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Texas Butterfly Festival registration underway

20181017 Queen BF NBCPaul K. Strother probably didn't know how amazing the fossilized moth scales he and his team uncovered were and how they would rewrite history.

Six years later, Strother, whose interest is in the study of paleopalynology (defined officially as the study of dust and how certain life was created), and his colleagues determined that what they found provided the earliest known evidence of the species on Earth – 70 million years prior to what was previously confirmed.

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Why more Winter Texans are coming to the Valley

20181017 IMG 3292In Sharon, Minn., 14 inches of snow fell in 24 hours between Oct. 10 and 11.

A comment on the National Weather Service's website read “there was some melting, so the actual amount could have been higher.”

A few days earlier in the Rio Grande Valley, the high temperature was in the low 90s, the sun was bright and people were flocking to South Padre Island for the beach, many going to check out the annual “Sandcastle Days” event.

Where would you rather be?

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RGV Birding Festival reservations underway

20181017 RGVBF BIRDERS Field TripWhile you’re in the Rio Grande Valley, you’ll want to take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the fall weather and do some birding in one of the country’s most prolific birding areas. Some 535 different species of birds have been identified in the Valley.

To take advantage of some amazing field trips, birding workshops and seminars, now is the time to register for the 2018 Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival – before all the slots are filled. Online registration is now underway but ends October 24. After that date, those wanting to register late must call or walk in to register. Folks can register online at www.rgvbf.org.

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Winter Texans enjoy Nuevo Progreso, Mexico annual celebration

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Jim and Roberta Swenson and Judy and Jerry Freitag are couples from the same city in Minnesota and came to enjoy the Winter Tourist Appreciation Day in Progreso, Mexico on March 21.

Winter Texans were the toast of Nuevo Progreso during the 42nd annual Winter Tourist Appreciation Day on March 21.
The appreciation offered by Progreso officials included the selection of a king and queen for the event, Bob and Jody Ferns, who spend the winter season at Siesta Village in Weslaco. The couple was given a pair of Mexican sombreros for crowns along with a sash each proclaiming them the 2018 Winter Texan King and Queen. A plaque and other gifts were presented along with a large bouquet of roses for Jody.

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Cyclists join GA Olympics Bike Tour

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Bernie and Pauline Loisette saw to the unloading of bicycles for the Tropic Star Bicycle Bunch group that came for the GAO Bike Tour at Bensten State Park.

There were bikes ranging from 18-speed to a few three-wheelers and everything in between, including mountain, 3-speed, balloon-tired cruisers, recumbents and folding types, in use by some 275 cyclists taking part in the Golden Age Olympics Bike Tour last month at Bentsen State Park in Mission.

The skies featured dark clouds, but no rain as the riders unloaded bikes in the parking lots and then moved to the staging area at the park entrance. Genial chatter along with some picture-taking marked the wait among the cyclists, almost all from Mid-Valley RV resorts, until the moment came to ride out across the levee and onto the park’s three-mile loop.

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Winter Texans join in Monarch Butterfly Festival

Pamela Drew handed 6-year-old Sienna Randall at spray bottle and explained to her what to do with the paper butterfly she had just designed.

“Go ahead and spray it sweetie,” she said at the Butterfly Craft Station. “Then we can get another color.”

Drew was one of dozens of volunteers helping out at the annual McAllen Monarch Festival, held Saturday, March 17 at Quinta Mazatlan. The festival celebrates the arrival of the Monarch Butterflies. There were crafts, nature presentations, butterfly garden information, music, art, food and more.

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Top News

  • Victoria Palms celebrates ballroom renovations

    20181017 Victoria Palms Rib Cutting HM 8992DONNA – Victoria Palms RV Resort Inn and Suites celebrated ballroom renovations with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in September.
    New carpeting, soundproof walls, repainting of ceiling tiles and sconces along with a new hardwood floor, are all part of the ongoing improvements at the Winter… Read More +

  • Tupelo Kenyon Remembered

    20181017 Tupelo and Janey Last Good PhotoTupelo (Stephen) Kenyon, who formed the musical duo Laughing Bird in the late 70’s with his wife Janey Wing Kenyon, died June 22 after a bout with cancer. He died in his home in Story, Wyoming.

    Laughing Bird performed concerts from California to Florida annually,… Read More +

  • ‘Live in McAllen’ brings Broadway and more

    Season tickets are now on sale for “Live in McAllen.”

    The McAllen Society for the Performing Arts (MSPA) is proud to announce the return of Live in McAllen, which consists of two series of top flight, live stage entertainment based at the McAllen Performing Arts Center.

    The first series, Broadway in McAllen will bring the Best… Read More +

  • RGV Vipers see big changes this season

    20181017 RGV Vipers Action 6968Many Winter Texans come from Big 10 country where they love their sports, especially football and basketball.

    It’s not unusual to see clusters of Winter visitors scattered throughout the arena to watch the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the single affiliation G-League team for the Houston Rockets. Recently,… Read More +

  • Valley Symphony performs Harry Potter Halloween Concert

    20181017 VSO Peter Dabrowski conducting2It's not unusual to get dressed up for the symphony, but the Valley Symphony Orchestra is taking it to a different level as it presents its second concert of the season: “A Harry Potter Halloween” at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 at the McAllen Performing Arts Center, located at 799 Convention Center Blvd.

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  • STC Theatre opens 2018-2019 season with Miss Holmes

    South Texas College (STC) Theatre kicks off its 2018-2019 season this month with Christopher M. Walsh’s play, “Miss Holmes”, inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

    The production will run from Oct. 18-20 at 8 p.m. and will include a matinee at 2 p.m. on Oct. 21. Performances will take place at STC’s Cooper Center for Communication Arts Black Box… Read More +

  • Wild by Nature

    Welcome to Wild by Nature. My name is Luciano Guerra and this is my weekly nature and wildlife column. As a photographer and a life-long Valley resident, I have been observing and photographing the Rio Grande Valley’s amazing diversity of wildlife for as long as I can remember. From the tiniest and most delicate of the Valley’s butterflies to alligators large enough to kill a man, I have… Read More +

  • Texas Butterfly Festival registration underway

    20181017 Queen BF NBCPaul K. Strother probably didn't know how amazing the fossilized moth scales he and his team uncovered were and how they would rewrite history.

    Six years later, Strother, whose interest is in the study of paleopalynology (defined officially as the study of dust and how certain life was… Read More +

  • Why more Winter Texans are coming to the Valley

    20181017 IMG 3292In Sharon, Minn., 14 inches of snow fell in 24 hours between Oct. 10 and 11.

    A comment on the National Weather Service's website read “there was some melting, so the actual amount could have been higher.”

    A few days earlier in the… Read More +

  • RGV Birding Festival reservations underway

    20181017 RGVBF BIRDERS Field TripWhile you’re in the Rio Grande Valley, you’ll want to take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the fall weather and do some birding in one of the country’s most prolific birding areas. Some 535 different species of birds have been identified in the Valley.

    To take… Read More +

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