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Property tax installment plan available for homeowners over 65

October 23rd, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

PRESIDIO COUNTY – Presidio County homeowners over the age of 65 can pay their property tax bill in four payment installments without penalty or interest charges.

According to “Property Tax Basics” available on the Texas Comptroller’s website, if a homeowner qualifies for a homestead exception and is over 65 years old, they can …

Trial set for Waco artist accused of Prada Marfa vandalism

October 23rd, 2014

Joe Magano

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA 

FORT DAVIS – Waco Artist Joseph Magnano, A.K.A. 9271977, who gained notoriety for his alleged “appropriation” of the Prada Marfa installation on March 9, will face the jury at the Jeff Davis County courthouse on Tuesday, November 18 on two state jail felony charges of criminal mischief.

Magnano was …

UFO Border Zone Festival, Dude of the Dead kick off this weekend

October 23rd, 2014

(photos by BRAD NEWTON) EBE GEBE welcomes earthlings to Presidio.

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO — The UFO Border Zone Festival is finally upon us and this year, it coincides with the Dude of the Dead music festival. Both festivals kick off Friday, October 24.

The Dude of the Dead festival, which will take place …

Marfa ISD to raise requirements for valedictorian and salutatorian

October 23rd, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Marfa High School freshman eying the valedictorian or salutatorian honors might have to add more classes to their workload. Marfa ISD Board of Trustees discussed changing the requirements to determine class ranking and valedictorian and salutatorian effective 2016.

Students under the current graduation requirements under House Bill 5 must have at …

Trial of Marfa man accused of assaulting infant begins Monday

October 23rd, 2014

Christian Lara

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA – The trial of Marfa man Christian Lara, accused of a first-degree felony injury to a child charge, begins Monday, October 29, with jury selection at 9am at the Presidio County courthouse in Marfa.

Evidence in the case will be presented in the following two days.

Alpine attorney Kirk …

Early voting continues, IDs required

October 23rd, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

FAR WEST TEXAS – Early voting continues this week for the November 4 general election that will determine Texas’ new governor between Democratic candidate Wendy Davis and Republican candidate Greg Abbott.

Voters are required to bring appropriate photo identification, which includes a state-issued driver license, personal identification card, Election Identification Certificate (EIC), concealed …

Polls opened Monday in ‘Somewhere County, Texas’

October 23rd, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

PRESIDIO COUNTY – Some Presidio County early voters noticed a strange typographical error on their ballots when the polls opened on Monday morning.

Though the names of all local and state candidates in the general election were correct and present, the top of the ballot – where the biggest type was located – …

The quest to follow a disappearing river

The quest to follow a disappearing river

October 23rd, 2014

(staff photo by SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN)Colin McDonald and an expedition of eight others traversed nearly 40 miles of the Rio Grande from La Junta to south of the Hoodoos Trailhead on Sunday.

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO COUNTY – “I’m following the Rio Grande toward the sea – mostly by foot, kayak or canoe,” …

Terlingua woman sentenced to maximum sentence in social security fraud case

Terlingua woman sentenced to maximum sentence in social security fraud case

October 21st, 2014

PECOS, TERLINGUA – United States District Judge Robert A. Junell sentenced a 49-year old Terlinga woman to the statutory maximum of ten years in federal prison on Friday, October 17, for stealing over $245,000 in Social Security benefits paid to her deceased father announced Robert Pitman, United States Attorney.

Judith Maria Broughton

In addition …

Las votaciones anticipadas comienzan el lunes

October 16th, 2014

Por SARAH M. VASQUEZ

LEJANO OESTE DE TEXAS – Las votaciones anticipadas comienzan el lunes, 20 de octubre, para las elecciones generales del 4 de noviembre que determinarán el nuevo gobernador de Texas entre la demócrata Wendy Davis y el republicano Greg Abbot, así como otros funcionarios públicos en los Condados de Presidio, Jeff Davis y …

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