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Zaujímavosti o Yellowstonskom národnom parku   

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Yellowstonský národný park sa nachádza v štátoch Wyoming, Montana a Idaho. Je to najstarší národný park na svete a je jadrom jedného z najväčších nedotknutých prírodných ekosystémov na našej planéte. Viac zaujímavostí o tomto národnom parku sa dozviete, keď budete pokračovať v čítaní. V Yellowstone sa nachádza polovica svetových hydrotermálnych objektov Yellowstonský národný park uchováva …

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Episode #19 - Ashley Ellixson ("Ag Gag" Litigation Update)   

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"Ag gag" statutes have been in the news lately as several Constitutional challenges have been filed against this type of statute.  Only a handful of states have passed this type of legislation, which seeks to prohibit trespassing on or providing false information to obtain employment at an agricultural operation.  Federal trial level courts in Idaho and Utah have found their respective state's "ag gag" statutes unconstitutional.  Additionally, a Wyoming federal court recently held that the First Amendment applied to a state statute there prohibiting trespassing on private property to collect resource data.

On today's episode, Ashley and I discuss these statutes, the background upon which they arose, and the recent litigation decisions in these court cases.

Contact info for Ashley Ellixson

(Email address) aellixson@UDAZ.ORG

(Twitter)  https://Model.blue/splash/Qrfv6nTmiTQNPWNwRjs4iysXnr3m4FGMH82sK14B5iBHRptsElGG9FF7QgHIPzwet96Rp4b1XU_SLASH_ONjoD_PLUS_Djv5CVQ_SLASH_YDHOd6iI2Dj97NGE9q7FEAFQx42TkfB9rbVfeIT

 

Links to topics mentioned on the show

- Ashley's prior podcast appearance 

- United Dairymen of Arizona

- What are ag gag laws?

- Blog post discussing Idaho decision

- Blog post discussing Utah decision

- National Dairy FARM program

 

 


          

Customer Care at it’s Core   

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Running a profitable business is anything but easy in today’s world, especially an agribusiness. If you do things right, you will succeed. If not, profitability—or lack thereof—can make you fail. You can try to control it or it 

can control you. And for many mid to large ranching operations, profitability can be one of their biggest challenges. The good news? The team at family-owned Rio Nutrition can partner with you to help improve your bottom line.

Rio Nutrition found its start 15 years ago in a small garage, in a very small town. Founded by an insignificant person in southwest Minnesota, it has grown exponentially to becoming a leading provider of cutting-edge nutrition products to the beef cow industry across North America.

Customer Service at Its Core

Rio Nutrition’s team is very committed to doing the right thing for each customer, including understanding and helping them overcome challenges that they are experiencing.

Evolving from product offerings of a single digestion ingredient in its recipes, today Rio Nutrition boasts a 16-component digestion powerhouse in every formula in its product base.  Over its 15-year-history, Rio replaced the sulfates and oxides in every recipe with a 100% protected trace mineral. Today, Rio Nutrition offers a full range of lick tubs and bagged loose minerals; highly concentrated with a low consumption and a strong focus on improving digestion.

While the company offers exceptional products, at the core of Rio Nutrition is its commitment and passion for partnering with their customers. This commitment was first exuded by Trevor Greenfield at the grassroots level when the company was first founded, and continues to flow right through the company until present day, resulting in a team that is dedicated to helping each and every customer meet their specific visions for their ranches.

“We still carry those same business values that we had at our beginning throughout the company and this includes the personal trust relationships we have with our customers,” Greenfield says. “We treat customers as individuals. We’re not peddling products. We are helping ranchers achieve what they are trying to achieve.”

Greenfield and his entire team at Rio Nutrition understand that there is something common to each customer’s goals: quite simply, profitability.

“In the early days of Rio Nutrition, we were very focused on the cost per head per day of our products. While that is still important and we continually want to help our customers save money, we are focused extensively on the profitability of each rancher’s business,” Greenfield says. “Yes, our products can help you save money, but more importantly, we can help you make money and help you improve the margin of your business. “

That is where the partnership mentality comes into Rio Nutrition’s business model—they ensure they align with each ranch, embracing their unique goals and the challenges they are facing, and work together to impact their bottom line.

“I started this business with a passion that has not gone away,” Greenfield says. “In that one-car garage where I started this company, I used to say, ‘If I can’t earn your business, I don’t deserve it.’ Many years later, we are still saying the same thing.”

More important than cost-effectiveness for the rancher, Greenfield and his team work with ranchers to help them improve conception rates, improve weaning weights ensuring more marketable pounds, and help ensure maximum utilization of forages that the rancher has available. “This is how we can positively impact the profitability of a ranch,” Greenfield says. “We are in the business of helping the profitability and sustainability of North America’s ranchers, and naturally we love what we do.”

“There’s not a week goes by that results don’t come pouring in—from conception rates to calving results to our service, consumption guarantee, and our delivery,” Greenfield says. “We enjoy sharing this feedback with our customers and potential customers – what people like them are actually experiencing with our company.” Over the years Rio Nutrition’s business has become far reaching—with customers dotting the landscape from Montana to Alberta, from Wyoming to South Dakota…and all across North America. 

New University Study Findings – Making Mediocre Hay into Good Hay with Nutrizorb

With the ever increasing awareness of this new concept gaining traction in the industry, the company was recently approached by Dr. Alfredo DiConstanzo, a professor of beef cattle management at the University of Minnesota, who was interested in studying the viability of the company’s Nutrizorb product. Simply put, Nutrizorb helps unlock the forages so the cattle can absorb far more nutrients. There are 16 key ingredients in the recipe, all designed for effective improved forage breakdown and increased nutrient extraction. As Greenfield explains, Nutrizorb is a digestive powerhouse that helps cows better utilize what they consume.

This exhaustive study by the University of Minnesota was performed by Dr. DiConstanzo to determine the effect that Nutrizorb has on digestibility on forages and grain.

After the study was completed, Greenfield spoke with DiConstanzo on the telephone in what he describes as an electric conversation! DiConstanzo said that he has done studies on many, many products to date but nothing has come close to the consistent effects of Nutrizorb, Greenfield relays. He further stated that product improves the TDN value of your forage and it can help ranchers do more with less. He said Nutrizorb can help you make early lactation hay (post calving hay) out of late gestation hay, which means we can make good hay out of mediocre or poor hay.

In the study, Dr. DiConstanzo established the cost difference between the poor hay and the better hay as $18 per ton, which translates to about a penny on a per pound basis. This proved that the value Nutrizorb delivers equates to 29 cents in making a 56% TDN product function  like a 59% TDN product. “So I can jump the quality of my hay from 56 to 59 by using Nutrizorb.” Says DiConstanzo, “Nutrizorb changes the dynamics of digestion.” Nutrizorb is not available as a single stand-alone ingredient, but rather is included in every tub and loose mineral Rio offers.

This study has proven the science behind what we are doing – that is, whether the market is tough or whether the market is good, it is always a good idea, especially in the ranching business, to get more out what you’ve got. That’s what Nutrizorb is doing.

Rio Nutrition’s core message to ranchers that there are ways to get more out of existing resources and to run more efficiently by making little tweaks that deliver big results.

 

Progressive Ranching

Rio Nutrition is passionate about partnering with mid to large sized progressive ranching operations with 500 plus head of cattle —ranchers who are eager to continually improve their profitability while staying on the cutting edge of the industry. Rio Nutrition ships direct to the ranch in full loads, half loads, and even encourages neighbors sharing loads when need be. Rio uses truck drivers who are passionate about what they do and who love to get out into ranch country. And the best news for ranchers is that delivery is free.

“We invite ranchers to reach out to Rio Nutrition in view of increasing conception rates, getting  more caught in the first cycle so you have more pounds to market in the fall, and get more out of your forages,” Greenfield says. “All of these things are tangible things we can do to help the profitability of a rancher’s business. They’re things we can control.”

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Behind the Lens #10: Bo and JRP   

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Hear a brief interview with Nikonians founders Bo Stahlbrandt and J. Ramon Palacios with "The Image Doctors" at the recent Nikonians ANPAT in Jackson, Wyoming.

Click here to download Nikonians Podcast #10 (NPC-2007-11-04; 10:46; 3.9MB, MP3 format).


          

Registered Respiratory Therapist | Geisinger   

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WILKES BARRE, Pennsylvania, JOB TITLE: Registered Respiratory Therapist LOCATION: Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center DEPARTMENT: Respiratory Therapy WORK SCHEDULE: Evenings/Nights; including every other weekend and every other holiday WORK TYPE: Full Time; 1.0 FTE; 80 hours bi-weekly   JOB SUMMARY: Assesses patients respiratory care needs based on a variety of data. Plans, organizes, performs and evaluates treatment modalities to meet those needs. Performs all duties to the highest level of patient care and maximum patient satisfaction, in accordance with the goals and objectives of the Geisinger Health System. Responsible for ensuring the very best patient/family experience by optimizing all customer interaction. Foster a positive work environment through mutual support and cooperation and adheres to GHS and unit specific Service Standards. Works under the general direction of the RCS Leadership Team.   COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS: Demonstrated ability to interact professionally at all levels within and outside of the organization. Demonstrated excellent oral and written communications skills. Demonstrated good organization skills. Demonstrates a cooperative attitude and be able to work in a team environment.   EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: Requires RRT or eligible for such; or graduate of a COARC accredited program in respiratory therapy with registry eligibility upon graduation. To be eligible for employment, individual must have successfully completed the RRT exam and possess or have verification of temporary permit or permanent license. Must maintain AHA BLS, ACLS, PALS and participate in departmental inservice programs. Must maintain current PA State license and NBRC credential. Must satisfy department orientation standards.   WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Work is performed in a clinical environment. Heavy lifting and transporting equipment and/or patients, possibly in excess of 200 pounds, is involved in job duties.   The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job.            OUR PURPOSE & VALUES: Everything we do is about caring for our patients, our members, our students, our Geisinger family and our communities. KINDNESS: We strive to treat everyone as we would hope to be treated ourselves. EXCELLENCE: We treasure colleagues who humbly strive for excellence. LEARNING: We share our knowledge with the best and brightest to better prepare the caregivers for tomorrow. INNOVATION : We constantly seek new and better ways to care for our patients, our members, our community, and the nation.   GEISINGER WYOMING VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER: (GWV), located in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., is an acute care hospital that is licensed for 274 beds, and houses the only Level II Trauma center in Luzerne County. The campus includes the Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Cancer Center, The Richard and Marion Pearsall Heart Hospital, the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Unit, a transplant program and the Brain & Spine Tumor Institute. Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre is GWV’s ambulatory campus.   About Geisinger One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit geisinger.org or connect with us on Facebook , Instagram , LinkedIn and Twitter .   ** Does not qualify for J-1 waiver.  We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status. *Domestic partner benefits not applicable at Geisinger Holy Spirit.

          

Patient Financial Counselor | Geisinger   

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WILKES BARRE, Pennsylvania, Job Title: Patient Financial Counselor Location: Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Department: Finance Work Schedule:  Days  M-F 8am – 4:30pm, No weekends or holidays Work Type: Full Time       Job Summary:   Provides financial counseling either in person or via telephone for all patients for designated areas; admissions-scheduled and/or elective, in/out surgeries and/or outpatient clinical services. Provides coordination and completion of patient billing and collection functions either at the time of the initial interview, prior to the services being rendered and/or after the insurance carrier has paid. Maintains a close working relationship with the staff of the assigned clinical departments, to ensure clear communication and handling of all patients’ financial needs. Provides accurate and efficient service to patients. Completes POS collections including co-payments, deductibles, and remaining estimated balances at point of service.   Performs duties to support the goals and objectives of the Geisinger Health System in its efforts to provide the highest level of quality patient care and patient satisfaction.   Directly accountable to the Supervisor, Revenue Cycle.      Competencies and Skills:   REVENUE MANAGEMENT KNOWLEDGE - Demonstrates the ability to understand and strive to meet Revenue Management targets; decrease overall A/R over 90 days, increase cash and affectivity work through and assist patients and/or providers with the Discounting Policies and/or Bad Debt Policies.   CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS - a series of activities designed to enhance the level of customer satisfaction, that is, the feeling that a product or service has met or exceeded the customer’s expectation. Consistent adherence to all GHS service standards, including but not limited to C.I. CARE.   CUSTOMER INTERACTION - knowledge of practices, tools, and techniques for communicating with a customer. May involve dealing with individuals with a range of moods and behaviors in a tactful, personal manner.   COMMUNICATION SKILLS - demonstrates oral, written, and electronic communication skills.   COMPUTER SKILLS - demonstrates basic navigation in a windows environment, and passwords and security. Accesses the internet, uses basic browser functionality, and understands policy on Internet usage. Demonstrates the ability to compose, send and read emails, understands email functionality and conventions related to replying.   BILLING SYSTEM KNOWLEDGE – demonstrates advanced knowledge of automated billing systems (EPIC, IDX, Siemens, Promise, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Navinet, Transunion, Presumptive Eligibility, Artiva, Carepricer, DIMS, Compass, CORE, SharePoint and Tower) preferred.   FINANCIAL SKILLS   OFFICE SKILLS - Demonstrates basic office skills including, but not limited to: phones, email, copying, faxing, filing, scheduling, mail, etc.   PAYER PRACTICES KNOWLEDGE – Stays abreast of regulatory and payer policy changes   INDEPENDENT WORK - In the position of a Business Service Coordinator, the individual must work independently or with limited supervision, with a consistent display of initiative, resourcefulness, problem solving skills, and the ability to retain information.   TEAM PLAYER - Must be able to work and communicate effectively in a team environment.     EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE :   High school diploma or equivalent required. Bachelor’s degree or Associate degree preferred.   Minimum of three years’ experience in Healthcare or insurance industry with a focus on Registration, Financial Services, or Customer Service required.   Obtain and maintain certification as a Certified Application Counselor, CAC within 6 months of hire. As a CAC, you are required to be able to provide information about insurance affordability programs and coverage options, assist in applying for coverage and insurance affordability programs in the Marketplace, and help facilitating enrollment in health coverage while complying with all state and federal guidelines.   Knowledge of billing requirements, financial counseling and payment options, and ability to collect upfront payments required.   Overall knowledge of the revenue cycle and accounts receivable required.   Bilingual ability preferred.   Experience with Patient Access ADT required.   Working Conditions/Physical Demands:   Position requires moderate physical demands including walking up to 1 mile per day on average, face-to-face patient interaction with combative patients and/or hostile work environment.   OUR PURPOSE & VALUES: Everything we do is about caring for our patients, our members, our students, our Geisinger family and our communities. KINDNESS: We strive to treat everyone as we would hope to be treated ourselves. EXCELLENCE: We treasure colleagues who humbly strive for excellence. LEARNING: We share our knowledge with the best and brightest to better prepare the caregivers for tomorrow. INNOVATION : We constantly seek new and better ways to care for our patients, our members, our community, and the nation.   About Geisinger One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit geisinger.org or connect with us on Facebook , Instagram , LinkedIn and Twitter .   ** Does not qualify for J-1 waiver.  We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status. *Domestic partner benefits not applicable at Geisinger Holy Spirit.

          

Registered Respiratory Therapist | Geisinger   

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WILKES BARRE, Pennsylvania, JOB TITLE: Registered Respiratory Therapist LOCATION: Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center DEPARTMENT: Respiratory Therapy WORK SCHEDULE: Days/Nights; including every other weekend and every other holiday WORK TYPE: Full Time; 0.9 FTE; 72 hours bi-weekly   JOB SUMMARY: Assesses patients respiratory care needs based on a variety of data. Plans, organizes, performs and evaluates treatment modalities to meet those needs. Performs all duties to the highest level of patient care and maximum patient satisfaction, in accordance with the goals and objectives of the Geisinger Health System. Responsible for ensuring the very best patient/family experience by optimizing all customer interaction. Foster a positive work environment through mutual support and cooperation and adheres to GHS and unit specific Service Standards. Works under the general direction of the RCS Leadership Team.   COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS: Demonstrated ability to interact professionally at all levels within and outside of the organization. Demonstrated excellent oral and written communications skills. Demonstrated good organization skills. Demonstrates a cooperative attitude and be able to work in a team environment.   EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: Requires RRT or eligible for such; or graduate of a COARC accredited program in respiratory therapy with registry eligibility upon graduation. To be eligible for employment, individual must have successfully completed the RRT exam and possess or have verification of temporary permit or permanent license. Must maintain AHA BLS, ACLS, PALS and participate in departmental inservice programs. Must maintain current PA State license and NBRC credential. Must satisfy department orientation standards.   WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Work is performed in a clinical environment. Heavy lifting and transporting equipment and/or patients, possibly in excess of 200 pounds, is involved in job duties.   The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job.            OUR PURPOSE & VALUES: Everything we do is about caring for our patients, our members, our students, our Geisinger family and our communities. KINDNESS: We strive to treat everyone as we would hope to be treated ourselves. EXCELLENCE: We treasure colleagues who humbly strive for excellence. LEARNING: We share our knowledge with the best and brightest to better prepare the caregivers for tomorrow. INNOVATION : We constantly seek new and better ways to care for our patients, our members, our community, and the nation.   GEISINGER WYOMING VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER: (GWV), located in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., is an acute care hospital that is licensed for 274 beds, and houses the only Level II Trauma center in Luzerne County. The campus includes the Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Cancer Center, The Richard and Marion Pearsall Heart Hospital, the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Unit, a transplant program and the Brain & Spine Tumor Institute. Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre is GWV’s ambulatory campus.   About Geisinger One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit geisinger.org or connect with us on Facebook , Instagram , LinkedIn and Twitter .   ** Does not qualify for J-1 waiver.  We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status. *Domestic partner benefits not applicable at Geisinger Holy Spirit.

          

Idaho Falls Veterinary Emergency Clinic - $20,000 Signing Bonus | Idaho Falls Veterinary Emergency Clinic   

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Idaho Falls, Idaho, Idaho Falls Veterinary Emergency Clinic is a rapidly growing emergency clinic serving all of South East Idaho, Western Wyoming, and the southern tip of Montana. IFVEC is a privately owned hospital with an ownership team committed to continual investment in the practice and providing exceptional care for our patients and clients. As of April 2020, we are the only 24/7 ECCM facility in the greater Eastern Idaho region.  The practice features a complete inhouse diagnostic suite including Idexx DR system and web pacs, Procytce, Catalyst, Coags, SnapshotDx (in house cortisol,) and Abaxis Istat for blood gases, pH, and iCa. We are also equipped with a Snyder ICU unit, Surgivet Anesthetic Ventilator, Parks Doppler units, a Pet Map, and Surgivet monitor including capnography for monitoring our surgical and critical care patients. We are proud to employ 6 certified veterinary technicians one of which is currently pursuing her VTS in ECCM. In addition to offering high quality emergency services to the community, we also have an in-house community canine blood bank allowing us a constant supply of pRBC and plasma; as well as on call feline donors. Besides being a great place to work, Idaho Falls is a wonderful place to call home. Despite an incredibly low cost of living, Idaho Falls has all the amenities of a bigger city. We have a wonderful downtown with great restaurants and entertainment/events most nights. There are also endless outdoor recreation opportunities including world class skiing, biking, climbing, fishing, and hunting all within a short drive. The right candidate would have emergency experience or several years experience in a busy primary care facility. However, with plans for structured mentorship, the right new graduate would be considered. Compensation is 25% production or $500/shift whichever is greater calculated per month with no negative accrual. Full time is 10 shifts per month allowing for plenty of time off. We also offer generous PTO (independent of production/month,) CE, a 401K w/ 4% match, and a HRA (health reimbursement arrangement.) We’re also happy to offer a $20,000 signing bonus with two-year commitment. Please email resume and cover letter to Chris Bailey, DVM – bailey@ifvec.com.

          

Democrats are Waging War Against Tradition and the Constitution    

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Several of the 2020 Democratic primary candidates favored the abolishment of the Electoral College. Or, as once-confident candidate Elizabeth Warren put it, "I plan to be the last American president to be elected by the Electoral College."

Furor over the Electoral College among the left arose from the 2000 and 2016 elections. Al Gore and Hillary Clinton, respectively, won the popular votes. But, like three earlier presidents, they lost the Electoral College voting  and with it the presidency.

The Founding Fathers saw a purpose in the Electoral College. It ensured that small, rural states would retain importance in national elections.

The Electoral College lessened the chance of voting fraud affecting the outcome of a national vote by compartmentalizing the outcome among the various states. It usually turns the presidential election into a contest between two major parties that alone have the resources to campaign nationwide.

The college is antithetical to the parliamentary systems of Europe. There, a multiplicity of small extremist parties form and break coalitions to select heads of state, often without transparency.

Yet to change the U.S. Constitution is hard  and by intent.

Historically, an amendment has required a two-thirds vote of both houses of Congress and an additional ratification by three-fourths of the states through votes of their legislatures.

There is a chance that some states could render void the Electoral College without formally amending the Constitution.

To circumvent the Constitution, Democrats have pushed "The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact," an agreement among a group of states that would force state electors to vote in accordance with the national popular vote and ignore their own state tallies. Already, 15 states totaling 73 percent of the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the presidency have joined.

Liberal academics have an array of proposed constitutional changes. Why do two Wyoming senators each represent about 290,000 voters while each California senator represents 20 million?

Forget that the founders established a constitutional republic, not a radical democracy, in order to check and balance popular and often volatile public opinion. One way was by creating an upper-house Senate that would slow down the pulse of the more populist House of Representatives.

Nevertheless, there is an ongoing effort to dream up ways to create more, and apparently liberal, senators  to change the rules rather than the hearts and minds of the voters.

In his recent eulogy at John Lewis's funeral, Barack Obama proposed giving statehood to liberal Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. That would instantly give Democrats four additional senators.

Others want senators allotted by population. That was the argument in a recent Atlantic article titled "The Path to Give California 12 Senators, and Vermont Just One."

There is nothing in the Constitution that specifies the exact size and makeup of the Supreme Court. It only offers guidance on how justices are appointed and confirmed, and that there will be a chief justice. But since 1869, the Supreme Court has been fixed at eight associate justices and one chief justice.

Democratic primary candidates Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Beto O'Rourke and Elizabeth Warren said they would consider ending that 151-year tradition and "pack" the court with additional justices in the fashion of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's failed 1937 effort.

The left is apparently afraid of a second Donald Trump presidential term that might allow him four or five Supreme Court picks over eight years in office.

The effect of such appointments could be mitigated by expanding the court to 12 or more justices, along with altering the rules for selecting them.

In his eulogy for Lewis, Obama also called for an end to the Senate filibuster. He claimed it was a racist relic from the Jim Crow era used to stymie needed social change.

Given recent polling, Obama now apparently believes Trump will lose the election, and Congress with it. But he also seems to fear that fundamental progressive transformation could be checked by a filibuster-happy Republican Senate minority.

Democrats were perfectly happy with the filibuster  or the mere threat of the filibuster  from 2017 to 2019, when the Democratic Senate minority blocked much of the Trump agenda.

Efforts to change time-honored rules for short-term gain are becoming more common.

Sanctuary cities nullify federal immigration law to empower illegal immigration. The nonenforcement of laws against rioting and looting has become common in big cities. The First Amendment is inert on college campuses.

The left should beware. Politics are volatile and often change. When Democrats destroy longstanding rules for short-term advantage, they may regret it when they too are in need of sober traditions and the U.S. Constitution.


Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the author, most recently, of "The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern." You can reach him by e-mailing author @ victorhanson.com.

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AGCA: 42 states report construction employment   

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Forty-two states added construction jobs between June 2018 and June 2019, while construction employment increased in 30 states from May to June, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data. Association officials said the new construction employment data demonstrates the need for new federal investments in career and technical education programs, along with immigration reform. 

California added the most construction jobs over the year (40,300 jobs, 4.7 percent), followed by Texas (39,500 jobs, 5.4 percent), Florida (25,800 jobs, 4.8 percent), Arizona (18,200 jobs, 11.6 percent) and Georgia (12,700 jobs, 6.5 percent). West Virginia added the highest percentage of construction jobs over 12 months (19.8 percent, 8,100 jobs), followed by Wyoming (14.1 percent, 2,800 jobs), Arizona and Alaska (10.3 percent, 1,600 jobs). Construction employment reached a record high in four states: Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas.

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Where are the Best Dude Ranches?   

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Best Dude Ranches


There are hundreds of dude ranches across the globe. How could you possibly filter through them all and narrow the options down to the best dude ranches? Scrap the ones that aren’t all-inclusive -the ones that are going to charge you for every activity and meal separately. Keep the ones that have a genuine, friendly Western welcome with staff, food, accommodations, facilities and activities to authenticate it. You would still need to sort through the, again, HUNDREDS of ranches. So, the Dude Ranchers’ Association did the leg work to make it easy for you! The DRA has 95+ approved member ranches. These ranches go through a rigorous 2-year long application process to ensure that they are of the highest standard in the dude ranching industry. They are all all-inclusive (i.e. meals, lodging, and most activities), have a main focus on horseback riding, and offer a vacation experience like no other destination!


Let’s explore the best dude ranches by state and province!


Arizona

Best Dude Ranches


Arizona is home to some of the most colorful characters in American history: Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Pancho Villa, Billy the Kid, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Staying at an Arizona ranch puts you right in the middle of that rich history. Explore nearby gold mines, ghost towns, and hideouts, even Skeleton Canyon where Geronimo finally surrendered. Your Arizona ranches provide an authentic ranch experience. Guests may ride over grasslands, through Saguaro studded desert and along mountain trails morning, afternoon, and into the sunset. Sunsets in Arizona are not to be missed – they are the most dramatic and breathtaking in the country. A sunny day in the saddle, a brilliant sunset with a margarita on the patio and a hearty home-cooked dinner will make your Arizona dude ranch day complete!


Arkansas

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Typical Arkansas vacation ranch activities include horseback riding, caving, and rock climbing. Searching for Native American arrowheads is also popular, as is exploring National Parks and Wilderness Areas. Unlike many states, mechanized vehicles are not allowed in any Arkansas Wilderness Area, and a lovely quiet pervades. Guests of Arkansas Dude Ranches ride horses, canoe, and hike through this wilderness, sometimes feeling as if they were the first to ever do so. Arkansas has a long tradition of welcoming guests to the state. People have traveled to Hot Springs and the surrounding area for over a century to soak themselves in the restorative thermal waters. Try a different type of restorative therapy - lots of fresh air and activity at an Arkansas dude ranch.


British Columbia

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British Columbia is a remarkable place. It stretches from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, Washington state to the Yukon and Alaska. Some of the wildest, most rugged mountains on the continent are found here; indeed, the Coast Range has been dubbed the Himalayas of the west. Tall, rocky peaks tumble down into valleys that rival the Grand Canyon in depth, width, and magnificence. Those who journey here are richly rewarded. Consider a dude ranch vacation in British Columbia, one of the most striking parts of the world!


California

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California conjures images of sun-kissed beaches, foggy San Francisco Bay, and giant redwood forests. The diversity of the state is unmatched by any other in the nation. Luxury dude ranch vacations in the state of California may include fly fishing, river rafting, and panning for gold. Guests may explore the land on bikes, watch birds, or rock climb. In addition, California vacation ranches offer their guests an authentic ranch experience. Guests may ride over grasslands and along mountain trails morning, afternoon, and at sunset. They may even participate in cattle round-ups and cattle drives, just like true cowboys.


Colorado

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Colorado is known for its natural beauty. Much of Western Colorado is covered by the Rocky Mountains, where more than 50 mountain peaks reach over 14,000 feet. The eastern third of the state is the start of the high plains. Evergreen and aspen forests, deep canyons, and sand dunes - all are found in the state. Colorado dude ranch vacations are as varied as the ranches. Some focus on horseback riding, with trail riding and rodeo taking center stage. Some are all about luxury - the food, the lodging, the spa. Most offer a variety of activities for all ages: hiking, rafting, biking, skiing, riding, and fishing. All Colorado Dude Ranches specialize in creating unforgettable vacations full of fresh air, activity, and friends.


Idaho

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Idaho is comprised of rugged and beautiful terrain that stretches from British Columbia to Nevada and Wyoming. The Rocky Mountains cover much of the eastern border of the state, while Hell's Canyon, the deepest canyon in the country, is found along the Oregon and Washington border. Idaho is a lovely spot for a dude ranch vacation, for the wilderness beckons. Ride through grasslands and along forested trails. Head into the mountains, follow a stream bed, and spend a week as a cowboy. Everywhere there is fresh air and a beautiful natural setting, perfect for a luxury ranch vacation.


Montana

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Variously known as "The Big Sky State" and "The Last Best Place", Montana is truly a state of vast open spaces, incredible wilderness, and stunning scenery. It seems the proper place for a dude ranch vacation; and Montana dude ranches do take advantage of their spectacular surroundings, leading guests into national parks, through the Rocky Mountains, and across the prairie lands. Some dude ranches in Montana offer guests the opportunity to drive cattle like a real cowboy. Others specialize in sharing the wonders of fly fishing on pristine rivers and mountain streams. Some shower guests in luxury, spa packages and gourmet meals; others make you feel like a part of the family, with homestyle meals and marshmallow roasts around fire pits. Whatever your idea of the perfect dude ranch vacation, you will surely find it in Montana!


New Mexico

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There is much to see in New Mexico, from the wondrous Carlsbad Caverns to the Black Range Mountains and the brilliant gypsum dunes of White Sands National Monument. Guests of New Mexico dude ranches have a unique opportunity to explore the land and gain insight into the culture. They offer guests a chance to experience the cowboy life, with a bit more luxury if desired. Become a ranch hand and participate in rugged cattle drives, or ride along miles of fence looking for breaks in need of repair. After a day in the saddle, revel in simple luxuries such as soaking sore muscles in a hot tub or stretching out by a fire under a vast canopy of stars. Now that's a vacation!


Oregon

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Oregon is breathtaking, plain and simple. Western Oregon is cool and green, while Eastern Oregon is dry and vast. Mountains stand in the middle, running north to Washington state and south to California. A stay at a luxury Oregon dude ranch allows guests time and leisure to explore some of the natural beauty of this state. It stands to reason that vacations at Oregon dude ranches include a wide variety of outdoor recreation. Go horseback riding on forested trails and through grassland. Experience the thrill of fly fishing on a private stretch of water, with mountains tall in the distance. Hike into one of Oregon's many wilderness areas or along a stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail, or rock climb up a sheer cliff. There is whitewater rafting spring through fall, and skiing in the winter.


Washington

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The diverse natural beauty of the state encourages outdoor recreation. There are four volcanos in the Cascades which range in elevation from 8,300 feet to over 14,400. The Olympic Peninsula, west of Puget Sound, is home to the Olympic National Park, Hoh Rain Forest, and long stretches of wild, wind-swept Pacific beaches. Eastern Washington boasts sunshine, world-class wineries, and vast open spaces. Time spent at a Washington dude ranch will inevitably include outdoor recreation. Imagine horseback riding through grassland ringed by mountains or deep into evergreen forests. Additional activities may include angling in lakes or rivers, tubing down a river, biking or hiking. A dude ranch vacation in Washington is an ideal way to reconnect with nature, bond with family, and make new friends!


Wyoming

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The Rocky Mountains meet the High Plains in the state of Wyoming. This is true cowboy country with few people and vast, open spaces. The bulk of Yellowstone National Park is in Northwest Wyoming. Many Wyoming dude ranches include excursions into Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park. Hundreds of trails traverse the parks, providing access to deep backcountry areas, remote lakes, and scenic overlooks. Moose, elk, and bear inhabit this stunning area and are frequently spotted during guided excursions. These ranches may be rustic or luxurious. Guests may ride all day and herd cattle or soak in a hot tub and enjoy a massage. Activities may range from horseback rides through the mountains to fly-fishing to river rafting. Wyoming dude ranches strive to create the perfect vacation for guests.


Whether your perfect dude ranch is in Arkansas, Washington, or somewhere in between, we’re sure that it will be one of our DRA approved ranches! There is a little cowboy in all of us. Come find yours today!


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Vacation Destinations that Offer a Digital Detox – Dude and Guest Ranches   

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The infamous COVID-19 has really caused an upheaval in our everyday lives and especially our travel plans for spring and early summer 2020. We don’t know about you, but being in quarantine for 30+ days, and doing our best to practice social distancing, has created an even stronger bond between our electronic devices and our hands…worse than before! We live in a world where everything we want and need to know is at our fingertips. News, funny pictures videos and messages from family and friends comes to us in a matter of seconds and the convenience cannot be beaten. Recently it feels like it all we do is stare at our devices. We all hope that COVID-19 will soon pass and our “normalcy” will start again; we will be able to leave our houses, get back to work, take a vacation and take some time away from our devices – a digital detox is just what you will need! If you are looking for a vacation destination that offers the best practices for a digital detox, look no further than a dude or guest ranch, it does not get any better! Take a look at some ranches below that specialize in digital detox vacations and start planning yours today!


Dude and Guest Ranches that Offer a Digital Detox


Badger Creek Ranch ~ Colorado


Badger Creek Ranch digital detox


At Badger Creek Ranch, you will experience the true definition of social distancing and digital detoxing. With capacity for only eight guests, you will find yourself in an intimate setting with special detail to personalization and fun! Badger Creek Ranch is a working cattle ranch and if you decide to vacation here, you will leave your devices behind and head out to help the cowboys with their daily work, if you choose of course. This vacation can be as interactive or relaxing as you desire. You can move cattle on horseback from one pasture to the next, fix fence, gather eggs from the chicken house among other ranch activities. You will have comfortable accommodations and great home-cooked meals to come back to at the end of your busy days. You will be so entertained here you will not have time for your devices, and honestly, they will be a bit hard to use, cell phone service and internet are pretty much non-existent here! Unplug from your everyday life and enjoy all that Badger Creek Ranch has to offer.


Absaroka Ranch ~ Wyoming


Absaroka Ranch digital detox


Escape to Absaroka Ranch and enjoy the serenity and beauty of the Absaroka mountains in Wyoming. The horseback riding and fly-fishing opportunities here will be something you remember forever, along with the rustic cabins, fabulous food and warm hospitality from your hosts, the Betts family. Absaroka Ranch is a hearty 15 miles from the closest town and several of those miles are a dirt road. At this ranch, you will escape the realities of everyday life and reconnect with nature and those around you. The beautiful surrounding landscape of this ranch is something you probably once saw on your devices, but when you vacation here you won’t have to live vicariously through a screen, you will be right in the middle of it. Absaroka is far out of cell phone service and internet is scare. The ranch does have a landline in case you need to check in with anyone. Once you arrive at the ranch, you will be swept away into the peaceful environment and detox from much more than just your devices. Come enjoy this incredible family operated ranch in the wilds of Wyoming.


Broken Arrow Lodge and Guest Ranch ~ Montana


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At Broken Arrow Lodge and Guest Ranch in Montana is where you will find some of Montana’s most beautiful country. Nestled in the Ruby Valley, Broken Arrow provides a setting that is perfect for a digital detox. Enjoy comfortable lodge rooms, delicious meals, wonderful hosts and activities that will keep everyone busy all day long. Horseback riding and fly-fishing are the main activities on this ranch, but hiking, bird watching, children’s programs and more are available. If you want to head to the mountains for more than just a couple of hours on horseback, you can also book one of Broken Arrow’s famous pack trips. Truly indulge yourself in nature, get escape the hustle and bustle (including electricity) and just enjoy the fresh mountain air, great company, trusty horses and meals cooked over a campfire. We all know if there is no electricity, there is no Wi-Fi and if you are in the mountains, you can almost guarantee there is no cell phone reception! Take some time off from your digital world and detox at this great ranch.


Western Pleasure Guest Ranch ~ Idaho


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If you are looking for a family-oriented, small and intimate dude ranch, Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is a great place to vacation that will include a digital detox for the whole family! At Western Pleasure, there will be no time for devices! Amazing activities like river rafting, mountain biking, horseback riding, shooting sports are available and everyone, from the grandparents to the kiddos, will be busy enjoying all this ranch has to offer. This is truly a multi-generational destination, even if the adults choose not to participate in all the activities they can relax and be at ease knowing that their family is happy and enjoying something other than a game, video or social media app on some sort of device. At Western Pleasure, you will experience top-notch hospitality from the Schoonover family, delicious meals for every palate, well-trained horses, activities for the entire family, digital detox and beautiful mountain landscapes of Northern Idaho.


Flat Creek Ranch~ Wyoming


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When you vacation at Flat Creek Ranch, cell phone reception and internet are truly non-existent, and that is just the way they like it. We promise you though, you won’t need or want either type of reception when you are at this ranch. You will be far too busy enjoying the woodfire hot tub or sauna, fly-fishing the stream that flows right in front of your cabin, paddle boarding or swimming in the lake, riding horses and making memories that you will never forget. Flat Creek Ranch is where you visit to truly unplug and reconnect. You will reconnect with clean food, nature and the 13 other people that surround you, that is if the ranch is full. With capacity for only 14 guests, this ranch is intimate and is your personal playground. You will truly understand the definition of “backcountry” by the time you leave the ranch and you will be more refreshed than you could ever imagine. Flat Creek is a ranch that operates “off-the-grid”. The ranch is powered by a series of solar panels and is one of the most eco-friendly and sustainable vacation destinations you will find. This beautiful ranch will make you want to have a digital detox more often! Your days here will probably go by much faster than you would like but remember you can always come back, and most people do!


Sweet Grass Ranch ~ Montana


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Adventure in the Big Sky State and Sweet Grass Ranch in Montana. This family-owned and operated working cattle ranch lies close to Yellowstone National Park and provides ample opportunities for digital detoxing, reconnecting with nature and family and fulfilling your inner cowboy and cowgirl! If you want to be involved in a true cattle drive, be sure to check out Sweet Grass’s website, they only do these a couple of times a year but it is an experience you will talk about for years to come! Along with horseback riding and cattle work, Sweet Grass also has pristine fly-fishing and hiking opportunities, water sports (they have a natural water slide!), fun for the kids and so much more! This is the perfect ranch for a family that is looking to be introduced to the western way of life and wants to detox from their devices. The folks at Sweet Grass will keep everyone busy and away from their screens.


K Diamond K Ranch ~ Washington


K Diamond K Ranch digital detox


Open all year long and the perfect family-friendly and digital detox atmosphere are what the K Diamond K Ranch in Washington provides. Well, that and a whole lot of fun! Horseback riding, fishing, panning for gold and mountain biking are just a few of the activities you will experience at K Diamond K. Don’t forget though, these activities are not always available due to weather but even when the weather isn’t cooperating, the hosts and staff at the ranch will make sure you get the absolute most out of your vacation. Comfortable cabins will help you get the rest you need for the next day of adventures and wonderful meals will keep you fueled up and ready to go. No matter what time of year you decide to visit the K Diamond K Ranch, your vacation will include an abundance of time outdoors, trying and learning new things that screens and devices will be the last thing on your mind.


Rainbow Trout Ranch ~ Colorado


Rainbow Trout Ranch digital detox


Grab the family and head out on your digital detox vacation at Rainbow Trout Ranch. The Van Berkum family will be sure that everyone is entertained and enjoy great Western activities. Try your hand at team sorting (working cattle in an arena), shooting sports, fly-fishing and of course horseback riding. The children’s program at Rainbow Trout is incredible and the kiddos will be very busy building new friendships and learning new things! That is the great part about dude ranches, they are not just a fun, memorable vacation, they are also very educational and this kind of education doesn’t require a screen! Enjoy the beautiful scenery of southern Colorado, friendly company, cozy cabins, fantastic meals and everything else that this ranch has to offer. This is truly a great family ranch that will bring your group together and make memories that you never could have imagined. Grab the entire family and embark on a vacation that will leave make the group want to leave all devices and explore the great outdoors. After being cooped up in quarantine, they will all be ready for a dude ranch vacation!


No matter what ranch you choose, whether it is one of the ranches listed above or if it is one of the other 90+ ranches the Dude Ranchers’ Association has to offer, at DRA ranches you will find the best atmosphere for a digital detox. We know that you might not be ready to venture out and travel yet with everything still going on in the world, but the best part about dude ranch vacations is they will all still be waiting when you are ready! Start planning your dude ranch and digital detox vacation today; contact the Dude Ranchers’ Association and they will help you get started.


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10 Luxury Dude Ranches for Your Next Vacation   

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Are you looking for a fun and entertaining vacation, but also want a relaxing and luxurious getaway at the same time? Luxury dude ranches are the vacation you have been searching for! These ranches offer a great atmosphere of adventure and relaxation all at the same time. Want to bring the kids along? Most luxury dude ranches have a great kid’s programs where the children can interact with other children their age and make memories to last a lifetime while the adults can also have their alone time to relax. If you’re on the other end of the spectrum and prefer an adult-only getaway, it’s best to book in the shoulder seasons or during a specialty week. Whatever experience you’re looking for; these DRA approved luxury dude ranches will fit the bill of a fantastic vacation for the whole family.




Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort - Solvang, California


Located in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country is a 10,000-acre, working cattle ranch and full-service resort: The Alisal Guest Ranch. The rows of sycamores along the ranch driveway welcome you into your warm and inviting cabin. After a satisfying breakfast, go for a trail ride through the stunning rolling hills where you’ll pass cows grazing in the fields or play a round of golf on one of the two 18-hole courses on the property. The spa and pool will be waiting for you once you return to the ranch in the afternoon. Finish your day off by enjoying a glass of wine or cocktail in the bar and one of the best dinners you will ever have!


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C Lazy U Ranch - Granby, Colorado


C Lazy Guest Ranch prides itself on its personalized 5-star service, professional horsemanship programs, first-class amenities, enriching children's programs, gourmet dining, and luxury accommodations (as they should!). Nestled in the heart of Colorado’s notorious Rocky Mountains, they offer the picturesque luxury ranch experience that people dream of. As a year-round ranch, they are the perfect destination for both summer and winter getaways offering limitless activities from cross-country skiing to Orvis endorsed fly-fishing. Whether you’re looking for a family adventure or a romantic getaway, C Lazy U will be sure to impress!


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Red Reflet Guest Ranch - Ten Sleep, Wyoming


Red Reflet Guest Ranch is the definition of luxury. Guest’s chalets include a full kitchen, hot tub, and steam showers. Spend your day working cattle, fishing on private streams, and exploring the 25,000-acre property on an ATV. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you will be one of the few people to experience Red Reflet’s gourmet dining -- many of the kitchen’s ingredients come straight from the ranch’s butcher shop, organic greenhouse and gardens! Don’t miss out on the exclusive cooking classes offered by the ranch’s 5-star chef so you can recreate these delectable meals at home!


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Hubbard's Six Quarter Circle Ranch - Emigrant, Montana


Do you want a working ranch experience with world-class luxuries? Hubbard’s Six Quarter Circle Ranch in Montana may be the place for you. Guests actively participate in ranch work, whether it's pushing cattle to higher greener pastures, throwing salt, or fixing fence. But don’t worry, it’s not all work; many people brag about Hubbard’s famed massages that you won’t want to miss out on! And after a long day of work, every cowboy and cowgirl deserves a good beer in the bar while a juicy filet mignon steak with all the trimmings is prepared in the kitchen.


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Rancho de los Caballeros - Wickenburg, Arizona


Want to escape somewhere warm and sunny this year? Let Rancho de los Caballeros spoil you with their upscale amenities and endless activities on your next Arizona getaway. This ranch is the ideal Southwest retreat with 20,000-acres of open range to explore by horseback and a full spa and salon to enjoy after a long morning in the sun. Adventure through the desert by ATV, tee off on the 18-hole championship golf course (while the “mini ranchers” play at the Kids Club), or spend a much-needed day doing nothing by the heated pool, preferably with a margarita in hand!


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The Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley - Colorado Springs, Colorado


You may not get much more luxurious than The Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley. Just a short ride up the mountain from the ever-famous Broadmoor sits the beautiful Ranch at Emerald Valley, a distinct western experience. This ranch is certainly in the high-end rustic retreat category. So, if you are in search of an extremely highly-rated luxury dude ranch for a romantic getaway or family vacation, don’t miss this ranch. Here, you can experience a variety of high-class activities along with a full-service spa. Your vacation here will be the perfect mix of western charm and a top-quality resort. An abundance of activities and great memories await you and your chosen travel partners at The Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley.


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Lost Creek Ranch - Moose, Wyoming


Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole are known for their extravagance. Placed between these two locations and equally as magnificent is Lost Creek Ranch. Offering open-air massages with views of the Tetons, the spa at Lost Creek is one that will surely put your city’s spa to shame. Float the infamous Snake River, hike and horseback ride in the Tetons, or take a tour of Yellowstone -- all once-in-a-lifetime experiences you won’t want to miss out on! At the end of the day, settle down in your own cozy, log cabin where you will drift to sleep in the comforts of home listening to the cool mountain breeze or crackling fireplace.


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Lone Mountain Ranch - Big Sky, Montana


Lone Mountain Ranch sits at the base of the mountains in Big Sky, Montana just north of Yellowstone. The ranch welcomes families of all ages to join in on their western way of life. The Lone Mountain dining options will surely impress you with their high-quality Rocky Mountain cuisine including Kobe beef, elk, and vegetarian selections. Experience a long refreshing hike into the surrounding Gallatin Mountains, a horseback ride up to the mountain tops and gaze over the stunning canyons, or take advantage of their guided canoe trips. Whatever your definition of relaxation and rejuvenation may be, the luxury of Lone Mountain Ranch will help you escape reality and help you to truly enjoy your vacation and time away.


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4UR Ranch - Creede, Colorado


Can you imagine a place more luxurious than a vacation with a natural hot spring right on site? The 4UR Ranch in Colorado is home to two historical natural hot springs that supply the warm water for their hot tub and other pools. The ranch was constructed around these natural wonders to make sure no damage was made and to preserve history. The healing waters provide serene relaxation and many people believe the waters are a natural healer. The ranch has much more to offer than just their top-notch spa; they have horseback rides, incredible cuisine for all ages, great fly-fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and more! Take a wonderful family vacation this year and have luxury meet you at the door at the 4UR Ranch.


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Mountain Sky Guest Ranch - Emigrant, Montana


Located 30 miles from Yellowstone National Park, is Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, a prime luxury dude ranch destination for both families and couples. There is something for everyone to do here. Whether you are an avid horseback rider, enjoy fly-fishing or archery, want to play a round of golf at the on-site golf course, or spend an incredible day in Yellowstone, you will not run out of activities on this vacation! Their truly impressive kids’ program will ensure that kids of all ages also enjoy the vacation of a lifetime. You won’t worry about a thing while at Mountain Sky; book the trip, pack your bags, and prepare yourself for a vacation filled with excitement, relaxation, and memories no one will soon forget!


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Best Vacation Destinations for Kids   

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Finding a vacation that the whole family will love is more of a task than it should be. There are very few places that a toddler, teenager, parents, and grandparents would all enjoy. When you vacation at a dude ranch there’s something for absolutely everyone to enjoy. While the grownups are off on an all-day horseback ride or ATV adventure, the kids will be kept busy on adventures of their own with new friends in the ranch’s kids’ program. These programs allow parents to be able to relax and enjoy a wonderful vacation with kids. Keep reading to learn more about a few of DRA member ranches’ kids’ programs and to get a better idea of what your kids’ dude ranch vacation will look like!


Wind River Guest Ranch - Estes Park, Colorado


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Everyone is always taken care of at Wind River Guest Ranch, making it a stress-free, fun vacation for everyone. They understand that life is generally busy and aim to create a restorative vacation experience for the whole family starting with the kids. Whether you have an infant that needs swooning or a teen that needs room to explore, this ranch has a program for everyone with great counselors to supervise their adventures! Wind River Ranch will entertain everyone in the family and the activities will ensure that the kids (and parents!) will sleep great every night!


CM Ranch - Dubois, Wyoming


Best Vacation for Kids


Children of all ages are able to experience the exciting Western ranch traditions at the CM Ranch. Horseback riding, roping dummy steers, and plenty of other activities will keep kids and teenagers all interested and having fun. They may spend an afternoon exploring nearby ancient Indian petroglyphs, visit the local fish hatchery, and compete in ping pong tournaments and lawn games. A family vacation at the CM Ranch could be the getaway your family has been long searching for!


Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch - Parshall, Colorado


Best Vacation for Kids


At Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch, each day begins with feeding the animals at the petting zoo and most days end with sliding down the pool’s waterslide. During the day, counselors will lead a full-day schedule of unforgettable activities like treasure hunts, fishing, and gold panning. Children will gain confidence as they learn to take command of the reins and learn how to handle their horse with the direction of the wranglers. The kid's program is available every day and is parent and teen-friendly, so come join the fun, or feel free to give yourselves some space, enjoy new friends and then meet back up after to tell stories of your day’s adventures!


Majestic Dude Ranch - Mancos, Colorado


Best Vacation for Kids


All kids ages six and up are able to ride out on the trails at Majestic Dude Ranch while younger kids are given the option to ride in the arena. Aside from riding, kids pan for gold, play laser tag in the Old Western Town, learn to shoot bows and arrows, spend time supervised in the pool, take part in a rodeo, and fulfill their dream to sleep under the stars in a Teepee Village. While your kids will probably need a bath before going to bed, they will definitely sleep well each night. If a child has special needs, dietary, medical, or otherwise, just let the ranch know in advance and they will make sure one or two counselors are especially attentive to those needs.


Averill's Flathead Lake Ranch - Big Fork, Montana


Best Vacations Destinations for Kids


Kids truly enjoy their week at Averill’s Flathead Lake Ranch. Each day the younger kids are able to take pony rides led by a family member and wrangler. Children also have the opportunity to help brush, handle, and care for the horses. Activities coincide with adult trail rides throughout the week, so your child can be having fun while you’re off on your own adventure. At the lake, teens can spend the afternoon wakeboarding, water skiing, or knee boarding-- a great opportunity for first-time skiers! The pool is always a great spot to lounge on hot afternoons, along with the canoes and kayaks which are always available. Laser tag is always a fun activity for teens and parents alike! Guests head out to a mountain course where teams compete on rugged terrain. Climbing in trees, hiding behind boulders, and laying in tall grass brings out the kid in every participant!


Red Horse Mountain Ranch - Harrison, Idaho


Best Vacations Destinations for Kids


The kid-friendly environment at Red Horse Mountain Ranch lets you see your children’s confidence bloom as they experience the wealth of exciting adventures. Imagine watching the joy in your child’s face as they soar 50 feet in the air on the “flying squirrel”, command a horse on scenic trail rides, and, with a little help from the guides, scramble 60 feet up the climbing wall and ring the bell at the top! Here, kids learn to kayak, shoot a bow and arrow, ride a horse, and go for bike rides. The kid wranglers will keep them safe so you can relax, knowing they are in good hands. Parents and grandparents are welcome to join in on their fun or wander off to find their own adventures.


Tanque Verde Ranch - Tucson, Arizona


Best Vacations Destinations for Kids


Upon arrival at Tanque Verde Ranch, kids join a program based on their age. Young riders will learn the basics through a variety of horse activities and may be advanced based on ability. During the day, the ranch’s activities will engage, educate, and entertain, in addition to teaching kids the importance of working together. The activities include horseback riding, tennis, hiking, arts and crafts, swimming, and nature programs, just to name a few. Tanque Verde’s caring and knowledgeable team will ensure a safe and fun experience for your child, making it a relaxing vacation for the adults as well!


Hunewill Circle H Guest Ranch - Bridgeport, California


Best Vacations Destinations for Kids


Horseback riding is the main attraction at Hunewill Circle H Guest Ranch. The ranch offers a full ranch experience, including evening activities such as talent night, family dance night, and barbecues on the creek. The minimum riding age for children is six years old; younger children who are capable of being led on horseback are led by the ranch’s babysitter. A babysitter is available to watch your child while the grownups are riding. This child care is also included in your child's rate!


One of the hidden gems of dude ranches is the fact that all of the ranches in the Dude Ranchers’ Association are all-inclusive. What does this mean exactly? This means that lodging, meals, and most activities are all included in one price. Many dude ranches have great kids’ programs to keep everyone in your family entertained and the memories created at dude ranches will be talked about for years to come! Still need help deciding on a dude ranch to visit? Contact us today! info@duderanch.org 307-587-2339


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9 Dude Ranches for Your Next Fly-Fishing Adventure   

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Do you dream of casting your line into the Rocky Mountain waters to see if the fish are as big and beautiful as people say? Then we have the perfect places for you! Whether you’re a beginner or self-proclaimed professional, these 9 dude ranches will be the ultimate location for your next fly-fishing adventure:


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Paradise Guest Ranch| Buffalo, Wyoming


Grab your fishing rod and head to Paradise Guest Ranch, where three blue- and five red-ribbon streams are waiting for you! Some of these streams have 300-600 pounds of trout per mile just waiting to be caught. Stop by the fly shop to get your fishing license, gear, or to sign up for a guided fishing trip. Don’t forget to ask about Paradise’s scheduled clinics and classes to learn different tips and tricks for Wyoming fly-fishing--anglers of all ages will surely come away having learned some helpful techniques.


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Gros Ventre River Ranch | Moose, Wyoming


Gros Ventre River Ranch is located between Grand Teton National Park and Jackson, Wyoming, making it a prime fly-fishing destination. This beautiful ranch has two miles of private water fishing where you can catch cutthroat trout, rainbows, cut bows, and whitefish (all non-stocked). Don’t want to go down to the river? The ranch also has two private ponds stocked with cutthroat trout just waiting to be caught! Whether you consider yourself a novice or an avid fly-fisherman, Gros Ventre River Ranch will surely be an experience you won’t want to miss!


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Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch | McLeod, Montana


Find your peace and solitude just 24 miles north of Yellowstone National Park at Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch in Montana. This ranch has private access to the Boulder River which has a healthy wild trout population as well as rainbows and brook trout. Fisherman can enjoy walking or wading in as the river has a relatively low gradient. The river is catch and release, but for the authentic Western experience, you can catch fish in the pond to eat!


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Blacktail Ranch | Wolf Creek, Montana


Blacktail Ranch in Montana offers a memorable fly-fishing experience with half and full-day trips to multiple rivers in the region. The south fork of the Dearborn River flows right through the ranch and is perfect for small water fishing. Two larger blue-ribbon rivers are located close by: the Dearborn River in the northwest and the Missouri River in the southeast. Whether you enjoy fishing in small mountain streams or casting your line across a wide river, the Blacktail Ranch will be gratifying for any fisherman!


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Vee Bar Guest Ranch | Laramie, Wyoming


Located about an hour west of Cheyenne, Wyoming, the Vee Bar Guest Ranch keeps the fishing enthusiasts coming back! If you’re a beginner fly-fisher and looking for lessons, the ranch has a trained and certified guide available to help teach you the in’s and out’s on your guided excursion. One mile of the Little Laramie River flows through the property and is exclusive for the dude ranch guests. Due to snow-melt, the best time to fish here in mid-March and early fall. Plan your trip accordingly to have the best chance at a successful and envious fishing trip!


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4UR Ranch | Creede, Colorado


The 4UR Ranch is said to have some of the best fly-fishing in Colorado. The ranch features six and a half miles of private tailwater creating a truly exceptional private fly-fishing experience. You won’t have to worry about other fisherman impeding on your area here! The ranch’s creative stream management and catch and release practices ensure that the streams and ponds at the ranch remain some of the best fly-fishing in not only Colorado but the West. No matter what your skill level, 4UR is an ideal ranch to spend your fly-fishing vacation!


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Rawah Ranch | Glendevey, Colorado


Rawah Ranch is nestled in one of the most scenic, unspoiled areas of the U.S. and is a bucket list destination for fly-fishing. Anglers ages twelve and up are invited to experience the spectacular stretch of private waters of the Big Laramie River that meanders through the ranch as well as the Poudre River and multiple creeks and lakes in the Rawah Wilderness. Don’t forget to ask about Rawah Ranch’s fly-fishing vacation packages that include flies, terminal gear, and your own professional guide and personal instruction!


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A Bar A Ranch | Encampment, Wyoming


A Bar A Ranch in southern Wyoming is one of the oldest ranches in the country and has some of the best fly-fishing opportunities. With over 32 MILES of world-class private water fishing on the Big Creek, North Platte River, and other waterways, you will truly have an unforgettable trout fishing experience! The ranch provides lessons for novice anglers as well as equipment and expert fly-fishing guides. Veteran anglers will also enjoy diverse and challenging fishing environments. A Bar A Ranch’s fly-fishing is an experience you won’t want to pass up!


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Nine Quarter Circle Ranch | Gallatin Gateway, Montana


Relax and cast out your line at Nine Quarter Circle Ranch in Montana; where anglers have complete access to the beautiful waters of the Taylor Fork! The guides here stay up to date on water conditions and current hatches so you’re always in the know of where the fish are at. Nine Quarter Circle offers limited fishing float trips, so be sure to reserve your spot ahead of time! Fishing licenses, equipment, and flies are available right at the ranch, so there’s no reason not to go!


Do you find yourself wanting to visit all of these ranches and fish in their waters? We can’t blame you. That’s why we’re here to help! Contact a DRA ranch pro today to help you narrow down your destination options, so you can book your next dude ranch fly-fishing adventure! 307-587-2339 | info@duderanch.org


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Off-road racer looking to drive Colorado!   

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What’s up guys I’m Pete I love racing and I like to win! I race Class 11 VW off-road in MORE and SCORE racing. Looking to get in at the Colorado race with a team that competes! I’m in Wyoming so not a far drive.  We just won an off-road race last weekend at Glen Helen Speedway in CA
I’m ready to rock let’s win a race. Here’s us winning the race in Glen Helen last weekend if you need the driving reference. I can weld, fabricate, bring some stoke and some pitch ins to the team!
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Who Opened the Door to Trumpism? David Frum's "Trumpocalypse" Reviewed   

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David Frum is among the most well-known conservative Never Trumpers.  His columns in the Atlantic and appearances on television and podcasts are filled with insightful and cutting criticism of Donald Trump’s policies, personality, and character (or lack thereof).  In his new book, Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy, he offers more of the same, oftentimes presented in witty, pithy prose.  He asserts that Trump, despite all of his obvious flaws, was able to gain control of the Republican Party and win the presidency by walking through an “unlocked door” that was in many ways left open by American conservatives:  

 

I came of age inside the conservative movement of the twentieth century.  In the twenty-first, that movement has delivered much more harm than good, from the Iraq War to the financial crisis to the Trump presidency.  

 

As a former speech writer for George W. Bush with considerable conservative bona fides, Frum is in a unique position to give a full accounting of just how conservativism fell short before the 2016 election, and offer a compelling path forward for conservatives eager to reclaim their movement.  Unfortunately, he does neither.  

 

Frum is at his best when he is attacking Trump’s personal corruption, highlighting his failures as a businessman before becoming president, and his use of the office for his own financial and political gain.  He characterizes Trump as a low-grade grifter as opposed to someone trying to score, dare I say, “bigly”: 

 

Net-net, how much can Trump have pocketed from Vice President Pence’s two-day stay at Trump’s Irish golf course? How much from the Secret Service renting golf carts at Trump golf courses? How much from Air Force officers being billeted at the Turnberry in Scotland? How valuable were Ivanka Trump’s Chinese trademarks, really? 

 

Never one to miss twisting the knife, he then scornfully notes that Trump has probably dishonestly extracted roughly $4 million “less… than Michelle Obama earned from her book and speaking fees.” 

 

Frum also catalogues and assails Trump’s long history of trafficking in racist discourse, from his promotion of birtherism to his insinuation that Barack Obama was an ISIS supporter to his inexplicable equivocation after the 2017 neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville.  In a curious twist that reflects Frum’s frustration over Trump’s weathering of the Russian scandal, he devotes more attention to criticizing Robert Mueller’s failure to dig deeper into Trump’s ties to Russia than he does to the scandal itself.  

 

Trumpocalypse also takes aim at the administration’s foreign policy.  Frum shares some cringe-inducing quotes revealing Trump’s long-held affinity for authoritarian strongmen.  For example, in a 1990 Playboy interview Trump expressed admiration for Deng Xiao-ping’s brutal suppression of the pro-democracy movement: 

 

When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it.  Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength.  That shows you the power of strength.  Our country is right now perceived as weak…as being spit on by the rest of the world.  

 

Frum explores the corrosive impact of Trump’s strange and twisted “bromances” with brutal dictators like Kim Jong Un (“We fell in love”), Vladimir Putin (“I think in terms of leadership he’s getting an A”), and Mohammed Bin Salman (“He’s a strong person.  He has very good control…I mean that in a positive way”).  Such praise has emboldened wannabe dictators from the Philippines to Hungary to Brazil, and dismayed the democratic allies of the United States.  

 

Through his long analysis of Trump’s follies, Frum never develops his contention that twenty-first-century conservatism helped open the door for Trump.  He notes the Iraq War as a factor, but as the man who wrote the “Axis of Evil Speech” that became the justification for the war, he could have provided a much more detailed accounting of how it helped Trump’s America First slogan resonate with so many people.  He does not.  He also asserts that the 2008 financial collapse contributed to the Trump’s economic populism, but did not explain how.  How did conservative economic policies contribute to the financial meltdown?  Was it a failure of oversight?  Not cutting enough regulations?  Too much deregulation?  Without a full accounting, his political mea culpa is hollow and fails to offer guidance on how to avoid mistakes in the future.  

 

Drawing a distinction between twentieth and twenty-first-century American conservatism is also disingenuous.  Frum is rightly horrified by the racially-charged tactics that Trump routinely employs, but without looking deeper into the history of the conservative movement, he does a disservice to his readers. For instance, he does not address National Review’s opposition to the desegregation efforts of the Civil Rights movement, Nixon’s Southern Strategy, or George H.W. Bush’s notorious Willie Horton ad, and how each of them has greatly damaged the Republican Party in the eyes of African Americans. Frum also could have delved into the fiscal recklessness of the GOP, which only seems to care about budget deficits when a Democrat is in the White House.  Ronald Reagan went beyond Lyndon Johnson’s promise that the country could have “guns and butter” by essentially saying that the country could have guns, butter, and low taxes.  This brand of free-lunch conservatism led to a near-tripling of the national debt from 1981 to 1989.  

 

In the second half of the book, Frum offers a list of reforms to help the country restore its democratic structures and ensure their survival, including mandating that presidential candidates release their tax returns prior to elections; eliminating the filibuster to prevent legislative minorities from impeding Senate proceedings; granting statehood to the District of Columbia, an area more populous than Vermont and Wyoming; passing a new Voting Rights Act to ensure that all Americans have access to polling stations without lengthy wait times or cumbersome procedures; and creating non-partisan commissions to create electoral districts that are not simply designed to perpetuate the majority party’s hold on seats.  He also makes sensible policy recommendations on major issues like health care, immigration, and climate change.  This was the most disappointing part of the book, not because of the proposals themselves, but because of his failure to ground them in a conservative historical and philosophical framework.  

 

In the introduction, Frum dedicates the book to “…those of you who share my background in conservative and Republican politics.  We have both a special duty—and a special perspective.  We owe more; and we also, I believe are positioned to do more.”  Yet he does little to make his recommended reforms palatable—let alone desirable—to conservatives outside the Never Trump camp.  Consider the environment.  Many of today’s self-proclaimed conservatives recoil from measures to protect the environment, rejecting such initiatives as attempts by “the Left” (which seems to include everyone on the political spectrum between Joseph Stalin and David Brooks) to seize control over more of the American economy and society.  In fact, environmentalism and conservatism share a great deal philosophically.  One of the cornerstones of conservative thought comes from Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France, first published in 1790.  In the book, Burke—an Irish Whig who served in the British House of Commons from 1766 to 1794—proposed a social contract in sharp contrast to Rousseau’s, which was predicated on the notion of the “general will” of the people.  For Burke, “Society is a contract between the generations:  a partnership between those who are living, those who have lived before us, and those who have yet to be born.”  Placed in this context, climate change is a vital issue that we need to address, lest we break the covenant and bequeath a world less hospitable to life than the one we inherited from our forebears. As Barry Goldwater starkly put it in The Conscience of a Majority (1970), “It is our job to prevent that lush orb known as Earth…from turning into a bleak and barren, dirty brown planet.”  Reminding Republicans of their party’s numerous contributions to environmental protection—such as Goldwater’s support for the Clean Air Act, Richard Nixon’s establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency, and Ronald Reagan’s signing of the Montreal Protocol, which placed limits on ozone-depleting chemicals—could help Frum convince them that supporting future environmental measures is not an abandonment of conservative principles.  

 

Trumpocalypse will delight many liberals who revel in watching the internal divisions in the GOP.  It will also supply them with considerable ammunition that they can use in debates with their Trump-supporting friends and family members.  The book provides some sharp digs (describing the One America Network as “Fox-on-meth” was my favorite) and is clearly and concisely argued.  I have my doubts, however, that the book will do much to win over many of Frum’s fellow conservatives who make up the book’s intended audience.  Sadly, due to the carefully constructed information bubbles that Americans have created for themselves, it’s possible that very few self-proclaimed conservatives will even know the book was published.  


          

MARTIN O’MALLEY ADDRESSES WYOMING DEMOCRATS ANNUAL PIG ROAST   

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I am very glad to be here with all of you in Wyoming tonight. Especially, here in Thermopolis — home of your former Governor, and my friend and colleague — Dave Freudenthal. The people of Wyoming have elected some terrific Democratic Governors — like Mike Sullivan. A man who went on to fill the best […]

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Tempted by Nicole Clarkston Cover Reveal    

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Hello, Dear Readers. I hope you are all well and safe. It has been quite a few weeks since I have posted, so I am happy to be here today.



My special guest, Nicole Clarkston, chose More Agreeably Engaged to share the cover reveal for her new release, Tempted. Oh my, you are going to love the book! We both hope you will love the cover too. Before we get to the cover, here's Nicole to tell you a little about her story.

Tempted is a book that truly frightened me. I have confessed this before, and there are SO many reasons why, but today I will be sharing one of them: Elizabeth is no country squire’s daughter. She’s not even gently brought up.

To explain a little more about her, first I will touch on the back story of Tempted. The time, as you have noticed, is moved up about 90 years. That timeline gave me several new opportunities, and I don’t even have time to list all the historical details I tried to take advantage of, but one of them is the Boer War. The British Empire fought the Boers, or otherwise known as Dutch Afrikaners, to gain control of the region for trade. That is the ugliest and simplest version of the history possible, and, as we all know, the real history is much bigger and more kaleidoscopic than that. However, as a side effect of the war, the British Army was in constant need of horses for the cavalry. Horse buyers went to Australia and the United States trying to buy up as many remounts as they could, a venture financed in some part by British investors.

That is where Colonel Fitzwilliam comes in. Some of these horse buying stations were in Wyoming, and I created a fictional town around one for my purposes. This humble little cow town, the focus of the British Cavalry’s interests, is where our Elizabeth hails from. The Bennet family’s ranch has failed and been sold, and now Mr Bennet works with the Army.

Circumstances conspire to thrust Elizabeth from her home and into Darcy’s world, but she is still very much a wild child. She does not sit still well. She does not understand why titles and influence are so gosh darn important. And she has no clue how a “lady” is supposed to act in “quality” drawing-rooms.

Oh, and she really doesn’t understand why she finds this Darcy character so… um… fascinating.

That is not to say that our Elizabeth is irreverent and obstreperous. Well, not most of the time. Okay, once in a while she is respectful and modest. It’s just that her ideas of how things should work don’t really fit in this new world, and she’s just stubborn enough that she doesn’t mind saying so.

I do hope you enjoy Tempted! Here is one of the excerpts that had me so terrified!

--Nicole

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From what Nicole said, what do you think about this Lizzy? It's interesting that she hails from the United States and is not a gentleman's daughter. Hmmm, I wonder what that can mean for Darcy when they eventually meet, but wait, I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's read the blurb and see if more information is brought to light.

Blurb:


Running from her past, Stumbling into the unknown,
and Drawn to a future she cannot have.

Elizabeth Bennet left all she loved behind when she accepted Colonel Fitzwilliam's hand. 
Dragging her sister Jane, her cousin Billy Collins, and a horrible secret along with her, she leaves her home and family in the United States and sets sail for England..., and safety. Expecting to meet her new husband when he returns from the Boer front, she is shocked to learn that not only does his family not believe her, but Richard has gone missing.

Fitzwilliam Darcy is only doing his duty. Trying to learn the truth of what happened to his
cousin, while sheltering the woman who claims to be Richard Fitzwilliam's wife, he encounters
more than he bargained for. She is ill prepared for life in this world, and her independent ways
threaten to defeat her before she has even begun. Unfortunately, she is close to defeating him,
as well. Pledged to marry another, but honour-bound to do all he can for Fitzwilliam's wife,
his equanimity and fortitude are tested whenever she is near.

When news of Fitzwilliam finally comes, it brings both grief and complications. Surprises,
possibilities, and agonising choices... Will Darcy and Elizabeth find a path to love? Or will new
revelations and the shadows of the past tear them apart before they are even together?

From the author of These Dreams and Nefarious, Tempted is a deliciously nuanced tale
of longing and trust. With good people in impossible places, close-knit families, and secrets
working in the dark, Darcy and Elizabeth have to fight every step for their future.

*****

Are you ready to see the cover? Let's take a look.


What do you think? Do you love these colors? I do! They are so soft and romantic. Does this scene depict the dawn of a new day and a beginning, or the end of day and the close of a chapter? Hmm, I wonder! I also wonder why Darcy and Lizzy are turned away from each other? There are so many questions that need answering.


I have two other reasons for "loving" this cover! My grandson and granddaughter are the models for Darcy and Lizzy. Some of you may remember Chayseland from one of Nicole's other covers, London Holiday. This is his fourth time as Darcy. Emily makes her first appearance on a cover. We had fun doing her hair for the photo session... well, sort of fun. It took me about two hours to fix it. She has so much hair and it is long. I didn't know what to do with all of it! lol I may have given out in the process, but she stayed calm and patient. 

Do you want to see the back cover or full wrapper? Let's take a look.




What is the girl(Lizzy) riding toward or away from? Do you notice the soldier vaguely in the upper left side of the back? From the blurb, we can make an assumption of whom that might be. 

We hope you like the cover and are intrigued by the blurb. If you want more enticement, there's an excerpt! YAY!


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Excerpt:


Darcy found himself at sixes and sevens. The officers at Whitehall had provided almost nothing new of import for Reginald’s questions. He had been able to dispatch another letter to Richard’s fellow officers, but it would be weeks, at best, before any reply could be had. And so, the most prudent thing to do seemed to be to withdraw again to Pemberley, at least until travel to Africa was favourable.
A groom had brought his horse to the train station at Derby, and Darcy set out at a brisk trot for home. After the stifling air and cobblestones of London, the springy green of the turf beneath his horse’s hooves was invigorating. An hour’s ride—long enough to clear the cobwebs from his body after so much sedentary waiting. Why had he stayed in London so long?
Oh… yes.
Richard’s wife must be relegated to her proper place in his mind and in his home. That was what he must do. She would take her meals with the family as a guest naturally should, but he would avoid her during his hours of work and study. She must not interfere with his daily activities, with his plans and routines, for she was but one more woman in a house full of them. And as soon as Reginald joined his wife at Matlock, Darcy would pressure his cousin to do his proper duty and receive the whole party as he should have done before—the dowager and her sensibilities be hanged. That would secure him peace of mind on all fronts, and that was the only logical and proper thing to do.
By the time he crested the knoll overlooking his home, he was filled with a renewed sense of purpose and decisiveness. This enigma of a woman would know her place, and he would no longer permit her presence to cloud his judgment. What was she but a small nuisance? The real problems—Richard, his business interests, Georgiana’s future, and the management of his home—these must be first in his mind.
Only a few moments after he had settled this with himself, he was tested. He had ridden the shorter route, round the fields of grazing livestock, when a distressed lowing caught his attention. Not far off, one of his shorthorns was down, and she looked to be bringing a calf. It was late even for an Autumn calf—most of the other calves were already fat and sleek—but this appeared to be one of the younger heifers. If she had no help…
But what was that? A horse stood nearby. Whoever had come to the cow’s aid was already hunched behind her. Darcy jogged near, expecting it to be one of his herdsmen. “How is she?”
There was a surprised squeak, and a bare, curly head popped up above the cow’s hip. “Oh, thank goodness it is you, Mr Darcy! Can you help?”
“What the devil… Mrs Fitzwilliam!” Darcy swung down from his mount and was at her side in an instant. “What are you doing out here?”
She cocked an annoyed look up to him as he towered over her. “Trying to save your cow, which is more than you are doing. Come, lend me a hand. I don’t have any rope.”
“Mrs Fitzwilliam, my men will look after the cow. I insist you come away at once!”
“Your men are at least twenty minutes away, and unprepared besides. It will be nearly an hour before they make it back here if we go to fetch them. Do you really intend to let your cow die rather than permitting me a little blood on my hands?”
“You cannot know what you are doing!”
But, in fact, she did seem to know. He watched in horrified amazement as she did the unspeakable—reaching inside the cow to search for the calf’s front hooves. She grimaced, her dark eyes looking in his direction but not focused upon him. “Mr Darcy, I can feel it, but my hand is not large enough to grasp. Can you try?”
Revulsion shuddered through him, but his pride would not suffer for a woman and a guest to best him at such an endeavour. He stripped off his coat and tossed it over his saddle, then rolled up his shirt sleeves to kneel beside her.
The rest passed in something of a daze for Darcy. Above the gritty brutality of the scene, a piercing awareness left him reeling. Her shoulders were pressed into his chest as she tried to turn the calf, then they were pulling together. His mind must have closed itself down to everything it found repulsive, for the only senses he was aware of was the touch of her hand beside his, the warm life stirring beneath his fingertips, and the fresh, clean fragrance of her hair when the calf lurched at last, and she fell into him. She was laughing, her weight toppling him backwards. Though he still held his soiled hands apart, his arms unconsciously closed around her body until the soft flesh of her neck bumped his chin.
She wriggled, trying to sit upright again and accidentally delivering a few rather sharp blows to his ribs in the process. “A bull! It is a bull calf, sir! I—” She stopped mid-sentence as she turned to him and found his face only inches away. She cleared her throat, blinked, then looked down at her hands. “I suppose I need some water.”
He lurched unsteadily to his feet and offered his hand to help her up, then considered withdrawing it when he saw the filth covering his palm. “Uhm…”
But before he could step back, she grasped his hand, and a moment later they stood facing one another—both the worse for their labours. “I…” He stared stupidly at their hands, their clothes, and still could not help but admire the sweat-streaked tendrils of hair that had worked loose from her bun.
She was still holding his hand, but with a few rapid blinks and a gasp, dropped it suddenly. “Mr Darcy, sir, I beg you would forgive me for asking that of you.”
“Asking what? That I would care for my own animals? Who should have done it but I? You were quite right, for both would have died if we had tried to send for help.”
“But to direct you to do as I did… to order you to… you must have found it offensive. I expect now you know me to be far less a lady than I had managed to convince you before.”
He laughed quietly. “I had already settled it with myself that you were no proper lady. That was no surprise to me, but do you always fling yourself headlong into trial and danger?”
“Frequently, I am afraid.”
“Indeed! Perhaps I am beginning to understand why my cousin carried you off, after all.”
Her expression at once took on a haunted, broken look, and she stepped back. Idiot, Darcy scolded himself. What a foolish thing to say to a woman mourning the absence of her husband!
She was looking uncomfortably around, avoiding his face. Darcy gestured beyond her, fumbling for some way of helping her forget his careless words. “There is a stream just there. We can wash a little, and I will escort you through the secret passageways into the house.”
Mrs Fitzwilliam tilted her head, those eyes twinkling in curiosity. “Secret passageways? Why?”
“I… thought it might go better for you if you were not seen… that is, before you dressed.”
“Oh. Miss Darcy would find it vulgar. Of course, you are right. I had not thought of that.”
Darcy pinched his lips together and turned about, rather than meeting her gaze. The young cow was already standing and cleaning her calf, her mortal peril now entirely forgotten. The calf, too, thrashed lustily and then struggled to his feet. Mrs Fitzwilliam was beaming proudly as they watched the youngster, then turned as if to share her infectious joy but she sobered instantly when she met his eyes. He tipped his head in the direction of the stream, trickling only a few yards away, and began to walk. She followed, then they knelt together on the marshy bank.
Darcy’s eyes strayed from his own hands to the delicate lines of hers as the cool water sparkled over them. Her hands were formed… differently than he was accustomed to. Her fingers were not long and tapered like most ladies he knew, but rather short, and not entirely straight. The flexor muscles at the base of her thumb were well-defined and curved almost voluptuously down to delicate wrists. Her forearms were sculpted, shapely and lean, and a fine network of veins crossed their inner surface… no. No, they were not veins, but a light web of scars.
He looked curiously to her face, but she had apparently sensed his notice. Her mouth was set grimly, and she even seemed to be turning faintly away as she finished the task of cleaning her hands. Darcy settled back to his own concerns, briskly scrubbing his forearms, and then shaking the cold droplets from his skin. He returned to the horses before she did, and retrieved both of their hats from the ground, dusting hers off before offering it again to her. She accepted it as if uncertain what to do with it, turning it over with a furrowed brow before she settled it on her head, the veil slightly askew.
“Mrs Fitzwilliam, if I may?” He gently turned the hat on her head, and enjoyed her embarrassed giggle more than he cared to admit. He then offered his hand to assist her into the saddle. Her face softened, and she looked for a moment as if she would accept with pleasure, but then her features seemed to cool.
“Thank you, Mr Darcy, but it is not necessary. I can manage.” She gave the horse a cue, and Darcy watched in astonishment as his own mare—a champion polo pony purchased for her fire and quickness—gave a low groan and dropped herself down on the grass for her rider to mount. Mrs Fitzwilliam settled herself in the saddle, and even spread her skirts with little trouble, and then she gave the horse another signal to stand up.
She grinned proudly back at Darcy. “I have grown quite fond of your horse, sir.”
He coughed. “Yes, well… not many can manage a horse of her sensitivity, but I see you are getting on with her well enough.”
She laughed and patted the mare’s neck, but when she took up the reins, she looked all abashed, then started twisting in the saddle and looking at the ground. “Drat!”
“Something amiss?”
“I, ah… I believe I have lost my gloves again. I forgot all about them—not used to them, you see. I think it is the third pair I have lost.”
“And I am certain they will not be the last. Come, I believe we can manage to find another pair for you.”
She tightened her lips into an apologetic smile. “I am afraid I am quite the nuisance with my wardrobe. I understand I have already ruined four petticoats beyond any hope of proper restoration.”
“Five, after today. I shall be certain to send my cousin the launderer’s bill... the earl, that is,” he clarified when her brow creased faintly. “Truly, I am in jest, Mrs Fitzwilliam.”
“I should hope so,” was her tart response, “for I expect you will earn such an earful from your valet that my transgressions will pale in comparison.”
Darcy glanced down at his trousers, then allowed a boyish grin as he looked back to her. “Do you know, it was worth it.”
She answered him with a look of warmth, then turned quickly away, wetting her lips. “I expect we should hurry.” She stiffened her spine, and a moment later, her horse was galloping away from him.
Darcy had thought at first to walk sedately back, enjoying the leisurely amble to the house with one whose company was becoming a greater pleasure than he dared confess, but… perhaps it was better this way. Her still-crooked veil flapped in the breeze, and her figure was bent forward, hands light on the reins as her mount ripped up the sod before him. A curious thrill spiralled through his chest—a free-spirited whim, a playful fancy. Surely, it could do no harm.
He hissed to his horse and gave chase.
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After reading the excerpt, do you want to purchase the book now? You can. Just click on the link to get your copy and start reading today.
I loved that scene and how Elizabeth had taught the horse to help with her mount. Doesn't this sound like an excellent book? I can tell you, first hand, that it is. Poor Darcy tries his best to resist the charm of this impertinent American miss, but he is drawn to her like a moth to flame. At times, your heart will break for more than one character, and you may even shed a few tears. There are also some laughs, joy, and much heart-felt joy. The romance is swoon-worthy. I highly recommend this book to all readers. It will not disappoint. Nicole Clarkston does it again. 

Want to read another excerpt? There is a short one over at Jane Austen Variations. :)

Thanks for stopping by and sharing another big day for Nicole. Thank you, Nicole, for allowing me to reveal your cover, showcase my grandchildren, and tell a little about your wonderful book. Tempted is now available at  any Amazon. Get your copy today. 

But wait, do you want a chance to win this book? Of course, you do! Nicole is generous and is giving away three eBooks of Tempted! Yay! Isn't that wonderful! Three lucky winners will get their very own copy of this book. Leave a comment below to be entered, and be sure I know how to reach you! The giveaway is worldwide, and it will end tomorrow, July 1st at midnight Pacific time. Good luck to everyone.

          

Bonus: Conversation with Norman Mineta   

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In 1942, Norman Mineta and his family were forced from their home in San Jose, California and into an internment camp in Wyoming. The Minetas were among tens of thousands of Japanese-Americans subjected to internment in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor Mineta left the camp in 1945 and went on to become the first non-white mayor of San Jose. Then, as a congressman from California, he sponsored legislation that paved the way for reparations for thousands of Japanese-Americans. And as George W. Bush's Secretary of Transport, he oversaw the FAA's response to 9/11 from a bunker under the White House. DecodeDC host Jimmy Williams interviewed Norman Mineta for episode 137: The Supreme Court's Loaded Gun. Enjoy the great stories that didn't make it into that episode.

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