Like many of you, I’ve been watching the National Geographic television series “Badlands, Texas.”
But I had a sneak “preview” of sorts back in April when one of the associate producers emailed me about using Avalanche news stories as part of his research for the series.
This is how he described the show:
“Hundreds of miles from the nearest city sits a small town in the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert populated by people who have given up modern comforts and financial stability for something that money cannot buy - freedom. Terlingua is effectively closed off to outsiders; strangers are
eyed with suspicion.”
This raised my hackles. Terlingua, closed off?
So I give it some thought and replied:
“While it certainly sounds dramatic, I don't think your premise is accurate. Strangers are not ‘eyed with suspicion,’ but rather welcomed with open arms.
“Terlingua survives and thrives on tourism. Modern comforts are plentiful, including wi-fi, gourmet meals and luxury accomodations, if desired.”
I go on to describe the landscape and remoteness and that some folks do choose to live off the grid, but not the majority.
I concluded my spiel by writing, “This doesn’t sound like the Terlingua we know and love.”
The producer responded, “Will address your concerns for sure.”
The show has pretty much stuck to the original premise, which I think is more than a little sensational – but, then, this is entertainment.
Our Terlingua may have a little of the drama portrayed in the show, but mostly it’s home to our neighbors to the south, a tourist destination, an artist’s colony and, mostly, a tiny Texas town with retail shops, a school, community garden and farmers market, church, restaurants, lodging, a community theater and couple of bars, among other things.
It’s home to two famous chili cook-offs, a ton of local history – just check out the cemetery to learn more – and those incredible vistas.
Yes, Terlingua has a few characters – but what small or large town doesn’t?
I think the show is worth watching, if only for the scenery and to see people I know.
I also appreciate that “Badlands, Texas” and National Geographic have sent more than 15,000 visitors and counting to the Avalanche’s website looking for more information about Glen Felts and the Tony Flint trial.
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Merry Christmas from all of us here at the Alpine Avalanche: me, Reporter Jim Street, Advertising Representative James Reeves, Office Manager Fran Fox and our circulation staff: Mark Grimes, Melissa Amparan and Dolores Pearce.
Our office will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25, and Jan. 1, 2016.
We are looking forward to serving you in the coming year.
Gwin Grimes is editor and publisher of the Avalanche. She can be reached at 432-837-3334, email@example.com or at 118 N. 5th St.