Category Archives: Government

Pharr PD Makes History With Horse Patrol

Four officers from the City of Pharr Police Department are recent graduates of a four-week joint-agency National Horse Patrol Certification program through the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol sector. The officers are the first to be Nationally Horse Patrol Certified since the department’s creation in the early 1900s. The unit is the first horse-patrolled police department unit in the region. Graduates of the program are Sgt. Max Longoria, officer Luis…

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Hidalgo County Holds Online Auction

Hidalgo County is currently holding a Webcast Auction of fleet vehicles, heavy equipment and general merchandise March 31. Bidders can view items in person at Sunrise Hill/Sunset Park on March 30 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed noon- 1 p.m.). Interested buyers must register with AMT Auctions at amtauctions.com. Bidding continues until the last item sells. Auctioned items sell “as is” with all sales final. Payments of cash or…

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Experience Brings New Vision To Edinburg

UTRGV's main campus is in Edinburg as well as the main office of its regional medical school.

Ron Garza built a reputation as an administrator who could foster cooperation among Rio Grande Valley cities when seeking state funding and developing transportation systems.  He served for years as the executive director of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council. The job allowed him to work on projects with county judges, mayors and city managers across the Valley. Regional agreements are becoming more the norm in a historically divided…

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Hidalgo County Holds Online Merchandise Auction

Hidalgo County will hold a Webcast General Merchandise Auction by AMT Auctions at Palmer Pavilion, 301 E. Hackberry in McAllen, Feb. 24. Online bidding is currently underway at amtauctions.com and ends when the last item is sold. Items can also be viewed in person at Palmer Pavilion on Feb, 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m.). The webcast auction consists of general merchandise. Items are…

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County Holds Online Vehicle Auction

Vehicle and Fleet Auction

Hidalgo County will hold a Webcast Vehicle and Fleet Auction by AMT Auctions Nov. 21. Items will be on display behind the San Carlos Headstart on Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Bidding starts on Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. and ends until the last item is sold. Buyers must register online at amtauctions.com. The webcast auction consists of vehicles and fleet. Items are sold “as…

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McAllen Selects New Fire Chief

James Schultz

James Schultz is the new chief for the McAllen Fire Department. Schultz has been serving in an interim capacity since Chief Rafael Balderas’ retirement earlier this year after serving as assistant McAllen fire chief for the past eight years. His career, almost exclusively with the McAllen Fire Department, began in 1993 as a firefighter, a position he held also for eight years. “The City of McAllen and the McAllen Fire…

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Hidalgo County to Hold Online Surplus Auction

Hidalgo County Webcast Surplus Auction items.

Hidalgo County will hold a Webcast Surplus Auction by AMT Auctions Oct. 30. The auction features items such as monitors, keyboards, office chairs, bookshelves, telephones, cameras and televisions. Items can be viewed at Palmer Pavilion today, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed from noon – 1 p.m.). Those with an interest in bidding must register at amtauctions.com. Bidding starts at 10 a.m. with the auction taking place…

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New TABC Training Combats Human Trafficking

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A new course from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and its partners provides training to prepare peace officers across Texas to combat human trafficking and rescue survivors. The agency joined forces with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service and Texas Commission on Law Enforcement to produce the new continuing education course. The course will keep Texas officers at the forefront of combating these crimes. Training includes learning to recognize and…

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TABC Launches New Website

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A top-to-bottom redesign of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s public website is live, offering users improved TABC search capabilities. Users now also have the ability to download application forms, and obtain quick and easy access to public information. The new site is the result of a more than nine-month redesign process relying on alcoholic beverage industry feedback. This includes those agency employees, state lawmakers and industry members. The site is…

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Pharr Hosts Drive-Thru First Responders Festival

The City of Pharr held its annually Pharr First Responders Festival last weekend. Originally planned as a traditional festival, this year’s event became a drive-thru. During the successful event, the city and first responders gave away 2,000 bags of school supplies to the community. “It was wonderful to witness our city departments, first responders and employees join together to help our community,” said Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez. “These past few months…

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