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Ex-sheriff wants life sentence reduced to 30 years

Ex-sheriff wants life sentence reduced to 30 years

July 30th, 2015

Rick Thompson, former Presidio County sheriff

By ROBERT HALPERN

MARFA – Former Presidio County Sheriff Rick Thompson is serving a life sentence in federal prison for smuggling more than a ton of cocaine into Texas from Mexico, and now he has asked the court to reduce his sentence to 30 years.

In a motion filed …

It’s time for county to remedy accounting, compliance issues

It’s time for county to remedy accounting, compliance issues

July 30th, 2015

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez and Chief Deputy Joel Nuñez present documents regarding the Stonegarden grant at the Presidio International newspaper office last week.

By ROSARIO and ROBERT HALPERN

An analysis

PRESIDIO COUNTY – A $1.3 million federal law enforcement grant is waiting for use by the Presidio …

Mexican farmers brace for pipeline

Mexican farmers brace for pipeline

July 23rd, 2015

(staff photo by SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN)Members of ejido “El Paradero” gather with Mexican pipeline representatives, sitting against wall, to discuss logistics surrounding the process of constructing a pipeline through their land just outside of Ojinaga.

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

OJINAGA, Chihuahua, Mexico – The Trans Pecos Pipeline saga has pegged those …

Sacrificing their lives for Marfa’s safety

Sacrificing their lives for Marfa’s safety

July 16th, 2015

(staff photos by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)The 1904 firehouse on Lincoln Street.

To read about how the Marfa Volunteer Fire Department is funded, click here.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – First responders play a crucial role in every town’s safety. Residents call them when there’s an emergency. In Far West Texas, …

First same-sex couples marry in Presidio and Brewster counties

First same-sex couples marry in Presidio and Brewster counties

July 8th, 2015

“I (legally) do”

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA, ALPINE – The first same-sex couples tied the knot in Far West Texas a week after the Supreme Court ruled for marriage equally nationwide.

James Scott, formally of Marfa, and Brian Neal Sensabaugh, of Houston, married Sunday, July 5, in Marfa. April Fierro and Lee Ann Powers, both of Alpine, …

Marriage equality is the law of the land

Marriage equality is the law of the land

July 2nd, 2015

The wait is over

(staff photos by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)Marfa residents and visitors show support and solidarity for Friday’s Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex marriage. Rob Crowley, with the help of Lizzy Wetzel, projected a rainbow with the words “LOVE” in front of his shop at the corner of San Antonio (US …

Truck traffic for Marfa, tax revenue for area school districts, officials say of pipeline

Truck traffic for Marfa, tax revenue for area school districts, officials say of pipeline

June 25th, 2015

(staff photo by SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN)Big Bend Conservation Alliance members Katie Smither and Coyne Gibson, from left, and Marfa ISD Superintendent Andrew Peters took part in a discussion about the proposed pipeline on Tuesday.

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

MARFA – The Big Bend Conservation Alliance (BBCA) held a public forum to discuss …

Culberson County gets tapped for nuke waste facility near Kent

Culberson County gets tapped for nuke waste facility near Kent

June 18th, 2015

Proposed site for nuclear waste facility is near Kent

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

VAN HORN – A man stood on stage before a sparsely attended auditorium and talked about nuclear fission. But this was not a chemistry lecture, and the man – Bill Jones – was no scientist.

In fact, he is a …

Presidio, mostly, embraces pipeline project

Presidio, mostly, embraces pipeline project

June 11th, 2015

(staff photo by SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN)Roberto Calderon, pictured, and his father own and operate Restaurant D’Charly in Presidio. Every 10 days, Calderon pays $200 for 80 gallons of propane, which he uses to fuel his kitchen.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include comments from West Texas Gas.

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO …

Marfa property values continue upward trend

Marfa property values continue upward trend

June 4th, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

PRESIDIO COUNTY –The 2015 preliminary figures show property values continue to rise in Presidio County, especially in the City of Marfa.

According to the preliminary values from the Presidio County Appraisal District (PCAD), Presidio County saw an overall 10 percent increase in real market value that states how much the …

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