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$2 million in meth seized at Presidio port: record bust for port officers

$2 million in meth seized at Presidio port: record bust for port officers

January 13th, 2017

(CBP photos) U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized 61 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in two busts on Wednesday and Thursday. Customs seized 38 pounds of the narcotic in the first bust.

PRESIDIO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized a total …

Native activist, locals encamp for Standing Rock-style pipeline resistance

Native activist, locals encamp for Standing Rock-style pipeline resistance

January 12th, 2017

(staff photo by CAMERON DODD)Society of Native Nations member Madelein Santibáñez helps to prepare an area of the Two Rivers Camp for the lighting of the “sacred fire” Sunday afternoon.

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO COUNTY — On a ranch deep in interior Presidio County, Madelein Santibáñez rakes brush from around a pit dug several feet deep …

Sheriff denies “cross border violence” in Candelaria shooting

Sheriff denies “cross border violence” in Candelaria shooting

January 9th, 2017

Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez during the investigation on Saturday. (Presidio County Sheriff’s Office photo)

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO COUNTY — A late-night shootout with an unknown attacker or attackers, potentially from Mexico; an attempted RV theft or kidnapping; two men wounded as result of lax border security. This is part of a dramatic narrative circulating …

Activists arrested near Shafter in second anti-pipeline protest action

Activists arrested near Shafter in second anti-pipeline protest action

January 7th, 2017

(staff photos by CAMERON DODD) Society of Native Nations member Jakki Hagans attempts to block construction on the Trans-Pecos Pipeline Saturday morning. She and activist Mark Glover of Alpine were arrested for criminal trespassing by the Presidio County Sheriff’s Department.

 

By CAMERON DODD

PRESIDIO COUNTY — Two activists were arrested Saturday morning during a …

UT Medical students bring healthcare to the border

UT Medical students bring healthcare to the border

December 21st, 2016

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

CANDELARIA — One of Presidio County’s most remote, rural and impoverished communities is building bridges that could bring them more accessible healthcare resources.

Candelaria was visited on Sunday by 15 students with the University of Texas Medical Branch and a student-run group Frontera De Salud. For several hours the Santa Teresa de Jesus …

Citing safety concerns, FAA closes Marfa airport to medium, large aircraft

Citing safety concerns, FAA closes Marfa airport to medium, large aircraft

December 15th, 2016

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)Multiple jets landed at the Marfa Municipal Airport for the opening of Chinati’s Robert Irwin installation this summer. Marfa’s tourism relies heavily on the airport, which sees many planes land during peak tourist season as well as throughout the year.

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO COUNTY — The …

Solar-powered electricity-generating facility under way in Brewster County

Solar-powered electricity-generating facility under way in Brewster County

December 15th, 2016

(photo courtesy of SOLAIRDIRECT) A large array of solar panels is in place in Solairedirect’s plant east of Alpine. About 150 workers are on the scene and about half of the 600 truckloads of panels and equipment have been delivered.

By JIM STREET

ALPINE – Work is well under way on what will be the “largest …

Despite minor setbacks, pipeline drilling continues under Rio Grande

Despite minor setbacks, pipeline drilling continues under Rio Grande

December 8th, 2016

(Trans-Pecos Pipeline photo)Contractors for the Trans-Pecos Pipeline’s Presidio Crossing Project clean up after drilling mud spilled outside of their designated work area last week.

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO COUNTY — As activists in Alpine continue protesting construction of the 143-mile Trans-Pecos Pipeline, drilling beneath the Rio Grande near is underway.

According to bi-weekly status updates filed …

Pipeline protesters arrested in early morning incident

Pipeline protesters arrested in early morning incident

December 6th, 2016

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)Brewster County Deputies cut a chain around Defend Big Bend Organizer Lori Glover’s neck before her arrest Tuesday morning.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

ALPINE – Two Big Bend Defense Coalition protesters were arrested by Brewster County Sheriff’s Office deputies in the early hours Tuesday morning on misdemeanor trespass charges for chaining …

Marfa designer’s clothes hit the racks worldwide

Marfa designer’s clothes hit the racks worldwide

December 1st, 2016

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)Designer Ashley Rowe at her Lumberyard studio.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – For the past two years, Marfa-based designer Ashley Rowe has been developing her clothing line, taking it from a small, locally sold brand to an internationally renown imprint that is available in four countries on three continents.

“Part of …

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