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Rolando Rios
Attorney Rolando Rios.

Hidalgo County joins lawsuit opposing citizenship question in 2020 Census 

As of this morning Hidalgo and Cameron County have joined with the New York lawsuit opposing the inclusion of a citizenship question stated on the 2020 Census questionnaire. 

Hidalgo County's attorney Rolando Rios spoke with commissioners court in executive session about the litigation.  

The concern for Hidalgo County Commissioners is that if a citizenship question is added to the 2020 Census, many local residents will ignore the census form. 

"Today we got the green light to move forward; we're in the lawsuit," said Attorney Rolando Rios.  This lawsuit is a big plus for Cameron and Hidalgo county because they are providing the leadership that the state of Texas has refused to provide and will save us tens of millions of dollars in federal funds."

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Head Start
Head Start Executive Director Teresa Flores announces contest winners.

Head Start Nutrition Contest Winners announced

Head Start Executive Director Teresa Flores announced the winners of the annual Head Start Nutrition Contest at Tuesday's meeting.

The contest is hosted by the Head Start Child Nutrition Department.  It brings together center staff, parents, children, volunteers, administrative staff and kitchen staff who all play an important role in making the special event possible.

"This year's theme was "Go Further with Food."  At each center, parents presented their dishes and meals focusing on healthy eating, physical activities, and educating others how to add healthy food into their daily lives," said Flores.

The following centers were crowned winners of the Nutrition Contest:

Two-Three Classroom Centers (Category 1); First place is Maricela Infante with Progreso,  Second Place UTRGV, and Third Place is Hidalgo County.

Two-Three Classroom Centers (Category 2); First Place is Maria Gonzalez with Western Rd., Second Place San Juan I, and Third Place is McAllen IV.

Four-Five Classroom Centers; First Place is Ms. Idolina Rivera with Sullivan City, Second Place Carmen Anaya, and Third Place is McAllen V.

Six-Seven Classroom Centers; First Place is Alma Zepeda with Farias, Second Place Mission II, and Third Place is Alton.

Eight-Ten Classroom Centers; First Place is Ms. Ludivina Almaguer with Edinburg V, Second Place Edinburg IV, and Third Place is Palacios.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

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Hidalgo County to host 84th Annual South Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association in June

84th Annual South Texas County Judges and Commissioners
L-R: Past President Victoria County Judge Ben Zeller, President Hidalgo County Pct. 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios, Vice President Webb County Commissioner Jaime Canales and 2nd Vice President Bee County Judge Stephanie Moreno.

The 84th Annual South Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association Conference will be held for the second time in Hidalgo County.

Hidalgo County Pct. 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios, who is also the President of the STCJ&C Association, invited the court and the general public to the conference held being held June 11 - 14, 2018 at the McAllen Convention Center.

"There will be 63 participating South Texas counties, so this will have a large economic impact on our region," said Palacios.

The conference will offer 20 continuing Education Sessions that will include ROW legal issues, Regulations, Interlocal agreements, Cyber Security, Legislative issues, and more.

For more information on how to register for the conference, please call the Pct. 4 office at (956) 383-3112.

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Elections Administrator Yvonne Ramon.
Elections Administrator Yvonne Ramon.

Don't forget to vote Saturday in your local entities elections

Hidalgo County Elections Administrator Yvonne Ramon reported that today is the last day to vote early in the local entities elections. Election Day is Saturday, May 5.

Early voting for the Democratic March Primary runoff election runs Monday, May 14 through Friday, May 18, with Election Day held on Tuesday, May 22. There are no Republican run offs in Hidalgo County. Those who voted as Democrats in the March Primary and those who did not vote in March are eligible to vote in the runoff, Ramon said.

The primary runoff election includes the following races: Governor, between Andrew White and Lupe Valdez; Hidalgo County Treasurer between Lita Leo and David Salazar, Jr.; and Justice of the Peace Precinct 4, Place 2, between Armando M. Guerra and Homer Jasso Sr.

Commissioners Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu and Joseph Palacios questioned Ramon on recent news reports alleging questionable change of addresses, such as an April 26 KRGV-Channel 5 report of 11 people who registered to vote using the address of a one bedroom home in Edinburg.

"You are required to show an ID when you vote, but not when you register to vote or make a change to your voter information," Ramon said. "I, as an Elections Administrator, cannot question residents; I cannot send a notice of examination like I can for a registered voter who is deceased, or a non-citizen, or a felon."

Ramon added that there is an investigation into voter registration and that she is working with the Hidalgo County District Attorney's Office, and outside law enforcement agencies, but cannot comment on the investigation.

All riders welcome May 5.

Motorcycle Awareness Month

The court declared May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and urges all motorists to join in efforts to keep highways and streets safe.
Motorcycle riding is a popular form of recreation and transportation for thousands of people across the county, state and nation.
Motorcycles are a common and economical means of transportation that reduces fuel consumption and road wear, and contributes in a significant way to the relief of traffic and parking congestion, read the proclamation.

During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, motorcycle organizations across the country will be conducting activities to promote the importance of motorist awareness and safely sharing the road with motorcycles and to remind riders to make themselves more visible to others.

Hidalgo County Public Affairs Director Julia Sullivan invited the public to the Motorcycle Awareness Ride on May 5, at 10 a.m. beginning at the Harlingen Travel Information Center. 

"All riders are welcome to attend," said Sullivan.


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Early voting for local elections ends today. May 5 is Election Day for local entities. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For polling location information, schedules and sample ballots click here!

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 hereYou 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.

The next regular meeting of Commissioners Court will be on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. 
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 III 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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