Although he has been on board for only one week, Uvalde Police Chief Eric Herrera has used that time to evaluate the department and set a variety of goals that he believes, once reached, will bring a positive change in the community. Herrera, who came to the department from Pecos, where he was employed as a sheriff’s deputy for Reeves County, has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement.
THE FOLLOWING was submitted by Jennifer Durán, Uvalde High School Journalism instructor.
Uvalde High School seniors Sarah Vasquez and Ramiro Rubio received notice March 5 that a video project they produced was one of 97 honorable mention student videos recognized in a C-SPAN television competition. A total of 2,355 videos were submitted in the competition, with only 150 receiving recognition.
A Uvalde teen was arrested Sunday after she cut another teenaged girl and slit a teen boy’s throat, but she claims she acted in self defense. Onisha Balderas, 18, was arrested by Uvalde police on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. According to Lt. Mike Hernandez, police were notified of the situation after they were flagged down by a group of young men near the 800 block of East Main Street.
Bryan Mills takes a short break in the one hour of daylight at -10 degrees Fahrenheit to quickly read the Uvalde Leader-News at the Nabors Alaska Drilling Rig 19AC, located eight miles offshore on Oooguruk Island in the Arctic Ocean. Mills has worked as a rig electrician for over seven years.
The Uvalde County Clerk’s race on the Democratic ballot featured an upset Tuesday night when Donna M. Williams came out 124 votes ahead of incumbent Ramona “Mona” Esquivel Hobbs. Williams, who had 1,095 votes to Hobbs’ 971, will face Republican candidate Joyce Altgelt in the November general election. Altgelt was not opposed in the Republican Party, and she received 960 votes.
Two Uvalde natives competed on a statewide scale Tuesday night, vying for the Republican Party nomination for state agriculture commissioner and state comptroller, and while Mayor J Allen Carnes came up short, Harvey Hilderbran may have a shot at a runoff. Final numbers were not available yesterday afternoon, but with 99.95 percent of returns totaled, current state representative Harvey Hilderbran remained in the running for a possible primary runoff. Glenn Hegar, who garnered 610,493 votes, held 49.99 percent of the total vote. Hilderbran received 317,703 votes.
If it has a motor and floats, you can safely bet that Armando Luna can pilot it. Luna is a recently retired sea captain who, for the last 30 years, manned U.S. Merchant Marine ships under the supervision of the United States Coast Guard. He can pilot steam or motor vessels of any tonnage upon the Houston Ship Channel from the Galveston Bay sea buoy to the Port of Houston.
Drugs are a growing problem among school aged children, but the problem is not just an after-school activity; younger students are now bringing prescription and illicit drugs on campus. Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District reported 21 incidents for which students have been found in possession of drugs on campus since 2012. This number includes part of the 2011-2012 school year and the 2012-2013 school year to present.
Election day is Tuesday for the Democratic and Republican primaries, which will determine each party’s candidates in the November general election for local, state and national offices. Early voting ended Friday, and as of the close of voting on Thursday the total tally for in-person votes cast was 768 for the Democratic ticket and 457 on the Republican ticket. County elections official Maggie Del Toro said voters must present a photo identification card at the polling place on Tuesday.