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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 …

Sold! Once

Sold! Once

January 21st, 2011

There was much fanfare on the streets of Dallas last year, when Neiman Marcus announced it had included a dream trip to little ol’ Marfa in the 2010 version of The Christmas Book. Price: $9,500 and up.

Well it’s a few weeks into the new year, and it turns out that one shopper decided …

Play ball!?

January 21st, 2011

Nothing like professional baseball on a summer evening at Kokernot Field in Alpine.

This past summer, the latest incarnation of the Big Bend Cowboys and their league ran out of steam.

Now local baseball fans are trying to come together to keep the game alive.

Mike Perry, over at the Alpine Daily Planet, has a …

Take a ride on the wild side

January 21st, 2011

Big Bend Ranch State Park got a boost last year when Texas Parks & Wildlife held a fiesta to introduce the 310,000-acre property to the public. The park offers a rich landscape for adventure, whether you are a hiker or backpacker, birder or anthropologist. (Rock paintings date back 6,000 years and more.)

But one …

Showtime in Alpine over the weekend

Showtime in Alpine over the weekend

January 17th, 2011

The Big Bend Livestock Show saw plenty of action in Alpine over the weekend. Check out the Alpine Daily Planet for a full gallery of images, including this.

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