Category Archives: Government

McAllen Students Host U.S. Senate Candidate Forum 

Candidates and students pose for a photo after the forum. Back row, Jack Daniel Foster Jr., Michael Cooper, Chris Bell, Jonah Riojas; front, Amanda Edwards, Victor Hugo Harris, Sema Hernandez, Karolina Vargas, Alexis Alvarado and Chloe Jerez.

McAllen ISD students recently hosted a community candidate forum for those running for the U.S. Senate in the 2020 May primary elections. Those in attendance were Chris Bell, Michael Cooper, Amanda Edwards, Jack Daniel Foster Jr, Victor Hugo Harris and Sema Hernandez.  Students Jonah Riojas (McAllen High School), Karolina Vargas (Nikki Rowe High School), and Alexis Alvarado (Memorial High School) were the panelists asking questions to the candidates. Chloe Jerez…

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Public Education Retirees Meet for Legislative Agenda

A group of public-school employees and retirees recently met recently in McAllen to establish a legislative agenda for the 2021 legislative session in Texas. Seen here are, back, retirees Chris Ardis, Kathy Johnson, Debbi Benson, Jerry Albrecht and Herb Trevino; front, retirees Chiqui Guerra and Torchie Champion with current public-school employee Norma Guerra.

A group of retired public school employees, along with two current employees nearing retirement, recently met in McAllen to begin working on a legislative agenda for the 2021 Legislative Session. Their agenda will address the critical needs of Teacher Retirement System of Texas retirees. Addressing health care First on the group’s agenda is health care. In 2017, the Texas legislature raised the health-insurance deductible for TRS retirees under the age…

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New Leadership Joins Hidalgo County

Escochea Salinas and Laura Matamoros

Laura Matamoros is the new economic development director for Hidalgo County. The news came from County Judge Richard F. Cortez today as he also announced Hilda Escochea Salinas as assistant chief of staff. Matamoros’s previous service includes director of business research and strategy for the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation. She was also the director of operations for the United Brownsville Coordinating Board. She is a graduate from the University of…

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TSTC Police Welcomes New Officer

Cristobal Villalon

Cristobal Villalon’s childhood dream came true recently when, with his family present, he was sworn in as a police officer at the Texas State Technical College Police Department. At a swearing-in ceremony led by TSTC Police Chief Eduardo Patino and Justice of the Peace Eloy Cano Jr., the Brownsville native said he has finally found his home at TSTC. “I couldn’t believe how much the department feels like family,” said the…

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Hidalgo Holds Vehicle and Machinery Auction

Samples of vehicles and heavy machinery available for surplus auction.

Hidalgo County will hold a surplus auction by AMT Auctions at the Precinct 3 Citizen Waste Collection Site Jan. 15. The auction will include vehicles, trucks, tractors, backhoes and construction equipment. This event is open to the general public. Interested buyers can pre-register and view items on Jan. 24, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and then Jan. 25 from 8-10 a.m. on site at 8116 N. Los Ebanos Road in Mission.…

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City of Pharr Hosts Census 2020 Job Fair

The 2020 Census brings jobs and on Jan. 10, the public was able to learn more about them and apply in person thanks to the City of Pharr. The Census 2020 Job Fair was open to the public with computers onsite for job applications. Available jobs are temporary and end when the Census 2020 is complete. However, positions offer individuals the opportunity to be a part of their community while earning…

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Hidalgo County Holds Surplus Auction

Hidalgo County's surplus auction Jan. 18 includes county vehicles.

Hidalgo County will hold a surplus auction by AMT Auctions at Palmer Pavilion (301 E. Hackberry Ave., McAllen) on Jan. 18. The auction will include the sale of office furniture, computers, IT equipment, security cameras and office chairs. Also on auction are filing cabinets, commercial washers and dryers, printers, IP phones and more. Items will sell by the pallet load. Interested buyers can pre-register and view items on Jan. 17…

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Los Fresnos Makes Donations to Matamoros Firefighters

Gene Daniels talks about the equipment Los Fresnos FD/EMS donated to the Matamoros FD.

The Los Fresnos Volunteer Fire Department made history this week by donating thousands of dollars in equipment to their counterparts from Matamoros, Mexico. Representatives of the two departments met Thursday night in the year-old LFFD/Emergency Medical Services. Here, all witnessed the generosity from a department that has 35 volunteer firefighters. Chief Gene Daniels estimated the equipment at some $40,000. It includes a brush truck, the jaws of life, boots, tanks…

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More Than 1,400 Officers Trained at RCPSE

RCPSE interim Chief Administrator Sgt. Jose Moroles addresses law enforcement at STC’s President’s Advisory Council Committee luncheon Nov. 19. (photo STC)

More than 1,400 law enforcement officers have trained at South Texas College’s Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence since January. The numbers come from RCPSE interim Chief Administrator Sgt. Jose Moroles, who spoke recently at STC’s President’s Advisory Council Committee. STC is the first border community college in the nation to establish integrative training for local, state and federal professionals in law enforcement. This also includes those in public safety,…

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Census Official Urges Accurate Valley Count in 2020

Bishop Daniel Flores addresses the audience at a Census 2020 Forum.

The 2020 U.S. Census will go out to a nation that’s more technologically wired than ever. Census Bureau officials expect the nation’s official population count to be the first of its kind. A solid majority of respondents will do so online. “The fact we’ve moved beyond paper only makes us more relevant to the American people,” said Timothy Olson, the associate director of field operations for the U.S. Census Bureau. …

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