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Border Patrol agent negligently discharges firearm

August 28th, 2014

MARFA – A United States Border Patrol officer at the agency’s Big Bend Sector headquarters in Marfa negligently discharged a firearm on Monday, August 25. No injuries were reported.

There was initial concern that the errant bullet may have entered the El Cosmico hotel and campground property, which is adjacent to sector headquarters.

“I can confirm that …

Citizen input helps shape Alpine ordinance on public speech

August 28th, 2014

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

ALPINE – Alpine City Council members approved the first reading of a draft ordinance at their August 19 meeting that protects public comment during city meetings. The move comes after the council had initially approved a first draft of an ordinance that would have strictly limited such comments, which drew criticism from …

Election Tuesday for Fort Davis ISD proposed tax increase

August 28th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

FORT DAVIS – Voting for a Fort Davis ISD Tax Ratification Election will be from 7am to 7pm Tuesday, September 2, at the district’s administration building, across the street from the high school.

The public school district seeks to raise the school’s property tax from $1.04 per $100 valuation to $1.17 per $100 …

2015 Presidio County budget discussions begin

August 28th, 2014

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez, far right, reacts at the county commissioners meeting Tuesday, urging for “reasonable cuts” to the county’s budget.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

PRESIDIO – Presidio County Commissioners began discussions on the fiscal year 2015 budget at Tuesday’s meeting in Presidio.

Though the proposed budget is scheduled …

Courthouse issues aplenty at county meeting

August 28th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

PRESIDIO – The Texas Department of Public Safety’s office in the Presidio County Courthouse proved contentious as the Presidio County Commissioners’ Court tackled multiple issues regarding courthouse’s facilities.

The DPS office, which currently occupies space on the 2nd floor, will soon be moved to an as-yet-decided location, which will more than likely be …

Marfa ISD adopts first balanced budget in six years

Marfa ISD adopts first balanced budget in six years

August 28th, 2014

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)Marfa High School senior David Acosta paints his name on the street in front of the high school building on Sunday, part of a Marfa ISD tradition for incoming seniors. Marfa ISD reported that they welcomed a total 347 students on Monday, the first day of the …

Flint indicted for Glenn Felts’ death

August 21st, 2014

(photo via Facebook)Tony Flint

BREWSTER COUNTY – Tony Flint has been indicted for the death of La Kiva Bar owner Glenn Felts, according to the Brewster County’s Facebook page. Felts’ body was discovered on February 4, Tuesday morning, in front of the bar in Terlingua. It appeared he suffered from a blunt trauma.

The Brewster …

Fort Davis ISD asks Jeff County residents to raise property tax rate

August 21st, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

FORT DAVIS – Fort Davis ISD is again asking Jeff Davis County residents to raise the school’s property tax from $1.04 per $100 valuation to $1.17, an additional 13 cents, to bring in more revenue to the school district.

The fate of the initiative will be decided through a Tax Ratification Election (TRE) …

Marfa ISD teachers, administrators, staff welcome students back on Monday

August 21st, 2014

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

MARFA – Marfa ISD teachers, staff, and administrators will welcome students back for the 2014-2015 academic year beginning at 8:10am on Monday, giving students an extra five minutes to sleep before hitting that snooze button.

The school will continue to operate its same two-route bus lines, beginning at 7:15am.

Breakfast will be served to …

Marfa water project on track for September completion

August 21st, 2014

(Sentinel staff photo)The Dean and Oak streets intersection has been closed almost a month.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA – The City of Marfa’s continuing water project is over halfway complete as city workers add shutoff valves to various water lines throughout town.

The addition of the valves, according to City Administrator Jim Mustard, will …

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