Category Archives: e-Brief Features

Making the Impossible Possible

Jorge Sanchez thought he had the perfect plan in place after graduating from high school. He earned a scholarship to St. Edward’s University in Austin, where he planned to major in biology with a concentration in biological sciences. But as he calculated the cost for tuition, room and board, and books, Sanchez realized this plan did not make financial sense. “Even though I was given a scholarship to study at…

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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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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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Valdez Sets Sights High For Weslaco EDC

Steven M. Valdez

The Weslaco Economic Development Corporation has a new executive director and its new leader comes from within the organization. Steven M. Valdez was selected as the executive director by the EDC’s board on May 19. Valdez formerly served as the EDC’s director for nearly five years. He comes into his new job with an understanding of the organization’s key functions. He also knows how it interacts with city government. Those…

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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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Alcohol-To-Go Now Permanent in Texas

alcohol-to-go

Texas law now lets customers and businesses safely partake in alcohol-to-go options. Temporary waivers to provide relief to businesses have been updated and made permanent due to recent action by Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas legislature. The change comes as part of House Bill 1024. The bill was recently approved by the legislature on April 28 and signed into law by Gov. Abbott on May 12. The law, which…

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TSTC Program Ready to Fill Valley Jobs

TSTC Health information technology

Health information technology enables people to work wherever they want to do their part to keep patients’ health care records organized. Beyda Ramirez, an instructor in Texas State Technical College’s Health Information Technology program in Harlingen, said graduates do more than handle billing and coding. They also maintain the accuracy of electronic medical records and work with medical facilities’ clinical documentation improvement plans. “The medical field is always updating and…

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