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Bodies of Texas man, son missing on hike found in Carlsbad Caverns park

June 22nd, 2017

CARLSBAD, NM — Authorities say a Texas man and his son reported missing on a hike in the area of the Carlsbad Caverns National Park both have been found dead, according to media partners CBS-7.

New Mexico State Police say the search for 57-year-old of Robert Stuart Pluta and his 21-year-old son Robert Jr. began Monday. …

Bill introduced to ease commercial drivers license restrictions for veterans

June 22nd, 2017

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today introduced the Jobs for our Heroes Act of 2017, which streamlines and eases the burden on the process whereby active-duty military, reservists and veterans apply for their commercial driver’s license. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) is also an original cosponsor of the legislation.

“We should be …

El Paso CBP officers seize almost 37 pounds of meth

June 22nd, 2017

EL PASO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 36.7 pounds of crystal methamphetamine last week. The drugs have an estimated street value of $880,800.

“This interdiction removes a sizeable amount of crystal methamphetamine from the streets of our communities and the reach …

Heat may be factor in fatality at Big Bend National Park 

June 22nd, 2017

BIG BEND — A 46-year-old woman died in Big Bend National Park on the afternoon of June 18.

The woman who died in Big Bend National Park on Sunday, June 18th, has been identified as Cathlyn Weir of Cedar Hill, Texas.

Mid-morning on the 18th, the woman and her companion started hiking the Dog Canyon Trail. Nearing …

Energy Report: gasoline price lowest since 2005

June 22nd, 2017

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

TEXAS — As oil tumbles below $45 a barrel, consumer gasoline prices in Texas have fallen 4.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.10 yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of gas outlets across Texas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.4 cents per gallon in the last …

Rep. Poncho Nevárez announces he’ll run for a fourth term

Rep. Poncho Nevárez announces he’ll run for a fourth term

June 22nd, 2017

Rep. Poncho Nevárez

MARFA – Alfonso “Poncho” Nevárez will run for a fourth term as State Representative for the House District 74.

“It is with great honor that I announce that I will run for re-election for State Representative for a fourth term,” according to a news release from Navarez’s office.

“The 85th Legislative Session was successful …

Governor’s veto of scrap tire bill endangers health and safety of Texans

June 22nd, 2017

AUSTIN – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently vetoed state Sen. José Rodríguez’s S.B. 570, which would have helped communities deal with the problem of scrap tires being illegally dumped, an issue that is particularly troubling for local health authorities trying to prevent the spread of the Zika virus.

“What the governor has done is put the …

Rodriguez: Governor’s vetoes hurt consumers, water safety measures

June 22nd, 2017

AUSTIN – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed bills by state Sen. José Rodríguez that would have given consumers vital loan information and set deadlines for well owners to secure their deteriorated water wells.

SB 830 would have required seller-financed mortgage lenders to send to their borrowers a single annual statement containing basic information about the status …

CBP seizes more than $600,000 at El Paso port of entry

June 22nd, 2017

EL PASO – Officers working at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations’ El Paso port of entry seized $689,506 in currency earlier this week. The money was discovered hidden in a vehicle that was leaving the U.S. at the Ysleta international crossing at the El Paso port of entry.

The seizure was …

Former Marfa resident recovering from early Tuesday morning accident

Former Marfa resident recovering from early Tuesday morning accident

June 15th, 2017

Alberto Halpern, right, with wife Alexsandra Annello.

MARFA – One man died and another was critically injured in a head-on collision near the Marfa Lights Viewing Center early Tuesday morning.

According to a Department of Public Safety report, a Dodge Caravan driven by Eric Payne, 42, of Midland, was traveling west on U.S. Hwy. 67 when …

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