Four different workshops, each offering a different way to make a vibrant work of art from recycled materials.
Balloon Launching at the Marathon Motel. You can see video from the last launch by clicking on you tube link below:
Horned Lizards are the Texas state reptile. But what do we know about this Texas icon? Plump, armored, they’ve inspired multiple names. “Horny toad.” “Horned frog.” “Horned lizard” is the official common name. The Texas horned lizard – Phrynosoma cornutum – once flourished across the state. It’s vanished from half its range, including the areas – from I-35 east – where most Texans live. It’s the charm of a horned lizard encounter. You overlook it, then do a double-take. But once you spot it, you can often crouch and look it in the eye before it flees. Multiple factors drove the animals’ decline. In the 50s, DDT was used to exterminate harvester ants – decimating the lizard’s food supply. Habitat vanished for urban development. Collection – and export – was an issue. The spread of non-native fire ants was once blamed – but it was not a major factor. It’s impossible to know how many of these elusive creatures live in West Texas. But we can count ourselves lucky that, unlike most Texans, we can still meet them.
Incorporating the art of making cheese, along with offering local, fresh ingredients, is what Marfa Maid Dairy is all about. Owner and self-taught cheese maker Malinda Beeman, a native of Newport Beach, California, along with partner Allan McClane from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, have served the Big Bend area with their exquisite goat cheese since 2010. “The cheese making is an art in itself. I’ve been a full time professional artist most of my life, so I consider it an art form,” he said. The goat farm is listed as one of the best things to do in Marfa by Trip Advisor, an online, nationwide travel website. People can see the operation firsthand, sample goat cheese, and even pet and milk the goats. Tours are scheduled weeks in advance online, and arrangements are made for special groups such as schools or other children’s groups.
Sul Ross freshman Brandon Lansford made the most out of his appearance at the Junior National Finals Rodeo event in Las Vegas, Nevada this week. He won the Saddle Bronc Championship in the novice level after placing in the top three during each of his appearances at a convention center down the road from the main event. Sul Ross is the birthplace of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association which was established in 1948. Lansford was reportedly back on campus in Alpine the next day to take final exams.
Although conducting scientific research and adding to their academic breadth and depth come naturally to many Sul Ross faculty members, two biology professors have risen to a whole new level in the biology domain.
Sul Ross State University Biology professors Dr. Sean Graham and Dr. Crystal Kelehear Graham, along with two other researchers, were instrumental in the discovery of a new salamander species.
Alpine Downtown Association, Alpine Chamber of Commerce and Alpine Women’s Club present a Heart of Alpine event.
See Fort Davis National Historic site in full spirit for the holidays with decorations in all the restored buildings.