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ing to tell a rancher how to run his business. “Any time anyone’s property is illegally being taken, I am biased against it,” he said. Veterinarian testifies Veterinarian Lon Baughman, who was with Wagner in May 2010 when 372 of Wagner’s cattle were seized pursuant to court order, said he saw the range the animals were taken off of, and it looked like it would have been better for the animals to have stayed where they were. “It looked like a decent pasture,” he said. He said there was old growth from the year before, and some green grass was beginning to show. He provided his opinion that open range grazing over the winter was an acceptable ranching practice. When asked if it was safe to say that the condition of Wag-
ner’s cattle could have been related to the difficult winter the animals had just gone through, Baughman said it was possible. He also said it was an accepted risk among ranchers who utilize open ranging in the winter that they might not be able to get to cattle during some winter storms. Upon cross examination by Eberling, Baughman said that if cattle on the range didn’t have access to forage in the form of available grass, they would need some sort of supplement, such as hay. “Most anybody wants to get care for your cattle,” he said. “If they can’t get to open forage, they need something else.” Baughman also said that it was possible if conditions were so adverse, that it wouldn’t matter how much a cow ate if she were nursing a calf or in the late stages of pregnancy, she would still lose body condition. “With those conditions, you got snow covering up a lot of
the forage, the temperatures are low, it’s really hard on cattle,” he said. “They lose weight in those kinds of conditions. They can’t eat enough to maintain their body conditions.” Care for horses Former Park County resident Lynn Mosher, who owned some ranchland north of the Thousand Peaks subdivision and leased that land to Wagner in exchange for Wagner’s care for her horses, said she was pleased with how her horses were treated. She also said she had seen a number of cattle in the Thousand Peaks subdivision during the winter of 2009-2010, and she said the animals looked “fine.” Older animals Robert Slagle, a former animal control officer from Eagle County and retired rancher, said some ranchers don’t cull, or separate, undesirable animals from the herd for sale or slaughter, because the calf they could produce is more valuable. “Unless physical problems
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prevented them from keeping up with the herd, every year was profit,” he said of a cow that could still produce a calf. “If they were having a calf every other year, we were making 50 percent more profit than we would get if [the animals] were in our freezer as hamburger.” State wildlife technician testifies Juan Duran, a retired wildlife technician for the Colorado Division of Wildlife (now part of Colorado Parks and Wildlife), told the jury about his experience with Wagner when he leased the Tomahawk State Wildlife Area across the road from Wagner’s home ranch south of Fair-
play on Colorado Highway 9. He said Wagner leased that land from 2005 through at least to 2010. The Tomahawk State Wildlife Area was available for grazing May 1 through Aug. 31 each year. Under the lease, Wagner was required to move his animals around the ranch to different enclosed areas to keep animals from overgrazing the ranch. Duran said he saw Wagner’s cows on occasion while he was working, and they looked acceptable to him. “My lay opinion was they looked kind of fine,” he said.
11th place, for an overall 16th place finish. Junior Eddie Patterson took the course next. “Eddie had a wonderful first run going, but had trouble near the end and had to hike,” said Feroldi. The second run was much better for Patterson, as he finished 53rd for an overall 65th place. Patterson already qualified for state in the giant slalom with his performance at Loveland on Jan. 4. Junior Andris Arnold, who lives in Douglas County but competes for Platte Canyon, took a double 47th place finish. “He had a very good first run and also did well in his second run,” said Feroldi. In their first year of racing, Dylan Dinse and Craig Beckfield each finished in the top 75. Dinse had two very good runs and was able to finish 59th overall, while Beckfield had two tough runs and completed the day in 74th place. Sophomore Braden Sturek also finished two runs and was right behind teammate Beckfield with a 76th place overall. Josh Kiser had some tough luck as he finished the two hard runs with a respectable 85th place, while Cameron Hoglan finished 88th overall. “Not too bad for a first-year racer,” said Feroldi. Tristan Westley-Aberle was the last Platte Canyon racer to finish. “Tristan just took up skiing this year, so his finish on this world-class course was impressive at 102nd overall,” said Feroldi. Brian Knisely and Chris Holland both crashed in the early part of the race and both did not finish. Platte Canyon will race again on Feb. 1 at the giant slalom at Beaver Creek. With only two races left on the schedule, the Huskies will have two more chances to qualify for the state competition.
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first run as good as she would have liked,” said Feroldi. Dedrickson was able to pick up the pace in her second run and finished in 57th place. Freshman Meghan Gerritsen was the third Husky to complete the course and finished 83rd overall. “Meghan did pretty good on the tough long course,” said Feroldi. Freshman Jessica Lamb was the final female Husky racing, and she finished in 86th place. “Jessica also had two pretty good runs,” said Feroldi. Kate Tarkenton was the only Platte Canyon female racer to get disqualified. “Kate had a pretty good first run going, but hit a slick spot and crashed,” said Feroldi. With the crash, Tarkenton was put out of the race. Boys team The boys took to the hill next, and 10 were able to place, with Bailey’s second place leading the way. “Nick raced near perfect line in his first run,” said Feroldi. Bailey, who lives in Douglas County but competes for Platte Canyon, finished the first run in first place. In the second run, he had a very good race, finishing in fifth place, and his combined time ranked him second overall, just out of first place by 0.13 seconds. “What made this finish even better was the fact that the best high school racers in the state were at this race,” said Feroldi. Next up was freshman Austin Specht, who also lives in Douglas County but competes for Platte Canyon. Specht had a great first run and finished in 17th place. In his second run, Specht did even better and finished in
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PLATTE CANYON AT ASPEN The Platte Canyon ski team poses for a photo at Aspen on Jan. 25. (Photo by Roger Kiser)