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Big Bend Now formally launched

February 10th, 2011

By TOM HAINES

MARFA, PRESIDIO – The Big Bend Sentinel and Presidio International newspapers are proud to announce the launch of a new online destination for all things Far West Texas: bigbendnow.com.

The website brings you the solid reporting and latest community news you are used to finding in the weekly papers, but also much …

Fort Stockton council tables water settlement decision

February 10th, 2011

FORT STOCKTON – The Fort Stockton City Council on Monday tabled action on whether to accept a settlement over a controversial water plan.

For about two years, the city has legally wrangled with a Clayton Williams water-marketing firm called Fort Stockton Holdings (FSH), which aims to pump 41 million gallons of water daily from land held …

Shafter mine comes back to life

Shafter mine comes back to life

February 10th, 2011

By TOM HAINES

SHAFTER – A ceremonial blast next week should clear the way for a new tunnel that could bring the Shafter silver mine back into production by May, 2012.

Mining began in Shafter in 1883 and the main shaft closed in 1942. Seventy years later, high silver prices have spurred a Canadian corporation to pick …

Line break leaves Presidio without power

February 5th, 2011

By ROBERT HALPERN

UPDATE: AEP has informed bigbendnow.com that full power was restored to Presidio by 2:15pm.

PRESIDIO – A break in the main power line to Presidio left the border community without electricity for a time late Friday morning. The outage occurred between 10:30-11am, said Eddie Pallarez, AEP’s district supervisor.

Due to the colder temperatures – even …

McDonald astronomers weigh heaviest known black hole

February 4th, 2011

SEATTLE – Astronomers led by Karl Gebhardt of The University of Texas at Austin have measured the most massive known black hole in our cosmic neighborhood by combining data from a giant telescope in Hawai’i and a smaller telescope in Texas.

The result is an ironclad mass of 6.6 billion Suns for the black hole in …

Temporary closures noted for BBNP nesting peregrines

February 4th, 2011

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK – In August 1999, the Peregrine falcon was removed from the federal endangered species list, a move prompted by the falcon’s comeback from the brink of extinction. However, throughout Texas there are fewer than a dozen known nesting pairs and the falcon remains on the state’s endangered species list.

Federal Endangered Species …

Grand jury clears officers of wrong-doing in shooting of 14-year-old

February 4th, 2011

HUDSPETH COUNTY – A grand jury in Hudspeth County has no-billed all the officers involved in the Easter 2010 incident that resulted in the shooting death of a 14-year-old male.

Sheriff’s deputies and two Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens were searching for the youth on April 4 after he reportedly ran away from home …

District attorney investigator charged with theft

February 4th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

FORT STOCKTON – A Fort Stockton investigator for the 83rd District Attorney’s office has been indicted for theft by a public servant resulting from incidents that allegedly took place when he worked for the Pecos County Attorney.

Aldo Gonzales, 57, was indicted January 26 of the theft of $500 or more but less than …

Presidio city administrator a finalist for post in Breckenridge

February 4th, 2011

By TOM HAINES

PRESIDIO – Presidio City Administrator Brad Newton is one of four finalists from a national search hoping to serve as City Manager of Breckenridge, a city of roughly 5,500 residents between Abilene and Dallas.

A search committee had whittled a list of 49 bona fide candidates to four, and Newton was in Breckenridge early …

Fort Stockton to review water permit settlement

February 4th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

FORT STOCKTON – Officials from the city of Fort Stockton will propose a settlement with Fort Stockton Holdings at a public hearing set for 1pm Friday at the city’s civic center.

At issue is a pending permit that would allow Fort Stockton Holdings to export 41 million gallons of water per day for sale …

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