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Protesters cancel port of entry blockade

September 20th, 2014

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN 

PRESIDIO – A communion of state troopers, Texas rangers, border patrol agents, the Presidio county sheriff and Presidio city police officers waited outside Alco Discount Store at 8 am Saturday morning in anticipation of purported protest activity at the Presidio port of entry.

The protest group, organized by Staysi Barth, a 41-year-old California-based …

MISD looks into revamping kindergarten, 1st grade report cards

September 18th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Parents with students enrolled in kindergarten and first grade might see a new, and hopefully easier, but more in-depth way to explain their child’s progress at Marfa ISD. Superintendent Andrew Peters, Principal Mary Paul, and kindergarten teacher Sheri Eppenauer shared the idea they and the first-grade teachers have initiated to …

Funds approved for hospital’s new OB/GYN

September 18th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA – Big Bend Regional Hospital District board members voted unanimously last Wednesday to approve the Intergovernmental Transfer for the Obstetrics and Gynecological provider at the Big Bend Regional Medical Center.

The transfer of $120,000, which had been granted to the hospital at a previous hospital district meeting, will receive a match of …

Dispelling border negativity myths key to economic development

September 18th, 2014

(photo by ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN)Attending the bi-national border conference, included, from left, Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar, New York Congressman Bill Owens, Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro and Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke.

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

EL PASO – Federal and state border representatives at a bi-national conference in El Paso on Friday said that in …

Rain continues to fill Mexican reservoirs

September 18th, 2014

(staff photo by SASHA VON OLDERSHAUSEN)The Rio Grande levels runs high on Wednesday, September 17 near Presidio.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

SOUTH PRESIDIO COUNTY – River levels have continued to be in flux as rains persist in northern Chihuahua state in Mexico, feeding the Rio Conchos and the Rio Grande along the border in …

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Arts

Prada Marfa can stay, TxDoT says

Prada Marfa can stay, TxDoT says

September 12th, 2014

(graphic by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)(photos by ALBERTO HALPERN, ROBERT HALPERN, JOHN DANIEL GARCIA and courtesy of LISA MORTON, Van Horn Advocate and BEYONCE)

VALENTINE – Prada Marfa has triumphed over the art-versus-advertising debate as the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will allow the faux store to remain as an art installation on U.S. …

Julian Mock in concert Friday at Alpine’s St. James

September 11th, 2014

Julian Mock

ALPINE – Guitarist Julian Mock will open the Big Bend Chamber Music concert series at St. James Episcopal Church in Alpine at 6pm this Friday, September 12.

Born into a musical family, Mock has played in classical, jazz, and improvisational ensembles on both electric and acoustic instruments. Friday’s concert will feature Mock …

Chinati offers screen printing workshop Saturday, Sunday

September 11th, 2014

MARFA –The Chinati Foundation will host Josh Chalmers and Abi Daniel of Bearded Lady, an Austin-based screen-printing studio, for a two-day workshop for adults on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14.

The class takes place at the Chinati ArtLab, located on the museum grounds, from 10am to 5pm each day.

Chalmers and Daniel will introduce both …

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Community

Lonn Taylor on Colbert Report television program

September 4th, 2014

FORT DAVIS – Fort Davis author and historian Lonn Taylor will be a guest on Stephen Colbert’s popular television program, “Colbert Report” the evening of September 11. The occasion will be the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key’s writing the poem that became our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The poem was written during the bombardment …

Border Patrol shedules 9/11 event in Alpine

September 4th, 2014

ALPINE – Big Bend Sector Border Patrol will hold a small ceremony at the Alpine Border Patrol Station in Alpine, Texas to commemorate the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

The ceremony will be held in front of the Alpine Border Patrol Station on the grounds of the 9/11 Memorial, next Thursday, September 11 at 7:30 …

Senator’s staff to discuss water issues in Marfa

September 4th, 2014

MARFA – Staff members from the Texas Water Development Board will be in Marfa on Tuesday, September 16, to provide information about Proposition 6, which created a revolving loan fund for water projects, and to hear from residents about water management needs in the region.

The meeting is a joint effort between the TWDB and the …

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Education

MISD looks into revamping kindergarten, 1st grade report cards

September 18th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Parents with students enrolled in kindergarten and first grade might see a new, and hopefully easier, but more in-depth way to explain their child’s progress at Marfa ISD. Superintendent Andrew Peters, Principal Mary Paul, and kindergarten teacher Sheri Eppenauer shared the idea they and the first-grade teachers have initiated to …

Marfa ISD approves lower property tax rate for 2014

September 18th, 2014

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Marfa ISD board of trustees voted for a $1.24 per $100 valuation property tax rate for 2014. The new tax rate determined at the September 15 board meeting is broken down to $1.04 for Maintenance and Operations (M&O) and 20 cents for Interest and Sinking (I&S), or the debt service.

Under …

4H kicks off year with sign up Saturday

September 11th, 2014

MARFA – Come by the courthouse from 10am to 1pm Saturday to sign up for this year’s amazing 4H program!

What’s happening in 4H this year?

How about this: dog obedience and agility, photography, horse judging and horse bowl, sewing, meat goats, outdoor education, swine, poultry, shooting sports, professional speaking, foods and nutrition, fashion storyboard, art, and …

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FEATURES

Marfa becomes a destination wedding hotspot

August 28th, 2014

Here come the brides

(photo by LESLEY BROWN)Bill Wolkoff and Courtney Davis are one of the many couples who got married in Marfa this year.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – It’s not uncommon for locals to see an influx of unfamiliar faces during the weekends. As a town held under a media microscope, it …

New Railroad Blues owner plans changes, but ‘the Blues vibe’ will stay

July 24th, 2014

(staff photo by ROBERT L. HALPERN)Railroad Blues’ new owner Tim Wilson, left, with R.C. Toler

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

ALPINE – Changes are coming to the Railroad Blues, the longtime Alpine music venue, but new owner Tim Wilson of El Paso promises it will still have that same wood fire on the patio and …

Nick Cooper is new Padre’s Marfa manager

July 24th, 2014

Nick Cooper

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

MARFA – Padre’s Marfa is receiving a reboot as Nick Cooper takes over managerial duties at the widely known and well-regarded venue.

Cooper, who comes to Marfa following a stint managing the High Sierra Bar & Grill in Terlingua, is bringing some fresh ideas on music, ambiance, and food.

“I …

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Sports

JV Horns open season with win

September 11th, 2014

MARFA, RANKIN – The Marfa Shorthorns Junior Varsity football team traveled to Rankin to open the 2014 football season on Thursday, September and started the gridiron season with a 20-6 win.

The Shorthorn offense got on track early with a 76-yard punt return from Arron Luna the first time Marfa touched the ball. The Point After …

Shorthorns undefeated with latest win over Sanderson

September 11th, 2014

(photo by FRED MARTINEZ)The Marfa Shorthorn offense was on a roll against the Sanderson Eagles Friday, taking the win 53-8.

By ROBERT HALPERN

MARFA – The mighty Marfa Shorthorns, newcomers to the six-man football game, dispatched the Sanderson Eagles 53-8 on Friday before hometown Martin Field fans to go 2-0 on the young 2014 …

Presidio hits a homerun hosting state baseball tournament

July 31st, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

PRESIDIO – The Presidio Braves may have walked away with the 2014 Texas Teenage Baseball Association 9 and under state tournament with the championship trophy (their second straight title) after defeating the Eastland Lions 8-3 in the final, but the city of Presidio itself also wound up a winner, too.

“[The tournament] did …

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Multimedia

This week in pictures

This week in pictures

August 22nd, 2014

Viva Big Bend 2014

Viva Big Bend 2014

July 31st, 2014

This week in pictures

This week in pictures

July 25th, 2014

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Obituaries

Spriggs

September 18th, 2014

Glenda Spriggs

A Celebration of Life for Glenda F. Spriggs of Marfa will be at 2pm Saturday, September 20 at the ranch, six miles south of Marfa.

Glenda passed away September 14, 2014. She was born January 20, 1946 in Shuttuck, Oklahoma to Oren M. Cooley Sr. “Jimmy” and Lila A. Cooley. She grew …

Cruz Marquez

September 18th, 2014

Cruz C. Marquez, 77, of Redford, was call to our Lord on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

Cruz Marquez

Rosary will be recited at 7pm Friday, September 19 at Santa Teresa de Jesus Catholic Church in Presidio. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2pm Saturday, September 20 at the Redford Catholic Church with Father Miguel …

Salas

September 11th, 2014

Manuela Salas

Manuela Carrillo Salas, 77, passed away August 22, 2014. She was born to Ramon and Valentina Carrillo on May 27, 1937 in Terlingua.

After the loss of her mother at a very young age, she was raised by a single father and his extended family. She moved to Alpine in 1946 with …

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