FEATURED: Billy Calzada, a photojournalist and FAA Part 107 drone pilot with the San Antonio Express-News, was making photographs with a drone on July 24, 2018, of the aftermath of a fatal apartment fire when he was approached by ATF agents and the San Marcos police and told to stop the activity because it was illegal. Lawyers for the National Press Photographers Association sued the state of Texas seeking to overturn the law, and won on Monday, March 28, 2022.
FEATURED: Palmhurst Mayor Ramiro J. Rodríguez, Jr., 68, who had been mayor of that community for more than than 23 years, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. His death was announced by U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo.
FEATURED, FROM LEFT: Prisciliano “J.R.” Treviño, Executive Director, Hidalgo Economic Development Corporation, and Ángela Santana and Luis Flores, owners of Perro Cafe, 1016 Jackson Road in Hidalgo. They were participating in ribbon-cutting ceremonies of the new business on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. https://cityofhidalgo.net/economic-development-corporation.
Photograph Courtesy CITY OF HIDALGO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION FACEBOOK
FEATURED, FROM LEFT: Mario Lizcano, Administrator of Corporate Affairs, DHR Health; Deanna Sánchez; Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg; and Erika Canales. On Tuesday, March 22, 2022, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that he had appointed Lizcano to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). This image was taken onTuesday, March 8, 2022 during the Hispanic Women Making History Awards 2022, hosted by the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, at the Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport.https://www.facebook.com/HWNTRGV/
FEATURED: Sen. Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen, one of the coauthors of Senate Bill 8. Senate Bill 8 provided roughly $13.3 billion from money received by the state from the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund and the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund. Both of those funds were established under the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Senate Bill 8 went into effect on Monday, November 8, 2021.
In this graphic posted on her Facebook, Michelle Vallejo – who along with Ruben Ramírez – are in the Tuesday, May 24, 2022 Democratic Party primary runoff election for Congressional District 15, recently announced that she has been endorsed by Rep. Armando “Mando” Martínez, D-Weslaco, and Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg. The winner will face off against Mónica De La Cruz, the Republican Party nominee, in the Tuesday, November 8, 2022 general election.
Graphic Courtesy MICHELLE VALLEJO FOR CONGRESS FACEBOOK
FEATURED, FROM LEFT: Danny Guzmán, Member, Board of Trustees, South Texas College; Ricardo Solis, Ph.D., President, South Texas College; Paul R. Rodríguez, Member, Board of Trustees, South Texas College; John Quiñones, ABC News Correspondent; Gary Gurwitz, Member, Board of Trustees, South Texas College; Rose Benavides, President, Board of Trustees, South Texas College; and René Guajardo, Member, Board of Trustees, South Texas College. Quiñones was a keynote speaker on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 for this year’s National Summit for Dual Credit Programs, held at South Padre Island, where he inspired educators in attendance with his story of struggle and success.
FEATURED, FROM LEFT: Edinburg City Councilmember Jason DeLeón; Edinburg City Councilmember Dan Díaz; Edinburg Mayor Ramiro Garza, Jr.; Edinburg Mayor Pro Tem Johnny García; and Edinburg City Councilmember David White. De León, Díaz, and Garza were sworn in to their respective four-year terms during ceremonies held on Monday, December 20, 2022, outside of Edinburg City Hall.
FEATURED: Cecilia Gutiérrez, a journalist and meteorologist who is a granddaughter of the late Rep. Roberto Gutiérrez, D-McAllen, is part of the KRGV Television News team which was recently named as a Finalist for Overall Excellence by the Texas Association of Broadcasters, reports attorney Omar Ochoa.
FEATURED: The proposed symbol, color scheme, and design of the football helmet and marching band hat for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The “V” stands for Vaquero, which in Spanish usually means “cowboy”.
Images Courtesy THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY