Uvalde defensive back Ernest Ortiz goes airborne to pick off a Del Rio pass during the Uvalde Coyote’s scrimmage against Del Rio. Ortiz’s interception last Saturday in the Honey Bowl denied the Rams a touchdown.
There is a rural hospital crisis in Texas as many remain in financial distress, and 13 have closed in the last two years. While Uvalde Memorial Hospital has avoided having to cut services or dramatically reduce workforce size, its operating budget has been running in the red for several years, according to Tom Nordwick, UMH chief executive officer. Historically, rural hospitals have struggled because of different operating dynamics such as caring for a higher percentage of elderly and poor patients, as well as operating with a near negative financial margin due to lower patient volumes, dramatic swings in patient numbers from day to day, medical staff recruitment challenges which in turn drive up payroll costs, anda general lack of economies of scale that can be derived through high-volume purchasing.
The city of Uvalde is cracking down on past-due utility bills in an effort to encourage residents to make timely payments. Currently, the city is owed more than $700,00 in past-due utility payments.
“Our utility aging receivables show a large number of utility accounts that are over 60 days delinquent,” said Marty Coursey, finance director for the city of Uvalde. “This is mainly due to customers that have not had their services disconnected for nonpayment in a timely manner.”
Coursey noted that disconnection should take place 35 days from the resident’s due date. Instead, services have been allowed to remain active for up to four months.
Coursey said many customers have also been given extended credit and allowed to make $5 to $20 payments on bills due to hardships or – when contesting the bill accuracy – choose not to pay the current bill until an adjustment is determined.
As Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department members (right and background) douse what's left of a Batesville home, smoke engulfs the crumpled tin and other household items. The fire occurred Thursday on Old Loma Vista Road. UVFD was dispatched to assist firefighters on the scene.
The 21 collective members of the Alderson and Moore families will forever be linked by an unselfish act of kindness – and a kidney – donated by one family to save another. Debbie Alderson agreed to give her kidney to a person she had never met – a complete stranger by the name of Jason Moore. Alderson is the wife of Bo and mother of 12 children, 10 of whom are adopted. The family owns a local business and has lived in Uvalde for many years.
Moore, father of five children and husband of Audra, moved to Uvalde from Odessa at the end of last year.
The two families have grown to be fast friends, and after seeing them interact for just a few minutes, it is unbelievable to think they only met a few months prior.
“Between us we have enough children for a football team,” Alderson joked of their large clans.
The Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) has lifted Stage 2 restrictions for Edwards Aquifer users within the Uvalde Pool. The change is now effective, but the EAA cautioned that a return to Stage 2 is likely without rainfall in the near future.
The lifting of Stage 2 means that Uvalde County is under no mandatory pumping reductions. Despite this change in EAA policy, the city of Uvalde has not revised or lifted local water restrictions. As it stands now, city utility customers are still expected to follow Stage 5 water restrictions as ordered by Uvalde City Council.
The pool has been under some form of pumping reductions since March 28, 2013.
The EAA was able to lift Stage 2 based on the 10-day rolling average water level at the J27 index well in Uvalde rising to more than 850 feet above mean sea level. Stage 2 required Edwards groundwater permit holders to reduce pumping by 5 percent off their authorized amounts.