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No appointment made to vacant city council seat

April 17th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

PRESIDIO – Presidio City Council members met last Thursday with their first quorum being met in three months. Prior city council meetings had been canceled due to a vacancy on the board, as well as an illness that had left the council without a quorum. With a vacancy, a super majority is …

Marfa school board to consider solar plant tax abatements Monday

April 17th, 2014

MARFA – Marfa school board members are expected to consider property tax abatements for two commercial solar-powered electricity-generating operations seeking to locate in northern Presidio County – one near Marfa – when trustees meet Monday.

While there won’t be a formal public hearing, residents will be given the opportunity to state their views on the issue …

Property reappraisals now expected May 1

Property reappraisals now expected May 1

April 17th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

PRESIDIO COUNTY – The preliminary figures for the countywide reappraisal will be ready on May 1, according to the Presidio County Appraisal District office.

 

(staff photo by SARAH M. VAQUEZ)Richard Petree, the appraiser consultant for the Presidio County Appraisal District, rides a segeway in downtown Marfa to conduct on-site property …

Gallego recovers $2.5 million for 23rd District of Texas constituents

April 17th, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Pete P. Gallego, D-Alpine, has recovered more than $2.5 million for constituents of 23rd District of Texas from various federal agencies.

Gallego reached this landmark achievement one month ahead of goal. He and staff work with constituents to recover federal funds owed to them by communicating with federal agencies and departments …

Participation rises at Presidio County Fair in Marfa

April 17th, 2014

PRESIDIO COUNTY – From pecan pies to quilts and buckles to boot-scooting, last Saturday’s Presidio County Fair was an all-around blast for participants and visitors alike.

“We had lots of visitors and a great deal of interest in the different contests,” said Sterry Butcher, of the Presidio County 4H Parent Leaders Association, which sponsored the fair. …

Gallego questions ag secretary on Presidio/OJ cattle crossing closure

April 17th, 2014

PRESIDIO, WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a House Agriculture Committee hearing on April 3, U.S. Rep. Pete P. Gallego, D-Alpine, asked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack questions about the shutdown of a USDA inspection station in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico, across the Rio Grande from Presidio.

In the past, the USDA has provided inconsistent responses on the …

Livingston pleads guilty, sentenced to probation and restitution

April 17th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA – Former Presidio County Abstract Co. owner Marla Livingston waived her upcoming April 28 jury trial and pleaded guilty to one count of Misapplication of Fiduciary Property, one count of Forgery, and one count of Theft, all criminal felony charges, on Monday, April 14. The action came during a 394th State …

Marfa Country Clinic denied grant for uncompensated care

April 17th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

ALPINE – Big Bend Hospital District (BBRHD) board members denied a request from Marfa Country Clinic in grant funds for t for uncompensated care with a vote of 3-1 at their Tuesday meeting in Alpine. Presidio County District 1 member Laura Brugette, Marfa, was the sole vote against the motion to deny …

Presidio audit still in progress one year late

April 17th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

PRESIDIO – The City of Presidio didn’t take action at last Thursday’s meeting regarding the 2012 audit.

An agenda item to adjourn into executive session to consult with City Attorney Steve Spurgin about the audit was tabled until the next city meeting.

City officials have been unavailable to comment regarding the audit, which was …

Management changes at Holland Hotel, Century Bar, Maverick Inn

April 17th, 2014

ALPINE – Mark Spring, General Manager for Holland Investors, which includes The Maverick Inn, Century Bar and Grill, and The Holland Hotel, has announced his resignation to pursue personal goals in Montana. Spring has been a manager in different capacities since January 2012.

In moving forward, many changes have been made with more in progress, including …

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