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Tired of tires, Presidio applies for scrap tire-removal grant

September 21st, 2017

 

[Photo by ELVIRA LARA]A small portion of the scrap tires collecting at the city’s Hendrix yard. Landfill operators take the tires there after removing them from dumpsters.

By ELVIRA LARA

PRESIDIO – Used tires are difficult to dispose of, posing a threat to the environment and creating a breeding ground for mosquitoes. In Presidio scrap tires …

County balances budget with $292,000 from reserves

County balances budget with $292,000 from reserves

September 21st, 2017

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)Presidio County Judge Cinderella Guevara explains a changing pay schedule at Tuesday’s Presidio County Commissioners’ Court meeting.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO COUNTY – Presidio County Commissioners finalized and approved the 2017-2018 budget at Tuesday’s meeting, with some departments showing major cuts while giving all county employees a $1000-per-year raise, except …

Marfa ISD welcomes new robotics instructor

Marfa ISD welcomes new robotics instructor

September 21st, 2017

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)Vincent Parras

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Marfa ISD Superintendent Oscar Aguero announced new staff and faculty at Monday night’s school board meeting.

Among the two new hires is Vincent Parras, who will be taking over the robotics program instructor position as well as head the computer science department.

Parras is a …

Presidio school board veteran appointed to PCAD board

Presidio school board veteran appointed to PCAD board

September 21st, 2017

(staff photo by ROBERT HALPERN)Alfredo Muñiz is sworn into the PCAD board by Chief Appraiser Cynthia Ramirez, left, and Annabel Peña.

Alfredo Muñiz

By ROBERT HALPERN

PRESIDIO COUNTY – A veteran Presidio school board member was appointed to the Presidio County Appraisal District board of directors on Monday, replacing the longtime chairman fighting corruption charges.

As the new …

Presidio and Ojinaga celebrate Mexican Independence Day

September 21st, 2017

(photo by DIANA AGUIRRE ARMENDARIZ)El Grito de Independecia was shouted from the Ojinaga city office at midnight on September 15.

Diez y seis de septiembre

By DIANA AGUIRRE ARMENDARIZ

PRESIDIO, OJINAGA – The 207th anniversary of the Independence of Mexico was celebrated on both sides of the border but on different days.

On September 14, the Mexican Consul …

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Arts

A talent show in south Brewster County

September 21st, 2017

TERLINGUA – Everyone has talent and some talents are the kind that others want to see and hear. If that’s you, take note: Last Minute Low Budget Productions is holding a talent contest on October 5 at the troupe’s Cinnabar Theater.

The contest is open to everyone of every age and there will be cash prizes …

Marfa classic car show returns

Marfa classic car show returns

September 21st, 2017

(photo by and courtesy of ADAM BORK)Adam Bork’s Food Shark fleet is seen from a crane at the first MVAA Car Show in 2013.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – The Marfa Vintage Vehicle Association Car Show returns after a three-year hiatus, giving area residents a chance to show off their classic rides at the Presidio …

Walt Whitman performance on Friday & workshop on Saturday

September 21st, 2017

Johnny Stallings

MARFA – Marfa Live Arts presents actor Johnny Stallings to perform Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself at 7pm on Friday, September 22.

The performance which takes place on the Autumnal Equinox will be held on the lawn of the Presidio County Courthouse in Marfa. In case of rain, the event will be at Hotel St …

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Community

Presidio wants to help beat cancer, hosting Relay for Life

September 21st, 2017

More teams needed, organizer says

PRESIDIO – More teams are encouraged to join Presidio’s Relay for Life from 6pm to midnight on Friday, October 6, at the Presidio High School track.

Relay for Life is the signature event for the American Cancer Society to raise cancer awareness and to help the fight to end cancer. Teams from …

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church to bless the animals October 1

September 21st, 2017

MARFA – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will observe a church tradition, The Feast of St. Francis, and the blessing of animals at 5pm on Sunday, October 1.

There will be a service of blessing and thanksgiving those who register will receive a certificate of blessing. Free treats for pets and their owners will be available.

Everyone is …

Climate change presentation in Marfa, Alpine next week

September 21st, 2017

MARFA – The Big Bend Sierra Club is partnering with the Big Bend Defense Coalition for the Texas Climate Change Tour presentation by Mr. Luis Castilla of Public Citizen at 5pm, Monday, September 25, at the Marfa Public Library and at 5pm on Tuesday, Septebmer 26 in Alpine at the Sul Ross State University campus …

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Education

Museum of Big Bend honors Micallef family for longstanding support

September 21st, 2017

(photo by STEVE LANG)Al Micallef (left) receives Heritage Award from Sul Ross President Dr. Bill Kibler and Mary Bones, Museum of the Big Bend interim director.

By Steve Lang

Sul Ross News and Publications

ALPINE – Al and Jane Micallef and family, Fort Worth, Weatherford, Los Angeles and Alpine, were honored for their longstanding benevolence by the …

Murphy Street Block Party to benefit Alpine Montessori on Sept. 29

September 21st, 2017

ALPINE – Put on your dancing boots for a Honky Tonk Block Party from 6:30 to 9:30pm on Friday, September 29 on historic Murphy Street in Alpine. There will be music by The Doodlin’ Hogwallops and Anthony Ray Wright, dinner by FishCat Cafe, beer and wine from Big Bend Brewing Company and Twin Peaks Liquors, …

Midland oil and gas firm invests in native seed program at Sul Ross

September 7th, 2017

The design for the West Texas Native Seeds Research Center.

By STEVE LANG

News and Publications

ALPINE – A $275,000 gift from Concho Resources Inc. (“Concho”), a Midland-based independent oil and natural gas company, will fund a West Texas native seeds greenhouse at Sul Ross State University.

Construction of the greenhouse and related site improvements will be the …

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FEATURES

The last of the Ojinaga adoberos

The last of the Ojinaga adoberos

September 7th, 2017

(staff photos by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA) The Ojinaga master adobero Don Manuel Rodriguez, left, his son Victor, far right, with Marfa adobero Sandro Canovas.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

OJINAGA – In the eastern outskirts of Ojinaga, along a dirt road nestled between the old railroad tracks and a creek that spills into the Rio Grande, is …

Miniature menagerie could adorn Railroad Park caboose

September 7th, 2017

(photos by JIM STREET)Gwynne Jamieson, a key volunteer in the Alpine Railroad Park improvement project explained the next job to volunteer John Bane. The Wassermann Wranch in Sunny Glen has proposed taking over the old caboose as a retail outlet and bringing one or two animals per day to the caboose.

By JIM STREET

ALPINE – …

Ballroom artist uses adobe as political statement

Ballroom artist uses adobe as political statement

August 24th, 2017

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA) Ballroom Marfa artist Rafa Esparza wheels adobe bricks after drying.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Ballroom Marfa will unveil its latest exhibition, Tiera. Sangre. Oro., from Los Angeles-based artist Rafa Esparza with a reception from 6-9pm Friday.

The reception will feature sculpture, performance, and a new adobe installation conceptualized by …

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Sports

Lady Devils XC teams are meet champs again

September 14th, 2017

PRESIDIO, WINK – The Presidio Lady Blue Devils varsity and JV cross country teams added a fourth consecutive meet championship to their season record, this time the Wildcat Relays in the Permian Basin community of Wink.

Presidio student athlete Selena Saldaña, a varsity runner, earned a silver medal, finishing in second place as an individual competitor.

Presidio …

Lady Lobos split with Austin College

September 14th, 2017

By Travis Hendryx

Sports Information

Sul Ross State University

SHERMAN- Autumn Kilpatrick accounted for 23 kills over for a two-match spread as the Sul Ross Lady Lobos (2-6) split Saturday competition at the Austin College Invitational.

Sully fell in a three-set decision to Occidental College in scores of 25-19, 25-14 and 25-18.

The Lady Lobos quickly recovered to defeat Louisiana …

Lobos falter against Crusaders

September 14th, 2017

By Travis Hendryx

Sports Information

Sul Ross State University

BELTON- Mary Hardin-Baylor fought off a resilient second half effort by Sul Ross on its way to a 23-7 ASC-opening victory over the Lobos Saturday night in Belton.

The Crusaders relied on their field goal unit for most of the opening at half as kicker John Mowery connected on three …

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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

Fowlkes

September 21st, 2017

Clegg Fowlkes

Longtime Presidio County rancher Clegg Preston Fowlkes of Marfa passed away on September 19, 2017 at the age of 76.

Memorial service to occur on the morning of Monday, September 25 with reception to follow at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Fuentes

September 21st, 2017

Ramon Fuentes

Longtime Marfa resident and military veteran Ramon V. Fuentes Jr., 67, passed away September 6, 2017 in an El Paso care facility.

He was born October 7, 1949 in Lamesa, Texas to Ramon Q. Fuentes Sr. and Adelaida Villanueva Fuentes, a Marfa native.

The family moved to Marfa when Ramon was young and later moved …

Ortega

September 21st, 2017

Lucia Ortega

Lucia Román Ortega passed away with grace and dignity on August 24, 2017.

Lucia was born in Marfa on December 12, 1927 to José Román and Lupe Velasco Román. She attended Blackwell School in Marfa. Upon graduating from Blackwell, Lucia attended Lydia Patterson Institute, a Methodist Christian college preparatory school in El Paso. Choosing …

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