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September, 2016

Presidio County shows signs of progress, despite deficit budget

September 29th, 2016

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

sarah@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Presidio County will dip into its reserve funds to adopt a balanced 2017 fiscal budget, but according to County Auditor Patricia Roach, the county is showing signs of progress with its financials.

“Yes, we still are spending our reserves even though I don’t like that, but we …

City swaps health care plan after 278 percent rate jump

September 29th, 2016

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — The Presidio City Council on Tuesday switched health insurance providers for city employees to save the city the cost of a 278 percent rate increase.

Council members were noticeably surprised with news that its health insurance provider, RHA Health Services, had pulled its quote for a 15 percent …

School district could save $1.4 million on bond refinancing deal

September 29th, 2016

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO —  Presidio school board members approved a potential deal that could save the district $1.4 million on bond repayments over the next 10 years.

The Presidio Independent School District (PISD) board of trustees at its regular meeting Wednesday, September 21 approved engaging a bond advisor and bond attorney and …

Border Patrol trains Presidio police, EMS in active shooter scenarios

Border Patrol trains Presidio police, EMS in active shooter scenarios

September 29th, 2016

(staff photo by CAMERON DODD)Presidio law enforcement officers and Border Patrol agents run collaborative active shooter scenarios at the Presidio Elementary School Thursday evening.

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — Officers from Presidio law enforcement and emergency medical services received active shooter scenario training from local Border Patrol agents last week.

Presidio port officers seize 28 pounds of crystal meth

September 29th, 2016

(CBP photos)The illegal narcotic was discovered under the engine hood of the vehicle.

PRESIDIO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 28 pounds of crystal meth valued at almost $500,000 last week, according to an agency news release.

The …

Marfa BP agents discover marijuana hidden in hay

September 29th, 2016

(US Border Patrol photo) Bales of marijuana were hidden in a load of hay at the Marfa Border Patrol checkpoint.

1,700 pounds valued at $1.4 million

MARFA – Big Bend Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Marfa checkpoint last week seized 1,744 pounds of marijuana concealed in a truckload of …

Holguin

September 29th, 2016

Severiano Holguin

A strong, fair, compassionate loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, Severiano Holguin, 72, of Marfa passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Big Bend Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 1pm today, Thursday, September 29 at St. Mary’s Catholic …

Nuñez

September 29th, 2016

Robert Lee Nuñez

All who served valiantly that men might be free. Toll of bells drums slow beat – silence fall in every street.  In each heart swells the plea; keeps us safe, but keeps us free! An American hero, Robert Lee Nuñez, 69, a Vietnam veteran and lifelong resident of …

Walker

September 29th, 2016

Avery Duke Walker Jr.

Avery Duke “A.D.” Walker Jr. passed away September 5, 2016 in Beeville Spohn Hospital, surrounded by his loved ones, including his daughter, Cinda Muench of Marfa.

He was born August 22, 1927 in Edna, Texas where he grew up, graduated from Edna High School, and then volunteered …

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