Executive Summary: AVFD does a good job at providing services to the community with wither personnel, apparatus and capabilities. AVFD has not had any major loss of life or property and the financial checks and balances has kept the departments financial spending and accoutabilyt under watch by the city of Alpine. No evidence of AVFD being in the news for issues could be found that would cause concern.
In March 1928, the Alpine Avalanche reported on the newly built Holland Hotel with a headline that read, “Alpine’s $250,000 Hotel Opened to the Public.”
The article described the hotel’s modern structure and boasted of “common battery telephone service,” a service considered a relic nearly a century later as the Holland celebrates its 90th year in operation.
“What’s interesting about West Texas is we don’t know how many Trost buildings there are,” added Malissa Grossman, Executive Director of the Texas Trost Society. “There are several ranch homes the company was commissioned for, and we have no records for them. Our intent is to start growing this awareness of who Trost was as a firm and why they are important to the region.”
Some other Trost designs include Marathon’s Gage Hotel, Marfa’s Hotel Paisano, and Sanderson’s Kerr mercantile building. There were many proposed Trost buildings throughout West Texas that were never built, including hotels in Valentine and Pecos. A full list of completed and proposed projects can be found on the Henry C. Trost Historical Organization’s website.
Amid the brilliant oranges, pinks, and blues, and under one of the best views of the Milky Way outside McDonald Observatory, the thick, rich scents of house-smoked barbecue and micro-brewed beer will soon fill the air.
In what used to be Marathon’s only mercantile, and what was many years later known as a favorite local hangout – the Famous Burro Bar and Grill – Brick Vault Brewery and Barbecue will be the newest addition to Marathon’s culinary destinations. Like the Gage Hotel, the V6 Coffee Bar, Captain Shepard’s Inn, and many other commercial and residential buildings, the Brick Vault is the most recent addition to J.P. Bryan’s collection of Marathon’s historic infrastructure. Handcrafted food and drink – though worthy of any urban metropolis – will be lovingly created in and coupled with small town charm under the prettiest skies anywhere.
MARFA – Judd Foundation is pleased to announce a new public program in partnership with Marfa Book Co. The series is an opportunity for scholars conducting research in the Judd Foundation Archives to present informal talks on new research while working in Marfa. The presentations will explore and engage scholarship for the larger topics of which the researcher is involved including the work of Donald Judd. For more information on the Visiting Scholar program please contact email@example.com or 432-729-4406 ext. 1.
Big Bend Regional Medical Center CEO Diane Moore was very happy with the hospital’s performance in 2017, but she has even loftier goals in sight for 2018.
“I’m very happy with the hospital overall,” said Moore. “The employees all pulled together to get our quality scores back up, and every department helped with that. Everybody worked together.”
The center also plans wound care services, an ear, nose and throat clinic, and telemedicine services later this year.
“I really appreciate the community’s support for the hospital. Everyone does have choices when they go for medical care, where they go for medical care, where they go for testing, and where they go for surgeries,” Moore said. “To have community support for us is vital, and I do hope we’re living up to the expectations of the community.”
Dr. James Luecke received the Benjamin Berkeley Award for Citizen of the Year at the Feb. 16th Alpine Chamber of Commerce banquet held at the University Center on the Sul Ross State University campus. The award recognizes Luecke’s commitment, support, skills, leadership and outreach to other citizens, along with his desire to make a positive impact in the community during 2017.
Walking into Oasis Tire on U.S. Highway 90, customers are greeted with a friendly smile and quality customer service. Unlike big city tire shops, Oasis provides customer care that exemplifies the community of Alpine.
Customers can rely on Oasis to come out to them to fix their flat tire – wherever they are stranded.
Oasis Tire owner Wilma Smith hails from Bryan, but has been a staple in the Alpine community since 2000. Wilma and her husband Morton bought Oasis – then called Van’s Tire – and started their business with just two employees. Business has been great as their store has grown tremendously over the last 18 years, and now boasts 12 employees, many of whom have been with business for 15 years or more.
Smith and her husband love living in Alpine, but she said that the town has grown since they made it home.
“I used to be able to drive from where In & Out Rental is through town, and never see another car. It used to be mostly ranching,” she said. “When we moved here, that’s mainly what Sul Ross was too – ranching students. It’s changed a lot in 18 years. A lot more people have found Alpine, and we have a lot of tourists now.”
As anyone who has lived in West Texas for a while knows, for emergency roadside assistance, customers simply need to call the Oasis Tire number. The likelihood that Oasis will be there to help you faster than AAA is pretty high.
As such, living in West Texas often means relying on the community rather than larger companies.
Smith said, “We’re out here away from everything. We don’t have Walmart on every corner. And I like that.”
This sentiment of being community-centered and away from it all is surely shared by many who have chosen Alpine as their home.
The Alpine Downtown Association said Monday that Saturday’s Heart of the Arts event in the downtown business district was its most successful promotion to date. Partially funded by the city of Alpine Hotel Occupancy Tax, Porter’s Thriftway and West Texas National Bank, the event was advertised locally, as well as in out-of-town media, concentrating on the Midland-Odessa area.
ADA Vice President David Busey chaired the Art of the Arts Committee, working with the city to coordinate promotion of the event and lining up performances.
The ADA was created in 2016 to promote businesses and economic development in the central business district. It received its tax-exempt 501-C-3 status last year. It created four Heart of Alpine events last year and is working with area taxing agencies for tax relief for people who repair old buildings and create new businesses.