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¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

August 21st, 2014

Big bad border fences and wrought iron creations

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican:

What’s up with all the elaborate wrought iron fences in the Mexican parts of town? It almost seems like everyone is trying to outdo each other with these amazing displays of metallurgy. Is it just another way to try to protect the cars parked on …

desert fashion, marfa style

desert fashion, marfa style

August 21st, 2014

A visit to Big Bend Saddlery
By ASHLEY ROWE

Me outside Big Bend Saddlery in Alpine.

WHERE / 701 East Highway 90, Alpine

WHEN / Open Monday – Saturday. Closed Sunday.

WHAT / Big Bend Saddlery has been serving the Big Bend community since 1905. Go and try on various sizes of hats and have one customized …

congressman pete p. gallego

congressman pete p. gallego

August 21st, 2014

Back-to-School, teachers and students rule

By Pete P. Gallego

 August is special for many reasons. I spend the entire month meeting with constituents and traveling in the 23rd District of Texas. I visit my mom and family members in Alpine, Fort Stockton and El Paso. But, my biggest event of the month …

steve’s column

steve’s column

August 21st, 2014

Small towns, memories and a beer

By STEVE LANG

“The nice thing about living in a small town is that when you don’t know what you’re doing, someone else does.” – Immanuel Kant

My last actual stop in my hometown was accidental: due to broken car part on Christmas Day, 2002.

Steve in …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

August 14th, 2014

US immigration policy encourages lying

 By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: I’m not Mexican, but my son-in-law is. He is intelligent, bright, enthusiastic and pleasant to spend time with. He came here, illegally, at the age of 18 with his aunts. He and my daughter are married, have a three-and-a-half-year-old son, and have gone through the entire process …

u.s. rep. pete gallego

u.s. rep. pete gallego

August 14th, 2014

Congress finally acts for our veterans

 By Pete P. Gallego

 As a young kid growing up in West Texas, I often heard the phrase, “It takes an act of Congress … ” used to describe something that is difficult or nearly impossible to get done. I always wondered what that really meant. Now, …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

August 7th, 2014

Forget Montezuma’s revenge and enjoy the enchiladas

By Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: I’m a handsome exemplar of the bronce race living in the motherland. I’m dating a beautiful and wonderful gringuita who is soon taking a trip over the border from the U.S. to Mexico for the first time to visit me, and my pinche big family. …

congressman pete gallego

congressman pete gallego

August 7th, 2014

Inviting House Speaker John Boehner to the Border

By Pete P. Gallego

On Tuesday, I sent a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner, a Republican, inviting him to come to Texas and visit the U.S.-Mexico border where he can meet local community leaders and law enforcement personnel and learn about the ongoing influx …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

August 7th, 2014

Photographic memories and scenes best forgotten

By STEVE LANG

“The quickest way to make money at photography is to sell your camera.” – Anonymous

When digital photography arrived, my favorite line departed.

I was once asked if I took nude photographs. I replied I would, as long as I could wear socks in order to create storage space for …

the road to excellence

the road to excellence

July 31st, 2014

Marfa ISD tax rates and property values

 By ANDREW PETERS

Two weeks ago I provided information regarding increased property values and how they impact setting the tax rate. I received several inquiries and am providing you with answers to your questions as well as brief commentaries.

1. If the 2014 appraised tax base is doubled would we expect …

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