Scars mark life of working with animals

I never claimed to be a cowman and I’ve got the scars to prove it! Frostbit fingers, baler twine blisters, and an odd scrape in the side of my head where the hair won’t grow back from when my good ol’ horse slipped down on an ice slick on the calving lot. I went out [...]

Area organizations commemorating Memorial Day

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Kevin Wilson Jim Cowman retired as a major, but he never likes to say more than he served in Vietnam with his military branch. “We were Marines,” Cowman said. “We don’t care about rank.” Monday is that philosophy in action, as services will commemorate Memorial Day across the nation. The people honored were young and [...]

Cowboy, novelist fathered Roosevelt County’s first children

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By Ruth White Burns: Freedom New Mexico Correspondent One of the most fascinating characters associated with the early history of Roosevelt and Curry Counties was cowman, gunfighter, and raconteur, James “Jim” Cook. Dr. Caleb Winfrey and his brother Hadley of Cass County, Missouri, had established the H-Bar Ranch near Portales in 1885. With them came [...]

Meaning of Memorial Day lost on many

Rick White Somewhere between the time Jim Cowman was growing up in rural Michigan and his return from a tour of duty in Vietnam, the meaning of Memorial Day changed. Cowman, 65, cites a decline in patriotism and a more complex world as reasons why he thinks the national holiday honoring those who died while [...]