CELEBRATING THE THIRD PLACE: Tracy’s Place was our Great Good Place

It was known as Tracy’s Place.  That little yellow building located just west of Eads on the highway where a hidden, and sometimes tricky, left turn would lead hundreds of people-- through the year...

By Betsy Barnett

2021-08-04 18:20:17

LONG TIME GONE and FOR THE LOVE OF CANNING

| Betsy Barnett | Long Time Gone
The pandemic caused many aspects of our lives to drastically change.  The mask mandates, the social distancing, the closing of churches and businesses and schools was enough to make us crazy with f...

LONG TIME GONE: EADS GYMNASIUM REHABILITATION COMPLETE

| Kelly Courkamp | Long Time Gone
Kiowa County School District RE-1 is pleased to announce the completion of the rehabilitation of the “Old Gym,” a significant structure on the campus of Eads schools.  Thanks to grants from the Col...

In Memory of Memorial Day: Long Time Gone Presents The tragic story of a Rain...

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
One hundred and fifty one years ago, as the Civil War came to an end, an informal practice began in the late spring where women honored those who had given their lives in service to their country...

LONG TIME GONE: EXCERPTS FROM THE BLOG ENTITLED --- CATTLE, WOOL AND RODEO

| Sheryl Dorenkamp Vagher | Long Time Gone
Sometimes getting together this blog of my Mother and Dad’s life stories, deciding in what order is a dilemma. Which came first the chicken or the egg, or in this case the rodeo or the wool? ...

LONG TIME GONE and the All American game that brought people together (unless it started a fight)

| Betsy Barnett | Long Time Gone
Baseball.  The all American sport. The national pastime that, along with apple pie, has come to define part of our country’s identity and has permeated our language in ways we don’t even notice any...

Haswell Celebrates the Glorious Fourth

| Lloyd P. Johnson | Long Time Gone
The nature of a town is frequently born in the past, for the past is the best predictor of the present. And stories—those stories the town chooses to tell and, once told, chooses to remember—revea...

Long Time Gone and the Life of Marie Krentz Thyne

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
Appearances can be deceiving in these High Plains of Colorado.  A small gathering of snow clouds on the horizon can, within just a few hours, become a blizzard killing hundreds of cattle.  The quie...

LONG TIME GONE And the schoolhouse on the hill

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
As restrictions from the COVIC-19 pandemic have required parents to homeschool their children, it’s natural to reflect on the role schools—and, more specifically, schoolhouses—played in the history...

Long Time Gone and the Blizzard of '46

| Staff | Long Time Gone
A great man once said, “Forces of nature act in a mysterious manner. We can solve the mystery by deducing the unknown result from the known result of similar events.” While I highly doubt that this...

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| Raina Lucero | Indy Picks
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| Raina Lucero | News
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MANDATES IN RURAL COLORADO CAUSING “COLLECTIVE ...

| Betsy Barnett | News
Polis couldn’t be more wrong and out-of-touch with rural Colorado. Last week Julie Martin with KKTV asked Governor Polis what he thought of the Ot...

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| Rhealie Rittgers | Lifestyles
I’ve been waiting for this year since I can remember. Every day at school was just one day closer to becoming a senior. How could I not be excited?...

The Price of a Dream; Faith and Farming. 

| Breanna Echols | Lifestyles
I still remember the way the sun was setting through the trees in my backyard, in April of 2018, when my husband, James, told me we had 2 weeks to ...
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