July 25, 2012
Terry Jost, center, Yampa Valley rancher and president of Mountain Valley Bank, talks Tuesday at Carpenter Ranch near Hayden about the affects this summer’s drought have had on both his personal ranching operation as well as on the financial side of the industry. Standing with him are Lee Curby, left, who leases land with Jost on Carpenter Ranch, and Geoff Blakeslee, manager of Carpenter Ranch.
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Despite an ironically timed thunderstorm, various state officials toured the Yampa Valley on Tuesday, hoping to see firsthand the effect of this summer’s drought. The group included John Salazar, state agriculture commissioner; John Stulp, policy advisor on water; Al White, former Colorado Senator in District 8 and current director of the state tourism office; and representatives from other state and federal agencies. The officials made three stops along the tour to meet with local ranchers and agriculture officials. For White, a Hayden resident, the tour was mostly about showing his colleagues at the state capital what life has been like for ranchers and farmers in the Yampa Valley.