Bandera Market Day
Saturday, June 2
Courthouse Square
Bandera, TX

Scavenger Hunt and Scenic Trail Ride
Saturday, June 2
792 Backhaus
Pipe Creek, TX

Texas Folklife Festival
Friday, June 8
Institute of Texan Cultures
San Antonio, TX

Get Outdoors Day
Saturday, June 9
Free admission to Fort Davis National Historic Park
Fort Davis, TX

Flag Day
Thursday, June 14

Annual Roy Orbison Festival
June 15-16
Wink, TX

Father's Day
Sunday, June 17

Tuesday, June 19

Fiesta del Sol
Saturday, June 23
Downtown Alpine
Alpine, TX

Coolest Fourth
June 29 - July 1
Downtown Fort Davis
Fort Davis, TX

Saturday, June 30
Bandera City Park
Bandera, TX

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
June 2012 - Message from Carlos
Grateful Texans took time last month to honor the law enforcement officers and soldiers who gave their lives in the line of duty. For more than 150 years, from the streets of San Antonio to the streets of Baghdad, great sacrifices have been made so that others may live with justice and freedom.

On May 18, it was my honor to address the families of fallen San Antonio police officers in a ceremony at the San Antonio Police Training Academy. Under sunny skies, a 21-gun salute, a helicopter fly-over, a chorus of young voices and a procession of family members bearing flowers made for a stirring and unforgettable tribute to the 51 San Antonio officers who have died on duty since 1857.

On Memorial Day it was again my honor to present a flag to the family of Army Sgt. Steven Talamantez, a McCollum High School graduate who was killed on his second tour of duty in Iraq last July.

The Memorial Day service, one of the first of its kind, has been a tradition at Harlandale for many years. As a McCollum graduate myself, a Marine, the son of a veteran, and the father of a Marine, this ceremony holds a distinctive place in my heart.

It was clear from visiting with Steven's family and fellow soldiers that he was a special person who will always be remembered for his devotion to duty, his personality and sense of humor, his compassion and spirit, and for his sacrifice.

We often take for granted the freedom we have to make choices, to speak our minds, to think and worship as we please. And we forget how fortunate we are to live in a country with secure homes and communities, protected by a criminal justice system based on the rule of law.

We must never forget those who gave their lives, on foreign soil and our very own streets, to ensure that our way of life continues. That is why May was a month to remember.

Semper Fi!

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Legislature must address growing crisis in mental health services

Though Texas has much to be proud of, it is last among the states in per capita spending on people with mental disabilities. At a recent hearing of the Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee, it was disclosed that the list of people waiting for on-going mental health community services has grown 642% since 2004.

In a bipartisan effort to spread the word about this growing crisis, Sen. Uresti and Sen. Joan Huffman, a Republican from the Houston area, co-authored an op-ed for Texas newspapers urging the Legislature to act when the regular session convenes in January.

In their commentary, Sens. Uresti and Huffman contend that the state has a responsibility to provide mental health services, for both compassionate reasons and for our economic self-interest. When people with mental disabilities are ignored, they may require emergency crisis treatment or end up in the criminal justice system — options that always end up costing more.

The lack of services and available hospital facilities is evident in our county jails, many of which have become default treatment centers for the mentally ill, who cost more to treat and house than other inmates, up to $50,000 a year.

The two senators, both members of the Health and Human Services Committee, wrote that mental health funding must be a priority in the next session.

"Keeping mentally ill people out of jails is not a partisan issue," they wrote. "Whether viewed through the lens of compassion or economic common sense, it is simply an issue we can no longer ignore."

Click here to read the Op-Ed by Sen. Uresti & Sen. Huffman

Oil boom, education top issues in State of the District Address

Calling the Eagle Ford Shale oil boom a once-in-a-lifetime economic event, Sen. Uresti told the Southside Chamber of Commerce last month that state and local governments must work together with the energy industry to take full advantage of the long-term opportunities it presents.

Oil production in the Eagle Ford shale is breathing new life into counties and communities to the south of San Antonio and transforming the entire region's economy, including industries and institutions on the city's South Side.

It is predicted that production will reach 1 million barrels a day by 2016, far more than initial estimates, and could continue to provide jobs, tax revenues for cities and counties in District 19, and other economic benefits for a generation, Uresti said in the chamber's 16th Annual State of the District address.

Still, education will continue to be even more important to the region's economic future, and Uresti urged a bipartisan commitment by the Legislature to fully fund public education in the next session.

"Money for education is not only an investment in our children and their futures, it's an investment in your future as well," Uresti told business and community leaders at the annual chamber event. "San Antonio must have an educated workforce and an informed electorate for your business to thrive, whatever it is."

Education initiative makes Summer a learning season as well

Citing overcrowded classrooms, the elimination of enrichment programs, and other challenges caused by education budget cuts, Sen. Uresti has launched an initiative to encourage students to continue the education process — at their own pace — during the summer months.

The program includes a list of free resources available on the web that will allow students of all ages to work on their critical skills during the summer recess. The open-source materials include lesson plans for parents, audio/visual tools, instructional materials, text books, and even a few fun educational games and trivia.

Parents are encouraged to visit and work with their children this summer. With education dollars at a premium, we must take advantage of innovative alternatives that are available when school is not in session. There is no reason why summer should not be a time of learning as well.

District 19 Attraction of the Month - Black Gap Wildlife Management Area

Located on the northeastern boundary of Big Bend National Park in Brewster County, the 103,000-acre Black Gap Wildlife Management Area stretches along 25 miles of the Rio Grande and contains the lowest elevations of the Chihuahuan Desert in the United States. The area, where ranchers once raised sheep, goats and cattle, now serves as a research and demonstration project area to aid in private land management of natural resources.

Black Gap is home to a large diversity of wildlife, including more than 260 species of birds, reptiles such as rattlesnakes and lizards, small and large mammals like coyotes, bobcats, and black bears. Camping and hiking is available to visitors for most of the year, but it is recommended only for those who enjoy difficult conditions. For details go to:

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