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Elected officials set January oath-of-office ceremonies

December 17th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

FAR WEST TEXAS – Newly elected and re-elected officials for Presidio and Jeff Davis counties will be sworn into their new offices at the beginning of the new year.

The Presidio County officials’ swearing-in ceremony is 10:30am Friday, January 2, 2015 at the Presidio County Courthouse in Marfa.

Those taking office this year will …

Quaids want their passports back

December 17th, 2014

CANADA – Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi sued the U.S. Department of State on Monday, demanding their passports back and claiming they are stranded in Canada without them, according to Courthouse News.

The Quaids, who lived in Marfa in 2009, claim in federal court that the State Department revoked their passports on Dec. 12, …

Mexico’s Mennonites: What happens when the water runs out

Mexico’s Mennonites: What happens when the water runs out

December 17th, 2014

(staff photos by ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN)David Wall, a mechanic, works on a fire truck in the community of El Oasis. Almost every Mennonite community has it’s own volunteer fire department, which utilizes groundwater reserves to battle crop blazes throughout the fire season and during emergencies.

In September, Big Bend Now took a look at …

Appraisal district moves forward with technology

December 17th, 2014

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – At last week’s Presidio County Appraisal District meeting, the board made a motion to accept two proposals for a new computer-assisted mass appraisal and information systems.

Pending approval from their legal department, the PCAD will implement the new system provided by Harris True Automation in the new year. The new computer-assisted …

Border Patrol agent fired upon, fires back

Border Patrol agent fired upon, fires back

December 17th, 2014

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

HUDSPETH COUNTY – A U.S. Border Patrol officer was fired upon on Sunday, December 14 while making a traffic stop near Sierra Blanca. The officer was not injured and did shoot back with his service firearm.

According to a brief statement from Border Patrol, the incident occurred at about 7:30am Mountain time on …

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Arts

Terlingua musician’s new recording includes full band

December 17th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

TERLINGUA – It had been five years since Terlingua-via-Austin-via-Bismark, North Dakota singer/songwriter Jim Keaveny released a record when Out Of Time, his fifth record of original material, was released in October.

(album cover art by JENNIFER BOOMER)

Since recording the 2009 album Music Man, Keaveny had moved to the far reaches …

Photo book features iconic Texas images

December 17th, 2014

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M University Press has just published, “On the Road with Texas Highways: A Tribute to True Texas,” with text and photographs by J. Griffis Smith and an introduction by E. Dan Klepper of Marathon.

In a short line of Texas Highways distinguished photo editors, Smith has been described by a …

MAID in Marfa – Production of short film continues this week

December 17th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA – In playwright/screenwriter Erik Ehn’s script for the short film MAID, the city of Marfa not serves as the film’s location, but also the setting for his retelling of the story of Saint Joan of Arc, using the saint’s death and destiny as a metaphor for illegal immigration.

“Marfa is just a …

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Community

St. James offers Christmas service for the grieving

December 17th, 2014

At 7 p.m., Monday, December 22, St. James Episcopal Church in Alpine will offer a service of Holy Communion for those for whom the Christmas season’s noise and activity may be a burden.

“Many people in grief or inner darkness find the cheer of the holidays difficult to bear,” said St. James priest The Rev. …

Merton Mondays are back at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

December 17th, 2014

MARFA – Merton Mondays are back at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

For four Mondays — at least — Dave and Dot Mainz will lead a meditation program using the book “Advent and Christmas with Thomas Merton.”

Merton Mondays begin at 6:30 p.m. and will involve Scripture, writings of Thomas Merton and a short meditation session. Refreshments will …

Take a hike on New Year’s day

December 17th, 2014

PRESIDIO – Come out New Year’s Day and take a hike at Fort Leaton State Historic Site.

Park staffers will be conducting a guided First Day Hike on its History Trail.

Cost of the hike is included in the entrance fee, which is $5 for adults and free for children and Texas State Park Pass holders.

Please meet …

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Education

Dollar General donates $40,000 to Presidio ISD elementary school

December 17th, 2014

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – Dollar General surprised Presidio Elementary School with a donation of $40,000 to promote reading and literacy programs within the school.

Presidio ISD elementary students and faculty assembled in the school library last Thursday morning to meet with representatives from the bargain retail chain, who read stories to the attentive youths.

Following a …

Marfa ISD bolsters staff

December 11th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Marfa ISD board of trustees added more teachers to the roster at their meeting Monday night.

The board voted to hire Aidi Wong as a Spanish teacher, in addition to last month’s hiring of Oscar N. Aguero as the new MISD curriculum director and Crystal Garcia for fifth- and sixth-grade math.

Wong …

Marfa kids join nation in Hour of Code

December 11th, 2014

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)Hatch Marfa’s Emily Keeton, left, leads Marfa students during The Hour of Code Monday afternoon at the Crowley Theater.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Students from Marfa ISD and Marfa International School participated in the nation-wide Hour of Code this week.

Hour of Code is a weeklong event that …

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FEATURES

Alpine-born rodeo roper breaks national finals rodeo record

December 17th, 2014

Dakota Kirchenshlager and Turtle Powell

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

ALPINE, LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Alpine native and team roping header champion Turtle Powell once again wowed the crowd at the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas this past week, where he and roping partner Dakota Kirchenshlager broke the NFR 2nd round record …

Racing to meet the light

Racing to meet the light

December 17th, 2014

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

BIG BEND RANCH STATE PARK – Alli DeFrancesco has seen her share of darkness. In 2009, fresh out of college, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and spent the ensuing months battling for her life at an age when most people are just getting started.

Four years later—a cancer survivor—she plunged into the …

In the desert, the quest for water

December 11th, 2014

(staff photo by SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN)Charlie Angell stands at the back of his house, where he keeps various-sized tanks for storing rainwater he collects from his roof.

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

FAR WEST TEXAS – “What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well,” French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery once wrote. …

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Sports

2014 District 5-1A All District Team includes herd of Horns

2014 District 5-1A All District Team includes herd of Horns

November 26th, 2014

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)Coach Jeff Jones coaches the Marfa HS Shorthorns during the playoff game against Water Valley earlier this month. Jones was named All-District Coach of the Year.

Marfa’s Jones is coach of year

MARFA – A herd of Marfa Shorthorns varsity football team members were awarded with all-district honors, and …

Big Bend Special Olympics Team brings home bowling awards

Big Bend Special Olympics Team brings home bowling awards

November 26th, 2014

Big Bend Special Olympics Team from left, Crystal Young, coach, Hannah Wilbourn, Unified Athlete, Elijah Bailey, Rebecca Page, Thomas Hillery and Tony Bienhauer, coach

EL PASO – Another great competition for the Big Bend Special Olympics Team! The team traveled to El Paso for the El Paso Regional Fall Festival to compete in …

Lady Horn Hollins is volleyball player of year

November 26th, 2014

MARFA – Marfa Lady Shorthorn senior Raven Hollins is the 2014 District 2-2A volleyball player of the year.

Lady Horn Priscilla Serrano was named to the first team all district.

Marissa Garcia was named to the second team all district.

Lady Shorthorns named as honorable mention are Alejandra Hernandez, junior; Shelby Martinez, sophomore; and Kendra Saenz, sophomore.

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Obituaries

Obituarios: Armendáriz

December 17th, 2014

Carlos Armendáriz, oriundo de Presidio, granjero, empresario y ex comisionado del Condado de Presidio, murió en Dallas el sábado, 13 de diciembre de 2014. Tenía 71 años.

Carlos Armendáriz

Carlos nació en Presidio el 23 de noviembre de 1943, hijo de Alberto y Luz Spencer Armendáriz.

Se graduó en 1962 de St. Joseph´s of the …

Carlos Armendariz

December 15th, 2014

Carlos Armendáriz, a Presidio native, farmer, businessman, and former Presidio County Commissioner, passed away Saturday, December 13, 2014 in Dallas. He was 71.

Carlos Armendariz

Rosary and viewing will be from 6-9pm today, Monday, December 15 at the Flower Mound Family Funeral Home. Funeral services are 11am Tuesday, December 16 at St. Philip the …

Fournier

December 11th, 2014

Dorothy Mae Fournier

Dorothy Mae Fournier, 71, of San Antonio and formerly of Marfa, passed away Tuesday, November 25, 2014 in San Antonio.

She was born February 18, 1942 in San Antonio. She grew up in Marfa and Quemado, Texas, and was a Marfa High School graduate.

Dorothy helped many people during her career as …

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