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Nonprofit Fishing’s Future offers outdoor dream to disabled 

HARLINGEN — After the millionth kid goes through your program, just what more do you have to prove? For Shane Wilson and the nonprofit he...

U.S. leaders announce deal with Mexico over water

HARLINGEN — State and federal officials announced Thursday a deal has been reached with Mexico to ensure it fulfills its treaty obligations to supply...

Feds pick cut-and-dredge option to improve flood flows

HARLINGEN — A long-awaited proposal to improve the Arroyo Colorado to lessen flooding in the city is moving forward with the most aggressive option. The...

As Census 2020 nears end, self-response rate craters

HARLINGEN — As Census 2020 lurches to a counting finale this month, Texas has dropped back to No. 39 in the national rankings of households which...

Some Valley cities surge in sales tax numbers

The economic malaise that has accompanied COVID-19 lockdowns, shutdowns and social distancing eased a bit in August as many Valley cities posted sharp year-over-year...

Mall sale of Sears space said done deal

HARLINGEN — The former Sears space at Valle Vista Mall, all 90,000 square feet of it, has been sold, real estate brokers say. Daniel Galvan,...

Major dredging project kicks off at Port Mansfield

PORT MANSFIELD — With the channel silting up at times to just three feet, there were times offshore fishing boats, commercial trawlers and sailboats...

SBA offers grants to boost export business

HARLINGEN — The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced some $440,000 has been handed to the Texas Department of Agriculture to help state farmers...

COVID-19 disruptions could mean manufacturing boost to Valley

HARLINGEN — Disruptions in manufacturing supply chains caused by COVID-19 are leading American business executives to re-assess their dependence on foreign companies and that...

With cooler weather on the way, tropics take a break

HARLINGEN — One of the most active tropical storm seasons in memory is taking a breather, but we’re not clear of the tangled spaghetti...

New Texas Regional Bank branch, Tropical Smoothie Café open in San Benito

HARLINGEN — Two new business openings this week have invigorated San Benito business officials, who see the investments in a new Texas Regional Bank...

Valley’s August jobless rate drops but still among state’s highest

HARLINGEN — The unemployment rate in the Rio Grande Valley for August dropped sharply, although the numbers remain far higher than the pre-coronavirus statistics...

Park problems: Late-night activity leads city to weigh changing nature sites’ hours

HARLINGEN — Concerns about late-night activities prompted the Parks and Recreation Department board to green-light parks officials to write a new ordinance limiting public...

Milder fall weather nears, bitter cold, too

HARLINGEN — For those of us who won’t be sorry to see the end of 2020, Tuesday is one of the milestones in putting...

As 2020 census deadline looms, Texas moving up

HARLINGEN — Texas continues to rise in the rankings for the 2020 census, with the state now listed as 33rd in the nation with...

At PetSmart, new delivery option brings the treats to you

HARLINGEN — The response to coronavirus disruptions by retail businesses continues to produce innovative ways to ensure profitability. The latest comes from PetSmart, which in...

Sales tax receipts for cities plunge in July

HARLINGEN — Sales tax allocations to cities, counties and other taxing entities were sharply down in July after a strong June, perhaps indicating a...

Will local JC Penney be saved? Mall companies announce tentative deal to buy retailer

HARLINGEN — Reports of the end of 118-year-old department store icon JC Penney, which filed for bankruptcy in May and seemed dead in the...

SBA hurricane loans now a go for businesses, homeowners, renters

HARLINGEN — Gov. Greg Abbott announced over the weekend that his request for an Economic Injury Disaster Declaration for six counties hit by Hurricane...

End of the line: Luby’s plans to liquidate assets, likely close

HARLINGEN — Attempts to salvage the iconic Luby’s restaurants founded in Texas in 1947 have apparently been abandoned, and it appears the chain will...

First major cold front of season to push through this week 

HARLINGEN — Have a cold one, and put it on fall’s tab. The first significant cold front to come through the Rio Grande Valley this...

Sales tax collections plunge again for August

HARLINGEN — One month after July gains buoyed hopes of a sustained state economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19, August sales tax collection...

Sales tax collections plunge again for August

HARLINGEN — One month after July gains buoyed hopes of a sustained state economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19, August sales tax collection...

Complete Count: Census enters final month with a lot of work still to do

HARLINGEN — The home stretch of the once-a-decade numbers race called Census 2020 has begun, and Texas still needs about 22 percent more households...

State opens permitting process for oyster farming

HARLINGEN — Oyster farmers, start your boat engines. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials have opened up the permit application process for off-bottom oyster farms,...

Social distancers may want to buy hunting, fishing licenses online

HARLINGEN — Hunting and fishing licenses expire at the end of the month, and for those practicing social distancing, buying online for 2020-21 may...

Social distancers may want to buy hunting, fishing licenses online

HARLINGEN — Hunting and fishing licenses expire at the end of the month, and for those practicing social distancing, buying online for 2020-21 may...

Harlingen loan program still has funds for local businesses

HARLINGEN — More than 50 local businesses have taken advantage of the HELP for Small Business funds, and more of the zero-interest loans remain...

After 28 days, Padre Island National Seashore reopens

HARLINGEN — After nearly a month, the Padre Island National Seashore finally dug its way out from under the debris and damage left by...

Grievance Denied: Appeals court rules against Palm Valley group over golf course

HARLINGEN —  A Texas appellate court ruled against a citizens’ group in Palm Valley that was seeking a temporary injunction to prevent the city...