Terlingua Moon - July 2014
Terlingua MOON
Vol. 25, No. 31               July 29, 2014                by MaeWestern
“I meant to behave but there were too many other options.” —unknown
This week at the Starlight:
Tuesday, July 29 Uh Clem
Thursday, July 31 Moses
Friday, August 1 Dr. Fun
Monday, August 4 Burger Night with Laird Considine
Tuesday, August 5 Uh Clem

This week at the High Sierra:
7pm, Friday, August 1 Welcome back Jason Blum!
7pm, Saturday, August 2 Terlingua’s own Dr. Fun
2:30p, Sunday, August 3 Jeff Haislip hosts Hangover Sunday Jam
8pm, Friday, August 8 The Amazing Ali Holder with Daniel Thomas Phipps from Austin

Eldorado Hotel
The Eldorado Hotel has special room rates available for the Viva Terlingua Music Fest, Aug. 13-18. Call 432-371-2111 for reservations and information.

It’s right around the corner, folks! The Viva Terlingua Fest! (aka The Festival at the End of the Universe) is happening August 14-17 and will feature films, exhibitions and some of the best MUSIC around. Bands and musicians will perform at Lajitas Golf Resort and the Starlight Theatre in Terlingua. For more info (including how to get your festival bracelets), visit https://viva-terlingua.com.

Burn Ban Lifted
Officials in Brewster County have decided to lift the burn ban. The decision was made after the county received some much needed rain over the past several weeks. Keep dancing for rain! County Commissioners have the authority to reinstate the burn ban at any time.

Terlingua CSD
The Terlingua CSD is now accepting applications to be on the ballot for two school board positions. For more information, call the school.

Terlingua Tool Rentals. The only place in South Country to get most any construction tool you could use! Jimmy Taylor 371-2621

Tom Williams resigns as County Commissioner
Tom Williams has resigned his position as Brewster County Commissioner Pct. 2 and also has withdrawn his name from the Nov. 4 General Election ballot. The Brewster County Democratic Party Executive Committee has responsibility for nominating a Democratic candidate for that position to appear on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot. Since his resignation leaves no nominees from either party for the position, the Brewster County Republican Party Executive Committee may also nominate a candidate from their party. Therefore, anyone interesting in being considered as a nominee for either the Democratic or Republican candidate for County Commissioner Pct. 2 in the Nov. 4 General Election should notify the party chair of their desire to be considered. These nominations must be determined by Aug. 20, 2014. Prospective Democratic candidates should immediately contact Mary Bell Lockhart at 512-422-4984 and prospective Republican candidates should contact Monica McBride at 432-386-5245.

Brewster County Democratic Executive Committee
A meeting of the Brewster County Democratic Executive Committee was called by County Chairman Mary Bell Lockhart on July 25. The following were appointed as Precinct Chair positions to the Executive Committee: Precinct 6: Lovika De Koninck; Precinct 7: Marcos Paredes; and Precinct 8: Estella Vega.

Water Tanks
As of Monday, 28th - the tank order was placed. This load is light, one tank, but will be shipped anyway. It will take a couple of days for our load to actually be in line and loaded, so - if you want a 1,750 now it can be added to this load no later than Thursday morning. Call 2506 and we’ll get yours included.

Writer’s Workshop at Alpine Library
The Alpine Public Library is honored to host Texas Writes, a statewide program founded and administered by the Writers’ League of Texas that bring accomplished authors to rural libraries for a half day of workshops and panel discussions. The Friday, August 8 event, which is free and open to the public, will feature award-winning writer Carol Dawson, author of four critically acclaimed novels, including House of Plenty, the story of Luby’s Cafeteria, and celebrated poet and editor Scott Wiggerman, a three-time Pushcart nominee, author of the poetry books Presence and Vegetable and Other Relationships, and chief editor of Dos Gatos Press.
Dawson and Wiggerman are familiar faces to the Big Bend writing community, as they spend one week each year teaching at the Writers’ League of Texas Summer Writing Retreat held at Sul Ross State University.
For Texas Writes, Wiggerman will be discussing “Tell It Slant: Power of the Metaphot,” while Dawson will be discussing “Pickling Memory, Salting Tradition, Preserving the Past: The Art of Researching and Writing Your Own Story, Your Family’s Stories, and The Lives of Your Community.”
The Friday, Aug. 8 Texas Writes will be held 10 am to 1 pm at the Alpine Public Library. Advance registration is encouraged and can be made at 432-837-2621. Refreshments will be provided.

24-Hour Plays—Call for Participants
Marfa Live Arts will once again showcase this region’s (and beyond) best writers, actors and directors during the 24 Hour Plays on Saturday, August 16th.
The concept is simple: participants write, direct, rehearse and perform six one-act plays within a twenty-four hour period. It’s fast-paced, creative fun. On Friday, August 15th at 8pm, all interested actors, writers, directors and technical crew are encouraged to meet at the Crowley Theater in Marfa, no previous experience is necessary to join the team.
Participants will be divided into groups of writers, actors, etc. and given the basic outline for the next 24 hours. Writers will have Friday night to write their 7-10 minute play, which is due at 6am Saturday morning. Actors and directors then meet at 8am, receive their scripts and have the day to rehearse. When Saturday evening arrives, time is up and it’s show time!
If you’d like to participant please email marfa.live.arts@gmail.com and plan to attend the Friday night meeting. The entire community is invited to attend the free performance on Saturday, Aug. 16th at 8pm at the Crowley Theater in Marfa.
Becoming Fine Art
Do not ignore sounds being made by your car. Many issues can be identified just by the sounds of your car. If you’re able to describe a particular sound to the mechanic, you may save some time and money because the problem will be easier to diagnose. If you are happy with the work done at a particular repair shop, be a loyal customer. Making sure that you’re familiar with who is working on your car is going to help you to be sure they’re doing good work. This may also give you discounts on future jobs.
We also have a great line of e-juice for your vaporizers. Locally made arts and crafts. Stop by and check it out. 371-2694, located next to the Emergency Management Center on FM 170.

The End of An Era: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
Most of you know me as Ken, or Barnes, fossil guy, dinosaur, etc. I have lived in the Terlingua area since 1969. I was the land surveyor with Urban Engineering for Terlingua Ranch development, river boatman at Villa de la Mina, later the Brewster County Surveyor (at Lajitas I surveyed all of the land for Walter Mischer, built 5 subdivisions and the first sewage system, Walter Mischer and I designed and built the first golf course/fun course, etc.). I was a boatman for Far Flung Adventures and fossil guy.
In 1986+ I began seriously working on dinosaur dig sites and studied paleontology on the Gaddis property an time I had spare time. My first fossil display was in the Terlingua Jail House for a while. My second museum was where Many Stones is now.
My third museum was in an old school bus. My fourth museum was on the boardwalk at Lajitas; they needed that space, so in 2002 Steve R. Smith built for me the large building one mile east of the airport that was my museum and laboratory open for the enjoyment and education of the public until May 2014.
This May, Scott Beasley (WSB Resorts and Clubs, LLC) shut my museum down because I did not have a lease agreement with them. I have evidence that I tried to get a lease agreement from their first management and I never got one. How many different managements have they had? I lost count.

Now it gets even more stupid.
Beasley and the professor from UTD (read July Big Bend Gazette) plan on building a fancy paleontology museum and research facility in Lajitas. Where are they going to get fossils for this?
They came up with the stupid idea that they can get the Shuler Museum of Paleontology, SMU, to give them the Mosasaur fossils that I recovered from the Mischer Lajitas property with permission from Walter Mischer when he owned the property (we have a letter from the Executive Vice President of Mischer Investments backing me).
A few years back I donated those fossils to SMU, a proper repository, for scientific study and documentation. We have several scientific papers published on them.
SMU put me back in charge of the fossils and Beasley showed up at my lab and demanded I agree to give them the fossils. It is unethical and I did not agree to this. He therefore told me I had to get off the property and I did. I am sorry for the damage that man has done to Lajitas with his action.

No more Mosasaur Ranch Museum.
Several years ago, all of the dinosaur fossils, not marine fossils, were donated by me and that Gaddis family to the Texas Memorial Museum Collection in Austin TX. I was still in charge of of them and when this came down I had no choice but send them to TMM.
Thanks for the years of support from everyone. See my website at mosasaurranchmuseum.com and my journal, bigbendpaleogeo.com.
Ken Barnes, kbarnes@bigbend.net

UTEP Professor Develops Chagas Vaccine
If you had your blood drawn, or collected bugs for them during the years that the UTEP (and other) researchers came here, then your blood helped make a significant medical breakthrough. Read the article HERE.

Big Bend National Park #5 of Ten Best
Big Bend National Park was selected as number five in a recent USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice contest of national parks to visit. The link to the top ten parks is HERE.

Kickball Tournament
Get your team together now for a Kickball Tournament fundraiser at Kokernot Baseball Park on August 16! Sign up any day during business hours at 4i’s Optical, at 710 E. Holland Ave. #5. Teams are co-ed and the entry fee is $130 per team. The deadline to sign up is August 7, 2014. There will be a $400 cash prize to the first place winning team! All proceeds benefit the Alpine Public Library. Email Dr. Perla Bermudez for more information: drperlab@ymail.com

Medical Database Training
Join us Aug. 1 from 10 am until noon at the Alpine Public Library for a free demonstration of our medical databases by Erik Wilkinson from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. These resources are available free at the library and can help you find reliable information about your medical concerns.

National Park tourism boosts local economy
A new National Park Service report shows that 316,952 and 43,277 visitors respectively to Big Bend National Park and Fort Davis National Historic Site in 2013 spent a total of $29 million in the two local park communities. That spending supported a combined 384 jobs in the local area.
“National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy--returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service--and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well,” said BBNP superintendent Cindy Ott-Jones. “We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.
According to the 2013 economic analysis, most visitor spending was for lodging (30.3 percent), food and beverages (27.3 percent), gas and oil (12.1 percent), admissions and fees (10.3 percent), and souvenirs and other expenses (10 percent). The largest jobs categories supported by visitor spending were restaurants and bars and lodging. To download the report, visit HERE.