Fernando Del Valle

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Fernando del Valle is a Reporter for the Valley Morning Star. He can be reached at fdelvalle@valleystar.com or (956) 430-6278.

Officials plan for worst-case scenario

BROWNSVILLE — The county’s emergency management officials are planning for a worst-case scenario as hospitals fill up with patients suffering COVID-19 complications. About two weeks ago,...

Harlingen may help residents with bills

HARLINGEN — Soon, help might be on the way for residents who lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, city commissioners...

State sends ambulance teams to Cameron County

HARLINGEN — The state’s ambulance strike team is on the road. Now, a second five-ambulance squad is on its way to Cameron County. “Having additional resources...

Willacy County confirms three more COVID-19 cases

RAYMONDVILLE — State health officials found three more Willacy County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, pushing this rural county’s total case count...

Willacy sees 26 more virus cases

RAYMONDVILLE — State health officials have found 26 more Willacy County residents who have tested positive for the coronavirus, driving the rural county’s total...

COVID-19 patients filling county hospital beds; congressmen call for National Guard, field hospitals

HARLINGEN — Cameron County’s hospitals are warning of a growing crisis as COVID-19 patients fill more hospital beds. Meanwhile, U.S. Reps. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, and...

Four more Willacy County residents COVID-19 positive

RAYMONDVILE — State health officials have found four more Willacy County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, pushing this rural county’s total case...

More nursing homes report outbreaks, take necessary steps

HARLINGEN — More nursing homes are reporting coronavirus outbreaks despite Texas programs aimed at protecting patients described as the state’s “most vulnerable population.” Cameron County...

Harlingen looks to sell part of municipal golf course

A decades-old document might be standing in the way of the city’s proposed land sale at the struggling Tony Butler Golf Course. City commissioners were set to meet behind closed doors this week with City Attorney Ricardo Navarro’s law firm “to receive legal advice regarding the city’s legal responsibilities, obligations and options for the disposition of the Tony Butler Golf Course property,” according to the meeting’s agenda. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Service to test residents at home

HARLINGEN — It’s a new take on COVID-19 testing. The city is launching a program in which its ambulance service will test elderly and low-income...

4 Willacy residents test positive for COVID-19

RAYMONDVILLE — The state health department has found four more Willacy County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, driving the county’s total case...

Popular restaurant temporarily closes doors

HARLINGEN — One of the city’s oldest and most popular restaurants is temporarily closing after an employee contracted the coronavirus. The Las Vegas Café is...

Hoarders back stripping store shelves of paper

HARLINGEN — They’re back for more. Hoarders are back for toilet paper and other paper products weeks after they sparked a national shortage of items...

Harlingen downscales revenue losses

HARLINGEN — City officials are downscaling projected revenue losses stemming from the economic crisis resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Two months ago, City Manager Dan...

Lumber yard closes after 2 workers test positive for COVID-19

RAYMONDVILLE — Alamo Lumber Co. has temporarily closed after two employees tested positive for the coronavirus. Meanwhile, state health officials have confirmed six new cases...

Tony Butler dilemma: Document might stand in way of land sale

HARLINGEN — A decades-old document might be standing in the way of the city’s proposed land sale at the struggling Tony Butler Golf Course. Later...

City mulls closing recycling center

HARLINGEN — City officials are considering options to help residents reprocess materials if they close the recycling center. In a 90-minute workshop Tuesday, City Manager...

High costs: Commissioners to mull recycling center’s future

HARLINGEN — For years, residents like Kate McSwain have counted on the city’s recycling center to help cut down on the tons of garbage...

In time of protests, Valley to celebrate Juneteenth

SAN BENITO — Lonnie Davis remembers “the talk” his family gave him as a boy. As the Rio Grande Valley’s African American community plans to...

Employee COVID-19 positive at Willacy State Jail

RAYMONDVILLE — State corrections officials have confirmed an employee at the Willacy State Jail has tested positive for the coronavirus. Later this week, the state...

Three more inmates COVID-19 positive at Willacy jail

RAYMONDVILLE — Three more inmates have tested positive as officials continue to work to contain the Willacy County Jail’s coronavirus outbreak. On Tuesday, the test...

Willacy County COVID-19 jail outbreak leads more jailers, inmates testing positive

RAYMONDVILLE — The Willacy County Jail’s coronavirus outbreak has infected at least 21 jailers and inmates as officials try to stop the virus from...

Willacy trying to contain jail outbreak

RAYMONDVILLE — Officials are trying to contain an outbreak at the Willacy County Jail after five inmates and two more employees tested positive for...

San Benito commission reopens resaca trail

SAN BENITO — After weeks of debate, the city’s walking trails have reopened after a shutdown aimed at limiting exposure to the coronavirus. Earlier this...

Program tests nursing homes

HARLINGEN — A state-funded testing program will help Cameron County’s nursing homes confirm their patients and employees are clear of the coronavirus, the city’s...

Willacy man’s death linked to COVID-19 virus

RAYMONDVILLE — Last month, some officials here believed Willacy County’s new coronavirus cases had flattened. But on Tuesday, health officials confirmed a COVID-19-related death along...

Inmates await tests after 2 jailers are positive

RAYMONDVILLE — Many residents here Tuesday were concerned the Willacy County Jail could become the site of a COVID-19 outbreak after two jailers tested...

Leftwich appeals challenge to Harlingen tax hike

HARLINGEN — Former City Commissioner Robert Leftwich has appealed a case challenging last year’s 4-cent property tax hike — seven months after a state...

David Lee Hernandez rejects plea bargain agreement

BROWNSVILLE — A judge has reset the trial for the father of San Benito City Commissioner Carol Lynn Sanchez’s children, accused of shooting at...

Staying closer to loved ones

Nearly every day, Debbie Reiley came to see her mother at a nursing home. But more than two months ago, the nation’s coronavirus outbreak led...