Fernando Del Valle

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

San Benito to fund $9 million sewer system upgrade

SAN BENITO — A $9 million state-mandated sewer system overhaul won’t drive up property taxes this year, officials said. But some of the Rio Grande...

Texas Rangers investigating San Benito incident

SAN BENITO — The Texas Rangers are investigating a case in which a police officer fatally shot a 21-year-old San Benito man after city...

Hospitalizations down in area med centers

HARLINGEN — Hospitalizations are dropping at Rio Grande Valley hospitals, which remain near capacity with what a public health official called the region with...

Cornyn pushes for funding in Valley

HARLINGEN — Sen. John Cornyn told Rio Grande Valley leaders Tuesday he would work to continue pushing for federal dollars to fund the area’s...

Rio Grande Valley becomes Texas site for COVID-19 recovery centers

HARLINGEN — The Rio Grande Valley is Texas’ only region in which state officials are setting up COVID-19 recovery centers in such facilities as...

More Cameron Co. nursing homes report outbreaks

More nursing homes are reporting coronavirus outbreaks despite Texas programs aimed at protecting patients described as the state’s “most vulnerable population.” Cameron County health officials are reporting an outbreak at Rio at Fox Hollow, a Brownsville nursing home. In Harlingen, the Harlingen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center found two employees have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Meanwhile, Alta Vista Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Brownsville is reporting residents and an employee have recovered from infections, Executive Director Norma Guerrero stated Monday. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Harlingen looks to sell part of municipal golf course

A decades-old document might be standing in the way of the city’s proposed land sale at the struggling Tony Butler Golf Course. City commissioners were set to meet behind closed doors this week with City Attorney Ricardo Navarro’s law firm “to receive legal advice regarding the city’s legal responsibilities, obligations and options for the disposition of the Tony Butler Golf Course property,” according to the meeting’s agenda. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Hoarders back stripping store shelves

They’re back for more. Hoarders are back for toilet paper and other paper products weeks after they sparked a national shortage of items such as rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizer. In Harlingen, the second wave of hoarding started shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, when Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. issued an order mandating employees and customers at businesses wear facial coverings to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus amid climbing case numbers. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Lumber yard closes after 2 workers test positive for COVID-19

RAYMONDVILLE — Alamo Lumber Co. has temporarily closed after two employees tested positive for the coronavirus. Meanwhile, state health officials have confirmed six new cases...

Amid Black Lives Matter support, Valley to celebrate Juneteenth

Lonnie Davis remembers “the talk” his family gave him as a boy. As the Rio Grande Valley’s black community plans to celebrate Juneteenth, Davis reflected on the national protests stemming from the death of George Floyd, the 46-year-old black man who died of asphyxiation May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. “Every black man in America over 30 years old had that talk,” Davis, 76, a Harlingen businessman, said. “It was how to act around white men — ‘Try to stay away from them as much as you can, become invisible, thank you, no sir, thank you please.’” Read the full story at themonitor.com.