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In the hunt: Girls keep playoff hopes alive with decisive win over La Grulla

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel High Lady Tarpons got the best of La Grulla, 66-36, in a key District 32-4A basketball game Tuesday night in Tarpon Gym. With the win Port Isabel improves to 7-5 in district play and remains in contention for the fourth playoff spot in the district. …

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Tarpons tie up Gators, 64-52

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Tarpons broke open a close game against the Grulla Gators in the fourth quarter and won Tuesday night’s District 32-4A game, 64-52 at Tarpon Gym. La Grulla got off to a fast start and led the Tarpons 10-2 in the first quarter. The Gators led …

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Letter to the Editor for January 31, 2019

Special to the PRESS Dear Editor, I am writing to thank Port Isabel residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of the generosity of donors in Port Isabel and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, collected more than 8.8 …

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Writer’s Block: Connected Disconnect

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Rio Grande Valley is a place apart — a region located at the southernmost tip of Texas and made up of four counties that form an awkward, almost triangular shape. It’s bordered to the east by a literal border — an international one with Mexico, to the …

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Rio History: Nice Catch

Fossil Fish Found On South Padre Island By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS “I’ll bet you never caught one of these,” Marion Desoto said as he handed me a small rock with the outline of an ancient fish clearly visible on its surface. He’s right on that count, I thought to myself as I …

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Police chief named interim city manager

Assistant City Manager Darla Jones announces retirement By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com South Padre Island Chief of Police Randy Smith has been tapped as the City’s interim city manager in the wake of the resignation of City Manager Susan Guthrie. The decision came during a special meeting late last week. And in related …

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Refuge feeling effects of shutdown

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Staff at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge (LANWR) are among some 800,000 federal workers who have been feeling the effects of a government shutdown which has stretched for 34 days as of Thursday, making it the longest shutdown of the federal government in U.S. history. Despite the …

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W.O.W.E.

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Left: A great blue heron captures a catfish in a tide pool at the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center (BNC) Wednesday. Right: Visitors explore the boardwalks behind the BNC during the Winter Outdoor Wildlife Expo (WOWE) Wednesday. WOWE continues Friday and Saturday. Want the whole story? …

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Lost in SpaceX

Special to the PRESS Strong winds knocked over the nosecone section, shown above left, of the SpaceX Starship Hopper test vehicle at the company’s Boca Chica launch site. The stainless steel vehicle, which was constructed in late December, came loose from its moorings as a cold front moved through the region in the overnight hours …

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City floats reduced beach parking fee idea

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS Shoreline issues — including paid parking, the purchase of portable toilets for beach accesses, construction of a dune garden and a documentary highlighting the Island’s shoreline management efforts — highlighted the Jan. 16 SPI City Council meeting. On the issue of paid parking, Shoreline Management Director Hill requested the …

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