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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

December 1st, 2015

The wonderful wacky world of words

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

I have always been fascinated with words, their history, and ever-changing meaning. As a teenager I found a crumbling dictionary copyrighted more than 50 years before I had discovered it in a box of discarded and much-abused books. The term “punk” had just come …

cattlemen’s column

cattlemen’s column

December 1st, 2015

Working to permanently scrap the EPA water rule

 By PETE BONDS, president

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

As most ranchers and landowners know by now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues waging a war against ranchers and private property owners across the nation by trying to implement its flawed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

December 1st, 2015

In a word, one may be too many

By STEVE LANG

“What’s another word for Thesaurus?” – Steven Wright

“There’s great power in words, if you don’t hitch too many of them together.” – Josh Billings

As Thanksgiving approaches, my father’s annually-annoying question resurfaced.

“Do you know how Thanksgiving got its name?” he …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

November 19th, 2015

Some habits are best snuffed

By STEVE LANG

“I’ve been using it (Copenhagen) for 15 years and I’ve never had any trouble with worms or long relationships.” – Robert Earl Keen

Blame this column on my eclectic musical preferences, specifically Robert Earl Keen.

Texas troubadour Keen and I cut through those proverbial six degrees …

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 …

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