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By Linda M. Hasselstrom
No position Like domestic scrutinizes the modern West, the place subdivisions devour family members ranches and old cities are evolving into suggest, congestedcities. Linda Hasselstrom bargains a document from front, the place nature and human aspirations are frequently at odds and the options of neighborhood and mutual accountability are being redefined.
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The man who knew its every blade of grass, who had tightened his belt and its fences, was dead. Even an owner who wanted to run cattle on the ranch would have to learn fast and spend almost nothing in order to make a living from the ranch. And that wasn’t going to happen. The auctioneer was trying, correctly, to sell it to someone who wanted a second home, a deduction, a toy, an investment—something other than a working ranch. Even if the ranch sold as a working ranch, its position in our commu- 22 Nn n o p l a c e l i k e h o m e nity would change.
He didn’t care if the name on the deeds wasn’t Hasselstrom; he wanted that particular grazing business to support a ranching family. He expected that our neighbor and I would help each other, and work to make our community better. This sale has shown us how fragile such a plan can be. My neighbor must run the ranch that is now his in the way he believes to be the best. One bidder who owns another ranch in our neighborhood, besides at least one helicopter and one island, had dropped out of the bidding, shaking his head.
Each time I go home to my ranch from my city home, I examine what the buyers of those tracts have done with them. The stone ranch house on its 153 acres sold for $1,050 per acre, a total of something like $161,000. The house and outbuildings have not changed. 24 Nn n o p l a c e l i k e h o m e The yard now contains pink and yellow playground equipment, especially vivid against the pale green buffalograss. Made of plastic, I think, the slide looks bloated, as if it is filled with air. Tracts 2 and 3 are each around seventy-six acres, and each is accessible both from a county road and from the highway, so they seemed likely to sell as homesites.
No Place Like Home: Notes from a Western Life by Linda M. Hasselstrom