Articles by Ben Caxton

Judge Ferguson Expects Better Criminal Defense

TRANS PECOS, TX (Ben Caxton) — 394th Judicial District Judge Roy Ferguson is expecting a big improvement in the quality of legal arguments he hears from defendants in criminal cases. And he’s the main person responsible for it. Ferguson was the prime mover behind the organization of a new public…


Marfa To Decide If Chief Can Wear Two Hats

MARFA, TX (Ben Caxton) — Marfa’s new Chief of Police, Estavan Marquez, may not have to give up his old job, to take his new one. Marfa City Attorney, Teresa Todd “He is still the constable. He said he was going to give up being constable because he believed he…


New Police Chief Amazed At Outpouring Of Support

  MARFA, TX (Ben Caxton) — There’s no question. The people of Marfa seem genuinely thrilled at the city’s choice for their first Chief of Police in nearly a decade. City Attorney Teresa Todd told Roxana Hill of Valentine Radio News that new Chief Estavan Marquez has generated a lot…


Arrests Made In Alpine Fake Money Scam

ALPINE, TX (Ben Caxton) — Officers with the Alpine Police Department have arrested three individuals in connection with the counterfeit bills that have been used at several businesses in Alpine. Along with the arrest, Officers also seized items which were utilized in the production of the counterfeit money. Those arrested…


Big Bend Ranch Rodeo Winners Announced

ALPINE, TX (Ben Caxton) — The 2017 Big Bend Ranch Rodeo is now in the record books. Roxana Hill spoke with Chachi Hawkins Wednesday and asked her what her favorite events were from this year’s rodeo. “I thought the bronc riding was particularly good this year, and also the wild…


Taxes And Tax Rates To Be Discussed In Valentine

VALENTINE, TX (Ben Caxton) — Valentine ISD is holding a public meeting next Thursday. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the school district’s budget that will determine the tax rate on county property owners that will be adopted. total expenditures in the district are budgeted to be…


Hazmat Training For Firefighters On Saturday

ALPINE, TX (Ben Caxton) — Local firefighters can get some free training this weekend. Instructors from the El Paso Fire Department were originally scheduled to have been in Alpine Saturday for an eight-hour course. That was canceled last week. But in its place will be an H-100 HAZMAT awareness class…


Presidio County Has Two New Hires

PRESIDIO COUNTY, TX (Ben Caxton) — Presidio County has filled two empty positions. Natalia Williams was sworn in yesterday as the County Tax Assessor-Collector. And Jaime Juarez takes over as the newly appointed Presidio County Veteran Officer. Williams, who has served as deputy clerk in the Presidio County Tax Office…


Jamie Juarez Appointed To Help Presidio Veterans

PRESIDIO COUNTY, TX — At yesterday’s Presidio County Commissioners meeting Marfa military veteran Jaime Juarez was selected to replace retired Staff Sergeant Harlan Hardy as the Presidio County Veterans Officer. Juarez, a 2003 Marfa High School graduate, served in the United States Marine Corps for four and a half years….


Judge Posts Job Openings For New Defender’s Office

TRANS PECOS (Ben Caxton) — The selection process for lawyers for the new Far West Texas Regional Public Defender Office is getting underway. Judge Roy Ferguson contacted Valentine Radio News yesterday to say that he has begun posting the job listings for the newly created office online. The Judge is…