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Our History Online

February 8th, 2011

A woman at a picnic proudly hoists a fully decorated cake up to the camera.   Homecoming queens display themselves next to football heroes before the big game.  Cowboys on horseback pose in front of the humble buildings of a 1910 ranch, and behind them, the expansive beauty of our Far West Texas mountains.  These treasured …

Los Hombres de Acerero

February 6th, 2011

There may be a northern feel to tomorrow’s Super Bowl, with the Pittsburgh Steelers facing the Green Bay Packers in a Dallas that is only beginning to thaw from a week’s winter beating.

But that’s not to say the big game hasn’t also stirred passions along the border.

Check out this tale of some dedicated …

Winter disaster assistance available for livestock producers

February 4th, 2011

This news just in from the USDA:

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Jonathan Coppess issued a reminder to livestock producers throughout the Plains states and the Midwest that FSA programs may be available to assist them.  Many are dealing with harsh winter weather, which is causing serious harm to livestock and forage due to heavy …

Are athletics out of bounds in budget cuts?

Are athletics out of bounds in budget cuts?

February 4th, 2011

The Texas Tribune has weighed in on how public school districts throughout the state may – or may not – be considering budget cuts in their athletic programs. In normal times, sports – especially football – is a sacred cow.

But these aren’t normal times in Texas, and while the Texas Legislature is meeting …

Brewster County jail locks up cash

February 4th, 2011

Presidio County Commissioners and Sheriff Danny Dominguez are still working on reopening the Presidio County Jail, which closed a couple years ago because of management and budget issues. The goal is to get it back open and begin to house federal inmates as a revenue source for the county.

In the meantime, Brewster County, which absorbed …

Storytelling and music at Marfa Book Co.

Storytelling and music at Marfa Book Co.

February 2nd, 2011

Marfa Public Radio and The Marfa Book Company sponsored a concert Sunday to entertain the youngest and not so young Marfans. The concert, Strings & Stories, brought together violinist Linda Rosenthal and actor Bill Blush, who blended their talents to animate stories, limericks, poems and comedy.

Preforming Ferdinand

Violinist Linda Rosenthal …

Thriving in the desert

Thriving in the desert

January 31st, 2011

Pop quiz: What plant common to the northern Chihuahuan Desert can survive two years without a drop of rain?

If you said Creosote bush, then go to the head of the digital classroom.

Curious to know more? Then check out this cool and informative post from naturalist Gary Nored, a retired writer/teacher/photographer now spending time …

This land is his land

This land is his land

January 31st, 2011

A recent story in the New York Times reported that media mogul John C. Malone is expected soon to pass media mogul Ted Turner as the owner of the most private land in the United States. A pending deal for a million acres of timberland in Maine will put Malone at …

More on Sul Ross budget woes

More on Sul Ross budget woes

January 30th, 2011

Sterry Butcher’s article in last week’s Sentinel and International describes the budget cuts Sul Ross State University is facing. State Rep. Pete Gallego warned professors and administrators the cuts were coming. View his December talk here. Also check out Pete’s power point presentation here.

A screenshot of …

A fantasma group comes to Marfa

A fantasma group comes to Marfa

January 27th, 2011

Rosario Halpern, here at Bigbendnow.com, just played Calor, a hot track from Grupo Fantasma, on her weekly Spanish-language radio show on Marfa Public Radio.
The 11-piece band – a Latin funk orchestra out of Austin, TX (thanks, Wikipedia) – comes to Marfa to play Padre’s on Feb. 8.
Get a taste …

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