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MRMC to celebrate 60th anniversary

20140815 Mission-Municipal-Hospital 0367Mission Regional Medical Center celebrates its 60th anniversary Aug. 15.

In six decades, the organization has evolved from a small community hospital with only 40 beds to a large medical facility with 297 beds and the latest technology that medicine has to offer. The anniversary will be celebrated with the unveiling of the hospital’s new Journey Wall to be placed across from admissions in the lobby of the medical center.

In 1954, Mission was a small town with leaders that recognized the need for a community hospital that could provide extended medical care for its citizens. The Mission City Council led the journey to open a hospital to serve the needs of Mission’s citizens along with neighboring communities to the west, extending into Starr County. Members of the council at that time were Logan Duncan, mayor; commissioners A.J.W. Armstrong, Ramon L de la Garza, M.W. Held, Joaquin Martinez; secretary V.D. Anderson.

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Police chief reassures Winter Texans: RGV is safe

20140815 Winter-TexansMany Winter Texans have been calling their RV parks and the local chamber of commerce offices asking if it is safe to come back to the Rio Grande Valley this fall because of the influx of immigrant youth and children. National media has given many the impression that the border is running wild with immigrant children all over the place.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on July 21 issued an order to deploy 1,000 Texas National Guard members along the border to assist the Texas Department of Public Safety with law enforcement efforts along the river. Since then, the numbers of illegals crossing the Rio Grande have dropped dramatically.

A few days later during a drive to San Antonio, I counted 26 Department of Public Safety (DPS) vehicles headed toward the Valley. There were also four tanker trucks for the state guard and each was pulling a trailer that appeared to carry all-terrain vehicles.

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City sanitation department in transition; public should leave trash cans in alley, by curb

20140815 MISSION Sanitation-trucksMission city leaders believe taking over residential trash service will mean the end of broken garbage cans, skipped pick ups and cans thrown in the middle of the street.

The city is set to take over trash service Sept. 8, but sanitation trucks already are hitting the streets as Mission prepares to take over residential trash pick up from BFI Services.

Other than better service, City Manager Martin Garza said residents shouldn’t expect much to change. The city plans to mirror the routes BFI already has mapped out each week.

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Council holds public hearing on tax rate

City-of-Mission-logoThe Mission City Council held a public hearing on the proposed 2014 tax rate and unanimously approved the rate, 1 cent lower than the current rate at a Monday meeting.

The proposed rate is $0.5188 per $100 valuation. It includes $0.1076 for debt and $0.4112 for maintenance and operation. The estimated tax levy based on the proposed tax rate will create revenues of $15, 107,149, a decrease of $349,433 from the 2013 tax levy of $15,398,343.

The council voted unanimously for the tax rate decrease.

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Drainage District holds public hearing on water conservation plan

Hidalgo-County-SealA new water conservation plan being submitted to the Texas Water Development Board would capture floodwater flowing from the western part of the county to the eastern side that normally would be lost into the Laguna Madre, representatives of the Hidalgo County Drainage District No. 1 told county commissioners in a Tuesday public hearing.

The plan would create a 350-acre lake with the capability of retaining as much as 52,000 acre-feet of floodwater. The Delta and the Santa Cruz Districts as a source of water would use the lake. There could be as much as 1.8 million gallons of water that could be sold.

Godfrey Garza, consulting manager for the drainage district asked the court to approve a resolution so the district could apply for funds from the $2 billion fund the state established for water conservation projects. Garza did not know how much money would be allotted to the project. If the project is approved the funds will be made available through the Lower Rio Grande Valley Regional Water Management Program to Region M of the regional management program.

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  20. Border Patrol opens facility to process unaccompanied migrant children

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