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Pumpco work spotted on Nopal Road

February 4th, 2016

Pumpco equipment at the intersection of Nopal Road and the South Orient rail line southeast of Marfa.

 

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA – A Caterpillar bulldozer sits alone at the entrance of Nopal Road and U.S. 67/90, about five miles east of Marfa. A sign on the machine reads “Pumpco, Inc.,” the name of the company …

Meet your constable and his family

February 4th, 2016

Steve Coker, center, with daugher Abigail, left, and wife Lorina, right

I think most of you already know me, my family, my work ethic, and my commitment to this position. For those who don’t, I am Steve Coker and I am your Constable, seeking to be re-elected.

I am a veteran law officer with …

Trailer purchased for Valentine resident in need

February 4th, 2016

Juan Estrada’s new trailer

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

VALENTINE – West Texas residents came through for a Valentine resident in need of new housing.

Juan Estrada

A new trailer was purchased for long-time resident Juan Estrada with fundraising initiated by Marfa resident Linda Aguilar. As a Big Bend Community Action Trax driver, Aguilar learned …

TxDOT hosts Marfa workshop for transit services

February 4th, 2016

MARFA – The Texas Department of Transportation will host a workshop for public transit services at 1pm Tuesday, February 9 at the Big Bend Community Action Agency conference room, 1412 W. Berlin in Marfa.

The workshop is free and open to the public and all residents interested in public transit are invited to attend.

City of Marfa to purchase new ambulance

February 4th, 2016

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Mayor Dan Dunlap will travel to Houston this month to order the new ambulance for the City of Marfa. The Marfa City Council unanimously approved the purchase, as well as the interlocal agreement with the Big Bend Regional Hospital District (BBRHD) at the January 28 meeting. The agreement …

One dead in collision during high-speed pursuit from Sierra Blanca checkpoint

February 4th, 2016

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

SIERRA BLANCA – When 41-year-old Kristin Robbin Stille and her 31-year-old husband Nicholas Cormac Saner began traveling east on Interstate 10 in a red 1986 Mercedes-Benz 5605L bearing Arizona plates, the events to unfold – a dramatic car chase involving U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents, a high-speed collision, the …

Presidio officials refute State Department warning

February 4th, 2016

PRESIDIO – Once again, the U.S. State Department’s travel warning to visitors interested in taking in the sights and sounds of Mexico has Presidio and Ojinaga residents seeing red, including Presidio Mayor John Ferguson and economic development Director Brad Newton.

The report states that travelers should “…exercise caution in traveling to […] the urban …

Marfa Housing Authority changes executive directors

Marfa Housing Authority changes executive directors

February 4th, 2016

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)Alma Cabezuela and Jesse Williams.

Cabezuela to retire

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – The new Marfa Housing Authority (MHA) executive director has big shoes to fill, but he says he is up for the task at hand.

Jesse Williams is currently training to replace outgoing director Alma Cabezuela, who …

Guilty of murder, jurors assess life sentence to killer

February 4th, 2016

From left, Rhonda Joy Bloom, Keith Allen McWilliams and Charles Levi Morrow

ALPINE – Keith Allen McWilliams, 50, of Terlingua Ranch was found guilty on a charge of first-degree murder in the October 30, 2014 slaying of Kilgore High School coach Walter “Trey” Cayce Sands III, a Brewster County jury decided on Monday. Jurors …

Big Bend National Park remains under alert as wildfire continues

February 4th, 2016

(Big Bend National Park photo)Charred cactus was left in the wake of the wildfire.

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK – A wildfire southeast of Panther Junction in Big Bend National Park continues to burn, leaving about 2,000 acres scorched since a power line felled by Monday evening’s high winds ignited the fire.

According to a …

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