Berenice Garcia

Berenice Garcia covers Western Hidalgo County and Starr County for The Monitor. She can be reached at or (956) 683-4432.

Mission to work with consultant to learn about drug cartels

The mayor said the consultant would charge the city $150 per hour for training and presentations on the cartels.

Palmview looks to bill residents separately for waste collection

Joel Garcia, Palmview’s mayor pro-tem, said the city needed to prepare for the future and said the city would at one point have its own utilities.

Next year’s Starr County audit will likely be delayed, firm warns

Accounting firm: Starr County's 2017 audit is still not complete, which likely means 2018's audit will delayed.

Past contract offers some insight on Palmview election costs

The contract approved by the city council during its Sept. 26 meeting was for the estimated cost of $21,867.68, allowing for the county to administer the city’s November municipal elections and a runoff election if needed.

Another doctor accused of healthcare fraud scheme

Another doctor is being accused of taking part of an alleged scheme with Dr. Jorge Zamora-Quezada, the rheumatologist who in May was indicted on...

Palmview finalizing review, will meet with county over election error

Review expected to be finalized by the next city council meeting on Dec. 18.

Attorneys file arguments in appeal of Mission elex

The brief argues that the maximum possible number of illegal votes the former mayor's attorney proved based on testimony was 25 votes, less than Armando O’Caña’s 157 vote margin of victory.

Palmview must hold new mayoral election

ICYMI: The secretary of state’s office wrote in the opinion that they believe he mayor should continue to serve in his position until a pending special election is held.

Daniel Silva takes over as CEO of Mission EDC

Silva was named the chief operating officer of the Mission EDC seven years ago with the intention that one day he would be the CEO.

Palmview officials: County provided reassurance of mayoral election

Palmview Mayor Ricardo “Rick” Villarreal, whose election was called improper by a spokesman for the Texas Secretary of State’s office, said he consulted with...

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