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Presidio council agrees to animal disposal landfill fees

May 19th, 2016

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — The Presidio City Council unanimously agreed to raise the animal disposal fee at the city landfill during its regular meeting Thursday evening. The agreement comes after nearly six months of consideration and negotiations with local stockyard owners.

The new fee is a sliding scale: the first eight animals of the month will …

Tuesday is runoff elections

May 19th, 2016

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

sarah@bigbendnow.com

BREWSTER COUNTY – Voting for the sole runoff election in Brewster County is Tuesday, May 24.

From 7am to 7pm, Republican voters will decide between Ryan Skelton and incumbent Henry Ogletree for Constable Precinct 1.

Early voting ends on Friday, May 20. Voters in all precincts can vote during early voting from 8:30am to …

Marfa board approves more maintenance projects

May 19th, 2016

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

sarah@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Marfa ISD board of trustees approved another round of once-deferred maintenance projects at the May 16 meeting. The district is taking advantage of the students’ summer vacation to improve the campus infrastructure, based on recommendations from Robert Gadbois of Owners Building Resource.

After Superintendent Andrew Peters revealed the poor condition of …

Citizens suppress igniting flame in Brewster County

Citizens suppress igniting flame in Brewster County

May 19th, 2016

(BREWSTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE photo)A Brewster County fire crew surveys the area where good samaritans Randy Herring and Stanley Brokow used bottled water and their feet to supress a fire.

ALPINE – Randy Herring of San Angelo and Stanley Brokow of Mertzen were traveling along US 67 near the Corazon de Cristal Ranch in Brewster …

Corpus Christi pilot makes emergency landing near Alpine

Corpus Christi pilot makes emergency landing near Alpine

May 19th, 2016

(BREWSTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE photo) Corpus Christi pilot Mark Thomas’ plane sits in a field near Alpine after undertaking an emergency landing.

ALPINE – A small, single-engine airplane experiencing engine failure was forced to conduct an emergency landing near the City of Alpine Waste Water Treatment Plant, according to the Brewster County Sheriff’s Office Facebook …

Border Patrol agent injured in single-vehicle accident

May 19th, 2016

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – An early Tuesday morning roll-over about six miles east of Marfa left one Border Patrol agent injured, requiring a transport to the Odessa Medical Center with, what DPS Public Information Officer Trooper Moises Vasquez said were “incapacitating injuries.”

The accident occurred around 6am as the agent was traveling westbound on U.S. …

AEP line replacement ahead of schedule

AEP line replacement ahead of schedule

May 19th, 2016

(staff photo by ROBERT LOUIS HALPERN)AEP crews install the final metal pole on Wednesday at the corner of Oak and Spring streets.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – The electricity transmission company AEP is currently ahead of schedule on the Alamito – Marfa line project, having completed the installation of all 22 steel poles along the …

Montessori enrollment a success; superintendent weighs in on school finance ruling

Montessori enrollment a success; superintendent weighs in on school finance ruling

May 19th, 2016

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)From left, Mark Cash, Buddy Knight, and Teresa Villarreal Nuñez are sworn into office at Monday’s Marfa ISD School Board meeting.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

sarah@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – It was a brief but productive meeting as Marfa ISD board of trustees took care of business before the end of the 2015-2016 school …

Texas Secretary of State visits Presidio, Ojinaga

Texas Secretary of State visits Presidio, Ojinaga

May 19th, 2016

(staff photo by CAMERON DODD) (From left) State Senator Jose Rodriguez, Karina Rivera, TxDoT Engineer Robert Bielek, Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara, Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, Texas Transportation Commission Chair Tryon Lewis, Mayor John Ferguson and TxDoT Executive Director James Bass.

By CAMERON DODD

PRESIDIO — Cross-border infrastructure and trade were the main themes …

Summit seeks to empower Latinos

Summit seeks to empower Latinos

May 19th, 2016

(staff photos by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)District 29 State Senator José Rodríguez welcomes attendees of the State Senate Hispanic Caucus Latino/a Summit at El Paso Community College.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

EL PASO – El Paso Community College hosted a Texas State Senate Hispanic Caucus Latino summit on Saturday organized by District 6 state Sen. Sylvia Garcia …

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