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Op-Ed: Letter from Luis A. Ruiz to Informate readers

Thank you for being loyal readers of Informate,

I, Luis A. Ruiz, have been appointed to a position that ties to a political organization and will, for the remainder of my tenure there, not be contributing to the publications or publishing of articles or the daily business practices at Informate.

This is in an effort to be more transparent and provide a more fair, balanced and objective freedom of the press as is prescribed by our Constitution and Laws.


Judith A. Canales se enfrenta a Will Hurd en San Antonio

Maya Angelou fue citada diciendo que, “si no te gusta algo, cámbialo”. Si no puede cambiarlo, cambie su actitud “. A muchas personas a lo largo de la región fronteriza, que es la mayoría hispana, no les gusta la dirección en que se dirige nuestro país. particularmente nuestra representación en el Congreso en Washington DC. En lugar de quejarse y sentarse y simplemente dejar que los problemas cesen, una persona está tomando el asunto en sus propias manos y está responsabilizando a su congresista.

Judith Ann Canales, se encontró con el congresista Will Hurd (R) -TX23, en un restaurante en San Antonio, Texas, y le aconsejó que correría contra él por su escaño. “Fui a él, me presenté. Congresista, mi nombre es Judy Canales. Soy una constituyeente de su distrito, y ahora soy su oponente. “Extendí mi mano y los saludamos”.

Se espera que ambas personas se registren para sus respectivas primarias de partido durante el período de inscripción de noviembre / diciembre.

Canales, constituyente tiene todo el derecho de ejercer su deseo de cambiar la dirección en la que el distrito entra y se postula para el puesto.

El hecho de que Canales arrojara el guante a los pies de Hurd podría haber sido un poco prematuro, ya que ella tiene que lidiar con un banco de competitacion pesada del lado demócrata en las primarias.

Judith A. Canales comenzó su carrera en política como pasante con el congresista Abraham “Chick” Kazen, luego encabezó el MRGDC (Middle Rio Grand Development Council) y sirvió con el USDA (Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos) bajo el mandato de Clinton y Presidencias de Obama.

Gina Ortiz Jones, quien es un veterano de Irak y ex oficial de inteligencia de la Fuerza Aérea, que se desempeñó como asesor especial del subdirector de la Agencia de Inteligencia de Defensa. Su último trabajo fue como directora de inversiones en la Oficina del Representante de Comercio de EE. UU., Donde revisó las inversiones extranjeras para riesgos de seguridad. Jay Hulings es un fiscal federal con experiencia en casos de inmigración, corrupción e inteligencia, en el Distrito Oeste de Texas, primero en Del Río y luego en San Antonio. Rick Treviño, candidato del Consejo de la Ciudad de San Antonio, maestro de escuela y delegado de Bernie Sanders, completa esta larga lista de candidatos para la Primaria Democrática.

Sin embargo, Hurd no se quedará sin respuesta en su elección primaria, Alma Arredondo-Lynch, una ranchera ultraconservadora de Concan desafiará a Hurd en la Primaria Republicana. Los ganadores de ambas primarias se enfrentarán en las elecciones generales de noviembre de 2018.

Judith A. Canales encounters Will Hurd in San Antonio

Maya Angelou was quoted as saying that, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Many people along the border region, which is majority Hispanic, do not like the direction our country is headed. particularly our congressional representation in Washington DC. Rather than complain and sit back and just let the issues phase off, one individual is taking matters into her own hands and is holding her congressman accountable.

Judith Ann Canales, encountered Congressman Will Hurd (R) -TX23, at a restaurant in San Antonio, Texas and advised him that she would be running against him for his seat. “I went up to him, introduced myself. Congressman, my name is Judy Canales. I am a constituent of yours, and now I am your opponent.” I extended my hand and shook his hand.”

Both individuals are expected to sign up for their respective parties primaries during the November/December signing up period.

Canales a long time constituent of TX23 has every right to exercise her desire to change the direction that the district is going in and run for the position.

Canales’ throwing down of the gauntlet at Hurd’s feet may have been a littke premature as she has to contend with a bench of heavyweights on the Democratic side in the primary.

Judith A. Canales began her career in politics as an intern with Congressman Abraham “Chick” Kazen, went on to head the MRGDC (Middle Rio Grand Development Council), and served with the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) under the Clinton and Obama presidencies. Gina Ortiz Jones who is an Iraq veteran and former Air Force intelligence officer who served as special adviser to the deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Her last job was as director for investment at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where she reviewed foreign investments for security risks. Jay Hulings is a federal prosecutor with experience in immigration, corruption and intelligence cases, in the Western District of Texas, first in Del Rio and then in San Antonio. Rick Treviño, a San Antonio City Council candidate, school teacher and Bernie Sanders delegate, rounds out this long list of contenders for the Democratic Primary.

Will Hurd however will not go unchallenged in his primary either, Alma Arredondo-Lynch, an ultra “constitutional conservative” Tea Party rancher from Concan will challenge Hurd in the Republican Primary. The winners of both primaries will then, face off in the November 2018 general election.

Maverick County now has Public Information Officer due to high traffic of Public Information requests

Maverick county will now be counting with a Public Information officer who will be responsible for taking on all open records request and assuring that they’re handled in a timely manner and that the information being requested can be disclosed to the public as well.

The Maverick County Commissioners Court voted in favor of establishing a policy and naming a Public Information Officer during their meeting held on Thursday October , 26.

Attorney Robert Wilson addressed the item. “We’ve been discussing the need to appoint a public information officer to handle open records request on behalf of Maverick County.”

Wilson explained that he works with other governmental agencies that have such person handle that type of items. “This will allow the county to be able to account and track down any request coming in.”

Wilson presented a new policy regarding the role of the public information officer and addressing the transition from how it’s structured at present time.

Legal Counsel Wilson suggested that the court could adopt the policy and appoint someone on a temporary basis until a individual dedicated to that position could be established into place.

Commissioner Court voted in favor of the policy and the naming of a public information officer as well. At this time all Public Information requests will be taken at the Maverick County Judges Office by an assistant.

Open records request do have certain requisites that must be followed by both sides of the request.

Judge Saucedo has stated that the issue has become a problem as more and more request for information have been coming in with some of them not following the open records request requirements. Appointing a Public Information Officer will assure that the request for information is done so in the correct manner and all legal statutes are followed.

Celebration of Dia de los Muertos at City Hall

Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated from November 1st and 2nd throughout the region from Mexico across the U.S. The days of reverence are celebrated as people gather to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.
During this time alters are resurrected and offers (ofrendas) honoring the deceased are left in offering for the spiritual journey of those departed.Calaveras ,aztec marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed are often used in this spiritual ceremonies., Those who celebrate the solemn day also visit graves with gifts for their dearly departed.
The City of Eagle Pass set up an alter at city hall for Dia De Los Muertos in which they remembered and honored Mayor Chad H. Foster, Presidente Municipal Jose (Pepe) Maldonado, Choco Gonzalez Maza and Alex Alvarez.
Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. The holiday has spread throughout the world, being absorbed into other deep traditions in honor of the dead. It has become a national symbol and as such is taught (for educational purposes) in the nation’s schools. Many families celebrate a traditional “All Saints’ Day” associated with the Catholic Church.
The Mexican Day of the Dead celebration is similar to other societies’ observances of a time to honor the dead. The Spanish tradition, for instance, includes festivals and parades, as well as gatherings of families at cemeteries to pray for their deceased loved ones at the end of the day.

MCHD has assessment presentation by MGMA

The Maverick County Hospital District held a special meeting on Wednesday October 25 in which they had a assessment presentation by MGMA Inc. on the all around operations of the MCHD and their departments.

During this representational meeting the MCHD Board of Directors were joined for the first time in recent history by the Districts Doctors/Specialist who joined in on the conversation and planning as to what are the greater needs for the organization.

The Board and Doctors were presented with vital statistical information breaking down the districts operations and by department allowing the organization to meet and plan on how it can improve its services to be most efficient and effective in providing health care services to the area.

MCHD CEO Terri Patlan Conteras stated that the presentation and workshop between the Dr’s and Board of Trustees and departmental staff had been a very productive and the district will continue trying to expand medical services and assistance to those in need.

“We’re working together to try and improve the health of the community. One of the things that the board of directors led by chairman Adolfo Olivares have really come on board with wanting to make changes that will improve our operations. We had MGMA do an assessment a few months ago and they have now provided the feedback. They worked and met with every department and doctor in order to ascertain information as to the needs to assist us in improving our services and operation.”

“Today’s workshop meeting is to present the feedback and allow for more discussion and input as to how we can work together for the betterment of our agency and community. “Under the direction of the Board of Directors we’re seeking to bring in more specialist including a Cardiologist , a Gastroenterologist and Ear and Throat Specialist as well.” concluded Contreras

The MCHD Board of Directors consist of Adolfo Olivares, Chairman, Jesus Casas, Vice-Chairman, Becky Robinson, Secretary-Treasurer, Juan Manuel “Chuco” Farias, and Ronald Hixson.

MCHD to hold Health and wellness expo

The Maverick County Hospital District 2nd Annual Health and Wellness Expo will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, from 2 P.M to 7 P.M. at the City of Eagle Pass International Trade Center, located at 3295 Bob Rogers Drive.,
The Maverick County Hospital District, the City of Eagle Pass along with Hope-K are collaborating during this event which will feature over 58 participating groups who will be promoting all around wellness.
Maverick County Hospital District CEO Terri Patlan Contreras is pleased to announce the event and invites the entire community to come out and learn about the many different health programs across our community.
“We want to continue promoting all around health and wellness within our community. The more that we can educate our patients over preventive medicine and measures the higher the odds are that they actually take care of themselves.” said Contreras “I want to take the time and invite the entire community to come out and join us on November 1 , for our 2nd Annual Health Expo.”
The health expo will have a variety of agency presentations, organizations, speeches and health awareness promotion,
The public will have the opportunity to learn about various health care services including primary and specialty care, nutritional and diabetes assistance, HIV/AIDS services, financial assistance programs from the MCHD
There will also be information from the home health, hospice care, dental care, hospital services and many other organizational medical information from organizations from around the community.
The Health and Wellness Expo is free to the public.