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Monkey Found

20120518_Cropped-MonkeyAs reports of one or possibly more monkeys on the loose were being circulated in Mission last week, Progress Times reporter/photographer Luciano Guerra began to search for the monkey, even stopping to talk to residents in the area where the monkey had been spotted. As he was searching for the Mission monkey, he was humored when he found this monkey hanging in a tree.


Unofficial City of Mission Election Results

The City of Mission has reported the following unofficial election totals:

Mission City Council, Place 2
Ruben Plata (I), 2,372 votes
Rene De La Cruz, 1,876 votes

Mission City Council, Place 4
Leo Olivarez (I), 1,678 votes
Armando O’cana, 2,485 votes

Hidalgo County voters: Cast ballot early at the UTPA Student Union May 14-25

The University of Texas- Pan American is encouraging its students, faculty, staff and the community to cast their ballots early at the university campus.

An early voting site for the Hidalgo County primary election will be available at the UTPA Student Union (first floor) on May 14-25 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., except for Sunday, May 20 when the site will be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Only those registered in Hidalgo County will be able to vote at this location.

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MCISD to select ECHS site after study

20120511_MissionCISD_two_color_BIGMISSION — A site for the Mission school district’s Early College High School remains unknown as the district waits on feasibility and master plan studies.

On Wednesday, the board asked architect Eddie Vela to conduct a master plan study around the 4 Mile Line and Stewart roads. Engineer Javier Hinojosa will conduct a feasibility study in the area. The board is looking at four different possible construction sites in the area to build its newest school.

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MRMC awarded Gold Seal of Approval from Joint Commission

20120511_PressRelease-JointComm-Gold-Seal_08MAY2012MISSION — Mission Regional Medical Center’s (MRMC) Joint Replacement Institute has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for hip and knee replacement surgery by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety, the hospital announced this week.

In earning the Goal Seal of Approval, MRMC becomes the first and only hospital in Hidalgo County with such a distinction.

“With this additional Joint Commission Certification, we continue demonstrating the significant investment in programs and services we offer our community. The Joint Commission Gold Seal provides us with the proven framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” said Javier Iruegas, CEO, MRMC. “Achieving The Joint Commission Certification in hip and knee replacement, is a major step toward raising the bar in our region for clinical excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

MRMC officials said the institute underwent a rigorous on-site survey on April 26. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the hospital for compliance with hip and knee replacement standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

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City/School Election Day is Saturday

20120511_ELECTION_EarlyVotingCampaignWorkers_JB_5703MISSION — Thousands of local voters took advantage of early voting hours, according to figures from Mission and Sharyland school district and Mission’s City Council early voting totals.

Early voting began on April 30 and ended on Tuesday. Election Day is Saturday with polls opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 7 p.m.

In the Mission City Council race, with two seats up for

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Mission Monkey Mania

20120511_MONKEY_TRAP_2_LEGMISSION — Reports of monkey sightings have been coming to the Mission Police Department, the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Mission Health Department from as far east as Shary Road, as far west as Western Road, as far north as 5 Mile Line Road and as far south as 2 Mile Line Road. The majority of the reported sightings, however, have been concentrated along 2 Mile Line Road between

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SISD candidates discuss business, vision

20120511_Candidates-MUGMISSION — There are several similarities between the three candidates running for the two spots on the Sharyland Independent School Board, but the main one is they know business.

Suzanne “Suzie” Peña, Fernando “Fred” Ramirez, and Eduardo “Eddie” Montalvo, all know something about running a business. Ramirez and Peña are both business owners and Montalvo has 15 years of business management experience as well as a degree in international business.

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