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By Akasha Spino-Bybee

Local woman honored for preserving western heritage



ODES TO THE OLD WEST: Goldendale's Virginia Bennett has won major awards for her iconographic cowboy poetry despite serious health issues.

Many people are aware of the old cowboy way of life, the days when there were shootouts to draw for, saloons to drink at, and outlaws to be fought. Although the culture is still widely recognized, it is no longer a popular way to live-except for some. Some are even honored for doing so, preserving the culture and working in a positive way to forward it.

Virginia Bennett, born and raised in New Hampshire, has loved the western culture since she was a kid, seeing her grandfather farm with ox and cattle teams and watching old cartoons about cowboys on TV.

"I grew up with a love for horses, and of course everything I saw on TV at the time made a big impact on me and my appreciation for Wester...

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