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‘Until we die’ - Mission gathers to honor Memorial Day

20140526 MISSION Memorial-Day 7963 feature“I am an American Soldier.

I am a warrior and a member of a team.

I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.

I will always place the mission first.

I will never accept defeat.

I will never quit.

I will never leave a fallen comrade.

I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.

I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.

I am an expert and I am a professional.

I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.

I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.

I am an American Soldier.”


Mission High School construction projected to cost more than $30 million

20140117 MHS SchematicsMISSION—Mission CISD is looking at spending more than $30 million to complete the third phase of the Mission High School renovation, according to Eli Ochoa, president and CEO of ERO Architects.

In June 2010, MCISD entered into an agreement with ERO Architects, which started baseline studies and kicked off the planning process of the MHS facelift. The district only had a construction budget of $18 million for the renovation project from a 2008 bond.

“The estimate is based on forecasting of when this project will be bought out, which is about 20 months from now,” Ochoa said. “We have been doing a lot of market studies on what has been happening throughout the state and what is coming up to the Valley. We have a preliminary estimate and right now it is at $33 million.”


Conway Streetscape construction continues

City-of-Mission-logoMISSION—As construction on the Conway Streetscape Project proceeds, contractors are changing things up, Ricardo Gallaga, project manager, told the Mission Redevelopment Authority Tuesday.

“One change we have made to the process we were following before is we would do one side and then jump over to the next side of the block,” Gallaga said. “In looking at the parking of the business owners we decided, through coordination with the city and the contractor, to stay on the east side so that the west side parking lot is available.”

Gallaga said this month construction crews will be working from Eighth Street down to Fourth Street. He added the area already has been removed of old concrete and the area between Fifth Street and Sixth Street is ready for pouring of the new concrete.


Estimbo believes ‘the classroom is a stage’

20140523 Fred-EstimboMISSION—“The classroom is a stage” is a mantra Fred Estimbo lives by, and he tells his students not just to dream but to dream big.

This year, Estimbo received District Teacher of the Year for Elementary campuses with Mission CISD. He is originally from Edinburg but has found his educational family at Castro Elementary.

“After I got the award, my students were waiting and they had made cards for me,” Estimbo said. “One girl said, ‘I guess dreams do come true.’ I told her yes.”

The reading and writing teacher started his career in 1977 with MCISD after he heard of an innovative program that was Mission was going to implement. It was a program that utilized computers for curriculum.


Math a universal language for former migrant

20140523 Jesus-RazoMISSION—Jesus Razo’s migrant parents worked hard to give him a better life. They were Mexican immigrants and had only received a second grade level education; they were his inspiration to have a career in teaching.

“They were always wanting us to have a better life than they did,” Razo said. “One of the things for me was math, that was the one thing that made sense to me. One of the subjects my parents did know was math; it just made sense to me growing up.”

His interest in math stemmed from the idea that numbers are a universal language; math has always come naturally to him.

Razo has been a math teacher at Mission Jr. High for the last four years. This year he was named District Teacher of the Year for Secondary campuses.


Dr. John Guerra endorses Norberto Salinas for mayor

20140520 Guerra-Endorses-Mayor-Beto-Salinas JB 3831Dr. John Guerra, who captured 20 percent of the vote in the May 10 election for mayor of Mission, announced Tuesday evening that he is endorsing Norberto “Beto” Salinas for another term as mayor.

Salinas, who took 49 percent of the vote, is facing Jaime Gutierrez (31 percent of vote) in a runoff election on June 21, with early voting to take place June 9-17.

Although Guerra campaigned for improvements he saw that were needed in the city, he decided to support five-term Mayor Salinas after meeting with both Salinas and Gutierrez to assess which candidate he could support in the runoff.


Memorial Day services planned

20130527 MISSION Memorial Day Ceremony JMB 0034Continuing a 10-year tradition, A.C.E. Club of Mission has organized a Memorial Day service to be held at Leo Pena Placita Park, located on Conway Ave. and 8th Street in downtown Mission. The service will be held Monday, May 26, at 6 p.m., in conjunction with the Mission Historical Museum.

Keynote speaker for the event will be Rolando Perez, a Purple Heart recipient who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Perez is currently works for the Mission Police Department as a senior instructor for the Police Academy.

Perez is a 16-year veteran of the U.S. Army. He was injured in Central Baghdad on July 22, 2003 by an IED and RPG attack. After being flown to Germany for treatment, he returned to the battlefield weeks later.


Ortega-Ochoa, Garza take their seats on Mission council

20140519 Mission-City-council-swearing-in-ceremony JS  7632The newcomer and the political veteran both got choked up with emotion Monday after they were sworn in to serve on the Mission City Council.

“If I had a dollar for each person that told me it wasn’t my time, that I was too young, I would have paid off my campaign by now,” said Jessica Ortega-Ochoa, who won Place 1 with 53 percent of the vote, pushing out incumbent Maria Elena Ramirez. “I’m proud to say that I was an independent candidate all the way through.”

Ortega-Ochoa highlighted her experience in social work and communications, and she made sure to thank the 2,661 people who cast a ballot for her.

“And for the 2,337 that didn’t, by the end of my four-year term, I’ll have you believing in me too,” Ortega-Ochoa said.


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