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Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Forensic Nurses

Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez, Jr.; Rose Aguirre BSN, RN, CA/CP SANE; Laura Solis BSN, RN, CA/CP SANE; Pct. 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios; Pct. 3 Commissioner Joe M. Flores; County Judge Ramon Garcia; Pct. 2 Commissioner Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu; Pct. 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes;Cindy Rincon BSN, RN, CA/CP SANE, and  Forensic Nurse Manager Evonne Garcia RN, SANE-P, CA/CP SANE.

Forensic Nurses Recognized at Commissioners Court

A  group of forensic nurses from Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance accepted a proclamation declaring Nov. 6-10 as Forensic Nurses Week.

The proclamation was presented by the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office-Special Crimes Unit to highlight the important role that forensic nurses play in association to criminal cases, said Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez, Jr.

The DA's office shares a critical concern for victims of sexual violence and other violent crimes and a desire to support their needs for justice and healing.

“Thank you for recognizing this specialty of nurses, we are honored to be here representing all Forensic Nurses in Hidalgo County and having the skills needed to take care of victims of abuse,” said Evonne Garcia, Forensic Nurse Manager of the Safe HAVEN Forensic Exam Center at Renaissance.  “Thank you for having us.”

The Safe H.A.V.E.N. Forensic Exam Center at DHR works in collaboration with the Criminal District Attorney’s Office-Special Crimes Unit and other community members to help expand specialized forensic medical services to sexual assault victims and other victims of crime.

“Forensic Nurses are important to DA Offices, Law Enforcement and especially in special crime cases where there is injury to children and adults,” said Rodriguez.  “They work to increase victim-centered care and mitigate violence through public health strategies.”  

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Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez, Jr. reads a proclamation declaring Nov 6-10 Forensic Nurses Week.

Walk Across Texas Winners

Drainage District #1 General Manager Raul Sesin (far left) with his staff, and Chief Administrative Officer Eduardo Olivarez (far right) pose for a picture with Commissioners Court.

Drainage District team wins Walk Across Texas Challenge

Congratulations to Drainage District #1 Manager Raul Sesin and his staff on winning round 14 of the Walk Across Texas Challenge. Their team, The Walkaholics, walked a total of 4,351.80 miles in an eight week period.

As a county, a total of 21,806.33 miles were walked.

"This is a fun way to be competitive, health conscious and to most importantly stay fit," said Sesin.

The WAT challenge is part of the HidalGO FIT Wellness program implemented by the Hidalgo Health and Human Services. The comprehensive wellness program focuses on preventive health and lifestyle modifications and encourage employees to focus on key health behaviors such as increasing physical activity.

“The rationale behind this wellness program is that encouraging healthy habits now can prevent or lower the risk of serious health conditions later,” said Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Chief Administrative Officer Eduardo Olivarez.  

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The offices of Precinct 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes and Precinct 2 Commissioner Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu will hold ribbon cutting ceremonies for their Tax Office substations stations on Wednesday, Nov. 8 and Thursday, Nov. 9, respectively.

Commissioner Fuentes – in collaboration with Tax Assessor-Collector Pablo “Paul” Villarreal Jr. – will host a ribbon cutting for the Weslaco Substation Tax Office Express Lanes at the Weslaco Substation Tax Office on 1902 Joe Stephens, Ste. 201 in Weslaco at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8.
“Recently, the county assisted with a tax office remodel that added two new windows that will be dedicated to express lanes,” said Fuentes.  “These lanes will be utilized exclusively for vehicle registration.”
Facilities Management Department assisted with the project by providing all the labor for the improvements. 
“This project is an effort to provide more efficient services for those who pay vehicle tax and registration at the Precinct 1 substation,” said Villarreal.

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Hidalgo County Precinct 2 Commissioner Eduardo “Eddie” Cantu, in partnership with the Hidalgo County Tax Office, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open a tax office and vehicle registration substation located in McAllen. The ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 9 at 300 East Hackberry McAllen, TX 78501.

The Hidalgo County Tax Office will offer both property tax collection and motor vehicle titling and registration services. The newly remodeled McAllen substation will be fully staffed with seven employees.

The tax office has three additional substations in Precinct 2 located in Alamo, San Juan and Pharr. The McAllen substation will be located in Precinct 2's largest city.

Hidalgo County and City of McAllen officials will be on hand for the event along with local dignitaries. The media and public are invited to attend.


Did you miss today's meeting? Watch it at 9 p.m. Thursday on KMBH Ch. 10 or on the county's YouTube Channel!

If you missed today's meeting, you can view it on our county website or YouTube Channel by clicking here. You can also watch today's Commissioners Court and Drainage District meetings on KMBH TV, cable channel 10, on Thursday at 9 p.m. Or watch it on Friday morning at 9 a.m. on your local school district channel 17 on cable.

The next regular meeting of Commissioners Court will be held Tuesday, Nov. 14. 

The Drainage District Board of Directors meets at 9 a.m., followed by Commissioners Court at 9:30 a.m. Meetings are held in the Commissioners Courtroom, located on the first floor of the Courthouse Annex at 100 E. Cano St. in Edinburg.  

View meetings and find other news and events videos on our Hidalgo County YouTube Channel. 
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