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“Poor Farm Fire” is considered controlled

March 30th, 2015

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

FORT DAVIS – A wildfire that has been burning in the mountains between Fort Davis and Marfa since yesterday afternoon has reached 700 acres in size.

The “Poor Farm Fire,” as it has been called due to its location to the Poor Farm Ranch, is actively burning on the northwest ridge of the …

Vehicle wrecks on Jeff Davis courthouse lawn

March 26th, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

FORT DAVIS – A Fort Davis woman crashed her car into the fence at the Jeff Davis County Courthouse last week. There were no injuries.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety in Marfa, Fort Davis resident Paula Brooks was traveling south on Texas Highway 17 through town at …

Two injured in plane crash Monday

March 26th, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARATHON – A small plane crashed near Marathon at about 8:15am Monday, injuring the pilot and passenger.

According to Brewster County Deputy Sheriff Sgt. Maurcio V. Cordova, pilot Gil Jones and passenger Bobby Hornsby, both from Marathon, tried to circle around shortly after they took off when the plane lost …

Commissioners eye sheriff’s office spending

March 26th, 2015

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – Tuesday’s Commissioner’s Court meeting sparked some heated discussion regarding outstanding expenses incurred by the sheriff’s office.

The meeting kicked off with a department activity report from the Justice of the Peace Juanita Bishop, after which Presidio Municipal Development District President Jake Giesbrecht presented a progress report on the …

Trans Pecos pipeline opposition meeting April 8

March 26th, 2015

ALPINE – The Big Bend Conservation Alliance will host a meeting to discuss the Trans Pecos pipeline at 6pm Wednesday, April 8 at the Alpine Public Library.

A massive high-pressure natural gas pipeline is to be built through the Big Bend to export fuel for Mexican power plants. The route it will take is …

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Arts

‘Sweeney Todd’ opens on Sul Ross stage Saturday

March 26th, 2015

“Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” makes its Sul Ross State University theatre debut Saturday, March 28. Performances of the award-winning musical thriller, by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler, will be given on Saturday-Monday, March 28-30 and Thursday-Saturday, April 2-4 in Marshall Auditorium. Performance times are 8:15 p.m. nightly, with …

Meet Alouy Martinez, a featured artist at the Presidio Art Festival

March 26th, 2015

Akira the Bender, oil on canvas by featured artist Alouy Martinez.

PRESIDIO – Local Presidio artist and writer Alouy Martinez will be one of three featured artists at this year’s Presidio Art Festival.

Martinez will exhibit his “Freak Show”—a series of paintings, writing, an

Alouy Martinez

d poetry that explores …

First bi-national forum held for Presidio and Ojinaga youth

March 26th, 2015

(photos by DIANA AGUIRRE)The bi-national student forum was held at the Presidencia Municipal in Ojinaga.

By DIANA AGUIRRE ARMENDARIZ

PRESIDIO/OJINAGA – For the first time ever, high school students from Presidio and Ojinaga met on Tuesday at the Ojinaga City Hall facilities for an open youth forum in conjunction with the Presidio …

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Community

Fierro promoted to Assistant Vice President at Marfa National Bank

March 26th, 2015

Eduardo Fierro

MARFA – The Board of Directors of Big Bend Banks have announced the promotion of Eduardo Fierro to Assistant Vice President.

“Eduardo has done a fine job and we welcome him into our

officer group,” said Marfa National Bank President Chip Love.

“He has proven to be a tremendous asset …

McDonald Observatory staffers honored

March 19th, 2015

FAR WEST TEXAS – Three McDonald Observatory staff members, Debbie Sproul-Parrot of Marfa, Matthew Shetrone of Fort Davis, and Hanshin Lee of Austin, were recently honored for their work.

The Board of Visitors excellence awards and the Presidential excellence awards came at a Board of Visitors banquet in Austin in late February.

Director Dr. Taft Armandroff presented …

Sister Luz promoted to Mother Superior

March 19th, 2015

By ROSARIO SALGADO HALPERN

MARFA – Sister Luz Doñez was promoted and installed as a Superior in her order, the Missionary Sisters of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, during a ceremony last month in Corpus Christi.

As a Superior, she will be in charge of Missionary Sisters of Jesus, Mary and Joseph throughout the United States and Mexico.

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Education

Alpine band in NYC

March 16th, 2015

The Alpine High School band performed at Carnegie Hall in the heart of New York on Monday, one of the most prestigious venues in the world for both classical and popular music.

The Statue of Liberty from the dinner cruise.

The Carnegie Hall website, announcing the National Youth Concert

It …

Marfa robotics team introduces its robot to the school board

February 26th, 2015

(staff photo by ROBERT L. HALPERN)That’s Babbage the robot, sporting the team name, the Robohorns.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Marfa High School robotics team showed off what they’ve been working on all semester at the Marfa ISD board of trustees meeting on Monday, February 23.

The team, dubbed Marfa …

Trustees discuss multi-grade classrooms, teacher housing

February 26th, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Marfa ISD board of trustees had a healthy debate at Monday night’s meeting over potential elementary class alignment changes for the 2015-2016 school year.

“That’s why I think if we’re going to have this discussion, we have it now before we start stressing out teachers or concerning parents,” …

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FEATURES

The swirl of music, film, interactive – and lots of coffee – at SXSW

March 26th, 2015

Sarah @ SXSW with Red Bull and coffee in hand.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

AUSTIN – I’m back in Marfa after living it up at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin. For the past nine days, I’ve waited in line to attend movie premieres, watched some amazing performances, listened to professionals talk …

Last of the Webb brothers closes shop in Marfa

March 26th, 2015

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ) Brit Webb at work in his shop where he loved to visit with his customers and they with him.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Britain “Brit” Webb sat in the Big Bend Sentinel office this week to pay for the last advertisement for his service …

Film reveals Giant director’s take on racism of the times

Film reveals Giant director’s take on racism of the times

March 5th, 2015

(photo by RICHARD C. MILLER)James Dean taking a break on location on the set of the film Giant with Robert Marquez, left, and Joe Vasquez from Marfa. Summer 1955. This specific location is most probably Valentine.

Children of Giant documentary has Marfa premiere on Saturday

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Marfa residents will …

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Sports

Lady Horns get 4th at Van Horn track meet

March 5th, 2015

MARFA, VAN HORN – The Marfa LadyHorns varsity track and field team placed fourth at the Memorial Relays in Van Horn this past Saturday.

Complete results follow:

Shot Put:  Shelby Martinez, 6th, 25’ .5”.

Discus:  Suzzette Sanchez, 9th, 48’8.5”.

Long Jump:  Anissa Lujan, 2nd, 13’9”.

Triple Jump:  Anissa Lujan, 2nd, 30’1.5”.

3200m Run:  Aaliyah …

Shorthorns varsity 3rd, JV 7th at Van Horn meet

March 5th, 2015

MARFA, VAN HORN – The Marfa Shorthorns varsity track & field team took the silver, while the JV unit placed seventh at the Van Horn Eagles Invitational Track & Field Meet on Saturday.

Varsity Boys results:

Jeremy Guevara, 5th, 100 meter dash, 12.65 time; 2nd, shot put, 33’ 7 ¾”. 3rd, discus, 100’ 5 …

Basketball Horns fall in bi-district game

March 5th, 2015

MARFA – The Marfa Shorthorns varsity basketball team lost to the Borden County Coyotes last week 76-36 in a bi-district game in Kermit.

“Things did not go our way at all, as they jumped out to a 25-7 lead after the first quarter,” Coach Jeff Jones said. “Turnovers and a cold night shooting killed …

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Multimedia

SXSW 2015

SXSW 2015

March 26th, 2015

Spring is here! Here come the bluebonnets.

March 26th, 2015

(photo by JUANITA HILLIN) Beautiful bluebonnets have taken over the front yard at Juanita Hillin’s home in Presidio. The Lupensis texensis are a variety that is unique to the Big Bend. They grow between two and four feet high, like larkspur or gladiolas.

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Obituaries

Tyrrel Hughes Dorris

March 26th, 2015

Tyrrel Anne Hughes Dorris, 66, of Balmorhea passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 at Pecos County Memorial Hospital in Fort Stockton after a lengthy illness.

She was born in Marfa on August 5, 1948 to Edwin and Mary Lou Hughes, and was the granddaughter of Tyrrel and Edna Smith, who ranched in Presidio and Jeff Davis …

Jimmy Gallego

March 26th, 2015

Jimmy Perez “El Caballo Blanco” Gallego, 78, of Alpine passed away Friday, March 20, 2015.

Viewing will be at 6pm Friday, March 27 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Alpine. The Rosary will be recited at 7pm at the church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10am Saturday, March 28 at the church with …

Diana Llanez

March 26th, 2015

Diana Garcia Llanez, 52, of Alpine passed away Monday, March 16, 2015 in Alpine while surrounded by her loving family.

Diana Llanez

A Memorial Mass will be at 10am Saturday, April 11 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Alpine. The Rosary was recited the evening of Friday, March 20 at the church.

Diana …

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