Rio Grande Valley

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    Perry Sends 1,000 Troops to Border, But Not Because of Flood of Children, Apparently

    Rick Perry and many of his GOP brethren support the idea of beefed up security along the Texas-Mexico border. Because the Obama administration has failed to act, Perry says, he must do it himself. On Monday, he ordered 1,000 National Guard troops to deploy along the border in something he is calling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Perry Sits, But Won't Shake, for Obama

    Gov. Rick Perry -- who apparently still holds presidential ambitions of his own -- gets to be the guy who forced President Obama to bend to his will. Like any politician, Gov. Perry has a few tricks up his sleeve, but it seems he does not shake on command. When Air Force One touches down in Austin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    The Pride of the Northside: La Mafia Celebrates Amor y Sexo

    "Their music takes me back to The Unicorn Ballroom, dancing and drinking all night, really feeling the honesty of their sound" recalled my amigo Reverend Butter as we caught up over a few cervezas in the parking lot of The Gatsby (formerly the Drake) last night. "They are the band that made me fall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    Pachanga Fest: A Latino-Music Spread Worth Driving West

    For anyone who loves music, it would be a dream come true if some of your favorite bands accepted an invitation to play a show in your backyard. Throw in a variety of delicious food, cold drinks and a handful of your family and friends, and you might stumble upon the creation of a pachanga, which me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Five More Musical Texas Politicians

    In this week's Houston Press cover story, you can read about Kinky Friedman's completely serious campaign to become Texas' next Agriculture Commissioner in the November 2014, a position he hopes will allow him to be the state's leading advocate for marijuana legalization. This is not the first time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    British Book Dealer Discovers Rare Maps of Houston That Pre-Date the City

    When looking through old books, it is a good idea to pay attention and know something of cartography. In the case of Daniel Crouch, a book dealer in England, he was both attentive and knowledgeable when he found a handful of rare maps of Texas drawn by scientist Jean Louis Berlandier in the early 18 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Some McAllen Folks Oppose Plans for Private Prison

    Some McAllen residents are opposing plans for a 1,000 bed federal detention center that could potentially be run by private prison company GEO Group, which has a track record of abuse, mismanagement, and losing track of sex offenders in its Houston halfway house. According to The Monitor, "the deal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    NKOTB, 98 Degrees, and Boyz II Men at Toyota Center, 6/27/13

    New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men Toyota Center June 27th, 2013 So I can now cross "touch a boy band member" off of my bucket list, thanks to last night's ridiculously girly boy band mash-up known as The Package Tour -- a triple threat concert consisting of '90s the boy bands Boyz II ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Following Boston Bombing, Some Houston Media Outlets Shirk Duties

    After two bombs exploded at today's Boston Marathon -- with a third reportedly detonating at JFK Library minutes ago -- Houston's local media scene has attempted to gather the facts of the fast-breaking story. However, instead of doing the tradition leg-work that, you know, delineates the media's re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Possibly Coming to a Texas High-School Football Field Near You: Only One Full-Contact Practice Per Week

    Last Thursday, State Representative Eddie Lucio III, a Democrat from Brownsville, filed House Bill 887. If enacted, the law would limit middle-school and high-school football programs to one full-contact practice per week. "Like most people, I'm influenced by the stories I read and the news I see. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    The Royce White Twitter Feed Continues Unabated After Suspension from Rockets

    On the court this season, the young Houston Rockets have been a pleasant surprise. They've gone 4-0 in their last four games and are 8-2 in the last 10. They continue to dominate the eastern conference (too bad they reside in the west) and at or near the top of the NBA in several offensive categorie ... More >>

  • News

    December 27, 2012

    Texas Crimes of the Year, 2012

    As it turns out, Texans indulged in all seven of the deadly sins.

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    The Texas 30: Texas' 6 Best Latin Albums of the Past 30 Years

    As I was reviewing the list of The Texas 30, in the back of my mind I kept thinking one thing... "Where my brown people at?!" Rewind: The Texas 30 (cover story) Slideshow: The Texas 30 album covers Listen To Our Texas 30 Picks On Rdio and Spotify Right Now Sure, Queen Selena rightfully made t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    ACLU Wants Answers in DPS Shooting of Unarmed Men From a Helicopter During Chase

    The ACLU of Texas wants state officials to investigate a Department of Public Safety sharpshooter's killing of two unarmed men during an intense chase Thursday in the Rio Grande Valley. The DPS agent was in a helicopter that was pursuing a pickup truck occupied by suspected illegal immigrants. Thre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    One Woman's Kroger Nightmare: Thanks to Staff, Wallet Trashed, Credit Cards Slashed, Driver's License MIA

    Bonnie Sheeren says she has shopped at the West 11th Street Kroger for 20 years. A former teacher at nearby Reagan High School, she knew many of the employees. It felt like home, less like a corporate leviathan than a neighborhood mom and pop. All of that changed at around 9 a.m. on Tuesday, August ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Juan Henoch Mejia: Forced Young Girls To Drink His Semen From A Cup, Cops Say In Disgust

    You have been duly warned. This is one pukesome tale, one of the grossest we have ever come across. Police in the Rio Grande Valley town of Rio Hondo arrested Juan Henoch Mejia on Wednesday and he has been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Police there say he not on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Know Your Local Media: Col. St. James on the Texas Radio Hall of Fame and Naked Strippers on the KLOL Console

    Getting into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame is a big deal when you consider the company includes Wolfman Jack and George Carlin among others. One local dee jay, Colonel St. James of 93.7 the Arrow, is among them. He has been on air since the 1970s and has worked at just about every rock and roll stati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Mario Valdez of The Rainbow Lodge, on Becoming Chef de Cuisine at 23

    Mario Valdez The Rainbow Lodge 2011 Ella Blvd. 713-861-8666 This is the first part of a three-part chef chat series. Look for Part 2 and Part 3 in this space Thursday and Friday. Most of us are just starting our careers at age 24, but not Mario Valdez. Having completed culi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Mole Like Monterrey at El Gallo de Jalisco

    "I feel like I'm in a time warp," my friend Linda said after a few minutes contemplation over our plate of chicken mole at El Gallo de Jalisco. "I feel like I'm a kid again and I'm back at my grandmother's house in Monterrey eating her mole." The sensation was so strong, she immediately began regali ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Patricia Aguilar: Juvenile Probation Officer Busted for Blowing Boot Camp Cadet

    For one delinquent Rio Grande Valley juvenile, a sentence to boot camp was transformed into a ticket to a dream hummer holiday. Somehow we don't think this was what the juvenile criminal justice system had in mind for the unidentified 17-year-old boy.... According to Cameron County Sheriff Omar L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Cirilo Castillo, Jr: Accused of Multiple Counts of Horse Sex

    themonitor.comCirilo Castillo: Hide yo' sheep, hide yo' mares, he (allegedly) rapin' everthang 'round there​If the comment sections of Rio Grande Valley newspapers are any indication, Hidalgo County is regarded as something of a rustic backwater by its more urbane neighbors. Stories like this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Morris "Big Boy" Jones: Luck Runs Out for (Alleged) Westside Fence

    According to court records, police already had Morris "Big Boy" Jones over a barrel when they rolled up outside his Katy home. A criminal complaint shows they had already seized more than $30,000 worth of stolen Palais Royal threads from his storefront way out Clay Road. And when police went to visi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    UGK's Top 10 Most Insightful Songs, Part 1​There's a big difference between being a fanatic and fan of someone's music. We all know this, but let's spell it out for the slow kids in class. For instance, Rocks Off is a fanatic of Death Cab for Cutie. We love their deep cuts as much as the widely known "Soul Meets Body." We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Alleged McAllen Starbucks Masturbator Immortalized in Song

    Jose Maravilla, celebrated in song​In the borderlands of South Texas, there has long been a tradition of immortalizing revolutionaries in song. Corridos, as these tunes are known, date back to the decades before the Mexican Revolution, and have been written in honor of people like Emiliano Zap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Jose Maravilla: Most Detailed Public-Masturbation Story Ever

    Jose Maravilla: Taking care of himself.​We here at Hair Balls are not a squeamish lot. We make no pretensions towards being a "family newspaper." Hell, as a blog, we are not even a newspaper at all. We are gonna go ahead and assume that the opposite is true at The Monitor, the daily paper in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Robert Alvarez: TV-Star Gang Cop Accused of Inmate Sex, Abuse of Power, Theft

    If the producers of the History Channel's documentary series Gangland are to be trusted, Edinburg police investigator Robert Alvarez was one of the top cops in the Rio Grande Valley. The 47-year-old was tapped as a starring talking head in Gangland's episode on the Tri-City Bombers, the Valley's mos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Oscar Gonzalez Jr.: Valley Teacher in Hot Water After Marriage to Lolita Turns Sour

    The Grand Plaza, in all its grandness​Just in time for the run-up to Valentine's Day comes this tale of romance vengeance from the Rio Grande Valley... In April of 2009, love bloomed in a science classroom at Economedes High School in Edinburg. The girl, named "Ms. G" in the police reports th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Mexicans Determined to Shop in U.S. Charter a Plane

    The only way to shop​Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a group of Mexican nationals trying to fly over the drug cartel violence in the northern part of their country to get to stores in McAllen, Texas. As the amount of gunfighting and unease continues to mount in Mexico an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Texas Foodies and Chefs Secede from Dixie: The Texas Food Alliance Fundraiser at Armadillo Palace

    Photos by Jeff Balke​While the mighty ice sculpture with the Foodways Texas logo slowly melted amid it all, rivers of St. Arnold's and Dripping Springs vodka / Rio Grande Valley ruby red grapefruit juice cocktails flowed. The Catalan corned beef sliders, Goode Company baked oysters, shrimp cor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Tiffany Young-Hartley: Plot In Mexican Lake Pirate Murder Thickens As Body Proves Hard To Find

    Tiffany Young-Hartley: Questions​October certainly came in like a lion for residents of the Rio Grande Valley. On October 1, news broke of the alleged murder of an American jet-skier on border-straddling, allegedly freshwater-pirate-infested Falcon Lake. A recap for those who don't want to clic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    The Hot Seat: Lee-Coc, Richmond Revolutionary

    Every Friday, Rocks Off will beam hip-hop artists into our demented, imaginary, incredibly witty, fantasy world of pretend scenarios. We predict it'll soon be known as a feared interrogation of hip-hop artists, revealing their most-inner thoughts and desires. In reality, it's just a fucking cool Q&a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    The "Circus Superstar" With The Foul-Smelling Menagerie, Part 1

    ​While Caroline Wedding has only been running the Marion County Humane Society for about three years, she has already been on plenty of animal-cruelty raids, and has helped find better homes for hundreds of dogs, cats and exotic birds. Still, she thinks it's unlikely she will ever come across some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    Low-G: From E.S.L. Mockery to Historic Spanish Hip-Hop

    "When I'm on my last line I'm gonna let ya'll know." "Yo, yo I want to welcome... welcome everybody to Hustle Town. Are we recording? Alright, let's do this, fellas." True Houston Latino rap fans don't need us to cite the opening lines of this track or what album it appeared on, but maybe you need ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Filero Isn't Scared To Tell the Un-fairy Tale. First of a Two-Part Series.

    Filero holds the Pioneer trophy he won at the 2009 Texas Latino Rap Awards.​This could be our most controversial Latino rap blog yet, or the first of many. We really don't know yet. We can tell you what we do know. We're 16 stories in and just starting to scratch the surface of the dynamics of Hou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    The 2010 Census Launches the Latino Underground Into the Mainstream; Other Bold Predictions for the Coming Decade

    Will Lil Young be one of this decade's breakout Latino rap stars?​ Can Latino hip-hop in Houston continue to thrive as a black-market force, of sorts, whose sales are invisible to the IRS, and evolve into a powerful underground economy without the acknowledgement or praise of mainstream music medi ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 15, 2009

    Big House on the Hill

    Casa Grande, the Tex-Mex restaurant on a cliff above I-45 is a truly offbeat spot to eat nachos and dance salsa.

  • Dining

    September 3, 2009

    Laredo Cavalcade

    If you like the tacos at Laredo Taqueria on Washington, wait until you try the tacos at Laredo Taqueria on Cavalcade.

  • News

    January 10, 2008

    Immigration: The Boss Nun

    Cubans at a Rio Grande Valley shelter say Sister Margaret is taking advantage

  • News

    April 14, 2005

    Who's Your Daddy?

    Track your true identity along a DNA trail left behind by your ancestors

  • Calendar

    January 13, 2005

    Cheap Shots

    A new film exposes the ugly deeds of legendary Texas heroes

  • News

    November 4, 2004

    No Virgins, No Velvet

    An MFAH show and a crop of new galleries are redefining what Latino art is supposed to look like

  • Dining

    May 15, 2003

    Chipotle off the Old Block

    Austin's Serranos Caf and Cantina tries out its Tex-Mex on Houston

  • Music

    April 4, 2002

    Border Town Blues

    St. Jubilee's Bryan Contreras overcomes a harrowing background to explore the duality of the Tex-Mex thing

  • News

    November 9, 2000


    Boiled by Oil, Try Gas Station Work, Rollin' with Ralph

  • News

    June 1, 2000

    Still Stumbling

    Houston Chronicle faces the Hispanic community and anchor confustion

  • News

    April 29, 1999

    Border Bound

    Is Elton Bomer the bully who's needed to help colonias -- or just another political grandstander?

  • News

    November 12, 1998

    GOP Sweeps Week

    Republicans complete Texas political reconstruction

  • News

    September 17, 1998

    Deadly Pitfalls

    A 1991 Texas law fails to protect travelers from dangerous open pits along the state's roadways

  • News

    May 14, 1998

    Numbers Man

    The interim U.S. attorney is hustling small-time cases through the courts

  • Music

    May 18, 1995

    Rock and Roll Royalty

    Gina Haley carries the name of a rock founder, but she'd rather make it on her own

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