Saturday, August 13, 2022


Voting-rights groups sue AZ to block 'Election Security' Bills; U.S House vote expected today on the new Inflation Reduction Act; the Attorney General moves to release details on search of Trump s home.


Local election officials detail how election misinformation is fueling threats; Media outlets ask a court to unseal the search warrant of Donald Trump's home; and the CDC changes its approach to COVID-19.


Infrastructure funding is on its way, ranchers anticipate money from the Inflation Reduction Act, and rural America is becoming more diverse, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the leadership.

Cattle Rancher's Wife: Cows too Priceless to Sell


Friday, February 13, 2015   

ANGLETON, Texas - Cattle are the state's most profitable agricultural product, but one cattle rancher's wife decided the animals are too priceless to sell.

Renee King-Sonnen married a fourth-generation cattle rancher six years ago. When she first arrived at the 96-acre cattle ranch in Angleton, she was afraid of the cattle - but said that soon changed after she spent time with them and got to know their unique personalities. When the first red trailer-truck came to pick up the young ones to be sold, her reaction surprised even her.

"I just could not believe the ways that the babies were looking. Mammas were running after the trailer. It just blew my mind," she said. "And then they cried for, like, a week or more, all these cows, and I was in a very, very bad state."

The very last time a red trailer-truck came to pick up cattle, more than a year ago, King-Sonnen refused to let them be taken away. With the cooperation of her husband, Tommy, they've decided to transition from a cattle ranch to a farm-animal sanctuary.

She has set up an Indiegogo campaign and has raised almost $12 thousand of the $35 thousand she will need to purchase the remaining steers and begin the transition to a nonprofit animal sanctuary named after one of her cows: Rowdy Girl Sanctuary.

The red trailer-truck would come two to three times a year, and it became more unbearable for King-Sonnen. After watching several films and videos about animals and how they are slaughtered, she is now living a vegan lifestyle, which she says is better for her health, certainly better for the animals and better for the environment. too.

"I mean, I had to see it, I had to witness it. I had to realize that I couldn't be petting my dog and my cat and eating my chicken," she said. "I mean, being vegan has changed my soul, I see the animals as individual beings, now, that I share this planet with."

It took some time for King-Sonnen's husband to come around to the idea of going from a cattle rancher to animal rescuer, but she said he is being very supportive. He currently is working on separating the bulls; they have several cows that are currently pregnant.

King- Sonnen's Facebook page is at Her Indiegogo page is at

get more stories like this via email

Since the 2020 election, at least 19 states have passed 34 laws restrict­ing access to voting, according to the Brennan Center For Justice. (Orlowiski Designs/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Voting-rights advocates are suing the state of Arizona over new regulations they say make it harder for some people to register and would block thousa…

Social Issues

New Hampshire ranks second in the country on measures of child well-being, according to the new 2022 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey …

Social Issues

Massachusetts ranks first in the nation for children's well-being, according to the 2022 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation…

While there are continued disparities, an annual report says Minnesota has seen progress in elevating kids out of poverty, with 12% of children falling into that category. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Minnesota once again gets a high ranking among states for child well-being, but an annual report says the state's disparities remain a challenge…

Social Issues

Some measurements of children's well-being show warning signs in Iowa in the area of education. The numbers contrast with Iowa's overall ranking in a …

Pictured in the center is Francine "Fran" Pace, one of 11 graduates of this summer's Youth Leadership Academy for Iowans with disabilities. (Photo courtesy of DD Council).

Health and Wellness

Nearly a dozen Iowa youths with disabilities are taking newly developed leadership skills out into the world. A summer academy wrapped up this month…


A coalition of community organizations teamed up in Oregon to force a chronic polluter out of business, and bring environmental justice to a nearby …

Health and Wellness

During National Health Center Week, health-care advocates are highlighting the work Community Health Centers are doing to improve access to care …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright © 2021