10 Years Later: Remembering Hurricane Dolly a decade after it made landfall on South Padre Island

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Monday, July 23 will mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Dolly, which made landfall north of the City of South Padre Island at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 2008. It was the first hurricane to make a direct hit on the Rio Grande Valley in many years. …

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Red Tide Rangers learn about toxic algae

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Warm temperatures and calm seas are the perfect breeding ground for what is perhaps one of the most irritating scourges of the sea: red tide, a naturally occurring algae that occasionally proliferates in high enough concentrations to become a literal irritant to people, and a death knell for …

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‘It was awesome!’ Turtle hatchling release a big hit for tourist family

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com “They were cute and awesome!” exclaimed young Jamison Nelson, 6, of Spring Branch shortly after several dozen Kemp’s ridley sea turtle hatchlings were released on South Padre Island Monday morning. “It was awesome because I’d never seen one do this before up close,” Jamison said. “I’d only seen …

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Capital project prioritization process continues

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Port Isabel Capital Project Planning Committee met Tuesday to continue discussions regarding the prioritization of several capital improvement projects. The committee agreed to a number of additional street improvement projects, and considered removing from their priority list a project aimed at improving the City’s park facilities and …

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Hospital sign still stirring up debate

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com What’s the big deal about a sign? A lot, depending on whom you ask. Two weeks after the Port Isabel Board of Adjustments tabled a request for a variance to erect an electronic sign for an emergency medical facility that’s proposing to locate in the historic district the …

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District approves purchase of online learning program

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com After gathering input from its elementary school teachers, and observing the results of a pilot program, Point Isabel ISD staff recommended the continued use of an online learning program called Imagine Learning during a meeting of the Point Isabel ISD Board of Trustees Tuesday night. The online learning …

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Strunk prepares for start of practice

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS With the start of football practice now less than three weeks away the new coach for the Port Isabel Tarpons is hard at work in preparing for the first day of fall drills on Aug. 6. The Press found Jason Strunk, hired recently as the Port Isabel High …

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Clarinet specialist added to band staff

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS A band director is very much like a football coach. He is responsible for assembling a staff of assistants who can contribute their knowledge and talents towards putting a good marching band on the field come football season. Head Director of Bands for the Port Isabel Independent School …

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Percussion section getting it together

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Press visited with the Port Isabel Band Director Scott Hartsfield where he spoke about how it’s going with battery percussion and the new halftime show. Hartsfield is his own percussion specialist and clearly knows what he is doing in working with these talented kids. “It’s coming together …

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Writer’s Block: Menudo: The Latino Soul Personified

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It’s no secret that food and family are two integral parts of Latino culture. Our family bonds are tightly woven, with our extended family members as close to us as our smaller nuclear families. Family is so important in Latino culture that we oftentimes happily choose to expand …

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