Alpine has quietly harbored a master guitar builder since 1990, when Michael Stevens came to town. But this year Stevens took the spotlight, as Fender Musical Instruments Corporation kicked off celebrations for the 30-year anniversary of Fender Custom Shop, founded by Stevens in Corona, California, in 1987. Michael has built guitars for many musicians, including Eric Clapton. Two of those sold in Claptons Crossroads Guitars Charity auction….one for $231,500.00 and another for $45,000. He can be spotted at Cowboy Poetry Gatherings, and occasionally plays private parties. Otherwise, Stevens is probably fiddling around in his shop, or out most evenings, “trying to put some miles on my horse,” he said.
The company chose to relocate its Arizona facility to Presidio in response to a prospering relationship with chili growers at El Oasis, an agricultural community of Mennonites west of Chihuahua City in Chihuahua, Mexico. It just made sense to be closer to the growers and the international port of entry at Presidio, Biad said. Because of the large quantities of fuel needed to run the dehydration process, the plant required access to natural gas utilities. Success in Presidio was contingent upon making a connection to Energy Transfer Partner’s 143-mile-long natural gas pipeline, completed at the end of March.
McDONALD OBSERVATORY – The Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) at McDonald Observatory is back in business after a nine-year, $40 million upgrade, which has, in essence, turned the 10-meter telescope into a brand new instrument for research into theoretical “dark energy.”
Ashton Dean Skidgell, daughter of Tonya Tiday and Marcus Skidgell, will represent the Alpine community at the Harvard University Ambassador Leadership Summit this summer. Skidgell is currently an eighth grader at Alpine Middle School.
More than 25 residents attended Tuesday’s regular Alpine City Council meeting, and several made comments about zoning proposals and possible changes to the city’s Visitor Center.
MARFA — Minimal development and infrastructure seemed to be the consensus input from Marfa and area residents at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s first public meeting about the future of the Chinati Mountains State Natural Area.
“We tend to think of forests as what’s in the Davis or Chisos Mountains, but in reality, if you look at all the trees in Alpine as a whole, it’s a forest, too,” said Regional Urban Forester Mickey Merritt. Texas A&M Forest Service, previously known as Texas Forest Service, moved its West Texas Urban Forest program to Alpine from El Paso, and Merrick has held the position here since June 2016.
Sunshine House, an Alpine mainstay for senior citizens and the homebound and disabled, is moving from its current location on East Sul Ross Avenue to the building previously occupied by Alpine Christian School at 402 East Holland Avenue.
The non-profit organization has provided a place for seniors to congregate, play games, watch TV and have a meal for over 40 years, thanks to a generous contract with the city, who provided the building and paid for utilities at the current location.