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Hung up on agenda vagaries, Presidio City Council takes few actions

February 16th, 2017

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — Citing problems with the way agenda items were written and the advice of the city’s attorney, the Presidio City Council tabled almost half of the action items on the agenda for its regular meeting Thursday.

The Presidio City Council, led by Mayor Pro Tem Alcee Tavarez in the absence of Mayor …

Big Bend residents fought a wall once. Will they again?

Big Bend residents fought a wall once. Will they again?

February 16th, 2017

(Big Bend Now file photo)Area residents gathered at the Hotel Paisano in 2008 to protest the possibility of a border wall. A march in Presidio will be held next Saturday, almost nine years since the Marfa protest.

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO COUNTY — On a Tuesday afternoon in mid-February, long-time Redford residents Enrique and Ruby Madrid …

Marfa election worker roster set, 4 seek two seats on council, 3 running for mayor, so far

February 16th, 2017

Candidate filing deadline Friday

MARFA – The City of Marfa has locked down its election workers for the May 6 city elections after long-time election judge Rosie Garcia announced she would be unable to perform the duties.

According to city administrator Jim Mustard, Presidio County employee Florcita Zubia will be handling the elections on Election Day with …

Verk remembered at Sul Ross memorial

Verk remembered at Sul Ross memorial

February 16th, 2017

(staff photos by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)Sul Ross State University Natural Resources Management chair Bonnie Warnock addressed the crowd of mourners at last week’s Zuzu Verk memorial service at the Susu Verk Amphitheater.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

ALPINE – Hundreds of Big Bend-area residents joined the family, friends and mentors of Sul Ross State University student Zuzu …

County approves sheriff’s contracts and fiscal requests

February 16th, 2017

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara, left, and commissioner Brenda Silva Bentley at the Valentine’s Day meeting Tuesday.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Presidio County commissioners approved an interlocal agreement between the county and the City of Marfa for law enforcement services.

The annual contract, which technically went into effect on October …

Latest meth bust at Presidio port may signal new trend

February 16th, 2017

(CBP)20 pounds of meth was seized this week at the Presidio Port of Entry. Seizures of meth have been on the uptick at the port.

PRESIDIO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 20 pounds of methamphetamine last week, bringing to 110 pounds …

Cattlemen hail U.S. House passage of resolution to repeal BLM rule

February 16th, 2017

WASHINGTON – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) today hailed U.S. House passage of a resolution that would repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Planning 2.0 Rule, calling it a “huge victory” for America’s ranchers.

If the U.S. Senate also quickly passes the resolution, it would go to the …

Conservation alliance partners with Sofia Coppola to release limited edition tee shirt

February 16th, 2017

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FAR WEST TEXAS – The Big Bend Conservation Alliance (BBCA) is pleased announce a partnership with director Sofia Coppola to release a limited edition tee shirt in support of BBCA’s fight against the Trans-Pecos Pipeline and its mission to preserve and celebrate iconic West Texas.

The Save Marfa tee shirt, designed by Coppola, …

Fewer dead horses in the landfill since fee hike

February 16th, 2017

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — The number of horses and other livestock being buried in the Presidio landfill has fallen since the city’s increased animal disposal fees went into effect in October. At the current rate, the number of animals buried this year should be well under previous years.

In the first four months of fiscal …

Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan ousted in January

February 16th, 2017

WASHINGTON – The man charged with protecting America’s borders was ousted last month, one day after President Donald Trump announced ambitious plans to build a massive wall at the Mexican border and bolster the ranks of the Border Patrol, according to the Associated Press.

Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan said he was asked to leave and …

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