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Colorado’s U.S. Sen.Michael Bennet has reintroduced his bipartisan Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act. It won’t help the ag transportation mess that will ensue as the Little Blue Canyon project on U.S. 50 starts moving rock this week. The 19-hour-per-day highway closures begin next …

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Pushback against a “meatless day” proclaimed by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis last month was predictably vigorous. It was part of the “war on rural Colorado,” said a state senator who runs a cattle-feeding operation. Twenty-six of Colorado’s 64 counties adopted “meat-in” proclamations. Governors…

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Three rings? We passed three rings a long time ago. For those who have yet to move into their fourth decade, the rings I am referring to are those that used to make up the classic three-ring circus show. There were the elephants in ring one, the clowns in their exploding car in ring two, and…

Japanese General Isoroku Yamamoto said after his country bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941 that he feared they had awakened a sleeping giant. Of course, he was right.

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It seems that the rather foolish ballot initiative with the title, Protect Animals from Unnecessary Suffering and Exploitation, or PAUSE, (read that “shutdown the livestock business”) will have until August of next year to collect something near 125,000 signatures, required to place it on th…

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The guy who thought the Impossible Burger was great; the guy did a photo op with a summer straw (cowboy hat) on backwards; the guy who three weeks ago called ag the cornerstone of our state; the guy who appointed an animal right advocate to the veterinary board is now the same guy who picked…

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According to Vegnews.com, Governor Jared Polis will declare March 20, 2021, as MeatOut Day as a way to promote meatless diets to his constituents. I’m not anti-vegan, but declaring such a day pokes at one of our most important industries in Colorado. According to the story, Polis will be joi…

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There is a big difference between Bill Gates and me — I mean besides all that money — and that is that I have worked with his product, a lot, and understand it. I have also endured the stress of using his company’s bug-ridden software over the decades. He, on the other hand, has perhaps eate…

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In a recent Delta County Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Don Suppes’ frustration with what appears to be an unfair equibilte COVID-19 vaccine delivery system boiled over. Suppes stated that he believes the distribution by county looks to be politically motivated. In his opinion, it appea…

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I know, I’m going to step in it. But I’ve stepped in it before — I just shuffled my boots through the dirt and I was good. So here goes.

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Eckert rancher Hugh Sanburg will chair the national Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board (CBB) after the election held during the group’s winter meeting. The board is responsible for providing direction for the national Beef Checkoff program during 2021. Sanburg was vice-chair last year.

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Look out, Yellowstone and Longmire, here comes Tyson vs. Easterday.

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I, like many Americans, was appalled by the actions of those who stormed the Capitol building with only one intention in mind: To stop the democratic process that we hold so dearly. Sedition is one of many words that come to mind to describe what took place Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

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They are shooting off fireworks up in Wyoming this week. The reason for the celebration is that the Wyoming legislature just passed another amendment to the state’s Food Freedom Act, a five-year-old, work-in-progress bill that they are kind of making up as they go. The newest addition will a…

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The Colorado hemp industry is in disarray. The number of acres planted in 2020 were down 56% from the record year of 2019. The state’s hemp management plan has not been approved by masters at the USDA. And with the ongoing delay of the full approval of the 2018 enabling federal legislation f…

For each election season I don my turban, look into my crystal ball and predict the outcome. Between COVID-19 and the election I like most are mentally exhausted. November 4 is here and it couldn’t have arrived soon enough. I wrote this column on Sunday so hopefully by the time you read this…

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Faced with COVID-19 and the collapse of Wyoming’s coal industry, Republican Gov. Mark Gordon said recently that the state might have to start abandoning small towns because there’s not enough money to maintain their sewers and streets.

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Thursday afternoon I attended my grandson’s middle school football game in Gunnison. The team didn’t fare so well, but it’s always fun to see the kids play and cheer for them.

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I have participated (voted) in every election since I was first eligible in 1964. I have voted for some winners and some losers. I have never been deeply emotional about my voting tasks and have worked diligently at being as pragmatic as possible. In this election season, I am sorely taxed t…

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Friday brought a short-notice visit from Gov. Jared Polis to Delta Middle School and Delta County Memorial Hospital. He originally requested to tour an elementary school, but district representatives wanted to show him their new state of the art facility at DMS.

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To be sure, we are going through some confusing times. COVID-19 has tested our country’s resilience as issues of unhappiness, tragedy and restiveness have arisen. Lives lost and damages caused by hurricanes and wildfires have heightened fears and uncertainties. And there is an election ahead…

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