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Recent Stories by Marty Metzger, Freelance Writer

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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Youth competitor hops to it

March 2, 2018 — Undeniably, Lexie Miller is a professional multi-tasker. But then, the 18-year-old high school senior was raised with a traditionally staunch work ethic. Miller's parents, Bryant and Tatty Miller, operate a Red Angus cow-calf ranch northwest of Wellington, Colo. She and younger brother Carson grew up

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A local Greeley, Colo., business growing from seed

February 16, 2018 — Colorado natives John and Jenny Fabian roamed around a bit before realizing their roots were deeply planted in the soils of home. John grew up on the family farm in Pueblo, Colo., where he early-on discovered a life-long passion for agriculture. He fell in love

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CSU’s Rural Energy Center assists with solar energy decisions

January 22, 2018 — Since 2011, the Rural Energy Center has been on a mission to facilitate sustainable energy decisions in rural Colorado. Cary Werner, energy specialist for Colorado State University Extension at REC, noted several practical applications. For example, a farmer contemplating solar to offset electricity used in

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Colorado WestBred growers place in National Wheat Yield Contest

December 13, 2017 — The National Wheat Foundation annually spotlights growing practices that maximize production in its National Wheat Yield Contest. Entrants are initially judged in state competitions, with winners advancing to the national level contest. WestBred wheat, one of the contest sponsors, provides seed suppliers and growers access

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Temple Grandin Equine Center groundbreaking slated for 2018

December 7, 2017 — Colorado State University, a leader in equine science and occupational therapy research, will open a new, state-of-the-art facility on its Fort Collins Foothills Campus. The building, to be called the Temple Grandin Equine Center, will be dedicated to equine-assisted activities, therapies (EAAT), and research. The

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Hog Haven therapy pigs help in nursing homes and memory care facilities

November 16, 2017 — Since childhood, pigs have always been Erin Brinkley-Burgardt's favorite animals. In 2013, she and husband Andrew Burgardt decided to venture into pig "parenting," thus beginning a rather unique adventure. Brinkley-Burgardt was immediately smitten with her new pets, Pippy and Boris. So much so, that she

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