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Chinati Mountains State Natural Area closer to opening

September 11th, 2014

(Texas Parks & Wildlife Department map)The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department is making arrangements to acquire two parcels of land for easier access to the remote Chinati Mountains State Natural Area in southwest Presidio County.

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

HOUSTON, PRESIDIO COUNTY – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) commissioners on August 21 directed …

Presidio County 2013 audit shows signs of accounting improvements

September 11th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

PRESIDIO COUNTY – Presidio County Judge Paul Hunt presented a draft copy of the 2013 annual audit at the September 9 Commissioners’ Court meeting. Hunt said it’s cleaner  and an improvement over the 2012 audit, but CPA Dan Painter has given the county a qualified opinion for 2013.

A qualified opinion means the …

Mexican reservoir levels high as heavy rains hit region

Mexican reservoir levels high as heavy rains hit region

September 10th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA and SARAH M. VASQUEZ

PRESIDIO COUNTY –Recent rains in the Big Bend region have been feeding the Rio Grande, the Rio Conchos, and the reservoirs in both the U.S. and Mexico, putting the levies on both sides of the border to the test with a chance for more rain forecasted in the …

Property tax, budget agenda items for hospital district meeting in Marfa Wednesday

September 9th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA – Big Bend Regional Hospital District (BBRHD) board members will hold their first public hearing on increasing or decreasing the 2014 tax rate at 5pm tomorrow, Wednesday, September 10 at the Casner Room of Marfa City Hall.

Hospital district members will consider and discuss the proposed rate, which has been suggested at …

Presidio ISD keeps current tax rate at $1.41 for 6th year

September 4th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

PRESIDIO – Presidio school board members approved the school district’s effective tax rate at their August 27 meeting.

The adopted rate has been set at a total $1.41/$100 of taxable property value. The rate includes $1.17 for the district’s maintenance and operation fund and 24 cents for its debt service.

The $1.41 rate has …

Hospital district preliminary tax rate suggested

September 4th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA – At last week’s Big Bend Regional Hospital District special called meeting in Marfa, board members focused on the district’s 2015 finances.

But in the first order of business, BBRHD members once again tabled a measure to approve or disapprove an intergovernmental transfer of funds for the recently-hired OB/GYN provider at …

Jury trial set in child assault case

September 4th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA – Marfa man Christian Lara, who was arrested on allegations of traumatically assaulting his 11-year old infant on August 3, 2013, has rejected all plea offers for his suspected crime and will be facing a jury trial on October 27 in Marfa.

Attorneys for Lara, who has been detained at the Presidio …

Petree to stay as consultant for Presidio County appraisal board

September 4th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

PRESIDIO COUNTY – Richard Petree, the Western Valuation appraiser from Abilene who raised county property values this year, will work next year for the Presidio County Appraisal District as well.

The PCAD board voted to approve a time and expense contract with Petree on an as-needed basis. Petree was hired to reappraise every …

City’s water supply in good standing, says water district

September 4th, 2014

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)Water district executive director Rudy Garcia responds to citizen’s questions regarding the city’s water supply.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA – “In my opinion, water being produced and used is being replaced. There’s no problem as far as our source of water,” Presidio County Underground Water District executive director …

Presidio County lowers tax rate one cent

September 4th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

PRESIDIO COUNTY – Presidio County commissioners voted 3-2 to lower the proposed property tax rate by one cent at their meeting on Tuesday in Presidio. The new rate will be 63.8 cents per $100 valuation compared to last year’s 64.8 cents.

Presidio County Judge Paul Hunt initially proposed a tax rate at 60 …

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