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Meet Jack at Pony-Palooza Saturday

Meet Jack at Pony-Palooza Saturday

April 26th, 2011

MARFA – Those attending the Pony-Palooza benefit auction on Saturday will have an opportunity to meet the pony behind the palooza — Jack, a Norwegian Fjord pony being purchased by the Davis Mountains Therapeutic Riding Center in Fort Davis.

Jack’s handlers announced that all remaining scheduling hurdles have been cleared, allowing the pony of the hour …

Wind fans the Rock House flames, Balmorhea State Park closed

Wind fans the Rock House flames, Balmorhea State Park closed

April 25th, 2011

UPDATE – Tuesday, 8pm, April 26

According to a Texas Forest Service public information update, weather conditions, dry fuel, and terrain have aligned to create extreme fire behavior on the Rock House Fire.  On the northwest flank, the fire is moving down Gavina Ridge and pushing toward Hwy 118.  Crews are considering conducting burn out …

Gas board sets October 1 deadline for dissolution

April 21st, 2011

By EMILY JO CURETON

MARFA – The board of directors for Southwest Texas Municipal Gas Corporation (SWTMG) met Monday night and grappled with a 14-item agenda in less than 45 minutes. The certain dissolution of the company loomed large, but most decisions to that effect were delayed, including action on a proposal from West Texas Gas …

Business as usual in Fort Davis

April 21st, 2011

By EMILY JO CURETON

FORT DAVIS – On Friday afternoon in Fort Davis the courtyard adjoining Bookfeller and Nel’s Cafe was flecked with radiant patches of mid-day sun, laughter and light conversation filtered out of the open doors and Nel Miles stood behind the deli counter, smiling as wide and welcoming as ever.

Meanwhile the check-out line …

Concert-goers get prepped with fire, safety information

April 21st, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

MARFA – The 1,800 concert-goers attending this weekend’s Railroad Revival Tour will arrive with knowledge about Marfa, its fire situation, and plenty of do’s and don’ts while they’re in town.

“I’m really impressed,” County Judge Paul Hunt said this week. “This is an example of a new way of communicating – their ticket holders …

Forecaster: no relief from dry spell until summer

Forecaster: no relief from dry spell until summer

April 21st, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

FAR WEST TEXAS – As of Monday, Marfa will have gone seven months without rain.

The last precipitation recorded in Marfa was September 25, according to the National Weather Service. The Weather Service doesn’t have records posted for Presidio, but it’s pretty safe to say that Presidio – indeed, the entirety of the Big …

Silver mine wastewater brings flow of questions

Silver mine wastewater brings flow of questions

April 21st, 2011

By TOM HAINES

SHAFTER – In the filing for an amendment to a wastewater permit for the Shafter Silver Mine, the issue of water discharge can seem pretty simple.

On page one of the technical report for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, which asks for a description of how water will be pumped from the former …

State Fire Marshal: Electrical malfunction sparked Rock House Fire

April 19th, 2011

MARFA – Investigator John Kondratick of the State Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that an electrical malfunction ignited the Rock House Fire, the blaze that began at approximately 1:30pm and so far has burned 191,000 acres. Ten days later, the fire remains only 75 percent contained.

In a report sent  yesterday to Gary Mitschke, Presidio County …

Rock House 70% contained; crews conduct burnout to protect McDonald Observatory

April 18th, 2011

JEFF DAVIS COUNTY – Firefighters were planning to focus Monday on the northwest flank of the Rock House fire, which was projected to move into Bob Manning Canyon north of Fort Davis. The fire remained 70 percent contained, as of Sunday night.

Burnout operations were also going to be conducted Monday to place a protection buffer between …

Mapping the fire

Mapping the fire

April 15th, 2011

Map by Dr. Kevin Urbanczyk

Dr. Kevin Urbanczyk and the Sul Ross State University Geographic Information Systems component have been mapping the fire, which helps firefighters and first responders, especially those from out of the area, coordinate crews and communicate updates.

Coming up with maps that combine satellite imagery, topographic, meteorological, and on-the-ground …

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