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Terry Jost, center, Yampa Valley rancher and president of Mountain Valley Bank, talks Tuesday at the Carpenter Ranch near Hayden about the effects this summer’s drought has had on his personal ranching operation as well as on the financial side of the industry. Standing with him are Lee Curby, left, who leases land with Jost at the Carpenter Ranch, and Geoff Blakeslee, manager of the Carpenter Ranch.

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State officials meet with local ranchers to gauge drought effects

Despite an ironically timed thunderstorm, various state officials toured the Yampa Valley on Tuesday, hoping to see firsthand the effect of this summer’s drought.


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