Alana Hernandez

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Alana Hernandez is a Reporter for the Valley Morning Star. She can be reached at ahernandez@valleystar.com or (956) 430-6239.

SPI mulls speed limit reduction

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — City officials are looking into speed limits in this area that’s currently undergoing construction and is often frequented by motorists...

San Benito center celebrates first-year anniversary

SAN BENITO — Budding entrepreneurs with a dream of opening their own business have a place to turn to for help thanks to this...

Downtown Harlingen creates Virtual Window Display contest

HARLINGEN — From pumpkins and skeletons to an assortment of colorful lights, many of the shops in this historic area of the city have...

SPI nonprofit helps clear trash from beach

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — During Tonya Tallard’s free time, she can most often be found spending time at one of her favorite places, the...

Food pantry finds new home with San Benito CISD

SAN BENITO — Week after week, for the past 36 years, this local nonprofit organization has been lending a helping hand to many families...

Fundraising hardship: Churches make adjustments due to pandemic

SAN BENITO — About this same time last year, churches around the Rio Grande Valley were holding their annual fall festival fundraisers. From selling an...

SPI receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Year after year, the quality of this coastal city’s budgeting continues to be award-worthy. The City of South Padre Island received...

SPI extends beach operations emergency management order

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — In an effort to prevent further spread of the coronavirus, those visiting the beaches of this coastal city are going...

SPI to submit project applications for coastal management

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — From data collection and public access enhancement to coastal hazard and resiliency planning, this program annually seeks coastal project applications. Managed...

San Benito hires new museum coordinator, PR director

SAN BENITO — This city welcomed two new employees to the team this month. Aleida Garcia became the city’s new museum coordinator and David Favila...

Coastal Creations: SPI debuts sixth sea turtle in art trail

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Residents and visitors venturing to this coastal city will spot many works of art that showcase local artists’ creativity and...

Laguna Atascosa to host fundraiser for Food Bank RGV

HARLINGEN — Those looking to help a local cause are able to while learning about scenic wildlife areas in the Rio Grande Valley from...

SPI debuts sixth sea turtle in art trail

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Residents and visitors venturing to this coastal city will spot many works of art that showcase local artists’ creativity and...

Port Isabel to honor first responders

PORT ISABEL — This coastal city will host events in honor of first responders and in remembrance of those who were affected by the...

Remote instruction: San Benito CISD ventures into new school year

SAN BENITO — From material distributions to staff training and planning, this school district has been gearing up all summer for its first day...

PI ISD school board president selected to Leadership TASB program

PORT ISABEL — As a graduate of Point Isabel ISD, Jimmy Vela says he feels thankful he can give back to the school district...

SPI approves Laguna Blvd Improvement Project design

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Plans for one of this coastal city’s latest projects is continuing to come to fruition. During a meeting held Wednesday, the...

Friends of Animal Rescue to host virtual fundraiser

  SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — From helping stray dogs and cats get vetted and adopted to reuniting pets with their owners, Friends of Animal Rescue...

Board Approvals: San Benito CISD makes changes to school year calendar

SAN BENITO — As summer enters its final stretch, school districts are continuing to make preparations for the upcoming school year. The San Benito CISD Board...

Sea Turtle, Inc. receives interactive virtual learning program award

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — From educating about different threats these marine animals face to explaining the nesting and hatching process, Sea Turtle, Inc. provides...

SPI extends beach operations orders

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Those headed to the beach are going to need to continue following these rules for the rest of the summer. During...

Maggie’s House moves to new Harlingen location

HARLINGEN — For a little more than two decades, this nonprofit organization has been restoring hope and transforming lives for child victims of abuse. This...

TxDOT launches game to combat distracted driving

HARLINGEN — From texting and talking on the phone to eating and drinking, these everyday actions could cause serious distractions for motorists who do...

San Benito CISD to offer new Culinary Arts Program

SAN BENITO — From cooking and baking methods to service operations, students of this school district will be able to learn the ins and...

Sea Turtle, Inc. receives interactive virtual learning program award

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — From educating about different threats these marine animals face to explaining the nesting and hatching process, Sea Turtle, Inc. provides...

TWC provides $8.2 million in grants to schools

HARLINGEN — Several students around the state who are interested in technical careers will have more access to the tools they need to further...

Coast Guard recovers body of missing SPI swimmer

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — The body of a man who went missing while swimming was recovered. According to the Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi Public Affairs...

39th annual Ladies Kingfish Tournament cancelled

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Along with individuals and businesses, annual events are also being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, organizers announced the 39th...

SB CISD releases return-to-school plan, purchases hotspots

SAN BENITO — Although the coronavirus pandemic continues to remain active and the start of in-person instruction is left up in the air, school...

SB CISD releases return-to-school plan, purchases hotspots

SAN BENITO — Although the coronavirus pandemic continues to remain active and the start of in-person instruction is left up in the air, school...