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12B Wednesday, March 28, 2001 Bulletin. Progressive, m m "%% -~ Indian Valley rancher lives off the land By Alicia Higbee and their good grades prove it. Indian Valley Editor The Rogers' Key Brand An- There is no better place than gus Ranch covers at least a a country ranch to raise a faro- half-mile stretch of North Val- ily, according to Indian Valley ley Road between Greenville ranchers Harry and Pauline and Taylorsvil]e. Rogers. Even before the sunshine They have four energetic spelled springtime, the Rogers boys ranging from the toddler, already knew it was here. .......... Harrison, to 15-year-old New calves began arriving Nathan. in February, and are being Why choose a small town born almost every day now. and ranching for a way of life? Working outdoors aU day al- "It's not for the money, so makes other signs of spring that's for sure," is Harry's ira- obvious. mediate response. Harry and other residents of Even with all the dust, hay the valley are quick to call seeds and cow paddies, life on each other when they notice a ranch seems cleaner than in the first birds of spring, such a city, Harry and Pauline as sand hill cranes and agree, killdeer. It is also a more protected Even the swallows have ar- life away from the abundancerived, unlike in San Juan of violence, crime, gangs and Capistrano, where Harry was drugs in cities, raised and where people were And, raising the boys in thestill waiting. rancher's tradition makes for a Harry laughed, and their thoughtful citizen later, Harry family peacock cried out in says. what seemed like humorous While the boys learn respon-agreement. sibility from taking care of ani- Nathan, Patrick and Taylor reals, the signs of thoughtful- just.got home from school and ness come to the surface, are over in the coral squishing "Did I remember to water through the paddies and train- the animals?" one boy might ing their steers for the fair this wonder before running acrosssummer. the road and into the field to Poor Patrick, Harry says check, with a chuckle. He seems to al- These lessons in responsibil- ways get the ornery steer with ity and thoughtfulness seem to an attitude. carry over into school, as well, Before raising steer for theLittle Harrison Rogers tries to Harry said. last three years, Patrick was He was always ready to All three older boys are seri- the champion showman of share tips and tricks with his ous about their school work,chickens at the fair. fowl fellows, such as his recipe While his older brothers practice training their steers with show sticks, Harrison Rogers, with a show stick of his own, watches with his dad, Harry. Photos b Patrick carefully winds up wire from the bales of hay when the afternoon feeding is done. Baling wire is use- ful for many things, includ- ing fence repair and keep- ing gates shut. tempt the new calves with a handful of sweet hay. fQr keeping feathers a shinymade $1,850 for a really ornery "I see myself as an white. Brahma cross at the livestock mentalist," Harry says. When it was Taylor and the auction from Wilburn Con- my best interest to take chickens, his dream was to struction, theland." someday raise a sheep, but While the kids are busy with The setting sun somehow cattle and sheep do 4-H, and Morn is busy working the wetland area of not mix on the Rogers' ranch, at Safeway, Dad is working to- before sinking behind This time, Pauline laughs, ward a better environment and mountain. Meanwhile, Harrison swings a better educated public. The family chores a steer show stick that is He is a member of the Feath- and it is almo: longer than he is tall. er River Resource and Conser- The truck bounces He likes to follow his broth- vation District, Chamber ofroad toward the house, ers around the ranch. Commerce, American Angus bright bumper sticker His oldest brother, Nathan, Association and the founder of "Eat beef--the west is the president of the 4-H club the Indian Valley Flood Coali- won on salad." this year, and last year, he tion. l Patrick and Taylor Rogers hold the newest calf still, while their brother, Nathan, tags its ear. Momma cow was not too sure about the whole ing, so she stayed close by to watch. A special supplement produced especially for Plumas County residents & businesses. Learn how to build your dream home or how to turn your existing home into the dream home you've always desired. Advertising Deadline: - t Tuesday, April 17th Publishes: Wednesday, May 9th To be included in this very informational supplement, call your advertising representative today! Sherri, Rhonda, Michelie 283-0800 284-7800 Cheri, 258-3115 832-4646