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With property values up, look for tax rates to drop

With property values up, look for tax rates to drop

June 5th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

PRESIDIO COUNTY – Now that Presidio County property owners have received their preliminary 2014 appraised property values – and recovered from shock – that have skyrocketed this year, there could be a little tax reprieve with the help of state property laws.

While some appraisals were raised as high as 1,000 percent in …

Values increase 50 percent or more in countywide reappraisal

Values increase 50 percent or more in countywide reappraisal

May 29th, 2014

Property shock!

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

PRESIDIO COUNTY – The preliminary figures for the countywide reappraisal are in, and Presidio County is looking at a 50 percent or more increase in property values overall. According to the 2014 non-certified preliminary value report, the total market value of property in Presidio County is more than $1 billion compared …

Second witness in Purple Zone raid speaks out

Second witness in Purple Zone raid speaks out

May 21st, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

ALPINE – “I’m fairly certain I’m going to get arrested for talking to you,” Alpine resident Nicholas Branson told the Big Bend Sentinel Tuesday afternoon.

“My lawyer has advised me to keep quiet, but I can’t stand by without saying anything with all that’s going on: officers beating citizens, suppressing free press, boycotting …

Shorthorn student athletes represent Marfa at state track meet

Shorthorn student athletes represent Marfa at state track meet

May 15th, 2014

Kendra Saenz

MARFA, AUSTIN – Though Marfa ISD student athletes Tim Flores, Amy Hernandez, Kiarra Petterson, Yasmine Guevara, and Kendra Saenz didn’t bring home

Amy Hernandez

the gold from the state track meet in Austin on Saturday, there are still plenty of reasons for the five Shorthorns to keep their heads high …

Newly-appointed Presidio County Auditor hits the ground running

Newly-appointed Presidio County Auditor hits the ground running

May 8th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

PRESIDIO COUNTY – “I’m here to be a resource,” Rick Herrman said to the Presidio County Commissioners Monday night.

The newly appointed Presidio County Auditor addressed commissioners and County Judge Paul Hunt during a special meeting on Monday, asserting he would work with the county officials to fix the county’s financial issues.

Marfa Shorthorns stampede to state track meet

Marfa Shorthorns stampede to state track meet

May 1st, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA, AUSTIN – Six Marfa Shorthorns braved the dusty, windy weather at the 1A-Division 2 Regional Track Meet in Levelland to earn spots at the State Championship Track Meet to be held in Austin on May 10.

(MARFA ISD photos)The Marfa Ladyhorn 4×400-meter relay team, from left, Kendra Saenz, Kiarra …

Retired teacher loses home in Monday blaze

Retired teacher loses home in Monday blaze

April 29th, 2014

(photo by BRAD NEWTON)Onlookers watch as Presidio firefighters battle the Monday blaze at the home of retired teacher Jesus Torres.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

PRESIDIO – The home of retired Presidio teacher and former Marfa resident Jesus “Chuy” Torres was destroyed Monday evening in a devastating house fire.

Torres, 77, was in the dwelling and on the …

Marfa ISD, county approve tax abatements for solar projects

Marfa ISD, county approve tax abatements for solar projects

April 24th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA, PRESIDIO – Marfa ISD trustees and Presidio County commissioners both voted this week to approve tax relief to SunPower, LLC and First Solar Inc. for their proposed developments east of Marfa.

Marfa ISD board members voted in favor 4-1 on Monday to approve agreements for limitations on appraised values for both projects, …

Celebrate Record Store Day at All That Music in El Paso

Celebrate Record Store Day at All That Music in El Paso

April 17th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

EL PASO – In the dying age of hard media, there’s always comfort in knowing that there are still those struggling against digital domination in print, music, and art.

On Saturday, the nation appreciates those in the music business keeping vinyl, compact discs, and cassettes on the rack for those who enjoy the …

Lights fest in doubt in city funding issue

Lights fest in doubt in city funding issue

April 10th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – The 2014 Marfa Lights Festival might be the last one hosted by the Marfa Chamber of Commerce unless the City of Marfa and the chamber can come to a funding agreement.

Chamber President Joe Williams spoke to the council at the March 27 meeting to request $25,000 per year from the …

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