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Council approves expenditure to reduce water leaks in Presidio

August 18th, 2017

By ELVIRA LARA

PRESIDIO – Orange cones throughout the city mark the various water line ruptures all too common in Presidio. “Last Monday we had 30 water leaks – that’s just to start the Monday,” said city administrator Jose Portillo at the council meeting last Thursday evening.

As problematic as leaks have become, ruptured pipes are not …

Indictments returned on TPP protesters

August 18th, 2017

(PRESIDIO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE photo)Anna Kruger, photographed locked to a piece of PumpCo machinery, was arrested Tuesday morning during a Two Rivers Camp/Big Bend Defense Coalition protest near Elephant Rock on U.S. 67.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO COUNTY – Presidio County grand jurors returned three indictments this week against Trans-Pecos Pipeline protesters Lori Glover, Benjamin …

Marfa police chief will remain county constable

Marfa police chief will remain county constable

August 18th, 2017

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)Presidio County Constable Steve Marquez joins Marfa City Council members in discussing his future employment as Marfa police chief.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Newly appointed Marfa Police Chief Estevan “Steve” Marquez will be allowed to serve as both police chief and Presidio County Constable, Marfa City Attorney Teresa Todd …

Appraisal district board adopts budget

August 18th, 2017

3% salary increase and incentive program funded

By ROBERT HALPERN

PRESIDIO – Presidio County Appraisal District directors adopted its 2018 fiscal budget on Monday, raising employee salaries by three percent and implementing an incentive bonus program for staffers who attain their required certifications.

The new budget totals $475,000, up one percent, or $20,000, from the 2017 budget.

The work …

Procedure begins to replace Nieto on PCAD board

August 18th, 2017

Alfred Muñiz

By ROBERT HALPERN

MARFA – Presidio County Appraisal District directors accepted the resignation of Carlos Nieto as Presidio ISD’s representative on the appraisal district board at its August 3 meeting, triggering a replacement process that includes five of the six taxing entities represented on the board.

Directors also accepted the 2016 outside audit.

Nieto resigned after …

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Arts

Western thriller book author at Hotel Paisano

August 18th, 2017

 

Reavis Wortham

MARFA—The Hotel Paisano in Marfa will host a book signing event on Saturday, August 19th with Reavis Wortham, author of the Red River mystery series and the new Sonny Hawke thriller series.

Wortham’s first novel, The Rock Hole, was listed by Kirkus Reviews as one of their Top 12 Mysteries of 2011. True West Magazine included Dark Places as one of 2015’s …

New memoir sheds light on a life spent pursuing human traffickers

August 18th, 2017

Hipólito Acosta, a Redford native and Presidio High School graduate will discuss his new memoir, Deep in the Shadows, at the Marfa Public Library on August 31st at 6 p.m. The book is a riveting, non-fictional account of one agent’s efforts to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants—and the accompanying violence—into the U.S.

Acosta recounts his …

Photo exhibit at Wrong on Saturday

August 18th, 2017

MARFA – Just in time for the Marfa Lights Festival and the great State Fair of Texas, Wrong Marfa presents Dallas-based photographer Amanda Pounds’ exhibition PEOPLE AND THEIR PRIZES.

While at the 2012 State Fair at night by herself, Pounds found herself drawn to tough looking guys wandering around the midway with giant stuffed animals. No …

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Community

El Paso bishop to hold Marfa Mass

August 18th, 2017

MARFA – St. Mary’s Parish would like to extend a warm welcome to every one in joining Bishop Mark Joseph Seitz of the Diocese of El Paso, who will be offering the Eucharistic Celebration at Saint Mary’s Parish on Saturday, August 19, at 5pm.

The mass will be followed by a potluck dinner at the Parish Hall and all …

Ex-Shorthorns from El Paso plan scholarship fundraisers

August 18th, 2017

Ex-Marfa Shorthorns of El Paso enjoy lunch while planning the Marfa Lights Festival scholarship fund drive, from left, Elodia Contreras, Alma Cabezuela, Delma Sotelo, Minga Minjarez, Ernest Minjarez, Luis Sotelo, Mando Uranga, Yolanda Uranga, Joe Cabezuela, and Meme Contreras.

MARFA, EL PASO – The Ex-Marfa Shorthorns of El Paso welcome the Marfa Lions Club and …

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church holds ice cream social, school supply giveaway

August 18th, 2017

MARFA – Have a sweet tooth?

Gather up your loved ones for this fun-filled get-together, and indulge your sweet tooth by creating your own refreshing treat featuring cool, creamy flavors and decadent toppings to suit all tastes!

School supplies will be available for you to take to school the next day!

What better way to start the school …

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Education

Presidio ISD has a new education foundation

August 18th, 2017

Presidio Education Foundation board of directors, from left, Brian Vasquez, Jose Leyva, Rogelio Zubia, Hipolito Acosta, Hugo Ramos, Vicky Carrasco, and Velva Saenz.

PRESIDIO, TX — This past Monday officially marked the beginning of the school year for teachers and staff with a 3 day Teacher Professional Development program. In addition to training, day one …

‘Made for Marfa’ project supports art classes at Marfa ISD

August 18th, 2017

MARFA – The Marfa Studio of Arts is asking any artist who cares about Marfa to make a small artwork that will be sold to help support the upcoming scholastic year of art classes at the Marfa Elementary School. The Marfa Studio of Arts has offered daily art classes in the school through the “Studio …

Presidio solar car powers through solar car challenge

August 3rd, 2017

(photos by and courtesy of Presidio ISD)The Presidio solar vehicle takes the checkered flag at the Texas Motor Speedway.

PRESIDIO – The PHASCar racing team of Presidio ISD has done it again, according to a school news release. This is our third year participating in the Solar Car Challenge, where high school students design, build …

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FEATURES

South American inspired Al Campo wine garden opens offering residential employment program

August 18th, 2017

(photo by NICK WINCHESTER)The Al Campo staff from left, co-owner Tatanka Guerrero, Katy Milam, Aaron Nester, and Ashley Swarts.

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — A simple concept and a return to back-to-basics eating and drinking is what co-owners Tatanka Guerrero and Michael Cornthwaite wanted to achieve when they conceived of opening Al Campo in Marfa.

Guerrero sat …

New Senior Center director hits the ground running

New Senior Center director hits the ground running

July 6th, 2017

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)Josie Madrid and Callie Meeks

Josie Madrid joins staff

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Though longtime Marfa resident Callie Meeks has only held her new position as executive director of the City of Marfa’s Nutrition Center a short time, she is already all smiles and full of enthusiasm when speaking of …

“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 …

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Sports

Shorthorns face Bears in fresh scrimmage

Shorthorns face Bears in fresh scrimmage

August 18th, 2017

(staff photos by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)The 2017 Marfa Shorthorns during practice this week.

MARFA – After two weeks of practice, the Shorthorns are on the road to Balmorhea Friday for their 9:00am scrimmage, the first of the season, to get an early season glimpse of strengths the team will have, along with what tweaks need …

Lady Shorthorns varsity volleyball season in full swing

Lady Shorthorns varsity volleyball season in full swing

August 18th, 2017

(Marfa ISD photos)Alyanna Herandez goes up for a block against Presidio while Lexi Marquez, Fernanda Fabela, Tai’s Chanez, Samantha Jimenez, and Alexia Marquez g in to cover.

Varsity Volleyball

The Lady Shorthorns’ volleyball season is in full swing with nine games under their belts in one week and another tournament coming up on Friday and Saturday …

Sul Ross Athletics Hall of Honor nomination deadline approaches

August 18th, 2017

ALPINE – Friday, September 1 is the deadline for individual and team nominations for the 2018 class of the Sul Ross State University Athletics Hall of Honor.

This year’s induction ceremony will be held in February with a time and date to be announced.

Online individual and team nomination forms are available at http://www.srlobos.com/index.aspx?path=hall_of_honor.

A complete list of …

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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

Black

August 18th, 2017

Ricky William Black – father, friend, cowboy – found peace at the end of the trail in the early morning hours of August 10th, 2017. Ricky was born October 24th, 1956, at Doc Stover’s office in Marfa, Texas. He was the third child of Mutt and Helen Black – their first and only boy.

From the moment …

Bennett

August 10th, 2017

Lee Bennett

Lee Glascock Evans Bennett, of Marfa and Clifton, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Lutheran Sunset Ministries’ Sunset Home.

Her Clifton memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, Clifton on Friday, August 11 at 2pm with the Reverend Mary Gean Cope officiating. Her Marfa memorial service will take place …

Alvarez

August 10th, 2017

Esequiel M. Alvarez, 59 of Presidio, passed away on Monday, June 26, 2017 in Presidio.

Esequiel was born on November 16, 1957 in Presidio to Francisco Alvarez and Maria Molinar Alvarez.

Esequiel is preceded in death by his father Francisco Alvarez and brother Arturo Alvarez.

Esequiel is survived by his mother Maria Molinar Alvarez, sisters Maria Elena Garcia, …

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