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March, 2017

ACLU: Presidio Border Patrol agent sexually assaulted two teenage migrants

March 31st, 2017

PRESIDIO — A Presidio-based Border Patrol agent allegedly sexually assaulted two teenage Guatemalan migrants, according to a tort claim filed last week by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the migrants. The alleged abuses occurred in the Presidio field office after the two young women, lost along the border, sought help from …

Secondary stop leads to overnight jail stay when Alpine woman films agents

Secondary stop leads to overnight jail stay when Alpine woman films agents

March 30th, 2017

Lena Hill

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO COUNTY – A secondary inspection at the U.S. Border Patrol Marfa checkpoint in late February concluded with the arrest of an Alpine resident on a public intoxication charge after she questioned an agent’s order to stop filming the encounter with her phone.

The arrest of Lena Hill occurred on the …

Tourist alleges Border Patrol mistreatment

March 30th, 2017

Matthew Cook and Cassie Schwerdtfeger

By the Sentinel staff

PRESIDIO COUNTY — Cassie Schwerdtfeger wanted to show her two daughters the Marfa Lights. So for Spring Break earlier this month, the Tennessee-raised Austin transplant loaded up her 8- and 2-year-old daughters into a rental car with her boyfriend, Matthew Cook. The couple drove the roughly seven …

Ahead of revenue cut, school renews all teacher contracts

March 30th, 2017

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — All current teacher contracts were approved for the 2017-2018 school year by the Presidio Independent School District board of trustees during their regular meeting last week.

As it moves into the budget season, the Presidio Independent School District (PISD) will face the loss of $1.2 million in general fund revenue from a …

County to seek federal fund stream for Presidio airport

March 30th, 2017

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — Presidio County will pursue moving Presidio Lely International Airport from Texas’ airport system plan to a national inventory. The change would make the airport eligible for at least $150,000 in national funds annually.

The Presidio County Commissioner’s Court voted unanimously Tuesday to request the Federal Aviation Administration and the Texas Department …

Two seats open on regional water board

March 30th, 2017

FAR WEST TEXAS — The Far West Texas Regional Water Planning Group is accepting nominations for two voting membership positions.

The Far West Texas Regional Water Planning Group is a citizen body tasked with developing and updating the region’s 50-year water resource management plan. As the board enters its fifth round of planning, a voting seat …

Texas sees 2-year rig count high; nearby counties top list

March 30th, 2017

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

Texas – The Lone Star State sees an additional eight oil and gas exploration rigs added to its roster this week, taking the total above 400 for the first time since April 2015, according to the Associated Press.

The increased drilling in nearby counties comes as the Trans Pecos pipeline, which runs through Presidio …

City to start evaluating employee performance

March 30th, 2017

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — The Presidio City Council took action last week to start the long-ignored procedure of evaluating the performance of city employees. The council will start by evaluating City Administrator Joe Portillo next month, after which Portillo will evaluate the employees he oversees.

The Presidio City Council voted unanimously to evaluate Portillo and authorize …

County approves Presidio-based attorney’s assistant 

March 30th, 2017

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — Presidio County Attorney Rod Ponton will hire an employee to work in a Presidio office, potentially easing south county residents’ access to his legal services, on a trial basis.

The Presidio County Commissioners’ Court approved a request from Ponton for a budget amendment that allows him to spend up to $50,000 to …

ACLU: Presidio Border Patrol agent sexually assaulted two teenage migrants

March 30th, 2017

PRESIDIO — A Presidio-based Border Patrol agent allegedly sexually assaulted two teenage Guatemalan migrants, according to a tort claim filed last week by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the migrants. The alleged abuses occurred in the Presidio field office after the two young women, lost along the border, sought help from Border …

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