Author Archives: VBR

TWC Ends COVID-19 Related Work Refusal Guidance

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Following the continued economic recovery in Texas and the announcement of Texas opting out of certain Federal Pandemic Unemployment benefits, the Texas Workforce Commission is ending job refusal guidance associated with the COVID-19 emergency orders. The guidance for individuals at high risk from COVID-19 were put in place a year ago. The decline in COVID cases in Texas, widespread availability of vaccines, and greater availability of services such as child…

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Frost Bank McAllen Golf Championship Begins June 25

Palm View Golf Course

The Palm View Golf Course will once again host the 2021 Frost Bank McAllen Golf Championship June 25-27. Entries close at 7 p.m. June 11. “We always want to bring the most premier, competitive golf tournaments to McAllen and host the best players, in not just our area but the entire state and even the world,” said Carlos Espinosa, director of Palm View Golf Course. “Every year, I really look…

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Local Author Debuts New Children’s Book

Jack's Journey

Local author and educator Alejandra Breeden has published “Jack’s Journey,” her debut children’s book sharing the story of a cheery donkey who must embark on an adventure to deliver a mysterious and precious gift. In “Jack’s Journey,” Breeden illustrates the trip Mary and Joseph took from Nazareth to Bethlehem to deliver baby Jesus through the eyes of their trusty donkey. As Jack excitedly ponders the meaning behind the gift he…

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TSTC Fills Cool Jobs in Rio Grande Valley

TSTC offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in HVAC Technology, an HVAC Technician certificate and a Basic HVAC occupational skills award. (photo TSTC)

When air conditioning breaks down on those sizzling Rio Grande Valley days, leave it to heating, ventilation and air conditioning technicians to come to the rescue. More of the technical superheroes are needed in the region and throughout Texas. “Right now, we are getting job offers from different companies,” said Jorge Cabrera, lead instructor in Texas State Technical College’s Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology program in Harlingen. “I don’t have…

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Free Fishing in Texas June 5

Anglers across the State of Texas are gearing up for Free Fishing Day on June 5. The first Saturday in June each year allows Texans to fish on any public waterbody in the state without a fishing license. “Free Fishing Day is a wonderful opportunity for anglers to share their knowledge, skills, equipment and love for fishing with a new participant, yet it’s also more than that,” said Craig Bonds,…

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Sunoco Expands Midstream Footprint 

Sunoco's greenfield terminal at the Port of Brownsville. (photo Port of Brownsville)

Sunoco LP, one of the largest independent fuel distributors in the United States, recently announced the development of a refined products terminal at the Port of Brownsville. The greenfield terminal will have 560,000 barrels of storage. The location will provide supply flexibility to the company’s existing fuel distribution business in South Texas. The site at the port will also facilitate Sunoco’s efforts to sell into the growing fuels export market…

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TSTC Meets Need for Precision Machining Jobs

Texas State Technical College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Precision Machining Technology. It also offers a certificate of completion in Machining. (photo TSTC)

From airplane landing gears to smartphones, precision machining is a critical component of our lives. “Everything comes from an actual machine shop making the products you are going to need for later use,” said Isaac Gonzalez, lead instructor in Texas State Technical College’s Precision Machining Technology program in Harlingen.  Gonzalez said it is challenging to change misconceptions about how modern precision machining is. While students learn some techniques on older,…

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Local Chambers Plan Joint Mixer June 3

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The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce will host the RGV Hispanic Chamber during a joint member mixer June 3. The event takes place at Walk-On’s Bistro in Edinburg from 5-7 p.m. Attendees will have an exclusive chance to network and socialize with Edinburg and RGV Hispanic chamber members. “One of the many roles of a chamber of commerce is to strengthen our relationships and connections, not just in our city, but…

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Reserva Opens Second Location at School of Medicine

Reserva Coffee Roasters begins a new chapter, opening at the UTRGV School of Medicine’s Team-Based Learning Center in Edinburg. (photo Paul Chouy, UTRGV)

The owners of Reserva Coffee Roasters began a new chapter recently when they opened their doors at the UTRGV School of Medicine’s Team-Based Learning Center in Edinburg. Owners Michelle and Danny Quiroz are two legacy UTRGV alumni. The construction planning for the Team-Based Learning Center started in 2018 and included a space for a potential café. UTRGV officials explored different service operators but settled on teaming up with a locally owned…

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Partnership To Train 50K Texans for Cloud Careers

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The Texas Association of Community Colleges, in collaboration with Amazon Web Services Inc., is launching a statewide initiative to enable access to cloud computing education courses and certifications for students in community colleges. It aims to train, reskill and certify 50,000 Texans, over the next three years, to qualify for cloud computing jobs in their local communities. This statewide program is part of the Texas Reskilling & Upskilling through Education…

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