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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

November 12th, 2015

art by VALERIE HOWARD

Chupacabra: the legend begins

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

From time to time my devoted readers have approached me with deep philosophical questions that can only be answered by the Blind Bard of the Big Bend or in my other persona as the Sagebrush Sage of the High Chihuahuan Desert. …

hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

November 12th, 2015

Thank you, veterans, for your service

By WILL HURD

This week’s Hurd on the Hill column is a truly special edition. In honor of Veterans Day, I asked one of my staffers, Jon Arnold, to tell you why he joined the U.S. Army and what motivates him to continue to serve today. I hope …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

November 12th, 2015

Remembering Werner Kitzler

By STEVE LANG

“You have got to remember this, ‘SWEDE,’ people like you and me don’t have shortcomings. (Good thing there is [are] only two of us!)” – Dr. Werner Kitzler (1942-2015)

My first encounter with Dr. Werner Kitzler led to a 20-some-year friendship that close associates might only describe as …

Government officer posts racist sign

November 5th, 2015

A discriminatory sign was posted outside the residence of a Presidio CBP employee on Halloween.

By DIANA AGUIRRE ARMENDARIZ

In the small town of Presidio where, apparently, the topic of racism isn’t a subject that worries the border residents, Halloween was used as the pretext for an image that, via social networks, …

Senator’s comments

Senator’s comments

November 5th, 2015

Using immigrants as a wedge

By state Sen. JOSE RODRIGUEZ

Once again, Texas leaders are using immigration as a wedge issue, this time following the lead of the national presidential campaigns.

Texas Senate leadership has focused on interim charges that unfairly target immigrants; interim charges are the prelude to legislation that will be filed in …

library talk

library talk

November 5th, 2015

Thanks from the Marfa Public Library

By THE LIBRARIANS

Last week’s Halloween party was a huge success and we want to thank everyone who came to enjoy it with us, as well as everyone who donated their time, talents and cooking skills to help us pull of such an awesome evening!

We also want …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

November 5th, 2015

Recalling the wisdom of ancient Greeks

By STEVEN LANG

“The word aerobics comes from two Greek words: aero, meaning ‘ability to,’ and bics, meaning ‘withstand tremendous boredom.’” – Dave Barry

“I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.” – Xenocrates

Modern society owes a great deal to the Greeks, including salad, fraternity letters …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

October 29th, 2015

art by VALERIE HOWARD

Support your local Chupacabra

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

For too long, good freedom loving Americans have suffered under the historic domination of European monsters. We have accepted, from our cousins across the Great Pond, the title of our favorite holiday and the stock of scary characters that play their …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

October 29th, 2015

Steve Lang in a rare formal pose

By STEVE LANG

“He’s a dedicated follower of fashion.” – Raymond Davies

“When I retire, I’m going to move to Florida, wear white pants that come halfway up my chest and complain about the government full time.” – from a TV commercial

Fashion-wise, I may …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

October 22nd, 2015

Worst cinematic fears realized: bad movies always make me cry

By STEVE LANG

“It’s dull from beginning to end, but it’s loaded with entertainment.” – Samuel Goldwyn

Since this is not an original concept, I opted for imitation as the sincerest form of flattery.

Years ago, I read a column that combined movie titles …

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