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At Tuesday's meeting, Commissioners Court unanimously approved a proclamation in favor of education efforts that aid in the prevention of human trafficking and slavery.  Pictured are members of the RGV Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce, and supporters lead under the administration of Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr.

Anti-Human Trafficking Task-force educates public on the dangers of slavery and human trafficking


In an effort to focus on the ongoing battle to eradicate Human Trafficking, the District Attorney's office presented a proclamation to Commissioners Court declaring January 2019 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month was first proclaimed in 2016 to call attention to the injustice of modern slavery and human trafficking that still occurs in too many places around the world – including right here in the United States.

Joining Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. was up to 40 students from the UTRGV School of Nursing, Alton Police Department Chief Johnathon Flores, and Buffett-McCain Institute Program Manager Gonzalo Martinez de Vedia.  

"We're here to spread awareness on the dangers of human trafficking," said Rodriguez.  
"The victims of human trafficking are men and women, adults and children; victims can be abused in their own countries or find themselves far from home.

Rodriguez believes that fighting human trafficking is a shared responsibility and urges county residents to educate themselves about all forms of modern slavery.

"When we talk about the community coming together, I’d like to emphasize that it’s this help that allows the continuation of efforts in bringing awareness and also adding towards the prevention of human trafficking," Rodriguez said.

The task-force are comprised of law enforcement officers, prosecutors and direct victim service providers in the counties of Hidalgo, Cameron, Willacy, Starr and Brooks.

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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service County Extension Agent Andrea Valdez.

AgriLife Extension Service program update


Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service County Extension Agent Andrea Valdez reported to Commissioners Court on the success of current and ongoing programs that are mostly free to the community.

"Our most popular programs surround Health and Wellness," said Valdez.  "We offer free community programs to various age groups that educate the community on maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes physical activity and eating healthy, fresh foods." 

Valdez said that although AgriLife focuses on Health and Wellness programs, they also offer community awareness efforts such as Parenting Programs that include Child Passenger Safety classes, Anger Control and more.

"I'm happy to say that 98 percent of participants reported an improvement with their child's behavior after going through our Parenting Programs," Valdez said.

Popularity has reached an all-time high in Nutrition Education classes offered to both youth and adults.  Valdez reported that 83 percent of participants reported learning about healthy food choices--this program reached a total of 1,964 adults with 1,5123 graduates.  

Improving lives through agriculture continues to be a focus for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.  From working directly with farmers, urban gardening and small farm loans, AgriLife covers it all.

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Captain Adalberto Ruben Hinojosa was honored at Commissioners Court for 34 years of outstanding, dedicated service to the County of Hidalgo and its constituents.

Adalberto Ruben Hinojosa  honored for his 34 years of dedicated service 


Captain Adalberto Ruben Hinojosa was honored by Commissioners Court for his 34 years of outstanding service to the citizens of the county as a member of the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office.  

Born in Edinburg Nov. 9, 1961, Captain Hinojosa began his career with the Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 16, 1983 as a Detention Officer.  During his career he's worked his way up and has achieved the ranks of Deputy Sheriff, Academy Training Coordinator, Lieutenant and his current rank of Captain having earned his Master Jailers and Master Peace Officer License along with becoming a Certified Public Manager. 

"I've known this man for many years," said Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. "Eddie" Guerra.  "He brought a lot of knowledge to the forefront of our team."

Captain Hinojosa has a distinguished record with the Sheriff’s Office most notably as one of the architects of Operation El Cibolo in 2003 where he was instrumental in coordinating and overseeing the largest prisoner transfer in the History of the Sheriff’s Office from the old jail to the new facility in a 24 hour period without a single incident. 

After over three decades of dedicated service Captain Hinojosa will be retiring from his duties with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office. 

“Thank you for this day. What started as a job, turned into a career and for that I am grateful and hopeful.”

Sheriff Guerra and members of Commissioners Court thanked Captain Hinojosa for his passionate efforts and service to Hidalgo County.

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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service staff members celebrate 50 years of their Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program with a Resolution that was passed unanimously by Commissioners Court.

50th Anniversary of Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program 


Hidalgo County is celebrating 50 years of successful programming in the Expanded Food and nutrition Education Program.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent Melissa De Leon presented a proclamation stating that the EFNEP is a grassroots initiative of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
 
The program is designed for limited resource families, caregivers and youth, continually providing lifelong family learning through Extension education.  The program also teaches  the essentials of nutrition, food safety, food resource management, food preparation, and the importance of physical activity.

"EFNEP helps individuals acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior changes necessary for economic and nutritious diets that contribute to personal development," said De Leon.

The program aims to serve the local community by going beyond the scope of work responsibilities to ensure success and improve quality of life for families and children.

Commissioners Court recognizes the EFNEP graduates, volunteers, and Extension professionals in Texas who together, have work tirelessly for 50 years to enhance the quality of life.

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County Sheriff J.E. "Eddie" Guerra.

Sheriff presents 2018 Statistics


Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra reported calls for service have increased, response times have been cut, and overall crime is down during his annual report.

“Hidalgo County is experiencing some of the lowest crime rates ever in over a span of 25 years," said Guerra.

According to Sheriff Guerra's report, crimes have gone down to almost half from 7,287 in 2009 to 3,489 in 2018.  Patrol response times have steadily decreased from 2012 to 2018 by approximately 6 min.

"There are multiple reasons why Hidalgo County crime rates are at the lowest. First is more communities are reporting by calling in and most importantly the collaboration of our federal, state and local partners have helped a lot,” Guerra said.

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Did you miss Today's meeting?
Watch it at 9 p.m. 
Thursday on KMBH Ch. 10
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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 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, February 12
The Drainage District Board of Directors meets at 9:30 a.m. followed by Commissioners Court at 10:00 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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