Old West-style land war in Colorado Rockies pits ranch widow against oil company

PICEANCE CREEK — The frenzied cows circled recklessly in a dust cloud, desperately searching for their missing calves amid a tangled maze of sagebrush on a mountain slope.

Their high-pitched wails were like nothing Susan Robinson had ever heard in five decades of working her mountain ranch in Rio Blanco County, and the pitiful bellowing left her frightened and nauseous.

Boot prints in the dirt told her what she had already suspected: Someone had stampeded her prime Black Angus cattle...

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