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Commissioners interview facilities manager candidates

December 4th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

PRESIDIO COUNTY – Presidio County Commissioners’ Court members are still deciding who to hire as the countywide facilities manager.

While they made no decision, commissioners recently met and interviewed the five candidates: Phillip Aguilar of Presidio, and Sam Cobos, Armando Hernandez, Lee Donaldson, and County Commissioner Buddy Knight from Marfa. The interviews were …

Young veteran with Marfa ties battles cancer

December 4th, 2014

Malorie Cano

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

MARFA, SAN ANTONIO – Former Marfa resident and Marfa High School graduate Malorie Cano wanted to dedicate her life to public service, so she enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly after graduating from school.

She served a yearlong tour of duty in Iraq in 2009-2010, where she was a unit …

Lawmakers approve $86 million for border surge

December 4th, 2014

 By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

AUSTIN – State lawmakers this week approved $86.1 million in supplemental funding to continue to finance the ongoing border surge of DPS and National Guard on the Texas-Mexico border. The surge was initially activated earlier this summer as tens of thousands of Central American children arrived in the Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Members …

What if Marfa had a second ambulance in service on September 28?

December 4th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – It’s been two months since Marfa High School student Andrew Madrid unexpectedly passed away.

According to Brewster County Justice of the Peace Jerry Sotello, the autopsy he ordered indicated that Madrid died of an extreme asthma attack on September 28. The 14-year-old freshman went to Martin Field that fateful Sunday evening …

Mexico’s Mennonites: The Mennonite Industrial Revolution

Mexico’s Mennonites: The Mennonite Industrial Revolution

December 4th, 2014

In September, The Big Bend Sentinel took a look at Mexico’s thriving Mennonite community, spanning the state of Chihuahua. This story is one in a series of pieces that explores this industrious community.

(staff photos by ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN)Javier Alicano, the financial officer for the Algodonera Nueva Holanda cotton gin, gives The Big …

Congressman-elect to visit Marfa on Thursday

December 1st, 2014

MARFA – 23rd U.S. Congressional District Congressman–elect Will Hurd will make an appearance in Marfa at 9am Thursday, December 4 at the Casner Room of City Hall.

Will Hurd

Hurd is currently visiting with his 23rd District constituents and is looking to speak with local leaders of Presidio and Marfa.

The event is sponsored by …

EPA proposes action to improve visibility in Big Bend National Park

EPA proposes action to improve visibility in Big Bend National Park

November 26th, 2014

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

TEXAS – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Monday proposed actions to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions to cut air pollution and increase visibility in national parks and wilderness areas in Texas and Oklahoma, specifically including Big Bend National Park.

The proposed actions, if adopted and implemented, would require 15 units at eight …

Mule deer season opens Friday

November 26th, 2014

AUSTIN – The TransPecos mule deer season opens at sunrise on Friday and runs through sundown Sunday, December 14.

Wildlife officials are reminding mule deer hunters and landowners in Far West Texas about the testing protocols required in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Management Plan. The plan includes mandatory check …

University courses canceled in Ojinaga as students stage protest for 43 missing student teachers

University courses canceled in Ojinaga as students stage protest for 43 missing student teachers

November 26th, 2014

(staff photo by DIANA AGUIRRE ARMENDARIZ)Ojinaga college students protest in support of the 43 missing students in southern Mexico.

By DIANA AGUIRRE ARMENDARIZ

OJINAGA, CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO – All university extension classes of the Chihuahua Autonomous University (UACH) were canceled in Ojinaga last week to show discontent that exists in Mexico of the government’s handling …

Tarahumara children give thanks for school renovations

Tarahumara children give thanks for school renovations

November 26th, 2014

Last month I was able to visit the Tarahumara school in Bacabureachi, Chihuahua.  I was there on a Sunday with three mules and a helper, giving the children turns to ride around the school grounds where they live.  With no adult prompting, several of the girls wrote me letters, complete with drawings, and stuffed them …

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