McAllen approves water, sewer rate hikes
The city of McAllen approved rate increases for water and sewer services that will go into effect next month. The McAllen city commission and the McAllen Public Utility Board jointly and unanimously agreed to raise rates to combat rising costs due to inflation. For sewer services, the public utility increased the base fee by 50 cents to $12.50 per month, but did not increase its usage fees. The public utility increased its rates based on expenses that had increased “tremendously” due to inflation, according to Mark Vega, the general manager of the McAllen Public Utility. For water and sewer combined, the McAllen Public Utility will now charge $59.95 for 10k gallons of usage for residences.myrgv.com
Several bird species making new homes in Valley cities
Bird behavior in the Rio Grande Valley continues to evolve, and much of the direction is toward co-existing more intimately with human neighbors. Likewise, the green jay is picking up stakes in the wilder parts of the region to become much more common, and comfortable, within city limits; parrots, too, with several species common from Brownsville to McAllen. “Certainly that is a species that has very much become citified.”The magnificently colored green jay, too, is becoming a more common sight in urban areas. “I wouldn’t expect to see a green jay at like Nolana and 10th Street (McAllen), for instance,” he added. “You will pretty much only see those two species in the Valley in towns and in cities.myrgv.com
Feds bust husband, wife with nearly 140 pounds of meth
Federal agents have charged a husband and wife with trafficking nearly 140 pounds of methamphetamine. The complaint said constables pulled Gallardo over for a traffic infraction, but it does not specify the alleged infraction. “Gallardo stated that his wife Vazquez and his father were involved in something illegal. Gallardo further stated that he didn’t know what to say, he had the opportunity to make a little money,” the complaint stated. Vazquez claimed during her interview that she went with her husband to help a friend with a car tire, according to the complaint.myrgv.com
Head Start names interim director amid division
The division became publicly apparent last week, when the policy council recommended Flores’ termination to the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court. On Wednesday it named Irma Peña interim executive director. “I didn’t agree with what was happening here, I don’t agree with the steps you took. Attempts to reach Peña were unsuccessful, but a beefy four-page resume shows that she worked for the Hidalgo County Head Start Program for 35 years before leaving in 2015. At the time of her appointment, Peña served as a Head Start Federal Reviewer consultant and as the social services director of Amara Hospice in Edinburg.myrgv.com
Letters: Questions for Beto
I would like to suggest a couple of questions that should be addressed/answered by Beto O’Rourke in his upcoming debate with Greg Abbott. First, would Beto declare or designate Texas as a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants? The people of Texas deserve answers from Beto on the above questions/issues before they cast their vote. Whether McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos displays any amount of reverence for the LGBT+ community is simply up for debate. I guess one could say the mayor no longer wanted to deal with that event anymore.myrgv.com
‘No gimmicks’: Tapas and wine bar opens downtown
The concept is upscale tapas and wine, “comfort food” as Uribe described it in a recent interview. He was the bar manager there and they were moving from downtown to the uptown side.”He was head chef there for 11 years. “We did a lot of cool stuff,” Uribe said. “She has the same way of doing things in the sense of let’s have them try new stuff. Every restaurant, that’s how it should be.”That’s not all.myrgv.com
McAllen Rowe holds off Sharyland High for key win
McALLEN — The McAllen Rowe defense buckled down in the red zone for a last-second stop against Sharyland High to pull off a 27-20 victory Friday night at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium. Sharyland High took four attempts at the end zone, but the defense of Rowe (2-1) held strong with two pass breakups on third and fourth down, forcing a turnover on downs with four seconds left. “I was just thinking about the game, thinking about the Sharyland defense, thinking about my family and how we’re going to perform,” Salinas said about the leadup to his first start. Alek Gonzalez and Alan Guerrero led Sharyland High with a touchdown each. “We go on the road and we got to get better in all three phases.”Next for Sharyland High is another non-district test against Weslaco High (3-0) at 7 p.m. Friday at Bobby Lackey Stadium in Weslaco.myrgv.com
McAllen dog breeder arrested on 20 counts of animal neglect
A McAllen woman was arrested Sunday after a concerned neighbor, who believed the woman’s leashed dogs were being neglected, called police for assistance and was proven correct by the scene authorities discovered during their welfare check, according to a criminal complaint.myrgv.com
Texas Medical Board disciplines two McAllen doctors
An oncologist accused of sexual assualt and a radiologist accused of providing substandard imaging studies, both based in McAllen, agreed to reparations after the Texas Medical Board found them to have commited quality of care violations. During their Aug. 19 meeting, the medical board issued disciplinary actions against the two physicians for their distinct offenses. Galindo also entered into an agreed order with the Texas Medical Board that requires him to obtain an independent medical evaluation from a board certified psychiatrist within 30 days. The order from the board also resolves a formal complaint that was filed with the State Office of Administrative Hearings. The CME hours must be divided as follows: 10 hours in general mammography, eight hours in risk management, four hours in mammography positioning and two hours in Mammography Quality Standards Act.myrgv.com
Pharr man faces 14 charges after drugs, ammo found in Space Jam backpack
Guns, drugs and violent behavior landed a 35-year-old Pharr man in jail last week on more than a dozen charges, ranging from evading arrest, robbery and possession of drugs found in a Space Jam backpack and racking up nearly $400,000 in bonds. According to the affidavit, Ledesma arrived at her home and asked to borrow her car. When she refused to lend him the car Ledesma then “struck her and took her SUV keys away from her,” the affidavit said. After his arrest, authorities conducted a vehicle search in which they found a Space Jam backpack belonging to Ledesma. Inside the backpack, they found various drugs including marijuana, meth, ecstasy, Xanax and cocaine, and a box with 44 bullets.myrgv.com
Fueling discontent: As motorists cope, RGV stations may be a barometer for rising gas prices
If gas prices rise anywhere in the South Texas region, it’s more likely that you’ll see evidence of it in the Rio Grande Valley before anywhere else. GasBuddy, a Boston-based tech company, provides consumers with real-time fuel prices at more than 140,000 gas stations in the United States, Canada and Australia. While pumping gas in McAllen on Wednesday, Eddie Gracia, 62, said he feels the impact of high gas prices in his line of work delivering medical supplies. He said he would usually pay $70 to $80 when gas prices were at their highest in the Valley, but it’s topping off at a little over $60 now. “The way I see it, it’s between yes and no,” Alvarado said when asked if a recent fall in gas prices helped.myrgv.com
McAllen celebrates monarch conservation with mural unveiling
The city of McAllen unveiled its newest mural Wednesday at Quinta Mazatlán, which celebrates the restoration and conservation initiatives of the monarch butterfly. The mural, named “Destino Monarco,” was created to detail the “natural and cultural history” of the Rio Grande Valley, McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos said in a statement. The colorful mural was painted by Irving Cano, a Zapotec artist from Oaxaca, Mexico who has produced works of art in McAllen before. Cano recently participated in McAllen’s MXLAN event, where he painted a mural full of vibrant colors that reflect the beauty of Oaxacan culture. In his newest mural, his dedication to color and culture allowed him to highlight the uniqueness of the monarch butterfly,Cano’s ultimate message: it’s in our hands to protect the monarchs.myrgv.com
Flood watch issued for most of the Rio Grande Valley
A flood watch has been issued for most of the Rio Grande Valley until 7 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service in Brownsville/Rio Grande Valley is reporting. The NWS reports additional bands of thunderstorms and heavy rain Monday could move over areas that received 2 to 4 inches of rain over the weekend and could produce flooding. Areas in the flood watch include the cities of Brownsville, Rio Grande City, Raymondville, Weslaco, Sarita, Zapata, Edinburg, Pharr, Mission, McAllen, San Manuel, Falfurrias, Roma, Harlingen, and Hebbronville. There’s a 60% chance of heavy rain in McAllen, a 50% chance of heavy rain in McAllen and a 40% chance of heavy rain in Brownsville Monday. Individuals living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding occur, the NWS reports.myrgv.com
Docs: Victim’s brother witnessed fatal motorcycle accident
New details on a fatal crash that killed a motorcyclist in McAllen on Tuesday revealed the victim’s brother witnessed the traumatic event. Erick Hernandez and his brother, Oscar Fernando Hernandez, 29, who was riding a black 2008 Yamaha motorcycle, were riding separately down South 10th Street around 7 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the probable cause affidavits. Erick was on the outside lane slightly behind Oscar who was riding on the inside lane in front of Erick. Statements from witnesses gathered that evening, including an off-duty police officer from La Grulla, indicated Galindo caused the crash after running a red light. The officer taking down the report concluded Galindo ran the red light after witness statements pointed to the southbound traffic moving on the green light and the halted traffic observing a red light on the frontage road.myrgv.com
Rerouting headache: Demolition, construction of Pharr Interchange requires additional detour starting Friday night
If you thought traffic was bad now, eastbound commuters should prepare for more headaches as contractors will close the existing McAllen to Edinburg direct connector for approximately eight months.myrgv.com
Mission man charged in crash that killed McAllen motorcyclist
McAllen police have charged a Mission man with criminal negligent homicide for a Tuesday evening crash that killed a motorcyclist. In a news release issued Thursday, police said officers arrested 28-year-old Joel Bello Galindo, who made a first appearance at the McAllen Municipal Court on Wednesday and received a $75,000 bond on the charge. The crash, which happened in the 1500 block of South 10th Street at about 7:23 p.m. Tuesday, killed 28-year-old McAllen resident Oscar Fernando Hernandez Alba, according to the release. “Two vehicles involved in the collision were a motorcycle and a SUV,” the release stated. “Officers on scene determined the SUV struck the motorcycle.”myrgv.com
Motorcyclist dies in McAllen crash
A motorcyclist died after a collision with the driver of a sports utility vehicle on Tuesday evening. McAllen police responded to the crash in the 1500 block of S. 10th Street in McAllen at 7:23 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Wednesday news release from police. When officers arrived, they found the driver of the motorcycle dead, while the SUV driver remained at the scene. Police did not disclose the details of the crash, but said the collision remains under investigation. Investigators did not identify the motorcyclist pending notification of next of kin.myrgv.com
McAllen man nearly 4 times the legal limit in fatal crash that killed Colombian visitor
A 56-year-old McAllen man was nearly four times the legal limit for drinking alcohol when Hidalgo police say he caused an early morning crash that killed a Colombian woman who was in the Valley visiting family. The Hidalgo Police Department charged Miguel Angel Herrera with driving while intoxicated, intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault with a vehicle causing serious bodily injury. “Officer (Ryan) Perez observed the vehicle lying on its right passenger side against three palm trees,” the affidavit stated. “Officer Perez observed a female pinned underneath the vehicle, already deceased.”The affidavit identifies the woman as Stephanee Mojica Granados. The affidavit said Herrera was released Aug. 2 and was taken to the Hidalgo Police Department for booking procedures.myrgv.com
McAllen church criticized for its take on ‘Hamilton’
A McAllen church is facing controversy for its rendition of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s popular musical “Hamilton” that had several scenes edited to incorporate Biblical themes — and which was followed by a sermon that compared being gay to having an addiction.myrgv.com
Letters: Mayor blasted
As your reporter noted, there were more than 80 vendors and the event was enjoyed by hundreds of individuals and families. What your reporter failed to report is the regretful actions of the city of McAllen under Mayor Mayor Javier Villalobos, who willfully and surreptitiously canceled McAllen’s contract with Valley AIDS Council/ RGV Pride a mere few weeks before the event was scheduled to occur. We are now discussing making it the permanent home of RGV Pride, and may consider expanding the celebration to a two-day event, and to include a parade. They were discussing weakening and dismantling NATO to give Putin his wish of expanding Russia and creating a new SovietSocialistRepublic. Trump was creating a clear pathway for Putin to have his way and take over the former USSR countries.myrgv.com
McAllen man gets $200K bond for third or DWI arrest
Mission police arrested Roberto Loza, 37, on Sunday after a witness saw him crash on the expressway, according to a probable cause affidavit. The caller informed police that a gray Nissan Xterra exited the expressway after crashing into the center concrete barricade of IH-2. Officers located the Nissan heading north at the intersection of Stewart Road and Business 83, where they proceeded to conduct a traffic stop. Loza refused to participate in a sobriety test as well as provide a breath sample, authorities stated in the affidavit. He was arrested and booked Monday on a third or more DWI, and remains incarcerated at the Hidalgo County jail on the $200,000 bond.myrgv.com
McAllen survey shows positive city perception among residents
The majority of McAllen residents have a positive perception of the city when it comes to settling down and raising a family, according to a community survey that was conducted earlier this year. City staff reviewed the results of the survey with city commissioners during a workshop held Monday, and among the takeaways were that most residents had a good perception of the city and that their satisfaction in city services was higher than the national average. ETC Institute in Olathe, Kansas conducted the survey with the purpose of gathering information on residents’ level of satisfaction with services and collecting opinions on other topics. Residents could fill out the survey and return it by mail or they could complete it online. Rodriguez said city staff are proposing doing a follow up survey next year to address questions not answered in this survey.myrgv.com
Making a comeback: McAllen kicking off MxLAN after three-year hiatus
MxLAN is returning for the first time to McAllen since its inaugural event in 2019, as the McAllen Chamber of Commerce prepares to host the five-day summer event that celebrates the “young Latino culture” with style. Kicking off Wednesday and running through Sunday, the event is scheduled at the McAllen Convention Center, located at 700 Convention Center Blvd. In its inaugural event, the festival saw around 350,000 visitors through five days, and after an almost three-year hiatus chamber officials believe they will see a similar number in attendance this week. They’re even calling it an “almost inaugural” event since it’s making somewhat of a comeback. “This is a celebration of our Latin heritage, Latin culture, the diversity that we have here.myrgv.com
Family sues McAllen nursing home over mother’s COVID-19 death
The family of a McAllen woman who died due to COVID-19 is now suing the nursing home where she lived, accusing the facility of negligence. They make nine specific allegations:>> Grand Terrace failed to advise Garcia’s treating physician or her children that she was showing symptoms indicating she had COVID-19. >> They failed to properly inform her children so that proper medical treatment could be extended to Garcia. >> They failed to timely test for COVID to immediately start a medical treatment plan to possibly help in her recovery. A representative for Grand Terrace did not respond to a request for comment.myrgv.com
Selfie-taking drug trafficker sentenced in 130-pound Rio Grande City meth case
A federal judge in McAllen on Tuesday sentenced a selfie-taking drug trafficker from Rio Grande City to 11-and-one-half years in prison after he was caught last year with approximately 130 pounds of methamphetamine in all four of his truck’s tires. Abiel Geronimo Fernandez, 20, pleaded guilty on March 22 to a count of importing a controlled substance. Federal authorities arrested Fernandez on Nov. 28 when he attempted to enter the United States from Mexico at the Rio Grande City port of entry in a Chevrolet Silverado. A search of federal court records did not return any public cases against Flores, who Fernandez met in Miguel Aleman. In imposing the sentence, Alvarez also noted that Fernandez was arrested for smuggling people in the country illegally a day before his meth smuggling arrest, which the judge described as troubling.myrgv.com
McAllen unveils details, deals for holiday parade
Kicking off a series of announcements leading up to their annual holiday parade, the city unveiled the theme for this year’s celebration: Southpole & Beyond. “Today, I am proud to unveil our 2022 theme of the largest illuminated holiday and helium parade in Texas,” City Commissioner Victor “Seby” Hadad said during a news conference held Wednesday. This will be the ninth holiday parade for the city, according to Assistant City Manager Joe Vera, who also spoke during the news conference. “The McAllen parade is just one of the traditions that sets McAllen apart from so many other events that take place,” Vera said. The holiday parade will make its procession on Saturday, Dec. 3.myrgv.com
Fiery feedback: McAllen vendors push back on proposed pop up market regulations
McALLEN — The McAllen city commissioners received fierce feedback from members of the public who took issue with proposed restrictions on pop up markets that are currently under consideration. The city, though, has allowed permits for pop up markets by processing them through a special permit process for amusements. Among the strongly contested proposals on Monday was the proposed $100 fee that would be charged to the organizers of each pop up market. “We got that figure from somebody.”However, he said the proposed $100 permit fee for the organizers was just a first recommendation. He emphasized, though, that the goal of the proposed regulations was to help pop up markets, not hurt them.myrgv.com
International trade halted at Texas border crossings as truckers protest Greg Abbott’s new inspections
Commercial traffic at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge stopped Monday and a similar protest affected traffic into and out of El Paso. The blockades could impact the flow of produce to restaurants and grocery stores.
Beto O’Rourke targets South Texas in bid to win back Democratic voters he’ll need to beat Gov. Greg Abbott in 2022
O’Rourke has ground to make up after his own underwhelming performance with voters there in 2018 when he ran for U.S. Senate — and turning out more Latino voters has long been key to Democratic hopes statewide.
U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez will run for a different House seat in 2022 after redistricting made his more competitive
Texas lawmakers made Gonzalez’s current 15th Congressional District more competitive for Republicans. The representative now plans to run in the 34th District, which is safer for Democrats.
Infighting in Gulf cartel blamed for shooting that killed 19 on Mexico border
The top prosecutor in Mexico's border state of Tamaulipas says infighting between rival factions of the Gulf drug cartel was the apparent motive behind weekend shooting that killed 19 people, 15 of them apparently innocent bystanders.
Texas lawmakers to tour Texas-Mexico border in Rio Grande Valley on Wednesday
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar and U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales will tour the Texas-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley on Wednesday to get an update on the migrant surge in the region. The congressional delegation from Texas will be joined by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.
Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas beginning to see decrease in demand for COVID-19 vaccinations
MCALLEN, Texas – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that he’s hoping to increase the number of Texans getting COVID-19 vaccines after seeing a drop in people showing up for the shot. “We’re beginning to see a decrease in demand for vaccinations,” Abbott said at a news conference Thursday in border city of McAllen. “Seniors who contract COVID are the people who are most likely to either be hospitalized or lose their life because of COVID,” Abbott said. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3.3 million Texans have completed their vaccinations.
Watch: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott holds news conference on statewide senior vaccination program
Texas Gov Greg Abbott speaks during a news conferenced about migrant children detentions Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)SAN ANTONIO – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will hold a press conference on the statewide “Save Our Seniors” COVID-19 vaccination initiative on Thursday in McAllen. The governor first announced the program in February during a stop in Corpus Christi. Through this program, Texas Department of Emergency Management and the Texas Military Department work alongside local jurisdictions to set up a central drive-through vaccine clinic in each community or administer directly to homebound seniors.
Asylum seekers navigate new future in the U.S. after months in Mexico
MCALLEN, Texas – Some asylum seekers have spent more than a year and a half living in tent cities in Matamoros, Mexico, during the Trump administration. The Trump administration’s Remain in Mexico Policy forced asylum seekers to wait in distressed conditions for months at a time. The Biden administration has ended the policy, allowing thousands of asylum seekers to enter the country and move forward. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials report an increase in illegal border crossingsKSAT’s Jonathan Cotto is in Mcallen, Texas talking to activist groups about the situation as it unfolds. Read also:Biden lifts Trump-era ban blocking legal immigration to USChild migrant facility reopened by Biden administration in South Texas draws criticism from immigration advocatesAdDemocrats consider piecemeal approach to immigration reform
Rio Grande Valley teenager writes Gov. Abbott letter as a last effort to help his mother survive COVID-19
Erika Calderon, 48, tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 29 and was hospitalized on Jan. 4, 2021. Calderon, a single mother to son Emilian Sosa, needs extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO therapy, which relieves the stress of the lungs and heart. Emilian quickly acted after learning his mother could be taken off life support, so he wrote a letter to Gov. With the help of Nim Kidd, the Chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management & Dr. Zerwas, the equipment his mother needs was located. @TDEM https://t.co/dzgRby52ms — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 27, 2021Doctors are waiting for Calderon’s status to stabilize before transferring her to a Houston hospital.
WATCH LIVE: Kamala Harris visits Rio Grande Valley, Fort Worth and Houston in last day for early voting
AUSTIN, Texas – Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, is in Texas Friday with visits scheduled in Fort Worth, Houston and McAllen. Just four days before Election Day, it’s precious campaign time on a crucial state far later than any major national Democrat in decades. Her 12:45 p.m. remarks at a voter mobilization event in Fort Worth will be livestreamed in this article. Delays are possible; if there is not a livestream available, check back at a later time. A livestream of the 4:25 p.m. event in McAllen and the 7:35 p.m. event in Houston will also be livestreamed in this article.
Kamala Harris to visit Rio Grande Valley, Fort Worth and Houston during Texas campaign swing Friday
Kamala Harris’ trip to Texas on Friday will include three stops across the state, including in the Rio Grande Valley, according to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign. Biden’s running mate is set to visit to Fort Worth, Houston and McAllen. Fort Worth’s Tarrant County was the state’s most populous county that Republican President Donald Trump won in 2016. Further details on her stops were not immediately available, but they are expected to mirror events she has done recently in other states to mobilize early voters. Harris’ visit is not the only notable activity by the Biden campaign this week in Texas.
TribCast: More discrepancies with state coronavirus data and voting issues in the courts
A COVID-19 testing site at the Nomad Shrine Club in McAllen. July 2, 2020. Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune(Audio unavailable. Click here to listen on texastribune.org.) In this week's TribCast, Matthew speaks with Ross, Emma and Shannon about another change in how Texas reports its coronavirus data and the legal fights related to voting that have reached the state Supreme Court.
Heineken to release hard seltzer inspired by classic Mexican flavors in Rio Grande Valley market
SAN ANTONIO – A new hard seltzer brand is joining the mix; however, this one in particular has quite a flavor twist! Heineken US will bring its signature hard seltzer, Canijilla, originally created in Mexico, to the U.S. in select areas for a limited time. One of those areas will be McAllen, Texas, according to an article by the Brownsville Herald. The hard seltzer is inspired by classic Mexican flavors. To see where you can purchase the hard seltzer, log on to us.canijilla.com/.
Watch: Gov. Greg Abbott in McAllen Convention Center Health Care Facility
Greg Abbott will be in McAllen Tuesday afternoon to receive a briefing on the convention center, which was recently converted into a healthcare facility amid a COVID-19 surge in the Rio Grande Valley. The McAllen Convention Center was turned into makeshift hospital that can treat up to 250 patients at one time. Weeks ago, Hurricane Hanna made landfall near the region, leading to widespread damage in the area. As we work to slow the spread of COVID-19, it is vital that we take the necessary action to ensure abundant hospital capacity in the Rio Grande Valley. Abbott assured the public that there is enough PPE to meet schools demands as some plan to open up as early as August.
Hidalgo County posts single-day high record of COVID-19 related deaths
MCALLEN, TX – Hidalgo County health officials reported a single-day high record of 64 deaths due to complications related to COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total number of fatalities to 531. Hidalgo County Health officials reported a single day high record of 64 deaths due to complications related to COVID-19 bringing the total number of fatalities to 531. For full release: https://t.co/Vpdb1K5DO7 pic.twitter.com/l4MWYRlJvs — Hidalgo County (@HidalgoCounty) July 29, 2020“I am saddened by the passing of our Hidalgo County residents. Read the county’s full announcement below:Related: Hidalgo County judge tries slowing coronavirus, but Gov. Greg Abbott has limited his optionsRelated: Hidalgo County: New order issued Monday includes shelter at home, curfew
With 1,000 new coronavirus fatalities in Texas in just 6 days, the state's death count is rising faster
According to state data released Sunday, 5,038 people in Texas have died from the virus. Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas TribuneTexas reached another grim milestone Sunday when it surpassed 5,000 deaths from the new coronavirus. In doing so, the state reported 1,000 deaths in six days, four days faster than it took to hit that total the previous time. According to state health data released Sunday, 5,038 people in Texas had died from the virus. In the past week alone, state data appears to show new daily infections leveling off, albeit at nearly record highs.
Hidalgo County: New order issued Monday includes shelter at home, curfew
MCALLEN, TX – Hidalgo County issued a new county order Monday mandating all individuals to stay at home and shelter in place as cases in Hidalgo County spike significantly. Additionally, the order mandates a curfew for all persons ages 18 and over from 10 p.m.-5 p.m., imposing essential travel limitations and requiring residents to wear facial coverings pursuant to the governor’s executive order issued July 2. The county reported 524 additional positive cases Monday and noted that 34 people died after contracting COVID-19, bringing the county’s death toll to 318. Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez said he offered his deepest sympathies and asked the community to do their part to mitigate the spread of the virus. Please continue to Shelter-at-Home, wear facial coverings and limit mass gatherings.”To date, Hidalgo county has reported 12,263 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the outbreak.
Hidalgo County judge tries slowing coronavirus, but Gov. Greg Abbott has limited his options
As the Rio Grande Valley grapples with an onslaught of coronavirus infections and hospitalizations, Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez is pushing hard for residents to stay at home. But the emergency order he issued Monday mandating that people shelter in their residences, restricting travel and limiting gatherings remains an unenforceable recommendation, according to Gov. In the new Hidalgo emergency order, it also is “highly encouraged and recommended that all commercial businesses” cease their activities, unless they are essential, like activities related to health, safety or necessary supplies. “However, this order does not force businesses to shut down in the Rio Grande Valley.”Cortez did not immediately respond to requests for comment Monday. U.S. Navy teams were deployed Sunday to the Rio Grande Valley, a region that includes Hidalgo County.
Two McAllen police officers killed in the line of duty, officials say
MCALLEN, Texas – Two McAllen police officers were killed in the line of duty on Saturday, according to officials. The department posted on Facebook, and said they are mourning the loss of Officer I. Chavez and Officer E. Garza. Our condolences to the families of our fallen brothers and the McAllen Police Department. Posted by McAllen ISD Police Department on Saturday, July 11, 2020In a brief statement, the department said, “Our condolences to the families of our fallen brothers and the McAllen Police Department. Officials said both of the officers were rushed to area hospitals but they later succumbed to their injuries.
‘How many more are coming?’ What it’s like inside hospitals as coronavirus grips Texas’ Rio Grande Valley
The Rio Grande Valley has seen a surge in coronavirus cases, and the patients arrive daily. Similar scenes are playing out in hospitals across the Rio Grande Valley. Then it’s into the infectious disease unit, where staff members who worked during the day pass patient information on to those who’ll care for them overnight. The unit has a disinfection section where protective equipment is stripped off and discarded, or set aside to be cleaned and reused, and an area where medical staff members can shower before leaving. Another patient on the wayLate Tuesday in the DHR Health coronavirus ward, medical staff members tried to put a needle into the artery of one of nurse Christian Ramirez’s patients.
Texans struggle to find work in the Rio Grande Valley, where unemployment has nearly tripled
And in the Rio Grande Valley, the lack of jobs is even more pronounced. In February, before the pandemic gripped Texas, the Rio Grande Valley's unemployment rate was 6.5%. Salvador Contreras, a professor of border economics at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, said that in Texas, Black and Hispanic workers saw larger declines in employment than white employees. So this clearly had an impact on the number of Mexican visitors into the Rio Grande Valley, Contreras said. So we know that the retail sector is very important to the economy of the Rio Grande Valley.
Now hiring: Delia’s Tamales is close to opening its first San Antonio location
SAN ANTONIO – A family business in the Rio Grande Valley has become a popular place for tamales for almost 30 years. Delia’s Tamales has locations in McAllen, Mission, Edinburg, Pharr, San Juan and now very soon in San Antonio. It’s official: Delia’s to open San Antonio locationWhile an exact opening date has not been released, the company posted on their Facebook page that they are close to opening their new location and are looking to hire. The San Antonio location will be located at 13527 Hausman Pass. Papa’s Burgers set to open new location in spide of COVID-19 pandemicIf interested in applying you can fill out an application online at deliastamales.com/jobs.
Project Lifeline caravan headed to McAllen detention center to bring supplies, provide support
SAN ANTONIO – Physicians, faith leaders and immigrant advocates, among others, will be part of a caravan leaving Saturday for a detention center in McAllen, where immigrant families and unaccompanied minors are initially held. The caravan, which will be loaded with donated supplies, is part of Project Lifeline, a nonprofit organization that offers detainees various levels of support, especially as they face the possible prospect of being held indefinitely. After they children are released, Kahn said, they can suffer from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety. Kahn said that, later in life, the children can develop heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and other chronic illnesses. Click here for the latest figures of the status of children separated at the border.
Grannies on mission to support immigrant families
Several caravans of grandmothers across the country are headed to McAllen to lend a voice to immigrant families seeking asylum. Some of them are traveling from as far away as Portland, Oregon, and New York to protest family separation and current immigration laws. "(We want) to stand for the children and the families, and say 'this cannot happen,'" said Cindi Fisher, who traveled from Vancouver, Canada. "We must unite the families, and families belong together and free." The grandmothers’ plan to meet with groups from the East Coast about an hour outside of McAllen to make a unified arrival.
Billboards pushing for migrant family reunifications as deadline nears
MCALLEN, Texas – Less than 24 hours is left for the federal government to reunite migrant children who were separated from their parents due to the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy. On June 26, federal judge Dana Sabraw imposed a series of deadlines for the administration, giving the government a month to reunite hundreds of children with their families. Less than a week after the ruling, national nonprofit organization American Civil Liberties Union posted four billboards -- two in English and two in Spanish -- directed toward the U.S. Border Patrol in McAllen, Texas. SERIES➡️https://t.co/cyhXtWpDZR #KSATBorderJourney pic.twitter.com/Ij9kAdCFht — Adrian Garcia (@adrianrolgarcia) July 23, 2018“Border Patrol: Children belong with families, not in jails,” the billboards say. AdThe ACLU has been vocal on its social media pages, calling the family separations “cruel and inhumane policies.”The Trump administration faces a deadline of this Thursday, July 26, to reunite all children separated by the administration’s cruel and inhuman policies.
Volunteers focus on families affected by zero tolerance policy
McALLEN, Texas – A group of volunteers from California are trying to help families recently affected by the zero tolerance policy. This past weekend, a dozen volunteers from San Mateo, California accompanied U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier to McAllen, Texas, after hearing about the separation of families. Related: Group goes on hunger strike to protest immigrant families separatedThe volunteers worked and collected needed items: a total of 21 bags and 50 boxes, all before traveling to the Rio Grande Valley. But we know we can't do that so this is the next best thing we can provide," Rey said. "We are tired of wringing our hands and just not sleeping at night," Rey said.
Democratic leaders experience RGV detention centers firsthand
Democratic leaders and members of pro-immigration organizations gathered in the Rio Grande Valley on Saturday. Democratic members of Congress spoke with Border Patrol agents and still have no clear picture of when the rest of the children will be with their parents. They expressed their feelings after a tour of detention centers earlier in the day. Many of the leaders described the conditions the people inside were staying in as inhumane. As city leaders across the country continue learning details of the issue, they are taking action.