The directors and staff at the Rio Grande Guardian would like to wish all of its readers and sponsors a Happy Thanksgiving.

We here in the RGG newsroom have much to be thankful for.

A year ago we had a very antiquated website in serious need of an upgrade. Alex Garrido and his team at Red Ant Digital Marketing came in and created a whole new website that has won a lot of plaudits. Its professional look mirrors the quality of our work and, at the same time is functional and easy to navigate. So, thank you, Alex for your great work and support.

The new website has allowed us to reach new heights. In July we celebrated our 10th Anniversary with a retreat for staff and key supporters. It was a fantastic event that allowed us to focus on how we got here and where we might go from here. Under the great leadership of Patricia Fogarty we looked at our strengths and weaknesses and had great strategic discussions on where we want to take our project and how we might get there. We agreed that our logo should reflect what we are today and where we plan to go and so we rebranded ourselves the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service. We will have more to announce on this in the coming weeks and months so stay tuned.

Our core team of Nadezhda Garza, Joey Gomez, Dayna Reyes and myself have been boosted tremendously over the past year thanks to the help of Shon Gonzalez, our new sales manager, and web developer Victor Ollervidez.

I would like to thank everyone in the team for their commitment, dedication and vision. We are very excited about our future plans to build upon past successes, attract more readers and viewers, provide an unparalleled news service for our dynamic and fast-growing border region, and to help budding journalists learn their craft.

So, thanks again loyal readers and sponsors for helping make the Rio Grande Guardian what it is today. We appreciate the encouragement you give us when you tell us we are providing a unique and important news and information service. We could not do this without you.

Happy Thanksgiving!