Loose Ends: Time to change mental maps

The trailer hitch wasn’t supposed to be there. My mental map didn’t place it properly.

Looking Back: History’s name game

Some say buildings have a soul, others claim an old, dilapidated structure is just what it appears to be — an empty shell. What is it about old buildings that fascinate, that enthrall?

Looking Back: Surviving cold

“How’re ya winterin’?” is a common conversation starter in this valley. It dates back to the early days of settlement, as weather often held the key to the rancher’s success.

Loose Ends: Honor a man’s word

Most everyone’s view of the West is based on those romanticized, gussied-up versions of this region of the country. Somehow the real picture of a westerner got lost in the shuffle and the qualities that represented those who struggled to make a living on the land receded into the background.

Loose Ends: A surefire resolution

Go ahead. Just try and find at least one unbreakable resolution. Most of the standard ones are impossible to continue after a week or two.

Looking Back: At the stock show

Mixing business with pleasure has always been one of the attractions of Denver’s National Western Stock Show.

Loose Ends: A surefire resolution

Go ahead. Just try and find at least one unbreakable resolution.

Looking Back: O, Christmas Tree

Years ago, after moving to this part of the west, we began the old White River tradition of cutting down our own Christmas tree.

Loose Ends: Readers through the seasons

Amid stories of bailouts, job losses and economic mayhem, one recent national news story about the growth of library users throughout the county caught my eye.

Loose Ends: Elk ‘bugling contests of olden days’

Not so long ago Meeker was not only known for its deer and elk population, but for the abundance of local human elk callers.

Loose Ends: One gobbler too many

Accounts of life on many of the ranches at the turn of the 19th century usually include humorous remembrances of the animal members of the family, including the farmyard creatures.

Loose Ends: Mountain lions a part of us

The recent mountain lion sightings in town have generated a spate of discussions, arguments, lectures, as well as comments.