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Moffat County students visit dyed-in-the-wool Craig mill

Moffat County High School’s Fashion Design and Clothing class got a firsthand look at custom, fiber-milling technology Thursday at Yampa Valley Fiberworks north of Craig.

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Meat me in Kentucky

Future Farmers of America team represents Colorado at national competition

With a ranching legacy reaching back several generations, Moffat County knows meat. Three Moffat County High School students and one recent graduate represented the state of Colorado in meat judging at the Future Farmers of America national competition last week.

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Craig Sheep Wagon Days provides hands-on learning for all

Whether you’ve felt wool only in the lining of your coat or firsthand on the animal that provides the material, there’s something for everyone this weekend at Craig Sheep Wagon Days. The 16th annual event is open to the public Saturday and Sunday at Wyman Living History Museum, giving all who come a glimpse into the many facets of the agriculture industry.

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Craig Sheep Wagon Days packs weekend fun

The 16th annual Craig Sheep Wagon Days will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday at Wyman Living History Museum.

Baxter Black: The Trusty Toyota

Gerrall Wayne does his best to keep his old Toyota quarter-ton irrigator pickup in presentable condition. But he’s not afraid to put his ol’ truck to the test.

Baxter Black: Fair board drama

I went to America last week … the middle of America, Kansas, to a county fair. I flew into Denver and drove across miles and miles of green prairie. If America has a heart, it’s out on the plains. It’s not an easy place to live. You have to earn its respect. It will test you with blizzards, tornadoes, floods, droughts, dust, plagues and loneliness. It is often all or none. One learns to be self-sufficient.

Baxter Black: Sometimes you ask yourself ‘why?’

Jeff needed a workin’ pen for his little herd of cows. He decided all he needed was some panels and a head gate. He rounded up some 16-foot panels of continuous fence, a metal head gate and two 8-foot posts.

Baxter Black: Stupid is as stupid does

In the movie Forrest Gump, the hero is a nice man with a low IQ, whose simplistic reasoning usually made sense. His response to anyone who called him stupid was to say, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

From Pipi’s Pasture: A cow named 'Ucky'

This summer, I’m helping two mother cows feed their calves — at least for a while. The calves are nursing on their moms; the cows are nurturing their calves, but I’m not sure just how much milk the babies are getting.

Baxter Black: The roto tiller saga

It all started because Jo wanted a small lawn behind the house. Tom encouraged her. Tom’s friend offered to lend them his heavy duty, magnum, HumVee version of a tiller.

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Moffat County Cattlewomen offer gift to parents of Father’s Day baby

The Moffat County Cattlewomen recently provided a unique gift to local parents in honor of Father’s Day.

Baxter Black: Man against beast

Man against beast is a theme in many a story, from days of yore to 21st century wolves ravaging baby calves.

Conference to bring small-business owners to Craig

Small-business owners will have a chance to learn how to start up or expand their business at a Craig conference June 12 and 13. The Craig Chamber of Commerce and Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership worked together to bring the Rural Entrepreneurship Marketplace to the area. The conference is one of the goals that local leaders focused on after Downtown Colorado Inc. assessed Craig’s business community.

Baxter Black: ‘Bronc to Breakfast’ tells story of true cowboys

Bronc to Breakfast is my favorite Charlie Russell painting. The scene represents the typical roundup out west. In the foreground is a campfire with cooking pots and pans on the fire or hanging from the cross bar. A cowboy is sitting with his plate of beans, Cookie’s in an apron standing by the chuck wagon and in the background are some cowboys by the horses on a picket line.

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