Alana Hernandez

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Alana Hernandez is a Reporter for the Valley Morning Star. She can be reached at ahernandez@valleystar.com or (956) 430-6239.

College graduate set to complete internship with Sea Turtle Inc.

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Emma Pontius attributes her deep connection with the ocean to spending countless days at the beach and playing in tidal...

SPI city council approves ban on sound-emitting devices from golf carts

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — From accidents to noise complaints, golf cart usage on the Island has become a hot topic of debate for residents,...

Sea Turtle Inc. launches free Beach Toy Rental program

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Residents and visitors making a trip to the Island now have the option to rent beach toys instead of buying...

Conjunto Hall of Fame induction Saturday night

SAN BENITO — Nearly two decades ago, Rey Avila’s dream came to fruition. As Board of Directors President of the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of...

Schlitterbahn to celebrate 40th anniversary

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — With the arrival of summer comes extended hours of fun in the sun. In Texas, Schlitterbahn has offered millions of families...

South Padre receives Best Restored Beaches award

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Whether their trip is made to catch a wave, build a sandcastle or take a walk by the sea, hundreds...

South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center to open alligator sanctuary

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Soon dozens of creatures equipped with robust, needle-like teeth, webbed feet and powerful tails will call the Island their new...

Sea Turtle Inc. finds first nest of the season

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Accompanying the arrival of warmer weather in the Valley are hundreds of female turtles who venture into the ocean with...

Friends of RGV Reef named 2019 Conservation Wrangler

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Just keep swimming, is a difficult motto to live by for fish without reefs. When they find even the smallest rock,...

Spring Break hotel revenue and occupancy rates up from last year

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — The room was filled with sounds of clanking silverware and a roar of conversations. It was past closing time at the...