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Success of tire recovery efforts leads to even bigger dream

WESLACO — The success of the Valley’s three-year “Road to Recycling” tire collection efforts is spurring a more intensive effort to help alleviate one...

Walmart to expand grocery home delivery nationwide

HARLINGEN — When it comes to buying groceries, it looks like the rest of the country is finally catching up to the Rio Grande...

New specialty shop built around cheeses, local products

HARLINGEN — After a year of planning and prep, the goats finally have their own selling space. True Food Markets, located on West U.S. Expressway...

Goat-to-it

HARLINGEN — After a year of planning and prep, the goats finally have their own selling space. True Food Markets, located on West U.S. Expressway...

Valley bike-share plan spinning ever closer

WESLACO — The long-delayed Valley bike-share plan is moving ahead, and a contract agreement with a company called BCycle has been received and is...

On the waterfront

HARLINGEN — The dangers of being on the water in 2018 were magnified by excessive alcohol use, operator inattention and too much speed, new...

TxDOT showers Valley with $1.1 billion windfall

HARLINGEN — If the merger of the Valley’s three metropolitan planning organizations was a roll of the dice, the region just raked in the...

Laguna seeking volunteers to help with refuge hunts

HARLINGEN — When you’re staging one of the biggest Texas hunts on federal land, you’re going to need some help. Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge...

Fare’s fair: Ride-share companies flying under radar at Valley airports

HARLINGEN — Disruptive new innovations in technology are not sparing the Valley’s airports. Officials at Valley International Airport said last week they were frustrated with...

Freight hauling: VIA continues to rise among U.S. cargo airports

Valley International Airport is continuing its march up the charts when it comes to shipping cargo, airport officials say. Marv Esterly, director of aviation for VIA, this past week told the airport board the last Federal Aviation Administration rankings of cargo airports as of 2018 showed the airport has moved to 71st in the nation in weight moved. And while this year is not matching the previous year’s growth of 21.78 percent, so far for 2019 the airport’s cargo freight is increasing. “Air cargo is also up for the year, 5.2 percent for the year,” he told the board. Passenger traffic at VIA is also up this year, with July records indicating the airport saw 32,460 enplanements (passengers departing), a 17.2 percent increase over July 2018. Overall passenger enplanements for the fiscal year which ends Sept. 30 totaled 293,551 through July, an increase of 13.1 percent over the same period the previous year.