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Recent Stories by Marty Metzger, Freelance Writer

Lulu Roman, beloved ‘Hee Haw’ cast member, to perform at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, Colo.

February 14, 2019 — A real treat awaits a lucky audience at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, Colo., on March 10, 2019. For many, it will include a joyful walk down memory lane while (younger) others will "discover" a versatile, seasoned performer. Beginning back in the 1960s, it

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Location, location, location: Masonville Orchards in Colorado has great success

February 1, 2019 — Johnny Appleseed would be proud; or maybe just a little bit jealous. You know, he's the guy who allegedly tromped across our vast country sowing seeds as he went. They purportedly sprouted into lovely trees that produced fruit as American as … apple pie. Walt

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Colorado woman finds rustic art In a wood pile

January 25, 2019 — Who knew you could find cows, barns, landscapes and pastures in a big old wood pile? Mary Caraway knew; or at least she discovered the beautiful fact seven years ago. Caraway's art brings to mind lots of vibrant descriptions: fundamental; enchanting; honest. Her barns and

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Meet Roy W. Lilley, Just As He Is

December 22, 2018 — It was an era during which countless American children endured immeasurable hardships. The stark reality of the 1929 stock market crash, and ensuing Great Depression that lasted throughout the 1930s, destroyed families and futures. Roy W. Lilley was born in Fort Collins, Colo., in 1930

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Breeders Connection 2019: Mohair Man committed to quality for his customers

December 21, 2018 — Although his real name is Rick McBride, he prefers to identify with his lifelong avocation: crafting and selling mohair merchandise. McBride, born in McKinney, Texas in 1955, grew up there. At age 16, he signed up for a half-day school/work program. From among several participating

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Colorado artist Dawn Weimer lives on through her bronze sculptures

November 30, 2018 — When great artists die, their lifelong works remain as glowing monuments to their talent. Loveland, Colo., bronze sculptor Dawn Weimer left not only such a tangible legacy, but also a devoted husband and art aficionados to champion her impressive creations. On Feb. 20, 2017, Weimer

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Silver TQ, LLC now has a retail ecommerce website to market its silver and turquoise jewelry

November 1, 2018 — When it comes to Native American jewelry, authenticity and company longevity build trust between seller and buyer. For nearly 40 years, Silver TQ, LLC has been a prominent regional wholesaler of its product, which is sourced directly from reservation artists. Owners Sam Shoultz and Frank

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A high-fiber diet keeps this business running smoothly

October 25, 2018 — There's a shortage of animal fiber processing plants in the United States, said Donovan Warnick, owner of The Fiber Mill in Wellington, Colo. He said that back in the 1960s, issues with taxation and wages drove the textile-related industry from mainland USA to offshore countries.

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When men knitted: A surprising history

September 22, 2018 — It rained hard and long one summer day about 43 years ago in Ontario, Canada. The dank weather squelched all outdoor activities on the Georgian Bay near Lake Huron and John Paul McKinney grew bored. His wife suggested he read another book. "Already have," he

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KeSa Quarter Horses ends a 30-Year ride along the genetics trail

September 4, 2018 — Serious horse buyers from around the country travelled to Colorado State University on Sept. 1, 2018, to attend the 21st Annual KeSa Quarter Horse Production Sale. This year's auction at CSU's Adams Atkinson Arena was even more exciting than past ones as it was also

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Original Cowboy, the youngest stallion on AQHA’s All Time Leading Sires Top 10 List, has moved to Colorado

August 22, 2018 — Colorado has many authentic cowboys but only one recently relocated, Original Cowboy. And, this one has the noteworthy distinction of being the youngest stallion on the American Paint Horse Association's All Time Leading Sires Top 10 List. Yes, Original Cowboy is a horse, now proudly

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KeSa Quarter Horses to hold dispersal sale

August 7, 2018 — Decades of equine genetics studies resulted in development of the award-winning equines for which the KeSa Quarter Horses program is well-noted. Countless hours, months and years combined to create consistent broodstock and promising foals that eager buyers sought out when building their own breeding programs.

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Wellington, Colo., family has horses in their blood

July 20, 2018 — "What? Were you born in a barn?" That tongue-in-cheek expression, usually presumed an insult, is a compliment to Blair Petersen. In fact, every branch on the Wellington, Colo., woman's family tree seems, both genetically and by-marriage, to be surrounded by all things equine. Petersen's paternal

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It’s All About Hearts and Horses

July 9, 2018 — Winston Churchill is quoted as having said, "There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." That's also true for children and teens. A Loveland, Colo.-based organization called Hearts and Horses lives by that wisdom every

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Youth enjoy summer fun at Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Camp

May 30, 2018 — Memories, new friends and exciting learning experiences have always been a big part of summer camps' allure. A smaller size venue in a breathtaking mountain setting assure that Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Cooperative Leadership Camp will make an even greater impression on its happy campers.

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Teen learns how to farm while lending a helping hand

May 24, 2018 — School's out for summer — or is it? There's still a lot to learn, even on those red-hot vacation days, and at least one young, quick-study is a year-round sponge for all things ag. Jordan Hiller is a fledgling farmer, who has been soliciting additional

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Ceramic artist creates distinctive memorial pieces, and more

May 11, 2018 — When someone's beloved horse dies, Megan Hood John can celebrate its lifetime of devoted service in a beautifully unique way. The Fort Collins, Colo., artist (who works under her maiden name, Hood) incorporates the animal's hair directly into ceramic vases, pendants and plaques by implementing

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All were winners at CSU’s 2018 Legends of Ranching Sale

April 25, 2018 — The crowd was massive, the horses outstanding at Colorado State University's 13th Annual Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale. Even the sloppy weather at the April 21 event at B.W. Pickett Equine Center didn't dampen bidders' enthusiasm for the 60 consigned horses. Beginning on April

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Sassy miniature Shetland pony survives five months in the forest

April 10, 2018 — Colorado's high country can be a cruel, unforgiving place, especially for someone small and lost. So it was in summer/autumn 2014 when weather extremes swung from mild to wild in the Roosevelt National Forest. Owls called out in the night as bobcats, cougars, coyotes and

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Colorado attorney uses creative side to make leather goods

March 23, 2018 — Here's an interesting Western riddle: What do the legal system, horses, jewelry and leather all have in common? Answer: Jill Gookin. The Loveland, Colo., criminal defense attorney who's been in private practice for about 10 years also defends parents in dependency and neglect cases. After

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