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Obamacare sign-up sessions set for Marfa, Alpine, Terlingua next week

July 31st, 2014

FAR WEST TEXAS – Project Amistad has scheduled informative sessions to help you navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace and prepare for the start of the Fall Open Enrollment Period will be held in West Texas at the following locations:

· Tuesday, August 5, 2014, Marfa Public Library, 115 E. Oak, 10am-1:30pm.

· Wednesday, August 6, 2014, Alpine Public Library, …

Former Marfa man dies in vehicle accident

July 31st, 2014

GAINES COUNTY – An Andrews man formerly of Marfa was killed last week in a single-vehicle accident in Gaines County, 11 miles south of Seminole.

Michael Sanchez Ohl, 26, was pronounced deceased on the morning of Friday, July 25 by Dr. Paul Schebid of Brownfield Regional Medical Center.

According to the Department of Public Safety accident report, …

Damaged Village Farms’ Marfa greenhouse reopens

July 31st, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA – Two years after a hailstorm destroyed 80 acres of a Village Farms greenhouse in Marfa and the ensuing battle with the company’s insurance providers, the doors to a newly constructed 60-acre greenhouse at the site is now open and producing at full capacity.

Though still 20 acres shy of its original …

City of Alpine reconsiders ordinance limiting public comment

July 31st, 2014

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

ALPINE – The city of Alpine is going back to the drawing board on a proposed ordinance that would have strictly limited public comments at city meetings.

At its Tuesday, July 15 regular meeting, council approved by a 3-2 vote the first reading of an ordinance amending council meeting rules of procedure.

Under the proposed …

Hospital district sets workshop, meeting Friday in Marfa

July 31st, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA – The Big Bend Regional Hospital District (BBRHD) will meet for a public workshop beginning at 9am Friday at the Hotel Paisano ballroom followed by a special called meeting at 3:30pm.

According to BBRHD Executive Director Maria O’Bryant, the workshop is intended to bring current board directors up-to-date on the dealings and …

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Arts

24 Hour Plays call for participants

24 Hour Plays call for participants

July 31st, 2014

MARFA – Marfa Live Arts will once again showcase this region’s best writers, actors and directors during the 24 Hour Plays on Saturday, August 16th.

The concept is simple: participants write, direct, rehearse and perform six one-act plays within a 20-four hour period. It’s fast-paced, creative fun.

On Friday, August 15th at 8pm, all interested actors, writers, …

Fort Davis library hosts authors Lonn Taylor, Marcia Daudistel, Bill Wright on Saturday, August 7

July 31st, 2014

FORT DAVIS – Don’t Miss It! Another great program in the series, “Meet the Authors” is planned for Thursday, August 7 at 7pm in the Jeff Davis County Library.

This year there will be a special trio of authors who highlight people from the Big Bend.

Enjoy the amusing stories of Marcia Hatfield Daudistel and Bill Wright who …

Chinati hosts Watch Day Saturday

July 31st, 2014

MARFA – In celebration of Chinati’s inclusion on the 2014 World Monuments Watch list, and as part of its ongoing Chinati Presents series, the museum will host a Watch Day on Saturday, August 2.

Chinati’s nomination to the World Monuments Watch list recognizes the museum as an architectural and cultural site of significance and raises awareness …

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Community

Marfa citywide garage sale Saturday

July 31st, 2014

MARFA – The annual citywide garage sale is Saturday.

The event is co-sponsored by the Marfa Chamber of Commerce, established 1912, and the Marfa Rotary Club International, established in 1923 in Marfa.

Maps that were ordered can be picked up today and Saturday at the chamber office in the Hotel Paisano.

Information: Mona Garcia, 432-386-8212 or 432-729-3826.

125th Bloys Campmeeting begins Saturday

July 31st, 2014

JEFF DAVIS COUNTY – For the 125th year – and counting – several thousand folks from all over the world will gather for Bloys Campmeeting in Jeff Davis County starting this Saturday night.

Dr. William Bloys led the first meeting beginning on Oct. 10, 1890, at the suggestion of Mrs. John (Exa Gay) Means as Bloys …

Marfa 4H car wash Saturday 

July 10th, 2014

MARFA – The Marfa 4H will hold a fundraising Car Wash, Saturday, July 12 at the old Federal Land Bank parking lot at 9am till whenever! Famous 4H ice cream floats will also be available!

This will be the last fundraiser for the group that will leave Monday for the “Linking Inland to the Gulf” field …

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Education

Marfa ISD is gearing up for the new school year

Marfa ISD is gearing up for the new school year

July 31st, 2014

 Shorthorn band practice begins Monday

Daniel Hernandez, the new band director at Marfa High School, announces that the first marching band practice will be Monday, August 4 beginning at 6 pm.

Meet at the band hall. Bring your instrument and wear comfortable clothes.

Mr. Hernandez will have a schedule and additional information for each student. This is for …

McGlothlin resigns from MISD

July 28th, 2014

Dr. Ross McGlothlin

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Dr. Ross McGlothlin, the former campus-wide principal and current Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Marfa ISD, has resigned.

In a Sunday, July 27 letter to the Marfa ISD board of trustees, McGlothlin states that he has accepted a job offer to serve as the …

MISD teachers, administrators get salary bump

July 24th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – As the 2014-2015 school year approaches, the Marfa ISD board of trustees is taking measures to meet Texas Education Agency’s standards for another year. Among those measures include the beginning of salary increases among staff and new school start and finish times.

Marfa ISD Superintendent Andrew Peters proposed a mid-point system …

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FEATURES

New Railroad Blues owner plans changes, but ‘the Blues vibe’ will stay

July 24th, 2014

(staff photo by ROBERT L. HALPERN)Railroad Blues’ new owner Tim Wilson, left, with R.C. Toler

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

ALPINE – Changes are coming to the Railroad Blues, the longtime Alpine music venue, but new owner Tim Wilson of El Paso promises it will still have that same wood fire on the patio and …

Nick Cooper is new Padre’s Marfa manager

July 24th, 2014

Nick Cooper

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA – Padre’s Marfa is receiving a reboot as Nick Cooper takes over managerial duties at the widely known and well-regarded venue.

Cooper, who comes to Marfa following a stint managing the High Sierra Bar & Grill in Terlingua, is bringing some fresh ideas on music, ambiance, and food.

“I …

Casa Hogar co-founder Teda Neill celebrates 102nd birthday in Ojinaga

July 24th, 2014

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)The children of Casa Hogar in Ojinaga celebrated the 102nd birthday of Teda Neill, of one of the institution’s founders. Neill’s birthday is on Sunday, July 27, but traveled to Ojinaga a few days early to be with the children.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

OJINAGA, CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO – With …

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Sports

Presidio hits a homerun hosting state baseball tournament

July 31st, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

PRESIDIO – The Presidio Braves may have walked away with the 2014 Texas Teenage Baseball Association 9 and under state tournament with the championship trophy (their second straight title) after defeating the Eastland Lions 8-3 in the final, but the city of Presidio itself also wound up a winner, too.

“[The tournament] did …

Presidio Braves are back-to-back state champs

Presidio Braves are back-to-back state champs

July 31st, 2014

State ChampsThe Presidio Braves are the Texas Teenage Baseball Association 9 and under state champions, second year in a row.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

PRESIDIO – The Presidio Braves are back-to-back Texas Teenage Baseball Association 9 and under state champions after defeating the Eastland Lions 8 – 3 at last week’s tournament held in …

Presidio Blue Devils are Area champs

May 15th, 2014

 

(PISD photo by CARMEN RUBNER)The Presidio Blue Devil baseball team, front from left, Luis Valenzuela, Raul Salgado, Ivan Barrientos, Balam Olivas, Ricardo Ortiz, and Alberto Fernandez. Back from left, Trainer Isael Natividad, Coach Johnnie Williams, Chris Hernandez, Jesus Carrasco, Ramon Olivas, Jiovannie Escontrias, Martin Manriquez, Elias Arevalo, Alexis Amancio, Coach Cesar Barriga, and Coach …

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Multimedia

Viva Big Bend 2014

Viva Big Bend 2014

July 31st, 2014

This week in pictures

This week in pictures

July 25th, 2014

This week in photos

This week in photos

July 11th, 2014

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Obituaries

Jose ‘Lalo’ Jimenez

August 1st, 2014

Presidio native and longtime Marfa resident Jose E. “Lalo” Jimenez, 81, passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Reeves County Hospital in Pecos.

Jose ‘Lalo’ Jimenez

Rosary will be recited at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marfa at 11am Saturday, August 2, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at noon, officiated by Fr. …

Runkles

July 31st, 2014

Jack R. Runkles

Jack R. Runkles, 91, of San Angelo, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

Jack was born September 4, 1922, to Rhodes R. Runkles and Ona Mann Runkles in San Angelo.

He graduated from San Angelo High School in 1941. He was the captain of the 1941 track team. He enrolled in Texas …

Sakihara

July 31st, 2014

Toshi Sakihara

Toshi Sakihara, the co-owner of the restaurant Cochineal in Marfa, died very gently in the Austin Hospice with family at his side on Saturday, July 26, 2014. He was 61 and had battled his cancer valiantly and with dignity.

He was born February 18, 1953 on the 11-square-mile island of Yonaguni, of …

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