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Wilmer Valderrama of ‘That ’70s Show’ Kicks Off UTRGV’s Distinguished Speaker Series

Wilmer Valderrama of ‘That ’70s Show’ Kicks Off UTRGV’s Distinguished Speaker Series

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RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Best known for his role as exchange student Fez on the hit TV comedy, “That ’70s Show,” Wilmer Valderrama will bring his passion, charisma and humor as the first speaker of the UTRGV Distinguished Speaker Series (DSS) on Thursday, Sept. 27. Valderrama, an actor, producer and activist, will share his personal…

Annual UTRGV HESTEC Celebration Marks 17th Year

Annual UTRGV HESTEC Celebration Marks 17th Year

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RIO GRANDE VALLEY – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is preparing for the Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week. Now in its 17th year, this award-winning program is organized by the UTRGV Office of Community Relations and promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields to students and people of…

City Planning Director Wanted in La Feria

City Planning Director Wanted in La Feria

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by Tony Vindell/LFN Wanted: planning director for City of La Feria. No, it isn’t what you might think. It’s actually a city announcement seeking a new planning director to take the job of Robert Escobar whose last day on the job is this Friday, Sept. 28. Escobar held the job…

Cameron County Clerk Opens New Office in La Feria

Cameron County Clerk Opens New Office in La Feria

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by Tony Vindell/LFN Taking care of some business matters is becoming easier and easier for residents of La Feria and its nearby communities. The same goes for anyone who happens to be in this neck of the woods. Cameron County Clerk Sylvia Garza-Perez has opened a satellite office in the…

Students Learn About Global Change During Life Changing Trip to Merida

Students Learn About Global Change During Life Changing Trip to Merida

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by Victoria Brito RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Nine students from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley spent a week in Mérida, on the Yucatán peninsula in México, as part of a study abroad trip focused on global change. The bilingual course – led by Dr. Teresa Patricia Feria-Arroyo, associate professor of biology…

Four Full Timers to Staff La Feria’s New Fire Department

Four Full Timers to Staff La Feria’s New Fire Department

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by Tony Vindell/LFN Sometime this year, the residents of La Feria and its surrounding areas will have better coverage when it comes to getting assistance to emergency situations like house or structural fires, vehicle accidents or acts of nature. That is because the city is now gearing up to have…

UTRGV Student Musician Places First in Competition at Texas Music Festival

UTRGV Student Musician Places First in Competition at Texas Music Festival

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by Amanda A. Taylor RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Andres Vela, a UTRGV Music Performance major, won first prize in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition in Houston recently at the Texas Music Festival. He is the first UTRGV student to win this prestigious competition, as well as the first double bassist…

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…