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Monday, January 22nd Morning News


Monday, January 8th and I’m PJ Benevich.

The Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering Board of Directors meets tomorrow evening to begin finalizing their plans for next month’s show at Sul Ross State University.
The next Poetry Gathering program will be February 15 to 17 with most of the major shows in Marhsall Auditorium on the Sul Ross campus.
Though not officially a Cowboy Poetry event, it starts on Wednesday, February 14, not just Valentines Day but also the Sul Ross Show Rodeo at the S.A.L.E. Arena.
It is a presentation by the Sul Ross Rodeo program but the Gathering will sponsor it and proceeds will be used to fianance Sul Ross scholarships.
Cowboy Poetry programs will begin Thursday evening and run through Saturday with free shows during the afternoon and paid shows in Marshall Auditorium.
Friday and Saturday will each get under way from 7:30 to 8:30 with the Chuckwagon Breakfast at Poet’s Grove in Kokernot Park.
Ticket sales, information and the mercantile will begin at 8:30 both days on the second floor of University Center.
To buy advance tickets and for other information, see

The Alpine Business Alliance reminds us about a “Wildlife Day in Alpine” on Saturday, February 3, announced earlier.
Visit Alpine, Texas and Borderlands Research Institute are partnering on the event that includes a guided hike up Hancock Hill and a feature wildlife film at the Granada Theatre.
The hike will focus on big game species and the screening will be of the feature wildlife documentary “Deep in the Heart” followed by a panel discussion with wildlife experts.
Between 11 when the hike concludes and 4:30 when doors open for the film, attendees will be invited to enjoy Alpine’s businesses and any specials or events by our merchants.
They might like to schedule something that will be promoted on the event’s web page, social media and elsewhere.
Anything is welcome, but if it has any kind of wildlife theme, that’s even better.
As an example, Front Street Books will have a sale on wildlife and nature-themed books and Chris Ruggia will do live drawings and sign his comic books featuring Big Bend wildlife. To participate, contact Chris Ruggia at so he can promote your event.

This is the week to be sure you have made your utility payments to the City of Alpine.
Service will be disconnected Wednesday on past-due payments unless prior arrangements have been made.
To prevent loss of the service and fees of 35 dollars each for the disconnect and reconnect, make sure your payment has been made by 4 Tuesday afternoon.
Payments can be made at the drop box outside City Hall, in person just inside the door or on-line by registering at

Alpine School District kindergarten students wrapped up their reading unit on Native Americans this month with a field trip to the Museum of the Big Bend.
Students painted a paper hide to imitate how Native Americans painted animal hides to tell their stories.
They also took a tour throughout the museum and were taken on an Indian walk.
The district said in a Facebook post it was a great hands-on experience to further students’ knowledge of the history of Native Americans in this region.

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