Cowboy Capital Opry
Tuesday, July 3
7:00 pm

Silver Sage Corral
803 Buck Creek Dr.
Bandera, TX

Independence Day
Wednesday, July 4
Parades in eagle Pass, fort Stockton, Bandera, & Monahans

Summer Sizzler 5K Race
Thursday, July 5
8:00 pm

Aquatic Center on Second Street
Eagle Pass, TX

Job Fair
Wednesday, July 12
9:30 am

International Center for Trade
3295 Bob Rogers Dr.
Eagle Pass, TX

Butterfly Count
Saturday, July 14
Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center
Fort Davis, TX

Sahawe Indian Dancers Ceremonials
July 23-28
Outdoor Theater
Uvalde, TX

Viva Big Bend
July 26-29
Several Venues
Alpine, TX & Marfa, TX

Back to School Event
Thursday, July 26
10:00 am

International Center for Trade
Eagle Pass, TX

Butterfield Wagon Festival
Saturday, July 28
Ward County Coliseum and Arena
Monahans, TX

Back to School Event
Tuesday, July 31
Zavala Elementary
Crystal City, TX

Election Day for March Primary Runoffs
Tuesday, July 31

San Antonio District Office
Falcon International Bank
2530 SW Military Drive
Suite 103
San Antonio, Texas 78224
Toll Free 1.800.459.0119
Fax 210.932.2572
Eagle Pass District Office
Maverick County Courthouse
501 Main Street
Suite 114
Eagle Pass, Texas 78852
Fax 830.758.0402
Pecos District Office
312 S. Cedar Street
Suite 100
Pecos, Texas 79772
Fax 432.447.0275
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
Fax 512.463.1017
July 2012 - Message from Carlos
I recently came across a photograph taken when I was first elected to the Texas Legislature 15 years ago. The youthfulness of the face was astonishing, and I began to reflect on what I've learned and accomplished — both personally and politically — over the last decade and a half.

I am certainly older now, and hopefully wiser, but I still possess the same sense of pride I felt on my first day in office.

Working together, we have accomplished a lot over those 15 years, in the areas of child protection, public education, health care, and economic development. My goal has always been to make life better for working families, and it will continue to be.

In this process, I have learned much about the people I represent — from my friends and neighbors on San Antonio's South Side to the farmers, ranchers, oil field workers, teachers, small business owners, and other residents in communities across West Texas.

It has been an honor to represent their hopes and dreams, solve their problems, and meet their challenges under that pink granite dome in Austin. My constituents are hard-working, resourceful, independent, patriotic, and spiritual. For me and my work in the Legislature, they are inspirational.

The young man in the photo looking back from 15 years may have felt pride in the accomplishment of his first elective office, but he did not know the sense of fulfillment and satisfaction that would come with it someday, nor how blessed his personal life would be.

Last Sunday, I exchanged vows with my best friend, starting a new life with a newly united family.

My wife, Lleanna, a student counselor at Burke Elementary School, has two children, Sebastian and Katalina. They now have two new brothers, my sons, Michael and Carlos Jr., and two new nephews, my grandsons, Benjamin and Evan.

Our marriage was about much more than the union of two people. It marked the creation of a new family and the start of a new journey through life.

We are very happy and thankful to God for allowing us to find each other. We don't know exactly what adventures the next 15 years will bring, but we do know one thing — they will be filled with love!

Semper Fi!

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Feds decline to list the dunes sagebrush lizard

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided not to list the dunes sagebrush lizard under the Endangered Species Act, thanks to voluntary conservation efforts by landowners and energy producers in West Texas.

The decision was a victory not only for private property owners and oil and gas producers, who could have faced crippling development and production restrictions, but also for the listing process itself. It shows that government can work with the private sector to solve problems when everyone is willing to cooperate and human needs are taken into consideration.

As a member of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, I was appointed to a special sub-committee to review the proposed listing. My colleagues and I urged the government to take any potential economic impacts into account in their decision because we felt that human habitats should be considered as well.

Fortunately, the FWS listened, and everyone came out a winner. There is no reason for that kind of cooperation to end here. State officials and other stakeholders should continue to work in a bipartisan manner with the federal government for solutions that balance environmental needs with economic development.

Presidio teacher achieves national recognition

For Shella Condino, teaching kids in one of the state's poorest towns is rocket science.

A physics and chemistry teacher at Presidio High School, Condino received the Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award last year by the National Aviation Hall of Fame, then followed up this year with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' 'DiscoverE' Educator Award.

While Condino appreciates being recognized for inspiring her students, she hopes the honors will lead to something more useful — income for her financially-strapped rocket and robotics program.

A graduate of Philippine Normal University, Condino moved to the third-poorest town in Texas to teach. She first introduced model rocketry as a summer enrichment program, but now her rocket and robotics team competes against much better funded schools — and places well.

She started the program because many of her students, for whom English is a second language, did not have much to do in Presidio, sometimes getting involved with illegal drugs, alcohol, car racing, and other dangerous activities.

“At first, communication with my students was a great challenge. I do not speak Spanish and they do not speak English,” Condino told the Asian Journal. “Instructions were always coupled with weird sign languages and demonstrations. It was just hard. So my rocketry students put the catchphrase in our team banner that reads ‘We build and design rockets not because it is easy... but because it is hard.’”

Congratulations to Condino and her students for all their accomplishments. They put Presidio in the national spotlight and made the city proud.

Conservation encouraged as summer heats up

It didn't take long for summer to get scorching this year, with CPS Energy customers setting new records for energy use during the month of June. With the hottest part of the season still ahead, the San Antonio utility and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas is urging consumers to voluntarily conserve energy during the peak demand hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Conservation will help avoid rolling outages caused by excessive heat and energy demand, and maintain lower utility bills, and that means less money out of your pocket!

To conserve energy during those peak hours, residents should:
  • Turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances, and electronic equipment.
  • Close blinds and drapes that get direct sun.
  • Set air conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees or higher when at home and at 82 degrees when away.
  • Avoid using the washer/dryer, dishwasher, stove or other major home appliances.
  • Avoid opening refrigerators or freezers more than necessary.
For more information and options on saving energy, visit

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