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Terlingua woman sentenced to maximum sentence in social security fraud case

Terlingua woman sentenced to maximum sentence in social security fraud case

October 21st, 2014

PECOS, TERLINGUA – United States District Judge Robert A. Junell sentenced a 49-year old Terlinga woman to the statutory maximum of ten years in federal prison on Friday, October 17, for stealing over $245,000 in Social Security benefits paid to her deceased father announced Robert Pitman, United States Attorney.

Judith Maria Broughton

In addition …

Lack of indictment leads to Alpine murder suspect’s release

Lack of indictment leads to Alpine murder suspect’s release

October 16th, 2014

Alvino Gonzalez

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

ALPINE – The 28-year-old murder suspect Alvino Gonzalez was released Tuesday afternoon from the Brewster County Jail after having spent 92 days in detention following his July 15 arrest in the shooting death of Reymundo Vega and the wounding of John Cisneros and Wayne Witcher.

Gonzalez’s attorney, Sandy Wilson, …

Plan for modern Marfa residence in historic district raises concerns

Plan for modern Marfa residence in historic district raises concerns

October 9th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA – A row of former military houses, similar in shape, size, and aesthetics built to house Army officers and their families in the 1920s sit along South Yale Street in the Ft. D.A. Russell neighborhood in Marfa. Most are still occupied by local residents.

But plans by noted Oklahoma City architect Rand …

Marfa ISD mourns death of student Andrew Madrid

Marfa ISD mourns death of student Andrew Madrid

October 2nd, 2014

Andrew Madrid(photo by Cynthia Galindo)

This story has been updated to include information the funeral services for Andrew Madrid.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – The sudden death of a popular high school student has silenced the halls at Marfa High School.

“I think everybody is kind of in shock,” Marfa ISD Superintendent Andrew Peters …

Mayors of Presidio, Ojinaga and Odessa talk oil and gas investment in Ojinaga

Mayors of Presidio, Ojinaga and Odessa talk oil and gas investment in Ojinaga

September 25th, 2014

(staff photo by DIANA AGUIRRE)Meeting in Ojinaga Monday were, from left, Odessa Mayor David Turner, Ojinaga Mayor Miguel Carreón, and Presidio Mayor John Ferguson.

By DIANA AGUIRRE ARMENDARIZ 

OJINAGA, CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO – The city of Ojinaga experienced a historic moment this week when Odessa Mayor David Turner, Presidio Mayor John Ferguson, and Ojinaga Mayor …

Tension runs high at county budget, tax meeting

Tension runs high at county budget, tax meeting

September 18th, 2014

(photo by BRAD NEWTON)Presidio County Commissioners Jim White (left) and Eloy Artanda at the County Commissioners Court meeting in Presidio.

Alternative budget proposed

By SASHA VON OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – A scuffle over the lack of seating at the Presidio County Annex set the tone for Tuesday’s special county meeting, which drew a full house of …

City of Presidio faces financial worries at end of fiscal year

City of Presidio faces financial worries at end of fiscal year

September 16th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

PRESIDIO – Despite recent employee resignations, a cut in travel expenses, and some funds budgeted in the last fiscal year that weren’t spent, the City of Presidio is still facing financial woes coming into the next fiscal year, with just above $1,000 left in the city’s general fund.

City administrator Marco Baeza told …

Prada Marfa can stay, TxDoT says

Prada Marfa can stay, TxDoT says

September 12th, 2014

(graphic by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)(photos by ALBERTO HALPERN, ROBERT HALPERN, JOHN DANIEL GARCIA and courtesy of LISA MORTON, Van Horn Advocate and BEYONCE)

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

VALENTINE – Prada Marfa has triumphed over the art-versus-advertising debate as the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will allow the faux store to remain as an art …

Mexican reservoir levels high as heavy rains hit region

Mexican reservoir levels high as heavy rains hit region

September 10th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA and SARAH M. VASQUEZ

PRESIDIO COUNTY –Recent rains in the Big Bend region have been feeding the Rio Grande, the Rio Conchos, and the reservoirs in both the U.S. and Mexico, putting the levies on both sides of the border to the test with a chance for more rain forecasted in the …

Fort Davis ISD property tax increase approved by voters

Fort Davis ISD property tax increase approved by voters

September 4th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

FORT DAVIS – The Fort Davis ISD tax ratification election on Tuesday was approved by a margin of 30 votes, which will raise property taxes by 13 cents. According to interim Superintendent Graydon Hicks, 256 total votes, or 53 percent, were in favor of the tax initiative and 227 votes, or 47 …

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