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TxDOT to repave O’Reilly Street section

December 8th, 2016

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — Presidio drivers could soon see renovations made to one of the city’s busiest and most pothole-ridden thoroughfares.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has awarded a contract for repairs to a stretch of O’Reilly Street, beginning from the “Y” at Erma Avenue and ending near Silver Street.

The state highway department has …

City council to consider Presidio historical master plan, election changes tonight

December 8th, 2016

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO — The Presidio City Council meets tonight and will consider taking action on a number of items affecting the community

The council will consider pursuing a grant from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) to create a historical master plan for the city. Recently elected County Attorney Rod Ponton will …

Despite minor setbacks, pipeline drilling continues under Rio Grande

Despite minor setbacks, pipeline drilling continues under Rio Grande

December 8th, 2016

(Trans-Pecos Pipeline photo)Contractors for the Trans-Pecos Pipeline’s Presidio Crossing Project clean up after drilling mud spilled outside of their designated work area last week.

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO COUNTY — As activists in Alpine continue protesting construction of the 143-mile Trans-Pecos Pipeline, drilling beneath the Rio Grande near is underway.

According to bi-weekly status updates filed …

Golf course group may not submit bid

Golf course group may not submit bid

December 8th, 2016

Architectural rendering of the proposed Marfa Golf Course club house.

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO COUNTY — After more than a year of negotiations with an investment group looking to redevelop Marfa’s nine-hole golf course, Presidio County has finally put the publicly owned course up for bid and has received one offer. But it might not …

Presidio port officers apprehend 2 alleged pot smugglers

Presidio port officers apprehend 2 alleged pot smugglers

December 8th, 2016

(CBP photos)A total 62 pounds of marijuana was discovered in a music speaker cabinet.

PRESIDIO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized a total 190 pounds of marijuana in two separate seizures Saturday, according to an agency news release.

The first apprehension occurred …

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Arts

Chinati meets with public to develop master plan

Chinati meets with public to develop master plan

December 8th, 2016

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – The Chinati Foundation held a public forum Tuesday evening to inform and gather input from the community involving the famed art organization’s master plan, which is being developed with help from the international planning and design firm Sasaki.

The plan, Chinati director Jenny Moore said, is an extension of the museum’s …

Final yearlong installation – Grey Goo Gardens exhibition – opens Friday with reception

December 8th, 2016

MARFA – Ballroom Marfa is pleased to announce Grey Goo Gardens, the last of four exhibitions conceived for Arturo Bandini’s year-long installation in Ballroom’s courtyard.

The opening reception is Friday, December 9, from 6-9pm in the Ballroom Marfa Courtyard.

Grey Goo Gardens presents work from Ed Fornieles, Sonja Gerdes, Joel Holmberg, Dwyer Kilcollin, Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen, Anna …

Drawings by Makuko Ono Gray on exhibit at Sul Ross State University

December 8th, 2016

ALPINE – “Silence is the Flower,” drawings by Makuko Ono Gray, Houston, will be on exhibition through January 27, 2017 at the Main Gallery, Francois Fine Arts Building on the Sul Ross State University campus.

Gallery hours are 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. There is no admission charge.

Gray, who was born in Japan and has been a Houston resident …

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Community

Fort Leaton lights up – with 600 luminarias – for Christmas celebration

December 8th, 2016

PRESIDIO – In 1683, Father Lopez celebrated the first Christmas Mass ever observed in Texas at La Junta.

Staff and volunteers from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Consulado de Mexico in Presidio invite the public for a traditional Mexican Posada re-enactment at Fort Leaton State Historic Site.

The event begins at 5pm Thursday, December …

Marfa Rotary to honor Wrights this evening

December 8th, 2016

Bob and Vickey Wright

MARFA – Recognizing those who serve our community and Rotary International, the Marfa Rotary Club is holding the third Simi annual award ceremony at the Hotel Saint George on. Thursday, December 8, 2016. This event is open to the public and is being held at the saint George Hotel, in Marfa. …

Marfa museum open house features new exhibit

December 8th, 2016

MARFA – The Marfa and Presidio County Museum will host a Christmas Open House on Thursday, December 15 from 4-6pm.

The open house will highlight the museum’s recently developed exhibit on the history of filmmaking in the area. The display features memorabilia from a number of films including Oscar winners “Giant” (1956) and “No Country for …

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Education

“Beauty and the Beast Jr.” on stage at PHS cafeteria

December 8th, 2016

Vivian Salazar and John Valeriano in rehearsal for Beauty and the Beast Jr.

PRESIDIO – Don’t miss the Presidio Independent School District production of “Beauty And the Beast Jr. next week.

Like the classic Disney story, the PISD version shows Belle (played by Viviana Salazar) bored with life in a provincial small town and finding adventure, …

Marfa Studio Arts to host showcase for elementary students on Saturday

December 8th, 2016

Galaxies by 1st grade after-school students

MARFA – Marfa Studio Arts will host its end-of-semester student showcase at the MSA Gallery next to the radio station on Saturday.

Butterfly by Lynna Hinojos

We invite all members of the community to join us in celebrating the hard work of these young Marfa Elementary School artists.

The gallery showcase …

Marfa Live Arts presents Winter Theater Showcase at Crowley Theater Friday

December 8th, 2016

(photo by Jennie Lyn Hamilton)Eighth-grader Dedrick Campos participates in an exercise during the Marfa Live Arts’ Monologue and Scene workshop. Winning works will be presented at the Winter Theater Showcase on Friday at the Crowley Theater. Winning selections will be performed by David Bebee, Michael Camacho, Cory Van Dyke and others on Friday, December …

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FEATURES

Marfa designer’s clothes hit the racks worldwide

Marfa designer’s clothes hit the racks worldwide

December 1st, 2016

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)Designer Ashley Rowe at her Lumberyard studio.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – For the past two years, Marfa-based designer Ashley Rowe has been developing her clothing line, taking it from a small, locally sold brand to an internationally renown imprint that is available in four countries on three continents.

“Part of …

Former Presidio teacher from Alpine receives life-saving lung transplant

December 1st, 2016

Robin Sohl Ritchie

PHOENIX, Arizona – Former Presidio educator and retired teacher Robin Sohl Ritchie of Alpine had a grateful Thanksgiving after receiving the 500th lifesaving lung transplantation at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Recently released from the hospital, Ritchie celebrated Thanksgiving with her husband at their new Arizona home.

The …

Area woman conquers 163-mile foot race

Area woman conquers 163-mile foot race

December 1st, 2016

Elise Sibley, an Alpine native conquered the rugged desert by finishing the 2nd Annual Trans-Pecos Ultra.

PRESIDIO COUNTY – Elise Sibley-Chandler of Alpine and Marfa completed the recent 2016 Trans-Pecos Ultra Marathon, a six-stage, seven-day foot race that crossed 163 miles of rugged Big Bend Ranch State Park country.

Elise, one of 13 participants who registered …

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Sports

Lady Horns come up short at Lobo tourney

December 8th, 2016

(Marfa ISD photos)Bella Morales, freshman, closes in on a Fort Stockton shooter.

MARFA, MONAHANS – The Lady Shorthorns had a tough outing at the Monahans Lobos Basketball Tournament, falling to Midland Christian, Midland Classical, Fort Stockton, and Presidio with double digit losses in each game, unable to get their offense going.

Shelby Martinez put together a …

Undefeated Junior Lady Horns defeat Indians

December 8th, 2016

(Marfa ISD photo)The Marfa junior high basketball girls are all smiles after a recent victory on the road; top from left, Soraya Vallez, Odalys Chacon, Nia Gallegos, Andrea Torres, Brianna Sanchez, Amanda Moreno, and Coach Jackie Hernandez; bottom from left, Dakota Martinez, Tais Chanez, and Alessandra Alfaro.

MARFA, FORT DAVIS – The Marfa Junior High …

Serrano and Brugette named to All-State volleyball team

December 8th, 2016

(Marfa ISD photo)Georgina Brugette and Priscilla Serrano

MARFA – Congratulations to Priscilla Serrano and Georgina Brugette on being selected to the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State volleyball team.

The two middle / outside hitters led the Lady Shorthorns in kills and digs this season.

Serrano is a two-time all-State member in her final season for Marfa.

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Multimedia

Halloween 2016

Halloween 2016

November 4th, 2016

Viva Big Bend

Viva Big Bend

August 4th, 2016

This week in photos

This week in photos

June 30th, 2016

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Obituaries

Tristan

December 8th, 2016

Angelina Tristan

Angelina Tristan, 79, of Marfa, passed away October 16, 2016 in an Odessa hospital.

She was born July 8, 1937 in Martindale, Texas. She married Augustin Perez in 1956.

They lived in Idaho Falls, Idaho for many years and upon Mr. Perez’ retirement, the couple moved to Marfa, where they have lived the past 15 …

Valdes

December 8th, 2016

Hector Valdés

Hector “Tito” Valdés, 86, a beloved Blackwell School teacher and coach, passed away at his home in Del Rio, Texas on November 30, 2016 after a brief illness.

A veteran educator of 36 years, he served as a teacher, coach and administrator. He graduated from San Felipe High School in Del Rio, Class of …

Olivas

December 1st, 2016

Marfa native Richard Olivas passed away peacefully at his home in El Paso on October 29, 2016.

Born in Marfa on April 4, 1937, Olivas began his journey of life. He was the second oldest of five children born to Jose and Otilia Olivas.

He attended St. Mary’s School, Blackwell Junior High, and Marfa High School.

He learned …

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