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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 …

Fabian on pre-trial docket in Verk murder case

December 7th, 2017

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

ALPINE – Alpine man Robert Fabian has been ordered to appear before 394th District Judge Roy Ferguson on Friday, December 15 in a pre-trial hearing on the defendant’s first-degree murder charge.

Fabian stands accused of killing his on-again-off-again girlfriend, Sul Ross student Zuzu Verk , in October 2016 and concealing the remains of …

Family says justice not served in grand jury ‘no bill’ decision

Family says justice not served in grand jury ‘no bill’ decision

December 7th, 2017

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

Paul Peña

MARFA – A Presidio County Grand Jury decision last week to no bill Lucas Carrasco in the death of Marfa teenager Paul “Nuniz” Peña has left the Peña family feeling as if justice wasn’t served.

The Grand Jury no billed Carrasco of a charge of Criminally Negligent Homicide.

The case stems from …

Pipeline protester, hunting guides on next week’s court docket

December 7th, 2017

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Lori Glover, a TransPecos Pipeline protester charged with state jail felony Criminal Mischief, has a state district court appearance next Wednesday, December 13 at the Presidio County Courthouse in Marfa.

Glover, along with protesters Benjamin Franklin Craft-Rendon of Houston and Anna Joy Kruger of Fort Collins, Colorado, were each charged with …

City, county officials celebrate rail line’s future improvement

City, county officials celebrate rail line’s future improvement

December 7th, 2017

The city of Presidio and Presidio County delegation at the TxDoT/South Orient Railroad rehabilitation project groundbreaking ceremony in San Angelo on Monday, from left, Presidio International Port Authority Executive Director Jake Giesbrecht, Presidio County Commissioner Brenda Silva Bentley, Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara, Presidio International Port Director Michael Neipert, Assistant Port Director Alex Leos …

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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

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 …

Marfa Police Department sponsors “Blue Santa” toy drive

December 7th, 2017

MARFA – The Marfa Police Department is hosting a toy drive to provide holiday gifts to local families and children in need. Chief of Police Estevan Marquez and his team of peace officers are coordinating the effort to ensure that all local kids receive gifts during the upcoming holiday season.

New, unwrapped toys may be dropped …

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Education

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 …

Third annual Big Bend Comic Con is October 14 at Sul Ross Wildenthal Library

October 13th, 2017

ALPINE – Sul Ross State University’s Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library will host Big Bend Comic Con 2017 Saturday, October 14, 1-5pm. All activities at the third annual event are free and open to the public.

Comic Con 2017 will focus on community artists and vendors in the celebration of comic books, graphic novels and pop culture. …

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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

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 …

Serrano qualifies for state XC meet

October 26th, 2017

(Marfa ISD photo)Marfa Lady Shorthorn Kenra Serrano, center, has qualified for the state UIL cross country meet as a medalist.

MARFA – Marfa High School’s boys and girls varsity cross country teams competed in the Regional Cross Country Meet in San Angelo on Monday, and Lady Shorthorn Kendra Serrano will compete at the state meet …

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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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