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Appointments and a call for letters of interest at city council meeting

January 29th, 2015

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – At last week’s meeting, the city council voted to appoint three members, including two existing and one new member, to the Presidio Municipal Development District.

The city received a total of four letters of interest for three available positions within the PMDD. Current PMDD president Jake Giesbrecht and vice president Lorenzo Hernandez …

BCSO busts ring smuggling drugs into jail

January 29th, 2015

ALPINE – The Brewster County Sheriff’s Office has charged an Alpine woman and four prisoners in connection with allegedly smuggling drugs into the county jail, according to the sheriff’s office Facebook page.

On January 26, five individuals were served with arrest warrants for violating Texas Penal Code 38.11: Prohibited Substances and Items in Adult or Juvenile …

Alpine man indicted for murder in summer shooting

January 29th, 2015

Victim Reymundo Vega, left, suspect Alvino Gonzalez, right

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

ALPINE – A 29-year-old Alpine man, Alvino Gonzales, has been indicted by the Brewster County Grand Jury on two counts of first-degree murder in the July 15, 2014 shooting death of Alpine resident Reymundo Vega, according to court records.

Gonzales also faces two …

Hospital awaits hospital district’s vote on recruitment funds

January 29th, 2015

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

ALPINE – Big Bend Regional Medical Center will have to wait another month to find out whether the region’s only hospital will receive grant funds from the Big Bend Regional Hospital District to recruit an orthopedic surgeon.

At their first meeting in the new year, hospital district members voted to table the request …

Shopko could take over Alco locations

January 29th, 2015

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – Days before a bankrupt Alco shutters its doors, the store is a ghost of what it once was. The shelves that still hold merchandise are a hodgepodge of odds and ends – crew neck sweatshirts embroidered with Christmas designs, and picture frames at 80 percent off. But change could be just …

Pot busts fall as cocaine seizures rise in Big Bend region

January 29th, 2015

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

BIG BEND – Marijuana seizures in 2014 continued to fall for the fourth straight year as cocaine seizures have risen from 2013, bucking a downward trend beginning in 2011, according to Big Bend Sector U.S. Border Patrol data released by the United States Customs and Border Protection.

Border Patrol agents located in the …

Solar company granted abatement

January 29th, 2015

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

ALPINE – Big Bend Regional Hospital District board members voted unanimously to grant French solar company Solaire Holman I Inc. a 10-year property tax abatement on a planned solar farm located northeast of Alpine in Brewster County.

The abatement will give the company an 80 percent tax break to the company …

Border Patrol agents shoot, kill man who ran Sierra Blanca checkpoint

January 29th, 2015

SIERRA BLANCA – Big Bend/Marfa Sector U.S. Border Patrol agents shot and killed a man who had driven through the Sierra Blanca checkpoint without stopping for inspection last Thursday, Customs and Border Protection said.

On Thursday, at about 4:45pm Mountain Time, a driver pulled into the inspection lane at the U.S. Border Patrol’s Sierra Blanca checkpoint …

County judges meet on 83rd DA budget

County judges meet on 83rd DA budget

January 29th, 2015

Rod Ponton

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

FAR WEST TEXAS – County judges in the tri-county area are having discussions with Pecos County Judge Joe Shuster regarding the budget for 83rd District Attorney Rod Ponton.

Ponton mentioned in a Presidio County Commissioners Court meeting earlier this month that Pecos County was considering leaving his district, which …

Alpine residents honored at annual chamber banquet

January 22nd, 2015

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

ALPINE – The Alpine Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet and awards ceremony last Saturday at the Granada Theatre, where they announced the winners of the Benjamin Berkeley Award for Citizen of the Year, the Paul Forchheimer Award for Business Professional of the Year, and the Jim Francois Award for Student …

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