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Army: Texas soon turning ‘hostile’

by Logan Garnett, General manager

Leakey is one of 17 Texas cities that will play host to a series of military exercises this summer as part of an operation dubbed Jade Helm 15. Between July and September, members of U.S.
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City swears in six, including city manager

All seats were filled in Council Chambers when city manager Vince DiPiazza and two Uvalde Police Department officers were sworn into service Tuesday during a regular meeting of Uvalde City Council.

In addition to the trio, code enforcement officers Rick Lara and Jovita Maldonado were also sworn into office.

DiPiazza, who came to the city from Dumas where he was employed as city manager, was hired in December 2014. He began working here in February.

Uvalde Police Department officers Beco Diaz and Roberto Ruben Gutierrez Jr. were classmates when they attended the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy at Southwest Texas Junior College. They graduated in May 2014.

For Diaz, a Uvalde native and volunteer firefighter, UPD was always the plan. He was hired in August 2014.

“I am from here, grew up here, so I just wanted to give back to my community,” Diaz said.

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ULN Today – Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Skaters’ paradise

Local skater Anthony Arceo grinds along the top of a quarter pipe at the long-awaited and almost-complete skate park at Uvalde Memorial Park. A grand opening for the park has been tentatively set for May 2.

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Fatal crash at UHS

Kimberly Rubio
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Bone-chilling screams could be heard from a ditch near Uvalde High School as four studentswere trapped in a vehicle, with their friend laying motionless nearby after being ejected. The full-scale mock accident seen Thursday was part of the student council’s safety initiative that urges students to think twice before driving while intoxicated or distracted.

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Library amps up technology with iPads, 3D printer

by Kim Eagle, staff writer

To celebrate National Library Week, April 12-18, El Progreso Memorial Library recently purchased $10,000 worth of technology upgrades – helping the facility expand beyond the time-honored role as a repository of books.

Mendell Morgan, library director, said it was a grant that enabled them to purchase a high speed multiple page scanner, three desktop computers, four Apple Air 2 iPads, two flat-screen televisions, one 12-inch roll laminator, one 24-inch poster printer and one 3-D MakerBot Replicator Desktop Printer. Special software on one computer will assist users with Adobe Premiere + Photoshop Elements.

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Students clean graffiti at park

by Kim Eagle, staff writer

Uvalde High School Pioneers Youth Leadership students have hit the ground coat running as they work to paint over graffiti at Memorial Park.

Pioneers Youth Leadership is a learning-through-action high school leadership program that aims to develop the next generation of community leaders.

Under the direction of teacher M’Liss Graham, UHS students are given leadership experience with a focus on helping their own community.

In addition to creating good leaders, the program engages youth to make positive changes in their towns.

The class needed a spring community service project and decided to cover up graffiti around town.

After visiting with assistant city manager Joe Cardenas, the decision was made to begin with the Memorial Park walking trail.

Since the beginning of April, the Pioneers have spent several afternoons from 5 to 6:30 p.m. painting the large pillars under the bridge.

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Nutrition center gets bounty of hydroponic lettuce

by Logan Garnett, general manager

While it sounds like the kind of menu item that you might normally find at a high-end restaurant specializing in locally-sourced ingredients, a whole crop of hydroponically grown lettuce was recently donated to the Uvalde County Nutrition Center. And, according to the center, they are more than pleased to have it.

“It just looks so nutritious and pretty,” said center director Enedelia Mendoza. “We’ve been testing it in salads to see how people like it, and it’s been very popular. They say they like it more than just the heads of lettuce from the store.”

In all, the nutrition center received eight varieties of lettuce that were hydroponically grown at the Texas A&M AgriLife Center under the supervision of Daniel Leskovar, center director and professor of vegetable physiology.

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Power play: Linemen on duty 24/7

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer

For most people, turning on a light is as easy as flipping a switch. April 13, however, is a day to recognize the men and women who work daily to ensure neighborhoods have electricity.

To give linemen the credit they deserve, America’s Electric Cooperatives designated the second Monday of April as National Lineman Appreciation Day.

Last week, Uvalde Leader-News was on site with four local linemen, Raymond Sendejo, Ben Garcia, Jason Gomez and Serapio Guzman, who are all employed with Medina Electric Cooperative.

As a veteran lineman Sendejo has worked in the field for 11 years, while Gomez has worked for six. Both Garcia and Guzman have worked in the profession for three and a half years.

The four men install, repair and maintain electrical power lines.

“We build and maintain power lines within a 70 mile radius of Uvalde,” said Sendejo, crew foreman. “Mostly rural areas.”

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