Cops and Robbers

Sep 9, 2016 By Katy Vine

They were some of the toughest narcs on the border, known for busting smugglers, staging raids, seizing cartel cocaine—and being dirty.

Get Bucky

Oct 13, 2014 By Dan Solomon

How the merger of two South Texas universities has stirred some complicated feelings about a fuzzy bronco.

Cabrito in South Texas

Dec 13, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

For most people, cabrito, or goat meat, might not elicit great food memories. The dish is often dismissed as stringy or “gamey,” and because so few places serve it, most aren’t sure what to expect when they order it. Of course, nearly every major city around the state has a…

The Birding Drive

Jan 21, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

The Birding Drive By Patricia Sharpe ROUTE: Mission to South Padre IslandDISTANCE: 89 milesNUMBER OF COUNTIES: 2WHAT TO READ: David Allen Sibley’s The Sibley Guide to Birds Hugging the U.S.-Mexico border in far South Texas, the sultry stretch of land known as the Lower Rio Grande Valley…


Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From the Great Storm washing ashore in Galveston to Charles Elmer Doolin cooking up the frito in San Antonio


Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From the Great Storm washing ashore in Galveston to Charles Elmer Doolin cooking up the frito in San Antonio

Three Chords and A Station Wagon

Jan 20, 2013 By Michael Hall

In the years before anyone had heard of Woodstock or Altamont, teenagers across Texas started bands in their parents’ garages, banging out earnest rock songs on cheap equipment and hoping to hit it big at the local skating rink or VFW post. For some, those dreams won’t fade away.

Let’s Have Mex-Tex

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

Where’s the best place to get a perfect plate of enchiladas? A chile relleno to die for? A salsa you’ll never forget? Come along on our tour of the fifty greatest Mexican restaurants in Texas, from Hugo’s, in Houston, to Tacos Santa Cecilia, in El Paso. This is not your father’s Tex-Mex.

Unholy Act

Jan 20, 2013 By Pamela Colloff

No one in McAllen saw Irene Garza leave Sacred Heart that night in 1960. The next morning, her car was still parked down the street from the church. She never came home.

Honorable Mentions

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Nineteen joints we couldn’t countenance not noting at all. AMARILLO Beans N Things A cozy country cafe plunked down on a busy city street. 806-373-7383 BRADY Hard Eight Pit Bar-B-Que Meats are cooked cowboy style directly over hot mesquite coals.

Sweet 15

Jan 20, 2013 By Pamela Colloff

For the longest time, quinceañeras were simple, down-home celebrations held in parish halls and backyards. Then along came the stretch Humvees, the carriages and thrones, the choreographed dance routines, the smoke machines, the climbing walls, and the dinners for four hundred bedazzled guests. One thing remains the same, though: It’s all about the girl.

Hecho en Brownsville

Jul 31, 2012 By Oscar Casares

The grand opening of a new H-E-B in McAllen drew crowds—including several who showed up to hear a native son read from his collection of locally set short stories.

McAllen Monitor: Mexican pirates operating on Falcon Lake

May 26, 2010 By Paul Burka

President Obama may have sent the wrong troops to the Border. Maybe he should have sent the Coast Guard instead of the National Guard. The Monitor reported an incident on May 19 in which Mexican cartel members armed with AK-47s robbed an American fishing party of $400. No one was injured. The cartel members were described as having a ring of Z's tatooed around their necks--markings associated with the Zetas cartel. (KENS-TV in San Antonio has also reported on the piracy.) Falcon Lake is a huge body of water located in one of the most remote areas of Texas, adjacent to Zapata and Starr counties. Population along the lakeshore is sparse. The best fishing is said to be on the Mexican side, where entire towns were submerged when the lake was impounded. I looked at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Web site today but found no warning to the public about the piracy events. This is the Department of Public Safety's latest (May 21) statement on the situation:

Wealth Care

Dec 1, 2009 By Patricia Hart

Why does our health insurance system treat a small part of the Rio Grande Valley differently from the rest of the state?

Son may seek post if Kino Flores resigns

Nov 13, 2008 By Paul Burka

So says South Texas Scandal, a blog that describes its mission as follows: With a notorious past of political corruption, South Texas has made a lot of progress in recent years to clean up its act. But there remain some Patrones who continue to cling to the old…

Something There is That Doesn’t Love a Wall

Oct 13, 2008 By Paul Burka

Photo credit: Norman Glickman I’m in McAllen doing research for a future column, and Sunday I found myself in a car with two visiting scholars who were here, as I was, to attend the 25th anniversary convention of Valley Interfaith, the local community organizing group. They had decided to try…

King of the Accordion

Apr 1, 2004 By Cecilia Ballí

You may never have heard of Ramòn Ayala, but to his four generations of fans in South Texas and Mexico, he's music royalty. He revolutionized norteno, a genre that reigns along the border, and—after more than one hundred albums—is till going strong.


Jul 31, 1997 By Joe Nick Patoski

McAllen’s mayor is Branded a loser for the first time in twenty years.

The Man in the Black Hat, Part Two

Jun 30, 1984 By Paul Burka

With the help of a friendly banker and some friendlier politicians, Clinton Manges conquered might Mobil Oil and saved his empire. But not for long—it’s in jeopardy again.