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"Ahhh! Coffee!" said our resident cowboy, Steve, raising his cup at the philosophy counter. "Let's raise our cups to whichever Brazilian came up with this stuff."

Very slowly, Herb Collins stood with his cup of coffee there in the midst of culture and education at the Mule Barn truck stop.

"Actually, Steve," Herb said, in his most professorial tone, "his name was Kaldi. He lived in Ethiopia."

And here Herb grinned fiendlishly at Steve. "And he was a sheepherder!"

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Steve slowly saddled Old Snort, and climbed aboard. Kinda stiff this 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 over the years?

As Snort trotted out into the meadows and the hills surrounding our valley, he looked with perked ears for cattle. That's what Snort does for a living.

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Steve will have Thanksgiving dinner over at Doc's and Mrs. Doc's this year, and any number of his friends are grateful for that. Steve is one heckuva cowboy and trainer of young colts, and a good friend to all, but he'd never make it as a dinner host.

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Dud came in the Mule Barn truck stop all grins. Aha! thought the other members of the world dilemma think tank, Dud's been up the road in deer camp three days now. We know what that happy look means.

Or maybe not ...

"You fellas have GOT to come out to the camp with me and see what I've got!" Dud said. "You won't believe it!"

"Got a nice buck did you, Dud?" said Doc.

"You just have to see for yourself," he said.

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Old Jasper Blankenship bought a deer license again this year, just as he's done every year since Eisenhower was President. He sticks nickels and dimes in a jar all year long and smiles each time he contributes. By Fall, he's saved up enough for a deer tag.

Jasper lives full-time out at the diggin's with his dog, Arthur, of course, so he has only to walk about 100 feet from the cabin to do his hunting. That's one of the marvels of it.

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To look at Herb Collins, you wouldn't think he was like that. A nicer, kinder guy you never met. But for one evening each year ... one little slice of time ... he's downright diabolical.

Every small town has one, of course. There is always that one person who takes Halloween to its extremes of horror and fantasy. We have Herb.

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Ran into Herb Collins the other day down by the school. He volunteers there, from time to time, helping kids with their math homework, and trying to recruit future members of The Great World of Business.

He loved business, back in the days when he lived in the city and ran the pawn shop. For years now, ever since he hung up his jeweler's loupe, he's told us that there was an excitement to making the right deal.

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The food's awfully good down at the Gates of Heaven Chinese Restaurant. The valley's other Delbert, Delbert Chin, has been putting on a decent feed there since he came to this country many years ago.

We like that lunch buffet. All you can eat, of course, and he makes this pink sauce that's out of this world. You can put it on everything. And you want to.

He asked me once why I used so much of it, and I told him if I had enough of that sauce, I could live on cardboard boxes and bedding straw.

NJC Rodeo Team Champs in Wyoming Competition

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The Northeastern Junior College (NJC) Rodeo Team returned home from Riverton, Wyoming, and the Central Wyoming College Rustler Round-Up victorious with a men's team championship.  Riverton was the fourth and final stop of the fall college rodeo season.  Leading the charge for a team title was sophomore, Jace Staudt an Ag Business major from Nathrop, Colorado.  Staudt started the day with a solid 3rd place finish in the team roping heading for JD Kirwin of Gillette College.  Staudt followed it up with a go-round win and an average title in the tie-down roping.  The w

Movie Review - Blade Runner 2049

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If I could describe 1982's "Blade Runner" in one word, it would be "hypnotic." Director Ridley Scott crafted a world of eerie calm, one where flying cars and public shootouts were so casual that they blended in perfectly with their environment. A "blade runner" detective named Deckard (Harrison Ford) was assigned a case where he was to kill four disgruntled androids called Replicants. Surely he was in danger, and the case would go on to greatly affect his existence, but his only distress initially was over his inability to enjoy a bowl of noodles.