Category: Opinion & Advice

Letter to the Editor for October 11, 2018

Special to the PRESS Dear Editor, If you were not lucky enough to have graduated from Port Isabel High School from 1931 – 1981 you might not know of the wonderful event held last weekend. The 2018 PIHS Classical Reunion attracted more than 400 former PIHS students for a weekend filled with events. The group …

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Writer’s Block: Chaotic Serenity

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com As so often happens, I found myself taking several moments to pause as I went about my way this week. Moments of quietude where my attention was diverted from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind and redirected towards the goings on of the natural world. These …

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Life on the Boardwalk: A Rare Visitor from the Caribbean

By JAVIER GONZALEZ Special to the PRESS Late September and early October is a prime time for birding on South Padre Island. The seasons are shifting and birds are on the move! Birds are leaving their breeding grounds and most are migrating from northern latitudes to warmer climates in the tropics, riding south on the early …

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Rio History: Kicking the Can Pays Off

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS One day a few years back, a couple were hiking along a favorite section of their land they called “saddle ridge” when the woman’s foot caught on a rusty can that had been exposed by erosion. Upon closer examination, she was amazed to discover the can was full of gold coins! Digging …

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Letters to the Editor for Oct. 4, 2018

Special to the PRESS Dear Editor, This time of year we focus on Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead. The Museum of Port Isabel has again dedicated spaces for those who want to honor their dead. Last year a group of my friends from the Rio Grande Valley and I placed an altar called …

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Writer’s Block: It’s Time for Sand

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com This weekend is shaping up to be an excellent one for the 31st Annual Sandcastle Days, and I can’t wait. The beaches are wide this year, free from last year’s king tides which forced the sand sculptors to huddle close to the base of Clayton’s deck, lest the …

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Rio History: Following the Tracks

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS The trip onto the flat area proved to be short lived. Bill circled around and headed towards the edge of a line of dunes. Now, I could see what had attracted his attention. There, half buried in the muck, lay an ancient weathered beam. The butt end of it showed a most …

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Letter to the Editor for Sept. 27, 2018

Special to the PRESS Dear Editor, Re: your paper’s article of September 19th on the Laguna Vista Marina. After all these years of negotiating, the outcome is, the city slaps high taxes on the members of the LVRA? Then adds insult to injury with the costs of carrying $2 million in insurance, and the demands of security, upkeep, …

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Writer’s Block: Foreteller of Fall

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com With the recent rains cooling things down a little, and also spurring an explosion of vegetative growth throughout the Rio Grande Valley, I decided it was high time to do a little outdoor tidying up this weekend. My patio, though bare concrete, is shaded by a lovely, mature …

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Rio History: A Brief History of the Mansfield Cut

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS In March of 1950 the Willacy County Navigation District appeared in court and sued to have the 1,760 acres of land immediately surrounding the port facilities of “Red Fish Landing” condemned. In a court ordered settlement, the District paid the American Legion $3 an acre for the land it owned. The small fishing …

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