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What stumps Warren Buffett? Minimum wage

Business News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:28
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Rivers' kidnapping joke gets no laughs

CNN Entertainment - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:26
Comedian Joan Rivers made a controversial joke about the Cleveland kidnappings on NBC's "Today" show.
Categories: Entertainment News

Female gun instructors in hot demand

Business News - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:56
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Hamas, Fatah 'to reconcile'

CNN World - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:42
Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah announced Wednesday they've agreed to reconcile -- a development that could see the Palestinian territories under a unified leadership for the first time in years.
Categories: International News

Dutch fighter jets intercept 2 Russian bombers in their airspace

CNN World - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:41
Dutch fighter jets scrambled Wednesday to intercept a pair of Russian military aircraft that entered their airspace, a fairly routine action that comes amid heightened tensions between Russia and NATO, a Dutch official said.
Categories: International News

Guymon rodeo features 942 entries

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:25

GUYMON, Okla. – Each spring, hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls make plans to be in the Oklahoma Panhandle for the annual Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo.

“It’s a great weekend, and for me, it starts my summer run,” said Taos Muncy, a two-time world champion saddle bronc rider from Corona, N.M. “We’ve been indoors a big part of the winter, and about the only big outdoor rodeos we’ve been to are Tucson (Ariz.) and out in California.”

Great bucking animals and amazing hospitality are reasons so many of ProRodeo’s biggest stars make their home in the Oklahoma Panhandle each spring for the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo, which features 942 entries this year. (LYNETTE HARBIN PHOTO)

Muncy is one of 942 contestants who have entered this year’s rodeo, with four performances set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena. In 2013, there were 611 events in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Of those, few see contestant numbers like Guymon.

To accommodate the large number of players, the competition takes place over seven days, with “slack” beginning at 8 a.m. Monday-Friday. Steer ropers will compete in four go-rounds on Monday, April 28, and Tuesday, April 29. Tie-down ropers, steer wrestlers and team ropers will take part in two rounds Wednesday, April 30, and Thursday, May 1. Barrel racers will compete Friday, May 2.

“It’s a big rodeo for us, and that’s a good time of year for us to all get there,” said Muncy, who was a member of the Oklahoma Panhandle State University rodeo team when he won the collegiate bronc riding title in 2007. “Guymon is really special to me. I went to school there, and I have a lot of great friends there.

“It’s my secondary home.”

Muncy had a magical 2007 season. That May, he shared the bronc riding title in Guymon with legendary Canadian cowboy Rod Hay. A month later, he claimed the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association title, then backed it all up with the PRCA world championship in December. He added a second gold buckle in 2011.

Taos Muncy

His younger sister, Jordan, also competed on the Panhandle State rodeo team and earned the college championships in breakaway roping and the all-around in 2010. Texas County is special to the Muncy clan.

“I’d love to win every rodeo I go to every year, but I really want to win Guymon,” Taos Muncy said. “I finished second there one other time.”

There are a number of reasons why Pioneer Days is an attractive stop for ProRodeo’s brightest stars. It’s the largest rodeo in the country next week, and it offers a true home-away-from-home feel. Contestants are guaranteed great hospitality, and there are many of the top cowboys in the game who will make Guymon their home for all seven days.

“We try to do everything we can to get the contestants here every year,” said Earl Helm, chairman of the volunteer committee that produces the annual rodeo. “To have that many contestants coming to town, spending money in our restaurants, hotels, convenience stores … it’s very important to our community. That’s why we pride ourselves in making this a cowboy’s rodeo.

“We not only want them to be here to compete this year, but we want them to come back next year and the years after that.”

Of course, a big part of that is the opportunity to compete on quality livestock. Members of the committee work hard to have the right timed-event cattle in place to give every cowboy and even shot at his share of the large purse.

In addition, Pete Carr Pro Rodeo not only will bring its top animal athletes to town, but Carr will bring in other premier stock contractors to ensure that the top bucking horses and bulls in rodeo will be part of the action. That’s a major drawing card for the top roughstock cowboys, like Muncy.

“When you get to Guymon, you know you’re going to have great bucking horses there,” he said.
“They have the best horses, and they take a lot of entries, so that makes a difference in the number of entries you’re going to get.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Life and death ideas

Health - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:19
These 10 ideas are revolutionizing health care -- from the operating table to the kitchen table.
Categories: Health

Chicago murders down despite bloody weekend, chief says

CNN - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:02
If you heard about dozens of shootings in Chicago on Easter weekend, you might be surprised to hear the city's homicide rate is trending downward, the city's police chief says.
Categories: National News

Lupita Nyong'o: 'Most Beautiful'

CNN - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:53
Actress Lupita Nyong'o is named People Magazine's "Most Beautiful person for 2014."
Categories: National News

Postal worker jailed for stashing 44,900 pieces of mail

CNN - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:50
Newman, Jerry Seinfeld's diabolical nemesis and United States postal worker, was denied his dream transfer to Hawaii when the Post Office discovered he hadn't been delivering a lot of the mail he was supposed to be.
Categories: National News

Georgia OKs guns in bars, churches

CNN - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:49
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law Wednesday that has critics howling and proponents applauding.
Categories: National News

Sinkhole is Corvette museum's newest draw

CNN - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:48
The National Corvette Museum is giving visitors a chance to get close to the sinkhole that swallowed eight Corvettes.
Categories: National News

Ex-Blue Angels leader in sexual harassment inquiry

CNN - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:46
A former commander of the elite Blue Angels is being investigated by the Navy for allegations that he tolerated a work environment that violated military policies against sexual harassment, the Navy said in a news release Wednesday.
Categories: National News

Pressure mounts for college football union vote

CNN - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:46
No matter what the ballots say, Friday will be historic for college sports.
Categories: National News

Boomer: Pacers will regain dominant form

SI - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:45
Sports Illustrated's Boomer Esiason discusses the recent struggles of the Indiana Pacers and if they will be able to win the series with the number eight seeded Atlanta Hawks.
Categories: National Sports

Throwback Thursday: '64 World's Fair

CNN - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:15
While digging through a box that belonged to his father, Robert Ondrovic uncovered a collection of vintage photos that brought him back to the 1964 World's Fair.
Categories: National News
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