Category: Columns

Woods, Waters, & Wildlife – Wild About Hogs

by John Jefferson Like Bacon? Me, too. But for personal reasons, I don’t eat it anymore. I do, though, go all out for grilled pork ribs, sausage, backstrap chops, and pork roasts! Friends of ours turned up their noses when I mentioned eating wild hog. Someone gave them some once and they couldn’t eat it. They’ll probably never change their minds without a little chicanery on our part. Guess we’ll have to invite them over for supper and serve some, properly prepared, without telling them what they had eaten until they finish desert. We’ve done that with venison-despising friends...

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Home Country – Jan 3, 2017

by Slim Randles There’s nothing like New Year’s Resolution to make a guy feel completely inadequate, thought Doc as he sat and sipped coffee at the philosophy counter of the Mule Barn truck stop’s coffee shop. In other words, thinking central. He happened to mention this to Steve, sitting on his left. Steve shoved his hat back and looked at his dear friend. “Now Doc,” he said, “I don’t think you should talk that way. You see, the guys and I think you’re about the most adequate fella we know. Why, some of us are still here because of your adequacy. I know I am.” Nods down the counter. “Me, too,” said Herb. “Thanks, guys,” said Doc, “but that’s not the kind of adequacy I meant. For example, you boys know about my grapevines and how I make a couple of bottles of wine out of the grapes each year, right?” They nodded, and Herb almost choked on his coffee. “And you know the wine is never quite … adequate. I believe Steve here told me it could take the chrome off his trailer hitch.” More nods. “That’s the kind of thing I’d like to be more adequate at in the coming year.” Herb said, “Know what you mean, Doc. Thought I’d like to resolve to improve my golf game this year.” “I didn’t know you played golf, Herb.”...

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Wood, Waters and Wildlife – Winter Sun

by John Jefferson There’s nothing as welcome as winter sun. As the attached photo shows, it even brings trout fishermen out to stand in thigh-deep ice water in the Canyon Dam tailrace in the Guadalupe River, north and a little west of New Braunfels. Water coming out of the bottom of Canyon Lake is frigid. That first afternoon trout were stocked in the Guadalupe in 1966, most of us that came there to try to catch a rainbow trout had no idea how cold the water was. The fact that Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW) thought it was cold...

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

by Bob Garver “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” bears very little resemblance to its 1995 predecessor. That film was about a jungle-themed board game that invaded our world. This movie is about a jungle-themed video game that sucks players into its world. It’s probably better that this film goes in a different direction. All the inevitable jokes about the displaced animals invading suburbia and becoming Internet sensations would get old real quick. After a teenager in the 90’s is whisked into the game Alan Parrish-style, we flash forward to present day and meet our new cast of teenagers. Bethany...

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TX A&M AgriLife Invests $179M to Lead Agriculture Research for Fifth Year

By: Blair Fannin Whether it’s remote sensing tools or developing better water strategies for rural or urban areas, Texas A&M AgriLife Research is putting more research dollars to work faster than any agricultural entity across the nation, according to officials. AgriLife Research led the nation in agricultural research expenditures for fiscal year 2016 with more than $179 million, according to the National Science Foundation. This marked the fifth year in a row the agency led in research investments, topping more than 200 universities nationwide. AgriLife Research, part of the Texas A&M University System, topped the rankings followed by the University of Florida at $154 million, University of California-Davis, $142.5 million, and Purdue University, $130.7 million. “Agriculture is a critical component in our daily lives, and the agency’s research projects are broad reaching in impacting the lives of Texans and people worldwide with innovative discoveries,” said Dr. Craig Nessler, AgriLife Research director in College Station. The National Science Foundation – created in 1950 by Congress “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare; to secure the national defense” – annually measures the total research spending in several categories, including agriculture. “AgriLife Research continues to be at the forefront of finding solutions to produce enough food and fiber to meet our ever-expanding global population,” said John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System. “The...

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