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Elvis is in the House! Plains Theater in Eads Hosts Elvis '68 Comeback Special

| Betsy Barnett | Lifestyles
It was 50 years ago that the iconic Elvis Presley made his comeback into the hearts of Americans as he gave a live performance aired on television to millions of fans on December 3, 1968. This live performance re-launched his iconic singing career after he spent years making movies and records.

A Journey Beyond the Ordinary

| Priscilla Waggoner | Lifestyles
When Jennifer Boyd decided to take her six year old daughter, Brooklyn, on the trip of a lifetime, it wasn’t just because Brooklyn asked her to; although, that was part of the reason.  It wasn’t just because Jen knew it would be one of the most exciting and interesting things her daughter had experienced in her young life, so far; although, that was also part of the reason.  It wasn’t just because, upon returning from several extended trips to Sri Lanka, Brooklyn told Jen that “next time you aren’t going without me”. 

CLCEC Announces Main Stage Line Up At The Bash

| Betsy Barnett | Lifestyles
It’s coming folks!  The Maine Street Bash is right around the corner. 

Second Annual 4th of July Kids Parade is Grassroots Led

| Betsy Barnett | Lifestyles
Here at the Independent we have been talking a lot about how a community can make a quality of life for its citizens.  Quality of life is one of the top reasons people move to small towns---and certainly why they stay.  Of course, there are many schools of thought on how to develop this type of lifestyle--- from relying on good government leadership, to strong volunteerism, to groups working collaboratively. 

Audrey Johnson: A Shining Star...and Then Some.

| Priscilla Waggoner | Lifestyles
In 2009, when Audrey Johnson returned to Colorado and settled in Kiowa County, she started looking for a job. The only position available was with the Department of Social Services (DSS), so she applied and was hired.  All she thought she was getting was just that: a job.

The trail from Lonesome Dove, Part 3

| Jeff C. Campbell | Lifestyles
J. Evetts Haley’s 1936 biography, Charles Goodnight, Cowman and Plainsman, U. of OK Press, is about the only book that details the life and partnership of Goodnight and Loving. I’m sure there are others that touch on their lives and probably influenced McMurtry’s novel, but it’s the next good place to start looking for the connections to Colorado and how they fit into the Montana Trail story.


| Eboni Nash | Eboni Nash
Happy Juneteenth! This past year, I have been blessed enough to be educated by Southern communities on tradition, diversity, and culture. With growing up in the Midwest, I am familiar with the lifestyle and culture we were fed but was unable to learn further. I consider Juneteenth as the ‘Lacuna’ in our history books; or the missing piece.

The Trail from Lonesome Dove, Part 2

| Jeff C. Campbell | Lifestyles
Charles Goodnight.
Watching the westerns from silver screen to television series like “Rawhide” with Gil Favor and Rowdy Yates leading a herd of cattle to market there’s always a silent character, but it was as much a part of a ‘drive’ as the point, swing and drag riders, the American version of the Mexican vaqueros ‘cowboys’ (from Spanish vaca = cow) with their lariats (from the Span. la riata) wearing chaps (from the Span. chaparejos = open-backed leather leggings made to protect the vaqueros’ legs while riding through brushy country or chaparral).

Long Time Gone and Lill Penn's Life of Love, Beauty and Butter

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
Somewhere, I learned that Eskimos have 24 different words for snow, each one reflecting some slight but key difference that is probably imperceptible to everyone except for those who inhabit the land where the white frozen stuff falls by feet at a time.

The Trail from Lonesome Dove, Part 1

| Jeff C. Campbell | Lifestyles
Lonesome Dove, (1985) Larry McMurtry’s seminal novel of the West, about two fictional characters Augustus “Gus” McRae and Woodrow F. Call, ex-Texas Rangers who trail a herd from the Rio Grande (& their “Hat Creek Outfit”) to Montana starring Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones respectively, is based loosely on the genuine life adventures of men who trailed their Texas cattle right through here.

A Good-bye to Eads from a Really Good Guy (and P.T.)

| Dr. Tim Richardt, PT, DPT | Lifestyles
I’ve never been skilled at goodbyes or keeping things short (just ask any of my former patients or coworkers), so bear with me as I attempt to do both.

Do Something,...Please - Actions Speak Louder than Words. Part 2

| Jeff C. Campbell | Lifestyles
Another Open Letter to State and Federal Legislators:


The World Up There

| Priscilla Waggoner | Lifestyles
Birdwatching More than a Hobby

Do Something, ... Please – Actions Speak Louder than Words.

| Jeff C. Campbell | Lifestyles
Do Something, ... Please –
Actions Speak Louder than Words.

Soldiers at Sand Creek (a series) Three Colonels, Three Majors and a General – Part XIX

| Jeff C. Campbell | In the Stack
Lieutenant Colonel Leavitt L Bowen: The “General” – Part 5

Rhett Uhland's First Album Hit Local Stores & Online Friday

| Betsy Barnett | Lifestyles
How many people can say they know a true-to-life professional musician who has an album out on iTunes and in the stores?  Well, if you know Rhett Uhland you can count yourself as one of those people because on Friday, April 27th, as Rhett’s first album, Always Coming Home hit the streets and online shopping venues such as iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.