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Presidio council approves planning grant app

March 16th, 2017

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — The Presidio City Council on Thursday approved the application for a Texas Department of Agriculture grant that could finance the city’s first comprehensive plan in decades.

The Texas Department of Agriculture Planning and Capacity Building Grant could bring the city up to $55,000 to fund the creation …

Marfans want solitude in Chinati Mountains State Natural Area

Marfans want solitude in Chinati Mountains State Natural Area

March 16th, 2017

(staff photos by CAMERON DODD)Desert flora flourishes near the ruins of a structure at the Chinati Mountains State Natural Area.

Less is more

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — Minimal development and infrastructure seemed to be the consensus input from Marfa and area residents at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s first public meeting about the future of …

Presidio schools consider innovation exemption

March 16th, 2017

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — The Presidio Independent School District is considering a designation that could allow the district flexibility and local control over start dates, teacher certification and class size.

The Board of Trustees for the Presidio Independent School District (PISD) will hold a public hearing at its Wednesday, March 22 meeting to discuss with the …

Fabian’s bond reduced

March 16th, 2017

(BREWSTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE photo)Robert Fabian

ALPINE – Alpine resident Robert Fabian, who is currently being held by the Brewster County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly “tampering and concealing” the corpse of girlfriend Zuzu Verk, had his $500,000 bond reduced to $175,000 last Friday in a district court hearing.

Fabian and friend Chris Estrada were both arrested …

City to limit post office parking to 15 minutes

March 16th, 2017

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Marfa drivers will be pleased with the passage of two measures at Tuesday’s city council meeting, as council members agreed to limit parking time at the Marfa Post Office and embark on a street seal coating program.

Council members discussed issues surrounding parking at the Marfa Post Office as tourism has …

County discusses law enforcement contract, sheriff recommends rejection at all cost

March 16th, 2017

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez recommended the county reject the City of Marfa’s proposed contract for law enforcement services at last week’s commissioners court meeting, stating he would rather get rid of three deputies than accept the city’s revised contract.

The contract was re-written by Marfa city attorney Teresa Todd and …

Anti-pipeline activist charged with felony at Tuesday morning protest

Anti-pipeline activist charged with felony at Tuesday morning protest

March 16th, 2017

(PRESIDIO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE photo)Anna Kruger, photographed locked to a piece of PumpCo machinery, was arrested Tuesday morning during a Two Rivers Camp/Big Bend Defense Coalition protest near Elephant Rock on U.S. 67.

PRESIDIO COUNTY – According to the Big Bend Defense Coalition, one person was arrested and another detained by the Presidio County Sheriff’s …

Budget request postponed, land sale denied at county meeting

March 16th, 2017

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Presidio County commissioners postponed a measure requested by county auditor Patty Roach to amend the budget procedure in transferring funds at the request of an absent commissioner Loretto Vasquez, who e-mailed judge Cinderela Guevara prior to the meeting, requesting the postponement.

Though the vote was postponed until Vasquez could attend, the …

Another meth bust at Presidio port

Another meth bust at Presidio port

March 16th, 2017

(CBP photo)The meth in last week’s seizure was discovered in the car’s battery.

PRESIDIO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 5.7 pounds of methamphetamines Friday morning, March 10. The methamphetamine, valued at approximately $200,000, was discovered in the battery of a vehicle, …

Customs swears in new Presidio port director Tuesday

March 16th, 2017

PRESIDIO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection will swear in newly appointed Presidio Port Director Michael Neipert at 10am Tuesday, March 21 during a formal change of command ceremony at the Presidio Activity Center.

Family, friends, colleagues and local dignitaries are expected to attend as Mr. Neipert recites the oath of office and formally assumes command …

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