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New Video: Pronghorn release

New Video: Pronghorn release

February 25th, 2011

It was a busy week for pronghorn in west Texas. Some 200 of the animals were trapped in the panhandle, where populations are said to be thriving, for relocation to the Marfa plateau, where herds have been decimated in recent years.

Check out the video above for a ride-along look as the first loads of pronghorn …

Video: U.S. Rep. in Alpine

Video: U.S. Rep. in Alpine

February 25th, 2011

On Thursday, Franciso “Quico” Canseco made his first visit to Far West Texas since taking office as US Representative for Congressional District 23. During a town hall at the Granada Theater in Alpine, he faced questions about finance, abortion, gun control and more during more than an hour of conversation. Watch an exchange with two …

BBNP seeks comment on proposal to open Boquillas crossing

February 24th, 2011

FAR WEST TEXAS – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is planning to re-open a crossing in the Boquillas area of the Rio Grande River and International border in Big Bend National Park. The National Park Service (NPS) is exploring issues associated with establishing and constructing a Port of Entry (POE) at the crossing between …

An empty chair stymies Presidio City Council

February 24th, 2011

By TOM HAINES

PRESIDIO – Laurie Holman stood before the City Council last night and told of big plans for the fourth annual Presidio Arts Festival, which she hopes will take place over three days beginning March 31.

Alan Taylor, a consultant who helps cities hire administrators, had traveled from Georgetown to make a pitch to Presidio …

Newton leaving Presidio post for Breckenridge

Newton leaving Presidio post for Breckenridge

February 24th, 2011

By TOM HAINES

PRESIDIO – It’s official: Brad Newton is leaving Presidio to become City Manager of Breckenridge, a city of 5,000 residents midway between Abilene and Fort Worth.

Newton’s last day as Presidio City Administrator is expected to be March 11. He will begin the post in Breckenridge March 14.

Andy Welborn, currently finance director for Presidio, …

County talks state funding woes, silver hopes and baseball fields

February 24th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

PRESIDIO COUNTY – Concern about money is a common theme at county meetings, but Tuesday’s meeting in Presidio featured a degree of uncertainty about future funds. The Texas Legislature is currently wrestling with a budget shortfall estimated at $27 billion. Much of the grant funding the county receives is facilitated through the Rio …

Dunlap files for third term

February 24th, 2011

FAR WEST TEXAS – Filing continues through March 14 for seats on the city council and school board.

Interested persons should go to City Hall or the school district’s administrative office to pick up a candidate packet or file for office.

Election day is May 14.

Marfa

The mayor’s spot and two council positions will be on the ballot …

50-year water plan starts next round of revision

February 24th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

ALPINE – The next round of regional water planning began Tuesday on the Sul Ross State University campus.

The Far West Texas Water Planning Group revises and revamps a 50-year water management plan for the region every five years. The group turned in the most recent version of the plan to the Texas Water …

Compromise proposed on city water legislation

February 24th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

MARFA – A tentative compromise about well regulation in local cities may allow legislation to go forward that will protect the water below Marfa and Presidio.

Currently, the Presidio County Underground Water Conservation District cannot regulate wells within the city limits of Marfa and Presidio. The exemption is an unintended result from legislation meant …

Census shows meager growth, fewer kids in Far West Texas

Census shows meager growth, fewer kids in Far West Texas

February 24th, 2011

By EMILY JO CURETON
FAR WEST TEXAS – While the Texas population boomed by 21 percent over the past decade, in the tri-counties the population increased by a modest 5.5 percent and the number of residents under 18 dropped by 6 percent, the 2010 U.S. census results show. Local communities are not only aging, but some, …

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