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Future renovations discussed at airport meeting

June 30th, 2016

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)From left, Texas A&M Forest Service Regional Fire Coordinator Robert Poenisch, TXDOT Airport Planner Megan McLellan, County Emergency Services Coordinator Gary Mitschke, County Commissioner Loretto Vasquez and Airport Manager Chase Snodgrass discuss airport issues at last week’s informal meeting.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Elected officials and local …

Marfa council meets this evening

June 30th, 2016

MARFA – The mystery of the West Sacramento Street adobe may be solved at tonight’s Marfa City Council meeting at 6pm in the Casner Room at City Hall.

The adobe, which received a citizen’s offer to purchase the property, has been looked at during two prior meetings, during which time the city has been …

State lawyer group members will read the Declaration of Independence here this weekend

June 30th, 2016

MARFA, ALPINE, FORT DAVIS – As our nation turns 240 years old on Monday, representatives in the field of law from all 254 Texas counties will lead readings of the nation’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence.

The yearly tradition that began six years ago with Houston criminal defense lawyer Robert Fickman will see its …

Marfa Meds ordered to shutter operations, hospital district vow to fight ruling

June 30th, 2016

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Despite earlier promises from the Texas State Board of Pharmacy chief compliance officer Ben Santana that Marfa Meds would be allowed to continue, the Class H pharmacy has been ordered to halt operations, Big Bend Regional Hospital District board member Allen Haley said at the board’s Thursday …

Presidio local sentenced to five years in marijuana smuggling case

June 30th, 2016

120 lbs. of marijuana siezed at the Presidio Port of Entry in December 2015. The minors arrested in the bust were later tied to Rigoberto Trevizo, Jr., who was sentenced to five years in prison last week.

By CAMERON DODD
cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — A Presidio man was sentenced last week to five years in prison …

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Arts

Artwork by military service members open to public on Thursday

June 30th, 2016

MARFA – An installation of more than 75 paintings, photographs, collages and sculpture called “Reflections of the Soul, Toward Restoration & Inner Peace” will be unveiled to the public from 1:30 to 5pm from Thursdays through Saturdays beginning June 30 at Building 98.

Area veterans will be warmly welcomed, all free of charge, to …

Marfa Live Arts hosts Benefit Picnic with performance by La Banda

June 30th, 2016

MARFA – Marfa Live Arts will host their first Benefit Picnic on Monday, July 4. The funds raised from this event will provide essential support for future programs for both the schools and the community.

The July 4th picnic theme is Caftans & Casseroles, and guests are invited to lounge by the pool at …

‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ begins this week at Theatre of the Big Bend

June 30th, 2016

ALPINE – “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” the 2005 Tony Award-winning musical adapted from the 1975 film, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” begins its four-week run at the Kokernot Outdoor Theatre Friday, July 1 at 8:15 pm.

The Theatre of the Big Bend presents the hilarious musical July 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, and 22-24 at 8:15 …

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Community

Orlando victims remembered in Marfa

June 30th, 2016

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – It was an emotional Sunday evening as over 40 Marfa and area residents recognized the 49 Orlando shooting victims at a gathering on the Presidio County Courthouse lawn in Marfa.

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) pride month, but this year came with a tragedy as …

The Good Seeds Club forming in Marfa to explore ways to grow compassion

June 30th, 2016

MARFA – In any given week, one person may decide to be a living organ donor and a life is saved; another person may decide to wreak unimagined horror and lives are lost.

Although these examples reflect the extremes of our human existence, the complexities and tensions of living in a society as …

“Coolest” fun run Saturday in Fort Davis

June 30th, 2016

FORT DAVIS – The “Coolest 5K in Texas” and 1K fun run/walk will take place on Saturday, July 2nd.

The 1K will be at 7:45am and the 5K at 8am. This will allow plenty of time to have all run activities concluded before the parade at 10am. Both runs will start and end at …

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Education

Marfa ISD volunteer reading program a success

June 23rd, 2016

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – A pilot program that brought volunteer readers into Marfa Elementary School class-rooms has been deemed a success.

“It was really well-done,” said Marfa ISD Superintendent Andrew Peters.

Peters gave a hat’s off to teacher Adamina Morlock and community member Ann Marie Nafziger for their leadership in the program …

Presidio student earns Master’s degree from UNT

June 23rd, 2016

Elvira Hermosillo Lara, center, with her friends, from left, Christine Pallarez, Ana Saenz Tovar and Amy Carrasco at the UNT commencement ceremony in May.

PRESIDIO — Presidio native Elvira Hermosillo Lara finished a graduate program at the University of North Texas in Denton in May.

Lara earned a master’s degree in design research.

Lara’s …

Standardized test blunders delay scores; student promotion not affected

June 16th, 2016

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – “Kids in the classroom should never suffer from mistakes made by adults,” Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath said in response to the ongoing reporting issues with the standardized test scores from Educational Testing Service (ETS) testing vendor.

As a result, students won’t face consequences for failing scores, …

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FEATURES

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 …

Big Bend National Park ranger with Marfa ties receives regional award

June 9th, 2016

Big Bend National Park Supervisory Park Ranger Michael Ryan

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA
johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK – Big Bend National Park Supervisory Park Ranger Michael Ryan was recently awarded the prestigious 2015 Intermountain Region Harry Yount Award for excellence in rangering.

“[Ryan] is being recognized for his exemplary skills on the river, on …

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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

This week in photos

This week in photos

June 30th, 2016

The week in photos

The week in photos

April 22nd, 2016

Lucha Libre alive and well in El Paso’s Segundo Barrio

Lucha Libre alive and well in El Paso’s Segundo Barrio

April 14th, 2016

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

EL PASO – Lucha Libre is alive and well in El Paso’s historic Segundo Barrio neighborhood thanks to Mama Lucha, a company run by former Mexican world champion luchador Cassandro.

The Mexican-style wrestling, which take place every two weeks at the Houchen Community Center, are family affairs, despite the …

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Obituaries

Cobb

June 30th, 2016

Chuck Cobb

Longtime Marfa Church of Christ preacher and accountant Chuck Cobb went to be with our Lord on Sunday, June 26, 2016.

A memorial service will be 2pm Friday, July 1 at the Alpine Church of Christ.

Born Charles L. Cobb on March 23, 1934 in Athens, Alabama, he was the fourth son …

Feher

June 30th, 2016

American sculptor Tony Feher, 60, died Friday, June 24, 2016 of liver cancer, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Feher was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and spent most of his young life in Corpus Christi.

As an artist, Feher was represented by Houston-based Hiram Butler Gallery and was honored with a 20-year retrospective of …

Greenwalt

June 30th, 2016

Mark Greenwalt

Mark Kevin Greenwalt, 62, of East Freetown, Massachusetts and formerly of Marfa, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, June 23, 2016.

He was the companion of Maribeth Williams of Marfa.

He was born January 22, 1954 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, a son of Therese Y. Greenwalt and late Lee Roy Greenwalt.

Mark worked for …

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