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RMA proposes vehicle registration fees to pay for tollway

EDINBURG — The Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority asked the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court during a July 17 workshop if it would consider letting it use $10 in vehicle registration fees for the next 30 years so it could sell bonds to develop the southern tollway, which would connect the international bridges to Expressway 83.

HCRMA financial advisor, Richard Ramirez, with First Southwest, told the commission that the vehicle registration fees would be used to purchase existing right of ways and to help the HCRMA pay off its existing bank line, allowing it to move forward with the development of SH 365 and the International Bridge Trade Corridor.

“The contemplated structure is to issue $30 million as soon as possible, with your approval, and $27 million the following year for a total of $57 million. It’s a 30-year structure for the development, and initially some of the construction,” he said. “The county’s financial support would be to provide credit assistance, but not to do anything other than to use your credit.”

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Chamber mixer at Yoko’s Sushi

MISSION – The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly mixer on July 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at La Playita. La Playita is located at 2120 E. Business Hwy. 83, Mission.

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Two men charged with burglary

20120713 MPD PurseTheft-AgentGunstolen-Ring Arraignment CAB 0010 EditedForWEBMISSION – Two men were charged Friday afternoon for burglary of vehicle. One of the men was also charged with theft of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon after a purse he has been accused of stealing was found to contain an off-duty Border Patrol agent’s personal firearm.

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Sen. Hinojosa: Affordable Care Act against American liberty

20120711 SenatorHinojosa-CAB 8043Texas State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa. Progress Times photo by Carina A. BrunsonMISSION – State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa spoke about issues the state is currently facing at Mission Chamber’s Buenes Tardes Luncheon this week. Hinojosa said this last legislative session was probably one of the most difficult sessions he has seen, due to budgetary challenges. And the next session might just be as difficult.

Hinojosa said Medicaid is one of the fastest growing parts of the state’s budget. Last session, Medicaid was underfunded by $5 million, said Hinojosa.

Hinojosa said Governor Rick Perry has already made a decision to reject the extension of Medicaid, but it isn’t only his decision; it is up to the legislature as well.

With the issues of the Affordable Care Act, I would like to wait before making a decision, said Hinojosa.

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ICE agent shot, suspects held without bond

HARGILL — A father and his two sons remain in custody after being arrested for the early morning July 3 shooting of ICE agent Kelton Harrison at the intersection of Farm to Market 493 and Cemetery Road, according to the criminal complaint.

Pedro Alvarado, 41, and his son Arnoldo Alvarado, 18, were charged with attempted capital murder charges. Pedro Alvarado’s 16-year-old son is also facing attempted capital murder charges in the 449th State District Court. The juvenile is undergoing a psychological evaluation to determine whether he is mentally fit to be tried as an adult.

Pedro and Arnoldo Alvarado were denied bond July 10.

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Palmview PD starts Skywatching

20120710 PalmviewCrimeStoppers-CAB 8021Skywatch is a mobile elevated surveillance tower with cameras that can watch an area 24/7. Progress Times Photo by Carina A. BrunsonPALMVIEW – Palmview Police Department recently acquired a new Skywatch mobile surveillance tower. They will now be able to watch areas from 30 feet above the ground.

Skywatch is a mobile elevated surveillance tower with cameras that can watch an area 24/7. The tower can reach a height of 45 feet, but because of South Texas winds, it will probably not be raised more than 30 feet, said Palmview code enforcement officer David Nacianceno.

He said Skywatch is another safety measure the city is implementing to help deter crime.

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Heroes for Heroes: Sgt. Lopez Memorial Blood Drive

20120706 SgtJoseMLopez01Sgt. Jose M. Lopez. Courtesy PhotoThe Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Heroes for Heroes: Sgt. Lopez Memorial Blood Drive July 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The citywide event is a replenishment blood drive to honor the Valley’s fallen heroes and local heroes from the police and fire departments.

The event is a first of its kind. United Blood Services encourages the community to set up a booth or table to share memories of military personnel and public servants who have died in the line of duty.

This blood drive commemorates Sgt. Jose M. Lopez, one of the Valley’s Medal of Honor recipients, who acted bravely during the Battle of the Bulge.

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New superintendent official for SISD

20120706 SISD-Superintendant-VirginiaRichterSISD Superintendent Virginia Richter. Courtesy PhotoMISSION – With a starting contract date of July 1, Dr. Virginia Richter is ready to move forward and develop goals for the district as the newly named superintendent for Sharyland Independent School District.

Richter was named as the lone finalist during a late May school board meeting and was officially hired last week. Richter has signed on with the district for three years. She will receive an evaluation every year.

Even though her first official work day is July 11, Richter said she has been taking time to interview each board member this week to find out the inside of the district and what their goals are.

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