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3 cool things
  1. Chamber music choir concert Saturday at St. James in Alpine
  2. Shorthorn Boosters decorate for homecoming

Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love this weekend

  1. Festival musicians fly free with the El Cosmico Family Band
  2. Mexrrissey brings Moz to Marfa music festival via Mexico
  3. Wye Oak keeping it fresh through the years
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Viva Big Bend

Viva Big Bend
big bend blog

news for veterans

news for veterans

Non-emergency and the choice care programs

By HARLAN HARDY

FACT SHEET 20-20 Non-VA Emergency Care: This document explains what the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can do for you if you ever need emergency care.

When it is not possible for you to go to a VA Medical Center (VAMC), you should go to the nearest hospital that …


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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

Read them, don’t burn or ban them

By GEORGE COVINGTON

There was no great fanfare or even much notice when a potentially devastating device was introduced into Europe more than 600 years ago. It was not the deadly crossbow, gunpowder, or even the siege cannon, but a device that would bring wars and cultural upheavals across Europe.

It …


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steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

Looking toward a well-aged road trip

By STEVE LANG

“My pappy said, ‘Son, you’re gonna drive me to drinkin’/if you don’t stop drivin’ that hot rod Lincoln.’” – Charlie Ryan

Those who know me well have learned to expect the unexpected.

I have learned what goes around, comes around – sometimes from people I know well.

A couple of weeks …


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special comments

Comments on the Alpine High School shooting:

On behalf of Brewster County, it is with heavy heart and extreme sadness that I want to reach out to our community during this difficult time. While the events of the day are truly tragic, we all know they could have been much worse.

I would like to thank all …


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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

Teachers can keep America great, but let’s pay them what they’re worth

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

I think America is a great country, and our greatness is based on the fact that we adapted to a fast-changing present and moved confidently into the future. If we are to remain great we can only master the future if …


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west texas talk

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

(photo courtesy of the Library of Congress) The Simmons Cowboy Band at the White House, 1929.

October 1 Sul Ross Lobos/Hardin-Simmons football game

See – and hear – the last cowboy band in America

By LONN TAYLOR

The first cowboy band in America was the Buffalo Bill Wild West Band, organized in 1883 to accompany the Buffalo Bill …


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correspondence

correspondence

Editor:

Though I have studied Marfa for the past fifteen years and have closely read the Sentinel for ten years, few things I read personally affect me. However, the September 1st article by John Daniel Garcia regarding a Marfa council member’s desire to address the shortage of full-time housing in Marfa piqued my interest.

As I transition …


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the rambling boy

the rambling boy

The Marathon welcome sign.(photo by and courtesy of JODI BART HOLZBAND, SpareFoot.com)

Marathon shakes off its rough and tumble past

By LONN TAYLOR

It is received wisdom in the Big Bend that the town of Marathon, Texas was named by its founder, Captain Albion Shepard, for Marathon, Greece, because the topography reminded him of the Greek village, …


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