Alpine

Alpine to A&M: Don’t Drone On Me

Nov 25, 2013 By Rachel Monroe

After a packed public hearing last week, Alpine's City Council unanimously voted to reject A&M's proposal to launch drones from Alpine's municipal airport. Alpine's triumph, however, is more symbolic than anything else. Unmanned aircraft will still fly over the Big Bend region.

The “Drive” Drive

Jan 21, 2013 By Joe Nick Patoski

ROUTE: West of Ozona to Sanderson DISTANCE: 85 miles NUMBER OF COUNTIES: 3 WHAT TO READ: James H. Evans’s Crazy From the Heat A drive whose sole purpose is to experience the simple pleasure of being behind the wheel has a few requirements. The route must lead…

Wild Turkey

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

Here’s something to be thankful for: chef Grady Spears’s holiday feast, with a deep-fried bird and all the trimmings.

Marfa Best Western

Jan 20, 2013 By Jordan Breal

In Donald Judd’s last interview before his death, in 1994, the artist explained that he’d first come to Marfa two decades earlier because he “just wanted a place in the Southwest for the summertime.” Whether he intended it or not, this far West Texas town has since become the…

Untitled Mike Flynt Project

Jan 20, 2013 By John Spong

A veteran Hollywood screenwriter couldn’t have come up with a better narrative arc: Seeking redemption, 59-year-old reenrolls at university he was once asked to leave, tries out for football team, makes it, becomes one of oldest-ever players in NCAA history. Or at least that’s how the hero wants it to be told. The full story may not be quite so neat and tidy, but . . . aw, hell, roll cameras anyway!

Radio

Jan 20, 2013 By Joe Nick Patoski

Play-by-play coverage of high school baseball in Alpine, polka and Pan-American music in El Campo: More than a dozen reasons not to touch that dial.

Music Clubs

Jan 20, 2013 By Michael Hall

Old country and western in Mingus, zippy zydeco in Bridge City: The shows always go on at these ten tuneful spots.

Sports

Jan 20, 2013 By Jordan Mackay

Hot hurdling in Giddings, super six-man football in Gordon: Ten towns that got game.

Alpine

Aug 31, 2010 By Jordan Breal

In this high-desert hub just north of Big Bend National Park, you’ll find Western artwork, Mexican handicrafts, and the unexpected snow cone.

Class Warfare

May 31, 2004 By Michael Hall

When Sul Ross State University professor Larry Sechrest called his neighbors and students idiots and inbreds, the entire town of Alpine rose up against him. Not that he's changed his mind.

Clean Living

Jun 30, 1999 By Joe Nick Patoski

How the fight over a toxic waste dump has changed the lives of three West Texas activists.

Food for Thought

Jun 30, 1997 By Paul Burka

Once, before fast-food franchises and ecotourists took over Alpine, the Gallego family’s Mexican restaurant survived and thrived. Today, the kitchen is closed.

The Music Man

Aug 31, 1996 By Anne Dingus

Most businesses in the West Texas town of Alpine cater to locals, but one attracts Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Junior Brown, and other musical greats. It’s the modest building where Michael Stevens, luthier to the stars, produces electric guitars—fewer than two dozen a year, at $2,700 to $10,000 plus. “We…