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Marfa Chief of Police, officers to take oath of office Friday

October 19th, 2017

Marfa Police Department badge

MARFA – The City of Marfa will hold a swearing in and badge pinning ceremony for its new Police Department at a special City Council meeting on Friday. The public is invited to attend along with officers’ friends and families. The ceremony will begin at 5pm at City Hall’s Casner Room, …

Marfa PD begins operations Monday

October 19th, 2017

MARFA – The newly re-established Marfa Police Department will begin patrols on Monday, October 23 under the direction of Chief Estevan Marquez.

911 calls within the City will be dispatched to the department beginning Monday morning.

The Department can also be reached directly at 432 729 1841.

The Marfa Police Department office is located next to City Hall …

Early voting begins Monday in state constitution election

October 19th, 2017

By the Presidio International / Marfa Big Bend Sentinel staff

FAR WEST TEXAS – Early voting starts Monday, October 23, for seven amendments to the Texas Constitution.

Presidio County voters in Precincts 1 through 7 can vote from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, at the courthouse in Marfa and the annex in Presidio. There will be …

Water system repairs longer than expectecd

Water system repairs longer than expectecd

October 19th, 2017

(staff photo by ROBERT L. HALPERN) The City of Marfa Utility Department staff opened fire hydrants to reduce pressure as repairs were made to the municipal water system at the intersection of Oak and Dean streets last week.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – What was supposed to be a downtown only water outage on Thursday, …

Pharr man still missing at Big Bend National Park

October 19th, 2017

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johdaniel@bigbendnow.com

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK – The search for 19-year-old missing man Renee Cervantes Jr. continues at Big Bend National Park, two months after his disappearance, according to park spokesperson Jeanette Jurado.

Cervantes, of Pharr, Texas, was reportedly swept away by a current while swimming with friends in the Rio Grande near the park’s …

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Arts

Marfa Studio of Arts hosts Halloween spook show

October 20th, 2017

Sir Witch

MARFA – Marfa Studio of Arts (MSA) will host the Third Annual Halloween Spook Show featuring Rae Red (Rae Anna Hample of Marfa) and Sir Witch (Michael Serwich of Albuquerque, New Mexico) who are touring a series of mirthfully macabre puppet vignettes through Marfa and Austin.

They will perform at 7:30pm on October 23 in …

Marfa Open art festival in Southeast Asia

October 20th, 2017

MARFA – After two successful weeks in Marfa, a creative team is taking Marfa Open on the road to Chiang Mai, Thailand and to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (HCMC – Saigon, District 2).

The creative team started working in Marfa on events to be held in March 2018. The resulting art performances are being coordinated …

Next week: Japanese sound artists, courtesy Marfa Live Arts

October 20th, 2017

Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda

MARFA – Marfa Live Arts brings two pioneers of sound art, Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda, to Marfa for a series of free events on Wednesday, October 25th and Thursday, October 26th.

The duo visits West Texas during fu-rai—a seven-city North American tour. While in Marfa, Suzuki and Onda will host …

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Community

Presidio’s Molly Ferguson to walk the red carpet at Tejano Music Awards this weekend

October 20th, 2017

(photo by and courtesy of David Muñoz, Muñoz Snapshots, Corpus Christi)Presidio’s Molly Ferguson with her Tejano Idol first-place trophy.

SAN ANTONIO – The newly crown Tejano Idol Molly Ferguson will walk the red carpet this Saturday at the Tejano Music Awards in San Antonio.

The 37th Annual Tejano Music Awards (TMA’s), is October 21 at the …

Blackwell School invites you to an April block party

October 20th, 2017

MARFA – The first annual Blackwell Block Party (BBP) is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2018—a one-day festival celebrating and commemorating the unity of bi-national culture and the rich heritage of Mexican Americans in Marfa. Organizations and individuals are invited to be a part of the event by hosting activities that contribute to the theme …

AHS Class of ’67 celebrates 50th reunion

October 20th, 2017

(photo courtesy Cynthia Neu)Members of the AHS Class of 1967, front row seated from left, Jacobina Skinner, Rory Coggins, Cynthia Neu, Betty Lou Low, Robin Sohl and Mary Bell Lockhart. Second row kneeling from left, Ginny Lines, Debbie Boysen, Jeannie McCollister, Elizabeth Morrow, Sally Turner, Clinnell McLean, Georgie Oates, Lea Skelton and Elaine Babcock. …

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Education

Sul Ross choir, wind ensemble concert October 12

October 13th, 2017

ALPINE – The Sul Ross State University Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble will perform Thursday, October 12, at 7:30pm in Marshall Auditorium. There is no admission charge and the public is invited.

Dr. Donald Freed, Sul Ross professor of Music, will direct the choir. Concert selections are: “Sure on This Shining Night,” by Samuel Barber; “Songs …

Sully’s Showcase is October 14 at Sul Ross

October 13th, 2017

ALPINE – Over 300 persons have pre-registered for Sully’s Showcase, Sul Ross State University’s biannual, prospective student open house. This semester’s event is scheduled Saturday, October 14.

Sully’s Showcase, sponsored by the Office of Enrollment Management’s New Student Programs, will be held from 8:30am- 4pm in the Pete P. Gallego Center. Prospective students and their families …

Third annual Big Bend Comic Con is October 14 at Sul Ross Wildenthal Library

October 13th, 2017

ALPINE – Sul Ross State University’s Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library will host Big Bend Comic Con 2017 Saturday, October 14, 1-5pm. All activities at the third annual event are free and open to the public.

Comic Con 2017 will focus on community artists and vendors in the celebration of comic books, graphic novels and pop culture. …

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FEATURES

“in front of us:” films by women directors showing in Marfa

October 13th, 2017

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)From left, Caitlin Murray, Eileen Myles, Tim Johnson, Carolyn Pfeiffer, and Peggy O’Brien, the group that organizes the in front of us film series., standing in front of an audience. Not pictures is Elise Pepple.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – A Marfa film series that focuses on work by women …

Lyft arrives in Far West Texas

September 28th, 2017

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)Alpine resident John Tabor has signed on to be the first ride sharing driver in the tri-county area.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

FAR WEST TEXAS – Lyft, the ridesharing program, has arrived in Far West Texas.

Marfa residents discovered the news when it was posted on Facebook last week. Some were skeptical …

The last of the Ojinaga adoberos

The last of the Ojinaga adoberos

September 7th, 2017

(staff photos by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA) The Ojinaga master adobero Don Manuel Rodriguez, left, his son Victor, far right, with Marfa adobero Sandro Canovas.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

OJINAGA – In the eastern outskirts of Ojinaga, along a dirt road nestled between the old railroad tracks and a creek that spills into the Rio Grande, is …

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Sports

Blue Devils varsity XC advances to regional meet

October 20th, 2017

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)The Blue Devils cross country runners in action on Saturday at the district meet.

PRESIDIO – The Presidio Blue Devils varsity cross country team took second place at the district run on Saturday and advanced to the regional meet.

Team Presidio will hit the dirt at regionals in Lubbock on Monday, …

Lady Blue Devils are district XC champs

October 20th, 2017

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)The Presidio Lady Blue Devils cross country teams run to the 2017 district championship on Saturday. Good luck, Lady Devils!!!

PRESIDIO – The varsity girls of Presidio High School were crowned district cross county champions with a score of 18 points as six of the seven Lady Devils finished in …

Horns drop first game of season, but still 5-1

October 20th, 2017

Ian Martinez prepares to run the ball for the Shorthorns in recent action against Garden City.

MARFA – The Marfa Shorthorns got their first taste of defeat this year, falling to 54-6 to Garden City in the Permian Basin community.

There’s no Friday Night Lights for the Purple & White this week, and the team will …

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Multimedia

Presidio Art festival 2017

Presidio Art festival 2017

April 27th, 2017

Veteran Austin musician records new album

Veteran Austin musician records new album

April 6th, 2017

Bobby Earl’ new album, “Calling Me Calling You”

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

TEXAS — Bobby Earl Smith, a West Texas native and the cofounder of the 1970s Austin band, Freda and the Firedogs, which presaged the redneck rock movement in Texas, has released a new album, “Calling Me Calling You.”

The record, which he worked on alongside his son Eric, …

February 21st, 2017

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Obituaries

Bailey

October 19th, 2017

Suzanne Spiller Bailey

Suzanne Bailey of Alpine passed away peacefully at the T. Boone Pickens Faith Presbyterian Hospice in Dallas, Texas on October 9, 2017. The cause was cancer.

Suzanne was born on August 4, 1939 in Montgomery County, Texas to Mary Elizabeth and John William “Doc” Spiller.

She married Don Bailey in 1965 and their love …

Welsh

October 13th, 2017

John F. Welsh

John F. (Johnny) Welsh Jr., native El Pasoan, Korean War Veteran, West Texas businessman, and award-winning author, died October 8, 2017. He was 87.

Johnny was born in El Paso on December 18, 1929 to John and Ernestyne Welsh. As a child, he grew up in the family grocery store at 2432 Copper …

Gonzales

October 13th, 2017

Lionel “Leo” Miller Gonzales

Lionel “Leo” Gonzales, 77, of Marfa, passed away October 6, 2017 at Pecos County Memorial Hospital in Fort Stockton, Texas.

Rosary service was held at 1:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Monday, October 9, 2017. Mass of Christian Burial followed the rosary service. Burial was at the Marfa Catholic cemetery. …

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