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City Council meeting ushers new city appointments

November 20th, 2014

(staff photo by SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN)Philip Aguilar takes the oath of office as the new Presidio City Council member.

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – Last week’s city council meeting was a productive one for the city of Presidio, as several city vacancies were filled, including the position of a temporary city council member …

Activists urge action on immigration reform ahead of President Obama’s announcement

November 20th, 2014

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

EL PASO – President Barack Obama is expected to announce tonight that he will use his executive authority to expand protections, temporarily, to millions of immigrants living in the United States. The executive order, the details of which have been discussed by White House officials briefed on the action, could possibly extend …

Parks department seeks regulation Little League baseball field

November 20th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA – The Marfa Parks and Recreation Department has been busy finalizing plans to complete the Coffield Park project.

The project, which Marfa Mayor and Parks Department president Dan Dunlap says has been in the works for nearly a decade, is well underway as the department gets ready to call for bids for …

Autopsy confirms body is Mary Broughton

November 20th, 2014

Mary Elizabeth Broughton

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

BREWSTER COUNTY – Autopsy results have confirmed the body found on the Terlingua Ranch property belonging to Judith Broughton is that of the jailed woman’s mother, Mary Elizabeth Broughton, Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson said this week.

The results, however, did not include a cause of death for …

Marfa clinic project nears completion

November 20th, 2014

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)A Benning Construction crew prepares the Marfa Community Health Clinic for a new driveway, which is part of the clinic’s expansion project that will also include interior rennovations.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA – “The expansion is coming along well and is on target for completion,” said Presidio County …

Presidio-OJ bridge project public meeting today in Presidio

November 20th, 2014

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA) Presidio Port of Entry

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – Presidio County and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will conduct their second public meeting for the Presidio-Ojinaga International Port of Entry Project to be held from 5-7pm today at the Presidio Activity Center gym.

The meeting will provide information …

Brewster County election canvass: Staton county treasurer

November 20th, 2014

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

BREWSTER COUNTY – When Brewster County Commissioners completed and approved the canvass for the November 4 general election on Tuesday, it was Republican Ruth Staton who won the countywide race for treasurer, not Democratic Party appointed incumbent Della Shackelford. The canvass revealed errors in the election night tally.

The official results show that …

Big Bend Home Health to close

November 20th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

ALPINE – Big Bend Home Health will close its doors after 30 years of service to Alpine and the Big Bend area, home health Administrator Doug Beckwith confirmed late Wednesday.

Though no firm date has been cemented for closure, parent company Community Health Systems Inc. – which also owns and operates Big Bend …

Coyanosa-to-Presidio pipeline a divisive issue for West Texas residents

November 20th, 2014

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

FAR WEST TEXAS – “The Presidio pipeline is the cornerstone to new development of Presidio,” said Brad Newton, executive director of the Presidio Municipal Development District. Like Newton, many residents concerned with business development in the financially struggling city of Presidio see the proposed natural gas pipeline as an opportunity. But there …

Mexico’s Mennonites: An oasis grows in Chihuahua

Mexico’s Mennonites: An oasis grows in Chihuahua

November 20th, 2014

(staff photos by ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN)El Oasis colony president, Peter Rempel, stands in a chili pepper field, one of many vast fields where produce is grown and shipped across the globe.

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

In September, The International and The Big Bend Sentinel took a look at Mexico’s thriving Mennonite community, spanning the state …

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