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Opioids: Rural America’s real threat

February 16, 2018 — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 100 farmers and agriculture workers suffer a lost-work-time injury every single day. Even with safety measures in place, farm and ranch work is labor-intensive, and not without risk. Rural primary care physicians and emergency rooms

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Black: Heifer’s hood ornament

February 15, 2018 — I read somewhere that the average "practice life span" of a large animal vet is eight years. After they quit large animal (L.A.) practice they go into small animal practice, government work, industry, university, research or some other less hazardous profession. Every L.A. veterinarian you

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Sanders: A calf and a hair dryer

February 15, 2018 — Several years ago we sold our cows to our older son. During calving we are available to him as back-up help, especially during the week when his wife is at work and their kids are in school. We've had a foot of snow and cold

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Petersen: Me and the NRA

February 15, 2018 — I'm a person who proudly supports The NRA. I pack a weapon for self-protection Almost every day. To legally carry a concealed gun, A permit is always needed. So, off I went to the weapons shop; For a permit I then pleaded. I bought some

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Yield: Our illicit teenage drinking

February 15, 2018 — Much of the appeal of the "good ol' days" from old geezers like me is that the funny stories from those days just keep on coming. I went to lunch last week with an old geezer named Milkan Tosser and we got to telling stories

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Hanks: When enough is enough

February 15, 2018 — Gentle readers, how many times have you heard someone say, "enough already?" I may not have said it as many as some of you, but I have sure thought it! I have heard it said, "you can't have too much fun!" Yes, you can! I

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Pitts: Let’s sue someone

February 15, 2018 — Hi ladies, it's me, the wife of the slob who usually writes this column. He's resting now, getting his beauty sleep and believe me, he needs all he can get. Unbeknownst to him, I'm taking over the column this week because what I have to

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Yield: My senior moment

February 9, 2018 — Well, I celebrated my 75th birthday recently and I greeted it with a humorous senior moment that should warrant a chuckle from the age-impaired like me. My good friend Mocephus has a birthday on the same day (as does my good wife, Nevah) and his

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Hanks: The rodent has spoken

February 9, 2018 — Well by golly gentle readers, that rodent has spoken. Yep, it's gonna' be six more weeks of winter. Of course that's no surprise to anyone living in the mountain states as we don't expect for spring to arrive until winter is completely over. That could

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Sanders: Small town living

February 9, 2018 — In the early 1970s, while a student at the Sorbonne in Paris — a city of 10 million, at that time — I saw how a city could be akin to a small town. We had two cafes that we frequented, where we were known

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What’s funny about old age

February 9, 2018 — Myrtle and Mabel, retired, widowed ranch women, recently joined the Hospitality House Senior Center in town. After spending what seemed like 100 years cooking for the three H's: HUSBAND, HIRED HANDS, HUNDREDS OF HOLIDAYS DOIN'S, AND COUNTLESS POTLUCKS — Myrtle and Mabel thoroughly enjoy taking

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Black: The Mountain

February 9, 2018 — Nobody rides the Mountain top when Winter's locked her jaws. The Mountain bears the brunt alone, his shoulders to the claws. She carves great gashes down his flank like butchers flensing sheep And howl, you cannot know the word. She never lets him sleep And

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Pitts: Fake news

February 9, 2018 — Did you hear the American Angus Association has just bought out all the other breed associations in a multi-billion-dollar all-cash deal? Henceforth ALL the other beef breeds will NOT be referred to as Hereford, Simmental, Beefmaster, Brangus, Charolais, etc., but will instead be called "other

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Read ‘The Real Wolf’ to get the facts about dangers of reintroduction

February 2, 2018 — We have been very involved with the wolf reintroduction program in Oregon. The first pack in Oregon was the Imnaha pack and we own a ranch right in the middle of where this pack is located. It's a very helpless feeling when you can't control

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Yield: Country roads take me to Kelso

February 2, 2018 — This has been a fun week so far. Having the weather clear from cold and stormy to warmer and sunny opened the door to the fun. My good buddy from Platte City, Mo., ol' Canby Handy, drove down on Tuesday and got here in time

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Peterson: Cowboy Clem goes on a date

February 2, 2018 — Cowboy Clem was awful shy, So, when he fell in love with Kate He asked for help from a cooler guy What should he do on a date? Not a problem, I'll give it some thought Said Mr. Experienced guy Take her to dinner at

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Sanders: The not so merry go-round

February 2, 2018 — Here we go again, and again. Agriculture is in the gun sights of some groups, and we ag producers can see the scopes. We have come under fire about ag education courses, lean beef trimmings and GMOs. First, and this must have come as a

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Hanks: The value of conversation

February 2, 2018 — Gentle readers, I suppose there are different ways to communicate. Some folks have to use sign language, others can understand a conversation just by looking into another's eyes and reading their various expressions. I talk "west Texas" and sometimes I find folks asking me to

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Radke: Beef in the diet

February 2, 2018 — Health and wellness advice can be very contradicting at times. For example, we're told to avoid the sun to reduce our risk of skin cancer, but by doing so, we're becoming vitamin D deficient. Low vitamin D levels are often associated with cancer, cardiovascular diseases

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Pitts: You may be a tool nut if …

February 2, 2018 — There's nobody I admire more than someone who knows their tools, unless it's someone who also collects them. And by the way, you don't have to be a guy to be a tool nut. My wife, for example, is a fabulous eyewear mechanic and has

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