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Thu
26
Mar

SENATOR GIVES UP SEAT TO RUN FOR GOVERNOR

by Bartee Haile
 
On Mar. 26, 1956, two weeks after asking Texans whether he should vacate his seat in the U.S. Senate in order to run for governor, Price Daniel went back on statewide television with the results of his dubious "poll."
 
Thu
19
Mar

Controlled burn due for Rio Grande cane

BIG BEND - The Fire Management Office at Big Bend National Park, in conjunction with the park's Science and Resource Management Division, is planning an upcoming river cane prescribed burn. The burn will take place March  23 - 27. Ignitions will take place betweenSan Vicente Canyon and Mariscal Canyon. 

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Thu
19
Mar

Switchin' Flies

by Barney Nelson

Ah, wind. It's spring (sort of . . . don't plant your tomatoes yet) in West Texas. I know because my porch furniture just sailed off into the yard. Luckily I washed sheets yesterday or I would have to call neighbors to find them. Wind speeds are classified from calm to bad. Winds in the 28-55 mph  range are considered various levels of gales, 56-63 is a storm, and anything over 64 is a hurricane. I once remember moving cattle in Dry Canyon on the Sproul Ranch  one March over 20 years ago when winds gusted to over 100mph in the Davis  Mountain passes. Airplane hangars and trees on the Sul Ross campus wereblown down that day. I didn't try to wear a hat and had black boogers for days. 

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Thu
12
Mar

Longtime Marfa bank employee dies at 84

MARFA - Joan Webb, 84, longtime resident of Marfa, died at her residence surrounded by family March 5, 2015.  Visitation was March 8 Geeslin Chapel in Alpine. Funeral services were March 9 at First United Methodist
Church in Marfa. Burial followed at the Marfa Cemetery. Alpine Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
 

 

Thu
12
Mar

WHARTON BROTHERS DIED BEFORE THEIR TIME

William H. Wharton was still mourning the premature passing of his younger brother, when he accidentally cut his own life short on Mar. 14, 1839.  At ages 14 and 10, William and John Austin Wharton suddenly became orphans after losing both parents in 1816. A big-hearted uncle in their hometown of Nashville, Tennessee opened his home to the boys and three other siblings. Jesse Wharton not only kept the children together but provided  each of them with a first-class education. William and John were gifted students, who earned undergraduate  and law degrees and admission to bar in their early twenties. The older Wharton was the first to migrate to Texas coming in 1826. The date of John's   arrival is in dispute with some historians claiming he followed in 1829 and  others arguing he waited until 1833.
 
Thu
05
Mar

This Week in Texas History

by Bartee Haile
Thu
05
Mar

Switchin' Flies

by Barney Nelson

Once upon a time photographs could be used as evidence in a court of law. No more. Since the invention of Photoshop (computerized "fixing," "improvement," "faking") the truth telling assumed to be inherent in photographs was lost forever. One hundred years from now, no one will know what their ancestors  or even themselves actually looked like because blemishes are removed,wrinkles disappear, big noses or floppy ears are reduced, pounds are shed, dirt, crooked or missing teeth, braces, mismatched socks, even divorced spouses . . . you name it . . . gone!

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Thu
26
Feb

Switchin' Flies

by Barney NelsonI

bought a new TV. That's probably not news to most people, but I'm a very old lady and never have owned one before in my life. So it's new to me. As a freshly minted retiree, I'm still adjusting to my life of leisure. I find plenty to do during the day, but after supper, when I usually graded papers or read for the next day's class, I find myself sort of staring at the spider webs and waiting for bedtime. Eventually I asked myself, what do normal people do in the evening? So I plunked down some cash and the installation guys handed me a  remote. Yikes! I always handed those scary things full of buttons to a student when I needed to show a movie or something in class.

 

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Thu
26
Feb

Services this Saturday for John Blackman IV

OALPINE - John Nixon Blackman IV a longtime resident of Alpine died unexpectedly Feb. 23, 2015, at his home. Services are at 2 pm, Saturday Feb. 28 at the Granado Theatre in Alpine. He was born Nov. 26, 1958, in Alpine to John and Margaret Blackman of Fort Davis. He graduated for Odessa Permian High School in 1977. ?He was an Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow Vigil. 

 

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Thu
19
Feb

Petro veteran speaks on fracking problems

ALPINE – Sharon Wilson, Earthworks Gulf Regional Organizer  and former 12 year oil and gas industry veteran, to speak at 6 tonight at Sul Ross State University in Alpine at  Lawrence Hall Room 300. For several years, Wilson has  educated citizens of the Barnett Shale and other regions about environmental damage caused by weak regulation and lax enforcement.

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