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Presidio post up for election in May hospital district election

January 18th, 2018

PRESIDIO, BREWSTER counties – Two of the five single-member districts will be on the Big Bend Regional Hospital District ballot come the May election.

Place 2, currently filled by Presidio police chief Marco Baeza, and Place 4, currently occupied by board secretary Alan Haley of Marathon, come due in May.

Baeza’s district crosses the Presidio-Brewster counties line, …

Alpine city, school elections in May

January 18th, 2018

ALPINE – The May non-partisan elections will include the mayor and two council members in Alpine.

The current two-year term of the Honorable Mayor Andy Ramos will be on the ballot, as will the positions for Wards 2 and 4, currently held by Ramon Olivas and Lucy Escobedo, respectively.

Over at Alpine ISD, three trustee positions will …

Sheriff seizes 283 pounds of pot, suspects flee

January 18th, 2018

(PRESIDIO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE photo)One juvenile was taken into custody after a routine stop by Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez uncovered 283 lbs of marijuana.

PRESIDIO COUNTY – Shortly after midnight this past Thursday, Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez was conducting a northbound traffic check 11 miles south of Marfa on U.S. 67 when he …

Three Presidio city council seats up for election

January 18th, 2018

By ELVIRA LARA

PRESIDIO – Filing for the May Presidio City Council election opened Wednesday.

yesterday.

Anyone interested in running for city council can pick up an application at City Hall through February 16.

Three full-term positions will be on the ballot, those of councilmen Alcee Tavarez, Antonio Manriquez and Samuel Carrasco. Carrasco was elected last year to fill …

Nieto, Hernandez get May trial date

January 18th, 2018

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

and ROBERT HALPERN

PRESIDIO COUNTY – Carlos Nieto and Lorenzo Hernandez have a new federal criminal trial date: Monday, May 21.

A federal court order by Senior U.S. District Judge Robert Junell on Wednesday, January 10 rescheduled the jury trial from an initial setting of March 19.

Nieto, a longtime Presidio ISD school board member …

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Arts

Photography and verse at Museum of the Big Bend

January 11th, 2018

ALPINE – Photographs of the Continental Divide from Alaska to Chiapas, Mexico, alongside poems by 39 poets from Texas and New Mexico, will be on exhibition at the Museum of the Big Bend, January 13-March 25.

“Echoes of the Cordillera: Attitudes and Latitudes Along the Great Divide” features the photography of Alpine resident Jim Bones, alongside ekphrastic …

Marfa Contemporary says adios with a bang

January 11th, 2018

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Marfa Contemporary shuts its doors this Saturday with a final performance by New York-based artist Autumn Knight and special Marfa guests.

According to Marfa Contemporary Guest Director Kate Green, she approached Knight with the possibility of a performance to give the institution a proper sendoff.

“I didn’t just want to turn the …

Chinati artist in residence hosts open studio on New Year’s Day

December 21st, 2017

Kate Newby

MARFA – On New Year’s Day, January 1, 2018, Chinati Foundation artist in residence Kate Newby will host an open studio and exhibition at the Locker Plant on East Oak Street from 3-5pm. Everyone is invited to stop by.

Working with a variety of media including installation, textile, ceramics, casting, and glass, Kate Newby is a …

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Community

Fifty Marfa Shorthorns Exes and Friends attend Mexican social dinner

January 18th, 2018

EL PASO – Ernies Café and Grill in El Paso became the place where 50 Marfa Shorthorns Exes and Friends joined together on December 9 to celebrate their scholarship fund raising accomplishments. The evening began with a social hour as members and friends greeted and embraced each other to cherish the moment that normally occurs …

Big Bend National Park has record visitation

January 18th, 2018

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK – In 2017, Big Bend National Park had its busiest year on record. With 442,641 visitors coming to the park, this surpassed even 2016’s visitation, which saw 388,290 people coming to the park during the National Park Service centennial year. This accounts for a 14 percent increase from the previous year.

Visitation …

Native Plant Society presents soils program

January 18th, 2018

ALPINE – The Big Bend Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas presents soil scientist Jim Martinez in a program on soils in the landscape at 10am Saturday, January 20 at the Alpine Public Library.

“Gardens begin with the soil,” says Big Bend chapter president Dallas Baxter. “There are plants that will grow just about …

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Education

Marfa rocketry team cleared for launches on Saturday

January 18th, 2018

MARFA – The Marfa ISD rocketry team is ready for blastoff, with their rocket launch scheduled to begin at 2pm Saturday at Marfa School Board President Katie Price Fowlkes’ land south of Marfa.

The launch of the rockets will be the culmination of student efforts to design and build rockets with the help of Blue Origin …

January seminars from the Small Business Development Center

January 11th, 2018

* January 17, noon, no cost, Brown Bag Lunch Series with Alpine Chamber of Commerce, Easy Exercises to do in the Workplace, Presenter: Cathy Wright, Learning for Life, LLC. Certified Movement Intelligence Trainer, Location: Technology Room, Big Bend Telephone, 808 N. 5th, Alpine.

* January 23, 2pm, no cost, Wix: Websites Made Easy, Instructor: Leticia Wetterauer, …

Sully spring classes begin January 16

January 11th, 2018

ALPINE – Sul Ross State University’s 2018 Spring Semester classes will begin Tuesday, Jan. 16. The university will be closed Monday, Jan. 15 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Classes, late registration and schedule changes will begin Tuesday, Jan. 16. Friday, Jan. 19 is the last day for late registration and schedule changes.

Tuesday, Jan. …

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FEATURES

Heart attack survivor bicycles across the country

Heart attack survivor bicycles across the country

December 21st, 2017

From trials and tribulations to triathlons

Matthew Beggarly

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – When Matthew Beggarly suffered a “widow maker” heart attack in a Baltimore, Maryland McDonald’s in 2013, the then-43-year-old Jacksonville, Florida man recognized the near-death experience as a second chance to follow his dreams.

“Nothing really beats you unless you beat yourself,” he told the …

Learning broadcast journalism from the street

Learning broadcast journalism from the street

December 7th, 2017

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)Second from right, lead instructor Rob Rosenthal discusses audio production to ten students for the Transom Workshop at Marfa Public Radio.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

sarah@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Seeing the full conference room at Marfa Public Radio, General Manager Elise Pepple is reminded of MTV’s realty show, The Real World.

“What happens when …

Air Force vet eyes Congressional seat

Air Force vet eyes Congressional seat

December 7th, 2017

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

sarah@bigbendnow.com

Gina Ortiz Jones

FAR WEST TEXAS – Democratic candidate Gina Ortiz Jones stopped by Alpine and Marfa last month to engage with the constituents of the 23rd Congressional District.

She is one of the four Democratic candidates running in the March primary election for Republican incumbent Will Hurd’s seat.

Her visit opened her …

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Sports

Horns split wins with Eagles, Indians;Junior Lady Horns undefeated in district play

December 14th, 2017

 

(Marfa ISD photos)Kaci Flores takes the ball to the basket for two points.

Marfa’s basketball program hosted the Sanderson Eagles High School and Fort Davis Indians Middle School this week and split with each team.

The varsity Lady Shorthorns were off to a quick offensive start against the Eagles for the 44-27 win, thanks to the …

Leveling the playing field: two girls are Shorthorn football players

Leveling the playing field: two girls are Shorthorn football players

November 9th, 2017

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)Aundrea Garcia, left, and Alexis Gonzalez during football practice on Wednesday as the the Shorthorns prepare for Friday’s junior high game against the Fort Davis Indians.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

sarah@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – It was at a game against Rankin when a Red Devil noticed that a Shorthorn team captain was a …

Border Patrol hosts border violence session with Mexican, American law enforcement

Border Patrol hosts border violence session with Mexican, American law enforcement

November 9th, 2017

(Big Bend Sector Border Patrol photos)Big Bend Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Victor M. Velazquez, center, with law enforcement officials from Mexico and the United States. Agencies represented included Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations Presidio, Homeland Security Investigations, National Park Service/Big Bend National Park; and the Government of Mexico, including …

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Multimedia

November photos

November photos

December 1st, 2017

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, …

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Obituaries

Carrasco

January 18th, 2018

Simona Carrasco

Simona Carrasco, 88, of Presidio, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, January 8, 2018.

Mrs. Carrasco was born January 8, 1929 in Presidio to Esteban and Seferina Alvarez.

She married Calistro Carrasco. She was a loving wife, mother, sister and friend. Mrs. Carrasco was a homemaker.

She is survived by her daughter, Cruz Terrazas and …

Dungan

January 18th, 2018

Thomas Harold Dungan was born in Raton, New Mexico on December 4, 1946 and died in Santa Fe, New Mexico on January 11, 2018 at the age of 71. He lived in Marfa.

Tom grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, then moved to White Plains, New York for high school. He was a high school all-American in …

Ligon

January 18th, 2018

Joseph Ligon

Joseph Calhoun Ligon was born in El Paso, Texas on October 16, 1935 to parents Alford Edward Ligon and Willie Jo (Darracott) Ligon.

His early years were spent in Marfa, Texas where his parents had an insurance agency. After graduation from Marfa High School, he attended the University of Texas-El Paso in El Paso …

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