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¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

November 20th, 2014

The Mexican love of the truck and automobile

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Why do Mexicans love to warm up their cars every morning? Cars only have to be warmed up if they have carburetors, and carburetors haven’t been part of cars since the 1980s! Think of it this way: while idling, your car is getting zero …

library talk

library talk

November 20th, 2014

New films, TV shows, telenovelas, and computers for sale

By MANDY ROANE

So that the MPL staff can spend Thanksgiving celebrating with family and friends, we will be closed starting Wednesday, November 26. We will re-open Monday, December 1. Since we will not be open for several days, check-outs will not be due during this time and …

cattleman’s column

cattleman’s column

November 20th, 2014

APHIS rule proposal could devastate American cattle herd

By PETE BONDS, President

Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

On August 29, 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), published a rule proposal in the federal register that would allow the importation of live cattle and fresh or frozen beef from …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

November 13th, 2014

Finding “Friends” in historical events

By STEVE LANG

“The past actually happened, but history is only what someone wrote down.” – A. Whitney Brown

I know who fought in the War of 1812– and even when – but I missed naming all the main characters on “Friends.”

However, I know that Joey did recover from his Thanksgiving “meat sweats.”

“Those …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

November 13th, 2014

Deer wreak vehicular mayhem across Big Bend

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Each year I do my best to alert the citizens of West Texas about the fearsome onslaught of that loathsome, four legged, horned rodent called deer. These creatures threaten the very basis of our civilization and life as we know it. They continuously ignore international borders …

guest commentary

November 13th, 2014

(photo by MARK GLOVER)A water well head used to pump well water.

Water export set for 2016

By MARK GLOVER

FORT STOCKTON – STW Resources Corp. of Midland along with the Cities of Ft Stockton and Odessa broke ground last week on a planned 4000 foot deep water well in the Belding Valley about 35 …

library talk

library talk

November 6th, 2014

Halloween party fun for all

By MANDY ROANE

Another Friends of the Marfa Public Library Halloween Party and Costume Contest is in the books and it was a great event! All of the fun came with some hard work and the Friends of the Library and the MPL staff thank everyone who helped make the party possible.

We …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

November 6th, 2014

Losing the Spanish language, one Mexi at a time

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: I’m a half-Mexican more American than Mexican’t (although to Anglos, I’m sure I’m just another brown spot on their white carpet. I don’t speak Español nor do I care to, not because I’m ashamed but I just don’t feel the need. If I …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

November 6th, 2014

‘Pinned’ by a deadline, this topic ‘bowled’ me over

By STEVE LANG

“Bowling, bowling, bowling/get that ball a-rolling…” – parody of “Rawhide” theme

All I really know about bowling is that I did not grow up in Rodney Dangerfield’s neighborhood, where:

“The guys were so tough they all bowled overhand.”

Sometimes deadlines force my hand…and general lack of knowledge about …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

October 30th, 2014

La llorona(Valerie Howard illustration)

Halloween in the High Desert

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Halloween is full of rich cultural diversity in the happy hills of the High Desert. Kids here are not frightened by the usual ghosts, goblins, or witches, most of which can be found throughout the year on many Big Bend school boards …

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