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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 …

guest column

April 6th, 2017

Held hostage by the University Lands System

By CINDY EDWARDS

No matter what side of the fence you’re on politically, most can agree that the little guy usually doesn’t stand a chance, when it comes to standing up against a quasi-governmental agency. Yet, Rio Grande Electric Co-op continues to fight, on behalf of its member-owners, against unfairly …

steve’s funny column

April 6th, 2017

Quarterly additions to Lang’s greatest wits list

By STEVE LANG

“I love criticism just so long as it is unqualified praise.” – Noel Coward

“This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.” – Dorothy Parker

Thanks again to my readers – who have reached the dozens when falling for the …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

March 30th, 2017

Remembering Dan Logan

By STEVE LANG

Dan Logan

“Do not stand at my grave and weep/I am not there; I do not sleep.” – Mary Elizabeth Frye

“Bad jokes, Man, I love ‘em/Bad jokes, can’t get enough of ‘em,” – sung by Woody Harrelson and John C. Reilly in “A Prairie Home Companion”

My longtime friend, Dr. Dan Logan, …

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