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Biologists confirm: It’s a girl!

20140425 female-ocelot-kitten-during-collar-placement-Pat-McGovern-USFWSRIO HONDO – Wildlife biologists recently trapped an ocelot kitten at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, just east of Rio Hondo. The kitten was first discovered in early March in trail camera photos taken in mid-February. At the time, biologists could not be certain of the kitten’s gender, but trapping it allowed them to check the gender and re-evaluate its age.

Hilary Swarts, ocelot biologist, can now confirm that the kitten is approximately 10 to 12 months old, and is a healthy female. She was fitted with a small radio collar and her movements will be tracked as part of the ongoing monitoring of ocelots in and around the refuge. So far, monitoring indicates that she has remained in the general area where she was originally photographed and trapped.

Of the 12 identified ocelots at the refuge, the discovery of this kitten brings the number of females to five. The other four females are of breeding age. Therefore, biologists are hopeful the population will continue to increase over the next several years. Planning is underway to bring an adult female ocelot from Mexico to the refuge within the next year. Wildlife biologists are also continuing to increase habitat for ocelots by planting native thornscrub seedlings on land formerly cleared for agriculture. In the event that ocelots leave the refuge in search of habitat or mates, FM106 is soon to undergo major construction which will include eight wildlife crossings. These crossings, or underpasses, will allow ocelots and other wildlife to safely cross under roads and prevent deaths from vehicles, as well as protect the safety of drivers.

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‘La Soldadera’ screenplay reading is April 25-26

After directing nearly 60 plays in the Valley over the last 17 years, local theater director, Pedro Garcia, continues his sights on filmmaking. His next story is a screenplay he wrote and revised in a period of 13 months titled, “La Soldadera.” The Pharr Community Theater will present a staged reading of the script on Friday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, April 26, at 3 p.m. at the Carnahan Auditorium at 317 W. Gore Street in Pharr.

The story is in Spanish and is set in two countries—the USA and in Mexico. It's the tale of a Mexican woman named Marisol, a wife and mother of two children in her 30s. Having endured years of domestic abuse from her husband, she manages to escape. On a circuitous journey into the USA, she garnishes the self-esteem, the knowledge and the courage to return to her town and to regain a decent life for herself, her children and for others like her.

At the beginning of the story, Marisol wishes she had the courage of a Soldadera, a woman soldier who accompanied men into battle during the Mexican Revolution. Although years have passed since those timely struggles for equality in Mexico, Marisol sees the images of these courageous soldier women on old movies on her small black and white TV screen and wishes she had their valor.

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‘Working Hands’ exhibit opens at Conner Museum

20140411 Working-Hands-ImageprintKINGSVILLE — The John E. Conner Museum at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will showcase three Texas industries in the exhibit “Working Hands: An Exhibition of Photographs by Rick Williams.” The exhibit opened this week and ends Friday, May 23.

The exhibit was organized by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In “Working Hands,” Williams captures images of workers and work places in three diverse industries that constitute the three pillars of the Texas economy: ranching, oil and technology. The 40 finely-detailed photographs, along with supplementary print and video resources, contribute to an understanding of the workers who reshaped the landscape from boundless prairie to ranches, farms, towns and cities.

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Jackson Street Car Show set for April 12

20140404 Harlingen-Car-Show-2014HARLINGEN – The Seventh Annual Jackson Street Classic Car Show will be held on Saturday, April 12, in downtown Harlingen. The event is organized by the Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Cars will be displayed along Jackson between 4th and Commerce. The show is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Car registration opens at 8 a.m. the day of the event. Hot rods and classic cars that are 25 years old or older are welcome. Nearly 200 cars participated in the show last year.

In lieu of a monetary entry fee, participants are asked to bring non-perishable food products for the Harlingen Neighborhood Food Pantry. The first 100 entrants will receive an event T-shirt.

The awards presentation is at 2 p.m. This year, there will be 10 different award categories, including Best Muscle Car, Antique, Classic, Import, Street Rod, etc. Entrants must be present at that time to win awards.

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Chris Wallace to perform for Sharyland Athletic Booster fundraiser

20140328 Chris-WallaceThe Sharyland Athletic Booster Club is planning a Fundraiser Concert featuring Top 40 singing star Chris Wallace. The Concert is planned for Saturday, April 12, at the SHS Rattler Stadium on Business 83 at Shary Road in Mission.

The concert features the “Battle of the Bands” where local high school “garage” bands are invited to post their videos on the Entravision Communications Facebook page. The group receiving the most votes will be selected for a personal audition, and the judges will then select the top four to six groups that will perform at the concert with Wallace.

“We are very excited to be a promotional partner this event for the Booster Club,” said Alex Duran, Entravision program director. “Chris Wallace was one of our groups at Mix-Mas in December, and he was a great crowd pleaser.”

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