Featured: Mark S. Peña and his wife Michelle. Mark S. Peña, who passed away at his home on Sunday, March 29, 2020, was a Texas environmental activist, regional economic development leader, and a brother of former Rep. Aaron Peña, Jr. On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, Mark S. Peña had a key roadway unanimously renamed in his memory by the Edinburg City Council.
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Featured: Dr. Héctor P. García (1914 – 1996), advisor to three U.S. presidents, the first Mexican American to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the nation’s highest civilian honor, and was a recipient of the Bronze Star and six battle stars for his military service in World War II. In 2009, Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, designated the third Wednesday in September as Dr. Héctor P. García Day through Senate Bill 495. The bill authorized the observance of the day by schools and state agencies to honor García and teach all Americans about his legacy.
Featured, from left: Liz Adamson, Chief Experience Officer, DHR Health; Maritza Padilla, Assistant Chief Nursing Officer, DHR Health; Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville; Saroja Viswamitra, MD, Medical Director, Rehabilitation Hospital, DHR Health; Marissa Castañeda, Senior Executive Vice President, DHR Health: Nancy García, Chief Clinical Officer, Surgical and Procedural, DHR Health; and Dr. Ted E. Bear, Funology Specialist. This image was taken at DHR Health on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, as part of National Nurses Week to raise awareness of the important roles nurses play in society.
Featured: In this image from September 28, 2018, the City of Edinburg presented a $1 million check to help fund educational, research, and clinical endeavors by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, which has a major component in the city. From left in this photograph from almost two years ago are UTRGV Medical Student Pamela Matías, City Councilmember Jorge Salinas, UTRGV School of Medicine Dean John H. Krouse, Mayor Richard Molina, UTRGV Vice President for Governmental and Community Relations Verónica Gonzáles, UTRGV Medical Student Rachel Salinas, and City Councilmember Gilbert Enríquez.
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Featured, from left: Erika Canales; Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg; and Ronnie Larralde, Executive Director, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. This image was taken on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, during the grand opening ceremony for Rep. Canales’ District Office, which is located at the Edinburg Depot, 602 W. University Drive.
Featured: In this aerial image taken from the east are the sprawling hospitals, medical offices, and high-tech, advanced resources of DHR Health, located on a 130-acre site, with most of the facilities in southwest Edinburg but with a growing South Campus immediately across Owassa Road in northwest McAllen.
Featured, from left: McAllen Mayor Jim Darling prepares to interview Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, on Thursday, August 20, 2020, during the City of McAllen’s Census Telethon, hosted by the mayor and the McAllen City Commissioners at McAllen City Hall.
Featured, from left: Former Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Sr., D-Mission, and his daughter Marla (Jaime) López and son Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission, on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, celebrating Muñoz, Jr.’s Texas Democratic Party primary election victory for House District 36. Muñoz, Sr. passed away at the age of 68 on Thursday, July 30, 2020, from complications linked to COVID-19 following a reported four-week battle with the contagious and dangerous virus.
Featured: Anne Mazuca, most recently the longtime chief-of-staff for Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen. The Austin native, who prior to being hired by Guerra worked on the legislative staffs for Rep. Helen Giddings, D-Dallas, and Rep. Craig Eiland, D-Galveston, on Tuesday, July 27, 2020, was selected as Vice President for the Austin office of Cornerstone, a leading, bipartisan government relations and public affairs firm with federal and state reach.
Featured: The 307-foot-tall Main Building tower, described as the academic symbol and architectural emblem of of the University of Texas at Austin. But on On Monday, August 1, 1966, the Tower, as it is more widely called, became the site of one of the largest mass murders in U.S. history at the time, when a sniper killed 14 people and injured 31 others. “I was on campus that day, working at “The Daily Texan” (campus newspaper), sitting in front of a window in direct view of the Tower,” recalled Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo/Starr County. “To this day I remember not only the sounds of the gunfire, but also the sounds and sights of the suffering and the actions of heroes.”