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DPS secretly closes Presidio driver’s license office; changes tune when officials complain

DPS secretly closes Presidio driver’s license office; changes tune when officials complain

May 26th, 2017

 

 

(Staff photo by CAMERON DODD)The Presidio office of the Texas Department of Public Safety was scheduled to close indefinitely Thursday. DPS

Office will be open one day a week

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — The Texas Department of Public Safety has pulled back from a plan to indefinitely close its Presidio driver’s license office after backlash from …

Mayor Nafziger leads first council meeting tonight; PD on the agenda

Mayor Nafziger leads first council meeting tonight; PD on the agenda

May 25th, 2017

(staff photos by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)Marfa Mayor Ann Marie Nafziger is sworn into office by former Mayor Dan Dunlap.

MARFA – Marfa Mayor Ann Marie Nafziger will lead her first city council meeting at 6pm tonight at the Casner Room at City Hall with council members Irma Salgado and Britt Webb also taking their seats …

Robohorns take the silver at state robotics competition

Robohorns take the silver at state robotics competition

May 25th, 2017

The Marfa Robohorns: standing, from left, Andrea Torres, Juan Avila, John Aguero, Barrett Nation, Cristian Ontiveros, Bryan Torres, Martin Quinonez, Dedrick Campos, Angelica Quinonez, Kim Soto, Jarad Forristal, Ana Guerra. Kneeling, Levi Hinojos, Kathryn Hinojos.

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — The Marfa Robotics team won silver medals at the 2017 UIL Robotics State Championships this past …

Walker gets 20 years for brother’s murder

Walker gets 20 years for brother’s murder

May 25th, 2017

John Walker

By JIM STREET 

ALPINE – A Brewster County jury in 394th District Court here Friday found 22-year-old John Finley Walker guilty of the April 10, 2015 murder of his brother, Justin James Walker and sentenced him to 20 years in prison.

The trial took all week in a crowded commissioners’ courtroom because the District Courtroom …

Ojinaga cultivates legendary norteño artist Polo Urias and his band

Ojinaga cultivates legendary norteño artist Polo Urias and his band

May 25th, 2017

Polo Urias y La Maquina Norteña will perform June 3 in Marfa during the Texas Agave Festival.

By ELVIRA LARA

OJINAGA, Chih., Mex. – Just an hour south of Marfa, bordering the town of Presidio lies the birthplace of some of the most famous norteño musicians, the city of Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico. With a population of …

Gas pipeline testing begins in Ojinaga

Gas pipeline testing begins in Ojinaga

May 25th, 2017

(photo by DIANA AGUIRRE ARMENDARIZ)Testing began last week on the Ojinaga-El Encino Natural Gas Pipeline. The pipeline connects to the U.S. Trans-Pecos Pipeline and will transport 1.35 million cubic feet of natural gas each day.

By DIANA AGUIRRE ARMENDARIZ

OJINAGA, CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO – Testing has started on the new Ojinaga-El Encino Natural Gas Pipeline project in …

Edgar Tibayan steps down as middle school principal

Edgar Tibayan steps down as middle school principal

May 25th, 2017

(staff photo by CAMERON DODD)Lucy Rede Franco Middle School Principal Edgar Tibayan has announced his resignation from Presidio ISD after 10 years teaching and working in the district.

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — “I did all these things because I love the kids,” Dr. Edgar Tibayan told the Presidio International. “That’s one thing that I can …

Saenz is valedictorian, Ramirez is salutatorian as the MHS class of 2017 graduates Friday

Saenz is valedictorian, Ramirez is salutatorian as the MHS class of 2017 graduates Friday

May 25th, 2017

Valedictorian Kendra Saenz and Salutatorian Nohely Ramirez

MARFA — The graduating class of 2017 will take to Marfa’s Martin Field 7:30pm this Friday.

The class of 2017’s top graduating student is Valedictorian Kendra Saenz, and the Salutatorian is Nohely Ramirez.

Former Marfa High School teacher and coach Patrick Shapland will deliver the commencement speech.

Patrick Shapland

Shapland taught …

Energy Report: another wildcat filed for Jeff Davis County

May 25th, 2017

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

FAR WEST TEXAS — The sixth wildcat well application in Jeff Davis County was filed with the Texas Railroad Commission May 18, while the application for the fifth was approved a day later, May 19. Houston-based Cody Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, made both applications for explorative wildcat …

Alpine man arrested in apartment arson case

Alpine man arrested in apartment arson case

May 25th, 2017

(ALPINE POLICEDEPARTMENT photo)Timothy Scott Skeens is led into the Brewster County Jail by an APD officer.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

ALPINE – A 29-year-old Alpine man was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with 2nd Degree Felony Arson in connection with the Tuesday morning fire that led to the total loss of one apartment and water and …

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