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Presidio, Marfa, Alpine: early voting begins Monday

Presidio, Marfa, Alpine: early voting begins Monday

April 23rd, 2015

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

FAR WEST TEXAS – Early voting for the May 9 general election to determine city council and school board members start Monday, April 27.

Early voting for Marfa City Council will take place from 8am to 12pm and 1 to 5pm at Marfa City Hall.

In Marfa, Peter Stanley, Tom Schmidt and incumbent Josie …

Christian recording artist Amy Shreve in Alpine Wednesday, March 12

March 6th, 2014

ALPINE – Singer songwriter Amy Shreve, from Nashville Tennessee, will be the guest artist at Hillside Baptist Church at 7pm on March 12.

Amy Shreve

She will be joined by her husband/producer Gary Wixtrom backing her with guitars, percussion, and Mandolin.

The first thing you notice at one of Amy’s concerts is a classical harp …

Texas music legend Ray Wylie Hubbard in Alpine Saturday, March 8

March 6th, 2014

ALPINE – Texas Troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard will perform March 8 at the Granada Theatre in Alpine.

Ray Wylie Hubbard

He’s an award winning singer/songwriter who has written and produced 15 albums, five music videos and has co-written a feature film, “The Last Rites of Ransom Pride.”

He …

Alpine man drowns at Florida beach

November 8th, 2013

ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida – A 60-year-old Alpine man found unconscious in the surf just south of Dondanville Road neat St. Augustine, Florida just after 5pm Wednesday was pronounced dead at Flagler Hospital a short time after being taken there, according to the St. Augustine Record newspaper.

Allen Bakker of Alpine was last seen entering the water …

Former Alpine finance director arrested

June 14th, 2013

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

ALPINE – Ricky Chavez, the former city of Alpine finance director, has been arrested on two third-degree felony charges, according to the office of 83rd District Attorney Rod Ponton.

The two charges against Chavez are theft by a public servant and tampering with government documents.

According to Ponton’s office, Chavez is alleged to have …

Marfa film fest sets Alpine screenings

Marfa film fest sets Alpine screenings

June 13th, 2013

MARFA, ALPINE – The Marfa Film Festival said its 2013 program will include screenings in Alpine.

Alpine City Council members voted unanimously on June 4 to sponsor the festival’s expansion into the city with $2,000 from hotel motel tax funds. The funds will be used to help cover equipment rental and film screening fees.

In previous years, …

Opponents take first step in recalling Alpine mayor

Opponents take first step in recalling Alpine mayor

June 5th, 2013

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

ALPINE – In an unprecedented move in Far West Texas politics, three former Alpine City Council members have started the process to recall Mayor Dr. Avinash Rangra from his elected position.

Former council members Carlos Lujan, Diana Asgeirsson, and Hugh Johnson have filed an affidavit for petition for recall at city hall. Lujan, …

Alpine hires interim manager

Alpine hires interim manager

April 11th, 2013

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

ALPINE – Alpine City Council members Tuesday voted unanimously to hire Charles Harrington as the city’s interim city manager, to begin work today.

The move comes after council members voted 3-2 last week to remove former city manager Jesus “Chuy” Garcia following an audit report that highlighted major flaws in the city’s handling …

Alpine finance director suspended amid document shredding allegations

Alpine finance director suspended amid document shredding allegations

April 10th, 2013

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

ALPINE – City of Alpine finance director Ricky Chavez has been suspended with pay, according to city attorney John Armstrong.

Armstrong said Chavez was suspended pending the hiring of an interim city manager – which occurred Tuesday night – following the split-vote decision to remove Jesus “Chuy” Garcia from the manager’s position last …

Alpine audit confirms misuse of funds, city manager fired

Alpine audit confirms misuse of funds, city manager fired

April 3rd, 2013

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

ALPINE – Allegations of misuse of public funds at the city of Alpine were substantiated Tuesday when Alpine Certified Public Accountant Shaw Skinner delivered the city’s annual audit.

The audit findings may have contributed to the council’s 3-2 split decision to remove City Manager Chuy Garcia from his post.

After an executive session performance …

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