Ranch Life

2009 has been a banner year for Lava Lake. In the spring, the U.S. Forest Service announced that we had won the National Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rangeland Management. More recently, we were named the recipients of the Bureau of Land Management Rangeland Stewardship Award and the Cecil D. Andrus Leadership Award for Sustainability and Conservation.

On top of these awards, we’ve continued to sell our delicious lamb to customers and restaurants around the country. We’ve seen our lamb featured in print (WaPo, Relish) and online sources (Not Without Salt, Elly Says Opa, and several more). Our conservation efforts were featured in local news and the Lava Lake Institute’s Pronghorn study made it onto the National Geographic site. Even our wool was highlighted in the Design for a Living World exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum.

Thanks to all of those who have supported our conservation efforts by purchasing our lamb. We also are grateful to all of our wonderful partners. Here’s to hoping that 2010 is even better!

Happy New Year from all of us at Lava Lake!


We at Lava Lake would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday. We hope you celebrate with good food shared amongst friends and family. Happy Holidays!

photo by tkellyphoto

As we blogged about yesterday, Pete Cenarrusa is our longtime partner, mentor and friend. He was honored by the governor on Monday at the “Carey, capital for a day” event and today he turns 92. Everyone at Lava Lake would like to wish him a very happy birthday!

Photo by Glenn Oakley

If you live in the Boise area, meet Pete today at the Basque Museum and Cultural Center from 5-7 pm; he’ll be speaking and signing his new book, Bizkaia to Boise: The Memoirs of Pete T. Cenarrusa.


Yesterday, Governor Butch Otter stopped by Lava Lake’s hometown of Carey. The governor has been traveling around the state of Idaho, naming one town each month as “Capital for a Day,” and this month marked the chance for Carey’s residents to experience a day at the healm of Idaho. The event was a wonderful opportunity for community members to meet the Governor and the leaders of each of the major state departments (Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho Department of Education, etc.). It was also a chance for the community to feast on some Lava Lake Lamb stew, prepared by Papa Hemi’s Hideaway (Ketchum).

The event honored Pete Cenarrusa, a great friend of Lava Lake, a former sheep rancher (Pete once owned our Fish Creek property), as well as the former Idaho secretary of state (a position he held for 36 years). He served in the Idaho legislature for fifty years, which is a state record. Pete has just written a memoir, Bizkaia to Boise, which he will be releasing tomorrow on his 92nd birthday.

Pete Cenarrusa, photo by Glenn Oakley

At the event, the governor had kind words for Pete and the community: “It’s an honor to bring the seat of Idaho’s State government – even for one day – to the community that gave Idaho such a venerable and distinguished public servant as Pete Cenarrusa. All of us who serve the people of Idaho owe a debt of gratitude to the high standards of civic virtue and devotion to duty that Pete and Freda set. This is a great opportunity to show the people of Carey and Blaine County how much we appreciate their contribution to Idaho’s history, culture and political development.”

Brian Bean, the owner of Lava Lake, was there to honor Pete and spoke about Pete’s legacy and friendship. Pete has been an irreplaceable mentor to Lava Lake over the last decade and we have been lucky to have his guidance.

In addition, members of the Pioneers Alliance provided a brief overview of the Alliance. Sara Mecham, City of Carey Planner, and Trish Klahr, an ecologist with The Nature Conservancy, spoke about the Alliance’s work to protect working farms and ranches, the unfragmented landscape from the Pioneer Mountains to the Craters of the Moon, and to sustain wildlife habitat and migration corridors.


We’re grateful for the wide open spaces and beautiful places we are fortunate enough to work in.

Photo by Glenn Oakley

Photo by Glenn Oakley

We are grateful for our hardworking & loyal ranch dogs.


We are grateful to have creative and talented chefs who enjoy cooking with our lamb.

Don of Galena


Scott and Anne Mason of the Ketchum Grill

and many more…

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