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Thu
26
Sep
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The Bend News

No news from anyone around the Bend, they have either gone, went to sleep and took a nap or just not wanting anything in the news. Could be they are all gone away somewhere, who knows!

The weather is the same as it has been all week and from the looks of things it will be the same for a couple more weeks. The 23rd is the first day of Fall, but you sure can’t tell by the weather. None of the trees have started to drop their leaves and it still feels like summer is still with us. Pray for rain as it is very badly needed.

Remember that the burn ban is still on here and in Lampasas.

 

 

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Thu
26
Sep
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Hill Country Naturalist

Regular readers will be familiar with the fact that while the vast majority of my columns deal with Nature in the Hill Country, I do sometimes write about topics having a wider scope. Last week, I wrote about being a good citizen of the Earth. It got me to thinking about a National Geographic article I read a few years ago.

The 2014 National Geographic article by Jonathan Foley asks the question, "Where will we find enough food for 9 billion?"

The world population is projected to grow from the current 7+ billion to 9 billion by 2050. (The population of Texas is projected to double in that time!) But the roughly 30% increase in world population will require a much larger increase in food production as the developing world becomes more affluent and demands more meat, dairy and poultry. Demand is expected to double between now and mid-century.

 

 

Thu
19
Sep
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Notes from the Spring Creek Arts Guild

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The Facts, Continued

Last week I wrote about how we have all the information in the world at our fingertips in the form of our smart phones and computers, yet misinformation seems to be running rampant. I said that I think some of the reason people are so misinformed is that “along with all the solid information available on our phones, there are tons of lies, opinions, satire, bias, spin, and otherwise bogus information mixed in—and it can be very hard to discern which is which.” Then I talked about the importance of drilling down to be sure the information presented is reliable. Today, I have a few more suggestions as to how the average person can sort the truth from the nonsense.

 

 

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Thu
19
Sep
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Hill Country Naturalist

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If you are a human being and you live on the earth, then you are a citizen of the earth. You may also be a citizen of a country or city or family or whatever else. But as a citizen of the earth, you are using the resources of the earth for heat, light, food, water, oxygen, medicine, transportation and protection from the elements. In addition, you are using the resources of the earth to dispose of and manage all the liquid, solid and gaseous waste that you produce.

And, there are almost 8 billion other citizens on the earth needing to use the same resources that you are.

Some of us consume many more resources than others, either because of affluence or lack thereof, or because of a particular lifestyle. We sometimes use the term "footprint" to indicate the amount of resources an individual or a group of individuals utilize to maintain their particular lifestyle.

 

 

Thu
12
Sep
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Hill Country Naturalist

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A few years ago, an edition of Texas Wildlife magazine contained two articles about coyotes that I found fascinating and informative. Here are, briefly, some of the things discussed in these articles.

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Thu
12
Sep
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Letter to the Editor

Dear Citizens of San Saba County,

Here is the report for the first 60 days that I, Greg McGregor, have served as Sheriff. I am blessed that David Jenkins accepted the position of Chief Deputy! He has decades of experience and is extremely knowledgeable of the situation in our county.

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Thu
05
Sep
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Do Just One Thing

One of the best things you can do to keep a healthy home is to kick your shoes off at the door. You don’t need scientific research to know the bottoms of your shoes can harbor dirt, grime, bacteria, fecal matter and more.

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Thu
05
Sep
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Rear-facing safety seats still best protection for youngest passengers

Using rear-facing safety seats for small children in vehicles is still the “best and safest” practice for parents and other caregivers, according to a TexasA&MAgriLife Extension Service program manager based in College Station.

Bev Kellner said although a new rear-facing law passed by this year’s state legislature was vetoed, the best way to protect young children in vehicles remains keeping them in a rearfacing safety seat for as long as the child is within the weight and height limit of the seat.

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Thu
05
Sep
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Letter to the Editor

To the Business/Civic Leaders:

Please accept this letter as an official request for your participation in the current 2019 San Saba Garden Club Decorate for Fall challenge. It is our hope that your business will decorate your business entryways with pumpkins, cornstalks, and all things Fall! We request that you have your decorations on display no later than the second Saturday of October in anticipation of the hunting season and the advent of Halloween and the Thanksgiving Season.

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Thu
29
Aug
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Letter to the Editor

Hello Ex-Dilloettes,

We are extremely excited about the approaching date of our 60th anniversary. The current Dilloettes have been putting in a lot of hard work to get ready for this football season, we have three returning seniors, two new seniors, two returning juniors, one returning sophomore, one new sophomore, and five new freshmen. Shirts may be purchased online, the link below is where you can go to order them.

 

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