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Communication breakdown in the county

August 27th, 2015

(staff photo by ROBERT HALPERN)The grant-funded vehicles are being stored at Vizcaino Park in Marfa.

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – The Presidio County Sheriff’s Office and the Commissioners’ Court have reached an impasse. Both entities acknowledge that mutual communication and cooperation are essential to the advancement and security of the county, …

County appraisal district board discusses budget, communication issues

August 27th, 2015

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – It would seem communication has been the topic du jour for Presidio County. The Presidio County Appraisal District (PCAD) discussed this year’s budget at a meeting that ran on for a momentous five hours, during which Marfa ISD’s Chief Financial Officer Victoria Sanchez raised concerns about the appraisal district’s …

City of Marfa’s property tax rate to stay the same

August 27th, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – The City of Marfa plans to adopt a property tax rate that essentially is the same as last year’s tax rate. There will be a public hearing at 6pm today, Thursday, August 27, at Marfa City Hall for citizens to address the proposed tax rate of 44.3 cents …

Coffield Park baseball field gets a facelift

August 27th, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Little League players won’t have to wait for the pitch until the sun goes down once the Coffield Park renovations are complete. A reconstruction of the baseball field is currently underway to bring it to regulation size and also reorient the direction of the field.

Marfa Parks and …

Marfa Public Radio to widen its range to Presidio

August 20th, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA, PRESIDIO – Marfa Public Radio plans to spread its coverage to the border as it recently won a construction permit in Presidio. In a nationwide Federal Communications Commission (FCC) auction, the NPR-member station was one of the 59 bidders that won one of 102 construction permits for a new …

The new little radio station in Valentine

August 20th, 2015

Brad Bernards at the helm of Valentine radio.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

VALENTINE – A new commercial radio station can now be heard on AM-1610, that’s if you’re between the two city limit signs of Valentine, 30 miles west of Marfa.

It’s an FCC-approved station broadcasted with a low power transmitter at …

Hospital district rejects Presidio County Health Services as designated clinic

August 20th, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

PRESIDIO COUNTY – Big Bend Regional Hospital District (BBRHD) board of directors rejected proposals to expand services with Presidio County Health Services (PCHS) and to name its clinics as the hospital district’s designated clinic in Presidio County.

PCHS Human Resources Director Cindy Esquivel presented at a previous meeting the proposal …

Presidio county, city may cede control of  international bridge to TxDoT

August 20th, 2015

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – Some six months after the Presidio International Port Authority (PIPA) was established, the board is contemplating disbanding.

At Monday’s PIPA meeting, the board approved a motion to terminate an existing contract for the Presidio International Bridge expansion project with S&B Infrastructure, Ltd., the consultant firm tasked with the design …

Alleged trespassing linked to proposed pipeline

August 20th, 2015

(photo by and courtesy of DEBRA SPRIGGS)James Spriggs with one of the survey stakes he found on his property.

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO COUNTY – Surveyors affiliated with the Trans Pecos Pipeline entered Debra Spriggs’ family ranch without permission. They say it was an accident, but Spriggs is not so sure. …

Presidio police investigating burglary, auto theft mini-spree

August 20th, 2015

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – The city has seen a recent upsurge in crime with two vehicles stolen and a burglary in the past two weeks.

A red Ford pickup truck was stolen from Park Boulevard two weeks ago. Then again, last Monday night, a city-owned vehicle that was also parked on Park Boulevard …

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