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Ex-sheriff wants life sentence reduced to 30 years

Ex-sheriff wants life sentence reduced to 30 years

July 30th, 2015

Rick Thompson, former Presidio County sheriff

 

By ROBERT HALPERN

MARFA – Former Presidio County Sheriff Rick Thompson is serving a life sentence in federal prison for smuggling more than a ton of cocaine into Texas from Mexico, and now he has asked the court to reduce his sentence to 30 years.

In a motion filed …

It’s time for county to remedy accounting, compliance issues

It’s time for county to remedy accounting, compliance issues

July 30th, 2015

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez and Chief Deputy Joel Nuñez present documents regarding the Stonegarden grant at the Presidio International newspaper office last week.

By ROSARIO and ROBERT HALPERN

An analysis

PRESIDIO COUNTY – A $1.3 million federal law enforcement grant is waiting for use by the Presidio …

Local, state officials brace for Presidio’s future

July 30th, 2015

Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara and state Sen. Jose Rodriguez.(staff photo byDIANA AGUIRRE ARMENDARIZ)

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – It was a communion of many different kinds of hats. Local officials, Customs and Border Patrol agents, businessmen and cattle ranchers gathered at the Presidio Lely International Airport on Tuesday morning to …

Pipeline project under federal examination

July 30th, 2015

(staff photo by ROBERT HALPERN)A sign points to the Energy Transfer Partners compressor station at the Waha hub near Coyanosa. ETP plans to build a 42-inch natural gas pipeline 143 miles from there to near Presidio and Ojinaga.

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO COUNTY – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has agreed …

Grant audit front and center at county meeting

July 30th, 2015

Presidio County Chief Deputy Joel Nuñez addresses the Commissioners Court in Presidio.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

PRESIDIO COUNTY – Issues regarding the Operation Stonegarden grant and audit came to a head at the Presidio County Commissioners’ Court meeting Tuesday in Presidio.

Chief Deputy Joel Nuñez addressed the court during public comments about …

Marfa Meds closed for now, may be permanent

July 23rd, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

PRESIDIO COUNTY – Big Bend Regional Hospital District has temporary closed the Marfa Meds program, and Executive Director Maria O’Bryant said the program will likely suspend operations once a new pharmacy comes to Presidio County.

Marfa Meds is currently closed due to the resignations of Pharmacist David King and Pharmacy …

PISD reorganizes personnel, softball coach resigns

July 23rd, 2015

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – The sudden removal of three Presidio ISD staff members from their current posts came as a surprise to many, and sparked outcry from some.

News that PISD’s varsity softball coach Joel Pardo, athletic director Jose “Pino” Armendariz, and assistant principal Arturo Alferez would not return to their posts …

Demolition begins at Marfa Villa Apartments

July 23rd, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Demolition began this week for the Marfa Villa Apartments destroyed by fire.

Apartment manager Linda Heitman said it will take two to three weeks to tear down the building, but it’s up in the air when the construction will begin. The goal is to have the building, that …

Finally, a pharmacy for Presidio

July 23rd, 2015

Mario Juarez

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – Mario Juarez, the owner of City Drug of Alpine, recalls spending his childhood summers with his grandparents in Presidio.

“Back then, there was no pharmacy and we had a veterinarian who was our medical doctor,” Juarez said. “If somebody needed stitches, he stitched us …

Mexican farmers brace for pipeline

Mexican farmers brace for pipeline

July 23rd, 2015

(staff photo by SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN)Members of ejido “El Paradero” gather with Mexican pipeline representatives, sitting against wall, to discuss logistics surrounding the process of constructing a pipeline through their land just outside of Ojinaga.

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

OJINAGA, Chihuahua, Mexico – The Trans Pecos Pipeline saga has pegged those …

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