Brewster sheriff deputy suspended without pay after arrest for solicitation of prostitution – The Big Bend Sentinel
By Abbie PerraultBREWSTER COUNTY — A deputy sheriff in Brewster County has been arrested for soliciting prostitution last week. The Brewster County Sheriff’s Office announced Workman’s arrest and suspension on Facebook Monday afternoon. Sheriff Dodson said Workman has been an officer with the Brewster County Sheriff’s Department for over a year. Prior to joining the sheriff’s office, Workman studied criminal justice at Sul Ross State University, according to his LinkedIn account. In their statement on social media this week, the Brewster County Sheriff’s Office wrote, “There will be a final disposition once the investigation and proper procedures have concluded.”bigbendsentinel.com
COVID roundup: The latest on vaccines, boosters and cases in West Texas – The Big Bend Sentinel
Brewster County has added 30 cases to its numbers, and neighboring Jeff Davis County has added another handful. “It’s not surprising that a medical facility would see a COVID exposure,” said Dr. Christie Alexander, a provider at the clinic. She credits the uptick in cases to the delta variant, including some breakthrough cases where vaccinated individuals in the area have tested positive for the virus. Conversely, confirmed cases can only be identified using molecular testing, which has become more difficult to access in Far West Texas. This summer alone, one Presidio County resident and three Brewster County residents have lost their lives to the illness, as the delta variant pushed the United States into another surge of cases.bigbendsentinel.com
Portillo given 3 years probation, $5,000 fine in phone-spoofing scandal – The Big Bend Sentinel
BREWSTER COUNTY –– Devon Portillo, a former sheriff candidate for Brewster County, has been sentenced to three years of probation and a $5,000 fine after pleading guilty to making a false statement to agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the phone-spoofing scandal that shook up the 2020 Brewster County Sheriff’s Office election race.bigbendsentinel.com
49 undocumented immigrants detained in RV near Big Bend – The Big Bend Sentinel
Brewster County –– Late Monday night, deputies with the Brewster County Sheriff’s Office detained 49 undocumented immigrants inside an RV on Highway 118 near the Big Bend National Park entrance after conducting a traffic stop on the vehicle.bigbendsentinel.com
New census estimates reveal population declines, shifting demographics in tri-county – The Big Bend Sentinel
TRI-COUNTY – The program that estimates populations across the United States has announced its 2020 numbers, estimating population declines in Presidio and Jeff Davis counties, and a nominal increase in Brewster County over the past 10 years.bigbendsentinel.com
Presidio Commissioners Court considers appointing new health authority among other items at last week’s meeting – The Big Bend Sentinel
PRESIDIO COUNTY – In addition to discussing appointing a new health authority, the Presidio County Commissioners Court made a deal with a contractor to negotiate a better per diem rate with the U.S. Marshals Service and then weighed in on whether to support the bill that would see Sul Ross move to another school system.bigbendsentinel.com
New Hancock Hill and Murphy Street signs provide info for tourists and locals – The Big Bend Sentinel
By Big Bend SentinelALPINE –– 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). The Hancock Hill sign includes maps of suggested trail routes, including the path to The Desk, a well-known curiosity: a full-sized metal office desk placed at the top of the hill with a commanding view of the surrounding landscape. The Hancock Hill trailhead was the gathering place last week of representatives of the City of Alpine and the university, who partnered to complete the sign project. “The real work was making the trails.” He then acknowledged the painstaking, years-long efforts by Dr. Urbanczyk to develop a sustainable network of trails on Hancock Hill for walking and mountain biking.bigbendsentinel.com
World’s smallest Target store in Marathon, Texas, has been demolished
MARATHON, Texas – RIP Target Marathon. It’s referred to as the world’s smallest Target and it stands off US Highway 90 outside Marathon, Texas, in remote Brewster County. In fact, it’s not actually a Target store, but a former railroad structure with the store’s logo painted on it. The nearest real Target stores are a couple of hours away in Odessa and Midland. (Nan Palmero/Flickr)The iconic Target in Marathon is no more.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department shares photos of employees killed in helicopter crash
BREWSTER COUNTY, Texas – Officials with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department shared photos of the three employees killed in a helicopter crash in West Texas on Saturday. The three men killed in the crash are Wildlife Biologist Dewey Stockbridge, Fish and Wildlife Technician Brandon White, and State Wildlife Veterinarian Robert Dittmar. The helicopter was in the Black Gap Wildlife Management Area in Brewster County conducting aerial surveys for desert bighorn sheep when the crash occurred. Stockbridge was the lead wildlife biologist at Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area just south of Alpine. Original Report: 3 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department employees killed in helicopter crash during bighorn sheep survey
3 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department employees killed in helicopter crash during bighorn sheep survey
AUSTIN, Texas – Three Texas Parks and Wildlife Department employees were killed in a helicopter crash while conducting aerial surveys for desert bighorn sheep in West Texas, according to TPWD officials. The victims of the crash were identified as Wildlife Biologist Dewey Stockbridge, Fish and Wildlife Technician Brandon White, and State Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Bob Dittmar, of Kerrville, according to the TPWD. “No words can begin to express the depth of sadness we feel for the loss of our colleagues in this tragic accident,” said Carter Smith, TPWD executive director, in a statement. Wildlife conservation in Texas lost three of its finest as they so honorably and dutifully carried out their calling to help survey, monitor and protect the bighorns of their beloved west Texas mountains. Dan Patrick also offered condolences to the families of the crash victims.
Big Bend National Park reopens to the public in a limited capacity
Brewster County, Texas – Big Bend National Park is reopening to the public, but it’s only at a limited capacity for day use only. The park announced that all paved roads will be open except those in the Rio Grande Village, Castolon and the Santa Elena Canyon areas. 9 swimming holes near San Antonio that have reopenedCampgrounds, campsites, the Chisos Basin Lodge & Restaurant, areas for river use, backcountry trails, the Boquillas Crossing Port of Entry and all unpaved roads except in Dug Out Wells will remain closed at this time. Big Bend National Park announced a temporary closure back on July 1 after a positive case of COVID-19 in the park residential community. Take ultimate Texas waterfall road tripThe park is located in Brewster County, which falls under a mandatory mask order in public places along with group size restrictions.
$320 million Texas ranch, half the size of Rhode Island, for sale near Big Bend National Park
BREWSTER COUNTY, Texas – Brewster Ranches is a massive 420,000-acre ranch on the north side of Big Bend National Park and it’s currently on sale for $320 million. Rio Texico is a 117,000-acre cattle and hunting ranch listed around $86 million. Dove Mountain is a 196,000-acre cattle and hunting ranch listed around $150 million. Horse Mountain is a 34,124-acre cattle and hunting ranch listed around $28 million. YE Mesa is a 52,022-acre mountain ranch listed around $40 million.