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Judge Mario E. Ramirez resolution
L-R: 464th District Court Judge Ysmael D. Fonseca, 275th District Court Judge Marla Cuellar, 430th District Court Judge Israel Ramon Jr., 332nd District Court Judge Mario E. Ramirez' daughter Rebecca, Judge Ramirez' wife Noelia, Judge Ramirez, Commissioners Court, 370th District Court Judge Noe Gonzalez, 449th District Court Judge Renee Rodriguez-Betancourt, Master Court #1 Judge Nereida Lopez-Singleterry, Master Court #2 Judge Ismael "Kino" Flores Jr., County Court-at-Law #7 Judge Sergio Valdez, and 93rd District Court Judge Fernando Mancias.  

Judge Mario E. Ramirez honored for his 40th Judicial anniversary

Hidalgo County 430th District Court Judge Israel Ramon was honored to present
a resolution to Hidalgo County 332nd District Court Judge Mario E. Ramirez, commending him on his 40th Judicial anniversary.

Judge Ramirez humbly accepted the resolution and thanked Commissioners Court for their support and recognition.

"Thank you to my family, my colleagues, and all the attorneys from various offices who are here today to support me," said Judge Ramirez.  "I would also like to thank Commissioners Court for this honor, and again for naming the facility after me, especially because my parents were alive during that time."

Judge Ramirez earned his Juris Doctorate from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1975 and has presided over the 332nd Judicial District of Texas in Edinburg since the court was established in 1983.

He began his judicial career in 1980 as the Presiding Judge of County Court-at-Law No. 2 and served on the bench of the 93rd District Court from 1981-1982.

He has overseen the Juvenile Probation Department for over 36 years and was recently honored as one of the 2019 Distinguished Law Graduates by St. Mary's University Law Alumni Association.  He has received numerous honors, recognitions, and awards during his tenure.

"It's been a pleasure serving the people of Hidalgo County," said Judge Ramirez.

Commissioners Court congratulates Judge Ramirez on his 40th judicial anniversary in Hidalgo County.

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Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce
Seated L-R: Precinct 4 Commissioner Ellie Torres, Precinct 3 Commissioner Joe M. Flores, DA Ricardo Rodriguez Jr., County Judge Richard F. Cortez, and Precinct 2 Commissioner Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu, with members of the RGV Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce, law enforcement officials, DA staff, and victim advocates.

DA Rodriguez: Human trafficking does exist here in the Rio Grande Valley

Commissioners Court adopted a proclamation declaring January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month to raise awareness of the issue and to encourage residents to report suspected Human Trafficking.

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month has been observed since 2016 to call attention to the injustice of modern slavery and human trafficking. Human trafficking occurs in too many places, including in the Rio Grande Valley, although it is more common up north, said Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr., who sponsored the proclamation.

Joining the DA were members of the Rio Grande Valley Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce, state, county, and city law enforcement representatives, victims’ advocates, health care workers, DA staff, and other supporters of anti-human trafficking efforts.

"Thank you for having us here today and showing us continued support in our efforts to combat human trafficking," said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez urges county residents to educate themselves about all forms of modern slavery and encourages the community to provide a safe-haven by protecting victims and prosecuting traffickers, because it is a shared responsibility.

"Our primary goal is to keep the community safe," said Rodriguez.  "Anything we can do to bring prevention awareness on human trafficking to Hidalgo County and assist victims so that they know we have a voice for them is a priority for us."

With improved victim identification, medical and social services, training for first responders, and increased public awareness, the men, women, and children who have suffered this scourge can overcome the bonds of modern slavery, receive protection and justice, and successfully reclaim their rightful independence.

The Taskforce is comprised of federal, state, regional, and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, victim service agencies, and social service providers in Hidalgo County, who are working to end human trafficking.

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Army Veteran Sal Palomo leads the Pledge of Allegiance

Sal Palomo leads Pledge of Allegiance
Sal Palomo leads Pledge of Allegiance
Army Veteran Sal Palomo.

United States veteran Sal Palomo lead the Pledge of Allegiance at today's Commissioners Court.

Palomo is a United States Army veteran, who served from February 21, 1974  to January 31, 1980.

Hidalgo County thanks him and all veterans for their service.

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Dr. John Ronnau
Dr. John Ronnau 

Area Health Education Center provides medical services to San Carlos

Hidalgo County and UTRGV partnered to provide a facility that will provide for the delivery of a variety of services to help improve the self-sufficiency, health, safety, and welfare of the residents of San Carlos. 

UTRGV Senior Associate Dean for Community Health Dr. John Ronnau said that although the Area Health Education Center is just getting started, they are already running with a fully equipped staff.

"First off, thank you for having us here, and thank you for your support in our endeavors," said Ronnau.  "You'd be pleased with what we have already accomplished, along with the huge impact we've had on the community of San Carlos." 

The clinic's services include health promotion, education, recreation, disease prevention, community development, clinical services, telemedicine services, and other service programs.

"The main goal is to help reduce the significant shortage of primary health care providers in rural and medically underserved communities in the Rio Grande Valley," said UTRGV Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Community Relations Veronica Gonzales.

UTRGV Senior Director for Clinical Operations Dr. Linda Nelson said that the clinic also provides specialized healthcare for women.

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In Memoriam 

In Memoriam

It is with great sadness that we share the heartbreaking news of the death of one of our own here in Hidalgo County. Anthony Webber, a lifetime resident of Donna, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Jan. 23.

Webber worked in the Accounting Department at Precinct 1 for nearly 20 years. Precinct 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes, who missed Commissioners Court to attend the funeral, said Webber was a great co-worker and friend and will be deeply missed. 

County Judge Richard F. Cortez called for a moment of silence in remembrance of Webber.

"On behalf of all of us here at Commissioners Court, Hidalgo County Precinct 1, and the Hidalgo County family, we extend our condolences, thoughts, and prayers to his wife, Martha, his family, and his friends and colleagues," said Cortez.

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If you missed today's meeting, you can view it on our county website or 
YouTube Channel by clicking hereYou can also watch today's Commissioners Court and Drainage District meetings on Friday morning
at 10 a.m. on your local school district channel 17.

A workshop is scheduled for 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 4.

The next Commissioners Court meeting is scheduled for

Tuesday, February 11

Drainage District 1 Board of Directors meets at 9:45 a.m., followed by Commissioners Court at 10 a.m.

Meetings are held in the Commissioners Courtroom, located on the first floor of the Courthouse Annex III at 100 E. Cano St. in Edinburg.  
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