Luke with a fine desert mule deer buck he took last week on the Eason Ranch in Pecos County.
Jeff Rice

Standing on the side of a mountain on the Eason Ranch, way out in Pecos County, I found myself somehow caught up in a time warp as I glanced across the vastness of distant mountains, just as the morning sun began to light them up.


by Luke Clayton

Mank movie, Metaflix

Alice Reese, Herald-Banner movie critic, "Mank," the biography of 1930s and '40s Hollywood screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz is worthy of Oscar consideration. Mankiewicz wrote the script for what many critics say is the greatest movie of all time, "Citizen Kane."  Alice also reviews the Indian film, "White Tiger."

TAMUC alumna Dionica Bell is a Student Affairs Officer at UC-Davis, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
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Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn into office on Wednesday, January 20, making her the first woman, the first black person, and the first person of south Indian descent to obtain the second highest office within the U.S. Government.


Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams says the City Council met together in the council chambers for the first time since last March Tuesday night, and City Hall is now partially open for meetings by appointment.  The council this week has a further discussion about possbly using hotel occupancy taxes, as allowed by the state of Texas, to build a hotel and convention center on Texas A&M-Commerce property south of the CVS pharmacy.

Texas A&M Agrilife

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says a new organization for beekeepers in Hunt County is orgaizing.  Also, Pud discusses "Remember for Me," the support group for family members of people who suffer from Alzheimer's disease.

A&M-Commerce Athletics

Texas A&M-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray says a few more fans, including students and donors, will likely be allowed into the Field House for men's and women's basketball games this Friday and Saturday (January 22-23) vs.

Piece of Mind: Do We Also 'Safeguard' Corruption?

Jan 18, 2021
John Lott/Newsweek

Gov. Greg Abbott just couldn't contain his joy at learning that the National Rifle Association has announced plans to relocate to Texas.

Why, Texas "safeguards the Second Amendment," the governor proclaimed after the bankruptcy-bound gun rights group made its announcement.

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Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, professor of psychology at Texas A&M-Commerce, says the usual observances of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day that he leads at churches in Commerce and Sulphur Springs will not take place this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.  But his students have been challenged to perform acts of public service on the holiday.

Richland Chambers Reservoir guide Chris Moody with a blue catfish catch
Luke Clayton

This week, Luke is joined by Richland Chambers guide Chris Moody ( for a  discussion on the bounty of Richland Chambers Reservoir's blue catfish. Now is a great time to catch not only jumbo size trophy catfish but plenty of good eaters as well.

Lauren Brooke Bohme, pictured, and Damien Christian Osborn, were arrested in Colorado on charges connected to a 2020 murder in Greenville.
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Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says after the first delivery of coronavirus vaccines were administered, the county is now waiting for a new shipment of vaccines.  A task force is developing a plan for the procedures in providing the next round of vaccines, whenever they may come.  According to the Texas Division of Emergency Management COVID-19 Vaccine Availability website, the vaccines w

Paxton’s critics said they are not surprised the attorney general, among a number of Republicans and Trump supporters who have falsely claimed the election was stolen by Democrats, did not sign on to the letters. Credit:
Laura Buckman


      Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is the only state attorney general in the United States who did not sign on to either of two letters sent this week condemning the violent insurrection of the U.S. Capitol mounted last week by supporters of President Donald Trump.


Texas Laws Protecting Whistleblowers Don't Apply, Ken Paxton’s Office Argues

Jan 14, 2021
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during a press conference in 2017.


      The Texas Attorney General’s Office is attempting to fight off efforts by four former aides to take depositions and issue subpoenas in their lawsuit claiming they were illegally fired after telling authorities they believed Attorney General Ken Paxton was breaking the law.

Piece of Mind: Good Luck, Speaker Phelan

Jan 14, 2021
Texas Tribune

The Dade Phelan Era has commenced in the Texas House of Representatives and — wouldn’t you know it — he already is taking some incoming fire from those on the far right wing of his Republican Party.

Phelan is the newly elected speaker of the House. He is a Beaumont Republican who had the temerity to suggest he wants to work well with Democrats who comprise a substantial minority of the 150-member legislative body.

Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune

Dr. Dale Funderburk, long-time Texas A&M-Commerce economics professor, reflects on an article analyzing the manufacturing industry of San Antonio, in particular, but says the slow return of jobs in Texas manufacturing from the coronavirus restrictions will be similar across Texas.

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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville says a tranining seminar at the Best Western Hotel from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday (Janaury 16)will teach participants to survive in an active-shooter situation.  The seminar is presented by "Protect His House," a group that promotes safety for church congregations. Because of the coronavirus situation, it is uncertain if the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade will take place Monday (January 18).

Howdy Lisenbee began working for the City of Commerce on Nov. 2.
City of Commerce

KETR's North By Northeast conversation series returns in 2021 with a focus on the City of Commerce. New Commerce City Manager Howdy Lisenbee introduces himself to listeners around the region. In today's get-acquainted chat: His first name (it's not a nickname), a little about the public trust, the latest on City Hall re-opening (by appointment starting Jan. 19) and those controversial traffic circles (not in current plans for State Hwy. 24).

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Dr. Kent Montgomery, head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M-Commerce, considers the major space projects planned for 2021.  One is the DART project, in which NASA and the Japanese space agency are sending a spacecraft to collide with an asteroid, as a way of developing a method of protecting Earth against a disastrous collision.   Also, NASA will attempt to land an Orion space capsule on the moon, with plans to send astronauts back to the moon by 2024.

Piece of Mind: What Went Wrong in D.C.?

Jan 11, 2021
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Those of us who were old enough to remember it likely would provide the same answer to this question: What is the most serious security breach in our nation’s history?

I would answer: 9/11. Terrorists flew three passenger jets into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and could have crashed a fourth jetliner into the Capitol Building were it not for the bravery of the passengers who fought them for control of the jet and crashed it into a field in Pennsylvania.

Four Years Ago, Texas Republicans Were Most Likely To Vote By Mail

Jan 11, 2021
 The state does not keep records on which candidates the absentee voters supported, but most counties do.

Democratic voters in Texas were more likely to cast their ballots by mail than Republican voters in the last election.

Today, that may sound like a forgone conclusion, but that wasn’t the case four years ago. Absentee ballots, which only certain groups of Texans are eligible to use, have traditionally been a tool utilized by the GOP, and in 2016, counties reported that higher percentages of Republican voters cast absentee ballots than Democratic voters.

Commerce ISD, Facebook

Charlie Alderman, Commerce ISD superintendent, says the Commerce schools will re-open after the holidays on Tuesday (January 12), and will carefully watch the amount of coronavirus infection among students, teachers and staff.  He says opening nearly two weeks after New Year's Day has given the district more time to monitor the situation following the holidays.

Luke discusses muzzleloader season this week
Luke Clayton

Join Luke this week as he discusses late season hunting opportunities. Muzzleloader season in open in many counties for the next week and waterfowl season is in full swing. Contact Luke via email at with any outdoor related questions you might have. His website is

Hunt Regional Healthcare's flagship facility, Hunt Regional Medical Center, is operating above patient capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hunt Regional Healthcare

Hunt Regional Healthcare published the following release on Dec. 8:

To the citizens of Hunt County,

I am writing to update you on the seriousness of the current spread of COVID-19 in our area and our vaccine administration process. Moreover, I am writing to inform you of the dire situation of local healthcare resources and ask for your help mitigating the further spread of this virus.

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Derek Price, author of the "Cargazing" column that appears n the Herald-Banner and is nationally syndicated, reflects on reports that Apple is developing a self-driving car in competition with Tesla and others.  News reports say Apple is making progress in creating a new, long-lasting battery for the car.

James Gilliam Gee served as president of E.T. from 1947 to 1966.
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James William Gee isn’t around to feel the heat, but it has been coming his way in recent months.

Texas A&M University-Commerce, an institution he used to lead as president when it was known as East Texas State University, has changed the name of its library and a lake on campus. Both places had Gee’s name on them. They’re now going to carry the names of two African-American students who played key roles in the desegregation of the university.

Dyani Robinson and the Lions face a crucial early-season matchup at Lubbock Christian this weekend.

The Texas A&M University-Commerce men's basketball games scheduled for this Friday and Saturday at Lubbock Christian University have been postponed due to concerns related to CoVID-19 within the Lion men's basketball program, a university release said.

The two teams have scheduled a single contest to be played at Lubbock Christian's Rip Griffin Center on Monday, February 1, at 2 p.m.

The Lions women's games at Lubbock Christian this Friday and Saturday remain as scheduled, with 3:30 p.m. tipoff times for both games.

Cooper Lake State Park, Facebook

Steve Killian, superintendent of Cooper Lake State Park, says the South Sulphur and Doctors Creek units will be closed this weekend for a youth deer-hunting event.  Both units of the park are now offering self-guided hiking tours, with maps provided at the park headquarters.

Piece of Mind: Texans Contribute to Riot

Jan 6, 2021
Steven Voss/Politico

We have witnessed today a shameful chapter in our nation’s otherwise (mostly) glorious story.

Rioters stormed Capitol Hill, and traipsed into the Senate chamber to disrupt what Congress was doing today. Congress was gathered to ratify an Electoral College tally that named Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.

Cornyn Says He Won't Object To Election Certification

Jan 6, 2021
The two Texas U.S. Senators do not agree on whether to support President Trump's efforts to discredit the results of the November election.
KUT News

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, announced Tuesday that he isn't planning to object to the certification of the Electoral College vote in Congress, splitting with a growing number of GOP colleagues that most notably includes the state’s junior senator, Ted Cruz.

Texas Tribune

Dr. Dale Funderburk, retired Texas A&M-Commerce professor of economics, reflects on a recent "D" magazine article by SMU economics professors W. Michael Cox and Richard Alm arguing that despite Texas' reputation as a business-friendly, free-market state, the amount of business regulation is actually too great.  The article states that Texas highest the fifth-highest rate of business restructions in the U.S.