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Presidio County SO investigating bodies found on area ranch

Presidio County SO investigating bodies found on area ranch

March 2nd, 2015

By ROBERT HALPERN

PRESIDIO COUNTY – The Presidio County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the discovery of two bodies found on an area ranch this weekend.

Presidio County Sheriff’s Office badge

Ranch workers called the sheriff’s office about midday Saturday and again on Sunday to say they had spotted the bodies, Sheriff Danny Dominguez said.

Both appeared …

Property Taxes on Farms and Ranches Could be Reduced with Productivity Appraisal

February 26th, 2015

Texas farmers and ranchers can be granted property tax relief on their land. They may apply to the Presidio County Appraisal District for agricultural productivity appraisal and for a lower appraisal of their land based on how much they produce, versus what their land would sell for in the open market.

The Texas Constitution …

City grants hospital district PAC space for patient advocate

February 26th, 2015

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – The Presidio City Council rushed through a special meeting agenda that was initially called to discuss the upcoming community development block grant (CDBG) application.

However, the council tabled a number of items on the agenda at the behest of councilmember Antonio Manríquez, who could only be present via …

Candidates run unopposed as election filing ends Friday

February 26th, 2015

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA, ALPINE – As the filing window comes to a close on Friday for the May 9 city of Marfa and Alpine city and school elections, a majority of candidates will be running unopposed.

Marfa ISD school board incumbents Cosme Roman and Katherine Shaughnessey have, as of press time, been …

County discusses new development projects

February 26th, 2015

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – The Presidio County meeting that commenced on Tuesday set the stage for a couple of development projects emerging in the city of Presidio proper.

Judge Cinderela Guevara kicked off the meeting with some good news about a $25,000 historical preservation grant that was awarded to the Marfa Municipal …

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Arts

Lonesome Heroes plays at Big Bend Brewing today

February 26th, 2015

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)The Lonesome Heroes

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

ALPINE – The Lonesome Heroes will wrap up a month-long tour today from 5-8pm at the Big Bend Brewing Co. in Alpine.

The Austin-based indie folk band spent the first 12 days on this west coast tour playing and driving …

Wild Rose Gallery opens in Fort Davis Friday

February 26th, 2015

Robert Haspel photograph

FORT DAVIS – A new business in Fort Davis, Wild Rose Gallery LLC, opens Friday, February 27.

Robert Haspel and his wife Sashi have created a gallery space in Fort Davis to display Robert’s photography, which varies quite widely in both subject matter and style.

A sample of some …

Self-taught artist Butch Anthony exhibition Friday at Wrong

February 26th, 2015

Artwork by Butch Anthony

MARFA – Self-taught artist, builder, and picker of things Butch Anthony opens his exhibition, “It Ain’t Dyin’ I’m Talkin’ About, It’s Living, from 6-8pm Friday, February 27 at the Wrong store and gallery. Mr. Anthony will be in attendance.

The exhibition will feature recent as well as …

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Community

Highland Drug, 50-year-old Alpine pharmacy, changes hands

February 26th, 2015

Robert Soza and Jill Jahn

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

ALPINE – Highland Drug is under new ownership as Jill Jahn, PharmD, took over the reins from longtime owner/pharmacist Robert Soza on February 1. Soza said that after 50 years in business, it was time for a change.

Jahn moved to Alpine in …

Senator Rodríguez to host town halls in Marfa, Van Horn next week

February 26th, 2015

MARFA, VAN HORN – Far West Texas state Sen. José Rodríguez, D-El Paso, will host two town hall meetings on Saturday, March 7 in Marfa and Van Horn.

The senator invites the public at 10am at the Hotel Capitan in Van Horn and at 2pm at the Hotel Paisano in Marfa.

“It’s my honor …

State Rep. Nevárez in area this weekend; lunch on Saturday in Alpine

February 26th, 2015

FAR WEST TEXAS – State Rep. Poncho Nevárez and his staff are packing up to leave Austin today and coming to Far West Texas.

Nevárez, along with his family, will be showcasing the beauty and diversity of House District 74 to his Capitol staff. They will visit Fort Stockton, Fort Davis, Big Bend National …

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Education

Marfa robotics team introduces its robot to the school board

February 26th, 2015

(staff photo by ROBERT L. HALPERN)That’s Babbage the robot, sporting the team name, the Robohorns.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Marfa High School robotics team showed off what they’ve been working on all semester at the Marfa ISD board of trustees meeting on Monday, February 23.

The team, dubbed Marfa …

Trustees discuss multi-grade classrooms, teacher housing

February 26th, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Marfa ISD board of trustees had a healthy debate at Monday night’s meeting over potential elementary class alignment changes for the 2015-2016 school year.

“That’s why I think if we’re going to have this discussion, we have it now before we start stressing out teachers or concerning parents,” …

Buck band’s silent auction grows

February 12th, 2015

ALPINE – Alpine Band Boosters have received more items for the silent auction to be held in conjunction with a spaghetti supper on February 25 at the Granada Theater.

The auction is designed as a final big push to raise money for Alpine High School musicians to play at Carnegie Hall in New York next month.

A …

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FEATURES

Hitchin’ a ride: Valentine’s in Valentine year three

February 19th, 2015

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)Marfa Public Radio engineer Michael Camacho holds up the signs he carried with Big Bend Sentinel reporter John Daniel Garcia that they hope will motivate someone to give them a ride to Valentine.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA, VALENTINE – KRTS engineer Michael Camacho and I readied …

The keeper of the Valentine’s Day stamp

February 5th, 2015

(staff photo by SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN)Valentine Postmaster Leslie Williams

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

VALENTINE – It’s probably a miracle Leslie Williams hasn’t developed carpal tunnel syndrome, considering the number of envelopes she’s stamped. Williams, a postal service employee in Valentine for 22 years, does not just bear the burden of a normal mail load. …

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 …

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Sports

Lady Devils fall to Bucks, but play Slaton for bi-district

February 12th, 2015

(photo by SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN)Lady Devil Yulissa Carrasco blocks a Lady Buck.

PRESIDIO – The Presidio Lady Blue Devils varsity basketball team fell to the Alpine Bucks 53-50 in a close district came on the home court on Tuesday.

The team’s third place district finish, however, boots them to post-season action, and …

Lady Blue Devils sink Cranes, get into playoffs

February 12th, 2015

PRESIDIO, CRANE – On Friday, January 31, the Presidio Lady Blue Devils varsity basketball team traveled to Crane and defeated the birds 71-38, thus clinching a playoff spot.

“I’m not sure when the last time was that the varsity girls made the playoffs but it has been quite a few years,” said coach Alonso …

Horns post first district loss, then come back with impressive win

Horns post first district loss, then come back with impressive win

February 12th, 2015

MARFA – After posting its first district loss of the season last week, the Marfa Shorthorns varsity basketball team took a win on Tuesday to go 7-1 in district action to stay in post-season action. On Friday, the Horns fell to Dell

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)Marfa Shorthorn #25 Eduardo Amaro takes …

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Multimedia

Valentine’s in Valentine 2015

Valentine’s in Valentine 2015

February 16th, 2015

Valentine

Valentine

February 6th, 2015

(staff photo by SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

To learn more about this stamp, read Sasha von Oldershausen’s feature in this week’s newspaper.

This week in photos

This week in photos

January 16th, 2015

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Obituaries

Bailey

February 26th, 2015

Marilyn Bailey

Marilyn Mae Bailey, a former Marfa and Alpine public school teacher, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, February 19, 2015 in El Paso after a lengthy illness surrounded by her family.

She was born to Stanford and Kathrine Ridley March 20, 1937 in El Paso. She married the …

Blackman

February 26th, 2015

John Blackman IV

John Nixon Blackman IV, 56, a lJohn Nixon Blackman IV, 56, a long-time Alpine resident, passed away unexpectedly and way too soon on Monday, February 23, 2015 at his home.

A memorial service is at 2pm Saturday, February 28 at the Granada Theater in Alpine.

John was born November …

Hernandez

February 26th, 2015

Estella G. Hernandez, 54, of Alpine, passed away at her residence on Saturday, February 21, 2015.

Rosary will be recited at 10am Saturday, February 28 followed by the funeral Mass at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church.

Estella was born in Alpine on October 30, 1960 to Efren and Maria Hernandez. She was a …

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