WY Athletics: It’s Gonna Be a Scorcher in NE! Important info…

UNL officials urge football fans to protect against extreme heat Saturday

Lincoln, Neb., Aug. 29, 2013 – With temperatures expected to be in the upper 90s with a heat index of over 100 on Saturday, University of Nebraska-Lincoln officials are encouraging fans planning to attend that day’s football game to be aware of the dangers of extreme heat and to take steps to protect themselves.

The Cornhuskers will kick off the 2013 season at 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium against the University of Wyoming. Stadium gates open at 5:30 p.m. – at which point forecasts are placing the expected heat index at 103 degrees. The heat index combines air temperature and relative humidity to determine the human-perceived equivalent temperature – what it feels like, as opposed to the actual temperature.

Excessive heat can be dangerous and even life threatening. In addition, many of Memorial Stadium’s seats will be in direct sunshine, which can raise the heat index by an additional 15 degrees. Large gatherings of people in close contact also contribute to higher heat indexes by limiting cooling effects of breezes, increasing humidity and raising heat levels from body heat. Risk factors are greater for infants and young children, people 65 and older, and those who are ill, especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure.

To prevent heat illness, fans attending Saturday’s game should:

* Drink lots of water.

* Avoid drinking liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar, which actually cause the loss of more body fluid.

* Minimize direct contact with the sun. Try to rest often in shady areas.

* Avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.

* Snack regularly, rather than eating heavy meals. Consider eating light, cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads.

* Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.

* Water fountains are located on the main concourses of Memorial Stadium, and two large, portable water fountains also will be added Saturday – one at the north and one at the south end of the stadium, located underneath the seating bowls. In addition, fans on Aug. 31 will be permitted to bring their own sealed, clear, non-frozen commercial bottled water containers of up to 20 oz. into Memorial Stadium.

The Red Cross will be on hand to provide emergency medical services and First Aid stations are in the southeast corner of field level, East Stadium upper concourse, East Stadium club level, northwest concourse and West Stadium club level. An emergency heart unit is in the northwest concourse; Advanced Cardiac Life Support is in the southeast corner of field level. Contact Red Cross volunteers, Boy Scout volunteers or stadium security personnel for assistance.



The following information has been provided by the University of Nebraska Athletics Department for Saturday’s game in Lincoln, Neb., between the Wyoming Cowboys and Nebraska Cornhuskers.


New policies and procedures in Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium:

> Mobile tickets will be accepted; tickets can be stored on mobile devices and scanned at the gates.

> Bags larger than 13 inches by 10 inches will not be allowed in the stadium (security will use containers at the entrances to measure bags).

> Escalator and elevator access will be restricted to those fans holding tickets to their respective areas in the premium level and the 600 East Stadium level.

> No entry or re-entry will be allowed after the start of the fourth quarter.

> A free bike valet service will be provided at Cook Pavilion by UNL Campus Recreation. For details, go to http://bike.unl.edu/bikevalet.


Tickets at all gates will be scanned with an optical reader for entrance and for re-entry if someone leaves the stadium. No re-entry is allowed beginning at the start of the fourth quarter.

Fans will again have the ability to report safety concerns to UNL Police via SMS (Short Message Service) text messaging. Anyone with a cellular phone and SMS capabilities can initiate a text message to 69050, keyword, “UNLPD,” and type in their complaint and location. Standard SMS rates will apply. The text number is the same as the one used in 2012.

Fans are asked to help the “Big Red Go Green” in a stepped-up recycling program this fall by depositing their plastic bottles and cups in marked recycling bins located near every trash receptacle.

Memorial Stadium gates will open 1 hour and 30 minutes before kickoff of each game and ticket holders are encouraged to enter the gate number printed on their ticket. Express lanes will be in effect at stadium gates again and fans are encouraged to “travel light.” Ticket-holders who are not carrying items that are subject to inspection (purses, fanny packs, camera bags and water bottles) can use the express lanes. Fans carrying such items must use the other lanes. Backpacks are not permitted in Memorial Stadium.

The Husker Nation Pavilion will be back for its 10th year, with most activities taking place on the Gass practice field, where the Huskers practice daily northeast of Memorial Stadium. It will be open 3 hours prior to kickoff and will provide free and fun activities for the whole family, games, music, autograph signings and appearances by current and former athletes across many sports.

Stadium Drive on the west side of the stadium will also have food vendors and some game-related activities.


Memorial Stadium policies:

> Stadium gates open 90 minutes prior to kickoff.

> Outside chairbacks are not allowed in Memorial Stadium. Some 20,000 chairback seats will be available for rental at $5 each.

> Backpacks are not allowed in Memorial Stadium.

> The Athletic Ticket Office and Huskers Authentic open 4 hours prior to kickoff.

> Memorial Stadium, like all university buildings, is a non-smoking area. Those who want to smoke must leave the stadium to do so. Tickets will be scanned for exiting and re-entry. Re-entry is available at each gate. Persons re-entering the stadium are subject to rescreening. No re-entry beginning at the start of the fourth quarter.

> The following items are prohibited in Memorial Stadium: Guns, knives, backpacks, glass, cans, coolers, beverage containers, video cameras, umbrellas and pets. People will be asked to return such items to their vehicles or home. Purses, fanny packs, and small camera bags are allowed but are subject to search. Plastic water bottles are permitted but may be inspected.

> Alcoholic beverages of any type are not allowed in the stadium. In addition, consumption of alcohol is prohibited in city and university parking lots and property.

> Throwing of any object in the stadium is prohibited. Any person throwing any object is subject to immediate removal from the stadium. Rules allow game officials to penalize the home team if objects are thrown onto the playing field.

> The Stadium Assistance Team, wearing orange jackets bearing the word “Security,” can help with any problems fans may encounter. If fans become separated from their friends, they should report to any First Aid station for assistance.

> Lost and found areas are located at the Guest Relations Desks in both the East and West Stadiums..


Parking and traffic policies and procedures:

> Most parking lots on the UNL City Campus are reserved for those who have paid reservations on game days. Most lots surrounding the stadium have been converted to reserved stalls, with patrons assigned to specific numbered stalls. Paid public parking on City Campus is available at $15 per stall at the Parking Garage at 17th and R streets.

> Parking for people with disabilities is available for $15 per vehicle on a first-come, first-served basis in Booster Lots 5 and 9 on the south side of Salt Creek Roadway between Stadium Drive and 14th Street northeast of Memorial Stadium. Lots 5 and 9 have free cart shuttle service to the stadium. This shuttle is radio equipped and will be stationed during the game at the northeast corner of the stadium and on the east side for those patrons needing to return to their vehicles. Contact the Athletics Ticket Office at 402-472-3111 for pre-purchase opportunities. Charter and shuttle bus parking is available on W Street between 14th and 16th streets.

> Parking lots will open at 6 a.m. for games with kickoff scheduled before 6 p.m.; for games that start at 6 p.m. or later, lots will open at 11 a.m.

> UNL Red/White shuttles, with parking at the 17th and R Parking Garage, will drop off patrons on the east side or at the northwest corner of Memorial Stadium. This is a convenionent ADA drop-off point for those patrons who cannot walk long distances. There is a $15 charge for parking in the 17th and R Parking Garage.

> Stadium Drive, the street on the west side of the stadium, will be closed on game days.

> Star Tran will offer the Big Red Express shuttle service to and from the stadium from sites around Lincoln. The cost is $5 each way or $10 round-trip. Season passes are available for $60. For additional information, go to http://startran.lincoln.ne.gov or telephone 402-476-1234.

> The taxi cab drop off/pick up location will be at the corner of 14th and Vine streets east of the stadium, and north of Memorial Stadium on Salt Creek Roadway. Other passenger drop-off and pick-up will not be allowed in front of the stadium before or after games. The recommended drop-off location is 12th and R streets.

> Up-to-date statewide road information can be found online at www.nebraskatransportation.org. Highway conditions and a brief weather report can be obtained by calling 511 on a land line or cell phone.

ARTS IN WY: Art, Symphony, Events & More

RIVERTON:  Butch Cassidy, My Uncle: Book Signing

The Wind River Hotel and Casino invites you to a book signing and presentation by Bill Betenson, author of Butch Cassidy, My Uncle: A Family Portrait on August 29 at 4 p.m. in the hotel lobby.

Betenson will talk about the infamous Tipton Train Robbery that occurred on August 29, 1900 in Tipton, WY. This event is considered one of the great robberies that made Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch famous in the old west.

Betenson wrote a detailed account of the life and times of his great-uncle Robert Leroy Parker aka Butch Cassidy. Betenson became interested in the notorious train and bank robber after attending a private screening of the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. His great-grandmother Lula Betenson wrote Butch Cassidy, My Brother in 1976 and highlighted the controversy surrounding her brother’s death.

Growing up, hearing detailed stories about Butch Cassidy and his adventures, Betenson spent over two decades researching his famous great-uncle by accessing family documents, traveling to Argentina and conducting extensive interviews.

With a rich history in Wyoming, Butch Cassidy earned his famous nickname while visiting Rock Springs. Betenson will discuss these various connections to Wyoming and will be open for a Q&A. Books will be available for purchase in the hotel gift shop.

In the Northern Arapaho Experience Cultural Room, a meet and greet with Northern Arapaho Artist Eugene Ridgely  Jr., will also begin at 5 p.m. For the month of September, Ridgely’s art work will be on display in the cultural room. Ridgley has been an artist for over 30 years and calls his paintings and drawings Contemporary American Indian Art.

SHERIDAN:  Unbound at Sagebrush Community Art Center

All Booked Up and No Place to Go?

The end of summer may be a great time to curl up and relax with a good paperback novel or flip through and select one of the many EBooks on a Kindle.   Past resident artists from the Jentel Foundation are taking an entirely different look at the world of books in an exhibition at the Sagebrush Community Art Center August 27th-October 5th.  UNBOUND features over two dozen examples of creative approaches to exploring various aspects of handmade books from binding  to paper, content to format, printing to images and media to traditional styles, such as accordion pleated and scrolls.  The exhibition opens on Wednesday, August 28th 5:00-7:00pm.  Mary Jane Edwards, Executive Director of the Jentel Foundation and curator for the exhibition will make a few comments about the exhibition at the opening and will show the individual pages of Collapse of the Home: Tejas, an unusual book by Alice Leora Briggs in a collaboration organized by Railsmith, an informal group of artists who engineered and produced the hand-printed, lithographic, pop-up book in a limited-edition of thirteen.   Refreshments are provided and the public is invited to attend. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

CHEYENNE:  Cheyenne Botanical Gardens’ Mad hatter Mixer & Tea Party 

The Mad Hatter Mixer (evening garden party for adults September 6th) and the Mad Hatter Tea Party for Kids and adults (September 8th) are rapidly approaching. The Mixer committee is in need of plates. Please bring any orphaned/extra dessert, salad or luncheon plates that are dishwasher safe and that you are willing to donate to the Botanic Gardens.

HELP! We are also in need of volunteers for either the Mad Hatter Mixer on the day of Friday, Sept. 6th or the Mad Hatter Tea Party on Sunday, Sept. 8th.

For questions about donating plates or volunteering, contact Darcee Snider at darcee@botanic.org or 307.637.6458. We appreciate your support! THANK YOU!

LARAMIE: UW Art Museum Presents “Chicanitas”

CODY:  Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale September 20 & 21

The 32nd Annual Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale is coming! Visit their website for details and a look at the amazing artists…

Symphonies Launch 2013-2014 Season

Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra first performance — September 28 — “Brilliant Beginnings”:  This concert features all overtures, including many audience favorites: from the Lone Ranger (William Tell Overture) to the Can-Can (Orpheus in the Underworld Overture), from Romeo and Juliet to the Fledermaus and Bernstein’s sparkling Candide Overture. The talented players of the CSO shine in this program as they demonstrate their virtuosity and versatility. Our guest artists on this program are a number of local High School orchestra students, sitting side-by-side with their CSO professional musician counterparts, joining the CSO for the Offenbach overture at the performance. Don’t miss it!

Wyoming Symphony Orchestra in Casper — first performance October 5 — “Rock On!”:  “The majesty of the full forces of the symphony orchestra will shine in the spectacular opening of our 64th concert season. We’ll begin with a bright and energetic kaleidoscope of orchestral sound in Thomas Svoboda’s Overture of the Season. Next, the greatest love theme ever written to the synopsis of the greatest love story ever told: Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. Finally we’ll feature the extraordinary virtuosity of Russian superstar Alexander Ghindin performing the granddaddy of all piano concertos, Rachmaninoff’s 3rd, better known as ‘Rach 3.'” — Wyoming Symphony Orchestra

Powder River Symphony Orchestra in Gillette — first performance October 27 — “Hello to Broadway”:  Live and be merry! Enjoy of timeless selections from some of the most celebrated Broadway Musicals. Brazilian Pianist Joao Paulo Casarotti joins the Powder River Symphony in the performance of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. 

University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra — first performance October 3 — Svoboda, Overture of the Season; Mozart, Sinfonia Concertante for 4 winds and orchestra, KV Anh I/9(297b); Brahms, Symphony No. 2. Nicole Riner, flute; Lindsey Bird Reynolds, oboe; Kaori Uno-Jack, bassoon; Jason Johnston, horn

Univ. of WY Flute Studio Third Annual WY Flute Day, September 21, Cody High School:  

Featuring Nicole Riner, Instructor of Flute, University of Wyoming • Dr. Linda Antas, flutist and Professor of Music Technology and Composition, Montana State University • Gioscia-Groothof Duo flute-guitar duo from Colorado Springs 

Activities Include:  Workshops in breathing and stretching, master class on All-State excerpts, guest performances from Dr. Linda Antas (flute + electronics) and Gioscia-Groothof Duo, recital of flutists from around Wyoming, mass flute choir concert

Wyoming Flute Day is generously sponsored by University of Wyoming, Hill Music, and King’s Inn Cody

Contact Dr. Nicole Riner to register: nicole.riner@gmail.com

The Hidden Wyoming Project Explores Wyoming Off the Beaten Track

Photographer Beau Johnston and his lovely wife are exploring our square state via The Hidden Wyoming Project – a look at the WY that few people stop to see. Check out the website & join their Flickr group to share your Hidden Wyoming!


WY Foodie: Recipes + Il Villaggio Osteria

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A new recipe — thanks to the Wyoming Beef Council!

Orange-Chipotle Skirt Steaks

Total recipe time: 30 minutes

Makes 4 to 6 servings


1-1/2 pounds beef skirt steak, cut into 4 to 6-inch pieces

2 medium oranges, divided

2 cups chopped tomatillos (4 to 5 small to medium)

1/2 cup chopped red onion

2 to 3 teaspoons minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/8 teaspoon salt


Juice of 1 medium orange

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 tablespoons adobo sauce (from chipotle peppers)

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Combine Marinade ingredients in small bowl. Place beef steaks in food-safe plastic bag; turn steaks to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 6 hours or as long as overnight, turning occasionally.
  2. Grate 1/2 teaspoon peel from 1 orange. Cut this orange and half of remaining orange into segments. Chop segments into 1/2-inch pieces. Combine orange peel and segments, tomatillos, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin and salt in medium bowl; cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Cut remaining 1/2 orange into wedges; reserve for garnish.
  3. Remove steaks from marinade; discard marinade. Place steaks on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 7 to 12 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 8 to 12 minutes) for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Carve steaks diagonally across the grain into thin slices; season with salt, as desired. Serve with tomatillo salsa. Garnish with reserved orange wedges.

Test Kitchen Tips

To cut orange segments, cut off both ends of orange with paring knife. Stand orange on 1 cut end and slice vertically (top to bottom) to remove peel and white pith in strips. Follow curve of orange with paring knife to remove as little flesh as possible. Cut each segment free by slicing down on both sides of surrounding membranes.


I saw this on Table Mountain Vineyards‘ Instagram & had to share… Here’s how Patrick made this summer heat-beater:  3 parts light red wine/rose’; 3 parts tonic; 1 part Campari. YUMMO!


JACKSON: Il Villaggio Osteria Offers An Italian Dining Twist

3335 West Village Road, Teton Village  307-739-4100  visit their website

In February 2008, the Fine Dining Restaurant Group brought a taste of Italy to Jackson Hole with the opening of Il Villaggio Osteria. The Osteria is located inside the Hotel Terra, the state’s first LEED certified property and only the fifth in the United States. With its 12-seat wine bar and eight seat salami bar, guests can enjoy a glass from our extensive wine list or watch as imported meats and cheeses, sourced from the country’s finest purveyors, are hand-sliced to order. House made pastas, sausage stuffed olives, beautiful wines and exquisite entrees round out the extraordinary multi-course menu.

images courtesy Fine Dining Group, Jackson Hole

For more Wyoming dining listings, visit our new online dining guide!


FROM THE PARKS: Closure for Peregrine Falcon Area Lifted

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Closure Lifted After Peregrine Falcon Chick Fledges
from Baxter’s Pinnacle Nest


MOOSE, WY — The public closure at Baxter’s Pinnacle and Descent Gully near the mouth of Cascade Canyon was lifted on Thursday, August 15. This area closure went into effect on May 1 to protect an active peregrine falcon nest. Due in part to the protection provided by this wildlife closure, the adult falcons successfully reared and fledged one chick.

The Baxter’s Pinnacle peregrines experienced little to no human interruption during their incubation and chick-rearing phases thanks to active support from the park’s two authorized concessionaires for guided climbing services, and to the cooperation of Jackson Hole’s climbing community that demonstrated responsible behavior and respected the closure. Peregrines are cliff nesters and can be sensitive to human disturbance, especially during their nesting period. Falcons are quite territorial and will often abandon nests to defend their territory, which leads to nest failure and low reproductive success.

Decimated by the harmful effects of the pesticide DDT, it is believed that peregrine falcons were virtually eliminated from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) by the 1960s. In 1980, efforts to reintroduce peregrine falcons to Grand Teton National Park were initiated in conjunction with similar efforts elsewhere in the GYE and western United States.  Between 1980 and 1986, 52 fledgling falcons were released at several sites in the Teton Range; seven to eight birds were released each time. After sufficient recovery was achieved, peregrines were delisted from the endangered species list in 1999. However, peregrine falcons remain a species of concern in Grand Teton National Park where only four nesting pairs exist. The Baxter’s nest area was first discovered in 2010, and it has produced one chick in three of the last four years (2010, 2011, and 2013). One other Teton site fledged two chicks this year.

The public closure served a second purpose: to also protect climbers from the peregrines as they will defend their nest site by dive-bombing perceived intruders. The peregrine falcon is among the world’s fastest birds, flying at 40-55 mph and diving at more than 200 mph while defending a territory or striking prey. This posed a safety risk to climbers who may have been knocked off their rock ‘perch’ and injured.

Seasonal and temporary closures for wildlife protection are common in Grand Teton to protect both wildlife and park users. Entering a posted wildlife closure is a violation that can result in a citation and fine under the code of federal regulations.

ON THE CALENDAR: Buffalo’s Longmire Days, Worland’s BBG & Bluegrass Fest

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BUFFALO:  Longmire Days August 17-18

A&E’s No. 1 original hit drama series “Longmire” has launched into its second season with more than 4.3 million viewers, the series is one of A&E’s most successful shows to debut. To celebrate the series – and the fact that “Longmire” best-selling author Craig Johnson hangs his cowboy hat here in Johnson County Wyoming – the Buffalo, Wyoming, Chamber of Commerce will host its second-annual “Longmire Days” on Aug. 17-18.

“Longmire” is based on Johnson’s New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire Mystery novel series (“A Serpent’s Tooth,” Johnson’s 9th Longmire novel, was released in June.) The series weaves the story of a dedicated, charismatic yet emotionally troubled small-town sheriff who seeks out the truth as secrets, betrayal and murder swirl in fictional Absaroka County, Wyoming. Johnson, who lives in the tiny community of Ucross, Wyoming (population hosting a grand total of 25 residents), uses Buffalo and Johnson County characters and locations to breath life into Longmire’s hometown of Durant, Wyoming, and Absaroka County.
Johnson will again be a huge part of the celebration, with book signings and participation in many of the planned events. But new this year will be guest appearances by many of the actors from the hit show, including Adam Bartley (The Ferg); Cassidy Freeman (Cady Longmire); Bailey Chase (Branch Connally); Katee Sackhoff (Victoria ‘Vic’ Moretti); and Robert Taylor (Sheriff Walt Longmire). A tight-knit cast, all have all agreed to attend “Longmire Days” to help celebrate the success of the show – and be a part of the community of Buffalo and Johnson County, the “real life” setting for the series. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips (Henry Standing Bear) will also attempt an appearance, if his schedule allows.


Saturday, August 17:

8-10am – Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast in the Square –
$5 per person
8-11am – Book Signing and Celebrity Autograph Session
Crazy Woman Square
10-11am – Press Conference
11am-noon – Basque Dancers in the Square
12-2pm – Softball Game “Cowboys vs. Indians” – Minimum
$5 donation – at Prosinski Park
2-5pm – Poker Run begins at Clear Creek Brewery
2-5pm – Indian Pow-Wow in the Square
5pm – Craig Johnson Book Signing at the Occidental
7-11pm – FREE Street Dance with Gary Small & the Coyote
Bros. – Downtown Main Street

Sunday, August 18:

9am-noon – Skeet Shooting at Buffalo Gun Club Shooting
Range – $100 per person, all included
10am-noon – Oldies 105.9 Horseback Ride from Paradise
Ranch – $200 per person, includes horse and lunch –
limited availability
11-1 – Indian Pow-Wow in the Square
Noon-2pm – A Cowboy Action Shoot demonstration at the
club range near the Buffalo Airport
1pm – Craig Johnson Book Signing at the Library
2pm – 18-hole golf outing at the Buffalo Golf Club – $200
per person with prizes for winners
6pm – Bartley (“The Ferg”) will host a live comedy/
karaoke event at the Occidental Saloon – $10 cover

image by David Huber Photography, Worland

WORLAND:  Pepsi Wyoming BBQ Championship & Bluegrass Festival, August 16-17

Check out their website for lots of info on this great event – and read the article in our current issue! We also included a feature on this event in our bookstore travel magazine, Wyovore. Lots of BBQ deliciousness and for those with a love of bluegrass — you can’t beat this event! World class musicians from around the country come to participate. This is one big event!

Jackson Art & GTNP Park News

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Looking to hunt bison or elk at the Elk Refuge near Jackson? Visit our blog post about their updates & progress…

Annual Astronomy Day to ‘Focus’ on Constellations and Galaxies at GTNP

Hosted by Grand Teton National Park & Jackson Hole Astronomy Club

MOOSE, WY —  Grand Teton National Park will join the Jackson Hole Astronomy Club to host the annual Grand Teton Astronomy Day this Sunday, August 11. Family-oriented activities are on tap which offer fun and educational opportunities to identify and appreciate galactic bodies such as constellations, star clusters, nebulae, sunspots, and much more.

Throughout the day, astronomy themed videos will be shown in the Colter Bay Visitor Center auditorium, including an 11:30 a.m. showing of the award winning documentary, The City Dark: A Search for Night on a Planet that Never Sleeps. Outdoor events begin at 2 p.m. at the Colter Bay Visitor Center and end with a late-night star-gazing session on Jackson Lake.

To highlight Grand Teton Astronomy Day, specially filtered telescopes will be available to safely view sunspots and other solar features from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. on the back deck of the Colter Bay Visitor Center. During the same time frame, children and adults can discover fun and fascinating information at exhibits and information tables.

At 9 p.m. Bob Hoyle, current park ranger naturalist and former professor of astronomy, will present an evening program at the Colter Bay amphitheater titled, “Watchers of the Sky.” This presentation focuses on the cultural history of astronomy and how early sky-watching evolved into the sciences of astronomy and astrophysics.

As a finale, several large telescopes will be set up from 10 p.m. to midnight along the shore of Colter Bay for participants to view stars, galaxies, nebulae and other celestial objects. Anyone planning to attend the evening program and telescope observation session should dress warmly as evening temperatures at Colter Bay can be quite chilly, even in August.

More information about Astronomy Day is available by calling the Colter Bay Visitor Center at 307.739.3594.

Amazing Animals at Museum’s August Mix’d Media

Printmaking, live music, and local beer featured at outdoor event

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – August 5, 2013 – Create your own Warhol-style image at the National Museum of Wildlife Art as part of the museum’s monthly Mix’d Media. The final Mix’d Media of the season to be offered outdoors on the museum’s sculpture trail, the August event connects to the “Amazing Animals: John James Audubon to Andy Warhol” exhibition, on display through August 18.  Featuring portfolios of American wildlife from the early hand-colored engravings produced by John James Audubon and George Catlin to modern versions by Andy Warhol and Walton Ford, the show will provide inspiration for Mix’d Media’s hands-on art project.

The “Amazing Animals” themed Mix’d Media event will take place August 8 from 6-9 p.m. and is open to the public for a $5 cover charge; free for members. In addition to enjoying live music by Whiskey Mornin’ and beer from Roadhouse Brewing Company, guests can try their hands at printmaking with Teton Art Lab as guest artists Aaron Wallis and Scott Craighead provide instruction – or use the sculpture trail pathways as canvas in a sidewalk chalk drawing activity. Dinner and a specialty libation will be themed to the event.

Mix’d Media is sponsored by Home Health for Pets, First Interstate Bank, and Spring Creek Ranch.

In addition to its busy art exhibition schedule, the National Museum of Wildlife Art offers a full schedule of year-round community programming, with some 100 free events including art-making activities, films, lectures, “edutainment,” Art in Action guest artists workshops, cultural fun on the museum’s new Sculpture Trail and much more. The museum also provides free high-quality educational enrichment for school children, from online and onsite curriculum for teachers to student art contests and thematic school tours. And the museum becomes a vibrant community gathering space during popular social happenings like its monthly First Sundays and Mix’d Media events.

A member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the museum, officially designated the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States by an act of Congress in 2008, provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe.  A complete schedule of exhibitions and events is available online at www.wildlifeart.org.  The museum is also active on Facebook and on Twitter at @WildlifeArtJH.

Rangers Use Road Spikes to Stop Fleeing Vehicle for Second Time This Summer

MOOSE, WY —  A 57-year-old Victorville, California man led a Grand Teton National Park ranger on a fast-moving pursuit on U.S. Highway 26/89/191 north of Moose Junction late Sunday night, August 4. The ranger attempted to stop the vehicle for crossing the centerline several times, but the driver did not yield and increased his speed instead.

At 11:06 p.m., the park ranger contacted Teton Interagency Dispatch Center to request back up as she tried to pull over the driver of a 2002 Ford pickup traveling northbound on Highway 89. The driver refused to stop and gradually increased his speed from 40 to 60 mph. The nighttime speed limit on Highway 89 is 45 mph. Two North District rangers responded to the call for assistance, and they placed road spikes across the highway near Triangle X Ranch. The spike strips were successful in slowing the fleeing vehicle, although the driver continued traveling on flat tires before coming to a stop near Cunningham Cabin nearly one mile beyond the road spikes.

While in pursuit, the ranger also saw the driver toss something from the truck window just before the vehicle came to a stop. An additional ranger and drug dog responded to search for the tossed item, which turned out to be a controlled substance.

The driver was arrested for interference with agency functions, and charged with several additional violations: operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs; refusing to submit to a blood alcohol/drug test; and possession of a controlled substance. While the California man has no current warrants, he has a lengthy criminal history. He was taken into custody and placed in the Teton County jail pending an appearance before the federal magistrate.

This arrest marks the second time within the last month that park rangers have resorted to the use of spike strips to stop a fleeing vehicle. The first incident occurred July 15 when Jackson Police Department requested the park’s assistance in stopping a driver suspected of drunk driving. The 19-year-old female driver of that vehicle reached speeds of 90 mph before crossing a spike strip near the Jackson Hole Airport Junction on Highway 89.  She was taken into custody by Jackson police officers and remains in jail on multiple federal charges.

Using spike strips can be an effective way to stop vehicles involved in a fast-moving or high-speed pursuit before they endanger others. Neither incident resulted in any injuries.

“All one Breath” — An Artist Exhibits Paintings Inspired by the Spirit of Unity

Trio Fine Art hosts an unprecedented exhibition of paintings by Kathryn Mapes Turner.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming:  Nationally celebrated artist, Kathryn Mapes Turner has spent the majority of her young life in a majestic mountain valley that has profoundly influences her work. Her powerful yet sensitively rendered landscapes communicate the life-long relationship she has developed with this grand scenery. With skilled use of light, harmonious color, and layers of texture, Turner explores the her connection with the natural world. The result is enduring imagery that evokes the intensely emotional association she has with the landscape of this valley since her childhood.

  • August 21- September 7th, 2013
  • Artist Reception August 22th 5-8 p.m. Turner will lead a Conversation on Creative Collaboration at 6:30 p.m. FREE and open to the public.
  • Gallery hours Wednesday-Saturday noon-6 p.m.
  • Exhibition can be viewed online at www.triofineart.com after August 20th

Painting — A Co-Creative Process


The title of this exhibition relates to Turner’s awareness of the interconnectedness of all things. This past year, she has explored the concepts of collaboration.  For Turner’s work, the initial spark of inspiration is derived from the dynamic complexities of the natural world – all of which are interdependent.  Once a connection is made between the artist and subject matter, the scenes are carefully edited and purposely distilled to reveal the subject’s true essence.  Turner says, “A painting is a conversation between the land and canvas. I have the privilege of being the translator between the two!”


Kathryn Turner had the good fortunate of being born into a fourth generation ranching family in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Her native valley is distinguished now by its preservation of wildness and for its vibrant art community.  Both have shaped her as an artist and now she is an active participant in arts organization as well as conservation.  “Growing up on the Triangle X Ranch taught me a great deal about the spirit of cooperation. In the creation of an evolved future, we are all in this together..”  says Turner. In the past year, Turner has shared her art talent with the Grand Teton Association, The Teton Raptor Center, and most recently with the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s View 22 as a way of supporting conservation efforts.  As a founding artist member of Trio Fine Art Gallery, the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Artists and the Jackson Hole Art Association, she is an integral member of the arts community. Recently she teamed up with her brother, Mark Turner, to collaborate the remarkably successful OneNest Project. (visit www.onenestproject.com). Kathryn remarks, “Invaluably, I have benefited from collaborations with other artists. In the creative process, a magical synergy can transpire when people work together.” In this exhibition, Turner celebrates this continuum of creative flow.

Turner’s work has been recognized nationally by many top awards including “Best of Show” at the American Impressionist Society and the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Association.  Her paintings have been exhibited at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Wyoming State Museum and the Charlie Russell Museum.  SouthWest Art recognized Turner as “21 Young Artists with Promising Careers.”

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image from National Elk Refuge website

Wildlife managers are preparing for two upcoming hunting seasons on the National Elk Refuge. Hunting programs on the Refuge are used as a management tool to achieve optimum herd size as determined through a cooperative effort between the National Elk Refuge, Grand Teton National Park, and Wyoming Game & Fish Department managers.

The 2013 bison hunting season on the National Elk Refuge will begin on August 15 and run through January 12, 2014. Bison hunting licenses are issued by the Wyoming Game & Fish Department. A Refuge–specific bison permit is required and is provided with the State license. Individuals who have not already applied and been selected for the 2013 season are not eligible to hunt bison this season.

The Refuge bison hunting season will be comprised of 12 hunt periods of varying length, with a number of week-long breaks of non-disturbance incorporated into the season. This is intended to increase the success rate for hunters since bison, along with other animals, may learn to avoid an area with continued hunting pressure. Wildlife managers are using the hunt period structure as a tool to achieve herd objectives.

The 2013 Refuge elk hunting season will run from October 12 through December 15 and will consist of 10 consecutive hunt periods. Persons interested in hunting elk may begin applying for Refuge–specific permits beginning Wednesday, August 14. Applications for elk permits must be submitted electronically by September 25 to be entered into a computerized random draw. The results of the drawing will be posted on the application web site by September 26. 

Application for National Elk Refuge elk hunting permits is done in cooperation with the Wyoming Game & Fish Private Lands Public Wildlife Access program. Hunters may initially apply for only one hunt period per hunt unit and must already have a valid Wyoming elk license to enter the electronic drawing. Elk hunters attempting to fill two valid licenses on the Refuge during the same hunt period do not need to apply for two Refuge permits. 

Bison and elk hunting information, including general information, application procedures, regulations, maps, weapons restrictions, and access can be found on the National Elk Refuge’s web page at www.fws.gov/refuge/national_elk_refuge. Printed copies of Refuge regulations can be picked up in Jackson at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center (532 N. Cache Street), Wyoming Game & Fish Department (420 N. Cache Street), or the National Elk Refuge Administrative Offices (625 E. Broadway Avenue). Printable versions (PDF) of the regulations and maps are available on the web site. 

Persons traveling on Refuge roads, including Curtis Canyon and Flat Creek roads, are encouraged to familiarize themselves with hunt boundaries and be aware that hunters may be in the area.


Mural by Travis Ivey 

Thanks to over 160 backers, Laramie Main Street reached their fundraising goal for the Laramie Mural Project before their deadline of July 21st and then, the donations kept coming in! When all was said and done, they raised just short of $20,000!!!

mural plan, by Travis Ivey

They have already begun to use those donations to expand the Laramie Mural Project. Check out the new murals going up downtown at 3rd and Kearney, behind the Big Dipper at 111 Ivinson and in the alley behind the Curiosity Shoppe. 

Be sure to mark your calendar for an event like you’ve never seen in downtown Laramie! Move in Weekend, Aug. 23 – 25 they will be hosting the Downtown Mash Up featuring the Gem City Car Classic and Laramie Fiber Arts Festival. This is a joint event between the University of Wyoming Athletic Dept., Laramie Main Street, DLBA and the fiber art galleries downtown.

Ever wondered what was above your favorite downtown businesses? Now is your chance to find out! Join Laramie Main Street on Friday, August 16 from 3 to 7 p.m. for a self-guided tour of the lofts and apartments downtown. Everything from cozy one bedroom units to expansive family lofts.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 the day of and can be purchased with cash, check or credit card from the Main Street office at 207 Grand Ave. or by calling 307-760-3355.

The Upstairs/Downtown tour is designed to promote residential space and living in the historic district as well as raise funds for the Laramie Main Street Alliance.


Stop by the Roundhouse Festival this weekend in Evanston at the Roundhouse to purchase your 2013 HO collectors car. These will be available at the this weekends Roundhouse Festival. This year’s car commemorates the Lincoln Highway’s 100th anniversary!

SHERIDAN — SAGE Community Art Center Welcomes New Exhibits; Sheridan’s DDA Plans 3rd Thursday Fest for August

The next 3rd Thursday Festival will be held August 15! Join in for all the fun, food and music!

Check out the next round of great art exhibits at SAGE Community Art Center!