House fire in PI

House fire A house located on Illinois  St. in Port Isabel was reportedly emitting out smoke on Thursday, Oct. 13. The flames were subdued by the Port Isabel Volunteer Fire Department. The residents were not at home at the time of the fire. As of presstime, fire officials are still investigating the cause of the …

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Child Abuse Conference for Valley slated

Child Abuse Conference for Valley Child abuse prevention, intervention and investigation in the Rio Grande Valley will be addressed during the RGV Seminar in Forensic Sciences, which will be held Nov. 9 to 11 at the Isla Grand Beach Resort on South Padre Island. Helping plan the conference, above, are Marcia Fuller, BSN, Education Specialist …

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Park development begins in Laguna Vista

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Scheduled meetings and workshop sessions are slated here as Laguna Vista officials delve into a process designed to result in development of the Town’s parks’ system. The Town’s Parks and Recreation Board will meet Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. at City Hall to establish groundwork on improvements to …

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Air Evac LifeTeam contracted on SPI

Special to the PRESS The City of South Padre Island will continue to have access to air medical services for all of its residents and visitors with the introduction of Air Evac Lifeteam (AEL) to the Rio Grande Valley. AEL is a subscription based company that will open an air ambulance base in McAllen and …

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Library News

By MARGE JACOBS Special to the PRESS   Teen Read Week – “Read For The Fun Of It!” Teen Read Week is held each year during the third week of October. In 2011, it will be celebrated Oct. 16-22 at thousands of public and school libraries, classrooms, and bookstores across the country. Although teens realize …

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Outdoor Living Gator: It’s just a really big lizard

By JIM FOSTER Special to the PRESS It has not been that long ago when it was difficult to find a pond or lake holding water in most of our area. The drought had a grip on South Texas and other parts of the country. Today, the story is a bit different with many places …

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Moonbow graces Valley

By LAUREN N. LAUGHLIN Special to the PRESS On Sunday, Oct. 9, the Rio Grande Valley inhabitants were treated to a very rare natural optical illusion, a moonbow. The phenomenon could be seen starting around 10 p.m. and lasted into early Monday morning. Katie Mollo, a South Padre Islander said, “It was so cool, I …

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SPI to outlaw plastic bags

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The City of South Padre Island will enact a law, as of Jan. 1, 2012, to outlaw plastic grocery bags from the Island. This decision was made earlier in the year in order to attempt to control the amount of litter on the beaches and in the ocean. South …

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Feral cats cause debate on Island

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A feral cat program was proposed in the South Padre Island Council’s Wednesday meeting and was tabled for more research into the issue. In November and December of 2009, the issue was brought before the council and both times it was tabled, not to be addressed again until recent …

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Laguna Vista trashes garbage

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Junk vehicles, unsanitary yards and unsightly rubbish are on a hit-list in Laguna Vista. Town councilmembers recently approved two ordinances that deal specifically with elimination or control of such undesirable features in the community. The updated ordinances provide more stringent measures for enforcement. “This gives us more teeth …

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