Spring branding is one of the most picturesque rituals in agriculture. Months-old calves and their mamas are rounded up pasture by pasture. The calves are separated, roped by their back legs, and dragged to waiting cowboys and cowgirls who work as a coordinated team to vaccinate, ear-tag, castrate the bulls, and brand the young bovines with an identifying registered mark of their owner’s ranch.
Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day was established in 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers. Today, it has evolved into an observance that honors those who have served and died in all of America’s wars.
A Monday night fire at the Jeremy Oatman home at 608 S. 6th Street destroyed an old chicken coop, and damaged a nearby pole barn and the framework of a greenhouse. At 10 pm, dispatchers alerted the Canadian VFD, who then rolled out five trucks, including both city pumpers and three grass rigs, to the scene. Firefighters battled the flames for about two hours. Fire Chief Scott Brewster said the cause of the fire was undetermined.
This B-1 Lancer was transported to Kansas Thursday morning, on its way to be decommissioned and scanned for part fabrication. It traveled through Canadian en route north on US 83, with a full escort of law enforcement and other security vehicles, stopping all traffic on its way. These are just a couple of the impromptu photos that we are certain documented its final mission. CHERI SMITH
Weekly jobless claims hit 3.84 million last week nationwide, higher than economist expectations of 3.5 million. The total brings the rolling six-week figure to 30.3 million. Rural counties accounted for the loss of a quarter of a million jobs in March alone, according to this report in the Daily Yonder. In the first jobs report after the pandemic forced widespread shutdowns, rural employment dropped 1.2 percent from February to March. Metropolitan counties fared worse, with a drop of 1.9 percent of total employment. Hemphill County reported a loss of 30 jobs during that month—better than the national average, but our overall unemployment rate rose to 3.9 percent in March. Job loss numbers here can be expected to rise again when the figures are released for April.
Monday was a very scary day for J.W. Coffee and his family. The Canadian Middle School fifth-grader was walking out of his house with his cousin, and paused briefly, turning his head to talk to him. He did not see the rattler until it was already in mid-strike, and by then, it was too late.
Hemphill County and District Clerk Lisa Johnson announced this week that her office was reopening with new restrictions that she hoped would provide “as safe an environment as possible for our customers and our employees.” City Secretary Kimberly Sloat also reported that her office had taken social distancing up a notch with installation of a secure payment and business window for customers.