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‘One-of-a-kind’ Hunter Gym to receive regeneration

‘One-of-a-kind’ Hunter Gym to receive regeneration

June 22nd, 2017

Hunter Gym in 1942

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — “It would be the responsible thing to take care of the Hunter Gym better,” local architect Mike Green told school board members during a regular meeting held last week.

The gym is made of adobe, one of the few gyms of its kind in the state and country. …

BP, DPS rescue 8 undocumented immigrants from locked U-Haul near Sierra Blanca

June 22nd, 2017

(CBP photos) Undocumented immigrants were hiding inside U-Haul boxes.

SIERRA BLANCA – Border Patrol agents assisted a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) state trooper in the rescue of eight undocumented immigrants on Saturday. The subjects were locked in the cargo area of a U-Haul van that had been stopped on I-10, east of El …

‘Stars align’ for city of Presidio

‘Stars align’ for city of Presidio

June 22nd, 2017

(Photos by SASHA von OLDERHAUSEN)City and county officials posed with an oversized check gifted to the city by Energy Transfer Partners in the amount of $1,067,000.

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – “Our future is so bright, we’re gonna be wearing shades,” said economic development director Brad Newton, who stood outside the Presidio Activity Center beneath …

Presidio celebrates pipeline appreciation day

Presidio celebrates pipeline appreciation day

June 22nd, 2017

(Photo by SASHA von OLDERHAUSEN)City officials overturned a mound of soil outside the Presidio Activity Center to commemorate a donation made by Energy Transfer Partners to the city. Beside the mound sat a small segment of the actual 42” pipe used to pipe natural gas through the Trans-Pecos region.

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – The …

Earthquakes on the increase in Pecos area

Earthquakes on the increase in Pecos area

June 22nd, 2017

U.S. Geological Survey eathquake map.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

PECOS – The U.S. Geological Survey recorded two earthquakes in the Pecos region in 10 days, with the second taking place last Thursday.

According to USGS data, earthquakes in the region have been trending upward since 2014, when only one earthquake was recorded by the survey. In the …

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Arts

Chinati Artist in Residence hosts open studio June 29

Chinati Artist in Residence hosts open studio June 29

June 22nd, 2017

Alex Kwartler

MARFA —The Chinati Foundation invites everyone to attend artist in residence Alex Kwartler’s open studio from 6-8pm Thursday, June 29 at the Locker Plant on East Oak Street.

Alex Kwartler is a painter based in Brooklyn, NY. His solo exhibitions include Pain Quotidien (Magenta Plains, New York, NY 2016) and A Superficial Lyric (Nathalie …

New York documentary makers look to the region to tell the story of America’s oil and gas love affair

New York documentary makers look to the region to tell the story of America’s oil and gas love affair

June 15th, 2017

(Staff photo by NICK WINCHESTER)Cameras roll as NYC documentarians Alan Thompson and Jaime Puerta interview the editor, Robert Halpern, for their forthcoming film that explores oil and gas pipelines across America.

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — Although Texas is well-known as the leading oil-producing state, and with the oil-rich fields of the Permian Basin just a …

Art event in Fort Stockton Saturday

June 15th, 2017

FORT STOCKTON – For the first time ever, The Garage and The Back Room are connecting the art culture gap between Alpine and Fort Stockton.

Local artists along with visiting artists will show exclusive interpretations of “space” art, ranging from outer space to personal space.

Space is a limitless concept. All art is open for viewing at 4pm …

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Community

Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library open used bookshop

June 22nd, 2017

FORT DAVIS — There are hundreds of books to choose from in the new used bookstore found inside the Jeff Davis County Library in Fort Davis.

Scheduled to officially open during library hours, from 10am-2pm, on Saturday, July 1, Second Hand Prose has a fresh selection of children’s books and popular fiction as well as non-fiction …

$3,000 raised for MHS scholarships

$3,000 raised for MHS scholarships

June 22nd, 2017

Marfa Rotary Club Golf Tournament participants.

MARFA – The Marfa Rotary Club Golf Tournament raised $3,000 for Marfa High School Scholarships!

First Place Team: Johnny Lujan, Preston Fowlkes, John Fowlkes

Second Place Team: Rene Ybarra, Alonzo Adame, Albert Vargas

Third Place Team: Felipe Fierro, Bennie Molsbee, Chris Martinez

Marfa Rotary Club would like to extend much appreciation to the …

Nussbaum ordained as Assembly of God minister

Nussbaum ordained as Assembly of God minister

June 22nd, 2017

(photo by GABBY NUSSBAUM DENHAM)Newly Ordain Reverend Clark S. Nussbaum. Rev. Nussbaum is pictured with his wife Lora Nussbaum.

ALPINE — Rev. Clark S. Nussbaum of Alpine First Assembly of God, was Ordained on Monday, June 12, as a First Assembly of God Minister by Rev. Glenn R. Beaver, West Texas District Superintendent First Assembly …

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Education

Valentine girl competes at The National History Day Contest

Valentine girl competes at The National History Day Contest

June 22nd, 2017

(photo courtesy CONGRESSMAN WILL HURD’s OFFICE)From left, Valentine teacher Bianca Porras, national finalist Jaci Garcia, and Valentine ISD Superintendent Debbie Engle.

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

VALENTINE – Valentine student, Jaclyn Garcia, competed at The National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park, MD, last week.

During her trip to Maryland, Garcia visited the office …

Marfa student on UNT Dean’s List

June 8th, 2017

DENTON – University of North Texas student Sean Michael Scanlon of Marfa was named to the Dean’s List for the 2017 spring semester, according to a university news release.

To be named to the Dean’s List, undergraduates must complete at least 12 academic hours with a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.9.

UNT is one of …

Sul Ross State University students experience cultural encounter in China

Sul Ross State University students experience cultural encounter in China

June 8th, 2017

(photo courtesy DR. ESTHER RUMSEY)Sul Ross student Andylyn Heckart practices Chinese calligraphy as part of SRSU’s Cultural Encounter Program.

ALPINE — Three Sul Ross State University students are in China, where they are completing the second half of the university’s Cultural Encounter Program for 2017. Andylyn Heckart (Runaway Bay), Dakoata Tyson (Sweetwater), and Ruoxi Wu …

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FEATURES

“Agave is Life” celebrates the culture, history and uses of agave

“Agave is Life” celebrates the culture, history and uses of agave

June 1st, 2017

Still photo from the film shows an Otomi woman spinning agave fiber at El Dadho, Hidalgo, Mexico.

By NICK WINCHESTER
nick@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — The first Agave Festival Marfa opens tonight with a screening of Meredith Dreiss and David O. Brown’s award-winning “Agave is Life,” a film that documents agave, the 10,000-year-old gift that keeps on giving.

The film …

Industrial Arts brings out the talent in teacher Steinberg’s students

Industrial Arts brings out the talent in teacher Steinberg’s students

May 4th, 2017

(staff photos by NICK WINCHESTER) Josh Steinberg runs through the particulars of student Nano Ornelas’s weld.

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — Industrial Arts is a pretty broad umbrella term for what Josh Steinberg teaches at Marfa High School, he tells me as we stand outside the workshop space. I’m impressed. It looks well-equipped; more like a …

Austin film company shoots sci-fi series near Alpine

Austin film company shoots sci-fi  series near Alpine

April 20th, 2017

(staff photo by NICK WINCHESTER)The video-village on the set of Rooster Teeth’s “Day 5.”

By NICK WINCHESTER
nick@bigbendnow.com

ALPINE – I’m standing in a pasture, surrounded by a patchwork mess of rusting ranch vehicles, feeding troughs and a disused grain store. The wind whips dust up from the south. People stand closed in by mountains …

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Sports

Six Lobos named Distinguished Scholar-Athletes

June 22nd, 2017

ALPINE — The ASC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete team recognizes student-athletes who attain a high level of academic achievement while competing as a starter or important reserve on his or her athletic team.

This year’s DSA team members include the following:

BASEBALL

Trent Pearson | Sr. | Business Administration | Lubbock, Texas

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Xavier Webb | Sr. | History | Riverton, …

Marfa volleyball team travels to Pecos for tourney

Marfa volleyball team travels to Pecos for tourney

June 22nd, 2017

Front row from left, Kendra Serrano, Rebecca Ontiveros, Osiris Alferez, Kaci Flores, and Georgina Brugette. Back row, from left, Elena Hernandez, Fernanda Fabela, Isabella Morales, Coach George Salgado, Avery Beltran, Samantha Jimenez, Citalli Sanchez, Tais Chanez, and Priscilla Serrano.

MARFA — Marfa’s travel volleyball team members continue to work hard this summer, with various summer …

Flores, Serrano picked for All-State softball honor

June 15th, 2017

MARFA – Two Marfa High School sophomores have been named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State softball team for 1A schools.

Kaci Flores and Kendra Serrano were nominated for the honor by member coaches and selections are made at the association’s annual meeting during the UIL state softball tournament.

Up to 40 athletes may be selected …

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Multimedia

Presidio Art festival 2017

Presidio Art festival 2017

April 27th, 2017

Veteran Austin musician records new album

Veteran Austin musician records new album

April 6th, 2017

Bobby Earl’ new album, “Calling Me Calling You”

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

TEXAS — Bobby Earl Smith, a West Texas native and the cofounder of the 1970s Austin band, Freda and the Firedogs, which presaged the redneck rock movement in Texas, has released a new album, “Calling Me Calling You.”

The record, which he worked on alongside his son Eric, …

February 21st, 2017

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Obituaries

Jurado

Jurado

June 22nd, 2017

Daniel “Danny” Jurado

Daniel “Danny” Jurado, a loving, and generous father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend entered his heavenly rest on Saturday, June 17th, 2017 at The Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine, Texas surrounded by his beloved family. Danny was 58.

Danny born on January 20, 1959 in Marfa, Texas. He was the …

Vasquez  

Vasquez   

June 22nd, 2017

 

Fidel Vasquez

Fidel H. Vasquez passed away in Midland, Texas on June 20, 2017 at the age of 93.

A rosary and funeral service was held on Saturday, June 24 at 9:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marfa, Texas. Pallbearers for the service were Leo Orozco, Larry Porras, Javi Valdes, Rocky Valdes II, Abel Vasquez, and Luis Fidel Vasquez.

Fidel …

Brailas

Brailas

June 15th, 2017

Alexander Brailas

Alexander Brailas, 86, passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2017 in New Braunfels.

He was a Lamar High School graduate in Houston and a graduate of Texas A&M College, class of ‘52, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets.

Alex was an Architect Emeritus. He was a member of the American Institute of …

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