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MISD looks into revamping kindergarten, 1st grade report cards

September 18th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Parents with students enrolled in kindergarten and first grade might see a new, and hopefully easier, but more in-depth way to explain their child’s progress at Marfa ISD. Superintendent Andrew Peters, Principal Mary Paul, and kindergarten teacher Sheri Eppenauer shared the idea they and the first-grade teachers have initiated to …

Funds approved for hospital’s new OB/GYN

September 18th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA – Big Bend Regional Hospital District board members voted unanimously last Wednesday to approve the Intergovernmental Transfer for the Obstetrics and Gynecological provider at the Big Bend Regional Medical Center.

The transfer of $120,000, which had been granted to the hospital at a previous hospital district meeting, will receive a match of …

Dispelling border negativity myths key to economic development

September 18th, 2014

(photo by ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN)Attending the bi-national border conference, included, from left, Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar, New York Congressman Bill Owens, Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro and Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke.

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

EL PASO – Federal and state border representatives at a bi-national conference in El Paso on Friday said that in …

Rain continues to fill Mexican reservoirs

September 18th, 2014

(staff photo by SASHA VON OLDERSHAUSEN)The Rio Grande levels runs high on Wednesday, September 17 near Presidio.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

SOUTH PRESIDIO COUNTY – River levels have continued to be in flux as rains persist in northern Chihuahua state in Mexico, feeding the Rio Conchos and the Rio Grande along the border in …

Marfa ISD approves lower property tax rate for 2014

September 18th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Marfa ISD board of trustees voted for a $1.24 per $100 valuation property tax rate for 2014. The new tax rate determined at the September 15 board meeting is broken down to $1.04 for Maintenance and Operations (M&O) and 20 cents for Interest and Sinking (I&S), or the debt service.

Under …

Marfa water project nears completion

September 18th, 2014

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)City of Marfa Utility Department crew members install new water pipe along Austin Street this week. Crews will continue working on the project through October.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA – The City of Marfa water pipe replacement project is still underway as crews have begun digging along Austin …

Permaculture expert to lecture on making the most of rare rains

September 18th, 2014

Brad Lancaster

 

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

ALPINE, MARFA – “The basic gist is trying to show how to make the most of what we have in abundance: free, high-quality water,” drylands permaculture designer and educator Brad Lancaster said of his upcoming lectures and workshops in Alpine and Marfa.

Lancaster, who has traveled extensively speaking on …

Commissioners’ Court approves land sale to state

September 18th, 2014

By SASHA VON OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Presidio County Commissioners’ Court moved forward with the sale of a 40-acre land parcel to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), which plans to use the land as a means of public access to the Chinati Mountains State Natural Area.

The nearly 40,000 acres that …

Area senators concerned about voter disenfranchisement

September 18th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

FAR WEST TEXAS – Far West Texas Senators Jose Rodriguez and Carlos Uresti are pushing to provide more available options in the tri-county area for voters to obtain the required documentation needed to vote.

The Texas Tribune reports Rodriguez and Uresti were two of 10 Democratic senators who requested the office of Secretary …

New Presidio-based reporter joins International and Sentinel staff

September 18th, 2014

Sasha von Oldershausen

FAR WEST TEXAS – Sasha von Oldershausen has joined the team at The Presidio International and Big Bend Sentinel as the newspapers’ Presidio-based reporter and its digital news presence, bigbendnow.com.

She hails from New York City, where she’s spent most of her life, but has a secret fondness for wide-open spaces. …

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