Big Bend Notes, September 1st 2009

Big Bend Notes, September 1st 2009

–In regard to the website West Texas Police State, I received the following e-mail from Guilford Jones: “I think it’s a great site to monitor the doings of the agencies charged with serving and protecting us. It appears to me that these law enforcement deputies and others are still drunk with the power ostensibly given to them by the patriot act. Having a public forum to discuss and chronicle their actions is invaluable, somebody has to push back!”

— Thank you to Anne Schroeder Mullins for linking to my video at Politico.

Dan Gallo, author of this excellent post on Daily Kos had this to say about West Texas Weekly: “Thanks so much! We’ve been enjoying your online paper and find it very well done indeed, with a level of editing seldom seen in the Big Bend. Thanks for setting up the link. It’s very odd to realize how many Big Benders there must be on Kos–so much for web anonymity.”

–If you’re interested in seeing some great local photography, stop by and see Chavez Photography at Shutterfly. I had a great time working with Roxy there at the Alpine Avalanche. Be sure to check out this site for photos of Homecoming and the Alpine Bucks (see above).

–One of the most fun parties of the year is about to happen. Glen Felts of La Kiva let me know about it: “The 17th Annual Mad Hatters Party will feature La Tampiquena plus the Doodlin’ Hogwallops on Sept. 19th, Saturday. $50 cash to the best hat! No cover charge.”

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Jose Aguayo let me know that lots of local folks are potentially going to have to pay the insurance and taxes on their mortgages twice. The Wall Street debacle affects us even here out in West Texas. Click here to read more. If you received a mortgage from West Texas National Bank, you may want to double-check what’s going on.

Robert Halpern of the Big Bend Sentinel let me know about the Bechtel Grant Recipients:

BREWSTER, JEFF DAVIS, PRESIDIO counties – Twenty-two Sul Ross State University students from Brewster, Jeff Davis and Presidio counties are recipients of a Bechtel Fund book grant in the amount of $300 each for the fall 2009 semester. This semester’s award totals $6,600.

Alpine recipients are Veronica Alvarez, Lorenzo Barcena, Justin Gonzales, Melinda Valenzuela, and Kristin Vasquez.

Fort Davis recipients are Desirae Melton and Shiloh LaBeff Savas.

Marfa recipients are Mirna Borunda, Ben Castro, Christian Celis, Lizbeth Cruz, Edith Loya, Judith Loya, Celsea Rios, and Desire Williams.

From Presidio are Marisela Baca, Luis Baeza, Marlett Garcia, Rolando Brito Hernandez, Israel Natividad, Jose Nichols, and Jacob Ramirez.

The Bechtel Fund Book Grant program provides money to qualified Sul Ross students to help them purchase textbooks. Recipients must have graduated from a high school in Brewster, Jeff Davis and Presidio counties and meet certain academic criteria.

Established in 1994 by the late Dr. George Bechtel of Alpine, who worked with the U.S. Department of Defense, the Fund is a charitable philanthropy dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the residents of the tri-county area.

The Fund will call for book grant applications for the spring 2010 semester at Sul Ross in December. Stay tuned. Information: 432.729.4342.

–Scrubbing the internet I came across this video of Sonic Youth at the final Chinati Open House. I attended it with my good friend Shauna Crawford. Excellent show!

–A big thank you to everybody who helped organize the poker tournament at the American Legion here in Alpine. I came in second and won a beautiful new grill from Morrison’s True Value. First prize was a big screen TV from Big Canyon Satellite.
— I am dismayed at how divisive the GOP has been recently. After eight years of deficit spending and tax cuts from the Bush administration, things are falling apart in Washington. How can you blame it on a president who hasn’t even passed a budget yet? Be patient. A Marine General/National Security Advisor credits Obama with tracking down more terrorists than Bush.

The Holland Hotel is looking nice. It has gotten a new coat of plaster on its front. I am looking forward to seeing the new re-modeled interior.

— Kudos to Mercer Black and her Camp Marfa foodstuffs. They’re available at Marfa Farm Stand.

— Where do I advertise? I underwrite at Marfa Public Radio. I also advertise with the Cenizo Journal. These are two of the great independent media outlets out here (Happy upcoming birthday to Wendy Lynn Wright of the Cenizo!).

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