WY Cowboys Head to Invitational & Jackson Hole Chamber Receives Recognition


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The Wyoming Cowboys are invitational bound! Check out the details on the upcoming game THIS Wednesday, March 14, vs. North Dakota State at the AA…

From the Cowboy Joe Club:  What a season Coach Shyatt and the seniors put together this year!   After achieving a 20-11 record, the Cowboys were able to clinch one of only 16 spots in the 2012 College Basketball Invitational (CBI).  This year’s field is stacked with high profile participants such as 2010 and 2011 national runner up Butler, Oregon State and Washington State out of the Pac 12, Pittsburgh out of the Big East, and out of the Ivy League, Princeton and Penn!  For the Cowboys, the tournament starts this Wednesday (March 14) at 7pm with a home game vs North Dakota State.  Along with the game, we will be hosting a very special halftime show honoring Kenny Sailors on his induction into the College Basketball Hall of Fame!

We encourage all of our fans not only to attend the game but to bring your friends to support our cowboys.  If you’re not able to attend the game this Wednesday we ask for your consideration in showing your support of Head Coach Larry Shyatt and the Cowboys by purchasing a ticket to the game.

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Cowboy fans may purchase tickets through the Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office by going online at WyomingAthletics.com or by calling 877-WYO-FAN1 (877-996-3261) or 307-766-4850. Tickets are $16 for adults, $8 for youth (3-18) and $5 for UW students.  Unfortunately this game will not be televised.

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The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce has received quite a recognition! Read on for more information…

From the Jackson Hole Chamber:  The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce received notification that it has received a Four Star Accreditation by the US Chamber of Commerce.  This places the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce in the top 2% of 6,936 chambers of commerce in the United States.  The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce is the only accredited chamber of commerce in Wyoming and part of an elite group of 152 chambers of commerce nationwide that have been validated by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Accreditation Program as “having solid programs, demonstrating clear organizational procedures, and as being a catalyst for positive action in the community.”

The US Chamber of Commerce states that “The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce has demonstrated a good track record of operating a successful chamber and achieving desirable results for its members.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is proud to accredit the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce with our 4-Star designation.  Congratulations on this remarkable achievement!”  The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce improved upon its Three Star Accreditation in 2006.  Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tim O’Donoghue states:  “Since 2006, we have worked at continuous improvement of our member services, organizational capabilities and performance, and effectiveness at championing the interests of local businesses, enhancing their prosperity, strengthening the economic climate of Teton County, and being an active contributor to the interests of business in the State of Wyoming.  We have received this accreditation and recognition through a rigorous process conducted by a panel of industry experts and leaders.  While we may never fully meet the accreditation criteria of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because of our non-partisan, non-endorsement of political candidates, we are pleased to have received this accreditation and high-level recognition of our work and organization.  I also believe our accreditation is a reflection of the excellence present in our business and overall community.”

For more information on the Accreditation of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, please contact Tim O’Donoghue at (307) 733-3316 or timo@jacksonholechamber.com.

Congratulations to everyone — best of luck to Cowboy Bball this week — GO WYO!

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor



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First Night Casper

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The holidays are upon us! Looking for something to do New Year’s Eve? Check out First Night Casper!  This family-friendly event is organized by the 1224 Club, a Casper community resource built around recovery.  See the paragraph at the bottom of this post for more information on the 1224 Club!

Started in Boston in 1976, the First Night program is a drug- and alcohol-free, family-friendly arts & culture celebration. Today, the program is a licensed event, occurring internationally. The First Night program is held in communities throughout the United States — the closest locations to the Casper program are Fort Collins, CO and Missoula, MT.

The program is simple:  Purchase a button for admission to LOTS of events, entertainment, and fun city-wide!  Buttons cost $10 each for adults; children 5 and under are free with a paying adult.  In Casper, purchase buttons at the Nicolaysen Art Museum, Downtown Development Authority, Messy Moose, Mercer Family Resource Center, Chamber of Commerce and the 1224 Club.  The theme for the First Night program changes annually — this year, the theme is ‘Reflections’.  Buttons have become collector’s items, with new designs and new themes every year — in addition to buttons, First Night Casper will offer logo apparel and other souvenir items for sale.

Once you have your buttons, get ready to have some fun!  Click here to connect with the First Night Casper activity schedule — or visit www.1224club.org and click on the ‘First Night Casper’ link, then the schedule link.  Check out their awesome sponsors while you’re at it! Thanks to Ken Knight Photography who has graciously offered photography services for the evening as well.

The buttons are your admission into the whole series of events — the 10 locations for fun include:  MC Market, 2nd Street Community Area, First United Methodist Church, Yellowstone Garage, WY National Apartments Lobby, The Downtown Grille, Nicolaysen Art Museum, Children’s Theater, The Science Zone and the 1224 Club.  Attendees may visit the locations in any order they wish — allowing them to create their own map to fun for the evening. Each location contains its own form of entertainment — musicians, illusionists, comedians, art galleries, dance performances, theater, play and discovery space for the kids — there is a LOT to take in! Visit food vendors at the 2nd Street Community Area and take part in an inexpensive chili dinner at the First United Methodist Church.  Be sure to check out First Night Casper for a fun and substance-free, culturally-rich event for the entire family!

The 1224 Club was formed almost 20 years ago by a group of nine recovering alcoholics. They derived their unique name from the 12 step programs and the 24 hour a day work that it requires to overcome addiction.  An organization unique to Casper, the community resource is built around recovery from addiction.  While they serve occasionally as a facility for 12 step program meetings, the 1224 Club is not a 12 step program in itself.  The club does not employ counselors, but does provide free resources in a safe and anonymous environment open to all individuals seeking recovery from addiction.  The club also provides its facilities for a wide variety of other addiction groups as well.  The 1224 Club is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) entity, funded primarily by donations and grants through gracious corporations and foundations.  The proceeds from First Night Casper will go to benefit the 1224 Club.  For more information on the organization and the services they provide to the Casper area, visit www.1224club.org.       

Thank you to The 1224 Club for sharing what they do as well as providing such a valuable and welcoming service to the Casper area.  Visit their website to see how you can help, donate and support their service — and be sure to attend First Night Casper for a fun and unique event for the entire family!

‘Til next time…

Kati Hime, Editor


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Have you purchased your Mistletoe Mosey button in Downtown Laramie yet? You can learn more about the program in our upcoming winter issue of Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine, but in the meantime, here’s some information about one of Dowtown Laramie’s energetic and successful programs that links the business owners together, as well as with the community!

Primed for an enthusiastic repeat of 2010’s success, the Mistletoe Mosey was launched on Black Friday (November 25) and will run until 6 PM on December 23.  The program is simple, and a lot of fun:  purchase a button with your favorite number on it, and search through 50 participating businesses (see the list in this blog; buttons can be purchased for $5 at any of these businesses).  Match the number on your button to the number displayed at one of the stores for a chance to win a $50 prize!  You’ll also be entered into a drawing for $1,000 in downtown gift certificates.  The Grand Prize Drawing will take place at the First Street Plaza in Downtown Laramie on December 24 at 11 AM.  Businesses will also be offering extended hours on Tuesdays during December – shop until 7 PM on these days for extra time to search for that number! Participating is easy and fun – plus you can take care of your holiday shopping and support the local economy at the same time.

As a thank you for shopping local, bring your gifts to the Laramie Main Street Alliance office at 207 Grand Avenue for FREE gift wrapping December 10 through 23, Monday through Saturday, 2 to 6 PM and December 24, 10 to 1 PM.

The Mistletoe Mosey is just one of the ways that Downtown Laramie celebrates the holidays.  The annual window decorating contest brings out the creativity in the local merchants; this year’s theme is ‘A Gem City Starlight Christmas’.  A nod to Laramie’s nickname, ‘Gem City of the Plains,’ the theme also extends to the annual Christmas parade as well.  “Pull out your decorations, find some creative helpers and go wild with lights!” encourages Laramie Main Street Alliance.  Judging will take place December 1 from 4:30-6 PM, and winners announced after the parade on December 2 from the First Street Plaza. Categories include:  Best Use of Theme, Most Original, Creative Use of Merchandise, Best Design, Most Welcoming, and Best Overall Design.

Be sure to visit Downtown Laramie on Facebook and if you’re in Laramie, get your button today! Whether you’re in Laramie or not, remember to SHOP LOCALLY and give your friends & neighbors your business whenever you can this  holiday season!


A Touch of Country  312 S 2nd St

Alexander’s Fine Jewelry 205 S 2nd St

Altitude Chophouse & Brewery 320 S 2nd St

Ambience Hair Design  218 E Ivinson St

Antique Fever  211 S 2nd St

Asparagus Printshop  216 Ivinson

Atmosphere Mountainworks  210 S 2nd St

Back of the Wagon Antiques  207 S 2nd St

Bank of the West 222 E Garfield St

Beaduwoo  223 E Garfield St.

Bella Home Boutique & Bakery  304 S 2nd St

Big Hollow Food Coop  119 S 1st St

Boomers BBQ  615 S 2nd St

Byrd’s Paradise  211 S 3rd St

Clure Brothers Furniture  520 S 2nd St

Coal Creek Coffee Co.  110 E Grand Ave

Connor Flower Shop  217 S 3rd St

Cowgirl Yarn  119 E Ivinson St

Curiosity Shoppe  206 S 2nd

D&L Music  114 E Grand Ave

Digital Blues, Inc. Printing  217 E Garfield St

Dodds Shoe Company  401 S 2nd St

First Interstate Bank  221 E Ivinson St

Hilton Garden Inn & UW Conference Center  2229 E Grand Ave

Killian Florist  312 S 3rd St

Laramie Plains Community Federal Credit Union  365 N 3rd St

Lovejoy’s Bar & Grill  101 E Grand Ave

Luciano’s Ristorante Italiano  100 E Ivinson St

Ludwig Photography  224 E Ivinson St

Maurices  308 S 2nd St

MiMi’s Consignment & Resale  158 N 2nd St

Mountain Valley Bridal  220 S 2nd St

Mountain Valley Properties  113 E Grand Ave

Muddy Paws  117 E Grand Ave

Night Heron Books  107 E Ivinson St

Poppy’s Flower Shop  119 Grand Ave

Quilt Essentials  314 S. 2nd St

Sensuous She  106 E Ivinson St

Snowy Range Vet Clinic  3025 Fort Sanders Rd

Spic & Span Laundromat  272 N 4th St

Spine & Injury Clinic of Laramie  409 S 4th St

Sweet Melissa’s Cafe  213 S 1st St

Sweet Pickles  117 E Ivinson St

The Chocolate Cellar  113 Ivinson Ave.

The Copper Kettle  209 S 2nd St

The Grounds Internet & Coffee Lounge  171 N 3rd St

The Laramie Boomerang  320 Grand Ave.

The Music Box  300 S 2nd St

The Pedal House  207 S 1st St

The Tutoring Club  502 S 3rd St

Undercover Waterbeds & Spa  400 S 2nd St

‘Til Next Time… I’m so excited about, and proud of, what our local downtown districts do around Wyoming!

Kati Hime, Editor


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Casper Chrsitmas Parade, 2011 — Image copyright Lona Patton

The holiday season is here, and Wyoming is especially springing to life this weekend of December 1 through 4! Here’s a list of some activities going on around our state this weekend, and if you have things that we’ve missed, please let us know!


Laramie – Gem City Starlight Christmas Parade:  December 2, 6:00 PM www.laramiemainstreet.org

Laramie — Holiday Festival, Laramie Plains Civic Center:  December 3, 10-4 with Ballet 7220 performing ‘Snow White’, 7:30 PM LPCC Theater www.laramieplainsciviccenter.org


Greybull – Greybull Holidazzle:  December 2-3  Chili dinner, Holidazzle Lighted Parade, Christmas Craft Bazaar, Santa www.greybull.com


Gillette – Annual Parade of Lights:  December 3 www.campbellcountywycoc.weblinkconnect.com


Saratoga – Christmas Parade and Winter Wonderland:  December 3, www.explorecarboncounty.com

Saratoga – Festival of Trees Gala and Auction:  December 1-2, www.wyomingcarboncounty.com

Rawlins – 2011 Festival of Trees and Wreaths:  December 1-3 for viewing; December 3 for Live & Silent Auction and Treats, www.rawlinschamberofcommerce.org

CONVERSE COUNTY:  Let us know if there is an event we can share!

CROOK COUNTY:  Let us know if there is an event we can share!


Riverton – Festival of Trees:  December 1-2:  www.rivertonwycoc.weblinkconnect.com

Lander – Light Up Lander:  December 2:  http://www.landerchamber.com/

Lander — Art in the Afternoon, Noble Hotel:  December 4, 10am-2pm. Lots of great local arts & crafts for easy Holiday shopping!


Torrington – Christmas Parade:  December 3:  www.goshencountychamber.com


Table Mountain Vineyards:  December 2-4:  Winery open house series Fri-Sun. 11-4pm. www.wyowine.com for more info.

HOT SPRINGS COUNTY:  Let us know if there is an event we can share!


Buffalo – Christmas Parade:  December 3:  www.buffalowyo.com



Cheyenne – Santa Visits the Depot:  December 4:   www.cheyenne.org

LINCOLN COUNTY:  Let us know if there is an event we can share!


Casper —  “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge”: December 2, 3:  www.stageiiitheater.org

Casper — Casper is the host city for the Wyoming First Lego Robotics Competition on Saturday Dec 3rd at the Events Center, and the Broadway Show Young Frankenstein is at the Events Center on Dec 4th.

Casper — Gun Show in Casper this coming weekend, at the Natrona County Fairgrounds.


Lusk – Chamber Christmas Celebration:  December 1:  www.luskwyoming.com

Lusk:  Christmas Bazaar:  December 3, 9:00am at the fairgrounds. 66 vendors from 3 state area.:  www.luskwyoming.com


Powell – Powell Country Christmas:  December 3:  www.yellowstonecountry.org

Cody – Yellowstone Harmony Chorus:  December 3:  www.codychamber.org

Cody — Buffalo Bill Historical Center Open House:  December 3, 10-5:  http://www.facebook.com/events/244446655605174/


Guernsey – Hub City Toy Run:  December 3

Wheatland – Parade of Lights:  December 2


Sheridan – Festival of Trees:  December 1:  www.sheridanwyomingchamber.org

Sheridan – Kalif Shrine Kids’ Christmas Party:  December 3:  www.sheridanwyomingchamber.org


Pinedale – Museum of the Mountain Man 18th Annual Wreath & Chocolate Auction: December 2:  www.mmmuseum.com


Green River – Green River Craft Fair & GHSC Christmas Bazaar:  December 2-3:  www.business.grchamber.com

Rock Springs – 14th Annual Lighted Holiday Parade:  December 3:  www.rockspringswyoming.net


Check out The Mountain Pulse’s website & Facebook page for LOTS of Teton county info and events!

Jackson — Christmas Kick-Off at the Museum:  December 4:  Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum  http://www.jacksonholehistory.org/calendars/christmas-kickoff-at-the-museum


Evanston – Christmas Open House & Lighted Christmas Parade:  December 1:  www.etownchamber.com

Evanston – 3rd Annual Festival of Trees:  December 3:  www.etownchamber.com


Worland – Christmas at the Washakie Museum Opening Night:  December 1:  www.washakiemuseum.org

WESTON COUNTY:  Let us know an event that we can share!

If you have an event to add, please let us know! editor@wyolifestyle.com — THANKS!


‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor


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Thanks to the Niobrara Conservation District for sending us this awesome information!  All images of the kids at work & finished products are compliments of the Niobrara Conservation District.

The Niobrara Conservation District in Lusk is trying to obtain grant funding from Pepsi for a recycling trailer built by the students of Niobrara County High School. The structure of this grant contest is such that 100+ projects have been submitted; now it is up to the communities’ support to cast votes in favor of their project!  After the top 20 projects will be finalists for the monetary award. Currently Niobrara is ranked at #65. As I am sure you know, Niobrara County is the least populated county in this Great State, so obtaining many votes is a challenge. I know it would be greatly appreciated if Niobrara County could call upon the entire State of Wyoming to cast some votes for the remainder of the month of November. Votes can be cast daily via phone text (send to 73774 message 109190), and by following this link, creating an account and signing in to vote http://www.refresheverything.com/niobrararecycles . The sign up is free and there is no obligation to receive any other information from Pepsi.

Hey Wyoming, let’s help these guys out! What a neat idea!  For questions, contact Lisa Shaw with the Niobrara County Conservation District in Lusk: 307-334-2953 ext 101.  

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor


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Memorial Hospital of Converse County Receives Notoriety!


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Congratulations to Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas on their recent commendation!

On September 28th, the National Rural Health Association announced Memorial Hospital of Converse County has been named among the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in America.  The Hospital Strength Index compares 56 different measures of performance to help identify those hospitals best prepared for success under the 2010 Affordable Care Act.  The index includes a unique set of measures rating market strength, value-based strength, and financial strength as key pillars for benchmarking and goal setting.  The index is designed to provide the 1,327 Critical Access Hospitals across the United States with balanced scorecards and comparable ratings of their performance.  Interim CEO Larry Schrage accepted the honor on behalf of the MHCC Board of Trusties and employees at the Wyoming Hospital Association’s Annual Conference held in Casper last week.

Congrats to the board and staff of Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas Wyoming!

Kati Hime, Editor



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