Berenice Garcia

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Berenice Garcia covers Western Hidalgo County and Starr County for The Monitor. She can be reached at bereniceg@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4432.

Crowning Citriana: What it takes to be named queen of the citrus industry

MISSION — From learning an entire industry’s history to being judged by your appearance as you wear a large ball gown, the road to...

Icy Memory: Some still recall Starr County’s ’67 snowfall

RIO GRANDE CITY — Once in a generation, an atmospheric miracle will befall the Rio Grande Valley when the temperatures drop low enough to...

Three South Texas congressmen tout their agendas for region

McALLEN — Just a few weeks ahead of the general election, three U.S. congressmen spoke to Valley leaders, shifting the focus off the presidential...

426 wind turbines now operating in Upper Valley

NEAR RIO GRANDE CITY — The latest phase of a wind farm project is now fully operational in Starr County.Duke Energy Renewables completed its...

Acceptance of gay community

SAN JUAN — Laying on the floor with her feet propped up, Chriselda Hernandez was still in her pajamas as she was serenaded with...

Valley LGBTQ youths hope to bring issues to the mainstream

While the war wages on against North Carolina’s HB2, which bans local protections for transgender individuals, the fight for LGBTQ rights has only recently...

Family and friends gather to mourn Lourdes Elizondo

PALMVIEW — On a cloudy Saturday afternoon, the day before families would gather to celebrate the resurrection of their Lord, a crowd of relatives...

Silver Ribbon aims to educate about elderly abuse

MCALLEN — With less than a month under her belt as the program director of Silver Ribbon Community Partners, Janie Maldonado is still learning...