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The last of the Ojinaga adoberos

The last of the Ojinaga adoberos

September 7th, 2017

(staff photos by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA) The Ojinaga master adobero Don Manuel Rodriguez, left, his son Victor, far right, with Marfa adobero Sandro Canovas.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

OJINAGA – In the eastern outskirts of Ojinaga, along a dirt road nestled between the old railroad tracks and a creek that spills into the Rio Grande, is …

Miniature menagerie could adorn Railroad Park caboose

September 7th, 2017

(photos by JIM STREET)Gwynne Jamieson, a key volunteer in the Alpine Railroad Park improvement project explained the next job to volunteer John Bane. The Wassermann Wranch in Sunny Glen has proposed taking over the old caboose as a retail outlet and bringing one or two animals per day to the caboose.

By JIM STREET

ALPINE – …

Ballroom artist uses adobe as political statement

Ballroom artist uses adobe as political statement

August 24th, 2017

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA) Ballroom Marfa artist Rafa Esparza wheels adobe bricks after drying.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Ballroom Marfa will unveil its latest exhibition, Tiera. Sangre. Oro., from Los Angeles-based artist Rafa Esparza with a reception from 6-9pm Friday.

The reception will feature sculpture, performance, and a new adobe installation conceptualized by …

New priest is “a breath of fresh air”

New priest is “a breath of fresh air”

August 24th, 2017

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)From left, Fr. John Paul Madanu stands with Bishop Mark Joseph Seitz of the Diocese of El Paso during Mass at Saint Mary’s Parish in Marfa. Seitz offered the Eucharistic Celebration on Saturday, August 19

By ELVIRA LARA

MARFA – A long journey across the globe has brought Fr. John Paul …

Alpine physician practices medicine the good old-fashioned way

Alpine physician practices medicine the good old-fashioned way

August 24th, 2017

(photo by JIM STREET)Richard Gluck, DO, of Alpine checked patient Julie Hursh in Alpine last week. The new Alpine doctor does not take insurance or emergencies and all services are cash only. He said he is fighting the “dysfunctional” medical system.

By JIM STREET

ALPINE – In the 15th Century, the Inca built Machu Picchu in …

South American inspired Al Campo wine garden opens offering residential employment program

August 18th, 2017

(photo by NICK WINCHESTER)The Al Campo staff from left, co-owner Tatanka Guerrero, Katy Milam, Aaron Nester, and Ashley Swarts.

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — A simple concept and a return to back-to-basics eating and drinking is what co-owners Tatanka Guerrero and Michael Cornthwaite wanted to achieve when they conceived of opening Al Campo in Marfa.

Guerrero sat …

New Senior Center director hits the ground running

New Senior Center director hits the ground running

July 6th, 2017

(staff photo by JOHN DANIEL GARCIA)Josie Madrid and Callie Meeks

Josie Madrid joins staff

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – Though longtime Marfa resident Callie Meeks has only held her new position as executive director of the City of Marfa’s Nutrition Center a short time, she is already all smiles and full of enthusiasm when speaking of …

“Agave is Life” celebrates the culture, history and uses of agave

“Agave is Life” celebrates the culture, history and uses of agave

June 1st, 2017

Still photo from the film shows an Otomi woman spinning agave fiber at El Dadho, Hidalgo, Mexico.

By NICK WINCHESTER
nick@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — The first Agave Festival Marfa opens tonight with a screening of Meredith Dreiss and David O. Brown’s award-winning “Agave is Life,” a film that documents agave, the 10,000-year-old gift that keeps on giving.

The film …

Industrial Arts brings out the talent in teacher Steinberg’s students

Industrial Arts brings out the talent in teacher Steinberg’s students

May 4th, 2017

(staff photos by NICK WINCHESTER) Josh Steinberg runs through the particulars of student Nano Ornelas’s weld.

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — Industrial Arts is a pretty broad umbrella term for what Josh Steinberg teaches at Marfa High School, he tells me as we stand outside the workshop space. I’m impressed. It looks well-equipped; more like a …

Austin film company shoots sci-fi series near Alpine

Austin film company shoots sci-fi  series near Alpine

April 20th, 2017

(staff photo by NICK WINCHESTER)The video-village on the set of Rooster Teeth’s “Day 5.”

By NICK WINCHESTER
nick@bigbendnow.com

ALPINE – I’m standing in a pasture, surrounded by a patchwork mess of rusting ranch vehicles, feeding troughs and a disused grain store. The wind whips dust up from the south. People stand closed in by mountains …

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