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Ag’s reliable voices needed as Oct. 4 comment deadline for NISP approaches

September 21, 2018 — Sustaining our robust local agriculture industry while also developing water security measures to meet growing municipal and industrial demands are equally vital for Northern Colorado's future. With the Northern Integrated Supply Project, we have an endeavor in the works that will help ensure the success

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Petersen: Hellbent for Election

September 21, 2018 — Recently, a fellow writer said she found writing comedy was hard. She asked, "How do you do it? Where do you get material and ideas?" "Well," I answered, "besides looking at my face in the mirror each morning, all I have to do is read

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Yield: The Kansas State Fair

September 21, 2018 — Ol' Nevah and I ain't gone to the Kansas State Fair in more than a decade. So we decided to go this year — and we invited our good friends "Punkin" Cellar and his wife Roga to ride along with us. We went on a

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Black: I should’a brought a raincoat

September 21, 2018 — As Noah said when he went out on the deck to check the windshield wipers, "I should'a brought a raincoat." Paul's day started out with a drum roll. Every morning for months as he went into the machine shed he noticed the rusty gate hinge

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Pitts: Everybody looks better in a cowboy hat

September 21, 2018 — When I taught myself how to engrave silver conchas I practiced on coins. Most of it was foreign coinage but occasionally I'd practice on U.S. coins. And yes, it's legal as long as a person doesn't try to defraud anyone. Turning nickels into quarters would

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Sanders: Diversification

September 21, 2018 — Entrepreneurs come from all walks of life, including rural areas. Paula Vogelsang, who lives on a farm and ranch at the edge of the Badlands of South Dakota, is a master of diversification. In 1993, she pursued her idea of publishing a small newspaper giving

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Hanks: Imitation, a cowboy’s gift of flattery

September 21, 2018 — It won't be that long, gentle readers, until we start to see all of the political ads again, over and over and over. Many of those ads will feature some hombre in a denim shirt with the sleeves rolled up to the elbows leaning up

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Let’s get the pumpkin pickin’ record straight

September 14, 2018 — First, I love Greeley Tribune's Mike Peter's articles about "living, looking at, loving, and laughing at life." I am not sure how or what he would write about "getting the record straight." But I think he might start by explaining the old game of "gossip."

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Please, get help

September 14, 2018 — This column is about you, particularly if you are considering suicide. Please stop. Please read this from my heart. The family will not be 'better off without you.' In fact it would make their lives a great deal more difficult. I know. When I was

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Trying new things

September 14, 2018 — Never pass up a chance to enjoy a new experience — especially as you age. Recently I developed a rotator cuff issue after leading a horse from a far corner of the pasture back to the corral. Peaches, the old mare, is as gentle as

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Farm boy golf

September 14, 2018 — Hallelujah! The drought is finally over at Damphewmore Acres and through most of the Flint Hills. It took more than 10 months to get the needed runoff to fill our four-acre pond, but when it happened, it happened quickly. We've had a bunch of small

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It’s a matter of respect

September 14, 2018 — Gentle readers, it is a matter of respect. Or maybe respect like the Reverend, Al Sharpton, recently quoted. Regardless of how you spell it, it all comes down to respect. I watched a documentary on prison life in one of California's toughest prisons recently. The

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Black: That time again

September 14, 2018 — It's fall on the cow outfit. Time to get out the WD 40 and grease up the handles on the squeeze chute. Maybe find the three or four syringes that work, buy some new gaskets and barrels along with a box of needles. Time to

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Pitts: Name your poison

September 14, 2018 — Today's lesson is about poisonous plants, dangerous delectables and fatal feedstuffs. I'm talking nightshade, lupine, milkweed and the poison used to kill Socrates: hemlock. Water hemlock is said to look a lot like parsnips and a human can die in half an hour just by

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Radke: Drugs in your meat? Not a chance

September 8, 2018 — The target on beef's back is bigger than ever, and nothing will prove this point more than an article that was published last week titled "Report: Banned drugs from antibiotics to antidepressants have been found in your meat." Published by Consumer Reports, the article claims

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Charolais Charlie and Limousin Larry

September 7, 2018 — Mark Twain was a notable commentator, humorist and an honest man. His take on government, policy-making and legislation applies as solidly today as it did back then. Some of his quotable remarks: "We have the best government money can buy." "It's easier to fool people,

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Yield: The odds and ends of Milo Yield

September 7, 2018 — Over time, my messy desk gets messier becuz of all the stuff that kindly readers send me or email me or just seems to fall out of the sky and hit my desk. So, this week I'll bill as the odds and ends week. There

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Hanks: The Hazards of aging

September 7, 2018 — Last night at the dance hall I met a nice lady who happened to be a dermatologist. You know, a skin doc. Very sweet and interesting lady. In conversation she told me that all of the folks involved in dermatology in northern Colorado are familiar

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Black: Lawn clippings

September 7, 2018 — The first week of August I was haulin' a load of cows to the sale. We hadn't had rain for five weeks and my pasture was pretty sorry. I'd been feedin' hay for two weeks. Along the highway I could see houses on either side.

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Pitts: Slow-moving traffic

September 7, 2018 — If all the cars in the world were placed end to end … they'd probably be behind a slow-moving cattle truck. Everyone is in such a hurry these days they don't have time to waste behind a Gooseneck filled with cattle. So they pass with

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