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Marfa School Board mulls motivation, academics in district

July 14th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

MARFA – How do you motivate kids to put forth their best academic effort? What about when a student’s primary passion in school is sports?

School officials pondered ways to motivate academic achievement at their meeting Monday night. The discussion arose while school board trustees reviewed updates to the yearly student code of conduct …

Here’s hoping for more rain

Here’s hoping for more rain

July 14th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

PRESIDIO COUNTY – It’s raining, a little.

Jared Smith makes good use of the puddles after a much-needed rain. (staff photo by FRED COVARRUBIAS, Jr.)

At long last, nearly 10 months after the last real rain, clouds have started to build like blue and silver cities in the sky. July is …

Presidio County Jail may reopen in September

July 14th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

PRESIDIO COUNTY – County officials are looking at September as a possible date for reopening the Presidio County jail.

At Tuesday’s commissioners’ meeting in Marfa, Jail Administrator Mary Byrne ran through the punch list of issues that had been checked off at the jail: leaks fixed, wiring re-done, doors repaired, security cameras installed, plumbing …

Drought and fires send black bears searching for food

July 7th, 2011

By LOUIS A. HARVESON

FAR WEST TEXAS – The recent fires and extended drought have taken a toll on all walks of life, but one species that has received recent attention is the black bear.

Black bears have occurred in the Trans-Pecos for eons, but their numbers have ebbed and flowed since the 1800s.  Bears were thought …

Vasquez remembers Casa Piedra in new memoir

Vasquez remembers Casa Piedra in new memoir

July 7th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

CASA PIEDRA – In Casa Piedra, long ago, there used to be a store and a post office and a school. There were families who danced and attended church and who drew water from Alamito Creek. There were sharecroppers and teachers and railroad workers. Now, hardly anyone rambles through the ghosttown on FM …

Presidio TAKS scores show jump in ‘commended’ ratings

July 7th, 2011

By BENJAMIN WERMUND

PRESIDIO – The number of Presidio students earning top ratings on Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills tests is on the rise.

While the official scores from the 2011 tests will not be released until later this month, Presidio ISD Superintendent Dennis McEntire said raw data suggests the number of students who earned ‘commended’ …

Alpine council seeks suspension of gas company dissolution; rescinds water district motions

July 7th, 2011

By BOB LITTON

KVLF-KALP News

Meeting Tuesday, the Alpine City Council returned yet again to two previous issues — the dissolution of Southwest Texas Municipal Gas Corporation and the city’s relationship with the Brewster County Groundwater Conservation District.

The gas company is co-owned by the cities of Alpine and Marfa. The Alpine council is, for the moment, stymied …

Marfa council pursues Fort Davis gas system; Guevara reappointed

July 7th, 2011

By EMILY JO CURETON

MARFA – Two weeks ago, the Alpine City Council decided to hit the brakes on the dissolution of Southwest Texas Municipal Gas Corporation (SWTMG). Meanwhile the Marfa City Council remains firm that SWTMG will be no more, at least in Marfa and Fort Davis.

Last Thursday the Marfa council unanimously decided to pursue …

Air tankers brought in for Brite Ranch wildland fire

July 7th, 2011

PRESIDIO COUNTY – A fire 30 miles west of Marfa continues to burn at press time Wednesday.

Local volunteer firefighters and crews from the Texas Forest Service have responded to the blaze, which has seared 1,050 acres since its start on Monday. According to the Forest Service, the fire is burning in grass and brush in …

Big Bend could become largest dark sky region in U.S.

July 7th, 2011

By BENJAMIN WERMUND

FAR WEST TEXAS – Far West Texans are fighting to keep Big Bend’s night sky full of starlight, not city lights.

Gil Bartee, vice president of development at Lajitas Land Company and an Alpine Chamber of Commerce member, co-chairs the local chapter if the International Dark-Sky Association, a group that aims to keep light …

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