Housing development collides with industrial park plan

The Community Development Corporation of Brownsville’s intention to break ground on a new mixed-income residential subdivision next to the Brownsville Sports Park has run...

Brownsville nonprofits band together during the Big Give

The nonprofits of Brownsville spend most of their time helping residents in the community. On Saturday, they spent the day helping each other. Twenty-five local...

Brownsville lands housing grant

After receiving more than $500,000 in a federal grant earlier this month, the Brownsville Housing Authority will work to eliminate lead-based paint hazards from...

SpaceX extends deadline, reappraises Boca Chica properties

BROWNSVILLE — SpaceX has extended its buyout offer deadline to Boca Chica Village homeowners and agreed to reappraise the properties after complaints that the original appraisals were too low. Last month, the Hawthorne, Calif.-based rocket company sent property owners a letter dated Sept. 12, offering them three times the value of their homes based on appraisals SpaceX had commissioned. The deadline for accepting the offer was two weeks from the date of the letter and the offer was non-negotiable. SpaceX said it wants to buy the properties due to a greater-than-anticipated disruption to residents and property owners as development of the company’s Mars rocket, Starship, gains steam. Read more at The Monitor.com

Cameron County investigates stray gunfire incidents

The Cameron County Sheriff’s Department reported that a second Brownsville resident was struck by a stray bullet on New Year’s Eve. Chief Deputy Gus Reyna said that a 22-year-old man was hit on his left toe at exactly midnight on Jan. 1. The incident took place in the 2400 block of Delia Avenue in Cameron Park. The man was able to drive himself to Valley Regional Medical Center, where he was then treated and released. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Wild Texas

BROWNSVILLE — It might not look like much from inside a car whizzing down U.S. 281 or U.S. 77, but the landscape through the...

2019 brings test flight: A signal year for SpaceX activities

It was in 2019 that things really came to life at SpaceX’s Boca Chica launch and test site, after a few years of quiet,...

Work accelerates at Boca Chica launch site

All that’s been missing from SpaceX’s Boca Chica beach launch site has been an actual rocket, but not for much longer. As revealed via Twitter...

UTRGV AD: Athletics play large role in return to normalcy

Chasse Conque was a high school senior when the devastation of 9/11 occurred. He remembers the wide-ranging disruption it caused, leaving no person or business untouched. He also recalls where a lot of the healing began — and expects much of that healing to return the same way once regulations from the COVID-19 virus are eased and the world can return to what can only be described as a new normal. Read the full story at themonitor.com

SPI city council to discuss 2020 census, fire hydrant enhancements

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — As communities continue to carry on through this time of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, city officials and leaders...

2 more COVID-19 deaths in Cameron County

Cameron County reported two more coronavirus deaths Tuesday night. They include a 55-year-old man and an 89-year-old woman who were residents at Veranda Nursing Home...

Relief package to provide another $310 billion

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program, launched March 27 as a lifeline for small businesses struggling with the economic fallout...

H-E-B selling meals from McAllen eateries amid COVID-19 pandemic

H-E-B selling meals from McAllen eateries amid COVID-19 pandemic Like many other restaurateurs, Larry and Jessica Delgado of McAllen were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic....

Valley’s young accordionists again lead the pack in Big Squeeze finals

If you talk to a few accordionists, you’ll start noticing a common trait. “My dad plays accordion,” some say. “I remember watching my grandpa play accordion,” say others. For many of the up-and-coming accordionists in the Rio Grande Valley, the accordion wasn’t a choice or a skill they were forced to master. It’s an inheritance. Playing the squeezebox is in their blood, and that tradition has once again catapulted young accordionists from across the Valley to the finals of Texas Folklife’s Big Squeeze. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Sister strives to honor brother’s legacy through faith and dreams

Next year, Shantel Garza will be the age her older brother was when he died after not receiving a heart transplant. As someone living because of a liver transplant she received at 10 months old, the 15-year-old has devoted her life to living the way her brother Caleb did: fearlessly and selflessly. For Shantel, this means aspiring to be a multi-organ donor transplant surgeon. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Men believed to be linked to cartel organization arrested

Individuals allegedly linked to the Gulf Cartel in Matamoros were arrested and charged in a narcotics smuggling investigation stemming from a February 2019 traffic...

Largest ambulance provider in South Texas can’t find a lender

Financial troubles keep mounting for South Texas’ largest ambulance service provider amid a pandemic that continues to threaten its solvency.  Hidalgo County EMS’ biggest concern right now is finding a bank that is willing to lend it money under a federal program that was designed to help struggling companies keep their employees on staff amid the spread of COVID-19. The issue is, none of the local banks want to do it.  The private company — which, despite its name, is not managed by the county government — filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year and has been operating at a deficit for two months to the tune of more than $220,000 in the red, according to financial reports filed in federal court. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Still No Clues: Three year search continues for missing woman

The family of Ramiro “Kimberly” Avila is not giving up the search for information surrounding the woman’s disappearance three years ago Wednesday. Avila, a transgender...

26th COVID-19 death recorded in Cameron; RGV cases exceed 1,000

A 90-year-old man with COVID-19 from Cameron County officials has died, raising the total number of deaths there to 26, county officials confirmed in a news release Thursday evening. The man was a resident of the Windsor Atrium rehabilitation center in Harlingen, where 33 employees and 57 residents have tested positive for the disease. This is the 12th death that can be traced to the center.  “It is with a heavy heart that we report the loss of another individual to this deadly virus,” Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. said in the release. “Not only do we continue to mourn as a community, but we also keep his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.” Read the full story at brownsvilleherald.com

South Padre Island unveils world record mesquite sea turtle sculpture

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — This coastal city is continuing to showcase its local marine life and artists through a variety of artwork displayed around...

Brownsville pet shelter hosts virtual adoption event, hopes to empty kennels

With bandanas and leashes of different colors, about 15 dogs happily wagged their tails as they made their way from the back of the...

Community Care: Law enforcement, first responders assist food drive

Law enforcement and first responders passed boxes of veggies and bundles of groceries down a line, loading them into passenger seats and the trunks...

Photo Gallery: Vandalism at religious institutions

The Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle was vandalized late Monday evening or early Tuesday morning, May 25 or 26, 2020,...

Favorable ruling reversed for man convicted in strip club shooting

An appeals court has overturned a lower court’s ruling that reduced a convicted murderer’s sentence by nearly a decade. The 13th Court of Appeals issued its ruling last week in the case of 24-year-old Gabriel Hernandez, who in 2019 had filed two post-judgment motions for reconsideration seeking a reduction in his initial 40-year sentence. Hernandez entered a guilty plea without a plea deal to a charge of murder on Dec. 17, 2018, in the 370th state District Court for shooting and killing 41-year-old Angel Sanchez on Oct. 1, 2017, at the Lipstickz Night Club. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Valley Metro to require face covering if feds approve

HARLINGEN — The regional council that oversees the Valley Metro bus service has passed a resolution that mandates face coverings for passengers riding public...

Detained Cubans on hunger strike

Rio Grande Valley-based human rights organizers are reporting that two men from Cuba detained at the Port Isabel Detention Center in Los Fresnos have...

Stabbing victim in Edinburg hotel incident dies

A man is dead and two men are in custody following a stabbing and shooting incident at a local hotel Wednesday afternoon. The Edinburg Police Department have yet to identify any of the involved parties, but confirmed Thursday that the man stabbed Wednesday at the Texas Inn on East Canton Road has died. Two men who suffered gunshot wounds were treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries before being released to police custody. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Bond set for man wielding chainsaw at protesters

A man who was seen shouting and brandishing a chainsaw at Black Lives Matter protesters downtown McAllen on Friday was arraigned Saturday and is...

Records: Man killed in stabbing was target of drug deal setup

Edinburg police investigators believe 34-year-old resident Stephen Santos orchestrated a scheme to set up the sale of a pound of cocaine in an effort to rob a man of $11,000, according to a probable cause affidavit. That alleged effort ended with the fatal stabbing of 29-year-old Yadiel Miguel Morales, of South Carolina, who was apparently stabbed with his own knife, and the shooting of Santos and 24-year-old Elsa resident Jeffrey Manuel Vargas, who went to the Texas Inn with Morales before being shot with his own weapon during a struggle with Santos, according to charging documents in the case. Read the full story at themonitor.com

COVID-19 cases spike in Brownsville; Some restaurants and bars close again due to virus

By Nubia Reyna and Erin Sheridan, Staff Writers Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez announced via Facebook that two additional deaths and 29 more positive cases were reported in...