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news for veterans

September 22nd, 2016

Non-emergency and the choice care programs

By HARLAN HARDY

FACT SHEET 20-20 Non-VA Emergency Care: This document explains what the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can do for you if you ever need emergency care.

When it is not possible for you to go to a VA Medical Center (VAMC), you should go to the nearest hospital that …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

September 22nd, 2016

Read them, don’t burn or ban them

By GEORGE COVINGTON

There was no great fanfare or even much notice when a potentially devastating device was introduced into Europe more than 600 years ago. It was not the deadly crossbow, gunpowder, or even the siege cannon, but a device that would bring wars and cultural upheavals across Europe.

It …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

September 22nd, 2016

Looking toward a well-aged road trip

By STEVE LANG

“My pappy said, ‘Son, you’re gonna drive me to drinkin’/if you don’t stop drivin’ that hot rod Lincoln.’” – Charlie Ryan

Those who know me well have learned to expect the unexpected.

I have learned what goes around, comes around – sometimes from people I know well.

A couple of weeks …

special comments

September 15th, 2016

Comments on the Alpine High School shooting:

On behalf of Brewster County, it is with heavy heart and extreme sadness that I want to reach out to our community during this difficult time. While the events of the day are truly tragic, we all know they could have been much worse.

I would like to thank all …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

September 9th, 2016

Teachers can keep America great, but let’s pay them what they’re worth

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

I think America is a great country, and our greatness is based on the fact that we adapted to a fast-changing present and moved confidently into the future. If we are to remain great we can only master the future if …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

September 1st, 2016

Alma mater matters: briefly back on campus

By STEVE LANG

Thornton Melon: “Boy, what a great-looking place. When I used to dream about going to college, this is the way I always pictured it.”

 Jason Melon: “Wait a minute. When did you dream about going to college?”

T.M.: “When I used to fall asleep in high school.” – Rodney …

sarah’s review

sarah’s review

August 25th, 2016

Not everyone loves Dick
By SARAH M. VASQUEZ
sarah@bigbendnow.com
MARFA – The critics have spoken. You either love Dick or you really hate him.
Emmy-winning director Jill Soloway’s new TV pilot, “I Love Dick,” premiered last week on Amazon Video with many local and past residents logging in to see Marfa on the computer or TV screen.
An hour …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

August 18th, 2016

Traversing inner space with sale-ing adventures

By STEVE LANG

“I am the world’s worst salesman. Therefore, I must make it easy for people to buy.” – F. W. Woolworth

“Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.” – Frank Zappa

No item truly sells itself any more than a story writes itself, but sometimes circumstances occur in …

cattleman’s column

cattleman’s column

August 18th, 2016

Supporting ranchers’ efforts to control fever tick

By J.D. CAGE

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) leaders and staff have heard from many members and ranchers regarding the recent spread of fever ticks in South Texas.

Fever ticks are capable of carrying a microscopic parasite that causes bovine babesiosis, also known as cattle fever. This disease causes acute …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

August 11th, 2016

The naked truth: life’s observations from Lt. Frank Drebin

By STEVE LANG

“Cheer up, Ed. This is not goodbye. It’s just I won’t ever see you again.” – Leslie Nielsen as Lt. Frank Drebin, “Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult”

Growing up, I sometimes wanted to be like Leslie Nielsen, who played Revolutionary …

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