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July 20th, 2017

Beto’s on the mend

By MARIA del ROSARIO SALGADO HALPERN

and ROBERT HALPERN

We are happy to announce that our son, Alberto “Beto” Halpern, has been moved from the University Medical Center ICU unit to an El Paso rehabilitation facility where he is slowly getting stronger and is healing in body and spirit.

He is doing well considering the …

hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

June 15th, 2017

 Restoring Our National Treasures

‘We have a responsibility to care for and maintain them’

By U.S. Rep. WILL HURD

With 29 counties, two time zones and more than 800 miles of U.S.-Mexico border, the 23rd Congressional District of Texas is certainly unique in the nation. Throughout my two and a half years serving as your Representative, I’ve crisscrossed …

from the mayor’s desk

from the mayor’s desk

June 8th, 2017

Community service call to action

By ANN MARIE NAFZIGER

One month ago, I received the great honor of being elected as mayor of Marfa. I thank the citizens for your faith in me, and I look forward to working hard to earn the trust of each of you, regardless of how you may have voted in the election.

One of my …

steve’s funny column

May 11th, 2017

Baseball’s hits, wits and bad hops

By STEVE LANG

“You don’t realize how easy this game is until you get up in that broadcasting booth.” — Mickey Mantle

“Alan Sutton Sothoron pitched his initials off today.” — Anonymous, St. Louis newspaper

Hall of Fame shortstop Honus Wagner summed up the game succinctly, saying, “There ain’t much to being a ballplayer, if …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

May 4th, 2017

This is not your mother’s bird guide

By STEVE LANG

“’The crows seem to be calling my name,’ thought Caw.” – From “Deep Thoughts” by Jack Handey

“If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on …

energy report

energy report

April 27th, 2017

Rig count and gas prices

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

TEXAS — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 10 this week to 857, and the state of Texas contributed 6 of these, according to Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes. It was reported Friday that 688 rigs sought oil and …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

April 27th, 2017

Children’s memories debunk father’s expertise

By STEVE LANG

“An expert knows all the answers – if you ask the right questions.” – Levi Strauss

“I am an expert in electricity. My father occupied the chair of applied electricity at the state prison.” – W.C. Fields

Relying on the observation that fellow residents ignored and scoffed the poet Homer in …

hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

April 20th, 2017

 Crisscrossing the District in April

By U.S. Rep. WILL HURD

The privilege of representing the constituents of the 23rd District doesn’t stop when the House of Representatives is not voting. With no votes taking place in Washington, DC, I’m capitalizing on this district work period by connecting with folks all across the twenty-nine counties of the 23rd …

news for veterans

news for veterans

April 20th, 2017

Calling all military veterans in Far West Texas

By HARLAN HARDY

A host of services will be offered to Far West Texas military veterans on Monday 24 April in Alpine and Tuesday 25 April in Terlingua.

What will be offered?

TVC counselors will be able assist in submitting claims.

Medical personnel will be available to check blood pressure, sugar levels, …

hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

April 6th, 2017

Trans-Pecos educators take part in coding event

By U.S. Rep. WILL HURD

Coding is the language of the 21st Century economy, and if our kids can’t speak it, they’re going to be left behind.

I am not just referring to jobs at tech companies. Employers from HEB to Toyota are actively hiring tech professionals, at salaries significantly higher …

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