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UTPA's Coastal Studies offers teacher workshop

The University of Texas-Pan American Coastal Studies Lab will offer a two-day professional development teacher workshop Feb. 22 to 23 focused on the Arroyo Colorado. It will be presented in partnership with Sea Grant Texas, the SPI Birding and Nature Center and the Arroyo Colorado Partnership.

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Backyard habitat program begins Feb. 4

Learn to create an outdoor habitat for birds and butterflies in the "Backyard Habitat Steward" series at Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen. The series runs from Feb 4 to March 19 every Tuesday morning from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The series features experts in the Valley leading walks, giving talks and directing hands-on projects.

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UTPA program brings health education to the public

The University of Texas-Pan American’s College of Health Sciences and Human Services (CHSHS) is taking community engagement a step further and branching out to one of the Rio Grande Valley’s most popular venues—the “pulga.”

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Drainage district hears options for sale of $84M bonds

Hidalgo County Drainage District No. 1 heard a presentation on the financing of $84 million in bonds for drainage improvement projects approved in the November election in their Tuesday, Jan. 22 meeting. The district board also approved a one-year extension of Godfrey Garza’s consulting contract – valued at $122,400.

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County approves budget amendment policy

As their first order of business, Hidalgo County approved a new budget amendment policy in their Tuesday, Jan. 22, meeting that stated, “Once the county budget has been adopted for the ensuing fiscal year, the County of Hidalgo Commissioner’s Court will not consider any changes to the number of positions and salary paid to each authorized position within a department/office which will have a fiscal impact on the current or future General Fund budgets.

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County approves more personnel additions

Several requests for additional personnel and pay increases were considered by the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court during their regular weekly meeting Tuesday. These requests were presented by various county departments long after the budget was approved.

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Sheriff dissolves Panama Unit amid investigation

A special task force designed to target narcotics trafficking in Hidalgo County known as the Panama Unit, was dissolved this week according to the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office. The Panama Unit has been under investigation by the FBI since last August.

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Making the case for a new Hidalgo County Courthouse

The inadequacy of the existing Hidalgo County Courthouse has been a topic of discussion with the Commissioners Court for a number of months. The current structure was built in 1954, and since that time, the county’s population has increased by an estimated 476 percent. Its present capacity has not matched the area’s growth challenges.

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