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Bats spotlighted at Bentsen State Park

20140823 Bentsen Park Bats lg-04The bat signal was on at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park in Mission Saturday evening.

Bats were the topic of discussion during the most recent edition of the park’s Creatures of the Night interpretive program.

With 11 different species calling the Rio Grande Valley home, helping the public better understand these underappreciated–and oftentimes feared–winged creatures of the night that make up the second largest order of mammals in the world was the program’s goal. Led by Park Ranger and Interpreter Roy Rodriguez and Jesus Franco, assistant coordinator of the Rio Grande Joint Venture (a conservation partnership), Saturday’s program began with a PowerPoint presentation featuring the “A, B, Cs” of bats followed by an outdoor demonstration of the process biologists use to document vital information about them. Information that includes, but is not limited, to their species, sex, measurements, weight and overall health.

Read more: Bats spotlighted at Bentsen State Park

 

County increases projected revenues for 2015

Hidalgo-County-SealProjected revenues for 2015 were increased from $172 million to $176 million in the third budget workshop held by Hidalgo County Commissioners Court.

At the same time, Budget Director Sergio Cruz decreased the projected shortfall from $16 million to a projected shortfall of only $35,548. At the last workshop, Cruz suggested reducing operating expenditures, the amount of money set aside for indigent health care and COPS grant employees to save $9 million.

Wednesday, Cruz found $7.5 million in additional revenues to cut the shortfall even more. Additional revenues include $2 million for the sanitation permit, $500,000 from a land sale, $2 million from salary savings, and $1 million each from third party collection, lapsed operating expenditures and additional revenue.

Read more: County increases projected revenues for 2015

 

Mission looks at changes in lighting and landscape ordinances

City-of-Mission-logoAware of the need for lighting in parking lots for safety and the need for additional beautification of parking lots, the Mission City Council approved changes in ordinances regarding city policies of both at a Monday meeting.

Lighting plans for parking lots will be examined whenever a building permit is sought for safety against vandalism, theft and assault, and for the convenience and comfort of the user.

Levels of lighting will be regulated to provide sufficient lighting but not cause interference on public thoroughfares or encroach on the privacy of occupants of adjacent buildings. The plan must show the types and heights of the lights to be used, which must provide illumination at 10-foot intervals.

Read more: Mission looks at changes in lighting and landscape ordinances

 

Mission economy gaining ground in '14

MEDC-logoA cross section of economic indicators in Mission are showing that the city is bouncing back from the recession with steady growth, job creation, stronger retails sales and more residential construction.

Through the first half of 2014, unemployment is down over last year and has dropped to its lowest point on average since 2008. Mission’s retail stores and restaurants are humming this year and the city stands to have its biggest year yet for retail. On construction, residential building is a bright spot and through the first six months, it’s the busiest in three years.

The Mission Economic Development Corporation and the City of Mission have worked together for years to draw more business to the city and to grow from within. In 2014, MEDC CEO Alex Meade, said that “as the economy begins to turnaround, businesses are seeking to expand”.

Read more: Mission economy gaining ground in '14

 

Buckner celebrates expansion of Family Hope Center

20140829 PENITAS Buckner-Ribbon-Cutting 3133 COLORPEÑITAS–Buckner International executives and community leaders celebrated the new expansion of the Buckner Family Hope Center in Peñitas with a ribbon cutting and ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Thanks to the generosity of Buckner donors, the construction provides additional resources for families in the Peñitas area.

“We are excited for this new addition because it gives Buckner an opportunity to expand the work of the Buckner Family Hope Center and provide hope to even more struggling families,” said Monica Salinas, executive director of Buckner Children and Family Services in the Rio Grande Valley. “This expansion will provide a safe and stable environment as our families strive to gain control of their futures and make positive changes for their families.”

Read more: Buckner celebrates expansion of Family Hope Center

 

Mayor opposes hospital district tax burden

betosalinasA new tax could soon be imposed on all Hidalgo County taxpayers and Mission Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas is blaming the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court and the Valley’s state legislators. Those officials have pushed for the formation of a county hospital district with a potential ad valorem tax rate of 75 cents.

If a tax rate of just 25 cents is imposed on local taxpayers, that will cost $100 million per year, Salinas says.

Hidalgo County is expected to hold a referendum for voters to authorize formation of a county hospital district this fall. The hospital district would not just be for indigent care, but would also create a new tax to fund the proposed RGV medical school. When the formation of a RGV medical school was proposed, many people asked, “How will you pay for it?” But very few specifics were provided the media concerning funding.

Read more: Mayor opposes hospital district tax burden

 

Mission readies for National Night Out

2014 National-Night-Out-LogoMission Crime Stoppers and Police Department are hosting one of the largest crime prevention events in Western Hidalgo County on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

The event will be held at Leo Peña Park, across from the H-E-B on Conway and Business 83, from 6-10 p.m.

The event will feature food, entertainment and information from local nonprofit organizations

to deter crime. Mission Crime Stoppers and the police department's victim assistance representatives also will be at the event.

Read more: Mission readies for National Night Out

   

Commissioners consider capital improvement requests

Hidalgo-County-SealHidalgo County budget officers received about $342 million in requests for capital improvements within the county, Sergio Cruz, finance director, told commissioners court at its Tuesday meeting.

Cruz broke the number of requests down, saying the costs for requests for building projects amounted to about $281 million while equipment was figured at nearly $18 million. Road construction and repairs was the next largest request at just under $37 million, and infrastructure needs were figured at $822,300. Technology was figured at more than $5 million.

Cruz told the court the recent refinancing of bonds freed about $21 million to address these needs. There also was a contingency fund equal to about $3 million for capital projects.

Read more: Commissioners consider capital improvement requests

   

RGV Sector brings in nearly 150 seasoned agents to help secure border

20140724 Anzalduas Park Illegals Custody lg-10McALLEN – One hundred and fifty experienced Border Patrol agents have arrived to the Rio Grande Valley Sector to bolster targeted enforcement efforts and supplement current manpower.

“All part of the South Texas Campaign, Customs and Border Protection has brought seasoned Border Patrol agents with a wealth of knowledge and experience that will prove valuable in securing the border,” said Chief Patrol Agent Kevin Oaks. “They are well-trained and equipped with the skill-set necessary to operate in a border security environment.”

This risk-based approach enhances enforcement efforts and aims to disrupt and degrade criminal organizations that are responsible for smuggling illegal immigrants and drugs throughout the South Texas Corridor. The ongoing increase in additional agents gives local field commanders the ability to deploy resources to areas where the risk is greatest. Experienced agents from other sectors are able to perform processing duties and other tasks, which frees up local tenured agents to provide security along the immediate border.

Read more: RGV Sector brings in nearly 150 seasoned agents to help secure border

   

‘Night at the Museum’ spotlights 20th century

20140801 MOSTHistory-SNATM14-Night-3EDINBURG – The Museum of South Texas History (MOSTH) completes its fourth annual Summer Nights at the Museum at 7 p.m. on Aug. 7. The adventure takes place at the River Crossroads section of the signature exhibition, Rio Grande Legacy. The spotlight will shine on 20th century history.

To enhance the experience, all adventurers are invited to dress in their favorite 20th century costume. The night will conclude with a prize drawing for the evening’s winning game card. The summer’s grand prize of a family five-pack of movie passes, refillable cups and popcorn tub will be awarded.

The event kicks off promptly at 7 p.m. with a puppet show tied to 20th century history. Adventurers arrive on time to get their seats and treats before show time. Following the show, children will receive a game card to begin playing “Find Me if You Can.” This night’s game will be a quest to find the artifacts and images that inspired the puppet characters in the show, Chalmers the tractor, Lizzie the Model-T and Lionel the train, with a prize awarded at the end of the night for one completed game card. Events highlighted will include the Mexican Revolution, the introduction of the “Tin Lizzie,” World War II and postwar years.

Read more: ‘Night at the Museum’ spotlights 20th century

   

Valley native Mikey López debuts for Sporting KC in first regular-season MLS game

20140801 Mikey-Lopez-1 Courtesy-of-Gary-RohmanKANSAS CITY – Almost a year ago Mission native Mikey López stood at a podium before a national audience when he was selected in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft. On July 16, the Valley midfielder made his professional debut for Sporting Kansas City in a regular-season MLS match against Columbus at Crew Stadium.

López started and played 64 minutes in Sporting KC’s 2-1 victory over the Crew. He had two shots in the match.

“It felt amazing, it honestly took a load off my shoulders because I had put so much pressure on myself to make my debut and to perform well,” López said. “It was truly an amazing feeling to get my debut and to perform the way I did. I just have to keep getting better every single day in training and keep getting better in every game that I am a part of.”

Read more: Valley native Mikey López debuts for Sporting KC in first regular-season MLS game

   

Cornyn, Cuellar call for action, propose HUMANE Act

20140718 HUMANE-Act-news-conference 2508It's time for solutions, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar emphasized while discussing their proposed HUMANE Act with local leaders in the Rio Grande Valley at Mission City Hall last Friday.

"We need to act," Cornyn said. "We can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. We’re more than happy to work with you to try to improve this, but you can’t just say no. Washington is so polarizing these days that many people think they can just say no and feel satisfied they have done their jobs."

The HUMANE (Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating National Emergency) Act would amend the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. If passed, it would treat all migrant children the same no matter their native country. Currently, children from Mexico are given an immigration hearing and can be deported within seven days. Meanwhile, Central American children are given a notice to appear in immigration court and often don't have a hearing for three to five years, Cuellar said.

Read more: Cornyn, Cuellar call for action, propose HUMANE Act

   

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Coyotes ready to howl

Coyotes ready to howl

At first glance, the La Joya Coyotes had an extremely disappointing 2013 season. With their only win being a non-district 64-0 thrashing of Brownsville Porter, the Coyotes went on to lose eight...

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Huskies activating ‘beast mode’

Huskies activating ‘beast mode’

La Joya Juarez-Lincoln head football coach Tomas Garcia is ready to release the beast on his team’s District 30-6A opponents. After taking over a 2-8 Huskies’ team against 4A...

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Requenez returns to lead Lobos

Requenez returns to lead Lobos

Just two games into last year’s Palmview Lobos’ football district schedule the La Joya Independent School District’s (LJISD’s) Athletic Office announced the reassignment of head coach Manuel Flores and named...

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Funeral Services Planned for Berta Olivarez Filut

Funeral Services Planned for Berta Olivarez Filut

Berta Hilda “Bert” Olivarez Filut, 59, passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014, at her home in Mission following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Filut was the executive director of Texas Citrus Fiesta for 19 years and was the owner of B&B Flowers and BP Feed Store. Active in the community, she received the Woman of the Year award for her broad volunteer efforts. While a member of the Lion’s Club, she served as secretary and received the Jack Welch Fellow Award and the Melvin Jones Fellow...

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Residents split on Taylor expansion

Residents split on Taylor expansion

Residents on Taylor Street are split on a joint effort to expand the roadway to five lanes. Dozens of residents showed up at a public forum at Romulo Martinez Elementary School to learn more about the project, which requires cooperation from the cities of Mission, McAllen and Palmhurst as well as...

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Students return to school

Students return to school

There were tears from both students and parents Monday as schools in the area welcomed them in for the first day of class. La Joya Independent School District is one of few districts in the area to offer full-time pre-kindergarten programs, and some of the youngest students at Camarena Elementary weren’t quite ready for their parents to leave. The first day of the school is the only morning parents are allowed on campus to visit their children’s classrooms before school, and Principal...

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OBIT-Rockson Omar Flores

MISSION - Baby Rockson Omar Flores, 17 days old, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.

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DEATH NOTICE-Iker Gonzalez

MISSION - Iker Gonzalez, age 2, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at Mission Regional Medical Center.

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DEATH NOTICE-Scarlett Vasquez

MISSION – A funeral service for Scarlett Vasquez will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at 9 a.m. at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission. Burial will follow at Garden of Angels Cemetery in Abram.

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