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Slim Randles

My first wife came from a ranching family way back up in the hills of central California and had a cousin, Ted, who was a hounddog man. This made him akin to Evel Knievel with a pack of pooches. 

I talked my way into hunting with him, of course.

All went well until we were on the way home, when a badger ran across the road and dove into a large culvert pipe.

"Oh wow!" Ted yelled. "Let's get him!"

He released most of the hounds and they plugged the culvert pipe with bawling insults. In the dead center of the pipe was a snarling badger.

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PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

Slim Randles

Steve slowly saddled his horse, Old Snort, and climbed stiffly aboard in the cold snap of morning. He pulled his hat down a little lower and pulled the wild rag up to cover his nose and mouth from the morning chill.

How many mornings had he done this?

As Snort trotted out into the meadows of the hills surrounding our valley, he looked with perked ears for cattle. That's what Snort does for a living. Those ears worked back and forth like radar, searching through trees and behind logs for the tell-tale movement or color of range cattle.

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PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

Slim Randles

The morning conference began innocently enough, with Steve and Doc arguing over which of the little packaged jellies went better on sourdough toast, and no one caring which one was right.

Dud and Bert and I sat silently, sucking down the morning elixir until it spread life to our outermost reaches as the Mule Barn truck stop's world dilemma think tank crept to life. Bert was unusually quiet this morning and we asked why. He hemmed and hawed a little, then said, "Doc, you know about these things. What exactly is female trouble?"

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PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

Slim Randles

"Shore is nice this time a-year," Windy said, smiling at those gathered. "Minds me of years ago back, you know? When we was young."

Windy, visiting from the ranch, had pulled up a stool so he was partially blocking the hallway entrance - also known as the "escape route" down at the Rest of Your Life retirement home. This made it rather difficult for Mabel, who has to use a walker, and Pop Walker, who is on a cane on good days, and crutches when the weather gets cold. This was a crutch day.

Sandy Dexter to Talk About Amache Ochinee Prowers

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The next Bent's Fort Chapter meeting will be held on Saturday, November 12, at the JW Rawlings Heritage Center and Museum located at 560 Bent Ave., Las Animas, CO.  The Chapter meeting will start at 11 AM followed by a potluck. 

At 1 PM Sandy Dexter will present a talk titled "Walking Woman" about Amache Ochinee Prowers who was the Cheyenne wife of John Wesley Prowers.  In her talk Sandy will share what she has learned from researching Amache's life, especially her life after the death of John Prowers.  It is a fascinating story.

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PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

Slim Randles

"All is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin ..." so goes the famous hymn we once learned in Sunday school and didn't figure out what it meant for another 20 years or so.

But now is the time of harvest. Now is the gathering in. The crops are gathered in. Firewood for winter storms is gathered in. Fruit from the orchards is gathered in. This year's crop of spring calves is gathered in.

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PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

Slim Randles

I think there must be autumnal reasons for Halloween being hued in orange and black. It's a fun time, a magic evening if you're a kid, and if you're a grandpa-type guy, like me, who gets to hand out the goodies.

But the colors of this sweet evening celebration are orange and black, and so is October. In another week or so, our deciduous trees will stand like skeletons against the gray skies of winter, but now we have the orange and black of fall.

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PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

Slim Randles

The sign in front of the gas station says "Unleaded, 2.39, special on Colt .357 Magnum, six-inch barrel."

 Visitors here in the valley do a double take when they see Vince's sign there at what we all know as "the gas station gun shop." That's because Vince doesn't believe in being deprived of his passion while earning a living. His passion: guns. His living: pumping gas.

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PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

Slim Randles

Dewey Decker showed his new business cards to the other guys at the Mule Barn Truck Stop's philosophy counter, and each member of the world dilemma think tank got to keep one.

Steve, our owlish-appearing cowboy, scratched his head as he studied the card.

"Okay, Dewey, I'll bite ... what's a verm-a- ....?

"Vermiculturist, Steve," Dewey said, proudly. "It means I raise worms."

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PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

Slim Randles

It's fall and time once again for the Chipper Invitational Golf Tournament here in the valley. You remember Chipper, Doc's imaginary squirrel? The one who was imaginarily squirrel-napped?

Doc named the annual golf tournament after good ol' Chipper. The tournament is used to raise money for coats for kids who need them. And it's only fit and proper it be named for Chipper, since the golf tournament itself is just about as genuine as the squirrel.