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Parking committee eyes downtown changes

March 9th, 2017

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – The City of Marfa Parking Committee met Monday evening to delve into parking issues surrounding the commercial areas of the city, most notably, North Highland Avenue.

The committee, member Villis Inde said, is currently determining which streets would benefit from changing parking structure as the city’s tourism industry continues to …

Pipeline protester, wife of alleged fugitive arrested

March 9th, 2017

Jacalyn Hagans

PRESIDIO COUNTY — Anti-pipeline activist Jacalyn Hagans was arrested Wednesday by the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office. Hagans is the wife of anti-pipeline activist and alleged fugitive Pete Hefflin, who the sheriff’s office arrested in February. Hagans is charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Hagans was booked into the Presidio County Jail on Wednesday, March …

Presidio pursues first city plan in 30 years

March 9th, 2017

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — The Presidio City Council contracted a planning consultant and moved forward in pursuit of grant funding for the city’s first comprehensive plan in almost 30 years.

During a special meeting Monday evening, the city council approved a contract bid from Andrews-based firm Kleinman Consultants for planning services. Kleinman will be the …

Ferguson: poverty remains major issue in Presidio

March 2nd, 2017

By DIANA AGUIRRE ARMENDARIZ

PRESIDIO – About 50 percent of Presidio inhabitants live in poverty, according to Mayor John Ferguson. One of his goals is to eradicate Presidio’s poverty problem, said Ferguson, who is seeking re-election in the City of Presidio’s May 6 general election.

“Presidio is a town forgotten by the state government, but I have …

Cornyn Introduces Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill

March 2nd, 2017

 

WASHINGTON – Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, legislation to allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state that also has concealed carry laws, while abiding by that state’s laws.

“This bill strengthens both the constitutional right of law-abiding …

Smuggler of stolen Mexican artifacts sentenced in Big Bend National Park case

March 2nd, 2017

SOUTH BREWSTER COUNTY – In April 2016, a Big Bend National Park ranger on patrol observed suspicious activity, which led National Park Service law enforcement officials to investigate Andrew Kowalik of Rockport, Texas, for smuggling Mexican archaeological artifacts into the United States through Big Bend National Park.

On February 13, Kowalik was sentenced to five years …

Hawk nesting platform a collaborative effort

March 2nd, 2017

From left, AEP staffers George Salgado, Eddie Mediano, John Salgado, and Mando Hernandez with the hawk nesting platform.

FAR WEST TEXAS – The Tierra Grande Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists are tremendously grateful to all who helped with the Hawk Nest Platform Project.

Albert Bork, Mark Paul, Steve and Carla Kennedy, and Martini Construction all contributed …

TxDOT grants county quarter million for Marfa airport improvements

March 2nd, 2017

MARFA — The Texas Transportation Commission approved more than $240 thousand in grant funds for pavement improvements at the Marfa Municipal Airport during its February meeting.

The $246,667 project will be funded in part by Presidio County and the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Aviation Facilities Grant Program.

The pavement improvement project comes months after the Federal …

Hunter involved in Candelaria shooting surrenders

March 2nd, 2017

By the International & Sentinel staff

Michael Bryant

PRESIDIO — One of the two hunters indicted on charges related to an early January shooting incident near Candelaria has turned himself in to the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office in Marfa.

Michael Bryant, a New Mexico hunting guide, surrendered on Wednesday, March 1 on an arrest warrant related to …

Presidio marches against border wall, Muslim immigrant ban

Presidio marches against border wall, Muslim immigrant ban

March 2nd, 2017

(staff photos by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)Children on bicycles led the way through Saturday’s No Wall No Ban March along the parade route in Presidio. The march was organized to protest President Donald Trump’s border wall, Muslim travel ban, and Syrian refugee ban.

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — More than 50 Presidio and Big Bend area …

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