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Bill Radford

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  • The Country Life: A slice of Scotland in Colorado

    Updated: Tue, Feb 4, 2014

    Visit the Bonny Burn Ranch near Calhan and you'll soon notice a theme. First of all, there's the name, which is Gaelic for "pretty stream." Then there are the dogs: two West Highland white terriers and two black Scotties. The more than a dozen cats, among them Scottish Folds, known...

  • The Country Life: Living by the Code of the West

    Updated: Tue, Jan 28, 2014

    If you're a city mouse moving to the country, you might want to take a gander at the Code of the West first. El Paso County commissioners adopted the code about a decade ago; it is fashioned after "The Code of the West - the Realities of Rural Living," which was written by John...

  • The Country Life: On the run on rural roads

    Published: Tue, Jan 21, 2014

    When I said goodbye to living in the city, I also had to say goodbye to my favorite running routes. We had been living in the same house, on the east side of Colorado Springs, for 18 years. So, as a longtime runner, I had a wealth of established routes. There were the shorter...

  • The Country Life: What to do with all the poo

    Published: Tue, Jan 14, 2014

    As a journalist, I'm long familiar with the term "muckrake" - it has to do with exposing misconduct. As a horse owner, I've become familiar with a different type of muck rake; it's a rake used for scooping up horse poop. And there's plenty to scoop up. The average horse creates about...

  • The Country Life: Dogs on the loose

    Published: Tue, Jan 7, 2014

    When we moved to the country, several dogs in the neighborhood visited in the first weeks and left, uh, deposits in the front yard - apparently the canine version of Welcome Wagon. It was a sign of something different about life in the country. No, not that dogs pooped; they obviously...

  • The Country Life: Adding up the seasons

    Published: Tue, Dec 31, 2013

    Another year beckons. And that means, eventually, another summer. I can't wait. I am not big on winter. I don't ski. I'm not one of those people whose blood starts racing as the days get shorter and who revel in that first big snowfall of the season. And living in the country has...

  • The Country Life: The story of Christmas the goat

    Updated: Tue, Dec 24, 2013

    This is the story of how Christmas the goat got her name. But to tell the story of Christmas the goat, I must first tell the story of Nana the goat. That story began in spring 2012 with a text from my teenage daughter: "Baby goat abandoned at ranch. Needs help." We were still...

  • The Country Life: Christmas gifts for the critters

    Published: Tue, Dec 17, 2013

    Dear Santa: Hey, how's it going? You would have felt right at home here recently, with North Pole-like subzero temperatures. I'm helping our critters with their Christmas wish lists. You'd be a better judge of this than I would, but I think they've been more nice than naughty during...

  • The Country Life: With the big snow, he gets 'pretty pumped up'

    Published: Tue, Dec 10, 2013

    When the gravel roads in my neighborhood are smoothed or the snow is cleared from nearby roads, gravel or otherwise, I now know who to thank. Last week, with a blast of snow and arctic air yet to hit, I met with Todd Orr, "my" grader operator. El Paso County has two-dozen grader...

  • Falcon-area alpaca farm goes out of business

    Updated: Mon, Dec 9, 2013

    Back in September, I wrote about the O’Neill Brothers Alpaca Ranch, just a couple of miles from my home in the Falcon area. I’d been planning to drop by there during their regular Saturday open house so I could buy a few alpaca products from their little store; I...