Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Terlingua Moon
July 28, 2015 ~ Volume 26  ~ # 30
by South County Mud Clowns
               
Sweating Moon – Smug Sun

I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing. ~ Socrates

It’s too danged hot – which is normal for this time of year.  Many Moon editors are off to cooler climes and the rest just don’t want to leave the house.  So, Summer Moons are circulated via email and Face Book.  However, the Quicksilver Branch of West Texas National Bank will kindly provide locals with a copy of the current Terlingua Moon.  Just stop in and ask, and be sure to thank them from us all.

Only three weeks left to request a booth for the 2nd Annual Tolbert-Fowler Chili Cook-off Artfest on November 7! See the Terlingua Visual Arts facebook page, email Mary Diesel at spottedslinky55@gmail.com, or call Mary at 371-2999, Dani at 405-795-3905 or Molly at 707-294-4303 to get started. The booth fee is only $10! We'd love to spend the day with you and your artwork.

 Terlingua Area NO TRANS-PECOS PIPELINE
meeting this Thursday, 7/30, at the Boathouse at 7:00 pm (on the back porch).  Information, updates, posters, etc.  For more information email Betsy at  bblaydes@gmail.com  or call 371-3311.

Becoming Fine Art and Mechanic Shop The average age of a car in America reached an all-time high this year of 10.8 years, That means a lot of us will be facing needed repairs. Call us at Becoming for help with your auto repairs. 432 371 2694 We are also do furniture refinishing and painting give Deb a call.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Will Conduct an Environmental Assessment for the Trans-Pecos Pipeline Project! Citizen Input made the day. Everyone who took the time to comment to FERC played a role in this positive outcome. With that in mind, we have a tremendous amount of work left to do. "Watch this space" - we will need to be responsive to FERC during the EA comment period, and again once the EA is published, in the review period before it goes to the Commission with recommendation for a decision. The next stage of the campaign will be crucial to the outcome on the proposed Trans-Pecos Pipeline. It's Not A Done Deal! bigbendconservationalliance.org

Cone-Nose Beetle aka Kissing Bugs, are back with a vengeance. Rachel Curtis, PhD student, Hamer Lab at Texas A&M requests that the residents of Terlingua the bugs and send them to her to study.  These bugs will be answering questions about kissing bugs and Chagas disease in Texas for a long time.  I would be able to send out a stack of printed pamphlets, if you would be able to pass them out and/or leave them in a store or other location where residents would be able to pick them up.  Contact:  Rachel Curtis, PhD Student, NSF Graduate Research Fellow | CVM Merit Scholar Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences | College of Veterinary Medicine Texas A&M University | College Station, TX 77843  OR at < KissingBug@cvm.tamu.edu>

The Big Bend Episcopal Mission (St. James, Alpine and Santa Inez, Terlingua Ghostown) welcomes their new priest, The Rev. Kay Jennings, with a festive Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. on Aug. 2 at St. James. Jennings, a native of South Dakota, has recently retired from St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sturgis, South Dakota, and begins her duties in Alpine and South County on August 1.  Prior to her ordination, Jennings worked in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with her late husband, Dana Jennings, as part of an organization serving rural communities.  She earned a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling and worked in this field for 12 years in Wyoming. Jennings received her Master of Divinity from the School of Theology, The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee in 2007. That same year she was ordained priest in South Dakota and subsequently served five mission churches on the Yankton Sioux Reservation and the eastern Rosebud for two years.  Following the death of her husband in 2009, Jennings served St. Thomas, Sturgis for five years.  An avid outdoor enthusiast, Jennings looks forward to hiking the Big Bend mountain trails, camping on the South Rim and learning about life in this part of the west.  “It seems like heaven,” Jennings remarked on a recent brilliant blue afternoon. “I’m looking forward to many years here.” St. James is located at Ave. A and N. 6th St. in Alpine. A potluck lunch follows this Sunday’s Eucharist and all are welcome.

The Boathouse - Wed. - Open Mic #28 hosted by Jeffro Greasewood.  Note our new time for the summer:  8:00 p.m. - 11 p.m.  Everyone welcome - area residents and visitors.  Sign up sheet at the front of the stage.  Fri. - Stay tuned for Menu Special.  Carlos Maxwell plays 7 – 10 p.m.  Sat.  - Jim Keaveny. 8 - 11.  Jim's just returned from tour and this promises to be a great show.  Come see our new and improved Boathouse - beautiful deck; flagstone entrance and more.  We open every day at 5 and close at Midnight (Saturday 1 a.m.).  Dinner 5 - 9:30 Tuesday through Saturday.

TORETTO is a sweet, big fella – a yellow lab through and through. He loves water, toys, dogs, and people.  He’s about 3 years old, and at least 75 pounds of fun.  His tail mostly never stops wagging, though he’s great at resting, too.  Do you have a soft bed and a fun family for TORETTO? Toretto came into the shelter one month ago, along with SUKKI (a shepherd mix) and MARLEY (a retriever mix), who are also available. The Alpine Animal Shelter is open M-F from 10am to 6pm(closed 1-2pm), located on the east side of Alpine on Old Marathon Road. TORETTO (and all AAS animals) is on Petfinder at: https://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?shelter_id=TX1202 For more info, email heatherthemule@gmail.com

TERLINGUA TOOL RENTALS
  371-2621 ~

ORDER RESTRICTING OUTDOOR BURNING ~  WHEREAS, the Commissioners Court finds that circumstances present in all or part of the unincorporated area of the county create a public safety hazard that would be exacerbated by outdoor burning;  IT IS HEREBY ORDERED by the Commissioners Court of Brewster County that outdoor burning of trash, debris, and brush is prohibited in the unincorporated area of the county for 90 days from the date of adoption of this Order, unless the restrictions are terminated earlier based on a determination made by the Commissioners Court based on a determination that the circumstances that required the Order no longer exist. Should circumstances improve to where a determination that the Order be rescinded in the time between regularly scheduled meetings of the Commissioners Court of Brewster County, the County Judge has the authority to rescind the Order.
This Order is adopted pursuant to Local Government Code §352.081, and other applicable statutes. This Order does not prohibit outdoor burning activities related to public health and safety that are authorized by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for: (1) firefighter training; (2) public utility, natural gas pipeline or mining operations; (3) planting or harvesting of agricultural crops; or, (4) burns that are conducted by a prescribed burn manager certified under Natural Resources Code §153.048 and meet the standards of Natural Resources Code §153.047. This Order does not prohibit outdoor cooking fires but does require campfires to be contained within a fire pit or a fire ring. All cooking fires and campfires shall be extinguished completely prior to the user(s) leaving.
In accordance with Local Government Code §352.081(h), a violation of the Order is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.00.

APPROVED this 28th day of July, 2015, by the Brewster County Commissioners Court. Eleazar Cano, County judge

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Terlingua Moon
July 20, 2015   ~  VOL. 26 #29

by 
La Catrina

“Not one cent for scenery” 
                      Reportedly said by a US Senator in 1910 as Roosevelt was trying to start the Forest Service

This week at The Boathouse!

Wednesday, July 22 - Open Mic #27 hosted by Jeffro Greasewood.  Music starts at 7.  Everyone welcome!
Friday, July 24 - Trevor Hickle and Pat O'Bryan.  Music starts at 7.  Come join us for music and our Friday Night Menu Special!
We are open 7 days a week at 5 p.m. with a full bar.  Tuesday through Saturday, our Grille is open 5:30 - 9:30.  We close at midnight every night but Saturday (1 a.m.).
We also have a great campground with showers and bathroom.  Call us at The Boathouse for more information.  Be sure to tell your friends and family, too!   (432) 371-2219   Come rock The Boat!

The Paisano Farm Stand
on Hwy 118 has free-range eggs for sale in the cooler marked ‘EGGS’. Please pay at the honor box if no one is in the building. COMING SOON: Prickly Pear Cactus Jelly! Please follow our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PaisanoFarmStand) for the latest information on eggs & jelly.

Alpine Animal Shelter Adoption Opportunity:  This sweet and mellow fellow is in need of a real home, because he's been at the shelter since April.  He's only 2-3 years old but he's calm like an older dog. During walks, he's right by his walker's side - perfectly behaved on a leash and seems like he'd stick around off-leash too.  During play, he mills around calmly with all the other dogs but doesn’t ever cause trouble or bark, though he will try to sneak that ball away… He’s got a knack for giving sweet, melty, brown-eyed looks.  JETHRO seems like he's probably had some great human affection in the past but somehow got it taken away, so he is a little reserved before he commits to loving again. This dog is going to heap rewards of sweetness on the one who can rescue him and bring him into their family forever.  AAS is open M-F from 10am to 6pm (closed 1-2pm), located on the east side of Alpine on Old Marathon Road. JETHRO (and all) AAS animals are on Petfinder at: https://www.petfinder.com/pet
search?shelter_id=TX1202
For more info, email heatherthemule@gmail.com

Shot Time Liquor 

Shiner Closeout! We need to make room for new items.  Shiner Black, Shiner Cheer and Shiner Family packs are now closeout priced at $7.42.  We have new items throughout the store.  Come check it out! Open as long as the law allows, Mon-Sat 10-9.

Betty Reed is receiving good medical care and is recovering.  She looks forward to coming back home to Terlingua in the fall.

All Energies A pre-wired & fully tested Schneider CONEXT 120/240VAC SW 4024 Inverter/Charger with a networked Schneider 60A MPPT solar charge controller starts at just $3250. Email casey@allenergies.net or call 371-2950 for more info!

TERLINGUA TOOL RENTALS Jimmy Taylor owner 371-2621. Beginning Saturday the 25th, Bryan Klein will be the Tool Guy for 6 days. Our shop will be locked, but please call Bryan if you need to rent or return  tools. His cell is 713-907-5259, and land line 371-2287. Thank you very much for your business.

Cycletek
is your best source for backup generator power. Factory trained in sales, installation, service, and warranty.  Licensed electricians. We still have a few portables that we are selling at or below cost. Call for details. 371-2569.

One Day at a Time in Terlingua AA is not affiliated with any religious organization but is grateful to the Big Bend  Church (north of the post office) for allowing us to meet there. Thursdays, at 7:30 p.m. (Closed Discussion). Anyone who has a desire to stop drinking or remain sober is welcome. Literature is available in our local library. Carpooling may be available to Alpine AA (Wednesdays) and Al-Anon (Thursdays) meetings. Contact phone numbers are posted on the church doors.

10 Best: Nighttime adventures in parks and refuges
;
Stargaze Big Bend National Park, Texas
On a clear night, you can see more than 2,000 stars in this isolated west Texas park, certified as an International Dark Sky site due to its low light pollution. "The entire sky is just a blanket of stars. It's one of best places in the Lower 48 to go stargazing," Weiner says. But you might want to skip visiting during the summer months, when temperatures can reach 120 degrees. 432-477-2251; nps.gov/bibe
http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/10greatplaces/2015/07/17/national-parks--night/30234517/
(Thanks again to Jim Milburn)
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The Reverend Mel la Follette, (Father Mell’s) Memorial will be at Santa Inez church, here in the Ghost Town, on Thursday, July 23rd, at 10 am

Please contact TerlinguaMoon@gmail.com for next week’s submissions.  Send them in before noon on Monday for best results.  Andale Pues…..



Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Terlingua MOON 
Vol. 26, No. 28 
July 14, 2015 
By MaeWestern

"To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part." --- Aldo Leopold


Remembering Father Mel
Missionary, poet, and novelist, The Reverend Melvin W. LaFollette of Redford, TX passed away July 4. Funeral services will be July 23 at 10 am at Santa Inez in the Terlingua Ghost Town. Padre Mel served the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande in the Big Bend since 1984  and was a community organizer and social activist for residents of both sides of the border. He was 85. A lengthy obituary follows at the end of this Moon (next pgs).

School Board meeting Friday
Terlingua CSD School Board meeting is at 7:30 AM Friday morning at Big Bend High School.  They sure do appreciate community participation.  Come show your support.

Espresso ... y Poco Mas
Located at La Posada Milagro in the Ghostown
Noemi and Glenda are back to work :) :) !!!
Serving the best coffee and breakfast!! 
Open Daily 7:30-2pm
WIFI available 

Fresh local eggs!
The Paisano Farm Stand on Hwy 118 has fresh, brown eggs for sale from our free-range flock. Boxes are in a cooler marked ‘EGGS’ and you can pay at the honor box if no one is at the All Energies workshop. Please follow our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PaisanoFarmStand) to be notified when the eggs have been restocked.

All Energies
All Energies is here to help you with all your alternative energy questions. Solar power, wind power, geothermal & solar thermal systems are our specialty. Give us a call at 371-2950 or email Casey@allenergies.net for more info.

Terlingua Tool Rentals
Jimmy Taylor, owner 371-2621, Call or come by to find your construction needs.

One Day at a Time
AA is not affiliated with any religious organization but is grateful to the Big Bend  Church (north of the post office) for allowing us to meet there. Thursdays, at 7:30 p.m. (Closed Discussion). Anyone who has a desire to stop drinking or remain sober is welcome. Literature is available in our local library. Carpooling may be available to Alpine AA (Wednesdays) and Al-Anon (Thursdays) meetings. Contact phone numbers are posted on the church doors.

CALL FOR VISUAL ARTISTS
Announcing the 2nd Annual Tolbert-Fowler Chili Cook-off Artfest, to be held on Saturday, Nov. 7, during the cook-off behind the Terlingua Store.  Artists may show and sell any original artwork except jewelry (due to a prior contract). You may request the guidelines and information about getting a booth with one of these methods:
 Visit the Terlingua Visual Arts Facebook page: Join that page to keep posted of new information and other arts news in the area. Email Mary Paloma Diesel at: spottedslinky55@gmail.com.

Call to request the guidelines and booth information: Mary at 432-371-2999; Dani at 405-795-3905;  Molly at 707-294-4303.  Space will be limited, and local area artists will be given preference. The deadline for requesting a booth is Saturday, August 15.

Sophie needs a forever home
SOPHIE was featured in the Terlingua Moon three months ago but the timing wasn’t right, since she is still available for adoption. She remains perhaps the sweetest, softest and gentlest gal there. SOPHIE is a mostly white 3-year-old lab/heeler mix with floppy ears and soulful brown eyes. She is very intimidated at the shelter but opens up much more when out of that scene. She wants nothing more than a leisurely life in a real home with lots of love. SOPHIE will reward her owner with devotion and a very special bond. SOPHIE is good with other dogs and will gain confidence away from the shelter. She loves to take walks and is happy to keep it mellow. AAS is open M-F from 10am to 6pm (closed 1-2pm), located on the east side of Alpine on Old Marathon Road. SOPHIE (and all the dogs at AAS) is on Petfinder at: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31701709
For more info, email heatherthemule@gmail.com
UPDATE ON ROCKY (featured in last week’s Moon): Rocky was adopted to a family in Terlingua on Friday and is doing well. This is great for Rocky but also for the Shelter which had a dog in every available kennel.

Water & Septic Grant
Study Butte Water Supply Corporation is applying for a grant through Brewster County.  If awarded, the grant will provide first time water and septic to person(s) who own, have a contract for deed, or a lifelong lease on property within our service area.  If you are interested in receiving a water membership and/or septic, with all fees and installation paid for through this grant, please contact Study Butte Water Supply Corporation at 432.371.2933.

Complete obituary for Father Mel:
The Rev. Melvin Walker La Follette was born In Evansville, Indiana, on September 7, 1930. He lived all of childhood in Ridgeville, Indiana. His father, Melvin Lester La Follette, was an electrician for the local telephone company who lost his job during the Great Depression. Because of this, his mother, Genevieve Farr La Follette, found employment as the first grade teacher at the Grant County Elementary School. For many years, her guidance shaped young Melvin. 
     
After graduating high school in 1948, he then served his summers in the U.S. Forestry Service. He became frustrated with his mother when she refused to grant him permission to join an elite band of men known as the smoke jumpers. He had to compromise with her and remain part of the ground crew. He assisted in the Mann Gulch Montana fire of 1948 where 13 smoke jumpers suffered a terrible tragedy. He reconciled with mother shortly after that event.
The same year he was accepted to Purdue University until the Korean War broke out, and he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a member of the medical corps. He served in a recovery ward for men wounded overseas. 

After leaving the Navy, he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Washington. He then returned to graduate school where he attended the University of Iowa’s Writing Project. He received a Master’s Degree in Literature and Creative Writing. It was there that he was instructed by the poet John Berryman, who became an important influence in his decision to become a professional writer.
     
To support his writing, he accepted a position at the University of British Columbia. There he was sought out by Dylan Thomas, a fellow poet, to be his guide in the Columbian Rockies. La Follette continued writing short stories and poems that appeared in Poetry Magazine, the Beloit Poetry Review. Dame Marianne Moore encouraged his modernist style, although some critics disliked his adherence to formal styles like the sonnet and the ballad, but he himself considered his work surrealistic because most of his poetry had deeper dreamlike imagery mingled with adherence to traditional writing styles. He believed that poets should not abandon tradition just for the sake of modernity.
       
In 1957, he accepted a teaching position at the Oregon State University. It was there that he courted and married Alice Louise Simpson in 1958, with whom he shared 26 years of marriage.
     
He then moved to San Jose, California, where he continued writing poetry and co-founded a small short-lived publishing company, The Spensarian Press. 
     
While an instructor at San Jose State University, he attended The University of California doctoral program. There he had a close personal friendship with fellow poet Allen Ginsburg. He enjoyed listening to beatnik poetry on occasion, but La Follette preferred a formal style of verse for his own writing. He was also dismayed by the abuse of drugs that was passed off as part of the creative process. For this he penned Elegy To A Beatnik, a precautionary poem in free verse.
   
In 1962, his son Stephen was born. At that same time, he felt a tremendous calling from God to do more for his fellow man. After being examined and accepted by a committee led by Bishop James Pike, he left the University of California without receiving his doctorate, vacated his seat at San Jose State University and moved his growing family to New Haven, Connecticut.  
     
To support himself during seminary, he taught undergraduate courses at Yale and also worked as a hotel clerk. He also continued writing poetry and prose, although the majority of his time was spent studying in seminary. While at seminary, a second child Joseph was born in 1964.
     
After being ordained a deacon in 1966 and later a priest in 1967, he was assigned as a curate at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Auburn, New York. His duties included a prison ministry and chaplaincy at the local hospital.
   
During most of his adult life, he was a member of the civil rights movement and worked to end discrimination against minorities. He joined in many anti-war and civil rights marches in Washington, D.C., while still a seminarian. 
     
He then returned to California where he accepted a position as associate rector of St. Francis Episcopal Church in San Jose. While participating in his duties, he came across ancient manuscript that had an intriguing story of a heroic enchanted wolf. He decided to write an adaptation, which he worked on whenever his creative juices were flowing.
In 1971, he accepted the challenge of turning a storefront mission into a full-fledged church. He became the Vicar of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Santa Rosa, California.  Unfortunately, this position was plagued with obstacles, but despite these he was true to his word and secured land and financing for the growing parish.
   
He tried to include an Hispanic congregation and seriously learned Spanish to start a ministry. Unfortunately, his diocesan leadership didn’t see eye to eye with him. He then considered a position in Ecuador, but he could not convince Alice to leave the United States. Meanwhile, after years of reworking his manuscript, he found to his dismay that his literary agent could not get any publishers interested in his unique manuscript. He was offered many writing jobs, but he was an artist and turned them down.
   
At the same time, he had a falling out with his bishop and left active ministry in 1978, but not before finalizing plans to build the church.
   
Being a talented educator, he secured a dream job at Chapman University as a PACE Professor for the U.S. Navy. While instructing sailors aboard ship, he travelled the Pacific and Indian oceans. Although he was not active duty he was awarded an expeditionary medal for his work on the USS Midway during the Iran Hostage Crisis. He recounted that Iranian fighter planes tested the ship’s defenses, and at one point a rescue operation failed when it was shot down over Iran. 
         
In the 1983, he left his teaching job at Chapman University to be closer to his elderly father in Roswell, New Mexico, while he finalized his divorce to his wife, Alice. She finally had had enough of his absenteeism and when he offered to once again settle down, she recanted until she discovered it meant moving to the Philippines.
     
While in Roswell he began attending St. Stephen’s, he began to rediscover his love of the ministry. The people of that parish gave him encouragement to seek another position in the Episcopal Church.
   
Soon after he took a job at University of Texas at El Paso and began helping out in the Hispanic Ministry at the Pro-Cathedral of St. Clement. He was offered the opportunity to fill in for his friend Father William Muniz. 
   
For Father Mel, the community that he served, the distances he had to travel, and the tremendous obstacles that he faced were all fair game. 
     
In 1984, he was installed as the Reverend Canon of the Trans Pecos. With that he became the circuit-riding priest of the Rio Grande. He enjoyed serving at St. Paul’s in Marfa, St. James in Alpine, and he especially enjoyed the parish of Saint Jude’s in Terlingua Ranch. He felt at home whether in an air conditioned parish hall or a tiny chapel crammed with sweating but happy people waving their paperback Prayer Books to keep cool. 
   
He also worked with the Diocese of Northern Mexico and provided opportunities to seminarians from Monterey to assist in Vacation Bible School. He held VBS in Ojinaga, Palomas, Lajitas and Boquillas Del Carmen.
     
Every Christmas he provided a fiesta for the children of each and every parish, which included gift bags of fresh fruits and nuts, toys, household goods, clothing and a piƱata hand stuffed by himself. When his white truck came down the road during Christmas time, there was a dash to the mission. He would get home early in the morning and then do it again.
   
For a while he even rode a horse to some out of the way places, although he preferred riding in a rowboat. He had a growing ministry that had the rhythm of a living poem.
 
Starting in 1985, he compiled a collection of poems titled, Tales From The Indian Ocean about life on a ship during the Iran Conflict. Once again, he encountered friends lost under tragic circumstances and sought to preserve a part of their memory in poems.
   
In 1988, he purchased a small travel agency in Presidio. He hoped to grow the business into a pathway for active retirement. But to his dismay, the way people book vacations was rapidly changing. 

In 1990, Texas A&M named him rural minister of the year. He was interviewed in many news articles and was the subject of two episodes of the Texas Country Reporter. 
     
In 1992, he tried to expand his role to rural development and helped a group of local farmers try to make a dairy goat cooperative. Father Mel was completely heartbroken when young shepherd Esequiel Hernandez was shot by U.S. Marines while tending goats. He traveled to Washington, D.C. one last time to demand Justice.
     
In 1998, weakness from the early stages of heart disease and arthritis prevented him from a more active role, so the cooperative was dissolved.
 
He retired to his trailer on a small tract of land. Some of his hobbies included poultry husbandry, bird-watching and horticulture. He continued to travel throughout the Caribbean in a small sailboat and second class train in South America.

He continued part time in the ministry mainly serving the chapel of St. Mary and St Joseph in Lajitas, Texas.
   
In later years he spent a significant amount of time writing an historical novel set in the era of the Republic of Texas. He insisted on finishing his book with a feverish pace because he knew he had congestive heart disease. Just weeks after finishing his manuscript, he called the paramedics when he no longer could tolerate his untreated condition.
     
He passed away on July 4th, 2015, in Odessa Texas of heart failure. He is survived by his brother James (Ruth), sons Stephen and Joseph (Erica), and seven grandchildren, Christopher, Christin, Jacob, Jason, Josiah, Leila and Leslie.
A funeral service for Canon LaFollette will be held at 10 a.m., July 23 at the Church of Santa Inez in the Terlingua Ghostown. The church is located on top of the hill behind the Terlingua porch in the Ghostown. 

Memorial contribution may be made to San Miguel Arcangel Episcopal Church, 907 Adams Ave., Odessa, TX  79761, The Rev. Alberto Moreno, Vicar. Fr. Alberto tended Fr. Mel in his last days and San Miguel Arcangel is a mission church where many of Fr. Mel’s former church members from the border now worship.


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Have some news you want included in the Moon? Send your submissions to the Terlingua Moon by Monday noon to be included in that week’s edition. Email to terlinguamoon@gmail.com. Next week’s Moon by La Catrina!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Terlingua Moon  
July 7, 2015--Vol. 39, #27

Next Moon:  Mae Western

Study Butte Water Supply Corporation is applying for a grant through Brewster County.  If awarded, the grant will provide first time water and septic to person(s) who own, have a contract for deed, or a lifelong lease on property within our service area.  If you are interested in receiving a water membership and/or septic, with all fees and installation paid for through this grant, please contact Study Butte Water Supply Corporation at 432.371.2933.

CALL FOR VISUAL ARTISTS
Announcing the 2nd Annual Tolbert-Fowler Chili Cook-off Artfest, to be held on Saturday, Nov. 7, during the cook-off behind the Terlingua Store.  Artists may show and sell any original artwork except jewelry (due to a prior contract). You may request the guidelines and information about getting a booth with one of these methods:
 Visit the Terlingua Visual Arts Facebook page: Join that page to keep posted of new information and other arts news in the area. Email Mary Paloma Diesel at: spottedslinky55@gmail.com.

Call to request the guidelines and booth information: Mary at 432-371-2999; Dani at 405-795-3905;  Molly at 707-294-4303.  Space will be limited, and local area artists will be given preference. The deadline for requesting a booth is Saturday, August 15.
link:  http://pub.lucidpress.com/TerlinguaArtfest/

This week at The Boathouse!
Wednesday Night - Open Mic hosted by Jeffro Greasewood. 7-10 pm. Musicians' tips going to the Terlingua Food Bank. Everyone welcome!
Friday - Shrimp and Salmon special. That's right - one of our favorite musicians, Bruce Salmon, is back. 7-10 pm. And our Friday menu special is Shrimp Diablo, Parmesan Polenta and Salad. Dinner served from 5-9:30. It's going to be a good one folks!!  We open every day at 5pm with a full bar and dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5-9:30. Saturday we close at 1 am and midnight the rest of the week.

Come join us and enjoy the great food, music, drinks and friends plus a glorious view of the Chisos from our outside patio.

Artists! ~~ Request for Art Submisions
Big Bend Arts Council (BBAC) is hosting the R3 Art Show August 13 through October 6, 2015. Selected works will be displayed in the Gallery on the Square (GOTS) at 115 West Holland Avenue, Alpine.  All other works submitted will be displayed at various installation sites located along West 100 block of Holland Avenue and 100 block of Murphy Street the weekend of Sept 4th.
Some Basic Requirements:  1) Recycled or repurposed/reused items or found items must comprise no less than 70% of the completed project. 2) Items submitted must be available for sale – no pre-sales.  Other requirements and additional information is at: http://www.bigbendartscouncil.org/r3-call-for-art  Register and upload photos by July 15 at https://podio.com/webforms/12152127/835329  For further assistance contact: Lori Griffin 432-386-7393, gaitscience@gmail.com or Jan Moeller 432-294-3050, janmoeller@bigbend.net

Starlight Theatre This Week:
Fri     --7/10 -- Moses & Brandi
Sat    --7/11 --TBA
Mon  --7/13 --Burger Night with Ted Arbogast

ROCKY NEEDS a Forever Home!
This sweet and happy big guy loves to play fetch, or at least walk around wagging his tail with a ball in his mouth. ROCKY is always overlooked at the shelter and we don’t know why. ROCKY is a black lab mix but he's definitely not all lab.  Maybe greyhound or something else that's tall and skinny and very short-haired.  He'd love to be a desert hiking buddy but once he has had a little exercise, he is just as happy laying on a couch. ROCKY loves affection, does not jump up on people, and would be happy to join a family with another dog.  He has been at the shelter for 8 months and is desperate for a home of his own! AAS is open M-F from 10am to 6pm (closed 1-2pm), located on the east side of Alpine on Old Marathon Road. ROCKY (and all) AAS animals are on Petfinder at: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/31196679/    For more info email: heatherthemule@gmail.com

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Terlingua Moon
June 30, 2015 ~ VOL. 26 #26
terlinguamoon@gmail.com

By Pachouli Gulch Gal

“Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?” - Ernest Gaines

IMPORTANT - SCHOOL BOARD BUDGET MEETING Tues., June 30th at 6 p.m. 
Go to http://www.terlinguacsd.com, then select 'Community' for the complete June 30th agenda
Please compile your list of questions, statements and concerns to bring to the meeting. Our newly elected
Terlingua Common School District Board of Directors has been pushing very hard for more openness to the public.  It hasn't been an easy chore when public attendance at board meetings is as sparse as it has been, recently.  If you have felt discouraged from attending in the past, please know that things are different now. ALL are welcome.
This is your school, your board, and your business.  Please plan to attend.

TRANS-PECOS PIPELINE
Opposed to the proposed Trans-Pecos Pipeline? Deadline for filing a comment with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is Tuesday, June 30, 4pm CDT. The pipeline requires a federal permit for crossing the Rio Grande. Voice your opinion!  Go to: https://ferconline.ferc.gov/QuickComment.aspx and use the FERC docket number CP15-500-000. Step-by-step instructions and more info at the Not In Our Big Bend blog: http://www.notinourbigbend.com/blog

HIGH SIERRA BAR & GRILL/EL DORADO
Friday July 3 - 8:00pm  - Proudly Presents...Lily Kiara, "Joni Mitchell meets Suzanne Vega".  A real lyricist, folk pop singer songwriter, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  Lily has opened for a.o. Duke Garwood (Mark Lanegan), Eric Anderson (Bob Dylan recorded a few of his songs) and Jennifer Terran (album The Musician was a favorite of Heaven Magazine). She shared gigs with artists such as Jimmy Robinson (New Orleans), J.R. (Seattle), Jean Mann (Seattle), Martin van de Vrugt (NL). Besides her home base Amsterdam, she has played in places such as Seattle, NYC, Austin, Basel, Potsdam, Adelaide, Brussels and Berlin.  Lily's newest album is to be released in a new collaboration with Zip Records (based in San Francisco and Amsterdam).
Saturday, July 4 - 8:00 pm - Ralph Moore & Friends
Sunday July 5 - 2:00 - Collie's Ryan's First Sunday Song Circle - come on out and join Collie!

THERE WILL BE NO PAPER DISTRIBUTION OF THIS MOON.  PLEASE PRINT AND GIVE TO NEIGHBORS.

THE BOATHOUSE
Special treat for Friday night!  Classical musicians Julian Mock and Alyce Santoro will be playing from 6-8 pm. Come join us for our Friday night menu special and incredible music!
Wednesday is Open Mic. Musicians' tips will be going to the Terlingua Food Bank. Everyone welcome. Music starts at 7.
Check our Facebook page for other specials. Open at 5 every day. Dinner 5-9:30 Tuesday through Saturday. We close at midnight every day; 1 am on Saturday
Have a safe and happy 4th of July!!!

STARLIGHT THEATER
Tue     6/30 - Uh Clem      
Fri      7/3    - Moses Martinez
Sat     7/4    - Trevor Hickle & Pat O'Bryan                   
Mon    7/6    - Burger Night with James Williams

4TH of JULY
Come join us in celebration of our Nation’s Independence. Saturday July 4th right after the parade Terlingua Fire & EMS will be hosting a hot dog super with all the trimmings; $5 per plate children 10 yo and under are free. Water Slide and activities for the kiddos. Open mic with Laird Considine, so bring your guitars and music instruments.
4th of July Parade will start at the old Study Butte Store at 6:00 pm and continue to the FM 170 junction and on to the South County Emergency Services Building. Delia White is our Grand Marshall this year. Water Balloons and squirt guns will be present this year if you are standing by the Highway you might get wet. Everyone is invited to participate, cash prizes for the best presentation, be it on foot, bike, horse, motorcycle, or vehicle. Lineup is at 5:30 pm.  If you have any questions please contact Kathy Wisdom @ 371-2463

QUILTS BY MARGUERITE 371-2292
Across from the stables in Study Butte

ALL ENERGIES
Got questions about solar power? We do consultations, sell equipment, and design systems. Call us at 371-2950 or email Casey@allenergies.net for answers. We go where the power lines don’t.

TERLINGUA TOOL RENTAL
Jimmy Taylor, owner 371-2621 - We will be closed the 4th of July week-end from Friday morning until Monday morning. If you need to rent something this week, please pick up early. We will have a special long week-end rate on some things. Call or come by.

OTRA VEZ is closed for the summer - really. Please do not drop off any items no matter how badly you want to get rid of them!  If you dropped off an old torn-up mattress, go back and pick it up and figure out some other way to dispose of it. Making your trash someone else's problem does NOT help the environment nor make you a socially responsible person.

ONE DAY AT A TIME IN TERLINGUA
AA is not affiliated with any religious organization but is grateful to the Big Bend  Church (north of the post office) for allowing us to meet there. Thursdays, at 7:30 p.m. (Closed Discussion). Anyone who has a desire to stop drinking or remain sober is welcome. Literature is available in our local library. Carpooling may be available to Alpine AA (Wednesdays) and Al-Anon (Thursdays) meetings. Contact phone numbers are posted on the church doors.

12 EERIE TEXAS GHOST TOWNS TO VISIT THIS SUMMER http://www.mysanantonio.com/lifestyle/travel-outdoors/article/12-eerie-spots-to-visit-this-summer-6348993.php#photo-3952417

TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME WITH 7 ICONIC SUMMER DRIVES: USA TODAY 6/20
http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2015/06/20/summer-drives/28993789/

SHANTI
SHANTI is a gorgeous dog who likely hasn't had the life she deserves. Her enthusiasm for life knows no bounds, and she wants gentle guidance so she can be part of all her new family's activities. SHANTI is young, healthy and housetrained. She loves other dogs, and has a little more still learn about boundaries. She is eager to please and responds immediately to an affirming touch or treat, and will respond quickly to training. SHANTI needs a permanent place to wiggle, fetch, lick, bask in love, and flop down at your feet. She has been spayed, microchipped and UTD on shots. AAS is open M-F from 10am to 6pm (closed 1-2pm), located on the east side of Alpine on Old Marathon Road. SHANTI (and all) AAS animals are on Petfinder at:https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32320405/
For more info, email heatherthemule@gmail.com

MARFA LIVE ARTS
This Fourth of July, Marfa Live Arts presents at the Crowley Theater Beyond the Box, an evening of three acts by local Marfa artists.
The evening will begin with David Fenster and Laura Copelin’s debut of Marfa Field Guide, which is a yearlong project documenting Marfa’s unique flora and fauna. Marfa Field Guide connects practical information to personal stories and experiences through maps, interviews and video. Marfa Field Guide’s Beyond the Box presentation will serve to consolidate and summarize research conducted thus far.
Gretchen Lee Coles, Marfa-based performance artist and cartographer, will present her work, Mapping Greenland from the Greenroom, third act. This piece invites theater viewers to experience glacial melting in a short performance art work inspired by the mapping process and surrealist films. Performers will interact with glacial props and enact representations of climate change on stage. Coles presented Mapping Greenland from the greenroom, second act at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin as an interactive performance in the Nancy Fyfe Cardozier Gallery during March and April 2015.
Beyond the Box will conclude with music by Diamond Hymen, an experimental drone punk band from Marfa, Texas. Drummer Ryan Penland and bassist Dione Acosta have been in former bands such as VD (2006-2007) and The Corpses (2007-2009). In 2009, Richard Covarrubias joined to form the thrash punk band, Solid Waste until 2015. During that time they played shows for CineMarfa, Chinati Open House Weekend, and Ballroom Marfa. Diamond Hymen will be joined by Moritz Landgrebe, who will contribute hand-crafted visualizations to the group’s performance.
Beyond the Box is a free community event. Doors open at 7:00 pm with the show at 7:30pm. This performance was made possible by the City of Marfa, Permian Basin Area Foundation, and Jeff Elrod. Special thanks to Yoseff Ben-Yehuda, Ross Cashiola, Tim Crowley, Rob Crowley, Dan Dunlap, Delfin & Minerva Lopez, Cate Schrim, and Gory Smelley.
             
MOON XTRA


IMPORTANT - School Board Budget Meeting  Tues., June 30th at 6 p.m.  
Go to http://www.terlinguacsd.com, 
then select 'Community' for the complete June 30th agenda
Please compile your list of questions, statements and concerns to bring to the meeting. Our newly elected Terlingua Common School District Board of Directors has been pushing very hard for more openness to the public. 
It hasn't been an easy chore when public attendance at board meetings is as sparse as it has been, recently. 
If you have felt discouraged from attending in the past, please know that things are different now. ALL are welcome.
This is your school, your board, and your business.  Please plan to attend.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TERLINGUA MOON
Vol 26.  No. 25
June 23, 2015

       by  Million sMiles

“Yes, there are plenty of heroes and heroines everywhere you look. They are not famous people. They are generally obscure and modest people doing useful work, keeping their families together and taking an active part in the health of their communities, opposing what is evil (in one way or another) and defending what is good. Heroes do not want power over others.”  ~ Edward Abbey

The Terlingua Common School District will hold a public meeting at the Big Bend High School Meeting Room in Terlingua, Texas on June 30, 2015 at 6:00 PM. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the school district's budget that will determine the tax rate that will be adopted. Public participation in the discussion is invited. The proposed budget projects a 4% increase in maintenance & operations expenditures with no increase in the current tax rate of $1.04. Full legal notice at terlinguacsd.com under For the Community, 2015-2016 Proposed Budget

TERLINGUA TOOL RENTALS Jimmy Taylor 371-2621 New products here, come check us out. If Jimmy is not in his buildings or outside, please drive up the hill to our residence if you want to rent or return a tool. Thanks for your business.

All Energies
Stop throwing away food because of power outages! Get a standby backup system with automatic transfer, with or without solar panels. Run your whole house, or just a few important appliances. A pre-wired and fully tested 2.5 kW battery system starts at $3400. Email casey@allenergies.net or call 371-2950 for more info!

Starlight Theatre Restaurant & Saloon
Tue     6/23  -  Uh Clem      
Fri      6/26  -  The Whitmores
Sat     6/27  -  Moses Martinez                                
Mon    6/29  -  Burger Night

Brewster County Commissioners Court meeting 9 AM, Tuesday, June 23 in Alpine.  Read attached link for business to be conducted including a resolution about the pipeline.
http://www.brewstercountytx.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Agenda-Commissioners-Court-Regular-Meeting-June-23-2015.pdf

Send news to terlinguamoon@gmail.com by Noon Monday for next week's MOON. Summertime is slower but we know you need your news so look for it online.  No DELIVERIES till the FALL. If you have a way to print it and hang it in local businesses, please do.

Things will really be rocking at The Boathouse this week, folks!  Let’s start smack dab midweek this time – Wednesday’s Open Mic! Several musicians and individuals from Alpine, Marathon, Marfa and other points north and west, involved in the fight against the Trans-Pecos Pipeline, will be coming down to join us in the cause and inform us with song and speech. Hosted by Jeffro Greasewood every Wednesday from 7 – ??? and all Musicians’ Tips are donated to the Big Bend Conservation Alliance to help with their efforts to stop the construction of the proposed pipeline. This will be the best one yet and, as always, everyone is welcome!!!  Friday night from 7 – 10 p.m. we’ll have Trevor Hickle and Pat O’Bryan live and in person! What could make that better? How about our Friday Night Menu Special! Give us a call (432) 371-2219) or check back on Facebook for details!  Saturday night we have Ted Arbogast in the Boat from 8 – 11. Guaranteed to be amazing.  We open at 5:00, 7 days a week. Great full bar and our grille is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 – 9:30. Enjoy dinner and drinks inside or on our beautiful patio! See you soon, friends!

Ken Ragsdale, noted Big Bend historian, author and Big Band leader, passed away at his home on Wednesday, June 17th. He was 97 years old. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/statesman/obituary.aspx?pid=175126791

The TERLINGUA MOON IS ONLINE at:
http://theterlinguamoon.blogspot.com/
Or send your email address to terlinguamoon@gmail.com and get your own personal copy!


Cone-Nose Beetles aka Kissing Bugs, are back with a vengeance. Rachel Curtis, PhD student, Hamer Lab at Texas A&M would like our help in researching this most common invader and would appreciate our help with collecting samples for study.  Much more information at this link:
http://kissingbug.tamu.edu/   or you can email her at KissingBug@cvm.tamu.edu
Download a brochure here:
http://vetmed.tamu.edu/media/650149/article%20for%20press.pdf

Becoming Mechanic Shop: Summer is here and time to travel so let's get the vehicle in tip top running condition. Call today to schedule appointments.  Complete gasoline and diesel repair and service.  Don't forget to keep your radiator filled with coolant.

Goat Roping and Trading Party Fundraiser
Come out to the Big Bend Equine Center in Alpine this Saturday, June 27th, to watch the art of goat roping, dance, and eat good food. Jumping House and pony rides for the kids. Jewelry, clothes, cowboy gear and more for the adults. $20 per team and $20 per vendor. The event starts at 5 p.m. 
For more information call Mandy Larremore at 432.249.1153.

Opposed to the proposed Trans-Pecos Pipeline?  The deadline for filing a formal Comment with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is JUNE 30! There are many concerns regarding the construction, maintenance, potential for catastrophic accidents, irreparable damage to the environment, eminent domain, etc.
To file a comment, you will need the FERC docket number (CP15-500-000). Go to: https://ferconline.ferc.gov/QuickComment.aspx and follow the instructions. For a step-by-step tutorial or more info go to the Not In Our Big Bend blog (www.notinourbigbend.com/blog)

Dateline. LAJITAS. Mayor Clay Henry announced on Facebook Wednesday that his wife Annabelle delivered three healthy baby girls.
The mayor of the far West Texas town is a goat. Henry is asking for suggestions on what to name his girls. He specifies that their names must include his name “Clay.” He says the winning names will get you a soda pop or beer of your choice, compliments of the mayor himself. You can submit your name suggestions to the Mayor’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clay-Henry-the-Goat/459962480770336?fref=ts


Betty wants to thank all of you who have helped her in closing Otra Vez for the summer and getting ready to go to her family for the summer and to get medical care there. Have a Wonderful Summer.

H2O for water tanks. Contact us at elcentro432@gmail.com (432) 371-2506 or
(512) 924-2506

LULU is a little personality who is ready to give her everything to her new owner. With her small size (40 pounds), tiger stripes, one-flopped-ear and whip of a tail, LULU will bring lots of love and laughs into her lucky owners' lives. She is a happy walker and a great snuggler. LULU has gotten along with every dog she's met and is hoping to catch your eye. Lulu was surrendered through no fault of her own, and will steal the show once she is given the chance. Lulu is housetrained, healthy, spayed, microchipped and UTD on shots. AAS is open M-F from 10am to 6pm (closed 1-2pm), located on the east side of Alpine on Old Marathon Road. All AAS animals are on Petfinder at: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/32293191/
For more info, email heatherthemule@gmail.com

Our Fourth of July Parade will begin at the old Study Butte Store. Line up is at 5:30, parade will start 6:00 p.m. Cash Prizes for the best entries. Water balloons and squirt guns will be present this year to cool down the spectators. Ending at the South County Emergency Building, there will be a hot hot dog supper, open mike, demonstrations by our fire and EMS team and a water slide for the kids. Come help us celebrate our Independence.

Public comment is being solicited by Big Bend National Park in regard to Exotic Species Management. Meetings for the public to help identify issues and concerns, and make other comments regarding exotic species (including burros and horses) and their management will be held at the Brewster County Multi-Purpose Facility in Study Butte
on July 14, and the Sul Ross State University Morgan Conference Center in Alpine on July 15. Both meetings will begin at 6:00 pm and continue until 7:00 pm. Details here: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=30690