It has been over a decade since Dora Diaz stumbled upon an ordinary river rock that she transformed into artwork. Now, hundreds of rocks later, she has turned her passion for rock painting into a hobby.
An Uvalde native, Diaz said rock painting is an ideal way for people of all ages to explore their artistic talents.
“I have always had an interest in painting, but I didn’t realize how exciting and relaxing it is. It is therapeutic,” Diaz said.
Diaz travels to various rivers and collects rocks of all sizes. She then paints those rocks to resemble animals, flowers, butterflies and even cartoon characters.
“I enjoy going to the rivers and looking for rocks. When I see a rock I look at what makes it unique, and then I imagine what it should be painted as,” Diaz said.
Her passion of rock art even inspired her write a poem.
This is the time that Christians all over the world commemorate, contemplate, and celebrate the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and savior. Ultimately, the person who accepts Jesus as his or her personal savior has just cause to celebrate. While there is still time, those lost in trespasses and sin can have a right relationship with God the Father through God the Son. Believe the gospel.
Last month, legislation changing the inspection/registration process for Texas vehicles took effect and, as a result, sparked much confusion for vehicle owners.
Inspection stickers are a thing of the past, although vehicles must still be inspected. The change, which comes as a result of House Bill 2305, allows a registration sticker to serve as combined proof of registration and inspection.
Residents can renew their annual registration online, by mail or in person at the Uvalde County Tax Assessor/Collector’s Office. At the time of registration, an inspection status will be verified electronically.
A current, passing inspection is required for registration renewal.
According to Uvalde County Tax Assessor Maggie Del Toro, many residents have arrived to renew their registration only to be turned away because their vehicle has not passed an inspection.
A national phone scam targeting taxpayers has made its way to Uvalde, with at least two individuals receiving the aggressive calls. One such case was reported to the Uvalde Police Department, while another person notified the newspaper office.
So far, no Uvaldean has reported losing money to the scam.
“It is critical that all taxpayers continue to be wary of unsolicited telephone calls from individuals claiming to be IRS employees,” said J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for the Taxpayer Administration.
“This scam, which is international in nature, has proven to be the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen. The callers are aggressive, they are relentless and they are ruthless.”
The Uvalde Chamber of Commerce Leadership Ambassadors on Wednesday took a tour of city government offices and services. Leadership ambassadors are Kim Jones from Mauve Salon; Anita Cardona, Cardona’s Automotive; Kaity Kelsey, Briscoe-Garner Museum; Karla Radicke, Uvalde Memorial Hospital; and Danene Cook, Uvalco.
Administrators at Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District are disappointed – but not defeated – by spring benchmark testing results that missed higher goals set by district decision-makers.
Arlene Williams, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction gave district trustees a report on benchmark testing Monday night during a regular meeting at Flores Middle School. The district gave two benchmark tests this year – one in the fall, and one in the spring.
Benchmark assessments are practice tests that give teachers immediate feedback on how students are meeting academic standards. It allows administrators to compare student performance with extensive reporting systems in order to break down test results by different categories.
Williams said the fall benchmark pertained to curriculum and the spring benchmark to STAAR testing.
To ensure the reliability of the emergency communications system, the Uvalde Police dispatch center will receive a $21,701 equipment upgrade.
The purchase was approved by the city of Uvalde on Tuesday, when council met at 6 p.m.
The new system, which facilitates the dispatchers’ interactions with the Uvalde Police Department and 14 other agencies, is scheduled to be in place and operational by May, according to UPD Lt. John Meyer.
Last year, the department decided to expand and upgrade the communications center, beginning with the conversion of the department’s meeting room to a new dispatch room. The new center was outfitted with panels, and new electrical and data lines were installed.
The new room features a third work station and a desk for the communication supervisor, a position filled by veteran dispatcher Myra Rodriguez.
By now we’re all familiar with drones – those remote control flying gizmos you can buy off Amazon and strap a camera to – but Uvaldeans are soon going to get to know one drone in particular as the latest addition to the Uvalde Police Department. Ladies and gentlemen, meet TED.
Short for Tactical Enforcement Drone, TED is new to the force and represents the latest trend in municipal law enforcement measures. By employing units like TED, police departments are hoping that they can patrol a greater area while reducing the number of officers out on the street, thus saving man power and money.
“We are very excited and pleased to have TED joining our team,” said Uvalde Police Chief Eric Herrera. “This is going to mean less work for my officers and hopefully a reduction in crime.”