The weekend is not the only thing you’ll have to look forward to tomorrow.
Friday will see the release of our latest issue. Below is a sample of all our front-page stories for our next issue. Be sure to pick up a copy of it tomorrow once it hits newsstands.
Residents voice opposition to immigrant center in Mission
By Joe Hinton
There are 84 chairs for the public in the Mission City Council chambers. On Monday night each was filled and at least 50 more persons stood along three walls of the chamber. Nearly everyone had shown up to ask the mayor and council to refuse any zoning variance request that would allow the Valley Baptist Retreat in Mission to be turned into a temporary holding facility for unaccompanied immigrant minors.
Mission Mayor Norberto Salinas put smiles on the faces of what was once a standing-room-only crowd of tense-faced petitioners after telling them not to worry, he also did not want an immigrant holding facility in Mission. Progress Times Photo
“We would object to any change, even placing a business or anything else there,” said Frank Unger, a resident of the 480-home Aladdin Villas subdivision that abuts the retreat on Stewart Road just south of Business 83. Unger, a retiree from Bloomington, Ill., who has lived in the subdivision permanently for 18-years, told the mayor and council he represented the 470 subdivision residents who had signed a petition against a immigrant center. A number he guessed represented about half the subdivision’s residents.
“Our fear is if you allow anything else other than what is already there it will devalue our property that we have worked so hard for,” Unger said, reading from the petition.
As McAllen’s Zika victim recovers, Mission begins mosquito control
By Joe Hinton
As McAllen and Hidalgo County Officials say they still aren’t sure how McAllen’s first and only suspected Zika victim became infected, the City of Mission begins measures to control mosquito populations in the city.
Meanwhile the Center for Disease Control plans to conduct a longitudinal study on all pregnant women in the county testing positive for the virus.
On Tuesday Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Chief Administrator Eddie Olivarez said it’s still unknown how McAllen’s first suspected Zika victim became infected having not traveled outside the county and with no Zika-carrying mosquitoes having been caught in area traps.
Council supports proposed behavioral center for juveniles
By Kathy Olivarez
Mission’s City Council has taken steps to place a behavioral and mental health services center for at-risk juveniles in the city. The council also took steps to provide affordable housing to low-income residents.
During its regular meeting on Monday, February 27, the council approved a resolution favoring establishment of a Renaissance Behavioral Center in Mission. Mission Police Chief Robert Dominguez said the center is being established at the request of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Advisory Board who met with representatives from Doctors Hospital at Renaissance to plan the program that will provide a licensed behavior and mental health center for the city. Dominguez said the facility would address issues such as drug and alcohol rehabilitation, suicide prevention, understanding consequences of behavior, teach coping skills, provide for anger management classes and education planning.
Mission CISD trustees to vote on district police department
By Joe Hinton
The Mission Consolidated Independent School Board of Trustees will vote next week on taking the first step toward creating the district’s own police force.
During a Feb. 28 Board of Trustees Finance Committee meeting members were told by district risk management director, Silvia Cruz, staff is working with legal counsel to draw up a resolution in support of creating a police force the full board will be asked to vote on during the district’s regular board meeting March 8.
Former Hidalgo County judge seeks reelection to former post
By Joe Hinton
Former Hidalgo County Judge Eloy Pulido has announced he is seeking reelection to the job he was ousted from 15 years ago.
Pulido took the occasion of the retirement announcement of the man who defeated him in 2002, Ramon Garcia, to remind the media he had already filed to run for the position in November 2016. Pulido lost to Garcia a second time in 2009.
In a press release issued Feb. 20 Pulido said he is running in the March 2018 Democratic primary to address the county’s runaway budget and questionable location of the new county courthouse.