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A special event to mark the grand reopening of Indian Lodge after years of renovation will take place Oct. 26. State and local dignitaries and TPWD leaders will attend, including Sen. Pete Gallegos. Indian Lodge functions as a full service motel with 39 rooms, operated as part of the Davis Mountains State Park complex near Fort Davis in West Texas. It was originally constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a federal program to provide jobs during the Great Depression era. Earlier this year, TPWD completed the last phase of a $3.2 million Indian Lodge restoration project. All rooms have now been carefully renovated in keeping with the original style of CCC craftsmen. The most recent phase renovated 15 historical rooms and included extensive plumbing and electrical work to serve the entire lodge. Indian Lodge is one of dozens of TPWD sites that have benefited in recent years from Proposition 8 bond funding approved by voters in 2001 for major repairs and construction.


An 89-year-old retiree whose parents loved parks and the outdoor life recently sent an unsolicited donation check for $10,000 to Texas State Parks, the second such check received at TPWD headquarters this year. The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she “read about the parks struggling” in a recent news magazine article. She said her father was “a camper and a hiker and a sometime fisherman” and her mother was brought up on a large farm in Iowa with a river running through it. One of seven children, the donor said her family went to state parks when she was young. “I donated to the state parks because my family made use of them,” she said. “Due to our upbringing, my mother and father never went anyplace you didn’t leave it better than you found it.”

  • Our next story is an “odd duck.” We were asked to add the email address for the new Submarine TEXAS to our newsletter distribution list, and we received a very “non-standard” – but helpful and interesting – undeliverable response. To make a short story long, our file size was too big for them:

The Sailor Mail Process.....Things You Never Knew

This page is dedicated to helping people understand what's happening when they receive an email saying a note they'd sent to someone onboard a submarine has been modified.

We understand your concern when you get an email back that says your email to the ship has been modified. I'll try to explain what's happening. While it might seem complicated as you read this, please don't be daunted - hopefully by the time you reach the end, you'll have a full appreciation for the limitations faced by members of the submarine force, and a better understanding of what we do to minimize some of the limitations in our system.

When you receive the note saying your email has been modified, the bottom line is that you've received an automated, courtesy copy, telling you changes have been made - and there's an attachment containing a file with the message exactly as it has been forwarded to the ship. Please take a minute to look at the attachment. Many people who ask questions of this process have never taken the time to see what's being forwarded in that message. When you receive the note, in most cases, there is absolutely no action required. Anyway.....back to the explanation of what's happening (and why).

October 9 – October 15, 2006



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