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Hot dogs, fun kick off new 4H season Saturday

August 25th, 2016

MARFA – The Marfa 4H Club holds its annual kickoff event on Saturday, August 27 from 11am-2pm on the Presidio County Courthouse lawn.

Everyone is invited to come out, have a hot dog, and learn what 4H is all about! Enrollment and leader registration will be offered along with project sign-up for the 2016-17 …

Big Bend Livestock Association meets Monday

August 25th, 2016

BIG BEND – The first meeting of the year is later this month for the biggest little stock show and sale in Texas!

The Big Bend Livestock Association will meet at 6pm on Monday, August 29, in Alpine at the Big Bend Telephone meeting room.

All parents and interested volunteers are invited to attend.

Marfa ISD meets TEA state standards

August 18th, 2016

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

sarah@bigbendnow.com

FAR WEST TEXAS – Marfa ISD met the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) accountability standards this year, along with other Far West Texas school districts.

Proclaiming the 2016-2017 school year as the “Year of the Book,” MISD implemented several changes such as removing cell phones from the classroom, closing campus …

Marfa ISD administrators offer to cut their salaries

August 11th, 2016

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

sarah@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Seven Marfa ISD administrators offered to decrease their salaries to help balance the proposed budget for the 2016-2017 school year. It was another week of trying to balance a budget with an almost $400,000 deficit.

The board also approved a proposed tax rate of $1.20 per $100 …

Marfa students’ test scores improve

August 11th, 2016

Marfa’s preliminary scores

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

sarah@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – The good news is that Marfa ISD’s test scores are improving overall. The not-so-good news is that there is still room for improvement.

Principal Oscar Aguero presented preliminary STAAR test scores from the 2015-2016 school year at the August 1 school …

For back to school, Texas sales tax holiday is Friday-Sunday

August 4th, 2016

AUSTIN – Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds shoppers they can save money on certain items priced for less than $100 during the state’s annual sales tax holiday. This year, the sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5-7.

The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced below …

Presidio Family Crisis Center seeks school supply donations

July 28th, 2016

PRESIDIO — With back-to-school season rolling around again, the Family Crisis Center of the Big Bend is accepting school supply donations.

The Center is seeking donations of school supplies or money tobuy supplies for clients in Presidio, Ruidosa and Candelaria, client advocate Adriana Tarango said.

School supply lists are available on the Presidio Independent …

Presidio high school solar car team preps for race

July 14th, 2016

(Photo courtesy of Rolando Gloria)The Presidio High School Solar Car team is gearing up for the cross-country Solar Car Challenge that starts this weekend. The students will race 20 other teams from Dallas to Minnesota.

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — The Presidio High School Solar Car team will hit …

Area schools receive state funding for pre-K initiative

July 7th, 2016

FAR WEST TEXAS – Five area school districts – Presidio, Alpine, Fort Davis, Terlingua and Marathon – were among the 578 schools systems across Texas that was awarded more than $116 million in grants as part of Governor Greg Abbott’s high-quality prekindergarten initiative.

In 2015, Abbott declared early education a legislative priority. The 84th …

Marfa ISD volunteer reading program a success

June 23rd, 2016

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – A pilot program that brought volunteer readers into Marfa Elementary School class-rooms has been deemed a success.

“It was really well-done,” said Marfa ISD Superintendent Andrew Peters.

Peters gave a hat’s off to teacher Adamina Morlock and community member Ann Marie Nafziger for their leadership in the program …

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