Fernando Del Valle

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Fernando del Valle is a Reporter for the Valley Morning Star. He can be reached at fdelvalle@valleystar.com or (956) 430-6278.

Increased train traffic slows crossings

HARLINGEN — At the old Missouri-Pacific Railroad depot, Sharon Doucet is seeing longer trains headed south to Mexico. Flanked between the city’s railroad crossings at...

San Benito CISD program director fired after $17K airline ticket purchase

SAN BENITO — The firing of the school district’s long-time after-school program director apparently stems from his purchase of $17,000 worth of airline tickets...

Harlingen Convention Center dazzles its first guests

HARLINGEN — When Rey Calara walked into the Harlingen Convention Center, he added it to his list of potential conference venues. Calara, a consultant with...

Former McAllen grant writer helps nonprofit expand

EDINBURG — For years, Amy Sepulveda dreamed of working for Habitat for Humanity. Now, she’s helping the nonprofit expand as its development director. “I always felt...

Santa Rosa city attorney fired, police chief keeps job

SANTA ROSA — Before a feisty crowd, three top officials stood to lose their jobs. After tense debate last night, aldermen fired City Attorney Larry...

Santa Rosa officials face firing months after marijuana goes missing

SANTA ROSA — Since an estimated 19 pounds of marijuana went missing from the police department last summer, Chief Ronnie Hernandez’s job has been...

Cameron and Willacy counties becoming mecca for wind farms

RAYMONDVILLE — Ten years ago, flat swaths of farmland stretched across most of the area’s horizon. Today, towering wind turbines are transforming the landscape, jutting...

Consultant to launch Harlingen golf course study

HARLINGEN — Under scattered balding greens, roundworms sucked the life out of patches of turf. So crews have mixed up recipes to try to cure...

Baxter Lofts in Harlingen sets low-income rents

HARLINGEN — Lynn Sanger’s busy taking calls from residents who want to live in the city’s first high-rise development — even though she won’t...

Arcade busted again: federal agents raid Lyford game room

LYFORD — For the second time in nearly four months, federal agents have raided one of the city’s largest game rooms. Agents with U.S. Department...