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Volunteers needed for Stamp Out Hunger drive

PHARR – Volunteers are needed for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive this Saturday, May 10. Those interested would be assigned to post offices during the event to help with crowd control, collecting donated products and unloading boxes or bins.

The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley is partnering with the National Association of Letter Carriers, the Campbell’s Soup Company and the U.S. Postal Service for the drive.


CBP to deploy two additional aerostats in Rio Grande Valley

20131219 Penitas Border-Patrol-Aerostat 0569 featureU.S. Customs and Border Protection has completed the operational utility evaluation of three aerostats that were deployed in the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector in November 2013, and is planning to deploy two additional aerostats this June.

The aerostats have been very effective for the Border Patrol, both as a deterrence and as a means of spotting illegal activity. Additionally, the aerostats have helped agents save immigrant lives in remote and inhospitable areas.

The aerostats were acquired from the Department of Defense as they are no longer needed by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan, but have significant benefits to the protection of the United States when deployed in a homeland security situation. The significant advantages of using excess military equipment include economic benefits and, in partnership with DOD, quality training in its use and maintenance.


Palmview slates face off

20140426 Palmview Political Forum lg-05 featureCandidates for the Palmview City Council questioned whether the city should be run like a business at a political forum hosted Saturday, April 26, by Progress Times.

“We are here for our community. Businessmen are here to make a profit,” said Arlando Nacianceno, who is running for Place 1 on the Palmview Proud slate.

“The city’s not a business; business is not a city” added Jerry Perez, mayor candidate for Palmview Proud. “The city is public services.”


Soldier ‘gave us an inheritance’

20140426 PFC Diego Montoya Dedication lg-09There’s a peace that radiates from Rosie Peña Guerra when she talks about her son, Pfc. Diego Montoya, who died in Afghanistan in 2010.

That peace doesn’t waver when she talks about how her twin sons, David and Mark Guerra, didn’t have to be prodded to serve their country. David is in the Navy, and currently serving in the Mediterranean and Mark is in Army training in Georgia.

“It’s times like these that you come so close and even closer to the Lord than you have ever been before,” Peña Guerra said. “It’s built my faith. I stand on God and His word. I realize that my kids are only borrowed for a moment, but that’s who I depend on to get me through difficult times to be able to have peace and to be able to have rest and come through the grief and mourning.”


Mission Lions host Mud Volleyball

20130608 Mud Volleyball Tourney lg-05Let the games begin!

Mud volleyball games, that is.

The Mission Lions Club is hosting the Second Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament this Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. City of Alton crews have already begun preparing the mud pits for the event featuring good, clean family fun. It will be staged on Conway Avenue across the street from the Alton City Hall.

Some 48 teams are expected to participate in the all-day event, including a re-match of last year’s face-off between Mission Police and Mission Fire Department. Mission High School and Veterans Memorial High School will both be fielding teams, as well.


La Joya works to revitalize business by offering USDA loan

city-of-la-joyaLA JOYA—Mayor Jose A. “Fito” Salinas and the La Joya Economic Development Board of Directors are working together to stimulate economic growth in the business community of La Joya.

As part of their many efforts, the EDC is offering the Revolving Loan Fund Program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Revolving Loan Fund Program was established to assist small businesses to access low interest loans to help with the expansion of a current business or to start a new business.

The minimum loan amount is $10,000 and the maximum is $150,000. These loans may be used for working capital, start-up cost, construction, repair and renovation, purchase of property and purchase of equipment.


Mission EDC/EDA to reassess Royal Technologies incentives

20140425 MISSION Royal-Technologies 1732The new Royal Technologies plant was expected to cost about $15 million when the partnership between the city of Mission and Royal Technologies originally was announced.

But as workers finish up the new facility, the price tag at the end of eight years is expected to hit between $35 and $40 million and the company, headquartered in Michigan, is expecting to hire three times as many employees than originally anticipated.

“We have to satisfy our customer needs, so what started out as a smaller project ended up being much larger,” said owner Jim Vander Kolk. “Part of our expansion here is growth for the future.

Mission Economic Development Corporation and Economic Development Authority agreed to hold a public hearing May 22 to discuss increasing the incentives originally planned for the Royal Technologies plant.


Mayor objects to home occupation permit

City-of-Mission-logoA request for a conditional use permit for a home occupation daycare on 24th Street in Glasscock Village was approved in spite of opposition from Mayor Beto Salinas during the Monday meeting of the Mission City Council.

Salinas later said he opposes businesses in residential subdivisions in general.

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the permit for one year with no opposition. Operating hours would be 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a maximum of 12 children, from infants to age 12.

However, three women from the adjacent subdivision for people aged 55 and older appeared at the council meeting to oppose the permit.


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