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Alpine voters consider $22 million school bond

May 5th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

ALPINE – Alpine voters on May 14 will decide a $22 million school bond proposed to pay for the construction of a new high school, new vocational facilities and a sports complex with softball, football and track facilities.

The bond issue, if approved, would raise school taxes in Alpine from a total of $1.26 …

Regents chair Amato to deliver Sul Ross commencement address May 14

Regents chair Amato to deliver Sul Ross commencement address May 14

April 28th, 2011

ALPINE – Charlie Amato, chairman of the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System, will deliver the commencement address during spring graduation ceremonies at Sul Ross State University-Alpine, Saturday, May 14.

Commencement exercises will be held at 10 a.m. in the Pete P. Gallego Center.

Dr. David Cockrum, former Sul Ross Provost and Vice President …

Schools brace for budget cuts

Schools brace for budget cuts

April 28th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

AUSTIN – Marfa ISD will take a 10.18 percent cut and Presidio ISD stands to lose 13.32 percent of its revenue in the next biennium if projections hold true on the state education budget now pending in the Legislature.

HB 2485, filed by Houston Democrat Scott Hochberg, has cleared the Public Education Committee and …

Lujan appointed to school board

April 21st, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

MARFA – Tina Lujan is Marfa ISD’s newest trustee.

After a brief closed session on Monday, school board members unanimously and regretfully accepted the resignation of Elvia Agan, who plans a move from the area, and appointed Lujan to the empty Place 6 seat. Lujan was sworn in and then joined the rest of …

Martin Field will see new lights, with public’s help

April 21st, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

MARFA – Brand new Friday night lights will shine next fall on Martin Field.

Marfa school board members on Monday unanimously voted to purchase the $136,000 lights – but with a stipulation that the community pitches in to help pay.

“We have a lot on our plate,” board member Katherine Shaughnessy Michael said of the …

Marfa recycling effort limited by economics, interest

Marfa recycling effort limited by economics, interest

April 7th, 2011

By TOM HAINES

MARFA – Shortly after the 1pm opening for recycling drop-off Tuesday at the town compost and dump at the end of the Golf Course Road, Tim Schliskey had a customer pull up with a question.

Did they recycle unused paint?

“We don’t recycle it. But you can put it in the roll off just like …

McDonald Observatory Open House Saturday

April 4th, 2011

FORT DAVIS — McDonald Observatory will host an open house on Saturday, April 9 from 2 PM to 10 PM and includes tours of large research telescopes, science talks, a star party and other telescope viewings.

All events are free. We recommend visitors make reservations online for all events, as they are likely to fill up. …

Marfa’s One Act Play advances in competition

Marfa’s One Act Play advances in competition

March 31st, 2011

MARFA – “The Last Sherlock Holmes,” Marfa High School’s One Act Play, advanced last week from zone to district competition.

The district contest was Wednesday in Big Lake.

Marfa outdistanced Van Horn and Fort Hancock at Zone competition last week in Wink and in doing so took the following honors:

Daniel Martinez, Best Actor.

Jarett Lujan, All-Star Cast

Jasmin Pineda, …

Marfa’s new robotics team shines in state-wide tournament

Marfa’s new robotics team shines in state-wide tournament

March 31st, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

MARFA – Oh, those brainy Shorthorns!

Marfa High School’s first-ever robotics team earned fifth place overall and a special design award at last weekend’s Texas Botball Tournament in Houston.

“They had so much fun,” teacher Benjie Rosaldo reported this week. “We need to build future leaders and train students in science, technology and math. This …

Marfa team competes in regional STEM competition

March 24th, 2011

By LAUREN MACIAS-CERVANTES

MARFA, EL PASO – Solarity Telecom was one of 15 regional high school teams that competed in the STEM Challenge2 March 4 and 5 in El Paso at the University of Texas at El Paso College of Business.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Challenge2, led by Workforce Solutions Upper Rio Grande staff, provided …

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