The Terlingua MOON

Vol. 28 No. 34
August 22, 2017
By MaeWestern
“We are all descended from astronomers.” —Neil deGrasse Tyson

Ruth Jansyn
Ruth F. Necheles Jansyn, age 81, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 15, 2017 at Catskills Regional Hospital in Harris, NY. She was born in 1936 in Chicago to Dr. John and Dr. Henrietta (Magnus) Necheles. She received her PHD from the University of Chicago and her MS in Industrial Relations from Rutgers. Along her life journey, from high school teacher to Professor of History and Director of Labor Studies at Long Island University, she traveled extensively across the United States and Europe. She lived in Chicago, New York, New Jersey and, for a while, in Paris where she researched and wrote a book about the Abbe Gregoir (her “moldy bishop”), one of her numerous publications in the field of history.
She married Leon Jansyn in 1978. Together they had many adventures as he joined her in their worldly travels. Their adventures ranged from longer than sensible boat trips in an old leaky wooden power boat (with no reverse) to working at archaeological sites in Northern Italy, Australia, and Russia.
Upon retiring as a History Professor from Long-Island University, Ruth studied multiple facets of art including watercolor, painting, sketching, and photography. She focused on photography, studying the subject for seven years at Long Island University eventually building a business around that skill.
During their explorations within the United States Ruth and Leon stumbled upon Terlingua, TX and grew to love that location and its residents. They ultimately divided their time between their long time home in Highland Park, NJ and Terlingua, TX.
In both New Jersey and Texas, Ruth was active in the community and volunteered extensively. She enjoyed community events such as the art shows, book clubs and write-offs. She enjoyed her time spent volunteering at such places as Otra Vez and the art gallery.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Dr. Thomas F. Necheles, and her husband, Leon Jansyn. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Carmen Necheles, nieces and nephews: Jean Necheles, Michael Necheles, Susan Necheles, Peter Necheles, and Anna Necheles, her step children: Diana Evensen, Benjamin Jansyn, Kate Jansyn, and Ruth Henning, nine Jansyn grandchildren, nine Necheles great nieces, one Necheles great nephew and two Necheles great, great nephews. She is also survived by a great number of friends.
Memorial services will be arranged for Highland Park, NJ in September and for Terlingua, TX in the winter. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Family Crisis Center of the Big Bend at P.O. Box 83, Terlingua, TX 79852.

Cross Country Season Begins at Terlingua School
Informational Meeting for students entering 7th-12th grades will be held from 7am-7:30am at the high school computer lab on the 1st day of school, August 28th. Necessary paperwork will be passed out and we will be discussing meet dates and uniforms. We WILL NOT be working out, so do not wear your PE clothes. Please invite your friends and come hear about our plans for another successful, fun season. Reminder: 7th, 8th, 9th, and 11th graders CANNOT attend any practices without getting a physical. Mandatory UIL physical forms are available at the school office. If you have any questions, please email Marcy Reed at

Becoming Mechanic Services
is once again available. Diesel and automotive repairs. Roadside services available. Give Antonio a call for rates and schedules: (432)371-2694 or (432)294-0128 He can fix anything!

Terlingua Ranch Lodge
RANCH MARKET DAYS Aug 26th and 27th
Come out and join us from 9am -3pm Saturday and Sunday
BUY SELL EAT and VISIT (call office 432-371-3146 for booth space )
Live Music Saturday 11am to 2pm by Neil Trammel
Cabins are 30% off for August and September
Bad Rabbit Cafe Friday Nights Fried Fish Special $11.95
Aug 26th Saturday Lunch Special Fried Shrimp Po’Boys $9.95
Aug 27th Sunday Lunch Special Chicken Nachos $8.95
Also Featuring Friday / Saturday Nights: Cooter playing your favorite country songs
Coming in September, Saturday Night Karaoke Night with Cooter. Y’ALL COME SING!

Shot Time Liquors
is open Monday – Saturday 10am-9pm. Come check out our new items in our smoke shop, medicine cabinet, wine department, Texas whiskeys, ciders, and More! New Items, sale items, games, stemware, ice, beer, liquors, adult novelty, and tobacco. VIVA TERLINGUA

One Person’s Trash…
is the Green Scene Recycled Art Show Entry! Please start your creative engines and make a piece of art for the exhibit. Anyone with stuff to remake can enter as many as you like, and it’s free! Bring your art to the TVA booth on October 28th, or contact Mary at or 2999 to arrange for pickup. You can also sign up your piece at

Terlingua Bottoms Group
The Terlingua Bottoms Group of AA meets every Thursday at 7:30 at the Big Bend Church in Study Butte. The meetings are open to anyone who has or thinks they may have a drinking problem.

This Week at The Starlight!!
Monday, 8/21 – Adam & The Figurines
Tuesday, 8/22 – Uh Clem
Wednesday, 8/23 – Brandon Luedtke
Thursday, 8/24 – Jeff Gavin & Mark Lewis
Friday, 8/25 – Bonnie Montgomery
Saturday, 8/26 – Stone Wheels
Sunday, 8/27 – Summer Sunday Movie: Barbarosa @ 8 pm
Monday, 8/28 – Brandon Taylor
Plus, SNAP! The photographs of Carey Kelley and Beth Doolittle on display through September 30.
The best food, drink, people & vibe in town! Reservations for parties of 10 or more happily accepted. 432.371.3400. Special events – Rehearsal Dinners, Receptions and more email
Hope to see you soon!

Help Wanted – Line Cook
The Starlight Theatre is seeking an experienced, hard-working, line cook. Must be willing to work evenings, weekends, and holidays. Wages commensurate with experience and abilities. Come by The Starlight (side door) any day around 2 for an application. Or email Attn: Diego. No phone calls, please.

School Board Meeting
TCSD board meeting this Wednesday the 23rd. We will be starting at six with the swearing in and seating of our new board member, Noemi Aviles, followed by the tax rate hearing and the regular meeting. As always, public attendance is welcomed and encouraged.

All Energies
All Energies has four Q-Cell 335 watt solar panels in stock for $265 each. Contact All Energies at 371-2950 or email for more information.

This Week at the High Sierra
Thursday 12-5 Ken spinning classic LPs from 60-90s
Thursday 7:30 to 10:30 Chris and Bobby
Friday 7:30 Brandon Taylor
Saturday 7:30 Dr Fun
Sunday 7:30 Stone Wheels

And the sale continues at Kathy’s Resale Shop, Friday August 25th & Saturday August 26th from 1-5. New items have been added, so come check it out. Located between laundromat and party barn. Hope to see you there, this will be the last weekend for bargains at this location. Items are listed on my Facebook page.

Recycled Fashion Show
Time is ticking away, 10 weeks to get ready for the Screamin Green Scene event and Recycled Fashion Show. There are lots of ideas out there on youtube and google. Still looking for models: children, women and men. This is a great opportunity for the kiddos & adults to create their Halloween costume out of recycled material.

La Posada Milagro- Espresso … y poco mas
Summer hours in effect: 7:30am-1:00pm !
Big Bend Roasters (our local Roasters in Marfa) makes the best coffee ever!!
Fast And Fresh Burritos
Fresh Eggs and Pastries
Fresh Fruit Cups
Terrific Waffles
Homemade Meatloaf Sandwiches
Fresh salads /as you like
Home Roasted Chicken croissant sandwiches
Homemade cookies and Delicious Brownies

Sponsorship Now Available:
Once a year, Terlingua Visual Arts reaches out to our business community and other individuals to sponsor our annual Terlingua Artists Calendar. In the past, not only has sponsorship made it possible for local artists to expose and promote their work, but also to raise funds for art events, supplies and further promotion. Your contribution, no matter the amount, is a sure sign of a healthy community in which we all benefit. We artists and art lovers appreciate your generosity.
This week pledge cards have gone out to local venues, and we hope to have a continued commitment to our efforts. Demonstrate your pride by displaying the sponsorship card in your business. We also hope that area artists will show their appreciation by using these sponsors’ goods and services in the year to come. –Mary Diesel, TVA Facilitator

Mazie is a 60 lb beautiful mixed breed dog. She has a wound around her neck from her immediate past-life on a chain but her spirit is undamaged. Mazie is friendly and cuddly and very engaged with people, while also seeming wise beyond her 2 years. For more information about Mazie or any pet in the Alpine Shelter, email


The Terlingua Moon
August 8, 2017 ~ VOL. 28 #32

This is your chance to get your special day on next year’s Terlingua Visual Arts Calendar. In addition to regular holidays that show up on the calendar, you can invent your own special day. We already have Lefthander’s Day and Be Bald and Be Free Day, so think of something original and submit your entry by August 15! Email it to PS Must be kid friendly.

Want to go off grid?
Need a tiny house wired?
Want to have a little power for your hunting cabin in the middle of no where?
I can help you with your off grid solutions.
I can figure your basic needs and wants and give you a price and install it.
I also work with a company that can solar to help lower your monthly electric bill.
I can also build services for your hunting cabin for power company to hook up to.
for estimates and designs call me. Wayne Jones
432-294-0282 State of Texas licensed

2nd and 4th weekends in July and August
9 to 3 pm on the Patio
August 23th and 13th Saturday featuring Jeff Haislip at 11 am
Restaurant Specials offered Daily – 30 % off all rooms
Free Booths for property owners – call 432 371 3146 to reserve. The lodge will also be having a fire sale

THE TERLINGUA BOTTOMS GROUP OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meets Thursdays at 7:30 pm at the Big Bend Church in Study Butte. AA is for people who have or think that they might have a problem with alcohol.

Has hens for sale. Guitars starting at 100.00 and eggs $3.00 per dozen.

“There is something fundamentally wrong in treating the Earth as if it were a business in liquidation.”
― Herman E. Daly

Wednesday Patrick Smith 7:00
Thursday Retro Thursday, Ken spins tunes from the 70s 80s and 90s, enjoy the sounds of LP music
Friday 7:30 Join us for Jeff Haislip and Mark Udder
Saturday 7:30 The Terlingua Icon Dr Fun shares his music

Three more tanks, depending on their size, are all that are needed to complete the Wylie rain-catchment, tank order. Our answering machine works now!! 371-2506, cell (512) 924-2506 or email

FINAL WEEK for art and nature program! This Thursday, Aug 10th, we will meet for a field trip to Fresno Ranch, located 7 miles west of Lajitas. You may drive your own vehicle or reserve a spot for transportation. If you and/or your child need a ride, please RESERVE (limited space and some restrictions) Contact Amber Harrison 432.424.3327 or Crystal Allbright 432.386.0906 Meet at 9 am at the Barton Warnock Visitor Center. Bring your lunch and let’s go exploring! Sponsored by Compadres del Rancho Grande and Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.

Summer hours in effect: 7:30am-1:00pm Every Day!!
Big Bend Roasters (our local Roasters in Marfa)
Makes the best coffee ever!!
Fast AND Fresh Burritos
Fresh Eggs and Pastries
Fresh Fruit Cups
Terrific Waffles
Homemade Meatloaf Sandwiches
Fresh salads /as you like
Home Roasted Chicken croissant sandwiches
Homemade cookies and
Delicious Brownies

Furniture, bicycle, closets, dresser, tables, lamps, between Laundromat and Party Barn at the Costume/Resale Shop: August 10th & 11th, 10:00 – 3:00. Look for flyers around town,

October 28th is our Screamin Green Scene with a FaBuLoUs ScReAmIn ReCyClEd FaShIoN Show, so now is the time to create and show us your talent. You can model your creation or find a model to strut down the runway showing off your talent. Come join us for the fun.

Starting Monday, 14th of August La Kiva will be having Italian night. Buy A Pizza and get a second Pizza of equal or lesser value for half off. To make it even more exciting we are also going to have Pasta Specials and salads every Monday.
Grill and fryers will not be working on Mondays.

For “Yerma” by Federico Garcia Lorca to be performed over 2 weekends, last of October and 1st of November. It’s a medium size cast with musicians and dancers, as well as actors. Please prepare a short monologue and cold readings from the script.
Friday the 11th and Saturday the 12th, 7-9 pm
Espresso…y Poco Mas
Call 432.528.5037 for more information.

We need a smart border wall, not a 3rd century solution
By Will Hurd, Opinion contributor

This, from our new school teacher in Terlingua…..”Hey, Terlingua peeps…I want my class to participate in the Green Scene. Could y’all let your friends know I need toilet paper/paper towel rolls, scraps of interesting paper, magazines, wire, or anything we could use for our projects? They can be dropped off at school for Ms. Braswell, or message me and I’ll come get them or meet up. Thanks so much.”



Is an awesome couple-year-old dog who needs someone to help him recover the pounds he lost while out on the streets and to shower him with love and affection. Lyle is a little aloof at first but with attention, he totally transforms. He’ll take to a pampered life with no trouble at all! Lyle is about 25 pounds and all ready to be adopted! For more information about Lyle or any pet in the Alpine Shelter, email

Quilts of all sizes, pillows, tote bags, wall art, jewelry, place mats. Stop by, you will be surprised at all the goodies in this store! 371-2292
Across from the stables in Study Butte

BIG BEND, Texas (Local 2/Fox 24) – Officials with Big Bend National Park have released the cause of death for one hiker who was discovered back in June.
Park Officials say Cathlyn Weir suffered from environmental hyperthermia.
Her remains were reportedly located on June 18.
Officials say she and another hiker were in the Dog Canyon Trail when temperatures reached over 100 degrees.
The second hiker went for help and notified park officials and border patrol agents around 2:30 p.m., according to previous reports.
Wier was found about two hours later.



Last week

July 31, 2017 ~ Volume 28 ~ #31 By Million sMiles

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it! ~Russell Baker

It’s always a special week at The Starlight but this week will especially be so. Join us on Tuesday night to celebrate what would have been Jerry Garcia’s 75th Birthday! Music with Uh Clem, Rob Dean & Pablo Menudo. Diego will be serving up Jerry’s favorite Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Gummy Bears and Brownies; couple that with a Jerry drink special from the bar. After the music, we’ll be featuring a Grateful Dead Concert on the Big Screen. Free cocktail to the person with the best Tie-Dye!
Here’s what the rest of the week looks like – hope you’re a part of it!
Monday, 7/31 – Laird Considine
Tuesday, 8/1 – Jerry Garcia’s Birthday Bash
Wednesday, 8/2 – Jeffro’s song swap – special guest this week is Mark Lewis
Thursday – To Be Announced
Friday, 8/4 – Scott Walker
Saturday, 8/5 – Marc Utter is back! He’ll join Jeff Haislip to Utter Haislip
Sunday Movie night featuring Being There with Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine
Monday, 8/7 – Tom Griffith
Have a great week friends – no matter where you are!

Draftex LLC – Design work for south Brewster County. Contact Jeff Gavin: 830.739.6986 or

Howdy Folks! DB, Rustic Iron BBQ will resume normal hours of operation on Aug.2. 11am-6pm or till sold out, whichever comes first. See y’all in a few days! Tks

Please consider entering this challenge. Your artwork will be exhibited at the Terlingua Visual Arts booth at the Green Scene on October 28th. Lots of options… check it out:

FULL MOON POT LUCK At JACKASS FLATS PAVILION AUG 7, 7:30 PM Bring a dish to share and a chair.
Visiting, food, music & Fun !!
Featured Musician this month is CHARLIE HURTIN !!!
Other musicians always welcome to join in !!!
Come on out ,sit a spell and enjoy !!! SEE YA’LL THERE !!
Some Native American tribes called the August Moon the “Sturgeon Moon” because they knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this Full Moon. They also called August’s Moon the “Full Green Corn Moon.” Different tribes had different Moon name preferences. Other examples for August are: “Wheat Cut Moon” (San Ildefonso, and San Juan), “Moon When All Things Ripen” (Dakotah Sioux), and ”Blueberry Moon” (Ojibwe).

Espresso …y poco mas Summer hours in effect til Noemi gets home from a great well-deserved vacation!! 7:30am-1:00pm Every Day!!
Big Bend Roasters(our local Roasters in Marfa) Makes the best coffee ever!!
Fast And Fresh Burritos, Fresh Eggs and Pastries
Fresh Fruit Cups, Terrific Waffles
Homemade Meatloaf Sandwiches, Fresh salads /as you like
Home Roasted Chicken croissant sandwiches, Homemade cookies and
Delicious Brownies, Free WIFI & Great Mexican Music

Join us for FUN activities in the COOL of the Barton Warnock Visitor Center! 9 am – Noon each Thursday for two more weeks: August 3 & 10. Come to one or two. For ALL Ages!! Sponsored by Compadres del Rancho Grande and Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. Contact Amber Harrison 432.424.3327 or Crystal Allbright 432.386.0906 for more info!
Call to all fashionistas and just plain fun seekers: October 28th,The Screamin Green Scene Recycled Fashion Show is ON! You can model your own or have someone model for you. Google recycle fashion, there’s a ton of ideas online. We encourage everything from exquisitely sewn fashion to wonderfully funky and fun wear. More details to follow in upcoming moons.

For our friends here in Terlingua, we are going to have a memorial/celebration for Chris Miller on Saturday, August 5 at the Terlingua American Legion – (see their website for the address if you’re unfamiliar with it- ). We’d like to start about 11am (with some words from me & anyone else that wants to add anything remembering him) and then just hang out, visit & reminisce until about 2 or 3 pm.
I would like to ask for anyone willing to share: Would you bring a written story or memory you have of Chris and a picture to go with it (if you have one)? Maybe date it too if you remember when it was (even a rough idea) and be sure to include your info too! I want to take all of these wonderful stories & memories and make a book for the girls. Don’t worry if you forget, I’ll make sure we have paper & pens there too!
Thank you again for all of your support, it’s appreciated more that you will ever know! Love, Nicole Miller”

The Wylie water catchment order is a few tanks shy of a load (pause for laughter). Our answering machine isn’t working, but you can try 371-2506, or (512) 924-2506 or email: for specs, prices, dimensions, ETA, etc. Catch this liquid gold now. Last order till Fall.

The Big Bend Citizens’ Alliance will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday, March 8th at the Casa de la Cultura (Crisis Center) in the Terlingua Ghost Town. Meet and greet at 2:30 PM, and our meeting will begin at 3PM. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supporting the Terlingua Community Garden, Kids Klub, Terlingua Recycles, Terlingua Cares, Voices from Both Sides, Terlingua Visual Arts, and Ghost Town Charities. All are welcome to attend this public meeting and don’t forget to follow “BBCA Terlingua” on Facebook. For more information, email with your questions.

The Terlingua Bottoms Group of AA meets every Thursday at 7:30 at the Big Bend Church in Study Butte. The meetings are open to anyone who has or thinks they may have a drinking problem.

Princess and Delilah really love each other. We wouldn’t say they were a bonded pair, but they very much enjoy each other’s company and take great comfort in each other. They went through some tough stuff together, and would like to see a better world together too. If you have a heart big enough for TWO small/medium dogs, both Princess and Delilah would be a delightful addition to your family. Princes is 3 years old, and Delilah is 4. Both like people and other dogs. Adoption fee negotiable. For more information, please email heather

Rep. Hurd Announces Full Schedule for Third Annual Town Hall Series
DC2DQ is coming soon to a Texas town near you Monday, August 7, 2017
PRESIDIO- 10:00am-11:00am The Enlightened Bean Café, 201 W O’Reilly St, Presidio, TX 79845
ALPINE- 1:30pm-3:00pm Sul Ross State University, Lobo Village Community Room, East Highway 90, Alpine, TX 79832
FORT STOCKTON- 5:30pm-7:00pm Dairy Queen, 408 W Dickinson Blvd, Fort Stockton, TX 79735

Please remember to get your information to by noon on Mondays. Thanks!

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