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02
May
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Rudy

I’ve got a year-old Australian Shepherd dog. I don’t intend to use him for livestock; his job will be barker. We live in a rural area. The dogs are penned at  night and released during the day into a three acre house and barn lot surrounded by shock collar wire. 
 
Thu
17
Apr
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The Western Migration Invasion

by Baxter Black.
 
The legalization of marijuana in Colorado has brought to a head a common point of contention that has happened in state after state. It is a generational change, a population shift that is the result of the inevitable roll of civilization. It also marks a shift from rural to urban. Over the years I have watched certain western towns and cities evolve into mini-metros that no longer belong to the state that bore them; Santa Fe, Aspen, Missoula, Sedona, Monterey and Deer Valley.

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Thu
17
Apr
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THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF THE “LADY IN BLUE”

by Bartee Haile.
 
A Franciscan priest, who made the long and dangerous trip from the New World in search of the mysterious “Lady in Blue,” arrived at a Spanish abbey on Apr. 21, 1631. The padre was determined to find out for himself if the mother superior really was the phantom visitor that brought biblical teachings to the Indians of the American Southwest. Known today as astral projection and in the seventeenth century as bilocation, out-of-body travel has always been an incredible concept that defies the laws of nature.

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Fri
11
Apr
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RIVERBOAT CAPTAIN BUILDS RANCH AS BIG AS TEXAS

An Irish immigrant, who escaped a tenement hell to create an empire as big as Texas, took his last breath on Apr. 14, 1885. The Kings were destitute refugees from the Emerald Isle trapped in the dead-end poverty of the New York slums. Eleven year old Richard was apprenticed to a jeweler in 1835, but the moment his keeper turned his back the headstrong boy ran away 
 
Fri
11
Apr
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A Cow Hanging

John lives down the road from me. We have cattle across the fence from each other. He is good at a lot of things; carpentry, electronics, sports and hunting, but cows are not his strong suit. He runs a handful on 90 acres. He called me one day askin’ if we had seen a cow of his. I told him we had cleared the pasture and had not seen her in with our bunch. I left town for a  weekend and when I returned hehad left a message to call. I did.  “I found her,” he said
 
Thu
03
Apr
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The Ag Media Explosion!

By Baxter Black.
 
How does it strike you that the more concentrated agriculture becomes, the more rural/ag media is available? Regional farm, ranch and equine oriented publications are still a very strong part of our print media. Many of them have been around for over 50 years.

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Thu
03
Apr
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RANGERS’ CLOSEST CALL CAME AT THE CAPITOL

By Bartee Haile.
 
At the end of a lengthy public probe into charges of corruption and criminal misdeeds, the question Lone Star legislators faced on Apr. 2, 1919 was whether to do away with the Texas Rangers altogether or give the legendary lawmen one more chance to clean up their act. Even in their hard-fighting heyday, the fabled frontier guardians were never without their detractors. For years critics had questioned their shoot-first philosophy, and local peace officers resented the often uninvited intrusion of the governor’s gendarmes.

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Fri
28
Mar
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The Illinois Cowboy Revisited

It’s nice to hear that my friends Chet and Dale are still holding up the reputation of the “mounted Cowboy” in the land of Lincoln and John Deere. Due  to a case of porphus ileades (Latin for poor facilities) at the local sale barn, two big bulls crashed the unloading chute and plowed into the parking lot! 
 
Fri
28
Mar
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CHAIN SAW ART ON A GOLF COURSE

The Gaines County Golf Course, between Seminole and Seagraves, is a sculpture garden filled with unique wooden carvings created from trees that succumbed to the long standing drought.  “We lost a lot of trees and
it seemed like such a shame to see them just die,” says Kathy Davis of Seminole. “There are some really big trees out there.”  
 
Thu
20
Mar
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The Saga of the Spotted Skunk

By Baxter Black.
 
If it weren’t so ridiculous it would make you cry. The Endangered Species Act has popped up again like a stinky diaper at day care. This time it is the Plains Spotted Skunk, one of four species of spotted skunks that can be found almost anywhere from Canada to Mexico and coast to coast except, apparently, in the backyard of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. According to the Feds, “The decline of small farms, the advent of agriculture practices that encourage removal of fence rows and brush piles, intensive use of pesticide, improved grain management practices, and the end of large haystack construction are implicated as potential causes for the species’ decline in landscapes dominated by human activity.” Whew.
 

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