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Deadlines always sneak up on you

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Deadlines are so hateful. They sneak up on you at the most inconvenient times. Like yesterday, I was regretfully pulling put my poor dead flowers and all of a sudden it hit me: I should have written my column two days ago! But between the beautiful weather, Veterans Day, getting storm windows up etc. etc., […]

A winter roosting box for chickadees is a tight spot

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Recently, at a wild bird trade show in Missouri, a women approached me and thanked me for “a great idea.” She said she had read a story I had written about winter roosting boxes a few years ago. Candace Stuart, owner of a Wild Bird Center in Denver, began offering workshops for kids to build […]

Best advice for a Western elk hunt: Plan ahead

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Yes you can. That’s the answer to the most asked question about western big game hunting. You can afford a western elk hunt in a quality area, in a comfortable camp, experience a horse and mule pack trip just like you’ve read about and dreamed about and honestly expect to see elk. Our choice for […]

Gratitude for veterans’ untold stories

Thursday, November 11, 2010

War humbles a man. I learned this for myself, and, in a way, learning it humbled me. When I was young and still green behind the gills, I was fascinated with the very idea that local men I had known forever were veterans who had served this country well. I wanted to talk to each […]

The plague and I

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I think it’s safe to confess that I have been a carrier of the plague. Apparently, I had pinkeye. Every single last one of my real-life friends (as opposed to my live-in-the-computer friends who far outnumber them and that is sad, really) just went “WHAT THE HECK?” even if all they did during this time […]

Notice the small trees, they yield the best surprises

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Late October brought the first hard frost to the ridge, and now the temperature dips to the low 30s most mornings. Frosty temperatures send my wife and me in search of persimmons, which ripen after a few cold nights. Ours grow in the hayfield. Persimmon Persimmon is a small, inconspicuous tree that rarely grows taller […]

We’re from the government and we’re here to help you with regulations

Thursday, November 11, 2010

In these days of more regulations and unfunded mandates, communication and cooperation between landowners, developers and governmental agencies is more important than ever. Not only does this communication and cooperation take the guesswork out of what is required, but also it can build partnerships and good working relationships. Lots of steps For instance, in Jefferson […]

NAP coverage deadline is fast approaching

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Hello Again! Just a little reminder since the deadline is almost upon us — if you are interested in purchasing or continuing NAP coverage on your forage for hay and/or pasture for 2011, the last day to apply or send in your fees is Nov. 20. If you have had the coverage previously and are […]

Grain markets hang onto highs

Monday, November 8, 2010

Grain markets continue to confound observers, as new highs keep flowing as combines keep rolling. Corn, soybeans and wheat have all made new highs or returned to the high in the case of wheat. This is happening even as we are finishing harvest, a time normally of declining prices. Take your pick of the reason. […]

Proposed GIPSA rules may be a good thing for packers in future

Sunday, November 7, 2010

If you only quote the Amen Corner, the only reply you’ll ever hear is “Hallelujah!” And so it was in late October when yet another hired preacher of the Meatpacker Gang, a Brooklyn, N.Y., outfit named John Dunham & Associates, claimed proposed rules to bring meatpackers into compliance with the Packers & Stockyards Act will […]

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