Dec 15 2017

Grounded

Rescuers race to save pelicans stranded by winter winds By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com As a cold front moved into the Rio Grande Valley last week, local residents began bracing for what they knew would come with the cold north wind: dozens upon dozens of brown pelicans whose clumsy flight would be stalled …

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Dec 15 2017

Fond Farewell

60 sea turtles released after cold snap By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com While last week’s cold front, and the snow it brought, were welcome treats for most Rio Grande Valley residents, the winter weather created a dangerous situation for local wildlife, including the young Atlantic green sea turtles that call the Laguna Madre …

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Dec 15 2017

Low cost vet clinic coming to LV

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Laguna Madre area residents will have access to low cost veterinary services in Laguna Vista at Roloff Park following approval of a proposal from a Dallas-based veterinarian during Tuesday’s Town Council meeting. Dr. Jeannie A. Oehler, who operates Pet Wellness Center, a mobile veterinary service, will host the clinic …

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Dec 15 2017

Isla Blanca toll booth destroyed

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The toll booth at the entrance to Isla Blanca Park was destroyed late last Thursday after it was struck by a motorist. Authorities first noticed the damaged structure after 11 p.m. Thursday, Cameron County Park Rangers said. “A Park Ranger that was on patrol noticed that the entrance …

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Dec 15 2017

One dead after trailer fire

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A Port Isabel man was found dead after his trailer home was found engulfed in flames Saturday. John Schartel, 54, was found after firefighters had extinguished the blaze. “Unfortunately, after the fire, we did discover that it was a fatal (fire),” Port Isabel Fire Chief John Sandoval said …

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Dec 15 2017

Council talks cruises and commendations

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS Making South Padre Island a port of call for cruise liners was once again the topic of discussion during a meeting of the City Council last Thursday. Council members considered a $100,000 budget amendment request by the South Padre Island Economic Development Corporation for a consulting agreement with the …

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Dec 15 2017

LMWD searches for new finance director

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Laguna Madre Water District (LMWD) has begun its search for a new director of finance this week. “She’s no longer with the district,” said General Manager Carlos Galvan of Sanjuana Garcia, who served as the district’s finance director for just over two and a half years. The …

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Dec 15 2017

Laguna Heights annexation approved

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com With the City Commission’s approval Tuesday evening, the City of Port Isabel moved one step closer to annexing a portion of Laguna Heights. “This is the final reading for the annexation of Laguna Heights,” City Manager Jared Hockema explained to the Commission prior to their vote. “The next …

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Dec 15 2017

Valley Crossing Pipeline topic of Chamber coffee

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce welcomed Devin Hotzel, of Valley Crossing Pipeline last Thursday during a Coffee and Conversation event at Kranzler. Hotzel spoke about his company’s natural gas pipeline currently under construction in the Rio Grande Valley. The pipeline traces a route from Agua Dulce down …

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Dec 15 2017

Inaugural parade a huge success

By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS Despite the rare appearance of snow in the Laguna Madre area in the days preceding, the City of Port Isabel successfully held its first ever Christmas Parade Saturday night. The event was immediately followed by the City’s 10th Annual Community Tree Lighting ceremony. City Manager Jared Hockema was …

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