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15-year-old charged in Palmview rollover

PALMVIEW — The 15-year-old who police say was behind the wheel of last week’s major fatal accident along U.S. Expressway 83 that killed several people is a prime example of local youth being drafted to join a life of crime, authorities said.

On April 10, Palmview police say U.S. Border Patrol agents initiated a traffic stop on a van that was suspected of transporting illegal immigrants. When the van stopped, one passenger bolted from the vehicle, leaving the door open as the driver sped off evading authorities. As law enforcement followed the can, the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit a cement barricade. All of the van’s occupants were ejected from the van.

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Drainage committee looks toward public outreach


20120411-Hidalgo-County-LOGOMcALLEN — Members of the Hidalgo County Drainage District No. 1 Advisory Committee are looking forward on plans to call for a bond referendum on drainage improvements here by brainstorming how they can publicize the county’s drainage needs for voter approval in November.

While the group hasn’t proposed to Hidalgo County commissioners that they call for a bond election just yet, the needs of the county – with the cost rumored to be around $500 million – are known and the 25-member group is making the necessary steps toward being transparent on the call for the bond.

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Mission Skeet & Trap Club to fence around Mission Nature Park

20120413-MSTC-Range-PicMISSION — Fencing to separate the Mission Nature Park from the land leased to the Mission Skeet & Trap Club was approved at Monday’s Mission City Council meeting.

An estimated 90.9 acres of land out of the Mission Nature Trails area will be fenced for the exclusive use of the Mission Skeet & Trap Club. A King Ranch-style fence will be installed around the perimeter of the Mission Skeet & Trap Club.

“The major reason for the fencing is to clearly define the boundaries set forth in the agreement between the Mission Bike Club and the Mission Skeet & Trap Club so that no one ventures into an area that is dangerous and gets hurt,” said Parks and Recreation Department Director Julian Gonzalez.

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Home Garden and Nature Festival set for Saturday

20120330_WildflowersMISSION — Catherine Hansen Strange, co-author of “Fearless Entertaining,” and Richard Moore, president of Valley Nature Films LLC and host of KGBT-TV’s “Nature Report” will headline the National Butterfly Center’s first Home Garden & Nature Festival on Saturday.

The festival starts at 9 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults $2.50 for children ages 4-13 and includes all seminars and tours for the festival.

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Don’t Mess with Texas Scholarship open to HS seniors

AUSTIN — Texas high school seniors who care about the environment have the chance to win a college scholarship by composing a 350-word essay explaining what they’ve done to improve the litter situation in their community.

The ninth annual Don’t Mess with Texas Scholarship is sponsored by BASF Corporation’s Freeport, Texas, location in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful. Don’t Mess with Texas is accepting essays for the 2012 Scholarship March 15 through April 20.

“This scholarship is such a fit for what we at BASF are trying to accomplish. From the products we make that impact the quality of our lives every day to how we operate our facilities safely and as good stewards of our environment, we are living the ‘Don't Mess with Texas’ philosophy,” said Chris Witte, senior vice president and site manager, BASF Freeport.

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FALFURRIAS In preparation for a brutally hot summer, the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector launched “Operation Heat Wave” this week.

The operation will enhance search and rescue efforts in an attempt to prevent heat-related injuries and deaths along the South Texas border. The Border Patrol’s Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) team along with members of the Mobile Response Team will be focusing on the Rio Grande Valley’s most dangerous corridor, the Brooks County area.

BORSTAR is the premier border search and rescue team along the southwest border. They are a specially trained, rapid-response search and rescue unit designed to meet the complexities of southwest border search and rescue operations. BORSTAR agents are experts in operating in the border environment, topography, climate and the distinctiveness of the southwest border.

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Local students excel at the 73rd Annual RGV Livestock Show

20120323_RGVLS_lg_017MERCEDES — For hundreds of Rio Grande Valley teenagers involved in FFA and 4-H, last week’s 73rd annual Rio Grande Valley Livestock show put their hard work to the test as they showcased their goats, hogs and cattle, among other animals or agriculture products to earn a spot in the winners circle.

The Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show, which was first held in 1940 on the grounds of a local livestock sales yard with makeshift pens and lean-to sheds, has come to be known as the premier livestock show in South Texas. It draws exhibitors from all across the state and according to Gregory Bean, the show’s advance ticket sales director and advertising and public relations director, the 2012 Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show set a new record.

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Gladys Porter Zoo’s baby giraffe joins the herd

20120323_Giraffe_AnnBROWNSVILLE – It’s a girl! The Gladys Porter Zoo’s baby giraffe Ann, the newest baby reticulated giraffe born on Saturday, February 4, joined the rest of the herd. At birth, she weighed 80 pounds and measured in five feet tall. She is the eighth member of the herd.

In the month since Ann’s birth, zookeepers have kept a close eye on mother and baby. They are housed in a separate stall and special padding has been installed to provide better footing for baby Ann.

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