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¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

Big bad border fences and wrought iron creations

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican:

What’s up with all the elaborate wrought iron fences in the Mexican parts of town? It almost seems like everyone is trying to outdo each other with these amazing displays of metallurgy. Is it just another way to try to protect the cars parked on …


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desert fashion, marfa style

desert fashion, marfa style

A visit to Big Bend Saddlery
By ASHLEY ROWE

Me outside Big Bend Saddlery in Alpine.

WHERE / 701 East Highway 90, Alpine

WHEN / Open Monday – Saturday. Closed Sunday.

WHAT / Big Bend Saddlery has been serving the Big Bend community since 1905. Go and try on various sizes of hats and have one customized …


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congressman pete p. gallego

congressman pete p. gallego

Back-to-School, teachers and students rule

By Pete P. Gallego

 August is special for many reasons. I spend the entire month meeting with constituents and traveling in the 23rd District of Texas. I visit my mom and family members in Alpine, Fort Stockton and El Paso. But, my biggest event of the month …


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steve’s column

steve’s column

Small towns, memories and a beer

By STEVE LANG

“The nice thing about living in a small town is that when you don’t know what you’re doing, someone else does.” – Immanuel Kant

My last actual stop in my hometown was accidental: due to broken car part on Christmas Day, 2002.

Steve in …


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west texas talk

rambling boy

rambling boy

Collaring, literally, mountain lions

 By LONN TAYLOR

Dana Milani of Alpine walks up to mountain lions and puts radio collars around their necks. The lions are tranquilized, but in my opinion it is a scary job. Milani loves it. She is a trim woman in her 40s who looks like an Olympic swimmer. She has been an …


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correspondence

correspondence

This is a letter applauding the efforts of Marfa EMS, namely Burt LeGard and Chase Bruttomesso.

One tends to take standing, walking, and breathing for granted until one can’t. Thanks guys, for helping me up, you saved my bacon.

As a healthcare professional, there’s nothing like experiencing pre-hospital emergency care and getting a taste of your own …


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guest commentary

guest commentary

Why troops or milita on our southern border is not a solution

By GLENN JUSTICE

I have lived along the west Texas Rio Grande border on and off for many years. During this time I did a fair amount of research and writing about Big Bend border history and as a historian I cannot ignore the lessons …


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