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Elected officials set January oath-of-office ceremonies

December 17th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

FAR WEST TEXAS – Newly elected and re-elected officials for Presidio and Jeff Davis counties will be sworn into their new offices at the beginning of the new year.

The Presidio County officials’ swearing-in ceremony is 10:30am Friday, January 2, 2015 at the Presidio County Courthouse in Marfa.

Those taking office this year will …

Quaids want their passports back

December 17th, 2014

CANADA – Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi sued the U.S. Department of State on Monday, demanding their passports back and claiming they are stranded in Canada without them, according to Courthouse News.

The Quaids, who lived in Marfa in 2009, claim in federal court that the State Department revoked their passports on Dec. 12, …

Mexico’s Mennonites: What happens when the water runs out

Mexico’s Mennonites: What happens when the water runs out

December 17th, 2014

(staff photos by ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN)David Wall, a mechanic, works on a fire truck in the community of El Oasis. Almost every Mennonite community has it’s own volunteer fire department, which utilizes groundwater reserves to battle crop blazes throughout the fire season and during emergencies.

In September, Big Bend Now took a look at …

Appraisal district moves forward with technology

December 17th, 2014

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – At last week’s Presidio County Appraisal District meeting, the board made a motion to accept two proposals for a new computer-assisted mass appraisal and information systems.

Pending approval from their legal department, the PCAD will implement the new system provided by Harris True Automation in the new year. The new computer-assisted …

Border Patrol agent fired upon, fires back

Border Patrol agent fired upon, fires back

December 17th, 2014

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

HUDSPETH COUNTY – A U.S. Border Patrol officer was fired upon on Sunday, December 14 while making a traffic stop near Sierra Blanca. The officer was not injured and did shoot back with his service firearm.

According to a brief statement from Border Patrol, the incident occurred at about 7:30am Mountain time on …

Brewster County tax rollback election coming in early January

December 17th, 2014

Early voting begins December 29

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

BREWSTER COUNTY – The date for Brewster County’s property tax rollback election has been set for Tuesday, January 13.

County voters will go to the polls to decide whether or not to lower the county tax rate that was adopted by county commissioners in late August, which is above …

Solutions sought in Marfa EMS coverage

Solutions sought in Marfa EMS coverage

December 17th, 2014

Marfa ISD students learn CPR

 By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Marfa ISD and the City of Marfa appear to be addressing a city emergency service issue after the tragic death of Marfa freshman Andrew Madrid in early October.

MHS juniors and seniors became certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) Wednesday morning during a class at school. Alpine ISD …

Gallego says adios to public service, for now

Gallego says adios to public service, for now

December 17th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

WASHINGTON, DC – “I have been phenomenally blessed, and it has been an incredible experience serving the people of the 23rd District,” said outgoing U.S. Representative Pete P. Gallego of Alpine. “I went from the kitchen of the Green Café to the Halls of Congress. I’m really living the American Dream. This …

Former Terlingua resident rejects final plea deal in murder case

Former Terlingua resident rejects final plea deal in murder case

December 12th, 2014

Tony Flint

 

(photo by and courtesy of VONI GLAVES)Glenn Felts

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

ALPINE – Former Terlingua resident Tony Flint stood before 394th State Judicial District Judge Roy Ferguson on Friday morning for his final pre-trial hearing on a first-degree murder charge.

Flint, who stands accused of the February 4 beating death …

Fire takes down Presidio home as firefighters struggle with low volunteer numbers

December 11th, 2014

(photo by and courtesy of NATASCHA HARRIS)A fire destroys a home in Presidio this past weekend.

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – A Presidio home burned to the ground last Saturday. Owner of the house Luis Perraza, his wife and two teenage children were able to escape the blaze unscathed, but the house and …

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