Berenice Garcia

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

Hidalgo police chief denies allegations following domestic violence arrest

EDINBURG — Hidalgo Police Chief Rodolfo “Rudy” Espinoza denied the domestic violence allegations during a news conference here Thursday afternoon, alleging the probable cause...

Cortez era begins: New Hidalgo County judge sworn in, emphasizes unity

EDINBURG — The swearing in of new Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez united officials from throughout the county in the commissioners court chamber Wednesday,...

Starr County agencies to prosecute celebratory gunfire

Starr County will be ramping up prosecutions of celebratory gunfire with the use of recordings. The 229th District Attorney’s Office announced last week that it...

Mission mayor’s team issues response in election appeal

Mayor's lawyers: Salinas side did not prove there were enough illegal votes cast to affect the outcome of the election.

Sullivan City adopts electioneering ordinance

SULLIVAN CITY — Ahead of the municipal elections in May, the city adopted a new electioneering ordinance that regulates when it’s conducted at polling...

Mission assesses status of Madero Bridge project

Project estimated to cost $114.1 million.

Rio Grande City to end lawsuit with solid waste company

Rio Grande City is currently in settlement talks with its former trash collection contractor, paving the way for an end to their nearly three-year-long...

Valley’s life expectancy now above state, national averages

In Hidalgo County, the average life expectancy of 80.34 is higher than the state average of 78.8, and higher than the national average, which sits at 78.7, according to an Associated Press analysis of data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

DHR names new CEO as hospital touts new, current projects

The appointment of Dr. Manish Singh, a bariatric surgeon, marks a new phase for DHR that includes new initiatives and collaborations for the hospital.

Agua SUD to hold public hearings on rate increases

For the current services, the rates would be implemented in April or May if approved by the board, according to General Manager Jose E. “Eddie” Saenz.