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MISSOURI HEIGHTS With her platinum blonde hair and an embroidered denim rodeo shirt, Anita Witt is a timeless example of the American cowgirl.You gotta watch where you step when you come out here, Witt jokes, as she journeys out to the corral where trick horses Whiskey and Jose Cuervo graze and methodically swat flies with their tails. Be ready, because he (Whiskey) is going to smile for you. Theres little tricks to his tricks.With bluebird skies and Mount Sopris standing majestically in the background, this hot Colorado summer day on Witts 100-acre ranch is where she is most at home.We go a lot of places but I like to come home at night, said Witt, of her cowgirl trick-riding performances. Sadie, Jose and Whiskey are my best friends.The petite country western singer and guitarist and trick rider since the 1940s loves showing off her two horses that answer with nods, and a Sadie, a 13-year-old black lab who performs tricks on command, too.Hey Sadie, Im gonna ask you something, would you rather be married or dead? Witt asks the dog. Then the dog gives her answer as she slowly rolls over on her side and plays dead, inside Witts wood-trimmed, western-themed home. Ill tell you what her greatest trick was. She did the Texas Skip in Las Vegas at the Frontier Hotel in 2000. The Texas Skip is a big loop that goes around me and Sadie.After Sadie displays a few more of her talents, Witt pops in a video copy of her most recent project, one she is hosting a Cowboy Round-up Ranch Party benefit to support. The family event takes place from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the McBride-Puckett Ranch (Leo Light Ranch) in Old Snowmass.
RIFLE The Colorado State Board of Education will visit Rifle Wednesday and Thursday.The board will conduct a workshop at its regular board meeting at the Garfield School District Re-2 Learning Opportunity Center. The board tries to meet in a rural area once a year, said Karen Gerwitz, the director of state board relations. This year, the board chose to meet in Rifle because Vicki Van Engelenburg, the president of the Re-2 school board, invited the state board to western Garfield County.The reason were coming out there is to give people who cant drive to Denver a chance to meet with us, Gerwitz said.People will have a chance to address the state board of education about anything thats on their minds at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.We just ask that it is related to education, Gerwitz said.Re-2 superintendent Gary Pack will give a presentation about the district to the state board at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday.
SILT There is no truth to a rumor that 9th Judicial District Attorney Colleen Trudens husband, Fred, had an altercation with a man signing a petition seeking to recall the district attorney during the Silt Heyday celebration on Saturday, Aug. 6, according to Silt Police Chief Paul Taylor.It wasnt even an incident, Taylor said. It was nothing.Taylor said an unidentified male was signing a petition in the park when Fred Truden approached the man and asked whether he had all his facts straight before he signed.The man felt uncomfortable and came and got me, Taylor said. But there was no nastiness, there was no altercation. I explained to Fred that they had every right to get the petition signed.But Taylor also said that Truden had the right to ask questions of people signing the petitions, just like the petitioners did.The nonincident happened around noon just after the parade ended.
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