WYOMING MADE: NoSo Patches Brings Personality to Your Outerwear






Noso Puffy Patches of Jackson:  Personality for Your Outerwear

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Noso Puffy Patches was launched in Summer 2016, using a combination of crowdfunding and direct retailer outreach to make the patches accessible to the widest range of consumers, just in time for the biggest outdoor season. Based in Jackson, Wyoming, and manufactured in the USA, NOSO presents Puffy Patches, the fashionable do-it-yourself repair and embellishment patches for clothes and outdoor gear.

NOSO Puffy Patches are the coolest all-purpose patches that fix rips, holes and gashes, or just a lack of personal style. Make your jacket eye catching, not for the holes, but for the design you’ve created. Personalize your long-life gear like sleeping bags, tents or the apparel you love most, whether it’s a nylon windbreaker or down jackets, anything can be revamped or restored.

When your favorite jacket springs a leak, NOSO Puffy Patches save the day with style and versatility. Super easy to use, Puffy Patches are made of 30D nylon ripstop, uncoated and down proof with a high tenacity and heat/light inhibiting qualities. NOSO’s adhesive lasts longer than others on the market. No sewing necessary, the heat-activated technology creates a permanent bond without an iron. Just throw it in the dryer or better yet, leave it in the sun to activate. Puffy Patches are incredibly durable and can withstand extreme weather conditions and multiple washes, without gumming up on the sides.

“I am extremely excited to launch NOSO Puffy Patches,” says Kelli Jones, Founder at NOSO. “I wanted to find a better way to extend the life of your favorite gear, as well as an outlet for users to express themselves in the outdoor space. It has been an amazing process, and I’m thrilled with the product and the possibilities.”

To extend the life of your gear, or express your individuality, Puffy Patches are available in six different colors, thirteen shapes, and five variety packages of three. They are available for purchase online!

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SE WY Cross Country Skiing in WY – by Just Trails

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3 Easy Cross-Country Ski Trails in Southeastern Wyoming

text & images by Rebecca Walsh, Just Trails


One of the advantages of living above 7,000 feet is that winter comes early and stays late. As our friends in other parts of the United States are enjoying scenic fall colors we’re dusting off our cross-country ski equipment and keeping an eye on the snowpack in the mountains. 

Medicine Bow National Forest isn’t famous for its cross-country skiing but it should be. There are dozens of miles of trails just a short drive from Laramie. Trails are perfect for both novice and experienced skiers. 

If you’re looking to spend a nice easy day on the ski trails we recommend the following locations:


Chimney Park

The Chimney Park trail system is the perfect place to learn how to cross-country ski. Trails wind their way along old logging roads with very little elevation change. While the trails are relatively flat, there are a few gentle rolling hills. The trails at Chimney Park have the added advantage of being tucked into a forest of lodgepole pines and aspen trees making it a great location to escape the Wyoming wind. 

There are 4 trails at Chimney Park: Woods Creek Loop (2.9 miles), Porter Loop (4.0 miles), Lodgepole Loop (3.0 miles) and Jelm View Loop (3.1 miles) and trails range in elevation from 8,800 feet to 9,000 feet. 

To get to Chimney Park travel southwest from Laramie on Highway 230 towards Woods Landing. The trailhead is just over 6 miles past Woods Landing on the south side of the highway between mile markers 33 and 34.

Ski trails at Chimney Park are sometimes groomed by the Forest Service; we recommend calling the Laramie Ranger District to find out if they’ve been groomed before heading to Chimney Park. There is a $5.00 day use fee payable at the trailhead. You can download a free trail guide for Chimney Park here.

Medicine Bow Rail Trail

The Medicine Bow Rail Trail is one of our favorites for easy backcountry skiing. The trail follows the old railroad bed of the Hans Peak and Pacific Railroad through the Medicine Bow National Forest for 22.4 miles. There are several different trailheads, most of which aren’t open or accessible during the winter. We recommend starting from the Woods Creek trailhead which is just past the Chimney Park trailhead off of Highway 230. This trailhead is not plowed in the winter, but there are places to park alongside the road.

The rail trail wanders through a pine forest along easy and flat terrain. Because this trail isn’t groomed, touring or backcountry skis with medal edges are recommended. This is a lesser known ski trail in the area and it’s a great place for solitude; rarely do we see other skiers here. You can download a free trail guide for the Medicine Bow Rail Trail here.

Tie City

While the cross-country ski trails at Tie City are more technical and challenging than those at Chimney Park or along the Rail Trail they have the advantage of being close to both Laramie and Cheyenne and they are regularly groomed by the Medicine Bow Nordic Association.

There are over 14 miles of trails at Tie City which span across a wide variety of terrain. Some of the more difficult trails offer challenging climbs while others offer gentle terrain through open meadows and dense forests.  Trails at Tie City range in elevation from 8,400-8,900 feet. The Tie City Trailhead is strategically placed in what feels like one of the windiest places on Pole Mountain, making just getting of to the car the hardest part of any ski trip there. However, once you start skiing and get into the tree’s the wind is hardly noticeable.

To get to the Tie City Trailhead take the Happy Jack exit off of I-80 and follow Happy Jack Road (Highway 210) down from the summit. The trailhead is between mile markers 36 and 37.

Ski trails at Tie City are groomed and maintained by the Medicine Bow Nordic Association. There is a $5.00 day use fee payable at the trailhead. You can download a free trail guide for Tie City here.

For more information about trails in Southeastern Wyoming and all the information you need to plan an outdoor adventure, visit us at http://www.justtrails.com.

MADE IN WY: Grouse Wing Camo


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This week we are featuring Grouse Wing Camo of Lander, WY

Grouse Wing Camo — Carlos Gonzales  PO Box 175  Lander, WY  82520   307-335-7599

















Being an avid hunter and outdoor enthusiast, Carlos has always been experimenting on fooling the senses of game he likes pursuing, especially elk. Carlos enjoys the sport of archery and archery hunting. On one particular hunting trip his father, nephew and Carlos where caught up in hunting Sage Grouse; Carlos had ‘bagged’ one, and another, which had flown off into the sage brush, had disappeared.  They spent the next hour or so trying to find their quarry when they stumbled across it laying near a clump of sage brush, at which point the group decided to play a little game with his nephew who was by now ready to give up the search.

Carlos and his father were able to direct his nephew to the spot where the grouse was laying.  He then told his nephew to tie his shoes.  The nephew looked down only to see more than just his shoe strings (which by the way were not untied).  The nephew picked up the bird walked toward Carlos and his father and immediately said “There Uncle Carlos, use that for camouflage.” Well, we all have heard of the proverbial light bulb…thus Grouse Wing Camo was born.

Animals are used to their natural surroundings, and can become uncomfortable, especially elk, if they don’t see other elk after being coaxed in by using calls. If you simply make a subtle movement so the animal can see it, and then make a sound like a crow by using a mouth diaphragm, the elk become a little more relaxed. Carlos can’t say what it is that causes this, but maybe it is the feathers and sounding like a familiar bird; when that happens, the animal no longer sees you as a threat.

Avid bird hunters and wildlife enthusiasts have used Grouse Wing Camo not only for hunting but bird watching and to photograph wildlife. Carlos currently has three types of camo:  western, winter (white) and eastern.  There are different types of water proofing and wind proofing that can be applied.






















Grouse Wing Camo products can be found on the website at www.Grousewingcamo.com.    Sporting goods stores can contact Grouse Wing Camo directly to carry their products in store.

Grouse Wing Camo jackets range from $60 to $150, and pants from $45 to $90.  There are adult sizes for men and women, as well as sizes for youth.




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LARAMIE:  Fall Bridal Expo by Wyoming Weddings, October 21

Head to the UW Hilton Conference Center for our Laramie Bridal Expo — Fall Edition! 1-4 PM, with fashion shows by Mountain Valley Bridal and all sorts of information from area wedding professionals. If you’d like a booth, contact us at editor@wyolifestyle.com!

JACKSON:  Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club Ski Swap, October 27

The Ski Swap is an annual fundraising event hosted by the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club.  Local and regional vendors as well as local ski enthusiasts will be selling new and used Alpine, Nordic and Snowboard equipment and clothing.  If you have gear to sell or need something for the upcoming season, this is a great opportunity! Heritage Arena, Teton County Fairgrounds, 430 W Snow King Ave in Jackson. Drop off Friday, October 26 from 12 – 7 P. Saturday October 27 7:30A-8:15A Early Bird admission $10 ($5 with Ski Club Membership Card).  8:15 A – 1P — Doors open to public, general admission $1 (free with Ski Club Membership Card). Ski Club Memberships will be for sale at the door for $30 and provide hundreds of benefits and discounts at local businesses throughout the winter season. Pick up Saturday, October 27, 2-4P. Visit this link for contact info for more information:  http://www.jhskiclub.org/ski-swap-october-27-2012

ROCK SPRINGS:  Rock Springs Urban Renewal Agency/Main Street Pumpkin Patch through October 27

The Rock Springs Urban Renewal Agency (URA)/Main Street Program will be hosting their annual Pumpkin Patch again this year, starting on October 1 and running every day until October 27.

This year patch will include 22,000 lbs of pumpkins along with gourds, squash and other fall harvest and the ever-popular Giant Pumpkin!  This family filled atmosphere will have food, local vendors, face painting, games for the kids and opportunities for photos. There will be a professional photographer Saturdays from 12-2pm to capture a family moment or you can take all the pictures you want with your own camera!

Proceeds from the event benefit the URA’s Renewal Fund which assists with grants to downtown businesses, the Downtown Pocket Park, Freight Building renovations, downtown business recruitment and many other projects. If you have any questions, please contact the Rock Springs URA office at (307) 352-1434.

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LANDER:  Lander Lions Club Apple Sale, through October 31

The Lander Lions Club is now taking orders for their annual Apple Sale. Choose from Fuji, Gala, Cameo, Honeycrisp and Jonagold. A 38-pound box is $36 and a 1/2 box is $19. Apples must be ordered and paid for before Oct. 31. To order, contact any Lander Lions Club member or:  Wyoming National Bank (685 Main St., Lander); Furry Friends (116 Chittim Road, Lander);  See Brenda at Lander Senior Center; Valley Automotive (7854 Hwy 789); Call the Tappan’s at 332-7164 or the Durfey’s at 332-5578. Pick up your apples at 230 Christina Dr. (behind Alco) on Saturday, Nov. 3 or Sunday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. They will deliver in Lander area, if requested. Proceeds from this sale benefit Lander Lions Club charitable projects.

CODY:  Wild West Brew Fest at The Terrace Restaurant & Bar, October 20, 5 PM

Sample home-brewed beers, microbeers, and beer-inspired food. Judge’s Choice & People’s Choice Awards will be bestowed. Interested in home brewing? You can’t miss this event! Held at The Terrace Restaurant & Bar, 525 W. Yellowstone Ave. Tickets are $25 and available at the Cody Chamber or at the door. Call 307-587-5868 for more information!

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LARAMIE:  Pumpkin Dunkin, Laramie Recreation Center, October 26

Join the Laramie Recreation Center for their 7th annual Pumpkin Dunkin event, held October 26th, 5 – 8 pm in the Recreation Center Leisure Pool. This event is full of festive fall family fun! Pick out your favorite pumpkin from their aqua-pumpkin patch and have your kids enter the pumpkin creation contest. This event is free with a membership or daily admission pass. Pumpkins may be taken home for $4 each, limit one pumpkin per person.

TORRINGTON;  Eastern Wyoming Arts Council presents Allison Sage, October 28

On October 28 at 7 PM, Allison, a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe from the Wind River Indian Reservation and Northern Arapahoe Eagle Drum Society, will demonstrates Native American traditional singing using a hand drum. She’ll also explain the meaning of the various songs.

Held at Eastern Wyoming College Fine Arts Auditorium; tickets are $15 if purchased by October 26, $20 at the door. Tickets available at the EWC Community Office Tebbet 134, Pinnacle Bank and the Goshen County Chamber of Commerce. Call EWC at 307-532-8213 with questions.

SHERIDAN:  WYO Theater Gala presents “Anything Goes”, October 20

From Sheridan Chamber of Commerce:  The WYO Theater’s Annual Fundraising Gala features the musical “Anything Goes”, winner of three 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Cole Porter’s classic stars your favorite local talent in an unforgettably fun and willfully silly musical. As the SS American heads out to sea, two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love … proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise, and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this hilariously bumpy ride are some of the musical theatre’s most memorable standards, including “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “It’s Delovely,” and of course “Anything Goes.” The October 20th performance is the big gala event, with hors d’oeurves and drinks preceding the performance. Doors open at 6:00 pm, curtain at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the gala evening are $100 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets (when available), contact the WYO Theater box office at (307) 672-9084 or online at www.wyotheater.com. Encore performance will be October 25-28.

CASPER:  Sesame Street Live at the Events Center!
A treat for the little ones! Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30 pm, Wednesday, October 17 at 10:30 am (Kids’ Matinee Special); Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30 pm. Tickets:  $18, $22, $27 Gold Circle, and $52 Sunny Seats; Special Kids’ Matinee Group Pricing:  $12 for Groups of 10 or more (excluding Gold Circle and Sunny Seats). Click here for ticket purchasing.



shrimp diablo Sauteed shrimp tossed with spicy marinara sauce and served over fettuccine. Topped with a sprinkle of asiago cheese. 12.5

steak special Eight ounce cut of Certified Angus Beef® sirloin, tenderized, flour dusted and braised in beef broth and red wine. Topped with sauteed bell peppers, onions and tomatoes and served over a side of creamy mashed potatoes. 18.

ancho chicken pizza Amber ale pizza crust brushed with a spicy tomato sauce and topped with ancho spiced chicken, fresh jalapenos, Anaheim peppers, red onions, tomatoes, garlic and melted mozzarella cheese. 8.5

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A few items on the calendar for the last little hurrah of August and looking into September…

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The Irish Dance Association of Central Wyoming will host an evening of Irish culture, featuring Celtic musicians from the Casper area and performances by Anne Ellis Donovan, world qualifier and championship Irish dancer. Selected dancers from the Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance will also perform. Donovan has performed for many years at the Dublin, Ohio, Irish Festival, one of the top Irish Festivals in the US. The next day, the Irish Dance Association will host a feis – an Irish dance competition – the first “Cowboy State Feis.” For more info, including times, location, ticket prices and more — visit http://www.casperwyoming.info/specevent.php?id=9230.


Presented by the Wyoming Business Council and the University of Wyoming College of Business, the level one seminar is a valuable opportunity for business education. Contact Cyndi Garretson-Weibel for more information:  cyndi.weibel@wyo.gov.


Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis, the Wyoming Business Council and the Wyoming Department of Enterprise Technology Services invite you to the Wyoming Broadband Summit at the Little America Hotel and Convention Center in Cheyenne Oct. 23, 2012. Join the effort to address broadband expansion, adoption, innovation and opportunities to build a faster, connected future for Wyoming. For more information, contact Troy Babbitt, Enterprise Broadband Coordinator, Wyoming Department of Enterprise Technology Services, at 307.777.5648 or email troy.babbitt@wyo.gov


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Check out the website for schedule and lots of info on this annual fun event put on by the Sundance Chain Gang Mountain Bike Association! 

image by Paul Anderson, Sundance Trail Run


Check out the website for schedule and lots of info on this annual run, an ultra distance event included in the popular Black Hills Trail Running series.

image by Linnea Kimble, Snowy Range Music Festival


With names like Huey Lewis & The News, Blinddog Smokin’ and Macy Gray, the Snowy Range Music Festival is gearing up to be another epic event! This annual festival has enjoyed regular growth and a HUGE response from locals and music fanatics nationwide. Head over to the Albany County Fairgrounds for a spectacular event! More info on the website  — click here!

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From 5-9:30 PM at the Museum of the American West (Red Barn and Schoolhouse), enjoy music and lots of fun! Tickets $10, kids 12 & under are free.  Click here!

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Original tattoo designs at TRIBE tattoo in Cheyenne, with proceeds to benefit Black Dog Animal Rescue. Noon to 8PM. Walk-in only, first come, first serve. Visit www.bdar.org for more details.

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With kickoff coming up September 8, Wyoming is gearing up for some Cowboy Football action! Check out their schedule for more info — GO WYO!!! http://www.wyomingathletics.com/sports/m-footbl/wyo-m-footbl-body.html

DOWNTOWN LARAMIE:  COWBOY FOOTBALL KICKOFF, SEPTEMBER 8:  Check out the Laramie Main Street website for more info — get your spirit on for the Pokes!


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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


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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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A look at all the action coming up this weekend — into next week — some even TODAY, July 19 — across Wyoming… 


Sheridan’s 3rd Thrusday Fest for July is about to kick off! Music, fun and FOOD — including the Blue Ribbon Rib-Eye Cook-Off! Click here for more information!



Lane Todd Goldhammer Memorial 5K…parade…Joe Hayne Memorial Golf Tourney…kid’s rodeo…music at the park…bbq… LOTS of fun to be had in Upton July 20-22! http://uptonwyo.com/home/


This exciting annual event takes place the 3rd weekend of July annually! The 20th Annual Rocky Mountain Rebels Car & Bike Show takes place July 20, with Friday Night Cruise from 6:30 – 9:30 PM! The Buffalo Tracks Running Club’s 5K will take place Sunday, July 21 at 8 AM — the run takes place on the Wind River Reservation, and is open to participants of all ages. More info — click here!


Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the The Wrangler Horse & Rodeo News (published in Riverton), the event will be hosted at the Wind River Casino.  Check out this article  by www.county10.com for lots of information:  http://county10.com/2012/07/17/wrangler-classic-coming-up-this-week-in-riverton/


The Daddy of ‘Em All is about to kick off! Enjoy parades, pancake breakfasts, exhibitions, concerts, and of course….RODEO!!! It’s an event that brings thousands to Southeast Wyoming annually — and definitely one not to miss! http://www.cfdrodeo.com/home/ 


Southwest Wyoming has been flooded by visitors as thousands flock to Rock Springs and Green River for the National High School Rodeo! Festivities culminate this weekend, but there’s still action to be had. Kudos to the Southwest Wyoming communities, businesses and Sweetwater Events Complex for one heck of a job well done! http://www.sweetwaterevents.com/WebPage119.aspx


Head over to Sundance for the Crook County Fair & Rodeo! Sheepdog Trials happen July 23; A horse show will be held Saturday, July 21 at the Hulett Arena at 8:30 AM. Fair events kick off on July 25 and run through July 29! Click here for schedule.


Evanston’s annual Brew Fest is a GREAT time! The fest runs from 12-5 PM — 22 breweries represented (14 on site!) and 60 different brews available for tasting! The fest takes place on Historic Main Street in beautiful Evanston — definitely worth the trip!


Awesome BBQ to be had at Porter’s in Casper, 11 AM – 4 PM!


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Calendar & Food News: June 7, 2012

WEBSITE & READ THE NEW SUMMER 2012 ISSUE:  www.wyolifestyle.com

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LANDER BREW FEST IS THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 8-9! Click on the image above for more info!

Are you making plans to hit the Lander Brew Fest this year? It’s coming this Fri & Sat, June 8-9, and is going to be another great event! Click on the image above to connect with the fest’s website — activities kick off Friday, June 8, with a from 5-9 PM (adults only), and Saturday, June 9, from 2-7 PM. Activities take place at the soccer fields adjacent to Lander Valley High School, 400 Baldwin Creek Road. Check out amazing Rocky Mountain breweries and dig the music — groups like Musketeer Gripweed & The Foot Friday night, and The Codi Jordan Band and Fluffy Buffalo on Saturday. They’re also offering a NEW feature this year — whiskey & wine tasting on Friday night only. Whiskey tasting cards will be for sale, 4 samples for $10. The wine tasting will be included in the cost of admission. There will also be non-alcoholic drinks available.

While you’re there, check out the Central WY Speedboat Rugby Club and the Jackson Hole Moose Rugby Club as they compete in the inaugural Wind River Rugby Challenge — held Saturday, June 9 at 12:30 PM at the same soccer fields adjacent to LVHS.  Check out the action, then hit the brew fest!

Call the Lander Chamber of Commerce at 307-332-3892 for more info — and be sure to click on the Brew Fest image above to connect with their website!


Check-in: 7:00 AM-8:00 AM @ Cokeville Town Park

Judging: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM @ Cokeville Town Park
Contestants must participate as a team of 2.  Each participant will need a fishing license in accordance with Wyoming Game and Fish Department policy. Visit the Cokeville community website to download the PDF of rules. Thanks to the Cokeville Arts Council for the information on this event!

JACKSON – BE PREPARED TO PLAY IN THE BACKCOUNTRY — Community Presentation: Summer Backcountry Preparedness from the Community Health Info Ctr, St John’s Medical Center & Teton Wellness Institute

Ever wondered: Where the bears are?  The correct way to use bear spray? Are there trails in the Tetons where you DON’T need to carry bear spray? What you need to take with you – for safety – on a day hike? What simple steps can keep you safe in a backcountry emergency?

Presented by Stephanie Thomas, AJ Wheeler, MD and Kate Wilmot: Stephanie Thomas is the Executive Director of the Teton County Search and Rescue Foundation and TCSAR member. Dr. AJ Wheeler is an emergency medicine physician and TCSAR member. Kate Wilmot is the Bear Management Specialist for Grand Teton National Park.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm St. John’s Medical Center, Moose-Wapiti Classrooms

SARATOGA — Jalan Crossland at “The Yard” June 9 — Call the Sartoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce for more info!

EVANSTON BLUEGRASS JUNE 23 — Click on the image above for more info!

Bluegrass Evanston is a great event — a free, one day outdoor concert, the event hosts four bands from all over the bluegrass spectrum:  traditional and progressive bluegrass to Newgrass. Artists, food and beverage booths also make up the festival.  A kids’ fest, “Pop, Dogs & Songs” will be held from noon to 3 PM prior to the main event, which runs from 5-10 PM. Activities and crafts such as shoebox banjo making will be available for the kiddos!

Fine artists range from jewelry, fiber artists, potters and painters.  ”The bluegrass festival in Evanston will serve to enhance economic development and cultural tourism, while providing the residents of Evanston, Bridger Valley and the Wasatch front with great musical entertainment, fine arts and a sense of community,” the festival says via its website. “It also strives to pass on a love of bluegrass music to the next generation.”  Be sure to check out this great musical event in Southwest Wyoming — and while you’re there, hang out and try some of Evanston’s great restaurants, shopping, lodging and recreation — be sure to check out the Bear River State Park for all sorts of summer fun!

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Butch Cassidy Days involve a lot of fun at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site, in West Laramie. Kite-flying will be a fun activity of the day, and with Laramie’s recent windy weather, a lot of fun will be had! Also catch a concert by Mary Kaye & cream can dinner … more details here!

LANDER — LANDER DAYS MAIN STREET EVENT JUNE 30 — The Lander Downtown Merchants Association invite you to kick off the 4th of July festivities with a fun event on Main Street! Event runs 4-10 PM on June 30.  Find the Lander Downtown Merchants Association on Facebook — or call Chisholm’s Jewelry and ask Eric & Tami for more information!


From Nicolaysen Executive Director Connie Gibbons:  “Every June, the Nicolaysen Art Museum throws open its doors to music, art and family fun for the 2 1/2 day event that features artist booths, artist demonstrations, food and two stages with music and entertainment. For 2012, the Nic Fest introduces a celebration of folk-life. Each year a different cultural region, country or tradition will be explored and this year the festival integrates a celebration of Mexican culture, art, music, dance and food.”

The 3rd Annual Firefighter ‘Downtown Throwdown’ Competition will take place in conjunction with Nic Fest. Dates are June 22 (5-9 PM) and June 23 (10 AM – 5 PM), between 1st & 2nd St. on Beech St. Watch the ‘toughest two minutes in sports’ as local firefighters face off against other firefighters from across the area, region and nation.

Click here to visit the Nic’s informative, online Nic Fest brochure — exhibitors, musicians, schedule and more. VERY cool feature!


image courtesy 3rd Thursday Festival Committee

Sheridan’s 3rd Thursday Festival kicks off for the months of June, July, August & September. Located on Main Street from Loucks to Alger and including Grinell Plaza, the festival includes strong man competitions, chicken roping, the ROTC Rock Wall, steak grilling competitions in July (w/a $500 cash prize!), live music performances, various local & regional vendors, a food court, beer & wine gardens and extended hours for downtown local merchants.

In June, dig the musical talents of Gary Small and the Coyote Brothers. This event is sponsored in part by the Downtown Sheridan Association, Sheridan Chamber, Sheridan Travel & Tourism, the City of Sheridan, Bighorn Beverage — and “…the greatest group of voulnteers and local support a committee could ever ask for,” says committee member Chad Franklin.

LARAMIE — Downtown Laramie Continues Lighting Infrastructure Project

The City of Laramie, in partnership with the Laramie Main Street Alliance, has begun the second phase of the downtown street light improvement project that was initially started in 2009. The 2012 lighting project includes upgrades to the wiring system, existing light fixtures as well as the installation of new, antique decorative light poles on 3rd and 4th Streets between University Avenue and Custer.

The lighting project is funded by the City of Laramie with a Business Ready Community Loan from the Wyoming Business Council. The project is expected to cost between $1.3 and $1.9 million. The addition of the new antique poles will aesthetically tie 3rd and 4th Streets in with the rest of historic downtown Laramie. Studies show that shoppers enjoy a well lit, inviting atmosphere and are more likely to linger in an area that is welcoming and well designed.

The downtown lighting project began on June 4th at 3rd and University and will conclude October 19th at 4th and Ivinson. Work will be done weekly on a block-by-block basis. No street closures are expected and sidewalks, driveways and alleyways will remain open. During construction, there will be no on street parking. Contact the Laramie Main Street office at 307-760-3355, or David Derragon, Assistant City Manager at 307-721-5304 for more information.

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LOTS of excitement coming up Saturday, June 9 for Burns Day! Some of the events and time schedules that we know of:  PANCAKE BREAKFAST (7-9 AM); 9:30 Police Dog Demo; 9:45 Kids’ Parade; Burns Chptr Order Of Eastern Star Bake Sale (9-11); FOOD IN PARK; Hands In Harmony Performance@Gazebo (1:00); Search & Rescue Dog Presentation; Service Dog Presentation; Cheyenne Animal Shelter Will Be Present All Day For Adoption Info; Cheyenne Quick Draw booth; BRAND 307 playing from 7-11 PM


bbq pork sandwich Shredded pork, drenched in bbq sauce, topped with melted cheddar cheese and tucked in a hoagie. Served with your choice of fries, chips and salsa, creamy mashed potatoes, cottage cheese or dinner salad. 8.5
lovejoy’s pasta Grilled chicken breast and sauteed artichoke hearts tossed in a sauce of chicken stock and sundried tomato pesto. Served over cavitappi pasta with a sprinkle of asiago cheese. Accompanied by your choice of soup or salad. 11.

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WYOVORE: Food & Art & WYPA


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WY-P-A being enjoyed at Freedom’s Edge Brewery in Cheyenne…

WY-P-A — What is it and why are people talking so much about it?

Since mid-April, we’ve been including news on WY-P-A on our blogs, and it has appeared in local newspapers and on Facebook. But…what is it? And why is it such a big deal? Here’s our synopsis and why we’re excited:  WY-P-A is a collaboration beer, created through the joint efforts of many of the breweries throughout Wyoming.  There are several breweries in Wyoming, and they all are quite awesome for the same reasons as well as reasons unique to them. There are many things I have learned about beer since we began Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine:  #1 — Beer is an art form. And brewers, with the breweries that they represent, are artists in the purest sense of the word. Just because you can consume their media does not make it any less art, in my book.  #2 — Craft brewing has a following unique to anything else out there, and brewers are a friendly bunch. From my conversations with brewers in a few of Wyoming’s breweries, they’re also friendly with each other. And WY-P-A is a good demonstration of that.

Coming together in Pinedale in mid-April to create WY-P-A

So Wyoming’s breweries came together in mid-April, in Pinedale, and had a weekend of palling around and making a new brew. A brew that they all had a part in — that they all collaborated in. Hence, we have WY-P-A, a pale ale that is a collaboration of all the breweries together. Now THAT’S pretty darn cool, in my opinion. It’s kinda like the best bronze sculptors across Wyoming coming together to all make one massive, amazing sculpture. Or the best painters coming together to create one gigantic mural at once. Cool, right? Absolutely.

On May 14, this past Monday, the breweries across Wyoming opened their taps and all served a portion of this collaborative, super cool effort, this WY-P-A. (I *believe* the word is that it’s still out there, although I heard from Snake River Brewing that it was a-going fast.) On May 14, also, those who dig the craft beer scene headed down to their local Wyoming brewery to sample this effort — so, in effect, a bunch of Wyoming’s citizens collaborated at once to sample a collaboration brew. Again — cool, right? Absolutely.

So in the spirit of this super-cool event, and in the hopes that it continue in the future, we raise a glass and congratulate the Wyoming breweries who put their teamwork into this collaborative brew — and hope that you get to enjoy it too! Click on the link below to check out the slide show of images from those Wyoming breweries that were so kind to share — a little bit of their own WY-P-A excitement, local-style… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0n8DlHAhS8



The Cheyenne International Film Festival is about to begin! May 17-20, enjoy Wyoming productions and independent films. We’re also thrilled to be sponsoring the screening of Wyoming Triumph by KGB Productions in Jackson, Wyoming.  Click here for a trailer of Wyoming Triumph – this action-packed ski film takes viewers on a tour of Wyoming’s skiing destinations and locations.  Definitely one to check out!  Wyoming Triumph will be played as part of the Wyoming Showcase on Friday, May 18.  Also at the Wyoming Showcase, the winner of the Wyoming Film Office’s Short Film Contest will be screened.  This is a night of Wyoming film talent not to be missed!

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JACKSON — Bike to Work Day Followed by Free Grub

May 18 is National Bike to Work Day – please consider riding your bike to work or school to help support a healthy you and a healthy community! And on your way home – stop by the Lexington at Jackson Hole Hotel & Suites (285 N. Cache) – for the… 1st Annual Bike Away From Work Party

3:30p-6:30p $3 Snake River Brewery Beers  Free Hot Dogs

Several of our local bike shops will be there – conducting free bike safety checks —  Friends of Pathways, US Forest Service, Rendezvous Lands Conservancy and other community advocacy groups will be in attendance — The Jackson Hole Historical Museum will be showing videos of bike history and Doug Lowtham will be there with his Penny Farthing bike! Come join the fun – it’s FREE! And child friendly!

LARAMIE – -Lovejoy’s Specials

potato skins Baked potato skins loaded with creamy potato filling, shredded cheddar cheese, bacon and green onion. Served with a side of sour cream. 6.

grilled brat Topped with sauteed onions, mushrooms and sauerkraut and tucked in a bun. Served with your choice of fries, chips and salsa, creamy mashed potatoes, cottage cheese or dinner salad. 8.

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Altitude Chophouse & Brewery Specials

appetizer special Smoked salmon mousse garnished with capers and red onions. Served with crostini. 6.5
pan seared salmon filet Served with a spicy rice featuring four fresh peppers: jalapeno, chipotle, Anaheim and red bell. Finished with a pineapple green onion relish. 15.5
baked flank steak roulade thin flank steak rolled with Asiago artichoke spread, sundried tomatoes, red bell peppers and green onion. Served with roasted Yukon Gold potatoes. 15.
pork loin medallions brushed with garlic butter and grilled. Served with smoked gouda mashed potatoes and fresh asparagus. 14.

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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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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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In honor of Dr. Seuss: My Ode to Wyoming Life

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In honor of the amazing Dr. Seuss’ birthday today, I felt a little inspired to write a little poem about Wyoming.  Now, I’m not a poet, and believe me, I know it… But I digress and will give my rhyming a rest.  So if you don’t mind taking a moment or three, and reading my poem — this is Wyoming to me…

My Ode to Wyoming Life — A Seuss-istic poem by Kati Hime

Tell someone Wyoming is where you live

And a wide-eyed stare back to you they will give

Says the city-slicker back from the far coast

“Say, isn’t a horse what you ride the most?

And cars aren’t really welcome there, I hear…

Why, didn’t you just get electricity last year?”

Yes, we’re small, and our state is big,

To get from town to town takes more than a jig.

And it may seem like we’re backwards at best,

But really, we give our boasting a rest

Although if I could go on, I would be happy to

And here’s what I’d say to you…

Get in your car and drive end to end

‘Cross prairies and lakes and mountains and then

Dip your feet in a river, or smell the fresh air

Ride a horse, or a bike, take a tram through the air,

And feast on our grub until your belly is full,

And experience our history – it’s far from dull.

Then walk around a town – big or small,

You have to stop everywhere to see it all.

You’ll see ranchers and farmers, cowboys and cowgirls,

You’ll see climbers standing on top of the world

You’ll see high western fashion to well-worn jeans

You’ll see parkas and sandals because we’re more than it seems

We’re a little bit of everything, believe it or not

In Wyoming, a tough spirit is what we’ve got.

You have to be tough to live in the wind

And every summer, know that winter will happen again

But that’s what we do – because we love our home state

And once you visit, you’ll agree – it is great

This is what makes Wyoming beautiful to me

And if you don’t like it, you can disagree

But we’re a little bit of everything – every one too,

But no one does it quite like we do

And that makes us unique — even a little sweet

Which makes talking to city-slickers a real treat

When they ask “Is electricity all that you thought it would be?”

I simply smile and say “Well…we’ll see.”

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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Saratoga Cutter Races 2012

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Thanks to our friend DJ Anderson for keeping us informed with great events from Saratoga! The annual cutter races were held this past weekend…it’s always a great time!  More info from DJ on cutter racing and some images from this year’s and last year’s event follow…thanks to our friends for keeping us plugged in to great Wyoming information!

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DJ Anderson sent us this information from Star Valley:  Cutter racing had its start in the late 1930’s with two milk wagons barreling away from the Freedom Cheese Factory in a mad dash to see who had the faster team.  This impromptu sport progressed when they dropped the wagon and ran with the front bob to get the faster time.  Cutters became popular during the winter and they began starting races using the ‘Lay 7 Tap’ method.  Cutters with tracks were popular until the 1960’s when wheeled chariots became common with the advent of dirt tracks (vs. the maintenance-intensive snow track). Cutter races were held in many different towns and the track might be the main street, a field or anywhere a track could be marked out.  Starting gates were scarce and were moved from track to track.  For many years, Thayne, WY hosted the cutter races in Star Valley with the gairgrounds in Afton being an alternate race location.  Thayne was known as the home of cutter racing and in 1948 The Racing Club was chartered.  In 1994, thanks to the support of the public and local businesses, the best track int he state of Wyoming is located in Afton.  It is a snow track which is rpetty uncommon now — the races do use wheeled chariots but the track provides a beautiful backdrop.  One can also get better photos than mud flying from a dirt track!

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Learn more about cutter racing in Wyoming via the Wyoming Tourism website, Star Valley Chariot Racing on Facebook, or the Carbon County tourism website! Thanks to DJ Anderson for passing along this great information and photos!

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor


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