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Shrdlu Our Office Cat A Prize Poodle-Dog

Shrdlu Our Office Cat A Prize Poodle-Dog

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Shrdlu our Office Cat is half-Persian, half-Alley, and half-Mountain Lion. That makes him a cat-and-a-half, which he is beyond question. He doesn’t like not having seasons – noticeable, that is, down here in the Valley. He’s like a young man who can’t make up his mind whether he wants to…

Two Out of Three Child Safety Seats Misused

Two Out of Three Child Safety Seats Misused

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TxDOT offers free safety seat inspections to protect young Texans AUSTIN – With motor vehicle crashes still a leading cause of death among children, the Texas Department of Transportation is joining safety advocates statewide to remind parents of the importance of always buckling up their children. That means not only making sure…

City Council Holds Workshops on Proposed $3.8 Million Budget for New Fiscal Year

City Council Holds Workshops on Proposed $3.8 Million Budget for New Fiscal Year

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by Tony Vindell/LFN As the deadline to approve a new fiscal year approaches for most municipalities, officials with the City of La Feria continue having workshops concerning the 2018-19 budget. The fiscal year starts Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30. A leaner $3.8 million budget is being proposed for FY…

Bird’s the Word

Bird’s the Word

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UTRGV Researchers Studying Parrot Vocalizations for Insight into Cognitive Development by Maria Elena Hernandez RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – UTRGV graduate student Caleb Arellano is reviewing thousands of hours of videos to study sibling interaction. Except he can’t understand what they’re saying. The siblings he’s studying are green-rumped parrotlets, animal…

Trip to Italy Creates Lasting Impressions

Trip to Italy Creates Lasting Impressions

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by Maria Elena Hernandez RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – UTRGV junior Suzanne El-Haj’s return from her study abroad courses in Italy left an unexpected feeling. “It kind of felt like it didn’t happen, because it was so unreal. Everything that we saw – everything – was so beautiful,” said El-Haj, an…

Business Activity on the Upswing in La Feria

Business Activity on the Upswing in La Feria

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by Tony Vindell/LFN The economic outlook of La Feria is about to improve as the city is getting several new businesses that will bring in more revenue and new jobs. As many as three companies are relocating in town, one of which is already working on a site where it…

La Feria Residents to See No Increase in Property Taxes

La Feria Residents to See No Increase in Property Taxes

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by Tony Vindell/LFN Residents of La Feria will continue getting a break on their tax bills following city council approval of the 2018-19 effective tax rate which calls for no increase in property taxes. The council approved a rate of 0.7600 per $100 of valuation, which is the current rate…

Volunteers to Build Playground for Kids Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Volunteers to Build Playground for Kids Affected by Hurricane Harvey

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by Eric Galatas GONZALES, Texas – On Saturday, one year after Hurricane Harvey rocked southeast Texas, a group of 200 volunteers will install a new kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground at a children’s foster-care facility directly hit by the storm. Roxane Rucker, vice president for community impact with KaBOOM!, the group coordinating the…

Cuzco, Choquequirao, Salkantay: Students Embrace Extreme Andean Travel

Cuzco, Choquequirao, Salkantay: Students Embrace Extreme Andean Travel

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by Dr. Robert Bradley RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – UTRGV students tackled a challenging study abroad curriculum in Peru in June that included art, architecture, history and biology – and an extreme, rigorous trek in the Andes. UTRGV continues a long tradition of offering Peru study abroad programs, always focused on a…

Lionettes Find Groove; Win Consolation Bracket at PI Tourney

Lionettes Find Groove; Win Consolation Bracket at PI Tourney

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photos and story by Billy Watson/LFN PORT ISABEL – La Feria’s Lionettes had faced tough competition coming into the annual Volley On The Beach Tournament and looked to make some noise. The Lionettes dropped their pool play games to Corpus Christi Carroll and Los Fresnos but found their rhythm against…