Alana Hernandez

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

Rotary Shrimp Fest to be rescheduled

HARLINGEN — The growing concern over the coronavirus has thrown a wrench in the plans for several events. The Rotary Shrimp Fest of South Texas...

Tip-O-Tex Trail Riders start their 60th annual ride

It’s a sight most don’t see every day. During their drive this week, Lower Rio Grande Valley motorists might spot a group of horseback riders journeying on the roads of several cities. Tuesday, about a dozen Tip-O-Tex Trail Riders embarked on their 60th annual ride. Read the full story at

SPI enters week two of Spring Break

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Often sporting sunglasses, hats and flip flops, several Spring Breakers can be seen walking around the Island and hanging out...

SPI leaders discuss Spring Break analytics

Officials and leaders of this coastal city are continuing to gear up for one of their busiest times of the year. South Padre Island City Council members discussed March’s projected hotel occupancy and hotels’ average daily rate (ADR) during a city meeting held on March 4. According to data collected on Feb. 28 by Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) personnel, hotel occupancy numbers this March are lower than last year. CVB accountant Lori Moore presented the data to City Council members. Read the full story at

Harlingen students test launch science vessel

After nearly two years of research, planning and building, these students are seeing their hard work and determination come to fruition. Harlingen CISD students, along with their engineering and science teachers, coordinated the first test launch of their science vessel Wednesday morning at the Isla Blanca Public Boat Ramp on South Padre Island. According to Harlingen High School engineering teacher Paul Tenison, the launch is part of a community service project named Worldwide Automated Vessel Exploration (WAVE). Read the full story at

Spring Break Jam to be hosted on the Island

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Many car, truck and motorcycle enthusiasts will be able take a look at hundreds of vehicles on display and participate...

SPI Banda Fest to be held at Isla Blanca Park Amphitheater

Fans of banda music will soon be able to listen and dance along to the sounds of several musicians while having a close view of the ocean. During a press conference held Friday afternoon, Cameron County officials, along with event organizers and sponsors, announced there will be a SPI Banda Fest at the Cameron County Amphitheater and Event Center. The festival will have performances on Friday, April 10, by Banda El Recodo and Banda Los Recoditos. Read the full story at

SPI making preparations for Spring Break

In an effort to provide a safe and secure experience for residents, visitors and Spring Breakers, city officials of this coastal city have made preparations for this annual upcoming vacation period. South Padre Island police and fire department officials discussed their plans for Spring Break Thursday morning during a press conference. SPI Fire Chief Jim Pigg kicked off the press conference with his department’s preparations. Read the full story at

Construction of Clayton’s 1,000-foot-long fishing pier begins

The steady hum of an operating black-and-white tower crane situated on the sand could be heard along with the crashing sounds of the ocean’s waves.  Nearby, a few couples of beachgoers on the northern side of the Island sat at the deck of Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill and watched the machine as it placed tall wooden poles into the sand under the water. Construction is underway for Clayton Brashear’s 1,000-foot-long fishing pier. Read the full story at

Ocean-front attraction: Construction of Clayton’s 1,000-foot-long fishing pier begins

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — The steady hum of an operating black-and-white tower crane situated on the sand could be heard along with the crashing...