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Friends, Family and Community Rally to Help Couple Injured in Post-Wedding Wreck

After a horrific accident near Marfa last month, friends of the couple injured in the wreck are hoping to make the long road to recovery a little bit easier them.

Friends of Alberto “Beto” Halpern and Alexandra Annello are hosting a fundraiser including a silent auction and all-vinyl record DJ at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017, at Tin Man Filling Station located in TI:ME at Montecillo, 4952 North Mesa Street in West El Paso.

Halpern and Annello were celebrating their wedding in Marfa when the accident occurred, only days after the wedding ceremony. Halpern has since spent his first month of marriage in intensive care.

Organizers suggest guests make a $5 donation at the door to help with medical expenses. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction including local artwork, nights in Faxonia and El Cosmico, and other great items. Tin Man Filling Station will also donate all the proceeds from select taps.

For those who cannot attend but would like to help, a medical fund account has been set up at the Marfa National Bank, 301 Highland Street, Marfa, TX 79843. Donations can be made to The Alberto Halpern Medical Fund, account #1113656.


Big Bend Conservation Alliance Partners with Sofia Coppola to Release Limited Edition T-Shirt

The Big Bend Conservation Alliance (BBCA) announced Tuesday a partnership with director Sofia Coppola to release a limited edition t-shirt in support of BBCA’s fight against the Trans-Pecos Pipeline and its mission to preserve and celebrate iconic West Texas.

The Save Marfa t-shirt, designed by Coppola, intends to bring awareness to the environmental challenges facing Marfa and the Big Bend region including the Trans-Pecos Pipeline, light pollution, and increased fracking.

Through conversations with Rainer Judd, daughter of artist Donald Judd, Coppola designed the Save Marfa t-shirt with handwritten text that reads “Marfa Special Forces,” invoking a task force of the popular travel destination.

“I’ve known Rainer since we met as teenagers and we have been friends over the years,” said Coppola. “We share a love of art and revolutionary spirit. I remember visiting her childhood home in Marfa with her years ago and when she told me about the pipeline there, I helped her make this t-shirt to bring whatever attention it can to keeping Marfa’s land and sky protected.”

All proceeds will benefit the BBCA in support of their fight against the Trans-Pecos Pipeline and other threats facing the Big Bend region. The t-shirt can be purchased for $40 online and locally in Marfa at The Capri.

Big Bend Conservation Alliance (BBCA) is a volunteer-driven organization that seeks to celebrate and preserve the natural, cultural, and economic resources of the Big Bend region of Texas.

BBCA was started in response to the Trans-Pecos Pipeline in order to provide a reputable source of accurate, important information about the project, its progress, and its effects to the area’s environment and residents. As BBCA’s work has developed, the organization’s focus has broadened to address four topics that represent the core challenges to the region’s integrity: landowner rights, eminent domain abuse, clean water, and dark skies.

Further, BBCA seeks to protect the fundamentally American right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, as well as due process when one of those rights is threatened.

The Trans-Pecos Pipeline (TPP) is a 42-inch natural gas transmission line designed to send and receive up to 1.35 billion cubic feet of United States fracked gas to Mexico for further shipment overseas. The pipeline crosses through Big Bend, running east of the Davis Mountains, through the famed Marfa Lights area, and alongside the Chinati Mountains before tunneling beneath the Rio Grande into Mexico.

Although the United States is covered with oil and gas transmission pipelines, these existing pipelines until now have ended in the Permian Basin, far north of Marfa and the Big Bend Region.

The pipeline opens the door to additional industrial infrastructure in the Big Bend region, destroying the area’s pristine nature. The Big Bend is an unparalleled geological and ecological showcase, famous for its brilliant night skies and panoramic vistas. There is no precedent in this region for the scale of ground disturbance required during construction: a 125-foot wide bladed corridor along the entire 148-mile pipeline route.

Along the way it cuts through intact native grasslands, desert scrublands, and across intermittent and ephemeral desert streams that harbor rare species with limited distributions.

With the construction of the pipeline, a network of new roads and associated pipeline infrastructure such as block valves, meters, and blowdown stations are being built. In the process the pipeline and its infrastructure fragment one of the largest intact bioregions in the country uniquely sensitive to human disturbance. It is a fragile bioregion that can take generations to recover.

For more information on the impact of the pipeline, click HERE.

The Weekly Yelp: Roadtrip To Marfa

After you’ve spent an hour outside Prada Marfa taking selfies in all the high fashion poses you can think of, don’t head for home just yet. Marfa, TX has more surprises in store like fully furnished teepees and a museum that serves grilled cheese. Make it a weekend trip — you won’t regret it!

The Marfa Lights (Local Flavor, Leisure Centers)
Marfa Lights Viewing Ctr, Marfa, TX
“These are natural phenomena — they don’t show up just because you drove a long way!… Spotted a tiny red light in the distance that we assumed was a radar tower, until the light began to move in all four directions. Was an eerie and unforgettable sight.” – Jules R.

Museum of Electronic Wonders & Late Night Grilled Cheese Parlour (American)
300 W San Antonio St, Marfa, TX
“Awesome concept in Marfa! This is one of those rare and unique spots where both the food and entertainment make the attraction. The grilled cheeses were all you’d hope for: cheesy, gooey, toasted, with thin slices of meat and other toppings.” – Jenna M.

El Cosmico (Campgrounds)
802 S Highland Ave, Marfa, TX
“Such a neat place! We stayed in a teepee this past weekend and I adored it. Wonderful staff and the place was such a great experience.” – Kathryn C.

Frama at Tumbleweed Laundry (Coffee & Tea, Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt)
120 N Austin St, Marfa, TX
“This coffee shop is attached to a laundromat. It serves as a laundromat, coffee shop, and ice cream shop! The coffee there is amazing! I loved every drop of my vanilla latte. I also bought a bag of espresso to make drip coffee at home.” –Amy T.

Planet Marfa (Bars, Music Venues)
200 S Abbott St, Marfa, TX
“Easily the coolest place in Marfa… Plenty of seating available. Yes they’ve converted a minibus into more seating, and yes, they have a great teepee that leads below ground to more seating and away from the heat.” – Linkus M.
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