An investigative story by Meg (Maria Eugenia Guerra) of LareDOS Newspaper, “Will the City Enforce Ordinances and Fines for Monaco II Developer’s Environmental Encroachment on Shiloh Trials,” delves into the story of how a local developer bulldozed through a section of the Shiloh Hike & Bike Trials. The clearing cut through two streambeds of Manadas Creek for a new subdivision that calls for building a large quantity of homes to be immediately next to this unique and rare green space.
The developer had permission to clear out a 15-foot easement for their water line. Instead, they took out between 40-50 feet of land, nearly a football field in length, with no permission and no permits to do so.
To read more about this issue please click on the link below.
The 6th annual “Birds of the Brush” Art Contest is a lively special event that we do as part of our Laredo Birding Festival. This year, we received a record number of submissions, at 431.
As part of this collaboration with RGISC, the Laredo Center for the Arts and Monte Mucho Audubon Society, local students, amateurs, and professional artists submit artwork of birds found in our region. Art pieces are then judged by well-known artists and bird experts. Our panel of judges this year were: Armando Hinojosa, Raul Delgado, Gayle Aker-Rodriguez, and Frank Ortega.
For the first time in Birds of the Brush history, one art entry came from our sister-city, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
The art contest is separated into 5 categories: Elementary, Middle School, High School, Community-Amateur, and Community-Professional. Judges select a Best in Show winner, and each category has 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finalists, and two Honorable Mention winners.
We wish to commend all participants, and their teachers. Our judges and Laredo Center for the Arts staff noted that the quality of art work submitted this year was significantly superior than previous contests.
On Feb. 7, we opened the Art Exhibit and a much anticipated Awards Ceremony took place in which all winners, and all participating teachers and studios were recognized.
6th Annual Laredo Birds of the Brush Art Contest Winners
Best of Show
Francisco Garcia United South High School
Elementary School Middle School High School
1st Nery Arguello 1st Jenelle Guajardo 1st Grace Alvarez
2nd Jacklyn Castillo 2nd Ethan Ramirez 2nd Stephanie Garcin
3rd Victoria Riojas 3rd Amaya Mashuca 3rd Claudia Jimenez
HM Brisa Duarte HM Gabriel Cervantes HM Zoe Macias
HM Azul Pedroza HM Angelina Cerda HM Catalina Berry
Community - Amateur Community - Professional
1st Hilda Zavala 1st Amando Chapa
2nd Elisa Gutierrez 2nd Erika Ordoñez
3rd Valentin Jorge Cuellar 3rd Nancy Poinsot
HM Patricia Najera HM Luis Hernandez
HM Blanca Manchala HM Erika Buentello
*HM: Honorable Mention
The art work is open for public viewing at the Laredo Center for the Arts until March 2, 2018.
Some pieces are also available for sale.
From Feb. 7-10, we welcomed 150 birders from 23 different states and 37 Texas cities for our 6th Laredo Birding Festival.
This was a record number for the Festival, and for the first time we had two international birders from Mexico. Birders come to our South Texas city to see the hundreds of species of birds –including our prized White-collared Seedeater—that live here or visit us during the different migration seasons.
The 6th Annual Laredo Birding Festival offered a loaded itinerary for birders which included:
The Mayor and Laredo City Council have formally withdrawn their vote and motion to build the proposed veterans museum at North Central Park.
RGISC would like to thank Friends of North Central Park and the interested group of veterans who diligently worked together with us on this effort. We also wish to thank Our Laredo for hosting a Vets Museum Forum on Jan. 9 which proved to be a game-changer in the development of this issue.
This is a terrific victory for the community and for our green spaces. RGISC is currently working with the City of Laredo to draft language that will serve to protect our parks and green spaces from future initiatives and development.
As a goodwill gesture, RGISC has committed to making a financial contribution to the Veterans Museum once the site is finalized and an operating fund is in place.
The Friends of North Central Park and Rio Grande International Study Center wish to thank the veterans of Laredo who formally withdrew their plan to build a museum at North Central Park.
Thank you to the 16 panelists and veteran leaders who participated in tonight’s Veterans Museum Forum.
We especially thank Mr. Guero Segovia for his leadership, and for choosing to side with the community to protect our treasured green spaces.
We look forward to working with the veterans to make their museum a reality.
We thank Our Laredo for running such a top notch and well-run program, and moderators Dr John Kilburn and Louis LaVaude.
We also commend our local veterans for coming together as 1 tonight.
We look forward to seeing more of that unity in the future.
We love and respect you, and honor your service and commitment to our country. Thank you.
We had such a terrific event today at the Max Mandel golf course!
Weather was glorious. Thank you to all of our golfers, our amazing sponsors and volunteers, our staff and Board of Directors, and Max Mandel Crew. It was a great one!
Outstanding job by our golf co-chairs Ruben Soto Jr and Blanca Martinez!!
See ya at our next tourney!!
Balt Ramos/Gilbert Garza
Raul Medellin/Armando Bustamante
Carlos Mendoza/Jose Valadez
Roberto Bedolla/Ramon Fidalgo
Carlos Trevino/Luis Bedolla
Julio Gonzalez/Greg Salinas Jr
Greg Salinas Jr/Bobby Mancha
Rudy Garza/Coach Ricardo Salinas
Byannca Martinez/Ernest Flores
Lonnie Rodriguez/Andy Gonzalez
From our RGISC family to yours - Wishing everyone a Merry Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Thank you for supporting our work to protect and preserve our only source of drinking water, the Rio Grande-Rio Bravo, and our local environment. (Board members not pictured: Melissa Renteria Cigarroa, Maria Eugenia Guerra, Kathy Garcia, Bianca Brewster. Staffers not pictured: Erika Saenz).
Viva el rio!
Go Green in 2018!
Accepting a Gulf Guardian Award by the U.S. EPA-Gulf of Mexico Program on behalf of our organization for our basin-wide student water testing program known as the Rio Research Roundup.
Started in 2010, the RRR works with 2,500-3,000 teachers and students in the US and Mexico each year to test the waters of the Rio Grande, and its tributaries, and other Texas river basins that drain into the Gulf of Mexico.
We thank the EPA that gave us the seed money 8 years ago to start this meaningful youth environmental program and we thank all the teachers and students who have worked with us for nearly a decade, our funders, our Board, and our staff who have built this program into a tremendously rich educational program
Rio Grande International Study Center 1 West End Washington St. Bldg P-11, Laredo, Texas