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Nieto resigns from school board

July 19th, 2017

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

Presidio — Presidio ISD’s school board accepted the resignation of Carlos Nieto from his post as vice president at Monday’s school board meeting. Nieto, a school board member for nearly two decades, tendered his resignation following criminal charges filed against him last month. Sitting school board member Velva Saenz will take his …

Hernandez, Nieto released on bond, but Nieto can’t return to Presidio

Hernandez, Nieto released on bond, but Nieto can’t return to Presidio

July 19th, 2017

By JIM STREET

Carlos Nieto and Lorenzo Hernandez

ALPINE, PRESIDIO – Lorenzo Hernandez and Carlos Nieto were ordered to be released on a $20,000 bond each following a bond appeal hearing in federal magistrate court Wednesday in Alpine.

However, Nieto won’t be allowed to return to his hometown of Presidio, while no residency restrictions were placed on …

County tells Hernandez to resign from office

July 13th, 2017

The letter Presidio County Judge Conderela Guevara wrote to Lorenzo Hernandez requesting he step down from his position as Commissioner.

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO COUNTY — The county will ask Lorenzo Hernandez to step down from his position as Presidio County Precinct Three Commissioner via a letter penned by Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara.

FBI agents arrested …

Marfa man returns as community outreach liaison for area state senator

July 13th, 2017

Daniel Hernandez

By NICK WINCHESTER 

nick@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — Marfa native Daniel Hernandez is back in town to staff state Senator Jose Rodriguez’s Texas Senate District 29 office in Marfa after a six-month stint working the Texas Legislature session in Austin for El Paso state Rep. Evelina “Lina” Ortega.

Hernandez sat down with the Marfa Big Bend Sentinel / Presidio …

Hotel occupancy tax about getting ‘heads in beds’

July 13th, 2017

By NICK WINCHESTER 

nick@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — Hoteliers, short-term rental owners and Marfa residents interested in learning more about the rules for where hotel occupancy tax dollars can be spent all attended a seminar by Justin Bragiel, the General Counsel for the Texas Hotel and Lodging Association, at the USO building Monday night.

At its simplest, the money from …

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Arts

‘Porvenir, Texas’ trailer screening and photogrpahy exhibition at Blackwell School Sunday

July 13th, 2017

(Photos by Jessica Lutz)The rising moon casts light and shadow on a cliff serving as an American border wall as viewed from the Mexican side in the lower canyons of the Big Bend. From Spirits of the Rio Grande project.

MARFA — This Sunday, the Marfa Film Festival (MFF) will host a special screening of the …

Greasewood Gallery presents ‘Phenomena’ exhibit until July 16

July 13th, 2017

MARFA — What lies behind UFO phenomena? Is it a commercially profitable story, a mass delusion with social consequences, a religious myth or a true physical phenomenon?

Undertaking an investigative journey through the states of Nevada, New Mexico, and Arizona, this Copenhagen based artist collective of Sara Galbiati, Peter Helles Eriksen and Tobia Selnaeas Markussen, employ …

Alpine artist sets exhibit at Building 98

Alpine artist sets exhibit at  Building 98

July 13th, 2017

The “abstract” western artist J. R. Smith.

 

MARFA – Alpine artists J.R. Smith and Jay Davis have an exhibit at Building 98 in Marfa, and a reception for the artists is from 4-6pm this Saturday, July 15.

Smith is mainly known for his western images, but detours in this exhibit with some post-modern work. He debunks …

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Community

Davis Mountains Preserve open to the public this weekend

July 13th, 2017

FORT DAVIS –The Nature Conservancy’s Davis Mountains Preserve will be open to the public for hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, picnics, photography, birding, stargazing and other outdoor activities on July 14-16, 2017.  Hours for the Open Weekend are from 8am Friday to 4pm Sunday.  The event is free and open to the public; donations are …

Paisano Baptist Encampment to hold 101st meeting July 23-28

July 13th, 2017

By Kelly Herzog

PAISANO BAPTIST ENCAMPMENT, July 5, 2016 – For over 100 years, Paisano Baptist Encampment has been deeply rooted in holy ground as the cowboy camp meeting brings together families, friends, and churches for worship, fellowship, and a refreshing break from the world’s hectic activity. Come join old and new timers for the 101st …

City of Marfa to Hold Seminar Regarding Hotel Occupancy Taxes on July 10, 2017.

July 6th, 2017

The City of Marfa will hold an educational workshop regarding municipal hotel occupancy taxes on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm at The City of Marfa Visitor Center (USO Building), 302 South Highland Ave. The seminar will be facilitated by Justin Bragiel, General Counsel for Texas Hotel & Lodging Association. The seminar is open …

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Education

Student Council Honored with National Park Service Award

Student Council Honored with National Park Service Award

July 13th, 2017

O’Banion Middle School Student Council members who won the annual award from Fort Davis National Historic Site.

FORT DAVIS — Fort Davis NHS is pleased to announce O’Banion Middle School Student Council, out of Garland Texas, received the regional George and Helen Hartzog award for Outstanding Youth Group Service.

For the third consecutive year, this student …

Five weeks of Summer Camp for local youth provided by Marfa Studio of Arts

July 6th, 2017

(photo courtesy of MARFA STUDIO OF ARTS)Marfa teaching artists and students pose by the mural they painted at the elementary school.

MARFA – Over the course of five weeks, Marfa Studio Arts led a series of studio art camps for grades K-6.

Teaching artists Rae Anna Hample, Stephanie Mei Huang, Callie Meeks, Emma Rogers, and Cate …

McNair students present research July 5-6 at Sul Ross

July 6th, 2017

ALPINE — Thirteen Sul Ross State University students are working on undergraduate research projects this summer as part of the 2017 McNair Program. The students present their findings July 5 and 6 from 1-3 pm in SRSU’s Lawrence Hall, room 309.

A fourteenth student in the Sul Ross McNair Program, Yelixza Avila, Tornillo, was accepted to …

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FEATURES

New Senior Center director hits the ground running

New Senior Center director hits the ground running

July 6th, 2017

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)Josie Madrid and Callie Meeks

Josie Madrid joins staff

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Though longtime Marfa resident Callie Meeks has only held her new position as executive director of the City of Marfa’s Nutrition Center a short time, she is already all smiles and full of enthusiasm when speaking of …

“Agave is Life” celebrates the culture, history and uses of agave

“Agave is Life” celebrates the culture, history and uses of agave

June 1st, 2017

Still photo from the film shows an Otomi woman spinning agave fiber at El Dadho, Hidalgo, Mexico.

By NICK WINCHESTER
nick@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — The first Agave Festival Marfa opens tonight with a screening of Meredith Dreiss and David O. Brown’s award-winning “Agave is Life,” a film that documents agave, the 10,000-year-old gift that keeps on giving.

The film …

Industrial Arts brings out the talent in teacher Steinberg’s students

Industrial Arts brings out the talent in teacher Steinberg’s students

May 4th, 2017

(staff photos by NICK WINCHESTER) Josh Steinberg runs through the particulars of student Nano Ornelas’s weld.

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — Industrial Arts is a pretty broad umbrella term for what Josh Steinberg teaches at Marfa High School, he tells me as we stand outside the workshop space. I’m impressed. It looks well-equipped; more like a …

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Sports

Marfa cheerleaders perform well at state cheer camp

Marfa cheerleaders perform well at state cheer camp

July 13th, 2017

Shorthorn Varsity Cheerleaders show off their trophies from Cheer Camp in Denton, Texas.

MARFA — Marfa Varsity Cheerleaders competed against approximately 20 Varsity, JV and Jr High 3A, 2A, and 1A teams from across the state at UCA Cheer Camp at the University of North Texas in Denton, July 6-9.

“The team goal was to learn …

Former Marfa resident qualifies for the Junior Olympic Games

July 6th, 2017

Robert “RJ” Myers

MARFA — Robert “RJ” Myers, formerly of Marfa, qualified to attend the Junior Olympics being held in Ypsilanti, Michigan, July 28-August 4, 2017.

This will be his third consecutive year to qualify for the AAU Junior Olympics.

In 2015, he qualified and placed 14th out of 57 boys in Shot Put with a throw …

Big Bend Ranch Rodeo weekend coming up this summer

July 6th, 2017

ALPINE — The August 11-12, 2017 Big Bend Ranch Rodeo is fast approaching. Ranch teams from Texas and New Mexico have sent in their entries and are loading their horses. Don’t miss this year’s event.

This year’s ranch rodeo is going to be two days of non-stop horse action.

Friday morning @8:00am there is a Cutting competition …

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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

Selman

July 13th, 2017

Luz Maria “Bibi” Selman, 79, of Kermit and formerly of Presidio passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in Kermit.

Mass was celebrated the afternoon of July 7 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kermit. Burial was in Kermit Cemetery, with Father Mark Salas.

Arrangements are by Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Flores

July 13th, 2017

Jose Flores

Jose Losoya Flores, 90, of Alpine went to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 8, 2017. He died at home, peacefully, surrounded by his family.

Jose was born December 27, 1926 to Natividad Losoya and Pedro Flores. Both of his parents were born in Alpine and part of the first Mexican-American pioneer families …

Nieto

July 13th, 2017

Edmundo Nieto

In remembrance of our Father, Edmundo Nieto and in reverence to the love, pride and admiration we have for him and his accomplishments during the period of his life, we share memories and deep gratitude for the many contributions that he made to our family, relatives, friends, the city of Presidio and his …

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