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BBNP reinstates temporary closures for peregrine falcons

January 24th, 2013

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK – In August 1999, the peregrine falcon was removed from the federal endangered species list, a move prompted by the falcon’s comeback from the brink of extinction.

However, throughout Texas there are less than a dozen known nesting pairs and the falcon remains on the state’s endangered species list.

Federal endangered species policy …

Cecilia Thompson: Marfa’s woman of letters passes away

Cecilia Thompson: Marfa’s woman of letters passes away

January 19th, 2012

FAR WEST TEXAS – Prominent West Texas historian and author Cecilia Thompson of Marfa died Monday, January 16, 2012 at Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine after a brief illness. She was 91.

She was born April 10, 1920 to Harold G. and Norma M. Thompson, a Fort Davis-area ranching family. Her grandfather, F.A. Thompson, …

Illegal immigrant apprehensions down, narcotics seizures up

Illegal immigrant apprehensions down, narcotics seizures up

December 15th, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC, MARFA – U.S. Customs and Border Protection this week released the agency’s fiscal year 2011 summary of CBP enforcement and border management efforts. The Big Bend Border Patrol Sector and the El Paso Field Office, which includes the Presidio port of entry, also released summaries.

“In 2011, CBP has contributed to our nation’s homeland …

Firm seeks high-level nuke dump site nearby

November 17th, 2011

By ANDREW STUART

The Hudspeth County Herald

HUDSPETH COUNTY – Hudspeth County officials were approached this week about the possible storage of massive quantities of high-level nuclear waste at a site near Fort Hancock. If the project were to move forward, the Hudspeth County location would become the repository for some 70,000 tons of radioactive waste, including …

Rio Grande clean-up Saturday

November 10th, 2011

SOUTH PRESIDIO, BREWTER COUNTIES – Big Bend Ranch State Park and Big Bend National Park are sponsoring the second annual River Cleanup Day on Saturday.

The parks are seeking volunteers to remove litter while spending a day canoeing, rafting, or hiking along the Rio Grande.

Big Bend Ranch State Park and Big Bend National Park will supply …

Terlingua chili cook-offs simmering to a boil

November 3rd, 2011

By MARK GLOVER

TERLINGUA – Attracting chefs from around the country, the two 45th annual chili-cooking contests are under way in Terlingua this week with competition for the world’s best ‘bowl of red’ being crowned on Saturday.

The Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) event will be held seven miles south of Study Butte at Rancho CASI de …

Wild burro meeting in Alpine November 16

November 3rd, 2011

ALPINE – The Wild Burro Protection League is hosting a town hall meeting at 7pm Wednesday, November 16 at the Granada Theatre in Alpine.

The Wild Burro Protection League is described as a consortium of individuals, businesses, animal advocacy groups, and scientists who have been working together to eliminate the lethal methods used at reducing or …

Boquillas border crossing to reopen, this time with a port facility

Boquillas border crossing to reopen, this time with a port facility

October 27th, 2011

By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK – Park enthusiasts and travelers, get your passports ready: construction of a new border crossing facility from Big Bend National Park to Boquillas, Mexico is underway.

Once upon a time, an informal border crossing allowed U.S. and Mexican citizens to cross between the two countries from the park and …

Boquillas Border Crossing

Boquillas Border Crossing

October 25th, 2011

A ceremony was held in Big Bend National Park on Monday to announce a bilateral agreement between the United States and Mexico. The Cooperative Action for Conservation in the Big Bend/Rio Bravo Region was signed by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Mexican Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada as …

Longhorns may be next animal on state’s chopping block at Big Bend Ranch State Park

Longhorns may be next animal on state’s chopping block at Big Bend Ranch State Park

October 13th, 2011

By EMILY JO CURETON

PRESIDIO COUNTY –  A small herd of purebred, free-ranging Texas Longhorns still wanders Big Bend Ranch State Park, throwbacks from a time when the land was privately owned. Now, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is assessing the management of these token cattle in light of today’s challenges: terrible drought, near …

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