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June, 2017

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

June 22nd, 2017

Public education: worth taking a stand

By LONN TAYLOR

My hero this week is Graydon Hicks, Fort Davis Superintendent of Schools. Hicks recently sent a scathing letter to Governor Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Patrick, raking them over the coals for “the lack of positive legislative action for public schools in Texas” in the most recent session of …

golliver – distraction

golliver – distraction

June 22nd, 2017

the money man

the money man

June 22nd, 2017

Amazon swallows Whole Foods whole

By TOM JACOBS

I could hardly believe my eyes – could you? Amazon announced it had reached an agreement to buy Whole Foods Markets, the quintessential healthy food store (despite its panoply of less healthy snacks, desserts and drinks), for a gluten-free $14 billion. That’s about what Amazon generates in excess cash …

correspondence

correspondence

June 22nd, 2017

The following is a letter Fort Davis ISD Superintendent Graydon Hicks penned recently to Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick regarding the decline of state funding to public schools, and the impact of those diminishing funds in Fort Davis, in particular. We reproduce it here with his permission.

 

Editor:

Dear Governor Greg Abbott …

‘One-of-a-kind’ Hunter Gym to receive regeneration

‘One-of-a-kind’ Hunter Gym to receive regeneration

June 22nd, 2017

Hunter Gym in 1942

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — “It would be the responsible thing to take care of the Hunter Gym better,” local architect Mike Green told school board members during a regular meeting held last week.

The gym is made of adobe, one of the few gyms of its kind in the state and country. …

BP, DPS rescue 8 undocumented immigrants from locked U-Haul near Sierra Blanca

June 22nd, 2017

(CBP photos) Undocumented immigrants were hiding inside U-Haul boxes.

SIERRA BLANCA – Border Patrol agents assisted a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) state trooper in the rescue of eight undocumented immigrants on Saturday. The subjects were locked in the cargo area of a U-Haul van that had been stopped on I-10, east of El …

‘Stars align’ for city of Presidio

‘Stars align’ for city of Presidio

June 22nd, 2017

(Photos by SASHA von OLDERHAUSEN)City and county officials posed with an oversized check gifted to the city by Energy Transfer Partners in the amount of $1,067,000.

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – “Our future is so bright, we’re gonna be wearing shades,” said economic development director Brad Newton, who stood outside the Presidio Activity Center beneath …

Presidio celebrates pipeline appreciation day

Presidio celebrates pipeline appreciation day

June 22nd, 2017

(Photo by SASHA von OLDERHAUSEN)City officials overturned a mound of soil outside the Presidio Activity Center to commemorate a donation made by Energy Transfer Partners to the city. Beside the mound sat a small segment of the actual 42” pipe used to pipe natural gas through the Trans-Pecos region.

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – The …

Earthquakes on the increase in Pecos area

Earthquakes on the increase in Pecos area

June 22nd, 2017

U.S. Geological Survey eathquake map.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

PECOS – The U.S. Geological Survey recorded two earthquakes in the Pecos region in 10 days, with the second taking place last Thursday.

According to USGS data, earthquakes in the region have been trending upward since 2014, when only one earthquake was recorded by the survey. In the …

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