Brewster County Commissioners Court met and heard a request for new hand held radios from Sheriff Ronny Dodson.
Dodson was looking to replace the old five-watt radios that have limited reception in parts of Alpine and Marathon. He said it costs $2,470 to replace the batteries on the old ones, and the price of a new hand held, digital 100-watt radio was $6,164.40. The sheriff also mentioned that a repeater in South County had not been functioning for several months because bears had ripped off the wires.
“We try to bear proof them, but they chew everything up. They’re pretty destructive,” said Dodson.