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Bridge protesters take grievances to Ojinaga council

April 28th, 2016

By DIANA AGUIRRE ARMENDARIZ

OJINAGA, CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO – During an Ojinaga council meeting Monday morning, 13 issues were brought to the attention of municipal and Customs authorities as a list of demands.

The three citizens who addressed the council were representing more than 200 protesters who had demonstrated in front of port facilities last …

One arrested, marijuana seized at Presidio port

April 28th, 2016

The seized marijuana

PRESIDIO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 283 pounds of marijuana Friday afternoon.

The drugs were hidden in both frame rails of a gooseneck trailer. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $225,000.

“Our officers are …

Equity Center enlightens area school districts on school finance

April 28th, 2016

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

FAR WEST TEXAS – The Marfa ISD school cafeteria was filled with 43 superintendents and board members from area schools for a town hall meeting about the school finance system on April 12. The Equity Center of Austin hosted the event to discuss the current school finance system and how …

Hospital district considers ending ties with Boon Chapman

April 28th, 2016

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – After a lengthy discussion at their regular meeting last Tuesday, Big Bend Regional Hospital District directors voted to table a measure until their next meeting to terminate their long-standing contract with third-party medical administrative firm Boon Chapman.

According to Boon Chapman president Steve Gauen, the company was …

Three state agencies get new Marfa building

April 28th, 2016

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)The future location for the state agency offices

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Three state agencies will consolidate into one new building behind the new Hotel Saint George Farmstand building on El Paso Street.

The Department of State Health Service and the Health and Human Services Commission are …

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Arts

Live music by Nashville singer, songwriter Bernie Nelson Friday

April 28th, 2016

ALPINE – A special event will be hosted by The Back Room and The Texas Ranch House Too in Alpine.

Live music by Nashville singer/songwriter Bernie Nelson will be presented at 7pm Friday, April 29 at The Texas Ranch House Too, 101 West Holland.

Tickets are $10 cash and only 75 will be …

6th Annual Dersu Collective Marfa artists art benefit Friday evening at the Marfa Book Co.

April 28th, 2016

Dersu Collective show 2015(photo by MARY LOU SAXON)

MARFA – The Dersu Collective will be having its 6th Annual Art Benefit, to support the not-for-profit Marfa Education Foundation, the 4H Club and developing the East Side Play park for the children of Marfa.

The show is from 6-7pm Friday,  April 29 at the …

Artist-in-residence previews debut screenplay thriller

April 28th, 2016

Beth Fowler

MARFA – History and inspirational author—and artist—Beth Fowler of Austin, will debut her screenplay thriller “Violet Crown” from 6-8 pm Wednesday, May 4 in the Building 98 artist-in-residence center, located at 705 West Bonnie Street.

Ms. Fowler plans a reading from her novel “Drawn” with comparison and contrast to the screenplay adaptation, …

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Community

Comedy show at Lost Horse tonight at 8pm

April 28th, 2016

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

MARFA – Two Marfa transplants, Amanda Holstien and Dylan Fisher, are hosting a comedy show at 8pm on Thursday, April 28, at the Lost Horse Saloon.

Holstien and Fisher have been doing comedy for three to four years, starting with open-mic nights in New York City. Holstien also produced shows …

Earth Day spiritual walk Saturday

April 21st, 2016

FORT DAVIS – Writer and naturalist Aldo Leopold once said, “There are two spiritual dangers of not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery [store], and the other that heat comes from the furnace.”

His point, of course, was to highlight our modern experience of living …

Alpine Gem and Mineral Show opens Friday

April 14th, 2016

ALPINE – As spring swings into summer, the 27th annual Gem and Mineral Show returns to the Alpine Civic Center on the 3rd weekend of April. The civic center has been extensively renovated, with the multiple floor heights leveled to a single one, greatly improving visitor access.

Roughly thirty vendors and demonstrators will be set …

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Education

Blue Origin provides first-time tours to area high schools

April 28th, 2016

(photo courtesy of RICK STEPHENS)Presidio High School students at the the Blue Origin Test Site.   Also pictured are Congressman Will Hurd (TX-23), Jenny Tavarez of WIll Hurd’s district staff, PISD Superintendent Dennis McEntire, Rocketry Team Advisors Aimee Peralta and , Belinda Dolino, Scott Wasserman, Birth2Work staffers Elane V Scott and Rick Stephens and Blue Origin …

Reading and literacy front and center at Marfa ISD

Reading and literacy front and center at Marfa ISD

April 21st, 2016

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

sarah@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – As the end of the school year nears, the Marfa ISD board of trustees and school administration are taking steps to gear up for the 2016-2017 school year.

Superintendent Andrew Peters and Principal Oscar Aguero presented the board a reading plan for the upcoming school year. The plan has been in …

Presidio robotics team impresses judges at Botball competition

April 14th, 2016

(Photo courtesy of AIMEE PERALTA)Presidio Rocketry and Robtics Club won multiple awards at the Botball Regional Tournament.

PRESIDIO — Students in the Presidio Rocketry and Robotics Club brought home two awards from the Botball Regional Tournament in Houston this past weekend.

Presidio High School students won the Judges’ Choice award for outstanding engineering design …

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FEATURES

Solitaire Homes: Inside the growing, cross-border house manufacturing plant

April 28th, 2016

(staff photo by CAMERON DODD)The Solitaire de Mexico manfuacturing plant in Ojinaga, Mexico.

By CAMERON DODD

OJINAGA, Chih., Mexico — By 7am the warehouse is busy with the commotion of construction. At various stations, men and women nail foundations and frames, install cabinets and windows, lay carpet and tile or attach roofs and siding. …

LGBTQ rights: a national struggle, a local acceptance

April 28th, 2016

Eli Cordova

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – While a landmark 5-4 split U.S. Supreme Court vote legalized same-sex marriage last year, political and social challenges remain for the LGBTQ community.

In recent weeks, some Southern states have signed into law bills banning municipalities from adopting Lesbian Gay Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer anti-discrimination …

New in Boquillas: golf

April 7th, 2016

(photo by JIM GLENDINNING)Dave Stevenson instructs a young golfer at the Boquillas range.

By JIM GLENDINNING

Watching a 10-year-old Mexican child belt a golf ball toward the Sierra del Carmens is a surprising new tourism development in Boquillas, Coahuila, Mexico. The golf range, and other factors, point to a better economic life for the …

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Sports

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 …

Blue Devils top Bucks in district showdown

April 7th, 2016

(Presidio High School journalism class photo)The 2016 Presidio Blue Devils varsity baseball team, from left, Coach Isael Natividad, Luis Gomez, Ruben Montanez, Alberto Fernandez, Ivan Cervantes, Head Coach Caesar Barriga, Aldayir Alvarado, Ivan Barrientos, Aaron Lozano, Juan Nieto, Sesar Baeza, and Coach Alonso Amancio.

PRESIDIO – The Presidio Blue Devils varsity baseball team hosted …

Lady Horns medal in three track and field events in Rankin

April 7th, 2016

RANKIN – The Marfa Lady Horns track and field team brought one silver and two bronze medals back home after last Friday’s meet in Rankin, finishing 8th overall with 23 points.

Freshman Alyssa Olvera took the silver medal in shot put, throwing for a distance of 30 feet 11 ½ inches while senior Aaliyah …

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Multimedia

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 …

SXSW 2016

SXSW 2016

March 24th, 2016

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Obituaries

Carpenter

April 28th, 2016

James Carpenter

James Neil “Jimmy” Carpenter, 77, passed away peacefully at his Burnet home on April 18, 2016.

He was born July 21, 1938 in San Antonio to Harry Edgar Carpenter and Edna Brown Carpenter.

He attended Brackenridge High School in San Antonio. He started working as an apprentice printer at the San Antonio …

Gonzales

April 28th, 2016

Virginia “Gingie/Kina” Gonzales

Virginia “Gingie/Kina” Najar Gonzales died February 9, 2016 in Tucson, Arizona surrounded by her family.

She was born July 5, 1931, in Fort Davis to Nicholas and Anastacia Najar.

A memorial Mass will be at 11am Saturday, April 30 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fort Davis with burial in St. …

Garcia

April 14th, 2016

Gilbert Garcia, 58, of Odessa, died Sunday, April 10, 2016, at his residence.

Funeral services are scheduled at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Acres West 24 Hour Chapel with the Rev. Humberto Porras officiating. Burial will be at the Peaceful Gardens section of Ector County Cemetery. Arrangements are by Acres West Funeral Chapel.

He was …

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