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It's freebie Friday: Slurpees and sandwiches

Business News - 57 min 56 sec ago
Like free food? Today's your lucky day!

Wells Fargo is lending its mountain of cash

Business News - 1 hour 7 min ago
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Iraq's top diplomat replaced, sources say

CNN World - 1 hour 12 min ago
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurdish member of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government, has been replaced, according to two senior Iraqi government officials.
Categories: International News

Virus detected in baby 'cured' of HIV

CNN - 1 hour 29 min ago
A Mississippi baby scientists said was "functionally cured" of HIV now has detectable levels of the virus in her blood, 27 months after being taken off antiretroviral drugs, her doctors say.
Categories: National News

Roundup to feature popular acts

Twisted Rodeo - 1 hour 36 min ago

DODGE CITY, Kan. – In all the years Justin Rumford has been to Dodge City, he’s been to just one performance of Dodge City Roundup Rodeo.

That changes this year, when he will be one of the featured acts at the annual rodeo, set for 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 30-Sunday, Aug. 3, at Roundup Arena. This year’s rodeo also features and Xtreme Bulls Tour competition, which will take place at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 29.

Justin Rumford, who grew up in Abbyville, Kan., will be one of the featured entertainers at this year’s Dodge City Roundup Rodeo, set for Wednesday, July 30-Sunday, Aug. 3. (PHOTO COURTESY OF JUSTIN RUMFORD)

“I worked in Dodge City every summer when I was in college as the stage coach driver at Boot Hill,” said Rumford, who grew up in a rodeo family in Abbyville, Kan., just 100 miles east of Dodge City. “When I steer wrestled, I was always in slack and never competed in a performance. The only performance I ever went to was when I drove the stage coach into the arena.”

Rumford is a rodeo entertainer and clown, and he’s pretty good at it, too. The last two years, he was recognized as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s clown of the year. This past December, he was recognized as the 2013 Coors Man in the Can, the top honor for rodeo barrelmen.

In Dodge City, he will share the arena with the sport’s greatest stars and another amazing act, California-based Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls, which will showcase trick riding, trick roping and roman riding skills; they were nominated for the PRCA’s dress act of the year in 2011 and 2013.

“Our committee has worked very hard to bring the top talent in ProRodeo to Dodge City, and we’re very excited to have Justin and the Riata Ranch girls with us this year,” said Dr. R.C. Trotter, chairman of the volunteer committee that produces the annual rodeo. “This will be the third time the girls have performed at our rodeo, and they’ve always done an outstanding job.

“Having Justin at our rodeo is special because he grew up in Kansas.”

There isn’t a job in rodeo that Rumford hasn’t done. His grandfather, Floyd, founded Rumford Rodeo Co., and he was involved in the family business from the time he was in diapers. Now the Kansas cowboy has found his niche, bringing a comedic personality to the arena. It’s paid off quite well.

“It really means a lot to me to be able to work Dodge City,” he said. “When I talked to Dr. Trotter, I was so excited, especially since Lance Brittan was one of my biggest heroes when I was growing up, and he still fights bulls there.

“There’s so much history in Dodge City. When I ran the stage coach, I stayed at the arena every night through the summer. That is just a first-class committee, and they roll out the red carpet for you.”

The red carpet is equally on display for fans, whether its rodeo’s biggest names battling for the large purse or Rumford’s side-splitting comedy or the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls’ Western showmanship.

“We don’t just trick ride or rope,” said Jennifer Welch Nicholson, who runs the operation. “We actually work with choreography, so we have a full production. We really work on timing and production and making the show make sense to the audience.

“We combine the trick riding, roping and roman riding in one sequence.”

That combination has earned the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls grand acclaim. They are known worldwide for their work and have traveled to 18 countries – and all across the United States – performing.

“The Cowboy Girls is the main team,” Welch Nicholson said. “This is our third time back to Dodge City. We will have six of us there.”

Being a two-time nominee for the PRCA’s dress act award is a tremendous honor for her and the rest of the team.

“It’s wonderful to think that our peers think enough of our show to nominate us,” Welch Nicholson said. “There’s a lot of great talent out there.

“I’m very happy for the girls who put in their time and the hard work, because what we do takes a lot of hard work and dedication.”

It also provides a great deal of entertainment to rodeo fans.

“I think our audience is going to enjoy everything that will happen at our rodeo this year,” Trotter said. “It certainly makes it exciting for us.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Biggest ever flying bird?

CNN World - 1 hour 38 min ago
Imagine a bird that couldn't fit in your living room because its wings were too big.
Categories: International News

Volunteering for feel-good vacation

CNN World - 1 hour 38 min ago
How often have you been on vacation and barely left your resort? It's all too easy to stick to the tourist trail when you have little time available and are in unfamiliar surroundings.
Categories: International News

Tech stock soars 25,000%. Trading halted

Business News - 1 hour 39 min ago
A 25,000% return is unheard of, but that's how much Cynk Technology has soared since the middle of June.

Lesson of the underwater robot

CNN - 1 hour 55 min ago
John Bare says hands-on learning can make a difference in motivating students to acquire STEM skills
Categories: National News

Obesity cuts life shorter than smoking

Health - 2 hours 44 sec ago
Here's a roundup of five medical studies published this week that might give you new insights into your health, mind and body.
Categories: Health

Estranged wife had protective order for alleged Texas mass shooter

CNN - 2 hours 12 min ago
The estranged wife of Ron Lee Haskell had taken out a protective order against him, well before police say he sought her out and -- after failing to find her -- killed four children and two adults.
Categories: National News

Friday funk: Stocks struggle for direction

Business News - 2 hours 30 min ago
Caution is the word of the day on Wall Street Friday.

Stocks will end 2014 even higher, experts say

Business News - 2 hours 38 min ago
The five-year-old bull market in stocks may not be raging the way it was last year, but the stampede is far from over.

Buffett, Adelson & Gates: Pass immigration

Business News - 2 hours 38 min ago
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How to get U.S. back to work

CNN - 2 hours 39 min ago
Rep. Luke Messer and 11 other GOP members support the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, a bill that hopes to update job training laws and put millions back to work
Categories: National News

Don't hyphenate Chinese American

CNN - 2 hours 43 min ago
Eric Liu explains why in his new book, he calls himself "Chinese American" -- without a hyphen.
Categories: National News

Obama turns down marijuana

CNN - 2 hours 44 min ago
"Do you want to hit this?" a man asked President Barack Obama in a bar in Denver Tuesday night. The president laughed but didn't indulge.
Categories: National News

At 54, 'Mockingbird' an e-book

CNN - 2 hours 44 min ago
It's one of America's most beloved and most challenged books, and as it celebrates its 54th birthday, Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" is now available as an e-book.
Categories: National News

Will they knock down Astrodome?

CNN - 2 hours 44 min ago
Some folks in Texas think it would be a good idea if they tore down what has been called the "Eighth Wonder of the World" and replaced it with a park.
Categories: National News

19 Ukrainian troops killed in missile attack, military says

CNN World - 2 hours 44 min ago
At least 19 Ukrainian troops were killed and 55 other people were injured in a missile attack by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, a Ukrainian military spokesman said Friday.
Categories: International News
  The Future Lady Bulldog Basketball Camp will be held on July 14th through the 17th. 
The dates: June 16 -19, cost is Baseball camp: $80, and Softball hitting clinic $40. Call 806-681-...
Multiple camps opened up on Monday, June 2. See sports section for pictures and write-ups...


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