Posted inNews, Wildfire

A Colorado ranch lost 9,000 acres to a wildfire in April. So how does it look in August?

LAMAR — Gazing north across the rangeland from the spot where a spring wildfire destroyed 9,000 acres of May Ranch pasture in a few hours, you can see scorched cottonwoods puncturing the horizon like black thumb tacks.  In April, after a year so dry the sage roots turned to powder, the wildfire flew on hurricane […]

Posted inNews, Wildfire

Fire tore through a Colorado ranch sanctuary. The humans are fine, but the damage is deep.

At first they said no family members were lost.  But in all the later tellings of the grassland wildfire that raced across 9,000 acres of May Ranch near Lamar last weekend, the distinction between working animals and family members disappeared as quickly as 50 miles of burned fencing.  May Ranch cowboy Chano Villalobos dropped the […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Colorado’s top animal-protection officer is not a friend of livestock producers

I am a 4th-generation livestock producer in Mesa County. At VanWinkle Ranch, we make our living by stewarding the land and caring for the animals we have responsibility for. There is dignity and honor in the work that we do to support food security in our county, state, nation, and globally. We have some serious […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News

Suspect arrested in kidnapping of worker at Colorado ranch owned by Michael Bloomberg

MEEKER — Authorities say they’re investigating after a man went to a western Colorado ranch owned by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and kidnapped an employee at gunpoint. Joseph Beecher, 48, took the woman from the ranch Wednesday in her vehicle and then to several places in the Denver area before going to […]