Local troopers deploy to Texas protests

Highway patrolling continues, DPS sergeant says Troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol have been dispatched to urban areas this week in response to a number of civil demonstrations that have turned violent. DPS Sgt. JD Rodriguez in La Salle County confirmed Monday, June 1, that a number of his troopers had…

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“We must adapt to survive”

As Cotulla preps for the ‘new normal’…  At her desk in the AB Alexander Convention Center beside IH-35, Cotulla – La Salle County Chamber of Commerce Manager Melinda Rheinfeldt is confident that the economy will recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, and that prospects for growth are strong. Provided, that is, businesses diversify and…

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In the bloodied rubble

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Crank up the barbecue, fill the ice chest and fish the dead birds out of the pool; it’s Memorial Day Weekend. That’s a three-day holiday for you and me. Someone’s managed to schedule this special weekend of hot dogs and frosty beverages just at the cusp of the summer heat,…

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City advertises for new police chief

Zertuche plans exit this year for La Salle County job Dilley councilors agreed at a meeting last week to begin the process of hiring a police chief to replace the city’s current top officer, Anthony Zertuche. The decision came after an executive session on Tuesday, May 12, when councilors acknowledged that Zertuche will soon depart…

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McLain departs Dilley for New Braunfels

Going to join the Unicorns… After serving as superintendent of schools in Dilley for seven years, Dr. Clint McLain has accepted an offer for a position in charge of finances and operations at New Braunfels ISD, where he is scheduled to begin working July 1. The superintendent announced his decision to leave Dilley ISD at…

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Remains of a tortilla chip

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE My wife was sunning on a Gulf Coast beach about a week ago when she received an urgent text message from the vacuum cleaner with demands that its dust bag be emptied immediately. When she didn’t respond in a timely manner – she was, after all, lying on a beach…

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La Salle extends emergency order to May 18

Limited reopening permitted; commissioners hesitate to lift all restrictions An emergency order signed in early April to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus in La Salle County was extended last Thursday to continue through May 18, although some businesses may begin reopening their buildings to the public. The decision by commissioners came only four…

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Blue Ribbon Campaign promotes civic pride

Now in the mail to addresses in Frio County… Residents of Frio and La Salle counties who have fulfilled their civic duty in the US Census will soon receive blue ribbons to display in front of their properties. “Tie the blue ribbon where it can be seen from the street,” regional census organizer Deborah Hughes…

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Right about that so far

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Even though we may be a week or two – possibly a month – behind some northeastern states in witnessing the truly devastating surge of disease and death wrought by the coronavirus, Texas is scheduled to begin reopening its economy on Friday, May 1. Of course I’m pleased that the…

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