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Marfa Meds continues during transition period

May 5th, 2016

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – The Marfa Meds program will still be in operation for the foreseeable future, according to Big Bend Regional Hospital District board member Allen Haley.

The Class H pharmacy, which was created by the Texas State Pharmacy Board in 2014, was enacted to fill the gap of a Class A pharmacy in …

West Texas site applies for nuke waste license

May 5th, 2016

By MARISA ENDICOTT, MEDILL NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON — A West Texas toxic waste storage facility is seeking a license to accept and store spent nuclear reactor fuel, much of it highly radioactive.

Waste Control Specialists, which operates a low-level nuclear waste dump in Andrews County, announced Thursday that it has applied for the license to build and …

State fire marshal to investigate three-truck fire at Bullet Transport

State fire marshal to investigate three-truck fire at Bullet Transport

May 5th, 2016

(PRESIDIO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE photo)Fire crews tend to flaming semi-trucks during Saturday’s fire at Bullet Transportation.

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — The Texas State Fire Marshal’s office will investigate a fire that engulfed three semi trucks Saturday evening at Bullet Transport Services Inc.

The City of Presidio Police Department is also investigating, but the city called in …

Presidio teacher’s aide charged with DWI, drug possession resigns

May 5th, 2016

PRESIDIO — A Presidio Elementary School teacher’s aide who was arrested near Van Horn on April 27 has resigned from the Presidio Independent School District.

Karla Garcia, 31, was pulled over by Texas highway patrol troopers in Culberson County, News West 9 reported last Wednesday evening. Garcia was charged with driving while intoxicated and possession of …

Presidio teachers charged with immigration felonies free on pretrial diversion

May 5th, 2016

PRESIDIO — Two Presidio educators charged in January with harboring a young Mexican national for personal gain have reached a pretrial diversion agreement with federal prosecutors. In lieu of standing trial, Senia and Jose “Pino” Armendariz will participate in an 18-month program of supervision.

Senia and Jose Armendariz, a wife and husband both employed by the …

Parks create $36 million in area economic benefits

Parks create $36 million in area economic benefits

May 5th, 2016

FAR WEST TEXAS – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that over 437,000 visitors to the two NPS units in the tri-county area in 2015 spent more than $36 million in communities near the parks. That spending supported 552 jobs in the local area.

“Big Bend National Park welcomes visitors from across the country …

Bridge protesters take grievances to Ojinaga council

April 28th, 2016

By DIANA AGUIRRE ARMENDARIZ

OJINAGA, CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO – During an Ojinaga council meeting Monday morning, 13 issues were brought to the attention of municipal and Customs authorities as a list of demands.

The three citizens who addressed the council were representing more than 200 protesters who had demonstrated in front of port facilities last …

One arrested, marijuana seized at Presidio port

April 28th, 2016

The seized marijuana

PRESIDIO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 283 pounds of marijuana Friday afternoon.

The drugs were hidden in both frame rails of a gooseneck trailer. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $225,000.

“Our officers are …

Equity Center enlightens area school districts on school finance

April 28th, 2016

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

FAR WEST TEXAS – The Marfa ISD school cafeteria was filled with 43 superintendents and board members from area schools for a town hall meeting about the school finance system on April 12. The Equity Center of Austin hosted the event to discuss the current school finance system and how …

Hospital district considers ending ties with Boon Chapman

April 28th, 2016

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – After a lengthy discussion at their regular meeting last Tuesday, Big Bend Regional Hospital District directors voted to table a measure until their next meeting to terminate their long-standing contract with third-party medical administrative firm Boon Chapman.

According to Boon Chapman president Steve Gauen, the company was …

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