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TCEQ announces grants for natural gas vehicles

AUSTIN — The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced July 10 that it has $18 million in grants available to eligible businesses, governmental entities, school districts and individuals to replace older medium-duty or heavy-duty gasoline or diesel vehicles with natural gas vehicles, or repower the vehicles with natural gas engines.

Applicants must apply for the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program grants through a participating dealer. A list of participating dealers is available on the Texas Emission Reductions Plan website.


IBWC: Biological control for invasive plant outreach program

usibwc logoA proposed biological control program for invasive plants, efforts to enhance flood protection along the Arroyo Colorado in Harlingen, and a report on environmental flows will be discussed at a public meeting of the Lower Rio Grande Citizens Forum (LRGCF), and outreach program of the U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC). The LRGCF was established to facilitate the exchange of information between the IBWC and members of the public about commission activities and related issues in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The meeting will be held Wednesday, July 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the IBWC office at 325 Golf Course Road in Mercedes.


BIG BOY TOYS: Bells provide airfield for R/C aircraft in Peñitas

20120617 RC Planes lg-12-featureRio Grande R/C Flyers member Kurt Yundt watches as his radio controlled Sbach 342 airplane flies past him at Bell Field in Penitas. Progress Times photo by Luciano GuerraPEÑITAS — “If you build it they will come.” That is a popular line from the 1989 Kevin Costner movie, “Field of Dreams.” In the movie, Costner’s character built a baseball field in the middle of a cornfield to give deceased baseball legends a place to play.

The Bell family did something similar when they built an airfield of dreams in the middle of a sorghum field in Peñitas. The Bells built the airfield so Rio Grande R/C Flyers (RGRCF) club members would have a place to fly their radio-controlled (R/C) airplanes and helicopters, explains RGRCF club President Bob Barry.


Social Security online statements a success

Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, announced that in less than two months’ time, one million people have gone online, created a My Social Security account and viewed their Social Security Statement.


Social Security, healthcare provider share medical records

WASHINTON D.C. — The Social Security Administration announced June 25 that Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation’s largest healthcare providers, will electronically transmit complete medical records for its patients to the agency with the appropriate consent. Social Security requests about 70,000 patient files from Kaiser Permanente each year.


Fishing event being held for special needs children

The Miracle Kids of South Texas, a local non-profit organization dedicated to bringing fun, free activities to special needs children in the Rio Grande Valley, will be hosting a “Special Catch” fishing event for special needs children ages five to 15 years old. The event will be held at Witten Basball Park, 600 S. Ironwood Street in Pharr from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. this Saturday, July 7.


Car Show and Veterans Expo Saturday

Alfredo Gonzalez Texas State Veterans Home hosts fund-raiser for Wounded Warrior Project

The Second Annual Car Show and Veterans Expo returns to McAllen’s Alfredo Gonzalez Texas State Veterans Home from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 7, in McAllen. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

All proceeds from the $10 car registration fee and the $50 booth registration fees benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps to heal members of the military who suffered service-related injuries since 2001.


4th Annual RGV Salsa Heat Wave to award dance scholarships

McALLEN – The 4th Annual RGV Salsa Heat Wave, a Latin Dance Convention held at the McAllen Convention Center, will be awarding three students one-year dance scholarships to one of three McAllen dance schools. The RGV Salsa Heat Wave is to take place Saturday July 14th, at the McAllen Convention Center. With government funding for the arts at risk and the Valley’s average income one of the lowest in the country, the RGV Salsa Heat Wave wishes to help offset tuition costs and grant three students the opportunity to pursue their love of dance.


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