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ONLINE ONLY: Trump visits RGV amid government shutdown, talks border security, ‘the wall’

By DAVID LOPEZ Special to the PRESS McAllen — Hundreds of protestors and an almost equal amount of supporters lined the roadway leading to McAllen–Miller International Airport Thursday as Air Force One carrying President Donald Trump, his staff and the White House traveling press corps landed on the tarmac at precisely 12:50 p.m. Thursday afternoon. …

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Hopped Up

Special to the PRESS Progress at the Boca Chica SpaceX launch site has leapfrogged forward in recent weeks as construction crews began building a prototype vessel known as a Starhopper. The vehicle is a smaller test version of a larger vehicle known as a Starship. SpaceX founder, Elon Musk took to Twitter last Saturday to …

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Laguna Vista revisits bag ban

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Laguna Vista leaders Tuesday adopted a resolution urging state officials to enact a law that would restore the ability of local governments to a pass single-use bag ordinance. “The Texas Supreme Court earlier struck-down the ability of local governments to restrict single-use bag pollution,” City Manager Rolando Vela said. …

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Town to seek development proposals

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS The Town of Laguna Vista will soon seek development proposals for land located near the proposed South Texas Eco-Tourism Center. Officials here approved the process to seek requests for development proposals for the city-owned land, a 13-acre tract previously donated by the Yturria Family. “What we envision is that …

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Port Isabel updates Washington Park plans

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The high cost of steel due to tariffs has led the City of Port Isabel to rethink its improvement plans at Washington Park. Such was the discussion during a special meeting of the Port Isabel City Commission Wednesday evening. The City has been working with funds awarded via …

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35th Annual Causeway Run set for Saturday

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The 35th Annual Longest Causeway Run and Fitness Walk is set for this Saturday, Jan. 12. The popular winter event is expected to draw hundreds of participants to the combined 10K run and 5K fitness walk over the scenic 2.37-mile long Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway from downtown Port …

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BISD postpones town hall

Board cites need for more information, communication with other districts By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Brownsville School Board of Trustees has postponed a town hall meeting which had been scheduled to take place at Manzano Middle School in this Wednesday. The topic of the now-cancelled town hall was slated to be discussion …

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Taskforce gets first look at documentary

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island Shoreline Task Force discussed beach regulations, master planning and other related items during a workshop held on Monday, Jan. 7. Shoreline Management Director Brandon Hill kicked off the meeting by sharing a video entitled, “The South Padre Island Shoreline Plan: The Island Way.” Hill explained …

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Lady Pirates top P.I. 54-36

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Lady Tarpons hoops squad went down, 54-36, against the Hidalgo Lady Pirates Tuesday night at Tarpon Gym. The Lady Tarpons are now 3-3 in district play. Hidalgo improves to 6-0. “They’re 6-0 in district for a reason,” Lady Tarpons Head Coach Hannah Burleson said after …

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Lowe thinks Tarpons are on track

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Junior Tarpon basketball player Jason Lowe is a big reason why the 2018-19 Port Isabel Tarpon cagers are 18-5 so far this season, including a 4-1 record in District 32-4A play. The PRESS caught up with Lowe this Wednesday morning before the start of classes and he shared …

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