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“We are at the bottom,” Wright tells city council

Water restrictions continue in Cotulla Limits on residential and commercial use of city water supplies may continue through September in Cotulla, according to utilities supervisor David Wright, who told councilors last week that the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer level continues dropping at a foot per day. Wright also said he believes the city’s wells have reached the…

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Traffic stop yields weed, fentanyl-laced prescription drugs

Cannabis was packaged for commercial sale, investigators report Two suspects were jailed in Cotulla early Sunday, August 14, after being found in possession of marijuana and pills believed to have been laced with fentanyl. One of the suspects is also believed to have swallowed methamphetamine prior to being taken into custody. The La Salle County…

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What happened to Aunt Betty’s bathroom window

Over the past few years I’ve noticed an odd trend in English dialogue that I don’t think was as prevalent a generation ago. I say this because I think we are witnessing a shift in the way our language is used, but whether it is for brevity remains open for discussion. It certainly can’t be…

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Wild Wild West

A view of the border crisis from oilfield security “I’ve found bodies out here,” the gate guard says quietly. “Some of the immigrants don’t make it. They’ll be trying to walk across all this. They just die.” The white heat of a blistering August afternoon cooks the South Texas landscape in an eerie silence. While…

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Jury shortage halts Ayala trial

Change of venue possible, clerk’s office reports Despite as many as 500 potential jurors being called for duty in a La Salle County sexual assault case last week, the trial has been stalled because attorneys were unable to select 32 final candidates from the mere 63 who put in an appearance. The case scheduled to…

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Conducting as though putting out a curtain fire

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE My third grade English language teacher was a curiously rotund Yorkshireman called Ted Armitage who was addicted to powerful peppermints, drove a vintage Dormobile and chain-smoked Silk Cut cigarettes whenever he stepped outdoors. He was also our school choir, orchestra and band director, and he coached soccer and cricket quite…

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City orders immediate water use reduction

Aquifer drops to critical level; Cotulla’s wells can’t cope with demand Cotulla residents are being asked by City Hall to help reduce the summer’s deep impact on a declining aquifer in an ongoing drought by cutting down on water usage. The call for Stage 2 restrictions in the city’s water system came in a unanimous…

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A plan for Cristo Rey

“If it were nicer, I think you’d have more burials…” The place where families of limited means buried their loved ones and where generations of those who helped build Cotulla have been laid to rest is also a place of disorder. Cristo Rey Cemetery, located southeast of Cotulla on FM 624, was first used 90…

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Vetted, prodded and scanned

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Despite all the marvels of modern technology, we seem suddenly to have taken a huge leap backwards in efficiency. Seeing reports of great hordes of people shuffling about airports and railway stations hopelessly stranded, mountains of luggage waiting to be flung onto trolleys and sent into the wild blue yonder,…

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Is this how the Egyptians live?

We were warned that the summer of 1976 would be a hot one. Even back then, some British weather forecaster had the know-how to tell us in about May or June that we would have a right scorcher that year. Trouble was, we didn’t have any way of properly preparing for something like that. We…

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