Monday, January 2, 2017

A New Year. An Old List

January 1, 2014 Tano Tijerina sworn in as county judge.

January 1, 1994 Start of NAFTA 
January 1, 2018 Power outage affects north Laredo residents as freezing temperatures descend. Loss of power is blamed on increased demand. 

January 2, 2012 Massive explosion in Heights neighborhood. Felt for miles around.
January 2, 2015 Tim Gutierrez’s last newscast on KGNS.
January 3, 2006 KVTV cancels late newscast.
January 3 and 4, 2020 Hundreds of people lined on Loop 20 to get Covid vaccine at TAMIU parking lot.
January 4, 2010 Kell-Munoz makes master plan presentation to city council.
January 1931 start of antimony smelting by Texas Mining and Smelting Co.
January 6, 2014 Area students sent to school with masks and hand sanitizer (flu).
January 7, 1840 Republic of the Rio Grande established. Laredo its capital
January 7, 1956 KHAD-TV went on the air. Later became KGNS.
January 7, 2014 Judge denies change of venue for Jorge Vera case.
January 7, 2018 Clark Bingo opens on site that used to be Super S grocery store. 
January 7, 2020 Wal-Mart at 2320 Bob Bullock closed for disinfection. 
January 8, 2009 New 3 Points interchange. (blog post/photo)
January 8, 2015 Regular unleaded gasoline $1.99 per gallon.

January 9 Photo of people greeting tourists. (photo: Laredo TX saludos)
January 9, 2021 LMT headline: Hospitalizations 'beyond dire' as record set again. (Covid-19)
January 10, 2016 Regular unleaded gasoline $2.05 per gallon
January 10, 2018 Indictments against Dr. Francisco Pena announced in federal court. He is accused of healthcare fraud and money laundering. 
January 11 Happy birthday Tim Gutierrez
January 12, 2011 FBI takes CAA files from county. 
January 12, 2016 Charlie Hunnam spotted in downtown Laredo. (103.3 FM the Jackal)
January 12, 2017 Judge Jesus Garza arrested, indicted for soliciting a loan. 
January 13, 2014 Police car at Colonia Guadalupe has tires stolen
January 14, 1951 San Luis Rey Church construction began. Originally served as mission for Guadalupe Church. Expansion soon followed; became parish in May 1958.
January 14, 2002  County commissioners approve naming Rio Bravo Community Center after Alfonso “Poncho” delaGarza.
January 14, 2017 Floyd "Hank" Henry (owner of Pla-Mor) passed away.  His wife Shirley passed away January 10, 2017.  
January 15, 1881 contract made with Railway Improvement Company to build western extension of rail lines. 
January 15, 1983 J.R. Esparza: “We’re going to have a lot of political clout.”  (at the creation of the Southwest Texas Border Region Association.
January 15, 2017 Former DJ Michael J. Lang passed away. 

January 16, 2010 B. Dalton closes.
January 16, 2014 Ribbon cutting for Barbara Kazen Center for Hope (Bethany House)
January 16, 2018 Schools release students early due to dipping temperatures. Snow flurries seen throughout town. (Winter Storm Inga) 
January 17, 2002 Carlos Zaffirini and United Water sign Retainer Agreement.
January 17, 1840 Mexican Federalist party meets in Laredo to declare independence from Mexico and plans to form Republic of the Rio Grande.
January 18, 1991 James Smiley’s home invaded.
January 18, 2012 Uni-Trade donates $2,500 to City of Laredo for Washington trip.
January 18, 2017 Mayor Pete Saenz leaves for D.C. to attend Trump inauguration.
January 19, 2016 City council gave contract to Altus Construction. Jorge Vera and Tomas Rodriguez are on the payroll for the company.
January 19, 2016 Local veterans protest influx of Cuban refugees. Demand better treatment of veterans over immigrants.
January 20, 2012 Downtown Laredo merchant Vikram Datta sentenced for money laundering.
January 20, 2015 City votes against giving Foresight Golf more money to run “Max” golf course.
January 21, 2005 Lance Cpl. Juan Rodrigo Rodriguez laid to rest. (killed in Iraq)
January 22, 2015 Salvador Garcia Middle School band director turns himself in to police. A lot of band instruments are unaccounted for.
January 22, 2017 Ma Guadalupe "Bebe" Zuniga passes away. 
January 23, 2014 Cold!!!! Chance of sleet and snow.
January 23, 2000 Evelyn Mae Triner Bangs passes. Owner of Evelyn Motor Inn.
January 24, 2014 L.C.C. opened at 9 a.m. due to cold weather.
January 24, 2009 Crazy dance with cone (youTube).
January 24, 2008 Mines Rd. overpass construction. (photo)
January 25, 1928 Willis Gentry III born. (Gentry’s)
January 26, 2005 Commissioner David Cortez resigned due to health reasons.
January 26, 2014 Former Sheriff Mario Santos passes.
January 26, 2015 Mike Montemayor sentenced to 6 years 4 months for accepting bribes.
January 26, 2016 Super S on Clark selling everything 50 percent off. Lease to expire.
January 26, 2017 Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) plays guitar at San Agustin Plaza.
January 27, 2016 Dr. Alfredo Pellegrin passed away.
January 28, 1848 Webb County created.
January 28, 1848 Texas legislature granted City of Laredo its first charter.
January 28, 2015 Webb County employees fall while cleaning windows at courthouse.
January 29, 2018 County commissioners accept resignation of Elections Administrator Oscar Villarreal; select interim to handle the primary election.
January 30, 2017 Viola Moore passed away.
January 31, 1937 Dr. Sigifredo Perez born. 
January 31, 2015 Alfonso Gomez-Rejon wins Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Festival with “Me & Earl & The Dying Girl.”

January 31, 1893 Samuel Jarvis passes; considered the father of Laredo Republican Party.

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