Past mayor honored by pavilion

 By JASON MIHALICK   Former Port Isabel May­or Quirino Zurita Martinez was honored on Saturday for years of continued hard work and commitment he has given to the City of Port Isabel as a pavilion at Washington Park was dedicated to him. Martinez was in office from 1970-1976 as City Commissioner, 1972-1976 as Mayor Pro-Term …

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For Those Who Served: Local Patriot Guard escort Vietnam ‘Wall’

By MARTHA McCLAIN  “It has taken me 30 years to forget my demons,” said John Hamlink, a Viet­nam War Veteran who was among local Patriot Guard Riders Wednesday who es­corted the traveling Healing Wall to the LZ: RGV – Wel­come Home South Texas Vietnam Veterans’ tribute this Saturday at the McAl­len Convention Center. The day-long …

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Animal Shelter’s fate in jury’s hands

 By JOE R. BOWLING, JR.   The decision regarding who will run the animal shel­ter in Port Isabel will be in the hands of a jury. This comes after a late fil­ing by the Laguna Madre Humane Society requesting the hearing in lieu of an out­right ruling by Judge Benny Ochoa. “They had a window …

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Tempers flare at city meeting

 By JACQUELINE VASQUEZ The Port Isabel City Com­mission meeting on Tuesday evening was once again packed with citizens wishing to express their concerns over the Modern Venice project. Port Isabel resident, Gary Snyder commented on the matter while wearing a sign on his back that read, “Are You Listening? We Don’t Want The District! We, …

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Raybec to headline meeting

By JOE R. BOWLING JR. The Port Isabel City Commission Tuesday night meeting will once again find Raybec and Ron Berman front and center and another big crowd is expected to turn out. Recently a proposal to exclude certain areas from a proposed district and the Modern Venice Project was voted on by the com­mission. …

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LMHS-City head to court

    By JOE R. BOWLING JR.         We have heard nothing and the court date is Wednesday.” This from Port Isabel City Manager Ed Meza as he talked about the court date for the eviction of the Laguna Madre Humane Society for the Animal Shelter Monday morning. The city had filed …

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Clayballs big problem on Island

 By JOE R. BOWLING JR. The beaches on South Pa­dre Island have withstood another Spring Break. Now preparations are under­way so that the beautiful scenery, that is such a big part of the island, is in per­fect shape for the summer months and that is becom­ing a lay balls began wash­ing up on the beach …

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EMS students prepare for big test

 By JOE R. BOWLING JR. Students from Los Fresnos are busy with end of the year testing as are students throughout the Rio Grande Valley but a select few are tak­ing the last steps towards a national test which takes place on April 12 in Edinburg. Justin Oak­ers, the Director of In­ternational Academy of Emergency …

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New website in the works for PI

By JACQUELINE VASQUEZ The City of Port Isabel will soon be getting a new website to promote and in­form the public on various topics, including news, on what is happening in surrounding communities and stories about local history. The proposal was ap­proved to redesign the Port Isabel EDC website for $2,500 at the Port Isabel …

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Sidewalk project continues for Port Isabel

 By JOE R. BOWLING, JR. Construction of new sidewalks in Port Isabel continues and immediate feedback is nothing but positive. The city is work­ing with private construc­tion companies to complete this project which Mayor Joe Vega says is vital. “This is about public safety,” said Vega, “from kids walking to school to places that have …

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