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  • Ranchers Cautiously Optimistic After Recent Rains Play Video

    July 9, 2014 5:31 PM

    MISSION - Recent rains brought relief to some Rio Grande Valley ranchers. The showers, though, were not enough to change one man's plan of action. The first hay harvest is happening and many ranchers say the outlook is better than recent years. Some ranchers are even considering growing their... more »
  • Volunteer Sets up Water Stations in Brooks County Play Video

    June 27, 2014 8:07 PM

    FALFURRIAS - A volunteer in Brooks County is setting out water bottles in the vast rangelands to help the illegal immigrants trekking through the region. Brooks County is one of the major human smuggling corridors in South Texas. Countless bodies have been recovered from the inhospitable brush. "Most... more »
  • Brooks County Ranchers Worry About Criminal Immigrants Play Video

    June 26, 2014 7:16 PM

    FALFURRIAS - Sex offenders, murder suspects and gang members are making their way through the vast rangelands of Brooks County. The Vickers ranch is one of the many land spreads affected by the surge in illegal immigration. What is more concerning to the ranch owners is the type of... more »
  • Agents Arrest Immigrant Wanted in Murder Play Video

    June 23, 2014 5:27 PM

    WESLACO - Border Patrol agents arrested one illegal immigrant wanted on murder charges. The arrest happened Friday at a ranch near Falfurrias. Records show the Guatemalan man had a warrant on a murder charge in Florida. His extradition is pending. In a separate case, agents stationed in McAllen... more »
  • Researchers Test Drones at Kenedy Ranch Play Video

    January 16, 2014 7:43 PM

    SARITA - Researchers continue testing drones in South Texas. The Kenedy Ranch is one of six approved sites for test flights of the unmanned aerial vehicles. Researches from Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Thursday flew an RS16 Unmanned Aerial System. The test flights are being done in the... more »
  • Suspect in Double Shooting to Face Judge Play Video

    October 21, 2013 1:03 PM

    WESLACO - A suspect in a weekend double shooting is scheduled to be formally charged later today. The shooting happened Saturday at a ranch near Weslaco on Mile 3 and Mile 12 North. The suspect will face two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Hidalgo County Sheriff... more »
  • Thieves Target Ranch in Edinburg

    March 15, 2013 8:30 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - An Edinburg resident is frustrated over the repeated burglaries at his property. Juan Almazar said the most recent theft happened in February. Thieves have targeted Almazar's ranch seven times over the past three years. He installed surveillance cameras at the property he has called home... more »
  • Three Bodies Found on South Texas Ranchland

    July 19, 2012 7:15 AM

    EDINBURG, Texas (AP) - Border Patrol agents have found the bodies of three suspected illegal immigrants in parched areas of South Texas. The Border Patrol in Edinburg on Wednesday announced the suspecte heat-related deaths and warned about the dangers of extreme summer temperatures and rugged terrain. Agents on Sunday discovered... more »
  • Federal Authorities Investigating Training Jet Crash

    May 31, 2012 12:18 AM

    BROOKS COUNTY - Federal authorities are guarding the wreckage of a downed T-45 Goshawk on a ranch near Encino. The plane went down on Wednesday afternoon. Both pilots on board ejected safely. Witnesses say the jet caught fire and may have exploded on impact. The U.S. Navy has taken... more »
  • Farmer Helps Save Two Illegals Swarmed By Bees

    May 3, 2012 11:51 PM

    MCCOOK - Theodore Respondek was clearing brush from his property. He didn't know a father and his 18-year-old son were hiding in an abandoned shack when his tractor stirred up a bee's nest. "I was in the tractor cab. I was safe. I had no problem until the gentleman... more »
  • Federal Agents Raiding Ranch in Starr County

    March 13, 2012 5:32 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Federal agents are raiding a remote ranch in Starr County. FBI and DEA agents worked several scenes in Starr County. We know they're on a ranch in the north part of the county right now off FM 755 near La Sagunada Road. We have a... more »
  • No Human Remains Found at Area South of San Juan

    March 6, 2012 4:36 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Hidalgo County investigators are hoping to breathe new life into a 30-year-old cold case with a search for remains in an area south of San Juan. Deputies called off the search at a home off Stewart Road just south of Dicker Road Tuesday afternoon. Hidalgo County... more »
  • Rancher Says End of Hunting Season Means Return of Smugglers, Illegals

    January 26, 2012 7:23 PM

    The hunting season is coming to a close. A Valley rancher says when the hunters leave, the smugglers and illegals return. "I'll start seeing a lot of tracks," says a rancher. His 1,600-acre ranch is prime land for hunting and smuggling. "Both illegal aliens and drug smugglers,"... more »
  • Drought Affecting Valley Ranchers Bottom Line

    December 30, 2011 7:30 PM

    The Valley drought is costing ranchers big bucks. A lack of rain is forcing some to sell the livestock they love. It has rained in the past week, but for Valley ranchers, it's not enough. The drought is starting to take a real toll. Rancher Balde Garcia has... more »
  • Investigators Still Trying to ID Remains Found on Ranch

    December 15, 2011 5:30 PM

    STARR COUNTY - Investigators still don't know to whom the human remains found on a Starr County ranch belong. They say identifying them will be hard. A dog found the bones last Friday. Investigators have found a skull and ribcage. They went back out Thursday looking for clues. The... more »

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