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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.

Rash of ranch break-ins in Brewster County

January 17th, 2011

Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson is concerned about a series of eight ranch break-ins in recent weeks. Most have taken place in the eastern part of the county.

“I hate to see this trend start,” Dodson told the Alpine Avalanche.

You can read the newspaper’s full account online here.

Read (and listen) on…

January 12th, 2011

Tim Johnson over at Marfa Book Co. just posted a calendar of upcoming events. It’s a good and busy week, even by Marfa standards. From Tim’s posting:

Saturday, January 15th, 6 Pm
Talk: Dahr Jamail & Erika Blumenfeld: Dahr and Erik will be speaking about
their experiences on the Gulf coast following the BP Oil Spill.

Saturday, January 15th, …

Time to run along

Time to run along

January 11th, 2011

After a two-year hiatus, the Big Bend Ultra running race makes its return to Big Bend National Park this weekend. There are three course distances: 50-kilometer, 25-kilometer and 10k, with the first runners heading down Glen Springs Road at 7:30 am Sunday.

The races follow different routes, but all take place on rolling back …

An explosive situation?

An explosive situation?

December 14th, 2010

Lots of talk out here in Far West Texas about the local gas utility, Southwest Texas Municipal Gas. The joint operation of the cities of Marfa and Alpine is being reconsidered by both parties. Break it up? Sell it off? One argument in favor is lowering gas rates. Of course, there’s more to …

Find room of your own in Presidio

Find room of your own in Presidio

December 14th, 2010

The holiday season steps into high gear with the annual Posadas Navideñas around town during the week prior to Christmas. You can find a full schedule of events at the website (http://portal.sre.gob.mx/presidio/index.php?option=news&task=viewarticle&sid=54) of the Consulate of Mexico. If you can only make a night or two, you may want to mark your …

The clock is ticking in Van Horn

The clock is ticking in Van Horn

December 14th, 2010

Or is it? There was big news in spring 2009 that some heavy hitters of the future thinking world had plans to put a 10,000 Year Clock in the remote desert north of Van Horn. But no news since if the project is ticking along, or not. With folks like Amazon.com founder …

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