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“Our president talks about building walls, we’re talking about building bridges,” says Brad Newton

February 23rd, 2017

 

By DIANA AGUIRRE ARMENDARIZ

PRESIDIO – Thanks to tourism and constructions, the City of Presidio remains afloat having reached this month the sum of $38,352.24 compared to December 2015 in which it obtained $29,483.97, an increase of more than 20 percent in tax collections.

“We have tourists coming on their motorcycles, as well as the construction of …

Undocumented youth uncertain over future of their right to live in the United States

February 23rd, 2017

By DIANA AGUIRRE ARMENDARIZ

PRESIDIO – About 700,000 young people benefit from President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive order creating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). However, the potential loss of this protection grows with current president Donald Trump.

The recent case of a DACA recipient arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement took place in Seattle, has …

Presidio recycling center aims to save the waste

February 23rd, 2017

By DIANA AGUIRRE ARMENDARIZ

PRESIDIO – “When you’re used to recycling, it’s easy to do it,” says Elvira Lara, who is the representative of the recycling center in Presidio. Along with Lara, Alcee Tavarez, a retired teacher, also volunteers at the center separating or cleaning the material twice a week.

“Here in Presidio, if the garbage dump …

Texas Lege looks to adopt JP measure in wake of Scalia death inquest

Texas Lege looks to adopt JP measure in wake of Scalia death inquest

February 23rd, 2017

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

AUSTIN – On Monday, February 13 – exactly one year after the sudden death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at Cibolo Creek Ranch in south Presidio County – the Texas Senate Committee of State Affairs held a public hearing on Senate Bill 378, which …

Andrews nuclear waste storage open for comment until March 13

February 23rd, 2017

WCS wants high-level radwaste

By CAMERON DODD

Cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO COUNTY — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is accepting public comments on the environmental review for a high-level nuclear waste storage facility near Andrews in the Permian Basin. The public can comment on the application through regulations.gov until March 13.

Nuclear storage company Waste Control Specialists has operated a …

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Arts

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering kicks off Friday on the Sul Ross campus

February 23rd, 2017

(staff photo by BARBARA RICHERSON)Grammy Award nominee Joel Nelson performs at last year’s Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

ALPINE – The 31st annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering will kickoff tomorrow on the campus of Sul Ross State University.

Friday, the Gathering kicks off with a “Howdy, Let’s Get Started” session in Marshall Auditorium. After a welcome by …

Pre-publication buzz leads to early release of Trail of Painted Ponies adult coloring book

February 16th, 2017

Book cover

SANTA FE, New Mexico – Originally scheduled for release in late April, a new adult coloring book published by Blue Star Coloring that features original artwork from The Trail of Painted Ponies, translated into highly detailed line-drawings by some of the best illustrators in the business, has moved its release date up to …

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering announces headliners for 31st annual event at Sul Ross

February 16th, 2017

(staff photo by BARBARA RICHERSON)Mike Blakely will perform at the 31st annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering next week on the campus of Sul Ross State University.

ALPINE – The 31st annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering will kick off Friday, February 24, on the campus of Sul Ross State University. The first session is at 10 …

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Community

Natives, city to honor Presidio’s Indigenous history Saturday

Natives, city to honor Presidio’s Indigenous history Saturday

February 23rd, 2017

(staff photo by CAMERON DODD)The Lipan Apache Cemetery

PRESIDIO — Local leaders and the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas will celebrate the rescue of the Historical Cemetery in the Barrio de los Lipanes section of Presidio this Saturday, February 25.

Culminating several years of working together to gain State Antiquities Landmark (SAL) designation for the historical …

No Ban No Wall march planned for February 25

February 16th, 2017

PRESIDIO — Area residents have planned a march through Presidio against immigration bans and border walls.

Beginning at 11am Saturday, February 25 at the Presidio flags and sign – the intersection of Highway 67 and Erma Avenue – demonstrators will march toward the international bridge and through downtown Presidio. The march is in conjunction with a …

Rotary Club of Alpine Pancake Supper tonight

February 16th, 2017

ALPINE – The Rotary Club of Alpine will hold its annual Pancake Supper and Silent Auction on Thursday evening, Feb. 16, at 6 pm, at the Alpine Elementary School Cafeteria.

The event benefits Alpine High School graduating seniors with scholarships to Sul Ross State University.

Freshly made pancakes, sausages, beverages (coffee, milk, juice) will be ready for …

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Education

South Africa trip seeks to expand Sul Ross international student possibilities

February 23rd, 2017

(photo courtesy ESTHER RUMSEY)Five Sul Ross State University representatives visited the University of Pretoria and several government agencies in South Africa Jan. 23-Feb. 2 to discuss opportunities for international exchange. Pictured (from left) are: Dr. Rob Kinucan, Dean of the College of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; Dr. Esther Rumsey, professor of Communication and …

Retired Sul Ross professor Judith Parsons to receive honorary doctorate

February 23rd, 2017

Judith Parsons

ALPINE – Judith Parsons, who retired in 2015 after 50 years on the Sul Ross State University faculty, will receive an honorary doctorate in History, following action by the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System. The Regents met Thursday and Friday (Feb. 16-17) in Austin.

Parsons, who will receive the Doctor …

DAR good citizen award goes to five area high school students

February 23rd, 2017

FAR WEST TEXAS – Five area high school seniors will receive the Daughters of The American Revolution Paisano Chapter Good Citizen Award at a Sunday function in Alpine.

Brandon Leos of Marfa, Jeremy I. Ramirez of Marathon, Emily Anne Merrill of Fort Davis, Jose Damian Villanueva of Big Bend High School, and Angelica Christina Rios of …

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FEATURES

A visit to Batopilas, Mexico with a low peso in the time of Trump

February 16th, 2017

The travel parlor at the Riverside Lodge.

A fallen rock on the road to Batopilas.

By JIM GLENDINNING

BATOPILAS, Mexico – We four – Max Moon of Alpine and the Philippines, Tim Pierce of Alpine, Todd Bureau of Terlingua and Alaska, and myself – crossed into Mexico at Ojinaga and found a greatly enlarged Mexican immigration …

Alpine custom guitar maker honored by Fender

Alpine custom guitar maker honored by Fender

February 16th, 2017

Michael Stevens

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

ALPINE – In 1987, the Fender Guitars Custom Shop – also known as The Dream Factory – opened its doors in Corona, California with Alpine luthier Michael Stevens co-founding and heading the design engineering team.

Thirty years later, Stevens – along with the other seven original designers – has been …

Drivers rejoice! State vehicle inspection returning to Marfa

Drivers rejoice! State vehicle inspection returning to Marfa

February 9th, 2017

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)Gilbert Lujan and Gustavo, the shop dog.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – “It really sucks having to drive to Alpine and having to wait so long just to get basic maintenance or an inspection on your car,” said TIOS (Tires, Inspection, Oil Services) proprietor Gilbert Lujan of his recently opened …

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Sports

Pecos beats Presidio Lady Devils by one point

Pecos beats Presidio Lady Devils by one point

February 23rd, 2017

(staff photo by CAMERON DODD)The Lady Devils make a play against the Eagles.

PRESIDIO — The Presidio High School varsity Lady Devils finished Tuesday’s softball game against the Pecos Eagles down by just one run for their first loss of the season.

After a hard-fought game, the final score was Presidio 13 to Pecos 14.

The junior …

Blue Devils are bi-district champions; play for area title Friday

February 23rd, 2017

The 2017 Presidio Blue Devils varsity basketball team and bi-district champions, top row from left, Coach Marco Lujan, Coach Caesar Barriga, Cesar Ceniceros, Oscar Moreno, Ivan Montoya, Fernando Guerrero, Abraham Lozano, Edgar Galindo, Juan Nieto, Coach Robert Romero, Luis Valenzuela; bottom row from left, Edgar Rivera, Ivan Cervantes, Jovani Sanchez, Fabian Flotte, Brandon Muñoz.

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Presidio students take awards at STEM competition

February 23rd, 2017

PRESIDIO — Eleven Presidio High School and Middle School students placed in this year’s West Texas Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Competition in Odessa last week. Presidio High School senior Damariz Peraza won the Outstanding Senior award.

The 2017 West Texas STEM Competition was held at the Saulsbury Campus Center at Odessa College on Saturday February …

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Multimedia

February 21st, 2017

Hamilton Leithauser at The Crowley Theater

Hamilton Leithauser at The Crowley Theater

January 16th, 2017

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA) Hamilton Leithauser, former frontman of influential indie band The Walkmen, performed to a sold-out audience at The Crowley Theater on Friday, January 13.

Halloween 2016

Halloween 2016

November 4th, 2016

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Obituaries

Bell

February 23rd, 2017

Helen Bell

Helen Marine Acton Bell is dancing with her one true love, Horace L. Bell, in Heaven. She was reunited with him on February 19, 2017.

Graveside services will be held at 2pm today, Thursday, February 23 in Elm Grove Cemetery in Alpine.

Helen was born June 26, 1931 to Celia Maxine and Maynard William “Dutch” …

Peña

February 23rd, 2017

Coach Higinio Peña

Higinio Bravo Peña, 80, a beloved teacher and coach at Alpine ISD for many years, passed away February 16, 2017.

Rosary is 7pm Friday, February 24 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Alpine. Funeral Mass is 10am Saturday, February 25 at the church. A meal at Alpine Community Center will follow …

Ramirez

February 23rd, 2017

Yolanda Ramirez

Yolanda Ramirez of Alpine closed her eyes to her earthly home and gained her heavenly reward of eternal life on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Big Bend Regional Medical Center. She was 84 years young.

Funeral services will be held at 10am today, Thursday, February 23 at the Alpine First Assembly of God Church …

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