U.S. cattle inventory at 103 million head, jumps 4% since 2015

U.S. cattle inventory at 103 million head, jumps 4% since 2015

From The Westerner Blog The total U.S. cattle herd counting all cattle was at 103 million head on July 1, 2017. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) outlines in the latest Cattle Inventory Mid-year Report that the total herd count has increased 4% since the previous summer report on July 1, 2015, when […]

1862 – Army establishes Fort Bowie to guard Apache Pass

1862 – Army establishes Fort Bowie to guard Apache Pass

By SoAzNewsX July 26 1861-Fort Fillmore, New Mexico Territory- Captain Baylor gains control of the territory after driving Union troops from the fort. 1862- Fort Bowie, New Mexico Territory (present day Arizona)– the fort is established where General Carleton secured a spring to guard the eastern approach to Apache Pass. 1863- Huntsville, Texas- Sam Houston […]

National Day of the Cowboy celebration at the Empire Ranch

National Day of the Cowboy celebration at the Empire Ranch

By SoAzNewsX The National Day of the Cowboy is being celebrated nationwide on Saturday, July 22. It will also be celebrated locally at the historic Empire Ranch in southeastern Arizona–one of only three places in Arizona where activities are scheduled for the day. At the Empire, participants can get a tour of the ranch, demonstrations […]

Get along, little dogies

Get along, little dogies

By Lee Pitts Among the many things I enjoy about raising animals is watching their interpersonal relationships. If there was such a thing, I think I’d have made a very good cow, sheep, pig or horse psychologist. Wisely, I considered their ability to pay and became a writer instead, which pays only slightly better than […]

1878 – Siege at McSween’s home ends; Billy the Kid kills two

1878 – Siege at McSween’s home ends; Billy the Kid kills two

By SoAzNewsX July 19 1867- Dakota Territory (present day Wyoming)- construction began on Fort Fetterman near the North Platte River. 1878- New Mexico Territory- John Selman arrived in the Pecos Valley. His gang called the “Selman Scouts” are cattle rustlers. In 1895 Selman kills John Wesley Hardin. 1878- Lincoln, New Mexico Territory– the siege at […]

Emil Franzi: A passionate historian

Emil Franzi: A passionate historian

By Harry Alexander On Monday, July 10 there was a celebration of Emil Franzi’s life at a local club. More than 250 people–from both sides of the political aisle–came together to celebrate the late Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of the Southern Arizona News-Examiner. Franzi was also a student of the history of the Old West. That’s one of […]

Firefighters add drone incursions to threats faced in a wildfire

Firefighters add drone incursions to threats faced in a wildfire

By Ben Moffat / Cronkite News It used to be that firefighters’ biggest worries in a wildfire might be unpredictable winds, rocky terrain and scorching heat. That was before the advent of affordable, readily available aerial drones. Firefighters battling the Goodwin Fire in central Arizona had to suspend operations twice in one week after drones […]

Steamboat – the symbol of Wyoming

Steamboat – the symbol of Wyoming

By Dave Walsh / The Westerner Blog It is a most-recognizable emblem, one that is so attached to the great state of Wyoming. The unique horse-and-rider has a long history that dates back more than a hundred years, and for nearly all of those years, it has been known as Steamboat. The most Steamboat sightings are the […]

1861 – Hickok shoots gunman David McCanles over a woman

1861 – Hickok shoots gunman David McCanles over a woman

By SoAzNewsX July 12 1861-Rock Creek, Nebraska– Gunman David McCanles, enraged at Hickok’s seeing his mistress, went to the Rock Creek station, standing outside the cabin and calling for Hickok to come outside. Hickok refused and McCanles went to a side door. It is unclear whether or not he pulled his six-gun. “Come out and […]

Jane Candia Coleman: “Chief Joseph – Trail of Glory and Sorrow” book review

Jane Candia Coleman: “Chief Joseph – Trail of Glory and Sorrow” book review

By Jane Candia Coleman CHIEF JOSEPH; TRAIL OF GLORY AND SORROW By Ted Meyers   Hancock Publishers Ltd. Surrey, British Columbia – Blaine Washington ISBN  978-0-88839-743-7    EAN   0-88839-743-7 As a boy, Canadian writer and historian Ted Meyers became fascinated with the history and legends of the Northwest Native American tribes.  He discovered Chief Joseph of the […]