Happy Trails With Dawni O'Bryan: The State High School Rodeo Finals

| Dawni O'Bryan | Happy Trails With Dawni O'Bryan
The energy was high, the stakes were high, and the price of fuel was even higher heading into the state high school rodeo finals. Colorado held their event at Moffat County Fairgrounds in Craig, CO and the Kansas folks held their finals at the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, KS over Memorial Day weekend.

Behind the Grindstone: Band Aid

| Bill Bunting | Behind the Grindstone
Jake was an old-time cowboy. A through back from the olden days.

Long Time Gone and the Harrowing Life of Leland Frost: A Memorial Day Story

| Betsy Barnett | Long Time Gone
As the country celebrates one of the most important holidays we can observe, Memorial Day, it is only right to take a few minutes to reflect on those people who gave their lives in military service to the citizens of the United States, like you and me, so that we may remain free. In particular, there were many local men, some from Kiowa County, who gave their lives on the scattered battlefields of numerous wars in which we have been involved.

Freedom Isn't Free

| Breanna Echols | Breanna Echols
The smell of delicious breads, various meats, and cobblers came from the rows and rows of chuckwagons and filled the air on that hot, humid April day, as we set up our instruments to play for the wounded warriors project, at Fort Sam Houston deep in the hill country of Texas.

Behind the Grindstone: Crisis in Crisis

| Administrator | Behind the Grindstone
It seems our Climate Change Crisis may be itself facing a crisis. The headlines read “New Message to Aliens will Reflect an Earth in Danger of Climate Crisis.

Happy Trails With Dawni O'Bryan: The Empty Saddle of Fred Dorenkamp

| Dawni O'Bryan | Happy Trails With Dawni O'Bryan
Fred and Norma Dorenkamp have lived their lives largely from the view of the rodeo trail with their home camp being the Holly/Granada area. They raised their children to love and appreciate the people, the animals, and the competition that the rodeo lifestyle has to offer.

Student Newsroom: Autism Awareness Month

| Breanna Wilson | Student Newsroom
As a passionate learner, when I get curious about something, I research the topic extensively. Autism, a developmental disorder impairing an individual’s ability to communicate and interact within a neurotypical society, is something that’s happened to pique my interest.

Long Time Gone: Stories of a Life Well Lived as Told by Hazel Krueger

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
Publisher’s note: This Long Time Gone piece by Priscilla Waggoner was originally published in the Kiowa County Independent on May 18, 2016. With the loss of Hazel Krueger on Friday, we felt it only appropriate to rerun the article in her honor.

Behind the Grindstone: An Ol' Friend

| Bill Bunting | Behind the Grindstone
Here on the prairie in what I reckon is known as rural America, where day to day decisions are made affecting life and livelihood based on common sense, it seems much of society has gone insane. I wrote this poem and it was published several years ago but it seems more relevant as time goes on.

100 Years of Fortitude

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
We were saddened to hear this week that Zelda Peterson passed away just short of her 102nd birthday. As early as last year Zelda was still getting around amazingly well and chalked up her longevity to a positive attitude and the love that surrounded her throughout her life.

16 Paces: The Story of Polly Collins Johnson and the Collins Ranch

| Priscilla Waggoner | Long Time Gone
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Day-to-Day With Doris

| Administrator | Day-to-Day With Doris
The Eads Senior Citizens who attended the monthly March noon meal and meeting last week enjoyed the delicious corned beef, potato and carrot entrés. Gail Voss said that it took ten hours to cook the meat.

Long Time Gone and the Tigresses of Cheyenne Wells

| Betsy Barnett | Long Time Gone
1978 CHEYENNE WELLS GIRLS TEAM - STATE RUNNER-UP: (Top Row, l to r) Robin Howland, Mgr., Kelly Ackerman, Lisa Harvie, Bari Rae Pedersen, Barbara Simon, Louise Simon, Cami Benge, Delta Walter, Laura Krentz and Coach Tom Falls. (Middle Row l to r) Micelle Halde, Jeannie Smith, Melanie Hapes, Kelly Gerweck, Tami Roth, Shannon Weed, Myra Sparks, Mgr.

Student Newsroom: Knowledge Isn't Power

| Breanna Wilson | Student Newsroom
At some point in our lives, we’ve all heard the phrase, “knowledge is power.” Perhaps you’ve seen it plastered on a cheesy motivational poster in the library or were lectured with this Sir Francis Bacon quote by your parents desperately trying to make you finish your homework. This implies that more intelligent people are more successful, have more control over their lives and the world around them.

Happy Trails With Dawni O'Bryan: Catching Up with Tanner Barth

| Dawni O'Bryan | Happy Trails With Dawni O'Bryan
As a reporter of rodeo news and happenings, I often visit the website of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association based in Colorado Springs. It has all the results of the professional rodeos and some news clips of what is happening at the pro level.

Long Time Gone: The Lassie, on Main Street

| C.J. King | Long Time Gone
While on the train, Beverly must have imagined trees and mountains. She was headed toward the lush vegetation and clean air of Colorado with its mountain run-off lakes, rolling hills, and high peaks scratching at the sky.
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