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Rodeo Mom

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2015
His mother was glad he wasn't hurt worse.
As it was he went out on a stretcher.
She sat in the stands and swallowed a curse.
Holding her heart and trying to catch'er
 Breath that was sucked from her very being.
She rose like a wraith, guided by loving
Eyes wide open but not really seeing.
Floating, she thought, but

Internet woes, hope in rural communities

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2015
GOSHEN COUNTY, As many in Goshen County understand all too well, internet is a luxury. Even across the U.S., there are looming issues with access. According to the White House, there are cities where broadband providers have a monopoly. Many Americans in the country have a very limited choice in service.
"… often [there is no company] providing [Americans]

Cow-calf commentary: July heat

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2015
Saturday was hot, and as it turned out, the next-to-last day of a week-long high summer hot spell.
It wasn't really that hot, when you get right down to it. We've all seen much hotter weather in late July and early August when daytime temperatures cruise right on into triple digits and evening overcast holds the heat close throughout the

Hot week bookended by rain events

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 29th, 2015
KIMBALL, Weather fronts brought cooling and precipitation to the tri-state region over the last 10 days. Conditions were summery and hot in between the two fronts, with clear skies and daytime temperatures approaching the century mark at times.
Wheat harvest charged ahead across the region during the hot and dry weather. At press time, most yield and quality reports were

It’s not too late for weed control

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
SCOTTSBLUFF ­, With the start of wheat harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle, growers have parked sprayers in favor of combines. Once wheat has been safely delivered to the bin or elevator, they can breathe a sigh of relief and begin to relax.
Although the wheat will soon all be harvested and the sprayers are idle, now is a great time for

Harvest, rain, and El Nino

Posted: Thursday, Jul 23rd, 2015
KIMBALL, On Tuesday morning, July 21, steady and gentle rain was falling across the southern Panhandle. As of 11 a.m., about 0.4 inches had fallen and the rain was continuing.
Wheat harvest was underway across much of the tri-state region this week. A very wet and cool spring combined with continued rainfall and cooler-than-normal summer temperatures delayed harvest something on

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