It has been a strange 10 weeks since March 17. I miss going to meetings and seeing people. Being able to go places and see things on Mt. Lassen bus tours.

On Wednesday, May 27, I got a haircut. What a wonderful feeling, even though she wore a mask, no magazines to read and Lysol wipe containers nearby. Hope manicures soon follow.

After two phone and Zoom Tehama County Cattlemen monthly meetings, we met in person on the 27. At our CattleWomen board of directors meeting we brought lawn chairs and met on the Farm Bureau parking lot, sitting 6 feet apart.

We got the California CattleWomen quarterly newsletter mailed thanks to Linda Johnson, Cindy McCarthy, Linda and Laurel Walker, Shirley Davis and Jenny McCluskey coming to apply the address label and postage stamp on 1,900 newsletters. We met at Linda Borror’s home since the Farm Bureau meeting room wasn’t available. The mid-year meeting in Paso Robles had been cancelled and the Women In Ranching Education & Development has been postponed until Sept. 26 at Yolo Land & Cattle Co. near Esparto. So nice to see and visit while we worked.

I had a beautiful weed free garden, until the rain showers of May 17-18 when I had 1.1 inches of rain. Earlier on the 11th had 0.6 inches and many had hay cut, or bales still out in the field. Much too late to be helpful except for those with permanent pastures. But you should see the sprouted purslane, cheese weed, ragweed and morning glory in my garden after the rain. In past years the weed elimination was not a priority since there was places to go.

Dusty deBraga with help of other riders on horseback drove his cows and calves down Hogsback Road the other day to the Bunting Ranch, after spending the winter grazing on Hogsback allotments. From there they would be shipped the following day to Karlo, in Secret Valley, 20 miles east-northeast of Susanville. The cows in the lead were nearly to the pavement while the drag was just visible on the top of the hill. Thanks to Dena Hendricks for the phone call so I could get a picture.

My friend Melanie Fowle has Hampshire and Suffolk sheep at her ranch in Etna, Siskiyou County and this week she had a ewe and two 300-pound rams killed by a mountain lion. Because it occurred within 10 days, and three victims, they could shoot the mountain lion. Someone shot the mountain lion with a ram in his mouth as he was dragging it toward the corral fence. Another ram was injured; don’t know if he survived or not. Melanie had been bringing the sheep in from the pastures each evening to give them protection. Glad someone is a good shot.

Thanks to Ned Coe posting on Facebook with pictures: “Modoc High class of 2020 may not have a traditional graduation but they are the first class to have every graduating senior have a banner with their photo along Main St, Alturas.” And Harriet Crum, another Facebook friend posted: “Good for Alturas. Our grocery store in John Day, OR has posted pictures of each Grant Union graduate on their outside wall under the windows, about shoulder high.”

Tehama District Junior Livestock Auction had many generous businesses and individuals that donated $44,060 to a pool. All goats, lambs and hogs sold for at least $1,450, and the steers minimum price was $4,800.

Thanks to the following for their support: Alsco, Inc; George Archer, Greg Avila, B & B Contracting, Inc; Banner Bank, Jeannie Bunt, California Women in Agriculture, Cornerstone Bank, Corning Ace Hardware, Driscoll’s Strawberries, Flooring America of Redding, Golden State Farm Credit, Hi Tech Diesel Specialist, Inc; I-5 Rentals,  LOK  Tite Mini Storage, Manton Grange, Bill McMahon, CPA;   McCoys Hardware & Farm Supply, Fred & Jeanette Mueller, Judd Miller Custom Saddlery, Plumbers & Pipefitters LU 228, Raley’s Super Store, Red Bluff Round-Up Association, Rockin P BBQ, Silvera Girls, Simplot Grower Solutions, Les Schwab Tire – Corning, Les Schwab Tire – Red Bluff, Tehama County Cattlemen & CattleWomen, Carlos Zapata Enterprises LLC.

I don’t know Lacey Parsons, a ranch girl growing up in the Plumas-Sierra County area, who wrote a letter to the editor in the May 16 Daily News that I wished I had written. You remember Good Morning America on national television had photos of the Cottonwood Rodeo. We are Facebook “friends” though, and Facebook deleted this article after I shared it and others mentioned they were deleted also.

On May 26, Lacey wrote more comments:

“On Mother’s Day of this year, I “risked my life” by attending the 2020 Cottonwood Mother’s Day Rodeo. Thousands gathered side by side…no masks…no social distancing. I watched as a group passed around a bottle of whisky. People hugged. People shook hands. I even watched in complete horror as a journalist high fived a couple of little kids. Can you even imagine? The nerve…

“Cottonwood made international news for what happened that day. People said a 2nd wave was coming. People said we were putting everyone in our communities at risk. People even wished death upon those who attended and their families. Health and Human Services blasted rodeo organizers and attendees in the local media, saying we would delay the reopening of our county…a bald-faced lie, as the county was reopened by the governor the very next day.

“So here we are…2 weeks and 2 days later…still alive. The 2nd wave never came. In fact, only 3 new cases were reported in the county of 180,000+ since May 10th, none of which have been linked to the rodeo.

“Perhaps it was the whisky that spared them from contracting the virus. Maybe it was the sunlight. No matter, everyone who attended the rodeo has continued on with life, unaffected.

“Where is the media now? Why is this not being reported? I urge anyone and everyone who believes in freedom to write to your local papers and news stations and tell them these facts.

“It’s time we step away from the fear being instilled in us by the media and start living again. It’s time we overcome this silent threat that came in like a lion and surely will go out like a lamb.

“— Lacey Parsons”

I wanted to watch rodeo again, and being technology challenged, daughter Linda added the app Cowboy Channel Plus to my computer, and I was able to watch the Cave Creek, AZ rodeo for three nights. The first PRCA rodeo since Houston when the shut down occurred 10 weeks ago.

My biggest complaint was the same commercials, 3 to 5 minutes in length, between each event. If I wasn’t desperate for a rodeo, I would have turned it off, but they had a captive audience.

Heard there were 600 contestants. Judges and contestants were wearing masks, except when competing. No audience. Social distancing, etc. The steers ran fast in steer wrestling and team roping.  Stout and husky calves in the Tie Down Roping. Cervi was livestock producer.

Former District 1 California High School Rodeo contestants Rial Englehart, Lakeview, Oregon was 19.7 in calf roping Saturday night. T. J. Gray, Dairy, Oregon rode his bull 7.81 seconds, and brother Levi Gray, is currently 5th in Bull Riding.130 barrel racers and Nellie Miller was 15.29 but knocked over the second barrel. Former California High School contestants, the steer outran Luke Branquinho in steer wrestling and Kyle Lockett was outran in team roping.

J C Mortenson bucked off, but enjoyed the interview with J. C. Truillo, his grandfather. Mortenson is the Growney’s of Red Bluff nephew.

Jean Barton has been writing her column in the Daily News since the early 1990s. She can be reached by e-mail at

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