In conjunction with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), the Housing Authority of the City of Del Rio is accepting applications for the COVID-19 Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Program. This program offers short-term assistance with rent, and utility payments (water, sewer, trash, and gas) for 3 months with an opportunity to renew for additional assistance until December 31, 2020. In order to qualify, your household must have been impacted by reduced income or cost increase due to COVID-19 and the household income must be at 80% or below the Area Median Family Income. For more information or to request the application, please email us at COVID19TBRA.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 830-774-6506, Ext. 106.
We are committed to serve our community!
MRGDC holds 50th Annual Board of Directors and Council Meeting
The Middle Rio Grande Development Council held its 50th Annual Board of Directors and Council Meeting on Wednesday August 26th at the Middle Rio Grande Workforce Solutions Building in Carrizo Springs, Dimmit County. The annual board of directors and council meeting is held each year to review the current status of all programs administered during the fiscal year.
This is the first time that an Annual Board Meeting was held “virtually” using Starleaf Remote Software that provided the connection links for board members to join the meeting through their computers or conference call.
The Middle Rio Grande Board of Directors is composed of the nine counties within the region consisting of Dimmit, Edwards, Kinney, La Salle, Maverick, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde and Zavala Counties. Members of the Board include:
Luis Sifuentes, Mayor of Eagle Pass, Judge Joe Luna-Zavala County Judge, Judge Joel Rodriguez, Jr.-La Salle County Judge, MRGDC Board Chairman Henry Garcia, Judge William R. Mitchell-Uvalde County Judge, Judge Bella A. Rubio-Real County Judge, Judge David Saucedo-Maverick County Judge, Joe A. Cardenas-City of Uvalde, Rodrigo Jaime, MRGDC Board Member of Dimmit County, Mayor Frank Moreno-City of Crystal City, Derek Sandoval, SWTJC, Otila Gonzalez- MRGDC Board Member, Mayor Andres Rodriguez-City of Brackettville, Mayor Pro-Tem-Hazel Pendley, City of Leakey, Mike Acosta-MRGDC Board Member of Zavala County, Ronnie Guest-City of Carrizo Springs, Guillermo Mancha, MRGDC Board Member Brackettville ISD, Judge Lewis Owens-Val Verde County Judge, Dr. Robert Munoz, Sul Ross Rio Grande College President, Sylvano Sanchez, MRGDC Board Member-La Salle County, Judge Tully Shahan, Kinney County Judge, Mayor Bruno Lozano-City of Del Rio, Jesus Sanchez, MRGDC Board Member County of Maverick, Judge Frank Ponce-Dimmit County Judge and Rodolfo Villapando, MRGDC Member Eagle Pass.
Henry Garcia, Board President was recognized for his two (2) year tenure with a plague presented by Board Member Dimmit County Judge Frank Ponce. Garcia stated that it was an honor serving as President of the Board and will continue serving on the board as Past Elected President. Named as the New Middle Rio Grande Chairman was Maverick County Judge David Saucedo who has served on the board of directors since his first election as Maverick County Judge.
The new Board members nominated to serve the 2020-2021 term are:
President –Maverick County Judge David Saucedo
1st. Vice President – Dimmit County Judge Francisco G. Ponce
2nd Vice-President- Zavala County Judge Joe Luna
3rd Vice President -Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano
Secretary/Treasurer- Uvalde County Judge William R. Mitchell
Immediate Past President Kinney County –Mr. Henry Garcia
Middle Rio Grande Development Council appoints New Interims for Workforce Solutions Division
The 50th Annual Board of Directors Meeting was held on August 26, 2020 at the Carrizo Springs Work Force Center. During the meeting Board President Henry Garcia announced that Elizabeth “Betty” Sifuentes was selected to serve as the Interim Workforce Solutions Systems Middle Rio Grande Workforce Board Executive Director. Mrs. Sifuentes has been employed with the Middle Rio Grande Development Council in various capacities including administration, business management, finance and budgets, grant management, public relations, and other capacities since 1990, she retired in 2014 and returned to work in 2019 to fill the vacant position once again as the Work Force Solutions Program Director. Mrs. Sifuentes will be filling for Rick Zamarippa who resigned his position earlier this month.
Maria “Curra” Peña was also named Interim Workforce Center Manager for the Del Rio Branch. Mrs.Peña has been employed with Middle Rio Grande Workforce Solutions since 2005 serving in various capacities. Mrs. Peña will fill in for Ofelia Reyes who retired.
Karina Salas was also named as the Interim Director of the Workforce Solutions Systems Middle Rio Grande, that will oversee the workforce centers within the nine county region. Mrs. Salas has been employed with Middle Rio Grande Development Council since 1993 serving in various job capacities that will provide the experience needed for the position. She will be filling in for Elizabeth “Betty” Sifuentes during this transition period.
Demands on modern lives make many individuals feel crunched for time, resulting in the exclusion of exercise from their daily schedules. High-intensity interval training or HIIT is a trendy fitness workout that promises the best workout in the least amount of time. HIIT combines short bursts of intense exercises with rest or lower intensity exercises. Two to three days a week of HIIT workouts, with a 24-hour rest and recovery in between workouts is recommended.
If you are ready to take your workouts to the next level, try the HIIT workout below.
30 seconds of each exercise (1-8) = 1 set (HIGH intensity phase)
Rest or jog in place between sets for 2 minutes (LOW intensity phase)
Level 1 • 3 sets - Level 2 • 5 sets - Level 3 • 7 sets
Exercises:Jumping Jacks, Squats, Mountain Climbers, Walking Lunges, High Knees, Burpees, Bicycle Crunches, Russian Twists
The benefits of HIIT include reduced body fat and weight, especially when combined with a healthy diet. HIIT results can be seen after roughly 5 workouts when participants remain consistent and follow a routine of steady progression. To avoid injury, talk to your doctor before taking on a HIIT workout.
Dr. Elaine Soto Trevino - FitGrit Personal Fitness Trainer
McDonald’s partners with the Del Rio Housing Authority to bring a breakfast treat of hotcakes and milk to the kids at the clubhouse on Rodriguez St. To make it extra special, McDonald’s gave away activity sheets, raffled Happy Meal cards and complete sets of Happy Meal Toys.
The interstate upgrade of the Ports-to-Plains Corridor in Texas results in relatively higher speeds throughout the corridor. As a result, traffic would divert from parallel and intersecting roadways to take advantage of the improved travel time on the Ports-to-Plains Corridor.
Most diversion to the Ports-to-Plains Corridor comes from highways within 100 miles of the corridor.
The interstate upgrade shows a stronger traffic diversion capability over the baseline indicating the ability to reduce traffic congestion from nearby corridors and from other corridors in the state.
In Segment #1, between the New Mexico and Oklahoma borders and the Hale/Lubbock County line, the interstate upgrade diverts east/west trips from the US 57 (Eagle Pass to San Antonio) and US 90 (Del Rio to San Antonio) corridors and attracts north/south trips from US 83, SH 55, and 1-35 between Laredo and San Antonio.
In Segment #2, between Hale/Lubbock County line and the
Sutton/Edwards County line, the interstate upgrade also shows a significant forecasted traffic diversion from routes south of Lubbock such as US 385, US 84, and SH 137.
In Segment #3, between the Sutton/Edwards County line and the I-35/Juarez-Lincoln Bridge in Laredo, the interstate upgrade diverts east/west trips from the US 57 (Eagle Pass to San Antonio) and US 90 (Del Rio to San Antonio) corridors. The interstate upgrade also attracts north/south trips from US 83, SH 55, and I-35 between Laredo and San Antonio.
Diversion shown in Ports-to-Plains Interstate Feasibility Study.
STUDENTS TO BEGIN WITH ONLINE INSTRUCTION
The SFDRCISD Board of Trustees approved a recommendation by the Administration to delay the start of classes for all students attending SFDRCISD schools for the 2020-2021 school year. The first day of school will now be on Wednesday, August 26, 2020.
District leadership explained that instruction for the first three weeks will be delivered entirely online, which means students will remain at home until September 16th -18th, when students who selected a traditional or hybrid model of instruction will slowly reintegrate in limited groups each day to allow staff and students to review safety routines and campus protocols. The Administration also clarified that all extra-curricular and UIL activities will remain suspended until mid-September.
In the last few weeks, SFDR campus leadership and staff have been able to communicate with 93% of the parents in their school community. Roughly 36%, or 3,152 students will return to school using a traditional model, 49% or 4,347 students will continue their instruction completely online, and 11% or 1,004 students have chosen to participate using the hybrid model. Of the parents that were polled, only 19%, or an estimated 1,692 students will need a device and an estimated 4% or 334 students will need internet connectivity. The District shared that while many learning devices (iPads, laptops and desktops) are already available for distribution, they have also ordered additional devices and are working with internet service providers to help support internet connectivity and academic learning district-wide.
The District is also working on finalizing plans for training parents who opted for their children to participate in online and hybrid learning. Parents will have various options to receive training on the Google and Canvas platforms. These training sessions will be available in both English and Spanish, and will be conducted through Zoom. The District will be posting information regarding these trainings in the coming weeks on the District website and on each school’s webpage.
District and campus leadership are also working to finalize Campus Handbooks that will detail specific protocols and procedures for returning to school during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Before we open our schools and our classrooms, before instruction and learning resumes, we are thoroughly and carefully reinforcing our plans and outlining procedures” stated superintendent of schools, Dr. Carlos Rios. “We will be implementing best practices recommended by the Texas Education Agency, the CDC, and the Texas Department of State Health Services to train our parents, our students and staff in preparation for a safe return to school.”