Francisco E. Jimenez

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Francisco E. Jimenez is a reporter for The Monitor and covers Pharr, San Juan, and Alamo, as well as general assignments. He can be reached at (945) 683-4433 or fjimenez@themonitor.com.

1970 San Juan plane crash remains heavy on heart of Catholic community

“To me now — I’m a man of a lot of faith — I believe that the Virgin Mary saved all the priests. Now...

State removes 27 cases from Willacy’s virus count

RAYMONDVILLE — State health officials have scratched 27 cases of the coronavirus from Willacy County’s total case count after finding a glitch in the...

Pharr kicks off produce season at bridge; 190K truck crossings in 2020

The Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge on Thursday played host to what’s become an annual kickoff celebration to the start of the produce season. The event featured...

Nearly $2M for agriculture innovation awarded to UTRGV

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was awarded a $1.9 million agricultural innovation grant to help encourage conservation innovation on Texas farms. The $1,899,545...

UTRGV, White House officials see food program in action

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley welcomed representatives from the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighboring Partnerships and the U.S. Department of Agriculture...

Dropping case activity still driving cautious optimism locally

Hidalgo County announced 31 COVID-19 related deaths and 115 additional cases on Monday, the first day of reporting virus data since Friday. As activity continues...

Pharr reaches agreement in lawsuit over 2014 Toby Keith concert

The city of Pharr and a local promoter appeared in court Monday morning for a hearing related to a lawsuit over a poorly attended...

Hidalgo Co. elections officials prep new poll workers for critical vote

Johnny Ramirez with the Hidalgo County Elections Office demonstrates how to set-up a voting machine at Bert Ogden on Thursday in Edinburg. (Delcia Lopez...

McAllen Kids Marathon Kickoff goes virtual

The McAllen Kids Marathon Kickoff event was held in unfamiliar territory Saturday morning, via the McAllen ISD Facebook page where video messages of support...

Valley residents recognized in NYC for Down syndrome awareness

The 25th annual New York City Buddy Walk kicked off Down Syndrome Awareness month last week with a virtual celebration in Times Square. The...

In final stretch, cities and county add incentives to participate in 2020 Census

McALLEN — Hidalgo County and local municipalities are making a last-ditch effort to get residents to complete the 2020 Census. During a news conference Wednesday...

Pharr police officer recognized for de-escalating potentially deadly incident

“When I first got there I was thinking, ‘We’ll just place cuffs on the suspect and that will be it, we’ll be on our...

Work kicks off on infrastructure upgrades as Pharr bridge crossings rise

PHARR — City and bridge officials here held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for a long-awaited port infrastructure project designed to improve the flow of...

Challenges remain for McAllen businesses amid virus

The pandemic has been ravaging the Rio Grande Valley for about six months. While hospitalizations have appeared to be on a decline, the effects...

Boy Scouts to hold annual fundraiser virtually

The Rio Grande Council of the Boy Scouts of America will be holding a fundraising event next week to help support the local scouting...

Officials urge vigilance as Hidalgo Co. virus cases decline

Hidalgo County has seen its number of COVID-19 cases decrease in recent days, but while this is good news it has local officials worried...

Officials urge vigilance as Hidalgo Co. virus cases decline

Hidalgo County has seen its number of COVID-19 cases decrease in recent days, but while this is good news it has local officials worried...

Road closures tied to Pharr interchange project rescheduled

This week’s planned road closures tied to the Pharr interchange upgrade and located along I-2 and I-69C have been rescheduled. The road closures were scheduled...

State disaster declared as storms headed for Gulf; Valley to be spared

The Rio Grande Valley has been in the crosshairs of many hurricanes and tropical storms in recent years, most recently Hurricane Hanna. With two...

Mail-in ballot applications OK’d for 65 and over

The Hidalgo County Commissioners Court approved a motion to send applications for mail-in ballots to residents who are ages 65 and over during a...

Valley residents selected for Times Square video on Down syndrome awareness

The Rio Grande Valley will be well represented this September during the 25th annual New York City Buddy Walk. The annual event is part of...

Uneasiness grows about bustling flea markets amid pandemic 

On any given day between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 4 p.m., commuters heading west on Expressway 83 in Alamo will catch a...

San Juan to search for new police chief

The city of San Juan is soon beginning its search for a new chief of police following Chief Juan Gonzalez’s retirement. Gonzalez had been on...

Hidalgo County coordinating with cities for mosquito spraying

Hidalgo County has activated its vector control taskforce in an effort to combat the growing mosquito population resulting from Hurricane Hanna saturating the region...

San Juan commission mum on suspended police chief

SAN JUAN — After a special called meeting of the San Juan City Commission on Monday, in which the status of Chief of Police...

Construction on $303M Pharr interchange expansion to begin this month

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricane Hanna wreaking havoc across the Rio Grande Valley, the Pharr interchange expansion project is still on schedule to...

Salvation Army rushes to serve 5,000 meals as outages add to food insecurity

McALLEN — Lt. Adolph Aguirre, commanding officer for the Salvation Army in McAllen and Hidalgo County, never seemed to catch his breath Thursday as...

Local leaders survey Hurricane Hanna’s damage

On the eve of Gov. Greg Abbott’s visit to assess Hurricane Hanna’s impact on the Rio Grande Valley, residents, cleanup crews and local leaders...

Valley musicians, lawmen hold virtual concert benefit for fallen officers

The saloon was empty, but it was filled with music and purpose. Matt Castillo of “Matt and the Herdsmen,” Joe Vega and Carlos “Denver” Garcia of “Midnight Run,” and Andrew Maldonado of “Drew and the Dancehall Dreamers” strummed their guitars, serenading a desolate dance floor Saturday evening to raise money for the families of McAllen police officers who were recently killed in line of duty. The fundraiser was streamed and hosted by Hillbilly's Dance & Nightclub in McAllen. Officers Edelmiro “Eddie” Garza Jr. and Ismael “Smiley” Chavez Jr. were shot and killed on the afternoon of July 11 while responding to a domestic disturbance call in McAllen. Read the full story at themonitor.com

IBWC calls for Mexico to deliver water owed to US

The International Boundary and Water Commission requested Monday that the Mexican government fulfill its end of the bilateral 1944 Water Treaty and deliver hundreds of thousands of acre-feet of water to the United States. The IBWC said this would help avoid another debt at the end of the five-year cycle. According to Sally E. Spener, U.S. secretary for the IBWC, Mexico must deliver 432,360 acre-feet of water by the end of the current five-year cycle on Oct. 24. Read the full story at themonitor.com