Category: CULTURE

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AIAR Far-West Texas Reunion

My brothers and I hosted our high school graduating classes for a far-West Texas reunion. We spent two nights at Circle, two more at Cibolo Creek, one night in the Chisos Mountains and our last night in Fort Davis. Our classmates came from around the world. They could not believe the beauty and diversity of

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Notable & Quotable: John Steinbeck on Dry Years and Wet Years

‘But there were dry years too, and they put a terror on the valley.’ John Steinbeck was of a generation that lived close to the land. Grapes of Wrath, and The Red Pony reveal his farmer’s insight. Writing about California’s Salinas Valley, where he grew up, in the novel East of Eden (1952):

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West Texas, Photography by Weiman Meinzer

An evocative and beautiful short film about the culture, wildlife and geography of West Texas. Wyman Meinzer’s West Texas from Wyman Meinzer on Vimeo.

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New Year's Greetings from Far-West Texas

A 1-week family gathering in far-West Texas between Christmas and New Year’s is a family tradition. New Year weather can be fair, or brutal. Our best 2014 ranch investment was our standby generator system: We were snug in a weeklong storm.

Thanksgiving Greetings from Circle Ranch

Circle Ranch and the Gill family extend our best wishes to you and yours this holiday season. Here is a short video that captures highlights of our Thanksgiving week.  

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Out Here in The Middle

Out Here in The Middle is a short video about summer at the Circle Ranch, in the high-desert mountains of far-West Texas.

Petition Targets ‘Rogue’ Killings by Wildlife Services

NOTE: Article initially appeared in the Washington Post on December 15th, 2013. Darryl Fears They say U.S. critter assassins work in secret, quietly laying traps, lacing food with poison, sniping at targets from helicopters. Few people know exactly how the hits go down; the methods are largely hidden. What’s certain is that the U.S. Department

Borderlands Staples: Margaritas y Nachos

Reprinted From South Texas: The Newsletter (August-October 2004); By Richard Holland Bennett, with research from David Killam, John Stockley, Alan Dreeben and John Lettunich In this age of media bombardment concerning nutrition, dieting and obesity, one cannot ignore the components of our dietary intake. The dictionary defines a staple as a chief part or element. As