Cowboy Poetry Festival

Julia Ritchey

The Oregon standoff at a national wildlife refuge enters Day 33 with only a few holdouts remaining. So far 11 people have been arrested, including Ammon and Ryan Bundy, sons of defiant Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. As Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports, many ranchers say the issues involving public lands are too complex to be minimized to just one group’s actions.  

Ever since Ammon Bundy and a band of anti-government protestors took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, attention has turned to the role the federal government plays in land-use policy.

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Elko's 32nd annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering wrapped up this weekend with song, dance and spoken word. Our reporter Julia Ritchey was there and talked with a Texas performer who's among the younger generation trying to keep this folk tradition alive. Below are excerpts of their conversation.

Andy Hedges hails from Lubbock, Texas, where at the age of 14 he began playing guitar and collecting traditional cowboy poems and folk songs introduced to him by his father.

Elko's Cowboy Poetry Gathering In Full Swing

Jan 29, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Cowboys and cowgirls have convened in Elko for the 32nd annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering, celebrating the oral traditions of the Old West. Reporter Julia Ritchey is there and has more.

From spontaneous jam sessions to spoken-word performances, the event draws nearly 6,000 people and has become a major boon to the local economy.

“These next three days are the busiest days all year for us,” says Jessie Deleon, a bartender at the Duncan Middle Creek Bar & Gallery in downtown Elko.