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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

La llorona(Valerie Howard illustration)

Halloween in the High Desert

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Halloween is full of rich cultural diversity in the happy hills of the High Desert. Kids here are not frightened by the usual ghosts, goblins, or witches, most of which can be found throughout the year on many Big Bend school boards …


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¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

Mexican machismo lives!

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Why do Mexican men think all gabachas are like the girls in Bikini Car Wash? I am married, a conservative dresser, frankly not very good-looking at all (but I do have blonde hair, so maybe that counts for something, and I speak karate-choppin’ good Spanish. In fact, that’s my …


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library talk

library talk

Halloween at the library

By MANDY ROANE

The Friends of the Marfa Public Library will be hosting their annual Halloween Party and Costume Contest on Friday. We’ll be at the USO Building again this year. Registration starts at 4:30pm and judging begins at 5pm.

This year the costume categories are Best Homemade Costume, Funniest Costume and Scariest Costumes …


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¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

Should Mexicans fear the narcos or the cops?

By GUSTAVO ARRELANO

Dear Mexican: What do Mexicans in the United States think of the violent drug cartel problem currently in Mexico? Do local Latinos cringe with disgust or fear when they hear another drug cartel story on the news, or do they feel a sense of disconnect because …


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steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

Yard sales pass the hats and bring smiles

By STEVE LANG

“I ain’t no cowboy, I just found this hat.” – sung by Bill Aken and Del Shannon

This is a story of passing (on) a hat and receiving a grin, but it will take me some time to get there.

Growing up, my town was too small to …


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west texas talk

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

A fortín along the Rio Grande.(stereopticon photo courtesy of the Lawrence T. Jones III Texas collection, Southern Methodist University DeGolyer Library, Dallas)

A photo mystery of a border fortín

By LONN TAYLOR

Last week I had the pleasure of showing the new director of Preservation Texas, Evan Thompson, around the Big Bend, and on our …


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correspondence

correspondence

Editor:

With the close of yet another successful year of the Big Bend Youth Soccer Association league, I wanted to thank everyone who showed up to improve the Marfa fields at the beginning of the season: Buddy Knight (Presidio County Commissioner), Salvador Hernandez (Presidio County employee), Lucy and Armando Garcia, Mike Juarez, Ruben and Rosemary Martinez, …


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the rambling boy

the rambling boy

The Mediterranean state of Texas

By LONN TAYLOR

Historians have argued for years over whether Texas is part of the South or the West. One school holds that our roots in the cotton kingdom and our history of slavery and secession places us in the South, while the other maintains that our beef industry and history of …


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