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Shafter mine settles lawsuit, agrees to pay taxes owed

Shafter mine settles lawsuit, agrees to pay taxes owed

July 7th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

PRESIDIO COUNTY – The handshake agreement between the Presidio County Appraisal District (PCAD) and Rio Grande Mining Company is now official. The two entities have been in ligation since Rio Grande Mining sued PCAD last September over its 2013 appraisal for the Shafter silver mine, stating the value was “excessive and unlawful.”

PCAD …

Residents plea to keep the frack out of Alpine

Residents plea to keep the frack out of Alpine

July 3rd, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

ALPINE – The Alpine Civic Center’s parking lot began to fill around 6pm Tuesday evening, which usually signals the occurrence of a dance or wedding party.

This week, however, the vehicles lining both sides of North 13th Street and clogging the dirt lot behind the building belonged to Alpine residents attending the Alpine …

New county office tasked with balancing budget

New county office tasked with balancing budget

June 26th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

PRESIDIO – Presidio County commissioners voted unanimously in favor of implementing the office of Operating Management and Budget (OMB) at their Tuesday meeting at the behest of County Auditor Rick Herrman.

The office, which was established in 2012 by commissioners at the request of Presidio County Judge Paul Hunt but was never filled, …

¡La victoria!

¡La victoria!

June 19th, 2014

The two-year battle to reopen Ojinaga station is over

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

PRESIDIO – U.S. Representative Pete P. Gallego’s office contacted The Big Bend Sentinel and Presidio International this week to announce the long-awaited reopening of the cattle inspection station in Ojinaga on Monday.

(photo by ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN)Salvador Baeza, left, and Dr. Jesus …

William L. Kibler named sole finalist in Sul Ross Presidential Search

William L. Kibler named sole finalist in Sul Ross Presidential Search

June 16th, 2014

William Kibler

ALPINE – Texas State University System Chancellor Brian McCall named William L. Kibler, Ph.D., sole finalist in the Sul Ross State University presidential search. Dr. Kibler, currently vice president for student affairs at Mississippi State University, was selected from a field of nearly 40 candidates who applied or were nominated for …

Water conservation plan adopted at Marfa city meeting

Water conservation plan adopted at Marfa city meeting

June 12th, 2014

Marfa water consumption low

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA – Marfa residents should expect at least four more water shut-offs this summer, City Administrator Jim Mustard announced during his report at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

The shut-offs will occur as the city’s water project, which includes replacing pipe and fitting shut-off valves to the water system, continues.

The project …

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 …

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