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May 3-5
Grand Mercado at Kokernot Park
Alpine, TX

Cinco de Mayo Scholarship Bash
May 4-5
Crockett County Park
Ozona, TX

Four Square Friday
Friday, May 10
6:00 pm

Downtown Uvalde
Uvalde, TX

Relay for Life
Friday, May 10
Centennial Park
100 S. Oak St.
Pecos, TX

Military River Parade: Here's to Our Heroes
Saturday, May 18
6:00 pm

San Antonio River Walk
San Antonio, TX

World Music and Food Festival
May 18-19
Market Square
San Antonio, TX

Frio Canyon Chamber Shrimp Boil
Saturday, May 25
Bent Rim Grill
657 RM 337 W
Leakey, TX

Uvalde County Market Days
Saturday, May 25
10:00 am

Downtown Plaza
Uvalde, TX

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Maverick County Courthouse
501 Main Street
Suite 114
Eagle Pass, Texas 78852
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Pecos, Texas 79772
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Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
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May 2013 - Message from Carlos
The 83rd Texas Legislature has entered the home stretch toward its May 27 conclusion, and so far it's been a remarkable session. While much work remains to be done, it is all but certain that more money will be provided to public education, child protection, and water and transportation infrastructure projects — all of which were top priorities for me when the session began.

In stark contrast to 2011, this session will likely be remembered for its spirit of bipartisan cooperation. From the committee rooms to the House and Senate floors, Democrats and Republicans have worked together to solve the problems facing Texas. Even when we haven't agreed, the debates have been marked by mutual respect and conducted in a civil, cordial fashion.

A good example is the recent Senate passage of SJR 1, a proposed constitutional amendment that will authorize the use of $5.7 billion from the rainy day fund for water, highways, bridges, ports, and public education. Two years ago the rainy day fund was declared off limits by the majority party, even in the face of $5.3 billion in spending cuts for public education.

This time the majority recognized the state's pressing water and infrastructure needs, and agreed that our schools are worthy of rainy day funds as well. Under the constitutional amendment, co-authored by all 31 senators, education will get $800 million — including $500 million for the basic allotment to schools and $300 million for teacher merit pay — on top of the education budget provided in the 2014-15 budget that will be passed later this month.

I am hopeful that my colleagues in the House, under the leadership of Speaker Straus, will also see the wisdom of using the rainy day fund for public education. If so, Texas voters will get their chance to approve the amendment in November.

I am also hopeful that the House will pass two of my priority bills for the session. One measure will help counties in oil and gas producing areas pay for damaged county roads, and the other would allow online voter registration in Texas.

If the last month of the session goes like the first three, it will be one for the books in terms of bipartisan compromise. The 83rd session will set a standard for future sessions to follow and emulate.

Semper Fi!

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Senate honors Luna Scholars

The Texas Senate adopted a resolution by Sen. Uresti honoring the 2013 class of Gregory Luna scholars.

Now in its seventh year, the Luna Scholarship program introduces talented young people to the legislative process. They analyze bills, request committee hearings, put together bill books, and assess the support and opposition. Many of them will go on to careers in government or other public service.

To become a Luna scholar, each one had to achieve an outstanding academic record, demonstrate leadership skills, and possess the personal attributes of hard work, integrity, and perseverance.

The program is named for the late Sen. Gregory Luna, a tireless advocate for education and a champion of young people who need only opportunity to succeed.

Sen. Uresti, who oversees the program as chairman of the Senate Hispanic Caucus, has two Luna scholars working in his Capitol office — Alejandro Barrientos of Corpus Christi and Daniela Huerta of Plano. Other Luna scholars worked in the offices of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and 11 other senators, Democrats and Republicans.

Eagle Pass students named Gates-Millennium Scholars

Six graduating seniors from the Eagle Pass Independent School District have been named to the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholars Program by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Five Eagle Pass High School seniors were named 2013 Gates Millennium Scholars, including Andrea Lissette Pantoja, Daniela Rosiles, April Trevino, Hector Cruz, and Maximo Gonzalez, said Sifuentes. Also named was Cecilia Flores, a senior at C.C. Winn High School.

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program selects 1,000 talented and gifted high school seniors from around the country each year, with each receiving a scholarship to the college or university of their choice.

"The citizens of Eagle Pass should be proud of these six students. I know that I am," Sen. Uresti said. "Being named a Gates Millennium scholar reflects not only their academic accomplishments, but also speaks well of the teachers and administrators in the Eagle Pass school district."

Boquillas Crossing reopens

Almost 11 years after it was closed because of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, The Boquillas Crossing in Big Bend National Park has reopened.

“It's a good day. We've waited a lot of years for this and now everyone can come over legally,” Carry Huffman, the deputy chief patrol agent for the U.S. Border Patrol in the Big Bend Sector, told the San Antonio Express-News.

The border crossing will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. American citizens who cross the Rio Grande to visit Mexico will need a passport to re-enter the United States.

The closing of the crossing in 2001 had a devastating effect on the local economy. Up to 20,000 Americans made the crossing at Boquillas during its boom years, but after the closing about half of its residents moved away and all but two businesses closed, the Express-News reported.

"I am delighted that Boquillas has reopened," Sen. Uresti said. "Once again Americans can freely visit Mexico via this iconic border crossing, and we can begin to re-establish our cultural ties."

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