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Implications of the Supreme Court Stay on the Clean Power Plan BY MIKE MCINNES, CEO OF TRI-STATE GENERATION AND TRANSMISSION ASSOCIATION The following is an abridged version of Mike McInnes’s June 9 testimony before the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Tri-State is a wholly member-owned generation and transmission cooperative serving in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Wyoming. The association generates and transmits wholesale electricity to its 44 member cooperatives and public power districts, which supply retail electricity directly to consumers in a service area that covers approximately 200,000 square miles with a population of about 1.5 million. Tri-State is owned and governed by its members and operates on a not-forprofit basis. Our board of directors, which consists of representatives from each of the 44 members, makes decisions based on sound financial principles, industry best practices, and, most importantly, the needs of its members. To serve our members, we use more than 5,300 miles of transmission line and a diverse mix of generation sources, including coal, natural gas, hydroelectric, wind, and solar power. Tri-State relies heavily on coal and natural gas-fired generation to maintain reliability and control costs. However, over the last decade we have made significant investments in renewables, energy efficiency, and distributed generation projects. We are also funding a new test center in Wyoming that will conduct cuttingedge research on finding a commercial use for CO2 and ways to capture it. The XPRIZE Foundation, which encourages advancement of technology through

incentivized competition, has agreed to be one of the first tenants in the center. The Cooperative Difference

As a cooperative, Tri-State operates differently and has different risks compared to investor-owned and municipal utilities, a fact the EPA ignored in the Clean Power Plan and why TriState and other cooperatives were active in the rulemaking process and challenged the rule in court. Let me provide a few examples of how we are different. 1. Cooperatives have different financial goals. Unlike investor-owned utilities, our interests are not driven by shareholder returns, but by those we serve. Our primary goal—and contractual obligation—is to provide reliable, affordable, and responsible power to our members. 2. Our costs are spread over fewer customers. Tri-State and its members have fewer consumers per mile of line than other types of utilities, which means we have fewer consumers among whom to spread our costs. Typically, cooperatives have 1–11 consumers per mile while investorowned and municipal utilities average more than 35. 3. Cooperatives’ plants have longer remaining useful life. Tri-State has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to improve efficiency and on pollution control upgrades. Because of these investments and the fact our plants are newer, they still have significant remaining useful life, and we face large stranded costs if we are forced to shut them prematurely.

4. Tri-State does not need new generation. While some of our members are experiencing growth, it has been offset by other members’ losses. Tri-State does not project the need to build new generation until 2024–2026, so to comply with the requirements of the Clean Power Plan we would likely have to shut down existing plants. Since the EPA failed to address these issues and other legal issues we raised during the rulemaking process, our board of directors felt it necessary to challenge the rule in court, resulting in the current stay. An Alternative Approach

I am often asked, “If you don’t support the Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions, then what do you suggest?” Tri-State is already achieving reductions in carbon emissions as a result of maintaining highly efficient power plants and investing in renewable energy projects, and we continue to support research and development of new carbon management technologies. Tri-State believes that carbon dioxide regulations need to ensure the viability of all fuel sources and any emission standards need to be attainable in a reasonable timeline. In the end, although Tri-State and other cooperatives are different, we do have a desire to protect the environment while continuing to provide affordable and reliable energy to our members. We simply believe a different approach is needed to mitigate CO2 emissions. JULY 2016




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Is the Rural Population Decline Ending? ELECTRIC CO-OP TODAY

For the first time this decade, the number of people living in rural America held steady, and government analysts think the curtain might be closing on a protracted period of rural population loss. Niobrara Electric Association awarded scholarships to six students at its annual meeting. From left to right: Chelsea Baars, Lexie Dockery, Angelina Bannan, Kassidy Miller, Taryn Thayer, and Trevor Ginkens.

Niobrara Electric Association (NEA) held its 71st annual meeting of the membership May 19 at Sioux County High School in Harrison, Neb. Members heard annual reports from co-op leaders and received door prizes and $20 energy credits to their accounts. NEA also presented scholarships to six students as part of a program for high school seniors, undergraduates, and non-traditional students.

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The Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service said the rural population stayed almost the same at slightly more than 46 million people between July 2014 and July 2015. That tally followed a four-year period in which population in nonmetropolitan counties—shorthand for “rural”—fell by 116,000 people. Some 1,320 nonmetro counties lost population during that time. By contrast, urban areas have been adding about 2 million people annually. “The 2014–15 improvement in rural population change coincides with an improvement in rural employment growth and suggests that this first-ever period of overall population decline (from 2010 to 2015) may be ending,” the service said April 28. Rural America gained an estimated 44,000 jobs between February 2015 and February 2016, according to the Daily Yonder, though that was still well below job growth in metro areas. Population and employment gains have occurred in areas rich in energy, such as Texas and North Dakota. “Spurred by an energy boom, large sections of the northern Great Plains turned around decades of population loss, and at least some amenityrich areas continue to grow, albeit at a more modest rate,” the service said. Still, it anticipates more population losses in rural America in the years to come. Net migration and the difference between the number of births and deaths influence population change, the service said, and those trends are going in the wrong direction. In particular, there were fewer births in rural America during the recession years of 2007 to 2009 because fewer births tend to occur during times of economic uncertainty, the service said.

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“Falling birth rates and an aging population have steadily reduced population growth from natural increase in rural counties over time, increasing the chances of overall rural population decline in the future,” it said.

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“Weeds of the West” Identifies Hundreds of Weeds UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING EXTENSION

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Rabies prevention strategies, including animal vaccinations, can help Wyoming residents avoid a deadly disease for themselves as well as for their pets and livestock, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). In 2015, a Fremont County woman died due to rabies, which was Wyoming’s first recorded human rabies case. Over the years, rabies has also been confirmed in Wyoming bats, cats, cows, dogs, foxes, horses, squirrels, and skunks. Dr. Karl Musgrave, state public health veterinarian with the WDH, said there have been several confirmed cases of rabies so far in Sheridan County this year in skunks and in one cow. Rabies can infect any mammal and affect the central nervous system, causing paralysis and ultimately death. Symptoms include behavior changes such as aggression, agitation, and excessive salivation. Musgrave emphasized the importance of animal vaccinations. “This can keep pets, horses, and other livestock from getting rabies and help protect pet owners should pets be bitten by a rabid wild animal,” he said. Musgrave noted it is also important to report animal bites to local animal control officials and to follow recommended quarantine guidelines.

The Wheatland Times July 11, 1917 Here are some general tips for preventing rabies: • Enjoy wildlife such as bats and skunks from a safe distance. • People waking to find a bat in their room or a child’s room should contact a medical professional immediately, as bats have such small teeth that even unknown or minor contact with bats has led to rabies infection. If the bat can be safely captured, it can be tested. • Vaccinate dogs, cats, ferrets, horses, and other selected livestock for rabies and keep vaccinations up to date. • Treat animal bites with soap and water and contact a medical professional immediately. • Never adopt wild animals or bring them into the home. Do not try to nurse sick or injured animals—call animal control for help. • Report animals acting strangely to city or county animal control departments. • Teach children to never approach unfamiliar dogs, cats, or wildlife, even if they appear friendly. • Keep pets under supervision or on a leash to minimize contact with wild animals.


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“Lyre Girls” First Women to Own Newspaper in The Equality State Images courtesy of Historical Reproductions by Perue



few months before Wyoming declared statehood, Gertrude Huntington took the helm of the Platte Valley Lyre, the first newspaper to serve residents in the Saratoga area. The 24-year-old editor and her younger sister, Laura, 22, who soon became the business manager, thus became the first women newspaper owners in The Equality State. On July 10, 1890, the day Wyoming became a state, the Huntington sisters printed a brief news item about the statehood bill in their four-page weekly, but they gave more space to the report of the recent “glorious” Fourth of July celebration, which included a fireworks display on the North Platte River and a strawberry ice cream social and dance. “The ‘Lyre girls’ as we were known, edited the paper, doing all the type setting by hand for there were no machines in



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The newspaper, established in 1888 and first owned by George Caldwell, who had been referred to as the “Lurid Liar of Lander,” probably earned its title from this nickname.

those early days,” Laura Huntington recalled in an article published in the Rawlins Daily Times in 1952. They also sold the advertisements. Subscriptions cost $3 annually.

his daughters—the oldest of his and his wife’s nine children—with the purchase of the Lyre.

They had come to Carbon County with their father, Rev. Roswell Elbridge Gerry Huntington, D.D., in 1886, when he began serving as Rawlins’s second Episcopal minister. In 1888, he began traveling to Saratoga—sometimes riding the 40 miles on horseback—to conduct services there. In 1889, Rev. Huntington, educated in England at Cambridge University, became Saratoga’s first Episcopal minister. He had worked in the newspaper business prior to his marriage and his decision to enter the ministry, and he likely helped

The newspaper, established in 1888 and first owned by George Caldwell, who had been referred to as the “Lurid Liar of Lander,” probably earned its title from this nickname. The Lyre office was located at 113 E. Bridge Ave. The Huntingtons published the newspaper from 1890 to 1902, a vibrant period in the growth of the Platte Valley and the state. In addition to statehood, they covered the grand opening and masquerade ball held by the Hotel Wolf in 1893, the copper mining boom in Grand Encampment that began in 1897,

and the 1898 farewell activities given for the 112 young men from the county who would participate in the SpanishAmerican War. One of them, Fred M. Wolf, was the son of the hotel’s owner. The younger Wolf drowned in July 1901 in the North Platte River near Saratoga. Throughout most of those years, another weekly, the Saratoga Sun, which began publishing in 1891, competed with the Lyre. Saratoga historian Gay Day Alcorn wrote of the friendly rivalry between the

two in her book Tough Country. “The editors were of very different outlooks and backgrounds,” she stated, “and, by the time the Huntington sisters and John F. Crawford took over their respective editorial posts, many subscribers took both papers just to see what the editors chose to argue over each week.”

The Saratoga Sun continues publication today and its office is located at 116 E. Bridge Ave., across the street from the building where the Lyre girls worked. The Grand Encampment Museum in Encampment houses the original issues of the Lyre, some of which are also available online. W

The Platte Valley Lyre became part of the Saratoga Sun in 1902. Rev. Huntington died in 1905 followed by Gertrude in 1925 and Laura in 1962.

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Young Farmers & Ranchers Program BY LIZ LAUCK


s the nation’s agricultural population ages, there is an increased need for more young farmers and ranchers. A similar trend has developed within industry organizations, and the Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) is working toward fostering the next generation of agricultural leaders. The future of agriculture is dependent on young people stepping up on the farm or ranch and in advocacy leadership roles. Fortunately, the Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher program is just the place for young ag leaders to thrive. Empowering Young People

The Wyoming Farm Bureau (WyFB) Young Farmer and Rancher committee (YF&R) began in 2002. It is a part of the larger American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) YF&R. “It’s been fun to watch the program grow,” Wyoming Farm Bureau Media and Member Relations Director Kerin Clark said. WyFB YF&R is a Farm Bureau committee with 11 seats: two representatives from five Wyoming districts and one at-large position. 16


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Couples may serve as one voting position. YF&R is open to regular Farm Bureau members aged 18–35. Additionally, four county farm bureaus have local YF&R programs. “Being involved in ag issues has always been important, but any more it really, truly has to be a part of your business plan,” Clark said. “When you empower young people to be involved, great things happen.”

a Leadership Success Wyoming Initiatives Clockwise from top left: Wyoming Farm Bureau members volunteering at Harvest for All; YF&R National Chair Cole Coxbill visiting with Governor Matt Mead; YF&R members participating in Ag Books for Kids; members of the YF&R meeting with Senator John Barrasso

The Wyoming Farm Bureau YF&R Committee is very active and hosts an annual conference with educational, personal development, and networking components. “The neatest thing about the YF&R program is that there truly is something for everyone,” Clark said. According to Clark, who is the Wyoming Farm Bureau’s YF&R Coordinator, the networking opportunities are invaluable. Young people are given chances to expand business connections and be around peers. WyFB YF&R’s star project is Ag Books for Kids, which uses a non-fiction children’s book about agriculture to reach out to local students and teachers. Free books, various contests, and classroom interaction help students learn about farming and ranching. The program has been highlighted since 2005, when Wyoming’s governor declared one week each March to be Wyoming Ag Literacy Week. JULY 2016



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Cole and Sammie Coxbill prove that making it in agriculture is still possible for young families. Cole is the fourth generation on his family farm in Goshen County, and Sammie grew up on a ranch in Crook County that dates back to 1878. They were living in Cheyenne when their first child came along, and they knew they wanted to raise their family on the land they love and in an industry they are passionate about. Cole said making a living in ag is not easy. Farmers and ranchers are at the mercy of commodity and livestock prices as well as Mother Nature.

“It’s tough, but it’s more about the passion for making a living off the land than the want to make a lot of money,” he said. Cole emphasized the benefit of raising his young children on the farm. He can work side by side and spend quality time with his wife and kids every day. While the work can be challenging, Cole said the future is bright for the industry. With advances in technology and growing global demand for greater production on fewer acres, opportunity is abundant for those willing to put in the hard work. “It is exciting being a part of feeding the world,” Cole said.

Above: Sammie and Cole Coxbill when Cole was installed as the AFBF YF&R national chair



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Wyoming Farm Bureau YF&R is also active in Harvest for All, a nationwide Farm Bureau community service program that challenges local YF&R committees to donate food, funds, and time to feeding the needy. Wyoming’s committee is involved by supporting the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies. They raise money and canned-good donations and have volunteered at the food bank. YF&R also hosts a discussion meet open to all 18-to-35-year-old Farm Bureau members and a collegiate discussion meet open to any Wyoming college student interested in agriculture. Winners of the state contests are sent on to the national level, where prizes like college scholarships and pick-up trucks are on the line. Developing Ag Leaders

Developing leaders is a major focus for the Young Farmers and Ranchers program. Every three years the members of the state committee travel to Washington, D.C., where they visit a federal agency and an embassy, meet with Wyoming’s congressional delegation, and conduct tours of the nation’s Capitol. “This is a great opportunity to see how one person can make a difference by getting involved at the local level,” Clark said. “These are great experiences that really help young farmers and ranchers feel comfortable participating in meetings back at home.” YF&R leaders often continue on in the organization. Currently, six out of the nine directors on the Wyoming Farm Bureau board are past YF&R committee members or have participated in YF&R competitive events. “The goal of our program is to develop leaders for the betterment of agriculture,” Clark said. “It is rewarding to see leaders take hold and stay involved in our organization long after their time in YF&R is completed.” The National Stage

Currently Wyoming’s Cole Coxbill is serving as the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers chairman. He was elected

at the AFBF annual convention in Orlando, Fla., in January.

Kortes and Justin and Kristi Ellis from Wyoming have served in the past.

“I know I am better prepared to succeed as a farmer, leader and advocate because of Farm Bureau and my involvement in this program,” Coxbill said on the AFBF website.

“We are very proud of all of them and excited for Cole’s leadership position as national committee chair,” Clark said. “He is a great representative of agriculture here in Wyoming and across the nation.”

Coxbill is the current chair of the WyFB YF&R Committee, and he and his wife, Sammie, were appointed by the AFBF president to serve a two-year term on the national YF&R committee last year. Cole will spend a year packed with learning and traveling opportunities during his tenure as chairman. Aside from running quarterly business meetings, Cole will continue to travel across the nation, representing the 2.5 million family members of AFBF YF&R. As chairman, he also holds a seat on the AFBF Board of Directors. This board consists of 34 state Farm Bureau presidents, all of whom are involved in production agriculture. “There is a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience sitting around the table,” Cole said. In his involvement, Cole has come into contact with young producers from across the nation. Although agriculture across the country is diverse, he observed that most producers share core values and similar issues. “All segments of agriculture come together in Farm Bureau,” Cole said. “Whether you are organic or conventional, we all want to sustain agriculture and create opportunities for our kids to stay in the same profession.” In the short history of the WyFB YF&R program, the Coxbills are the third set of Wyoming people to serve on the national committee. Chalsey

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A Commitment to Agriculture

Cole and Sammie joined Farm Bureau in 2010 when they were asked by fellow ranchers to participate. They knew very little about the organization, but just a few years later they have proven to be assets. “Watching how a farmer’s concern can start at the county level and make its way to the federal level made me realize how much of an impact you can have,” Sammie told the Farm Bureau’s Wyoming Agriculture publication. The Coxbills live and work on Cole’s family farm in Goshen County, where they raise row crops, cattle, and their three children: Emmett, 9; Connor, 7; and Carlee, 4. They also custom feed cattle and run spraying and trucking businesses, and Sammie works at Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in Torrington. Becoming involved in the Farm Bureau was a logical step for a family so committed to the agriculture industry. Cole said he is better able to affect policy and shape agriculture’s future through advocacy. “Agriculturists are the best advocates for ag,” he said. “There is no one better to tell ag stories than those doing it every day with the passion and the knowledge.” W Liz Lauck is a Wheatland-based freelance writer.

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hat comes to mind when you hear the phrase “survival mode”? I’ve been using it in conversation fairly often over the past few months when people ask me how I’m doing (e.g., “I’m in pure survival mode right now”). For me, it means I am getting only the things done that must get done every day; if it’s not absolutely necessary for survival, it’s not happening.

Obviously, I don’t play video games, and now I can see why someone who does might think it was weird that I use that phrase to describe my life. But after reading the definition, I actually feel it fits pretty well right now! Well, at least the first part. I haven’t noticed that I have any more enemies, and I sure hope that there is no definite or sudden end any time soon!

Every once in a while, the person I say it to will give me a funny look, like I am using it incorrectly. Out of curiosity, I looked the phrase up online, and Wikipedia defines it as “a video game mode in which the player must continue playing for as long as possible while the game presents them with increasingly difficult waves of challenges.” There’s also some language in there about increasingly stronger numbers of enemies and the game coming to a definite (and sometimes sudden) end.

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It really was a perfect storm. It was springtime, which means there were cows calving, mares foaling, and sheep lambing whenever and wherever they saw fit; people were getting their horses legged up for spring and discovering various lamenesses and ailments; and my husband left to work out of town for three weeks. (Side note: to all of you single parents out there, I don’t know how you do it by yourself. My hat is off to you—big time. After three weeks, I was so ready for my help to return!)

My daughter is a trooper, and rarely does she complain, but there were several days when I pushed her right up to her limits. One morning (granted, the morning had started for us at 4:00 a.m. when I carried her from her bed to her car seat so I could go look at a mare that was having difficulty foaling), she asked, “Mom, can you drop me off at Grandma Brenda’s? You stink so bad and I don’t want to ride in the car with you anymore.” It wasn’t even 9:00 a.m. and my kid wanted nothing to do with me. We are very lucky indeed to have great friends who are willing to step in and help at a moment’s notice, but this particular morning was exceptional. There was nowhere for me to wash up after the dystocia, so needless to say I was covered from head to toe with blood and all of the other fun bodily fluids that are associated with birth, and when we showed up at Grandma Brenda’s doorstep, she did a double

I’m hoping that all the late nights and early mornings are teaching her the value of hard work.

been able to make it to the grocery store for two weeks) and didn’t come up with very many other solutions. The evening was partially salvaged with the fortuitous discovery of a can of SpaghettiOs, and we were sure happy to see our beds that night! A First-Rate Helper

The Meltdown

I’m sure proud of this little girl of mine. She has become first-rate help over the past months: she can get supplies from my vet box in the car for me (“I need a blood tube, a little syringe, and the needle that’s purple!”), she helps me with bandaging, and she loves to run the foot pedal of the powerfloat while I am floating teeth.

Another day, we had started checking mares at two different farms in Sheridan at 7:00 a.m. and then drove to Kaycee for a full day of appointments there. I ended up having to treat several emergencies once we got back to Sheridan, and by the time we stumbled back into the house, it was after 10:00 p.m. Of course, we were both exhausted and hangry (another little phrase I’ve picked up, which pairs “hungry” and “angry” perfectly), and Kamryn tells me in a very definite tone that she wants pizza for dinner.

I’m hoping that all the late nights and early mornings are teaching her the value of hard work. I’m hoping she will associate end-of-the-day exhaustion with a little bit of pride, knowing that it was a rough, long, hard day, but we got so much accomplished. I’m really hoping she doesn’t end up on a therapist’s couch in the future (people tell me that growing up with a veterinarian as a parent makes you either love or hate veterinary medicine; there are not a lot of in-between positions).

There were several problems with that request. First, the chances of me leaving the house to go anywhere (unless it was another emergency) were miniscule, and second, no pizza places were open even if I had any inkling to drive to town. She then proceeded to have a monumental meltdown on the kitchen floor while I rifled through our fairly empty refrigerator (I seriously hadn’t

Hopefully our “survival mode” times will bring us together and give us memories that will make us laugh for years to come! W

take. Apparently I had failed to notice the bale of straw in my hair too—from rolling around in the stall trying to get ahold of the foal to get it out. I was a sight to see (and smell).

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1. Weights:

Balance the scales by arriving at an identical sum on both sides, using only the number of “weights” (dots) specified in each problem.


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THE MUTILATORS BY ROBERT L. FOSTER • 2014 • 326 P. Description by Sunstone Press The mutilators have killed and mutilated thousands of cattle in the Midwest—and now they’ve moved west into Idaho, where they are killing and mutilating cattle herds. No one knows who or what the mutilators are. They’ve never been identified. Randy Johnson, a former Green Beret platoon leader in Vietnam, has now settled into the peaceful life of an Idaho rancher. It holds a kind of magic, a new freedom, and relief from a cunning invisible enemy left behind in the dangerous jungles of Vietnam. He’s good with a gun, fast on a horse, and as tough and smart as the next man, but he’s about to meet a new enemy more cunning and elusive than the one he left in Vietnam. Idaho’s television stations issue breaking news alerts almost hourly, providing the latest gruesome statistical details of newly discovered mutilated cattle—many found on ranches adjacent to Randy’s.

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Electric Apprentice: CARBON POWER & LIGHT’S

SKIP VOSS INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY MAGGIE BUDD Skip Voss is an apprentice for Carbon Power & Light (CPL) in Rock River.

WREN: What is your hometown? Voss: I grew up in Wessington, SD. I lived in Nebraska and Laramie and have been in Rock River for eight or nine years. WREN: How long have you been an apprentice at CPL? Voss: About two months. I started on April 11.

Program. It’s a four-year course, and you have to have so much done each year to move up to the next level. WREN: Whom do you work with primarily? Voss: Primarily with Perry. We come down to Laramie to work with their crew sometimes.

WREN: What is your favorite part of the job? Voss: Getting to learn new lines and territories where we have electrical service. When I first started, we rode snowmobiles up the Snowy Range Mountains to find power outages from the snow and falling trees.

WREN: How did you begin working in this position at CPL?

WREN: How often do you work with the Laramie crew?

WREN: What are the most important qualities for someone in your position to have?

Voss: Well, the job came open and I applied [laughs]. I knew the Rock River foreman, Perry Davidson, from volunteering with him at the fire department. I have been volunteering for about 10 years and am the training officer captain at the moment.

Voss: About two-thirds of the time. When they need help down there, we help out. There are more members in the Laramie area, so there’s more work to be done. It depends if there is an outage somewhere or just maintenance.

Voss: Be ready for anything because you might be working on maintenance and then you can be called off to go somewhere else across the county in case something went down. You have to be ready to roll.

WREN: Are there any other employees that help you with your job responsibilities?

WREN: Who or what inspires you to do your job well?

Voss: Just the foreman and I work together day to day in Rock River. There are four guys in Laramie, and the co-op general manager works between Laramie and Saratoga.

Voss: The boss [laughs]. He’s standing right here.

WREN: What exactly are your job duties at the co-op? Voss: I am an apprentice lineman and I’m in my first year of training for a lineman job. I have to do on-the-job training and written testing through the Merchant 26


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My family. There’s a lot with the safety aspect—you want to make sure you can do your job right so you can come home


Voss grew up on a dairy farm in Wessington, SD. His family had about 200 cows and calves in total.

at night. I have a 12-year-old daughter—ShayLynn—and two 6-year-old twin boys—Alexander and Rhyden.

Mountain Man Tribute

WREN: What’s the best part about working in rural Wyoming? Voss: You get to know the people that you are actually working for in the co-op. Plus it’s not as populated as somewhere like Denver. I am a small-town guy. WREN: What is your favorite local restaurant? Voss: I don’t have a favorite really. I just like the home-cooked meals my wife makes. WREN: What are some go-to activities when you’re not working? Voss: I love boating, fishing, and camping in the mountains with family. WREN: What is the best movie you have watched recently? Voss: “Transformers: Age of Extinction” W Maggie Budd is an editor and writer for WREN Magazine.

Jim Baker was one of the greatest scouts, trappers and Indian fighters of all time.

August 20th & 21st

The Little Snake River Museum in Savery, WY, along the Scenic Byway will host a tribute to the life of a Wyoming Mountain Man. Come spend a day at the museum exploring the stories of Wyoming’s colorful past and get a glimpse of the life of a Mountain Man.

• Guns of Jim Baker Era • History of Battle Mountain • Breakfast at the Museum • Ladder Ranch, site of the historic 1841 battle

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Squash Cookies 1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 tsp. salt

3/4 cup white sugar

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 tsp. ground ginger

2 eggs

1 cup raisins

1-1/2 cups mashed, cooked butternut squash

1-1/2 cups chopped pecans

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp. ground allspice

1 tsp. baking soda

2-1/2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. ground cinnamon Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until fluffy. Beat in the eggs and squash. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and spices; add to mixture, stirring until well blended. Stir in raisins and nuts. Spoon onto cookie sheets 2 inches apart. Bake for 10–12 minutes (until edges are golden). NANCY DENK, RIVERTON, WYO.

Summer Squash Cornbread

Cheese-Summer Squash Casserole

3 cups yellow squash, unpeeled

Cut squash into chunks and cook in

3 cups summer squash (any type), chopped

2 eggs, beaten

smallest amount of lightly salted water

2 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted

until tender. Drain and mince. Add

1/2 cup milk

eggs, milk, salt, and cottage cheese.

1 cup cracked crumbs

1/2 tsp. salt

Stir in cornbread mix and spoon into

2 Tbsp. onion, chopped fine

3/4 cup cottage cheese (small curd if you have it)

greased 1-1/2-quart, shallow baking

1 cup cheese, shredded

1 pkg. Jiffy brand cornbread mix (6–8 oz.)

in preheated 375-degree oven for 30

1/2 stick butter or margarine, melted

dish. Pour melted butter over top. Bake minutes. (You can also put cheddar or Parmesan cheese on the top in the last 5 minutes. We like ours without.)

2 eggs, beaten Combine all ingredients and mix well. Put in a greased baking dish, cover, and bake at 350

This recipe is very adaptable. I’ve added a drained can of green chilies when serving it Tex-Mex style. Or some chopped black olives are also good if that’s your

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While fishing on a lake Time out from life I take. I love the solitude, But thank again St Jude.

The Best Fishing

We share a selection of WREN readers’

And talking now of saints My mind a picture paints. I dream of wondrous fish. St Andrew grant my wish.

creative writing (poems, limericks, haiku, short verse, and prose) every issue as space and

If fishing on the sea How happy I could be Just sitting in a boat. How great to be afloat.

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When fishing in a pond No need to think beyond. I’m in a reverie, No trouble can I see. But while all this I treasure, Undoubtedly brings pleasure, Naught else can best the joy Of brookie fishing with my boy. CLIVE RUBERY, CENTENNIAL, WYO.

submitted, his or her mailing address, and confirmation that the work has not been published elsewhere. If you would like us to St. Jude is the Patron Saint of lost causes, and St. Andrew is the patron saint of fishermen.

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Wednesday, July 20: Jr. Rodeo at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, July 21: Musical program at PAC at Lyman High School at 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 22: Qualifying Rodeo at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, July 23: Flag Raising Ceremony at 6:45 a.m., Triathlon at 7:00 a.m., Parade at 10:00 a.m., Car Show, B-B-Que, and Rodeo at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, July 24: Fireside Speaker at the Lyman LDS Stake Center in Urie at 7:00 p.m.

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Story Hour: Ages 0–5 yrs., 10:30a, free, Big

The Chugwater Historical Group: We have varied presentations on Wyoming history. 7p, Chugwater Community Center, info 422-3509 (Ruth Vaughn).

Piney Branch Library, info 276-3515.

Centennial JULY 13 Greg Nickerson Presentation: Centennial’s Library and Museum are hosting the historian and journalist for a presentation of his “Wyoming, the Railroad State.” 5:30p, Library, info 745-8393.

Clearmont TUESDAYS Clearmont Historical Center: Every Tue from 2–4p the newly established Clearmont Historical Center is open.


JULY 20 Robert Field Presentation: The 2nd event in UW’s Global Studies “What in the World?” series, Robert Field will speak on “Air Quality.”

ONGOING Cody Country Art League Gallery: 9a–5p Mon¬–Fri, info 587-3597.

5:30p, Library, info 745-8393.




John D. Farr Presentation: Sponsored by

Family Movie Night: “The Paleface” – Bob Hope, Jane Russell. 9p, Locomotive Park.

Centennial’s Library and Museum. Farr, past president of the Grand Encampment Museum, will present his “Wyoming’s Sheep Industry: What really happened?” 5:30p, Museum, info 745-8393.

JULY 18 Family Movie Night: “The Apple Dumpling Gang” – Don Knotts, Tim Conway. 9p, Locomotive Park.


JULY 25 Family Movie Night: “Return to Snowy River” – Brian Dennehy, Tom Burlinson, Sigrid Thornton. 9p, Locomotive Park.

Dubois JULY 16 Dubois Museum Day: Exhibitors and demonstrations. Homestead beef stew, hot dogs, fry bread, bake sale. Guides inside living history cabins. Live musical entertainment. 11–2, free admission, 909 W. Ramshorn St.

JULY 23 Dubois National Day of the Cowboy: Here is your chance to meet and mingle with real western cowboys. Cowboy parade at 11a, western shoot-out, western cuisine, and charming western shops. Info 455-2556 or

JULY 27–29 WHF Community Wellness Screening (Blood Draw): Walk in only. Fast 12 hours unless diabetic; drinks lots of water prior to draw. Sponsored by Kiwanis of Dubois. 7–10a daily, Headwaters Center on Stalnaker Street, info 455-2243.

ONGOING Dubois Museum: Summer hours 9a–5p Mon– Sat, free, info 455-2284.

Encampment JULY 22–24 Sierra Madre Mountain Man Rendezvous at the GEM: Knife Throw and Hawk Throw competition for various age classes. Free admission, info 329-7944 (Joe Morrison) or find us on Facebook.

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JULY 23 Living History Day at the GEM: Ice Cream Social and Historic demonstrations throughout the day (blacksmith, print shop, rope making, and so much more!). 9a–5p, free admission.

AUG 5–7 GEM’s 50th Anniversary Event and the Encampment All Class/All Town Reunion: Various events throughout the weekend including CJ Box book signing at 3p on Sat, 8/6. 9a–5p, free admission, info GEMuseum. com or 327-5308.

ONGOING Grand Encampment Museum: Main Gallery and store is open most weekdays, 9a–5p Tue– Sat, 1–5p Sun, info, 327-5308.

Fort Bridger MONDAYS Junior Rifle Club: For boys and girls, 8 to 18. All shooting equipment is supplied, including .177 caliber air rifles, targets, shooting pads, safety glasses, etc. 5:30p, American Legion Post Home, info 747-4142 (Bill Boglino).

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Lander JULY 13, 28 Lander’s Lander LIVE Outdoor Concert: Come eat, drink, dance, and be merry with us at the Jaycee Park Stage. Bring your own chair or picnic blanket. FREE. 6–9:30p (ish), info 3323892 or

JULY 13–16 23 International Climbers Festival: Tickets and package deals available on the website. $70 Adults all access pass, $35 children. City Park and multiple locations around Lander. Info 349-1561,, or

JULY 23 4th Annual “Run Like A Bighorn” Sinks Canyon Ultimate Trail Run: At 7a the canyon trail race begins (6a registration Sawmill Group Shelter by the park entrance). Refreshments, souvenir t-shirt and a water bottle to all participants! $20 adults, $10 kids, info 332-6333.

Star Gazing: A “walk among the stars.” Star Gazing Program. 8:30p, free, Fort Laramie National Historic Site, info 837-2221.


Greybull Free Preschool Story Time: Each Wed at 11a with a story and fun craft. Greybull Library, info 765-2551.

65th Annual Albany County Ranch Tour: The tour begins in the Little Laramie Valley area at the Page Angus Ranch. Light refreshments will be offered at the South end of the Territorial Park parking lot beginning at 8a; tour will set out at 9a. Info 760-5590 (Sandra Eike).




SUNDAYS VFW Bingo: 1p, VFW Hall, info 836-2631.

FOURTH SUNDAYS American Legion Riders, Chapter 95: 2p, Crazy Tony’s Bar & Grill, info 575-0838.

Hawk Springs JULY 13 Hamburger Fry: Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, beans, homemade salads and desserts. Raffle and music (the Torrington Fiddlers). 5–7p, $7 adults, $3 children (6–11), free for children under 5, Hawk Springs Community Center, info 532-5081 (Venita Cochran).

Jay Em ONGOING Tours of Historic Jay Em on the Rawhide: Tour seven buildings, learn local history. May– September, by appointment. U.S. 85 between Lusk and Lingle. Info 735-4364 (Marjorie Sanborn) or 322-2839 (Hazel Mudgett).


MONDAYS & THURSDAYS Story Time for Preschoolers: 10:30a, Uinta County Library, info 787-6556, on Facebook, or at

Meeteetse JULY 15 Gypsy Cowbelle with Packin’ the Mail Live Outdoor Concert: 6p, free.

JULY 16 National Day of the Cowboy: Ranch Rodeo at the Rodeo Grounds, donation supper with a small presentation following at the Oasis Campground (6p), then a dance with Kostas and Country Traditions (7p–12a). Info or events@meeteetsewy. com (Tess Fremlin).

JULY 17 Double Dee Ranch/Amelia Earhart Tour: Special appearance by “Amelia Earhart.” Tour leaves museum at 8:30a, begins on site at 10:30a. Free.

JULY 30 Historic Pitchfork Ranch Tour/Black-Footed Ferret Rediscovery Site: 10a, free. Tour leaves museum at 9a.

AUG 6 Kirwin Tour: This is a tour of the historic ghost town of Kirwin put on by the Meeteetse Museum. Info 868-2423,, or (Tess Fremlin).

Moorcroft JULY 13 Moorcroft Area Chamber of Commerce Meeting: 12p at Gifts, Thrifts, and Ifts downtown.

ONGOING West Texas Trail Museum: Mon–Fri, 9a–5p, FREE admission, info 756-9300 (Cynthia Clonch, Museum Director).

Mountain View MONDAYS & THURSDAYS Story Time for Preschoolers: 10:30a, Uinta County Library, info 782-3161, on Facebook, or at

Pine Bluffs TUESDAYS Bingo: New players welcome. 7p, 25¢ per card, 14 games, recreation meeting room, info 245-3301.

Powell AUG 6 Park County Slide: An NRHA sanctioned show hosted by the Cowboy States Reining Horse Association. Classes from Open to Green Horse, Green Reiner, and classes for 10 and under to 50 and over. Park County Fairgrounds, info

AUG 7 Semi-Private Lessons: Cowboy States Reining Horse Association will be hosting NRHA Professional and judge, Chuck Nesmith at the Park County Fairgrounds. Call 851-0443 to get signed up.

ONGOING Sideburns and Spit Curls: Inspired by a collection of vintage barber and beauty artifacts, Homesteader Museum celebrates barber shops and beauty salons in another new playful exhibit, Sideburns and Spit Curls: Untangling the Roots of Beauty. Runs through September.

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Riverside JULY 29–30 WHAT Fest: Over thirty musical acts including The Black Lilies, The Patti Fiasco, Jalan Crossland Band. BearTrap Cafe, WY 230. Camping nearby. Info 321-3314. $10 per day, $15 weekend.

Riverton JULY 15–17 Riverton Rendezvous: Starts with the Balloon Rally—watch the sky fill with balloons. The media flight is on Friday. Tons of activities planned Saturday and Sunday. Check the website for a complete schedule. Info www.

Saratoga ONGOING Saratoga Museum: 10a–4p Thur–Mon, info 326-5511, 710-3226, or

ONGOING Art Shelter Gallery and Shop: Both gallery spaces will be displaying work daily, and the shop will be open 7 days a week. Artist is on site with work in progress. Free admission and free coffee and tea available to browsers.

Shoshoni JULY 15 Annual Kids Gymkhana Rodeo: True western barrel racing, pole bending and a couple of traditional games like big t, ribbon race, keyhole race and more! Food vendors onsite. 6p, Art Shanley Memorial Arena, info 8400209 or

South Pass City JULY 9–10 Gold Rush Days: Celebrate life in a real western ghost town & gold mining camp. Highlights include a vintage baseball, stamp mill and printing press demonstrations, live saloon music, anvil blasting, and authentic






Sundance JULY 8–10 Veterans Ride to the Wall: Hosted by Rolling Thunder Rocky Mountain Region. Friday band at The Dime, Sat. Motorcycle Parade & Ride to Memorial Wall, followed by Street Music & Sun. Church Service. Open to public!

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Quarter Horse Show. 7:30a, day haul or grounds fee $10 a day per horse, Goshen Country Fairgrounds, info 701-361-7732 (Mary Glass) or 605-430-1722 (Terry Scott).

Crook County Fair: “Stirrup Country Pride Crook County Wide.” Crook County Fairgrounds. Full schedule available at Info 283-2644 (Carolyn).

JULY 25–30 Goshen County Fair: On July 28, there will be an Ag Breakfast at 6:30a and a Fair Parade at 10a. Free, Goshen County Fairgrounds.

ONGOING Crook County Museum: Summer hours Mon–Fri 8a–5p. FREE Admission. Located in basement of the Crook County Courthouse. Info 283-3666 (Rocky Courchaine, Museum Director).



JULY 30–31

Sip ‘N Walk Historical Tours: July 12–August 24 at 6 & 7:30p. Adults & Children welcome. Tickets available at the Museum. Info 2833666.

THURSDAYS TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly): 8–10a, Senior Friendship Center, info 334-3358 (Dana Williams) or 532-0728 (Judy Stellpflug).

Upton JULY 15–17 Fun Days!: Friday – Golf, Ice Cream, so much more! Saturday 16 – Parade through town, Air Show, Events at the City Park, Cornhole

FRIDAYS Friday Nights at Old Stoney: July 15– August 25, enjoy special historical attraction presentations. Old Stoney (108 N. 4th). Info 283-3666 (Museum).

Tournament, a BBQ and more! Sunday – Golf Tournament. Info at 468-2642 (Brittany Trandall) for a full schedule!

TUESDAYS Old Town Farmers Market: Beginning July

Ten Sleep

19 and continuing until growing season is over. 5–7p, free admission, Old Town west of

FIRST THURSDAYS Acoustic Open Mic Night: 7p, Ten Sleep Brewing Co. Check our online calendar of events for more happenings at

Upton, info 468-2702 (Diana White).



JULY 9–10

morning, starting July 9 thru the end of Sept.

Lions Ranch Rodeo: HSC Fairgrounds, info

Pastries, Pies, Produce, Bread, Blankets, Beef,

JULY 15–17

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Wheatland Platte County Farmers’ Market: Every Saturday


and handmade Jewelry for sale! 8–10:30a @ Wheatland.

Worland ONGOING Washakie Museum: Summer hours Mon– Fri 9a–5:30p, Sat 9a–5p, Sun 12–4p. Info or 347-4102.

Wright FIRST WEDNESDAYS Thunder Basin Belles Meeting: We are now meeting the first Wednesday of each month at 11:30a. The location is subject to change.

Please come visit us in Gillette, WY 211 W 2nd St. Open Wednesday - Saturday | 307-686-5667

Lunch: $7 for those 59 years and under, $3 for those 60 years and up.

THIRD FRIDAYS Dinner: 5–7p, Wright Community Center.



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8 1. Our neighbor helping his daughter meet the new calf under the mother’s watchful eye

Andrea Tolman, Basin, Wyo.

2. Our granddaughter Jerzey Fiedor having quiet time with her bum calves, Smokey and Bandit

Marilyn Mackey, Gillette, Wyo.

3. Our two-year-old granddaughter, Tansy, bottle feeding a calf during calving season


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4. My son Brannock feeding his horse Stormy

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7. Play time with the calves

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8. Cody and Turbo during haying season at Grandpa’s farm

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An Old Guy “Shares” Some New Thoughts on Social Media



e were all gathered in the training room at the cooperative office, and perched on one of the training tables sat a device that would change our world forever: the basic personal computer (PC). I remember we all stood around in awe as this new piece of office equipment was demonstrated—floppy disk and all. Personally, I generally find myself more inclined to be the proverbial “old dog” when it comes to learning new tricks, so as we embarked on this

new technological odyssey, I went in with both feet dragging (OK…it was more like kicking and screaming, but I went nonetheless). That life-changing day happened in the early 1980s, and since I’m now a senior citizen it is safe for me to say that it seems like it was just yesterday. The PC and all the related technologies that followed revolutionized how we stepped into the future at our respective rural electric co-ops. I can remember my dad talking about all the changes he’d seen in his lifetime:

cars, tractors, radio, electricity and telephone at the farm, refrigeration, television, and a man on the moon (who would have ever dreamed of such an event?). The magic and evolution of my dad’s list goes on and on. So too are the changes that have occurred since our first introduction to the PC. The PC and the development of a multitude of related technologies and programs is mind boggling. It wasn’t long before everyone had a cell phone and soon thereafter almost everyone had a cell phone that operates as a PC. These days our lives are filled JULY 2016




with text messages, word documents, spreadsheets, voicemails, iTunes, FaceTime, selfies, Facebook, apps, iBooks, and tweets. Now even an old curmudgeon like me has to try to keep up a little bit with technology, and recently I purchased one of newest iPhones (my old phone could be recharged with a set of jumper cables and the battery in my truck). And I have to admit that one of the first things I do now each morning is check to see if I have any email, voicemails, or text messages (I haven’t started checking the obituaries for my name… yet). Then I proceed to use this same convenient little device to check the weather forecast and breaking news stories. Following in the footsteps of this technology came “social media” and the ability to communicate with the simple press of a key. After joining the social medial onslaught, I have to admit that deep down (here I go reminiscing again) I miss the good, old-fashioned, face-to-face sound of a good friend’s voice when we used to sit down over a cup of coffee and catch up on each other’s lives. Sure,





opportunity to utilize Facetime, and we can stream our images to each other while we chat—but it’s just not the same. Oh, my friends and family can and do still get together often, but with all the communicative shortcuts in the world today we find that when we do meet face to face we’ve already “shared” our most recent life events on social media and not many want to hear re-runs. Sadly, at times I find myself reacting to a post containing the acronym “LOL” (which I learned recently means “laugh out loud”) by trying to remember what that person’s real laugh actually sounds like. On the subject of social media “sharing,” I truly find it amazing what people will print or say on social media. It’s as if they feel somehow insulated by their iPhone or PC and are able to express or reveal things they would not normally say in a face-to-face encounter. It seems like everything is fair game these days and that the “personal” component of PC has taken on a whole new meaning. In my many years (and my wife will attest to this), I have on occasion expressed thoughts in verbal conversation that I wish I could take back or have a chance for a re-do. With most social media applications, the user does have the





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chance to complete a re-read and make sure that what they are conveying is actually what they truly want to say— before they hit the “send” icon. It’s a last chance to ask oneself, “Would I really say those things in conversation if a person was actually looking me in the eye?” Then there are the “selfies.” I’m not sure what compels seemingly rational individuals to get on social media and feel the need to frequently share a photo of themselves…that they have just taken of themselves. Now I may wonder about the sound of a laugh associated with an “LOL,” as previously stated, but I generally don’t forget what people look like (not yet anyway). Then there are those selfies where I find myself caught between hitting the “Like” icon in order to not hurt anyone’s feelings, simply not responding at all, or wanting to message back, “What were you thinking?” As I stated earlier, I am now among the ranks of the senior citizens, and most of us will attest that we do actually experience those “senior moments” like forgetfulness and losing things (cell phones, for example). When these events happen to me, I find myself either cussing or laughing about what I’ve just done (or not done). Generally, I complete this futile exercise by berating myself in a mumbling tirade. However, it has occurred to me as I write this that maybe the next time this happens I should just pick up my iPhone, text myself, and say what I really think! W Chuck Larsen managed Saratoga-based Carbon Power & Light for 23 years. He now lives in Hulett with his wife, Linda.


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your fingertips. From the moment you open the box, you’ll realize how different the WOW Computer is. The components are all connected; all you do is plug it into an outlet and your high-speed Internet connection. Then you’ll see the screen – it’s now 22 inches. This is a completely new touch screen system, without the cluttered look of the normal computer screen. The “buttons” on the screen are easy to see and easy to understand. All you do is touch one of them, from the Web, Email, Calendar to Games– you name it… and a new screen opens up. It’s so easy to use you won’t have to ask your children or grandchildren for help. Until now, the very people who could benefit most from E-mail and the Internet are the ones that have had the hardest time accessing it. Now, thanks to the WOW Computer, countless older Americans are discovering the wonderful world of the Internet every day. Isn’t it time

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Little Learners FOR CHILDREN AGES 0-5

ideas for making



child’s play

Kids grow all day every day and you can help give them a bright future with brain-boosting activities. But don’t worry—kids don’t need fancy toys to learn. All they need is you. These are easy ways to make sure trips to the playground are fun and engaging.





Tour guide!

Play nice!

No boo-boos!


Ask your child to give you a tour of the playground and show you their favorite spot to play.

As you play together, talk about the importance of taking turns.

Bring a basic first aid kit and teach your child how to put on a Band-Aid.

Count together how many times you push your child on the swing.

Do you ever Read. giggle. hug. with a child? We want to celebrate those quality moments! We’ll highlight one submission each month in our WREN advertisement and we’ll also feature the Honorable Mentions on our website. Email high-quality digital files of your favorite quality moments with a little one to, upload at, or mail your photos to 2710 Thomes Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82001. Please include a caption with your photo. If you would like for us to return your work, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

WY Quality Counts, housed in the Department of Workforce Services, helps Wyoming parents and child care providers identify and create quality learning experience for children, thanks to the funding of the Wyoming State Legislature. All WY Quality Counts activities are supported by the Wyoming Early Learning Foundations and Guidelines, as well as the Domains of Development, which include:





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