Terlingua Moon - August 2013
Beans and Bullets
Many Stones has returned from a long trip and now has restocked Anasazi Beans and the new "Zuni Gold" beans plus three kinds of Hatch New Mexico Chili Powder, this year's crop. Also 9mm ammo for $26.00 a box of 50 while it lasts.

AA and Al-Anon Meetings
There is an AA meeting on Thursdays at 7:30 pm. Anyone who has a desire to stop drinking or to continue to remain sober is welcome.
There is also an Al-Anon meeting on Mondays at 7 pm established for anyone who is affected by someone else’s drinking either now or in the past.
Both are held at the Big Bend Baptist Church north of West Texas National Bank near the Chili Pepper. You can now find us on Facebook, Google and Google map. There are Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Alpine every day of the week. For further information on Alpine meetings:

Bad Rabbit Dominoes
Dominoes (42) at the Bad Rabbit Cafe on Mondays starting at 4:30. You can come or go whatever times work best for you. Some may play until 9:00 or whenever games breaks up. Those who want to learn the game are welcomed, as well.

NEW- Parrot Bay Blended Orange Pineapple Dream with the rum pre-mixed.  Ready to drink from the fridge or blend it with some ice for a yummy summer smoothie!
Don't forget; we have fresh, locally made ice!!! Visit us anytime Mon thru Sat 10 to 9. 371-3155 shottimeliquors.com or like us on FaceBook!

Attention BBHS Students: You have 3 weeks to complete your required summer reading!
High Sierra Bar & Grill at El Dorado Hotel
Thursday- Trevor Hickle don't miss it!
Friday - Webster and Friends
Saturday - Rocky Top Alien Breeding Experiment
Sunday - Pat O’Bryan's Legionary Jam   See his site http://terlinguamusic.com/

La Kiva
Tuesday: Karaoke
Wednesday: Open Mic Night
Saturday: Trevor, Pat, Laird, and Moses will be playing the blues in a fully electric band on Sat starting at 9:00 pm. Bring your dance on!

Mon 8/5 - Dr Fun and 241 Burger Night! Yeah!!
Tue 8/9 - Uh Clem and Buck Tacos's all night
Wed 8/10 - Dart Night
Thurs 8/11 - Ceviche and Mojito Specials
Sat 8/12 - Game Night hosted my Jay Steele!

Espresso y Poco Mas
Closed Mon, Tues. Wed.
Open Thursday thru Sunday 7:30 until 1:00.

Hiking Death at BBNP
The Big Bend Sentinel 8/5/13
A Midland man hiking in Big Bend National Park on Saturday apparently died of dehydration and distress on Saturday, according to a park news release. Nicholas Bull, 24, had been hiking on the Marufo Vega Trail with two friends when the group ran out of water and became distressed. One member of the group hiked out to get help, and a search began that same day by Park Rangers and US Border Patrol agents.
The search team located Mr. Bull, who was deceased when discovered near the trail.
“We are truly saddened by this tragic death,” said Acting Superintendent David Elkowitz, “and offer our condolences to the Bull family and friends.”
An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death, though temperatures during the day were very high.
August 6, 2013
VOL. 24, #31

Desert Wisdom: Using ½ of your water supply is God’s way of telling you that you’ve reached your destination. It’s time to turn around and hike back.
Weekend Highlights!

Starlight Theatre:
Mon 8/12 - Laird Considine entertaining us for 2-4-1 burger night!
Tue 8/13 - Uh Clem and buck tacos all night!
Wed 8/14 - Dart Night
Thurs 8/15 - Fresh Cevichie & Mojito's
Saturday 8/17 - Starlight Theatre will be CLOSED for a private wedding party.

Lajitas Resort
Friday Aug. 16 – Dan McCoy – 8PM
Saturday Aug. 17 – Trevor Hickle  – 8PM


Dominos (42) continues on Monday nights starting at 4:30 at the Bad Rabbit Cafe. The group is growing. Experienced and novice players are welcome. So far 3 people have never played before but may be hooked.  Join us

There is an AA meeting on Thursdays at 7:30 pm. Anyone who has a desire to stop drinking or to continue to remain sober is welcome. There is also an Al-Anon meeting on Mondays at 7 pm established for anyone who is affected by someone else’s drinking either now or in the past. Both are held at the Big Bend Baptist Church north of West Texas National Bank near the Chili Pepper. You can now find us on Facebook, Google and Google map. There are Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Alpine every day of the week. For further information on Alpine meetings HERE.

In the Chapel of St. Mary and St. Joseph, Lajitas, at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, 18 August, a service of Morning Prayer will be held.  The Episcopal Church welcomes you. Everybody is invited to attend. Services are held in the chapel on the first and third Sundays of every month and as announced. Looking ahead: Sunday, September First, Holy Eucharist.
Terlingua Ranch is looking for a Bookkeeper. If you know Quickbooks, Excel & would like to work 3 days a week come by the office, call 371-3146 or visit our website at poatri.org for more information.

The Desert Imaging Mobile Mammography bus will be at Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine on from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 13 and 14.
Additional dates are:
Marfa - Aug 15
Van Horn - Aug 16
Ft Stockton - Sept 16
Rankin - Sept 17
Sierra Blanca - Sept 18
Terlingua - once a year in the spring
Presidio - Aug 12, quarterly visits
Most insurance policies are accepted. Non-insured patients pay $125 for both the mammogram and the reading. To make an appointment, call 915-577-0100.

The basic formula for water catchment:
If you have a 1,000 sq ft roof that received 0.5 inches of rain in the last few days, it would have provided approximately 300 to 400 gallons of rainwater. One thing is certain; we WILL experience long periods of no rain at all again. The present truck-load order of catchment tanks remains half-filled.  There is room for 3 -and maybe 4- 1,750 gallon tanks, or a mix of various others. Call 371-2506 to reserve your tank(s) as soon as possible. Your deposit check will not be deposited until you are in possession of your tank.

Presidio Commerce and Tourism Executive Director, Brad Newton, said the Rio Grande has been up about 16 feet in Presido the past couple of weeks. The Rio Conchos flows out of Chihuahua, Mexico and flows into the Rio Grande at Presidio.
Because of heavy rains, the Rio Conchos was overflowing and needed to be relieved.
    Although the river being up was a contained release, officials say they are turning the water off and closing the Deleon Dam this weekend to stop the water from over flooding the river in Presidio.
August 14, 2013 ~ Vol. 24 #32

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By: Raven &
The Terlingua Moon
The Starlight Theater
Mon 8/19 - The Ghost Town Porch Dogs! Mark Lewis and Taylor Williams to entertain for 2-4-1 burger night
Tues 8/20 - Mr. Uh Clem and buck tacos all night!
Wed 8/21 - Dart Night
Thurs 8/22 - Fresh Ceviche and Mojito Specials
Sun 8/25 - Pat O'Bryan and friends (many, many friends!) Music Jam FUNDRAISER/BENEFIT for the School! Let's get our kids supplies and equipment!  All funds go to the Terlingua School Art and Music Department for our Kid’s supplies!

At The High Sierra we have been smoking brisket and pork all week long!  Both the Brisket Taco Plate and the Brisket Sandwich Plate, to name just a few, on special this week. Big Bend Brewery Hefeweizen on tap. Music:
Thursday: Moses Martinez and Brandy 7:30
Saturday: Dr Fun  7:30
Sunday:  No music, just a relaxing meal/mimosa after a FUN weekend

Otra Vez is running short on Volunteers! We need help with sorting and stocking and keeping the store open 1 to 2 days a week.  If you can help, please call Martha at 2399.

Community News

We are alive and well and appreciate all your inquiries. We expect to be back in Terlingua the last week in October.  Up here the beer is cold and the weather cool, eh? Nancy Faubion and Russ

Water Catchment Tanks.  Per the salesman at Wylie: The price of tanks will increase as of 9-1-13. He does not know exactly how much. Locally, we already sell Wylie tanks for less than they sell for at the dealership. To ensure that the current price is locked in, you must arrange to make a deposit before Thursday, August 29th. As always, tanks arrive within only a few days of completing the truck load, and are always freight and sales tax free. We have mesh-filter baskets and Banjo valves on hand now. Call the Burrs at 371-2506
There is an AA meeting on Thursdays at 7:30 pm. Anyone who has a desire to stop drinking or to continue to remain sober is welcome. There is also an Al-Anon meeting on Mondays at 7 pm established for anyone who is affected by someone else’s drinking either now or in the past. Both are held at the Big Bend Baptist Church north of West Texas National Bank near the Chili Pepper. You can now find us on Facebook, Google and Google map. There are also Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Alpine every day of the week. For further information on Alpine meetings:

Cheryl Zinsmeyer of Terlingua is running for a spot on the Rio Grande Electric Cooperative board of directors. This is her candidate profile:   

As an electric cooperative member for most of my life (Medina, Pedernales and Rio Grande electric cooperatives), I am honored to have this opportunity to run for the Rio Grande Electric Cooperative Board of Directors. 

Currently my husband, Steve Beckett, and I live on our property in the Christmas Mountains near Terlingua in southern Brewster County. I am employed by Sul Ross State University as their Student Publications Supervisor. I have two grown children and my first grandchild is on the way.

I have been an electric co-op employee for more than 22 years, first at Medina Electric where I was the communications/member relations director for 15 years, and then at Texas Electric Cooperatives where I served as field editor for the award-winning Texas Co-op Power magazine. During that time you may remember seeing me at annual meetings when Rio Grande Electric Cooperative was a member of the statewide association for Texas’ electric cooperatives. I am a Certified Cooperative Communicator through the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association and served on that board during my employment at both co-ops, as well as the Texas Electric Cooperatives Member Services Association Board.

My experience has given me an invaluable insight into the workings of electric co-ops from two perspectives, both as an employee and as a consumer. I feel this varied experience would serve me well as a Rio Grande Electric board member representing the member-consumers’ interests, and I ask for your vote to elect me as such.
August 19, 2013   ~  VOL. 24 #33

Me, we.
Muhammad Ali
By: La Catrina
The Terlingua Moon
Leadership Big Bend

Since it was founded in 1994, Leadership Big Bend has been training and promoting leaders for the tri-county area.  As a result, many graduates have gone on to serve their communities in many elected, appointed, and volunteer positions.  According to LBB board member Mary Jane Morgan, who was involved from the very beginning, “When the first class was formed, it was estimated that the program would last for about ten years and now here we are at almost twenty years and we are still going.”  In the past two decades, this organization, like many others, has seen costs of running the program steadily increase.  Everything from meals to transportation to printing costs gets higher with each subsequent LBB class.  For a while the rising cost could be handled by slight increases in tuition, but the board now feels that if tuition is raised to any more than the current $225 that it will become unaffordable, or less attractive at the very least. 

One of the expenses which has made the greatest impact on the viability of Leadership Big Bend is the recent requirement for liability insurance.  While this is a wise and necessary expense, it also makes it very difficult for the program to break even, much less have any money left over for the start-up process for the next year’s class.  Last year when a shortfall was predicted, the board prevailed upon graduates of LBB to make a one-time donation in order to keep the organization in the black through the 2013 class year.  “Although the graduates came to the rescue without complaint and were very generous, this is not a precedent we want to set,” emphasized program coordinator Kathy Bork.

The LBB board met on August 14 and made the difficult decision to cancel the 2014 class and change Leadership Big Bend from an annual program to a biennial one, concluding that the every-other-year plan would give board members some breathing room and time to explore alternative options for raising money.  One grant has already been applied for, but the board will not know whether or not it was approved until February of 2014. 
Other grant options will be explored, as well as a possible fundraiser for the organization’s operating budget.  Any LBB alumni or others who have ideas for such a fundraiser should contact any of the LBB board members who are listed on the Web site.

Class size is limited to twenty, and the ten applicants for the 2014 class have already been approved for next year’s class, so there are ten spots remaining.  Between now and next August, citizens of Brewster, Jeff Davis, and Presidio counties who have not participated in this leadership training program are encouraged to consider applying for the 2015 class.  During the past few years, LBB has had very few class members from Marathon, Terlingua and Presidio, so residents of those two areas would be especially welcome. 

The class meets once a month from September through May in one of the tri-county communities, with activities planned for the entire day.  Some of the programs include county and local government, schools in the area, the art community, and McDonald Observatory.  The highlight of the experience is an overnight trip “down south” to Big Bend National Park, Terlingua, and Lajitas.  Each class is responsible for developing a group service project which benefits a non-profit organization or group of people in the tri-county area.  Look for more information in the coming year regarding this dynamic, effective program.  For more information, please visit www.leadershipbigbend.org.

Leadership Big Bend is a 501(c)(3) organization; therefore your tax-deductible donation is always appreciated.

(This editor did it in 2003 and would do it every year if she could.  Go For It)

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This Week @ The High Sierra
Thursday~ JIM KEAVENY 7:30 pm
Saturdurday~Dr Fun 7:30pm
Sunday ~ Hangover jam 2pm-?
BRISKET TACOS/ rice and beans $ 10.95
BRiSKET PLATE / potato salad $10.95

Thirsty Goat Saloon—Friday—Trevor Hickle 8pm-11pm
Maverick Ranch Pool—Saturday with the Badlands Blues Band featuring Pat O’Bryan, Trevor Hickle, Laird Considine, and Moses Martinez.  Doors open at 6pm, music start at 8pm.  Free to public.. Beer and food will be available.  No outside coolers please.  Come down and get your Blues on!

The Brewster County Sheriff's Office reports a SCAM on FaceBook:  Citizens of Brewster County and the surrounding areas are being warned of a scam that has taken money from unsuspecting persons. The person calling will say they are associated with a large corporation such as Publishers Clearing House, they send authentic looking documents, including a check for several million dollars. The scam may also say you won an expensive car, such a Mercedes Benz. After you call the number given, they will ask you to send back taxes pertaining to the prize you have won, in the form of money cards, in denominations of $500.00 each. If you have received any documents such as these, please do not call the number listed and do not send any money. Investigations confirm the scam is originating from Jamaica.

"The Road Report" by EYEBALL
With my 4th and 5th metatarsals broken (dancing injury), this hitching Eyeball has taken to riding THE DOG for a while...which could lead to a whole book about riding in small spaces with, shall we say, "CoLorfuL ChaRacters". Did you know that confessionals are re-incarnated as Greyhound bus seats? Right now, however, I'm concentrating on book performances. The Tour de Hitch Lit has been underway since July 9, when I did my first reading at The Book Haven in Salida CO. There have since been several more and I'm improving my act along the way. Check out AmericanEyeball.com to see where I'll be in the near future...I am planning a performance in Alpine for ARTWALK and one in Terlingua just before Christmas. Until then, I'll be gathering stories about criminals and creeps.
Question: "Where the heck is my copy of "The Last American Hitch-Hiker" ?! Answer: "At Lauren Stedman's print shop in the Ghost Town." Shannon also has them, if you can find her...just do some hitching along FM 170 and she might just pick ya' up and pass a book along!

Sunday FUNday BRUNCHin The Community Garden, Sept. 1st at 10am.  This is the 1st "Community Kitchen" event of the season!   *With all the rain lately there has been a serious outbreak of tics on our canine companions. Learn about the many uses of Diatomaceous Earth, an all natural pest control product/soil amendment.  There will be a supply in the garden.
Animal Lover Alert! Because of funding cuts and diminishing mitigation fees from developers, hundreds of the rare and endangered Desert Tortoise are scheduled to be killed before the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center closes in 2014.  There are several petitions on Change.org against this action.  The BLM, USFWS, and San Diego Zoo have all supported this Conservation Center in the past.  If you love the Desert Tortoise, consider signing the Change.org petitions.  The Washington Post reports:  “Federal funds are running out at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center and officials plan to close the site and euthanize hundreds of the tortoises they’ve been caring for since the animals were added to the endangered species list in 1990.  “It’s the lesser of two evils, but it’s still evil,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service desert tortoise recovery coordinator Roy Averill-Murray during a visit to the soon-to-be-shuttered reserve at the southern edge of the Las Vegas Valley last week.  Any updates this editor gets on the issue will be in future Moons.

HOLY EUCHARIST at Lajitas, On Sunday, 01 September, in the Chapel of St. Mary and St. Joseph, Lajitas, at 11:00 a.m. there will be a celebration of the Holy Eucharist. We invite you to spend part of your Labor Day weekend with us; and please drive safely. The Episcopal Church Welcomes You. Services are held in the Chapel on the first and third Sundays of every month and as announced.  Looking ahead: Sunday, 15 September at 11:00 a.m., Morning Prayer in the Lajitas Chapel.

Earth and Fire Gallery is reopening Friday, Aug. 30th.  Located in downtown Terlingua Ghostown, our regular hours are Fri – Mon, 9am-1pm and 330pm-730pm.  We have a whole new line up of artists, as well as the metal art and ceramics.  New artists are William and India Wilson, Larry Short, and Pam Ware. Future guest artist and extended hours will be announced.

According to the June issue of Scientific American,  an olive oil compound that makes your throat itch may prevent alzheimers. A recent study of 1,880 elderly people living in New York City, for example, showed that those who strongly adhered to a Mediterranean diet over the study's 14-year span had a 32 to 40 percent lower incidence of Alzheimer's compared with those who did not. Extra virgin olive oil contains oleocanthal—the naturally occurring compound that elicits a peppery, burning sensation in the back of the throat—seemed to produce effects strikingly similar to those of ibuprofen, which tamps down inflammation.  Some studies have shown that oleocanthal interferes with the formation of characteristic neurofibrillary tangles and beta-amyloid plaques, both of which play principal roles in Alzheimer's neurological devastation. Oleocanthal is one of several compounds that scientists have been working with to clear beta-amyloid from the brain. The researchers point out, however, that until clinical trials in humans take place, people must be cautious in interpreting the results.  Stay tuned and it doesn’t hurt to eat healthy in the meantime! 
Aug. 27, 2013  --  Vol. 24, #35
The Terlingua Moon