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Thu
14
Jan

DEANNA'S LIFE WITH ARTS AND CRAFTS

I went to interview Deanna Foresyth in Big Spring because seven generations of her family have lived in Howard County. When I let her know I was en route to her house she said, "Come to the side door. Nobody uses the front one." My wife Susan was with me. When she was curator of an air museum, Deanna worked with her. When we walked into the house, the first thing we noticed was a brightly colored table. Tt was striking. Deanna said it was a door. "My husband Jimmy and l spent a lot of time going to lumber companies to find one with some prominent wood grain patterns.

Thu
14
Jan

COWBOY CHRISTIANITY

by Baxter Black

A funny thing happened at the rodeo. I saw the power of prayer. The National Finals Rodeo last December in Las Vegas came at the end of a tumultuous year of savage terrorism around the world and in our own front yard. The news media has been awash with violence. The deliverers of the death and chaos claim that their god, Mohammad, and their 'bible' the Quran, commands Muslims to "kill the infidels" and thus are justified in doing it. Obviously, most Muslims don't translate it that way, nor do the victims of what is now known as radical Islam. Yet the shootings, bombings and murders continue unabated. 

Thu
07
Jan

Stories From The Glasscok County Courthouse

I had fun when I was the keynote speaker at the Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission´s annual meeting recently. It took place in Garden City, the county seat of Glasscock County. The county judge, Kim Halfmann introduced me. But before she got to the introduction, she told the crowd, "Tumbleweed has a hat that has pins on it from places where he´s made speech. Glasscok County does not have a line item in the budget for pins, but I made him a special one". She presented me with a clothespin with the words Glasscock County written on it in red ink. It now has a prominent place on my hat.

Thu
07
Jan

It´s The Law

By Baxter Black

 

There is a state law on the books in Colorado that makes it illegal for a sheepherder to abandon his sheep without notice. A good law, really. Since herders are often left alone on isolated ranges with their entrusted band. The owner or boss checks on him once a week or so and brings him supplies. So, it would certainly create serious consequences were the sheep to be deserted and untended for any length of time.

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Thu
31
Dec

COWBOY CHRISTIANITY

by Baxter Black, DVM

A funny thing happened at the rodeo. 1 saw the power of prayer. The National Finals Rodeo (NFR) last December in Las Vegas came at the end of a tumultuous year of savage terrorism around the world and in our own front yard. The news media has been awash with violence. The deliverers of the death and chaos claim that their God, Mohammad, and their 'bible' the Quran, commands Muslims to "kill" the infidels" and thus are justified in doing it.

 

Thu
31
Dec

PANCHO VILLA PLAYED HIMSELF IN AMERICAN-MADE MOVIE

by Bartee Haile 

In an El Paso hotel room on the fifth day of January 1914, Pancho Villa came to terms with a Hollywood studio to make a silent movie about the role of the bandit-turned-rebel in the Mexican Revolution.

 

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Thu
24
Dec

Switchin' Flies

By Barney Nelson 
 
Scrooge here with some grumpy advice on how to have yourself a Merry Little Modern Christmas. First off, be sure you've paid all your county taxes, estimated income tax (next one due January 15), house-car-and-health insurance so those big rocks don't wreck Santa's sleigh. Done!
 
Thu
24
Dec

Republicans were once their own worst enemy

By Bartee Haile 
 
The longest and one of the most suspicious recounts in Lone Star electoral history continued through Christmas 1928 with the lead of Rep. Harry Wurzbach, the only GOP member of the Texas delegation, growing smaller by the day. The four-term incumbent was not the victim of a Democratic dirty trick but a rival Republican's election-rigging scheme.
 

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Thu
17
Dec

THRIFTY

by Baxter Black, DVM

Sharon had hauled the old piano home in a stock trailer. lt came outta the Miner's Club in Mountain City where, according to the bartender, it had set since the early thirties.

 

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Thu
17
Dec

AUSTIN CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF HISTORIC HOTEL

by Bartee Haile

The excited citizens of the capital city took to the streets on Dec. 20, 1886, to celebrate the grand opening of Austin's first first-class hotel, the Driskill.

 

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