Tag Archives: Pharr

Skate Park Boosts Pharr Recreation

Victor Garcia Skate Park

A one-acre blast of fun is now part of the City of Pharr’s park system. The Victor Garcia Skate Park has been a long-awaited addition to the city and its young skateboarders. Officials say the V-shaped layout skate park gives Pharr’s recreational offerings a big boost. “This skate park was built based off of ideas put forth by our own kids and skating enthusiasts,” said Sergio Alanis, director of the…

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Forum Focuses on Highways

Texas Secretary of State addressed TxDot officials and contractors at the Heavy Highway Forum held in Pharr. (VBR)

Texas Secretary of State David Whitley expressed confidence that the Texas Department of Transportation’s 10-year, $70 billion statewide infrastructure program will bode well for the future economic development in the Rio Grande Valley. “As TxDot begins to the rollout of the Unified Transportation Program bill, it’s even more important that we continue to communicate with one another to accomplish our goals of enhancing capacity, maintenance and safety of our critical…

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Pharr HUB Phestival

The City of Pharr hosts its annual Pharr HUB Phestival, a day of family-friendly fun. The event includes carnival rides, food vendors, live entertainment, a car show, a bbq cook-off and more. The Phestival also includes Pharr-Out Kids Nature Day with attractions including Contacto Animal Petting Zoo and Raptor Project. The kids’ area also includes World Birding Center, Austin Bat Exhibition, Dock Dogs, an Exhibit from the Texas State Aquarium…

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Edinburg Chamber Names Marketing Director

DeAnna Daniel Garza

DeAnna Daniel Garza is now the director of marketing and special events for the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. She will work closely with the Executive Director Ronnie Larralde, for all of the chamber’s events. She will aid in member outreach, retention and developing different avenues to increase business development. “We are excited to have DeAnna come on board. She is a dedicated and driven individual and will be a great…

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RCPSE Open House March 5

RCPSE open house

South Texas College’s Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence hosts its first open house March 5. From 5:30-7 p.m., the public may tour the facilities, as well as watch demonstrations of driving and firearm simulators. Attendees will also get a look at the campuses state-of-the-art equipment. The STC Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence is the first border community college in the nation to establish integrative training for local, state and federal…

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One Stop Shopping for Fitness

Sally Balderas Bracewell helps a customer at one of All Star Nutrition’s three Rio Grande Valley stores. (VBR)

Do you need to slim down, bulk up or just fine-tune your personal health? All Star Nutrition is a one-stop shop with three Rio Grande Valley locations, precisely suited for those seeking expert guidance on everything from weight loss to sports nutrition, vitamin and mineral intake, detoxification and hydration. At the store in Pharr on North Jackson Street, co-owner Sally Balderas Bracewell said that it feels good to help customers achieve…

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Pharr BridgeConnect Trade Session

Pharr Bridge

The Pharr International Bridge will host a free BridgeConnect Trade Session on Level I and Hazmat Inspection. This includes training on how to discover unsafe conditions before they cause accidents or crashes. Two sessions will take place, one at 8:30 a.m. at VAL Trasport, 701 Bona Terra Drive. The second is at 10:30 a.m. at the Pharr Development and Research Center, 850 West Dicker Road. At this BridgeConnect Trade Session, attendees get an overview of…

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Valley Economic Forecast Good

Salvador Contreras, director of UTRGV’s Center for Border Economic Studies, summarizes his findings in a 2019 economic forecast for the Rio Grande Valley. (VBR)

Deep South Texas is expected to see economic growth again this year, although the increases in activity may be a little smaller than the numbers for 2018, according to an economic forecast compiled by Salvador Contreras, director of the Center for Border Economic Studies at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. “Texas had a strong 2018,” Contreras said. “This year may not be as strong but we will have…

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Cooking in the Great Outdoors

An outdoor kitchen and entertainment area with fireplace designed and installed by Grill Street. (Courtesy)

Outdoor grilling is as popular as ever in the Rio Grande Valley, with greater numbers of people taking it well beyond simply firing up a gas grill or charcoal pit on the back patio to cook steaks, ribs, chicken, vegetables and more. A fast-growing segment is expanding their options to install outdoor kitchens, some of which are as well-equipped as the indoor versions. Ruben Castillo, an architect who moved to…

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Grants Awarded to Local ISDs for Job Training

Donna ISD, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, Raymondville ISD are all recent recipients of Jobs and Education for Texas grants fro the Texas Workforce Commission. The schools will use the grants to purchase and install equipment necessary to train 779 students for careers in high-demand occupations. These include welding fabrication and emergency medical services. Grant totals include $271,472 to Raymondville ISD, $208,383 to Donna ISD and $280,630 to Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD. The grants will benefit students in the Workforce Solutions Lower Rio Grande…

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