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steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

September 11th, 2014

Steve Lang with his granddaughter, Aria.

This Grandpa’s not a carpenter

By STEVE LANG

“When I was little, my grandfather used to make me stand in the closet for five minutes without moving. He said it was elevator practice.” – Stephen Wright

“Grandpa was a carpenter/he built houses, stores and banks…” – John Prine

Two common types …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

September 11th, 2014

Cerveza Mexicana conquers the world

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Your column is typically about culture, society, love, life, and death. But I want to ask about something more important: beer. Why is Mexican beer bland? Most of the beer in Mexico is a variant of a light European lager. Sure, not all beers are that way. …

cattlewomen’s column

cattlewomen’s column

September 11th, 2014

Securing Texas Landowners’ Private Property Rights

 By Leslie Kinsel, TSCRA Legislative and Tax Committee chair, with Laramie Adams, TSCRA director of public affairs

Since the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) was established in 1877, one of the association’s top priorities has been to represent landowners by working to preserve and protect private property …

congressman’s comments

congressman’s comments

September 11th, 2014

Congress is back in D.C.

By PETE P. GALLEGO 

I’ve heard it said in Texas that “life, liberty and property are only safe when the Legislature is not in session.” I think many would argue that this is even more true of Congress. And, Congress officially returned to Washington from its August recess this past Monday.

On the …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

September 4th, 2014

The Mexi-mullet ready for style re-birth

 

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexian: After having done labor organizing work with Mexicans, I am greatly puzzled as to why all the white, lower-class Mexicans I have come across have these weird, ratty hairdos that are so God-awful that they rival what my male redneck cousins were doing to themselves in …

desert fashion marfa style

desert fashion marfa style

September 4th, 2014

Art by James Webb (photos by Ashley Rowe)

Mr. James Webb’s Art / 2014.

 

By ASHLEY ROWE

James Webb of Marfa held a solo exhibition this past weekend at his home on Abbott Street. The show consisted of 30 images, with prints and originals available for purchase.

James Webb, Marfa, Texas 2014

Mr. Webb …

congressman’s comments

congressman’s comments

September 4th, 2014

Bridging the partisan gap

 

By Pete P. Gallego

In any organization, new leadership means change. Good leadership requires setting goals and prioritizing a specific mission. Each day, our Armed Services provide an excellent example of goal setting and prioritizing specific mission. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the U.S. House of Representatives.

My mission over the past …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

September 4th, 2014

Hogzillas run rampant through the greater Big Bend

By GEORGE COVINGTON

I have walked the mean streets of New York City without fear. I have survived numerous battles with the big-mouth yellow-bellied backbiters in Washington D.C. I never thought I might one day have to face 600 pounds of pure meanness in the park across from my …

desert fashion marfa style

desert fashion marfa style

August 28th, 2014

Boyd Elder and Camp Bosworth (photos courtesy Wrong Marfa)

Wrong gets it right with Marfa t-shirts

 

By ASHLEY ROWE

A cool new crop of t-shirts has popped up at the WRONG STORE. The tees, which are designed by Buck and Camp, play off the now infamous “SEE MYSTERY LIGHTS” slogan.  The duo came up with …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

August 28th, 2014

The Dude abides

 

By STEVE LANG

“Look, let me explain something to you. I’m not Mr. Lebowski. You’re Mr. Lebowski. I’m the Dude.” – Jeff Bridges (a.k.a. Jeffrey Lebowski) in “The Big Lebowski.”

In my ongoing quest for self-identity, I take online quizzes, most recently to answer the question:

“How am I aging?”

Apparently, I am aging like the Dude, …

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