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Presidio Art festival 2017

Presidio Art festival 2017
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steve’s funny column

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 …


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steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

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 …


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energy report

energy report

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 …


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steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

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 …


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hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

 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 …


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west texas talk

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

Memorial Day Poster, 1936.(Image courtesy the Library of Congress.)

On Memorial Day, honoring our military veterans who gave all

By LONN TAYLOR

Next Monday is Memorial Day, a holiday that has become conflated with the beginning of summer vacation and trips to the beach or the mountains. But it should be a day on which we pause …


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the money man

the money man

Does social investing do any good?

By TOM JACOBS

When someone used to ask me, “Do you invest in companies that do ‘bad’ things, like defense, cigarettes, or oil and gas?” I had a standard reply: “If they are the best investments, yes. For social good, devote yourself to volunteering or charitable contributions. For your money, invest …


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correspondence

correspondence

Editor:

School board members are volunteers in what is often a very difficult job, taking time out of our personal lives to try to do some good for the district in the ever-changing political environment that regularly adversely affects Marfa ISD resources (e.g., Texas Comptroller’s values do not match our local appraised values so we were …


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