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Sharp declines in the numbers of immigrants attempting to enter the U.S. means Border Patrol agents can throw their efforts more fully into their enforcement role, says the agency’s chief patrol agent here.

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Mauricio Guerra, a Del Rio High School junior and an Airman First Class in the TX-66 Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps unit, earned a private pilot’s license and college credit hours after graduating from a summer flight academy.

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Motivational speaker Danny Vuong-Batimana, a youth speaker and happiness creator of Newport Beach, Calif., visited with Del Rio Middle School students on Thursday. His dance-inspired presentation and message of “Happiness is Now” captivated the students.

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Open your wallet right now. What cards do you find? Most folks have a driver’s license, right? Then there are the military ID, school ID, work ID cards. You probably have multiple insurance cards – health, auto, life, home, Medicare. How about a debit card or some other bank card – maybe even a credit card? I hope you have a voter registration card, too.

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ACUÑA, México – La organización no gubernamental denominada “Esperanza, Amor, Fe, Victoria” (Esafevi) una agrupación encaminada a construir una clínica contra el cáncer en esta ciudad, prepara ya su Octavo Maratón de la Esperanza 5K+1, para recabar fondos y avanzar en la construcción y equipamiento de dicha clínica, la cual se encuentra al 70 por ciento de su conclusión.

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ACUÑA, México – Dos migrantes, presumiblemente de origen haitiano, se ahogaron cuando la madre y un grupo de indocumentados intentaron cruzar el miércoles hacia los Estados Unidos, a la altura del parque Braulio Fernández Aguirre.

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Dignitaries from United States of America and Mexico celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Amistad Dam. The ceremony was held on Amistad Dam on Thursday, celebrating the dedication of the dam on Sept. 8, 1969.

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Jordan Blumetti, associate editor and writer for “American Way” magazine, spent several days here last week and said he has only started to scratch the surface of everything Val Verde County and Del Rio have to offer.

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“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

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The Daughters of the American Revolution Uvalde de las Encinas Chapter will be celebrating Constitution Week next week. The celebration is a national initiative to promote and encourage the study of the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution, and to defend and preserve the Constitution.

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The Del Rio Host Lions Club and Brooke’s Blossoming Hope joined efforts last week to create beautiful headbands and send a personalized message of hope to children battling pediatric cancer.

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With the start of the NFL season, we, as fans, have dug our team apparel out of storage and are rocking those team colors wherever we go.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection honored service members and recognized the lives lost 18 years ago during the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in a field outside of Shanksville, Penn., during a commemoration ceremony at the Del Rio port of entry on Wednesday.

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About 100 persons, including groups of first responders, attended a solemn memorial ceremony Tuesday outside Toyota of Del Rio and Ram Country to commemorate the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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Val Verde Nursing and Rehabilitation Center held the third annual breakfast luncheon for first responders in the city of Del Rio in honor of 9/11.

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Its construction created a prime fishing, boating and sailing destination, a national park with great walking trails and hunting areas, and a water reservoir that has been utilized for consumption and irrigation purposes, but most importantly, the construction of Amistad Dam created a manmade barrier to control the potentially deadly waters of the Rio Grande River. This week, Amistad Dam just turned 50 years old.

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Hurricane Alice, recorded by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration as “one for the record books” due to its unprecedented flooding along parts of Texas, prompted U.S. and Mexican officials to accelerate the construction of Amistad Dam, a massive concrete and steel structure sitting on the Rio Grande River, between the cities of Del Rio, Texas and Ciudad Acuña, Mexico. The dam was inaugurated on Sept. 8, 1960.

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Small schools and rural communities are critical to Texas’ success, and anything negatively impacting small schools or the communities they support hurts us all. Our world is changing rapidly, but the need for rural communities and small schools still exists.

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Our war games national defense is revised to counter China/Russia aggression. The U.S. Navy has deployed its new ship killer missiles in China’s backyard. The best way to confront a bully is to prepare for battle, preventing war.

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Eighteen years ago, three different sites in the northeast United States were attacked by terrorists. The attacks, which would forever change our way of life, were also an inspiration for some that would go on to become or continue to be first responders. Read some of their stories today in our special section in the print edition of the News-Herald.

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San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District Police Department received notice of a grant award from the Office of the Governor, Public Safety Office Criminal Justice Division. The grant will allow the police department to upgrade the technology infrastructure.

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The Middle Rio Grande Higher Education summit, originally scheduled for Sept. 27, was cancelled by Sul Ross State University and Southwest Texas Junior College officials.

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Del Rio Police Department bike patrol officers and the 2019 police academy cadets cleaned up the San Felipe Creek area and Lions Park for the community on Friday afternoon.

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The husband-and-wife optometry team of Dr. Anjli Patel and Dr. Hiten Patel have joined the staff of Galo Eye Care Centers in Del Rio and Uvalde and are ready to help patients in the area with all of their eye care needs.

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Hunters, fishermen and other outdoors-people enjoying themselves at Lake Amistad can now stop at the conveniently-located Devil’s River Beer Barn for cold beer and other staples.

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When we think of muscles, we think of Popeye, not twiggy Olive Oyl. But building and maintaining muscle mass is even more important for women. We all normally lose some muscle each year as we age. Aerobic exercise, yoga and dance help to increase strength, but they don’t challenge the muscles enough to fight this natural muscle loss.

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Over the weekend, I had a really wonderful experience: meeting and spending some time with a fellow professional writer, Jordan Blumetti, associate editor of American Way magazine, the in-flight magazine of American Airlines.

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The Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio recently affirmed a 10-year sentence to a man who was tried in Del Rio for retaliation against a public servant, after repeatedly threatening to kill a police officer.

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A woman was arrested and charged with the possession of a controlled substance on Sept. 3. at approximately 3 a.m. Ashely Nicole Fuentes, 25, a resident of the 1000 block of East Rodriguez Street, was arrested by Del Rio Police Department officers, records show.

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Andrew James Baldonado, a 23-year-old resident of the 300 block of McLymont Street, was arrested following an incident occurring on Sept. 1, at 1:10 p.m. He was charged with the possession of a controlled substance, according to police records.

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A Del Rio man and a woman were recently arrested and charged with theft, after a citizen reported a vehicle leaving a store at Plaza del Sol Mall. The caller followed the vehicle as it was traveling west, in north Del Rio, police records state.

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9-11-19 Blotter

ASSAULT, CRIMINAL MISCHIEF

Enrique Daniel Lopez, 24, a resident of the 200 block of Ramon Cardenas Drive, was arrested on Aug. 27, at 2:10 a.m., and charged with assault and criminal mischief, a Del Rio Police Department arrest report shows.

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9-11-19 Jail log

Aug. 26

Maria Sagrario Fuentez

Engaging in organized criminal activity (deadly conduct)

Val Verde County Sheriff’s Office

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Elaine Oyama, former Miss Del Rio Teen 2017-2018, competed in the online Road to Miss Nebraska USA photo pageant. Oyama entered the competition in order to share her platform on a national scale.

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The mussel-detecting dog program has returned to Amistad National Recreation Area. The program is another line of defense against the introduction of zebra mussels, an invasive species, to the lake.

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The ceremony will begin with an invocation from Pastor Terry Maris of Del Rio’s Grace Community Church. The invocation will be followed by the pledge of allegiance.

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Trump’s grease crayon fiasco over Hurricane Dorian’s destructive path had a disconcerting similarity to Sesame Street’s “The Great Cookie Thief” story read to my pre-Kindergarten son in 1979, https://is.gd/W48e1e. His level of crazy thought it prudent to contradict Weather Service experts warning millions in the way, although creating unnecessary fear for Alabamans.

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It is interesting to note that Hong Kong which finds itself in the throes of further impingement by the government of Communist China of overturning some vestiges of its former sovereignty, finds itself rallying in public protest utilizing the signs and symbols of the United States of America.

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The best thing we can do in El Rincon is to “keep it wild” was Karen Gleason’s response.

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We have a council who is afraid to spend tax monies in important things such as the purchasing of replacement communications equipment.

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The Whitehead Memorial Museum will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticket holders on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 15th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington D.C.-based museums.

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County commissioners court members during their most recent meeting discussed future road projects they say will facilitate the flow of traffic in three separate areas of the county.

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An application seeking to reduce the sentence of a former Del Rioan, who received 60 years in a Texas Department of Corrections facility, has revived a murder case tried in Del Rio in 2012.