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The eyes of Texas are upon the border

20140623 AREA Immigration-influx 2039Two different messages were heard this week as the number of undocumented minors and families flooding the Rio Grande Valley received state and nationwide attention.

“What we’re trying to avoid is a perception that the criminal element is prevalent in our area or the situation is at a crisis,” said Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia at a news conference Monday morning. “It’s not, and that’s the message we’re trying to communicate. “

Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Perry said at a news conference Monday afternoon, “There are babies that have been transported all across Mexico. I’m telling you in July and August if the message does not get out into those countries in Central America, you’re going to see a Trail of Tears again from Central America to Texas.”

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Operation Interdependence seeks volunteers for Packing Party

20140627 OI-Packing-Party-PicMcALLEN – Operation Interdependence (OI)-RGV is a community based project led by a committee that raises contributions to make and send care packages for our active US troops overseas. OI-RGV has been accepting donations of general care items and letters of support for the annual send-off to our soldiers.

OI-RGV is inviting the community to join them on Thursday, July 10, from 5-9 p.m. at the Salvation Army located at 1600 N. 23rd St., McAllen, for the "Packing Party" where these care packages will be put together. This will be a fun and family-oriented event that will give everyone an opportunity to give back to our deserving military troops.

“It's a great way to teach our children and youth our appreciation for the military's sacrifice and dedication to our country. We ask if everyone could please bring a box of quart size freezer bags to the event. Refreshments will also be provided,” said IBC Bank-McAllen Senior Vice President and OI-RGV Committee Chair Dora Brown.

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County clerk offers marriage license certificate options

Hidalgo-County-SealEDINBURG – The County Clerk’s office is now offering Hidalgo County couples an option when applying for a marriage license.

County Clerk Arturo Guajardo Jr. said couples can select from two styles of the marriage license certificates, which come in burgundy or blue, to commemorate their special day.

The County Clerk’s office began researching and organizing the transition into the two styles after the New Year and debuted the new options at the end of May. Guajardo and his staff issue about 5,000 licenses each year.

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RGV seeing more border activity

20140121 Area Homeland-Security 0775Peñitas saw 35 drug seizures from December through February, according to Police Chief Roel Bermea. In April, that number increased 97 and May saw 171 seizures.

“I really don’t know what’s going on,” Bermea said. “We do what we have to do. I guess Border Patrol has seen an increase themselves.”

Before an aerostat, a helium-filled balloon with infrared cameras meant to deter illegal activity in the area, went up last year, Bermea said the city had been averaging between 60 and 90 a month.

La Joya Police Chief Geovani Hernandez echoed Bermea’s observations, estimating a 300-400 percent increase in recent activity. He pointed to three minor pursuits involving La Joya officers on Saturday as an example.

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County considers new minimum wage for low-level employees

Hidalgo-County-SealHidalgo County Commissioners Court is considering a request made by President Barack Obama to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for anyone earning less than that amount.

The minimum wage received by county employees is $7.25 an hour. While the county employs between 3,800 and 4,000 employees, only 2.5 percent, or 85, earn less than the $10.10 recommended by President Obama for minimum wage. The court was told it would take about $137,000 to bring those 85 personnel up to the minimum wage proposed by the President.

Commissioner Hector “Tito” Palacios said the county might have to streamline and cut down on a few employees, but he thought “raising salaries for those earning less that $10.10 could be done.” He added the funds might have to come from cutting back on the number of employees the county has.

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Retaliation alleged in flurry of lawsuits

20140530 lawHidalgo County Pct. 3 Commissioner Joe Flores has filed his own lawsuit after he was called out in yet another case alleging he is pulling the political strings of western Hidalgo County.

Flores’ suit was filed May 8 against former State Rep. Kino Flores; Ruth Villarreal, a former insurance provider for La Joya Independent School District; and Arnold Ochoa, a former La Joya ISD trustee and former city of Palmview employee.

Also named in his suit is Javier Peña, the attorney who filed separate suits on behalf of Villarreal and Ochoa.

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OI kicks off care package campaign

20140522 Operation-Interdependence-Kickoff JB 3905“Once you’re over there, receiving that care package gives you a little piece of home,” said U.S. Army Sgt. David Facundo during the Operation Interdependence (OI) campaign kick-off event last week in McAllen.

The goal of this year’s OI campaign is to ship over 40,000 care packages to soldiers serving overseas. The official campaign period – a drive for donations of goodies for the soldiers – started last Thursday and continues until July.

Speakers at the kick-off event included IBC Bank President David Guerra, McAllen Mayor Jim Darling, State Representatives Sergio Munoz Jr. and Terry Canales, Col. (Ret.) Frank Plummer, U.S. Army Sgt. David Facundo (two time Afghanistan veteran), and Sergio Sanchez, of KURV. Channel 5’s Letty Garza served as emcee.

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Hidalgo County sees low voter turnout in runoffs

Hidalgo-County-SealMore than 8,000 votes were cast in the Democratic Party primary runoff, compared with 47,000 ballots cast in the March primary with far fewer races to decide. There are more than 312,000 registered voters in Hidalgo County.

About 1,300 voters opted to go Republican, compared with 6,000 in March.

Incumbent Juan R. Partida, a Democrat, had a sizeable win over Fidencio Guerra Jr. in the race for 275th District Judge. Partida garnered 5,894, or 74 percent, of the votes to Guerra’s 2,112, or 26 percent. With no Republican opponent, he’ll keep his office in January.

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