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  • Free Republic Eyes On The Border: After Action Report

    07/28/2014 9:59:55 AM PDT · by humblegunner · 104 replies
    First Hand Observation | 7/28/2014 | humblegunner
    This past weekend, 7/26 and 7/27, Jim & Chris Robinson, Syncro & I met up near McAllen, Texas to observe first-hand the situation at the border along the Rio Grande. My report is as follows: Border Patrol Station Operations: Friday and Saturday we set about observation of the McAllen Border Patrol Station at 3000 West Military Hwy. Buses were indeed seen leaving at intervals throughout the day. It was mentioned on this thread that a warehouse was being used to stage illegals for transport elsewhere. Its location had been reported as 3700 W. Ursula Ave (Thanks to Buckeye Texan here)....
  • Announcing FR's BP expedition to the Rio Grande Valley!! [FReepathon, Texas special]

    07/22/2014 10:36:48 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 255 replies
    Click here to pledge your support ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jim Robinson
    Howdy everyone!! We're loading up the FReepercampmobile today and will be departing for Texas this afternoon. God willing, we will arrive McAllen Texas sometime Thursday night and will plant our flag at our border encampment on the American bank of the Rio Grande River!! We had planned this expedition several weeks ago and were intending to urge Governor Perry to call out the Texas Guard and or Texas militia units at his disposal and also to learn first hand what's happening at the border and to protest the government's lawless actions there. The president will not secure the border, will...
  • Gov. Rick Perry to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to RGV

    07/20/2014 9:06:01 PM PDT · by bd476 · 291 replies
    The Monitor ^ | Sunday, July 20, 2014 9:30 pm | Jacob Fischler
    Gov. Rick Perry to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to RGV Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to announce he will activate the Texas National Guard at a news conference Monday in Austin, said state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen. Hinojosa did not have details of the effort, but an internal memo from another state official’s office said the governor planned to call about 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley — at a cost of about $12 million per month. The memo was provided to The Monitor on the condition of anonymity because the information is...
  • Protest Obama's Texas Rio Grande Valley Border Crisis and Illegal Alien Invasion of America

    07/20/2014 2:49:43 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 191 replies
    July 19, 2014 | Jim Robinson
    Calling all citizens and patriots! Protest Obama's lawlessness on the border! Prepare to defend the border, repel invaders!! Obama's continuing lawlessness is totally out of control and is now threatening our very existence as a free Republic. Not only is he not securing the border, he's doing the exact opposite. They tried getting a "Dream Act" through the congress to give amnesty to young illegal aliens, but it was rejected by the representatives of we the people in congress, so the president has unconstitutionally "passed" his own "Dream Act" and is now enforcing it rather than the immigration laws legally...
  • Protest against Obama's illegal alien invasion, Sacramento, July 19, 2014

    07/19/2014 7:06:31 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 49 replies
    July 19, 2014 | Jim Robinson
    We had about a hundred people present at our anti-illegal alien protest in Sacramento today. We had people representing Oath Keepers, Overpasses for America, Free Republic and other groups, including a contingent of volunteers from the Bolinas Border Patrol. There was only one counter protester that I'm aware of and in the end she gave in and took up an American flag and a "Secure the Borders" sign. I overheard her say, "OMG, I've always been a flaming liberal and now I'm a member of the tea party!" But she was also an admitted lunatic and possibly an escapee from...
  • Three Afghan People Detained[South Texas Illegals]

    01/23/2012 7:38:29 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies
    KRGV ^ | 01/23/2012
    WESLACO - Three people from Afghanistan are in Border Patrol custody in the Valley. Border Patrol acknowledges they apprehended the three Afghanis in the Valley. They were found in two different groups. One was found south of Mission by the river. The other two were found in a stash house north of Moorefield Road. Samuel Freeman, a political science professor at the University of Texas Pan American and expert on U.S. foreign policy, says it's unusual for Afghanis to show up in the Rio Grande Valley. Freeman says the three could be drug runners. He says there's a huge pipeline...
  • Border Patrol finds weapons, rocket launcher near Rio Grande

    09/16/2011 9:34:18 AM PDT · by yoe · 16 replies
    Cowboy Byte ^ | September 14, 2011 | Staff
    U.S. Border Patrol agents have discovered a cache of several high-powered weapons along the Rio Grande river including a rocket launcher, assault rifles and plastic explosives, authorities said. Agents found the weapons on Tuesday in a black bag along a quiet stretch of the Rio Grande near Fronton, a small community about 210 miles south of San Antonio. No arrests have been made. “These deadly weapons could have had a devastating impact on communities on both sides of the border and to our agents and other law enforcement officers,” Rosendo Hinojosa, head of Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley sector, said...
  • TxDOT seeking public input on project

    09/05/2008 6:13:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 375+ views
    The Nueces County Record Star ^ | September 4, 2008 | Staff Reports
    The Texas Department of Transportation is asking Nueces County residents to attend a public meeting in Driscoll to comment and provide input on proposed upgrades of US 77 to a controlled access facility that meets interstate standards. The purpose of the meetings is to review proposed options for upgrading US 77 and to present recommendations, TxDOT officials said. The first round public meetings were held in early March. This second round of public meetings is being held as part of TxDOT's continued effort to gain public input on issues related to proposed improvements and to provide an opportunity for public...
  • Commission picks developer for I-69 project

    06/27/2008 6:42:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 253+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | June 26, 2008 | Janet Elliott
    AUSTIN — The Texas Transportation Commission on Thursday selected San Antonio's Zachry Construction Corp. and a Spanish toll road developer to plan a superhighway from Texarkana to Brownsville. The $5 million contract calls for Zachry American Infrastructure and ACS Infrastructure to create a financial plan for the Interstate 69 segment of the Trans-Texas Corridor. "This team represents the best in the balance of local and global expertise necessary to complete a project of this scope," said David Zachry, chief operating officer of Zachry Construction Corp. The private developers' plan calls for seven new loops around Corpus Christi and other cities...
  • Corridor Watch: Elect our transportation leaders

    06/24/2008 7:48:48 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 184+ views
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | June 23, 2008 | Ben Wear
    CorridorWatch, a Fayette County-based group that has been active in opposing the Trans-Texas Corridor plan, wants to go beyond the Sunset Advisory Commission’s recommended shakeup of state transportation leadership. The group, led by David and Linda Stall, recommends that TxDOT answer to an elected six-member board led by a chairman appointed by the governor. CorridorWatch makes it recommendation, along with various other reactions to the Sunset commission staff’s recent report on TxDOT, in written comments submitted as part of the sunset process. TxDOT, like all state agencies, “sunsets” after 12 years unless the Legislature acts to keep it alive. As...
  • Editorial: Interstate relief

    06/16/2008 5:54:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 306+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | June 16, 2008 | The Dallas Morning News
    Drivers who get safely off Interstate 35E after arriving in Dallas from Austin or San Antonio have a certain look of relief – like they just outran a buffalo stampede. Only on I-35, the stampede is trucks. The white-knuckle experience helps make the case for some kind of reliever road, even a tolled one. Making that same case has been a harder sell for U.S. highways along the Gulf Coast and East Texas. Drivers there can judge their own level of congestion, and they have insisted that their mostly rural corridor doesn't warrant the major undertaking of a parallel turnpike....
  • Texas to consider existing roads for I-69 project

    06/11/2008 5:39:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 246+ views
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | June 11, 2008 | Jim Vertuno (Associated Press)
    Responding to concerns that a superhighway project running from East Texas to the border with Mexico could cut through private lands, state transportation officials said Tuesday that they will only consider putting it along existing roads. State officials have held almost 50 public meetings and received about 28,000 responses from residents about the proposed Interstate 69 project, which would be part of the so-called Trans-Texas Corridor network of toll roads. The "overwhelming sentiment" of the comments from the public was that the state should focus on using existing roads instead of carving new ones out of the countryside, said Amadeo...
  • Panel proposes changes for TxDOT

    06/03/2008 6:22:44 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 737+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | June 2, 2008 | Peggy Fikac
    AUSTIN — Saying big changes are needed to restore trust in the Texas Department of Transportation, the Sunset Advisory Commission staff is recommending a revamp of its governing board, project planning, and dealings with lawmakers and the public. The commission's report, to be released today, comes in the wake of controversy over planned public-private partnerships on toll roads, the route of the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor transportation network and questions concerning agency funding figures. The Houston Chronicle obtained a copy of the report. "The Sunset review of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) occurred against a backdrop of distrust and frustration...
  • Kolkhorst seeks 'real' reforms to TTC plans

    05/31/2008 9:22:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 237+ views
    The Huntsville Item ^ | May 31, 2008 | The Huntsville Item
    State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst said it’s time for Texas transportation officials to talk about real reforms to address the public outrage over the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor. The Brenham Republican’s reaction followed Thursday’s actions taken by the Texas Transportation Commission. The panel adopted a set of guiding principals and policies which will govern the development, construction and operation of all toll road projects on the state highway system and the controversial Trans-Texas Corridor. Bob Colwell, Texas Department of Transportation public information officer for the Bryan district, said the adoption of the guidelines does not reflect the final approval of Interstate 69...
  • TxDOT told to ‘prioritize’ in road funding crisis

    05/21/2008 7:38:59 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 181+ views
    The Monitor ^ | May 20, 2008 | James Osborne
    McALLEN -- State senators on Tuesday ordered transportation officials to assess Texas' highway system and prioritize which regions are most in need of new roads. "We're expecting a full report, not some two-page letter," said state Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, chairman of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security. "You can't begin addressing the funding problems until you know when the roads are expected to come on line." The transportation committee, which met Tuesday morning at McAllen City Hall, has been at odds with the Texas Department of Transportation since earlier this year, when the agency announced the halt...
  • Nacogdoches County will fight TTC as new member of regional planning commission

    05/01/2008 5:34:51 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 372+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | April 29, 2008 | Michael Rodden
    County commissioners reaffirmed their stance against the Trans-Texas Corridor, and they took another step toward keeping county government transparent when they met Tuesday. First up on the court's agenda, commissioners heard a presentation by Connie Fogle on behalf of the newly formed Pineywoods Sub-Regional Planning Commission. According to Fogle, the Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 391, requires state agencies to coordinate with local commissions to "ensure effective and orderly implementation of state programs at the regional level." "Critical in the code is the word 'coordinate,'" she said. "This does not mean the commission has to cooperate. The intent is to...
  • Diary of a Mad Brown Woman

    04/30/2008 1:39:23 PM PDT · by KatyLoraleyVidales · 1 replies · 315+ views
    Right Up Front ^ | 04/30/2008 | Katy L Vidales
    Congressman Tancredo (R-Colorado) joined Congressman Ortiz in Brownsville on Tuesday for a joint committee meeting regarding the proposed fence building to attempt to curb illegal immigration (amongst other things) in the area. Not surprisingly, Tancredo was met with a rather cold reception with his known favoritism towards building the fence. “It really isn’t a border to most of us who live down here” said Betty Perez local activist. No need to guess which side she’s advocating. Now, on the not so stereo-typical side, you’ve got me to give you some insight into uber minority: the endangered Republican Female Mexican American...
  • County tables resolution to organize panel (concerning Trans-Texas Corridor)

    04/22/2008 5:57:48 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 315+ views
    The Huntsville Item ^ | April 22, 2008 (environut day) | Holly Green
    It has been roughly three months since residents of Huntsville and Walker County attended town hall meetings to voice their opinion on the Trans-Texas Corridor/I-69 project to the Texas Department of Transportation. There was no question then that there was strong opposition to the proposed 1,600-mile national highway, and it seems as though residents’ efforts to stop it has not lost any of its momentum. Several residents attended the Walker County Commissioners Court on Monday morning, expressing concerns about the project and encouraged the court to take another step of action. The five-member court agrees with the majority of the...
  • Three South Texas highways to be interstates

    03/23/2008 4:49:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies · 1,240+ views
    The Monitor ^ | March 22, 2008 | Jackie Leatherman
    South Texas is not only going to get its first interstate - it is also going to get a second and a third. State transportation officials knew one of three southern highways - U.S. Highway 281 in Hidalgo County, U.S. Highway 77 in Cameron County or U.S. Highway 59 in Webb County - would eventually become part of an interstate stretching from the Texas-Mexico border to Texarkana, in the northeast part of the state. Only Webb County is currently served by an interstate. The state's Trans-Texas Corridor plan calls for an Interstate 69 extension linking South Texas to points north,...
  • Anti-corridor groups plan Monday workshop at civic center

    03/16/2008 3:04:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 1,437+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | March 16, 2008 | Steven Alford
    There's been a lot of talk about the new Trans-Texas Corridor — the next-generation "super-highway" — and opinions are varying. Now the debate is coming to Lufkin's doorstep. On Monday, the American Land Foundation, Stewards of the Range and TURF will hold a workshop at Lufkin's Pitser Garrison Civic Center on how to stop the Trans-Texas Corridor 69. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A portion of Texas citizens have voiced their opposition to the TTC-69 in public meetings held by the Texas Department of Transportation, but believing they are not being heard, four cities and their...
  • Texans ponder where superhighway might take them

    03/04/2008 1:28:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 415+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 4, 2008 | Peter Canellos
    REFUGIO, Texas - With an abandoned Wild West-vintage town of storefronts slumbering just a block from old US 77, tiny Refugio is a place where myth and reality coexist in a ghostly silence. more stories like this Obama faces heat over aide's NAFTA remarks to Canadians Texas, Ohio could decide Dem nomination Canada says didn't misrepresent Obama over NAFTA McCain tags Dems on trade treaty NAFTA seen differently in Ohio, Texas And now this South Texas outpost is swept up in one of the more intriguing tests of myth vs. reality in today's political life: the battle over the so-called...
  • Trans-Texas Corridor debated in East Texas

    02/19/2008 1:37:06 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies · 463+ views
    KETKNBC.com ^ | February 18, 2008 | Gloria Gallardo
    TYLER - Heated debates are cropping up in rural East Texas communities as the Texas Department of Transportation hold hearings on the proposed the Trans-Texas Corridor. It's the first construction project of it's kind in the country. The Texas Department of Transportation says they want it to make room for a growing state. "A thousand people a day move to texas," says spokesman Larry Krantz,"where are these people going to drive? The population in Texas is going to explode by 60% in the year 2030." Their plans involve moving commercial trucks off existing interstate highways and onto one of two...
  • Corridor plan could mean more traffic, ??fewer?? trucks in Southeast Texas

    02/12/2008 2:04:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 496+ views
    Beaumont Enterprise ^ | February 12, 2008 | Christine Rappleye
    Trucks hauling everything from cars to produce use Southeast Texas roads to deliver their goods, and when a proposed Interstate 69/Trans Texas Corridor is completed, local drivers could see even more of them, local transportation officials said. The proposed I-69 corridor stretches from Michigan down to Texas. Once in Texas, the corridor goes about 650 miles from Texarkana to Brownsville and Laredo and includes separate lanes for cars and semis and areas for trains and utilities. It doesn't cut through Beaumont, but local arteries like U.S. 69 and Interstate 10 would connect to it. Travelers and truckers just need to...
  • Valley leaders make yet another appeal for interstate

    02/11/2008 6:19:30 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 281+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | February 10, 2008 | Christopher Sherman (Associated Press)
    McALLEN — In other parts of the state, transportation officials try to allay property owners' fears that a superhighway from Laredo north to Texarkana will result in a massive land grab. But in the lower Rio Grande Valley, the state's road builders spend more time assuring local leaders that they have a shot at being included. People in the fast-growing border area between Brownsville and McAllen have developed something of an inferiority complex about being the state's largest metropolitan area without an interstate highway. One after another, Valley leaders stepped to a microphone at public meetings last week and made...
  • Proposal in Texas for a Public-Private Toll Road System Raises an Outcry

    02/10/2008 5:13:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 937+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 10, 2008 | Ralph Blumenthal
    ROBSTOWN, Tex. — Leon Little’s farm here near Corpus Christi would not be seized for Texas’s proposed $184-billion-plus superhighway project for 5 or 10 years, if ever. But Mr. Little was alarmed enough to show up Wednesday night with hundreds of his South Texas coastal neighbors to do what the Texas Department of Transportation has been urging: “Go ahead, don’t hold back.” Don’t worry. Texans have gotten the message, swamping hearings and town meetings across the state to grill and often excoriate agency officials about a colossal traffic makeover known as the Trans-Texas Corridor, a public-private partnership unrivaled in the...
  • Residents warn of toll from planned highway

    02/07/2008 1:17:44 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 219+ views
    Longview News-Journal ^ | February 7, 2008 | Jimmy Isaac
    Not one of the 11 East Texans who approached the podium at Wednesday's hearing on Interstate 69 voiced support for the planned highway. "This is highway robbery, and we should not pursue this project," said David Simpson, a Longview resident and fifth-generation Texan. "This process has bypassed the Constitution. It has bypassed the U.S. Congress, and I'm opposed to it because of the unconstitutional way that it has been pushed through." The public hearing, held at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center, was a chance for residents to comment and ask questions about Interstate 69/Trans-Texas Corridor. The corridor would extend...
  • County judge and commissioners take action against TTC/I-69

    02/06/2008 2:39:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 947+ views
    Navasota Examiner ^ | February 6, 2008 | Rosemary Smith
    Grimes County commissioners and County Judge Betty Shiflett made sure they attended a TTC/I-69 meeting at the Walker County Fairgrounds last week, as residents previously demanded they take a stronger stance against the proposed route through Grimes County. Shiflett received a roaring applause from audience members with her speech that ended with the question, “What part of “no” do you not understand?” Shiflett added that Grimes County was not given an option for having a town meeting, just the environmental meeting. “Representative Lois Kolkhorst stole the show as she announced loud and clear that she was against TTC I-69,” said...
  • Valley leg of I-69 a big maybe

    02/05/2008 1:12:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 267+ views
    Brownsville Herald ^ | February 4, 2008 | Kevin Sieff
    A so-called “NAFTA Superhighway” earned support from the city’s mayor and discussion among residents Monday during a public hearing on the Texas Department of Transportation’s I-69 project. TxDOT held a public hearing at the Brownsville Events Center Monday to explain the progress of the Trans-Texas Corridor, a future segment of Highway I-69, which will link the U.S.-Mexico border to the U.S.-Canada border. After a short presentation, the floor was open for comments. Among the local politicians, college students and retirees at the hearing there was a wide range of opinion on the project. According to Mario Jorge, district engineer for...
  • I-69 concerns? TxDot brings forum to town

    02/03/2008 2:38:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 855+ views
    Longview News-Journal ^ | February 3, 2008 | Jimmy Isaac
    Local residents who want to add their two cents about the proposed Interstate 69 construction won't have to fill their tanks to do it. TxDOT is coming to Longview. The Texas Department of Transportation is holding 46 public hearings this month in East and South Texas along the planned corridor, including Tuesday's meeting in Longview. The hearings will give Texans a chance to comment and ask questions about the proposed Interstate 69/Trans-Texas Corridor, a collection of passenger and freight roadways, utility and rail lines from Texarkana to the Rio Grande Valley. A draft environmental impact statement released in November suggests...
  • Dozens turn out for meeting on possible Valley interstate

    02/01/2008 6:10:19 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 166+ views
    The Monitor ^ | January 31, 2008 | Jackie Leatherman
    WESLACO — Nearly 80 people filled a lecture hall here Thursday for a town hall forum with Texas Department of Transportation officials on a potential interstate highway designation in the region. The forum at South Texas College’s Mid-Valley Campus was the first of four planned public meetings in the Rio Grande Valley addressing the state’s Trans-Texas Corridor plan for an Interstate 69 extension linking South Texas to points north. TxDOT is developing plans for the first interstate in eastern Texas to connect Texarkana to one of three points in the south: U.S. Highway 281 in Hidalgo County, U.S. Highway 77...
  • Residents unhappy with governor

    01/31/2008 6:12:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 187+ views
    Huntsville Item ^ | January 31, 2008 | Holly Green
    The majority of residents from Walker and area counties made it clear Wednesday night how they feel about the proposed I-69/Trans-Texas Corridor. They are strongly opposed to it. An estimated 800 people took action on the controversial issue. The second town hall meeting in Huntsville, offering a chance for open dialogue between residents and the Texas Department of Transportation, took on a different tone than the initial meeting Jan. 23 at the Walker Education Center. With the main building at the Walker County Fairgrounds able to accommodate the large crowd, property owners and other residents expressed their dissatisfaction with Gov....
  • Fear and loathing along proposed Trans-Texas Corridor

    01/30/2008 3:09:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 300+ views
    Land Line Magazine ^ | January 29, 2008 | David Tanner
    Some Texans are afraid of losing their land to the Trans-Texas Corridor while others loathe the thought of a quarter-mile-wide swath of toll roads and railway lines transforming the countryside into a superhighway. People continue to turn out in droves at public meetings concerning the controversial Trans-Texas Corridor proposal, specifically the portion known as the TTC-69 proposed from Brownsville to Texarkana. A meeting Monday, Jan. 28, at the fairgrounds in Austin County was no exception, drawing more than 1,000 people. Opposition to the proposed corridor has come from people in all walks of life, said Chris Steinbach, chief of staff...
  • Perry's Trans-Texas Corridor plan is a hard sell

    01/28/2008 5:31:44 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 694+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 27, 2008 | Rad Sallee and Eric Hanson
    Gov. Rick Perry's ambitious Trans-Texas Corridor plan, and his advocacy of toll funding for future roads, hit the skids in a skeptical Legislature last spring. The road shows no signs of getting any smoother as state transportation officials try to sell the plan to Houston-area audiences. "This will wipe me out," Dee Bond told a panel of corridor advocates at a town hall meeting in Rosenberg last week. The panel, which included Texas Transportation Commissioner Ned Holmes of Houston and Steve Simmons, deputy executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation, was there to explain and gather comment on a...
  • County hopeful of I-69 will become reality

    12/06/2007 5:26:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies · 112+ views
    Brownsville Herald ^ | December 4, 2007 | Laura B. Martinez
    When the Texas Department of Transportation begins work on the I-69/Trans Texas Corridor, the U.S. 77 leg from Victoria to Brownsville will be developed first. Cameron County Commissioners revealed the information during Tuesday’s Cameron County Commissioners Court meeting. County officials received the news from the state’s Turnpike Authority Division on Monday. In a letter to Cameron County, Turnpike Authority Division Director Phillip E. Russell said, TXDOT has identified U.S. 77 as “high priority” and the “first near term facility to be developed under the I-69/TTC Comprehensive Development Agreement.” The U.S. 77 Highway runs from Victoria to Brownsville. Precinct 3 Commissioner...
  • I-69 route gains funds with federal recognition

    09/13/2007 6:02:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 684+ views
    Corpus Christi Caller-Times ^ | September 13, 2007 | Fanny S. Chirinos
    The Interstate 69 corridor, a Mexico-to-Canada concept discussed since 1991, has received government recognition as a "corridor of the future," a designation that immediately means $800,000 in federal money for studies. Local officials say it could mean more trade in South Texas. The corridor -- a 2,680-mile international trade route from Mexico to Canada also known as the Trans-Texas Corridor-69 -- was one of two designated Tuesday as corridors of the future. Interstate 10 from California to Florida also received recognition. Hailed as a route that would facilitate trade resulting from the North American Free Trade Agreement, I-69's Texas portion...
  • Lobbyist describes status of toll roads

    06/08/2007 4:16:27 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 560+ views
    Longview News-Journal ^ | June 8, 2007 | Lauren Thompson
    Hank Gilbert was not impressed with the 80th meeting of the Texas Legislature. Gilbert, a former candidate for agriculture commissioner and Democratic anti-toll road lobbyist, offered his opinions and reported on his efforts, specifically on bills concerning the toll roads, at the Texas Democratic Women of Gregg County's monthly meeting Thursday. "The 80th session probably had some high points," he said of the Democrats' progress. "But I didn't see them; except the raising of the minimum wage to $7.25, which won't go into effect for another two years." Gilbert spoke in detail about Texas House Bill 1892, a piece of...
  • [Texas Border: Rio Grande Valley]Retiring sector chief says violence greatest threat

    04/07/2007 2:37:39 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 506+ views
    The Brownsville Herald/AP ^ | April 6, 2007 | LYNN BREZOSKY
    Rising violence against Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley is the biggest challenge facing the sector today, a retiring Border Patrol chief said Friday. Rio Grande Valley sector Chief Lynne Underdown, 49, spoke to reporters after announcing her retirement following 27 years with the Border Patrol. She recalled her alarm in December 2005 when unseen assailants on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande were shooting at agents on boat patrol, where they were at "maximum exposure." "This is not a position you learn on," she said. Since then, agents have repeatedly been shot at, including two incidents...
  • Holy Cash Cow: Retailers sing praises of Easter Week

    03/30/2007 11:30:53 AM PDT · by Liberty Valance · 1 replies · 124+ views
    The McAllen Monitor ^ | March 29, 2007 | Kyle Arnold
    McALLEN TEXAS — Chacho’s Kids in downtown McAllen is brimming with dresses of all colors, eagerly anticipating a seat on a church pew on Easter Sunday. Soon, many of those frilly little dresses will have homes, as hundreds of eager buyers pour into the store during one of the busiest shopping weeks of the year — Holy Week. It’s the week retailers call “Christmas in April.” “The weekends do get very busy,” said Patty Tuerne, daughter of owner Nagle “Chacho” Emilio Tuerne. Today is the unofficial beginning of Holy Week, the Christian Observance leading up to Easter on April 8....
  • Editorial: A lot to pay for a 700-mile symbol [Texas]

    10/01/2006 3:01:17 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 74 replies · 1,614+ views
    Valley Morning Star ^ | October 01, 2006
    After all the discussion about immigration this year, what Congress finally seems to have accomplished is to authorize a big double-layer fence with a road down the middle for Border Patrol agents to monitor. If that's what it comes down to, that's a shame. Illegal immigration is a broad issue that deserves a more serious approach than constructing what is likely to amount to little more than an expensive and ineffective symbol. The border between the United States and Mexico is about 2,000 miles long. A 700-mile fence would cover less than one-third of that distance - and it might...
  • [Texas]UTB president: Fence sends 'the wrong messages'

    10/01/2006 6:18:10 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 47 replies · 1,072+ views
    Valley Morning Star ^ | October 01, 2006 | EDWINA P. GARZA
    Valley leaders express disappointment following vote HARLINGEN - "Horrible," "wrong," "crazy" and "extremely disappointing" were just a few of the words some local residents used about Congress' approval of a border fence. The Senate on Friday authorized 700 miles of new fencing on the southern border. One of its longest spans would stretch 200 miles from Brownsville to Laredo. The fence bill was passed by the House two weeks ago, and with the Senate's authorization Friday, the measure is now on its way to President Bush. "It's like when East Germany built a wall between West Berlin and East Berlin,"...
  • Family, friends cheer on McAllen astronaut

    07/18/2006 10:53:18 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 214+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 07/17/2006 11:02 PM CDT | Jesse Bogan
    Family, friends cheer on McAllen astronauthttp://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA071806.1A.valley.space.169b85e.html http://tinyurl.com/zs9yd Web Posted: 07/17/2006 11:02 PM CDT Jesse Bogan Rio Grande Valley Bureau McALLEN — The recent e-mail from outer space informed the small group the voyage had been safe and rewarding. Their supporting role was almost over. "Now the shuttle is just about packed and ready to come home," astronaut Mike Fossum, 48, who grew up in McAllen, wrote them from the space shuttle Discovery on Sunday. "We're all ready, too — our objectives have been met." Hours later, on Monday morning, they gathered before a large television screen in Fossum's boyhood home,...
  • Los ZETAS in America

    05/22/2006 10:20:35 PM PDT · by fidelio · 5 replies · 596+ views
    KRGV-TV ^ | 23 May 06 | RyanJames.tv
    For those of you who are against the concept of securing our borders, I would like to introduce you a group called the ZETAS. These guys are all ex-Mexican Army, trained by the U.S. at the School of the Americas, are the hired guns of the Gulf Cartel of Osiel Cardenas, and they now have a foothold in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Two of them spoke to KRGV-TV Monday night, the first interview on either side of the border. Here is the link to the original report: KRGV-TV (NEWSCHANNEL5.tv)
  • State seeks alternatives for Valley interstate

    04/27/2006 9:28:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 188+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | April 27, 2006 | LYNN BREZOSKY / Associated Press
    News of a possible Panama Canal expansion makes the Rio Grande Valley's quest for interstate highway access even more important, state Transportation Commissioner Ric Williamson told a crowd of South Texas officials pleading Thursday for the interstate. President Martin Torrijos of Panama on Monday urged Panamanians to support a $5.25 billion expansion that could increase cargo ship traffic and the need for new or expanded ports. Rio Grande Valley leaders see the port of Brownsville as both a key Gulf of Mexico port and a destination for goods coming across Mexico from expanded Pacific Coast ports taking traffic from clogged-up...
  • Expedited Removal a succes in the Valley

    03/22/2006 9:56:00 PM PST · by fidelio · 10 replies · 617+ views
    NEWSCHANNEL 5, KRGV-TV ^ | 22 March 06 | KRGV
    EDINBURG - A new program to strengthen border security is changing the face of illegal immigration in the Rio Grande Valley, according to the Border Patrol.
  • ‘I-69 is dead’

    11/10/2005 6:27:08 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 83 replies · 2,701+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | November 9, 2005 | Matt Whittaker
    ‘I-69 is dead’ State, federal officials disagree on status of road By Matt Whittaker The Monitor WESLACO, November 9, 2005 — There are not enough federal dollars for an Interstate highway to the Rio Grande Valley, state officials said Tuesday “I-69 is dead in the state of Texas,” Texas Transportation Commissioner Ted Houghton told about 75 area city officials and business leaders at a lunch discussion about transportation issues. “The road fairy has been shot.” But federal lawmakers said the project to create an Interstate linking major commercial centers in Mexico, the United States and Canada is still alive and...
  • Slipping through a gap in border enforcement

    07/15/2005 11:45:54 PM PDT · by thorshammer · 7 replies · 440+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 7/16/2005 | Juan Castillo
    MCALLEN — Illegal immigrants from Brazil, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and other nations routinely descend on the bus station just steps from the New World discount store in this bustling, sweltering city 10 miles from a U.S.-Mexico bridge. They openly gather in groups, make phone calls and buy bus tickets to cities across the United States. They have little fear of being arrested — most already have been. Happily. Many, in fact, illegally crossed the border hoping to get caught right away and slip through a crack in the nation's immigration system known as "catch and release.' While Mexicans can...
  • Winning the Mail-In Ballots

    06/30/2005 5:06:39 PM PDT · by fidelio · 145+ views
    ryanVOX Blog ^ | 30 Jun 05 | Ryan James
    Now that Mexican President Vicente Fox has signed a law allowing Mexican nationals living abroad to vot in the 2006 presidential elections, I wonder if politiqueras working along the border in the Rio Grande Valley have already called the PRI and the PAN to offer their services on getting the vote in.
  • Border busts yield 147 illegal Brazilians

    04/21/2005 11:28:48 PM PDT · by Liberty Valance · 84 replies · 1,351+ views
    krgv-tv ^ | Thursday, April 21, 2005 | krgv-tv
    Border Patrol agents arrest a baffling number of Brazilian illegal immigrants across the valley. MCALLEN – Border Patrol agents called for backup today after they arrested more than 100 Brazilian immigrants. The agency did not have enough room to process the group, and said they were baffled by the numbers. Authorities in McAllen sent some of the illegal immigrants to other offices to be fingerprinted and booked. In just three hours, authorities arrested 147 Brazilians across Hidalgo County. Five different groups of Brazilian immigrants were caught Thursday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. near Los Ebanos. Busts followed near Sullivan City, La...
  • Trans Texas Corridor in planning stage until 2006

    03/24/2005 2:46:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 823+ views
    The Monitor ^ | March 24,2005 | James Osborne
    McALLEN — As long as the Trans Texas Corridor has been in the works, Project Manager Jack Heiss has been answering questions about what’s taking so long. "I get that question from people sometimes," he said. "What people need to understand is that this is 4,000 miles. For a project of this size, it’s a very short period of their lives." The corridor project has remained locked in the environmental survey phase for close to three years and will remain so until the summer of 2006. But on Tuesday night, Heiss and other TxDOT representatives fielded questions at a public...
  • Mayors: Lift travel alert(to Mexico)

    02/18/2005 10:53:17 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 18 replies · 621+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | February 18, 2005 | Sergio Chapa
    Leaders concerned image of violence will hurt Spring Break tourism — City leaders from Matamoros, Brownsville and South Padre Island said Thursday they will ask the U.S. State Department to lift or soften its alert for Americans traveling along Mexico’s northern border. With at least 150,000 Spring Breakers expected to arrive here next month, the mayors of each city said they are concerned the alert will reduce the tourist flow into Mexico. “We all agreed that is something we will pursue,” SPI Mayor Bob Pinkerton said of submitting a request to the State Department. “I know a lot of kids...