When Mom loves rodeo, everyone loves rodeo

Samuel Lickley waits on his horse, Pontiac, as the sun sets during a July 12 rodeo in Buhl. Both of his parents compete in rodeos, the sport that drew them together. Drew Nash/Twin Falls Times-News

JEROME — As 19 barrel racers warmed up outside the Shoshone rodeo arena, their reflections glided across the pool of muddy rainwater they circled. The pounding of their horses’ hooves on the wet earth mixed with their laughter and the hum of idling diesel trucks.

Wildlife and wilderness in New Zealand’s South Island

This June 27, 2016 photo shows Doubtful Sound, a remote fjord within Fiordland National Park in New Zealand's South Island. The southernmost part of the island offers untouched mountain and ocean wilderness and wildlife galore. (Giovanna Dell'Orto via AP)

CURIO BAY, New Zealand (AP) — As a chilly dusk fell on this tiny bay famous for wildlife and Jurassic-era fossilized trees, a white-coated figure waddled gingerly across tide-slicked rocks — me, trying to get out of sight to prevent scaring off yellow-eyed penguins I hoped would come ashore.

Can you still find Sinatra in Vegas?

In this Aug. 12, 2016 photo, posters advertising an upcoming Rat Pack tribute show is shown at the Tuscany Suites and Casino in Las Vegas. Although Frank Sinatra's presence in Sin City has faded, fans can still locate pieces of his Las Vegas legacy with a little homework and a desire to look beyond popular, contemporary tourist attractions. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Popular Frank Sinatra tunes in Las Vegas hotel lobbies have been replaced by the likes of Sia and Rihanna. The final tower of the famed Riviera Hotel and Casino has fallen, and the Sands Hotel and Casino is long gone. A tribute show to the Rat Pack draws mainly retirees.

Vets find healing with horses

Brian Ames, 35, relaxes while his brain waves are monitored during a Reboot Veterans Camp on Friday at Black Butte Ranch in Shoshone. Ames said brain wave optimization has helped him reduce the number of panic attacks he has, which used to occur at least once a week. Pat Sutphin / Twin Falls Times-News

SHOSHONE — James Spear’s headaches always started the same way.

Racers whip across Utah’s famed salt flats

This Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, photo, shows a vehicle speeding across the Bonneville Salt Flats, near Wendover, Utah. Speed-starved racers are finally back at Utah's world-famous Bonneville Salt Flats to hit speeds of 400 mph or more as they compete in Speed Week for the first time since 2013 after wet weather and rough salt cancelled the races for the last two years. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS, Utah (AP) — Blinding white salt stretches across the earth to distant purple mountain ranges, an otherworldly landscape famous for providing a natural track for racers seeking breakneck speeds but fragile enough that rain can easily break it down.

Niagara Falls latest natural wonder to add zip line

In this July 19, 2016 photo provided by WildPlay Ltd., tourists suspended above the water from zip lines make their way at speeds of up to 40 mph toward the the mist of the Horseshoe Falls, on the Ontario side of Niagara Falls. The overhead cables have evolved from a fun way to explore jungle canopies to trendy additions for long-established outdoor destinations. (Kien Tran/WildPlay Ltd. via AP)

Niagara Falls is the latest natural wonder to add a zip line, offering honeymooners and everyone else the chance to take an adrenaline-pumping plunge toward churning mist at speeds topping 40 mph.

Village celebrates rebirth of church, community

This Aug. 10, 2016, photo provided by Carrie Leven shows the exterior of the reconstructed San Antonio Catholic Church in Questa, N.M. The community will celebrate the rededication of the church with a special Mass on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. It took volunteers tens of thousands of hours over the last several years to rebuild the heart of one mountain village in northern New Mexico. (Carrie Leven via AP)

Fueled by faith and determination, volunteers worked tens of thousands of hours over the last several years to rebuild the heart of one mountain village in northern New Mexico.


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