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hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

December 1st, 2016

Back to work, hitting the ground running

By U.S. Rep. WILL HURD

During my first term, I put over 75,000 miles on my car crisscrossing the district, hosted over 400 public meetings, and helped over 1,000 individual constituents beat the federal bureaucracy. It’s been a busy two years, but I’m just getting started.

Our nation is experiencing new …

Deer hunting a rite of passage, for the deer

Deer hunting a rite of passage, for the deer

December 1st, 2016

Deer selfie(VALERIE HOWARD illustration)

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Deer hunting season in West Texas is a right of passage for young men, much like high school football. A young man must prove himself by carrying a case of beer under one arm, a high powered rifle under his other arm, and at least 75 pounds of …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

November 23rd, 2016

Conversations with countrymen

By STEVE LANG

“Travel makes all men countrymen, makes people noblemen and kings, every man tasting of liberty and dominion.” – Amos Bronson Alcott

“Just a little lefse will go a long way.” – Doug Setterberg

Four Norwegians walked into a brewery . . . and after meeting this Swede, probably wondered if this was some …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

November 17th, 2016

Talking turkey in various and altered states

By STEVE LANG

“Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.” – Johnny Carson

“If you want to save a species, simply decide to eat it. Then it …

Progress at the Tarahumara school

Progress at the Tarahumara school

November 10th, 2016

(photo by and courtesy of MARY LOU SAXON)Tarahumara boys at Bacabureachi

By PILAR PEDERSEN

SIERRA TARAHUMARA, Mexico – The Amigos de Kórima are getting to be masters at driving the roads between our beautiful corner of Texas and the equally beautiful hamlet of Bacabureachi, Chihuahua.

They take to the road, pausing for the necessary paperwork at the …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

November 10th, 2016

Veterans Day information

Veterans Day information

November 10th, 2016

Here’s some information and two poems about Veterans Day, courtesy of the American Legion Auxiliary Big Bend Unit 79 of Alpine.

 

Why the Poppy?

 

At the end of World War I, The American Legion adopted the poppy as a symbol of freedom and the blood sacrificed by troops in wartimes. The use of the poppy symbolically comes …

Eminent Domain and other assaults on ranching

Eminent Domain and other assaults on ranching

November 10th, 2016

By GERALD NOBLES

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association director

My family and I closed a chapter in our lives when we sold the last piece of our ranch just outside of Midland. My grandchildren were the sixth generation to have the privilege of taking care of that piece of the world. We are still ranching, …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

November 3rd, 2016

Hunting’s priceless experiences

By STEVE LANG

“You might be a redneck if your taxidermy bill exceeds your annual income.” – Jeff Foxworthy

“How can a man who can hit a deer at 250 yards keep missing the toilet?” Anonymous

I have learned, after more than a half-century in the field, that the cheapest component of hunting is ammunition.

Steve …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

November 3rd, 2016

The constancy of change, a universal blight

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

How do we poor humans reconcile the old platitude that the more things change the more they stay the same? The question becomes even more confusing when you throw in the philosophical musings of old Heraclitus of Ephesus (500 BCE). More than 2,500 years ago the …

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