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Test scores need work, curriculum director says

June 18th, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – After his first semester as Marfa ISD Curriculum Director, Oscar Aguero shared preliminary STAAR test scores at the school board meeting on Monday.

“Are they rough? Yes,” said Aguero.

The majority of the test scores show decreases from the 2013-2014 to 2014-2015 school year. The average percentage of …

Reservations required at McDonald Observatory star parties

June 18th, 2015

By the JEFF DAVIS COUNTY MOUNTAIN-DISPATCH

FAR WEST TEXAS – It’s one of those decisions that many thought would have been made many moons ago.

It’s all about the success of the program – and now, because of the numbers that sometimes are overwhelming, folks who want to go to a star party at McDonald …

Pierce indicted on murder charge in death of father

June 18th, 2015

By the JEFF DAVIS COUNTY MOUNTAIN-DISPATCH

JEFF DAVIS COUNTY – Three indictments were issued by a Jeff Davis County Grand Jury last week, one of those remaining sealed.

Harlin Pierce, who remains in the Presidio County Jail in Marfa, was formally charged with murder in the death of his father, Anton Pierce, back in …

$6,000 to families displaced by fire

June 18th, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – A total $6,000 will be disbursed in increments of $500 to each of the 12 families displaced by the Marfa Villa Apartments fire.

Mark and Elizabeth Rodriguez from Mando’s restaurant opened the account at the Marfa National Bank after the fire, and folks have been making contributions.

Mark …

Presidio County reinstates burn ban

June 18th, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

PRESIDIO COUNTY – Presidio County commissioners voted last week to reinstate a 90-day burn ban in the county, effective June 9.

County Emergency Services Coordinator and Marfa Volunteer Fire Department Chief Gary Mitschke said he agrees with the decision as the Texas Forest Service states the county currently has high …

Alpine to oppose presidential permit for pipeline

June 18th, 2015

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

ALPINE – Tuesday’s Alpine City Council meeting was a monumental one and called to question the power of local government – not only in terms of the resolutions adopted by the council with regard to the Trans Pecos Pipeline, but also with regard to the level of constructive communication achieved …

Marfa ISD considers options as “rich” school district

June 18th, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Marfa ISD is taking a proactive approach toward its potential Chapter 41 status, which would classify the district as a “rich” school.

Chief Financial Officer Victoria Sanchez discussed with the board of trustees at the June 15 meeting five different options they could possibly choose for the Chapter …

Culberson County gets tapped for nuke waste facility near Kent

Culberson County gets tapped for nuke waste facility near Kent

June 18th, 2015

Proposed site for nuclear waste facility is near Kent

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

VAN HORN – A man stood on stage before a sparsely attended auditorium and talked about nuclear fission. But this was not a chemistry lecture, and the man – Bill Jones – was no scientist.

In fact, he is a …

Marfa Hardware donates gift cards to families displaced by fire

June 11th, 2015

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)Maria Elena Machuca, left, of Marfa Hardware presents a gift certificate to Angel Molinar, who was displaced by the fire.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Marfa Hardware has donated a total $1,200 to the 12 families displaced last month by the Marfa Villa Apartments fire. Each …

Marfa Villa fire ruled an accident

June 11th, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Gary Mitschke of the Marfa Volunteer Fire Department said it was unattended cooking that caused the Marfa Villa Apartments fire. The blaze, which displaced 12 families on May 26, was ruled an accident.

Mitschke said he saw two critical factors that prevented Marfa and Fort Davis volunteer firefighters …

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