Life can take us all over the world and put us in situations that might not be all that pleasant, but the strong can adapt, survive and look forward to their next adventure. Tony Silva lives this crazy life as a Captain in the Air National Guard, a Department of Defense contractor and a native Idahoan rancher that loves all three roles in his life.
For the past three years Tony has spent half his time in Afghanistan, not as a soldier, but as a civilian Department of Defense contractor for AAR Airlift. As a Low Cost Low Altitude Intel Analyst (LCLA) he works primarily with the Army, but engages with all the forces as a point of contact for all military bases wherever he is stationed.
As a parent, you truly want your children to be happy in whatever they do, regardless if they follow in your footsteps. Shawn Weise’s Dad, Ted Weise, was a former bull rider but until Shawn was 14 he had no interest in riding bulls, he just wanted to play baseball and football like a “normal” kid. Then he saw the neighbors bucking their steers for fun and whether it was in his DNA or just in the big eyes of a 14 year old, Shawn was now interested in bull riding. With-in a couple of months, Ted had a round pen and a bucking shoot built on their property and Shawn was now on his way to becoming a bull rider.
Rodeo bulls are bred to buck, kick, and spin. There is a rodeo legacy of sorts embedded in their DNA and written in their chromosomes.
If you know Shawn Wiese, Kyle Duren, or Jimmy Young, you might think that some men are bred for the rodeo too. Shawn, Kyle, and Jimmy are long-time collaborators and friends who were each professional bull riders before family responsibilities — and, perhaps, age — led them to raising bucking bulls rather than riding them.
In 2009, the trio formed Bovico Bucking Bulls to supply well-bred, rodeo bulls to local, regional, and national bull riding events. In the next few weeks, I will be featuring Shawn, Kyle, and Jimmy here on the D&B Blog as part of our People of Our West series.
D&B customer Joe Mikitish has taken the trend of organic or natural gardening to the extreme by doubling the size of his backyard garden to a half acre. Although most back yards are not this big, the motivation might be the same as yours: he doesn’t want to mow the grass any more.
Joe doesn’t fit your stereo-typical looking organic gardener but his passion for it runs deep into his roots — he learned how to garden from his Grandmother in Anaconda Montana. At an early age he learned the “lasagna gardening” method, which is layering mulch consisting of unused paper from the Idaho Press Tribune, fungus filled hay he bought off of Craig’s List, many yards of compost from D&B and manure from local ranches in Canyon County.
Ryan Peck is a D&B customer and a rock-n-roll superstar — just ask his students.
Ryan and his partner, Jared Goodpaster, operate the Boise Rock School nestled among the trees near the Boise River in downtown Boise. The duo started the school just three years ago when Ryan simply asked, “Why don’t we teach kids to play in rock bands?”
Why not? The truth is that there is something of a musical instruction gap. Kids may learn band instruments at school or endure piano lessons from private teachers, but if a child has aspirations of rock stardom or dreams of being the next Taylor Swift, there aren’t a lot of options — or at least there weren’t until Ryan and Jared opened their school.