One of the state’s historic swimming holes has re-opened after nearly a year of being closed. Often dubbed the crown jewel of West Texas, the swimming hole at Balmorhea State Park is considered one of the largest spring-fed pools in the world. The pool — which each day the San Solomon Springs pumps gallons of fresh water through — was closed for nine months after park staff found “structural damage” to the pool’s wall during an annual cleaning. “We are definitely ready to go back to being a real state park,” said Balmorhea State Park superintendent Carolyn Rose. “It’s all about the pool here, that’s the thing.”
Alpine City Council met on March 19 and approved a resolution requesting that the Texas Legislature repeal a tax code section stipulating how the city may spend its HOT fund revenues.
Betty Tanksley of the Tanksley ranching family in Brewster County had been successfully breeding show goats for over 20 years, and daughter Mary Criddle and granddaughter Kersten Criddle are continuing the family tradition.
Alpine will soon have another outdoor mural to add to its collection, and this one will honor the Texas Rangers.
Alpine’s Artwalk will sponsor the mural, and Artwalk Executive Director Keri Blackman said the board decided to move forward with the project at its last meeting. The mural will grace the Prescription Shop’s east wall, and will be visible driving into town on U.S. Highway 90.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has made it easier to go online and book specific campsites, cabins and shelters.
The system announced that the new options also let visitors buy day passes in advance and buy or renew a Texas State Parks Pass online.
Department officials say day passes for some of the more popular parks have specific arrival time slots to allow better planning for travelers. Some examples are Balmorhea (bal-mor-RAY’) State Park, Big Bend Ranch State Park, and Indian Lodge State Park in Ft. Davis.
Visitors seeking overnight trips to a Texas state park can make specific site reservations up to five months in advance.
A remote land populated by cattle, cowboys, eccentrics, and pickups seems an unlikely setting for supercars and classics, but the Big Bend has an undeniable cool-car subculture.
On any given day, performance cars of all kinds can be seen prowling Brewster County’s highways and byways, and The Stable Performance Cars owner Dave Durant knows why.
Brewster County on Monday dedicated a $160,000 tanker truck, and County Judge Eleazar Cano credited Energy Transfer Partners, Congressman Will Hurd, and USDA’s John Perkins for helping make it happen.
According to Cano, early last year, ETP, owner of the Trans-Pecos pipeline, gave the county a half-million dollar check with no strings attached except to use the money wisely.
A select group of six Marfa science students is getting ready to launch an experiment that’s literally out of this world.
The fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students, called the Marfa Martians, led by teacher Cheri Aguero, are now prepared to launch their microgravity experiment to the International Space Station. “The whole team is really excited about it. This is the first time we have done it in Marfa, the kinds of hands on learning, project based learning that school will be doing more of,” said Aguero. “I know this has opened their eyes to opportunities in the scientific field now, and now science and engineering is wide open in front of them.”