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Monday, April 15th Morning News


Monday, April 15th and I’m PJ Benevich.

The Third Annual Spirits of the West Festival highlighting Texas-produced wines, spirits and beef will be Friday and Saturday, this time on the Brewster Couty Courthouse lawn.
Its producer, Alpine’s Gallery Night, bills it as a celebration of Texas’ best wine makers, spirit distillers and brew masters, together with beef producers and chefs from across Texas.
The two-day festival, sponsored by Chateau Wright Winery, begins Friday with a street festival of dozens of Texas wineries, distilleries, breweries and chefs.
Both nights will feature live music acts, beer and wine including spirits tastings and beef dishes.
Friday night, music will be by Alpine’s own The Swifts, Feline Fox and Texas original headliner Joe King Carrasco from 4 to 10.
Saturday, it will be from 11 to 10 with live music to also include Los Pinche Gringos.
For more information, see the website at

Iris Lopez, founder and executive director of El Paso’s “Mija, Yes You Can”, will be the inaugural presenter for Sul Ross State University’s Women’s Speaker series.
Lopez will make two presentations at the “Voices en la Frontera” series Friday at the Espino Conference Center at the Morgan University Center on the Sul Ross Alpine campus.
She will speak first at 2 with a focus on area high school and Sul Ross students, though all are welcome.
Her second presentation at 6 also is open to the public. Both are free, and the evening engagement will be followed by a reception on the U.C. mezzanine.
Lopez was born and raised in El Paso and graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a degree in Multimedia Journalism.
With a career in broadcasting, she was a board member for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
And she was named the 2022 recipient of the Alliance’s Texas Betty Fulenwider Media Award for accurately covering stories on mental health and sharing the successes in the field.
She was Montwood High School’s 2021 Outstanding Alumnus and was also awarded the community

“Mija, Yes You Can” aims to tell the stories of women who have achieved great things while providing a platform for women to encourage each other by sharing their stories with the world.
For more information, email Dr. Yvonne Realivasquez, vice president of Enrollment Management, at

The city of Alpine and Keep Alpine Beautiful will celebrate Earth Day with a free event Saturday on Murphy Street between Printco and the Farmers Market.
It will include educational booths, kids’ activities, mural painting, a bouncy castle, plant sale, popcorn, snow cones and wild animals from 10 to 2.

The Alpine Public Library will have its annual Patio Sale during open hours Saturday.
Donations will be accepted from now until Friday and can be taken to the front desk, also during open hours.
The announcement on Facebook suggests patrons give old items a new life, snag a deal for yourself and support the library in its mission.

The Alpine Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled a Paint Party for the Parks event Saturday, April 20, at Medina Park at Avenue F and South 11th Street.
The event from 9 to 1 that day will need volunteers to help.
The playground and equipment at Medina and nearby Baines Park is ready for a fresh coat of paint and paint and brushes will be provided. For more information, call City Hall at 837-3301.

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