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Commissioners narrow deficit at budget workshop

August 25th, 2016

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)Presidio County Commissioners discussed the 2017 budget at the Presidio ISD boardroom Tuesday afternoon.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO – On Tuesday, Presidio County Commissioners’ Court tackled the 2017 deficit, ending with around a $495,000 shortfall before considering raising taxes, dipping into reserves, and or …

County officials confront communication issues

August 25th, 2016

Communication breakdown

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO – Communication – or rather, the lack of – was a constant mention at Tuesday’s Presidio County Commissioners’ Court meeting Tuesday in Presidio.

“We need to keep the lines of communication open,” said Marfa resident Jane Walker, urging the commissioners to expedite the leasing of the golf …

Brewster County groundwater well fees discussed

August 25th, 2016

(photo by JIM STREET)An overflow crowd turned up last week at a hearing on new fees proposed by the Brewster County Groundwater Control District.

By JIM STREET

ALPINE – Formal adoption of a set of fees for groundwater wells in Brewster County was tabled after a lengthy public hearing last week, …

Sheriff’s refusal to sign county policy may jeopardize grants

Sheriff’s refusal to sign county policy may jeopardize grants

August 25th, 2016

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez, far right, addresses the Presidio County Commissioners’ Court Tuesday morning.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO – Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez’s refusal to sign the county’s conflict of interest policy may impede the county’s ability to receive grants, Presidio County …

Ojinaga man arrested, 1,700 pounds of marijuana seized near Marfa

August 18th, 2016

(TX DPS photo)736 packages of marijuana were discovered by DPS officers following a traffic stop.

MARFA – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) on Sunday seized more than 1,700 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on State Highway 17, about four miles north of Marfa in Presidio County, according …

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Arts

¡Pachanga! Talent Show returns

August 25th, 2016

Master of CeremoniesJunie Villarreal

MARFA – Marfa Live Arts will bring back ¡Pachanga! A Community Talent Show this Saturday, August 27. The show will be emceed by Junie Villarreal and will take place at 7:30pm (doors at 7pm) at the Marfa Visitor Center in the USO hall. All ages are welcome.

Fort Davis guitarist invited to talent show semi-finals in Odessa

August 18th, 2016

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

ODESSA – For Fort Davis guitarist/vocalist Dave Billing, Saturday’s West Texas Talent Search in Odessa is more than just a talent show, as it has proven to an outlet to overcome a fear of the stage and revive a decades-old dream.

After watching a television commercial calling artists to participate …

Ali Holder returns to gig in Terlingua on Monday, Marfa on Tuesday

August 18th, 2016

Ali Holder(photo by Stephanie Macias)

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

sarah@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Folk/Americana singer Ali Holder is hitting the road this month with stops in West Texas next week. She will play on Monday, August 22, at the Starlight Theatre in Terlingua and then come to Marfa for a Sunset Soundtrack …

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Community

BBNP celebrates National Park Service centennial

August 25th, 2016

SOUTH BREWSTER COUNTY – Big Bend National Park will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service by conducting special Centennial activities and waiving park entrance fees from Thursday, August 25, through Sunday, August 28.

Visitors are invited to join park staff and volunteers for birthday cake on Thursday, August 25, in the …

30th annual Marfa Lights Festival is September 2-4

August 23rd, 2016

Michael Salgado

MARFA – Tejano singer and accordionist Michael Salgado returns to headline the 30th annual Marfa Lights Festival during Labor Day weekend. This year’s festival, hosted by the Marfa Chamber of Commerce is September 2 – 4.

Salgado was the headline entertainer for the Marfa Lights Festival several years ago. He will …

A UK pub crawl with Matt Walter

August 18th, 2016

ALPINE – The Alpine Public Library’s August Travel Talk will feature Matt Walter, who will talk about “UK Pub Crawl.”

The talk is 7pm Friday, August 26 at the library.

More information: 432-837-2621.

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Education

MISD approves deficit budget, maybe

August 25th, 2016

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

sarah@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Marfa ISD board members approved a deficit budget for the 2016-2017 school year at Monday night’s meeting, but the outlook isn’t that dire.

On paper, the school district has a $301,000 deficit from the $3.8 million in projected revenue and $4.1 million in budgeted expenditures for the …

Hot dogs, fun kick off new 4H season Saturday

August 25th, 2016

MARFA – The Marfa 4H Club holds its annual kickoff event on Saturday, August 27 from 11am-2pm on the Presidio County Courthouse lawn.

Everyone is invited to come out, have a hot dog, and learn what 4H is all about! Enrollment and leader registration will be offered along with project sign-up for the 2016-17 …

Big Bend Livestock Association meets Monday

August 25th, 2016

BIG BEND – The first meeting of the year is later this month for the biggest little stock show and sale in Texas!

The Big Bend Livestock Association will meet at 6pm on Monday, August 29, in Alpine at the Big Bend Telephone meeting room.

All parents and interested volunteers are invited to attend.

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FEATURES

In Ruidosa, a secret gallery worth the hike

July 21st, 2016

(staff photos by CAMERON DODD)Kathleen Griffith in her open-air art gallery in the arroyo near her home in Ruidosa.

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

RUIDOSA — Curious hikers wandering south from the Chinati Hot Springs can find a surprise amid the dusty grey rocks and desert plants. Tucked into the …

Marfa woman gives stranger the gift of life

Marfa woman gives stranger the gift of life

June 23rd, 2016

Allison Scott

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – When Fort Davis ISD Dirks-Anderson Elementary School principal Allison Scott first heard that her colleague, Luane Porter, would be unable to donate a kidney to her son Ashton in 2014, Scott came to a conclusion that only about .0017% of the nation’s population came to that year: to …

Notes from Bacabureachi

June 9th, 2016

(photos by and courtesy of MARY LOU SAXON)A Tarahumara girl stands in the courtyard of the Bacabureachi school being rebuilt by Amigos de Kórima.

By PILAR PEDERSEN

SIERRA TARAHUMARA, Mexico – High-stepping horses, dashing charros, blaring norteño, and the buzzing of flies.  Broken windows, strewn trash, the eyes of children, and burning questions. Pungent …

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Sports

Ohio athlete with Marfa ties wins big at state track and field championship

June 9th, 2016

Madison Martinez

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA
johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Gahanna Lincoln High School freshman Madison Martinez took home two gold medals at the Ohio State Track and Field Championship at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio this past weekend.

Martinez, the granddaughter of Eliseo “Cheo” and Josie Martinez of Marfa, defeated the …

Finding redemption in the ring

May 12th, 2016

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)Travis Walker jabs his opponent during Brawl of the Big Bend.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

FORT DAVIS – Travis Walker wearily ducks between the ropes of the Brawl in the Big Bend ring this past Saturday in Fort Davis. Sweat drips from his brow as he walks down …

Blue Devil runners win big at Eagle Invitational

April 14th, 2016

PRESIDIO — The Presidio High School varsity boys team won at the Eagle Invitational meet in Van Horn on March 9. The Blue Devils mustered 100 points and took first in a number of events.

Edgar Rivera won first place in the 3200-meter run with 11:46.21 and the 1600-meter run with 5:24.15. Endrik Reynoso …

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Multimedia

Viva Big Bend

Viva Big Bend

August 4th, 2016

This week in photos

This week in photos

June 30th, 2016

The week in photos

The week in photos

April 22nd, 2016

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Obituaries

Breitling

August 25th, 2016

Thomas “Tommy” Michael Breitling

Thomas “Tommy” Michael Breitling, 42, entered into eternal life Sunday, August 21, in El Paso.

He was born on June 19, 1974 to Thomas and Clarinda Garcia Breitling.

Tommy was the beloved father to his beautiful daughter Trinity and his handsome son Jayden, who were his pride …

Alvarado

August 25th, 2016

Pablo Alvarado Jr

Long time Marfa resident and businessman, Pablo Alvarado Jr., 81, passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2016 in Dallas.

Services will be held Friday, September 9 at 3pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marfa.

Pablo was born on September 16, 1934 to Pablo and Florentina Alvarado …

Odell

August 25th, 2016

Cleo Odell

Cleo Dianne Odell, 81, of Clarendon, Texas passed away Monday, August 15, 2016 in Amarillo.

Cleo was born June 15, 1935 to Prema Shaffer and Floyd Shaffer in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

She met the love of her life, Gene Odell, on a chance encounter in the Bahamas. They started a …

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