Riding the Range

This April 25, 2009 photo shows State Rep. Joel Judd, left, D-Denver, and former state Rep. Jim Snook,R-Alamosa, ride the range near Granada, Colo., to listen to local ranchers and farmers about the impact state laws have on rural communities.

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This April 25, 2009 photo shows State Rep. Joel Judd, left, D-Denver, and former state Rep. Jim Snook,R-Alamosa, ride the range near Granada, Colo., to listen to local ranchers and farmers about the impact state laws have on rural communities. Colorado state Rep. Wes McKinley says he got tired of fellow lawmakers voting to pass bills that hurt his rural constituents, like the one requiring ranchers to take care of wild cats, or another requiring butchering animals to be kept in bigger pens. So last weekend he invited his colleagues to come see part of the real West, the southeastern plains. A half dozen took him up on the offer, riding the range and helping with a cattle drive.

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