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Parking committee addresses city council, citizens in public hearing

April 27th, 2017

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – The City of Marfa is one step closer to both becoming compliant with the American with Disabilities Act and passing a parking ordinance to address congestion in the downtown commercial area of the city, officials with the Texas Department of Transportation and the City of Marfa said at a public …

Cemetery rations water as bills increase, donations decrease

Cemetery rations water as bills increase, donations decrease

April 27th, 2017

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)A sign at the cemetery’s gate informs visitors that water is only available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – “Due to high water costs and low donations, water will be available Fri., Sat., Sun. only. Untended will be shut off,” reads a sign at the gate to …

Early voting continues in Marfa

April 27th, 2017

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — Early voting for the Marfa city and school board elections continues this week. The City Hall polling place will be open today and Friday between 8am and noon, and again between 1-5pm. On Monday May 1, City Hall be open 7am-7pm for the final day of early voting.

Election Day is Saturday, …

“Tattoo Chihuas” enters the controversial world of Mexican tattoos

“Tattoo Chihuas” enters the controversial world of Mexican tattoos

April 27th, 2017

(Photo by DIANA AGUIRRE ARMENDARIZ)Fernando Valdez of Tattoo Chihuas tattoos a client. Tattoo Chihuas recently opened an Ojinaga location after operating in Chihuahua City for a decade.

By DIANA AGUIRRE ARMENDARIZ

OJINAGA, CHIHUAHUA – Although tattoos maybe still be a taboo trend in Mexican culture, Ojinaga’s first tattoo parlor opened more than two months and has …

 Presidio rocketeers to make 9th appearance at national contest

 Presidio rocketeers to make 9th appearance at national contest

April 27th, 2017

(staff photo by CAMERON DODD)Los Vaqueros Azules team members, from left, Liza Barron, Beatriz Valles, Ivye Dolino and Tamara Carrasco prepare for a test launch behind Presidio High School on Tuesday afternoon. The team, which also also includes members Carissa Madrid, Yasmine Barron, Homero Leyva and Milo Garcia, qualified for this year’s national Team …

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Arts

31st Trappings of Texas is Museum of the Big Bend’s big event

31st Trappings of Texas is Museum of the Big Bend’s big event

April 27th, 2017

(Staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)This year’s Trappings of Texas featured artist was Kerrville-based painter Herman Walker, who also made his fourth appearance at the annual celebration of cowboy art.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

ALPINE – The Museum of the Big Bend kicked off the 31st Trappings of Texas art fair Friday evening, with cowboy artists …

Presidio Art festival 2017

Presidio Art festival 2017

April 27th, 2017

7th Annual Dersu Collective art benefit to support MISD playground project Friday

April 27th, 2017

MARFA — The Dersu Collective will be having its 7th Annual Art Sale Benefit to support the not-for-profit Marfa Education Foundation develop the Early Childhood playground for the Marfa Independent School District.

The benefit show is Friday, April 28, 6-7pm at the Marfa Book Company in the St. George Hotel, 105 South Highland Street. The show …

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Community

Alpine’s Cinco de Mayo celebration turns 25, events on May 6

April 27th, 2017

ALPINE – The City of Alpine will celebrate its 25th Cinco de Mayo, beginning with a parade down Holland Avenue and ending with a street dance under the stars on Murphy Street on Saturday, May 6.

The parade begins at 11am, with a request for anyone interested in participating to meet at the Alpine Civic Center …

Big Bend Community Band concert Sunday

April 27th, 2017

ALPINE – Please join the Big Bend Community Band for their Spring concert on Sunday, April 30. The concert will be at 3pm in Marshall Auditorium on the Sul Ross State University campus.

Thinking of this as a children’s concert, the band will be playing tunes sure to appeal to children of all ages.  Throughout the …

4th Annual Big Bend Brawl to be held in Fort Davis

April 27th, 2017

FORT DAVIS — The Fort Davis Chamber of Commerce and Alpine Boxing Club announce the 4th annual Big Bend Brawl, Saturday, May 6, an amateur boxing event. Live at the Kelly Outdoor Theater and Pavilion, 30 matches will feature fighters of all ages from across west Texas.

Matches begin at 2pm. Top fighters and the top …

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Education

Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition at Sul Ross through May 4

April 27th, 2017

ALPINE – Sul Ross State University’s Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition is on display in the Francois Fine Art Gallery, FAB 108, April 25- May 4, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.

First, second and third place awards, honorable mentions and the People’s Choice award will be presented at the awards reception Thursday, May 4, 5:30-6:15 p.m.  Prize …

Marfa high school students’ artwork on exhibit at MSA gallery Friday

Marfa high school students’ artwork on exhibit at MSA gallery Friday

April 27th, 2017

Junior Adriana Pineda works on her water color character paintings.

MARFA – On Friday, April 28, there will be a showcase of eight talented high school students’ artwork at the Marfa Studio of Arts Gallery. The opening is from 6-8pm.

The students have been working all semester in the High School Art Workshop, an after-school art …

Marfa Live Arts’ stages award-winning One-Act plays on Tuesday

Marfa Live Arts’ stages award-winning One-Act plays on Tuesday

April 27th, 2017

Marfa Live Arts winning playwrights – Front row, Brandon Leos, Nikita Landin, Kendra Serrano, Avery Beltran, Crystal Catano. Back row, Sal Roman, Huck Roch, Jarad Forristal, Adrianna Pineda, winning poster artist Ana Guerra .

MARFA — The Marfa Live Arts 6th Annual Playwriting Workshop at Marfa High School has concluded. The four award-winning One-Act plays …

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FEATURES

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 …

Marfa evolves from supporting actor to leading role

Marfa evolves from supporting actor to leading role

April 20th, 2017

By NICK WINCHESTER
nick@bigbendnow.com

(photo by Annamarie Fernandez) Nika Ezell Pappas (as Jennie Lee) on the Pinto Canyon Road.

MARFA – Marfa draws filmmakers in search of that Old West aesthetic and has done so for decades. Back in the summer of 1955 actors Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Rock Hudson, and Dennis Hopper came to …

1918 Porvenir massacre subject of locally filmed movie

April 13th, 2017

(photo by JESSICA LUTZ)Penelope Gil at the Porvenir film set.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

CIBOLO CREEK RANCH – Dozens of area residents wearing stained white clothing – some without shoes – hid behind walls made of thick branches under the hot West Texas sun on a set built in 12 days at Cibolo Creek Ranch on …

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Sports

Presidio athletes qualify for regionals

Presidio athletes qualify for regionals

April 27th, 2017

(photo courtestyof MAYRA RAMIREZ)Varsity track and field regional qualifiers show off their medals alongside coach Mayra Ramirez, far right.

PRESIDIO — A number of Presidio varsity track and field team members placed at the area UIL meet in Sonora last Thursday and qualified to compete at the regional track meet happening this week.

Presidio High School’s …

Presidio boys track takes medals at area meet

Presidio boys track takes medals at area meet

April 27th, 2017

(photo courtesy of ALONZO SAMANIEGO)The winning 4X100 relay team.

PRESIDIO — Members of the Presidio High School boys varsity track team won metals at their area’s UIL meet in Sonora last Thursday, April 20.

Oscar Baeza took gold in three events. In the 100-meter dash he finished in first with a time of 10.69. He also …

Girls track team takes fourth place at area meet

April 27th, 2017

PRESIDIO — The Presidio High School girls varsity track team placed fourth at the area track meet in Sonora on Thursday, April 20. The team had an overall score of 56, including three gold medal wins by Daniela Valenzuela and a bronze medal for Jennifer Flores.

Complete results follow:

Long Jump: Daniela Valenzuela: First place, Area Champion

Triple …

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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

Memorial service Saturday for Ernesto Leos

April 27th, 2017

A memorial service for Marfa resident Ernesto Leos will be held at 11am on Saturday, April 29, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Franco

Franco

April 27th, 2017

Eliberto “Bert” Franco

Eliberto “Bert” Franco Jr., 52, of Marfa passed away April 21, 2017 in Odessa following a courageous battle with cancer.

Bert was born on February 4, 1965 in Alpine to Eliberto Franco Sr., and Leonor Covarrubias Franco. Bert attended Marfa High School, and was a landscaper.

Bert, as his family and friends called him, …

Vana

Vana

April 27th, 2017

Alan Vana

It is with great sadness we announce that John Alan Vana died in the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine. Alan had been suffering from a chronic heart ailment and recently returned to his home in Marfa after being treated at Baylor Medical …

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