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UIL scheduling poses dilemma for high school

January 28th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

MARFA – Twenty-two high school students will ride to McCamey this Saturday for an academic UIL invitational meet. They’re smart kids and they might really rock the contest. But here’s the deal: even if they do well, it’s not clear how they’ll be able to go to the district meet later this spring.

The …

Donations allow school garden project to bloom

January 28th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

MARFA – Dig this: Marfa Elementary School’s garden project has been fully funded and work will begin on it within the next few weeks.

“We wanted a garden on campus to visit and access and see every day,” Jen Lane said this week. “We raised $1,000 and budgeted to pay for wood, nails, cattle …

Legislature slashes Sul Ross budget by $6 million

January 27th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

AUSTIN, ALPINE – Sul Ross State University isn’t among the schools penciled for closure by legislators trying to fill a $27 billion deficit in the state budget.

The proposed plan would cut $1.15 billion from state colleges and universities and includes the closure of Odessa College, Brazosport College, Ranger College and Frank Phillips College.

According …

Interest percolates in building south county 4-H

January 21st, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

PRESIDIO COUNTY – There’s an interest in revitalizing a 4-H presence in south Presidio County.

County Extension Agent Jesse Lea Schneider gave a regular report on her office’s activities to county commissioners Tuesday night and encouraged them to attend Saturday’s county livestock show in Marfa. More than 60 children will show projects at the …

Accrediting commission puts Sul Ross on probation

January 21st, 2011

ALPINE – An accrediting organization has placed Sul Ross State University on probation for its failure to identify and assess outcomes of its educational programs and student learning.

“Essentially, what it is, we did not clearly explain how we were going to meet learning outcomes,” Sul Ross President Ricardo Maestas told the Odessa American earlier this …

Presidio County Livestock Show kicks off Saturday

Presidio County Livestock Show kicks off Saturday

January 21st, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

MARFA – Come to the Presidio County Livestock Show on Saturday morning to see hogs and dogs, lambs and lamps and kids of both kinds, two-footed and four-footed.

Classes start at 8am at the big red barn on Golf Course Road.

Marfa High School graduate and former 4-H showmanship champ Jon Michael …

The Earth Rocks!!! again

The Earth Rocks!!! again

December 10th, 2010

FORT DAVIS – On October 14, the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute hosted its 5th annual Earth Rocks!!!.

The Earth Rocks!!! is a program the CDRI holds each year in October in honor of National Earth Science Week, an annual event sponsored by the American Geological Society to encourage people everywhere to explore the natural world and …

Presidio ISD hopes to support Family Crisis Center

Presidio ISD hopes to support  Family Crisis Center

December 10th, 2010

Arian Velazquez-Ornelas, standing, presents information about the Family Crisis Center at Tuesday’s meeting of the PISD Board of Trustees. Seated from left to right: Superintendent Dennis McEntire, Board President Carlos Nieto, and board members Carmen Elguezabal, Ethel Barriga, and Aureliano Ramirez. Also present, but not pictured: board member Abelardo Franco. …

An overview of the school tax proposal

December 10th, 2010

By STERRY BUTCHER

MARFA – Voters on Saturday will decide whether to raise taxes to cover a deficit school district budget. The portion of maintenance and operation tax is proposed to increase from $1.04 to $1.17 per $100 valuation. The school’s debt service tax would stay the same, at 35 cents. The new rate combined with …

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