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.

SPI extends beach operations order

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — In an effort to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, rules are still in place for those headed to...

South Padre mulls speed limit reduction

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — City officials are looking into speed limits in this area that’s currently undergoing construction and is often frequented by motorists...

SPI nonprofit helps clear trash from beach

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — During Tonya Tallard’s free time, she can most often be found spending time at one of her favorite places, the...

Local doctor named Texas Dentist of the Year

HARLINGEN — Early on, Dr. Gary M. Schwarz was originally inspired to become a farmer like his father. However, after his parents recommended he become...

Santa Rosa teacher achieves dream of becoming an educator

SANTA ROSA — A typical morning for Rolando Vela begins as early as 4 a.m. and is spent creating lecture notes, highlighting important topics...

Appeals court remands topless bar case

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — For years, attorney Larry Mark Polsky has been in pursuit of building a topless bar on the outskirts of the...

Sea Turtle Inc. enters final phase of 2020 Capital Campaign

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — From helping injured and sick sea turtles to assisting in conservation efforts and educating the public, this local nonprofit operates...

SPI debuts sixth sea turtle in art trail

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Residents and visitors venturing to this coastal city will spot many works of art that showcase local artists’ creativity and...

Sea Turtle, Inc. receives interactive virtual learning program award

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — From educating about different threats these marine animals face to explaining the nesting and hatching process, Sea Turtle, Inc. provides...

TxDOT launches game to combat distracted driving

HARLINGEN — From texting and talking on the phone to eating and drinking, these everyday actions could cause serious distractions for motorists who do...