What is news to us?
Twice a week, every week, rain or shine, sick or well, the staff of the Moore County News-Press strives to and succeeds in bringing our loyal readers a quality newspaper. It doesn’t matter which issue you pick up out of our 104 issues published annually, you will find we are dedicated to telling the stories that matter to Moore County people.
So, what is the news to us?
The concept of what is “newsworthy” varies by region and by the size of the city the newspaper represents. The Moore County News-Press, like many other small, hometown newspapers, views news much differently than mainstream media and the larger press outlets.
While larger papers and broadcast stations may not find it newsworthy when a resident grows a 100-pound vegetable or some enormous flower, we do. That’s because one of our friends or neighbors did it.
While others might not find junior high and youth sports worthy of occupying airtime or space on the printed page, we do. We’re all about showcasing the accomplishments of our young people. You don’t have to be on the varsity team to make it onto the sports pages of the News-Press.
Your milestone events are also very important to us. That’s why we welcome submissions for milestone birthdays and anniversaries. That’s also why we want to join in the celebration and inform our readers when you become engaged, when you exchange marriage vows and when you welcome a new bundle of joy into your family.
The activities of local clubs and organizations are also important. That’s why we welcome the submission of “club news”. We have several groups that take advantage of this — the Retired Educators Association of Dumas, the MCHD Auxiliary, the Moore County Senior Center, the Red Hatters, Window on the Plains Museum and The Art Center to name a few — and we would like even more groups to do the same.
We also know it is important to stay on top of what actions are being taken by our elected officials. That’s why we strive to attend as many public meetings as possible and share the outcome of those meetings with you. That’s also why we publish the agendas for upcoming public meetings, so you can decide whether or not you should attend and make your voice heard.
While we try to shed as positive a light as possible on our communities within Moore County, there are those times in which darkness prevails and we have to report on negative situations. When those times come, we will be there to get the story. We will get the facts, and we will get the story right. We will not jump the gun just to be the first one to get the word out (which can sometimes lead to mistakes and/or misinformation) — we want any words we publish to be fair and, most importantly, accurate.
Simply put, sharing important information about Moore County is what matters most to us. Our goal is to continue to bring you news, weather, sports, opinions and editorials, entertainment, community life, obituaries, crime and courts and more about Moore people.
As always, we welcome your submissions and your suggestions for stories. Please do not hesitate to contact the office at (806) 935-4111 or email

Happy 100th Birthday to our National Park Service
If you’ve had the chance to view the sun setting into a deep gorge at Big Bend National Park, or stargaze from the Permian Era fossil reef in West Texas’ Guadalupe Mountains, you understand the importance of preserving Texas’ wild spaces.

And if you’ve watched turtle hatchlings crawl into the Gulf of Mexico along the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island on Padre Island National Seashore or spoken with a staged 19th century soldier about the outbreak of the Civil War at Fort Davis National Historic Site, you can appreciate why our state’s history and natural treasures are cause for celebration.

The National Park Service (NPS), which maintains these sites in Texas, has a celebration of its own this week as it observes its 100th birthday. The NPS was established on August 25, 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act into law, creating a new federal bureau within the Department of Interior to manage our national parks.

At that time, the United States only had 35 national parks. One hundred years later, our national park system has grown to more than 400 national parks, monuments, and historic sites across all 50 states.

Texas is home to 16 of these nationally recognized sites, and each year they attract more than five million visitors and plug more than $216 million into our state’s economy.

It’s no mystery why. In Texas, we have a park for everybody. You can reflect upon Texas’ hard-fought independence at the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, or you can watch a movie under the stars at President Lyndon B. Johnson’s ranch just like he would have hosted 50 years ago.

Active outdoorsmen can mountain bike along the rough terrain of the Harbor Bay Trail at Lake Meredith. Paddlers can navigate their way along cypress-lined bayous at Big Thicket. You can even scuba dive in the middle of the desert at the Amistad National Recreation Area in Del Rio.

Visitors to the Alibates Flint Quarries in the Panhandle can learn how to make ancient mammoth-hunting tools from 13,000 years ago. And at Texas’ newest national park, Waco Mammoth Site, you’ll find the largest concentration of Columbian mammoth remains in North America.

The list goes on. So to celebrate all the National Park Service has to offer on its Centennial Anniversary, I encourage you to visit one or many of the national parks we have right here in our backyard. Many sites are holding centennial events this month, but on any day of the year, the views, the history, and the experience are worth the trip.

Letter to the Editor

What is our world coming to?
Day after day it seems as if there’s another report of a terrorist attack, mass shooting or an attack against law enforcement. Some of those incidents happen in other countries while some happen far too close to home, such as the attack on police officers in Dallas.
It leaves many of us pondering the question, “What is our world coming to?”, and struggling to come up with answers.
We, as Americans, need to stop and take a look around us. What can we all do to change this world that appears to be headed straight to hell unless something happens soon? It is time we reinstate the values upon which our country was founded, and it is time we all take a long look in the mirror and see what we can do differently and what we can change about ourselves to help in that quest for a more peaceful world.
Read more in the July 21 print edition on Page 4.