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Texas lawmakers differ on Syria campaign

October 2nd, 2014

U.S. Rep. Pete P. Gallego, D-Alpine, questions U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel during a House Services Committee hearing on combating the Islamist State.

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

WASHINGTON, DC – The United States and allies from Europe and the Arab and Muslim world are about to enter the second week of an aerial …

Empty hospital district seat filled, public servants meet tonight

October 2nd, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

PRESIDIO, BREWSTER counties – The Big Bend Regional Hospital District is once again a full house following the appointment of Alpine resident Lisa Taylor, who will fill the position left empty following District 3 member Karen Boyd’s resignation in early August.

Taylor, a Fort Davis High School graduate and five-year Alpine resident, was …

Was Motran the missing link to bridge expansion project?

October 2nd, 2014

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – A partnership between the Presidio Municipal Development District (PMDD) and the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance (Motran) could be a critical step toward mobilizing an initiative to expand and improve the Presidio-Ojinaga international bridge.

The bridge expansion project, which was introduced by former County Judge Jerry Again in 2007, would build upon existing …

Payment options available for property taxpayers

October 2nd, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

PRESIDIO COUNTY – Now that the 2014 property appraisal rolls are certified and the six taxing entities are approving their new tax rates, Presidio County Tax Assessor/Collector Norma Arroyo’s office is currently working on the tax rolls so they can mail property owners their 2014 statements.

The new statements will reflect the new …

Monday is last day to register to vote for November election

October 2nd, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

FAR WEST TEXAS – The last day to register to vote in the November 4 general election is Monday, October 6. Early voting starts October 20 and ends on Halloween, October 31. Registration cards can be obtained at area courthouses and annexes. Voters can register online at votetexas.gov.

This election will determine Texas’ …

County waits to resume Stonegarden grant, approves use of courthouse for Marfa Live Arts

October 2nd, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

PRESIDIO COUNTY – Presidio County Commissioners wrapped up last-minute county business for the 2014 fiscal year at the Monday, September 29, meeting.

During announcements, County Judge Paul Hunt said the budget has not been posted in the clerk’s office yet as he’s working out some “mysteries,” in particular the airport budget. Once those …

Mexico oil and gas push fuels rebuild of Presidio/OJ rail bridge

October 2nd, 2014

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

PRESIDIO – The international railroad bridge between Presidio and Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico is slated to be rebuilt and operational in 2016, just in time to take advantage of Mexico’s burgeoning oil and gas industry. There’s new life to the country’s energy sector after recent reforms to liberalize that sector of the Mexican …

Marfa ISD mourns death of student Andrew Madrid

Marfa ISD mourns death of student Andrew Madrid

October 2nd, 2014

Andrew Madrid(photo by Cynthia Galindo)

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – The sudden death of a popular high school student has silenced the halls at Marfa High School.

“I think everybody is kind of in shock,” Marfa ISD Superintendent Andrew Peters said about freshman Andrew Madrid, adding that students have been real supportive of each …

Marfa native is hospital district’s Presidio County social worker

October 2nd, 2014

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By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

PRESIDIO, BREWSTER counties – Big Bend Regional Hospital District board members voted in favor of hiring Marfa native and Marfa High School Class of 2001 graduate Adriana Villanueva-Zayas to fill the hospital district’s Presidio County social worker position.

Villanueva-Zayas holds a Master’s Degree in counseling from Webster University in San …

City of Presidio accepts adverse opinion on 2012 audit

September 25th, 2014

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)CPA Dan Painter, right, addresses the Presidio City Council during Monday’s meeting. Also pictured are council members Tony Manriquez and Mario Vargas.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

PRESIDIO – Presidio City Councilmen reluctantly accepted the city’s 2012 audit at a special meeting Monday evening, and the “adverse opinion” by auditor …

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