2 men charged with bribing Border Patrol agent

Two men bribed a U.S. Border Patrol agent to allow unauthorized migrants through the Falfurrias checkpoint, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday. Edwin Alejandro Castillo, 22, of Sullivan City and Jose Luis Duran, 25, of Mission paid the Border Patrol agent $2,000 on June 11, according to the indictment. Three days later, they participated in…

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Former mayor sues Mission over ‘energy savings’ contract

Former Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas sued the city of Mission on Tuesday, attempting to stop a nearly $17 million “energy savings” project. Beto Salinas — who plans to run against Mission Mayor Armando “Doc” O’caña in 2022 — filed the lawsuit on Tuesday afternoon. The lawsuit claims Mission didn’t follow procurement and competitive bidding procedures,…

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Palmview to conduct third-party review of Agua SUD sewer project

The Palmview City Council wants to know why the Agua Special Utility District sewer project went bad. Construction started in March 2017. More than five years later, the $42 million project still isn’t finished — and the City Council is frustrated. During a meeting on Tuesday, the City Council authorized City Manager Michael Leo and…

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Mission mulls proposal to start city-run ambulance service

The Mission City Council is weighing a proposal to lease ambulances and create a city-run EMS service. Emergency Management Coordinator James Cardoza briefed the City Council on the proposal during a workshop Monday afternoon. Fire Chief Gilbert Sanchez said he supported the idea. “It’s time for our city to go into this service,” Sanchez said.…

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Lawsuit claims La Joya ISD re-assigned employees for political reasons

Six employees filed a lawsuit against the La Joya Independent School District last month, claiming the school board retaliated against them for supporting rival candidates during the November 2020 election. The employees sued La Joya ISD, school board President Oscar “Coach” Salinas and school board Vice President Armin Garza on June 30. They claim La…

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MCISD earns Board of the Year award

The Region One Education Service Center selected Mission CISD’s board of trustees as the 2021 Regional School Board of the Year. The members of the 2020-2021 school board are President Minnie Rodgers, Vice President Jerry Zamora, Secretary Veronica “Betty” Mendoza, Petra Ramirez, Juan Gonzalez, Iris Iglesias and Roy Vela. “I know that we have had…

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