• November 14, 2019

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GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross QEP on display

ALPINE The Sul Ross State University Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) has been selected by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission (SACSCOC) to be showcased in the Resource Room at the SACSCOC annual meeting Dec. 7-10 in Houston.

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GOOD NEWS: Celebrate parks at the Museum of the Big Bend

ALPINE Big Bend National Park is celebrating its 75th anniversary with special events all year.

GOOD NEWS: OHH reaches milestone of $5 million shared

Oilfield Helping Hands (OHH) has now shared $5 million with oilfield families in need.

GOOD NEWS: Permian Basin Fair & Expo board names new president

A familiar face will be leading the Permian Basin Fair and Expo in 2020, Chris Yount is the newly elected fair president.

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Trans-Pecos Ultra Race Director and Chair of Sul Ross Physical Education Department Chris Herrera scans a course map for the 165-mile ultramarathon in Big Bend Ranch State Park.

GOOD NEWS: Ultramarathon has Sul Ross ties

ALPINE One Sul Ross professor’s passion project has led to a fifth year of remote racing in the Chihuahuan Desert with Trans-Pecos Ultra, a multi-stage race and tour through Big Bend, held Nov. 2.

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GOOD NEWS: Club Scrapbook

>>The Odessa Forum held its October meeting at Westminster Presbyterian Church on October 18, 2019. Karen Winters presided and Brenda Norman took the minutes. The DAR organization decorated the tables in a lovely fall theme and served a delicious meal of BBQ and all the trimmings. President Winters gave the invocation and Secretary Marcie Lamb read the club’s collect. Pledges of allegiances were given to the American flag and to Texas. Guest speaker was Steve Patton, head of the Ector County Parks and Recreation Department. Steve is an Odessa native who always knew he wanted to make Odessa and Ector County a better place to live. After getting his degree in horticulture and landscape design, he did exactly that. Returning to Odessa, he went to work with the Parks Department and worked his way up to manager. During his presentation, it was obvious that Steve is passionate and dedicated to his job and the citizens of Ector County. He has made our home town a better place to live in his 30+ years with the County.

GOOD NEWS: Rodeo Champ

A 230-point tally propelled the Sul Ross State University Women’s Rodeo team to the Team Championship during the three-day Eastern New Mexico University rodeo held in Portales, N.M. The Sul Ross women dominated in the point total outscoring runner-up South Plains Community College by 35 points. Individually, Timmi Hutchings polled 150 points to take the top spot in the goat tying event while teammate Kaylee Smith placed third with 80 points. For the men, Zach Hamar won the crown in the steer wrestling event posting 120 points. In tiedown roping, Chantz Webster posted a top 10 finish placing seventh with a 50-point total. Kirby Blankenship took eighth in team roping with 40 points.

GOOD NEWS: Giving Back

Sheriff Mike Griffis, center, recently accepted a $16,000 check from Barnhart Bolt for the Ector County Sheriff’s Office that was raised from the recent third annual Barnhart Bolt Basin Business Battle Charity Golf Tournament at Ratliff Ranch Golf Links.

GOOD NEWS: PBAF grants $300K to Respect Big Bend effort

ALPINE — Permian Basin Area Foundation is providing a $300,000 grant to the Borderlands Research Institute (BRI) to support stakeholder engagement and outreach as part of the Respect Big Bend Coalition’s efforts in West Texas.

GOOD NEWS: Senior Living

Parks Independent Senior Living residents were recently treated to snow cones from Kids R US Enterainment serving Odessa/Midland and surrounding areas. Sonia Mandry, Owner/Manager came with the snow cone machine and all the works for the residents. 


Miss Cayce’s Christmas Store has been renamed Miss Cayce’s Wonderland. It’s owners are also sisters and they are celebrating their 35th year by renaming the store. They have been honored by the City of Midland for their 35th year in business and Oct. 7 has been proclaimed as “Miss Cayce’s Wonderland Day.” Owners Becky McCraney and Kathy Harrison have also been named as the Uptown Midland Business and Professional Women (BPW) 2019 Women of Achievement.


The WTX Cowboys 7U team pictured after their big win with new trophy Oct. 6. The team have been playing together for about 2 to 3 years with an undefeated record. Back in September the head coach from the Horn frogs who play in the Tyfa league contacted the team to schedule a scrimmage. After an overtime scrimmage game play, the Horn frogs beat the Cowboys by one point. A rematch was scheduled for Oct. 6 at the Grande Stadium. It was a great competitive game that ended with the Cowboys beating the Horn frogs 24-18. Pictured are, left to right, back row: Coaches: Darren High, Head coach Chuck Standley, Steven Jimenez, Steven Dominguez and Josh Tucker. Middle row: #18 Brexton Block, 21 Santiago Banuelos, 4 Jayson Cobos, 26 Ivan Tarin, 7 Robert Yost, 1 Steven Jimenez, 20 Brayden Worthington, 6 Taylor Robertson, 13 Hunter Soreo, 99 Blake Worthington and 11 Rene Ramirez. Front row: 22 Jordan High, 12 Jaethan Valle, 2 Steven Dominguez, 3 Adolfo Caballero, 17 JC Tucker, 28 Jimmy Campos, 82 Michael Manzo, 16 EJ Ulate and 10 Noah Hinojos.

Sul Ross - Mexican Red Bud tree

Jim Case was recognized by the Strategic Planning Leadership Committee with the dedication of a Mexican Red Bud tree planted on the University Mall. The dedication wrapped up a one-day leadership workshop recently. The tree was donated by the biology, geology and physical sciences departments along with the Native Plant Propagation Center.

GOOD NEWS: Communication, leadership concepts highlight workshop

ALPINE — The Sul Ross State University Strategic Planning Leadership Committee (SPLC) conducted a one-day, interactive workshop held recently focusing on leadership and communication.

GOOD NEWS: Midland College awarded Texas Pathways grant

MIDLAND Based on outstanding accomplishments and dedication to student success, Midland College (MC) has been selected to participate in Texas Pathways. The $11 million five-year grant, administered by the Texas Success Center, a division of the Texas Association of Community Colleges, is designed to support the implementation of guided pathways.

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GOOD NEWS: Names in the News

These locals are doing great things around the area.

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U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class William Bryant

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class William Bryant

GOOD NEWS: Gardendale native serves Silent Service

SANTA RITA, GUAM — A 2006 Permian High School graduate and Gardendale, native is serving with the U.S. Navy assigned to a forward deployed submarine squadron overseeing some of the world’s most advanced nuclear-powered submarines.


Becky McCraney and Kathy Harrison, owners of Miss Cayce’s Wonderland, were honored by the City of Midland for the 35th anniversary of their store, contributions to charity and being named 2019 Uptown Midland Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Women of Achievement. Midland Mayor Jerry Morales and Councilwoman Sharla Hotchkiss proclaimed Oct.21-25 as National Businesswomen’s Week in the city of Midland at City Council Chambers. Pictured with McCraney and Harris are members of BPW and Morales.

Barbara Ewan

Barbara Ewan


ALPINE — My dad is the strongest and smartest man I know. He was born in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, on a small, poverty-stricken ranch. There was really no education for kids like him, no future other than working hard in fields for no pay. He and my uncles witnessed their father’s murder when my dad was only seven. They all had to grow-up way before their times in order to support and take full responsibility for the family.


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