Welcome to bigbendnow.com, the best news and information website in Texas. It’s our commitment to embrace the latest way to inform and connect with our readers in a most dynamic way.
Big Bend Now continues a tradition of journalism excellence rooted in the old media of print publishing dating back 124 years, first as the Marfa New Era, established in 1887 and then as The Big Bend Sentinel, established in 1926. The Presidio International began publishing in 1986.
Now on the World Wide Web, our site is designed with care and thought to give our readers the most complete picture of all things Far West Texas and Northern Mexico, in English and Spanish, and to hear back from you as well. Rosario and I and our staff couldn’t be more excited about our new media product.
I came to work for the Sentinel in 1988. We acquired the newspaper in 1993, with Rosario coming on board at that time. The International was acquired in 1994. During these past years, we’ve taken the paper from cut-and-paste production with scissors, Xacto knives, pica poles, sticky wax, and darkroom photography to digital pagination and this online version.
We’re both Big Bend-area natives, and that gives us an inherent expertise, knowledge and love of its multicultural inhabitants and exquisite terrain as we’ve chronicled our corner of the universe these past 20 years.
Rosario is from Presidio, earned an accounting degree from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, and worked with several banks and credit unions in Odessa and El Paso where we lived before returning to our roots.
There aren’t many Hispanic women media owners, but Rosario is one of them.
I grew up in Alpine, the son and grandson of pioneer merchants, got my basics at Sul Ross State University and a journalism degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. I worked at the Odessa American (starting with the cop shop and advancing to city editor) and the El Paso Times as an assistant city editor before coming to Marfa.
We have three lovely children, and all have spent time in the newsroom.
Thanks for reading us.
Robert Louis Halpern and Rosario Salgado Halpern