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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

September 3rd, 2015

art by Valerie Howard

Volunteer and save a pet at Alpine shelter

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Alpine has a number of animals who have developed strange relationships. Deer, who rival cars (but not trucks) in numbers freely gorge themselves on flowers, vegetables, small trees, and almost anything green that can’t outrun them. …

library talk

library talk

September 3rd, 2015

Story Time is back at library

By MANDY ROANE

It’s September and you know what that means – Story Time is back!

Starting Thursday, Sept. 3 at 11AM, we’ll be hosting our weekly story hour for pre-schoolers and their big people. We missed having our youngest patrons in the library this summer and we …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

September 3rd, 2015

No sax please, we’re classical!

By STEVE LANG

“Every day is a second chance, and consequently, well worth celebrating.” – Anonymous

August almost passed without my acknowledgment of the special observances the month – and virtually each day in it – offers.

For example, August commemorated the following: Admit You’re Happy, Family Fun, National …

the money man

the money man

August 27th, 2015

Market jitters? Here’s how to sleep at night

By TOM JACOBS

“What, Me Worry?”

–Mad Magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman

Oh, how I love the smell of a down market in the morning! And it’s been an olfactory delight this month, especially Friday and Monday. Notice I’m not upset and neither should you be. When …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

August 27th, 2015

A new school year: resurrecting those educational truths

By STEVE LANG

“Why don’t they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as well as prohibition did, in five years Americans would be the smartest people on Earth.” – Will Rogers

“Blessed are the weird people – poets, misfits, writers, …

the money man

the money man

August 20th, 2015

The end of the ride

By TOM JACOBS

In the late 1960s and early 1970s tech boom, my best friend Peter’s father left his law practice to be general counsel for a startup. The company aimed to solve the nationwide affordable housing shortage through new tech modular housing. They mass-produced housing modules for sale …

cattlewoman’s comments

cattlewoman’s comments

August 20th, 2015

Government intrusion at its worst

By LESLIE KINSEL, chair, TSCRA Legislative and Tax Committee, with Laramie Adams, TSCRA director of public affairs

My husband and I have been ranching in South Texas for many years, and we have worked hard to care for the land my family lives on today. This same testament holds …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

August 20th, 2015

Recalling the rocky path of civic duty

By STEVE LANG

“My best advice is, don’t go home.” – Ralph Olson

“Sweet revenge will prevail/without fail.” – John Prine

Small town living can literally place one between a rock and a hard place.

When one joins the business community in a small town, serving …

library talk

library talk

August 13th, 2015

Family reading night postponed until school starts

By MANDY ROANE

It looks like we picked a really busy week to try and host our Summer Reading Family Night! Since we want as many of our summer readers to attend as possible, we’re going to postpone the festivities until school is back in session and …

border issues

border issues

August 13th, 2015

Focus on border investment would benefit state

By State Sen. JOSE RODRIGUEZ 

I represent more than 350 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, which includes six international ports of entry. This includes a new crossing at the Tornillo-Guadalupe Port of Entry, which has yet to open but already has had a significant economic …

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