I was born and raised in Idaho. The sagebrush, winding through the outcroppings and lava flows, were my playground in Shoshone, Idaho. A great bit of my time is now spent in the Owyhee’s on horseback, when I’m not in the Valley, and it reminds me of a more beautiful version of that sagebrush country.

I have always been a “Native” Idahoan and proud of it. By chance, someone sent me a ticket to Hawaii, as life has been a bit of a challenge for me these past 3 years.

If you want to make your garden season a little easier, now’s the time to get ahead of the game. By now, your plants should be in the ground. If you planted seeds, they should have their little heads poking through and all seems right with the world. But, we know that right around the corner are 95-degree days, insects to torment us, and weeds that will try to out-compete our vegetables and flowers for sunlight, nutrients and precious water. Short of moving to the coast, there’s not much we can do about the temperature and insects that are a fact of garden life.

There are signs that the economy is improving as real estate is now on the upswing in the Treasure Valley and surrounding states. Consumers are spending more and it seems we may be leaving some of our money woes behind.

I have been hit hard these last few years like many other people. But what have we learned and how can we apply it to our farms and ranches—our personal life?

Treasure Valley bull riding fans turned out in force last night at Dan Wiebold Ford in Nampa to meet PBR Invasion Team champions Luke Snyder and Brendon Clark.

Levi Collins, 11, of Kuna wants to be a bull rider and win belt buckles someday. “I want to be like my older brothers, Austin Mansell and Tanner Collins and ride,” he said. “I’m not afraid of bulls either.”

“Put Some Buck in Your Brew©” –Idaho Buckaroo Brew© Coffee is coming to a D&B Store near You.

Idaho Buckaroo Brew coffee will be on D&B Supply store shelves this weekend. This coffee is a hearty blend reminiscent of camp coffee — dark in character, but free from bitterness. Idaho Buckaroo Brew coffee is meant to be shared with friends and family, or for those who might be riding the range alone.

Please click the title above to read more about the Idaho Buckaroo Brew.

Spring has definitely hit the western end of the country. Flowers are starting to appear and pastures are turning green. If you look even more closely you’ll see that the gophers are hard at it. Soft rich mounds of earth are piling up, which is a sure sign that gophers are active.

Trust me — it’s not one of those things you can wait on. A friend of mine who traps gophers is already catching pregnant females. According to university researchers, a single pocket gopher can build as many as 300 soil mounds in a year and move 4 tons of earth.

I remember watching cowboys deftly swing their ropes during spring branding on the family ranch. My uncle gave me an old rope to practice with and told me to go rope something. I think he was hoping I’d stay out of his hair. The poor dog was my usual catch.

There are many people who have memories like that, or those who have never picked up a rope but want to try their hand at it. I went to Badiola’s Arena in Homedale, Idaho, to see what was happening on a Wednesday night.

The number one public enemy and killer of horses is colic. Most people think they know what colic is, but there are many misconceptions surrounding this condition.

“Colic is not a disease, but a broad term for pain in the abdominal area,” said Idaho Equine Veterinarian Liz Scott. “If colic is treated right away it is less expensive and horses can recover more quickly.”

Colic can become life threatening very rapidly. Recognizing the signs and getting the horse to a veterinarian is the best course of action. Signs to watch for in horses include: not eating, pawing, rolling, lying down, and kicking at their belly.