The Terlingua Moon
June 4th, 2013 ~ Vol. 24 #23
By: Raven &
Coyote
Around Town!

This week @ High Sierra:
Thursday, June 6th - Hank Woji 7-10pm
Friday, June 7th - Kinkin' Dead Horses - 7ish
Saturday, June 8th - Dr Fun - 7ish
Mark your calendars for High Sierra's 2nd Annual Toga Party - June 21st!
Calling local musicians - call Denese x3282 to sign up for Thursday Starving Artist gigs.

Lajitas Resort
Friday June 8th – Trevor Hickle – 8PM
Saturday June 9th – Trevor Hickle – 8PM

Espresso…Y Poco Mas, located in the Ghostown at La Posada Milagro will start closing at 1PM now. Join us daily for a burrito, sandwich or Eggs Benedict. Great coffee and yummy smoothies!! Open daily 7:30am-1pm.  WIFI Available.

SHOT TIME LIQUORS -
NOW CARRYING American Sprits for $6.75! Budweiser Project Twelve (must try) 12pk longnecks for only $11.83.
ON SALE - ALL TASTE OF FLORIDA MIXERS (750mL) for $3.50 each. TROTTERS RTD Margarita (750mL) for only $6.00. New – Johnny Bootlegger (grape, melon, or Raz) $2.50 per 200mL (makes great spritzers)! Come check out all the other new sales going on. Don't forget; we have fresh, locally made, filtered ice for just $1.75 per bag!!! Visit us anytime Mon thru Sat 10 to 9. 371-3155 shottimeliquors.com or like us on FaceBook!

From Jeff Haislip:
We will be having more music & fiestas in Boquillas in the coming months. If you don't have your passport, please start working on getting it. It takes a little while to get it & we want you to get in on the action.

High water on the Rio Grande!
“We just received a message from the National Park Service that Mexico will be releasing 3,500 CFS for the next 7 to 10 days,”

H2O
There is room for a couple more rain catchment tanks on this load, freight free and set to ship ASAP. call us at home 371-2506. Thanks so much. The Burrs
Otra Vez Thrift Store will be closing for the summer after this Wed. morning. We'll be open Wed. while the crew is working - 9 til noonish for a $3 bag sale and for any donations. After that we won't be taking donations again until sometime in August. We ask everyone not to leave anything at Otra Vez after Wed. morning until the crew returns in August. Come down and get some great bargains this Wed. morning!

Santa Inez Church in the Terlingua Ghost Town is getting a facelift. However, she is alot hungrier than we thought. All the money we raised over 8 years has only protected 75% of her surface.
Up to 6 inches of adobe had been eaten away by the rain since she was put back together in 1985
and if we are going to protect the new stained glass windows (put in 4 years ago and paid for by the Terlingua mining families) we have to complete her before the July rains. Please help us finish her! We need $2500 smackers. Send checks to:
The Terlingua Foundation
PO Box 296
Terlingua, Texas 79852

There is an AA meeting on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. 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 7:00 p.m. 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 Chili Pepper. You can now find us on facebook, google and google map. There is also a daily AA meeting in Alpine. For further information go to: http://nwta66.org/index.php/schedules/cities/

Michael D. Heidebrecht, 63, USMC retired passed away at Robert J Dole VA Hospice Center in Wichita, KS on 5/8/13. His memorial was held in Wichita, KS at the Veterans Park with several of his friends and family in attendance. He is survived by his mother, Edith Heidebrecht of Terlingua, his partner, Lynn Musall of Hanna, IN, his sisters, Melody Clarke, Ann Coleman, Cynthia DanishFar, Kim Hall and Jan Hook. He is also survived by his children, Quenten and Everett, adopted family David and Kristen Musall and 8 grandchildren who he adored.
    If you wish to make a contribution in his name, please send it to the Christian Church out on the ranch or to the Brewster County American Legion Riders.
Terlingua Moon - June 2013
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BOB WIRT MEMORIAL
Bob Wirt has been a volunteer in the national park for many years and put in thousands of hours of service. In recent years, he has been doing historic research on the area and primarily on Latino families. Bob passed away last January and his family is coming out the Big Bend to memorialize Bob. Bob's family invites Bob's friends and associates to come to a "Porch Sit-In" to visit and talk old times and swap stories at the Trading Company porch this Saturday, June 15 around 5-ish.

BOQUILLLAS FUND RAISER
My name is Will Stringer. I have been visiting Terlingua and Big Bend National park since I was 3 yrs old. Now that Boquillas has opened back up, I have been trying to help them out a little bit.
    I have been talking with some of the local people in Boquillas, and they have conveyed to me some of the projects they hope to undertake in the near future in order for Boquillas to improve their economy and living conditions.  One of the big things Lilia Falcon (owner of Jose Falcon's restaurant) is trying to do, is install solar power into the restaurant. The entire project is estimated at $13,000, but I told her I would try to help her raise money for the batteries that go into the solar system. These batteries cost about $2500 all in.
http://www.gofundme.com/BoquillasSolar

Santa Inez Help
We need to raise $2500 to complete the restoration/face lift for our church. If you can help, please send a donation to:

Terlingua Foundation
PO Box 296
Terlingua, 79852



SHOT TIME LIQUORS
AMERICAN SPIRITS ARE HERE – packs & pouches!  Bugler by the can now available.  Johnny Bootlegger in melon, raz, & grape - 200mL for only $2.32 (great for spritzers)!  Black Cove Rum 750mL for $8.00  & 375mL for $4.00.  ON SALE - ALL TASTE OF FLORIDA MIXERS (750mL) for $3.50 each.  TROTTERS RTD Margarita (750mL) for only $6.00.  Come check out all the other new sales going on.  Don't forget; we have fresh, locally made, filtered ice for just $1.75 per bag!!! Visit us anytime Mon thru Sat 10 to 9. 371-3155 shottimeliquors.com or like us on FaceBook!

OTRA VEZ
Otra Vez Thrift Store is closed until August.  Please Do Not Leave Any Donations until further notice.  Thanks for everyone's support!

MANY STONES CHICKS AND EGGS
Many Stones has home grown eggs $2.00 a dozen. If anybody wants chicks, call or drop by and let me know and I will start another batch.  371-2994.

AA/AL-ANON
There is an AA meeting on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.  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 7:00 p.m. 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 Chili Pepper. You can now find us on facebook, google and google map.  There is also a daily AA meeting in Alpine.  For more info:  http://nwta66.org/index.php/schedules/cities/


DENTAL CLINIC
June 13-June15.  The clinic will start at 9:00 AM at the Big Bend Church.  No appointment is necessary.  Have children come for dental checkups

TERLINGUA MOON

Vol. 24 # 25 June 18, 2013
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STARLIGHT
Mon 6/17    2-4-1 Burger Night with the Witmores!
Tue 6/17    Mr. Uh Clem and $1 Tacos all night!
Wed 6/18    Dart Night!!! Tournaments still to come!
Thur6/19    Fresh Ceviche and Mojito Night

Espresso…  y poco mas located In the Ghostown at La Posada Milagro is open from 7:30am-1pm. We are serving terrific coffees, smoothies, sun ice tea and much more!  Come join us daily!  Wifi available.

Otra Vez Thrift Store is closed until Aug.   Please do not leave any donations until further notice.  Thanks!

H2O-To-Go
If you ordered a few weeks back, your tank is scheduled to arrive here this Wednesday afternoon. If you need yours dropped at the mailboxes, call and let us know in advance. This load will also have extra mesh filter screens and Banjo valves - so if you need either/both, they will be available. Another truck-load of tanks is about 1/2 filled at this time, so you can reserve yours now. Call us with any questions 371-2506, or email elcentro432@gmail.com.   Thanks so much; the Burrs

National Ham Radio Field Day
Local ham radio operators will be camping out at the Double Diamond Clubhouse June 21 - 23.  Lots of ham radios and antennas will be set up and the public is welcome to come and ask questions or participate on the air under the guidance of a licensed control operator.  Set up from 1pm Friday to 1pm Saturday.  Radio operators will work to make as many contacts as possible from 1pm Saturday until 1pm Sunday.  Stop by and visit us for an hour or two - or get hooked and spend the weekend with us!  Big Bend Amateur Radio Club Newsletter
You can take down the posters looking for Lost Dog Booger that went missing more than a month ago.  HE HAS BEEN FOUND !

SHOT TIME LIQUORS -
AMERICAN SPIRITS ARE HERE – packs & pouches! Bugler by the can now available.  Johnny Bootlegger in melon, raz, & grape - 200mL for only $2.32 (great for spritzers)!  Black Cove Rum 750mL for $8.00  & 375mL for $4.00.  ON SALE - ALL TASTE OF FLORIDA MIXERS (750mL) for $3.50 each.  TROTTERS RTD Margarita (750mL) for only $6.00.  Come check out all the other new sales going on.  Don't forget; we have fresh, locally made, filtered ice for just $1.75 per bag!!! Visit us anytime Mon thru Sat 10 to 9. 371-3155 shottimeliquors.com or like us on FaceBook!

There is an AA meeting on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.  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 7:00 p.m. 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 Chili Pepper.   You can now find us on Facebook, Google and Google map.  There is also a daily AA meeting in Alpine. For further information go to:
http://nwta66.org/index.php/schedules/cities/
The Terlingua Moon
June 24, 2013   ~  VOL. 24 #26
by 
La Catrina
Starlight Theatre Restaurant
Monday 6/24 - Jeff Haislip and Friends for 2-4-1 Night
Tuesday 6/25 - Mr. Uh Clem and $1 Tacos all night!
Wednesday 6/26 - Dart Night!
Tournaments start next week at 7pm
Thursday 6/27 - Fresh Ceviche and Mojito Night!
Friday 6/28 - You don't want to miss DANNY BARNS! 6pm-?

The clothes closet will be open this next Saturday, June 29th. The dates for July are July 6th and July 20th. The clothes closet is located inside the church of Christ building located on highway 118 just south of the stables. I try to be there by 9:30 and close by noon. If you need items on days that I'm not open, I'm happy to meet you at the building and let you get what you need. My number is #2150. We have a lot of clothes at the moment. I have a lot of men's jeans in the 38 to 42 range. If the OPEN sign is out, come on in!

The Legendary Legion Jam #7 will be held this month on June 30th at the American Legion on Highway 118. There will be many great local musicians, and as always they will be raising funds for a good cause. There will also be a pot-luck dinner at 6:00PM. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the show.

There is an AA meeting on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. 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 7:00 p.m. 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 Chili Pepper. You can now find us on facebook, google and google map. There is also a daily AA meeting in Alpine. For further information go HERE.

Another truck-load of tanks is now coming together.  This load is about 1/3 filled. Call us to reserve yours, sales-tax and freight free. 371-2506

Santa Inez Church in the Terlingua Ghost Town is getting a facelift. However, she is a lot hungrier than we thought. All the money we raised over 8 years has only protected 75% of her surface. Up to 6 inches of adobe had been eaten away by the rain since she was put back together in 1985 and if we are going to protect the new stained glass windows (put in 4 years ago and paid for by the Terlingua mining families) we have to complete her before the July rains. Please help us finish her! We need $2500 smackers.
Send checks to:
The Terlingua Foundation
PO Box 296
Terlingua, Texas 79852
oh, and Thank you!

If you are having financial difficulties paying your electric bill; please come by the Community Center in Terlingua on the 2nd Wednesday of the Month or call 432.837.2142 to apply.

SHOT TIME LIQUORS -
AMERICAN SPIRITS ARE HERE – packs & pouches! Project 12 longneck 12pk for only $10.83 (while they last)! Bugler by the can now available. Johnny Bootlegger in melon, raz, & grape - 200mL for only $2.32 (great for spritzers)! Black Cove Rum 750mL for $8.00 & 375mL for $4.00. ON SALE - ALL TASTE OF FLORIDA MIXERS (750mL) for $3.50 each. TROTTERS RTD Margarita (750mL) for only $6.00. Come check out all the other new sales going on. Don't forget; we have fresh, locally made, filtered ice for just $1.75 per bag!!! Visit us anytime Mon thru Sat 10 to 9. 371-3155 shottimeliquors.com or like us on FaceBook!

Eve’s Garden in Marathon invites all to an Open House with Live Music from the Rocky Top Alien Breeding Experiment, on Saturday, June 29th,
It’s a Pot Luck, but you don’t have to bring anything to share, just come and visit.  We will have beer and homemade bread and Awesome Live Music. That’s in Marathon at 3rd Street N and Avenue C,  Everybody welcome and bring a friend. 386-4165

Big Bend Resort Hotel (the Y) and Alon Gas Station want you to know that on July 1st and 2nd the gas pump station will be closed because they are installing new pumps.  They ask that you plan ahead so you don’t get stranded.  They are sorry for the inconvenience but hey, new gas pumps!

This week @ High Sierra:
Thursday, June 27th - Mo - 7-10pm
Friday, June 28th - Sweet Mama Cotton - New Texas Blues - 7-10pm & Ray Tarantino - 10pm - 12am
Saturday, June 29th - Dr Fun - 7ish
Sunday - 2pm
Local musicians - call Denese 371-3282 to sign up for Thursday Starving Artist gigs.

Espresso…y poco mas located In the Ghostown at La Posada Milagro Is open from 7:30am-1pm. We are serving terrific coffees, smoothies, sun ice tea and much more! Come join us daily! Wifi available.

Next week’s Moon editor will be: Marufo Mojo. Please send any notices to terlinguamoon@gmail.com by Monday noon to be included.

You can always get a free paper copy of the Moon at the Quicksilver Bank. Just ask.

To reliably find the Moon on the Internet, go to Dr. Doug’s website: http://www.drdougs.com/Moon.html

FOR SALE: Roper Washer/Dryer Set (both electric) and in excellent working condition. Large Capacity, white color, shows some signs of use, washer just got new master switch ($160) in January. Asking $250. Located in Big Bend National Park until July 1, 2013. For more info, call 504-301-6956


Summer Moon Lecture Series:  Cone Noises
It’s 10 o’clock at night and I’ve just seen her fly into my bedroom; a flat, black body with some red spots along each side. I’ve looked around frantically for her but to no avail. She’s hiding somewhere waiting for me; sharpening her nose and licking her chops. Tonight, I know I’m prey; I’ll be scratching by midnight; there is a conenose kissing bug waiting for her next meal in my bedroom.

Conenose kissing bugs, assassin bugs, triatoma, are all names for the same night roaming, blood sucking creature that attacks us here during the month of June. Victims complain of various symptoms from itching, welts and 12-hour stupidity to full-on anaphylaxis. If we go to the internet or check out a documentary, we may get info on general triatoma, but not our special kind of triatoma. Our Chihuahuan Desert triatoma are different, but first let’s see about the other kinds:

Conenose kissing bugs range from the southern portions of the United States down into central South America (and have now been found in Australia, Asia and Africa). They live in old mud and adobe houses, the grassy roofs of tropical palapas, and decomposing wood piles, etc. Some triatoma are black and red and some are even mottled brown but all have a ¼ inch long proboscis (nose) and a voracious appetite for blood. They mostly feed at night and generally live with the vertebrates from which they feast, and some of those vertebrates be us. In some parts of the world, the conenoses will suck blood from humans every day.

Many carry in their gut the Chagas parasite (also known as Trypanosoma cruzi) which they can get from the blood of infected hosts and which they then pass along to their offspring. “The infection is spread to humans when an infected bug deposits feces on a person's skin, usually while the person is sleeping at night. The person often accidently rubs the feces into the bite wound, an open cut, the eyes, or mouth. Animals can become infected the same way, and they can also contract the disease by eating an infected bug.”  Link to Changas Disease

Since it takes about 5 minutes for the Triatoma to have its meal, these healthy, moist bugs defecate while sucking. This is why the fecal material is deposited so close to the site of the wound. Once the creature leaves the scene of the crime the host starts to feel that funny tingly itch that happens as the numbing agent, injected by the predator, starts to wear off. This is when the hand begins to move involuntarily to the site of the incident and makes that earth shattering, life threatening mistake of sweeping  across the wound and smearing the fecal material, with the Trypanosoma cruzi parasites, into the human host.

According to the CDC, of the 16 to 18 million people infected with T. cruzi, some 50,000 people die every year, and many don’t even know what ails them. The parasite, after a brief period of fever, becomes imperceptible in the body and eventually gathers around the heart, where, after 20 years, according to the New York Times Magazine, “…your heart explodes.” However, I have seen the feces of these bugs, and it is copious and nasty. I can’t imagine people not being able to find it on their sheets, much less their faces. Thank God our bugs don’t poop like that.

Here in the Big Bend our triatoma are different. About 15 years ago, Dr Almeida from UTEP, with his lovely graduate assistant, took blood samples from many of us in the Ghost Town and in the Park. They also collected as many conenose kissing bugs as they could on their brief stay. Two years later, they were back and took more blood tests and collected more dead conenoses. It seems that 25% of our conenose kissing bugs had Chagas, but that none of us did. There was not one person here who had contracted the disease even though we all are regular victims. What’s up?

Two things: first, our triatoma are desert triatoma; they are as dehydrated as we are. Look at them. They are flat, paper thin. We can’t defecate when we are dehydrated and neither can they. So our desert species do not defecate until about 9 to 10 minutes after they suck, once they are more hydrated. If they had Chagas, it wouldn’t matter; the vector is gone. Have you ever found nasty and copious bug poop anywhere near your face, sheets or bed? No, because it doesn’t happen here. If you catch one in a bottle, you’ll notice something that looks like a dried drop of ink; very different from what goes on in the tropics.

Secondly, these bugs have evolved here in the dry desert where all their self-protective human hosts have more sensitive skin. The minute we felt them we’d smash them, so they evolved to never stand on their host. Our conenoses stand on the bed, the sheet, etc., and whip their proboscis out and suck. Notice that when you have been bitten, it has always been on a body location that was against the mattress, or tied up in sheets, like your feet and toes. If the conenose were to defecate it would never be on us. Physiologically, entomologically physiologically, it can’t happen. So the drama is over: they are dehydrated and they do not stand on us. We are free of the threat of Chagas.

But there is one thing we do still need to keep in mind. Prof Almeida has not been able to get back to me about this, but I think I know why they come out in June. This has always been a niggling question for me.

Okay, so, conenose feast on rats and mice all year ‘round in the Big Bend and only come out during the month of June. When I see one in my bedroom and react like the New Yorker I can be, I can’t help smashing and squashing the bugs, but when I have my wits about me, I collect them in what I call The Coliseum and let them fight to the death. Sometimes I throw in a big, fat, healthy tick to give them a little sustenance but normally, by July, I have conenose eggs and eventually little noses hopping around inside the Coliseum as well.

This has lead me to deduce that the reason the triatoma leave a perfectly good host (the rat) for another in June (us) is because of competition. In June they are ready to lay eggs. If their eggs hatch in the nest with the rat, then eventually the rat will be killed by the increased number of little mouths to feed. If the adult triatoma fly off and deposit their eggs with a different host, that’d be us, then there is no competition, and they can feast for a while, lay their eggs in our houses and then either stay or go back to the regular nosh. Makes sense to me.

So, yep, she’s still here.
She’s waiting for me to turn the light off.
She may not threaten my life,
but she’ll surely make my life hell.

Some things to keep in mind:
They are attracted to lights at night; so turn yours off.
They hide well; if they see you looking, they will scoot under the table or around the post.
Kill them or they will lay eggs in your bedroom.

Link to Cone Nose Beatles

"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."          Aldous Huxley  for Uh