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SISD candidates discuss business, vision

20120511_Candidates-MUGMISSION — There are several similarities between the three candidates running for the two spots on the Sharyland Independent School Board, but the main one is they know business.

Suzanne “Suzie” Peña, Fernando “Fred” Ramirez, and Eduardo “Eddie” Montalvo, all know something about running a business. Ramirez and Peña are both business owners and Montalvo has 15 years of business management experience as well as a degree in international business.

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Mission Monkey Mania

20120511_MONKEY_TRAP_2_LEGMISSION — Reports of monkey sightings have been coming to the Mission Police Department, the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Mission Health Department from as far east as Shary Road, as far west as Western Road, as far north as 5 Mile Line Road and as far south as 2 Mile Line Road. The majority of the reported sightings, however, have been concentrated along 2 Mile Line Road between

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City/School Election Day is Saturday

20120511_ELECTION_EarlyVotingCampaignWorkers_JB_5703MISSION — Thousands of local voters took advantage of early voting hours, according to figures from Mission and Sharyland school district and Mission’s City Council early voting totals.

Early voting began on April 30 and ended on Tuesday. Election Day is Saturday with polls opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 7 p.m.

In the Mission City Council race, with two seats up for

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MRMC awarded Gold Seal of Approval from Joint Commission

20120511_PressRelease-JointComm-Gold-Seal_08MAY2012MISSION — Mission Regional Medical Center’s (MRMC) Joint Replacement Institute has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for hip and knee replacement surgery by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety, the hospital announced this week.

In earning the Goal Seal of Approval, MRMC becomes the first and only hospital in Hidalgo County with such a distinction.

“With this additional Joint Commission Certification, we continue demonstrating the significant investment in programs and services we offer our community. The Joint Commission Gold Seal provides us with the proven framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” said Javier Iruegas, CEO, MRMC. “Achieving The Joint Commission Certification in hip and knee replacement, is a major step toward raising the bar in our region for clinical excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

MRMC officials said the institute underwent a rigorous on-site survey on April 26. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the hospital for compliance with hip and knee replacement standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

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MCISD to select ECHS site after study

20120511_MissionCISD_two_color_BIGMISSION — A site for the Mission school district’s Early College High School remains unknown as the district waits on feasibility and master plan studies.

On Wednesday, the board asked architect Eddie Vela to conduct a master plan study around the 4 Mile Line and Stewart roads. Engineer Javier Hinojosa will conduct a feasibility study in the area. The board is looking at four different possible construction sites in the area to build its newest school.

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Modernizing Mission’s neighborhood watch program

20120504-Missiion-Police-Neighborhood-QR-Code-012MISSION — The Mission Police Department unveiled a new “mobile” Neighborhood Watch Program this week. The effort will allow residents to scan QR codes from signs located throughout the city, which will provide information about crime within an area as well as safety tips or warnings.

On Wednesday, MPD unveiled their first sign at La Tierra de los Encinos neighborhood, Thornwood and Mayberry streets. The new Neighborhood Watch signs now include two QR codes.

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Election Q&A: Mission City Council candidates

20120504_Mission-City-CouncilEditor’s note: The Progress Times asked the four candidates in the Mission City Council election questions about their qualifications, top issues facing the city and their vision of the future for Mission. Candidates were given a word limit for each question. If a candidate went over the word limit, their response was truncated.

Question #1:

What are your qualifications for elected office for the Mission City Council? (50 word limit)

Rene De La Cruz, Place 2 Candidate:

I have been self employed since 1985; the experience of owning and operating different kinds of businesses and succeeding in all of them speaks for itself, the experience of owning and operating a restaurant, special event center, developer, builder, working with engineers, architects and other business owners well qualifies me to….

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Election Q&A: MCISD board of trustees

20120504-Mugs-of-CandidatesWEEK THREE

Editor’s note: For the third and final week, the Progress Times asked Mission Consolidated Independent School District board of trustees candidates questions about the district and its future. Candidates were given a word limit for each question. If a candidate went beyond the limit, their response was cut. Place 4 candidate Jorge Esquivel did not reply to a request for participation. The candidates for contested results were asked to participate; J.C. Avila, candidate for Place 5 was not included because the race for the seat is uncontested.

• If cuts need to be made to balance the budget, what would help guide you toward your decision?

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