Beach clean-up set for Friday

 By JOE R. BOWLING, JR. Rain or shine, warm or cold, the 14th Annual Win­ter Texan Beach Clean-Up will take place Friday, Feb­ruary 11 on South Padre Island. Monica Vela with the Cameron County Parks Department says that ev­erything is set for the an­nual event. “Last year was cold, but the weather isn’t going to …

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EDC director charged in death

By JOE R. BOWLING, JR. A weekend crash that in­volved a motorcycle and an SUV driven by the South Pa­dre Island Economic Devel­opment Corporation (EDC) Director has resulted in a fa­tality. The Saturday night ac­cident cost the life of a man identified as 63-year-old Jimmie Anklam. Anklam and his wife were on a mo­torcycle that …

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Missing fishermen found after 18 hours on water

Special to the PRESS A member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary located four missing boaters near South Padre Island early Wednes­day morning. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi was contacted at ap­proximately 7:20 a.m. by a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, stating that he had located the four missing indi­viduals sitting on top of their …

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‘AYERS’ OF HIS WAYS: El Paseo co-founder reflects on life, arts

By RAY QUIROGA If you Google the term “giving back,” don’t be surprised if Ralph Ayers’ name is first to pop up on your computer screen. Throughout his years as a Valley resident, Ay­ers has been an active member and a recent past president of the local Ro­tary Club; a volunteer at his church, St. …

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LMHS receives large donation

By STEVE CODY On Wednesday, January 26th, Marilyn Ratliff pre­sented a check to the Lagu­na Madre Humane Society (LMHS) for $5,000. The check was a gift from Ratliff and her husband Joe who reside in Park Center RV Park in Port Isabel. She had originally planned on leaving the money to the Human So­ciety as …

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SPI assisting rabies vaccination program

 By CARLOS CENTENO The City of South Padre Island’s Environmental Health Services Depart­ment will be assisting the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Zoonosis Control Division with the Oral Rabies Vacci­nation Program (ORVP). The purpose of this pro­gram is to reduce or possi­bly eliminate the dog strain of rabies, carried by coy­otes, in Texas. …

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Wildlife expo set to draw crowd

 By RAY QUIROGA The best ideas sometimes start small. Port Isabel businessman, and area volunteer Ralph Ayers can attest to that. Seventeen years ago, he and other members of St. Andrew’s by the Sea Episcopal Church in Port Isabel arranged for local fishing guides to provide an instructional lecture for a group of Winter Texans …

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Zumba: Fitness craze big deal locally

By RAY QUIROGA They’re so hot, they’ll fog up your lens! Of course, that’s if you just happened to be a newspaper photographer assigned to shoot a Zumba class at Port Isabel’s The Gym. The Gym’s jam-packed morning Zumba class has proven to not only fog up lenses, but even get specta­tors sweating. Fitness trainers …

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Director recalls early days at port

 By RAY QUIROGA It’s al­most too hard for retired S an Benito busi­ness­man Lionel Betan­court to fathom. But it has been over 30 years since he first approached Bob Cornelison with the proposition to take the helm of a financially-despondent Port Isabel-San Benito Navigation District (PISBND). During a recent Rotary Club meeting in San Benito, Cornelison …

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Paper or plastic? Not an option on South Padre Island

 By STEVE CODY, II It’s a done deal. The City of South Padre Island joined the bandwagon to ban plastic bags at the point of sale. The or­dinance will be voluntary beginning Feb. 1st of this year and will take full effect on January 1st, 2012. The City of South Padre Island is attempting to …

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