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February, 2011

Fire on Fort Davis highway

Fire on Fort Davis highway

February 28th, 2011

A grass fire along Highway 17 halted traffic in both directions midday yesterday. Firefighters were on scene battling the blaze, the cause of which was not known. Crews quickly contained the fire, and it was extinguished by late afternoon. Local and state officials continue to warn of heightened fire danger throughout the Big Bend. Months …

Presidio lands state grant to upgrade Lely International Airport

February 28th, 2011

AUSTIN – The state transportation agency has awarded $140,000 to install a weather observation system at Presidio Lely International Airport.

The automated system is necessary for night flight in and out of the airport and is a crucial step in Presidio’s efforts to operate emergency air service.

“All of this is so we can bring in the …

Watercolors by Nick Terry at Marfa Book Co. this Friday

Watercolors by Nick Terry at Marfa Book Co. this Friday

February 28th, 2011

By EMILY JO CURETON

MARFA – A show of new watercolor paintings by Marfa-based artist Nick Terry will open at Marfa Book Co. at 6 PM this Friday, March 4. Ephemeral, rich, almost hallucinatory to study up close, Terry’s work challenges the nature of perception itself. He asks the sort of questions it’s easy to take …

Gill to deliver Marshall Lecture on the Maya decline

February 28th, 2011

ALPINE – Dr. Richardson B. Gill, anthropologist and general manager of Cibolo Creek Ranch near Marfa, will deliver the 23rd annual Mary Thomas Marshall Lecture March 1 at Sul Ross State University.

Gill will address “The Great Maya Droughts: The Cause of the Collapse of Maya Civilization” at 7:30pm in the Espino Conference Center, Morgan University …

Video: Brewster County Paisano Pass checkpoint

February 26th, 2011

Brewster County sheriff’s deputies set up a command center and checkpoint in Paisano Pass Friday as part of a nationwide effort to assist federal authorities in bringing to justice Mexican drug cartel members working in the United States following the murder last week of an ICE agent in Mexico.

(staff video by ROBERT HALPERN)

New Video: Pronghorn release

New Video: Pronghorn release

February 25th, 2011

It was a busy week for pronghorn in west Texas. Some 200 of the animals were trapped in the panhandle, where populations are said to be thriving, for relocation to the Marfa plateau, where herds have been decimated in recent years.

Check out the video above for a ride-along look as the first loads of pronghorn …

Four more days until a Marfalafel

Four more days until a Marfalafel

February 25th, 2011

But who’s counting?

Well when it comes to the return to business for Food Shark, the truck by the tracks that serves up desert-inspired delights, it seems many a Marfa mouth is watering.

Take, for example, the Facebook post of Tim Johnson, over at Marfa Book Co. Today, the end of the third full week …

Video: U.S. Rep. in Alpine

Video: U.S. Rep. in Alpine

February 25th, 2011

On Thursday, Franciso “Quico” Canseco made his first visit to Far West Texas since taking office as US Representative for Congressional District 23. During a town hall at the Granada Theater in Alpine, he faced questions about finance, abortion, gun control and more during more than an hour of conversation. Watch an exchange with two …

Art doubleheader in Marfa tonight

February 25th, 2011

A creative couple will display their work in back-to-back events tonight in Marfa.

Artist Laurie Olinder will host an “opening/closing” party for an exhibit for her ink drawings at the Locker Plant in Marfa. That event takes place from 6 to 8pm on East Oak Street.

Then stroll on over to the Crowley Theater by …

Marfa softball off to a strong start

February 24th, 2011

CRANE – Softball season began last Thursday with an 11-team tournament in Crane.

The Shorthorns had a marathon start to the tournament, with four wins and one tie in pool play. The four wins earned the girls the first place spot in Thursday’s bracket, putting them against Sonora in Saturday’s Gold bracket.

The winning vibe was crushed …

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