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Court grants defense motions in Verk murder case

Court grants defense motions in Verk murder case

December 15th, 2017

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

(BREWSTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE photo)Robert Fabian

ALPINE – The Verk family – Glen, Lori, and Miles – sat stoically in the Brewster County Courthouse district courtroom on the morning of Friday, December 15.

Across the room sat Robert Fabian, who stands accused of murdering Glenn and Lori’s daughter, Zuzu.

Zuzu, a Sul Ross student, …

Texas land grab: How the federal government abused its power to seize property for the border fence

Texas land grab: How the federal government abused its power to seize property for the border fence

December 14th, 2017

A decade ago, a many border Texans got a raw deal when the federal government seized land for a barrier — while others pushed up the price, a Texas Tribune/ProPublica investigation found. As the Trump administration pushes for a border wall, will the government’s rushed, haphazard process be repeated?

(photos by MARTIN do …

CBP air ops saves undocumented immigrants from Guatemala found lost and freezing near Marfa

CBP air ops saves undocumented immigrants from Guatemala found lost and freezing near Marfa

December 14th, 2017

(CBP Air Ops photo)Marfa Border Patrol agent Javier Prieto and Marfa EMS Paramedic Jesse Peña, center, assist in the rescue of Guatemala immigrants found near Marfa.

MARFA – A U.S Customs and Border Protection Air Interdiction Agent (AIA) with the Air and Marine Operations Alpine Air Unit rescued a group of 15 undocumented immigrants who …

Snow on the Chihuahuan Desert, and a record low 6 degrees in Marfa

Snow on the Chihuahuan Desert, and a record low 6 degrees in Marfa

December 14th, 2017

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)Snow accumulated throughout Marfa last Thursday as temperatures hit a record low.

MARFA – Marfa residents woke up to a winter wonderland last week as temperatures dropped to a new record low of six degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

The snow started to come down Wednesday evening and continued …

Bus tour part of U.S. 67 survey

Bus tour part of U.S. 67 survey

December 14th, 2017

Presidio City Administrator Joe Portillo addresses the US 67  corridor surveyors after city and county officials completed a bus tour with TXDoT at a luncheon.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

sarah@bigbendnow.com

FAR WEST TEXAS – Local officials from Presidio, Brewster, and Pecos counties and the cities of Presidio, Marfa, Alpine and Fort Stockton took a bus tour along …

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Arts

Marfa Contemporary exhibit closes with artist talk, reception

November 30th, 2017

William Cordova

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Marfa Contemporary’s latest and final artist-in-residence William Cordova will engage in a talk with Marfa Contemporary Guest Director Kate Green and fellow artists Robert Pruitt and Autumn Night, followed by a closing reception for Cordova’s exhibition, ankaylli: spatial and ideological terrain from 4–6pm Sunday, December 2.

The exhibition features an …

“Big Scary Clowns and Red Balloons as Guns” on Sul Ross stage Decemeber 1-2

November 30th, 2017

ALPINE – “Big Scary Clowns with Red Balloons as Guns,” a one-man show written and performed by Sul Ross State University graduate student Miguel Pena will be on stage Friday-Saturday, December 1-2.

Show time is 8pm in the Studio Theatre, Francois Fine Arts Building. The play contains mature content and parental discretion is advised.

Peña’s one-man show …

Fullymaxxed releases new album today, Wednesday, November 22

November 22nd, 2017

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

sarah@bigbendnow.com

FAR WEST TEXAS – FullyMaxxed’s new EP “Until Then” marks a new chapter in Max Ferguson’s music.

“This is for everybody that’s gone through anything that sucks,” said Ferguson.

The electronic musician has performed as FullyMaxxed before he was old enough to drive, first starting as a DJ dressed in costume. Removing the large …

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Community

Author Garcia to address Texas Mountain Trail Writers

December 14th, 2017

ALPINE – Award-winning author Elizabeth A. Garcia and The Back Room present a stimulating program on How a Mystery Weekend Works!

All are invited to attend this open meeting from 3-5pm Saturday, December 16 at West Texas National Bank, conference meeting room, on the Fifth Street side, 101 E. Avenue E.

Learn the secrets of Special Event …

Annual Posada at Fort Leaton is December 20

December 7th, 2017

PRESIDIO – This holiday season, come join us at Fort Leaton’s annual Posada celebration beginning at 5pm on Wednesday, December 20.

Watch a re-creation of Mary and Joseph seeking shelter by local student docents from Presidio High School. Warm yourself around a bonfire as we enjoy holiday goodies together.

This year we welcome back Ratabachi, the Folkloric …

Presidio Blue Santa program seeks donations

December 7th, 2017

PRESIDIO – Presidio ISD police officers are requesting help for the Blue Santa program.

Blue Santa is a program in which law enforcement officers seek help from the community to help less fortunate families and children during the holidays.

PISD Police Officers will fundraise to purchase warm clothing, shoes, heaters, food and other basic necessities as well …

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Education

Read Marfa, holiday read aloud returns to Blackwell School

December 14th, 2017

MARFA – The Blackwell School Alliance will host READ MARFA, Holiday Read Aloud, this Saturday, December 16. For the second year in a row, the event will feature Christmas stories read in both Spanish and English for the enjoyment of Marfa children and families.

The free event takes place from 11am-noon with storytelling, cookies, and hot …

Sul Ross choir, wind ensemble concert October 12

October 13th, 2017

ALPINE – The Sul Ross State University Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble will perform Thursday, October 12, at 7:30pm in Marshall Auditorium. There is no admission charge and the public is invited.

Dr. Donald Freed, Sul Ross professor of Music, will direct the choir. Concert selections are: “Sure on This Shining Night,” by Samuel Barber; “Songs …

Sully’s Showcase is October 14 at Sul Ross

October 13th, 2017

ALPINE – Over 300 persons have pre-registered for Sully’s Showcase, Sul Ross State University’s biannual, prospective student open house. This semester’s event is scheduled Saturday, October 14.

Sully’s Showcase, sponsored by the Office of Enrollment Management’s New Student Programs, will be held from 8:30am- 4pm in the Pete P. Gallego Center. Prospective students and their families …

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FEATURES

Learning broadcast journalism from the street

Learning broadcast journalism from the street

December 7th, 2017

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)Second from right, lead instructor Rob Rosenthal discusses audio production to ten students for the Transom Workshop at Marfa Public Radio.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

sarah@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Seeing the full conference room at Marfa Public Radio, General Manager Elise Pepple is reminded of MTV’s realty show, The Real World.

“What happens when …

Air Force vet eyes Congressional seat

Air Force vet eyes Congressional seat

December 7th, 2017

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

sarah@bigbendnow.com

Gina Ortiz Jones

FAR WEST TEXAS – Democratic candidate Gina Ortiz Jones stopped by Alpine and Marfa last month to engage with the constituents of the 23rd Congressional District.

She is one of the four Democratic candidates running in the March primary election for Republican incumbent Will Hurd’s seat.

Her visit opened her …

Fullymaxxed releases new album today, Wednesday, November 22

November 22nd, 2017

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

sarah@bigbendnow.com

FAR WEST TEXAS – FullyMaxxed’s new EP “Until Then” marks a new chapter in Max Ferguson’s music.

“This is for everybody that’s gone through anything that sucks,” said Ferguson.

The electronic musician has performed as FullyMaxxed before he was old enough to drive, first starting as a DJ dressed in costume. Removing the large …

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Sports

Horns split wins with Eagles, Indians;Junior Lady Horns undefeated in district play

December 14th, 2017

 

(Marfa ISD photos)Kaci Flores takes the ball to the basket for two points.

Marfa’s basketball program hosted the Sanderson Eagles High School and Fort Davis Indians Middle School this week and split with each team.

The varsity Lady Shorthorns were off to a quick offensive start against the Eagles for the 44-27 win, thanks to the …

Leveling the playing field: two girls are Shorthorn football players

Leveling the playing field: two girls are Shorthorn football players

November 9th, 2017

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)Aundrea Garcia, left, and Alexis Gonzalez during football practice on Wednesday as the the Shorthorns prepare for Friday’s junior high game against the Fort Davis Indians.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

sarah@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – It was at a game against Rankin when a Red Devil noticed that a Shorthorn team captain was a …

Border Patrol hosts border violence session with Mexican, American law enforcement

Border Patrol hosts border violence session with Mexican, American law enforcement

November 9th, 2017

(Big Bend Sector Border Patrol photos)Big Bend Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Victor M. Velazquez, center, with law enforcement officials from Mexico and the United States. Agencies represented included Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations Presidio, Homeland Security Investigations, National Park Service/Big Bend National Park; and the Government of Mexico, including …

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Multimedia

November photos

November photos

December 1st, 2017

Presidio Art festival 2017

Presidio Art festival 2017

April 27th, 2017

Veteran Austin musician records new album

Veteran Austin musician records new album

April 6th, 2017

Bobby Earl’ new album, “Calling Me Calling You”

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

TEXAS — Bobby Earl Smith, a West Texas native and the cofounder of the 1970s Austin band, Freda and the Firedogs, which presaged the redneck rock movement in Texas, has released a new album, “Calling Me Calling You.”

The record, which he worked on alongside his son Eric, …

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Obituaries

Herrera

October 26th, 2017

Pedro Herrera

Pedro M. “El Negro” Herrera was born June 29, 1926 in Shafter, Texas, He passed away peacefully and surrounded by loved ones on October, 17, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 91.

Mr. Herrera was the proud co-owner of MB’s Supermarket in Presidio, Texas, spending more than 60 years in the …

Molinar

October 26th, 2017

Aubina Molinar

Aubina Molinar, 95, a longtime resident of Alpine, passed away at Odessa Regional Hospital on Monday, October 23, 2017.

The Rosary will be prayed at 10am Monday, October 30 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church with Mass of Christian Burial to follow. A graveside service will be in Holy Angels Cemetery. Fr. Beto …

Venegas

October 26th, 2017

Guadalupe Venegas

Guadalupe “Lupe” Venegas of Marfa passed away peacefully at her residence on Saturday, October 22, 2017. She was 83.

The Rosary will be prayed at 10am Saturday, October 28th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Mass of Christian burial will be recited at 11am with Father John Paul Madanu serving as Celebrant. Burial will follow …

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