said. As a board member, Campos approved the implementation last year of a drug-testing program for students involved in extracurricular activities, as well as an overhaul of the curriculum and instruction department. “What I really want to work on now is improving reading skills and reducing our dropout rate,” she said. “Hispanic students

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aredo’s new minor league baseball team in the United Baseball League will be called the Broncos. The team’s nickname and logo were unveiled Wednesday at a press conference by Laredo Baseball Club general manager Jose Melendez. “We wanted a name that would be pronounced the same in English and Spanish,’’ Melendez said. The team starts a 90-game season May 16 on the road. The first home game is May 26 at Veterans Field. The other teams in the league are

World-class musician dies at 80
Veronica Mimoso lived here since ’70s
By TRICIA CORTEZ
LAREDO MORNING TIMES

Veronica Mimoso, a child prodigy described as a “wonder-child” who became a concert pianist and organ performer around the world, died Saturday at the age of 80. She and her mother moved to Laredo in the early 1970s, and Mimoso performed many concerts in Laredo, taught piano and sang in many of the city’s Catholic churches. Mimoso lived out the last years of her life at Retama West Nursing Home, and leaves behind no known relatives. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. today at Christ the King Catholic Church. According to clips of decades-old newspaper reviews, Mimoso could read notes and compose music by the age of 3. She later performed in concert

See UISD | PAGE 14A

See MIMOSO | PAGE 14A

INSIDE

OPINION | PAGE 4A

THEATERS | PAGE 6A OBITUARIES | PAGE 13A

SPORTS | SECTION B COMICS | PAGES 6-7B

WEATHER | PAGE 8B

EL MERCADITO | SECTION C

WHEELS | SECTION D

124th Year, No. 281,122 pages