“Now the court square's just a set of streets; That the people go round but they seldom think; Bout the little man that built this town; Before the big money shut em down; And killed the little man; Oh the little man.” Alan Jackson’s hit song comes to mind as we learn that hundreds of folks will be forced to move from their homes on Lake Diversion in North Texas that’s now owned by billionaire Stan Kroenke.
Lake Diversion is owned by Wichita County Water Improvement District No. 2 and the City of Wichita Falls, but it sits on the famous Waggoner Ranch, recently purchased by Kroenke. He also owns the Denver Nuggets, the Colorado Avalanche and the football team formerly known as the St. Louis Rams, which now resides in Los Angeles. Kroenke bought the 535,000-acre Waggoner Ranch in February, an historic ranch that had been listed for $725 million.
Despite the fact the ranch is spread over parts of six counties and is almost 800 square miles, there’s apparently no room for the folks who live on leased property around Lake Diversion. They’ll have to move by the end of January, 2017. After the ranch sold in February, a real estate broker told the Wichita Falls Times Record News Kroenke is “a great guy to have in your hometown.”
Columnist John Ingle is skeptical, noting Kroenke has “cut loose many of those legendary cowboys working the ranch.”
Educating the calves
Drovers blogger Dusty Craig says her dog Cricket takes the job of dog-breaking the lambs and calves “very seriously, and she is very seriously good at it.”
Craig calls the herding instincts a “universal language,” and “Cricket speaks the language well.” See her teach on the dogblog.
The Information Highway is littered with folks who have posted stupid actions or comments that led to repercussions. Add to that list a Montana ranch hand who was fined after posting a video on Facebook of a grizzly bear being chased by a truck.
The Helena Independent Record reports the cowboy was fined $400 with a $25 processing fee after reaching a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. He was charged with harassing a threatened species. The cowboy said he was chasing the bear to keep it from harassing a herd of cows that were calving. The bear hasn’t been charged and remains at large.
Scathing pork series
The Chicago Tribune recently ran a series of articles criticizing the Illinois pork industry for unreported cases of animal abuse, environmental breaches and for building new facilities without proper oversight, among other things.
In the authors’ opinions, the state’s pork industry has taken advantage of weak regulations and an understaffed state department of agriculture in how they run their operations.