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Ranch Diaries series follows what it's like to get into cattle ranching today


High Country News is launching a new series of essays titled "Ranch Diaries" highlighting the experiences of Laura Jean Schneider and Sam Ryerson, members of a younger generation of cattle ranchers. They are ranching on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in southcentral New Mexico. 

Making a living in an industry that faces an ever-evolving host of obstacles like drought, climate changes, political forces, and a volatile cattle market, Schneider will give a peek into what it’s like to take on those challenges during the first year of Triangle P Cattle Company.

Installments of the series will appear at hcn.org on the second fourth Tuesdays of each month. Ranch Diaries will be published through fall 2015, until further notice.

About High Country News:
For more than 40 years, High Country News has been renowned for in-depth, independent journalism that digs a little deeper and reports the stories of the American West that are often overlooked by larger media outlets. HCN’s nonprofit news organization has won numerous awards, including the 2013 and 2010 Utne Media Awards and the George Polk award, for its unique coverage of the West.

For more information about High Country News and the Ranch Diaries, contact Gretchen King, HCN community engagement coordinator, at 970-527-4898 x14 or .