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Recent Stories by Marty Metzger, Freelance Writer

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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Colorado Purple Mountain Majesty: “Heritage Lavender” home to over 30 different varieties of lavender

November 5, 2017 — Serenity on stems, lovely lavender's romantic yet earthy scent harkens back to the French countryside. Perhaps Colorado is the "new France," welcoming acres and acres of the purple floral herb. Trudy Perry's rural heritage likewise harkens back to the soil through Swedish ancestors' agricultural roots,

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Lots of Yakity Yak, Yakity Yak at The Ranch

October 13, 2017 — The inaugural Rocky Mountain Yakspo was held at The Ranch Event Complex in Loveland, Colo., on Oct. 7, 2017. Beginning bright and early at 7 a.m., the schedule of events at the everything yak expo had something for everyone. A series of one-hour seminars kept

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Ranch-Way Feeds expands product line under new ownership

September 13, 2017 — The oldest continuously operating business in Fort Collins, Colo., has had a plethora of incarnations. In 1868, Henry Clay Peterson and Elizabeth "Auntie" Stone built the town's first grist mill, dubbing it Lindell Mill. Down through the years, the enterprise changed hands and names, including

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KeSa Quarter horses celebrate 20th annual production sale

September 5, 2017 — Buyers from across the country vied for 52 top-notch equines ranging from weanlings to performance prospects to bred mares at the KeSa Quarter Horse Production Sale. Once again, the event took place at the Colorado State University Equine Center's Adams Atkinson Arena. The sale on

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Colt Starting Challenge events benefit horses, trainers and horse lovers

July 28, 2017 — A competitive event at which everyone wins … now that's rare. Nevertheless, Colt Starting Challenge USA returns to Centennial, Colo., Aug. 4-5, bringing with it exactly that outcome for six horses and their owners, six trainers, a local rescue organization and a mesmerized audience. CSC

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Pikes Peak Rangerette Drill Team celebrates 60 years in the saddle

July 24, 2017 — Colorado's western traditions will continue for a long time to come if the Pikes Peak Rangerette Drill Team has any say in the matter — and they do. In fact, the organization was created in 1957 for that very purpose. The Rangerettes are an offshoot

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The Cody Sisters Band release their first CD of what they call Colorado bluegrass

July 17, 2017 — "Twang!" Right in the middle of a big bluegrass performance, the instrument's string snapped just before it was to play a whole bunch of banjo tunes. Musicians always carry extras to swap out but, oops, not this time. The band admits to being pretty flustered,

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Matt Wassam is back in the saddle(ry) again

June 14, 2017 — He's back in the saddle again — or rather, the saddle shop where Matt Wassam and wife, Lesley, are fulfilling a longtime dream. On May 1, 2017, the couple joined Kim and Laurie Haarberg as co-owners of the Colorado Saddlery in Golden, Colo. A deep

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Animal lovers learn about vet care at CSU’s veterinary teaching hospital open house

April 27, 2017 — FORT COLLINS, Colo. — All things veterinary drew huge crowds to Colorado State University's James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital Open House on April 22, 2017. In its 38th year, the annual event featured lectures, demonstrations, tours, children's activities, a petting zoo and a Fort

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Wyoming sculptor creates animal bronzes

April 12, 2017 — "Liz was a small, frail burro that was blind in one eye and covered with lice when I first met her at a 1994 exotic livestock auction," Robin Laws said. "She looked so pitiful and terrified that I bid on her. I had no more

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From military man to rancher, Coloradan retires to farm life

October 20, 2016 — Greener grass on the other side of that proverbial fence changed a career military man into a rancher. George Hilgendorf, now age 60, began his working life as a dentist. Patriotism and an offer of good benefits led him into the Navy in 1979, where

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Family utilizes oxen for ranching

September 13, 2016 — Holly Brompton trains animals to pull wagons for parades, haul water from the family well and more. But when she gets the harness ready, it's not for a team of draft horses or even donkeys. It's a team of oxen. The oxen, the name used

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Founder of Equine 808 horse rescue finds path in life through helping animals

April 11, 2016 — Sometimes life's proper direction is full circle. Betina Tacoronte was born in Colorado in 1965, where she resided until she married a military man. Stationed originally in Virginia, the couple was transferred to Hawaii in 1997. Tropical living and ocean breezes — paradise, right? In

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Country Strong: One group defines a new country genre

April 5, 2016 — The five-member Sean Curtis band gives new meaning to Rocky Mountain country. The group was the brainchild of Jason Downing in 2013. At the time he performed as Jay Lee. The Colorado native was born in 1974. As soon as he was old enough to

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Bred for work: Herd dogs like English Shepherds help bring order, energy to farm

February 15, 2016 — English settlers arriving on this continent brought with them the skills and animals to which they were accustomed back across the pond. Sheep herding and other farm work required dogs that could adapt to all aspects of life in this new land and also serve

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