No room in the Prison
The Ranger, Roy and Gene talked quietly.
“Gene, do you want to try to catch Bills’ trail?” Roy asked.
Gene shook his head.
“No, with all of the hoof prints out there tonight, we’ll never pick his trail up. By the time we do, he’ll be long gone.”
The Ranger nodded in agreement.
“Gene, you’re right. With all the horses tramping the ground, even Tonto couldn’t find a good track.”
Roy looked out at the night sky. Then he looked at the row of poletied outlaws. He looked back at Gabby, who, even though holding court with Tonto and Pat, rubbed his head.
“Gabby, take a break now. I’ll keep watch ‘til morning. Ranger, care to help?” Roy asked.
“Certainly Roy” he answered.
Gabby, Pat and Tonto went into Rex’s house. Gene, and the others found a couple of wagons and prepared them for the long ride to town. At first light they decided they’d fill the jail to the rafters.
Roy sat on a bale of hay. The Ranger sat down too on an adjacent bale. He sighed.
“So Ranger, how long have you been on the trail?” he asked.
And so the night passed quietly after the escape of the masked leader. Roy and the Ranger passed the nights wee hours in conversation over hot coffee from the kitchen. The early morning sun found the Ranger and Roy, tightening bonds on the prisoners, and stoking the fire for more heat and light.
Gene Autry was the first out of Rex’s house. Rex, after a few hours sleep came second. Soon, the farmyard was full with cowpokes ready to lend a hand. Some had left the previous night to tend to their own spreads, but many returned to finish a trying task. A filling breakfast later, the weary riders led the wagons towards Kievers Creek. Roy and Gene rode ahead.
Roy, Trigger, Gene and Champ rode side by side ahead of the triumphant ranchers. Roy turned towards Gene and spoke.
“Who can I deputize this morning to guard the gunmen? There’s lots to do today yet.”
“Ask Bill Boyd. He’d be willing to. As honest as the day is long too. He helped out last night but left just after we unmasked the outlaw leader,“ he said over Champs rhythmic hoofbeats.
“Gene” Roy commented. “I think I’m going to like it here.”
Gene smiled to himself.
“I reckon you will too, Sheriff Rogers.” Gene said as he neared the last hill before Kievers Creek.
Peace filled the town as Gene and Roy stopped in front of Bill Boyds house, Gene dismounted Champ and walked over to the front door. Roy followed.
Gene knocked on the wooden door. The frame rattled noisily. A match struck up in the window, and soon the lamp glowed. Bill Boyd poked his head out.
“Gene, Roy, what are you doing here this early in the morning? Can’t a guy get some rest after a good night of bloodshed?” he said with a smile.
“Bill, would like to be my deputy?”
Bill looked sleepily at Roy. A twinkle appeared in his eye.
“Give me a couple of minutes.”
Bill pulled on a pair of black jeans, a blue shirt, and had started towards the front door. His wife stirred.
“Who’s that Bill?” she asked.
Bill looked back.
“Just the Sheriff dear, the NEW sheriff.”
Duly deputized and clad for action, the new deputy kissed his wife goodbye, closed the door, and mounted his horse. The three riders headed towards Dales place. They arrived five minutes later, dismounted and walked up the wooden steps to the front door.
Roy opened the door to the kitchen and stepped in. Gene, and Bill followed. Even with the early morning sun, strange shadows were cast on the walls and floors. Roy lit the lantern. As the flame burned steady, the two securely bound outlaws still slept leaning against the wall.
“There’s some reward for these two” he said admiringly. “Well Bill, let’s take them in.”
Bill stopped Roy.
“Roy, Sheriff. My good friends call me Hoppy.” he corrected Roy.
Roy looked Bill in the eyes.
“Hoppy, let’s take them in. Gene, can you lend a hand?”
Hoppy, Gene and Roy lifted the gunmen outside throwing them across Trigger and Champ. The three walked the block and a half to the jail where the ranchers and the rest of the prisoners just waited. They sauntered the last few feet. Roy opened the door. He looked back.
“Need a hand boys?” Roy asked.
“No, we’re okay.” Hoppy and Gene walked through the door, Gene with Texas thrown across his shoulder, and Hoppy with Long Gun. A thunk reached Roy’s ears.
“Sorry, a little too close” Hoppy said to the unconscious prisoner on his shoulder.
“Keep going Gene, Hoppy. To the back of the cell. I’ll get some blankets and pillows.”
Roy returned with blankets and pillows. Soon the other hands came in with their wanted cargo. The jail was full, standing room only. They surveyed the scene.
“Roy, ever think you’d fill the jail to the brim so soon?” the Ranger asked.
“No, not really. Just did my job, sometimes I guess you get lucky.” Roy answered.
Peace in the Valley
Earlier that day, the ranchers arose to the first day of true peace in over a year. The rising sun brought fresh light to the carnage of the previous night and showed Rex the full price of freedom. His corral, and fencing were severely damaged, his pasture and the nearby land were trampled and torn up. As much as the damage depressed him, the sight of the captured outlaws lifted him up. One by one, he walked by and counted the losses the good people of the ‘valley’ had suffered.
After depositing the prisoners into jail, and leaving them in the care of Bill Boyd, the ranchers left for Slyes Canyon. No directions were needed for the ranchers, from childhood, they knew of the hidden valley. But until recently, they had forgotten about it, the responsibilities of adulthood weighing heavy.
Gene shouted at Rex..
“Republic Canyon, remember Rex. Everyone else called it Slyes, but we liked the name Republic. Herb Yates, you, I and Monte used to play round up there.”
Rex looked at Gene.
“I remember. That was a long time ago. Don’t know how we forgot about it. I wonder how Herb is now?”
“He went down to California, I think. Something about the land of opportunity.”
The miles passed quickly as the riders galloped in formation. Soon, Slyes (or Republic) Canyon was in sight. The ranchers urged their mounts onward.
The valley, full of grazing cattle, lay steeped in serenity. Years of solitude had let nature claim her own as brush and bramble covered the once wide opening.
“Just through the small gap over there” the Ranger yelled over the pounding hoofbeats.
“Was a lot larger years ago” Monte commented.
Through the opening, each rider flew until the group of horsemen stood side by side viewing the curious cattle.
“Now, that’s a pretty sight Gene” Rex said.
“Looks like almost five hundred cattle here” Roy commented as he dismounted Trigger and walked towards the milling herd.
“Come on men, let’s see what we’ve really got here” the Ranger added, following Roy.
Tonto, Gene, Monte, Rex, Gabby, Pat and the other ranchers wandered through the newly found herd.
“I’ve found ten of mine I didn’t even know that I lost!” Monte yelled.
“Got five of yours over here Rex” Gene added.
“Found twenty of mine, and some more of Rex’s” Dusty hollered.
The process of discovery, and separation brought gasps of astonishment from the ranchers. Cattle, not known missing were found, and horses, taken for dead during the hard winter, were found grazing on the sweet green grass.
“What an amazing herd” Gene related to the Lone Ranger and Tonto.
“Yes Gene, it is. we noticed at least a dozen different brands on the animals. The group over to the north end of the canyon carry no brand at all. New animals. Waiting for an owner. I wonder how long they’ve really been holing up here?” the Lone Ranger said.
The three looked out over the milling cattle. Gene, lifted his hat and wiped the sweat from his brow.
“I reckon at least a couple of years judging by the number of unbranded animals. The cabin, has been here a long time, I remember it now from years ago. If you look carefully, you’ll probably find my name carved in one wall..”
Rex walked over to the threesome.
“Howdy Rex,” Gene said.
“Found my missing cattle and some more I didn’t know I didn’t even know about. I’m happy. Monte has quite a few out here, even found some of Ma Pringles. She’ll be tickled pink. I’ll tell her at the dance later tonight.” Rex rambled on.
In the distance near the cabin. Roy Rogers waved his arms.
“Gene. Tonto. Lone Ranger. Rex. Monte! Come over here!”
The group of men made their way over to where Roy was gesticulating madly.
Roy held up the ‘Bill Stockton’ face mask. The men looked astonished.
“This” he said seriously.
“And this,” he added as he waved the grass away from an earthy mound.
“That means,” Monte started.
“That Bill Stockton really wasn’t” Rex continued.
“Bill Stockton,” the Ranger finished. “Tonto and I suspected something when we saw the ex-sheriff talk to one of the outlaws. Tonto also saw the glint of boots in the night when Bill, Lyle and Snake met on the plateau the other night. We’ve heard stories of a criminal mastermind who wore silver tipped boots but could never find him. He’s responsible for much suffering over the west recently. The first day we came upon Jim and Margaret Autry, I saw him , but hoped it wasn’t him behind all of this.”
A stunned silence followed as the ranchers digested the new information.
“Roy. We should dig the grave up and see who it is,” Gene suggested.
In a few minutes the grim task was completed. The men brushed the dirt away, revealing a partially decomposed body. Ivory bones poked through well worn jeans, gaping eye sockets looked straight into the souls of its discoverers, the skeletal jaw held only by a single piece of cartilage screamed out for justice!
The Lone Ranger leaned into the shallow grave and found the corpses pocket. He pulled out a yellowed letter and handled it carefully. Unfolding the brittle paper, he read:
It has been a long time since I’ve written you. I’m coming to visit.
Fifteen years is too long to not see my brother. I’ll be coming on the stage from Laramie February 10th.
Your loving sister.
A stunned silence charged the air.
There’s a picture attached to the letter. Do you recognize her Gene?” the Lone Ranger asked.
Gene took the picture from the Ranger. He looked at it carefully.
“I think that’s Mrs. Olsen, isn’t it Rex?” Gene replied.
Rex took the picture, he looked carefully and handed it back to the Ranger.
“Yes, it is. She left not long after she arrived too. Bill must not have been he man she thought he was. He certainly isn’t the Bill we thought he was.” Rex said.
Roy knelt beside the grave.
“Is there an undertaker in town Gene?” Roy asked,.
“Yes Roy there is, he doubles as the pony express master too.” Gene answered.
“We’ll take Bill with us. He deserves a proper burial men. “ Roy said standing up rubbing the dust off his knees.
“Amen to that,Rex answered.
By early afternoon, the animals had been counted and recounted. Each rancher, jubilantly returned home, thankful that their cattle were found, and would soon be pastured where they belonged.
Sheriff Roy drove the buckboard back to town. The Lone Ranger and Tonto followed close behind. The pair talked to the accompanying ranchers. One by one the ranchers dropped off to go home to their chores, soon they’d be in town all prettied up.
The Ranger caught up to Roy.
“You know Roy, many of the prisoners are wanted by the law in various states. Tonto and I recognized a few of them already. The rewards are sizable too. “
Roy looked over to the Ranger.
“Yep. I wouldn’t doubt that. I’ll have to telegraph Dan for a complete list of wanted men. Odds are, we have quite a good stack of both.”
Roy turned and looked ahead.
“There’s town up ahead boys. Let’s get poor ol’ Bill to the undertaker so we can get ready for the dance!”
The town sign neared. It read “Kievers Creek, founded 1841 by Glenn Kiever, population 275, Sheriff Roy Rogers”. Roy looked at the sign and sighed.
“I guess Gabby thinks the Sheriff job is mine Masked Man” Roy said.
The Ranger nodded in agreement.
“My guess is that he’s going to be right.”
“Probably. If I was smart that is.” Roy responded.
The wagon stopped in front of Pete Silvers place. Roy walked in and talked to Pete. Soon, he walked out with coffin in tow. The men helped load the decaying body into the wooden box and then pressed on to check on the prisoners.
Hoppy was waiting outside the Sheriffs office.
“What’re you doing out here Hoppy,” Roy asked?
“Too noisy in there. It seems the men think the two cells are overcrowded. So, they’ve been yelling and hollering a little. Howdy Lone Ranger and Tonto,” Hoppy said.
Roy dismounted Trigger.
The men walked into the office.
“I guess we gotta feed them, at least a little,” Roy said.
Hoppy nodded in agreement.
“At least some bread, water, and maybe some snake stew!”
Dale poked her head into the office.
“Did somebody say the prisoners need food?”
Roy smiled. He turned to look at Dale, hauling in a tray of food, Gabby followed similarly.
“Just what the acting Sheriff ordered,” Roy added.
The prisoners, famished by the last couple of days activities, almost lept out of the cell. Ace Parker spoke.
“That smells mighty good. How’re we going to eat, since the quarters are so spacious?”
“Take turns. All we have here is five plates anyway. Plenty of cups though for some coffee or water. Who’s first?” he said.
Dale and Gabby put the food down on the Sheriffs desk. They filled the plates up and took them over to the incarcerated. They hungrily devoured the stew. Passing the plates back, Dale refilled them and handed them to the next man.
Before long, the full pot was gone. Dale was leaving to wash the dishes.
Ace Parker spoke.
“Thank you miss Dale. Great grub.”
“You’re welcome,” she said.
Roy looked at Dale.
“Did you lace the food with sleeping potion again?” he asked.
“No. Of course not Roy Rogers! I only save that for people trying to kill the man…”
Roy looked surprised.
“Who is going to be Sheriff of Kievers Creek. “ she recovered.
“Dale, this may be a bit sudden. But, do you want to go the celebration with me tonight? I’d be mighty honored if you did.” Roy asked, his eyes twinkling.
Dale blushed. The Lone Ranger smiled.
Hoppy went home to ready himself for the dance. Roy left as Frank, the other deputy showed up to relieve Hoppy.
“See you later Frank. I’ll be at the town hall if you need me.” Roy said as he left.
The Lone Ranger and Tonto left the office with Roy as the afternoon sun slipped past the church steeple.
“We’ll see you later Roy.” the Ranger said as Roy went towards Dales Place to freshen up. The Ranger and Tonto found the public baths in the hotel and washed away the dirt of many miles.
“Gonna be a good night Trigger. Yes, it is.” Roy said as and Trigger sauntered over to Dales.
Downtown Business Spotlight: Lashing Out Luxury Lounge
We’re bringing back our Business Spotlight Project! To start it off this month we are shining our business spotlight on Lashing Out Luxury Lounge! Located along historic Alexander Way – 5116 48 St. in downtown Red Deer, this established studio boasts a very classy and modern atmosphere while offering a very welcoming and comfortable space. We were happy to catch up with Kaely Langlois, co-owner of Lashing Out Luxury Lounge to get the scoop on this successful downtown business.
What is your business?
We are Lashing Out Luxury Lounge! We are a specialty lash and brow studio with some added aesthetic services.
When did your business open?
Lashing Out Luxury Lounge has been open for 8 years. Myself and my business partner worked here and were able to transition into ownership about two and a half years ago.
What makes your business unique?
We are the first specialty lash and brow studio to specialize in just lash extensions and brows in Red Deer.
We have very high industry-standard training for our staff, and we are also accredited to train. We take our training very seriously and it shows in the work we do, it sets us apart.
What are some products/services that you offer?
Our services include lash tinting, lash lifting, brow wax and tinting, henna brows, signature lash extensions, hybrid lash extensions, 2D volume extensions, 2 – 4 D volume extensions, 5 – 7 D volume extensions, mega volume extensions, derma-planing, facials, chemical peels, derma fillers, and Botox treatments.
Some products we carry in our building include bath products from Blackfalds, natural cleansers and detergents from Gull Lake, hair bows and baby items from Penhold, two clothing lines and scarves from Calgary, and tumblers from Penhold.
Why did you choose Downtown Red Deer as the location for your business?
We are centrally located and that works well because we have people that come from out of town, the north end and the south end. It’s nice to be right in the middle and its central for everyone. We remain downtown because we want to help in its continued growth and be a part of a thriving community.
What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?
I love how they are starting to bring local art into the downtown such as the big mural that is displayed on the building right beside us. I really like the market and the food trucks that happen in the summer.
We are also a part of the Adopt-a-Planner program and we feel it has really helped make the front of our business visually appealing. I think all the programs offered by the DBA are helping bring the downtown back to life. There is a little feel about it, and I think the DBA is really trying to help create positive change downtown.
I love Downtown Red Deer because… It’s the hub of Red Deer! Everything is central and you can find a little bit of everything here. There is good food, shopping and everything you need is here!
Be sure to stop into this unique little studio soon and see for yourself the talent and excellent customer service that make up the team at Lashing Out Luxury Lounge!
Make sure to check out their website for more information or to book an appointment: https://lashoutluxlounge.ca/
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Hotels Live – History In The Making For Calgary Music Fans
You read that right. When we talk about ‘disrupting the space’ from an innovation perspective, we think of new-to-market technology, products or software that in some way the consumer would benefit without that person first identifying the challenge or the solution. This is something different.
Hotels and live music have coincided for decades in various tourist destinations around the world, but never in history have they coincided for Calgarians.
Hotels Live, a welcomed new venture that combines the experience of a hotel stay with the live music industry here in Alberta. Founded by award-winning Canadian music industry veteran Rob Cyrynowski. In collaboration with the Ramada Plaza Calgary, Livestar Entertainment Canada and Canadian ticketing company Showpass, they have combined the experience to be a one-stop shop for music lovers of all genres.
To offer a brief summary, Hotels Live is hosting live music in the pool deck area of the Ramada Plaza Calgary. These concerts can be viewed from your own hotel room balcony while you stay socially distant and mitigate any risk for entering large crowds. Rightly so, as we make the shift to mandatory mask-wearing inside public spaces.
This gives local artists an opportunity to entertain their fans through a unique new experience, Hotels Live will continue to promote artists and be the winds of change well needed in our community.
We spoke with Marnie Crowe, Director of Sales and Revenue for the Ramada Plaza Calgary to get her thoughts on this new partnership.
“There is the opportunity for this to be something in addition to the traditional viewing experience. We are learning that there are a lot of people who have not been able to go to a venue for a long time for a variety of reasons. We want this to be a long term additional experience for those who are looking for something new even when we as a community get back to traditional live shows.”
August 7th, 7:00 pm – CCMA nominated festival, Diesel Bird Hotel Music Festival
“The world’s first hotel music festival featuring some of today’s most exciting Canadian country artists, nominee for the Country Festival, Fair or Exhibition of the Year Award by the CCMA”
August 15th, 7:00 pm – Rock Double-Bill BC/DC & Brokentoyz
“Double-Bill Rock Concert featuring both BC/DC (High Voltage Rock N’ Roll) & Broken Toyz – (80’s Hair Metal)”
September 5th, 7:00 pm – A Celebration of Love Drag Show
“In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Calgary Pride and presented by Plain Jane Events, guests will experience the very first Hotel Balcony Drag Show in history.”
As we continue to support local businesses as a community, a major focus has been to promote local tourism in our own community. Marnie offers an additional perspective in line with this focus.
“We will continue to support local artists and the live music industry here in Calgary. With it being a hotel experience, it does offer the opportunity to extend your stay for an entire weekend rather than just the night of the show, allowing you to explore other parts of the downtown core that you have yet to discover.”
If you would like to learn more about Hotels Live, or to stay updated with the Ramada Plaza Calgary hosting future shows, or to discover the great work being done by all the parties involved, be sure to check out their websites for future updates or follow them on the social media via the links below.
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