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Freshly licensed

David Gonzalez, who serves as the city of Cotulla’s animal control officer under the supervision of the Streets & Parks Department, has earned his ACO license, having passed the state examination in Fort Worth. He has become the city’s first fully state-licensed animal control officer. Under the law, he is now able to issue citations…

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Valuable service

During the inaugural National Forensic Interviewers Week, July 11 to 15, the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office extended its appreciation to local forensic interviewer Angela Olivarez, who was recently hired at The Children’s Alliance of South Texas and just completed her first training block in Austin. The sheriff and his staff also provided appreciation gifts…

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Moore hosts Summer Fest this Saturday

The Moore Community Improvement Club will host its second annual Moore Summer Fest Saturday, July 16, at the community center. The event will include a barbecue cook-off and other festivities at the Moore Community Center. Cooking teams will set up on Friday evening, July 15, in preparation for Saturday’s event. Saturday’s festivities are scheduled to…

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Gas prices drain constables’ budgets

As the pain of inflation and high gas prices continue to wreak havoc on the nation, Frio County constables were granted fuel budget amendments this month. Pct. 1 Constable Joe Ramirez asked on June 13 that $2,400 be moved from non-capitalized purchases to fuel and lubricants. According to Frio County Auditor Crystal Marquez, Ramirez had…

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City audit delayed by paperwork

Pearsall city councilors learned last week that the 2021 fiscal audit would be delayed until the end of the month due to pending documents from the municipal administration. Robert Carter, certified public accountant with Leal and Carter, the independent auditing firm hired by the city, provided councilors with a draft audit during a meeting on…

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Frio SO honors Aguilar for quarter

The Frio County Sheriff’s office has selected Deputy Erik Aguilar as the Deputy of the Quarter for the months of April through June of 2022. The 2018 Pearsall High School graduate attended Southwest Texas Junior College, earning his peace officer certification in 2021. According to the command staff at the sheriff’s office, Aguilar takes pride…

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Encinal PD works on smuggler interception

As attempts to smuggle undocumented immigrants into the country continue to rise, Encinal police officers gathered with other agencies last week to discuss effective strategies in hopes of intercepting the criminal activity more effectively. Encinal Lt. Angel Esparza said the police department hosted a briefing recently with La Salle County sheriff’s deputies and Texas state…

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Ready to serve

The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office has welcomed a new specially trained canine to its force. Edo is a two-year-old German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois cross who born in Poland and has been trained in law enforcement service for narcotics detection. He has been assigned to Deputy Victor Alvarado, who serves as one of the…

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Council faces choices on gas rate hike

A spike in the rate that the city of Cotulla pays for its gas before pumping the heating and cooking fuel to residents and businesses may leave councilors with little option but to raise prices for municipal customers. A number of options, however, may be open to the city council if elected officials are prepared…

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Commissioners sign new 90-day burn ban for La Salle

Wildfire danger remains high La Salle County commissioners met Tuesday, June 28, to vote unanimously for a new 90-day ban on all outdoor burning, an order prompted by warnings from firefighters and the Texas Forest Service that the risk of fast-moving wildfires across the region remains dangerously high. In a brief statement this week, La…

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