Single vehicle rollover on 277 N

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Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber reported a single vehicle rollover accident at approximately 7:30 am on Monday, December 21st.

Sheriff Schmerber stated that deputies were dispatched to US Hwy 277 North in regard to a single rollover accident.

Contact was made with a driver who was identified as Daniela Dominguez (31yoa) who was driving a 2017 white Nissan Sentra.

Preliminary Investigation revealed, the driver was traveling southbound on US Hwy 277 North, the driver lost control on a curve causing her to strike a ditch and causing her to rollover multiple times.

Driver refused medical attention at the time of report. The Vehicle had severe damages and was towed away by Davis Wrecker Service.

Sheriff department warns community of credit card skimmer scam at gas pumps

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The Maverick County Sheriff’s Department is urging the community to be extra careful while using a credit or debit card to purchase gasoline at the pumps.

Sheriff Tom Schmerber reported that over the weekend a complainant at a gas station on US Highway 277 North reported finding two credit card skimmers while having the store’s fuel pumps examined this morning.

The skimmers, which are used to take user’s credit card information illegally, were removed. A formal report was filed and this case is under investigation.

500 doses of Moderna vaccine headed to Maverick County

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State Representative-Elect Heriberto Morales informed the constituents of the community that 500 doses of the Moderna vaccine is headed to Eagle Pass and Maverick County next week.

This is the first step to “getting back to normal”, however those who do receive the vaccine should still wear masks, social distance and follow all safety protocols.

Tentative date set for Covid 19 Vaccine arrival

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The Emergency Operation Center reported that they have been given a tentative date for the arrival and distribution of the Covid-19 Vaccine in our community.

The date given by the State and federal government pending the approval of the Moderna Vaccine by the Food and Drug Administration is December 24.

Once arriving in our community, the vaccine bill be administered in different phases.

Phase 1 will include all medical care personnel, and other critical personnel which includes teachers and school personnel.

Patients at nursing homes are also included in the first phase.

Phase two will consist on essential personnel.

Phase three will be the general population.

More information will be provided tomorrow during the EOC Covid-19 numbers conference.

Church of Latter-day saints donates 10,000 N95 masks for frontline workers

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The Emergency Operation Center, Maverick County, and City of Eagle Pass received 10,000 N95 masks from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Maverick County Judge David Saucedo and personnel from the Emergency Operation Center including Directors Rodolfo Cardona and Polo Vielma met with Ross Davidson President of Eagle Pass District, Jolene Davidson, Luis Krezdorn Elders Quorum President, and Peter Hightower at the EOC where they were presented with the masks.

Judge Saucedo thanked the Church group for the donation of the
10,000 N-95 masks that will be designated for frontline workers.

Eighteen wheeler overturns on Loop 480

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The Eagle Pass Police Department and Fire Department responded to a vehicle rollover accident near International Bridge No 2 involving an 18 wheeler truck carrying metal pipes into Mexico on Wednesday.

Preliminary reports show that the accident occurred at around 1:00 pm when a trailer traveling on Loop 480 overturned at the curb before driving into the Port of Entry.

The Truck was carrying a shipment of metal pipes which contributed to the accident.

Luckily, no one was injured in the accident.

Cantu’s Wrecker Service was summoned to the scene to assist in moving the wreckage off the street.

City reopens City Hall after 9 Months of Being Closed

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The Eagle Pass City Council voted in favor of reopening City Hall on Wednesday, December 16 after it being closed for close to 9 months.

During a special meeting on Tuesday, December 15, the City Council heard from Administration on the established protocols put in place to guarantee everyone’s safety as they begin to open up City Hall for the general public.

The City Council concurred that the safety protocols set in place are sufficient to reopen City Hall safely.

The City Council was presented a video showing all the safety protocols to be used from now on.

The Eagle Pass City Council approved to reopen City Hall as of Wednesday, December 16, 2020, with all Covid-19 Safety measures in place.

City Against Replacing 2 1/2 miles of existing border wall

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The Eagle Pass City Council on Tuesday, December 15th, voted against the Federal Government’s newest attempts to build a replacement for the existing 21/2 miles of border wall in our community.

The City Council approved a resolution where they declared some of the reasons they’re against the replacement of the fence structure put in place back in 2008.
Officials believe that the wall will not do anything to help secure our borders and is a waste of $25 million dollars of taxpayer money.

Officials state that the replacement of the existing border wall for a new border wall will harm our interdependent relationship with Mexico, as well as U.S. and Mexican businesses dependent on cross-border commerce, which is valued at $200 billion for Texas-Mexico trade and $584 billion for U.S.-Mexico.

“To expedite replacement of the congressionally unauthorized border wall in Eagle Pass, the present Administration has waived 28 statutes under the Real ID Act of 2005, which unjustly denies the residents of Eagle Pass and Maverick County equal protection under the law, including protections afforded by the National Environmental Policy Act, Federal Water Pollution Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and Clean Air Act,” declares the City.

“The funds for the cost of replacing the existing border fence were never authorized by Congress, but unilaterally appropriated from Department of Defense budgets by the Trump administration.”

“The Department of Homeland Security’s selection of a 30-foot border wall as the one-size-fits-all solution for border security in Eagle Pass, without considering less invasive alternatives, was found to be arbitrary and capricious by the Inspector General, on July 14, 2020, in a report styled OIG-20- 52 “CBP Has Not Demonstrated Acquisition Capabilities Needed to Secure the Southern Border.”

“The replacement of the existing border wall entails the destruction of Shelby Park, the Eagle Pass Golf Course and the surrounding river trails the existing fence on, violating congressionally approved treaties with the Republic of Mexico; specifically, guidelines set up by the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC).”

The City declares that the Federal Government has not secured the appropriate approval, licenses, and permits from the IBCW in order to begin construction of the new border wall.

The City feels that it is not in the best interest of its citizens that the border wall be constructed, due to the irreparable harm to civil liberties, human rights, and because it is unlikely to do enough to resolve the difficult problem of illegal immigration.

The City of Eagle Pass opposes the replacement of existing border wall and urges the current and incoming Administration to take any and all actions to stop the process.

The 2 1/2 mile replacement of the existing border wall will cost approximately $25,000,000.

City calls Special Election for May

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The Eagle Pass City Council has approved and established a special election to be held in the month of May 2021 for the Mayor and two City Council seats.

The election will be taking place on May 1st with early voting scheduled for the last two weeks of April.

In this election, the Mayor’s position currently held by Luis Sifuentes will be up for election. Sifuentes is sure to be seeking to be re-elected.

The Councilman Place 4 held by Attorney Rolando Salinas will also be on the ballot.

Councilman Place 2, held by Elias Diaz will also be up for election.

Both Diaz and Salinas are expected to be in the May ballot.

Official registrations are scheduled to begin in the month of January.

Non Essential Travel Restrictions extended

Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf announced over the weekend that Non-Essential Travel Restrictions would not be lifted on December 21st, days before the Christmas Holiday.

Wolf tweeted “In order to continue to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the US, Mexico, & Canada will extend the restrictions on non-essential travel through Jan. 21. We are working closely with Mexico & Canada to keep essential trade & travel open while also protecting our citizens from the virus.”

This comes days after his counterpart the Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores of Mexico, Marcelo Ebrard, tweeted about the extension as well.

The US/ Mexico border has been shut down for thousands of travelers for nine months due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

This has come at a great cost for communities along the Southwest Border including the City of Eagle Pass that has lost millions in revenues from its decreased flow through the EP Bridge System. This doesn’t include the millions lost in business.