Magazine article Sunset

Back Home on the Range

Magazine article Sunset

Back Home on the Range

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Thank you for telling the ranchers' story ("Home on the Range," February, page 90). We raise organic beef in California and Oregon, and the dedication and difficulties ranchers have in maintaining their livelihood is rarely presented to the urban public. It is very important that people understand what excellent stewards of the land ranchers are.



I enjoyed your article on family ranching in Big Timber, Montana, but Jeff Phillips unfortunately misrepresented some facts.

First, in reference to the ranch that Michael Keaton and I and eight other partners purchased, the price was overstated by a cool $1 million. second, the ranch was a family-run dude ranch famous for its fishing, not a working cattle ranch.

As for die partnership, those of us with ranches in the immediate area are all involved in production of one kind or another. We raise bison and quarter horses, and every year we lease about half of our grass to neighboring cattlemen. For the last couple of years, our leases have been to small operators who are trying to carve out dieir piece of the cattle culture. We work very hard to be responsible guardians of the land, from weed control to riparian protection, and to be good neighbors.

I was first drawn to Montana more than 25 years ago when I did a documentary on the struggle to maintain the family ranching tradition. I am keenly aware of the many challenges involved, but I am also just as aware that I am not die problem.



EDITOR'S NOTE: Sunset reported the Brokaw partnership because collectively it is one of the biggest landowners in die region.

Halfway through the February Sunset were the irresistible picture and recipe for Multicolored-Pepper Steaks with Balsamic Onions (February, page 97). We rushed to the market and, armed with two New York steaks and sweet onions, we raced home. My husband did the steaks, I the onions, then-with Yukon Gold potatoes and Oregon Pinot Noir-we enjoyed the best steak we've ever eaten.



Warming rolls

As former Bay Area residents, we still love reading Sunset every month. What better way to spend the Boston blizzard of 2005 than by making Grandma Carroll's Cinnamon Rolls (January, page 92). A perfect treat for a wintry day! …

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