MOORPARK, Calif. — John and Molly Chester, a filmmaker and a chef, had made a decision that many urbanites only fantasize about: They decided to leave their life in Los Angeles and start a farm that would function in harmony with nature.

Cowboy gear artists who often lead solitary lives because of the nature of their art or lifestyles, living on remote farms and ranches, met up last week to network and learn more about the business side of their art, during the inaugural Idaho Cowgirl Congress Showcase and Demonstration.

BOISE — The Sherman Glenn Ranch, a southwestern Idaho ranch that was established in 1906 and spans six generations, is the latest ranch to be designated as an Idaho Century Ranch.

SMITHFIELD, Utah — The sound of traditional Western yodeling filled the halls of Summit Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — The Spirit of the West came alive in songs and poetry throughout downtown Ellensburg over this past weekend, and was put into action at Bloom Pavilion — the location of the Spirit of the West Roping competition.

Prejudice is a funny thing. When a city slicker or a dude comes meanderin’ into the Montana bar in Glasgow he’s liable to get a lot of hard stares.

The television paralyzed watchers as the horrendous flames burned California to ashes. The governor in command puffed and pounded, claiming that he and his ENVIRO-DENY-ERS took NO BLAME, NO BLAME, NO BLAME!

UCON — The tiny community of Ucon, north of Idaho Falls, recreated and celebrated the Nativity before about 600 people on a recent cold December evening.

NORTHGLENN, Colo. — Niman Ranch, a leader in sustainable agriculture and humane livestock practices, announced earlier this year it had raised nearly $100,000 to help the National Young Farmers Coalition.

AMARILLO, Texas — In a converted gas station on the bend of Plains Boulevard resides Richard Oliver, his two sons, Bryan and Zeb, and a small group of employees busy with handiwork in a business that’s not found much of anywhere any longer.

COEUR D’ALENE — At 24-years-old, Autumn Weppener is a full-time industrial welder and runs her own side business called “PRETTYNSTEEL Metal Art.”

VICTOR — After six years with the nonprofit Full Circle Education, Emily Sustick has dug deep, planted a lot of seeds and is now looking to cultivate a growing passion of her own in her next act along the Teton Valley’s various stages.

The magic is tenuous, suspended in the air between, as the majestic elk look you in the eye and blink. They are regarding you, as you are regarding them, and the frozen tundra, tingling of bells, prancing, dressed out horses and billowing puff clouds appearing and disappearing with each snor…

CALDWELL— In 1907, a man named George Underkofler decided to plant his roots in southwest Idaho and bought a 40-acre parcel for about $4,000. Underkofler then turned this land into a farm, raising cattle, alfalfa, corn and beans.

DAY CREEK Wash. — Jim Hayton had been looking for his family’s 1959 John Deere 730 tractor for 10 years when he got a call that it was on Craigslist.

GRANGEVILLE —, an auction business out of Grangeville, is currently hosting an online-only auction for a 93-year collection of antique tractors and crawlers from the estate of Edward Franklin “Ted” Billups.

PRESTON — Cowboy poetry isn’t anything Marty Mickelson ever intended to write and recite, but his fans sure get a kick out of when he does. In fact, he participates in the Cowboy Poetry Gatherings in Hyrum, Utah, and Elko, Nev., and often shares his poems at church and family gatherings.

RIGBY — Those driving a half-mile south past the Clark Ward Church off Idaho Highway 48 may have notice a historical marker nailed into a large Lombardi Poplar Tree. This sign marks the location of the 60-acre Brown Homestead and three 100-year-old poplar trees.

PRESTON — The cold weather is bringing the canning season to a tenuous end, and the Franklin County Cannery is hopping with people in the mood to preserve.

LAKEVIEW, Ore. — Margot Dodd, this year’s winner of the annual Oktoberfest Cow Pie Bingo contest, says it’s the best pie she’s ever had!

KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Despite the sweltering heat in the summer and freezing conditions in the winter, the fellowship grew. Over the years, two more cowboy churches were started by members of Circle J Cowboy Church; Cross Anchor Cowboy Church in Hawkins County by Steve Wade and Circle C Cowboy …

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — After a long and successful career up on the saddle training horses and their owners across the country, John Lyons wanted nothing more than to retire, ride off into the sunset and sell his 70-acre Parachute ranch for the next generation to take the reigns.

NAMPA — Current Nampa resident Rick Gutierrez went to school hoping to become a sheep veterinarian, because when he was growing up he said his family couldn’t get a vet to come work on their sheep.

BURLINGTON, Wash. — Five-year-old Brooke Frankhouser squealed as a tiny pumpkin soared through the air at the 15th annual Burlington Harvest and Pumpkin Pitch on Saturday.

MERIDIAN — Farming has always been a part of Jim Lowe’s life. He grew up on a farm in Montana and moved to Idaho, continuing that legacy with his wife, Hillary Lowe.

GLENDALE — Blain Webster, just two months shy of 97, can’t think of a better way to spend a day, than to drive a swather across a field. He’s been helping his grandson, Matt Webster, harvest 600 acres of hay and grain this summer, and its been the best summer he’s had in the past five years.

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Exhibitors, vendors, fans and enthusiasts of vintage agricultural equipment gathered at Anderson Hay over the weekend to take part in the 35th annual Threshing Bee.

FORT HALL — One jockey, three horses and no saddles is the recipe for what has been called America’s first extreme sport: Indian relay racing.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — “Turn your eyes where you want to go,” instructed Shelley Trumbly, the executive director of Solid Ground — an equine assisted activities and therapy center. She was talking to a young boy participating in the center’s summer camp.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — More than 100 years ago, Cheyenne captured the hearts and minds of people across the world. For some, it still does.

LEWISTON, Utah — Hobby farmer Parker Haviland grew up with horses, following his father on trail and wagon rides that he did for business.