Paula Mayer

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    Riding into the wreck

    Photos and text by Paula Mayer

    Sopris Sun Contributor

    It was the summer of 2019 and I was sitting in the grandstand at Gus Darien Arena. The first round of ranch bronc riding was underway. A bronc came flying out of the bucking chuteread more →

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    Hanging Lake trail damage closes public access

    Photos by Paula Mayer

    Damage from recent debris flows closed the Hanging Lake trail for the remainder of 2021 and work to restore the trail could continue into 2023. Thankfully, the area’s ecology is showing signs of a quick recovery. According to White River National Forestread more →

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    Parting shots: Rocky Mountain Open

    Nacho and Delfina Figuera raised $60,000 for Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation (AVHF) by auctioning a private tour of their home and architecturally renowned stables in Argentina. 

    “Despite all of the challenges that this year presented in the planning of the event,” said AVHF

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    Chasing cans

    By Paula Mayer

    Love of competition, need for speed and control, a sense of community. These are the backbone of barrel racing, a Women’s Pro Rodeo sanctioned event dating back to Texas rodeos in the 1930s.
    This summer, Carbondale’s own five-year-old Teagan Rice has competed in three Junior Barrel… read more →

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    Un día más para José Cano

    Por Paula Mayer

    Traducción por Dolores Duarte

    Cada jueves por la noche en el Carbondale Wild West Rodeo, la monta de toros es el evento final. ¿Por qué nos gusta ver a los valientes atletas montar 1,500 libras de agresividad? Por la misma razón por la que… read more →

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    Just another day at the office for José Cano

    By Paula Mayer

    Sopris Sun Correspondent

    Every Thursday night at the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo, bull riding is the final event. Why do we love watching brave athletes ride 1500 lbs of rank meanness? For the same reason we slow down on the highway to gazeread more →

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    Keeping traditional horsemanship skills alive

    By Paula Mayer

    If you were driving down Catherine’s Store Road last week, you may have noticed a number of men and women riding bareback in Gus Darien Arena. No, they weren’t practicing for the upcoming rodeo. Ten employees of the White River National Forest Service were beingread more →

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    Why am I cracking up now?

    By Paula Mayer.

    We have all seen the news and read the papers: interpersonal violence and mass shootings over the last few months are escalating. At the same time, Garfield County Overall Covid-19 Score is green and 45% of its eligible population is fully vaccinated (garfield-county.com). On May

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    ¡Vámonos al rodeo!

    Por Paula Mayer

    Traducción por Dolores Duarte

    “Padre celestial, en este momento hacemos una pausa, conscientes de las muchas bendiciones que nos has concedido. Te pedimos, Señor, que estés con nosotros en esta arena de la vida. Nosotros, como vaqueros, no pedimos favores especiales…” La últimaread more →

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    Let's rodeo!

    By Paula Mayer

    Sopris Sun Correspondent

    “Our heavenly Father, we pause at this time, mindful of the many blessings you have bestowed upon us. We ask, Lord, that you be with us in this arena of life. We as cowboys do not ask forread more →