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Mexican gas shortage causes long lines at Presidio pumps

June 23rd, 2016

(staff photo by CAMERON DODD)Cars lined up at Presidio gas pumps for several hours Tuesday as shortages in Ojinaga sent drivers across the border to fill their tanks.

By CAMERON DODD
cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — All of Presidio’s three gas stations overflowed with drivers lined up at pumps Tuesday as gas shortages in the Mexican state …

Presidio students, community members study solar power generation

June 23rd, 2016

(photo courtesy of Viviana Cataño)Stephany Rivas, Javier Hernandez, Alondra Pando, and Jose Bustamante work on a solar panel during a photovoltaics training course at Presidio High School.

By CAMERON DODD
cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — Presidio High School students, community members and city employees participated in the first of three summer photovoltaic training courses last week.

Photovoltaics …

Chili plant construction begins; contractors buy hilltop RV park

June 16th, 2016

(staff photo by CAMERON DODD)A bulldozer at the future location of the Biad Chili Products plant in Presidio.

By CAMERON DODD
cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — Construction of a chili processing plant in Presidio started this week, and the company hired to build it has purchased their own piece of town.

Contractors hired to build the new …

Landowners granted production well permits

June 16th, 2016

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA
johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – The Presidio County Underground Water Conservation District unanimously granted water production permits for county landowners, Marfa resident John Mayes of B&J Services and James Dyer of Fort Davis, at the district’s Tuesday meeting.

The permits, which will allow the landowners to sell water produced from their private wells, …

Ownership of Marfa adobe still in question, festivals granted banners and closures

June 16th, 2016

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA
johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – The mystery of the adobe structure on West Sacramento Street deepens, Marfa city attorney Theresa Todd told the city council at its Tuesday meeting.

The structure, which came up at the city’s last meeting after an offer was made to purchase the edifice and land, is still of …

County accepts ownership of historic Ruidosa church

June 16th, 2016

(BIG BEND SENTINEL file photo)The historic Ruidosa church

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ
sarah@bigbendnow.com

RUIDOSA – Presidio County now owns the deed to the Sacred Heart Church of Ruidosa. The commissioners voted at Tuesday’s meeting to accept the deed from the Catholic Diocese of El Paso, so the Presidio County Historical Commission can seek grants to …

Signatures snowball on open letter to Kelcy Warren

June 16th, 2016

(staff photo by CAMERON DODD)A crew with the Trans-Pecos Pipeline contractor Pumpco started work on a measuring station near FM 170 in south Presidio County.

By CAMERON DODD
cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — More than 100 residents, celebrities and landowners signed an open letter to pipeline magnate Kelcy Warren that appeared in the Dallas Morning News. Since …

Marfa vigil shows support for Orlando, Florida victims

June 16th, 2016

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ) Eli Cordova, left, and Sara Melancon reflect on the lives lost at the Sunday morning shooting that targeted the LGBTQ community in Orlando.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ
sarah@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Candlelight vigils were held this week across the country, including in Marfa, after many woke up Sunday morning to …

Marfa P&Z committee to consider height restrictions, container dwellings

June 16th, 2016

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)Homes constructed using shipping containers have prompted the Marfa Planning and Zoning Committee to hold a general discussion at their next meeting, which takes place tonight in the Casner Room at City Hall.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA
johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Marfa Planning and Zoning Committee members will meet at 6pm …

$2.8 million awarded to landowners in pipeline condemnation hearings

June 16th, 2016

By CAMERON DODD
cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO COUNTY — Local landowners facing condemnation proceedings brought by the Trans-Pecos Pipeline LLC last week were awarded damages in the hundreds of thousands of dollars individually. Collectively, the damages awarded in special commission hearings totaled around $2.8 million.

The Marfa Big Bend Sentinel / The Presidio International reported last week …

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