For the better part of three months, Hidalgo County has faced historic challenges in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our community’s response has been overwhelming. From the sacrifices made by our schools and...
Texas has reached a critical point in the fight against COVID-19. State leaders continue to reduce restrictions on movement and activity, even though we haven’t come close to a 14-day decline in new cases – the benchmark recommended...
With gratitude to God, I am able to announce that conditions are now such that the Catholic churches and mission chapels in the Rio Grande Valley can, on Monday, May 25, 2020, resume the public celebration of...
As part of the greater response to the coronavirus pandemic, Congress passed the CARES Act, which provided the state of Texas with $11.2 billion to help cover their COVID-19 related costs.  Of the $11.2...
The COVID-19 pandemic appears to be both a curse and a blessing.   It is a curse disrupting our normal lives, forcing us into self-quarantine, social distancing, and curfews, while leaving a tragic path...
Oil production costs are down sharply in Texas in recent years, but they are not yet at a level to maintain viability given current prices and uncertainty. As a result, significant disruptions in oil production areas are...
I’ve lived my entire life in the Rio Grande Valley. I was born and raised in Brownsville, graduated from Brownsville High School, attended college here, and I’ve served as a police officer in Cameron County for the past...
For two decades, public health officials in Texas have warned of the growing possibility of a global pandemic. More often than not, the Texas Legislature and our statewide elected officials have ignored these warnings. Lawmakers cut funding...
I have a friend who is a woman of the Quiche people. She lives near the highland region of Guatemala. Survival has been the mode of life for most of her people, most of the time. She...
As of Wednesday evening, 403 Hidalgo County residents were confirmed to have COVID-19, with many more projected. Over 7,758 Hidalgo County workers filed unemployment claims during the week ending on March 28 and...

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