Wyoming Real Estate: 444 Augusta Drive Riverton, WY; Cornerstone Group Realty, LLC

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Realty Office:  215 S. Broadway Riverton WY  82501

307.856.1818    www.cgrsells.com

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FOR SALE:  444 Augusta Drive, Riverton, Wyoming

Contact Judy Bauman-Broker/Owner

307.856.1818 or 307.851.1756

judy@cgrsells.com

Best of Both Worlds… County property w/NO Covenants, surrounded by the beautiful Riverton Golf Course.

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If you desire graceful living among beautiful surroundings, you must see this exceptionally gracious home. You’ll have the best seat in the house for mountain and golf course views on this 1.72 acre county lot w/NO Covenants! This home offers a 3 car attached garage, cathedral ceilings, walk-in closets, exquisite mountain views and marble, slate & parquet finishes throughout. Come experience what over 6,000 sq. ft. of wall to wall spaciousness feels like…

Take a photo tour online at www.cgrsells.com.

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WYO AG: National Ag Day Shout Out to Sims Sheep Company, Evanston

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Sims Sheep Company — Evanston & Lyman

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Lacee & Shaun Sims are good, kind people that are part of the family owned & operated Sims Sheep Company of Evanston & Lyman — Lacee is also a photographer who owns Leather-n-Lace Photography in Evanston. For a National Ag Day shout out (which we just barely missed on March 15!), we wanted to share a few glimpses into their everyday life ….

About the Sims Sheep Company … Within this company, you’ll find the most prolific and hardy range sheep in North America.  Among the breeds found on the ranch are Purebred Targhee and Targhee-Fin Cross Rams. Sims Sheep Company raises Feeder Lambs, Ewe Lambs, and Range Sheep.  The Ranch embodies a conservationist spirit, using sustainable farming and grazing methods.  The land hosts a variety of animal species which provides excellent Elk, Deer, Antelope, and Game Fowl hunting.  The ranch is family owned and operated and boasts a heritage of over 100 years of family ranching.

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GO WYO! UW Nordic Men’s Team Captures 2nd Straight National Championship Title

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GO WYO! UW Nordic Men’s Team Takes National Title

March 14, 2016 — The University of Wyoming men’s Nordic team finished a perfect week, sweeping all four events to capture its second straight title at the 38th annual United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) national championships Saturday in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Despite winning three of the four races, the UW Cowgirls couldn’t quite finish high enough in the final team relay event, placing third, which allowed Clarkson University (Potsdam, N.Y.) to slip into first place. The UW women finished second in the nation for the second consecutive season.

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With its second straight USCSA national championship, the UW men have now won six team titles since 2003, matching their Cowgirl counterparts.

“The men took the lead from the start and never looked back, putting an exclamation point on the national championship,” UW co-head Coach Christi Boggs says. She coaches the team with Rachel Watson.

The Cowboys compiled a team-low 39 points in winning the team title over Rocky Mountain Conference rival Western State College by a whopping margin. The Gunnison, Colo., school had 90 points, while Clarkson University was third with 134.

UW’s men won Saturday’s final team relay event with a low of six points, while Clarkson was second with 15.

The Cowgirls needed to win Saturday’s final team relay in order to maintain their slim national lead, but finished third, allowing Clarkson to take the overall championship by a close five-point margin.

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SHERIDAN: Sagebrush Community Art Center Invitational Print Exhibition

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The Sagebrush Community Arts Center is pleased to present the “Invitational Print Exhibition,” an exhibition comprised of nine local and out of state printmaking artists curated by Brittney Denham Whisonant. The exhibit will be open from March 15th to April 12th at the Sagebrush Community Art Center, located at 201 E. 5th Street, in Sheridan, Wyoming. There will be an opening reception Thursday, March 17th, 5-7 PM.

The exhibit is comprised of 30 works by Meagan Moore, Saegan Moran, Marty Azevedo, Keith Garubba, Alison Denyar, Jason Clark, Nancy Steele Makasci, Joel Oslind, and Steve Heil that display an array of processes and subject matter demonstrating the versatility in which printmaking as a medium can be utilized. From traditional techniques like intaglio, lithography, and silkscreen to digital printing, watercolor, and collage, the show as a whole serves as an overarching survey of printmaking.

For further information please contact the gallery at 307-674-1970.

National Bighorn Sheep Center Volunteer Opps & More…

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Learn more about the National Bighorn Sheep Center in Dubois —> click here!

Volunteer Opportunity:

Help monitor Upper Wind River Valley Bighorns: Monday, March 14th

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the University of Wyoming will begin capturing bighorn sheep in the Dubois area for a movement and body condition study on Monday, March 14th. If you are interested in volunteering to help with this work, and/or to observe, please contact Sara by Sunday, March 13th via email at sara@bighorn.org.

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Final “Spring Fever Series” Event:

Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Showing: Tuesday, March 15th, 7pm-9pm at the Bighorn Sheep Center

Want to see a series of fabulous films celebrating wildlife and the natural world? With a great, short selection of films from the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, we will be awed and inspired by amazing wildlife from around the world in our own cozy Ron Ball Gallery and Theater at the Bighorn Sheep Center. Popcorn and beverages will be provided. Event is free and open to the public.

WY FOODIE: Laramie’s Chalk ‘n Cheese Begins Platter & Wine Flight Nights & Much More!

 

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LARAMIE’S CHALK ‘N CHEESE BEGINS EXCITING NEW EVENTS IN MARCH!

We are so excited for Laramie’s Chalk ‘n Cheese, located in Historic Downtown Laramie at 209-211 S. 2nd St. (Yes, you read that right – walk through the lovely brick archway between the two buildings for lots of gourmet yumminess + antiques!) Cyndi & Misty, the two energetic & fun-loving owners of Chalk ‘n Cheese, were the recipients of the latest retail liquor license awarded in Laramie, and they are putting it to fabulous use! Starting in March 2016, enjoy Meat & Cheese Platter Nights, PLUS W ine Flights, where these two lovely foodies will assemble a scrumptious tasting for you! These nights will fall often on Thursdays & Fridays, but also stay tuned for their special events such as full, multi-course dinners and CHARMED events (which I can’t spoil the surprise on those, they must be experienced to understand!). Be sure to RSVP – see contact info below!

Be sure to spin by and check out their array of fine wines & liquors for sale, including many Wyoming-made brands. They have creative ideas for cocktail pairings, and can help you find the right combinations you’re looking for! Be sure to come back after you’ve sampled your purchases and write your favorites on their wall … and check out their beautiful display features, refurbished out of previously loved antique pieces!

Visit Chalk ‘n Cheese online , or give them a call with questions or to RSVP for an event/platter night at 307.742.1800.  And if you haven’t liked them on Facebook already, please do so so you can stay up-to-the-minute with events & specials!

 

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ONEHOPE Wine Rock Springs Event – Help Rock Springs & Green River Food Banks!

 

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Mix, Mingle & Make An Impact!

Bring Your Favorite Wine Glass & Come Support Rock Springs & Green River Food Banks

 via ONEHOPE Wine – April Kelley

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image by One Hope Wine

Date:  Saturday, March 5

Time:  2-4 PM

Location:  Hampton Inn – Rock Springs (1901 Dewar Drive)

This event is for ages 21 & over. Proceeds from this event will go to help the Rock Springs & Green River Food Banks. Seating is limited so please RSVP by Monday, February 29, 2016 at onehopesimplebliss@gmail.com or call 202.805.3611.

*At this time, only debit/credit cards will be accepted for orders placed.*

Motorists Stranded Due to Accidents

 

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From WYDOT & the Wyoming Highway Patrol ... Severe winter weather and multiple crashes resulted in a road closure in both directions on Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Laramie on Saturday (Feb. 6th) resulting in motorists becoming stranded behind the crashes. The first crash occurred around 2:20 p.m. near mile post 340 eastbound, approximately 20 miles west of Cheyenne, when a commercial truck crashed into a WYDOT snowplow blocking all lanes. Shortly after that crash, all westbound lanes became blocked due to multiple crashes in the same vicinity (mile post 340).

As law enforcement, first responders, WYDOT and tow companies attempted to sort through and clean up the crashes, stranded motorists and their vehicles became drifted over while stopped in traffic due to the crashes. The drifting became so extreme in the 55 mph wind gusts that Troopers began walking through miles of stuck traffic reassuring motorists and making sure they were ventilating their vehicles with fresh air as the snowdrifts began covering their vehicles or plugging exhaust pipes.

Some motorists were not freed from the drifts until 5:00 a.m. the next morning.

The storm was a harsh reminder to always travel prepared during winter driving. The Wyoming Highway Patrol wants to remind everyone when traveling in inclement weather to keep your fuel tanks full, have extra blankets, a shovel, non-perishable food and water that can help you survive an extended time if you become stranded on a highway. Remember to get out and frequently check that your exhaust is not blocked by snow and ice and is able to vent properly to avoid affixation through carbon monoxide poisoning. Be sure to occasionally bring fresh air into the vehicle by opening some widows as well.

Stay resourceful, stay with your vehicle and be sure to keep an eye out for your neighbor  as not everyone will be as prepared as you are.

 

 

New App for Wyoming Roads!

 

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From WYDOT …

 

A new smart phone app for road and travel information has been released by the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT).

The Wyoming 511 app provides pre-trip and en route travel information, and can be used to provide location information to friends, family or emergency responders. It is available for most Android and Apple phones.

A map-based feature of the app provides information intended for planning a trip. Users can choose between road conditions and highway cameras. When viewing road conditions, a color-coded system shows pavement conditions and traffic hazards. The highway cameras view provides images from WYDOT’s statewide network of Web cameras.

Future releases of the app will add information about road construction and weather sensors.

The app improves safety for travelers who are already on the road with a “hands free, eyes free” function that speaks incidents and condition reports. Users hear road condition information for the route they are traveling on, and traffic incidents within a user-defined radius.

The app also features a “Where Am I?” function that uses GPS technology to identify the user’s location by route and mile marker as well as latitude and longitude coordinates. The location information provides accuracy down to one-tenth of a mile.

No personally identifiable information is collected by WYDOT through the use of the app.

It is available for free download from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.  Search for the Wyoming 511 app, and look for the blue icon with the WYDOT logo on it, or go to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=info.wyoroad.mobile.android or https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wyoming-511/id1077881610

Be Careful on Those Highways!

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Damage to Trooper Arnell’s car, near Evanston, Christmas Day 2015

While these two stories happened several days/weeks ago, the new snow and treacherous highway conditions Wyoming is seeing right now are a good reason to bring it out today – please be careful for yourself, and for others out there!

Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Matt Arnell, Evanston
Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Matt Arnell, Evanston

On Christmas Day, 2015 …

A Wyoming State Trooper sustained minor injury after his patrol car was struck on Interstate 80 on Christmas Day. The patrol car was struck around 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 25th approximately 31 miles east of Evanston, Wyoming in snow and ice covered road conditions.

Evanston area Trooper Matt Arnell, a 15 year WHP veteran, was assisting a motorist who had slid off into the median at mile post 36 on I-80 westbound when a Hyundai passenger car lost control and crashed into the rear of Trooper Arnell’s patrol car. Trooper Arnell saw the out of control Hyundai coming at him and was able to prepare for the collision while seated inside of his issued 2012 Dodge Charger patrol car.

The collision pushed Trooper Arnell’s patrol car down into the north ditch. The Hyundai stopped in the middle of the westbound lanes of I-80. After the collision, Trooper Arnell was able to check on the driver of the Hyundai, 20 year old Dakota Anglin of Midvale, Utah, and assisted in getting her out of the vehicle while pushing the Hyundai out of westbound interstate traffic.

Trooper Arnell was evaluated at Evanston Regional Hospital for injury and was released that same day. Trooper Arnell has since returned to full duty.

In 2015, eight WHP patrol cars were struck in similar crashes while Troopers were in the performance of their duties. This crash is a reminder to please slow down on two lane highways and to move over on interstate highways when you are approaching stopped emergency vehicles. It is common courtesy, common sense and the law in Wyoming.

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Wyoming Highway Patrol car struck while working accident scene east of Cheyenne, January 8. 2016

On January 8, 2016 …

Around 3:00 p.m. on January 8, a Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper was investigating a commercial truck rollover crash and assisting other motorists who had slid into the ditch near mile post 375 on Interstate 80 approximately 11 miles east of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

While the Trooper was out of the patrol car assisting a motorist stuck in the snow, a pickup truck traveling too fast for the ice covered interstate lost control and crashed into the WHP vehicle. Thankfully, no injuries were sustained during the crash.

Even with six other law enforcement vehicles, WYDOT trucks and tow trucks on scene conducting traffic control on the scene after the crash, motorists were still traveling through the crash scene at 65 and 70 mph on the ice.

Secondary crashes into primary crash scenes are one of the biggest hazards first responders face in adverse weather conditions. Once again we are reminding everyone to please slow down on two lane highways and to move over on interstate highways while slowing down when you are approaching stopped emergency vehicles. It is common courtesy, common sense and the law in Wyoming.

 

Potters of the Wind Rivers to Help Lander Care & Share Food Bank Fundraiser January 16

 

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The Potters of the Wind Rivers (POWR) to Have Demonstrations at The Lander Care and Share Food Bank Empty Bowls Fundraiser January 16.

 

Lander, WY – The Lander Care & Share Food Bank has scheduled their Empty Bowls “Soup ‘n More” fundraiser for January 16, 5-7 p.m. at the Lander Senior Center. The Potters of the Wind Rivers (POWR) will have demonstrations at the fundraiser all evening.  See how these beautiful bowls begin on a potter’s wheel!

 

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One of a kind, handmade bowls have been donated to this year’s event by Deb Britt, Shawna Pickinpaugh, Carolyn Orr, Donna Yost, Pam Spencer-Hockett, Cristin Zimmer and Joy Jones, all members of the POWR (Potters of the Wind Rivers) Group.

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pottery by Cristin Zimmer

Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople paint or create soup bowls. Guests are invited to a meal of Soup’n More. In exchange for the ticket price, guests are asked to select and keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to the Lander Care and Share Food Bank.

It is the collective genius of all the people involved that has made Empty Bowls what it has become. Events have now taken place across the United States and in at least a dozen other countries. Many millions of dollars have been raised and donated to hunger-fighting organizations.

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pottery by Carolyn Orr
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pottery by Deborah Britt

Local restaurants and grocery stores participating and donating in this years Soup’n More dinner include: Breadboard, China Garden, Cowfish, Gannett Grill, Gourmet Catering, Hitching Rack, Lander Bake Shop, LVHS Creative Foods Students, Kai’s, Middle Fork, Mr. D’s, Safeway, Siam Cafe, Tony’s Pizza, Wyoming Catholic College.  Music provided by Lucille Whisler and Nancy Ebbert.

Tickets are $35 per person, and can be purchased at the Lander Care and Share Food Bank, 281 Garfield, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 5-6 p.m. Thursday. For more information 307-349-5509.

https://www.facebook.com/landercareandsharefoodbank,  http://www.emptybowls.net

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pottery by Donna Yost
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pottery by Pam Spencer-Hockett
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pottery by Shawna Pickinpaugh

 

SKI WYOMING: Culinary Digs at 2 Wyoming Resorts

If you’re on the western side or the eastern side of our square state, you are in luck! There are two family-friendly resorts which both boast a variety of trail levels, recreational options …and great food!

From White Pine Ski Area — Pinedale:

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You’re invited…to come sit on our deck

From Thursday through Sunday, come GLIDE, SLIDE or SHRED down our slopes then head up to our deck. Bill Webb our backcountry/outfitter chef, has been cooking outdoors for his guests for nearly 40 years. Imagine delicious sweet Italian sausages or pork and veal bratwurst, crafted to perfection by smoking over wood and sage embers, then dropped into a warmed Panini and splattered with a mix of grilled onions and peppers. Add a dash of whole grain mustard and ketchup for a launch pad into 2016.

Ready to eat from noon, just $10 for a Bratwurst and a (domestic) beer or non alcoholic beverage.
White Pine – where there’s no room for anything but fun.
Slide down our new tubing hill ($20 or $24 for 8 rides)
Catch some air in our new terrain park
All are invited to participate in the torch light parade on New Year’s Eve.
We have foam covered LED light sticks to give away
Ride up on Little Spirit at 5:30pm – parade down at 6pm
Come and watch – it is a great way to bring in the new year.

From Snowy Range Ski Area — Centennial (near Laramie):

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Snowy Range will be open throughout the holidays. Lifts open are open 9am – 4pm everyday. The tubing is also open for extended holiday hours!

Check out their Snowy Range Brewery onsite, and the Terrain Park!

 

EXPLORE WYOMING: National Bighorn Sheep Center, Dubois

There are so many wonderful gems in our square state that are wonderful places to explore! If a Wyoming vacation is on your travel plans for this year, be sure to consider heading to Dubois – where the opportunities are endless for great recreation! The National Bighorn Sheep Center is just one wonderful place you must visit while you’re there. We enjoyed reading their end of year e-blast so much that we wanted to share their news with all our readers too …

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From the National Bighorn Sheep Center …

Happy Holidays!

We thank you for your support, whether as a member, visitor, volunteer or partner organization of the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Association. You have helped make 2015 one of the best years yet for visitation to the Center and participation in our new programs and events. Check out a few photos and highlights from 2015 below.

Please consider a year-end gift to support our work in 2016. You can donate here. With your special gift of $25, $50 or $100, we’ll be educating more youth, offering new programs and supporting stewardship of our favorite wild critter, the bighorn.
Our Heroes

We want to recognize a few of our amazing volunteers who help make the magic happen here at the National Bighorn Sheep Center. Whether it’s Boyd Livingston who consistently plows our parking lot after a big snowstorm or Bill and Lori Sincavage and Karen and Mike McCullough who lend their expertise with our database, Bighorn Bash and agency research assistance, these volunteers are the backbone of our organization. Just to name a few others, Morgan Nimtz of SOAR has been a fabulous volunteer who helped display our new “Fred Bicksler” photo exhibit in the Ron Ball Gallery and spruced up our desert bighorn habitat. Additionally, Laney Hicks, Cheryl O’Brien and Carolyn Gillette have been sharing great insights and expertise for our education and communications committee efforts. Our Board of Directors made up of Mark Hinschberger, Bruce Thompson, Kathy Treanor,Mary Ann Eastman, Trudy Trevarthen and Brandon Houckare also volunteers who pitch in to lend their expertise, time and vision to our organization.

We’d especially like to say THANK YOU to our outgoing Board President Mark Hinschberger. Mark has been involved with the Bighorn Sheep Center for its entire 23 years, whether as the Forest Service Biologist with the Whiskey Mountain Technical Committee in the earlier years or as THE go-to guy for all things Bighorn Bash-related (our annual fundraiser). The organization is what it is today in large part due to Mark’s leadership, passion and commitment. We thank you, Mark for all you have done for the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Association and for bighorns!!

Thank you ALL for your commitment and hard work helping us do the important job of educating the public about bighorns! Please see a few highlights of our great volunteers below, and if you’re interested in lending a hand with upcoming projects and events, contact us today.

Outgoing Board President, life member and bighorn extraordinaire Mark Hinschberger sharing some insights and great views atop Torrey Rim during our September 2015 "Where Bighorns Roam" tour (photo courtsey of Sara Domek).
Outgoing Board President, life member and bighorn extraordinaire Mark Hinschberger sharing some insights and great views atop Torrey Rim during our September 2015 “Where Bighorns Roam” tour (photo courtsey of Sara Domek).
Volunteer, member and committee member Carolyn Gillette visits with volunteer/life member Lynn Stewart and member Mark Domek during the June 2015 Bighorn Rendezvous event at the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center (photo courtesy of Bruce S. Thompson).
Volunteer, member and committee member Carolyn Gillette visits with volunteer/life member Lynn Stewart and member Mark Domek during the June 2015 Bighorn Rendezvous event at the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center (photo courtesy of Bruce S. Thompson).
Participants hoof it up the hills outside of Dubois to visit an ancient Sheepeater Indian bighorn trapping site during our August outing co-hosted with the Dubois Museum (NBSIA photo).
Participants hoof it up the hills outside of Dubois to visit an ancient Sheepeater Indian bighorn trapping site during our August outing co-hosted with the Dubois Museum (NBSIA photo).
Education is what we are all about! Administrative Assistant Monie Finley shares information about the four North American wild sheep species with a group of students visiting the Center from China.
Education is what we are all about! Administrative Assistant Monie Finley shares information about the four North American wild sheep species with a group of students visiting the Center from China.
Member and Bighorn Bash donor Tom Lucas crafting a traditional bighorn horn bow in his Dubois studio (photo courtesy of the Dubois Frontier).
Member and Bighorn Bash donor Tom Lucas crafting a traditional bighorn horn bow in his Dubois studio (photo courtesy of the Dubois Frontier).
Volunteers Katrina and Luke Schueneman lend a hand during our 2015 Bighorn Rendezvous event held at the Bighorn Sheep Center (photo courtesy of Bruce S. Thompson).
Volunteers Katrina and Luke Schueneman lend a hand during our 2015 Bighorn Rendezvous event held at the Bighorn Sheep Center (photo courtesy of Bruce S. Thompson).
Charter members Budd Betts, Boyd Livingston and Carol Petera enjoy the sunshine and one another's company during the 2015 Bighorn Rendezvous event (photo courtesy of Bruce S. Thompson).
Charter members Budd Betts, Boyd Livingston and Carol Petera enjoy the sunshine and one another’s company during the 2015 Bighorn Rendezvous event (photo courtesy of Bruce S. Thompson).

 

 

 

Wyoming Highway Patrol’s Shop With a Cop December 22

 

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CHEYENNE AREA “SHOP WITH A COP” DECEMBER 22 WITH WYOMING HIGHWAY PATROL

 

The Wyoming Highway Patrol Association is sponsoring a WHP “Shop With A Cop” event on December 22nd. 13 children from Cheyenne area elementary schools will be picked up from their respective school by a WHP Trooper, including Colonel Kebin Haller, and taken to the south Cheyenne Walmart at 580 Livingston Avenue (Campstool and College) by patrol vehicle. All Troopers and kids should be at Walmart around 3:55 p.m. on the 22nd. All patrol cars will be parked between the two main entrance doors on the east side of the building.

Each student will get to shop with a Trooper and spend $100 + as they wish. All checkouts will be at register number 12.

Once all the shopping is complete, a group photo will be taken outside in front of the lined up patrol cars. Parents will be at Walmart to pick up their children at the conclusion of the event.

The intent with this event is to provide these children with a little merrier holiday season as well as providing them with a positive experience with law enforcement.

The monetary donation for this event is being provided by the Wyoming Highway Patrol Association (WHPA). The WHPA is a non-profit group whose funding is established through member dues, donations, raffles, magazine advertisements and the WHPA store.  To learn more about the WHPA, please visit www.wystatetrooper.com.

WYOMING ARTS: A Noble History Comes Home to Lander

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A Noble History Comes Home:  Chief Washakie paintings that hung in the Noble Hotel return to Lander for the first time in 50 years.

Twenty three epic paintings about the life of Chief Washakie by famed western artist J.K. Ralston will be on display at the Lander Pioneer Museum. The paintings used to hang in the Noble Hotel, but haven’t been seen in Lander since the hotel closed nearly fifty years ago.

The paintings and extensive history about Washakie and the Shoshone people will be on display in the main gallery of the museum for the coming year. There is also a display about the Noble Hotel featuring original furniture and a video on Washakie. The museum’s winter hours are currently Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The paintings were commissioned by Harold Del Monte, owner of the Noble Hotel in 1945. Del Monte, an avid historian, wanted guests to experience western history while they stayed at his hotel. He amassed a large collection of Indian artifacts, had western style furniture made to create the feeling of a mountain lodge, and used western themes throughout the hotel.

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He hired Montana artist J. K. Ralston to create a series of paintings about the life of Chief Washakie, who Del Monte recognized as one of the most important Wyomingites. Ralston, then at the beginning of his career, spent time in Lander researching the landscape and clothing of the Shoshone. He then painted twenty three large scale oil paintings. The paintings cover important parts of Washakie’s life from his becoming chief, to the battle of Crowheart Butte, the coming of white settlers, the creation of the reservation and his death as a revered leader. Ralston went on to become one of the major western artists and his work is highly sought after by collectors.

When the hotel closed in 1969 the paintings went into storage. They were on display for two years at the state capitol in Cheyenne. The capitol building is closed for renovation and the Governor declined to buy the paintings to permanently display. The Alice C. Del Monte Trust, which owns the paintings, approached the Pioneer Museum about displaying them in Lander again. “We were thrilled to have the opportunity to host the paintings,” said museum Visitor Services Coordinator Randy Wise. “This is a major western art collection that has so many ties to this area: The Chief Washakie story, the connection to Lander and the Noble Hotel. It is especially nice to be able to have this exhibit during our 100th anniversary. It is an honor to be able to share these with the people of Fremont County again.”

An unveiling of the exhibit was held October 17. About 100 people attended the catered affair.  When the curtain dropped and the paintings were revealed against the deep red background an audible gasp was heard. Many people in attendance could remember the paintings when they were in the hotel. More than a few had worked at the hotel when they were younger.

 

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“What a wonderful thing to have back in Lander,” said Lander resident Gene Thompson. “This collection should be seen here where it was created and where Chief Washakie lived.”

“We are grateful for all the hard work that has gone into getting this exhibit to happen,” said Fremont County Museum Central Director Scott Goetz. “We’d especially like to thank May and Dave Raynolds for their generous sponsorship of the exhibit. Without their support the display would not be nearly as complete.”

The paintings will be on display anytime the museum is open. The museum held a free open house for the public to celebrate the paintings November 7, featuring guest speakers about Washakie, Ralston and the Noble Hotel, and special tours of the gallery.

The “Noble History Comes Home” exhibit is one of many new and exciting things happening at the museum. Museum officials share that new displays, programs and events will be coming up in 2016.

For more information, visit the museum website at www.fremontcountymusuems.com, on Facebook at Pioneer Museum Lander Wyoming or call 307-332-3373.

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One of the Ralston paintings: Chief Washakie as a young man.

One of the Ralston oil paintings that hung in the Noble Hotel: A Shoshone Scout guides the army.

Steff Kessler of Lander looking at the Noble History Comes Home exhibit.

Visitors admire the paintings on exhibit at the Pioneer Museum.