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TRUE WEST (September 2016)

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The staff at the Kiowa County Independent is pleased to announce that, on September 6th, we’re going to be distributing a publication the likes of which we haven’t done before.  Published in a magazine style format, True West explores exactly what the name implies:  thoughts, opinions, experiences and personal histories as so graciously shared by people who have lived their lives in this part of the country. This issue specifically focuses on those things most frequently associated with the American West, including interviews that range from working cowboys to a professional roper to a powerful fourth generation female rancher to a former rodeo queen.  There are articles that highlight various historical locations and events, some of which may be familiar to readers and some of which may be entirely new.  As firm believers in the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words”, many of the articles are further enhanced by photos that display by the vision, talent, skill and perspective of a few of the most skilled photographers in the area.  Taken together, we hope True West will illustrate the beauty, uniqueness and universality of life in a small Western town.
With the endorsement of both the Kiowa County Fair Board and the Kiowa County Board of Commissioners, True West will also contain the Official Program Guide to the 2016 Kiowa County Fair.  The guide, which can be torn out of the magazine without impacting the magazine itself, will not only contain a comprehensive listing of all the events scheduled to take place during the fair, it will have short narratives describing various criteria used by judges in judging the 4-H exhibits. The guide will also feature full color photographs of this year’s Fair Royalty, the 2016 Kiowa County Fair Rodeo Queen.
The genesis of the idea for the magazine came from the on-going series “Long Time Gone”, which appears every week in the Kiowa County Independent. In the course of doing this series, the writer has interviewed a variety of different local people who, through their stories have provided a rare glimpse into a time different from the one in which we live.  She has also researched and written about people, places and events that are part of the rich fabric that makes up the history of Kiowa County.  However, , weekly newspapers can only devote so much room to any given article. The writer for Long Time Gone has frequently felt a story went to press with too many interesting details and photos left on the table, a frustration equally felt by other members of the Indy staff.  This frustration led to a “What if...” conversation that ultimately led to the decision to try our hand at a magazine.


Landri's Dream

While making breakfast last August, Chad Tuttle asked his then 8 year old daughter, Landri, what she had dreamed about the night before. No one thought it was an unusual question.  That’s how Chad and Trista Tuttle start every day: asking their two children—daughter, Landri and 13 year old son, Iley—how they slept, what they dreamt, how they’re feeling.  In other words, connecting before the all- too-hectic daily schedule shared by active kids and involved parents kicks in.

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The Legacy Pastor Tim LaHaye Left Behind

In 1929, a Hungarian journalist named Frigyes Karinthy (no, that isn’t a typo) reported on an untested theory called “Six Degrees of Separation”.   (If that sounds familiar, it’s because a play by that name became famous on Broadway in 1990.)  The theory basically states that everyone is just “six steps away from everyone else by way of introduction.”  In other words, a chain of “I know someone who knows someone” statements can be made to connect any two people in the world in a maximum of six steps. 

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Fish Placed in Queens and Blue Lake

On August 3 the Division of Parks and Wildlife added 80,000 crappie fish in Blue Lake and 35,000 in Queens.  Crappie is considered a top species choice among anglers as they are fun to catch and have an excellent flavor.  Usually, a ½ to 1-pound crappie is considered good size; although they have been known to reach up to 6 pounds. 

5 Ways You Can Help Our Kids Start School Out Right

It’s that time again as the area schools are getting ready to open their doors for another year of learning and growing.  In order to be successful a child must have the proper tools in school.  However, as we all know, often times it is very difficult for parents to provide their children with every item that is on that school supply list.  Did you know on the average in Kiowa County school supplies will cost nearly $30 per child?

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