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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.

Read more: Ortega-Ochoa, Garza take their seats on Mission council

   

Mission CISD candidates took oath of office on Tuesday

20140520 MCISD-swearing-in-of-new-candidates AF  7738MISSION—The Mission CISD boardroom was filled to the brim with supporters of the A+ team as they took their oath to sit on the district’s board of trustees. On Tuesday, the district not only welcomed new board members but also said goodbye to those ending their term.

James E. Olivarez, Raymond Longoria and Oscar Martinez have each spent over a decade sitting on the district’s board. Each member addressed the community and thanked them for their continued support, especially to friends and family who would help campaign during election season.

In Place 1, Roy Vela won with 2,385 votes against Marcie Gonzalez Acosta who earned 1,149 votes; Vela replaced Longoria on the board of trustees.

Read more: Mission CISD candidates took oath of office on Tuesday

   

Mission CISD approved for a career-centered program

MCISDlogoMISSION— A pilot program will be housed at Mission High School for the upcoming school year targeting welding, precision manufacturing and diesel technology.

The Texas Education Agency approved Mission CISD as the only district in the western part of Hidalgo County to support the program.

The Career-Tech Early College High School will cater to an estimated 100-125 students in gaining professional certifications as well as a college degree.

According to Sergio Peña, career and technology director, there is large need for workers in these industries. There were 352,250 openings for welders, 68,000 openings in manufacturing and 250,800 openings for diesel technicians in 2012, according to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics provided by Peña.

Read more: Mission CISD approved for a career-centered program

   

New MCISD board members talk morale

20140513 MCISD-new-board-members AF  7606 featureMISSION—The A+ Team swept the Mission CISD School Board election Saturday, bringing 85 collective years of experience in education with them.

Minnie Rodgers, who ran for Place 7, said now that elections are over, the stress has been lifted and the fun begins. Rodgers won Place 7 with 1,489 votes. She had a 592-vote difference over incumbent Oscar Martinez who earned 897 votes. Rick Venecia, the third candidate for Place 7, earned 1,197 votes.

In Place 1, Roy Vela won with 2,385 votes against Marcie Gonzalez Acosta who earned 1,149 votes. Petra Ramirez took Place 6 with 1,490 votes, while A.C. Pruneda earned 1,133 votes and Rigo Sariñana earned 952 votes.

Read more: New MCISD board members talk morale

   

Salinas, Gutierrez head to runoff

20140516 Mayor-Candidates-for-webLooking toward a runoff in the race for mayor of Mission, both incumbent Norberto "Beto" Salinas and challenger Jaime Gutierrez are hoping to gain votes from Dr. John Guerra, who was pushed out of the race Saturday.

And Jessica Ortega-Ochoa, a political newcomer who was running against incumbent Maria Elena Ramirez for Place 1 on the council, took 53 percent of the votes, pushing Ramirez out of the office.

Salinas just missed avoiding a runoff with 49 percent of the votes, according to unofficial totals. Collectively, Gutierrez and Guerra received 2,698 votes to Salinas’ 2,590. Gutierrez, with 31 percent and 1,640 votes will face Salinas in a runoff on June 21. Early voting is scheduled for June 9-17.

Read more: Salinas, Gutierrez head to runoff

   

Palmview Proud sweeps election

20140506 Palmview-Election-site-photos AF  7514Months of accusations and drama in the fight for Palmview came to an end Saturday with Palmview Proud slate members standing tall.

The four candidates swept the race for the Palmview commission, according to unofficial totals, with more than 40 percent of the 3,317 registered voters in the community casting a ballot. The votes are scheduled to be canvassed by the city Tuesday and the new members will be sworn in Thursday.

“The people have spoken, and that’s what it is,” said Jerry Perez, Palmview Proud’s mayoral candidate. “We’re just folks who have lived in the community for more than 30 years, and people know us and we’re just plain, straight-forward guys.”

Read more: Palmview Proud sweeps election

   

Palmview receives $8 million to construct wastewater collection system

City-of-Palmview-LogoAgua Special Utility District has received $8 million to help fund a wastewater collection system in Palmview, according to U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar.

“Residents of Palmview will benefit from a vital infrastructure update with the construction of a wastewater collection system, which will improve quality of life and environmental standards,” Cuellar said. “I thank our partners at the North American Development Bank as well as the mayor of Palmview and the city council for their excellent work on this grant and look forward to our continued partnership.”

Of the $44.3 million project, $36 million came via the Texas Water Development Board in 2013. The remaining $8 million is coming from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Border Environment Infrastructure Fund (BEIF), which is administered by the North American Development Bank.

Read more: Palmview receives $8 million to construct wastewater collection system

   

Alton to borrow $2 million

Alton LOGOA nearly 40,000-square-foot Junior's Supermarket looms over its much smaller predecessor on the corner of State Highway 107 and Main Avenue in Alton.

Next door, a McDonald's sees a steady stream of traffic, and down the street a Domino's sign flashes open. It's all evidence of the growth the community has seen in recent years.

Alton has tripled in population since the turn of the century from more than 4,000 in 2000 to an estimated 15,000 today.

Because of the activity, the city has lowered its property tax rate each year for the past six years as new businesses bring in increased property tax and sales tax figures.

Read more: Alton to borrow $2 million

   

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