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We are thrilled to team with the Wyoming Business Council to feature a Wyoming First business every week on our blog! Wyoming First is a program that promotes Wyoming member businesses. Visit their website (click here) to learn more about this service — and if you are a Wyoming business who’s not a member, be sure to inquire about membership! There are many benefits!

This week we are featuring Eberle Wear of Casper, Wyoming

Matt Buhler, Eberle Wear  Casper, WY 307-277-1561 

Matt and his wife were on a getaway weekend fishing in the Yellowstone/Beartooth Mountains.  Fishing is a big part of the Buhler’s life and they take their three kids with them as a family activity.  While on that trip, his wife was looking as some earrings in one of the stores and said it would be very cool to have fishing earrings. “You never see them and I would love some,” she said.  Matt loves making things and ran with the idea and created several options. His wife gave them a yes or no and that was the beginning of Eberle Wear.

Eberle Wear is a family business.  The Buhlers operate it out of their house and Matt has a room dedicated to the production of earrings.  He hand makes each one while his wife is in charge of quality control, marketing and promotions.  Matt manages the website and both Matt and his wife work on processing orders.  Even the kids help out by assisting with the earring cards, attaching stickers/pricing, etc.

Eberle Wear welcomes custom orders.  They can use any fly pattern out there and attach them to gold, silver or antique brass earring hooks.  Where the custom order really becomes apparent is the spinner earrings.  Eberle Wear can custom make the flies using colors of anyone’s school, favorite sports teams or just their favorite colors.  Based out of Casper, Eberle Wear has all the high school colors as well as the University of Wyoming colors.  Both Matt and his wife graduated from UW and wanted to show their Poke spirit so they have brown and gold earrings.  People can send their own flies/lures, however it is easier to contact the Buhler’s and let them know what fly pattern or spinner colors are wanted and Eberle Wear can produce them. 

Prices are very reasonable at $15 – $18; pricing for custom orders may vary.  The easiest way to purchase Eberle Wear products is by visiting their website at  Eberle Wear has a standard set of fly and spinner earrings through an online store.  People can also contact them via email at or by phone at (307) 277-1561 to place an order.  If anyone is interested in custom orders, email and phone are the best ways to contact them.




Eberle Wear is named after Matt’s wife Eberle which is a family name; it was only appropriate since Eberle came up with the idea.  Eberle Wear will eventually be expanding into other types of jewelry including bracelets/anklets but wanted to test the market first.  These earrings were designed to add a touch of the great outdoors to any setting. 

MADE IN WY: Scrap Tree

OUR SISTER PUBLICATIONS:  Wyoming Weddings Wyovore WYO  XY The Wyoming Woman

We are thrilled to team with the Wyoming Business Council to feature a Wyoming First business every week on our blog! Wyoming First is a program that promotes Wyoming member businesses. Visit their website (click here) to learn more about this service — and if you are a Wyoming business who’s not a member, be sure to inquire about membership! There are many benefits!

This week we are featuring Scrap Tree Etched Glass Images of Laramie, WY

Scrap Tree LLC dba Scrap Tree Etched Glass Images, Joe Hageman 1305 S 3 Laramie, WY 82070 307-745-5141

Decades ago, Joe did custom etching on glass items, such as creating factory original looking etching of window designs in older model cars as well as logos and scenes for cabinet doors.  After becoming licensed to use the trademarked Wyoming logos, Joe decided to start sandblasting those into various glass and metal items.

Scrap Tree Etched Glass Images purchases the glass items, like  wine glasses, mugs, oil lamps, picture frames, pitchers and olive oil decanters, from other companies.   Joe repurposes the liquor decanters for different brands of liquor from local taverns.  Each piece is done one at a time with the Wyoming Bucking Horse and Rider logo.

At this time, Scrap Tree Etched Glass Images only uses the trademarked logos, but the method of displaying the design looks better on different items.  For instance, leaving the Bucking Horse and Rider logo clear with a blast pattern around it looks nicer on the chimneys of oil lamps and on Jack Daniels bottles.  It looks better on wine glasses and Crown Royal bottles if the image itself is the only blasting on the item.  Some are best with several small ones bucking around the item and they can be made to match the customer’s taste. This is also true for the Stainless Flasks and Zippo lighters.

Scrap Tree is the only company to offer this type of sandblasted Wyoming product in so many varied items.

The best way to purchase Scrap Tree etched glass products is to stop into the store.  They have many in stock ready to sell and unique one-of-a-kind items.  They can also ship most items.

The price range is between $9.99 and up depending on the item.  Large picture frames and custom sets of glassware and bar sets are priced on request.

Scrap Tree Etched Glass Images is part of Scrap Tree LLC, which is a scrapbooking and rubber stamping store with a full line of those products, and carries many party items. There is no other store like the Scrap Tree.



ON THE CALENDAR: June 20, 2013



It’s summer in Wyoming!!! So that means that there are TONS of events, activities, things to do…and we’re going to do our best to stay on top of it all! If you see something we’ve missed, shoot us a line at!


CASPER:  NIC Fest June 28-30:  This annual event brings people from all over the state to discover regional artists. Be sure to visit this renowned museum at the same time… Visit their website for more details, as well as lots more summer happenings.

GILLETTE:  Donkey Creek  Music Festival June 28-30:  Gillette, known as “Donkey Town” once — and thankfully renamed by Edward Gillette, railroad engineer, has held this annual event since 2006. Lovingly named after the area’s Donkey Creek and held at Gillette College, the festival continues to bring great groups and sound. Visit their website for more information!

image courtesy 307 Live

JACKSON:  Summer Crawfish Boil June 23:  The 8th Annual Jackson Hole Crawfish Boil is set for Sunday June 23,2013. It is a family friendly community event that will be taking place at Snow King Ball Park this year. We are ordering 1500 pounds of live crawfish from South Louisiana and having 40-50 gallons of red beans-n-rice prepared by Sweetwater Restaurant. Doors open at noon with 7 bands to follow. All the bands that are playing are from the Jackson Hole area. Tickets are $20 and will include all-you-can-eat crafish, red bean-n-rice, and live music for the day. They will be available at the Town Square Tavern and online at!

SWEETWATER COUNTY:  Flaming Gorge Days June 27-29

Began in 1977, Flaming Gorge Days was started as a way to raise money for a Fourth of July fireworks display for the city of Green River. Since then, it’s become a festival of music and fun for the whole area! Check our their website for more info on their 2013 lineup!

CHEYENNE:  Celtic Festival June 27-29

Music, dancers, workshops, food and…GUINESS, what else?! Check out this annual cultural phenom held at the Train Depot in Cheyenne! Check our their website for more info!

GILLETTE:  Gillette Speedway Saturday June 22

Looking for some excitement on Saturday? Head to Gillette Speedway for side-by-side mud drag races at 1:00 PM!!!



LARAMIE:  Jubilee Days is coming!  Click here for the schedule of events from LJD & Downtown Laramie


ROCK SPRINGS:  International Day July 14:  Travel hounds seeking a cultural experience need look no further than Rock Springs, Wyo.’s, International Day, July 14 in Bunning Park.

Rock Springs, nicknamed the “Home of 56 Nationalities,” hosts the free event, which celebrates the rich and diverse cultural heritage in Sweetwater County. It is the only ethnic festival of its kind in Wyoming, so visitors won’t want to miss it! This year’s 14th annual festival features a wide range of local, regional, and international entertainment, activities for kids, exotic foods and unique vendor items.

Performers from various parts of the world provide a smorgasbord of music and dance entertainment throughout the day and include the following acts.

  • Native Dave Pedri and his EIO band kick off the festivities with polka favorites and reappear for an encore later in the evening.
  • Another local, Tony Corona will serenade guests in the park with his strolling accordion tunes.
  • International dancers of the Basque Club of Utah bring on the Basque beats.
  • The Duna Dancers represent countries around Eastern Europe’s Danube River.
  • The Zavala family of Mariachi Z invites spectators to kick up their heels with traditional Mexican folk music.
  • Zivio, an ensemble from Salt Lake City, presents a medley of movement and music from the Balkan region.
  • Finally, from Park City, Utah, the Irish rock band Swagger brings the evening to a crescendo with an energetic rug-cutting performance that promises to end the day’s festivities on a high note.

For more information call the Rock Springs Chamber at 307-362-3771. (content via Sweetwater County Tourism


SHERIDAN:  Wyo Rodeo July 6-14:  Join thousands of rodeo fans in Sheridan for the 83rd annual event! This awesome festival includes rodeo, music, and tons of FUN! Check out their website for more info!



SHERIDAN:  Polo Games Kick Off! Local polo teams in action, with  tournaments every Sunday from June 16 through August 25. The games in June (one game each Sunday) are at 2:00 pm. The games in July and August (two games, back to back, each Sunday) are at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. In addition, the teams are playing practice games every Wednesday and Friday at 3:00 and 5:00 pm and every Saturday at 10:00 am. Spectators are welcome, with no admission charge. There are bleachers for seating, but also feel free to bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. No dogs, please. For more information, contact “Perk” Connell at (307) 674-4928 or

CALENDAR: Laramie Jubilee Days is coming!



We’re always proud to feature Laramie Jubilee Days & Downtown Laramie in our summer issues of Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine, and we wanted to give the upcoming calendar an additional shout out! Here are the events coming up as well as those for Downtown Laramie…

Saturday, July 6:  Kids Horse Show, Albany County Fairgrounds (9 AM)

Sunday, July 7:  Ranch Rodeo, Albany County Fairgrounds, Sponsored by Laramie GM Auto Center (10 AM)

Tuesday, July 9:  Junior Bull Riding, Albany County Fairgrounds, Sponsored by Laramie Ford (7 PM)

Wednesday, July 10:  WY State Celebration, WY Territorial Prison & State Historical Site (11 AM – 2 PM); Carnival, Downtown Laramie (evening); Mr. T Calcultta, Albany County Fairgrounds (5 PM); Mr. T Bull Riding, Albany County Faigrounds (7 PM)

Thursday, July 11:  Street Closures Begin, Downtown Laramie (noon); Carnival, Downtown Laramie (3-11 PM); Flaming Gorge Jalapeno Eating Contest, Downtown Laramie (5:30 PM); Downtown Beer Tent Open, Downtown Laramie (5-11 PM); Last Chance Team Roping, Albany County Fairgrounds (6 PM); The Flashbacks, Dowtnown Laramie Stage (6:15-8:15 PM); Live Music TBA, Downtown Laramie Stage (8:15–)

Friday, July 12:  Jeff Thompson Memorial Pancake Breakfast (8-10 AM); PRCA Rodeo Slack, Albany Cty Fairgrounds (7 AM); Carnival, Downtown Laramie (noon — ); Downtown Beer Tent Open, Downtown Laramie (2-11 PM); Farmers’ Market, Downtown Laramie (3 PM); Barely Gettin’ By, Downtown Laramie Stage (3:30-6:30 PM); PRCA Rodeo Performance, Albany Cty Fairgrounds (6:30 PM); Downtown Street Dance to Narrow Gauge, Downtown Laramie Stage (8-11:45 PM)

Saturday, July 13:  Hospice Toodeloo 5K Run/Walk, 1st Street/Greenbelt (8-10 AM)Parade Downtown Laramie (10 AM); Downtown Beer Tent Open, Downtown Laramie (10-11:45 PM); Laramie Cowbelles BBQ, Downtown Laramie (noon); ACPE Ice Cream Social, ACPE Parking Lot (noon); Rotary Horseshoe Tourney, Washington Park (noon); Alice Wallace, Downtown Laramie Stage (noon-3 PM); Carnival, Downtown Laramie (noon–); Downtown Laramie Brew Fest, Depot Park (1-6 PM); Queens Luncheon, Holiday Inn (1:30 PM); Barely Gettin’ By, Downtown Laramie Stage (4-7:15 PM); PRCA Rodeo Performance, Albany Cty Fairgrounds (6:30 PM); Downtown Street Dance to Richie Law & the Southern Routes Band (8-11:45 PM)

Suncay, July 14:  WPRA Barrel Racing Slack, Albany Cty Fairgrounds (8:30 AM); PRCA Rodeo Performance, Albany Cty Fairgrounds (1 PM)

NEWS FROM THE PARKS: Parks Take Proactive Measures to Stem Spread of GI Illness

Parks Take Proactive Measures to Stem Spread of GI Illness

The National Park Service is urging visitors to northwestern Wyoming to be vigilant about hand washing while on vacation, due to greater-than-normal reports of gastrointestinal (GI) illness in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and areas outside the national parks in Montana.

On June 7, several members of a tour group arrived in Mammoth Hot Springs complaining of stomach flu and other GI symptoms. Within 48 hours, numerous employees, whose jobs place them in direct contact with visitors, reported similar symptoms. Tests conducted on some of the sick visitors and employees came back positive for norovirus, the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the U.S.

Over the past week, additional cases of GI illness among visitors and employees have been reported at both national parks. To-date, those reports include over 100 suspected cases of norovirus among employees in Yellowstone and about 50 suspected cases among employees in Grand Teton. Fifty visitors also went to medical clinics within Yellowstone with symptoms of gastrointestinal illness.

While only a small percentage of people have been affected, the National Park Service and all the businesses serving park visitors have instituted a variety of precautions intended to limit the spread of the virus. These include increased cleaning and disinfection of all public areas including stores, gift shops, restaurants, and lodging facilities, and isolation of potentially infected employees until they have been symptom-free for at least 72 hours.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 21-million people in the United States contract norovirus every year. Norovirus is usually not serious. Most people get better in 1 to 2 days. Symptoms include stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. This very contagious virus can be contracted by direct contact with an infected individual, by touching surfaces contaminated with norovirus, or by consuming contaminated food or drink.

Frequent hand washing with soap is the best way for individuals to limit their chance of contracting this virus. Wash hands carefully, especially after using the bathroom or changing diapers, and always before eating or preparing food. Alcohol- based sanitizers are not a substitute for soap and water, but serve as a temporary measure if soap and water are not available.

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WYOVORE: Welcome to our new Wy Foodie Blog!



Welcome to our new Wyovore WY Foodie Blog! When it came to creating our bookstore magazine, we chose the name “Wyovore” because we wanted it to reflect the craving we all having for Wyoming…a craving for scenery, history, culture, recreation, food, art…basically, big open skies & adventures and THE WEST. Hence our tagline:  We are Wyovores…What do you crave?

In our new blog series, we’re going to take a look at FOOD. We’re going to introduce Wyoming restaurants to you. We’re going to bring you recipes from Wyoming sources such as the Wyoming Beef Council. We’re going to share what specials & menu changes are happening out there with Wyoming eateries. We’ll explore craft beer and all things Wyoming wine and – and – and – well, you get the idea.

We have more in store from our Wyovore blogs, that will dive away from food and into the pools of other areas of Wyoming adventure… but for now… it’s time to get your mouth watering…

To begin with — need one more summer recipe to try? Here’s one from the Wyoming Beef Council that I imagine would go perfectly with a white wine and a comfy spot at the patio…

Grilled Steak and Fresh Mozzarella Flatbread

Steak meet salad.  Salad meet pizza.  A tasty introduction has been made.


Total recipe time:  20 to 25 minutes

Makes 4 servings



1 to 1-1/4 pounds beef Top Sirloin filets, cut 1 inch thick

1-1/2 teaspoons lemon pepper

2 cups packed fresh baby spinach

1/4 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2 inch pieces (3/4 cup)

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

1-1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

4 naan breads (Indian flatbread) or pita breads



  1. Press lemon pepper evenly onto steaks. Place steaks on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 12 to 17 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 12 to 16 minutes) for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, combine spinach, cheese and basil in large bowl. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar; toss to coat and set aside.
  3. Remove steak from grill and let stand 5 minutes. Place naan on grill; grill, covered, 1 to 3 minutes or until lightly browned, turning once.
  4. Carve steaks into slices. Top naan evenly with spinach mixture and steak slices.


Thanks again to the Wyoming Beef Council for sharing this recipe with us! If you are a Wyoming eatery or food business that would like to be featured in our blog, it’s easy to join the party — our new dining guide on our Wyovore website is an annual listing for a small fee. Visit the Altitude Chophouse & Brewery listing to see what we’ve created for them. In addition to images, text and your menu, you can share your restaurant’s latest happenings as often as you want on our food blog! What if you’re not an eatery, but still a food business that wants to be featured? No worries! Email for more details!

MADE IN WY: Reynolds Farm Products

OUR SISTER PUBLICATIONS:  Wyoming Weddings Wyovore WYO  XY The Wyoming Woman

We are thrilled to team with the Wyoming Business Council to feature a Wyoming First business every week on our blog! Wyoming First is a program that promotes Wyoming member businesses. Visit their website (click here) to learn more about this service — and if you are a Wyoming business who’s not a member, be sure to inquire about membership! There are many benefits!

This week we are featuring Reynold Farms of Gillette, WY

Debra Reynolds, Reynolds Farm Products  Gillette, WY 82716  307-689-2792

Debra Reynolds has been producing handmade natural health and beauty products for approximately 45 years.  She creates and produces year round and incorporates several different ingredients and techniques.  Debra has moved from the tallow and lard soaps to using vegetable oils and goat milk on most occasions.  Even though she owns Reynolds Farm Products, Debra considers Reynolds Farm Products to be a family owned business since all her family is involved in the end products.  Whether it’s dairy and meat goat management, grassland and feed management, garden bed management or selling – all of the Reynolds family plays an important role.

The sources for the products are mainly natural/organic food grade, sustainable agricultural products.  This includes all oils, goat milk and various garden, herbs, and flowers grown.  Debra also uses as many ingredients as possible that are produced in America.  The goat’s milk that is used never comes from animals that eat weeds.

Each time a new batch of soap is started Debra has in mind a special purpose and type, whether it’s during harvest of the plant materials or for holidays, hunting season, fun novelties or seasonal.  She then creates the bottled skin emollients and solid lotion bars to complete the sets.

Debra considers all of her products to be unique! Small batch-ingredient control is her motto. Ranging from choosing, chopping and burning of hardwoods for ash harvest (lye making), the 35-year-old blood line of our dairy goats, the growing and harvesting of many of the ingredients, the collection of rain water and snow melt used in the products or the use of organic vegetable oils and grains, Debra keeps all her creations as natural as possible while in accordance with government laws.

Reynolds Farm Products contain a high amount of glycerin which is wonderful for the skin. With the combination of goat milk, Debra feels she has created some of the best soap in the world.  Artificial dyes are seldom used.  She uses organic essential plant and flower oils for scents (except four varieties which are fragrance oils and two perfume oils that are clearly marked on the ingredient labels).  Debra also makes her own labels, wraps each bar of soap, creates all skin emollients, fills the bottles and packages the solid lotion bars.  The Kid’s Fun Soaps are 100% natural and contain safe toys which encourage hand washing!

The same care goes into the bottled skin emollients with the exception they are not completely natural due to the fact she must incorporate preservatives (by law) because of the goat milk content.  However, the solid lotion bars are 100% natural. Debra creates unscented varieties of soaps and skin emollients for hunters and skin sensitive individuals, and she always welcome special requests!

The Reynolds family sells the products in various ways.  Reynolds Farm Products can be found at numerous trade and craft shows, art and cultural festivals, and farmers markets in the northern part of Wyoming.

In the Gillette area, products can be found at the Open Door Church Gift Shop (307) 685-8180 located at 111 East 2nd St., Sandy’s Place (307) 685—7226 located at 400 West 2nd St., and The Mane Place (307) 687-2805 located at 203 Carey Ave. Suite 1.  Outside Gillette locations include the Hub Café in Moorcroft and soon to be at the Pit Stop in Moorcroft.   Reynolds Farm Products can also be purchased at the Biddle, MT General Store.


Reynolds Farm Products are modestly priced – especially when the quality is factored into the equation.  The Goat Milk Soaps and Glycerin Soaps are sold by the ounce, which is approximately $1.25 per oz., thus each bar ranges from $4.00 to $5.00.  The bottled Skin Emollients and Solid Lotion Bars are sold the same way, which is approximately $1.50 per oz.  The Novelty and Kid’s Fun Soaps are sold by the unit with prices ranging from $3.75 to $6.00.   All the Reynolds Farm Products already have the sales tax is factored in, so if the tag reads $4.50 then it is $4.50.

Reynolds Farm Products adheres to all governmental regulations, which includes labeling.  All products contain FDA and/or USDA approved ingredients.

Debra takes great pride in producing some of the finest health and beauty products on the market in Wyoming.  With the wholesome goodness of natural/organic agricultural products – who could go wrong?  What’s good for the inside is also good for the outside; so let your skin enjoy Reynolds Farm Products!

BUT WAIT!  Reynolds Farm Products also produces a popcorn product called Outlaw Gourmet Popcorn, “So good it should be outlawed.”  Deb is a bit fruity… least with most of her flavors:  Black Cherry, Cranberry, Grape, Lemon Lime, Orange, Peach Mango, Tropical Punch, and then there is Brown Sugar Cinnamon, Caramel, and Maple.  These are just a few of the 36 different flavors.  There are also monthly surprise flavors.

Visit for pictures of many of the products.  Everyone is always welcomed to call or email me at: (307) 689-2792

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ON THE CALENDAR: June 7, 2013


It’s SUMMER!!! And that means that our calendar blogs will be coming out with TONS of stuff happening across Wyoming. We aim to keep everyone informed with the month’s events and those coming up in the short term, and we need your help — if you have an event we should publicize, shoot us a line at If you have a picture to go along with it, all the better!


Our 2013 issue of Wyovore is now on sale! Visit our website for your hard copy – or follow the instructions to get your copy on your iPad!

LANDER: Lander Brew Fest, June 7-8 (THIS weekend!)

Music, food, BEER (of course) and rugby — how much more fun can it get?! Visit their website for details…

CODY:  Cody’s Wild West Shootout, June 6-8 (THIS weekend!)

Cody’s Wild West Shootout is the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) sanctioned Wyoming State Championship Cowboy Action Shooting match. Approximately 150 shooters, using firearms and dressed in clothing from the period of 1860 to 1899, will compete over three days in men’s, women’s and junior divisions. Thursday will consist of practice stages and long range rifle events.

The main match on Friday and Saturday will feature twelve stages that all competitors will shoot, with each stage having a different shooting scenario. In past years, competitors from around the U.S. and Canada, and from as far away as Australia and New Zealand, have traveled here to participate.

This event is open to the public at no charge. Safety glasses and ear muffs are required for anyone in the shooting areas since this is a live-fire event.  More info also available at:  Cody Shooting Complex

CHUGWATER:  Chugwater Chili Cook-Off, June 14-15

Come out and enjoy this 28th annual event — full of good food and good times! Be sure to fill up on gas before you head their way — sadly, the only gas station in town was lost to fire and there will not be fuel services nearby. However, Cheyenne & Wheatland are not far away – just go with a full tank and enjoy the festivities! Visit their website for details…

CHEYENNE:  Black Dog Animal Rescue’s Summer Mutt Fair, June 14

Black Dog Animal Rescue does a TON of work for the well-being of dogs in need of love in Southeast Wyoming. They’re always in need of support, donations, and, of course, forever homes for their lovable pups!

BUFFALO:  The Big Horns Classic, June 14-16

Presented by Steele Roping — visit their website for more details!

RIVERTON:  Northern Arapahoe Experience Art Show at Wind River Hotel & Casino, June – August 2013

Experience beautiful art work in one of Wyoming’s exciting destinations! Visit their website for more information!

CASPER:  Nic Fest, June 28-30

This annual event brings people from all over the state to discover regional artists. Be sure to visit this renowned museum at the same time… Visit their website for more details, as well as lots more summer happenings.

SHERIDAN:  Polo Games Begin!

Local polo teams in action, with initial practice games on June 2 and June 9, then tournaments every Sunday from June 16 through August 25. The games in June (one game each Sunday) are at 2:00 pm. The games in July and August (two games, back to back, each Sunday) are at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. In addition, the teams are playing practice games every Wednesday and Friday at 3:00 and 5:00 pm and every Saturday at 10:00 am. Spectators are welcome, with no admission charge. There are bleachers for seating, but also feel free to bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. No dogs, please. For more information, contact “Perk” Connell at (307) 674-4928 or visit

GILLETTE:  Donkey Creek Music Festival, June 28-30

Gillette, known as “Donkey Town” once — and thankfully renamed by Edward Gillette, railroad engineer, has held this annual event since 2006. Lovingly named after the area’s Donkey Creek and held at Gillette College, the festival continues to bring great groups and sound. Visit their website for more information!





MADE IN WYOMING: Horseshoes & Feathers

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We are thrilled to team with the Wyoming Business Council to feature a Wyoming First business every week on our blog! Wyoming First is a program that promotes Wyoming member businesses. Visit their website (click here) to learn more about this service — and if you are a Wyoming business who’s not a member, be sure to inquire about membership! There are many benefits!

This week our spotlight is on Horseshoes & Feathers of Douglas, WY

Terry Askin, Horseshoes and Feathers Douglas, WY  307-358-6658

Terry has always liked to draw and probably should have gone to art school — but with her agriculture background, the pull to ranch was stronger.  She found she loved to raise the sheep, but did not have the patience for weaving and felting spinning.  Terry started drawing in the evenings and into early morning, trying to get a picture to her satisfaction.  Lambing time was ideal for drawing because Terry was already up early in the morning!

Terry’s goal was to have another income for her family and began looking into ideas. She checked out tourist shops, western wear stores and gas stations to see what items were on the market and decided to gear her products toward tourists. Terry started out making t-shirts comprised of Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana “letters” made into western pictures.   Still wanting to push forward, Terry trusted in her faith to guide her.  She wanted an American made, plus Wyoming made, product; something usable that would represent her art well.  Terry’s dad said once, “A person only has so many walls to hang pictures.”   So, she thought…how about coasters?  She commissioned someone to laser her art on the coasters; these were well liked, but a bit pricey.  Then she thought cutting boards. She tried purchasing white plastic cutting boards, adding her artwork via laser. Terry was not impressed with the result. Terry liked working with wood and while in a wood workers’ supply store asked if anyone knew of someone that had experience.  This is when she was introduced to her cutting board maker, one of her popular items.  Terry is learning a lot about wood now and hopes to develop other usable products for interior decorating.

Terry loves animals and uses her art to connect with others, sharing how she was raised and the Wyoming ranching life.  She uses her gift to help others see what we are so honored to have here in Wyoming and in the U.S.A.  — including life and freedom to be able to do anything we set our minds to.  Terry feels honored to have the opportunity to share her art on usable handmade products that will hopefully last a lifetime.

Terry will begin taking custom orders starting this winter.  If it is a commissioned picture it may take longer, but she is learning how to take photos and apply them to objects.  She has done wedding gifts using her art and personalizing the boards.  She has also created a cutting board for children’s names and a prayer; one side to use and one to display.   She has used her laser to embellish a dresser, making is personal and usable.

Currently, Horseshoes and Feathers products are being sold from Terry’s home, as well at at the Wyoming Mercantile at the Wyoming State Fair.  This year her artful products will be sold during Cheyenne Frontier Days in the Old Frontier Town at the General Mercantile.  Terry is now exploring Etsy and Zibbet as a means to sell her products in the next year.

As of May, 2013, Horseshoes and Feathers’ prices on cutting boards start at $25.00 for an 8”x12-1/2” board, to $50 for a 16”x11 1-1/2” board.  The art on these boards is a simple display of the Wyoming way of life; the more detail higher the price.  Terry can be contacted at  Please provide a phone number on subject line or it may be considered a spam.Contact Terry directly for pricing on custom orders. 

Terry feels the laser machine is an incredible art machine and the possibilities are endless! Horseshoes and Feathers, along with her art, is trademarked.

WYO OUTDOORS: Wind River Country Trails & GTNP’s Active Trails Program

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image courtesy Wind River Visitor Council


Wind River Country Trails — Get Out There and Explore!

National Trails Day was June 1, but who needs one day to hit the trail and explore?! Fremont County in Wyoming is one place that is FILLED with trails for biking, hiking, horseback riding and more — check out our blog post from the Wind River Visitor Council for more info!

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Grand Teton Launches Wellness Initiative with Active Trails Program

MOOSE, WY —  In partnership with St. John’s Medical Center, Grand Teton National Park will launch a new Active Trails program with a kick-off event June 6 from 5-7 p.m. at Miller Park in Jackson, Wyoming. The first 10 people to register for participation in the Active Trails program will receive a free annual pass to Grand Teton National Park, and a few lucky participants who attend a bear safety presentation will receive a free can of bear spray. Grand Teton’s Active Trails program is funded through a grant by the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks.

Grand Teton is partnering with the wellness program at St. John’s Medical Center to launch this initiative focused on getting Jackson Hole community members active and outside. The partnership supports an online tracking portal where participants will log hiking and biking miles. Registered participants who log their progress on the portal are automatically entered in a lottery to win prizes that will get them back in the park for even grander experiences. Prizes will range from meals at restaurants located in the park to family adventure packages.

On the 13th of each month, Grand Teton park ranger naturalists will lead family friendly hikes for Active Trails participants. Free transportation will be offered to and from town to join these hikes. For details, please call 307.739.3399. Additional information about the hikes will be posted on the Active Trails portal.

To register as a participant in Active Trails go to and create an account. Use the code AT2013 to create an Active Trails account.

Grand Teton was one of 22 national parks from across the country selected to receive a 2013 Active Trails grant from the National Park Foundation. Now in its fifth year nationally, the Active Trails program supports hands-on projects that encourage the public to lead healthy lives by actively engaging in activities that restore, protect, and create land and water trails across America. Since 2008, the National Park Foundation has granted nearly $1.7 million through its Active Trails program.

Grand Teton National Park is grateful for the ongoing support from Grand Teton Association and their contributions to this program. The National Park Foundation wishes to thank Coca-Cola and the Coca-Cola Foundation for their generous support of the Active Trails program.


The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, raises private funds that directly aid, support and enrich America’s more than 400 national parks and their programs.  Chartered by Congress as the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation plays a critical role in conservation and preservation efforts, establishing national parks as powerful learning environments, and giving all audiences an equal and abundant opportunity to experience, enjoy and support America’s treasured places.

WYO OUTDOORS: Enjoy the Wind River Country Trails














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Wind River Country, WY – National Trails Day was June 1 — but who needs one day to enjoy the great Wyo? Hit one of many great trails in Fremont County, depending on access due to the spring snow conditions. Keep reading on for lots of Wind River Country info!

For road bikers, there are a number of loops that can be made through Wind River Country ranging in length from the leisurely 13-mile Squaw-Baldwin Creek loop popular with the lunchtime crowd in Lander, to a 100-mile circuit that links Lander, Riverton, and Sweetwater Station.

Highway 287 from Togwotee Pass through Dubois and Lander and then on to Rawlins by way of Jeffrey City and the Sweetwater Rocks area is part of the TransAmerica Bike Tour Route, a 4,247-mile transcontinental bike route established for the Adventure Cycling Association’s celebration of the U.S. bicentennial. The route, which continues to be the most popular way to cross America by bicycle today, includes ocean coastline, lush forests, high deserts, mountain passes, snow-capped peaks, sweeping vistas, fertile farmland, rolling hills and wide rivers. Transcontinental riders are frequently seen traversing Wind River Country along this route every summer.

For bikers who prefer dirt to pavement, many of the trails that traverse Wind River Country’s millions of acres of public land are multiple use and open for mountain biking.

Recently the Lander Cycling Club with the help of the Lander District BLM, and the Wind River Backcountry Horsemen made major improvements to the parking lot at Johnny Behind the Rocks (JBR).

Lander Cycling Club president Scott Van Orman said, “In a cooperative project we made the parking lot into a  trailhead. The parking are was enlarged for pull-through parking of trailers and additional parking for smaller vehicles. A cattlegard was installed so there is no longer a need to open and close the gate. Because the parking lot is fenced to keep keep vehicles and cows in the appropriate area, an additional smaller cattlegard was built and installed for the convenience of bikes and hikers while the equestrians will still pass through a gate to access the trails. An informational kiosk and trailhead sign should be in place by the end of the summer. The project certainly helps visitors find the trails and shows that we really care about the non-motorized recreation at JBR. It was made possible by donations from the Lander Cycling Club, Wind River Backcountry Horsemen, SDI Construction, The Bike Mill, and Gannett Peak Sports.”













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Since the Loop Road will be closed, at last notice, until June 7 now is also a great time to ride the road bikes up the switchbacks without the worry of cars, trucks and campers. The pedal up is mostly on moderate grades and the descent is exhilarating!  Bring a jacket and make sure your brakes are properly adjusted.

Bikes and hikers must yield to horses: stop, step off the trail and talk to the horse and rider in a calm voice, loud enough to be heard. The horse will recognize you as a person not as a strange speeding object that triggers the horse’s flight instinct.

Check in at Bob`s Bike Corral in Dubois, Out Sportin’ in Riverton or Gannet Peak Sports in Lander for ideas on rides. You’ll find there’s something suitable for all ability levels from easy two-track tours in the desert, to technical challenges on rocky terrain in the mountains.

There will be a trail work day on June 15 with the US Forest Service (USFS) to start a new trail in Sinks Canyon. Matt Walters of the USFS planned the new trail to be multi-use and should also give Lander another Cross Country ski trail in the winter. When completed the yet to be named trail will make a connection from the warming hut trails to Fossil Hill and give non motorized users a way up without being on the road.

If you prefer to celebrate our trails on horseback this year, there are twenty-five Dude/Guest ranches and backcountry outfitters offering all kinds of riding options from short day-trips to week-long stays. Check out the entire list available inWind River Country.

There are two accredited Volksmarches in Wyoming’s Wind River Country. In the spirit of European noncompetitive hikes through gorgeous country settings, the American Volkssport Association Volkswanderung, German for “people’s walk,” began more than four decades ago to promote health and fellowship. The walks are not races, and they are designed to accommodate walkers of all athletic abilities.

There is a sanctioned Volksmarch at South Pass City State Historic Site and another at Sinks Canyon State Park near Lander. For more information, contact

Another short hike in the Shoshone National Forest with a variety of scenery is the 4.4 miles (round trip) trail to Lake Louise south of Dubois. The hike begins at the Trail Lakes and Glacier Trail trailhead parking lot. This popular, moderate hike starts off in a desert-like area but quickly changes to mountain vegetation ending in a zone of granite outcrops-perfect Bighorn Sheep country. Plan to spend some relaxing time at this destination – an alpine lake framed by peaks and cliffs.

For serious and experienced back country hikers, The Cirque of the Towers is a remote, strenuous but impressive 16-mile hike from Big Sandy Trailhead into the heart of the southern Wind River Range and the Bridger Wilderness. There’s an option to take a shorter hike (11 miles) to Sandy Lake. The lake trail parallels the Big Sandy River so plan on fishing during your hike! If you continue on to Jackass Pass, where you will view the Cirque of the Towers, you will travel a very rocky steep trail. It will be worth it though as you enjoy one of the most spectacular alpine scenes in the US!

A fun, easy hike near Lander in the Shoshone National Forest brings you to the glorious Popo Agie Falls. The short trail, 3 miles (round trip) starts at the beginning of the Loop Road at Bruce Picnic Area and follows along the Middle Popo Agie River. Once you reach the falls, there are more paths to explore before you unpack your picnic.

An even easier hike, 1.4 miles (round trip) with big views is Blue Ridge Lookout off the Loop Road through the Shoshone National Forest. Here, at around 8000’, you can admire the southern Wind River Range, and to the east, the high Wyoming plains, plus Fiddlers Lake and the Absaroka Mountain Range.

Hikers should have a good map, sunscreen, basic first aid kit, bear spray, wear good shoes and a hat, carry water and snacks, be bear-aware and consider the elevation and weather as they travel in the Wind River Country’s high-altitude beauty. Contact the Shoshone National Forest offices in Dubois and Lander, and the Bureau of Land Management offices for maps and local information about the trails before you head out.

Some trails in Fremont County can also be used for ATV riding. The trails present challenges to the seasoned ATV rider along with pleasurable, scenic riding for the beginning and leisure ATV rider.  Through-out the State of Wyoming, several beautiful places have been designed for some very relaxing and enjoyable off-road riding. Check for rules and regulations on public lands.

To learn more about what Wind River Country has to offer, or to request a vacation packet, please visit us at Wind River Country or call 800-645-6233.