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December 15th, 2016 under West Texas Talk » West Texas Talk Highlight


On Monday, the Marfa PTO hosted an assembly for the school and community called Rachel’s Challenge. This program helps to create a school climate that is less susceptible to harassment, bullying and violence. Rachel’s Challenge exists to inspire and equip every person to create a permanent positive change not only in themselves, but in their schools, their businesses and communities. It made a huge impression on everyone who participated.

We would like to thank the following donors for their contributions to the program. If it wasn’t for them this program would not have been possible: New Braunfels Area Community Foundation, Nina Fantl, Jean Landry, Tom Haines, First Baptist Church in Marfa, Lucy and Mando Garcia, Andrew Peters, W.E. “Chip” Love IV, Lori and Eric Wilmarth, Marfa National Bank, Daniel Hernandez, Iglesia Cristiana Jesus EsRey, Marfa Ministerial Alliance, Shirley Tipton, Kelly Ramsey, Allison Scott, Katie Price Fowlkes, Junie Villarreal, Cherry Torres, Erika and Ivan Grajeda, Mercer Declercq, Neil and Sarah Martinez, Jeremiah Griffin, Ann Marie Nafziger, Regina Gutierrez, Jessie Browning, Edsel and Gavin Vana, Karen Crenshaw, Gretel Enck, Suzi Gruschkus, Elvia Agan, Sarah Demers, Ernesto Zubia, Carolina Catano, Joel and Brenda Bentley and all those who helped fill the bucket during the TransPecos Music Festival.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated. You are now a part of the chain reaction of kindness this program will continue to foster.

With gratitude,

Sarah Fellows Martinez, Florcita Zubia, Cherry Torres, Kelly Ramsey, Cheri Aguero

Marfa ISD PTO Officers



Within my lifetime of 80 years, oil and gas has become the lifeblood of our standard of living. Almost everything we have is dependent on fossil fuels, from the asphalt roads we drive on, to the fertilizer for our food crops, and all of the household plastics.

Eighty years ago, it was grass that powered our West Texas economy by feeding the cattle, the horses we used to plow the ground, and harvest the crops.

When I moved to the Big Bend Country 50 years ago, angora goats and sheep provided wool for some of our clothing. Now it is polypropylene from oil.

Despite all of the lip service paid to conservation and sustainability, our unspoken national energy policy is to exhaust our irreplaceable resources as rapidly as we can. This serves the short-term benefit of each of us, as well as the fossil fuel industry and the politicians it supports.

Renewable energy can replace some of that fossil fuel, but we will still need to rely on it for decades to come. It will take time and more money than our politicians will make available to electrify our roads and railroads to move our freight. In the meantime our air and ground water quality will continue to deteriorate.

We need to make our fossil fuels last for several hundred years, instead of shipping them to other countries for short-term profit. Hoping for an unknown miracle of technology to solve our problems is not a viable energy policy.

Our descendants will ask why we didn’t concern ourselves about the welfare of the next seven generations as many of our Native Americans do. Why not? I think we know the answer.

Roger Siglin


Mr. Siglin was arrested on a trespassing charge last week in protest to the Trans-Pecos Pipeline. – the editor.



Channel 7 news aired footage of the house fire in Alpine showing not only Alpine police personnel but also DPS troopers, game wardens, and deputy sheriffs standing around watching. We have a police department with a budget in excess of one million dollars, fully capable of handling security at these events.

It appears the other agencies have nothing else to do but hang around and watch with their lights blinking. Perhaps the other agencies should eliminate the unneeded personnel and force the remaining employees to do the jobs they were hired to do.

Hugh Johnson




Just a few gripes;

* There is a war against senior citizens. U.S. Rep. Sam Jackson of Texas has filed legislation to cut Social Security by 11-15% and raise the retirement age from 67 to 69. This is wrong. Everyone should call his or her senator and representative. A person drawing only $700 a month would lose $107 per month. No one can live on the balance of $693.

Two questions you need to ask are who gets the savings, and why are the poor being picked on again?

Call Jackson to reconsider this proposal: His Texas office number is (469) 304-0382 and the Washington office number is (202) 225-4201.

All year, we have heard, “There is going to be an increase in Social Security payments to all on Social Security.” No sign of an increase in anyone’s monthly check. It is very late now in the year, and I think we can just forget that deal.

(Crysal Kay Perkins, Executive Director of Texas Democratic Party sent this message).

* Trump’s choice for Secretary of State is Exxon Mobil’s CEO Rex Tellerson who has come under fire for his close ties to Russia. Tillerson was awarded that country’s Order of Friendship’ in 2013.

Senators John McCain and Marco Rubio both voiced their doubts about the pick.  (Reported by Paige Lavender of the Huffington Post).

Thank you,

Joyce Wright




I would like to thank everyone that supported our Blue Santa Project this year. Blue Santa was an amazing success thanks to everyone who participated. We received gifts and cash donations from many people in the community. Special thanks to First Presidio Bank and U.S. Border Patrol for their support and assistance in collecting gifts for children. We would also like to thank the Chinati Hot Springs for their generous donations to the project and Denise Ornelas for helping coordinate the recipients from the elementary school.

Between the burger sale and donations we were able to buy shoes, warm clothes and toys for more than thirty-five children and several families.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Very Joyous New Year to everyone!!!

Joel Nuñez, JR.


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