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Comptroller says he feels Marfa’s pain, but system ties his hands

September 22nd, 2016

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)Presidio Superintendent Dennis McEntire, State Senator José Rodríguez, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, and Marfa ISD Superintendent Andrew Peters at Robinson Cafeteria.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

sarah@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Even Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar agrees: Marfa’s housing situation is very unique.

“You are way different,” said Hegar. …

Fort Stockton man charged in vehicle deaths of Alpine couple

September 22nd, 2016

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

sarah@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – A Fort Stockton man has been charged in the Pecos County two-vehicle accident that claimed the lives of an elderly Alpine couple.

Justin Clark was charged with criminally negligent homicide for the accident that occurred around 12:30pm August 25 that resulted in the deaths of Duane and …

With Native help, Alpine activists organize anti-pipeline march

September 22nd, 2016

(Staff photo by CAMERON DODD)A view of the Trans-Pecos Pipeline construction site from Highway 67 south of Marfa.

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

ALPINE — Local activists have announced plans to march from downtown Alpine to part of the construction site of the Trans-Pecos Pipeline to protest the controversial natural gas pipeline …

Musicians cancel Lajitas gigs in pipeline protest

September 22nd, 2016

(staff photo by ROBERT HALPERN)Maria Moss and Jon Hogan, who play music as Hogan and Moss, performing at Come and Take It Barbeque in Alpine earlier this summer.

By CAMERON DODD

Cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — Several Far West Texas musicians have come out against playing the Thirsty Goat Saloon at Lajitas Resort …

Ojinaga, Presidio celebrate Mexican independence

September 22nd, 2016

(Photo by DIANA AGUIRRE ARMENDARIZ)Escolta del Colegrio de Bachilleres N. 10 from Chihuahua City present the Mexican flag at the Mexican Independence Day celebration at the Presidio Activity center last week.

By DIANA AGUIRRE ARMENDARIZ

PRESIDIO, OJINAGA – The Mexico-Texas border communities of Ojinaga and Presido met on September 14 at …

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Arts

Mexrrissey brings Moz to Marfa music festival via Mexico

September 22nd, 2016

(photo courtesy of Mexrrissey)Mexican Morrissey tribute band Mexrrissey outside the Salford Lads Club in Manchester, UK, hometown of The Smiths. Mexrrissey performs Friday at the Trans-Pecos Music Festival at El Cosmico.

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — “There are a lot of dramatic elements in Mexican music and Morrissey’s music that …

Festival musicians fly free with the El Cosmico Family Band

September 22nd, 2016

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)David Garza fronts the El Cosmico Family Band at the 2015 TransPecos Festival of Music and Love.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love mainstay David Garza will once again grace the El Cosmico stage leading the El Cosmico Family …

Wye Oak keeping it fresh through the years

September 22nd, 2016

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)Wye Oak performing earlier this year at South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

sarah@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – “The thing about the music business now is that localities don’t matter as much anymore,” said Andy Stack, drummer and composer for the indie rock …

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Community

Chamber music choir concert Saturday at St. James in Alpine

September 22nd, 2016

(Episcopal Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, NM photos)The Cathedral of St. John’s chamber choir

ALPINE – A chamber choir created from the 32-member Cathedral Choir of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John in Albuquerque, New Mexico will perform at 6pm Saturday, September 24 at St. James Episcopal Church in Alpine.

The …

Presidio ISD Police to host crisis, suicide-prevention training

September 22nd, 2016

PRESIDIO — The Presidio ISD Public Safety Department will host a mental health crisis and suicide prevention training October 21.

Training will be led by Victor Hernandez, a licensed professional counselor with the Permian Basin Community Center in Presidio.

“Mental health is a serious issue that needs to be addressed in our community,” Presidio …

Big Bend Ranch State Park to close for fall public hunts

September 22nd, 2016

PRESIDIO — Part of Big Ranch State Park will be closed for six non-consecutive weeks this fall for public hunts.

Campsites along FM170 and backcountry camping along the Rancharias Loop will stay open, according to Park Superintendent Nathanael Gold. Interior parts of the park will be closed for quail, javelina, mule deer and feral …

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Education

Marfa school board, superintendent revive band program, new band director on the job

September 22nd, 2016

(MISD photo)New Marfa ISD band director Vincent Smith addresses his 8th grade band class.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

sarah@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – The band plays on as the Marfa ISD board of trustees officially hired Vincent Smith as the new band director. The board also allowed the Marfa Shorthorn Athletic Boosters Club …

Shorthorn Boosters decorate for homecoming

September 22nd, 2016

MARFA – The Shorthorn Athletic Boosters are planning to decorate our town for homecoming week.

They are meeting Sunday September 25, at 4 at Martin Field. Anybody can come, and the more the merrier. There will be streamers and purple and white paint. Bring anything that you have to help, including, tape, scissors, streamers, …

Donations sought for anti-bullying program

September 22nd, 2016

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)Ernesto Zubia, left, and the Rev. Vicar Jeremiah Griffin, right, present a check to Marfa PTO President Sarah Fellows Martinez toward the Rachel’s Challenge curriculum fundraiser. The program promotes a positive climate in the classroom.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

sarah@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Marfa ISD needs donations …

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FEATURES

“Bay Lights” artist installs work at $1 billion Dallas Cowboys facility

September 1st, 2016

(photo by VERNON BRYANT, Dallas Morning News staff photographer)New Jersey-based artist Leo Villareal at the unveiling of his latest installation at the $1.5 billion Dallas Cowboys headquarters, The Star, in Frisco, Texas.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

FRISCO – Three years ago, New Jersey-based artist Leo Villareal stunned the art community …

In Ruidosa, a secret gallery worth the hike

July 21st, 2016

(staff photos by CAMERON DODD)Kathleen Griffith in her open-air art gallery in the arroyo near her home in Ruidosa.

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

RUIDOSA — Curious hikers wandering south from the Chinati Hot Springs can find a surprise amid the dusty grey rocks and desert plants. Tucked into the …

Marfa woman gives stranger the gift of life

Marfa woman gives stranger the gift of life

June 23rd, 2016

Allison Scott

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – When Fort Davis ISD Dirks-Anderson Elementary School principal Allison Scott first heard that her colleague, Luane Porter, would be unable to donate a kidney to her son Ashton in 2014, Scott came to a conclusion that only about .0017% of the nation’s population came to that year: to …

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Sports

In loss, Shorthorns first to score on state-ranked Bears

September 15th, 2016

By ROBERT HALPERN

robert@bigbendnow.com

MARFA, BALMORHEA – The Marfa Shorthorns varsity football team has done what no other football team has done to the state-ranked Balmorhea Bears this season: score.

Marfa may have lost 56-8 on the road last week, but it was the first time a team opposing the fourth-best six-man team in …

Shorthorn football hosts first home game Friday

September 1st, 2016

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)Marfa High School graduates Shawna Gonzalez and Abel Baeza repainted the Marfa Shorthorn hoofs that lead to the Martin Football Field before Friday night’s game. After recieving permission from the city, the couple used donated paint from David and Rachel Gomez, the city of Marfa and …

Ohio athlete with Marfa ties wins big at state track and field championship

June 9th, 2016

Madison Martinez

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA
johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Gahanna Lincoln High School freshman Madison Martinez took home two gold medals at the Ohio State Track and Field Championship at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio this past weekend.

Martinez, the granddaughter of Eliseo “Cheo” and Josie Martinez of Marfa, defeated the …

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Multimedia

Viva Big Bend

Viva Big Bend

August 4th, 2016

This week in photos

This week in photos

June 30th, 2016

The week in photos

The week in photos

April 22nd, 2016

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Obituaries

Mather

September 22nd, 2016

Patricia Mather

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Patricia Ann Mather announces her passing from this life on September 17, 2016 at the age of 85.

Patricia was born in Marfa to George and Ida Chastain on May 30, 1931. She was a retired surgical …

Woodward

September 22nd, 2016

TR Woodward and Elvira

TR Woodward, 61, of Alpine passed away at his home with the “love of his life” Elvira, his dog, Friday, September 16, 2016.

Graveside memorial services are 11am Tuesday, September 27 in Elm Grove Cemetery, officiated by his cousin, Ernest L. Teague.

TR was born June 29, …

Carpenter

September 22nd, 2016

Victoria Carpenter

One of Marfa’s most steadfast advocates, Dr. Victoria “Tori” Carpenter, 60, passed away suddenly on November 15, 2015 in Anchorage, Alaska.

Carpenter was born April 4, 1955 in San Saba, Texas, to well-known bootmaker and cowboy George Thomas “Buster” Carpenter Jr. and Jean Finley Carpenter. An only child, she …

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