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NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE TERLINGUA COMMUNITY
January 11, 2010
WordOff is coming upJan
29th, Friday night at the Starlight.
Sign up upon arrival,
to 5 minutes stage time
Your performance, reading, etc., Mustbe
No music, we do that the rest of the year,
poetry, memoir, stand-up comedy, performance art, story telling--all that is a go.
Events COMING IN JUNE at the Starlight
Theatre Flatlanders and Shotgun Party
THE FLATLANDERS Tuesday June
Once again, World-Renown Texas musicians Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock return to our dusty corner of the globe for one night. Only 200 tickets will be sold, so please call or email (Starlight
Theatre, Terlingua) today to reserve yours. This event will be general admission, standing room only. There will
be some VERY limited seating, so plan to arrive early if you would like a seat. No dinner service will be provided,
although we will be selling a limited menu on the porch. It is a non-smoking event.
With Special Guests RYAN BINGHAM and Terlingua's own FOLKADELIC
Doors open at 5pm Folkadelic takes the stage
at 7pm Ryan Bingham at 8:30pm Flatlanders at 9:30pm
"...an acoustic trio of fiddle,
guitar, upright bass and harmony vocals! We play a lot of original music in the Western Swing. Bluegrass and Country
Blues style. Our performances are fun and very high energy!
We are playing at the Starlight Theater Monday
Austin-based trio Shotgun Party plays a pigeonhole-resisting mix of Depression-era jazz and Texas
dancehall country liberally seasoned with a healthy potion of outright weirdness. "Best songs I've heard since
Christ was a cowboy," says noted raconteur Kinky Friedman. "An old rugged cross between Leonard Cohen
& Tom Waits. Jenny Parrott has the purest most un-decaffeinated voice this side of Loretta Lynn."
The original Shotgun Party trio met in a little Texas dive bar in 2006. They got their start performing weekly
at Austin's own Continental Club. Sparks flew and now Shotgun Party, the Austin based trio, really knows how to
fire up a crowd! Their original songs are beautiful and timeless drawing influences from early blues, country, bluegrass
and depression era swing. Katy Rose Cox's fearles fiddling is simply virtuosic. Miss Jenny Parrott's gorgeous
vocals and addictive songs will bring you to your knees. ...and introducing Shotgun Party's newest member, Andrew
Austin-Petersen (formerly of the Shake 'Em Ups) on show stopping upright bass! With tight harmonies and lively
stage antics, Shotgun party will leave you with a smile ear to ear. Don't miss 'em!!" http://www.myspace.com/shotgunfiesta
April 30, 2009
Fiesta at Big Bend Ranch State Park cancelled due
to concerns about swine flu
PRESIDIO, Texas — Because of public health concerns about swine flu, all organized tours and activities connected with the Fiesta at Big Bend Ranch State Park have been cancelled. The free
barbeque lunch set for Saturday, May 2 and all tours and activities set for Friday-Sunday, May 1-3 have been cancelled. However, the park remains open to the visiting public, with free admission and overnight camping Friday-Sunday.
Due to the public health emergency declared by Gov. Rick Perry throughout the state, Texas Parks and Wildlife
Department leaders decided to cancel the event in accordance with health guidelines issued by state and federal health officials.
To TPWD's knowledge, there have been no reported cases of swine flu in the Big Bend area.
The Fiesta cancellation is a proactive step to safeguard public health and safety. Officials are discussing how and when
to reschedule the event, and that decision will be announced at a later time.
The Fiesta had been arranged
to showcase expanded public access and new visitor opportunities at Big Bend Ranch State Park. More information is on
the park Web page.
Jack Sufficool, 86,
passed away on March 22 2009, in Odessa. He had been living
in Alpine with his daughter Kelly for the past four years. Jack came to this area in 1990 and lived on both sides of the border,
but if you asked him he preferred Mexico. He is survived by four children,
Jon Sufficool of Alpline,Tx Katie Roselle of Boerne, Tx Kelly Sufficool of Alpine, Tx and Craig
Sufficool of Angleton, Tx, eight grandchildren and four grate grandchildren.
He will be greatly missed.
Email Contact: ksufficool at hotmail.com Cell: 432-466-1610 Office: 432-371-3156
Feb. 18, 2009
TERLINGUA ARTISTS' MARKET
Grateful appreciation and Thank you goes to the Management at the BIG BEND MOTOR INN for last Friday's
ARTISTS' MARKET space.
The BBMI's generosity is also extended to allow another artists' market to be held during March's spring
Same place: in the Party Barn, located at the BBMI grounds, at the "Y" junction of 118 & 170 in Terlingua.
arrive early to set up.There is approximately 10 sq.feet space per artist.
There are some tables but please bring your own to be sure.
The party barn has a wonderful and large exhibition space for arts and crafts.
Participants:If you have any hangable art for promotion, to exhibit at
the BBMI café,pls
contact Bonnie at info above.
Dec. 17, 2008
Local art show at the Boathouse
EXHIBIT AND SALE OF LOCAL ART AND CRAFTS
SOUTH BREWSTER COUNTY, Terlingua TX —The first Terlingua Artists
Market of the year, held in November of 2007 was such a success—coming as it did during this Thanksgiving weekend rush—that
Down South artists and artisans are anxious to see what Christmas will bring.
The next market is set for Saturday,
December 27, at the BOATHOUSE in the Terlingua Ghostown.
These markets give the many and talented local artists
a chance to exhibit and sell their works and visitors can shop for paintings, weavings, cards, photographs, foodstuffs (with
free sampling), clothing, and much more. Last time there was even a masseur who was busy all the time.
Come into the Ghostown and look for the big banner for the ART MARKET on Dec. 27 - hours 11 to 4 and shop with
local artists of the Big Bend. Support local artists - they will appreciate your patronage.
Artists who wish to participate should call Sarah Bourbon, 432-371-2202. Some tables are available, but not enough
for everyone, so you may need to bring your own table. Contact Sarah Bourbon
432-371-2202 or 432-386-3178
Janet Sullivan passed away on December 4, 2008. Last week Janet suffered
2 brain aneurisms and was airlifted to Dallas where she received treatment
and seemed to be recovering. But she then suffered a massive stroke and did not regain consciousness.
Janet is a long time local of Terlingua Texas. She donated much of
her time to serving on boards for non-profit organizations and was a wonderful person to know, full of life and positive
ideas, and her personality, full of laughter and humor will leave a void in many of our hearts.
There will be an informal remembrance celebration for Janet on Monday, Dec.
8, at 6:00 pm at the Boathouse in the Ghostown.
On Saturday November 29th, from 11am to 4 pm or when the crowds die down - don't forget to attend the
TERLINGUA ARTISTS' MARKET
in the Ghostown - at the far end of the parking lot next to the trading company, look for the banner for
the art market - (in the groovy arched adobe building with the sculpted columns)
Lots of art: Paintings, Photography, Jewelry, hand made gifts, cards, food tasting, and lots more.
See you there!
Friday Oct 17 7-10 p.m - at the St arlight Theater - Claude"Butch"Morgan will be performing.
This is the kick off for the annual Al Barlow Music Weekend so it will be an open mic with lots of great free music.
Saturday night Oct 18 8-11 p.m. & Sunday night 7-10 p.m Claude "Butch" Morgan will be at the Thirsty Goat in Lajitas
Monday night Morgan is back at The Starlight Theater for their two for one hamburger night 6-9 p.m.
Sept. 26, 2008
Flooding on the Rio Grande
The flooding along the Rio Grande in the Big Bend, from Presidio / Ojinaga through the Big Bend Ranch State
Park, Lajitas, and Big Bend National Park continues while Mexcio continues to release large amounts of water from the
Luis Leon Reservoir. Several weeks of severe flooding of homes, farms and historic buildings have caused
Flooding updates, articles, help announcements and links are provided on the yahoo terlingua islands group
"One of South County's most colorful and memorable characters died suddenly at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 19th. He had
spent the day doing one of the things he loved most . . . dirt work on his tractor. Very few folks from Alpine
to the Terlingua/Study Butte area did not know D.B. (Daddy Bob) Smith.
D.B. was born Robert Lee Smith, II on March
4th, 1944. He had retired from the U.S. Coast Guard. He is survived by brothers Dale K. Smith and Zano W. Smith, children
Zana L. Tipton, Dana D. Doolan and Dawna J. Sunderland as well as numerous nephews, nieces, grandchildren and one great-grand
child. " ..... (From the Terlingua Moon).
DB loved Terlingua! He loved driving his old trucks out into the back countries on the ranch. DB had
a knack for understanding technology , especially software for computers and GPS. The county
surveyor told us last year - when he did official surveys after DB had already marked the corners
for clients, that DB was surprisingly accurate with his hand held GPS.
DB also loved working on the computer. His office was a very small storage shed
lined with his tables and computer stuff. I can remember back before I even had a computer, he was
talking fancy web building software, and had the # 1 hit Terlingua site. It still comes up as number one when
you google "Terlingua Texas".
How lonely Bee Mountain will seem now. No longer will we see DB working on his tractors where he had dreams of
his "Downtown Study Butte", or seeing him driving his clients out to find new property owners' land or marking corners,
or hearing about his new enterprises, such as the pressed adobe block, his latest story on native desert
plant cures, or whatever new idea he was to explore. I always had to smile seeing his little
billboard on 118 near Bee Mountain, with the cariacture wobbly little skyscrapers painted on it with the words "For
sale, in beautiful downtown Study Butte". Back a number of years ago, DB had big plans
for a downtown Study Butte - planned to be set right on the dusty roads near where his tire shop and home is.
There was going to be a Bar to start it off. It never got anywhere, but he later bought Jim Smith's highway land, which
was plotted and divided for commercial sale - where his fanciful little billboard stands. DB bought
and sold more tracks onTerlingua Ranch in the last few years than anyone, and at the best deals also,
I was told by numerous people, including by DB himself.
It's the saddest loss when the community looses its most colorful member. He provided many
community services to us all, and I know I'll surely miss him a bunch. Terlingua certainly will
never seem the same without him.
Marlys Hersey wrote a sweet tribute to DB in this month's (Sept) issue of the Big Bend Gazette, with great
pictures of DB at his job.
President Dave Fricker resigns from Water Corp. with a positive note
Recently, as many already know, Dave Fricker resigned from the Study Butte
Water Corporation. He first became President in June of 2002 because of the resignation of the previous President, then
favorably was reelected each consecutive year, and has since, devoted so many hours of his time
to a non-paying job, a service to our community, which I have admired from the first time I spoke with Mr. Fricker.
He retired from a career as Engineering Manager
for Mr. Clint Murchison Jr., from 1969 to 1973; Mr. Murchison was the founder and owner of the Dallas Cowboys
NFL football team. Mr. Fricker also holds 12 US Patents on electrical controls and voltage regulators. We
were lucky to have had his service for the past 6 years. Even
though I remembered so many episodes over the years where Mr. Fricker rose above calling by offering many
hours of his time in meetings, communications, and applications to improve the water corporation,
I couldn't remember them all. So I asked him if he would not mind, in giving me a list of all the progress
and improvements he saw while serving as president of the board. Below, he kindly gave me a list.
Thank you Mr. Fricker, for all of your kind and helpful service
. The fact that you were so favorably re-elected each year, proves that my gratefulness
Thank you Mr. Fricker for this list:
From the Desk of Mr. Fricker:
Bill Bourbon was elected President of the water company last night
(Thursday). I believe he will take SBWSC to the next level. I have encourged President Bourbon to keep the 'Penny
a gallon' water program in effect. Folks and familys need a dependable low cost source for drinking water. During
my time as President of SBWSC we all worked as a team and the following is a partial list of what was accomplished:
We made 'Everyone feel welcome at the Water Company'. 2) The USDA-RD Grants were
completed allowing SBWSC to double it's customer base and install a new R.O. 3)
In 2002 we had virtually no money in the bank and now we have well in excess of $100,000
in reserve funds. 4) We reduced our basic pipeline water leaks by over 50%. 5) We instituted a call-in answer
machine system that allows us to keep folks informed when water problems
arise and the cost, just $2.50 (a used AT&T answerer) 6) We increased our ability to service our
own pipelines with the addition of a back-hoe and other equipment. 7) We re-designed
our main water well, making it an extremely high energy efficient well. 8) We created
an SBWSC Web site at SBWSC.com 9) Anyone who needs water can purchase up to 25
gallons monthly for one penny per gallon. 10) We are now installing culvert chambers at critical
pipeline locations to help us monitor water flow and isolate water leaks. 11) We
made 'In person' presentations to the State Funding Agency known as ORCA and OUR
PRESENTATIONS ALWAYS CAME IN FIRST PLACE. It was one of
those presentations that allowed ORCA to fund the Bee Mountain water storage tank. 12)
No SBWSC Officer or Director has EVER received a salary or financial compensation
for their time. There are many more accomplishments that the people at
SBWSC are responsible for ... but the 'Best of all' is a development that few folks even know about ... it's the three
phase well motor current regulator that we developed with Utility Systems Technologies in New York and Global Pump Company
in Texas. This regulator is the FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD and it reduces motor failures in areas with poor quality three
phase electric power. SBWSC did not need to pay any of the expenses for developing this unit but UST now owns
the rights to this regulator .... which I am told will be marketed 'World wide'. Global Pump's CEO has given
it a most unfortunate name, he calls it the 'Frickerlator'.
You now have information few
other folks know about but what's really important is that the people in our area have good reliable water.....thanks
to Phillip Smith.
On a personal note - Study Butte Water has taught me a great lesson, I
finally learned that 'Life is to give'.
Thank You for Your Kindness over the years,
May 29, 2008
Memorial Service for Charlie Fulcher on Saturday
Memorial Service for Charlie will be held this Saturday - (May 31st) at 10:00 A.M. in the Church
at Ghostown. Immediately afterwards there will be a gathering for friends and family at the Community Center (behind
Charlie Fulcher passed away on May 26, 2008. He was 46. Charlie was diagnosed with a brain
tumor in January of 2007. During his battle over the past year and half, he had an admirable positive spirit
and amazing inner strength, despite the loosing battles with cancer. He talked of his love of God and Jesus with pride, and love
of his family. The comfort that we may have is that God has taken him into his care now, and he is no longer feeling
May God bless his family in this time of grief. He is survived by his wife, Carol Fulcher, his mother Evelyn
Fulcher, and three sisters, Emory Hill, Annis and Janie Fulcher. His father, Clint Fulcher, died of cancer
when Charlie was only 5.
Charlie was a native Terlinguan, and lived most of his life on the family's
Fulcher Ranch, along Terlingua Creek. He had many skills, one being a
very fine furniture craftsman. He will greatly be missed by so many of us.
ART MARKET FEB. 15, 2008
begins at noon
Terlingua Artists will hold a
market featuring hand made creations by artists of the Big Bend.
The exhibit will include
the Big Bend photography of Ruth Jansyn and Bettie
sacred art of Marie French,
canvases by Bonnie Wunderlich,
leatherwork by Zoey Sexton,
hand knits by Janet Hinds,
found object art and paintings by Mark Kneeskern
and original burlesque clothing designs by Sally Martin.
Whitson Chile Products will be offering tastes of
the State Dish of Texas (chile) and offering their award-winning chile products for sale.
Live music will accompany this unique shopping experience with
a view of the Chisos Mountains.CD's by local musicians will be available as well.
Festivities kick off at
Noon on Friday, February 15th
at the barn at the Big Bend Motor Inn on Highway 118 in Study Butte.
Everyone is invited to attend.
For more information, call Sally Martin at 432/371-3205.
January 26, 2008
Art Market Feb. 15
ART MARKET where local artists are invited to sell their arts or crafts will be held on February 15th, from noon to
6pm. Held at the Party Barn of the Big Bend Motor Inn located at the "Y" junction of 118 and 170. Beautiful and large
space for an art fair.
SOUTH BREWSTER COUNTY — Joan Didion and her husband, John
Dunne, have two of the greatest names in modern American literature. They have written novels, plays, screenplays, news
articles, all about other people. In Didion's tragic memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking, she struggles to take the
journalist's analytic view of herself in crisis while the pain is still fresh.
The magical thinking of the title
was her way of dealing with profound grief. She has said that she must write about something to know what she thinks
about it. Now we know too.
Beginning January 31 and continuing through February 3, Last Minute Low Budget Productions
will present the play that grew out of that book. It was first performed at the Booth Theater on Broadway last March
with Vanessa Redgrave as Didion. Summer Williams, one of Big Bend's most accomplished actresses, will give the solo performance
Thursday through Sunday. Evening performances will be at 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. at La Kiva on Highway
170 between Study Butte and Terlingua.
On Tuesday, February 5, the show will move to the San Vicente School in
Big Bend National Park. That one-night show will benefit Last Minute Low Budget Productions' annual fund benefiting Big
Bend High School students. Curtain time at the school gymnasium is at 7 p.m.
Didion hails from the stratosphere
of California society and lived much of her life in and around Los Angeles. Joan and John's daughter, Quintana, was
born in Santa Monica and taken home to their beach-side home in Malibu. Their life consisted of a frenetic if cosseted
whirl of trips to New York, Hawaii, Paris, and beyond, where they worked on books and movies. Joan's story begins, however,
at their Manhattan apartment where, as she says, her life changed in an instant, and went on changing for many months
Directing the play will be Tom Ramsay, assisted by Sarah Bourbon as producer. It is Tom's first play
in Big Bend, though his experience with theater is long, also beginning in California
Contact Sarah Bourbon, 432-371-2202
Minute Low Budget Productions A Community Non-Profit Theater P.O. Box 508 Terlingua, TX 79852 432-371-2202
Feb. 1 & 2
Dutch Oven Cook-Off
Gentlemen, Ladies! Start Your Fires!
Get your award winning recipes together, folks! The Terlingua 4th Annual
Dutch Oven Cook-off at Big Bend Motor Inn to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Terlingua, is scheduled for February 1st
and 2nd, 2008. As the 3rd annual was such a resounding success, you will want to reserve your spaces as soon as possible.
Oven cookery developed its western style during cattle drives as part of the chuck wagon's tools. The very first chuck
wagon is said to have been used by the Loving/Goodnight cattle drives. Designed to Goodnight's exacting specifications,
the big wagons carried the cowboys' gear and tools as well as provisions, utensils, the coffee pot, cauldron and Dutch
Ovens. After the cattle drives ended, the wagons were used on the vast ranches and at roundup.
Biscuits were the
cowboy mainstay, but all manner of recipes came from chuck wagon cooks. With cast iron Dutch Ovens being one of the tools of
the trade, the sky was the limit. And it still is!
The Big Bend Motor Inn will provide the opportunity for cooks to stretch
the limit in three categories: Bread/Biscuits, Entrees with or without side dish and Desserts. Prizes will be awarded for
the top three entries in each category.
The Cook-off will start with setup at 8am Saturday morning, with turn- in
times as follows: Breads/Biscuits at 3pm, entrees/Sides at 4pm and Desserts at 5pm. After the judging, the onlookers and
participants will get to taste the goodies at a Pot Luck dinner!
Make your reservations at the Big Bend Motor Inn
(1-800-848-BEND) if you plan to stay. Bring your clubs and challenge the best desert golf course in Texas.
Brewster County and tourism officials agree they must act now to mitigate the impact that pending passport
rules will have on tourism, related revenue and good old West Texas hospitality.
Rio Grande raft/canoe tours would be affected the most, all agreed at Monday's Commissioners Court meeting,
because the proposed rules would require adult travelers to present proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate) and
proof of identity (such as a driver's license) when entering the United States.
The U.S. government rules, set to take effect Jan. 31, are interpreted to mean that folks rafting or canoeing
the Rio Grande would have to present extra ID before they could set foot back on Texas land.
And that, said the tourism officials, could create problems for visitors who may not be aware of the new
Ron Sanders, of Forever Resorts and Chisos Lodge in Big Bend National Park, cited an example: What if
a visitor from Dallas comes here "and wants to take a river trip and doesn't have his passport, we'd have to turn him down;
[then] this would have an effect with motel, restaurant" and other tourism-related businesses - not to mention creating a
modicum of ill will toward Brewster County.
Those who spoke Monday wondered how it would affect commercial boaters, charter boat operators, offshore
gambling cruises and fishermen.
"If I have to go halfway across the river [Rio Grande], I'd need a passport," said Mike Davidson, director
of the Big Bend Tourism Council.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Kathy Killingsworth said, "If you look at Amistad Lake ... I don't see how it's
enforceable," since the lake is part of both the U.S. and Mexico.
Davidson added, "I've talked to the [National] Park Service, and they're concerned."
Tourism and county officials agreed that harsh passport and travel laws could, in one person's words,
"cripple the county financially."
County Judge Val Beard urged commissioners to move "full speed ahead and do what is necessary" to resolve
the situation, whether that means lobbying U.S. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, D-Dist. 23, our U.S. senators and/or pressuring other
federal officials. The Commissioners Court agreed with Beard.
Another pressing matter drew commissioners' attention, this one involving education in South County.
Killingsworth gave a report on Terlingua CSD and San Vicente ISD, noting the amount of money and school
district values that have been lost since Big Bend National Park was established in the 1940s. Both districts should be eligible
for federal Impact Aid Program funding, which would total $165,189 for Terlingua CSD and $192,702 for San Vicente, her report
But current U.S. Department of Education rules state both districts can't have the money because the land
transferred decades ago from private hands to state control to the federal government - in other words, Big Bend National
Park - has no value.
That assessment was made despite figures showing that 118,645 eligible acres in Terlingua CSD have a taxable
value of $13.88 million and 203,016 acres in San Vicente ISD have a taxable value of $17.05 million. Killingsworth's report
also showed that since Big Bend National Park was established (Texas deeded the land to the U.S. in 1943), the loss of school
district values has been 42 percent for Terlingua and 60 percent for the San Vicente district.
Killingsworth said Rodriguez has been contacted to work on special federal legislation to rectify the
situation, and the Commissioners Court voted to support the Terlingua district's application for impact aid.
December 8, 2007
Two alerting articles about:
Wild Burros are being shot
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) has asked Peaceful Valley for assistance
in removing the wild burros from the Big Bend State Park near the Mexican Border. A recent news story has circulated on the
Internet describing the Park's current shooting policy. 18 wild burros have been shot in the last few months. The Directors
of the TPWD have tried helicopter roundups in the past with no luck. The area is too big and the terrain is too rough. Our
method of baiting, waiting and trapping is ideal for this situation. Many of the burros in this area have migrated into the
park from Mexico and this is a major concern for the US Department of Agriculture. No one knows what diseases or parasites
the burros may have. The government puts all of its "burro money" into the BLM program. This leaves nothing on the table for
the other agencies. They are mandated to reduce the population and have no choice other than to shoot them. Peaceful Valley
must usually fund these projects out of pocket. PVDR has a management plan that includes castration and selective removal.
With better management, there would not be a need to constantly bring in large burro herds form the wild. In order to implement
our plan, we must take on these types of projects to prove our worth to the Federal, State and Local agencies. As always,
the public has voiced their opposition to the killing of the burros but that fact remains that without the help of Peaceful
Valley, the TPWD will have no other alternative. This program is going to be very costly. We need everyone's help!
Mark Meyers will be given a tour of the park on Jan. 14 by TPWD Regional Director Mike
Hill. After familiarizing himself with the burro herds, patterns of travel and watering holes, Mark will setup a capture area.
The capture area will be baited with feed and salt to attract the burros.
Once the burros are comfortable with the trap area, the trap will be set. Up to 20 burros
will be caught during each capture. Once captured, the burros will be taken to our Miles, TX facility for quarantine, blood
and fecal testing and full medical evaluation.
Trained volunteers will begin working with the burros in order to make them adoptable
to the public.
PRESIDIO COUNTY – A strategy to improve the habitat of native animal species has led to the killing
of wild burros at Big Bend Ranch State Park and sparked two investigations on how the matter was handled........
........... "The shooting bothers me," he said. "The burro carried the mother of the
king of kings on their back. We should respect them for that."
Nov. 11, 2007
The Second Annual Terlingua Intertribal Powwow
Saturday and Sunday - December 1st and 2nd, 2007
if you have not seen last year's photos of the First annual event, see them both here:
Encouraging news on the Christmas Mountains! Rather than accept one of the private bids today, as Commissioner Patterson
announced he wanted to do, the School Land Board instead voted to postpone the sale for ninety days to give the National Park
Service (NPS) time to prepare an offer to acquire the mountains.
It's unclear whether the Board is making hunting and
firearms a precondition of NPS acquisition, but it's a good sign that the other two board members (appointees of Gov. Perry
and Attorney General Abbott) didn't go along with Patterson's plan. Yesterday, Environment Texas turned in more than 6,300
petition signatures to Perry and Abbott. Thank you for all your support.
We still have a long way to go, but the future's
looking a lot brighter for the Christmas Mountains.
For more information, see this Dallas Morning News article:
Environment Texas Asks Perry, Abbott to Save the Christmas Mountains
AUSTIN- Environment Texas launched an online petition today calling on Governor Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott
to direct their appointees on the School Land Board to cancel the sale of the Christmas Mountains to private interests and
work to arrange permanent protection of the property as part of Big Bend National Park. Environment Texas condemned Land Commissioner
Jerry Patterson (chair of the School Land Board) for blocking the park's protection and asked Perry and Abbott to intervene.
"We have a great opportunity to add to one of Texas' most valuable natural treasures: Big Bend National Park,"
said Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger. "Commissioner Patterson is unreasonably blocking this conservation effort,
so it is up to Gov. Perry and Attorney General to show leadership and save the Christmas Mountains.";
On October 12, the Superintendent of Big Bend National Park (BBNP), William Wellman, wrote Land Commissioner Patterson
asking him for a delay in the auction (which could happen as early as Nov. 6), to allow time for the National Park Service
to "re-evaluate the feasibility of adding the Christmas Mountains to the park " Unfortunately, Commissioner Patterson
refused that request, because he has a personal complaint against NPS policy which prohibits concealed handguns and hunting
on park property.
However, Patterson is just one of three votes on the School Land Board. The other two are David Herrmann of San Antonio
(appointed by General Abbott) and Todd Barth of Houston (appointed by Governor Perry).
The Christmas Mountains were donated by the Mellon Foundation and the Conservation Fund to the Permanent School Fund in
1991 to hold until a permanent solution like adding the property to BBNP could be arranged. The lease they signed with the
state says GLO has to get their permission to sell, but Commissioner Patterson says that provision won't hold up in court
so he's ignoring it. The Austin American-Statesman reported that Richard King Mellon Foundation officer Mike Watson wrote
that if the auction goes through "the state [should] not look to the R.K. Mellon Foundation for any future help."
Other funders may follow suit. The state of Texas hasn't funded a major land acquisition program since 1967 and has relied
on the generosity of private foundations to fund natural area protection.
At a parks summit in Austin this weekend, the Austin American-Statesman quoted Governor Perrry saying "Our national
parks ... are such an important part of Texas. They provide the absolute perfect setting for a family."
****Please note our new address********
Environment Texas Research and Policy Center
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 479-0388 office
(512) 743-8257 cell
(512) 479-0400 fax
September 4, 2007
Made in Terlingua. Heavy duty hand crafted tipis .
19ft tipi, includes liner, door, and poles, 13 oz white cotton canvas,
LAS COLINAS — Giant Petroleum, Inc. announced the discovery of oil in a new field in the Marfa Basin of West Texas. The successful Giant-Lykes DPW #1C discovery
well is located 35 miles south of Alpine, Texas.
"Due to the geologic success of the first well, we are planning to move forward and aggressively develop our relatively
large acreage positions in Presidio and Brewster Counties," President of Giant Petroleum, Inc., Chris Plunkett said.
Giant Petroleum gives new meaning to the term "Big Oil"
The confirmation of the new discovery came by electric logging which established the presence of abundant hydrocarbons
within the target formation along with other unexpected, yet potentially productive horizons. A hydrocarbon, as its names
suggests, is comprised of hydrogen and carbon and is easily found in crude oil.
The Giant-Lykes DPW #1C oil well is scheduled for completion in the upcoming weeks and is just one of many projects that
Giant Petroleum, Inc. has planned in West Texas.
"Giant Petroleum is a small but growing company in a unique position to be a leader in this little-explored part of the
country," Chief Operations Officer, Giant Petroleum, Inc., Wes Harris, said. "We feel the timing is right and the technology
is now there to exploit these virtually untapped reserves. This is absolutely necessary as we strive to decrease our dependence
on foreign oil."
Giant Petroleum, Inc., located in Las Colinas, is a private company formed for the purpose of developing prime oil and
Source: Giant Petroleum
South Brewster County-
Physical address are available now from Rio Grande Council of Governments 1-800-333-7082.
911 ADDRESSES: From
Betty Alex, "Need to renew your Driver's License? Need to get a Passport? Need to buy insurance or get a new credit card?
Well, then you need your LEGAL 911 physical address. The Rio Grande Council of Governments (RIOCOG) is now able to give
you your 911 address.
Have the following information ready before you call or email: (1) directions to your home
from a major road, including mileage, (2) previous owner (if applicable), (3) names of neighbors within the vicinity
of the property (if possible) and (4) home telephone number. If you do not have a land-line home phone, you will need to
include other methods by which the Rio Grande Council of Governments may reach you (SAT phone number, mailing address,
nearest neighbor's phone number, etc.).
Cool off - Go swiming
Enjoy the summer's heat. Take a dip and cool off at the pool at the Terlingua Ranch pool. There's nothing better than
watching the mountains and sky from the vantage point of being emersed in cool clean water.
"Keys for the pool
and bathhouse are available to property owners in good standing on annual membership basis as well as day use. This year the
annual fee is $25 and the day use fee is $1 per day. Non-property owner rates are $100 annually and $5 per day. Keys are
available at the ranch office, 8 am to 5 pm, Sunday through Saturday."
Gonzo left this world on May 14, 2007.
Five days before he died in Intensive Care, while driving through Carlsbad
NM, he suffered, what was realized later to be a massive brain hemorrhage. He quickly became unconscious and was airlifted to
El Paso and later to Albuquerque. During the next few days, the prognosis changed from recoverable to knowing that there
was no way to pull through!
His brother John and sister-in-law D'Anne, along with his Terlingua friends Janet
Sullivan and Elizabeth Thompson were at his bedside during his final days. Gonzo participated in the ultimate recycling, as
donations were made of most of his physical self to people all over the United States.
Born January 5, 1956, and
raised in Nebraska, Gonzo left after high school for Estes Park, Colorado, where he got interested in rock climbing
and river guiding. He actually roughnecked some—as he said, "A hippie was a strange site in the Oil Patch!" He also refinished
and sold antiques in California and Alaska.
He was a river guide for many companies, on many rivers, all over the western
United States and logged thousands of hours rowing through all classes of water. As Janet found out a couple of years ago
when she stopped at the Nantahala River in North Carolina, the eastern river guides all knew Gonzo too.
in Project Raft in Costa Rica and Turkey, which focused on international goodwill. For many years, he boated for Far
Flung in Terlingua, rafting the Rio Grande; but, he also worked in Search and Rescue in Antarctica for 4 summers seasons
and 2 winter seasons. He worked as a River Ranger and a Back Country Ranger for the National Forest Service during the
last several years and spent a season or two as a forest wildfire fighter.
Having lived in Terlingua during most
of his time since 1991, he built a yurt (complete with hot tub) on property that he bought out in the desert. During
one of his times of work on "The Ice" it seemed that coming up with road names was imminent in Brewster County. Gonzo
and Janet were talking on the phone and since they were the only ones living in the particular valley at the time, she explained
the situation and asked what he would like to name the road. He quickly said "Patchouli Gulch." The nickname stuck and
it is now the official 911 address!
Gonzo's real name was Mark Lemke. I asked Elizabeth where he got the name
Gonzo, and she explained, " In his early 20's he freeclimbed 1000 feet with no ropes or climbing gear whatsoever, and when
he returned down to his comrades, who were so impressed with his ability, that they said "Wow, you're really Gonzo".
And he's been called that since."
Elizabeth Thompson said of her friend,,,,, "He was an enormously loyal friend,
a character and a land of character. His wild crazy hair, smart as the dickens, well read, and was well traveled". Janet reflected
that he stood for joy and peace and being mellow with everyone and everything—Life is Large was one of his favorite
There will be a celebration for his life in the fall, on October 28, 2007 when more of his friends and
those who loved him will be here. His ashes will be buried in the Ghostown cemetery. Bring your best memories and best
stories to celebrate our dear Gonzo's life.
Dog races March 17, 2007 Saturday
Chihuahua Races this Saturday, March 17th, 1PM to 5PM in the Terlingua Ghost Town.
Registration ($5.00) from
10:30 to 12:30.
Doggie costume contest 12:30-1PM.
Racing starts at 1PM.
Cold drinks, burgers, hot dogs
and trimmings on sale at site. Great prizes and lots of FUN!!
All proceeds benefit the Family Crisis Center of the
Big Bend and the Boys & Girls Club of Terlingua.
February 13, 2007
TERLINGUA THEATER ANNOUNCES GALA PREMIER
SOUTHBREWSTERCOUNTY—Let no one say that Terlingua doesn’t take theater seriously, well a little bit anyway.What happens on stage is always the best that cast and crew can achieve, but for the audience it us usually
more come-as-you-are.That will all change for the premier of the troupe’s
first opening night of the year.
February 23, Last Minute Low Budget Productions will host a gala premier for a select audience attending Heaven on Earth by Robert Schenkkan.Attendees are encouraged to wear evening attire and will be greeted with champagne,
roses, hors d’ oeuvres, and special programs.A red carpet is planned,
and a photographer to record the moment.Tickets for this special performance
will be $15 per person and will entitle holders to down-front seating.However,
there are no bad seats in this small theater located behind the Terlingua Store on Highway 170 between Study Butte and Terlingua.
For those not
wishing the extra honors, tickets cost $8 per person and the concession stand will be open for refreshments.Curtain goes up (figuratively speaking; there is no curtain) at
Heaven on Earth is directed by Catfish Callaway
with assistance from Scott Watkins, and stars Martha Stafford, Joe Sirotnak, Deena Nolan, Billy Miller, and Pablo Menudo.The play’s run continues on February 24 & 25, March 2, 3, & 4, same
time, same place, no champagne.
Contact Sarah Bourbon 432-371-2202
15 - 17 , 2007
Mas O Menos 100k Mountain Bike Endurance Fest
& Friday: Fun Rides and Registration
The Race starts @ 8 am, Kid’s Kup @ noon, Bonfire & Root Skankadelic dance @ 7ish
Judy Magers, known locally as the Burro Lady, passed away January 26, 2007.
Funeral services will be held MONDAY, FEB. 5, AT 11:00 a.m., at the Ghostown Cemetary on Farm Rd 170 at the entrance
to the Ghostown, Terlingua TX, which was her wish. Viewing of the body will be before the funeral
at the St. Agnes Church, in the Ghostown, which is east of the Starlight Theatre.
She is survived by 5 children who wished to be at the funeral.
ANNOUNCEMENT January 25, 2007
The Annual WORD OFF is Saturday night, January 27, at 8pm at the Starlight
Announcement: January 20, 2007
Saturday night, Jan. 20, 2007
FUNDRAISER FOR LAST MINUTE LOW BUDGET PRODUCTIONS
Dinner and auction
5:30pm Plate dinner $50
After dinner, AUCTION of ART & CRAFTS, WINE, TRIPS, AND MUCH MORE.
Call the Starlight for more info: 371-2326
Announcement: January 5, 2007
Meeting on January 9, at the Terlingua Community Center:
Health Benefit Plan
Low As $44.95 per Month per Family
A Meeting To Discuss This Plan Will Be Held Tuesday, Jan. 9,
At At The Community Center
SPONSORED BY THE BIG BEND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
more informatin, call 371-2202
Announcement: December 29, 2006
Bryn Moore will be at High Sierra (at El Dorado hotel) tomorrow, Saturday night.
Sunday night New Years Eve: Pinche Gringos at the Starlight Theatre, 8pm
Monday, New Years Night: Ted Arbogast at the Starlight Theatre 7pm.
Cooter will be at the Bad Rabbit, Tonight and Saturday night .
Announcement: December 20, 2006
The Family Crisis Center is sponsoring a fundraiser on New Year's Eve at the Civic Center in Alpine from
8 pm to 1 a.m. .
" Asleep at the Wheel " will be performing.
Cost is $15 per person
or $25 a couple. Call Webbie at Family Crisis Center (432) 837-7254
Here are some pics of fundraisers sponsored in part by the Family Crisis Center, ( the Dog Race ) that took
place in Terlingua:
Its Terlingua Ranch politics time again: see Gini's statement along with other candidates for the upcoming election
for the 3 positions as Board members of POATRI on the LOCAL ISSUES link (in navagation bar)
The High Sierra Bar and Grill
has just opened, and is open every day at 2pm until 12 midnight. Breakfast and Lunch will be serverd
soon, so you may want to call them to be sure at 432-371-3282. Located at the turnoff to Ghostown off 170,
at the El Dorado Hotel. Website is www.eldoradohotelterlinguatx.com
Hotel Phone 371-2111
Sept. 9, 2006
2006 Big Bend Nature Festival Tours and Leaders:
BUTTERFLIES OF BIG BEND—All day (8 a.m. – 3, approximately)The early fall in Big
Bend benefits from the summer rainy season and can blossom with many flowers. Butterflies, residents and migrants, gather
to reap this colorful harvest. This tour will sample prime butterfly areas in the Chisos Basin as well as at lower altitudes.
Instructor ROLAND "RO" WAUER is a nationally-known naturalist. At one time he was Chief of Interpretation
at Big Bend National Park and went on to head the National Park Service’s nationwide interpretation program. He is now
retired and has added to his love for and expertise in birds an equally broad and deep knowledge of butterflies. His is the
author of a number of books.BIRDS OF THE CHISOS MOUNTAINS—All day (7:30 a.m. – 4, approximately)
The Chisos Mountains are the centerpiece of Big Bend National Park . To their cool, relatively
moist highlands come some of the most sought-after migratory and nesting birds in Big Bend . The hike up into the mountains
will cover approximately four miles of trail with an elevation gain of about 2,000 feet. This is a demanding hike. Instructor:
MARK LOCKWOOD is a conservation biologist in the State Parks Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He is the
secretary of the Texas Bird Records Committee of the Texas Ornithological Society. He also compiles the quarterly Texas column
that appears in North American Birds published by the American Birding Association. He has more than 40 publications
in popular magazines and scientific journals, including Birding, The Wilson Bulletin, Cotinga, North
American Birds, and The Southwestern Naturalist. He is also the author of four books, including Birds of the
Texas Hill Country and the TOS Handbook of Texas Birds.PLANTS OF BIG BEND—Morning (8-11 approximately)
Guided tour through the Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center's 2.5-acre Desert Garden.
Discover how plants have adapted to survive the harsh conditions of the Chihuahuan Desert and how the first inhabitants of
the Big Bend region used these plants for food, shelter, and medicine. The tour will finish up with an introduction to the
indoor exhibit at the center. The exhibit "Una Tierra/One Land" is on the geology and biodiversity of northern Chihuahua ,
northern Coahuila, and the Big Bend region. The tour should take about two hours. Entrance fee of $3 will be charged at the
center, but also entitles you to entrance into Big Bend Ranch State Park. Only involves short walks.DAVE LONG is a Park Ranger
at the Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center , involved in interpretation and as a park naturalist. TOUR OF THE VILLA
DE LA MINA MINE—Afternoon (2 p..m. – 4:30, approximately)
The Villa, as it is locally known, is a former mine and hotel located between Terlingua and
Lajitas. The buildings are beautifully built and the mine, cool even in the hottest weather, fascinating. Moderately strenuous.
BRING A FLASHLIGHT.BLAIR PITTMAN is an award-winning photographer and writer whose works include The Natural World of the
Texas Big Thicket, The Stories of I.C. Eason, King of the Dog People, and Texas Caves . His photography has been
published by National Geographic, Forbes, Texas Monthly, and Texas Parks & Wildlife magazines, among others.
He has lived at the Villa de la Mina for seven years.REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS—Afternoon (2 p..m. – 5, approximately)
The warm months in Big Bend are the best time for studying its many reptiles and amphibians,
and the Grapevine Hills area of Big Bend National Park is one of the best places. The minimally-demanding trail down a sandy
path between red igneous boulders should provide striking scenery as well as many opportunities for observing animals.
Instructor DAVID ELKOWITZ is Chief of Interpretation in Big Bend National Park . He is a lifelong
student, and photographer, of reptiles and amphibians.GEOLOGY JEEP TOUR—All day, ( 8:30 – 2, approximately)Jeeps
are able to access areas not possible for passenger cars. The itinerary for this tour is still being worked out, but you can
count on seeing some of Big Bend ’s spectacular geological scenery. You will learn from a very knowledgeable instructor
and you won’t have to drive. An additional fee of $65/person will be charged for this tour to cover jeep costs. Jeeps
and drivers provided by Texas Jeep Expeditions.
Instructor KEVIN URBANCZYK teaches Geology at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, TexasARCHEOLOGY
OF BIG BEND—Morning (8 – 11:30, approximately)
Native peoples got to the area that is now called Big Bend at least 8,000 years ago. This tour
will take you to archeological sites inside and outside Big Bend National Park where you can see their rock art, the debris
from tool making, and get an idea of how they lived their lives.
Instructor ANDY CLOUD is the Senior Project Archeologist at the Center for Big Bend Studies
at Sul Ross State University in Alpine. He has been doing archeology for 27 years, during which time he worked for both Big
Bend National Park and Texas Parks and Wildlife.DINOSAURS OF THE CRETACEOUS—Afternoon (2 p..m. – 5, approximately)
September 16 only.Big Bend wasn’t always a desert country: it has been inundated by the
ocean twice and has been the home to dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and other exotic and extinct creatures. This tour will be centered
at the Big Bend Museum of Paleontology and Geology between Terlingua and Lajitas There you will be able to see fossils recovered
in the area, a reconstruction of a huge hadrosaur—a plant-eating dinosaur, and watch fossil preparation in progress.
You will also be able to take a short guided walk to a nearby area where you can see fossils still in the ground and being
Instructor KEN BARNES founded the Big Bend Museum of Paleontology and Geology after many years
of staring at the ground. As county surveyor in the 1970s he became intrigued by the many fossil bones he saw. He went on
to study and develop expertise in the identification and preservation of the dinosaurs and plants of the Cretaceous Period
in Big Bend .DARK SKIES ASTRONOMY--Night
Prepare to enjoy the panoply of heavenly bodies visible under desert skies by taking a short
after-dinner walk from headquarters. Offered only on Friday, September 15. Bring a flashlight.MARY KAY MANNING is a Park Ranger
in Big Bend National Park where she has given astronomy programs for many years. She will provide telescopes.
March 18, 2006
of Christ invites you to come visit.
We are located on Highway 118, 1/4 mile south of Big Bend
Worship service is at 11AM on Sunday mornings.
Dayle Burris, Minister
For more information call 432-371-2292
Mary Forehand, for Marguerite Chanslor
March 7, 2006
"Betty Jo Rooney Wins Costume Contest at Third Annual Desert Chihuahuan Challenge"
Terlingua, Texas, March 4, 2006: The weather was spring like and the spirits high as the third annual
Desert Chihuahan Challenge kicked off last Saturday at the Terlingua Ghost town with a costume contest for the canine crowd.
The hands down winner for the best costume went to Betty Jo Rooney for her "gator" costume. The desert dogs ran in style
as owners and friends cheered them on. Racing continued until about 3pm. The Boys & Girls Club of Terlingua provided
hot dogs and drinks throughout the day which became more popular as the desert sun reached its zenith. A benefit auction
followed the races. The kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Terlingua donated original drawings and paintings for
the auction and area businesses donated a variety of items and event passes. Proceeds of the day's events went to the
Crisis Center of the Big Bend and The Boys & Girls Club of Terlingua.
The FamilyCrisis Center of the Big
Bend and the Boys & Girls Club of Terlingua
will be conducting the Third Annual Desert Chihuahuan Challenge in the ChihuahuanDesert on March 4, 2006.
Registration10:00 - 12:30
Games and Other Events11:00 - 1:00
Dog Costume Contest12:30 - 1:00
Races1:00 - 4:00
Auction4:00 - 5:00
Music5:00 - 8:00
Location: Terlingua Ghostown FM 170 across from the Terlingua
Trading Company.For more information contact the FamilyCrisis Center at (432) 837-7254
Announcement: JANUARY 29, 2006
The 2nd Annual Bad Rabbit Cafe Art Exhibit's theme will be pertaining to
the history of Terlingua Ranch. Those who have photographs of anything in Terlingua Ranch, that is or pertains
to something of TR, please contact Bonnie at firstname.lastname@example.org . Each member may have 3 framed images, or if anyone has old photographs that may be simply snapshots, please
frame these in a multi-opening mat, and frame with glasss, and limit is also 3 frames (any quantify small pics, matted in
frame). Contact Bonnie or call the Ranch for more details. 432 371-2416
Announcement: JANUARY 26, 2006
WORD OFF ---Saturday night, January 28, 06,
8PM, AT THE STARLIGHT. Your creative talent can be "powerful poetry, spoken word, mysterious mime, hypnotic monologues,
linguistic magic tricks, verbal illusions, esoteric essays, and so on", everyone is invited to share their words by reading,
performing or attending (except singing, This is Not a competitive event. Everyone wins, except 'those who go
over their five minutes and are boring the audience to tears".
Announcement: JANUARY 24, 2006
Terlingua Ranch Property Members, Don't forget to vote for the BoD candidates, and for
your best judgement of voting for or against Article 3. Please see local issues on this site, and
study all of the issues thoroughly, the whole picture. Deadline for voting is :
1. votes may be cast in person, in which case they should be given in person to the official
vote counter at the first board meeting on Saturday (28th)January '06.
2. votes mailed must be RECEIVED prior to
the annual meeting. In essence, they must received at P.O. Box 1046, Alpine, TX no later than Friday morning or midday
(27th), as the final tabulation will occur at the ranch headquaters by noon the following day.
Terlingua Ranch Property owners, you should have
your ballots from POATRI by now, for election of board members, and VERY IMPORTANTLY, your ballot which will
be arriving in the mail this week, to vote on your legal rights in Terlingua Ranch. Please look at
a property owner's interpretation of Article 3 on the LOCAL ISSUES link above.
Starting Nov 17 and thru to April
13 2006, there will be live entertainment every Thursday at the Long Draw Pizza restaurant on Hwy 170 west of the ghost town
provided by Ruster and friends from 5 to 9 pm.