Category: CULTURE

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How the West Was Won: Selling of the Waggoner Ranch

The “80-20 Rule” states that typically, 80 percent of business profits come from 20 percent of total efforts. This simple insight is the single most powerful of all money-making principles. In ranching, 80 percent of total profits come from the capital appreciation of the asset. The idea that ranching can monetize the real estate asset

Cowboys Turn to High-Tech Ear Tags to Monitor Animal Health

Small, inexpensive tracking devices embedded in ear tags that work through cellular towers instead of costly, heavy GPS devices would revolutionize grassland restoration. This would allow ranchers to track their stock on open ranges. Controlling theft, minimizing straying and limiting searches for missing animals would fundamentally improve grass-fed ranch economics. Returning large grazers to grassland

Healing the Land with One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts

Healing the Land with One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts” is an inspirational short film that discusses regenerative agricultural practices on a Georgia farm. This dying farm was regenerated using multi-species grazing in which all the animals were moved according to a plan that got them to the right place…at the right time… doing the right

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Book Review – The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History

Dr. Paul Hutton has delivered a highly rewarding volume in The Apache Wars; it fully covers the American Apache Wars, revealing many new facts about the characters and agencies involved. It is well written, making it an entertaining read; but it is also a chilling account of barbarities and the vicissitudes of hard-fought guerrilla warfare.

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Keeper of the Flame

Our artist pal Boyd Elder is one of the unforgettable characters of far-West Texas. NOTE: post initially appeared on TexasHighways.com and in print, the June 2016 edition

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Feathers From Wind Farms Can Meet Apaches’ Needs

A Justification for Windfarms? Windfarms are a boondoggle.  Wind farm electricity costs six times as much per kilowatt hour as conventional: If your energy bill is $10,000 per year but you are content to pay $60,000 then wind power is for you! This calculation ignores damage to land values including to neighbors whose losses go

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Book Review: The Son – A Great Texas History

Here is a typical review of The Son, by Philipp Meyer, “a multi-generational story that takes on the myths of Texas history as well as American History”. Have you ever felt as a reader that you were reading a novel of near perfection? A book where every sentence, paragraph, character, historical reference not only was

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War Songs of The Plains

Obituary: Joseph Medicine Crow, Reprinted from The Economist Joseph Medicine Crow, last war chief of the Crow tribe, died on April 3rd, aged 102

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Congratulations Blue Origin

Blue Origin’s successful launch and recovery on November 23, 2015 leapfrogs them to leadership in the private space race. The launch-landing site is next door to Circle: The cliffs in the far background are the Sierra Diablo rim, Circle Ranch’s high country.

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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