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Appraisal district board gets update on countywide reappraisal

Appraisal district board gets update on countywide reappraisal

April 3rd, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

PRESIDIO COUNTY – The outlook looks a bit grim as Presidio County property owners will soon learn about the dramatic increase in their appraisal rates, especially in the City of Marfa.

On Monday, Presidio County Appraisal District board of directors voted unanimously to adopt an amended appraisal plan that is currently under way.

Chief …

New Bishop to celebrate Mass in Marfa and Valentine Palm Sunday weekend

New Bishop to celebrate Mass in Marfa and Valentine Palm Sunday weekend

April 3rd, 2014

MARFA, VALENTINE – The Most Rev. Mark Joseph Seitz will celebrate Palm Sunday Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marfa. He will officiate at the 5pm Saturday, April 12 Mass, which will be preceded by a procession around the Church.

Bishop Seitz will also officiate at the Palm Sunday Mass, which will be celebrated at …

Marfa clinic to expand after rezoning approved

April 3rd, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Presidio County Health Services (PCHS) can now proceed with its proposed expansion project of its Marfa clinic, thanks to the help of a Marfa City Council rezoning vote.

Council members last week quickly voted 3-1 to rezone lots 16 through 20, adjacent to the current Marfa Community Health Clinic, from residential …

No new positives found in TransPecos CWD study

April 3rd, 2014

AUSTIN, FAR WEST TEXAS – Nearly 300 tissue samples were collected from hunter harvested deer and elk from the Trans Pecos ecoregion during the 2013-14 season to test for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Over the last two hunting seasons upwards of 600 deer and elk have been tested for CWD, thanks to the cooperation of …

Three people with Marfa ties killed, three hospitalized in traffic accident near Coyanosa

March 27th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA, WARD COUNTY – A Saturday afternoon car accident in Ward County left three people dead and three being treated in hospitals. The family was returning to Big Spring from Marfa following the funeral of Maria Herrera Aguirre.

Diane Lopez Herrera, 50, of Coahoma; Anthony George Herrera, 30; and Kiana Woodruff, 7, both …

MISD campuses will stay put, new industrial arts building finds a home

MISD campuses will stay put, new industrial arts building finds a home

March 27th, 2014

Principal grievances aired

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – It was a full house at Monday’s meeting as Marfa ISD school board members addressed a lengthy agenda concerning the industrial arts building, a new football scoreboard, concerns over the district-wide principal, and an upcoming vote on the solar firms’ property tax abatements.

After months of discussions, the new …

Former Alpine finance director sentenced in public corruption case

Former Alpine finance director sentenced in public corruption case

March 27th, 2014

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

ALPINE – The City of Alpine’s former finance director, Richard “Ricky” Chavez, was sentenced to seven months’ probation by 394th State District Judge Roy Ferguson on Friday, March 21 for his public corruption crimes.

Chavez was indicted by a Brewster County grand jury on September 12, 2013 and ultimately pleaded guilty to a …

Gallego distances himself from non-discrimination bill

March 27th, 2014

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

WASHINGTON, DC – Far West Texas Democratic Congressman Pete Gallego has departed from the majority of his party by distancing himself from support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

The bill would prohibit employers from discriminating on the basis of “actual or perceived” sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill further prohibits employers …

Presidio County considers Shafter water system

March 27th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

PRESIDIO – Presidio County Commissioners considered but took no action on a proposed Shafter public water system at Tuesday evening’s meeting.

The system, Presidio County Judge Paul Hunt said, would create a water district and supply water for Shafter, which would mirror current systems used in other Presidio County colonias such as Redford, …

Three people with Marfa ties killed, two in critical condition in Ward County car accident

March 25th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

WARD COUNTY – A Saturday afternoon car accident in Ward County left three people dead and two in critical condition.

Diane Lopez Herrera, 50, of Coahoma; Anthony George Herrera, 30; and Kiana Woodruff, 7, both of Big Spring, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at the intersection of FM 1776 …

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