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Monday, November 6th Morning News


This is the local and area news.

Tomorrow is the first Tuesday in November and, yes, there is an election. But no candidates are on the ballot, just 14 state Constitutional Amendments.
Precinct 7 also has creation of a utility district on the ballot but apparently only one person is eligible to vote on that issue. Voters, or as reported in the Big Bend Sentinel, the one voter in an area identified as the Lajitas
Utility District, will vote on creation of that district.
The Texas Legislature created it in 2011 but it was never put to a vote by residents of the district. The paper quoted Brewster County Elections Administrator Lora Nussbaum as saying there was a misunderstanding with the district’s lawyer Ronald Freeman.
He apparently did not initially realize only one voter lives in that district.
That one voter, who was not identified, will vote on all 14 amendments and the district but the other 179 voters in the precinct will vote only on the amendments. For everybody, polls will be open from 7 to 7 tomorrow. Precinct One will vote at Assembly of God Fellowship Hall just north of Alpine High School.
Precincts Two and Eight will be at the Judge Val Clark Beard Office Building west of the Courthouse.
Precinct Three will be at the Marathon Community Center.
Precinct Four will be at the Alpine Civic Center.
And Precincts Five, Six and Seven will be at the Red Pattillo Community Center.
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The next training from the Sul Ross Small Business Development Center will be tomorrow morning by Zoom.
A session on H.R. Red Flags will be from 10 to 11 tomorrow. It is designed to explore issues of particular concern to employers, covering general information about key trends in human resources and red flags for concerns in the area of employment.
Employing effective human resource management promotes improved and sustainable business practices and can lead to increased economic opportunity for all.
The presenter is Deirdre Pattillo, who will provide guidance and answers questions.

To register and to log on, contact Norma Martinez at 837-8813 or email

Area law enforcement continues to find illegal border crossers throughout the region.
Brewster County deputies were involved in a long, high-speed chase of a human smuggling attempt Friday from the checkpoint just south of Alpine all the way to Terlingua.
More deputies than usual were on hand because of the Chili Cook Off and many of them, including Sheriff Ronny Dodson, joined in the chase.
It finally ended after Dodson fired his shotgun at the suspect’s vehicle, which later crashed into a ravine near Ross Drive after first running into Dodson’s pickup.
Read all the details of the chase on the Sheriff’s Facebook page.
The driver, Jordan Dartanian Ortiz, and two illegal migrants from Mexico were taken into custody.
Ortiz was charged with evading arrest, aggravated assault against a public servant and two counts of smuggling of persons. Ortiz’s girlfriend was released pending investigation, and the two other passengers were referred to the Border Patrol for processing.

And Presidio County deputies assisted the Border Patrol in recovering two vehicles from the Rio Grande last week.
Smugglers apparently were trying to illegally cross into Mexico and got stuck in the mud. The S.U.V. had a hidden compartment fabricated to hide a person.
The suspects all fled to Mexico and the case was referred to federal authorities for further investigation.

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