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General Interest

RGV Bird Fest opens registration

20120706 RGVBirdingFestThe 19th Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival opened its registration last week with nearly 200 birders making reservations during the first day of opening. The festival will be held November 7-11. The event will feature field trips guided by birding experts, informative seminars and a trade show with lots of birding-related vendors.

The Rio Grande Valley has become a Mecca for serious, as well as amateur, birders. The new and different opportunities keep visitors coming back for sightings of our wonderful native, as well as migrant, species.

Sites included this year are area state parks, King Ranch, South Padre Island, and Laguna Atascosa and Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuges. Trips and other events have been tailored for those that can only do minimal walking, for beginners, first time visitors, family trips and veterans to birding.

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UVAL to feature sculptor Richard Hyslin

20120706 UVALUTPA Professor, Richard Hyslin will be the featured sculptor at a reception at the Upper Valley Art Gallery on July 14 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The reception is open free to the public and everyone is welcome.

Richard Hyslin is a sculptor and Professor of Art at the University of Texas-Pan American since 1968. He received his MA at the University of New Mexico. His home and sculpture studio are in Mission. He is married to Nancy Gibson Hyslin and has three children.

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No wall is too high at Texas Lions Camp

20120706 TLC-Wall 5936 FeatureNatalie Mireles (left) and Brogan Cheever scale the wall at Texas Lion’s Camp. Courtesy photoKERRVILLE — Natalie Mireles is not your typical teen attending summer camp.  Natalie is deaf and blind, but still a teen ready to explore new things.

And, Texas Lions Camp (TLC) is not your typical summer camp. It is the place where children with disabilities break down walls.

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Initiative helps motorists reduce air pollution, save cash

AUSTIN — Summers are a time for family barbeques, weekends on the lake, and road trips. Along with these celebrations comes a significant uptick in miles traveled and gas consumed on Texas highways.

Fortunately, organizers of the state’s Drive Clean Across Texas air quality campaign have plenty of practical advice for drivers looking to save money at the pump and reduce air pollution at the same time.

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Caribbean literature focus of A&M Kingsville conference

KINGSVILLE — For the second summer in a row, faculty from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and educators across South Texas have studied the literature, culture and history of the Caribbean in an effort to hone strategies for teaching college and high school levels.

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Use caution while celebrating July 4

20120703 FireworkSafetyCOLLEGE STATION — With Independence Day celebrations drawing near, Texas Forest Service officials are reminding residents to remember that just one spark can cause a devastating wildfire.

About 90 percent of wildfires in Texas are human-caused, which means they can be prevented. As residents enjoy building a campfire, shooting off celebratory fireworks in approved areas or cooking on the grill, they’re asked to take a few safety precautions to ensure their homes and families are protected.

Texas Forest Service Wildland Urban Interface and Prevention Coordinator Justice Jones said that while drought conditions have improved for much of the state, wildfire potential still exists — especially in areas where consecutive days of hot temperatures have dried out the vegetation.

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Student loan rate hike hits Hispanic students hard

20120629 StudentLoanHikeCollege student leaders June 27 from the University of Texas at Brownsville, the University of Texas-Pan American and the University of Texas at San Antonio and Christine Lindstrom from the Texas Public Interest Research Group called on U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison to support a bipartisan bill to keep student loan interest rates low.

UTPA Student Financial Services Associate Director Jael Garcia said Latinos are the largest minority in Texas, at 9.5 million or 38 percent of the population.

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Hidalgo County farmers harvesting sunflowers, grain sorghum

MISSION — Sunflowers are blooming in Hidalgo County and sugar cane is being actively irrigated.

According to Texas AgriLife Extenstion experts, growers in Hidalgo County are preparing to harvest sunflowers and grain sorghum as well as actively irrigating sugarcane, cotton and citrus crops. Over in Willacy County cotton began opening and 75 percent of sorghum was harvested.

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