WYO OUTDOORS: Enjoy the Wind River Country Trails

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

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

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

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

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

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













image courtesy Wind River Visitor Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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This week we are featuring Cap-Lures of Casper, WY

Michael Walock, Cap-Lures  2400 W 39th   Casper, WY 82604   307-237-3915

cap-lures@bresnan.net     www.caplures.com

Michael Walock was born and raised in North Dakota where hunting, fishing, trapping, camping and outdoor recreation is the way of life. He began fishing at the age of two with his father and has continued for 57 years to date and plans to continue.  Back then fishing rods and reels, tackle and lures were not as modern as they are today. Michael and his father made several lures from wood or whatever they could find.  Fishing in Canada once, losing most of what little tackle he had, Michael made a spinner from a pop top can, which worked great. Many times they could not afford bait nor did they have nets to seine minnows, but they could always dig worms. Michael started to experiment with bottle caps in 1972 but could not get the cap to spin.

In 1979, Michael move to Casper, where his interests in fishing, hunting etc. became anew due to the state of Wyoming’s beauty, and the game and fish that abound here. He again started to work on the cap lure and in 2010 Michael perfected the lure while providing an outlet to recycle bottle caps. Michael’s wife and son assist in all aspects of this family oriented business, in which the Walock family takes great pride.

All the lures are functional and some people just collect them. The lures have caught many fish including the trout pictured on their web site. They can be used with live bait and at various depths with sinkers.  There is no other lure like them in the world.  The lures are original and patented; and there is the added bonus of recycling the caps.  Customers can also place custom orders.

Get in on the lure action by catching a display or signed, dated and framed collection series by retailing them in your store. Email Cap-Lures direct, visit their web site,  or visit one of these retailers.


Cap-Lures can be found at the retailers below:

  • Sunset Bar & Grill, Alcova
  • Sloanes General Store, Alcova
  • Rocky Mountain Discount Sports, Casper
  • Hide A Way Sports Bar, Mills
  • Sunset Liquors, Douglas
  • VFW, Casper
  • Several C Stores throughout Colorado where Distributor Wild West Munchies deliver.

Single lures start at $5.60

Single lure frames start at $15.00

6-Pack of lures framed start at $40.00

12-Pack of lures framed start at $80.00


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WYO ARTS: November 1, 2012


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The Gillette College Rodeo team, along with several other teams across the state are always looking for donations to help in their fundrasing to help keep rodeo alive and well in the Cowboy State. Bucking H Designs, Heidi Huggins, is striving to do her part in donating one of a kind hand painted items to several teams. To donate to the Gillette College team, please conatct Jessi Cates at jessicacates@sheridan.edu or 307-620-0034. Sheridan High School Rodeo donations can be made to Jody Koltiska at 307-763-2177 or by finding either team on Facebook!   click here for Gillette team and click here for the Sheridan HS team

Romance and Reality of the West in Images Spanning 125 Years

National Museum of Wildlife Art one of 10 museums simultaneously hosting show

Top: Monument Valley from the National Geographic exhibition (© Bruce Dale/National Geographic Stock); Below: cover of companion book (© William Albert Allard/National Geographic Stock)

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Iconic images of the American West taken by more than 50 photographers spanning more than a century of real-time issues and conditions will be on display as “National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West” opens in 10 national venues, including the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, on October 27, 2012. The largest simultaneous U.S. museum opening of its kind, the exhibition includes 75 photographs that stand alone as both fine art and journalistic moments in the history and culture of the Western U.S. The National Museum of Wildlife Art is spearheading the unprecedented event along with nine of its associates in the Museums West consortium and the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. The exhibition will be on display at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole from October 27, 2012, through April 28, 2013.

Selected from among thousands in the National Geographic Image Collection, the 75 images are the work of photographers ranging from such well-known names as William Henry Jackson and Ansel Adams to contemporary photographers William Albert Allard and Bruce Dale.

American Indian Beauty Pageant Winner, Oregon, (c) 1997 William Albert Allard/National Geographic Stock

Rodeo, Nebraska, 1998 © Joel Sartore/National Geographic Stock

“’National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West’ represents the first time a photography exhibition of this magnitude has opened at so many U.S. venues simultaneously,” says James McNutt, President and CEO of the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyo.; McNutt is one of the exhibition organizers and a contributor to the book accompanying the exhibition. “The exhibition presents a powerful and nuanced portrait of the West over more than a century, and it’s exciting that the medium of photography allows multiple openings across the country for greater impact in sharing the combined vision of such an important group of photographers.”

Tehachapi Wind Farm, California, 2008 © Jeff Kroeze/National Geogrpahic Stock

A dedicated website, featuring exhibition images, photographer interviews, interactive features and more will be available online at www.photographsofthewest.org as the exhibition opening date approaches. The following is a list of the 10 participating museums:

A companion book to the exhibition, National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West: Capturing 125 Years of Majesty, Spirit and Adventure (National Geographic Books, October 2012), features more than 180 photographs, including rarely published and never-before-seen images.

The exhibition is organized by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in collaboration with the National Geographic Society and Museums West. Presented by the Mays Family Foundation. 

Coming to the SAGE Exhibit Gallery in Sheridan…

Artist Escape II on Display at SAGE Gallery

Artists Gayle Barnett and Susan Beasley have teamed together once again, combining their creations to put together a holiday show.  This body of work will contain oil paintings by Beasley, and watercolors and oils by Barnett.

Susan Beasley

“Final Straw,” Gayle Barnett

Both women, raised on Montana ranches, have enjoyed creating art since their youth.  Beasley says that even when time does not allow her to paint, in her mind she is still creating, thinking color, composition, and how to share what she is feeling through art.  Beasley likes to work outdoors, gathering photos and documentation, then return to her studio where she creates her final product.  Barnett, who has created watercolors for many years, has more recently taken up oil painting, and cannot say enough about her enjoyment of plein air painting.  Painting on location has improved her powers of observation and how she interprets what she sees.  Her subjects are varied but are mostly of the landscapes, people, and animals of the rural life she loves so much.

plein air painting — Gayle Barnett

painting — Susan Beasley

The show will run from November 2 through the end of November at the SAGE Exhibit Gallery at the Sheridan College Main Street location.   The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

An artist reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 8 from 5-7 p.m.  It is open to the public and refreshments will be served.  One of the artists will be at the gallery every Saturday during the month of November, working and greeting guests.  In addition, artists will be available during the Christmas Stroll with cards and prints for sale.

Read on for information about the silent auction benefiting SAGE, “Artly Altered Furniture,” will be held in conjunction with this show.  The silent auction closes at 4:00 pm on November 30th.


“Jabbersocky”, painted by SAGE members Kathy Sabine & Carina Wenckus.

In conjunction with the “Art Escape II” show, The SAGE Exhibit Gallery will also feature the annual “Artly-Altered Furniture” Silent Auction Fundraiser.  See and bid on fun furniture embellished by local artists.  Proceeds benefit SAGE.

Top:  Image by Larry Schwarm; Bottom: Photographer Larry Schwarm

Sagebrush Community Art Center’s Front Gallery presents “On Fire,” a collection of “sizzling” photographs by Larry Schwarm, a renowned photographer from Kansas.  The show runs from October 29th to November 30th in the Historic Train Depot at 201 E. 5th in Sheridan.  An Artist’s Reception will be held on November 29th from 5:30-7:30.  It is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Schwarm says of his work:

  “Relationships between man and nature, with its inherent cycles of destruction and renewal, have been an enduring theme in my photographs.  Most of these images are from a longtime project of photographing controlled agricultural burning in the middle United States… In every culture fire is symbolic.  It is good and evil, soothing and terrifying, protection and threat, destruction and rebirth.  It heats our homes and it can destroy our homes.  It has a connection [to] our collective unconscious.”

The Sagebrush Community Art Center Galleries are currently operating on winter hours: Thursday through Saturday, 10:00am -4:00pm.  This schedule does not affect the classes, workshops, and Jentel presentations held in the classroom area of the depot.  Please contact the Sagebrush Community Art Center at 307-674-1970 to find out more about classes for all ages offered at the depot.

Small Things to Exhibit at Lander Art Center

The Lander Art Center announces Small Things juried exhibition to open Friday, November 2nd. Nineteen artists from around the country entered up to three pieces in the show centered on the theme small things. The theme was left up to the artists’ interpretation. Works could be small in size, small in importance, small in manner, etc. Of the 19 artists, 17 were accepted to exhibit one, two or all three of their entries.
“A Prayer for Small Things,” Tonya Pepper

This year’s juror is Jenny Dowd, a professional artist from Jackson, WY and 2011 Art Center solo exhibitor. Dowd selected the pieces from the intial entries and will choose a first, second and third place winners from the selected pieces to be announced next Friday at the exhibition’s opening.
“Miniature History,” Holly Ann Burns

“Flea,” Jack Harrington

Exhibition runs November 2nd – December 8th. Come and see these artists’ expression of small things.

Exhibiting artists:

Brian Stanford
Carolyn McIntyre
Dean Stayner
Debra Zelenak
Diantha States
Eleni Sakellar
Emily Scheer
Holly Ann Burns
Jack Harrington
James Atkinson
Lucas Watkins
Melissa Strickler
Robert Martinez
Rosie Ratigan
Sharon Grubbs
Tonya Pepper
Wendy Elias


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ON THE CALENDAR: August 17, 2012


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The annual Cheyenne Kiwanis Rib Fest is a highly anticipated event! A ‘best rib’ competition joins live music, fun for the kiddos and a car show — all at the historic Train Depot in downtown Cheyenne! http://cheyenneribfest.com/



Check out this inaugural art event, held at the 17th St. Dineen Plaza in historic downtown Cheyenne! http://artscheyenne.com/blog/latest-news/17th-street-art-festival-call-for-art-display-booth-at-the-festival/



The State Fair this year is going to be an even more awesome event, as Wyoming celebrates its 100th fair! Click here to check out the website for more information — parades, rodeo, concerts, carnival, exhibitors, LOTS of fun for the whole family!

DOUGLAS: WYOMING MUSTANG DAYS THROUGH AUGUST 18 — Check out the website for more information! http://friendsofalegacy.org/?page_id=1304



Uptown Breakdown in Centennial on Saturday- free festival at the Beartree, starts at 4 pm! http://www.centenniallibrary.net/calendar.html


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The festival includes the 22nd Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Fiddle Championships, and the 1st Annual Arts and Crafts Show and Sale. The festival begins Friday evening around 8pm with an informal ice-breaker jam session as musicians and fans arrive. Arts & Crafts opens along with the music competition, which includes numerous nationally certified fiddle categories, including guitar, variety instrument, female and male vocals. All music is acoustic, traditional old time style bluegrass or country.  http://www.casperwyoming.info/events.php


image provided by Nancy Brizuela


The third annual Antelope Dash–a Race to Benefit the Nature Conservancy in Wyoming, will be on Saturday, August 25th, 2012, at Curt Gowdy State Park, in between Cheyenne and Laramie. There will be 4-mile or 8-mile options which participants can walk, jog, run, or race. Post-race pancake brunch by the Laramie Kiwanis, souvenir running socks for participants. To register or for more information, please see website at: www.theantleopedash.org


The inaugural Caldera Festival is a fusion of art, music, and fashion, showcasing the unique culture of Jackson, Wyoming – a place unlike any in the world. The two day festival will utilize the 550 seat theater and 55,000 square foot lawn of the Center for the Arts in downtown Jackson to welcome Terra:Textile on Friday evening and an outdoor concert featuring musician Andrew Bird on Saturday night. See The Mountain Pulse for more info:  http://www.themountainpulse.com/2012/08/caldera-festival-preview/


This tour will emphasize how prostitution facilitated the economic growth and development of Laramie City. The tour will begin at the 1st Street Plaza, move east to Grand News Stand (the site of the Grover Institute—Christy Grover’s elaborate Victorian brothel), then move north along the front street architecture (specifically designed to facilitate retail businesses on the ground level, with the small side entrances, leading to staircases for brothels on the second floor level). The tour will end at Second Story Books for a good look at the original brothel rooms, now used in the bookstore.  Social, cultural, and health issues surrounding the economics of prostitution will be discussed, as well as the tax revenue gleaned from the industry.Note: This tour is NOT appropriate for children 12 and under.  http://www.laramiemainstreet.org/Events.html 


Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, this 8th annual BBQ/Bluegrass Festival includes 30+ BBQ cookers which come to compete for this year’s prizes totaling over $6975! Also includes a brew fest this year! http://www.wyo-bbq-bluegrass.com/


Snake River Brewery at the Steinley Cup www.whofish.org.


“Come for the Beer… Stay for the Bull”  Held on Veteran’s Island in Saratoga, Wyoming the microbrewery competition brings together the top professional microbreweries in Wyoming in search of the coveted Saratoga Steinley Cup traveling trophy and is Wyoming’s original and only official microbrewery competition. Live music and great eats complete the event. Stick around for the Saratoga Bullfest, a bull riders-only event at Buck Springs Saturday evening. The cost is $20 per person. Attendees will receive a mug and ballots to vote for People’s Choice.  http://www.saratogachamber.info/



Come enjoy this annual art loving event, including sculpture and drawing, a kid’s event and lots more! Held in conjunction with the River Festival, hosted by the Green River Chamber of Commerce. Learn more at www.cityofgreenriver.org.


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From the National Elk Refuge:

National Elk Refuge Manager Steve Kallin is pleased to announce an exciting line-up of programs scheduled for Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12 to celebrate and honor the Refuge’s 100-year history. The weekend centennial celebration dates were selected to coincide with the historic date of August 10, 1912 when an Act of Congress set aside lands “for the establishment of a winter game (elk) reserve in the State of Wyoming, lying south of the Yellowstone Park . . .”

Centennial activities will kick off at 10:30 am on Friday, August 10 at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, located at 532 N. Cache Street in Jackson. An hour-long program, free of charge and open to the public, will take place on the Visitor Center lawn. Invited guests include Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar or his representative, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, and Regional Director Steve Guertin. The program will features music, speakers, a short performance by Theodore Roosevelt impersonator Case Hicks, and birthday cake. Parking will be limited; persons attending the event are encouraged to car pool, use off-site parking, or walk from START bus stops such as the Home Ranch Parking Lot located three blocks south of the Visitor Center at the corner of North Cache and Gill Streets.

The National Elk Refuge administrative offices at 675 E. Broadway Street and the Historic Miller House, located  three-quarter mile north of the Refuge’s entrance off East Broadway Street, will be closed on Friday, August 10 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm so all Refuge staff can attend the ceremony. Case Hicks, portraying Theodore Roosevelt at Friday’s ceremony, will also offer two hour-long programs later that same weekend, giving audiences an opportunity to learn about Roosevelt’s establishment of the nation’s first wildlife refuge in 1903 and his important contributions to present-day conservation efforts. In character, Hicks will offer a special children’s program on Friday, August 10 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, entertaining the audience with stories of his childhood and adventures. Free prizes will be given to all children ages 5-12 attending the program, including a limited number of “Teddy Bears.” A second full performance for persons of all ages will be held on Saturday, August 11 from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Both Theodore Roosevelt performances will be at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center and are free of charge.

Other events at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center include:

Friday, August 10, 3:00 to 3:30 pm: Slideshow and talk by the Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum entitled “Homesteader Hopes and Reality in the High Country of Jackson Hole.” The program will share the history of homesteaders and settlers in the valley through stories of early day residents and historic photographs.

Friday, August 10, 4:30 to 6:30 pm: “Partners in Pathways” celebration, bicycle ride and free barbecue. Sponsored by Friends of Pathways, Jackson Hole Community Pathways, Town of Jackson, Teton County, and the National Elk Refuge. Persons planning to leave the Visitor Center to participate in the ride should park at the Home Ranch Parking Lot located three blocks south of the Visitor Center.

Saturday, August 11, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm: A ranger-led presentation giving insight to the legendary mountain men or fur trappers who lived and trapped in Jackson Hole in the 1820s and 1830s. Dressed in appropriate attire, a Grand Teton National Park ranger will discuss and demonstrate many of the specialized skills that were required of these brave and industrious individuals.

Sunday, August 12, 4:00 pm: Raffle drawing for a Henry Holdworth’s framed photo entitled, “Winter’s Refuge.” The photo is currently on display at the Visitor Center, with ticket sales available through August 12 at 3:30 pm.

A number of weekend events are also scheduled for the Historic Miller House, located ¾ mile north of the Refuge’s entrance off East Broadway Street in Jackson. They include:

Friday, August 10, 12:00 to 4:00 pm: Flint knapping demonstration by artist Tom Lucas, who has a working knowledge of the methods of ancestral tool making.

Friday, August 10, 12:00 to 4:00 pm ; Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm:

Period costumes and props on loan from the Jackson Hole Playhouse. A variety of costumes of all sizes will be on display and available for try-on and photographs.

Saturday, August 11, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm: Chuckwagon cooking demonstration with free samples, provided by Western Range Catering.

Sunday, August 12, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm: Quilting demonstration by the Jackson Hole Quilt Guild.

Two additional public programs will be offered at locations other than the Refuge’s two primary visitor services facilities. They include:

Friday, August 10, 1:00 to 2:30 pm: Refuge staff will lead a public feed shed tour to give participants an opportunity to learn more about the Refuge’s supplemental feeding and irrigation programs. Persons on the tour will drive caravan-style to the feed shed and must provide their own transportation. The tour, offered free of charge, will depart from the Historic Miller House at 1:00 pm.

Friday, August 10, 7:00 to 9:00 pm: An evening of storytelling and reminiscing, entitled “Refuge Reflections: A Manager’s Perspective,” will be held at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, located on the west side of Highway 89, 2½ miles north of Jackson’s Town Square. The program will include interviews with four National Elk Refuge Managers, followed by a social hour to meet and visit with each of the speakers. A schedule of activities, listed by day, can be found on the National Elk Refuge’s home page at www.fws.gov/nationalelkrefuge. “We encourage families to come out and enjoy a variety of fun, educational programs and be a part of the celebration,” Kallin said.

For further information on any of the individual events, please call the Refuge administrative offices at 307.733.9212.


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National Get Outdoors Day & Internship w/Enzi Opportunity


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Grand Teton National Park Offers Free Entry on National Get Outdoors Day

Grand Teton National Park invites visitors to celebrate the arrival of summer and discover the wonders of the natural world during National Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 9th. As an added bonus, entrance fees will be waived at Grand Teton and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway—along with other national parks across the country—as part of an initiative to encourage people to visit, explore and enjoy America’s national park areas. Fees will also be waived on September 29 (National Public Lands Day) and from November 10 through 12 (Veterans Day weekend).

Other fees, such as those for camping and boat permits, will remain in effect.

The concept for celebrating the great outdoors began in 1998 when President Bill Clinton proclaimed a week in June as Great Outdoors Week. President Barack Obama issued a similar proclamation urging Americans to spend time in nature as a way to connect future generations with our national legacy of public lands and the importance of conservation. The 2012 National Get Outdoors Day is a perfect time for families and friends to enjoy activities together from hiking and wildlife watching to canoeing, fishing or biking—activities that promote a healthy, active, and energized lifestyle.

To further highlight National Get Outdoors Day and free entry, Grand Teton rangers encourage visitors to join them in family-oriented activities that focus on First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Outside” initiative: a national campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation. This program is underway in national parks across the United States. Several programs designed to promote physical activity in the great outdoors will take place at Grand Teton on June 9th and throughout the summer. These include:

·  Inspiration Point Hike: Trek to Hidden Falls and a viewpoint above Jenny Lake to learn about Teton geology and the work of glaciers. Meet 8:30 a.m. at the Jenny Lake Visitor Center flagpole for an uphill two-mile hike (moderate difficulty).

·  Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Hike: Explore the sights, sounds and solitude of the Preserve while strolling along Lake Creek to an overlook at Phelps Lake that affords a dramatic view of the Teton Range. Reservations recommended, call 307.739.3654. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the LSR Preserve Center’s porch for this three-mile hike (easy to moderate difficulty).

·  Taggart Lake Hike: Walk to scenic Taggart Lake at the base of the Teton Range and learn about the geology and biologic communities that adorn the landscape Meet 9 a.m. at Taggart Lake trailhead for this three-mile hike (moderate difficulty).

·  Swan Lake Hike: Wander through forest and wetland communities while learning about the plants and animals living near Jackson Lake and Colter Bay. Meet 1 p.m. at Colter Bay Visitor Center flagpole for this three-mile hike (easy difficulty).

Participants are advised to bring water, sunscreen, rain gear, insect repellant, binoculars and cameras.

“With colorful wildflowers in bloom and newborn animals making their debuts, this is an ideal time to visit Grand Teton and experience the beauty and fun recreational opportunities that this park and others offer throughout all seasons of the year,” said Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott. “I hope that everyone takes advantage of the free entry and visits a national park near them. What better way to celebrate summer’s splendor than creating special memories with family and friends in the great outdoors?”

Apply for an Internaship with US Senator Mike Enzi

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is encouraging college students and graduates to apply for an internship in his Washington, D.C. office this fall. The deadline for applications is July 6.

The internship offers experience in the direct operations of our nation’s government. Interns have the ability to network, develop job skills and gain knowledge to further their education and future career choices, according to Enzi.

“An internship in my office is all about opportunity,” Enzi said. “Interns are an integral part of the office. They also have the chance to meet remarkable people, work on important projects and experience the nation’s capital.”

Typical intern duties include giving Wyoming constituents Capitol tours and conducting research for legislative aides, in addition to administrative and clerical tasks.  Interns also have the opportunity to attend committee hearings and lectures and observe floor proceedings.

Senator Enzi provides a monthly stipend for his interns and many colleges typically offer school credit for internship programs. Senator Enzi encourages candidates to look into specific programs provided by their schools and take full advantage of their time in his office.

The fall internship for 2012 runs from September 4 to December 14. Priority is given to students and graduates from Wyoming, or those studying in Wyoming, who have achieved at least a sophomore status at an accredited university or college.

Individuals interested in an internship with Senator Enzi’s office should apply online at www.enzi.senate.gov. Select the “Student” tab and click on “Internship Information.” For additional information, contact Enzi’s Internship Coordinator Evan Baker at (202) 224 3424 or at intern_coordinator@enzi.senate.gov.

“Our past interns gained valuable work experience and created friendships and memories that lasted far beyond their time in the office,” Enzi said. “I encourage anyone who is interested to apply as soon as possible.”

Kati Hime, Editor



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ON THE CALENDAR: Art, Earth Day, GTNP and more!


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Tonya Pepper, “Encaustic Work”


The Lander Art Center’s Annual Members Show is scheduled to open May 18, 2012.  We encourage artists around the state to become a Lander Art Center member and participate. Entry fee is $20 for up to three pieces or free to members at the supporter level and up.  All mediums accepted.  Please see Lander Art Center website for details and entry guidelines.


Wyoming Film Office and Wyoming Community Media are hosting a tour of out-of-Wyoming filmmakers of movie locations around Southeast Wyoming in conjunction with the Cheyenne International Film Festival (CIFF).

The CIFF begins May 17 in downtown Cheyenne with the local filmmaker and festival reception at the Depot Museum before the festival opens Friday evening May 18 and extends through Sunday May 20. Visit Wyoming Community Media’s website for more information on CIFF and the filmmaker tour.


The University Women’s Club (formerly the Faculty Women’s Club) is celebrating their 100th anniversary with a look at fashion through the ages.  Come celebrate the evolution of women in Laramie from 1912 to present — fashion from every decade along with hors d’oeuvres and libations to purchase. Tickets are $5 at the door, Saturday April 28, 6:30-9 PM (fashion show to begin at 7:15); Hart’s Alley, 404 S. 2nd St. (parking most convenient in the back of the buildling!).  Contact club president Kati Hime at 307-755-6896 for more information on the event, organization or serving as a model!



Tribal Sportswear has partnered with Fashion Crossroads (228 E. 2nd St., Casper) for their signature charity event, “Heart for Art”. Kyleen Stevenson-Braxton, Co-Owner of Fashion Crossroads, selected art teacher Nancy Lee of Dean Morgan Junior High. “Nancy is a creative and dedicated art teacher who continually motivates her students to produce and to tap into their creative spirits,” says a local resident. “She has a great sense of humor and she is the best art teacher I ever had in my life,” says a student.

On April 28th, Mrs. Lee will be awarded with a plaque and $250 gift card to purchase art supplies. Fashion Crossroads will offer food and refreshments all day for guests, a gift with purchase “Heart for Art” signature t-shirt and raffle of a Tribal outfit to any customer who purchases.

ABOUT HEART FOR ART:  Tribal Sportswear launched “Heart for Art” initiative in 2012 to support art programs in middle schools. “‘Heart for Art’ was created to engage our retail partners and the local communities by supporting and strengthening creativity in the visual and performing art departments,” Tribal Sportswear says.

Visit Fashion Crossroads in Casper — 228 E 2nd St. — April 28th for this special event!


Grand Teton National Park offers free admission and more during National Park Week from April 21-29. (Not close to GTNP? ALL 397 US National Parks are FREE during National Park Week!)

Several fun-filled activities and events are planned for the whole family and these are also free of charge. Visitors and local residents are encouraged to plan a getaway to experience the natural wonder of Grand Teton during National Park Week. As this year’s theme “Picture Yourself in a Park” suggests, it’s a perfect time to make memories and capture photographs to share online at http://www.nps.gov/npweek/.

Visit our blog post for more information on events, activities, specials and more to enjoy throughout Grand Teton National Park during National Park Week — April 21-29, 2012!


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FROM THE PARKS: Explore GTNP for FREE during National Park Week, Apr 21-29


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Grand Teton National Park offers free admission and more during National Park Week from April 21-29.

Several fun-filled activities and events are planned for the whole family and these are also free of charge. Visitors and local residents are encouraged to plan a getaway to experience the natural wonder of Grand Teton during National Park Week. As this year’s theme “Picture Yourself in a Park” suggests, it’s a perfect time to make memories and capture photographs to share online at http://www.nps.gov/npweek/.

To celebrate National Park Week and the arrival of spring, ranger naturalists will lead early-morning tours to observe strutting sage grouse as they perform their annual courtship dance on an historic lek (mating arena) located just off the Antelope Flats Road near Mormon Row. Tours will take place April 21–22 and April 28–29 and begin from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at 5:30 a.m. Reservations are required; call 307.739.3399 to make a reservation and get advice on what to wear and bring along

The Teton Park Road is free of snow, but vehicles are not allowed to drive it until May 1st. Consequently, National Park Week presents a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a hike, bike ride or rollerblade outing on the road before summer traffic begins. Spring weather can be changeable and inclement, so be prepared with layered clothing and/or a windproof jacket, and carry water and energy snacks.

In recognition of National Park Week, The Murie Center staff will offer guided tours of the historic Murie Ranch at 4 p.m. on Saturday April 21 and Saturday April 28. Explore the Teton home of the Murie family that served as a base camp and center for the American conservation movement in the 1950s and 60s.

Several activities are scheduled for National Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 28 at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose. Festivities include:

10 a.m. —a living history demonstration on mountain men

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — an inspection of vehicles and equipment regularly used in park operations; these will include an ambulance, fire

engine, patrol car and snowplow.

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — a live bird demonstration by Teton Raptor Center bird biologists

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — a ranger boot camp and obstacle course where children compete in physical activities that mimic park ranger      jobs; an animal Olympics game where youngsters can test their skills against the abilities of various wildlife species; a story corner for     listening to tales about Grand Teton; a touch table with animal furs, feathers and bones to feel; a cultural history station that showcases objects from the David T. Vernon Collection of Indian Arts; and a station where children can dress up in an genuine ranger uniform.

2 p.m. — a second mountain man demonstration.

Children who participate in at least three of the activities will earn either a Junior Ranger patch or badge. Grand Teton Association will offer a 15% discount in the Discovery Center bookstore on Junior Ranger Day.

Numerous educational and informational books and other interesting items (videos, posters, ornaments, plush animals, toys, etc.) may be purchased using the special Junior Ranger Day discount.

During National Park Week, all 397 national park areas offer free admission all week long. A seven-day pass to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks is normally $25 for a private vehicle.

Kati Hime, Editor



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On the Calendar: Art & Adventure


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Seader Rose & Aaron Davis, Screen Door Porch

“All my years are gone, faded one by one, washed into the grain,” professes Seadar Rose in the opening lines of “Wrong the Right,” the lead track on Screen Door Porch’s self-titled debut album. Check out Screen Door Porch from Jackson, named NPR’s Best of Wyoming! Friday 4/13  Doors: 6:30 PM / Show: 7:30 PM

CHEYENNE — Art, Design & Dine kicks off the season in April 

Check out Art, Design & Dine’s Season Opener, April 12 from 5 – 8 PM  See the map for locations! Contact artsygeorgia@yahoo.com or call 229-546-5183 with questions!

FT. LARAMIE — Historical Fiction Writing Contest Announced

Dust off that old typewriter or fire-up that slick, new iPad® because the Fort Laramie Historical Association would like to invite you to create a short piece of historical fiction for our writing contest. Your story needs to be as historically accurate as possible and take place at Fort Laramie sometime during 1834-1890. Will your story be a mystery with an added twist of time travel or a love story that ends with an exquisite wedding at the fort? Whatever you envision, we can’t wait to read it! Make sure you follow the rules below and submit your story by 12:00 p.m. MST, April 30, 2012. The winning stories will be published in our May 2012 e-Bugler. Good luck and happy writing!

The Rules:  must be an original, unpublished piece of historical fiction — 10 pages maximum — Times Roman, 12pt font — double spaced — topic: historical fiction that takes place at Fort Laramie sometime between 1834-1890 — due date: 12:00 p.m. MST, April 30, 2012 — submit papers to: Fort Laramie Historical Association, Historical Fiction Writing Contest, 965 Gray Rocks Rd, Fort Laramie, WY 82212 or flha@vistabeam.com. Whether mailing or e-mailing, your story must be in our possession by 12 p.m. on April 30th to be included in the contest.  Please type “Entry Form” information at the top of your story. You don’t have to attach an official “Entry Form”.


LANDER ART CENTER — 32nd Red Desert Audubon Wildlife Art Show 

Art by Christopher Bookout

The 32nd annual Red Dersert Audubon Wildlife Art Show opens April 6, 6-8 pm, at the Lander Art Center.  Featuring over 70 artworks from 25 artists, the show features detailed watercolor, painting, encaustic, and ceramic works depicting Wyoming natural flora and fauna. On exhibit through May 12, 2012 4pm.


Show some love for Lander’s Holly Allen as she journeys to Las Vegas for the Miss USA competition — best of luck to Holly, Miss Wyoming USA 2012!


Throughout the evening, The Terrace Restaurant & Bar will provide sumptuous hors d’ oeuvres to tantalize your taste buds and compliment your martini palate. Cash prizes and prestigious awards are available to daring martini mixologists and inspired artini artists. All media is being accepted to guarantee a wide variety of interpretations of the martini and the martini culture from the past and its new resurgence. To reserve your bartender table, advance notice is required. Artwork must be delivered prior to the event. Contact The Terrace for more information — click on this link to be connected with their Facebook page or call The Terrace at 307.587.5868.

The $25 ticket price when purchased in advance — $30 at the door) provides a lively evening on Saturday, April 14 at Geyser on The Terrace, 525 West Yellowstone Avenue in Cody starting at 6:00 pm. Tickets are available in advance at The Terrace (contact them for more locations for ticket pre-sales,) and of course at the door on the day of the festival – tickets are limited. All proceeds from this event benefit thePark County Arts Council. For further information, please call The Terrace at 307.587.5868 or the Park County Arts Council at 307.899.6693.

Shake out your favorite cocktail attire and head to Cody for a stirring night of Martinis and Art!



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Happy Birthday Yellowstone!

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Yellowstone National Park turns 140 today! The park was established by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872 — the first national park in the world!  It has been enjoyed by generations from across the entire planet — and its majority lies within our own boundaries in Wyoming.  Idaho and Montana also contain portions of the park. The Yellowstone Caldera is the largest supervolcano on the continent, and because of this the ongoing thermal activity makes Yellowstone a site to behold — 60% of the world’s geysers reside in the park, including world renowned Old Faithful.

Many people have memories and stories of Yellowstone National Park, and we’d love to celebrate its birthday today by hearing your stories!  Did you visit as a child? In different seasons?  Do you remember the 1988 Yellowstone fires?  As a child, our family visited the summer after the fires, in 1989.  It was quite the experience!


Please share your stories, photos and memories with us, and we will add them to this blog! Post here, on our Facebook page, our Twitter page (@wyolifestylemag), or email us at editor@wyolifestyle.com!

Happy Birthday Yellowstone — May you live long and wow millions more with your wonders!

Kati Hime, Editor


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Trumpeter Swan Presentation in Jackson

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The National Elk Refuge will be hosting its third program in a winter
lunchtime speaker series on Friday,February 24 at 12:30 pm.
The hour–long presentation, which will be held at the Jackson Hole
& Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center at 532 N. Cache Street in
Jackson, will be led by Nongame Biologist Susan Patla from the Wyoming
Game & Fish Department.

Patla has been responsible for the management and monitoring of
wild trumpeter swans in Wyoming since 1999. She also served as
the chairperson of the Greater Yellowstone Trumpeter Swan Working
Group for 10 years. During her presentation, Patla will describe
her work to manage and improve swan habitat and talk about
swan distribution in the state. “Trumpeter swans are one of Wyoming’s
rarest and most magnificent resident birds,” Patla said. “The National
Elk Refuge is one of the best locations in the state to observe
them throughout the year.” Patla will also discuss new grant projects
that create wetlands for nesting swans on private land in partnership
with landowners.
Patla’s presentation is open to the public and free of charge.
Participants may bring a lunch to enjoy during the noon hour talk;
light refreshments will be served. For more information on the program,
please contact the National Elk Refuge administrative offices at 307.733.9212.

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