Category Archives: Business

Muleshoe resident elected President of National Ranching Heritage Association

LUBBOCK — During the annual meeting of the National Ranching Heritage Association, the membership elected TOM WATSON, rancher from Muleshoe, President of the organization. BEDFORD JONES, rancher from Spur, was elected Vice President, and MARK KIRKPATRICK, rancher from Post, was elected Secretary/Treasurer.
The National Ranching Heritage Center, located on the campus of Texas Tech University, is a museum and historical park consisting of 50 historic ranch structures. The site is open to the public.
The Ranching Heritage Association’s purpose is to support the Center in its mission: preserving and interpreting the history of ranching in North America and addressing contemporary ranching issues.

Carl and the Bamert Seed story

By Alice Liles

Alice’s note: this story first appeared in my blog The Bright Lights of Muleshoe on February 9, 2019. I was impressed with the size and complexity of the operation and enjoyed hearing the history of Carl and the Bamert family who have run the place since 1951.Due to space limitations, many of the photographs had to be deleted from this version of the story. To see them all in order with the captions that explain them, I urge you to also read the story online at my website,

Carl and Cookie Bamert married in Las Cruces, New Mexico, spent part of their honeymoon at the Elite Hotel in Clovis, liked what they saw across the state line around Muleshoe, bought some land, and never looked back.  

Vanderlei Represents Texas Cattle Producers on Beef Checkoff Boards

AUSTIN — Piertsje Vanderlei has been named to the Texas Beef Council (TBC) and the Beef Promotion Research Council of Texas (BPRCT) board of directors. This is her first term on the board and she serves representing Texas dairy producers. Board members’ terms coincide with TBC’s fiscal year that began October 1.

PRESS RELEASE SPROUSE SHRADER SMITH Sprouse Announces Blair Saylor Oscarsson Member

Sprouse Shrader Smith proudly announces the election of Blair Saylor Oscarsson to Member of our law firm.

Blair has more than a decade of experience in civil litigation and family law matters.  She regularly assists clients with adoptions, child custody, and divorce, as well as with cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, and commercial litigation.

Justin Kiechler is Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year

“As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person.” — Paul Shane Spear

Justin Kiechler, with The Kiechler Law Firm, handles criminal defense and personal injury cases throughout the South Plains. On Oct. 10 at the Lubbock Area Bar Association’s monthly meeting, Justin Kiechler was honored as the John Crews Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year for 2018. It was presented to him by Christina Richey, Equal Justice Volunteer Program Coordinator, with Legal Aid of Northwest Texas (LANWT). He was selected for the award due to volunteering at the pro-bono clinics hosted by LANWT and by accepting case referrals from LANWT. Additional information about Mr. Kiechler can be found at