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As time goes on peeps are finding lots more offerings of all kinds up for grabs on Streaming Platforms everywhere.

In addition, since streaming standards are not an restrictive and rigid as Movie House standards the streaming platform lends itself to much more provocative content like that being offered this season on STARZ with the much anticipated Mary and George series.

From Sky Atlantic, Mary and George is the story of “the Countess of Buckingham, who molded her son to seduce King James I and become his all-powerful lover through intrigue, making her family richer, more titled, and more influential than England had ever seen.”

Mary and George is not for the prude nor faint of heart with many scenes that push what many would consider normal standards to their limits.

If you consider yourself open minded enough you may want to give it a go.

Mary and George is Now Streaming on the STARZ streaming platform.

Another streaming offering is SUGAR from Allpe TV Plus. “Staring Colin Farrell as John Sugar, a private investigator on the case of the disappearance of Olivia

Siegel, the granddaughter of a legendary Hollywood producer. But, as he tries to find out what happened to Olivia, he ends up unearthing several Siegel family secrets (some long-buried, some much more recent) in the process. The cast also includes Sandman’s Kirby, The Wire’s Amy Ryan, Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn, and Succession’s James Cromwell. The first two episodes are available now and new episodes will drop every Friday.”

Now Streaming on Apple TV Plus.

AND, don’t miss the latest installment from Disney Plus, WISH. “Disney’s latest animated movie, Wish, is now available to watch at home. Ariana DeBose voices Asha, a young girl who lives in the kingdom of Rosas, where everyone must surrender their wish to King Magnifico (Chris Pine) when they turn 18 – and only a lucky few ever get them back. When Asha wishes on a star and gets a little more than she bargained for, though, she and her friends set out to change the way things work, and help everyone’s wishes come true.

Now Streaming on Disney Plus. Enjoy! See ya next time In The Steam.

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Is The Legend Real? Ramble On

Some say the legend goes back beyond recorded history. Some say it began in the Northwestern United States. But in 1958, in a small news item written by journalist Andrew Genzoli, is where the legend and the name began.

Yes, I’m referring to BIGFOOT!

Bigfoot, or sometimes known as Sasquatch, is a giant ape-like creature that some people say roams throughout North America. It is a cryptid ( or species rumored to exist) and just like the Chupacabra or the Lochness Monster, there’s scant evidence to suggest Bigfoot is actually out there. But that doesn’t stop alleged sightings of the ape-like figure that never shows it’s face.

Visual sightings and even alleged photographs and films (notably by Roger Patterson at Bluff Creek, California in 1967) have also contnbuted to the legend, though none of the purported evidence has been verified.

A Bigfoot is said to stand from 6-10 feet tall, standing on two feet, often giving a foul stench, and either moving silently or emitting a high-pitched cry. Alleged footprints have purportedly been measured up to 24” in length and 8” wide.

And yes, there is even a small group of insistent scientists risking ridicule, vocalizing their belief that the creature does indeed exist!

The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, founded in 1995, is the only scientific research organization exploring the Bigfoot mystery. Even here in the State of Texas, there have been a reported 253 total listings with the latest report coming out of Wood County, Texas in March 2024. lfyou are wondering if there have been sightings in Val Verde county, the answer is NO!

Happy Bigfoot sighting, everyone!

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Del Rio, Tx - April 2024

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Commissioner Precinct 4 GUS FLORES Commissioner Precinct 2 JUAN VAZQUEZ
10 | Texas Times | April 15, 2024 CARMEN GUTIERREZ For CITY COUNCIL PLACE A elect • FROM VOICE TO VOTE – YOUR COMMUNITY ADVOCATE Pol. Adv. Paid for by Carmen for Council Campaign Maria Berny, Treasurer CALL OR TEXT 830-734-2843 FOR RIDE TO THE POLLS EARLY VOTING: APRIL 22 – APRIL 30 DEL RIO CIVIC CENTER GUSTAVO FLORES County Commissioner Precinct 4 Serving Children and Adults in Need (SCAN), Inc. to use the Val Verde Community Center on April 19, 2024 from 9am1pm to conduct a Mini Health Risk Prevention Fair. The goal of this fair is to provide the community with access to a variety of evidence-based prevention, intervention, and treatment services.
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Carmen Gutierrez for City Council At-Large Place A
‘If you are not part of the solution…’
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A staple of the community, a lifelong public servant and an advocate of all kinds of community causes is now running for office, hoping to make a difference and to address a few shortcomings in the community of Del Rio. Carmen Gutierrez, who retired from the Texas Department of Transportation and from working as a field representative for Congressman Will Hurd, is seeking the City Council At-Large Place A.

At the early age of 49 Gutierrez retired from the TxDOT, where she became the first and only female equipment shops superintendent in the state of Texas, managing fleet issues and personnel in the eight-county Laredo district. Even though this is her first time running for office, Gutierrez is not new to politics, she was district representative for Congressman Will Hurd for five years.

“I was involved with the daily politics of several issues at the federal level, having worked with the Texas Department of Transportation I was very involved with issues at the local and state level,” she said.

Hurd, Gutierrez recalls, had a saying that impacted the way she interacts with the community:

“If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.”

Gutierrez is also part of a host of community organizations, including the Community Health Improvement Coalition (CHIC), Los Amigos del Cementerio de la Loma de la Cruz, the International Good Neighbor Council, Falcon Art Center Foundation, Val Verde County Republican Woman, and she is also the chairwoman of the board for the Border Federal Credit Union.

“Every single one of these organizations have issues, that they try to help with in the community, so I was exposed to on a day-to-day basis, on a one-to-one basis with the residents of this community,” she said.

That volunteer work brought Gutierrez into contact and gave her the opportunity to try to do something to help. She became proficient at grant writing and now utilizes her skills to apply for resources for the community.

“We recently received a grant for CHIC from Friends of Val Verde, for mental health, we need to provide resources and let people know that we have resources available free of charge,” she said.

Her work with the International Good Neighbor Council has also paid dividends, having more than three-fold the number of entries to the Fiestas de Amistad parade over the last few years, since she became co-chair along with Councilwoman Tina Martinez.

“From 30 entries a few years ago we had more than 100 in the last parade,” she said.

Gutierrez also said that all this work with the IGNC benefits the Del Rio community, by giving out close to $20,000 in scholarships to local students.

“We give scholarships to the IGNC art contest participants, to the Miss Del Rio Pageant contestants,” she said.

The IGNC raises funds through their annual wine and cheese fundraiser, which is the brainchild of IGNC president Andrew Scarbo. Gutierrez has become an advocate for local causes, including recently representing a group of citizens who wanted to see the city council

meetings reinstated on Facebook Livestream.

“They did away with the comments but at least we still have the opportunity to view the meetings, because not everyone has Spectrum, but almost everyone has access to the internet and to Facebook,” she said.

She also advocated for ADA accessible parking for handicapped individuals at the Rotary Park and at Brown Plaza.

“In a community like ours we have veterans with limited mobility, it is imperative that future master plans include ADA facilities, not only because it is the law, but because it is the right thing for our citizens,” she said.

Having safety and resources as her main goals, Gutierrez said her priorities as a member of the city council will be to secure the water and having accessible facilities to all members of the community.

“The number one priority is to make sure that our water is protected, the water supply, the water infrastructure, by the money that we pay, with the utilities they are supposed to set aside what it is called enterprise funds, and I know for a fact that they’ve been using enterprise funds for other things,” she said.

“The next item I have is physical safety, making sure that all the city facilities have ADA parking, access, the restrooms, the grab bars, keeping our residents safe,” she emphasized.

Gutierrez finished by reminding local voters that regardless of party affiliation they can vote for her in the upcoming city election.

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