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

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

TERLINGUA MOON

Vol. 26 No. 24    June 16, 2015     By Mae Western

The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.  ~Carl Sagan

Carlton Leatherwood has written a most insightful article regarding the Glenn Felts murder trial. You can read it here:
http://bigbendgazette.com/2015/06/03/district-attorney-rod-ponton-holds-open-meeting-in-terlingua-to-discuss-not-guilty-verdict-in-flint-trial/

Letter to the MOON:
Hello, Here at Texas A&M, we are running a citizen submission project to get submission of kissing bugs (aka cone-nose bugs) from across Texas in order to study Chagas disease.  We’re in contact with a few folks in the Big Bend/Terlingua area, and we would like to get the word out that we test kissing bugs that are sent to us.  Although we have plenty of bugs from central Texas, we have a mighty big gap in our knowledge, because we have no bugs from your area.  If it would be possible to include a notice on your website, we would appreciate it.
The  most information we have can be found at http://kissingbug.tamu.edu
My email is kissingbug@cvm.tamu.edu
Please let me know what steps I should take to get the word out to folks in your area.
Best, Rachel Curtis-Robles, PhD student, Hamer Lab


Santiago de Compostela 
Lisa Ivey and Cynta walked 71 miles in 6 days through northwest Spain and made it, on schedule, to the cathedral in Santiago.  They cruised through fields of grapevines, eucalyptus trees, kale and corn, past hydrangea flowers so big they could be shower caps, and wild calla lilies four feet high, while eating seafood and pastries, on a roman road from 910 AD. Their feet will never be the same. These women (and their feet/feat) are amazing!

BBNP Backcountry Use Limits:
Big Bend National Park managers are reaching out to visitors who backpack overnight into the park’s vast undeveloped back country in order to clarify applicable use limits. Effective July 1, 2015, Big Bend National Park will be requiring adherence to the published Backcountry Management Plan use limits: - No overnight backcountry camping group or party will be larger than 15 persons except for river parties and users of backcountry road group sites. - Overnight off-road backcountry camping groups larger than 15 will divide into two parties. These parties will not be permitted in the same use area nor in adjacent use areas for a given night. For purposes of this requirement, adjacent use areas do not include those separated by paved or unpaved roads. Most park backcountry, outside of the Chisos Mountains, provides open-zone camping for groups up to 15 persons. However, the popular High Chisos zone requires use of designated campsites, each with group size limits. The High Chisos zone includes two campsites that accommodate up to 15 persons each and numerous campsites with smaller capacities. This clarifies that no more than 15 members of a single group may occupy High Chisos designated campsites at one time. Larger groups can be accommodated in available High-Chisos campsites under the 15-person limit, but will be required to split up with the remainder in a different, non-adjacent use zone outside of the High Chisos. Backcountry use limits have been established to protect the park’s cultural and natural resources and provide high-quality visitor experiences. Park Superintendent Cindy Ott-Jones said “We thank park visitors for their assistance in protecting the resources and visitor enjoyment of Big Bend backcountry by observing the group size limits.” www.nps.gov 

Artist Molly Finnerty
Earth and Fire Gallery is pleased to announce a Reception for our latest Guest Artist, Molly Finnerty, on Saturday, June 20 from 7 to 9 pm. She is a painter from Upstate New York. In 2012 she graduated from Alfred University with a BFA and a minor in Business. In 2012 she won the Gene and Pamela Bernstein Development grant to attend Art Basel in Miami. Her work has been included in shows at The Museum of Art and Craft, as well as, The Global Center both in Manhattan, NY. The Guggenheim Museum featured one of her drawings on Gugenheim.org as part of the Gutai: Please Draw Freely project. In 2013 AWA Gallery in Amsterdam hosted her for her first international solo exhibition. She went on to show in a group show at Takt Gallery in Friedrichshain and with The Studio Visit in Mitte, Berlin. She is currently based out of Austin, TX.
Influences of street culture, fashion, graffiti, foliage and tropical climates can be seen throughout Molly’s work. Her most recent series of 2’ x 2’ ft. paintings on panel use the square, a basic but limiting shape, to highlight different methods of defining space. Even though the paintings have traces of things familiar, clouds and leaves for example, the finial image has a sense of inventiveness. The final image is also inspiring, because of this, one painting often leads to another. What are these paintings about? The paintings can at first seem vague. They are play explorations of color, balance, proportion, atmosphere and shape. The meditative quality of the paintings alongside the visual activation of the final image encourages one to look at the paintings with a sense of wonder.

Cycletek
Cycletek is your local source for automatic backup/standby generator systems for your house or business.  Installations and generator start as little as $3,000.  We can install automatic systems that can handle your critical needs when the power is out, such as refrigerators, freezers, lighting, and critical electronics. We also have in stock at special prices Generac inverter IX800 watt $290.00 total price; Generac GP1800 $340.00 total price, GP3250 $395.00 total price,  IX 2000 $540.00.  All new and in the box.  You cannot beat these prices on the internet, and you have home town service and warranty on all Generac products.  Note:  We are the only factory trained, certified Generac sales, service, warranty & installation facility in Brewster County. All installation work is performed by certified/licensed technicians.   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.

This week at The Boathouse!
The summer is upon us but it’s still cool at The Boathouse!  Come join us for dinner and drinks on our beautiful patio, not to mention the great music.  Summer hours are 5 - Midnight (1 a.m. on Saturday) and the Grille is open 5 - 9:30 Tuesday - Saturday.
This Wednesday it’s Open Mic with Jeffro Greasewood (7 - 10) and everyone is welcome.  Have musician friends visiting from out of town?  Be sure to bring them down!  All musicians’ tips continue to be donated to The Big Bend Conservation Alliance in their efforts to stop the TransPecos Pipeline.
On Saturday, the amazing Paul Sprawl returns and he’ll be on from 8 - 11.
Stay tuned for our Friday night dinner special!  Hope to see you soon (and don’t forget Sunday is Father’s Day! Stay tuned for a possible special then, too!)

All Energies
Stop throwing away food because of power outages! Get a backup system, with or without solar panels. Run your whole house, or just a few important appliances. A 4kW system starts at $3400. Email casey@allenergies.net or call 371-2950 for more info!

Espresso Y Poco Mas has new summer hours !!!
We will be open 7:30a.m.- 2:00p.m. 7 days a week, with the exception of the three weeks of June 23-July 12, when we will be closing each Tues. and Wed.
Come in to enjoy an iced coffee and afternoon dessert,  cool fresh fruit cup, fruit smoothie, or creamy milk shake.
Check out our daily specials, too. : )
Lots of shade and the WiFi is available 24/7.

Summer Solstice Ceremony
The Big Bend Conservation Alliance and Chief William Hoff of the Tsalagyi Nydagi Tribe of Valentine, TX welcome everyone to an earth honoring Summer Solstice Ceremony followed by a Community Potluck Sunday, June 21, 2015 beginning at 6 pm.  Hotel Ritchey, 102 Murphy Street, Alpine, Texas. Please bring a dish or drink to share and a chair or blanket.  Donations for Chief Hoff and the BBCA gratefully accepted.  Together we can stop the Trans Pecos Pipeline!

Viva Terlingua Music Festival Update
The Viva Terlingua Music Festival is coming up fast - Aug 20-23. 40+ bands, 3 Stages (Starlight, Boathouse, La Kiva), 4 days of music.  You must have a wrist band to get in.
The last day to get your “early bird” discounted wristbands for $25 is this Friday, 6/19/15. They’ll be $75 at the door. You know you’re going. Go to http://viva-terlingua.com and grab your wristband now.

PUBLIC NOTICE 
Brewster County Commissioners Court, Thursday, June 18 at 9 am, Brewster County Courthouse, Alpine TX
AGENDA
1. Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance
2. Public Comment
3. Treasurer’s Office A. Executive Session pursuant to Section § 551.071, Government Code, to confer with legal Counsel about pending or contemplated litigation, a settlement offer, or on a matter in which the duty of the attorney to the governmental body under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of Texas clearly conflicts with this chapter concerning the County Treasurer B. Executive Session pursuant to Section § 551.074, Government Code, to discuss the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, compensation, or employment-related issues pertaining to the County Treasurer C. Reconvene in Open Session and discussion and appropriate action following Executive Session concerning the County Treasurer
4. Adjourn

High Sierra
This Week at High Sierra Bar &Grill
Saturday June 20 8:00pm - Jeff Haislip

Need a furry forever friend?
Striking TARA is an Australian Shepherd/Cattle dog mix. She is 1-year old, healthy, friendly, energetic, healthy and going to be a real treat for her special someone. Tara is good with other dogs, walks well on a leash, takes treats nicely, loves to play, and is hoping for an active owner to keep her busy. True to her genetics, she is clearly intelligent, ready to learn and looking for guidance from her owner. She weighs about 30 pounds and has a beautiful natural tail. She loves to snuggle and is quick to offer her belly for rubs. She has been at the Alpine Animal Shelter since June 2, 2015 and already it has been too long! 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/32354026/ and you can see Tara’s picture on the Post Office bulletin board. For more info, email heatherthemule@gmail.com

Press Release from Judge Cano
Treasurer’s Office Update 
In light of recent developments and publicized comments, I feel it necessary to share with you, our constituents, the following facts leading to the decision which we, as a Commissioners Court, took into account when drafting the order provided to our District Judge, Roy Ferguson. In the order, the Brewster County Commissioners Court unanimously voted to request the appointment of a County Auditor. After careful review of the facts provided within the order, Judge Ferguson reached the decision to accept the Commissioners Court request and has proceeded to create the position of County Auditor. The position is currently being advertised, applications are being accepted and reviewed and interviews will be forthcoming. The auditor will provide leadership, guidance and overall management within the Treasurer’s Office, as well as serve in an internal control capacity. The following facts are intended to substantiate and establish the rationale of the order presented to Judge Ferguson by Commissioners Court that ultimately lead to the creation of the Auditor position.
County departmental bills are not being paid in a timely manner 
Every elected official has brought financial concerns to the attention of the County Judge and / or the County Commissioners. An extraordinary amount of time and effort has been spent by the Judge to attempt to build a healthy working relationship between the Treasurer and other elected officials. Unfortunately, the foundation of the relationship between the elected officials and the Treasurer’s Office is based on finances. Elected officials have informed the Judge’s office that bills are not being paid, vendors are calling and service providers are threatening to cut off services due to non-payment. It has become painfully obvious that the Treasurer’s Office is affecting the relationship between Brewster County elected officials and their community partners. On May 26th, 2015, Brewster County Commissioners Court formalized the county- wide belief of “no confidence” in our Treasurer to arrive at a resolution to the issues facing Brewster County elected officials. As mentioned above, the County Commissioners Court unanimously voted to request the appointment of a County Auditor to ensure that the Treasurer’s office carry out its duties and thus salvage the relationship between the Treasurer’s Office, elected officials and community service providers / vendors.
County departmental funds are not properly accounted for 
It has come to the attention of the County Judge and / or members of the Commissioners Court that the Treasurer has been unable to locate numerous accounts and / or properly reconcile said accounts. Our County Attorney, Steve Houston, Sheriff, Ronny Dodson and County Clerk, Bertha Rios-Martinez, have provided verbal and written information to the Judge’s Office of such discrepancies. These elected officials, and others, are prepared to testify and attest, in writing, to their specific issues related to this matter.
County financial responsibilities for grants are inefficiently managed. 
Brewster County is the recipient of various federal and state grants. While most of these grants involve significant red tape, the fiscal impact of such grants is vital to the solvency and daily operation of the County. One would be hard pressed to find any elected officials’ department that does not either directly or indirectly benefit from grant funding. The Sheriff’s office payroll is supplemented by federal and state dollars. The DA’s office also receives state monies which funds personnel and travel expenses. The County Judge’s office is currently in the process of gathering information to formulate the 2016 budget. It is projected that without grant funding, the County would be hard pressed to arrive at a balanced budget. Various grant funding ancillary personnel have notified the Judge’s office of issues related to gathering and obtaining reports, receipts and required documentation necessary for ensuring grant compliance. As mentioned above, documentation and appropriate record keeping is what is necessary for the County to be in compliance or the County will lose funding and / or no longer be eligible for grants in the future.
County 2015 budget with appropriate amendments due to tax rollback and other Commissioners Court actions cannot be provided. 
In January, 2015, Brewster County voters went to the polls and approved a reduction in the county tax rate for 2015. During a Commissioners’ Court meeting held on March 3rd, 2015, a summary of the recommended adjustments in the sum of $176,000 which needed to be made resulting from the outcome of the Roll Back Election was distributed to the Commissioners Court and the Treasurer. Needless to say, the intent was for the Treasurer to make necessary adjustments in a timely manner to the budget. As of June 15, 2015, those adjustments have yet to be made.
Required documentation for the 2014 Brewster County audit has not been provided to our audit firm in a timely manner. 
In February, the County Judge proceeded to arrange a meeting between the Treasurer and GRP (our external auditors). The Treasurer, along with two of her staff members, accompanied the Judge to El Paso to consult with GRP auditor Vanessa Alarcon, CPA. During this visit, the Treasurer and her two staff members attended the meeting while I proceeded to attend the COG meeting. As an aside, the two staff members that accompanied the Treasurer are no longer employed by the Treasurer. One was terminated and the other chose to leave the Treasurer’s office for another position within the county. Subsequent to this meeting in February, the auditors followed up with numerous emails requesting information from the Treasurer’s Office, eventually leading up to a conference call in mid-May. The Treasurer, her staff and myself were present for this call. It was at this meeting that it became clear that the Treasurer had not looked at, much less completed, the worksheets that had been emailed to her. The initial emails dated back to the latter part of February. Deadlines for the submission of items requested were clearly scheduled for dates in March, April and May. At the time of the conference call, none of the deadlines had been met. At this point, I felt it imperative that proceedings for requesting the appointment of a county auditor be initiated, as the financial well-being of the County appeared to be in jeopardy. At this time, all of the individuals mentioned above, in addition to most other Brewster County Officials, are willing to testify and attest to the facts mentioned herein. As Brewster County Judge, I am committed to being a good steward of our resources and take responsibility for the fiscal health of our County. It is further my obligation to protect and be accountable for tax payer money and Page 4 of 4County assets. As such, I will do everything within my power to hold Treasurer Staton accountable for her lack of competency while remaining true to my commitment of transparency throughout Brewster County government.
Eleazar R. Cano, Brewster County Judge 
(Editor’s note: Bold type was in the original press release, not added by this editor.)


Texas-to-Mexico Pipeline Files For Border-Crossing Facilities
http://www.naturalgasintel.com/articles/102602-texas-to-mexico-pipeline-files-for-border-crossing-facilities#

“July 4th is just around the corner. Are you ready for the Parade! Our Parade Master, Kathy Wisdom, will be the organizer this year. Cash Prizes for the best entries whether it is a bike, vehicle, motorcycle, horse, or even on foot. Time to pull out the Red, White, and Blue and celebrate our Independence as a Nation.”


Sincere apologies from this week’s MOON editor for the lateness of this week’s edition! Yikes!



Monday, June 8, 2015

Terlingua Moon
June 9, 2015
Vol. 26 No. 23

'You get to choose who you want to be in this world.
Take all the attributes of the people you love and admire and make them your own and live that way.'
Slim Richey

Our Community

Original Productions, the company responsible for the reality show Badlands currently being shot here in Terlingua, are shooting a re-enactment of Glenn Felts death this week for the show. The Lost Horse Saloon in Marfa will be used as a substitute for La Kiva. The exploitation of our community for the sake of television ratings continues to roll on.

 From Park superintendent, Dave Long. “July 4th is just around the corner. Are you ready for the Parade!?! Our Parade Master, Kathy Wisdom, will be the organizer this year. Cash Prizes for the best entries whether it is a bike, vehicle, motorcycle, horse, or even on foot. Time to pull out the Red, White, and Blue and celebrate our Independence as a Nation.”

 The Alpine Animal Shelter is full! The shelter is full and at risk of having to euthanize for the first time in 16 months. Recent additions to the shelter include GYPSY, a classic-looking husky, SASSY, SHANTI and STINKER, all young border collies/Aussies, TWEETER AND LULU, small and sweet pit bulls, DYLAN, an adorable Chihuahua and KIMBER, TARA and PENNEY, all heeler mixes. Help us make Brewster County a no-kill community for homeless pets. 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/pet-search?shelter_id=TX1202

Happening this week at The Starlight!
Tuesday, 6/9:     Uh Clem    
Friday, 6/12:      Moses Martinez
Saturday, 6/13:  Brad Boyer                              
Monday, 6/15:   Burger Night with Jeffro Greasewood

Marfa Live Arts has several upcoming events that may be of interest to Terlingua-area residents.  For more information go to  http://www.marfalivearts.org

This week at The Boathouse Restaurant & Bar
Tuesday, June 9: NWLYWD (7 – 10 pm)
Wednesday, June 10:  Open Mic hosted by Jeffro Greasewood (7 – 10)  Everyone welcome and all musicians’ tips go to Big Bend Conservation Alliance toward their efforts in stopping the Trans-Pecos Pipeline
Friday, June 12:  Uh Clem & Friends (7 – 10)
Saturday, June 13:  Hank Woji (8-11)
Boathouse Hours: 5 pm – Midnight daily (until 1 a.m. on Saturday). Dinner Tuesday - Saturday from 5 – 9:30 p.m
Stay tuned for this week’s Friday Menu Special!

Of Note

The truckload order of water-catchment tanks has filled. Stay in close touch, as delivery is usually only a matter of days once the order is called in. Make sure we know your phone #s and email addresses.  Also, let us know of extras you might need, such as valves or mesh filters.  THANKS everybody.  ElCentro/H2O 2 Go; elcentro432@gmail.com (432) 371-2506 or (512) 924-2506
Becoming Mechanic Shop: Automotive and diesel repair. We are open seven days a week, our place or yours. We are setting up oil change schedules. Stop by or call 371-2694

TERLINGUA TOOL RENTALS Come on down S County Road and see Jimmy Taylor for all your construction tool rentals 371-2621

Send news to TerlinguaMoon@gmail.com no later than noon on Mondays for publication in that week’s Moon.

Otra Vez will have a big sale this Wednesday.  This is our closing for the summer sale.  Thank you for your support and have a wonderful summer.

Slim Richey – resident of Driftwood and Terlingua, Texas died after a lengthy battle with lymphoma. Slim was known internationally for his amazing guitar work and his generosity in “jamming” and teaching up and coming musicians. Along with his wife, Francie, vocalist Sarah Sharp and drummer Masumi Jones, his band – The Jitterbug Vipers – was a favorite in Terlingua and across the U.S.  If you ask virtually any musician, they will tell you there was no greater guitar player than Slim.  He wasn’t in a class all by himself but it sure didn’t take long to call the roll.  A celebration (After Party) will be held on June 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Fischer Hall in Fischer, Texas.  A fund has also been established to assist Francie with costs associated with Slim’s illness.   http://www.gofundme.com/vsqe8rc  Slim and the Vipers were a fixture at The Kerrville Folk Festival, Rice Festival and Old Settlers Music Festival among many others and favorites at The Starlight Theatre.  Slim will be terribly missed by so many who loved him.

Slim holding a painting done of him by his friend, the late Kelly Mumford, at his property near Sawmill Hill.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

         The Terlingua Moon
June 2, 2015 ~ Volume 26  ~ # 22

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
 Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.   ~   Margaret Mead

   by South County Mud Clowns

The most dangerous guitar player in Texas” wasn’t half as threatening as that handle implies. In reality, Slim Richey was a joyous human being, an Austin character, and a part-time, resident Terlinguoid.  Guitarist Slim (Michael) Richey, a fixture in the Austin jazz community for more than two decades with the Jitterbug Vipers, the Dream Band and others, died Sunday after an extended battle with lymphoma. He was 77.  Slim and his wife Francie own property in Terlingua and were frequent visitors here.  Every year around New Years, Slim & Francie would invite friends from all over to their place in Terlingua and, on New Year’s Day, he would climb Sawmill Mountain.  He was dearly loved in the community.  He, Francie and their bands were favorites of The Boathouse, The Starlight Theatre, The Thirsty Goat and High Sierra.  Known for his long white beard and for an eclectic guitar style that crossed genres from jazz to swing to country and beyond, Slim was omnipresent in local clubs and music events across the country, and played nearly every Rice Festival, Old Settler’s Music Festival and Kerrville Folk Festival.

Slim will be remembered by a large musical family for his love of music, especially jazz, his aggressive individualism, and his strong libertarian beliefs. There will not be another like him in this world. This editor spent many hours reading about the life and accomplishments of this remarkable man. Below are suggested links to some of the amazing details of his life and his career.  OR, just Google his name. His was a magical,  and extraordinary life. R.I.P. Slim, and all our Terlingua Community love to Francie, his family, and to all his friends and loved ones around the globe. A fund has been set up to help Francie with the costs associate with Slim's hospitalization and to help her through this difficult time. http://www.gofundme.com/vsqe8rc
Read about this colorful character:
http://www.austinmonthly.com/AM/March-2015/Character-Slim-Richey-and-Francie-Meaux-Jeaux/
http://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/music/2015-06-01/slim-richey-1938-2015/ 
  Photo ©  Courtesy of  Todd V. Wolfson

TERLINGUA TOOL RENTALS Jimmy Taylor, owner 371-2621 Rent locally and save those 90 mile trips.

Cycletek is your local source for automatic backup/standby generator systems for your house or business.  Installations and generator start as little as $3,000.  We can install automatic systems that can handle your critical needs when the power is out, such as refrigerators, freezers, lighting, and critical electronics. We also have in stock at special prices Generac inverter IX800 watt $290.00 total price; Generac GP1800 $340.00 total price, GP3250 $395.00 total price,  IX 2000 $540.00.  All new and in the box.  You cannot beat these prices on the internet, and you have home town service and warranty on all Generac products.  Note:  We are the only factory trained, certified Generac sales, service, warranty & installation facility in Brewster County. All installation work is performed by certified/licensed technicians.   371-2569.

Rain Catchment Tanks – The current load has room for 2 more tanks. Your deposit is not cashed until your tank is delivered. We won’t place another order after this one until early fall. We also have heavy-duty Banjo brand valves and mesh filter screens available.  All catchment supplies are State Sales Tax and freight free. Call us for specs, and to arrange deposit for your tank (432) 371-2506

Becoming Fine Art and Mechanic Shop: For all your automotive repairs give us a call. We do in shop as well as on site, so even you can't get it to us, we can get to you. For reliable honest diagnoses and repair of diesel and gasoline machines give us a call or stop by. 371-2694.
Lots of artwork needs to find new homes so we can get the new stuff up, so stop by and check out what is going on.

ALL MUSIC AND OTHER EVENTS ON THE FLIP SIDE OF THIS EDITION

Cone-Nose Beetle aka Kissing Bugs, are back with a vengeance. Rachel Curtis, PhD student, Hamer Lab at Texas A&M contacted me last fall. She has been trying to figure out how to contact the residents of Terlingua to get some bugs to add to A&M collection from our area.  “My main interest right now is getting as many bugs from across the state as possible.  We’re interested in what species are in different locations and habitats, how many are infected, and which strain type of the parasite infects them.  All the bugs we receive are becoming the largest collection of kissing bugs in the U.S.  So, not only for my project, but potentially for many other projects after me, 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.  We also have a Spanish version, if that would help at all.  I can send more information about how to collect the bugs and send them.”  Let’s help Rachael to help us.  Contact her at:  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 email version of this Moon will have a link to a color brochure about these pests and dangers)

NITRO calls shotgun! An adult pit bull mix, he’s all about rollin’ down the highway. NITRO loves people and has discriminating taste in dog friends. He’s so curious about the outside world – he can’t wait to leave shelter life behind him!  If you’re looking for a devoted, chill companion, come meet NITRO. AAS is open M-F from 10am to 6pm (closed 1-2pm), located on the east side of Alpine on Old Marathon Road. NITRO (and all the dogs at AAS) is on Petfinder at: https://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/30501592/
For more info, email heatherthemule@gmail.com

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.

LET’S KEEP “OLD GLORY” GLORIOUS
It’s great to fly the American flag, but when it starts to fray or becomes damaged, please either take it down or replace it. PLEASE PEOPLE !

OTRA VEZ RESALE SHOP
We will have a $5.00 Bag Sale Saturday June 6th.  Items included in the Bag Sale are Clothing, shoes and handbags (purses).

This will be our last day of being open for the summer and we will reopen in the fall.  Please do not leave donations during the summer as no one will be here to accept them.

Thank you for your support and have a wonderful summer.

Starlight Theatre Restaurant & Saloon
Tue    6/2  -  Uh Clem      
Fri      6/5  -  Carlos Maxwell
Sat     6/6  -  Bruce Salmon                               Mon    6/8  -  Burger Night with Bruce Salmon

This week at The Boathouse!
Wednesday:  Open Mic hosted by Pat O'Bryan @ 7 pm.  Everyone welcome - locals and visitors!  All musicians' tips go to help fight the TransPecos pipeline!
Friday:  Trevor Hickle and Pat O'Bryan @ 7 pm.
Saturday:  Ted Arbogast @ 8 pm.

Stay tuned for our Friday menu special.  Hours are 5 - Midnight with dinner served from 5 - 9:30 Tuesday through Saturday.  (Saturday The Boat closes at 1 a.m.)

Come join us for great food, drink, music and friends!  And tell your friends about our adjoining camp ground - 432) 371-2219 for more information.

Finally, we at The Boathouse would like to send our love and condolences to Francie Meaux Jeaux on the death of her husband, Slim Richey.  Slim, Francie and friends were a big part of our musical family since our reopening and our hearts are with her and all of their loved ones.

High Sierra Bar & Grill
Saturday, June 5 - Belmont Stakes  Big Screen TV
Sunday, June 7 - 1st Sunday Song Circle #6 with Collie Ryan 2:00 pm

Big Bend Doughnuts- Open Sundays Only in June, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or sold out.  Watch for snow cone hours!

The recycling trailer has been emptied and is ready for someone to take it over for the summer and fall.  Anyone interested in monitoring and emptying the trailer, please contact Sue and Joe Rife at rifephotography.com  or call 970-879-7838.

Please do read the entire Austin Chronicle story about Slim Richey
http://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/music/2015-06-01/slim-richey-1938-2015/

Farmer's Markets are growing every year with new vendors and items Next November We KICK it all off again. The garden has seeds, and pots to help you get your summer garden growing. THINK COMMUNITY;  EAT LOCAL

Marfa Live Arts has several upcoming events that may be of interest to Terlingua-area residents.  For more information go to http://www.marfalivearts.org

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Monday, May 25, 2015


         The Terlingua Moon
May 25, 2015   ~  VOL. 39 #21

Sometimes the questions are complicated
and the answers are simple.      Dr Seuss



by La Catrina

Local Entertainment

This Week At High Sierra
Open Everyday from Noon till 10:00, Bar closes at Midnight except Saturdays, then 1:00 am
We have a New Menu...Some Old Favorites and New Items!  It's Really Good!
Basketball Playoff Games Continue...Big Screen TV Downstairs
Rockets vs Warriors....Call for Days and Times
Coming Events: Belmont Stakes, Saturday, June 6,,,Big Screen TV,  First Sunday Song Circle w/Collie Ryan, Sunday June 7, 2:00 - till

The Starlight Theater
Tue    5/26   -  Uh Clem 6:30
Wed   5/27   -  Adam Klein
Thu    5/28   -  Moses Martinez           
Fri      5/29   -  Marc Utter
Sat     5/30   -  Ted Arbogast                                
Mon    6/1     -  Burger Night with Hank Woji

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.

The agenda for the May 26th, 2015 meeting of the Brewster County Commissioners Court has been posted. The meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m.
 Attached you will find the agenda, thank you have a great weekend!
 Julie Morton
 Brewster County Judge's Office
 Administrative Assistant
 (P) 432-837-2412
 (F) 432-837-9849
 (Cell) 432-386-3696
http://www.brewstercountytx.com/

The Terlingua CSD (Common School District) is in need of some exercise equipment, specifically weights. The BCSO is seeking donations of used equipment to the school district as long as it is in good condition. If you have extra equipment and want to donate it, we will be happy to take it from you. You can bring it by our office or call us to pick it up. We would like to have the equipment in place for the coming school year. We will take all equipment donated to the school at a later date. For more information please call 432-837-3488.

PETE
Introducing petite PETE, the most loving little Spaniel mix you'll ever have the pleasure of meeting. Very mellow & affectionate, PETE loves to snuggle. He may be small in stature (as far as Spaniels go), but he's got a big heart. If you’re looking for an adorable little guy to share your life with, come meet PETE for yourself! AAS is open M-F from 10am to 6pm (closed 1-2pm), located on the east side of Alpine on Old Marathon Road. PETE is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-the-Alpine-Humane-Society/294314360133 For more info, email heatherthemule@gmail.com. 

4.0 Earthquake - Sierra Del Carmen on the 15th - anybody feel it?: Trembles at the boundaries of Texas and Ciudad Acuna[Tremor] By Francisco Liñán D.15/05/2015
Coins, Coah.- An earthquake measuring 4.0 degrees on the Richter scale was reported today by the United States Geological Survey with epicenter at 159 kilometers west of Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila. According to US authorities, the tremor occurred at 5:41pm at 84 kilometers south of Sanderson, Texas, but in the territory of Coahuila. Sanderson, Texas has a population of one thousand inhabitants, who did not report any icomotion. No reports were presented and the population the area where the epicenter was located is located in a mountainous region of Coahuila, near the area of the Big Bend and Boquillas del Carmen National Park. The latest quake occurred 10 years ago in an area 39 kilometers from Eagle Pass, Texas, with a magnitude of 3.9 degrees on the Richter scale.

Blown away from Many Stones 1,500 gallon water tank.
Let me know if you find it PLEASE.
Ring Huggins (371-2994)

State park to remove Contrabando movie set: Big Bend Now 5/21 by Sasha von Oldershausen.  BIG BEND RANCH STATE PARK – It was the site of the Brooks & Dunn music video, “Hey Maria,” and Sissy Spacek, James Garner and Sam Shepard also walked amidst the adobe buildings in the TV mini-series “Streets of Laredo.” The “Contrabando” movie set in Big Bend Ranch State Park may not have a particularly illustrious history, but it does have a storied one.
Now, Big Bend Ranch State Park has announced plans to remove many of the structures associated with the movie set due to safety concerns. At a Presidio city council meeting last week, representatives from the park made their case for removing the structures, which would include the side building to the church that was previously demolished, “Maria’s House,” and the jailhouse.
Though the state park technically owns the land on which the movie set resides, park representatives anticipated some negative feedback from the public.
Only the “cantina” and the composting toilet would remain, which according to David Long, the superintendent of the Barton Warnock Visitors Center at the state park, are the only structures built to last.
“Those other buildings are 20 years old and they were never meant to left up,” Long said.
According to park representatives, many of the buildings have sustained substantial damage from the 2008 flood.
Long said, “It washed away the adobe at the base and the bottom of the building dissolved completely. The only thing holding up a couple of the walls is the stucco on the walls.”
He added, “It’s a dangerous situation. We boarded up the buildings several times and people would keep pulling down the boards several times to gain entry. It’s a safety hazard.”
Prior to the flood, Long said the park took pains to upkeep the structures, which included re-plastering the buildings.
“But we realized it wasn’t feasible to sink any more money into it,” he said. Long speculated that it would cost something close to $250,000 to do a full restoration of the site that would uphold the state park’s building codes.
“I know there might be some hard feelings, but the movie set was never meant to be permanent,” he added.

I can repair electric services and install transfer switches and generators for prices or service give me a call 432-294-0282  TECL 27979  I also accept credit cards
I also work with a company that does solar contact me for info, licensed master Electrician,  Wayne Jones

Highland Automotive in Alpine is under new management. Andon Smith, the son of the original owner and an experienced dealer certified technician, now runs the shop and offers these services:
On road: towing, vehicle unlock, tire changes, gas delivery, battery boost.
In shop:
- Diagnostics for electrical, mechanical, gas and diesel, including computer diagnostics for all makes and models
- Brakes safety system, suspension SRS safety system
- Engine major & minor repair or replacement
- Transmission major & minor repair, rebuild, replacement
- Tire pressure monitoring system service & reset
- Tires: flats, rotation, balance
The Smith family welcomes and appreciates your business. Phone: 432-837-2523. Location: 104 S. Harmon in Alpine.

And now by By Alicia Neaves, NewsWest 9
PRESIDIO/OJINAGA - A travel advisory released by the U.S. Department of State pinpoints a town across the border from West Texas as a place you might want to avoid.
Now, city leaders and residents on both sides of the border are concerned that this travel advisory is hurting their tourism in what they say is possibly the safest part of the Texas/Mexico border.
In the travel advisory issued May 5, for the State of Chihuahua, it says to exercise caution when traveling to the urban area of Ojinaga, the sister city of Presidio. Something officials tell NewsWest 9 is not only untrue but damaging to their economies.
“Presidio and Ojinaga depend on tourism to stay alive,” said Miguel Hernandez, owner of Don Jose Bakery in Presidio.
“If you talk to anybody that has visited the border here in Presidio or Big Bend National Park, they'll tell you that these are some of the safest places in the whole state of Texas,” said John Ferguson, Mayor of the City of Presidio.
The U.S. Department of State says it warns U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling to certain places in Mexico due to threats to safety and security posed by organized criminal groups in the country.

All Energies would like to thank everyone who came to our Free Solar Power Class! We had a great time, and we hope you did too. Also, we are trying to put together a large order of Suntech 250 Watt panels. Please email casey@allenergies or call 371-2950 to pre-order panels with a 10% discount. Thanks again!

Big Bend National Park will increase its entrance and backcountry camping fees starting on June 1, 2015.
Officials say the increase is to help fund important maintenance and improvement projects within the park.
"This modest increase in fees will allow us to continue to protect, preserve, and share the special places here at Big Bend National Park with current visitors and future generations," said Big Bend National Park Superintendent Cindy Ott-Jones." After carefully considering the impact of a fee increase on visitors and community members, we came to the conclusion that this is the right course of action to improve facilities and services important to visitors."
Any additional revenue from this fee increase will support improvements such as park roads and facilities as Big Bend National park approaches the National Park Service Centennial in 2016 and beyond.
The new fees are as follow:
Entrance Fee Annual Pass $50 (effective January 2016)
Per Vehicle $25
Per Person $12
Per Motorcycle $20
Backcountry Fee $12

Un Llamado de Arte para El Calendario de Artistas 2016 de Terlingua
El proyecto del Calendario de Artistas está coordinado bajo la sombrilla de sin fines de lucro de Big Bend Citizens Alliance. Con el apoyo de la Alliance, seremos capaces de recaudar fondos a través de patrocinios y las ventas de los calendarios, como hicimos con el calendario en 2015. Los fondos no pueden ser utilizados para pagar los artistas, pero pueden ser utilizados para promover el arte en general en la comunidad. Por ejemplo, con los fondos recaudados seremos capaces de comprar  algunos sistemas de visualización y unidades para exhibiciones locales.
Este año, someter para consideración está abierto a cualquier artista que vive en la zona de Terlingua por mayor parte del año. Las imágines digitales del arte visual en cualquier género podrán ser sometidas a consideración para ser incluidas en el calendario. Un comité se ha formado para administrar el proyecto y seleccionar las obras sometidas por los participantes. Lauren Stedman de Menagerie Press es nuestra diseñadora, y Printco en Alpine se imprimirá el calendario.
Si usted está interesado en la presentación de su obra de arte, por favor póngase en contacto con Mary Paloma Diesel al 432-371-2999 o spottedslinky55@gmail.com. Ella le enviará más información sobre los requisitos necesarios para participar. La fecha para solicitor dicha información es el 31 de mayo. El último día para someter aún no ha sido determinado.***

Big Bend Doughnuts across from the Cottonwood General Store is Open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or sold out, Memorial Day, Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24.  We know a lot of you are having family come visit for the holiday!  Please include us in your plans with grandkids!  Thank you for sell out Sundays!  Watch for our new Summer Hours & Snow Cones are coming soon! 

Bee Update:  Recent rains & hail storms have continued the nectar flow for the bees.  If a colony becomes established on your place, it can affect an area two square miles around you with additional bees.      Please contact if you need a hive removed from a residence or commercial location.  Alpine Apiaries accepts credit cards, checks, and payment plans.  Identify yourself as a senior citizen or veteran and get our discount.   Local references furnished upon request.  Call Alpine Apiaries Bee Hotline at 432-371-2748.  Appreciate all the love and support these past few weeks.  We have rehomed more than 15 bee swarms and hives.  Gratitude to all for looking out for the bees.  Sponsored by the College of the Melissae, www.collegeofthemelissae.com.  A great online source for the sacred ways of natural beekeeping education.
Katherine Ottmers 432-371-2748

Summer Painting Group
If  you’d like to get together weekly to Plein Aire paint in June, email me.  Luisaharris15@gmail.com

The Junior Class sends a huge thank you to Lajitas Golf Resort for providing the wonderful dinner at the Pavilion and the great space at the Maverick Ranch RV Park for the 2015 Prom for the students at Big Bend High School. Amanda Willard, Ben Holderness, Tim Garrison, Sandy Price, and John Price went out of their way to help us make it a successful and memorable evening. It was a great event for us all and we truly appreciate it.

***A Call for Art Artists Calendar 2016 Terlingua The project is coordinated Calendar Artists under the umbrella of nonprofit Big Bend Citizens Alliance. With the support of the Alliance, we will be able to raise funds through sponsorships and sales of calendars, like we did with the calendar in 2015. The funds can not be used to pay the artists, but they can be used to promote art generally in the community. For example, the funds raised will we be able to buy some display systems and units for local exhibitions. This year, submit for consideration is open to any artist who lives in Terlingua area for most of the year. The digital images of visual art in any genre will be submitted for consideration for inclusion in the calendar. A committee has been formed to manage the project and select the works submitted by the participants. Lauren Stedman Press Menagerie is our designer and Alpine Printco calendar prints. If you are interested in presenting your artwork, please contact Mary at 432-371-2999 or Diesel Paloma spottedslinky55@gmail.com. She will send you more information on the requirements needed to participate. The date for the information solicitor is 31 May. The last day to file has not yet been determined.