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THE HUNTING PACK

Bow season is about to begin. Luke talks about hunting packs and this awesome camp bread in today’s column.

THE HUNTING PACK

I remember my first couple years guiding for elk and bear in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. I was all about having everything on my back that could possibly be needed for the hunt. I bought one of those gigantic guide backpacks and stuffed it full of everything I ‘thought’ I might need and, looking back, a lot of things that I would never have needed. After a season of lugging all that weight around, I decided to go light and eliminate everything but the bare essentials. I purchased a very light pack and stocked it with items that would be needed for a day hunt in the mountains or…. A hunt here in Texas.

Mesquite City Council Approves 2021 - 2022 Budget Asks Voters to Vote For or Against Tax Increase

Mesquite City Council Approves 2021 - 2022 Budget Asks Voters to Vote For or Against Tax Increase

The Mesquite City Council unanimously approved the fiscal year 2021-2022 budget, which keeps the City property tax rate the same as last year. The budget adds public safety, streets and cybersecurity resources to the City’s operations and maintenance of the community. State law requires that Mesquite voters approve this year’s tax rate which exceeds the 3.5% voter-approval tax rate.

Governor Greg Abbott Bans Any COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates — Including For Private Employers

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a new executive order on Monday that said “no entity” in Texas can issue a COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Credit: Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune

Governor Greg Abbott Bans Any COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates — Including For Private Employers

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday issued another executive order cracking down on COVID-19 vaccine mandates — this time banning any entity in Texas, including private businesses, from requiring vaccinations for employees or customers.

A River Called Regret
A River Called Regret

A River Called Regret

Two o’clock is my favorite appointment time. It’s after lunch, but before The Waltons comes on. Fridays are best. I like the slower pace of Saturdays, too, but sometimes you have to wait for what seems like hours just to get someone to come to the door. There are questions, so many questions. I know the drill now. The required form is on the tablet. Take your own temperature. Adjust your mask. I’m always so nervous. The tears are right under the surface, simmering and prickling against my eyelashes. I’m inviting you to come with me this time. We’re here, in the lobby of the longterm care facility, to see my mom. I think I’m ready to say these words out loud. She has Alzheimer’s.

Make a Left
Make a Left
Make a Left
Make a Left

Three Rights Make a Left

It has been almost two years since my dad died and left my “special” brother Shawn in the care of my brothers Ron, Jeff and myself. It came as a shock that dad left guardianship with Ron since he is an Electrical Contractor that does a lot of work in the Caribbean in places like St Kits, Martinique, Antigua, St Martin as well as in other states. He just finished a job in North Carolina.

STAYING ON COURSE

Luke’s old compass that he has carried for over 40 years. This instrument has led Luke into and out of some spectacular country through the years.

STAYING ON COURSE

STAYING ON COURSE

With fall hunting seasons quickly approaching, I thought it would be fun to visit this week about scouting and learning land that you are not familiar with.

Who Cares If a Monkey Dies?
Who Cares If a Monkey Dies?

Who Cares If a Monkey Dies?

My family visited the Dallas Zoo upon many occasions—usually at least yearly—when I was a youngster, and we often went as a group of “church families” from our congregation on Day Street off Jim Miller Road. Our moms cooked up bags of unsalted, un-buttered popcorn to feed to the animals (allowed back then), and we took other snacks along to eat as a group at the picnic tables. “Truth be known,” we kids (and some of the sneaky adults) often ate quite a bit of the “animal popcorn” as we traversed the zoo grounds.

Are You Sure About That?
Are You Sure About That?
Are You Sure About That?
Are You Sure About That?
Are You Sure About That?

Are You Sure About That?

Supposedly, “PLAY-DOH” was not created as a “plaything for children” but as a cleaning agent (flour, water, and salt—nonstaining, non-toxic, and reusable) for homeowners and domestics in the 1930s. But, by the 1950s, it had been discovered to be a marketable substance for children (and adults who were still child-like) to use for arts and crafts and for irritating parents as it was ground into rugs and carpets.

Kaufman County Deer Hunters

Kaufman County Deer Hunters Required to Test Harvested Game

As deer season approaches, Kaufman County hunters need to be aware of a new requirement. Because of the neurological disease in deer found in this region of Texas called Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), hunters who harvest mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, red deer, or other CWD susceptible species within the Trans-Pecos, Panhandle, and South-Central Texas CWD Containment and Surveillance Zones are REQUIRED to bring their animals to a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) check station within 48 hours of harvest. There will be two check stations for Hunt/Kaufman/Rockwall/Van Zandt Counties. Dates, times, and locations are listed below.

Forney ISD Holds Dedication
Forney ISD Holds Dedication
Forney ISD Holds Dedication
Forney ISD Holds Dedication

Forney ISD Holds Dedication Ceremony for Griffin Elementary

Forney ISD held a dedication ceremony for the new Griffin Elementary School located in the Devonshire subdivision on Tuesday, Sept. 28. The Forney ISD Board of Trustees, district administrators, District 4 House Representative Keith Bell and campus staff and teachers officially opened the school at the event. Jerry and Helen Griffin, the namesakes of the school were in attendance at the ceremony with several members of their family.

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