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Padre Bill comes to preach

September 1st, 2011

FAR WEST TEXAS – The Reverend Bill Miller, rector of St. Michael’s and All Angels Church in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii, and a nationally known speaker on spirituality, will celebrate Holy Eucharist and preach at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Marfa at 9am Sunday, September 4.

Miller will be visiting the Big Bend over the Labor Day …

Hot air balloon fest this weekend

September 1st, 2011

ALPINE – Twenty hot-air balloons will be launching from the Casperis Airport this Labor Day Weekend.

The bash will begin at 7:30am Saturday, September 3, but everyone is invited earlier to watch the set up. The same schedule is set on September 4-5.

Casperis Airport is two miles north of Highway 90 on Highway 118 North, near …

Grand benefit for Grand Companions at Marfa USO building

September 1st, 2011

MARFA – Fabulous art works are among the special highlights that will be sold during the Grand Companions Humane Society annual benefit auction over Labor Day weekend.

Held at the USO Building in Marfa, the auction preview runs from 7-9pm Friday, September 2 with a wine and chocolate reception. The event continues from 3-6pm Saturday with “buy it …

El Cosmico fest brims with love, fun, music, mystery

September 1st, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

MARFA – Want a whole lotta love?

Marfa will embrace El Cosmico’s annual Trans-Pecos Festival of Music and Love on September 22-25. The weekend promises food and frolic and music each evening from a variety of fine folks: Alejandro Escovedo, Amy Cook, Marfa’s own Adam Bork, Tift Merritt, Kat Edmonson, Patty Griffin, Barbara Lynn …

Area food pantries grapple with limited resources, increasing demand

September 1st, 2011

By EMILY JO CURETON

FAR WEST TEXAS – “This is God’s work,” an elderly woman sighs as she peers into a plastic bag. It’s stuffed with ordinary kitchen staples like beans, rice, tomatoes, tortillas, pickled this and that, canned fruit and frozen chicken.

The Jeff Davis County Food Pantry is flooded with a heavenly type of light …

Get marching to Marfa Lights parade

August 25th, 2011

MARFA – Start getting creative with your Marfa Lights Festival float designs!

The Labor Day weekend festival’s parade is always a crowd-pleasing favorite. Get your friends together and start planning now on how you’ll participate. Start a kazoo band, pile all your classmates or your team together on the back of a decorated trailer, come up …

The cable guys: Pioneers of the TV frontier in Far West Texas

August 25th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

FAR WEST TEXAS – While the rest of the country was tuning into Howdy Doody, back in the early 1950s, folks here missed out. TV viewers in New York and Los Angeles howled at I Love Lucy, but not Big Bend residents. Plug a TV into the socket in most places around here …

Alpine Border Patrol Station to display 9/11 remnant

August 11th, 2011

ALPINE – Two Alpine Station Border Patrol agents drove to New York City and back last week to pick up a twisted steel beam to be used as part of a memorial commemorating the attacks of 9/11.

The beam was part of one of the destroyed World Trade Center buildings and was being held by the …

Marfa native, BP BORTAC agent who served abroad, retires

August 11th, 2011

MARFA and YUMA, Ariz. – Alfredo “Freddie” C. Ceniceros of Yuma, Arizona and formerly of Marfa has retired from the U.S. Border Patrol after 32 years of service and several missions abroad as a special operations team member.

A Marfa native and Marfa High School class of 1974 graduate, Ceniceros was the oldest member of the …

Cattlewomen promote beef this summer

August 11th, 2011

FAR WEST TEXAS – Area cattlewomen have been busy promoting beef and the Beef Cattle Industry.

Following their “Beef For Father’s Day” Drawing at local grocery stores in June, they celebrated America’s Independence with a Picnic at the La Escalera Ranch Headquarters hosted by Shay and Gene Lyda and Tyler Gates, and Laurie Gates south of …

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