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Sexual assault is a devastating crime that is happening far too often throughout our society.  What makes this even more difficult to understand is the victims of this heinous act and the justice that they should receive is all too often non-existent. Why? Because sexual assault victims ofte…

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During the Tuesday December 17th Denton County Commissioner meeting, Denton County Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution declaring Denton County a Bill of Rights-Protected County. Introduced by Sheriff Tracy Murphree, the resolution opposes the confiscation of guns even from individ…

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Denton County is rightfully known for our residents’ generosity of time, talent and treasure due to our caring hearts. In September, we will have the opportunity to easily support any number of area nonprofits who serve those less fortunate in our communities.

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It’s hard to believe, but the summer break is ending and a new school year is upon us.  Soon we will see the familiar sights of flashing yellow school zone lights and buses stopping throughout our communities. Our long days of summer will be replaced with a flurry of school activities, homew…

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At first glance, the little 12-by-20 building nestled in the trees behind the house might look just like something used to house lawn equipment and stuff that will eventually wind up donated to a resale store.

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The 86th Legislative Session of the Texas state government recently came to a close. I am happy to report that the Denton County Commissioners Court suggested five bills, and all of them passed.  

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As a county extension agent, I am tasked with providing research-based education to the citizens of Texas. Sometimes this means that I have an unpopular answer for people. It has been interesting throughout my career to see the shift in public perception and the framing of questions specific…

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I am continually amazed at what I don’t know about the outdoors. Oh, I’ve spent a very active life in the woods and on the water, learning about the patterns of fish and wildlife.

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I have been your parks director for nearly two years now and I absolutely love working in Highland Village. The parks and trail system here is beautiful. It is very satisfying to see and interact with you as you and your families use our parks system. The staff in the parks department is com…

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Did you ever see a new, innovative product or way of doing something that made you stop and think, “Wow, why didn’t I think of this?” As a lifelong outdoors person, I have occasionally come across such products.

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It’s great to have friends that share your interests – friends you can bounce ideas off of and discover and perfect new ways of doing things. I have such a friend in Deryl Markgraf. Deryl and I met a few years ago and became instant friends. The love of hunting wild hogs and then transformin…

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I am often asked for gift ideas for many of my friends that share my interest in the outdoors. Finding that perfect gift can be a daunting task, especially if the shopper does not hunt and fish. 

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I have been an elected official since 1987, starting as a Carrollton City Council member, Denton County Justice of the Peace, and now as a county commissioner.

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Through the years, I have been designated cook in camps from the wilds of Canada to south of the border. I absolutely love cooking outside and preparing meals that are simple and tasty.

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This legislative session, I set a few goals with the specific focus of representing my district. I also set personal goals to improve in my effectiveness as a legislator on behalf of the approximately 167,588 men, women and children I represent from Denton County.

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A fly-in fishing trip to a remote lake in northern Saskatchewan is an experience that anyone who loves the outdoors and fishing should consider doing.

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They worked hard (often at more than one job), raised their families, served our country in the military or kept home fires burning, paid their taxes and were law-abiding citizens. They are our moms and dads, our grandparents, our elderly relatives and friends. They are our seniors.

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How did it go? Did you get your warm season vegetables in the ground on time? Did everything survive the cold snap and all the rain? It has been a rough start this spring. If you have been skilled enough (or just lucky) to get a good crop, we hope you will bring your produce to the Denton Co…

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I absolutely love sharing my outdoors lifestyle via this column each week. I must – I’ve been writing it for just over three decades.

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During my three-decade career as an outdoors writer, I have had the opportunity to travel to many places and spend time with some wonderful people.

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In the outdoors, there are very few constants. So many factors influence the way fish and game go about their day-to-day lives that we mere humans will never be able to always accurately pattern them.

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Severe weather season is upon us! Denton has already had one confirmed tornado that took out many mature trees. Hopefully, we won’t have anymore of that, however, it’s likely that we will still see hail storms, high winds and possibly more flooding. Although severe weather is unpredictable, …

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It's election time again in Denton County. And this year we said farewell and thank you to Mayor Pro Tem Fred Busche, a long-serving Highland Village resident.

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This past weekend, my good friend, Jeff Rice, and I fished the Yantis Catfish Classic at Lake Fork together, using techniques that I am sure the majority of the contestants considered better suited to the 1950s.

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Denton County Commissioners Court oversees a number of duties ranging from financial management to maintaining county roads and bridges to overseeing the courthouse and other facilities.

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Fall remains my favorite time of the year, but spring runs a very close second place.

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By now I am sure most of you have received your 2019 Notice of Appraised Value in your mail. For those of you received no increase, congratulations! But most received an increased assessment for our property tax.  Many were capped at 10 percent thanks to the homestead exemption. When I recei…

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In my humble opinion, wild turkeys are the crappie of the hunting world.  At times, such as when crappie gang up in large numbers in the shallows to spawn, they can be ridiculously easy to catch, but much of the time, they are one of the more challenging fish to pattern – likewise with turkeys.

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Through the years while working as a guide in Colorado’s high country, I’ve called elk and bear using predator calls. I’ve learned that the right sound, at the right time, will bring most critters in for a close look.  

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With April recognized as National County Government Month, I would like to take this opportunity to launch the first in a series of columns to help educate you about how county government works.

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As I pulled up to the camp house at my buddy Jeff Rice’s Buck and Bass Ranch, he met me in the yard and commented on the gear I was hauling.

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Since having the honor to serve as your state representative, much of the dialogue that people share focuses on major issues facing Texans such as lowering taxes, funding public education, economic development, and building our infrastructure to accommodate the nearly 30 million people who c…

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I bet you’re wondering how the title to this week’s column relates to the outdoors, right?

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I began fishing with cane poles as soon as I was big enough to tag along with my mother and father on fishing trips to local ponds around our home in rural Red River County.

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If you’ve been reading this column very long, I’m sure you have come to the conclusion that I’m all about hunting and eating what I take from the woods or fields.

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