ALPINE – The George Mills Memorial Rain Garden in Alpine last week received a Texas Water Development Board Texas Rain Catcher Award in the Educational/Government – Civic category for its innovative design in managing storm water collection for an environmental garden park. The garden, which is located at the Big Bend Soil and Water Conservation District building at 1805 Highway 118 near Alpine High School, was designed by USDA Soil Survey employee Will Juett of Alpine, using ecological biomes of the TransPecos region. Educational tours will soon be available. “One thing I should say is that there’s a nice little bench by the waterfall, where the water continues to flow for about half an hour after a rainfall. It’s a great spot,” he said.
In a society permeated with the ever-growing and rapidly paced development of commercialism, infrastructure and endless technology, there are less-obvious facets of the impacts on the planet than what most people would consider when they hear the word pollution. Despite the obvious detriment to the food and water supply, and the quality of the atmosphere, another kind of pollution is at play. Artificial light pollution is just at harmful to the environment, but lesser known than it’s aforementioned counterparts.
Night skies are disappearing at astonishing rates. It’s estimated that nearly 80 percent of Americans have never even seen the Milky Way. While this may seem inconsequential to most, scientists have discovered in recent years that artificial light pollution affects humans and nocturnal animals in perilous ways. This has spurned an international movement to help preserve and protect natural nighttime environments.
Peace Corps volunteers embody grit, not just for serving overseas for 27 months in often very unstructured situations, but for remaining quietly optimistic while doing so.
This type of resolve and dedication is special, which is perhaps why Alpine has become home to many Returned Peace Corps Volunteers – a refuge for the worldly and romantics, one might say. For a relatively small program in the scope of federal organizations, it’s surprising to find so many in such a small space. Dr. Theron Francis, assistant professor of English at Sul Ross State University, is one such volunteer. Serving in Yemen from 1989-1991, Francis described his service as a turning point in his life. In an age where experiences are valued, it is no wonder that the Peace Corps remains a strong organization with record numbers of applicants each year. Here in West Texas, the returned volunteers of Alpine have one thing in common – they continue to serve their community, right here at home.
In 2012 Merilyn McGhee made a life-changing trip to Arlington to adopt a pit bull mix who was scheduled to be euthanized.
This trip ignited the spark that fueled her passion for animals, and pushed her to start Jethro Homeward Bound Pets. Jethro exists “to rescue, provide a safe haven, and re-home pets that are scheduled to be euthanized at shelters.”
During Jethro’s short time in Alpine, it has been fortunate enough to save the lives of over 250 cats and dogs, along with a potbelly pig named Tink. The goal of Jethro is to not replace local shelters or humane societies, but partner with them to help minimize the euthanasia of cats and dogs. Through the efforts of Jethro and many local volunteers, the Alpine Humane Society has not been forced to euthanize a single cat or dog in over four years.
Jethro has made an impact through the hard work and dedication of its volunteers.
Executive Summary: AVFD does a good job at providing services to the community with weather 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 accountability 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.