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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

A fat cat, by Victoria Howard.

Money and politics trump citizen outrage

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

In the immortal words of Lord Acton, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” In Texas, power means wealth and political connections. While it can take many forms, oil and gas is the engine …


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the money man

the money man

Nothing to fear but ourselves

By TOM JACOBS

We are the greatest obstacles to successful investing, prone to all sorts of pitfalls because we are human. Managing emotions is Job #1. Fortunately, there is a handy tool: dollar-cost averaging (DCA). It’s simple, many of us are already doing it, but it’s not easy.

DCA …


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Sarah @ FIRST Robotics

Sarah @ FIRST Robotics

Robohorns’ time at FIRST comes to an end

Well the bad news is the Marfa HS robotics team did not advance in the FIRST World Competition. After Friday’s set of qualification matches, the Robohorns finished 60 out of 76 in their division and were not selected for an alliance in the final qualifications. The four matches …


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Sarah @ FIRST Robotics

Sarah @ FIRST Robotics

Hello from St. Louis!

As you’ve probably heard by now, I am currently with the Marfa HS robotics team at the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis. You can read about the first three days in this week’s article.

Yesterday was the first day of the qualification matches and as much as it pains me to …


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our state senator

our state senator

My vote against the ‘border security’ bill

By JOSE RODRIGUEZ

Border security is a good slogan, but has not led to the nuanced policy our very complicated challenges and opportunities of border communities require.

We’re talking about a major expansion of DPS’s role and size, and when you put those expenditures in place and those new personnel in …


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west texas talk

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

James Dean, as Jett Rink, with Reata in the background, on the set of Giant at the Evans Ranch.

Six weeks in 1955, when Hollywood came to Marfa

By LONN TAYLOR

June and July will mark the 60th anniversary of the filming of Giant in Marfa, and new interest in that episode …


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correspondence

correspondence

Editor:

To the Big Bend’s community, leaders, and elected officials,

Mexico’s energy sector is famously corrupt, so it’s no surprise that management at its oil company (Pemex), and public utility (CFE), look to the U.S. to resolve problems caused by their dysfunction.

But why should Mexico be given the right to lay down pipelines …


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rambling boy

rambling boy

Wilborn Elliott is the bee’s knees

 By LONN TAYLOR

Hamilton Fish and Sandra Harper came from New York to be there. Presidio County Attorney John Fowlkes and his wife Lauren were there. Marfa Mayor Dan Dunlap and his wife Ann were there. New York filmmaker Lacy Dorn was there. All of the beauty and chivalry of Marfa, …


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