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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 …

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Arts

Marfa Live Arts’ postmodern dance performance Saturday at Crowley Theater, reception at Building 98

Marfa Live Arts’ postmodern dance performance Saturday at Crowley Theater, reception at Building 98

May 25th, 2017

(photo by Carlos Avendaño)Anna Halprin, The Courtesan and The Crone, 1999, performed by Stephen Petronio, The Fabric Museum and Workshop, Philadelphia, 2016.

MARFA — This weekend, Friday–Sunday, May 26–28, Marfa Live Arts and Fieldwork Marfa present a program devoted to the influence of choreographer Anna Halprin on successive generations of artists. Marfa Sounding: Anna Halprin curated …

Chinati Foundation hosts LA dance project residency this weekend

May 25th, 2017

MARFA – The Chinati Foundation will host L.A. Dance Project in residency in Marfa for several days while they rehearse a series of performances that have been conceived in response to Chinati’s collection.

The series, entitled Marfa Dance Episodes, will be performed in situ at the museum and streamed live on the web over Memorial Day …

Marfa Agave Festival celebrates area’s cultural diversity

Marfa Agave Festival celebrates area’s cultural diversity

May 25th, 2017

Agave Festival Marfa 2017

MARFA — The inaugural Agave Festival Marfa celebrates the cultural diversity of the TransPecos and Chihuahuan Desert, and takes place June 1-4 with a wide-ranging program of events.

On offer are talks by scientists, including a presentation by Carolyn Boyd about the White Shaman Mural; meals hosted by three local chefs; an …

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Community

Swimming pool opens Memorial Day Weekend 

May 25th, 2017

PRESIDIO — With temperature’s already touching triple digits, Presidio’s public pool is ready for summer splashing fun.

The Presidio Aquatic Center will open Sunday, May 28 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Monday, the pool will be open for Memorial Day from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. again.

After this weekend, the schedule will be as …

City Council meeting cancelled 

May 25th, 2017

PRESIDIO — Presidio City Council will not meet this evening.

The May 25 regular meeting of the Presidio City Council meeting has been cancelled. The next scheduled city council meeting is June 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Presidio Activity Center.

For more information, contact Presidio City Hall at (432) 229-3517.

Marfa Memorial Day observance is Monday

May 25th, 2017

MARFA – Monday, May 29th is Memorial Day.

The City of Marfa and the Presidio County Veterans Service Officer Harlan Hardy invite you to join us this Memorial Day as we remember those who have fallen in the struggle to defend and preserve the liberties and freedoms we cherish.

The observance begins at 10am Monday at the …

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Education

Presidio High School graduation is Saturday: Piña is valedictorian, Barron is salutatorian

Presidio High School graduation is Saturday: Piña is valedictorian,  Barron is salutatorian

May 25th, 2017

Valedictorian Gaspar Piña and Salutatorian Liza Barron

PRESIDIO — Presidio High School will graduate 113 seniors at a commencement ceremony this weekend.

Graduation is at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 27 at Manuel O. Hernandez Memorial Stadium. The commencement speaker is Brian Vasquez, Presidio High School class of 1991 and vice president of the Presidio Education …

Marfa graduating class of 2017 receives $92,213 in scholarships

May 25th, 2017

Scholarship recipients:

The Marfa Big Bend Sentinel, $250, Epifanio Cataño.

Buck Johnston and Camp Bosworth, $250, Gisselle Lujan.

Career Colleges and Schools of Texas, $3,000 as $1,000 to Mariano Ornelas, $1,000 to Andrew Briones, and $1,000 to Donny Martinez.

Cindy Hibbitts Memorial Scholarship, $500, Steven Granado.

C.K. Stephenson Rotary Scholarship, $1,000 as $500 to Steven Granado, and $500 to John …

La Banda returns to the Camp Summer Shake-Up program

La Banda returns to the Camp Summer Shake-Up program

May 25th, 2017

Marfa students with Juan Tarango Martinez, Manuela Martinez, David Beebe, and Primo Carrasco at last year’s La Banda.

MARFA — This year’s Camp Summer Shake-Up weeklong workshop, “La Banda,” will bring back teaching musicians Juan Tarango Martinez, Manuela Martinez, David Beebe, and Primo Carrasco.

These musicians will teach Tejano through various forms, such as Ranchero and …

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FEATURES

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 …

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 …

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Sports

Blue Devils are out of baseball playoffs

May 25th, 2017

PRESIDIO — The Blue Devils are out of the playoffs after a 9 to 1 loss against the Reagan County Owls last week.

The area champion Presidio High School varsity Blue Devils baseball team played the owls in the regional quarterfinals game on Friday.

The Devils finished their playoff run with an overall season record of 14 …

Freddy Garcia brings back gold medal from state track finals

Freddy Garcia brings back gold medal from state track finals

May 18th, 2017

(photos courtesy of Reagan Reed)Freddy Garcia wears the gold medal he won in the high jump at the state finals in Austin last week.

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

AUSTIN — Big Bend High Schooler Freddy Garcia won gold at state in the long jump with a winning jump of 22’ 1.5’’, half an inch shy of the …

Lady Devils hit the wall in playoffs

May 18th, 2017

PRESIDIO — The Presidio High School Lady Blue Devils varsity softball team is out of the district playoffs after a disappointing loss last week.

The Wall Lady Hawks won a 10 to 2 victory over the Lady Devils in the bi-district quarter-finals in Odessa on May 11. The Lady Devils were hot off their area championship …

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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

Blackmon

Blackmon

May 25th, 2017

Dr. Doug

Douglas Paul Blackmon, “Dr. Doug,” 63, of Terlingua passed away May 19, 2017 at the University Medical Center in Lubbock.

Dr. Doug will be laid to rest with a graveside service at the Ghost Town cemetery, Terlingua at 10am Friday, May 26. A celebration of life follows on “The Porch,” at the Terlingua Trading …

Davis

Davis

May 25th, 2017

Delia Davis

Lifelong Presidio resident Delia Juarez Davis, 76, died peacefully in Manor Park in Midland on May 1, 2017.

She was born September 9, 1940 in Marfa, the daughter of Belen Ornelas Juarez and Nicandro Bejarano Juarez.

Delia was a devoted wife, caregiver and homemaker. She devoted a large part of her life taking care of her husband and mother who …

Dayton

Dayton

May 25th, 2017

Arlene Dayton

Arlene J. Dayton, 70, of Dallas and Minneapolis, Minnesota died from complications of cancer on Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

She was a longtime member of the Board of Trustees of the Chinati Foundation in Marfa and served as board president from 2007-2012. Her board service began in …

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