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Appointments and a call for letters of interest at city council meeting

January 29th, 2015

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – At last week’s meeting, the city council voted to appoint three members, including two existing and one new member, to the Presidio Municipal Development District.

The city received a total of four letters of interest for three available positions within the PMDD. Current PMDD president Jake Giesbrecht and vice president Lorenzo Hernandez …

BCSO busts ring smuggling drugs into jail

January 29th, 2015

ALPINE – The Brewster County Sheriff’s Office has charged an Alpine woman and four prisoners in connection with allegedly smuggling drugs into the county jail, according to the sheriff’s office Facebook page.

On January 26, five individuals were served with arrest warrants for violating Texas Penal Code 38.11: Prohibited Substances and Items in Adult or Juvenile …

Alpine man indicted for murder in summer shooting

January 29th, 2015

Victim Reymundo Vega, left, suspect Alvino Gonzalez, right

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

ALPINE – A 29-year-old Alpine man, Alvino Gonzales, has been indicted by the Brewster County Grand Jury on two counts of first-degree murder in the July 15, 2014 shooting death of Alpine resident Reymundo Vega, according to court records.

Gonzales also faces two …

Hospital awaits hospital district’s vote on recruitment funds

January 29th, 2015

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

ALPINE – Big Bend Regional Medical Center will have to wait another month to find out whether the region’s only hospital will receive grant funds from the Big Bend Regional Hospital District to recruit an orthopedic surgeon.

At their first meeting in the new year, hospital district members voted to table the request …

Shopko could take over Alco locations

January 29th, 2015

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – Days before a bankrupt Alco shutters its doors, the store is a ghost of what it once was. The shelves that still hold merchandise are a hodgepodge of odds and ends – crew neck sweatshirts embroidered with Christmas designs, and picture frames at 80 percent off. But change could be just …

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Arts

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering to kick off 29th annual event February 27

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering to kick off 29th annual event February 27

January 29th, 2015

“Preserving the traditions of the American West in words and music…
each year in the Spring.”

(staff photo by BARBARA RICHERSON)Kristyn Harris will appear at the 29th Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Alpine, February 27 and 28.

ALPINE – The 29th Annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering will be held in Alpine February 27 …

Community book project outlined at February 7 informational session

January 29th, 2015

‘Mamas of the Big Bend: It Takes a Desert’

 ALPINE – “We have such a diverse array of exceptional mamas in the vast Big Bend region, moms with different styles of parenting, living situations, and moms with no kids but are maternal figures and more,” said Natalie Pattillo. “Most importantly, though, we all seem …

New report shows economic, educational impact of arts

January 29th, 2015

AUSTIN – The Texas Cultural Trust (TCT) released the 2015 State of the Arts report that details the economic and educational impact of the arts on the state of Texas.

The report details the economic contributions of the arts in terms of jobs and sales tax revenue generated, travel and tourism dollars collected, and, for the …

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Community

Bishop names St. Mary’s to participate in Year of the Consecrated Life

January 29th, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – The Vatican has declared this Advent Year as the Year of the Consecrated Life, and Diocese of El Paso Bishop Mark J. Sietz has named St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marfa as one of three sites in West Texas to participate.

The year recognizes the religious men and women who dedicate …

Jeff Davis County wildland fire response courses offered at Mile High Wildfire Academy

January 29th, 2015

FORT DAVIS – Emergency responders are invited to hone in their wildland firefighting skills at the 17th annual Mile High Wildfire Academy held at the Fort Davis Fire Department, February 19–22.

The academy features wildland firefighting training for paid and volunteer departments, safety and fire operations courses in the wildland urban interface. The academy is customized …

Coach Pallanez inducted into Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame

January 29th, 2015

(photo by and courtesy of MESINDA ALVARADO)Former coaches and players meet in Waco to present Coach Pallanez with a signed baseball bat made by the Toro Bat Company in El Paso. From left, Mike Cox (SRSU), Joe Heckathorn (SRSU), Vince Lavallee (AHS Class of 1985), Former SRSU Assistant Randy Alvarez, David Vega …

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Education

Presidio ISD receives “clean” audit report, more good news

January 29th, 2015

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – Last week’s board meeting kicked off with a performance by the Presidio High School mariachi band, in honor of Albino Nieto, who retired from working maintenance at the school. The cheerful performance set the tone for the remainder of the meeting, during which the board had a string of good news …

Dr. Amy Moreland named Sul Ross Assistant VP for Institutional Effectiveness

January 29th, 2015

ALPINE – Dr. Amy Moreland will spearhead the Sul Ross State University’s re-accreditation process by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Amy Moreland

Moreland, assistant professor of Political Science, has been appointed assistant vice president for Institutional Effectiveness, a part-time position effective immediately, In this capacity, Moreland will provide …

April 16 investiture for 12th Sul Ross President Dr. Bill Kibler

January 29th, 2015

ALPINE – Investiture ceremonies have been scheduled Thursday, April 16 for Dr. Bill Kibler, 12th President of Sul Ross State University.

Ceremonies will be held at 2 pm in the Pete P. Gallego Center. Kibler was confirmed as Sul Ross’ President by the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System on July 9, 2014. …

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FEATURES

When life gives you lemons, recycle

January 29th, 2015

Elvira Hermosillo

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO — “They call me the recycling lady,” said Elvira Hermosillo, who earned the title for spearheading Presidio’s very first recycling program nearly three years ago. Along with five PISD high school students, Hermosillo started with just a single trashcan and some handmade signs.

“We set up next to the …

Marfa musician celebrates 50 years as drummer/band leader

Marfa musician celebrates 50 years as drummer/band leader

January 29th, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Burt Compton realized on December 31, 2014 that he was not only ringing in the New Year with his band, the Moondogs Trio, but he also reached a milestone with his music career.

Burt with his Ludwig double bass BC Champagne kit in 1978.

Fifty years ago, Compton, who …

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 …

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Sports

Jimenez earns General Business/PGA Golf Management degree

January 29th, 2015

HUNTSVILLE – The PGA Golf Management program is a 4½-year structured college curriculum and includes extensive classroom studies,

Becky Jimenez is the daughter of Frank and Abigail Jimenez of Midland, formerly of Marfa. She recently received a General Business / PGA Golf Management degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

internship experience …

Junior Horns defeat Dell City

January 29th, 2015

MARFA, DELL CITY – The Marfa Junior High School boys basketball team defeated Dell City 43-23 on Monday on the road.

“We played one of our better games and won over a team that had beat us by four earlier in the year,” said coach Richard Hibbitts.

Nevin Nuñez had 14 points, Jacob Acosta 12, Jesse Garcia …

Horns continue unblemished district run

January 29th, 2015

MARFA, VALENTINE – The Marfa Shorthorns varsity basketball team kept its unblemished district record at 5-0 with a 41-22 victory over the Valentine Pirates on Tuesday.

Salvador Roman led the scoring with five three-pointers on his way to 21 points. Other double-digit Marfa score-makers were Alberto Ramos with 14 and Horacio Ornelas with 12.

“Defense was the …

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Multimedia

This week in photos

This week in photos

January 16th, 2015

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Obituaries

Funeral services for Nessye Mae Roach February 7

January 29th, 2015

Nessye Mae Roach, noted historian and cowboy poet of Fort Davis, died peacefully Monday morning, January 26, 2015 in the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Brad McGuire of Alpine.

Funeral service will be Saturday, February 7. Time and place and complete obituary will be in next week’s publication.

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Memorial service for Billye Elder February 7

January 29th, 2015

Billye Elder

A memorial service to celebrate the life of long-time Valentine resident, Billye Elder, will be held at 12pm (noon) on Saturday, February 7 at the Valentine Community Church.

Elder, 95, passed away at her home in Valentine on January 9 in the very house where she was born.

All those wishing to attend …

Vasquez

January 29th, 2015

Ernestina M. “Nettie” Vasquez, of Marfa, Texas, passed away peacefully at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas, on Tuesday, January 23, 2015.

She was born on January 26, 1936 in Fort Davis, Texas to Luz and Juan Mendoza.

She is survived by her husband, Ruben “Sonny” Vasquez and various nieces and nephews.

Rosary and Mass will be held …

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