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Arrest made in death of Felts

Arrest made in death of Felts

February 4th, 2014

(photo by and courtesy of VONI GLAVES)Glenn Felts

By ROBERT L. HALPERN

BREWSTER COUNTY –  A 37-year-old south Brewster County man was arrested Tuesday evening in connection with the death of La Kiva bar and restaurant owner Glenn Felts of Terlingua, the 83rd District Attorney’s office said Tuesday night.

Tony Flint, a river guide, was …

Presidio County Democratic candidates address county issues in public forum

Presidio County Democratic candidates address county issues in public forum

January 30th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Six candidates running for office in the March 4 primary election sat in the hot seats Monday night as Presidio County Democratic Party Chair Buck Johnston asked each one questions pertaining to the office they are seeking. The dim lighting in the Highland Annex gave the forum more of an …

JP candidate indicted on two felony charges – UPDATE

JP candidate indicted on two felony charges – UPDATE

January 21st, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA – Presidio County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace candidate Luis Bobby Pippen was indicted by the Presidio County Grand Jury last week on one state jail felony count of evading arrest and one third degree felony count of assault against a public servant.

The charges stem from a March 4, 2013 …

City’s contract with sheriff’s office won’t have oversight committee

City’s contract with sheriff’s office won’t have oversight committee

January 16th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA – Marfa City Council members voted 2-1 Tuesday to delete a four-person sheriff’s department oversight committee in its 2014 Interlocal Cooperation Agreement for Law Enforcement Services with Presidio County.

The obligation, written in the original contract when the City of Marfa dissolved the municipal police force and contracted for law enforcement services …

Shafter mine employees let go after company suspends operations

Shafter mine employees let go after company suspends operations

January 9th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

SHAFTER – The Shafter silver mine has been placed on “care and maintenance” and ceased operations in late December, leaving more than 100 persons out of work and hefty outstanding property tax payments to the Presidio Independent School District and Presidio County.

According to a news release from Aurcana Corporation, its board of …

Presidio County hospital district directors say no to Alpine nursing home

Presidio County hospital district directors say no to Alpine nursing home

December 19th, 2013

By BRYON GARRISON

ALPINE – The two Presidio County directors on the Big Bend Regional Hospital District panel Tuesday evening voted against a service contract with Jim McDonald to lead a district effort to build a nursing home and palliative care facility in Alpine, effectively putting a stop to the initiative.

The board split along county lines, …

Proposed ordinance to limit alcohol sales gets lukewarm reception

Proposed ordinance to limit alcohol sales gets lukewarm reception

December 12th, 2013

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA – Marfa was abuzz Tuesday in anticipation of the Marfa City Council meeting, which included a discussion-only item regarding the possibility of a 300-foot buffer zone from a church or school and businesses “selling alcohol and other types of business (sic).”

The agenda drew interest on a Marfalist post, drawing a response …

Blackouts continue in far reaches of Big Bend region

Blackouts continue in far reaches of Big Bend region

December 5th, 2013

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

SOUTH PRESIDIO COUNTY – Though it has been over two weeks since the winter storm blew through the region, blanketing some areas in as much as three inches of ice, some residents of south Presidio County are still in the dark.

A Rio Grande Electric Cooperative, Inc. (RGECO) pole and …

More customers getting back on the grid; pole crew arrives in Marfa

More customers getting back on the grid; pole crew arrives in Marfa

November 29th, 2013

FAR WEST TEXAS – AEP Texas crews made significant progress on Thanksgiving Day in reducing the number of remaining outages in Far West Texas in the aftermath of the last weekend’s ice storm, according to an AEP news release.

A truckload of power poles arrived in Marfa Friday. (staff photo by ROBERT HALPERN)

As …

Almost 1,000 customers still without electricity

Almost 1,000 customers still without electricity

November 27th, 2013

FAR WEST TEXAS – AEP Texas crews made significant progress on Tuesday in efforts to restore electric service to areas of Far West Texas hit by last weekend’s ice storm, according to an AEP news release.

Crews are now focusing on pockets of outages in very remote areas where rough terrain makes their efforts very treacherous. …

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