Winds of Change - For struggling West Texans, giant turbines that turn wind into energy may be the way to save the ranch. But these land leases may also mean the end of beloved wide, open spaces.
The thing about West Texas that you can't ignore, that you can never forget, is the wind.
August 20, 2006
by Alyson Ward
in Fort Worth Star Telegram
On that big, flat stretch of land dotted with scrubby mesquite trees, the wind sweeps through effortlessly, unimpeded. It rakes across acres of ranchland, over cattle and rocks and red dirt, over nearly dry stock tanks and abandoned oil pump jacks. Always, always it whips at your face or pushes at your back. It fills your ears with a high-pitched, wavering whistle. There's always another gust on the way.
And that wind brings a lot of things with it. Tumbleweeds, maybe, that scuttle along highways and prairies. Or dirt, picked up and carried through the air, turning the sky red,... [continue via Web link]