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Baxter Black – Wanted: Cowboy

October 11, 2017 — WANTED: Cowboy. No TV, No phone. If you don't like dogs and can't tough it in the mountains, don't apply – Alamo, Nevada. I'd like to meet the ol' boy that wrote that ad. You can almost picture him in your mind. We're all acquainted

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Baxter Black: Stress

September 22, 2017 — Let's say a busload of Brazillian soccer players came by your place one fine fall afternoon unexpected and took you on a three-day road trip. You didn't have time to pack your toothpaste or your own saddle! They made you play two games a day

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Baxter Black: Dog Days In The Feedlot

September 15, 2017 — Well, it's dog days in the feedlot now that summer's nearly done I been loafin' through the cattle but the steers don't suffer none They don't need much waterin', really, they just eat and drink and snooze Like a bunch of fat ol' bankers On

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Baxter Black: Coyote Cowboy Observations

September 6, 2017 — -There's always time to pet your dog. -If a feller doesn't trim his own horse's feet, he's got too many horses or not enough time. -Some people do what they've gotta do to live where they wanna live. Others live where they have to live

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Baxter Black: The Yellow Ribbon

August 29, 2017 — The woman stood in line. Her eyes stared vacantly. Her face was gaunt. A thin film of dust covered her clothing. The weight of the world lay on her shoulders. She was muttering under her breath. A fly touched her cheek. She brushed it off,

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Baxter Black: Jumper

August 24, 2017 — Betty said her dad had a bull that kept jumpin' the fence. She wondered if I knew any surefire cures for fence jumpin' bulls. I asked her what they'd tried already. "Well," she said, "One of Fred's friends (Fred was her dad) suggested tyin' a

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Baxter Black: The Historic Star Valley Beanfield War

August 9, 2017 — I guess it never would have happened if Raymond hadn't sold his cows. The Star Valley Beanfield War, I mean. Cy talked him into planting a bean field. They both had time on their hands. The two of them would do the work. Cy put

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Baxter Black: Parakeets And Dogs

August 1, 2017 — Most of us who deal with animals on a regular basis are familiar with the books of that well-loved veterinarian and author of All Creatures, Great and Small, James Herriot. He seems to embody everybody's image of the kindly, competent country practitioner. Occasionally wrong, but

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Baxter Black: Horses Kin Hurt Ya!

July 18, 2017 — Horses kin hurt ya! SOMETIMES ON PURPOSE! I looked up at the pig-eyed backyard horse. The roll of fat down the crest of his neck quivered as he snorted and flared his nostrils. He was not pleased that I'd managed to get a halter on

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Baxter Black: Photosensitization

July 13, 2017 — Like a good boy I subscribed my mother to one of the papers that carries my column. Later I asked her how she liked it. She said, "It's fine, son. I like most of 'em but those where you ramble on about cow diseases and

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Baxter Black: Pestilence

July 5, 2017 — Piojos! Lice! The biting kind. You see 'em everywhere They're thick as thieves on cattle's backs and crawlin' in their hair! And ticks the size of Tootsie Pops transfuse a cow a day! And two can pack a yearlin' off or pull a two-horse sleigh!

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Baxter Black: White Oaks Rodeo

June 27, 2017 — The 4th of July weekend means different things to different people. Each of us may have a special memory of some 4th of July. Maybe it's when you got married or had a baby or took that vacation to Yellowstone. To a lot of folks

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Baxter Black: Balin’ Wheat

June 20, 2017 — Glen said J.T. liked old pickups, too. But sometimes they had a mind of their own. Early one summer morning J.T. loaded his good dog, Sam, and headed down to the wheat field. It had been cut and he planned on balin' some wheat straw

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Baxter Black: Handyman Jacks

June 13, 2017 — People develop a morbid relationship with the most unlikely things. "Git rid of that horse, Newt! It's bound to kill ya someday!" But Newt keeps saddlin' up the widow maker. "Don't be eatin' those chilis, Newt! Ya know they'll keep you up all night!" But

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Baxter Black: Sandhills Savior

June 9, 2017 — In the sandhills of Nebraska stands a monument of wills Where man has staked his claim to them blowin', rollin' hills Where the buffalo once scattered in the bunch grass, belly deep, A whiteface calf, contented, sucks his mama, half asleep. But you cannot know

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Baxter Black: Cleaning up messes

May 29, 2017 — Ask yourself "Do you make messes, or clean them up?" Missy is 53, would rather be at home with her two grandchildren, works for the city and was ordered to work late. Her back hurts as she leans on her push cart and broom. Missy

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Baxter Black: The grapevine

May 25, 2017 — What better way to impress his new lady friend, thought Rob, than to take her to his friend's rancho for an afternoon branding and BBQ? His '84 model two horse trailer had been repaired so many times that it looked like a well drillin' rig!

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Baxter Black: Ol’ Duffy

May 17, 2017 — Ol' Duff slept in the bunkhouse in the corner by the wall Nobody slept beside him. It was self-defense, that's all 'Cause Ol' Duff was a chorus of expulsions in his sleep That sounded like a freight train goin' through a band of sheep! His

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Baxter Black: Who’s in charge?

May 4, 2017 — Sometimes we forget who's in charge. There has been so much concern lately regarding man's ability to change the environment. We worry about cutting down the forests, damming up the rivers, endangering the species, warming the globe and paving the wetlands. We have begun to

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Baxter Black: Landscaping

April 25, 2017 — Genie noticed the bottle of Jack Daniels on the kitchen table when she got home late that night. Like most lettuce farmers, if whiskey was kept in the house, it was not usually kept on the kitchen table. She marched in the bedroom to find

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