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Page 7 The Sundance Times Outdoor l Se 3tember 27, 20 . One ]lundred miles on ]lLorseback Tess Policky BY SARAH PRIDGEON Tess Policky proved her fund- raising credentials once again this year during the =Ride A Horse, Feed A Cowboy  event, completing a 111-mile horse ride in just three days and rais- ing a total of $600 - a tenth of the overall total raised by the 55 event riders. In her third year of participating, Policky broke her previous ride record of 90 miles and doubled her distance from the year before of 50 miles. " rode from my dad's house t Inyan :Kara, into S undance on the second day and on to Moskee. From there I rode to Cook Lake and finally into Hulett," she says. "It took six horses, two of wldch came up lame." Policky rides alone, relying on friends and family to bring new horses along the way. "I guesstimate when I'm going to arrive and they're waiting there for me," she explains. After a full day's ride, she sleeps in the living quarters of her horse trailer. =The first two years I did the ride, I slept on the ground - but it's cold out there!" she says. Policky raises money through sponsorship, asking donors to sponsor her for each mile she rides. She also sells event posters to complement her to- tal raised. 111 miles on horseback is an understandably grueling expe- rience. "I said once I'd finished that I won't be doing this ride again," Policky laughs. "But then, I say that every year." "Ride A Horse, Feed A Cow- boy  was founded in 2007 by Chanda Snook, Brian Elkin Courtesy photo and the late Jane McKinney. Though initially intended to be a fun-filled summer weekend, they soon realized the poten- tial to help out people in need at the same time and trans- formed the event into a ben- efit. Each year, the organizers choose a person from the sur- rounding communities who needs help with medical ex- penses due to cancer or an ac- cident. This year's event was ridden on behalf of Zoe Pen- ning, a J, tmior ,at, H,u!ett, High, School: who, hasr been,i dia- nosed with a heart condition and awaits open heart surgery, says Snook. A second recipient was also added this year: Austin Hines of Gillette, aged 17, who was badly hurt in a motorcycle ac- cident in July, suffering inju- ries to his arms and legs as well as contusions to both lungs and lacerated spleen and liver. Hines received $4000; he is re- covering well and undergoing rehab for his left arm and leg. A third recipient was includ- ed at the last minute, after word reached Snook of Kamee Hatch, originally of Ekalaka, Montana and currently living in a small farming community in Nebraska, who suffered a ruptured appendix and was septic and spent a month on a respirator at the Denver Chil- dren's Hospital. If you would like to contrib- ute to the fundraising effort, event posters are still available for purchase. "We featured Tess on the posters this year and all proceeds go to Ride A Horse, Feed A Cowboy," says Snook. Get ready for the 2ath annual Alzada Cowboy Poetry, Music and Art Show COMPILED BY CHRIS MAUPIN At the 24th Annual Alzada Cowboy Po- etry, Music and Art Show on Sunday, October 7, 2012, America, our beautiful scenery and people will be celebrated as part of the event which started in 1989 to mark the Montana Centennial. Five people will be showcased at the event. Musician to be featured are Paula Wash, Broadus, MT. The featured poets are Darla West, Oshoto, WY and Jesse LaBree, Ekalaka, MT. The special artists are Donna McAmJs, Hulett, WY and Gary Gaflin, Broadus, MT. This year's audience will be treated to a new looking Alzada Hall as it has been resided and new windows have been in- stalled. The project was due in large part to a donation from the Alzada Roping Club and memorial donations through- out the years. The building opens at 10 a.m. for view- in4 of the artwork which may include paintings of all mediums, photographs, beadwork, quilts, leatherwork and sculptures of stone and wood. The free program of mu- sic and cowboy poetry begins at 1 p.m. and traditionally continues until about 5 p.m. Over fifty poets, artists and mu- sicians are expected to participate from three states. Teri Rae McInerney will emcee the show. Gay Arpan and Chris Maupin have co-chaired the show since it began. Lunch will be served all day. The Alzada club raises money to support the yearly expenses and upkeep on the hall which was built in 1929. It is used for funerals, commu- nity meetings, school reunions, elections and many other activities each year. Paula spent her early years in Ekalaka, with her parents Dick and Lois Stewart, an older brother, and a younger sister. Singing and music has been a dominant part of her life starting as far back as 4 years old when she began to sing spe- cials in church. Country, gospel, musical show tunes, as well as old World War 1 and 2 era songs are all part of who she is., ,As a chil Patsy,,Cline, was her hero. She,has recorded five: CDs and is in ,the process of recording number six, Paula married Glenn Wash, of Broadus, in November of last year and was blessed with her first great grandchild in March. Paula has been a favorite over the years at the Alzada show. Darla West, a mother of four, began writing poetry after telling stories like 'Hansel and Gretel' and 'Jack and the Bean-stock' in rhyme to entertain the little ones while waiting for the water tank to fill or sitting in a pickup for long periods waiting for the cattle to come to feed or waiting for teenagers to run their event at an all day track meet. A favorite saying a fewyears back..: ,two teenagers, toilet training and teething do not come highly recommended .... " Common tales then turned into stories of her own with the children being the main characters and, after living as a rancher's wife in rural Crook County, Wyoming, real-life accounts began to be spun. Cowboy po- etry (rather yarned by a male or female) has a certain beat to it, an incident to be shared, and somehow holds a question of insanity. Some say most cowboy ren- ditions are 75% truth and 25% elabora- tion. However, some of Darla's accounts are 100% true without flair and without need for q'ellin' Lies'. As most of us in the agricultural industry can attest, many of our daily activities can carry enough insanity that elaboration or flair is not necessary. After 20 years of writing, Dar- la has been published nearly 50 times, has been the guest speaker for several small and large functions including the International Young Farmers Conven- tion. Today, she is a grandmother of six, known to her family as the lead cow {as referenced by her children) and will take that as a compliment since most of us know how important the lead cow can be when it comes to providing direction to and taking care of the herd. Jesse La Bree is not a newcomer to the Carter County, Montana area. He was born in Miles City, MT and has worked on area ranches aU his life. He and his wife have lived near Ekalaka, MT for the last 43 years. Jesse has been interest- ed in poetry since his earliest years. He started attending a few cowboy poetry gatherings in 1989 when he had the Show and he kept stalling. He finaLly got ashamed of himself and said he would come in 2011. Jesse declined the first invitation to be our featured poet but finally accepted after "an arm twisting from Gay Arpan." We are certain the au- dience will not throw tomatoes at Jesse even though he states, "you know toma- toes are ripe or overripe at this time of year and they are so messy." No one will be disappointed in Jesse's poems or de- livery as he is one of the best at. drawing the audience into the subject matter be- cause he has lived the cowboy life. Painting was something; Donna McAmis had always wanted to do. When her children, Wes, Willis, and Sherry got married, she took lessons from Cin- dy Klinger of Hulett, WY. Mrs. Klinger made it so fun and interesting that it has become Donna's hobby. She has ex- hibited paintings plus very small paint- ings on horns, crochet work and quilts at the Alzada Show. McAmis was born and raised twelve miles southwest of Hulett, attended a country school and graduated from high school in Hulett. She married Charles McAmis in 1953 and they lived in the country until 1999 when they moved to Hulett so that she could be near and take care of her mother. The other featured artist is Gary Gatlin who was born in Broadus, MT in 1942 and still calls that home. He has lived in southeastern Montana all of his life except when he spent two years serving in the US Army. He has been shoeing horses and doing forge work for many years. He worked for the Montana Depart- ment of Livestock for 33 years, retiring in 2007. Since retiring, he has spent most of his spare time in the shop work- ing with a large plasma cutter and band saw. Anyone interested in performing or showing artwork are asked to contact Gay Arpan, (406) 828-4517 or Chris Maupin (307) 467-5260. time. He writes his owq po,em@ but also . Each poet, musician or musical group e3oys recxungpoems wi71tten, by 0vn - may oo two seteetmns. 2rtworK may ln- ers. He thought for a ]bng time that he clude paintLngs in any medium, photo- could not get up before aii audience but graphs, leatherwork, sculptures, nee- finally decided he could. JoAn Marshall dlework, quilts, woodwork or other art kept asking him to come to the Alzada projects. Mount Roosevelt Friendship Tower featured at Moon Walk Join the Black Hills National Forest in honoring two con- line at: www.forestphoto.com/asset-bank/action/ servation leaders from the turn of the last century. The sig- viewAsset?id=8302. nificance of the role Seth Bullock and Teddy Roosevelt played To reach the Moon Walk parking site from Deadwood, travel in the conservation movement of the Black Hills area will be approximately 1 mile north on Highway 85 to the turn off for featured at the Saturday, October 6 Moon Walk at 7 p.m. The Lodge at Deadwood resort. Turn left as if you were going to Participants will hike approximately one mile round trip up the resort but keep fight and follow Forest Road 133 approxi- a moderately sloped trail from a gravel parking area to the mately .2 miles to Mount Roosevelt Picnic Area. Signs will be Mount Roosevelt Friendship Tower. Walkers should meet at posted at major intersection to help guide visitors. 7 p.m. at the Mount Roosevelt Picnic Area located north of The Forest Service suggests that visitors bring a lawn chair, Deadwood, SD. Visitors should bring a lawn chair to this flashlights, water, and bug repellant, and'dress for unexpected Moon Walk. weather and hiking on uneven land. Long pants and sturdy Our featured speaker, Marissa Karchut, North Zone Archae- footwear (hiking boots or athletic shoes) are recommended for ologist on the Black Hills National Forest, says, "The famous your comfort and safety. Deadwood Sheriff, U.S. Marshall and Forest Supervisor, Seth The program may be cancelled unexpectedly for unforeseen Bullock, built the Tower in 1919 as a memorial to President reasons such as lightning, high fire danger forecasts and other Theodore Roosevelt, his close friend of many years." reasons beyond our control. The program will not be cancelled The tower and trail access underwent a major restoration due to rain unless lightning is spotted. Please arrive early to project in 2010. aid us in parking vehicles as 140 visitors per walk have been "Now the tower is safer so the public can climb up the attending the programs this summer. structure and then enjoy the wide open spaces Bullock and For more information about the program and summer sched- Roosevelt had become so fond of during their lives." ule go to www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills or call the Black Hills A virtual tour of the Friendship Tower is available on- National Forest at605-343-1567. affected by the beeries. The project will was rich and varied and reflects, for the also take place in Spearfish Canyon and of Western manage the vegetation to reduce the threat most respondents' liveUaood, 00re- up to 60 m"es of new System and 160 j Layered Italian Meat Loaf to ecosystem components from the exist- style and/or position/opinion on issues hag epidemic and reduce hazardous fuels or concerns," states the document. to minimize the potential of large-scale Alternative C was developed in response wildfires, to these comments and is a more proac- Three alternatives are proposed; Alterna- tive response. It includes all aspects of the tive A suggests no action, while Alterna- proposed action, Alternative B, which sug- tive B is the proposed action and involves gests cutting and chunking, chipping and integrated pest management techniques other management techniques, insecticide withthe objective of treating and removing spraying (generally in developed camp- infested trees before beetles can disperse, grounds, Forest Service facilities and scat- Altemtive C, the preferred alternative, tered legacy trees,) limited semiochemical responds to comments received durin4g use along the 'leading edge' of the infesta- scoping and includes treating in advance of the beeries, treating more areas and ad- dressing safety and access concerns. It includes modifications including reducing new system road construction and focus- ing treatments in portions of Spearfish Canyon. During the public comments process, 37 letters and 195 comments were received, none of which, according the public in- volvement appendix of the FEIS, gener- ated a need for reanalysis of the alterna- fives. "Public comment on the Draft EIS tion, helicopter logging and thinning. A total of 105,400 acres of commer- cial and 18,600 acres of non-commercial thinning would take place over a five to seven year period according to both alter- natives, removing beetle-infested trees to lower infestation and wildfire risks. Additional elements added to Alterna- tive C include landscape-level thinning in advance of large beetle infestations to reduce stand densities and risk of infes- tation, also reducing wildfire hazard and creating fuel breaks. Treatments would miles of temporary road would be con- structed. If Alternative C is decided upon, exist- ing roads will be utilized and new system and temporary roads will be constructed. Reconstruction of existing roads may include improvements, restoration or realignment, while some unauthorized routes may be converted to system roads and then closed following management activities and some system trails may be temporarily converted into roads. A decision will be made on the project following a 30-day objection period be- ginning on September 22, during which those who commented in writing at scop- ing or on the draft Environmental Impact Statement. Objections must be filed in writing to USDA, Forest Service, Region 2 Reviewing Officer, Attn: John Rupe, 740 Simms Street, Golden, Colorado 80401 or in electronic form to appeals-rocky- mountain-regional-offic fs.fed.us with the name of the project in the subject line. Submitted by Opal Oudin 1 lb. lean ground beef 1 (8 oz.) can tomato satme with basil, garlic and oregano 1egg cup Italian style bread crumbs 1 tap. garlic powder tsp. pepper 1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend 1 (9 oz.) box frozen spinach, thawed and well drained Heat oven to 350 . Spray 9x5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray or grease with shortening. In large bowl, mix found beef, cup of the tomato sauce, the egg, bread crumbs, garlic powder and pepper. Pat half of meat mixture in pan. Sprinkle cup of the cheese over meat mixture, Spread spinach over cheese; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Pat remaining meat mixture on top of cheese. Bake uncovered 1 hour to 1 hour 15 rninutes or until thoroughly cooked in center and thermometer reads 160 . Run knife around edges of pan. Place serving platter upside down over pan; turn platter and pan over. Remove pan, In small bowl, microwave remaining tomato sauce, loosely covered, on High 30 to 60 seconds or until hot; pour over top of meat loaf. 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