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Steve Clark is a staff writer with the Brownsville Herald. He can be reached at sclark@brownsvilleherald.com

SpaceX extends deadline, reappraises Boca Chica properties

BROWNSVILLE — SpaceX has extended its buyout offer deadline to Boca Chica Village homeowners and agreed to reappraise the properties after complaints that the...

Proposal would open Bahia Grande to public

  Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge officials want to hear from members of the public on a proposal to expand public access to the Bahia...

Presidential candidate Julian Castro condemns migrant policy

Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro crossed the border at the Gateway International Bridge Monday morning to visit a few of the hundreds of asylum-seeking...

Space odyssey: Elon Musk talks Starship at Boca Chica

Boca Chica became synonymous with cutting-edge space exploration the day SpaceX broke ground on its build/test/launch site here, even if it took a few...

Musk speaks at Boca Chica of Mk1 Starship’s future

Standing on a low stage set up in front of SpaceX's towering Mk1 Starship prototype at the company's Boca Chica Beach launch site Saturday...

Voter registration events taking place today

Considering the percentage of the electorate that historically sits out midterm elections, you’d think those elections aren’t important. In fact, like presidential elections, the results of midterms can have a profound effect on quality of life for communities, though to vote in an election you have to be registered. Today’s National Voter Registration Day event at the Brownsville Community Health Center, 191 E. Price Rd., is an ideal opportunity to do that, as is a similar event taking place today at Junior’s Supermarket, 108 S.H. 495 in San Juan. Both sessions are scheduled to take place 10 a.m. to noon, and are being hosted by the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network.

Homeowners reject SpaceX buyout offer

Some homeowners at Boca Chica Village insist they have no intention of accepting a recent offer from SpaceX to purchase their properties. Unlike most of their neighbors, Terry and Bonnie Heaton, originally from Michigan, live year-round in the unincorporated hamlet with about 35 houses near Boca Chica Beach. They’ve lived there 18 years. During the winter when the neighborhood fills up, it’s a real community where everyone helps each other, Terry said. “It’s almost like we’ve got an extended family here, because of the closeness of this neighborhood,” he said. “We’ve got a tight bond.”

SpaceX offers local buyouts; Homeowners will have two weeks to respond

SpaceX says that although it did not initially foresee “significant disruption” to residents of Boca Chica Village when Boca Chica Beach was first identified as a potential spaceport site several years ago, the company now realizes that disruption is becoming increasingly difficult to minimize, and therefore is extending buyout offers to property owners. In a Sept. 12 letter sent to the less than a dozen residents of Boca Chica Village, also known as Kopernik Shores, the Hawthorne, Calif.-based rocket company expressed its interest in acquiring “certain residential properties ... located in and around the Kopernik Shores area within the designated South Texas Spaceport area at Boca Chica Beach.” The company is offering property owners three times the appraised value of their properties, offers that are non-negotiable, and owners have two weeks from the date of the letter to decide whether to sell.

County OKs tax hike: Increase will raise revenue by 4.8%

The Cameron County Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted to raise the county’s property tax by $0.02 per $100 of property valuation for the 2019-2020...

UTRGV announces tuition break for qualified undergrads

Qualifying undergraduate students with adjusted gross family income of $75,000 or less will be able to attend the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley at...