Thoughts from the Western Writers of American Conference
I decided to drive from Tucson to Sacramento and  picked up Todd Roberts in Westwood on  the way.  I like to drive through the LA area every once in a while to remind myself why I no longer live there. The good stuff from restaurants to old haunts and friends while compensated for by some new ones aren’t enough draw for frequesnt trips as too many landmarks have been absorbed into a culture often literally more foreign. Suffice that when I last lived there the Governor was Ronald Reagan.

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Illegal immigrants cross over protected lands
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) oversees wildlife refuge areas, and many such areas are along the South Texas border.

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What is the rate of return on the Louisiana Purchase?
Everyone loves making a buck, including governments. Unfortunately, the reality of many “great deals,” especially in the history books, has today been inflated to mythical proportions.

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John Wayne flies courtesy of President Nixon in 1972
LTC Gene Boyer served a tour as a senior pilot for the White House. That job entailed being a stand-by pilot for Marine One, the helicopter that transports the President of the United States on short trips. He once had the honor of piloting the aircraft with a special passenger--actor John Wayne. 

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1919 film related to Teddy Roosevelt
After the death of Theodore Roosevelt in 1919, his close friend Hermann Hagedorn (he wrote some books on TR, including "Roosevelt In the Bad Lands" in 1922) filmed a 25-minute film about Roosevelt's friends from the Dakota days.

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