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3 cool things
  1. Artwork by military service members open to public on Thursday
  2. ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ begins this week at Theatre of the Big Bend
  3. Marfa Live Arts: Beyond the Box features sculpture, sound, performance, film, and dance by local artists
  4. Fiesta del Barrio celebration Saturday in Alpine
  5. Marfa Live Arts hosts Benefit Picnic with performance by La Banda
  6. The Good Seeds Club forming in Marfa to explore ways to grow compassion

4th of July celebrations

  1. State lawyer group members will read the Declaration of Independence here this weekend
  2. Two historical markers to be dedicated July 4th weekend
  3. “Coolest” fun run Saturday in Fort Davis
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This week in photos

This week in photos
big bend blog

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

From (near) coast to (near) coast, with fries

By STEVE LANG

“If there is an apocalypse, that’s (Del Taco) one of the things I’m going to miss the most.” – Dr. Artie Smith

When lumping Nike headquarters, Niagara Falls, Baseball Hall of Fame, NCAA Outdoor track championships and Del Taco visits into two weeks on the road, eliminating …


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guest commentary by the Rev. Barry Abraham Zavah

The Reverend and the Texas Democratic Convention

By REV. BARRY ABRAHAM ZAVAH

Preamble 2016 Texas Democrats Party Platform: “Texas Democrats believe government exists to achieve together what we cannot achieve as individuals; and government must serve all people.”

We assembled at 8 o’clock Saturday morning. An advisory committee previously met in order to hammer-out a rough draft for …


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news for veterans

news for veterans

Death pensions to surviving spouses and children

By Harlan Hardy

Presidio County Veterans Service Officer

A Death Pension is a benefit paid to eligible dependents of wartime Veterans.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

 

Eligible dependents may qualify for a Death Pension if:

 

The deceased Veteran was discharged from service under other than dishonorable

conditions; AND

 

He or she served 90 days or more active duty with …


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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

Blind Bard Explains Irony to the Confused

By GEORGE COVINGTON

Every day my readers are bombarded with millions of tidbits delivered by a variety of digital avalanches. Like me, I’m sure that most of my readers occasionally reflect upon “the good ol’ days” when information came from only a few printed sources and maybe a commentator or …


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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

What’s black and white and read all over?

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Rising every Thursday, from mailboxes and newsstands throughout the land, it ascends like a giant phoenix to spread its wings of influence across the Big Bend. It is the best little weekly newspaper in all of Texas: the Marfa Big Bend Sentinel.

Powered by the energy …


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west texas talk

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

Sunset Rendezvous by Neil Hunt. (photo by Robert Brandes)

Belly up for a story about Western belt buckles

By LONN TAYLOR

Robert Brandes is the king of Western belt buckle collectors. He has roughly a thousand of them, and his e-mail address incorporates the words buckles.com. His calling card says “Western Buckles” in large type and …


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the money man

the money man

Not good as gold

By TOM JACOBS

Some people want the United States to return to the pre-1971 gold standard to protect against government spending. The theory is that when all money is “backed” by gold at a fixed exchange rate of dollars to gold, there can only be as much money available as gold in Fort …


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correspondence

correspondence

Editor:

In response to Buck Johnston’s letter last week about the electrical power upgrade in Marfa, for your information Buck, the “hideous” power line has been there on Lincoln Street for over 50 years, and it was my idea to upgrade the very much-needed transmission line to give Marfa and Alpine customers another 50-plus years of …


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