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Celebrate July 4 in Presidio

July 2nd, 2015

PRESIDIO – The city of Presidio is getting patriotic with a Fourth of July ceremony this Saturday at Daly Park.

The event will include three band performances. Norteño Especial with ex vocalist of Montes de Durango,  Tino y Su Marka and Arrieros de Ojinaga, which will perform from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m.

The …

Four die, two injured in single-car accident on I-10

July 2nd, 2015

PECOS COUNTY – Four El Paso residents died and two were injured in a car accident Sunday morning near Fort Stockton on Interstate 10.

According to the Texas DPS, the back right tire of a 2006 Ford Expedition blew out when driver Stephanie Ann Garza of El Paso was traveling eastbound around 10:45am on …

Public universities to implement campus-carry policies

July 2nd, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

FAR WEST TEXAS – Two laws adopted by the Texas Legislature this year will expand gun carry rights in the state, including on college campuses.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the measures into law that will allow concealed carry at institutions of higher education as well as statewide …

USO/visitor center name won’t change

July 2nd, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – The USO building’s name will remain the same. The Marfa City Council took no action at Thursday, June 25, where an agenda item included to rename the former AmVets/USO building to honor Marfa Mayor Dan Dunlap.

Retired Presidio County Veterans Affairs Officer Mando Garcia proposed the name change …

Appraisal district estimates pipeline value at $1.5 million a mile

July 2nd, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

PRESIDIO COUNTY – Preliminary figures show that the Trans Pecos Pipeline will bring in some hefty tax revenue to Presidio County. Presidio County Appraisal District (PCAD) Chairman Carlos Nieto and PCAD’s legal representation Dylan Wood from the Perdue Brandon law firm shared at the Thursday, June 25, board of directors …

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Arts

TAAK presents Summer School Marfa summer edition 2015

July 2nd, 2015

TAAK Summer School Marfa students listen to Joe Cabezuela speak about the Blackwell School Alliance.

MARFA – TAAK Summer School Marfa finds twelve young artists and their instructors here for a two-week fieldtrip and fieldwork studio through July 4. These graduate students study at the Sandberg Institute and Cooper Union, New York …

Marfa Live Arts’ Beyond the Box Saturday

July 2nd, 2015

(photo by and courtesy ofCATE SCHRIM)Band members are from left, Dione Acosta, Ryan Penland and Richard Covarrubias.

MARFA – Marfa Live Arts presents Beyond the Box, a set of three works by local Marfa artists this Saturday, July 4th, at the Crowley Theater.

Marfa Field Guide is the brainchild of David Fenster …

Ballroom Marfa’s DJ Camp is back Monday-Friday

June 25th, 2015

MARFA – This year we’ve joined forces with Camp Summer Shake Up, offered by Marfa ISD in collaboration with other community partner organizations. The summer camp is free with breakfast, lunch, and transportation provided. All students age 10 and up are invited to participate, and there are still spaces available. See registration info below.

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Community

5k and 1k runs in Fort Davis July 5

June 25th, 2015

FORT DAVIS – The Coolest 5k in Texas and 1k fun run/walk will take place Sunday, July 5 in Fort Davis.

This is in conjunction with Fort Davis’ premier event of the year, celebrating a good, old-fashioned Independence Day.

The 5k, which starts at 8:30am in the Jeff Davis County Park will have …

Rotary District 5520 Governor to be named Honorary Base Commander at Building 98

June 25th, 2015

Bvt. General David Allen Russell)

MARFA – The Marfa Rotary Club and the International Women’s Foundation will honor 2015-2016 Rotary District 5520 Governor Tom Walker during the oath of office for new Marfa Rotary Club President Clint Weber.

District Governor Walker will then be appointed “Honorary Base Commander” at Building 98. …

Early registration starts for Coolest 5K in Texas

June 18th, 2015

FORT DAVIS – Interested participants can now register for the Coolest 5K in Texas by Monday, June 30. Early registration fee is $15 and will be $20 on the day of the race.

The Coolest 5K in Texas will be on Sunday, July 5, at Jeff Davis County Park in Fort Davis. The 1K …

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Education

Presidio solar car hits the racetrack this month

July 2nd, 2015

This year’s Presidio ISD Solar Car Challenge team is comprised of PISD students Mace Galliete, Taylor Galliete, Tatum Galliete, Esequiel Hernandez, Asa Bishop, Alberto Rodriguez, Leslie Mendoza, Edwin Anaya, Raul Rios, Gilberto Madrid, Sebastian Torres, and Enrique Garcia. The competition will be held at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth/Dallas from …

Test scores need work, curriculum director says

June 18th, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – After his first semester as Marfa ISD Curriculum Director, Oscar Aguero shared preliminary STAAR test scores at the school board meeting on Monday.

“Are they rough? Yes,” said Aguero.

The majority of the test scores show decreases from the 2013-2014 to 2014-2015 school year. The average percentage of …

Marfa ISD considers options as “rich” school district

June 18th, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Marfa ISD is taking a proactive approach toward its potential Chapter 41 status, which would classify the district as a “rich” school.

Chief Financial Officer Victoria Sanchez discussed with the board of trustees at the June 15 meeting five different options they could possibly choose for the Chapter …

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FEATURES

Baeza Feeds employee reaches 50-year milestone

June 25th, 2015

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)Mike Juarez repairs equipment at the mill.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

(photo by SARAH S. VASQUEZ)Mike Juarez stands outside the Baeza Feeds mill where he has worked the past 50 years.

MARFA – “Yeah, I’ve been here, whoo, a lot of years,” said Ismael “Mike” …

From rags to riches: A Father’s Day story from La Frontera

June 18th, 2015

Teodoro Escontrias and his son Jiovanni playing with Tonka trucks when Jiovanni was a little boy.

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – “I guess you can say we’re living the dream,” said Jiovanni Escontrias, who still remembers the time he and his family lived in a small RV trailer in El Paso. Escontrias …

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 …

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Sports

Lady Devils falter at semis, but dominate all district honors

May 28th, 2015

(photo by and courtesy of TOMMY WELLS)Presidio Lady Blue Devil Vanessa Rohana staffs the mound during the semifinals game with Colorado City. Vanessa is the all district pitcher of the year.

PRESIDIO – The Presidio Lady Blue Devils varsity softball team made it all the way to the semifinals round of the …

Blue Devils take top honors for all district

May 28th, 2015

PRESIDIO – The Presidio Blue Devils varsity baseball team nailed three all district most valuable player honors and coach of the year for District 4-3A.

The district MVP is sophomore Ruben Montanez, defensive MVP is senior Raul Salgado, co-offensive MVP is senior Balam Olivas Senior, and coach of the year is Caesar Barriga.

Other …

Jeff Davis County student athletes are state champs

May 21st, 2015

(photo by and courtesy of LEE POOL)Valentine High School student Lantham Garnsey won first place in high jump during UIL Class 1A Track and Field State Championship last weekend in Austin. Garnsey also broke the state record.

(photo by and courtesy of LEE POOL)Lantham Garnsey competes in the high jump during …

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Obituaries

Juan Hernandez

June 25th, 2015

Juan U. Hernandez passed away on Sunday, June 21 at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, TX at the age of 82 due to complications from Alzheimer’s.

Juan Hernandez

Juan was born on June 24, 1932 to Francisco and Paz Uranaga Hernandez in Marfa. He was the youngest of eight children. He married Dora Hernandez …

Kenneth Ragsdale

June 25th, 2015

Ken Ragsdale, 97, a noted Big Bend historian, author, and big band leader, passed away at his Austin home Wednesday, June 17, 2015.

His first book, “Quicksilver: Terlingua and the Chisos Mining Company” in 1976 was the first major book written about Terlingua and the Big Bend area of Texas and is still considered the primary …

Leonor Valadez

June 25th, 2015

Leonor G. ‘Tia Oni’ Valadez, 89, a longtime Alpine resident who also lived in El Paso for many years, passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

Leonor Valadez

The Rosary is at 9am and funeral Mass at 10am Mountain Time Friday, June 26 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, 408 Park Street, El Paso with Father …

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