Another week is ending, which means it’s time for a new issue of the Progress Times.
Below is a preview of our page one stories which includes coverage on two protests that occurred last weekend against the proposed border wall and a lawsuit against the city of Palmview.
To read the full stories, make sure you pick up an issue of it tomorrow wherever our papers are sold.
Organizers of the Save Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge reported 683 people participated Sunday, Aug. 13 in a human chain atop a levee where a border wall is planned. Pictured above participants hike from the refuge’s Hawk Tower about a half mile to the levee. Progress Times photo by Joe Hinton
Mission City Council asked to oppose border wall
By Joe Hinton
In the wake of two well-attended protests against President Trump’s plans to add 60 miles of border wall and fencing in the Rio Grande Valley, some activists are calling on Mission’s city council to pass a resolution in opposition to any additional walls in the city.
According to members of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Sierra Club who attended an Aug. 3 briefing by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Sector Chief Manuel Padilla, CBP plans to convert 28 miles of levees in Hidalgo County to concrete-lined border walls and construct 32 miles of bollard fencing in Starr County. Just under three miles of concrete levee walls are planned inside the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge, said Scott Nicol, a Sierra Club member who attended the CBP briefing.
Last weekend, just under 700 persons were estimated to have taken part in a protest at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge opposing construction of a concrete wall along the refuge’s levee and more than 1,000 persons were estimated to have participated in a protest at Mission’s La Lomita Mission. (See related report.) Sierra Club members fear both iconic area attractions will be cut off from the public if CBP plans are realized.
Among the participants at Sunday’s Santa Ana protest was state biologist John Maresh, 53, who drove from his home in Austin to participate in the protest with his brother, Ronnie, 59, of Port Comfort. Both brothers said the wall will not stop drugs or illegal immigration and will only damage the environment.
Border wall protest draws about 1,000 people to La Lomita Chapel
By Jose De Leon III
When it was first built in 1865, La Lomita Chapel became an important site for the Calvary of Christ, the Catholic Oblate missionaries who rode up and down the Rio Grande Valley visiting widely separated ranches, ministering to the people, baptizing newborns, performing marriages and blessing the dead.
Over 150 years later, an estimated 1,000 people joined a processional and protest on Saturday, Aug. 12, to save the historic mission amid concerns the proposed border wall could affect access to the chapel, which is situated just south of the levee that was built to retain the Rio Grande River when it floods.
The protest at La Lomita was the first of two last weekend against the proposed border wall with the second protest occurring the following day at the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge in Alamo. (See related story.)
Former La Joya police chief charged with drug trafficking
By Jose De Leon III
A Progreso police sergeant, once La Joya’s police chief, was arrested over the weekend on drug trafficking charges.
The arrest of Geovani Hernandez, 43, follows a yearlong investigation with multiple law enforcement agencies that allegedly revealed Hernandez was working with a drug trafficking organization.
Hernandez was arrested on multiple charges of aiding and abetting a “drug trafficking organization,” according to the unsealed indictment obtained by the Progress Times.
Fired Palmview city manager files lawsuit against city
By Jose De Leon III
Palmview’s former city manager, fired in June for alleged incompetency, has filed a lawsuit in the Hidalgo County Court of Law against the city citing a breach of contract.
Ramon Segovia, who served as Palmview’s city manager from October 2013 until he was fired in June, is seeking between $100,000 and $200,000 in compensation.
Segovia’s Houston-based attorney, Bernie Aldape, filed a lawsuit in July stating the city violated his client’s contract by terminating Segovia’s employment without compensation in violation of a severance clause in the contract. According to the complaint, the requested compensation would cover what Segovia would have been paid through the remainder of his contract, which ends in October, as well as 12 months’ severance pay plus legal fees.