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Early voting starts Monday in mayor race

20140131 voteEarly voting starts Monday in the runoff election between Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas and challenger Jaime Gutierrez.

Salinas, a rancher and businessman, has served as mayor of Mission for 16 years, and before that he served as a Hidalgo County commissioner.

Gutierrez, a local businessman who owns a car dealership, says it’s time for change. Originally from Los Angeles, Gutierrez moved to Mission 12 years ago because he really liked the city.

Still, he sees two Missions: the north side and south side.

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La Joya PD kept busy in chases

20140606 La-Joya-Drug-BustOfficers in La Joya were involved in three chases over the weekend and seized about 1,400 pounds of marijuana in the process.

Sheriff Geovani Hernandez said it started Saturday when an officer noticed what appeared to be a utility truck. When he looked closer, the officer saw a domestic extension cord hanging off the back when normally utility trucks use commercial cords.

Hernandez said when the officer pulled behind the truck, the driver made an illegal U-turn and headed west on U.S. 83 toward Sullivan City. He ended up driving the truck into the river, Hernandez said.

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Mission to sell three seized properties

City-of-Mission-logoMission City Council agreed to sell three seized properties at its Tuesday meeting at the request of Police Chief Robert Dominguez.

Dominguez said the properties and all buildings on them were awarded to the City of Mission after a drug case. They included Lot 89 Shary Palms Subdivision III; 0.529 acres out of 20 acres of Lot eight, block four; Lot one, block five and lot one, block 17 John Closner Subdivision.

Also Tuesday, at the request of the police chief a speed limit of 45 miles per hour on Taylor Road was approved for the southbound lane. The area with the new speed limit extends from Expressway 83 to the northernmost limits of the city. Because Taylor Road is the dividing line between Mission and McAllen, the City of McAllen already approved the 45-mile per hour speed limit for the northbound lanes.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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