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Murdock named ‘Ranch Woman of the Year’

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 14th, 2017

Pinedale rancher Madeleine Murdock (center) is taken by surprise and thrilled to be named 2017 ‘Ranch Woman of the Year’ at the Green River Valley Cowbelles/Cattlewomen convention luncheon Saturday. She is joined by Molly Landers, right, who nominated Murdock, and her daughters (from left) Mesa, 7, Matazi, 10, and Maddi, 5.

SUBLETTE COUNTY – The Green River Valley Cattlemen’s Association (GRVCA) and Cowbelles/ Cattlewomen held their annual conventions, business meetings and awards ceremonies Friday and Saturday in Daniel and Marbleton.

On Friday and Saturday afternoons at Marbleton Town Hall, the GRVCA hosted a wide array of speakers addressing everything from state budget cuts to summer grazing forecasts to status of endangered species such as the grizzly bear and gray wolf. U.S. Sen. John Barrasso was a special guest Saturday who provided input on how congressional resolutions of disapproval would impact local ranchers and agricultural issues.

Saturday morning, the Cowbelles/ Cattlewomen held their annual business meeting at the Daniel Schoolhouse, capped by the awards luncheon. Anna Campbell played old-time fiddle tunes as everyone enjoyed the catered tri-tip beef luncheon.

President Janet Beiermann honored outgoing president Jonita Sommers with a special painting commissioned from Allene Dana. This year’s Ranch Woman of the Year – Madeleine Murdock – was stunned as her nomination letter by Molly Lander was read aloud, to the group’s congratulations. Honors were also given to 2017 Lifetime Members Betty Lou McLoughlin and Shirley Tanner.

Then everyone gathered for the annual prime rib banquet at the Southwest Pioneers Senior Center in Marbleton Saturday evening, where about 200 people dined, visited, danced and laughed with old friends. Marcia Barlow held the winning raffle ticket for the Cowbelles’ brand-covered quilt and Audra Rouge held the winning card for the rifle donated by Stotz Equipment. Pickaroon Timer’s annual scholarship fundraiser also brought forth winners of barbed wire, a bucket of fencing staples and a bundle of poles and one of posts.

Janet Beiermann read her husband Bob’s letter nominating the Mackey family and the free, long-running Chuckwagon Days July Fourth Barbecue in Big Piney as this year’s Friend of Agriculture. Norm Pape also presented Susie and John Blaha with the GRVCA’s 2017 Lifetime Members award.

And as every year in the past, the Sundowners struck up with lively western tunes including some rousing polkas and folks moved to the dance floor as the evening’s celebration continued.

A complete survey of the weekend’s events will be in the Tuesday, March 21, Sublette Examiner “Ranch Life” special section.

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