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Power Transformer Leaves Local Business Without Power

Surveillance cameras captured the moment a power transformer blew sparking causing smoke and ultimately an outage to a local business.  The incident occurred last Saturday afternoon and thankfully the Rio Grande City Fire Department was quick to respond and aid avoiding further damage.   Transformer are a fundamental part in the delivery of electricity to a community.  It regulates and […]

University of Texas at Austin to Offer Free Tuition

The popular public University announced that an endowment was established to expand aid for low to medium income students last week. On Tuesday the governing board approved a special distribution from its endowment to the tune of $160 million. The sum will expand their services for students with an income of $65k or less. Starting the fall of 2020, they […]

Vice President Visits with Family of Fallen Officer

Vice President Mike Pence made a special visit to Mission during his trip to the Rio Grande Valley last week.  Pence and his wife spent time with the family of Mission Police Officer Jose “Speedy” Espericueta who was killed in the line of duty last month.   The City of Mission acknowledged the meeting stating that the White House had […]

Tell It Like It Is

If you live in Starr County, I have bad news for you, the soil you are standing on might belong to the United States of America but at one point it was Mexico.  Hence it is highly likely that your ancestors were Mexicans.   I don’t write it to belittle anyone or to do a grandstand with all undocumented immigrants. […]

Beto Flores Remains Undefeated

Another win for former Roma Gladiator Juan Alberto “Beto” Flores maintaining his undefeated record in the 118-pound boxing division.  On Friday, July 12th Flores successfully beat his opponent earning him his third win.  After his win El Tejano caught up with the entire Flores family outside the Pharr Event Center and caught a glimpse of the team effort it takes […]

In Loving Memory of  RICARDO JIMENEZ 

Services are as follows; Thursday Viewing 6:00 PM, rosary 7:00 PM Seaside Memorial Park (Corpus Christi, TX) Friday 10:00AM mass at St Pius, 11:30. Burial Seaside Memorial Park (Corpus Christi, TX)

Roma Port of Entry Sponsors

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers from the Roma Port of Entry recently sponsored a blood drive in coordination with Vitalant Blood Services. Vitalant, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers, supplies comprehensive transfusion medicine services to nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across […]

Celebran Donante de Órganos

Justino Torres of San Juan was honored last week by medical professionals, family and friends.  He was moved from ICU to the operating room for organ donation at south Texas Health System Heart Hospital. The “Honor Walk” is organized by the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance and attended by staff at the hospital as a way to honor the patient for […]

Tell It Like It Is

Editorial   “This isn’t what I expected,” Reeve smiled as he confessed.  When I asked British  personality Simon Reeve what he thought of the international border visible from the Roma Bluffs.  “I expected something wider, less beautiful and more menacing.”  In short, I suppose he expected the war zone so many believe our southern border to be.   If you […]

A Hero’s Goodbye

On July 4th, 2019 Starr County not only celebrated the Independence of our great nation but also a deserving goodbye to one of last surviving World War II Veterans.   Jose Alanis was laid to rest at the Veterans Cemetery in Fronton.  Alanis who was nearly 100 years old was surrounded by family and friends but also members of his […]


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