Naxiely Lopez-Puente

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Naxiely Lopez-Puente covers Hidalgo County and Edinburg for The Monitor. You can contact her at nlopez@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4434.

Torres unseats longtime incumbent Palacios on county commission

EDINBURG — Challenger Ellie Torres narrowly defeated incumbent Joseph Palacios in a tight race for Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Commissioner on Tuesday night.Torres, an...

Cortez takes Democratic nomination for county judge

EDINBURG — Former McAllen Mayor Richard Cortez appears to have defeated his Democratic opponent Eloy Pulido in the race for Hidalgo County Judge Tuesday...

Update: Monitor reporter down 10 pounds

It’s taken me a month to lose 10 pounds, and I don’t know how to feel about that. I feel like crying and celebrating,...

Monitor reporter confronts ‘tumultuous relationship with food’

It’s Day 10. The cold temperatures are not going to stop me from working out. Yes, despite the less-than-ideal outdoor conditions, I’m still at it. It’s...

Reporter begins 90-day health journey

“In 90 days, I can change anyone.” Those words rang a bell in my head and led to this periodical series examining myself and obesity...

Political circulars show ugly side to Edinburg elections

EDINBURG — Residents here are getting an eyeful when opening their mailboxes.Political brochures, often called mailers, are circulating Edinburg neighborhoods, and a handful of...

Police: Elsa woman murdered

ELSA — As Texas Rangers and local police were investigating a homicide, about 100 yards away, the daughter of the victim was seen Friday...

Edinburg votes to extend early polling hours

EDINBURG — The council here agreed to pay the Hidalgo County Elections Administration an additional fee for extending early voting polling hours for the...

Hidalgo County cuts ties with embattled engineering firm Dannenbaum

EDINBURG — Hidalgo County has terminated negotiations with Dannenbaum Engineering for the construction of the new courthouse.County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to end...

Police: Man killed wife, teen stepdaughter, himself

McALLEN — A man shot and killed his wife and his 16-year-old stepdaughter in front of police Friday night, and then he shot a...