CBP encouraging expedited opportunities for cross-border travelers

Customs officers at the Anzalduas, Hidalgo and Pharr international bridges are advising the traveling public on options to help expedite cross-border travel during the holiday season. “In the days and weeks preceding Christmas and New Years’ holidays, CBP officers at our international bridges experience significant increases in vehicular traffic and tourist permit traffic,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, who is in charge of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection operation at the three bridges. “Our proactive facilitation measures, including encouragement of filing I-94 applications online along with SENTRI and Ready Lane usage, will help to increase efficiency and mitigate wait times during these peak travel periods.” These permits can be obtained online via http://i94.cbp.dhs.gov. CBP is also encouraging travelers to obtain radio-frequency identification technology-equipped travel documents, such as new versions of passport cards and “resident alien cards” so they can use expedited lanes when crossing. Border wait times can be monitored through the BWT app on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Gov. Abbott writes top US trade official on NAFTA, cites Valley’s progress

McALLEN — Gov. Greg Abbott emphasized the importance the North American Free Trade Agreement has had on Texas and the Rio Grande Valley in...

Hidalgo County voters head to the polls: What you need to know

Rio Grande Valley voters will have one last chance to cast their ballots in a spate of local races, as well as 10 proposed state constitutional amendments Tuesday. Edinburg, Weslaco, Alamo, Edcouch and La Joya are all holding municipal elections. In Edinburg, two seats on the city council are up for grabs, as is the position of municipal judge. Four people are vying for the Place 3 seat vacated by outgoing Councilman Homer Jasso Jr. — Juan “Johnny” Garcia, Carlos Jasso, Mark Roque and Deanna “Coach” Dominguez. In the event that no one candidate wins more than 50% of the vote, then the two candidates with the highest number of votes will head to a runoff. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

McAllen police launch search for man reported missing

McALLEN — Police are looking for Alejandro Daniel Mendiola, 23, who was reported missing Sept. 7.Mendiola was last seen walking near 23rd Street and...

Family, friends, fans pay tribute to late Tejano star Jimmy Gonzalez

There are some sweet sounds coming down from heaven.“There’s quite a band up there right now,” said Tommy Gonzalez, brother to the late Tejano...

PSJA schools’ longstanding super to retire in September

After 20 years helming two school districts in the Rio Grande Valley, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Superintendent Daniel King is now set to retire on Sept....

Immigrants describe lengthy detainments before their release

McALLEN — As U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials deal with a change in policy regarding the detention of immigrant families due to lack...

Starr Co. man sentenced to two life terms in murder of RGC-man, 3-year-old

A jury found Jesus Angel Rebollar guilty in the deaths of a Rio Grande City man and his 3-year-son who were ruthlessly killed in a shooting on Nov. 6, 2016. The verdict followed six days of testimony and hours of deliberation on Thursday over whether Rebollar played a role in the deaths of Hector Garcia Jr., 41, and Julian Garcia, 3. The pair were killed in Garcia's blue, Chevy truck near the intersection of La Sagunada and Woods Brothers Road in Rio Grande City, Garcia found slouched protectively over his son who was still alive when Starr County sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Family declines autopsy in RGC toddler’s death

The cause of death of a 2-year-old girl who died last week in Rio Grande City after suffering from flu-like symptoms, including fever and vomiting, will remain unconfirmed after the family declined an autopsy. The Rio Grande City police department had been investigating the death of the toddler, but on Monday a spokesperson for the city confirmed the child's remains were taken to Mexico. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Hidalgo County urging residents to pay delinquent property taxes to avoid additional fees

The Hidalgo County Tax Assessor & Collector office is encouraging property owners with delinquent balances on their 2017 taxes to pay up by July...