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By Slim Randles

The annual Fourth of July picnic was a celebration of time and freedom. We'd all watched the parade, earlier, because that's what you do on the Fourth, and we believe in it.

  Our parade features Scout troops in uniform, the high school band, floats with pretty girls ... well, okay, it's actually Delbert's convertible with signs on the doors ... and little kids proudly leading their dogs down our main street. In other words, pretty much everyone.

Two Events Added to the Colorado State Fair Entertainment Series

The list of acts coming to the Colorado State Fair continues to grow; two acts have been added to the already diverse entertainment list.

Sept. 2             Lee Brice

Sept. 4             Celebracion de los Charros con Conjunto Primavera presented by LaTricolor and Entravision

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PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

By Slim Randles

Dud rounded the corner on his block and headed for the edge of town at an easy jog. Well, easy for an Olympic miler, he thought. It was making him breathe hard and he wasn't even a block from the house. But this is the price. Oh yes, the price I must pay for my goal.

"Dud," said Doc, "I worry about you spending so much time agonizing over that book of yours."

"I have to do it, Doc," Dud said. "There are still so many things to plan in the book. Things like the duchess's daughter and her relationship with the truck driver on special assignment ..."

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PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

By Slim Randles

"Carnsider this for a minute, boys," Windy said, sadly shaking his head at the King Arthur memorial round table at the Mule Barn truck stop. "I mean to say, well you know them ladies actually asked me to be their speaker, right?"

We nodded and sipped our early afternoon coffee.

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PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

By Slim Randles

Our day is filled with heat at this time of year. It commands our attention and makes our work harder. As we toil, we daydream not about love or success, but things as mundane as shade and a cool drink.

But though the oppressive heat weighs on our brains and taxes our bodies, it is the price we pay for being allowed to spend time outdoors ... and it has its one singular consolation: our summer evenings.

When the sun goes down in summer, it's romantic enough to hug a cactus.

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PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

By Slim Randles

The real growth of Dewey's company began after The Weekly Miracle ran that story about his fertilizer empire.

The young reporter might have gone overboard a bit by writing "... with a pure heart, strong arms and a shovel, Dewey Decker pioneered a civilization based on cow manure."

Maybe just a little...

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PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

By Slim Randles

Steve looked out from the turret of his cabin and watched the sun set behind the mountain. Branding is over for the spring, and he was able to get away from the ranch for a few days, so here he was, in his private castle, sipping private coffee, looking down at his private horse eating hay in his private corral.

For a man who has spent most of his life in a bunkhouse, a suite at the Ritz couldn't be more wonderful than this little hole-up spot in the mountains.

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PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

By Slim Randles

I was studying my card when the guys walked in for coffee.

"What did you get?" asked Doc.

"D-24."

"Just one?"

"Yeah. The boys caught me when I was kinda short, so I only got the one this year."

"They hit me for ten," Doc said. "In E section."

Dud looked at us. "I think E section's a pretty good bet. Especially later in the afternoon. The sun will be over there then. Nice and warm. She's liable to go there."

It's Cow-a-dunga time again. It's Mr. Shaver's idea. He's the music teacher for all

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By Slim Randles

Dud was down at The Lunker Hole on Lewis Creek before it even turned yellow in the east. He had some thinking to do, and, as everyone knows, there's no better way to think than fly fishing.

And The Lunker (and it's capitalized on purpose) is a good trout to think by. Why? Because everyone also knows you're not going to catch him, so it gives you thinking time.

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PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

By Slim Randles

As the recessional played, and Reverend Jeff opened the church doors before shaking hands with his parishioners, he was surprised to discover he wasn't the first one there.

"Mornin' Rev!"

"Uh, good morning ... Alphonse."

Yes, it was Alphonse "Windy" Wilson, his boots cleaned and a bulldogger Western tie on his pearl-snap shirt, grinning broadly.

He stood next to the minister as the parishioners came past, one by one and shook Jeff's hand. Then they shook Windy's hand ... because there it was, outstretched and ready for a shake.