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Valentine’s Day diva grams

Valentine’s Day diva grams

February 16th, 2011

Marfa’s very own opera singer, Julie Haines, delivered Valentine’s Day wishes in the form of classical arias, courtesy of Marfa Public Radio. Julie serenaded Marfa National Bank President Chip Love, from his wife, Barbara; Marfa Book Co. owner Tim Johnson, from Eugene Sepulveda; Big Bend Sentinel owner Robert Halpern, from his wife, Rosario; and even …

Hello, Strangers: Couchsurfing in the high desert

Hello, Strangers: Couchsurfing in the high desert

February 13th, 2011

Wednesday night a pair of complete strangers knocked on my front door in Marfa. Two young women from Portland came in out of the freezing cold, sat by the fire and chatted for awhile about their travels. Then they went to sleep on the couch before hitting the road again early the next morning.

Sonia and …

Emergency aid during cold spell

February 12th, 2011

The state housing agency has announced that it will be funneling additional aid of nearly $1 million to the Big Bend region to help people struggling with high heating and energy bills. A news release this week detailed the scope of the funds:

“Locally, TDHCA contracts with the Big Bend Community Action Committee to provide Comprehensive …

Sex abuse trial includes local/area persons

February 11th, 2011

I picked up the Odessa American newspaper Wednesday and the top story was the criminal trial in Lubbock of John Paul Hernandez, the former principal at the West Texas State School in nearby Pyote. Hernandez is charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse that he allegedly committed against some of the students at the Texas …

Gallego responds to Perry’s State of the State address

February 10th, 2011

Far West Texas State Rep. Pete Gallego fired back at Governor Rick Perry in a press release issued yesterday, Wednesday, February 9, in response to the Governor’s State of the State address to the Texas Legislature the day before. In his address, the Governor criticized the media and interest groups for trying …

Social courtesies in school can mean better grades

February 8th, 2011

Last fall, Marfa Elementary School Principal Liana Sawyer instituted the Shorthorn Steps, which are short lessons on things we all need to know how to do: how to apologize, how to greet someone, how to talk to an adult, how to shake hands. It seems that studies show that students with such knowledge get better …

Our History Online

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 …

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