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Pandemic, inflation worries drive Colorado ranch property popularity

During the past four years, the COVID-19 pandemic and inflation fears encouraged record interest and investment in Colorado ranch properties. Just as pandemic worries pushed homebuyers out of cities and into bigger homes in the suburbs, wealthier buyers turned to ranch properties for more space, privacy, and opportunities to become more self-reliant. Mike Ledger with Confluence Land Company, a Denver real estate brokerage specializing in buying and selling ranches and farms, said interest has been high for ranch…

Minor 4.9-magnitude earthquake rattles B.C.’s Coast Mountains

Residents in many areas of B.C. reported feeling the effects of a minor earthquake that struck in B.C.'s Coast Mountains, about 220 kilometres north of Vancouver on Sunday afternoon.Earthquakes Canada says the quake was recorded at 3:23 p.m. PST and registered at a magnitude of 4.9, but so far there are no reports of damage or secondary impacts, such as landslides.John Cassidy, a seismologist with Natural Resources Canada, says earthquakes are a relatively rare occurrence for the central part of the province's coastal…

‘The Sims 4’ Horse Ranch add-on has Wet Leg singing in Simlish

Electronic Arts recently released a Horse Ranch add-on for The Sims 4, and as well as the new content for the game, players can listen to a Simlish cover of Wet Leg‘s song ‘Angelica’. The expansion pack introduces horses, mini goats and mini sheep to the game, as well as offering new rustic country and ranch inspired aesthetics. Traditionally, each new expansion pack adds a selection of Simlish cover songs from a variety of artists, and Wet Leg contributed a cover of ‘Angelica’ for Simmers to listen along to.…

The Sims 4: Horse Ranch Adds Unicorns, Ceiling Paint, Wine-Making, And Adorable Baby Animals

If you wanna be a cowboy, baby, now's your time to shine. The Sims 4 Horse Ranch expansion is less than a week away, and will include several features that will get even your most urbane sims saying, “Yee-Haw!'Okay, now that the Wild West jokes are out of the way, let's dig into what the pack includes. Though the trailer shared by The Sims' team earlier this month gave fans a pretty good look at the upcoming expansion, GameSpot recently had the opportunity to attend a preview event that added a bit more…

The Sims 4: Horse Ranch expansion is full of Western charm

Sims players have long been hoping to see horses introduced into The Sims 4, especially after they were initially baked into The Sims 3: Pets expansion pack back in 2011. That long wait is over. The Sims 4’s newest expansion pack, Horse Ranch, brings horses into the current generation of the game with a whole host of new gameplay and storytelling options for horse lovers to dig into. In a press preview event, several Sims 4 team members, including the production director JoAnna Lio and lead producer George Pigula,…

How the second-generation owners of 99 Ranch are keeping up with the times

For many Asian Americans across California, 99 Ranch is much more than just a grocery store. It’s a pilgrimage. When I was a child growing up in the San Fernando Valley in the 1990s, my Taiwanese parents would drive over an hour east to the San Gabriel Valley every single weekend just to shop at 99 Ranch. They’d load up on squirming live shrimp, jadeite bundles of water spinach and fat, oblong lotus roots. For them, it was a refuge where they could indulge in the flavors of their native Taiwan. While there were plenty of…

Sims 4 Officially Announces Horse Ranch DLC With New Trailer

After leaks suggested horses were finally coming back to the Sims for the first time in over a decade, EA has officially confirmed the news with a new trailer showing off the Sims 4 Horse Ranch Expansion Pack. The expansion is arriving on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One on July 20 for $50.The trailer shows off many of the features that were accidentally revealed earlier this week through a Steam page leak, including plenty of horse-related activities, mini goats and sheep, cookouts and…

Apple co-founder sells Carmel Valley ranch, will become nature preserve

A legendary Silicon Valley tech leader who bought a vast ranch in Carmel Valley 40 years ago is selling the property to a conservation group to become a new public preserve and cultural site. In 1977, Mike Markkula gave two unknown, shaggy-haired computer programmers, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, $250,000 to help turn their young partnership into a new company. He become the third employee at Apple, served as its CEO and chairman of the board, and at one time owned 26% of the company. Markkula, an engineer who had worked…

John Wayne’s former California ranch sells for $11.25 million

A sprawling Riverside County ranch once owned by Western film star John Wayne has sold for $11.25 million, down 6% from the initial ask. Located in Hemet, the 2,000-acre Rancho Pavoreal has a three-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot stucco home dating to 1950, an even older barn and impressive views of the surrounding valley and Palomar Mountain. The property was listed at $12 million when it hit the market in January, although it had been on and off for years. In 2018, it was listed for $8 million and marketed as a potential pot…

Paramount Can’t Say No to the Man Behind ‘Yellowstone’: $50,000 a Week for His Ranch, $25 Per Cow

Taylor Sheridan has created multiple shows for Paramount Global, including ‘Yellowstone’ and its prequels. Photo Illustration by Angela Owens/The Wall Street Journal; Photos: Omar Vega/Getty Images; Paramount+ Taylor Sheridan writes most of the company’s hits, giving him clout to dominate the big-budget productions through his network of commercial projects, pushing costs to…