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Marfa Meds closed for now, may be permanent

July 23rd, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

PRESIDIO COUNTY – Big Bend Regional Hospital District has temporary closed the Marfa Meds program, and Executive Director Maria O’Bryant said the program will likely suspend operations once a new pharmacy comes to Presidio County.

Marfa Meds is currently closed due to the resignations of Pharmacist David King and Pharmacy …

PISD reorganizes personnel, softball coach resigns

July 23rd, 2015

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – The sudden removal of three Presidio ISD staff members from their current posts came as a surprise to many, and sparked outcry from some.

News that PISD’s varsity softball coach Joel Pardo, athletic director Jose “Pino” Armendariz, and assistant principal Arturo Alferez would not return to their posts …

Demolition begins at Marfa Villa Apartments

July 23rd, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Demolition began this week for the Marfa Villa Apartments destroyed by fire.

Apartment manager Linda Heitman said it will take two to three weeks to tear down the building, but it’s up in the air when the construction will begin. The goal is to have the building, that …

Finally, a pharmacy for Presidio

July 23rd, 2015

Mario Juarez

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – Mario Juarez, the owner of City Drug of Alpine, recalls spending his childhood summers with his grandparents in Presidio.

“Back then, there was no pharmacy and we had a veterinarian who was our medical doctor,” Juarez said. “If somebody needed stitches, he stitched us …

Mexican farmers brace for pipeline

Mexican farmers brace for pipeline

July 23rd, 2015

(staff photo by SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN)Members of ejido “El Paradero” gather with Mexican pipeline representatives, sitting against wall, to discuss logistics surrounding the process of constructing a pipeline through their land just outside of Ojinaga.

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

OJINAGA, Chihuahua, Mexico – The Trans Pecos Pipeline saga has pegged those …

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Arts

Open studio Friday at Locker Plant for Chinati artist in residence Jennifer Cohen

July 23rd, 2015

Jennifer Cohen artwork

MARFA – Jennifer Paige Cohen, Chinati Foundation’s artist in residence for the months of June and July, will share her work with the community at an open studio on Friday, July 24 from 6-8pm at the Locker Plant in downtown Marfa.

Cohen makes sculpture from hand-formed white plaster (composed …

Mercado Mural dedication is Saturday on Murphy Street

July 23rd, 2015

Mercado Mural on Murphy Street

ALPINE – Alpine’s Gallery Night, Inc. is dedicating the Mercado Mural located on Murphy Street Saturday, July 25 at 12:30pm.

The dedication ceremony will be during the Viva Big Bend Music Festival.

Murphy Street will be closed to traffic from 8am-5pm during the festival. A …

Art, cumbia, vodka and a benefit @ Wrong

July 23rd, 2015

Gerardo Arellano(photos by RENE AMADO)

MARFA — Cumbia! Tito’s! Grand Companions! It’s an art and music benefit celebration this weekend at Wrong. Wrong Marfa is pleased to host Mexican artist and musician Gerardo Arellano for a two-day exhibition with the opening on Saturday, July 25, 3-5pm. Tito’s Homemade Vodka will provide free …

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Community

Calling all children to join the summer library program next week, presenters, tour, picnic

July 23rd, 2015

PRESIDIO – The City of Presidio Library will host the reading program the week of July 27 – July 31 from 11 a.m. to noon.

Children and their parents are invited. The presenters will be: Mr. Joel Nuñez and staff with Presidio ISD police department, Mr. John Deputy and staff with U.S Customs and …

Ray Hendryx to be honored Tuesday

July 23rd, 2015

ALPINE – Friends and supporters of Ray Hendryx, longtime owner of KVLF-AM and KALP-FM, known as the “Voice of the Last Frontier,” have planned a going-away party for the veteran broadcaster next week.

Organizers Chachi Hawkins and the new radio station management, said festivities are from 6-8pm Tuesday, July 28, at Kokernot Lodge. Hawkins …

MHS class of ’75 reunions this weekend

July 23rd, 2015

The Marfa High School class of 1975 is hosting its 40th reunion July 24-25.

All classes from the 70s are invited to a meet and great from 7-11 p.m. on Friday, July 24 at the Capri Kitchen outdoor area. $20 cash includes keg beer, light snacks, and music by Rick Ruiz. A cash bar will be …

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Education

Presidio students and the Community Park Project continues

July 23rd, 2015

(photo courtesy PISD – DPS)STEP students work on the Community Park Project.

By DIANA AGUIRRE ARMENDARIZ

PRESIDIO – Students of Texas Exploring Prevention (S.T.E.P.) program of the Presidio ISD Department of Public Safety continue their path toward the success of the Community Park Project.

The Texas Department of State Health Services recently …

Presidio solar car hits the racetrack this month

July 2nd, 2015

This year’s Presidio ISD Solar Car Challenge team is comprised of PISD students Mace Galliete, Taylor Galliete, Tatum Galliete, Esequiel Hernandez, Asa Bishop, Alberto Rodriguez, Leslie Mendoza, Edwin Anaya, Raul Rios, Gilberto Madrid, Sebastian Torres, and Enrique Garcia. The competition will be held at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth/Dallas from …

Test scores need work, curriculum director says

June 18th, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – After his first semester as Marfa ISD Curriculum Director, Oscar Aguero shared preliminary STAAR test scores at the school board meeting on Monday.

“Are they rough? Yes,” said Aguero.

The majority of the test scores show decreases from the 2013-2014 to 2014-2015 school year. The average percentage of …

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FEATURES

Fire department receives limited funding

July 16th, 2015

To read more about the Marfa Volunteer Fire Department, click here.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – The word “volunteer” in the Marfa Volunteer Fire Department’s (MVFD) is just that, 17 volunteer firefighters, including Chief Gary Mitschke and Assistant Chief Gilbert Lujan.

Mitschke receives some compensation for being the Presidio County Emergency Management …

In conversation with Michelle Garcia

July 16th, 2015

Michelle Garcia(photo by ALAN CHIN)

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

Lannan fellow Michelle Garcia is a journalist, radio reporter and video documentarian who spends her time between New York and Texas, where she grew up. Last Wednesday, The Big Bend Sentinel / The International reporter Sasha von Oldershausen took a stroll with Garcia …

Sacrificing their lives for Marfa’s safety

Sacrificing their lives for Marfa’s safety

July 16th, 2015

(staff photos by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)The 1904 firehouse on Lincoln Street.

To read about how the Marfa Volunteer Fire Department is funded, click here.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – First responders play a crucial role in every town’s safety. Residents call them when there’s an emergency. In Far West Texas, …

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Sports

Lady Devils falter at semis, but dominate all district honors

May 28th, 2015

(photo by and courtesy of TOMMY WELLS)Presidio Lady Blue Devil Vanessa Rohana staffs the mound during the semifinals game with Colorado City. Vanessa is the all district pitcher of the year.

PRESIDIO – The Presidio Lady Blue Devils varsity softball team made it all the way to the semifinals round of the …

Blue Devils take top honors for all district

May 28th, 2015

PRESIDIO – The Presidio Blue Devils varsity baseball team nailed three all district most valuable player honors and coach of the year for District 4-3A.

The district MVP is sophomore Ruben Montanez, defensive MVP is senior Raul Salgado, co-offensive MVP is senior Balam Olivas Senior, and coach of the year is Caesar Barriga.

Other …

Jeff Davis County student athletes are state champs

May 21st, 2015

(photo by and courtesy of LEE POOL)Valentine High School student Lantham Garnsey won first place in high jump during UIL Class 1A Track and Field State Championship last weekend in Austin. Garnsey also broke the state record.

(photo by and courtesy of LEE POOL)Lantham Garnsey competes in the high jump during …

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Multimedia

It’s all about the groove at Viva Big Bend 2015

It’s all about the groove at Viva Big Bend 2015

July 24th, 2015

By ROBERT L. HALPERN

Doug Sahm is the heart and soul of modern Texas music in all its forms, and Joe Nick Patoski’s documentary, “Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove,” tells Doug’s story in all its twists and turns, its ups and downs, including the Texas Tornados.

The filmmakers need some more money to secure …

July photos

July photos

July 16th, 2015

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Obituaries

Roger Kinzie

July 16th, 2015

Roger William Kinzie, 61, of Fort Davis, well known to many throughout West Texas for decades of officiating high school athletic events, passed away July 9, 2015, at University Medical Center in Lubbock.

Roger Kinzie

Born January 15, 1954 to Patricia Kinzie Watts in Cleburne, he was a long-time Fort Davis resident.

He was a 1972 …

Teodoro Lujan

July 16th, 2015

Teodoro “Ted” Galindo Lujan, 75, of Alpine passed away at Big Bend Regional Medical Center on Friday, July 10, 2015.

Rosary will be recited at 7pm Friday, July 17 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10am Saturday, July 18 at the church. Burial will be in Holy …

Father Mel La Follettee

July 16th, 2015

The Rev. Melvin Walker La Follette was born In Evansville, Indiana, on September 7, 1930. He lived all of childhood in Ridgeville, Indiana. His father, Melvin Lester La Follette, was an electrician for the local telephone company who lost his job during the Great Depression. Because of this, his mother, Genevieve Farr La Follette, found employment as the first …

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