Raised In The West Magazine

Raised In The West Magazine RAISED is about interesting, authentic, educational, uplifting and entertaining stories that exemplify life in the west.

Remember the story of Shep, the faithful sheep dog from Fort Benton? We brought back some wonderful memories of that ama...
01/12/2022
Forever Faithful — Raised in the West Magazine

Remember the story of Shep, the faithful sheep dog from Fort Benton? We brought back some wonderful memories of that amazing animal in our last issue. Check it out online now. https://www.raisedinthewest.com/current-issue/forever-faithful

Along the walking trail on the levee fronting the Missouri River in Fort Benton, several bronze statues memorialize characters who brazed a legacy in Montana by foot, hoof, or paw. One of the sculptures is of a Fort Benton sheepdog whose life was a faithful testament to the bond between dog and huma

I first met Roger almost three years ago when we covered his story of being a rattlesnake wrangler. I knew there was som...
01/09/2022

I first met Roger almost three years ago when we covered his story of being a rattlesnake wrangler. I knew there was something special about him. I mean who spends 25 years of their life gathering up rattlesnakes in the hills of Montana for a living? Roger was leery about talking about his unusual business with anyone in publishing, so I was honored that he let me interview him. I’m not sure whether it was because I am 4th generation Montana ranch raised, I went to high school in Big Timber with one of his sons or I was friends with the wife of one of his son’s best friends. But after a very entertaining day of gathering the story of how he wrestled snakes, we began a friendship.
Roger would call me after he’d received the latest issue of our magazine and had a chance to read it. He’d discuss each story and compliment me about this or that. “You guys are doing a great job,” he would say. I especially enjoyed the story about…” I started looking forward to his calls. But it wasn’t long before I started calling him too when I’d have a few free minutes. I knew he was lonely after his wife of 60 some years died, so I’d ask him how he was feeling, is he eating ok, was he out doing crazy things he shouldn’t be doing?
He always started his conversation with, “I’m not doing so good. They got me on oxygen now, you know because of my lungs.” It might be the start of a conversation that one would expect to lead into him telling me that he sat in his recliner and watched TV all day, because after all, he was 80. But Roger never did that. He loved life and activity and being outside. He might have been on oxygen, and not in the best of health, but he didn’t let it slow him down. Most often, he would tell me about riding his ATV to the neighbors to help them spray weeds or irrigate. Or he’d say that one of his sons was going to be there to go hunting with him, or fishing, or snowmobiling. Or, like one of his escapades this summer, when he told me about needing to find a radioed rattlesnake to change the battery. Seriously? But that was Roger.
I would remind him that he was too old to be out galivanting around like that, and he’d laugh and say, “hey, I’m good to go!” And good to go, meant he was at peace with when his life would end. He desperately missed Rita and he knew that he was going to be in heaven, a place where he no longer needed his oxygen bottles and as he would say laughingly, “no rattlesnakes hopefully!”
I called Roger on New Year’s Day and he didn’t answer. I felt a ping in my heart and knew something wasn’t right. Roger always answered. Not 20 minutes later, I found out he had passed away. He’d gone coyote hunting with a good buddy and didn’t show up at the appointed time. They say his heart just gave out. He died doing what he loved, being outdoors and enjoying God’s creation.
What a legacy Roger has left for his boys and their families. He lived life fully, cared deeply and always had time for a good laugh, a good beer and good friends. Rest in peace my friend, I will miss you.

Need a little laugh while we experience this cold snap. This should make you smile!
01/06/2022

Need a little laugh while we experience this cold snap. This should make you smile!

A few things learned on the feed ground :

1. Frozen manure is the hardest material on the planet at - 25*F.

2. Do not drop the twine anywhere near the bale, unless you want to chase down a cow who will inevitably step in the middle of it while trying to steal a bite of hay.

3. Zip your pocket up when you put your knife away, or it shall return back to the earth forever.

4. The quality of your cell phone pictures at sub zero windchill temps are probably not worth freezing your face for.

5. 900 pound straw bales will slide off a frosty steel fed bed like butter from a hot knife. Be prepared.

6. Don't worry, the cows aren't judging how dumb you look when you trip over the net wrap or twine. They are, however, judging how long it takes you to get them fed.

These are the days, friends. Good times are had by all, every day. 🤪

❤️Richelle

Go Cats! All of Montana is behind you! Bring home the championship!
01/04/2022

Go Cats! All of Montana is behind you! Bring home the championship!

Go Bobcats! // It’s Championship game week! If we leave now in the feed pickup, I think we can make Frisco, TX by Saturday! 🤣 But who are we kidding…it’s going to be -40 the rest of the week and we have cows to feed. 🤪 We will be cheering loud for our Montana State Bobcats as they take on the North Dakota State Bison in the FCS Championship game on Saturday! Wishing all of the MSU and NDSU fans safe travels to and from Texas! Eat s**t Bison! (and Grizzlies!) GO CATS GO! 💙💛

#fcschampionship #msubobcats #montanastate #gobobcats #bigskycountry

01/04/2022

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"Cyd, your magazine has made me smile more than once. The most recent issue read like some lost friend's Christmas Lette...
12/31/2021
The Simplicity of a Modern Pioneer’s Christmas — Raised in the West Magazine

"Cyd, your magazine has made me smile more than once. The most recent issue read like some lost friend's Christmas Letter, Thanks..." Greg

This note along with money for a subscription for two years is what keep us looking for great stories to share with you and 2022 is already unveiling some wonderful things for the magazine.

For our last story of 2022, if you haven't read it in one of our magazines, check it out online. A story of simplicity, love and awe.

https://www.raisedinthewest.com/current-issue/the-simplicity-of-a-modern-pioneers-christmas

Like the wafting snow outside, my mind drifts to another cold December nearly 25 years ago when I sat beside another woodstove, visiting my parents in Montana over Christmas.

Minus 9 across most of Montana! That's unbearable! Hope everyone stays safe and warm as you go about taking care of live...
12/27/2021
The Blessings of Christmas — Raised in the West Magazine

Minus 9 across most of Montana! That's unbearable! Hope everyone stays safe and warm as you go about taking care of livestock, keeping machinery going and the house warm. When you get a chance check out our heartwarming stories in our latest issue of RITW. This one dates back several decades about my own family and includes an article my late momma wrote too.

https://www.raisedinthewest.com/current-issue/the-blessings-of-christmas

Quickly, we slipped Maggie Oh through the front door and left her by the Christmas tree. Our excited youngsters raced in and stopped in amazement to find a horse in the living room!

I believe every farmer and rancher across Montana and Wyoming would echo this prayer.
12/21/2021

I believe every farmer and rancher across Montana and Wyoming would echo this prayer.

A Rancher’s Christmas Prayer

We don’t need a lot of money, Lord
We can get by without much wealth
I hope you know how grateful I am for my family, livestock, and our health

I would sure like to see the cattle markets stabilize, and for all us in agriculture to be able
To pay the bills, make ends meet, and keep food on the table

I’d like to wake up to a morning without wind,
And to see some moisture fall from the skies
If it meant water in the creek and grass for the cows, heck, I’d even fight some ice.
Times are hard all over, and I know you know that’s true

But there’s not too much I can do to change that, so I guess we’ll just keep doing what we do

Lord, this life ain’t about the money or the fame
It’s the calling you’ve bestowed upon us,
To feed and clothe your people
Even though sometimes it’s hard, we do the work
Hopefully without much fuss

It isn’t much, this little prayer,
But as Christmas draws near
All I can ask for on my Christmas list, is that
You’ll see us through
And give us one more year.

Wishing you all a blessed and Merry Christmas, from my family to yours.
❤️🙏Richelle

Originally published by The Cattle Business Weekly December, 2021

Could you use an encouraging story about now? Have you picked up our latest issue of RITW? It's in all the regular locat...
12/20/2021
Dougie Hall: A Desire to Inspire! — Raised in the West Magazine

Could you use an encouraging story about now? Have you picked up our latest issue of RITW? It's in all the regular locations, and it's already online. Check out Dougie Hall story. He's on the cover of our latest issue of RITW. You'll be encouraged by this amazing young man's story and his plans for the future.

https://www.raisedinthewest.com/current-issue/dougie-hall-a-desire-to-inspire

Those familiar with Dougie know him because of one or more of his successful careers – an up-and-coming Saddle Bronc rider, a successful horse trainer, and a motivational speaker.

Subscribers...the last issue of the year is being mailed today! If you don't subscribe, it's not too late! $25/yr for 4 ...
12/14/2021

Subscribers...the last issue of the year is being mailed today! If you don't subscribe, it's not too late! $25/yr for 4 quarterly issues! Send a check to PO Box 80267, Billings, MT 59108 or log on to raisedinthewest.com and pay online.

Subscribers...the last issue of the year is being mailed today! If you don't subscribe, it's not too late! $25/yr for 4 quarterly issues! Send a check to PO Box 80267, Billings, MT 59108 or log on to raisedinthewest.com and pay online.

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that one of our Raised in the West "Colorful Characters" has passed away...
12/08/2021
Colorful Character Virgil Gust — Raised in the West Magazine

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that one of our Raised in the West "Colorful Characters" has passed away. Virgil Gust of Big Timber celebrated his 100th birthday last fall and was one of Sweet Grass County's icons. Our hearts and prayers go out to the entire Gust family. Read about his story in one of our past issues of RITW.

https://www.raisedinthewest.com/archives/virgilgust

Every day, Virgil climbs the steep steps to his office in the loft of the store and oversees the business that he and his partner J.Q. Robbins founded in 1947. Walking through the door at Gust’s is like stepping into a time machine and turning the dial back 70-plus years, except that the merchandi...

A sneak peek at our last issue of the year...should be on its way in less than a week. It's a good one too!  Don't want ...
12/07/2021

A sneak peek at our last issue of the year...should be on its way in less than a week. It's a good one too! Don't want to miss it? You can subscribe through our website raisedinthewest.com

A sneak peek at our last issue of the year...should be on its way in less than a week. It's a good one too! Don't want to miss it? You can subscribe through our website raisedinthewest.com

12/07/2021
Denton Strong

Such devastation. But so like Montana to step up and help out in anyway they can. Please continue prayers for our friends and neighbors in Denton.

While scrolling through RITW archives on our website, this article popped up. This is truly one of my most favorite stor...
12/04/2021
When Trials Become Blessings — Raised in the West Magazine

While scrolling through RITW archives on our website, this article popped up. This is truly one of my most favorite stories. We love this ranch family outside of Absarokee. To lift your spirits and give you encouragement, read their story. I promise you, you will be blessed!
https://www.raisedinthewest.com/archives/ryanlindseyclark

Along the foothills of the Beartooth Mountains, near the base of Fishtail Butte, sprawls a beautiful cattle ranch where Ryan and Lindsey Clark are raising their cattle and their kids. A pasture full of cows and calves are scattered along the lane leading up to the ranch house. An immaculate place,

Prayers for Denton residents and other in Fergus County impacted by the fires yesterday. Fires were also burning near Br...
12/02/2021

Prayers for Denton residents and other in Fergus County impacted by the fires yesterday. Fires were also burning near Browning and Gibson Flats near Great Falls. It doesn't help that we started December with +60 degree weather and winds reaching between 50 and 100 mph.

To subscribe to RITW for you or someone on your list. Go to www.raisedinthewest.com or send a check for $25 to RITW, Box...
11/29/2021

To subscribe to RITW for you or someone on your list. Go to www.raisedinthewest.com or send a check for $25 to RITW, Box 80267, Billings, MT 59108

To subscribe to RITW for you or someone on your list. Go to www.raisedinthewest.com or send a check for $25 to RITW, Box 80267, Billings, MT 59108

Blessings to you & your family from the crew at Raised in the West!
11/25/2021

Blessings to you & your family from the crew at Raised in the West!

Blessings to you & your family from the crew at Raised in the West!

Happy Halloween!
11/01/2021

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

It's been a rough couple of weeks, eye surgery, short handed at the café and then making the decision to postpone our Ch...
10/27/2021

It's been a rough couple of weeks, eye surgery, short handed at the café and then making the decision to postpone our Christmas issue by a couple of weeks. Sometimes you feel like throwing in the towel. And then something like this comes along. A handwritten note from someone that called me several months ago, as he was waiting for his wife to recover in the hospital. To pass the time, he grabbed one of our magazines in the lobby and called to tell me he was enjoying the read. When he told me he was from Thermopolis and would be sitting at the hospital for awhile, I offered to drop off a couple of back issues. Not long after, he sent money for a subscription and then after receiving the fall issue in the mail, this letter came, along with money to cover the cost of three more subscriptions for friends. It's people like this that take the time to tell me "good job," that reminds me that we're impacting people with what we're doing and that feels good. Really good. Thanks to all of our RITW readers. We appreciate each of you!

It's been a rough couple of weeks, eye surgery, short handed at the café and then making the decision to postpone our Christmas issue by a couple of weeks. Sometimes you feel like throwing in the towel. And then something like this comes along. A handwritten note from someone that called me several months ago, as he was waiting for his wife to recover in the hospital. To pass the time, he grabbed one of our magazines in the lobby and called to tell me he was enjoying the read. When he told me he was from Thermopolis and would be sitting at the hospital for awhile, I offered to drop off a couple of back issues. Not long after, he sent money for a subscription and then after receiving the fall issue in the mail, this letter came, along with money to cover the cost of three more subscriptions for friends. It's people like this that take the time to tell me "good job," that reminds me that we're impacting people with what we're doing and that feels good. Really good. Thanks to all of our RITW readers. We appreciate each of you!

Christmas is just two months away! There's word that it could be a hard one for many. Inflation, empty shelves, gasoline...
10/24/2021

Christmas is just two months away! There's word that it could be a hard one for many. Inflation, empty shelves, gasoline prices and airline tickets, among other things, could affect plans. What's your family going to do? Will you maintain old traditions? Will you add new ones? Will you exchange gifts? We want to know! Give us a glimpse into your family's Christmases. Looking back, is there one that stands out above all others? Why? Are you planning something completely different this year? We're compiling stories of what's going on out there for the holidays and what went on in years past and we'd love to hear from you. Message RITW, email [email protected] or post it below. Thanks!

Christmas is just two months away! There's word that it could be a hard one for many. Inflation, empty shelves, gasoline prices and airline tickets, among other things, could affect plans. What's your family going to do? Will you maintain old traditions? Will you add new ones? Will you exchange gifts? We want to know! Give us a glimpse into your family's Christmases. Looking back, is there one that stands out above all others? Why? Are you planning something completely different this year? We're compiling stories of what's going on out there for the holidays and what went on in years past and we'd love to hear from you. Message RITW, email [email protected] or post it below. Thanks!

Hard to believe it's been 4 months since the Robertson Draw Fire. Today the scorched mountainside appears to be dormant....
10/18/2021

Hard to believe it's been 4 months since the Robertson Draw Fire. Today the scorched mountainside appears to be dormant. Who's to say how long it will take before it's rejuvenated back to it's old glory. In the meantime the town will continue to share space with the wildlife...

I'm like a kid when I get a hand written note in the mail. It usually means an ole timer has picked up the magazine and ...
10/14/2021

I'm like a kid when I get a hand written note in the mail. It usually means an ole timer has picked up the magazine and something we wrote about meant something to them. Most of our out-of-state subscriptions have roots back here and reading RITW helps them feel connected. That's a high compliment! We've had a lot of response from our fall issue. Pick it up before it's gone. Or subscribe so you don't miss an issue by sending $30 to the pictured address or by paying online at raisedinthewest.com

I'm like a kid when I get a hand written note in the mail. It usually means an ole timer has picked up the magazine and something we wrote about meant something to them. Most of our out-of-state subscriptions have roots back here and reading RITW helps them feel connected. That's a high compliment! We've had a lot of response from our fall issue. Pick it up before it's gone. Or subscribe so you don't miss an issue by sending $30 to the pictured address or by paying online at raisedinthewest.com

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Cyd, as a fourth generation Montanan, raised on a ranch along the Yellowstone River, has a deep appreciation for families with roots; ranchers hanging on into the 4th, 5th and sometimes 6th generation, doing what they love to do; people that have endured difficult situations and have come out better because of them.

Stu is a true Montana outdoors man, he grew up hunting, fishing, hiking and enjoying every water and snow sport there is. He has an artists eye and captures with his camera what Cyd captures with her words. Together, they, along with a team of writers and photographers are intent on finding stories of interest that are entertaining, educational and enlightening.

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A few issues back you had an article on a gentleman who made saddle blankets--from Billings I believe. I don't see any of the older magazines archived--can you tell me his name? Do you have a listing somewhere of the people featured in past issues for those of us who are memory challenged? 😉
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