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Truck total loss in Friday’s fire

Truck total loss in Friday’s fire

May 18th, 2017

(Sheriff’s Office photo) A truck caught fire on the side of Highway 67 between Marfa and Cibolo Creek Ranch on Friday afternoon. No one was injured in the fire.

PRESIDIO COUNTY — A vehicle fire Friday afternoon resulted in no injuries but a total loss when a truck caught fire on the side of Highway …

Arrest warrants issued in multiple hit-and-run 

Arrest warrants issued in multiple hit-and-run 

May 18th, 2017

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)A car belonging to Anthony Garcia was struck by a hit-and-run driver Sunday afternoon. The impact of the crash sent Garcia’s car over the curb and into a wall at the Arcon Inn.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – A trail of wreckage was left along North Austin Street on Sunday …

Fratricide trial under way in Alpine; defense claims self defense

Fratricide trial under way in Alpine; defense claims self defense

May 18th, 2017

John Walker

By JIM STREET

ALPINE – John Finley Walker was being interviewed by Alpine Police Capt. Darrell Losoya two years ago when he learned his brother was dead.

A video of the interrogation was played in Walker’s murder trial this week in 394th District Court. The fight occurred shortly after midnight on April 10, 2015.

Prosecutor 83rd …

Presidio track athletes compete at state, Baeza wins silver medal

Presidio track athletes compete at state, Baeza wins silver medal

May 18th, 2017

(Photo by TRAVIS HARSCH)Presidio High School senior Oscar Baeza took second place in the 200-meter dash at the Texas UIL track state finals in Austin on Saturday. Baeza is the first Presidio athlete to win a medal at the state finals.

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

AUSTIN — Oscar Baeza won a silver medal at the state UIL …

County approves Casa Piedra road reroute, donation 

May 18th, 2017

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

CASA PIEDRA – Presidio County accepted a donation from Donnell Lands for a rerouted section of FM 169, Casa Piedra Road, 42 miles south of Marfa, during Commissioners’ Court last week.

The new road segment will be 6,804 feet in length, will shorten the current section by approximately 2 miles, and will be flatter …

Energy Report

May 18th, 2017

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — Although known to West Texas residents since the end of March, Energy Transfer Partners, the Dallas-based company responsible for the Trans-Pecos Pipeline, officially announced last week that the pipeline is now transporting natural gas to the border with Mexico.

The announcement, released to the business wires, also stated that another West Texas …

Interim superintendent outlines proposed 2017-2018 budget

May 18th, 2017

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — School board members heard interim superintendent Oscar Aguero’s preliminary budget proposal during a regular meeting Monday evening.

Despite presenting a balanced budget to the board, the motion to accept was tabled after board members requested further detail and clarification on certain items.

Aguero told board members, “I just want to tell you these …

Wildfire at Big Bend National Park sparked by lightning, now 80 percent contained

May 18th, 2017

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

SOUTH BREWSTER COUNTY – Lightning is the presumed cause of a wildfire first spotted Sunday morning in the Juniper Canyon area of the Big Bend National Park, according to a NPS news release.

As of press time Wednesday, the fire was 80% contained, Austin Donzagoski, the public information officer for Crown Mountain told the …

Marijuana backpackers apprehended, pot bust at Sierra Blanca checkpoint last week 

May 18th, 2017

FAR WEST TEXAS – Border Patrol agents in Sierra Blanca and Van Horn seized over 500 pounds of marijuana last week, valued on the street of more than $400,000, according to an agency news release.

Agents at the Sierra Blanca immigration checkpoint arrested a U.S Citizen from Kansas attempting to smuggle over 200 pounds of marijuana. …

Nafziger, Salgado, and Webb win city seats as voter turnout booms, Walstrom elected to Marfa school board

Nafziger, Salgado, and Webb win city seats as voter turnout booms, Walstrom elected to Marfa school board

May 11th, 2017

Ann Marie Nafziger

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – The face of Marfa politics has shifted dramatically as a large wave of voters elected Ann Marie Nafziger as mayor and Britt Webb and Irma Salgado to the city council seats, forcing out 8-year city council veteran Josie Simpson during last Saturday’s elections.

Residents also elected David Walstrom …

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