The Rio Grande: where did the water go?

Anyone standing on the banks of the Rio Grande upstream of Presidio might be excused for asking what is great or wild (Mexicans call it the “Wild River of the North”) about the sluggish stream of brown water flowing by. Fortunately, the brown stream is joined at this point by the fast-flowing Rio Conchos, three […]

Voices from Both Sides (II)

On May 11, 2013 a community-based effort in Terlingua, TX, led by local musician Jeff Haislip, initiated Voices from Both Sides. This musical event on each side of the Rio Grande at Lajitas, TX was intended to prove that the border-crossing restrictions, established after 9/11, would not divide us. The event was a huge success. […]

Crossing to Boquillas, Coahuila, Mexico

In the days before 9/11, Big Bend residents and visitors alike used to enjoy the ease of entering Mexico without passports or customs formalities. This was possible at three places, all in or near the Big Bend National Park (Boquillas, Santa Elena and Lajitas). I wrote a book about this in 2000, “Mexico: Unofficial Border […]