• Cowboy poet Biscuits O’Bryan and cowboy singer Sheriff Jim Wilson will come together to celebrate the 176th anniversary of Texas Independence Day at 6 pm on March 2 at the next First Friday concert at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Alpine.

Since the 1980’s, when Biscuits O’Bryan (The Rev. Monte Jones) was the Episcopal rector at St. John’s Church, in Sonora, and Jim Wilson was Crockett County Sheriff, in Ozona, the two have been fast friends.

Jones, created Biscuits O’Bryan, the cook for the I. O. Everbody Ranch, on the stage of the Covered Wagon Dinner Theater, at the Caverns of Sonora, in 1987, and has performed at cowboy poetry gatherings, schools, chamber of commerce banquets and other events in Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas,

Wilson, who was elected sheriff in Crockett County in 1988, performs across the country at western music festivals, house concerts, and ranch barbecues. He is an active supporter of the Western Music Association.

The afternoon event begins with a 5:30 service of Prayers for Evening and the Healing of the World. After a short break, the concert will begin at 6:00 p.m. A wine and cheese reception will follow the concert.

Members of the community are invited to both the service and the concert, or they are welcome to arrive at 6 o’clock for the concert. The church is located at N. 6th St. and Avenue A in Alpine.

• Terlingua Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday 9 am to 1 pm in the Ghost Town Community Garden. Fresh baby greens and cilantro, transplants,quiche, local cheese, organic gluten-free breads, jalapeño bread, biscotti, homemade pies, canned goods, native plants, handcrafted leather, knit gifts, arts and crafts. Watch for informative gardening demonstrations offered monthly! Enjoy Local Affect Global



Guest artists Dr. David Barrientos, clarinet, and Lyudmila Kise, piano, will present a recital Monday, March 5 at Sul Ross State University.

The recital, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Marshall Auditorium.

On Sunday, March 4, they will present a master class in Francois Fine Arts Building, Room 200, at 3 p.m. Barrientos will work with Sul Ross and area clarinet students to help them with their playing. This event is also free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Chris Dobbins, (432) 837-8018 or cdobbins@sulross.edu.


A presentation/reading by Tahitian author and poet Rai Chaze will be held Tuesday, March 6, 2-3:15 p.m. in MAB, Room 302 on the Sul Ross State University campus. There is no admission charge and the public is invited.

The people indigenous to the area known as French Polynesia are the Ma’ohi people. Tahitian writer and poet Chaze is a voice for Ma’ohi writers, who have experienced many struggles within an array of colonial, cultural, linguistic, political, and social contexts.

Books will be available for purchase. The event is sponsored by the Department of Languages and Literature. For more information, call (432) 837-8151.


The Borderlands Research Institute (BRI) of Sul Ross State University will host a March 6 seminar to discuss current findings of the Pronghorn Restoration and Research Project.

The seminar will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 in the Espino Conference Center, Morgan University Center. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited.

The purpose of the project is to identify factors associated with herd decline and to restore pronghorn to their historic habitats in the Trans-Pecos. The seminar will provide an overview of the ongoing restoration efforts and an update of the research findings.

The Pronghorn Restoration and Research Project is a collaborative effort by the BRI, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Trans-Pecos Pronghorn Working Group and Texas landowners.

For more information, call (432) 837-8488.


Geoscientists from across the south-central U.S. and beyond will convene at Sul Ross State University for the south-central section meeting of the Geological Society of America March 8 & 9.

Technical sessions will cover the tectonic history of the Trans-Pecos, the Rio Grande, west Texas aquifers, geoarchaeology, petrology, cave processes, minerals and fossils. The program highlights new research, expands on existing science, and explores the geologic and hydrologic processes which shaped and continue to influence the landscape and resources of the Trans Pecos and the Permian Basin.

Sul Ross faculty, students and research center directors will present on technical and contemporary topics alongside academic and professional Geological Society peers. Geology faculty member and Rio Grande Research Center Director Dr Kevin Urbanczyk and Chris Burnett of the University of Texas at Austin, will present, “Fear and Learning in Big Bend: Is it Safe to Take a Field Trip Down There?” This paper, presented at 1:45 p.m. on Friday, March 9, addresses perceptions and facts of safety and risks related to border violence that increasingly impede educational field trips to the border.

Robert Mallouf and William A. Cloud, retired and present director, respectively, of the Center for Big Bend Studies, will present “A Historical Perspective on the Search for Paleoindians in the Big Bend,” at 1:45 p.m. on Friday, March 9. This paper sets the stage for the geoarchaeology symposium, highlighting current and past geoarchaeological work in the Big Bend area.

The agenda also includes a symposium, “Big Bend National Park and Vicinity: A Decade of Research,” on Friday, March 9, 9 am-12:10 pm in the Espino Conference Center, Morgan University Center. Conveners are Don Corrick, Big Bend National Park; Dee Ann Cooper, The University of Texas at Austin; and Roger Cooper, Lamar University.

This special session includes presentations on a new and improved fossil exhibit in Big Bend National Park; mysteries of the sixty-one giant Platyceramus platinus (Cretaceous bivalve molluscs) concentrated in a patch along one bedding plane in the Boquillas Formation east of Lajitas, Texas; the proposed connection between storms and microbes in the Del Rio Formation of west Texas, and more.

In addition to presentations and poster sessions, professionally guided field trips covering quaternary geology and hydrogeology of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo (Monday, March 5) and recent studies of magmatism in Big Bend National Park (Tuesday, March 6) will be offered. Following the meeting, a field trip of the geology of Colorado Canyon (Saturday, March 10) is planned. The conference is only open to registered participants. For more information and to register visit: http://www.geosociety.org/sections/sc/2012mtg/

For additional information contact Kevin Urbanczyk, (432) 837-8110 or E-mail: kevinu@sulross.edu<mailto:kevinu@sulross.edu

• The Friends of the Alpine Public Library will meet at noon on Tuesday, March 6, in the AEP Foundation Multipurpose Room of the Alpine Public Library. Please join us in our efforts to support the ongoing operations of the new library.

A day at the races, anyone? The annual Chihuahua Races will take place March 10 in the Terlingua Ghost Town beginning at 11 am. Race time is 1 pm. Join the fun and watch Chihuahuas compete for fame, fun, and a doggie treat or two. Human food will be available to woof down also The event is a fundraiser for the Family Crisis Center of the Big Bend. For more information, contact Mike Drinkard at 432-371-3147.

• PASSPORT DAY IN THE USA. The El Paso Passport Agency is hosting a special event in El Paso, Texas on Saturday, March 10, from 8 am until 1 pm to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. Hundreds of local acceptance facilities around the country are joining the Department of State in celebrating Passport Day in the USA 2012, a national passport acceptance and outreach event.

U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering the United States by air. U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.

Information on how to apply for a U.S. passport is available at travel.state.gov. U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778.

El Paso Passport Agency, 303 N. Oregon Street, Anson Mills Building, 7th Floor, El Paso. Bring: Proof of U.S. Citizenship (old Passport or current Passport); U.S. Birth Certificate, Naturalization Certificate (originals or certified only); Valid Photo ID; Passport-sized (2X2) color photo taken within the last six months; Check, Money Order or Credit Card. First-time applicants pay $135 for the Passport Book and $55 for a Passport Card. A full list of fees is available at: http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/fees/fees_837.html. There are special requirements for minors. Please go to the website for more information.

Save Time: Download your application form from the Internet at http://www.travel.state.gov/.

First-time applicants need a DS-11 and those who are renewing a Passport need a DS-82. Fill out the form, but don’t sign it.


• The Terlingua March Madness Arts And Crafts Market will be held on Saturday, March 17, 10-4, in the Party Barn of the Big Bend Resorts Motor Inn at the junction of 118 and 170. West Texas artists and crafts people are invited to participate. Usually the vendors range from painters, potters, photographers, textile and yarn workers, leather crafts, condiments, and the like. Table fee is $5, per table (60” maximum size, but you may use more than one table).


• The Nature Conservancy’s Davis Mountains Preserve will be open for hiking, camping, horseback riding, backpacking, picnics, photography, birding, stargazing and other outdoor activities from 9 am Friday, March 16, through 3 pm Sunday, March 18. The event is free and open to the public. Guests will be required to sign in and out at the McIvor Conservation Center.

The Davis Mountains Preserve is located approximately 25 miles northwest of Ft. Davis on Hwy. 118 (about 10 miles past McDonald Observatory & about ¼ mile past the Lawrence E. Wood Picnic Area).

Guests will be required to sign in and out at the McIvor Conservation Center.

On Saturday, volunteer Gary Freeman will guide a hike into Tobe Canyon. Interested parties should meet at the McIvor Conservation Center at 9:30 a.m., and should plan to be gone about 5 hours, including a stop for lunch. High-clearance vehicles (not necessarily 4wd) will be needed to drive to the trailhead. We would ask that those with such vehicles help by transporting others that do not have them. Gary’s description of the outing is as follows. “Tobe Canyon is on the west side of Mt. Livermore. The upper part of the canyon has spectacular rock walls. It is the home to the largest registered ponderosa and southwestern white pines in Texas (which we will visit) and is also an excellent area for birding. As a group we will drive up Madera Canyon Road to the junction with Cat Tank Road where your vehicles will be parked. We will then hike up the Tobe Gap Road and Tobe Spring Trail. The round trip hike is about 3.3 miles with an elevation gain of about 800 feet. This is an easy to moderate hike. Participants should bring water, a light lunch and wear sturdy shoes. There will be a sign up sheet for the hike at the McIvor Center.”

Interested parties are also reminded that the Madera Canyon Trail, also located on the Davis Mountains Preserve, adjacent to the Lawrence E. Wood Picnic Area, is open to the public year-round, from dawn until dusk.

For further information, contact Davis Mountain Preserve Director, Chris Pipes at cpipes@tnc.org or 432-426-2390. To learn more about the Davis Mountains Preserve and other Texas lands The Nature Conservancy works to protect, visit www.nature.org/texas.


• A classical music concert by Terlingua’s own Judy Eron, Jane Brown, and Kerry O’Hare at the bunkhouse on Terlingua Ranch, Sunday, March 18, Sunday, at 4 pm.


• GREEN SCENE You’re in Terlingua. It’s the first Saturday of April. Spring has brought it’s usual heat, but you are sitting cool with a beverage and listening to live local music under Terlingua Community Garden’s new shade structure while waiting for the Rain Catchment Demo to begin. The garden itself is blooming with all kinds of flowers, tomatoes, and summer squash. You’ve already seen demos on Cob Building and Breadmaking, and excitement is building for the evening film festival at the Starlight Theatre. For all this and more, come to the Fourth Annual GREEN SCENE on April 7, beginning at 11 am in the Terlingua Community Garden, Terlingua Ghostown.

The 21st annual Writing Round-Up of the Texas Mountain Trail Writers is planned for April 27, 28, 29 in Alpine and Fort Davis with a trio of published award-winning authors. These include New York Times best-seller and Violet Crown Award finalist Suzy Spencer, master of narrative non-fiction and memoir, Chantelle Aimée Osman, successful flash fiction and mystery writer, and Anthony Award nominee, and western singer and song writer already known in West Texas, Mike Blakely, Western Writers of America winner and prolific author of sixteen historical novels. Headquarters for classes and meals will be the Mountain Trails Lodge (formerly Davis Mt. Outdoor Learning Center) just south of Fort Davis. The Friday evening welcoming reception will be in the reading room of Front Street Books in Alpine.

Participants will learn writing techniques, enjoy small classes and the personal touch, while basking in pleasant warm spring days and the cool mountain nights of April in the Davis Mountains. or additional information and a registration form, email or call Reba Cross Seals, retreat coordinator, rcrossseals@wildblue.net, 432-837-2919 or Jackie Siglin, president, bakedalaska1@bigbend.net, 432-364-2399. Writers may learn more about the weekend’s events by going to the Texas Mountain Trail Writers website: www.texasmountaintrailwriters.org.


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