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Varilek’s cattle call: Contract Highs

December 13, 2019

Boxed beef prices continue to decline from the earlier highs around $140 for the choice product. We do have an increased supply seasonally with the fall run of calf-feds still hitting the market and news...



Prairie Memories by Gary Heintz: My Red Ryder BB Gun

December 12, 2019

Red Ryder BB guns were on every third grade boy’s Christmas list in Harrold. The fabled rifle was advertised in the “Boy’s Life” scouting magazine and every “Red Ryder” comic book in 1955. Santa’s workshop...





And Thus Began My Education

December 9, 2019

A lot of parents are going to be mad at me for saying this but someone needs to say it. So here goes: not every kid should go to a four year college. My rule...



Baxter Black: Leroy and Tom

December 4, 2019

Everybody has a Christmas that stands out in their memory like dandruff on Superman’s cape! Mine was several years ago. Bah Humbug Bill, the cow buyer made a deal on a set of cows down...


Lee Pitts: The Toothless Cattle Company

December 4, 2019

I wasn’t always a tightwad. I didn’t always stoop to pick up pennies, straighten bent paper clips or shop in thrift stores. As a kid my grandparents gave me ten Carson City silver dollars every...




By Heather Hamilton-Maude: The Difference of One

November 26, 2019

We laid grandpa George to rest last week. The last of, “The Greatest Generation,” in my immediate family is gone. There was a time following the funeral mass for friends and family to share memories...


Nelson: contaminated water made me sick

November 25, 2019

Dear Editor: Is Recluse water contaminated by chemicals injected non-stop from 2012-2016? The chemical water was forced-pressurized into the injection well on Recluse Rd. I began getting sick in 2012. By 2013 I could no...



Baxter Black: Goddess of the hunt

November 25, 2019

Diana, goddess of the hunt, stands as a Roman heroine to a long line of female hunters. Even today there are many who have followed in her spoor that deserve to have their name written...


Lee Pitts: A Carolin’ We Did Go

November 25, 2019

Cowboys enjoyed a reputation as real singers back in the days when they would croon to their Longhorns at night to keep them from stampeding. But now days, although there are a lot of cowboy...




Baxter Black: An Old Story

November 18, 2019

Stop me if this sounds familiar… Jake had some trouble with his folks. So to keep peace in the family he let the ranch and headed east where his reputation hadn’t preceded him. He wound...