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City of Presidio accepts adverse opinion on 2012 audit

September 25th, 2014

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)CPA Dan Painter, right, addresses the Presidio City Council during Monday’s meeting. Also pictured are council members Tony Manriquez and Mario Vargas.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

PRESIDIO – Presidio City Councilmen reluctantly accepted the city’s 2012 audit at a special meeting Monday evening, and the “adverse opinion” by auditor …

Presidio loses lone vehicle inspection station, another to start

September 25th, 2014

(staff photo by SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN)Jalillo Rohana of Rohana Auto Service hopes to offer state vehicle inspections in a couple of months.

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – For the next couple months, any Presidio resident looking to acquire vehicle inspections has to travel as far as Alpine or Fort Davis to do so. Tom’s …

County budget, tax meeting triggers frustration

September 25th, 2014

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

PRESIDIO – Discussions pertaining to the fiscal year 2015 budget and tax rate proposal resumed at the Presidio County Annex on Friday afternoon. The fireworks that flew at last Tuesday’s hearing had fizzled as the Commissioner’s Court – short Commissioners Jim White and Buddy Knight – spent most of the afternoon parsing …

Purple Zone cases settled

September 25th, 2014

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA and ROBERT HALPERN

ALPINE – An Alpine mother and her two daughters have settled state and federal charges in connection with several raids on a vape shop in Alpine called The Purple Zone.

On Friday, Ilana Lipsen pleaded guilty to first-degree felony manufacture, delivery, and possession of a controlled substance called spice, or synthetic …

Woman in Davis Mountains rescue to be charged with trespassing

September 25th, 2014

(photo by and courtesy of Jeff Davis County first responders)Marfa and Fort Davis resident Robert Poenisch, left, helps rescue Kista Franco of Odessa, center, with assistance from fellow Jeff Davis County first responder Vicki Fowler, the EMS director, right. Franco was injured on a hike in a remote part of the Davis …

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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)

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

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 …

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

Big Bend National Park celebrates Good Neighbor Day October 18

September 29th, 2014

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK – Big Bend National Park will celebrate Good Neighbor Day at Rio Grande Village Group Campground from 10am until 3pm on October 18.

Good Neighbor Day is a new event for the park and will feature performances from many of the area’s regional schools.  The goal of this new event is to …

Native plant group seed gathering workshop set

September 29th, 2014

MARFA – The Big Bend chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will offer a native plant seed gathering workshop from 9am-3pm Saturday, Oct. 4.

Participants will gather at the parking lot of the Capri events center, 603 W. San Antonio at Summer St. in Marfa to carpool down FM 2810 to the Alamito Creek …

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 …

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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 photos

This week in photos

September 22nd, 2014

This week in pictures

This week in pictures

August 22nd, 2014

Viva Big Bend 2014

Viva Big Bend 2014

July 31st, 2014

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Obituaries

Alvarado

September 25th, 2014

Alicia Alvarado

Alicia G. Alvarado, 76, of Redford was called to our Lord on Thursday September 18, 2014.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10am Thursday, September 25 at the Redford Catholic Church with Father Miguel Alcuino officiating. The Rosary was recited the evening of Wednesday, September 24 at Santa Teresa de Jesus Catholic …

Borunda

September 25th, 2014

Francisco ‘Pancho’ Borunda

Francisco “Pancho” Borunda, 63, of Marfa, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

A Celebration of Life will be held today, Thursday, September 25 at 5pm at Borunda’s Bar & Grill, 113 S. Russell St. in Marfa.

Pancho was born in Marfa on January 14, 1951 to Francisco and …

Cortez

September 25th, 2014

Eva Cortez

The Rosary and funeral Mass for lifelong Marfa resident Eva Peña Cortez, 89, who passed away August 14, 2014 after a long illness, are at 9am Saturday, September 27 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marfa with burial in Merced Cemetery.

She was born December 9, 1924 in Marfa to Marcos Peña …

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