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No appointment made to vacant city council seat

April 17th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

PRESIDIO – Presidio City Council members met last Thursday with their first quorum being met in three months. Prior city council meetings had been canceled due to a vacancy on the board, as well as an illness that had left the council without a quorum. With a vacancy, a super majority is …

Marfa school board to consider solar plant tax abatements Monday

April 17th, 2014

MARFA – Marfa school board members are expected to consider property tax abatements for two commercial solar-powered electricity-generating operations seeking to locate in northern Presidio County – one near Marfa – when trustees meet Monday.

While there won’t be a formal public hearing, residents will be given the opportunity to state their views on the issue …

Property reappraisals now expected May 1

Property reappraisals now expected May 1

April 17th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

PRESIDIO COUNTY – The preliminary figures for the countywide reappraisal will be ready on May 1, according to the Presidio County Appraisal District office.

 

(staff photo by SARAH M. VAQUEZ)Richard Petree, the appraiser consultant for the Presidio County Appraisal District, rides a segeway in downtown Marfa to conduct on-site property …

Gallego recovers $2.5 million for 23rd District of Texas constituents

April 17th, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Pete P. Gallego, D-Alpine, has recovered more than $2.5 million for constituents of 23rd District of Texas from various federal agencies.

Gallego reached this landmark achievement one month ahead of goal. He and staff work with constituents to recover federal funds owed to them by communicating with federal agencies and departments …

Participation rises at Presidio County Fair in Marfa

April 17th, 2014

PRESIDIO COUNTY – From pecan pies to quilts and buckles to boot-scooting, last Saturday’s Presidio County Fair was an all-around blast for participants and visitors alike.

“We had lots of visitors and a great deal of interest in the different contests,” said Sterry Butcher, of the Presidio County 4H Parent Leaders Association, which sponsored the fair. …

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Arts

Playing the violin for the first time in Rerememberer

April 17th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – I can now say I’m an accomplished violin player. Well that’s not true, but I did get the chance to play the violin in front of a public audience two hours after I held the instrument in my hands for the first time. It’s been years since I played music. …

Two days of El Paso radness begins Friday night

Two days of El Paso radness begins Friday night

April 17th, 2014

 

Miijas

MARFA – LBS., Padre’s Marfa, and El Paso’s Fusion Magazine presents Chinga Fest, two days of El Paso radness, at Padre’s Marfa this weekend.

The rockin’ event will welcome eight El Paso bands and two DJs from Chuco Town to entertain the rock-n-roll cretins of Big Bend country.

Industrial band Mattox will kick off …

O’Connor book signing is Saturday in Marfa

April 17th, 2014

Project complements work started by Cecilia Thompson on city, county history

MARFA – The book, ‘Marfa and Presidio County, Texas’ has finally been published, and its long-awaited release will be celebrated with a book signing with author Louise O’Connor from 4-6pm Saturday at the Marfa Book Co.

Louise O’Connor

This labor of love by O’Connor …

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Community

New Bishop to lead Mass in Marfa, Valentine

April 10th, 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 …

Presidio County Fair is Saturday in Marfa

April 10th, 2014

Let the contests begin!

PRESIDIO COUNTY – It’s here! The Presidio County Fair kicks off this Saturday at the big red barn off Golf Course Road in Marfa!

Registration begins at 8am and the fair opens at 9am. A $15 registration fee covers as many classes as you’d like to enter, up to two entries per class.

Along …

Boquillas port of entry celebrates first anniversary

April 3rd, 2014

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK – The official Boquillas Port of Entry crossing in Big Bend National Park, providing access to Boquillas and Coahuila, Mexico, as well as the protected areas of Maderas del Carmen, Ocampo, and Cañon de Santa Elena, will celebrate its first year of operations at 11am on Saturday, April 19. The village …

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Education

Sul Ross student from Presidio win awards at TIPA conference

April 17th, 2014

By CHERYL ZINSMEYER 

SRSU Student Publications 

ALPINE – Sul Ross State University’s student publications received 37 awards at last week’s Texas Intercollegiate Press Association’s conference in San Antonio.

The Skyline, Sul Ross’ student news magazine collected 21 of the awards, while The Brand yearbook received 15 awards, and The Sage literary magazine garnered one.

The Texas Intercollegiate Press Association …

Sul Ross President Emeritus Morgan accepts interim post at UH-Victoria

April 17th, 2014

By RICHARD BONNIN

University of Houston Media Relations

HOUSTON, ALPINE – University of Houston System Chancellor Renu Khator has named Dr. Raymond Victor Morgan, Jr., Interim President of the University of Houston-Victoria, effective April 21. Morgan currently is President Emeritus and professor of mathematics at Sul Ross State University.

“Dr. Morgan has the right blend of experience, accomplishments …

Marfa ag mechanics students take home Sul Ross honors

Marfa ag mechanics students take home Sul Ross honors

March 27th, 2014

(photo by Presidio County Agent JESSE LEA SCHNEIDER)From left, Caleb Segar, 1st fire pit and 1st grinder; Andy Garcia, 2nd rocker bench; Isaiah Martinez, 3rd lamp; Casey Walker, 1st trailer; Alejandra Hernandez, 2nd spurs; Tim Flores, 1st grinder and 3rd stirrups; Bailey Walker, 1st table and Champion Overall Showmanship; Dakota Wilbourn, 1st …

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FEATURES

Celebrate Record Store Day at All That Music in El Paso

Celebrate Record Store Day at All That Music in El Paso

April 17th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

EL PASO – In the dying age of hard media, there’s always comfort in knowing that there are still those struggling against digital domination in print, music, and art.

On Saturday, the nation appreciates those in the music business keeping vinyl, compact discs, and cassettes on the rack for those who enjoy the …

New animal control officer takes it one day at a time in Presidio

April 17th, 2014

(photo by BRAD NEWTON)Paul Rush with his dog

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

PRESIDIO – Paul Rush knew he wanted to return to the tri-county area after he spent the last four years teaching English in Peru. Luck would have it that the City of Presidio had a job opening that piqued his interest.

Before he …

ROMP honors Gonzales during Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week

ROMP honors Gonzales during Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week

April 17th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Responsible Ownership of Marfa Pets (ROMP) caught George Gonzales by surprise when they presented him with a mayoral proclamation signed by Marfa Mayor Dan Dunlap. The proclamation thanks Gonzales for his service as the City of Marfa Animal Control Officer as part of Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week, which is …

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Sports

Blue Devils top Eagles to share District 3-3A lead

April 10th, 2014

Blue Devil Ramon Olivas is safe on base as the Pride of Presidio defeated the Pecos Eagles 5-2 this week to stay tied for first place in district.

PRESIDIO, PECOS – The Presidio Blue Devils hosted the Pecos Eagles for a district baseball showdown with Presidio taking the game 5-3.

Alonso Amancio’s stellar pitching …

Project Graduation golf tourney Saturday

March 27th, 2014

MARFA – Project Graduation sponsors will host a benefit golf tournament this Saturday, March 29 at the Marfa golf course.

Format is three-person best ball, $40 per person, golf cart not included. Shotgun start at 10:30am.

Project Graduation will sell hamburgers, burritos, and more beginning at 10am.

Information: Manny Baeza, 432-386-3234.

Marfa student athlete sets school track record

Marfa student athlete sets school track record

March 20th, 2014

Amy Hernandez

By ELLIS WILLIAMS

MARFA – Marfa Lady Shorthorn Amy Hernandez traveled to Alpine the weekend of March 8 and there officially broke a Marfa school record for fastest 300-meter hurdle with a time of 49.40 seconds.

The school’s previous record of 50.03 seconds was set in 2008 by Alyssa Fields.

“Amy has worked very …

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Multimedia

This week in photos

This week in photos

April 18th, 2014

This week in pictures

This week in pictures

April 11th, 2014

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Obituaries

Elisa Tercero

April 18th, 2014

Elisa A. Tercero, 85, of Marfa, passed from this life on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at her home in Marfa.

Elisa Tercero

Rosary will be said in Odessa at 7pm Saturday, April 19 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. The Rosary will be recited in Marfa at 9:30am Monday, April 21 at St. Mary’s Catholic …

Elodia Vasquez Acosta

April 17th, 2014

Elodia Vasquez Acosta

Elodia Vasquez Acosta, 84, a longtime Marfa resident but more recently of the El Paso-area community of Horizon City, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014 in an El Paso hospital.

She was born September 30, 1929 in Marfa to Alejandro Vasquez and Rita Borjoquez Vasquez. She married Rodolfo Acosta in Marfa …

Margaret Anne Knoell

April 17th, 2014

Margaret Anne Knoell

Margaret Anne Knoell, 50, of Grand Forks, North Dakota and formerly of Marfa passed away Monday, April 14, 2014 in Altru Hospital surrounded by her family.

A funeral Mass will be at 11am Monday, April 21 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Grand Forks. Visitation will be for two hours before …

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