The Cherokee Strip, 1893 - Oklahoma’s Biggest Land Run. (There were two previous runs, 1885 and 1889.)  I am proud of my Grandfather Mounce (Samuel Huston), who made that run with his faithful horse,...
With my first seven months serving as your Hidalgo County Judge behind me, I am ready to proceed with the priorities that I have established. The priorities were developed after reviewing how our county...
Recently released data on employment and wage growth by county indicates that several Texas counties fall near the top of the list. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) compiled statistics for the 355 largest counties...
An old story. East meets West. In this case, it’s the Dragon of China, the “Middle Kingdom,” meeting the land of Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent - Mexico.  Each, in its own way, “a riddle,...
Rio Grande Valley residents could lose some of our most unique natural areas to the border wall before most of us have even had the opportunity to experience them. According to the documents Customs...
It is with a heavy heart that I pen this today. Following the senseless massacres in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, let me unequivocally state: White supremacy and domestic terrorism have no place in this country.
After more than a decade, the amount of household debt (including mortgages) has surpassed pre-Great Recession levels. Sometimes, an upswing in debt of certain types can be a negative signal, such as rising credit card debt in...
I simply cannot ignore what is happening right now. The recent mass slaughter of innocent life in El Paso and Dayton is weighing heavy on my heart.  It was less than two years ago...
One Hundred degrees! “Only” 95 degrees back in Ponca City, Oklahoma. That’s okay for me, safe in my brother’s (Gary Mounce) and sister-in-law’s (Malena Elias de Mounce) air-conditioned Honda. But maybe not okay for...
Julian Nava, former United States ambassador to Mexico (May 1980-April 1981), said that U.S. diplomatic activity with his southern neighbor was very difficult and that, unless the history of the bilateral relationship was properly known and understood,...

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