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Marfa mystery lights of a different sort viewed

Marfa mystery lights of a different sort viewed

May 26th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

MARFA – Last Saturday night, a few hours after the world had been prophesied to end, David Hollander was gazing at the stars from his backyard. Except, one of them didn’t seem too star-like.

“It was nearly directly overhead,” he recalled this week. “It was white and it started to squiggle around and move …

Marfa, Presidio now have seats at water table

Marfa, Presidio now have seats at water table

May 26th, 2011

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

PRESIDIO – The Presidio County Commissioners’ Court on Tuesday appointed nominees recommended by the cities of Marfa and Presidio to the Presidio County Underground Water Conservation District board of directors.

New members are Marfa City Administrator Jim Mustard and Carlos Nieto, long time Presidio school board president, Presidio County Appraisal District board chairman, …

Rural philanthropy conference coming to West Texas

May 23rd, 2011

Nonprofit agencies serving a 40-county area of West Texas are meeting face-to-face with private grant-making foundations and government agencies at the first ever West Texas Rural Philanthropy Days (WTXRPD) event, to be held June 8-10, 2011 in Alpine. The Permian Basin Area Foundation, the Nonprofit Management Center of the Permian Basin, bothy of Midland, and …

Marfa Sector Hosts Open House today

May 23rd, 2011

MARFA, Texas – The U.S. Border Patrol’s Marfa Sector will host an open house today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Sector, 300 Madrid Street, Marfa.

The event is open to the public. Schools that would like to bring their students are welcome as well.

There will be displays, presentations and refreshments.

On …

Texas Legislature reshapes Far West Texas political districts

Texas Legislature reshapes Far West Texas political districts

May 19th, 2011

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

FAR WEST TEXAS – They say that politics is personal. For the social and fiscal issues that impact everyday citizens and constituents, the outcomes are always personal. Whether there’s a tax increase or decrease, budget cuts to education or healthcare, or targeting illegal immigrants, there’s always a personal stake.

After the debates have …

Brewster County fires on the wane

Brewster County fires on the wane

May 19th, 2011

From staff reports

BREWSTER COUNTY – The Texas Forest Service reports that three Brewster County wildfires that began earlier this month are contained or close to total containment.

Fighting the Iron Mountain fire north of Marathon on the Sibley Ranch.

As of Wednesday, the Iron Mountain fire is 87,401 acres, 90 percent contained. The …

The good, the bad and the ugly from the recent wildfire

The good, the bad and the ugly from the recent wildfire

May 19th, 2011

By EMILY JO CURETON

FAR WEST TEXAS – Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. And certainly the scene in Jeff Davis County after the Rock House fire was just short of apocalyptic. With 314,000 acres scorched over three long weeks, 26 homes leveled, 279 head of cattle dead or missing …

The politics of fire

The politics of fire

May 19th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

FORT DAVIS – The ranchers and homeowners and shopkeepers and retirees that packed the Jeff Davis County courtroom on Tuesday night wanted answers to the Rock House fire.

Why weren’t people better notified of the oncoming fire or the up-to-date fire situation? Why were some burn outs nixed? Why did law enforcement turn help …

SWTMG pursues dissolution; attorney resigns

SWTMG pursues dissolution; attorney resigns

May 19th, 2011

By EMILY JO CURETON

ALPINE – The business of not existing anymore dominated the Southwest Texas Municipal Gas (SWTMG) Corporation board meeting on Monday night, at which the directors continued to grapple with the appraisals, employee concerns and legal issues inherent to the termination of a business.

If all goes according to plan, SWTMG will dissolve and …

Budget cuts, modern times end Social Security rural outreach program

Budget cuts, modern times end Social Security rural outreach program

May 19th, 2011

By ROBERT HALPERN

FAR WEST TEXAS – The fading federal budget and modern times have ended a decades-old Social Security Administration rural outreach program.
As of May 1, administration representatives no longer make a monthly trip to Marfa, Presidio, Alpine and Fort Stockton to work with the public, said Albert Alvarez, who’s managed the Odessa district office …

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