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Paisano Baptist Encampment’s ninth decade begins Sunday

July 21st, 2011

PAISANO PASS – The Paisano Baptist Encampment, now into its ninth decade, convenes Sunday, July 24 through July 29 at their grounds in the pass between Marfa and Alpine.

The first meal will be served at 6pm Sunday, followed by the 8pm evening worship service. The Monday-Thursday schedule includes adult Bible study at 9:45am and morning …

Grand Companions challenged to meet $10K matching grant

July 19th, 2011

FAR WEST TEXAS – Now is the time to give to Grand Companions Humane Society.

A very generous sponsor has offered to match every dollar donated to Grand Companions until August 10, up to $10,000.

“For every $1 that you donate, we’ll receive $2,” said Executive Director Laura Langham.

There are several ways to donate. Donors may drop …

Little Leaguers fundraise for trip to finals

July 14th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

PRESIDIO COUNTY – A combined team of Marfa and Presidio 10-12 year olds will travel to the Texas Teenage Baseball Association’s state playoff tournament July 25.

The Marfa Red Sox, along with three ballplayers joining them from Presidio, are fundraising now to pay for the trip to Harker Heights.
“It will build experience and allow …

Planning service marries weddings, tourism

Planning service marries weddings, tourism

July 14th, 2011

By BENJAMIN WERMUND

MARFA – With its mild weather, historic hotels and hip venues, what better place is there to get married than Marfa?

Courtney and Carl McQueary came from Austin for a Marfa wedding planned by Mercer Black. (photo courtesy of Zachary Tarrant)

At least that was the thought behind Mercer Black’s latest …

Correspondence – 7/14/2011

July 14th, 2011

Editor:

Due to the lack of confidence and respect shown by Presidio County and the cities of Marfa and Presidio, the board and manager of the Presidio County Underground Water Conservation District have decided it is time to turn in their resignations, effective immediately.

This five-member board has volunteered countless hours over the past 12 years to …

Splashdown at Marfa city pool

Splashdown at Marfa city pool

July 14th, 2011

Briley Bradford, Christian Mina and Samantha Jimenez live it up in the recently reopened pool. (staff photo by FRED COVARRUBIAS, Jr.)

MARFA – It’s open! The Marfa pool is open!

Lap swim is 7-9am Tuesday through Friday and again from 7-8pm Tuesday through Thursday.

Senior swim hours are 9-10:30am Tuesday through Friday.

Open swimming is …

Vasquez remembers Casa Piedra in new memoir

Vasquez remembers Casa Piedra in new memoir

July 7th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

CASA PIEDRA – In Casa Piedra, long ago, there used to be a store and a post office and a school. There were families who danced and attended church and who drew water from Alamito Creek. There were sharecroppers and teachers and railroad workers. Now, hardly anyone rambles through the ghosttown on FM …

Presidio little leaguers ready for state tournaments

July 7th, 2011

By BENJAMIN WERMUND

PRESIDIO – Two Presidio Little League baseball teams are preparing for state tournaments later this month.

The Presidio Astros are, from left, coach Alejandro Fernandez, coach Pedro Alvarado, coach Monico Sierra, Hector Montemayor, Jovani Sanchez, David Rodriguez, Juan Carlos Nieto, coach Nelson Rodriguez, coach Jaime Bustamante; and in front, Aaron …

Stop and smell the MUD this Saturday

July 7th, 2011

By EMILY JO CURETON

MARFA – Say you could order, receive and pay for a cheeseburger in under five minutes, then instantly tell your fifty closest friends about it in 140 characters or less, all the while listening to the news without ever leaving the car.

(staff photo by ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN)

“What a …

Correspondence 7-7-2011

July 7th, 2011

Editor:

We’re back in Marfa for our usual July-August stay.

The paper continues to sparkle. Congratulations on the awards.

Kenny Beanland

Marfa

Editor:

I’ve never heard the $3 million dollar figure that Jim Fitzgerald is throwing around, but it’s common knowledge that Melvin Davis took Southwest Texas Municipal Gas Corporation (SWTMG) from being over a million dollars in debt to having …

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