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Sheriff meets with governor in Del Rio

On June 10 in Del Rio, Gov. Greg Abbott met with Texas border county sheriffs at a border security summit to announce several intiatives in the ongoing conflict between Abbott and the Biden administration. Abbott announced a plan to build a wall along the state’s southern border, said DPS troopers...
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Report: Brewster County rated top county in Texas to retire

Buyers and sellers of real estate alike—when asked what are the three most essential considerations about a property—will nearly always reply “location, location, location.”. While this answer is sometimes tongue-in-cheek, it is often quite accurate, and this reply perhaps applies to retirees more than any other demographic. “Settling down after...
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Tip about young migrants leads to sting operation in Brewster County

Recordings of the CBS7 News at 5 newscast. Odessa Meals on Wheels looking to recruit younger volunteers. Meals on Wheels in Odessa is launching a new program this summer to get help from younger volunteers. XTO Energy shares how to make 'Elephant Toothpaste'. Updated: 17 hours ago. Janie Kenney, Heather...
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Tip to Sheriff's Office Leads to Capture of Two Illegal Aliens

ALPINE,TX- Brewster County Sheriff Rodney Dodson said a tip led to a sting operation about young illegal immigrant girls in an Alpine hotel. The sheriff’s office received an anonymous tip that the girls, all of whom are younger than 16, were to be taken to the Dallas/Fort Worth area through Odessa.
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James Travis Roberts, Jr.

James Travis Roberts, Jr., peacefully passed away after a brief illness surrounded by family on June 3, 2021. Travis was born in Alpine, Texas, on May 11, 1937, to James Travis Roberts, Sr., and Pauline Roberts. He was raised in Marathon, Texas, and grew up working alongside his brothers on the family ranch and the Catto Gage Ranch.
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Brewster County adopts new lighting ordinance

Brewster County Commissioners on May 26 decided to adopt a newly revised outdoor lighting ordinance. Addressing commissioners were Bill Wren, dark skies advocate from the University of Texas McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis, and Bob Krumenaker, Superintendent of Big Bend National Park. Wren provided an overview of the original ordinance...
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HOT influx continues

Brewster County Tourism Council met for a regular meeting May 20 at the Val Beard Complex in Alpine, and livestreamed via the county’s Facebook page. The all-volunteer council acts as an advisory board to commissioners court regarding hotel and occupancy tax funds for the county, minus the City of Alpine which manages its own HOT funds.
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Council cans Zimmer and Salas, City attorney resigns after rant

Fireworks came early this year at Alpine’s May 18 city council meeting, and freshman council member Judy Stokes lit the fuse. By the end of the evening, City Manager Erik Zimmer and City Secretary Cynthia Salas had been terminated, and City Attorney Sandy Wilson had resigned. The newly elected Stokes,...
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New Hancock Hill and Murphy Street signs provide info for tourists and locals

ALPINE –– Alpine’s visitors and residents may have noticed two new additions to popular spots around town: informational signs about the history of Murphy Street and the trails on Hancock Hill behind Sul Ross State University. The signs are recently completed projects by the City of Alpine in partnership with Brewster County (Murphy Street) and Sul Ross State University (Hancock Hill).
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Art cars for a cause

The Gambler 500, a navigational adventure rally, is coming to the Big Bend for its second time this weekend, May 14-16. It started 10 years ago in Oregon as a fun way to pick up litter from off road trails, with art cars, jalopies, and junkers forming an unlikely parade. It has since evolved into an international phenomenon.
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Taxes an issue for short-term rentals in county

Summer is right around the corner, and visitors are choosing to stay in short-term bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals, to the delight of property owners who generate income from renting out their guest rooms or homes. Although Brewster County is doing exceptionally well with high numbers of visitations this...
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Illegal entries costing county

At its meeting on April 28, Brewster County Commissioners recognized Judy Stokes’ 19 years service as executive assistant to the Sheriff’s Office. Stokes received a plaque presented by Sheriff Ronny Dodson for her dedication and commitment as she retired on April 30. In other business, Dodson asked commissioners to approve...
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Dark Skies Town Hall

Close to 50 people attended a dark skies town hall at the Red Pattillo Community Center in Terlingua on April 24. Vacation rental operators, Big Bend Conservation Alliance, McDonald Observatory staff, and Brewster County Tourism Council board members were among those present. Brewster County Commissioner, Pct. 2, Sara Colando called...
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County says no to dark skies funding

Dark skies funding became the focal point of the Brewster County Commissioners Court meeting on April 14, and it generated much debate about a proposed new use of hotel/motel tax funds. The meeting sparked a lengthy discussion regarding House Bill 4305 and Senate Bill 2133 introduced to the 87th Texas...
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Alpine agency gives children a voice

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and for Alpine nonprofit organization Children’s Advocacy Center of the Big Bend, maintaining a good community partnership allows it to fulfill its mission of restoring the lives of abused children in Brewster, Jeff Davis, Presidio, and other nearby counties. A resident of Alpine for...
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Groundwater District presents research opportunities

Brewster County Groundwater Conservation District is hoping water well operators, residential or otherwise, will get involved with the organization’s groundwater research efforts. The district is tasked to manage, protect, and conserve groundwater resources, while protecting property rights and promoting constructive and sustainable development across the county. It’s governed by a...