Berenice Garcia

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

State rules in favor of Mission firefighter seeking medical coverage

“We have won four rounds of this fight, but we must keep going to ensure that no sick Texas firefighters will be forced to fight both cancer and insurance red tape."

Salinas team files response in Mission election appeal

In the latest development in the Mission election saga, attorneys for former Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas filed their response last week to the appeal...

Judge blocks Palmview from ordering new election

BREAKING: A visiting judge has granted Palmview Mayor Rick Villarreal’s temporary restraining order against the city, blocking them from ordering a new mayoral election. The city council was set to meet @ 6 p.m. to order a new election for Jan. 29. #rgv

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.