Scott Dyke: The initial dust that led to Lincoln County fight

Scott Dyke: The initial dust that led to Lincoln County fight

By Scott Dyke Much has been written about The Lincoln County battle that raged in New Mexico Territory, a historic confrontation that spawned the legendary Billy the Kid. The origin of this struggle is not so well known. It was about the will of Emil Fritz. In the beginning, it was not about shootouts, but […]

Elk herds horn in on cattle pastures

Elk herds horn in on cattle pastures

From The Westerner Blog The mild winter in Western Oregon has produced plenty of green pasture forage for livestock, but some elk herds are also loving it. The elk rest and relax during the day in nearby forested area and then dine on the green grass during the night. Many of the ranchers who own […]

Tucson Rodeo celebrating 93 years

Tucson Rodeo celebrating 93 years

By SoAzNewsX It’s rodeo time in Tucson! The Fiesta de las Vaqueros celebration gets underway on Sat. Feb. 17 at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds on South 6th Avenue with more than 450 amateur riders and professionals from around the U.S. and Canada. “The entry list for Tucson could be the ‘Who’s Who’ of pro rodeo,” […]

Supreme Court action leaves water rights muddy

Supreme Court action leaves water rights muddy

By Kathy Hoekstra / Heartland Institute The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a landmark lower court ruling establishing Native Americans’ tribal groundwater rights, leaving in place a decision granting the federal government rights to groundwater underneath federal lands and Native American tribes rights to groundwater beneath federally recognized reservations. The reservation of the Agua Caliente […]

Arizona farmers, pressured by grinding drought and urban sprawl, look for ways to save water

Arizona farmers, pressured by grinding drought and urban sprawl, look for ways to save water

By Angel Mendoza / Cronkite News CASA GRANDE – As water supplies in Arizona dwindle due to drought, groundwater pumping and a warming climate, farmers increasingly are facing poorer crop yields and, in some cases, resigning once-fertile farmland to unusable barren ground. “About two-thirds of this farm isn’t being used because of our water limitations,” Travis […]

America was a tobacco-chewing nation

America was a tobacco-chewing nation

From The Westerner Blog In 1842, Charles Dickens traveled America and published his observations in the bookAmerican Notes for General Circulation. The following selection was written after his journey from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. In it, he comments on the tobacco-chewing — and tobacco-spitting — habits of the country: “As Washington may be called the head-quarters […]

The storied history of Ajo

The storied history of Ajo

By Tom Prezelski Some 130 miles from Tucson and separated by the Tohono O’odham Reservation, the friendly and historic community of Ajo is generally out of sight and out of mind for too many of us in more populated parts of Pima County. However, as it may be difficult for newcomers to believe, this little unincorporated mining […]

Rural lands at risk in the West as ranchers prepare for retirement

Rural lands at risk in the West as ranchers prepare for retirement

From The Westerner Blog Winds were gusting over 45 miles per hour on an overcast day at the Dunmire Ranch in southeastern Wyoming. Black cows grazed in the distance with wind turbines lined up on the horizon. At the center of ranch, young colts milled around the corral. Gator, a 14-year-old blind and deaf dog, […]

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