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January, 2011

Thriving in the desert

Thriving in the desert

January 31st, 2011

Pop quiz: What plant common to the northern Chihuahuan Desert can survive two years without a drop of rain?

If you said Creosote bush, then go to the head of the digital classroom.

Curious to know more? Then check out this cool and informative post from naturalist Gary Nored, a retired writer/teacher/photographer now spending time …

This land is his land

This land is his land

January 31st, 2011

A recent story in the New York Times reported that media mogul John C. Malone is expected soon to pass media mogul Ted Turner as the owner of the most private land in the United States. A pending deal for a million acres of timberland in Maine will put Malone at …

Photo of the Day: Bundle up

Photo of the Day: Bundle up

January 31st, 2011

A winter blast is headed to the Big Bend tonight.

Winter blasting the Big Bend

Winter blasting the Big Bend

January 31st, 2011

By TOM HAINES

Freezing temperatures are expected to remain throughout the day Thursday, with a high that will not likely hit 20 degrees.

Temperatures fell to 5 degrees overnight, with wind chills in some areas as low as -15 degrees. A low of -5 degrees is predicted for tonight. The warming should begin tomorrow afternoon, and temperatures …

More on Sul Ross budget woes

More on Sul Ross budget woes

January 30th, 2011

Sterry Butcher’s article in last week’s Sentinel and International describes the budget cuts Sul Ross State University is facing. State Rep. Pete Gallego warned professors and administrators the cuts were coming. View his December talk here. Also check out Pete’s power point presentation here.

A screenshot of …

Voter ID will diminish democracy

January 30th, 2011

By Sen. Carlos Uresti

Across the vast reaches of West Texas, there aren’t many places that are ‘just up the road.’ For many people in Senate District 19, a trip to the doctor or the Walmart or the grocery store requires some planning, a lot of drive time and a tank of gas.

That’s just one …

Livestock show brings winners of all kinds

January 28th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

MARFA – The grand champion lamb looked velvety under the lights of the Presidio County Livestock Show last Saturday night. The bleachers were filled and people crammed the aisle. Auctioneer Mem Hall nudged and teased and cajoled the bids higher as middle-schooler Gavin Livingston parked his lamb into a show stance and gazed …

UIL scheduling poses dilemma for high school

January 28th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

MARFA – Twenty-two high school students will ride to McCamey this Saturday for an academic UIL invitational meet. They’re smart kids and they might really rock the contest. But here’s the deal: even if they do well, it’s not clear how they’ll be able to go to the district meet later this spring.

The …

Rock royalty performs at Padre’s

Rock royalty performs at Padre’s

January 28th, 2011

Last Thursday night Sean Lennon, above, and Charlotte Kemp-Muhl, members of the project Ghost of the Saber Tooth Tiger, played to a packed house at Padre’s. Lennon is the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The couple passed through town on their U.S. tour and spent a couple of days in …

Donations allow school garden project to bloom

January 28th, 2011

By STERRY BUTCHER

MARFA – Dig this: Marfa Elementary School’s garden project has been fully funded and work will begin on it within the next few weeks.

“We wanted a garden on campus to visit and access and see every day,” Jen Lane said this week. “We raised $1,000 and budgeted to pay for wood, nails, cattle …

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