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A Cowboy’s Faith:Healing for limping horses

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“A horse is generally unusable if it is lame.”

Throughout decades, many horses have become lame. With numerous reasons for such issues, generally there is recovery and horses become rideable again. Often, resting a limping horse is all that’s required, because it has been overused in adverse conditions.

Riding Cody the ranch-raised speed horse on concrete at the sale barn several hours made him stiff and ouchy. Within a couple days, he walked normal and even won four horseshow races later that week.

The gray ranch-raised yearling filly, ZaneEtta, was lame in her right rear foot. Swelled such she wouldn’t put any weight on it, the filly was limping around the corral. Without treatment, in a few days she was completely sound. Evidently, ZaneEtta, caught the foot under the fence causing slight injury.

New shoes can cause horse severe lameness if the farrier does not properly place a nail. Generally, the shoe can be pulled, or just one nail removed. Most horses become completely sound even though it might take a little time for soreness to leave.

Laminitis, scientific name for founder, is a common cause of horse lameness. It has various causes, typically overconsumption of feed or water, speaking from personal experience.

The black stallion Dennis Good was foundered after drinking excess water following a show but recovered. Often foundered horses will be sound enough for use, although some remain permanently lame. Once a horse has foundered, it is easy for it to founder again.

Hidden History: Superior townsite fades away with founder’s Kansas dreams

Superior School, Osage County, Kan. Photo by Wendi Bevitt.

The very first attempt at a settlement in what is now Osage County was called Council City. But Council City had a problem. The settlement company that funded and planned it was disorganized, and no one could quite decide where the best location should be – or even if it should be called Council City! After multiple attempts at establishing a location, in an area that covered nearly half a township between Switzler and Dragoon creeks, principal settlement seemed to find a resting place at approximately where Burlingame is today. At the head of the Council City enterprise in the earliest days was James Winchell.

Winchell had been with the settlement company since its arrival in Kansas in the fall of 1854. Shortly after their arrival, the members of the company each selected their preferred tracts of land. Winchell chose a large, wooded parcel located near the confluence of the two creeks. It was not only beautiful but contained significant advantages for building. He was eager to start organizing the town and became its first postmaster.

But when Philip C. Schuyler arrived in Council City in the spring of 1855, he had his own ideas for Council City. Both Winchell and Schuyler were very driven individuals, and it soon became evident that their ambitions would not be able to be combined.

Winchell abandoned Council City at the Switzler location and instead decided to put the resources available on the southern end of the proposed Council City tract for his own town.

His first attempt would be in 1856 with a town named Fremont in honor of General John C. Fremont. In the spring of that year, Winchell served as a delegate to the first national Republican convention. It was at that convention that Fremont was declared the Republican nominee for the presidency. Winchell’s support for Gen. Fremont prompted him to use that name for his town. However, John C. Fremont did not win the presidency, and likewise his namesake town also lost momentum.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Helping others with horses

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Rosie was most influential directing a wannabe cowboy’s involvement with horses.”

Induction of Rosie Rezac Clymer into Dodge City’s Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame as a rancher/cattlewoman brought memories.

The first person met at the first show ever participated in was Rosie Rezac. Smiling, she proudly rode her sorrel mare Cindy in every class often taking the prize.

Young riders watched Rosie closely, anticipating her “good job” acknowledgement. Thereafter, Rosie was at all area horseshows, helping, encouraging everybody.

Rosie Clymer, Kansas Cowboy Hall of Famer

Wherever Rosie was riding so was her best friend Faye Peck. They rode in the pair race and invited young riders to be on their relay team. At an Emporia show, the cowgirls asked a wannabe to ride with their team. The foursome won and the young team member received his first blue ribbon.

Trade learned from her dad; Rosie was a skilled farrier, shoeing horses over a wide area for years.

Fate in action, Rosie started teaching in local schools. Everybody knew Miss Rezac, usually just “Rosie,” who met area rancher-farmer, Earl. Soon after, she became Mrs. Clymer, still typically “Rosie.”

Rosie and Earl were in the cattle business, farmers, known as “toughs” in the rodeo wild cow milking. Athletic Rosie roped, big Earl mugged, Rosie milked, ran, and they usually won.

Arabian horses appealed to Rosie’s giddy-up-go, although she took jovial flak from certain cowboys. Still, Rosie on her homebred Arabians beat them whatever the competition.

An excellent marketer, Rosie sold her own horses, helped others sell horses, and located suitable horses for friends to buy.

LTE: Road disrepair causes hazard at U.S. 75 ingress

Dear Editor:

Heading north on U.S. Highway 75 and turning on 205th Street is an accident waiting to happen. The asphalt from the old road formed a large hole, making it dangerously bad for both on and off Highway 75. It’s the same for turning on 213th Street.

A lot of taxes are paid by people living on these roads. There is one entrance in and out. Why can’t 205th Street’s entrance be fixed?

Thank you,

Jean House

A Cowboy’s Faith: Calf sale economically important

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Not more than five minutes at one evening’s cattle auction determines the total ranch income.”

For many years, calves produced annually are sold in a special fall calf sale at an area auction barn. With exception of retaining replacement heifers, all calves born in one year are sold at the same time.

Grain is pretty much essential when keeping calves for other forms of merchandizing. None is produced in this operation, and it’s quite high priced to buy.

Fortunately, the marketing method has worked out satisfactorily all things considered. Yes, there are weekly and even daily fluctuations that can influence the amount of the check received.

Of course, there’s never enough, but year in year out, money received for the calf crop has balanced out. It’s easy to get used to “high priced” calves which help pay debt principal faster.

When the market drops like the past several years, there’s hardly enough to keep up. Market rebounds in more recent times have been beneficial to black side of the ledger, creating more cattle business optimism.

It is a complicated equation when evaluating calf crop income. Of course, objective is always for the calf crop to weigh an average of more than the previous year. Likewise, goal is to always top the market in weight category.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Tax dollars at work

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“It’s all supposed to be done by mid-November.”

That’s what the highway construction foreman has again promised. Work will not be finished any too soon for ranchers putting up with the roadblocks that have continued for months.

Just when it seems there’s going to be reprieve different projects cut loose all at the same time.

Not mechanically minded, everything is a “bulldozer” in a wannabe cowboy’s intelligence. There are all kinds of machinery on the go. Big trucks with bigger wheels, every shape imaginable dirt mover, giant bulldozers, huge dirt haulers of every sort.

Every one going lickity-cut, must be 60 miles an hour, so it seems. Give them the right of way, even though sometimes the mind would like to dare one to see who gives first.

“No way, let ’em have the road, they’re 100 times as big and likely 1,000 times as powerful.”

To make it worse and most nerving of all is the loud always roaring engines. Never one to own or want to have a hot rod, rides with friends who had them five decades-plus ago were instantly refused.

Those agitating big screeching motors are accompanied by very loud horns of every decimal God has created. Not just one but seemingly two dozen all at the same time. Then there are backup caution whistles, sirens, beeps, whatever else they might be called.

On Windy Hill: Laura Kelly earned my vote

For the Kansas governor’s race, I’m throwing my support to Gov. Laura Kelly. She has earned my vote and deserves it. I’m just an old voter out here on a windy Osage County hill, and I know my thoughts are unimportant, but here are some reasons I support her.

When Gov. Kelly was elected, she faced a state that was a mess. Former governor Brownback had abandoned his constituents before finishing his term, and jetted off to his new federal job at the Vatican, leaving Kansas with deteriorating roads, low tax revenue, and a struggling business climate.

“My way or crumbling highways” seemed to be the then Kansas Legislature’s and governor’s creed as they gutted the state’s highway fund for other supposed economic development purposes. Robbing from the KDOT Bank was known statewide as a way the legislature filled holes in the budget, even though they were putting the state in hock for years.

After four years in office, Gov. Kelly has been able to start turning things around. She publicly vowed she would close the KDOT Bank, which she did, securing future investment into our roads. She supported funding the previously promised road projects, saying promises made should be promises kept – even if the promise of good roads was made by previous administrations.

Here in Osage County, we can see the evidence of Kelly’s reinvestment into the state, as the new highway to Osage City is almost complete. Over the past 15 years or so, rebuilding the seven-mile stretch of state Highway 31 had been dangled under citizens’ noses only to be taken away again and again. Promises made were forgotten as Brownback’s trickle-down tax plan failed to trickle down to the K-31 project at the bottom of the T-Works list.

Changing strategy and policy, Gov. Kelly figured out how to turn on the faucet for funding Kansas road projects. “Promises made, promises kept,” is a slogan Gov. Kelly can claim, even though her predecessors made the vows.

Overcoming the failed Brownback policies would not have been an easy row to hoe for any new governor. Facing low revenues, slow growth, diminished government services, and low morale of the civil service force, Gov. Kelly proved her willingness to work with the Republican legislature to reverse the failed tax experiment. Under the leadership of Gov. Kelly, tax revenue is recovering, and Kansas is again in a position to fund state services, programs, and public employees’ salaries, along with fully funding our public schools.

Gov. Kelly greatly gained my admiration during the beginning of the pandemic. The federal government seemingly floundered in the face of the emergency. Federal agencies couldn’t find the pandemic plan sitting on the shelf; the then-president and cronies seemed focused on benefitting from the sanitary facemask industry before considering citizens’ safety.

Gov. Kelly, like all U.S. governors, was suddenly shoved into the position of a public health officer, trying to keep Kansas citizens safe while navigating through the unknown effects of an unprecedented pandemic. Instead of floundering, Gov. Kelly set out to work with experts to first try to keep citizens safe from each other, and then keep the necessary functions such as farming and the food industry operating. Kansas’ methods to keep the state’s meat production facilities functioning were lauded nationwide. And although we all suffered from the sudden onset pandemic, Gov. Kelly’s initial shutdown was actually successful in the short term. People got tired of sitting at home, but most of them didn’t get sick until they started milling about again. That early shutdown experiment didn’t pan out in the long run, but we had some of the lowest infection rates in the country at the time. The valuable lesson we learned from it – just stay away from each other – is still an effective prevention method.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Scary to be lost

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Getting lost is one of the most frightening experiences a person can have.”

There are worse things, but it does make certain individuals quite scared until figuring out a definite location.

Growing up in a rural community delivering groceries, homes of everybody in town were known. Every street and alley were remembered from daily travel for two decades, so wasn’t ever lost.

First time lost was after the state fair best-groomed boy contest trying to find the car in the parking lot. Details aren’t remembered, but somehow the 16-year-old country kid got back home in the same vehicle he’d come in.

Returning in the night from a Kansas Livestock Association convention at Wichita, the wrong exit was taken. Driver was lost driving who knows where until main highway was located and got back home safe again.

Judging horseshows in 20 states, many required airflights, and airports are an easy place to get lost. Being at the right takeoff gate at the right time always seemed an issue. Upon destination arrival, it was much better if driven to motel and arena by show management. Driving a rented car in big cities is proven way for a country boy to get lost.

Worst time was being lost in Boston, Mass., going over the toll bridge five times before getting to the motel. How there were enough quarters in the pocket to throw in the toll baskets could have only been God’s graces.

Returning from Seattle, Wash., the airport just couldn’t be found in the middle of the night. Calls to show managers seeking directions were no help. Eventually airport was found with a fast run to the gate just as closing.

Perry, Ga., airport is bigger than many others, always getting lost for a while. Writing down exact location where car was parked at airport relieved pressures when returning home.

Rounding up cattle in four section pastures can be intimidating for wannabe cowboys with grass and skyline in every direction. “Just keep riding and there’ll be a fence someplace.”

Even been lost in the shopping mall parking lot, but never lost permanently, although have nightmares of such.

It’s not a completely unique trait. Mazeophobia is the scientific name for the fear of being lost.

Reminded of Psalm 36:6: “God’s love in his largeness nothing gets lost permanently.”

Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

Fun-loving Windom cowgirl leads diversified, competitive life

Halloween is a special time for TallyAnn Klitzke who enjoys costuming her horse and herself. Elvis and TallyAnn are dressed here as Minnie and Mickey Mouse. Courtesy photo.

Halloween is generally the time kids want to be all dressed up in scary and fun costumes. Some adults like to get in on the excitement too, and TallyAnn is one of them.

Likely first recognized as a cowgirl, TallyAnn Klitzke is much more. A diversely talented educator, youth counselor, coach, pharmaceutical salesperson, and most gifted artist.

Artistic creativity is partially where costuming for Halloween comes in. TallyAnn combines her energetic art talents with her fondness for everything horses to have fun and a good time.

“It’s been a tradition to design and make Halloween costumes for my horse,” she said. The most recent ones include Minnie and Mickey Mouse, Charlie Brown and Snoopy, and Maleficent Fire-Breathing Dragon.

“Diversified” is likely the only encompassing description for the ambitious woman who’d probably be satisfied with “TallyAnn is a cowgirl.”

Raised in western Kansas, TallyAnn graduated from Quinter High School and then received degrees from Fort Hays State University. She has a bachelor’s in education and a Master of Science in school counseling.

Now making her home on an 80-acre farm near Windom, in McPherson County, TallyAnn is a fulltime pharmaceutical sales representative.

“I have three dogs that greet me with happy tails when I return from work each day. I love them to pieces,” she said. “I also have some loyal beef customers for which I enjoy feeding out black Angus steers for butcher.”

Horses have always been close to her heart. “I’m often accused of being ‘born on a horse,’ however my riding didn’t begin quite that early,” Tally Ann said. “My mother Karen Stewart was raised on a horse ranch being an accomplished rider and competitor. I was seven when I started riding.”

Riding her neighbor’s sorrel stocking-legged, blaze-faced feedlot gelding Ponch, TallyAnn participated in her first horse show. “That was the beginning of riding at Kansas Western Horseman’s Association shows as a child and teenager,” she said.

For her eighth birthday, Tally Ann got her very own horse. “Mom came home on a frigidly night with a great surprise, a tri-colored Paint weanling named Thistledown,” TallyAnn reflected.

After Thistledown, TallyAnn rattled off more than a dozen horses she’s owned and ridden throughout decades. “Stub, Ranger, Booker T, Slammer, Blondie, Jim, Bear, Pride, Flaxxy, Cactus, Elvis, Ace, Wasp, and more,” she counted. “That leads us to where I am today with Presley and Fleetwood. It would be nice to have another horse for visitors to ride.

“Elvis was my super star for years and I was heart-broken when he passed away about a year ago. Ladies and gentlemen Elvis has left the building for the very last time.

“Training my childhood mounts to compete certainly lent a hand to the rider I am today,” she added.

Horses are expensive hobbies and even more so for young cowgirls. “I aways had farm jobs lined up for money to buy winter horse hay,” TallyAnn said.

Highlight of the cowgirl’s college years was being crowned Miss Rodeo Kansas 1996. She swept the competition including Miss Congeniality, public speaking, horsemanship, modeling and more.

TallyAnn finished in the top five at the Miss Rodeo America pageant during the 1997 National Finals Rodeo, in Las Vegas. She placed high in state promotion display, photo album, and speech competitions.

Attending Fort Hays State University, TallyAnn was a member of the rodeo club. “But I did not compete on the rodeo team because I was working every weekend, putting myself through college,” she pointed out. “I was in my 40s when I made my final student loan payment, but the struggle was worth its weight in gold.”

TallyAnn served as art and tech instructor as well as track and cross-country coach at Lyndon and Holcomb school districts.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Uncontrollable lightning causes losses

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Cow count indicated three head short as five mounted cowboys headed northeast to locate those missing.”

Within a half hour, three cowboys on horseback were together not far from the east fence just standing seemingly resting. Remaining riders soon joined the threesome to find out the bad news. Three prime age black cows raising big spring calves had been stricken dead most apparently by lightning.

It had been three days since the cows in that pasture had been counted when all were accounted for. However, that night after the herd had been checked there was a major thunder and lightning storm yielding rainfall.

Obviously, the cows were standing together with no trees or fence nearby when the lightning bolt struck them, evidently killing instantly. It would be less loss if the three cows stricken wouldn’t have been grazing side-by-side.

Their six-month-old calves would do fine without mommas and had already moved on unconcerned nonchalantly grazing. Likewise, coyotes had located the cow carcasses and consumed some of the readily available meal.

Thankful and blessed with help from the Osage City community

ECAT would like to say thank you to the community for your continued support these last two years. 2021 and 2022 have been challenging for ECAT as it has for everyone.

With the shut down due to COVID and now with the economic impact ECAT has found it necessary to think outside the box and find new ways that we can continue to serve the community. During COVID we continued to provide food boxes by having designated pickup days, as well as a volunteer always available to give out food boxes. The holiday program was a great success.

Beginning in November we will begin our 2022 holiday signup program. Food is not as easily obtained as in past years, but we know that with all the community support we continue to receive, our holiday program will continue to be a success and no family will go without food and no children without Christmas gifts.

None of this would be possible without the continued support of the community, organizations, businesses, individuals, USD 420 students, Girl Scouts, and churches.

ECAT volunteers (who always go above and beyond) could not accomplish any of this without the Osage City community – you are awesome and we are blessed.

Thank you,
ECAT volunteers and board members

For more information, contact the Ecumenical Christian Action Team at 306 S. Martin St., Osage City, Kan, or 785-528-8164.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Miseries from hay fever

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Tis the season for sneezing, running nose, itching eyes, and congestion.”

It’s hay fever or fall allergy time, whatever the health nuisance should be labeled.

Whoever has had such issues knows they’re not any fun, yet those without the health problem just can’t understand it.

In early grade school days, their son’s itching eyes rubbed mercilessly initiated his parents to set up a doctor’s appointment.

No immediate family members had experienced such issues, so they thought it might be something serious. While that might be considered true for those suffering, the doctor pacified all with a drug prescription.

Uncertain how that little pill knew what it was supposed to do, but the troublesome problem soon disappeared.

Still every Labor Day or thereabouts, the same sneezing, running nose, itching eyes, tired feeling would come back again. Pills and then capsules became readily available at the drug store, or even on the grocery shelf.

High priced but worth it for an ailing one who got quick relief upon swallowing the over-the-counter remedy.

That went on for must be five decades when suddenly for unknown reason there was no hay fever. Evidently, old age had outgrown the allergy of younger days.

Then last year there was some sneezing and running nose in September, but nothing too bad. This year at the end of August, hay fever symptoms set in and continued to get worse and worse.

Life became what seemed almost unbearable with the fall allergy issues becoming nearly debilitating. Red bandanas were called into frequent usage wiping nose and eyes.

When working seven pastures of calves through the chute, young energetic hired cowboys couldn’t comprehend. The old wannabe was just sitting around sneezing, blowing nose, wiping eyes, holding a wet rag to his nostrils.

Hidden History: Osage County farmer women hated weeds, politics and men

In the 19th century women’s roles in the home and workplace were often limited to household management and family responsibilities. Different factors began to influence a change in expectations. One was the rise in popularity of the women’s suffrage movement, which showed young women they could be considered on equal footing with men in many areas. There was also a shift away from an agrarian society in which young men sought out “easier” jobs in cities. Additionally, technological advances made farm work easier to manage and allowed women to take a larger portions of farming activities. In Osage County, Carrie and Martha James didn’t settle for just that, but became principal farmers on their farm in the northwestern portion of the county.

Carrie and Martha’s parents, Charles and Sarah James, moved to a 200-acre farm northwest of Burlingame in the early 1880s. Charles James started with nothing but his land, his horses, implements, and hard work. When lands in Oklahoma Territory were opened up for white settlers, the family took their chances and participated in the fourth land run, which took place in the north central portion of the state in 1893.

Not every participant was able to obtain a claim, but the James family secured an uncontested one near Alva in Woods County. After the claim was made and improvements began, the land was rented, and the Jameses returned to Osage County. Carrie James eventually took on responsibility for the property, while Martha never went farther than the county seat. Once a year Carrie would go to check on the Oklahoma claim, collect rent, and assure herself that the land was being properly maintained.

Charles died in 1896 and instead of his sons taking over their parents’ farm, Martha, age 30, and Carrie, age 18, immediately jumped in. The sisters began working 100 acres – 40 acres they owned and 60 rented. And they did it with great success.

Advances in farming technology greatly helped women farmers. While cost was prohibitive to small farms, implements like the reaper-binder, improved hay rakes, hay tedders, land roller, and disc harrow made the work go much faster. While the Jameses’ farmhouse may have been plainly furnished, their outbuildings housed all modern machinery with large Clydesdales to pull it.

Help House: Give warmth to someone this winter, coat closet accepts donations

By Raylene Quaney, Help House

At the first of October, the Help House Coat Closet opened for regular business hours and will remain open throughout the month. Help House accepts donations of coats currently in all sizes for men, women, and children. Children’s coats are always in short supply. If you have good, clean coats in your closets at home that you no longer wear and would like to pass them along to someone who is need of a good warm coat for the winter, we would appreciate your donation.

Prom Shop

We realize this is a little early to be thinking of prom, but the prom shop will be open in February, and we are accepting donations of dresses for this event. This will be the third annual shopping experience for any girls in the Osage County area. If you have any dresses that have been worn for homecoming or last year’s proms and they are taking up space in your closets and will not be worn again, please consider donating them to the prom shop. Then someone who cannot afford to go out and purchase their special dress can still shop for the one that makes them feel like a queen. We do not charge for these; they are all given out at no charge.

Almost here: Drop box for clothes and shoes

We have heard you and are trying to make it a little easier for those who wish to donate shoes and clothing at your convenience. We are expecting to add an outside drop box that will set under the roof at the front of the building. Only shoes and clothing will be able to be deposited there. No liquids, or household items. It will be necessary to place your items in smaller bags to deposit them into the box.

LTE: Zoning officials ‘crucify’ all renewable power development in Osage County

Dear Editor:

Half Price! Who doesn’t love a half price sale?

Recently FreeState Electric Coop was able to modify our power supply contract with Evergy that powers our member’s homes, farms, and businesses. We currently buy virtually all of that power from the Evergy grid at a blended cost depending on generation mix and fuel cost. This contract modification made in early 2021 allowed up to 10 percent of our power to come from solar sites, either customer owned or sited next to our substations to be fed out on our distribution lines. As quickly as possible we identified three suitable substations, and put out for bids to build the solar arrays. Eventually the coop contracted with Evergy to build these three sites, with a 30-year fixed cost of power roughly half price of today’s grid power cost.

When our substation near Carbondale was identified, an adjacent landowner agreed to sell the 8.7 acres needed to build the 750kW solar array. Surrounding landowners were notified and no opposition has been voiced. Soon the Freestate Coop members would be sharing the benefits from the monthly $14,000 power cost savings. All of this came together in early 2022. The Planning and Zoning Commission had just approved a 10-acre 1000kW similar system for Osage City. We were on the home stretch. Then came the “Moratorium”. And eight months of waiting.

At this point we were put on hold, unable to communicate with the county. One self-proclaimed utility “expert” on the zoning board was free to spread whatever “facts” they wanted to, such as Freestate planning to build eight solar sites all over the county. That was news to me, a FreeState board member. We were never allowed to present formally to the zoning board or even have Q&A or tours of our other sites.

We did get our five minutes at the public comment meetings, but it was apples and oranges inserting our small local project in with the commercial wind proposals. Reminiscent of Pilate in Matthew 27, the zoning board faced the red shirted sign-waving mob and voted to crucify all renewable power development in Osage County.

It isn’t final until the county commissioners act on that recommendation They still have the opportunity to consider the interests of the 1,100 FreeState members living in the county being somewhat different than multinational for-profit corporations pushing commercial wind projects.

Serving on any public board is a thankless job, so if you see any of the zoning board members thank them for their time. And if you are a FreeState Coop member, also thank them for the giant lump of Osage County coal they just put in your stocking!

Larry Butel

A Cowboy’s Faith: Old palomino gets rambunctious

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Those horses as so much smarter than most people so it seems.”

That Cody, home raised gelding with owner prejudice most beautiful palomino to make Roy Rogers envious, was rambunctious today.

The 22-year-old has truly been there and done that quite well throughout the Midwest. But he was on a “high horse” such it took his rider a little while to figure out why.

Always a handful at barrel races every weekend, Cody is calm until it’s time to go through the gate and run. He’s been in thousands of rodeo arenas in his professional career and knows when it’s “giddy up and go” time.

Depending on the day, Cody sometimes walks right into the arena and tears out to beat the clock. Still other times, actually more often, the old horse gets nervous and just doesn’t want to go in.

The longer the horse and rider have been together there has become better understanding of each other. But still the horse is always smarter than his jockey.

A horse friend outside the gate to stand beside Cody makes him more relaxed before a run. If Cody doesn’t head right in, his friend’s rider just coaxes along from the left hip and in he’ll go.

LTE: Citizen cites conflict of interest; asks commissioner to step down in wind votes

Dear Editor:

I attended the county commission meeting Oct. 3, 2022, to voice my opposition to the proposed wind farm in Osage County. In attendance were five representatives of the power company and about 20 Osage county citizens. The power company employees painted a rosy picture. It is interesting, none of these power company employees live close the noisy wind turbines they are pushing to sell Osage County and their citizens.

I am not opposed to wind powered generators, but I am extremely against placing the wind turbines close to where people live and it disturbing the silence and beauty of our county.

It was most surprising when Commissioner Driver stated that he has leased his property to the power company and has been financially compensated. This is a conflict of interest. I am calling for Mr. Driver to excuse himself from any meeting in regards to wind turbines and that he not be allowed to vote on the wind turbine project.

Robert Ellis
Overbrook, Kan.


A Cowboy’s Faith: More than a flower

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“The most beautiful flower in the Sunflower State is obviously the sunflower.”

That must be true or why would the sunflower be designated the state flower of Kansas?

No debate sunflowers are pretty to look at and many roadside ditches display lots of them.

It’s October, and sunflowers are already starting to wilt after displaying their beautiful yellow blossoms of glory.

Some years ago, visiting with a county agent, he said, “Sunflower growth varies from year to year.”

Having never given it much thought earlier, and not that it really matters, but the county agent was correct. Some years sunflowers grow everywhere, and other times there aren’t very many sunflowers.

Certain people contend, “Sunflowers are just another worthless weed.” Then others insist, “Oh sunflowers are such a beautiful wildflower.”

Both are correct. Sunflowers are a weed, and sunflowers are pretty to look at. However, sunflowers are also now a profitable farm crop. Uncertain all uses for sunflowers, but a few seeds in a small sack on the candy shelf are high priced.

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