Showdown at the Bar X

There ain't enough room in this town for Helen Phillips and her enemies

Jim Turner, of course, couldn't disagree more. In a letter he recently sent out to all of the Bar X residents, he announced his decision to run for the board and railed against Helen for a full, single-spaced page.

"We pay her to do a job," he wrote. "We do not pay her to play politics on our time…Am I running for board? You better believe it! I refuse to sit back and take what's been dished out any longer! What will you do?"

When asked about any recent problems at the ranch, Jim is quick on the draw: He claims Helen signed for a Federal Express package addressed to him, but never called to tell him it had arrived.

There's a reason Helen Phillips thinks of the Bar X as her own personal kingdom: She saved it from ruin.
Troy Fields
There's a reason Helen Phillips thinks of the Bar X as her own personal kingdom: She saved it from ruin.
In Helen's world, you play by Helen's rules.
Troy Fields
In Helen's world, you play by Helen's rules.

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"She still plays her games," he spits. "She's still not a very nice person."

The acrimony on the renegade Web site continues to mount, with anonymous postings like the one from "S and P" that states, "It is so embarrassing that we are all represented by her and such rudeness. It is quite obvious that this position is too much for her to handle."

Back at the office, Lorenda sighs with exasperation.

"I mean, look at this place," she insists, motioning out the window. "It looks like a place where you could live in peace and serenity and really enjoy it, and not have all these stupid, petty fights." She pauses, thinks a bit and then comes to her conclusion.

"It's a beautiful place," Lorenda says. "But I guess there's a black sheep in every family."

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