Friday, October 23, 2009

ORTIZ ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF J.D. SALINAS AS GSA REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR

ORTIZ ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF J.D. SALINAS AS GSA REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR

WASHINGTON--Today, U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz, TX-27, released this statement following the White House announcement confirming Hidalgo County Judge J.D. Salinas as GSA Regional Administrator for Region 7:

“I want to congratulate J.D. Salinas on his appointment to the General Services Administration,” Ortiz said. “I, along with the Texas Democratic Delegation and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, have worked with him and the White House to ensure his consideration for this position.

“J.D. has worked hard for the people of South Texas in his capacity as County Judge of Hidalgo, and I know his high moral standard of work, dedication and loyalty to this country will continue to stand out as he oversees the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and our great state of Texas in this new role,” he said.

“I will continue to work hand-in-hand with J.D. Salinas in his new role as we both strive to better serve this country, region 7, and South Texas,” Ortiz said.

Since 2007, Salinas has served as County Judge of Hidalgo County, where he oversees more than 3,000 employees and 175 county buildings.

During his tenure, Salinas developed and implemented the Hidalgo County Prescription Drug Discount Card, established a wireless emergency notification system for county residents, and worked closely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the International Water and Boundary Commission on the Levee/Barrier Project.

Elected in 1999 as Hidalgo County Clerk, he established satellite County Clerk offices and extended hours to allow more convenient access for country residents. Additionally, while in office Salinas established the “Public Report Card” system, a transparency measure of the County Clerk’s Office. Salinas received his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Public Administration for the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg, Texas.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

This weekend: COTTONFEST '2009 -- A celebration of our Agricultural History... FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!!!


NUECES COUNTY, TX – COTTONFEST is scheduled to take place this weekend (Oct 17th & 18th) from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Richard M. Borchard Fairgrounds in Robstown. The site is located at 1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd. Robstown, Texas. This is a celebration where Nueces County celebrates its agricultural history and reinforces it’s unique traditions.

Cottonfest is a place to havefun with the whole family: e.g., music, food, drinks, talent contests, turtle races, fireworks. The top bands that will be feared are La Conquista, Clarrisa Serna, The Brew (Austin, TX), City Limits (Orange Grove, Tx), Jesse Marroquin, Hilda Lamas, Rendition, Los Arias and a few others. They will also have a top ranked comedy guest performing at the festival that worked alongside Paul Rodriguez and George Lopez. FREE GIGS.

In addition to the cited activities above. On Friday Oct 16, a cook-off will take place starting at 6:00 p.m. and a Tailgate Party after the football game – a prelude to the major festival.

Saturday, October 17th schedule: 9:30 a.m. – Kickball & Pony League Opening Ceremonies; 1-10 p.m. GIGS; 1-5 p.m. – Car Show; 1 p.m. -- Salazar Elementary Cheerleaders; 1:30 -2 p.m. --Augustine; 2 p.m. – Trail Ride at the Equestrian Center; 2:15-3 p.m. Ballet Folklorico – Kingsville; 3: 15 – Los Arias; 4 p.m. – Turle Races; 5-6:45 p.m. – City Limits (band); 5:30 p.m. MG’s pizza Costume Contest & Great Pumpkin Egg Hunt; 7-10 p.m. – The Brew (band from Austin, Tx), 10 p.m. – Fireworks Show.

Sunday, October 18th schedule: GIGS from 1-10 p.m.; 1-2 p.m. Tae Kwan Do Demo 2:15-3:45 p.m.; Rendition 4-6 p.m.; Jesse Marroquin 7-8 p.m.; Clarissa Serna 8-9 p.m. La Conquista.

On Oct 17th, 24th, 30th, 31st, there will be a “Night of the Living Dead” HUNTED HOUSE; it will take place form 8:00 p.m.-12 a.m. at the Fairgrounds. The charge for this event: $10.00.

Cottonfest has easy entry/exit traffic flow. In fact, one can enter the Robstown Fairgrounds from three directions. It is not as congested as downtown Corpus Christi. One visiting spectator described it as “an ideal site for a successful gathering on any kind.” The popularity of the Fairgrounds here grows in popularity despite some misunderstood analysis.

Robstown Area Development Commission is proud of COTTONFEST '2009, Joe Kramer, President of the Board, said: “This is an Annual Celebration of Culture, History of Cotton, and Economy of Robstown & the surrounding area. Historically, cotton and vegetable farming have played an important role in this economy. The community will celebrate this heritage, this year at COTTONFEST '2009 – it’s an October family festival. Join us. There will also be historical exhibits.”

For more information call 387-3933.

COTTONFEST ROBSTOWN FAIRGROUNDS OCT 17 & 18: CLICK ON VIDEO LINK FOR FULL DETAILS


COTTONFEST VIDEO (CLICK ON LINK TO VIEW IT- OR VISIT SITE FOR FULL DETAIL)-------------> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C0bjikDuKQ video