Ranching in the West ~ Willsies of the West Country

Alberta’s Trailblazing Ranchers ~ By Dianne Finstad People with a sense of adventure love to visit the West Country of central Alberta’s Parkland. But the real adventurers were those who came to the region when it was truly untamed and stayed to carve out a place and build a family legacy. George Albert Willsie was …

Trailblazers ~ Hank Snow

The Singing Ranger ~ by Fred Hauck When we think of singing cowboys, we think Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, and here in Canada, we add Wilf Carter (also known as Montana Slim) and Clarence Eugene Snow. If the name C.E. Snow doesn’t ring a bell, maybe his stage name of Hank Snow might. Hank …

Kamloops 2021 is a Go!

    Although the 2020 Kamloops Cowboy Festival was cancelled, some things, just like ranching, kept right on happening. The best examples of the ongoing awards are the inductees to the Hall of Fame, the winner of the Joe Marten Award and the Student Scholarship winners. Congratulations to horseman and silversmith Richard Tenisch of Merritt …

Headin’ In

By Rod Nichols Some fellers favor sunupjust before their day beginswhile others favor evenin’when their day is at an end But this old cowboy’s dif’rentit’s the way I’ve always been,cause the time that gets me smilin’is the time for headin’ in. With a day of work behind meand before the sunset ends,it’s a quiet and …