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Skeet and Trap Club offers education, competition and fellowship

20140816 Mission Skeet Trap Club lg-07When it comes to hitting the mark on recreational and competitive shooting, hunter education and good fellowship, the Mission Skeet and Trap Club is on target. Located half a mile south of Expressway 83 on Conway Avenue in Mission, the club features a skeet, trap and sporting clays range, a pistol range and a 3-D archery range.

Formerly known as the McAllen Gun Club, the club is a nonprofit organization offering three types of memberships and three associate memberships to all qualified individuals. Membership types include; Member, Member – Senior Citizen, Junior Member, Associate Member – Pistol, Associate Member – Archery and Associate Member – Winter Texan. Member and Member – Senior Citizen memberships include full club privileges and voting rights. Annual dues range from a high of $200 for members to a low of $50 for Winter Texans. National Rifle Association membership is required prior to becoming a member of the club.

“The gun club originally started in McAllen in the 1960s,” said Lester Tisdale, club board member and handgun director. “In 1988 the club made a deal with the city of Mission to lease part of the sanitary landfill, where we are located now, since nothing else could be done there. We are a private, nonprofit 501c4 organization so anything we make we have to put back into the facilities at the club whether it be machinery, buildings, salaries or anything needed to make the club work.”

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Gov. Perry names Mission doctor to Texas Medical Board

20140905 Dr-Guerra-PhotoAUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry has named Michael Arambula of San Antonio chair and appointed John Guerra of Mission to the Texas Medical Board. The board protects and enhances the public's health, safety and welfare by establishing and maintaining standards of excellence used in regulating the practice of medicine and ensuring quality health care for Texans.

“It’s going to be an honor and a privilege to serve the great State of Texas in this manner,” Guerra said of the appointment. He previously had served on one of the board’s committees.

Arambula is a psychiatrist in private practice and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) at San Antonio. He is a member of the American and Texas Medical associations, American Psychiatric Association, National Hispanic Medical Association and the Federation of State Medical Boards. He is also a member of the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, Bexar County Medical Society, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics.

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County warns public of jury duty scam

Hidalgo-County-SealHidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra and District Clerk Laura Hinojosa are warning the public about a scam to extort money from Hidalgo County residents.

Criminals, posing as county court or law enforcement officials, are calling victims to collect fines for failing to appear for jury service. In most cases the impersonator(s) instruct their victims to pay the “fine” by using prepaid debit cards. Victims are further instructed to provide the card number and 3-digit card security code located on the back of the card, all while the impersonator remains on the line with the victim. The victims are then directed to the courthouse where a supposed court official will remove the warrant for arrest as a result of the payment.

Hinojosa said the county does not call residents and ask them to pay fines over the phone.

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Trooper Eduardo Chavez Memorial Highway

20140829 IN Trooper-Eduardo-Chavez-highwayAt a roadside ceremony near the Starr/Hidalgo County Line, State Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr. unveiled a roadside marker dedicating a five-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 83 as a memorial to fallen Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Eduardo Chavez.

Surrounded by family of Chavez, state and local leaders and fellow law enforcement officers, Muñoz officially recognized the five-mile stretch, starting near the Starr/Hidalgo County line and proceeding northwest to Farm-to-Market Road 2360, as the “Trooper Eduardo Chavez Memorial Highway."

Among those in attendance were Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw, Texas DPS Regional Commander Jose Rodriguez, Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. "Eddie" Guerra, Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra, Pct. 3 Constable Larry Gallardo and Pct. 4 Constable Atanacio "J.R." Gaitan.

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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.

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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.

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County requests RFQ for architects for new courthouse

Hidalgo-County-SealThe Hidalgo County Commissioners Court authorized administrators to advertise for architects with extensive experience in the design, construction, and related services of judicial and courthouse facilities.

There was no discussion on the proposed new courthouse, only an approval of the request for qualifications.

Alex Palacios, of Prodigy Engineering, told the court the construction manager for the new Hidalgo County Administration Building is asking for two additional weeks to complete the project. Palacios did not give a date for final completion.

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