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Cover photo: Since 1931, six generations—so far—have shepherded Anderson Family Ranch in Ten Sleep. This photo from around 1965 captures (back row) Rouse, James, Gene and Bob Anderson and (middle row) Zula, Gail, Doris, and Ruby. The kids (left to right) include Jami, Kathy, Mary Lou, and Beth.
DELIVERING RELIABLE ENERGY TO RURAL WYOMING
Prices for just about everything seem out of control these days. Since last September, the Consumer Price Index has risen 8.2%, with volatile increases in energy prices leading the way in cost rises. In fact, since last September, the overall energy index is up 19.8% and if current energy and climate policies continue to mandate the use of unstable and unreliable energy sources, that figure will keep rising.
As we now approach the winter heating season, where demand for energy is expected to rise, we need to find a solution to our nations’s and state’s burgeoning energy security crisis quickly, while also leaning on energy sources that have and continue to deliver reliable, affordable and safe power to rural Wyoming.
Thankfully, Wyoming and the United States have access to some of the largest natural gas and oil reserves anywhere in the world. Not to mention the world class coal reserves that the country has relied on for decades for reliable and affordable electricity. We must take advantage of our unique status as an energy producer to achieve the right energy mix to lower costs and meet energy demand, while also supporting Wyoming’s workers, businesses and rural communities in the process.
Many of us in Wyoming will experience, or already are experiencing, a sharp rise in energy prices due to a lack of domestic energy supply and delivery infrastructure issues (i.e., canceled pipelines and transmission lines), supply chain issues and various other impacts brought on by numerous policy and regulatory decisions made in Washington D.C. These decisions are aimed at curbing domestic oil and gas production as well as power generation from coal, in favor of kickstarting a renewable energy
transition that is still decades away. Those decisions include an Executive Order signed by President Biden on his first day in office that halted all new oil and gas lease sales on federal lands, to the most recent billion-dollar infrastructure spending bill, aimed at among other things, a quicker transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, electric vehicles and subsidies to these industries.
That’s bad news for us in Wyoming, where oil and gas production adds $1.67 billion to our economy and supports close to 20,000 jobs. Our communities have long supported and have been intertwined with energy production thanks to the vast reserves in our state.
Now before some start to pen a nasty response to this column I would say that the cooperative leadership in Wyoming is energy resource agnostic. Meaning that whatever fuel source is the most reliable and affordable, is the right resource for us, and you. The problem is that there are those who wish to force a transition on America, and therefore Wyoming, immediately, without considering the impacts at the microeconomic level; what does it mean to your pocketbook? As for the geopolitical and national security impacts on the macro or global economic stage, what can China and Russia and others do to exploit our energy security vulnerabilities?
One only needs to think about what it would mean if the lights, or computers (which operate our grid among other things), or lifesaving technologies, orto take it a step further - the heating and cooling of our homes, schools and businesses, or the availability to transport goods, relied on intermittent fuel sources and transportation methods.
Grid reliability has now become an increasing concern as Wyoming watches what is happening in other states, where utilities have asked residents not to use power or to conserve it at certain parts
of the day. We’ve seen this already in California, which instructed residents to conserve power, including charging electric vehicles. Which is ironic given that the sate banned the sale of all gas and diesel-powered cars by 2035, showcasing just how difficult it can be to fully achieve an energy transition. We should not be putting unreasonable requirements into law that cause electric grids to become unstable and energy bills to skyrocket—it just doesn’t make sense. We need to come up with a better phrase than an “all-of-the-above” approach to energy production in the U.S. because I think too many politicians use it but don’t practice it. When I drive across our great state, I pass drilling rigs and pump jacks, a few miles down the interstate is a wind farm that has at least doubled in size over the past year, and I’m hearing of more solar farms being planned. And whether you’re heading north on I-25 or west on I-80 (from Cheyenne), you’ll pass a few coal fired power plants.
You can like or dislike any of these energy sources but it’s hard to argue that we aren’t practicing what we’re preaching when we talk about all-of-the-above energy strategy to deliver reliable and affordable energy to rural Wyoming.SHAWN TAYLOR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
WREN: Tell us a little about your studies and interests.
JS: I study animal science where we learn about each species as well as the marketing and processing factors of them all. My interests include working with animals and learning more about how to effectively manage them as well as how to raise them to reach the highest produce YG (yield grade), meaning more money / lb. Other interests I have are track and field. I am here to compete in high jump and long jump.
WREN: How have your hometown, family and/or friends influenced you?
JS: My family has influenced me more than anyone; not to come to SDSU to study animal science and compete in track and field necessarily, but to be the best version of myself that I can be! They have influenced me to make great memories, work hard, and have fun! To make my mark. They are my true support line, and I couldn’t do any of this without them.
WREN: What are your plans for the future?
JS: My future plans are to finish college here at SDSU and see where life takes me!
Wyoming’s rural electric cooperatives are proud to support our youth, giving college scholarships and lineman scholarships.
Besides recognizing youth leadership in Wyoming, our purpose for Youth Tour is to educate young people about our nation’s history and electric cooperatives. In addition, one of the students selected for the Youth Tour will also be eligible to represent Wyoming as a member of the NRECA Youth Leadership Council (YLC).
ENERGY EFFICIENCY FOR BETTER BUILDINGS
Whether your home or business, the buildings you enter daily consist of several layers that create one building envelope, or shell. The envelope begins with the foundation in the ground and ends with the roof, and includes everything in between such as walls, windows and doors. To save energy and maintain comfort, an envelope should limit the transfer of heat in or out of the building. Improve your building envelope by applying weatherization best practices.
+ AIR SEAL CRACKS AND HOLES
Caulking and weatherstripping are cost-efficient air-sealing techniques that help maintain a comfortable temperature in your space. Air-seal gaps around windows, doors, electrical outlets, and other wall or ceiling penetrations to reduce drafts. Weatherstripping around the interior of door frames and window sashes will also limit drafts in these areas and improve the energy efficiency of your home.
+ ENSURE ADEQUATE INSULATION
One of the best ways to reduce your energy bills and increase the comfort of your home is by ensuring adequate and effective insulation in your home. The Department of Energy recommends that a home have 12 to 16 inches of attic insulation. However, not all insulation has the same effectiveness for energy efficiency, and as insulation ages that effectiveness declines. There are also several methods for insulation depending on where you live and the part of your home you are insulating (walls, crawlspace, attic, etc.) so it’s best to contact a local certified contractor. Check your local building codes for requirements.
+ RESEARCH INCOME-QUALIFED PROGRAMS
Some income-qualified programs provide air sealing and insulation, along with making sure your home is safe, if you have combustion appliances like a gas furnace or water heater. Certain programs even cover up to 80% of the median area income and provide these improvements at no cost to the homeowner and in many cases renters as well.
To learn more about rebates and incentives for electrification programs, contact your local co-op or public power district. Visit us at www.tristate.coop/BE
Tri-State is a not-for-profit power supplier to cooperatives and public power districts in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.
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The handle is made from genuine natural bone, and features decorative wood spacers and a hand-carved motif of two overlapping feathers— a reminder for you to respect and connect with the natural world. This fusion of substance and style can garner a high price tag out in the marketplace. In fact, we found full tang, stainless steel blades with bone handles in excess of $2,000. Well, that won’t cut it around here. We have mastered the hunt for the best deal, and in turn pass the spoils on to our customers. But we don’t stop there. While supplies last, we’ll include a pair of $99 8x21 power compact binoculars and a genuine leather sheath FREE when you purchase the Huntsman Blade.
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ago, Persians, Tibetans and Mayans considered turquoise a gemstone of the heavens, believing the striking blue stones were sacred pieces of sky. Today, the rarest and most valuable turquoise is found in the American Southwest–– but the future of the blue beauty is unclear.
On a recent trip to Tucson, we spoke with fourth generation turquoise traders who explained that less than five percent of turquoise mined worldwide can be set into jewelry and only about twenty mines in the Southwest supply gem-quality turquoise. Once a thriving industry, many Southwest mines have run dry and are now closed.
We found a limited supply of turquoise from Arizona and purchased it for our Sedona Turquoise Collection . Inspired by the work of those ancient craftsmen and designed to showcase the exceptional blue stone, each stabilized vibrant cabochon features a unique, one-of-a-kind matrix surrounded in Bali metalwork. You could drop over $1,200 on a turquoise pendant, or you could secure 26 carats of genuine Arizona turquoise for just $99
Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed. If you aren’t completely happy with your purchase, send it back within 30 days for a complete refund of the item price.
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In the old days, a hired hand lived in the 1920s sheep wagon—on the mountain in summer, on the feedlot in winter.
It’s breeding season, and if you were to fly at dawn over the Anderson Ranch Company’s 1,650 acres in Ten Sleep, you’d see 1,500 Rambouillet ewes and 50 Suffolk bucks getting acquainted in the hay fields, 2,000 newly weaned lambs fattening up in the ranch’s feedlot, plus a herd of Red Angus.
And if you were to mosey closer, you might catch Aaron Anderson and his wife, Sarah, in a rare quiet moment in their new ranch house before striding out into their busy days.
Aaron and his siblings and cousins grew up on this ranch. So did his dad, Jim. “I don’t know if we were raised or we just growed,” Aaron quipped.
Aaron’s grandfather, Rouse Anderson, bought the ranch’s first 200 acres in 1931. Born in Missouri, Rouse ventured to Wyoming in the 1920s as a bookkeeper for the construction company that built the original highway through Ten Sleep Canyon. He took a fancy to the local blacksmith’s daughter, Zula Arnold, and married her in 1925. They had three children before acquiring that starter acreage, and their fourth and fifth—Jim was the caboose—came along soon after. Rouse’s father, Albert, lived on the ranch, too.
What Rouse and Zula set in motion all those decades ago is a generational story of devotion—to the land, to the livestock, to the community, to family. If only they could see the great care with which Aaron and Sarah have not only continued to sustain the ranch, but to quite literally build the Anderson legacy into their new home.
Aaron and Sarah have three daughters— Bailey, 27; Madison, 23; and Kinley, 17. The girls were raised in town. Keep in mind that Ten Sleep (so named because it was “ten sleeps” from Yellowstone or Fort Laramie, take your pick) has a population of 271. “In town” is a relative term.
Still, with Bailey and Madison married to husbands with their own nearby ranches and feedlots, Aaron and Sarah decided it was time for them, Kinley and Winston— the family dachshund who self-identifies as a sheep dog—to relocate to the ranch. Not because it’s a poke from town to get there. No—the ranch’s lambing sheds are just a few blocks from the Ten Sleep post office, where Rouse served as postmaster in his later years. Nothing against the Big Horn Bar, which was their main view from the house they’d occupied for 25 years, but what Aaron and Sarah longed for was a home overlooking the ranch’s hayfields.
So they sold their home in town to friends (it’s now a vacation property and Airbnb in the heart of Ten Sleep) and hired JCS Construction to build their new five-
bedroom, three-bath dormered twostory in the spot where the old hay stackyard stood. In May 2021, the Andersons moved in.
By design, the new house instantly felt like home. Throughout, it contains bits and pieces repurposed from old structures on ranch property—some predating Rouse and Zula. Wood from a dilapidated machinery shop was used in the fireplace mantel, kitch en island, kitchen hood and master bathroom vanity. Greybull carpenter Vern Henderson crafted these features. JCS pieced together interior sliding barn doors using lumber from several vintage ranch buildings, including an outhouse and the iconic Ten Sleep red barn, which had collapsed in 2016.
The door to the laundry room came from the nearby house on Canyon Creek that Aaron grew up in. And the home’s coveredporch ceilings are clad in patinaed tin from the roof of the granary across the street.
Furniture and decorative objects in the home, too, represent the family’s history. In the foyer is Rouse’s rustic desk, where he kept books for the ranch. The rusty milk cans embossed Anderson—those are original as well, as are the table in the breakfast nook and the cowboy hat with the sweat ring hanging near the desk.
“The house has a ton of meaning to us,” said Sarah. “It’s a different kind of house. We wanted to build a home that honored all the generations and people who have lived and worked here.”PHOTOS BY BAILEY THOMAN
THE HOUSE HAS A TON OF MEANING TO USBoards from an old ranch granary bear old-fashioned cursive memorializing George Washington and Betsy Ross. A post salvaged from the ranch’s old machinery shop now graces the fireplace.
While an army of Andersons have worked the ranch over the years, today Aaron and Sarah are Anderson Ranch Company’s sole owners. Aaron is the principal rancher, though Sarah, a former special education teacher, does plenty of chores as well when she’s not running her educational software company, SPED Advantage. Kinley is raising blackfaced bucks. And the other girls and their husbands also help out, as do many others in this tightknit community. “It takes a village and a family to run this ranch,” said Sarah.
Aaron misses the long golden stretch when his father, his Uncle Gene and his cousin and best friend Kevin Anderson worked side-by-side. “It was cool to grow up working with your dad and uncle, being able to learn from them,” Aaron said. During these years, Aaron and Jim managed the livestock, and Kevin and Gene (Kevin’s father) took charge of farming the ranch’s 250 irrigated acres of hayfields. Gene and his wife, Doris, occupied the original ranch house and raised their children there, and when Kevin was grown, he and his wife, Stephanie, lived in Rouse and Zula’s former home in town.
Aaron’s father, Jim, died of heart attack while loading fat lambs in 2011. Kevin died unexpectedly in 2013, at the age of 44. Uncle Gene didn’t stop helping out at the ranch until his death a couple of years ago at the age of 93.
“Ranching doesn’t seem as simple now as it did then,” said Aaron. “Maybe it’s because it felt different when I was a kid. It’s a challenging way to make a living
in this day and age.” Still, Aaron is never happier than when his whole family is around helping him work sheep.
“We love the way of life here,” Sarah said. “I can’t imagine being anywhere else.”
It’s uncertain what will happen to Anderson Ranch Company and the new old house when Aaron and Sarah, now in their early 50s, are ready to hang up their hats. Bailey, their oldest, has two daughters of her own—Chandler, who’s 3, and Weslee, who’s 18 months—plus a son on the way. Aaron and Sarah love having their grandkids visit the ranch.
I CAN’T IMAGINE BEING ANYWHERE ELSEUsing wood from an old ranch shed, local craftsman Charley Truman built the windowsill table for the Andersons’ grandkids. Ranch patriarch Rouse Anderson kept books at this desk.
“Chandler is a whole story unto herself,” Sarah said. “She was born weighing one pound and is still a tiny little thing. But she loves to be outside and see the sheep, help me feed my horses and water the garden.”
Chandler represents the sixth generation of Andersons to steward the family ranch. “Our kids and grandkids are still pretty young,” Aaron said. “I don’t know what the future holds, but I do enjoy what I’m doing. We’ve been here for over 90 years now, and it seems a little too early to quit.” WA University of Wyoming alum, Karla Oceanak lives and writes in Fort Collins, where she raised three boys and tomatoes by the bushel. The house may be new, but generations past live on in details such as the kitchen hood trim, built of lumber salvaged from the old buildings on the ranch. PHOTOS BY BAILEY THOMAN For the Andersons, this view has meant home for six generations. Aaron Anderson holds an old photo of his dad James Anderson in the family kitchen.
I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS , BUT I DO ENJOY WHAT I’M DOING
Wyoming ranchers now raise and tend about 340,000 sheep and lambs each year, according to USDA figures, making us the fourth-highest sheep production state in the country after Texas, California and Colorado. But during World War II, Wyoming was home to nearly 4 million sheep.
The industry got its start here as early as 1847, says WyoHistory.org. It’s had its ups and downs over the decades but never gained the cachet of cattle ranching.
Aaron Anderson remembers the days when his sheep ranch was surrounded by other sheep ranches. “When I was a kid, it was nothing to have eight or 10 different outfits show up to get strays when we worked sheep,” he said. “Anymore I hardly ever get a stray, and if I do it usually comes from one other operation. I think we are becoming an endangered species.”
While drought and rising feed, transportation and labor costs are challenging the industry, American Sheep Industry Association president Susan Shultz still sees big opportunities in domestic lamb production. America raises just half the lamb consumed here.PHOTO COURTESY OF SARAH ANDERSON Jim Anderson working sheep in 1990.
Scientists Stunned After Shocking Discovery Reveals True Cause of Fatigue
For the millions of American’s suffering from fatigue there is finally hope.
A new study reveals our energy levels don’t have to decline with age.
Published by the National Institutes of Health, this peer-reviewed study caused shockwaves in the scientific community. That’s because it runs counter to everything scientists have believed about energy levels and aging for years. But the evidence is un deniable.
Researchers analyzing 142 scientific pa pers determined the key to gaining more energy with age lies inside our cells — in our mitochondria.
Mitochondria play a critical role in gen erating metabolic energy. They are respon sible for converting the food we eat into energy we can use. A paper published by the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology even called them “the gatekeepers” of cellular life and death. That’s how vital they are to the survival of human cells.
However as we age, the number of our mitochondria declines. In addition, the mitochondria become susceptible to DNA damage, decreased function, oxidative stress and even mutations. All of which results in excess fatigue, accelerated aging and poor health.
But thanks to this study, America’s No. 1 anti-aging doctor has been able to develop a new, all-natural solution that helps seniors increase the number of their mitochondria, so they can “rewind” the clock on old age.
“By taking this one compound you can quickly restore the mitochondria inside your cells,” explains Dr. Al Sears – founder and director of the world-renowned Sears Institute for Anti-Aging Medicine.
“And, once your mitochondria levels are restored, you will have so much energy that you will feel decades younger.”
Unique Discovery Restores Mitochondria
For more than 20 years, Dr. Sears has been considered America’s No.1 anti-aging pioneer. He has authored over 500 scientif ic papers and has appeared on dozens of media outlets including ABC News, CNN, Lifetime, and many more.
Now, his latest discovery — a unique mole cule that restores mitochondria inside cells — is so popular that seniors all across the country are stocking up on this new, all-nat ural energy-booster.
Users say this advanced formula, sold un
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As Karyn E. from Palm Beach, Florida says “I noticed more energy within 24 hours of taking Ultra Accel. I was thrilled to have all that extra strength and endurance. Then after a few months, I ran out... and within a week, all that extra energy disappeared. Now, I’ll never be without Ultra Accel II.”
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Scientists recently gathered a group of men and women suffering from high levels of fatigue.
Over an eight-week period they gave the subjects a daily dose of Ultra Accel II’s core compound. The results? All of the partici pants felt a significant improvement in en ergy levels. And the study reported a 100% success rate in boosting the energy levels of those suffering from fatigue.
That’s because PQQ (CoQ10’s more pow erful cousin) — the core ingredient in Ultra Accel II — is the only natural molecule that supports healthy numbers of mitochondria — the power generators inside your cells.
In one study, mice fed PQQ increased the number of mitochondria in their cells by more than 55%, in only eight weeks.
In addition to feeling more energized, users often report feeling mentally young er, with fewer “senior moments” and brain fog. That’s because the key compound has been shown to stimulate the production of NGF, which helps trigger the growth of new brain cells.
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“For too long, millions of Americans have suffered the life-ruining effects of fatigue and lethargy,” says Dr. Sears when asked about the remarkable success of Ultra Ac cel II
“Until now, there’s never been a sci ence-backed solution that actually works and guarantees real results,” continued Dr. Sears, “but with the release of Ultra Accel II that all changes and now you can unlock an endless supply of all-day energy, at any age.”
Due to the unprecedented demand and re cent media exposure, people are struggling to get their hands on this low cost, prescrip tion-free energy booster.
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If Only Dogs Could ReadBY DR. MEGAN BEAVERS
It was a typical busy Thursday when the frantic owner of a young pug named Kevin called. Kevin had been puking for most of the night. He had just refused his breakfast and went back to bed. Kevin is a puppy. That wasn’t typical behavior for a young pug. We told the owner to come in as soon as she could that morning to get to the cause to Kevin’s discomfort.
After examining Kevin, there really wasn’t anything remarkable besides being a sad puppy that was a little dehydrated. He should be snorting and making whatever sounds pugs make, while running around the exam room with his little pug butt shaking that curly tail. But he just sat and looked at us with his big sad eyes on that flat face. We moved on to bloodwork and x-rays. The bloodwork confirmed the dehydration and some changes to his electrolytes, which we would expect after a night of vomiting. Then the x-rays revealed a little clue: there was too much air in Kevin’s stomach and intestine. The owner allowed us to keep Kevin to begin some supportive treatments and perform further testing to figure out why there was so much air in the intestine.
Barium is a metal that will show up bright white on an x-ray that vets can administer by mouth in a liquid form to dogs and cats. We utilize it to highlight the transit time from mouth to exit, or a lack thereof. We started little Kevin on some intravenous fluids and gave him a barium dose. Then we waited.
Hours later Kevin had not vomited, but he still didn’t feel well either. The follow-up x-rays confirmed my suspicion as the the barium contrast did not travel far into his small intestine, most of it remained in the stomach and it was surrounding some sort of object. I called Kevin’s owner with an update. We discussed
Too bad Kevin couldn’t read; this is now one of the most expensive dog toys his mom has ever bought.
the next steps. I asked the owner if she was missing any toys, articles of clothing or non-food objects around the house. She mentioned that Kevin liked to chew on the squeakers that he pulled out of the inside of some stuffed toys, but she hadn’t given him any of those toys for months after he pooped one out.
It was decided that Kevin needed to go into surgery right away. My team went to work quickly while I got ready scrubbing. Soon enough Kevin was on the operating table and I began the search to find the culprit for his vomiting. I easily located a hard object in the middle of the small intestine (jejunum). The intestine leading up to that hard object was very red and angry as well as distended with air, and there was a visible lack of movement. The object had a sharp point that had become stuck in the intestinal wall and prevented it from traveling any further.
I cut into the bowel and gently extracted the little plastic surprise. It was a squeaker. At this point we were not really surprised to find one, since Kevin was previously guilty of eating squeakers. I closed my incision and moved on to the rest of the exploratory. His stomach was full of air. I felt around it and I could detect a hard object bouncing around inside. Once I made my incision into the stomach, I put my finger in and I felt another hard plastic piece. It was big enough that it wouldn’t be able to exit the stomach on its own, so removal was also imperative. It was another squeaker.
After extracting two plastic squeakers from Kevin, I made sure there were no other abnormalities or more foreign objects hiding. By this time the small intestine was already recovering from the ordeal. They were happy and pink, no longer distended and were showing the normal movements I wanted to see. Kevin was clear of any other offending squeakers. I closed him up and he went into recovery. He was obviously in a much better condition soon after waking up from surgery … he was wagging his little curly tail.
I called to update the owner on what I had found. The second squeaker was a bit of a surprise to both of us, along with the fact Kevin had them both floating around in his stomach for many weeks prior to even becoming sick. The ironic thing about one squeaker is that printed on one side was “choking hazard – discard me.” Too bad Kevin couldn’t read; this is now one of the most expensive dog toys his mom has ever bought. Thankfully Kevin healed up fast and was quickly back to making normal happy pug sounds. He’s closely monitored by his owner and his toy selection is sadly limited in hopes he doesn’t become a repeat offender. WDr. Megan Beavers is a veterinarian in Farson and Green River.
BY SIDE FOR ALL THE RIDES OF LIFE
“Ranching kind of stays in your blood,” Sonny Pulver’s voice was full of conviction. “I worked a lot of different jobs growing up. And then, it always comes back to you that money isn’t everything. Being happy is a whole heck of a lot more fun than being rich. So, I got back into ranching and just kind of stayed there.”BY JACKIE DOROTHY
His wife Laura – or “Lorie,” as Sonny calls her, agreed, “We were given a gift by the good Lord and we have to learn how to use it.”
The couple have cowboyed together, through storms and drought, for nearly 40 years.
“They say that the average cowboy works on a ranch approximately three years. So we made a fool out of that one!” Sonny laughed.
Sonny and Laura both come from strong ranching backgrounds and know firsthand the risk of making a living as a cowboy. As a child, Sonny’s parents owned a 10,000-acre spread, but they lost their ranch in a drought in the late ‘50s, when he was in third grade.
“There was just no grass, no water,” Sonny said matter-of-factly. “The best thing you can do is sell off a few head of cows and hope the dickens you got enough hay to get through the drought.”
His family finally decided that, rather than lose everything, they would sell out and move into town. “That didn’t work,” Sonny said ruefully, “because moving into town ended up in a divorce. So, that was rough.”
Laura’s family also lost their large ranch – but not in a drought. “My dad’s side of the family, the Moles, had a big ranch up on Lodgepole Creek, Iron Mountain side,” she explained. “My granddad was kind of a shady character, and he gambled
away that ranch. He ended up in a poker game and traded that really nice ranch up on the mountain for the bottoms in Rock River.”
Shortly afterwards, her grandmother was killed by lightening while tending her flock of sheep. Her husband had to raise their seven children alone. He sold the ranch after his boys left home to fight in World War II and the girls started families of their own.
Laura’s parents established another ranch on Pole Creek but sold it to move to Oregon when she was young. As soon as she was old enough, Laura moved back to Wyoming, the open ranges calling her back home. It was while working for the highway department in Ten Sleep that she found out a friend she hadn’t seen in 10 years was working at the ranch next door.
“Mom never was one to just stand around and let things happen,” their youngest son Dusty said with pride. “She makes it happen.”
Laura called Sonny and the two have been inseparable ever since, working side by side in all types of conditions.
“We live by four seasons - feeding, haying, calving and branding,” Laura explained. She had to set one boss straight when he stubbornly insisted on setting dates based on the calendar instead of the weather.
“Sometimes we’d be riding west underneath I-25 and thick snow would be on our dusters, just blowing right in our face,” Sonny said, “Some of our neighbors would go by and say, ‘There’s them damn fools again.’ But finally, our boss changed his ways a little bit because my wife froze to the saddle!”
Laura had literally frozen to the saddle in the extreme temperatures, and once she was free, she gave an ultimatum: If he didn’t start picking days that were at least bearable, she was quitting.
“All the cowboys said, ‘and if she ain’t going, we’re not going either,’” Sonny said with a laugh.
A few years later, while visiting their son in Missouri, a phone call changed their lives.
The news was devastating. Sonny Pulver had late-stage cancer. This cowboy, who had braved too many storms to count, was now in for the fight of his life. His family rallied around him and his former employers, the Ludviks, were there as well.
“They found out that I had cancer,” Sonny said, humbled by their love.Sonny Pulver on the ranch. Laura with a calf.
It’s not a glamorous life, but you have to love what you’re doing. And that’s why we stay here. We love what we do. Good, bad or indifferent. It’s still the best life you could have.
“They got ahold of me and said, ‘You guys need to come back home so we can take care of you.’”
Laura and Sonny returned to the Key Bar Ranch in Glendo and made daily trips to Cheyenne for treatments.
“I’d come back and lay down on the couch out in the shop for only an hour, just to kick back for a little bit,” Sonny said. “And then I’d get to work. Hell, they put me on the payroll. Even though all I worked was just a few hours in the afternoon.”
After winning his battle with cancer, Sonny and Laura bought a trailer and started “goofing” off in Arizona. Retirement didn’t last long.
The Ludviks called, asking them to come back. They had too much work and needed their top hands back in the saddle.
Both Laura and Sonny are in semiretirement, working as caretakers for the Key Bar Ranch, which now specializes in growing alfalfa rather than huge herds. The Pulvers watch over a hobby herd of 30 cattle and do the work that needs to be done around the ranch to keep it running.
Dusty explained that his parents’ can-do attitude was why he and all his siblings nominated their parents for the Cowboy Hall of Fame. “In my mind, they sat right up there with every other
great cowboy in the state of Wyoming that made this state the Cowboy State. They both needed to be nominated together because Mom has done just as much work as most any men that I’ve ever known.”
Sonny summed it up for the entire family, “It’s not a glamorous life, but you have to love what you’re doing. And that’s why we stay here. We love what we do. Good, bad or indifferent. It’s still the best life you could have.” WJackie Dorothy is a freelance writer, historian and owns a marketing agency in Thermopolis.
TONI’S CORNBREAD STUFFING
1 RECIPE OF DAY-OLD CORNBREAD, CRUMBLED AND DRIED
1 LB. ITALIAN SAUSAGE
Put bread slices in a food processor and process into breadcrumbs, set aside in a large bowl. Put celery and onion in food processor and process until in small pieces. Put butter in a medium saucepan, add celery and onion, cook on medium heat until butter is melted. Add this to the breadcrumbs in the bowl and mix well. Then add the Jimmy Dean Sausage and mix well. I use my hands for this part.
This stuffing can be used to stuff a turkey, chicken breast or pork chops. My husband’s favorite!!NANCY DENK RIVERTON
Mix all ingredients together and bake in a 9x13 baking dish at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Great as a side for Thanksgiving!JENNIFER ROBERTS CUBA,
2 CARROTS, COARSELY SHREDDED
1/2 CUP FINELY CHOPPED CELERY
1/2 CUP ONION, DICED
1 CUP FRESH MUSHROOMS, SLICED
1 RED PEPPER, DICED
1/4 CUP BUTTER
ABOUT 2 CUPS CHICKEN BROTH (CAN BE MADE WITH BOUILLON)
1 TSP POULTRY SEASONING 1/2 TSP GARLIC
1/2 TSP LEMON PEPPER
Sauté sausage until well cooked. DO NOT DRAIN! Stir in butter and vegetables, cook until limp. Add broth, cornbread crumbs and seasonings. Blend gently until mixed and put in casserole dish. Cover and bake in oven for about 15 minutes.
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The Past is Old Cidney Hale, LaGrange
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Red Rails in the Sunset Dorothy Fuller, Newcastle
Through the Fields Kellie Berdon, Moorcroft
Trains of Electricity Rob McIntosh, Torrington
Arms Up…No Trains Today Kellie Berdon, Moorcroft
Ribbons of Steel Patti Olson, Shoshoni
Deuce Caboose Andrew O’Connor, Yoder
Eastbound & Down Kellie Berdon, Moorcroft
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19th Annual Christmas in Centennial Holiday Market Arts and Crafts Fair: 9a-3:30p. Centennial School. Free. Join us in this annual holiday shopping tradition, mingle with the artists, and support your local community in this festive day on the mountainside. Pick up a Wyoming made gift or stocking stuffer from a selection of local vendors. Info Allison@SenecaCreekStudios.com.
Christmas in Centennial Back Room Book Sale: 9a-5p. Centennial Valley Branch Library. Info 307-745-8393.
Nici Self Historical Museum: Museum grounds and exhibits open Thu-Mon 12-4p. Free. Info niciselfmuseum.com.
Acoustic Jam Session: Stampede Saloon & Eatery music venue open for jam session. Info 307-422-3200, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Museum and Gift Shop: Open daily 8:30a-4:30p. 405 Lincoln Highway. Info 307-379-2383.
Pheasant Season Dinner: Fundraiser for Yoder Women’s Club. Coffee and homemade pie 8a, lunch served 11a. Menu Saturday includes cheeseburgers and chili; Sunday chicken and noodles, real mashed potatoes. Yoder Community Building, info 307-534-5673.
Bluegrass Jam Session: 6:30p, Occidental Saloon, free. Info 307-684-0451.
Christmas Crafts Family Day: Campbell County Rockpile Museum. Free, but space is limited to 60 children and reservations are required. Registration opens Nov. 29. Children ages 3-12 years are invited to attend with a parent or grandparent to create holiday projects just in time for Christmas. Info 307-682-5723, rockpilemuseum.com.
ROCK SPRINGS | DECEMBER 3
The Annual Lighted Holiday Parade is brought to you by the Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce. This annual community tradition is a local favorite. The parade starts at the corner of Corner of C Street and Broadway and runs through downtown Rock Springs.
Floats are $35 for members and $50 for non-members.
Info 307-362-3771, email@example.com bit.ly/lighted-holiday-parade
Live Music: Stampede Saloon & Eatery music venue open for Thursday night jam session and weekend performances. Info 307-422-3200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elk Mountain Museum: Free. Open year-round by appt. Info 307-3487037, ElkMountainMuseum.com.
Grand Encampment Museum: Main Gallery and GEM store open Tue-Sat 10a-4p. Info 307-327-5308. SOUTHWEST
Visit Santa at the Museum: 11:30a-1p. Campbell County Rockpile Museum. Santa Claus is returning to the museum. All are welcome to stop by for refreshments and a visit with Santa. No admission fee or reservations are required. Parents, bring your cameras! Info 307-682-5723, rockpilemuseum.com.
Ava Community Art Center: Info 307-682-9133, avacenter.org.
Hulett Museum and Art Gallery: 8a-4p Mon-Fri, free. Info 307-467-5292.
Senior Center Events: 145 Main Street. Carry-in dinner 12:30p third Sun. Rolls and coffee 9a Thu. Info 307-467-5743.
West Texas Trail Museum: Now open year-round 9a-5p, Mon-Fri. Info 307-756-9300.
Senior Center Events: Coffee and rolls 9a Wed, toenail clinic 9a fourth Thu, dinner 6p fourth Thu. Info 307-756-9550.
Bingo: 7:30p, VFW Hall, free.
SECOND & FOURTH WEDNESDAYS
Gigi’s Closet: 9a-1:30p, First United Methodist Church. Gently loved clothing available for babies to adults. Info 307-746-4119.
Storytime: 10:30a. Crook County Public Library. Info Tonia 307-283-1008.
FIRST & THIRD WEDNESDAYS
Bingo at Upton Senior Center: 6:30p, $10 for 10 cards. Info 307-468-9262.
Senior Center Activities: 1113 2nd St. Lunch is served at noon Mon-Fri, $4, call for reservation before 9a. at 307-468-2422 or 712-400-9056. Coffee and treats at 9a. on Tues. Exercise program at 9a. every Tue. and Fri. Card elimination and potluck every third Mon at 5:30p. Ask about medical equipment loans. Info 307-468-9262.
Farmer’s Market: 4-6p, Nostalgia Bistro. Featuring local produce, baked goods and bread, dairy products, jams and jellies, herbs and salves. Info 307-455-2027.
Story Time: 11:30a. Dubois Branch Library, 202 N First St. Free. Stretches, story, songs, crafts, and fun! Ages birth-5 years. Info 307-455-2992.
Greybull Ladies Coffee: Greybull Library. Info 307-765-2100.
Cody Country Art League Gallery: 9a-5p Mon-Sat, 836 Sheridan Ave. Info 307-587-3597.
Dubois Museum Open House: 10a-1p. Free. Newly acquired artifacts are a part of must-see new exhibits. Refreshments provided by Friends of the Dubois Museum. Gift shop items are 15% off. Info 307-455-2284.
First Friday: New artist and local musician each month. Art show reception 5p, music 6p. Middle Fork Restaurant. Info 307-335-5035, facebook.com/ MiddleForkCafe.
Christmas Open House: 10a-4p. Come by and enjoy the museum with some hot cocoa, Christmas snacks, and discounts in the museum gift store. Enjoy crafts, Christmas exhibits and decoration, and a 15% discount at the gift shop! Hot chocolate and popcorn will be available with a donation. Info 307-856-2665.
Santa’s Workshop: 2-4p. The Riverton Museum presents a Bailey Tire/Pit Stop Children’s Exploration Series program. Get ready for the holidays and make your own classic toy with the staff of the museum. We provide all the materials! You just need to bring your creativity. This handson children’s activity focuses on creating home built classic toys that kids can take home. We will have kits available ranging in cost
from $2-$10. Kits will be available for purchase and assembly while supplies last until Christmas. Info 307-856-2665.
Acoustic Music Jam: 6:30-8:30p, Holiday Inn Convention Center, free. Join in or listen as musicians and dancers perform. Info 307-856-8100.
PreK Tales & Tunes: 10:30a. Riverton Branch Library. Ages 3-5. Free. Info 307-856-3556.
Starlight Storytime: 5:30p. Riverton Branch Library. Ages birth5. Free. Info 307-856-3556.
Toddler Move & Groove: 10:30a. Riverton Branch Library. Ages birth-2. Free. Info 307-856-3556.
Farmer’s Market: 9-11a, Little Wind Center at the Fremont County Fairgrounds. Info 307-851-7562.
Library Activities: PreK Tales & Tunes Wed 10:30a; Starlight Storytime for birth-5 Wed 5:30p; Toddler Move & Groove birth-2 Thu 10:30a; LEGO Club grade 2-5 Thu 4-5p. Info 307-856-3556, fclsonline.org.
MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS
Meeteetse Recreation District: 10:30a yoga. Info 307-899-2698, meetrec.org.
Toddler Storytime: After school for kids grades 1 and up, Meeteetse Library. Legos, board games, crafts and more. Any kid not in school. Stories songs, games, crafts and more.
Great Until 8!: This event showcases the businesses who are staying open until 8p or later in town. Shoppers have an opportunity to win a $100 gift certificate by entering a drawing. They can bring their receipts from the participating businesses, with the date and time of purchase on them, to Discover Thermopolis at 541 Broadway by 8:15p. The $100 gift certificate will be valid at the business with the winning receipt. Info 917-589-7852, email@example.com.
Soup & Cookie Fair: 11a. Washakie Museum. Homemade soups, breads, cookies; holiday music; gift shop sales. $8 for bottomless bowl of soup, $8/lb for cookies. Info 307-347-4102, washakiemuseum.org.
Storytime: 11a, Lyman Branch Library, all ages are welcome, free. Info 307-787-6556, uintalibrary.org.
Cub Scout Pack 7798 Meeting: 3:45p, Presbyterian Church on 3rd Street. We are always accepting new boys who are in 1st to 5th grades. Info MarNae at 307-677-2566.
Storytime: 11a, Uinta County Library. Info 307-782-3161.
Community Classes: Fitness, computer, workforce and kids’ classes are available. Valley Learning Center, times and prices vary. Info 307-782-6401, valleylearningcenter. coursestorm.com.
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New & Used Coal Stokers, parts, service and advice. Available for most makes. Thanks. 307-754-3757.
Shaver Outdoor Wood Boiler Furnace. Aermotor Windmills and parts, cylinders, pipe, rod, submersible pumps, motors, control boxes, Hastings 12 ga. bottomless stock tanks and more. In business for more than 76 years. Herren Bros., Box 187, Harrison NE. 1-308-668-2582.
Soon Church/Government uniting, suppressing “Religious Liberty” enforcing “National Sunday Law.” Be Informed! Needing Mailing address. TSBM, PO Box 374, Ellijay, GA 30540, thebiblesaystruth@yahoo. com, 1-888-211-1715.
Wanted CJ or Wrangler reasonably priced. Any condition but rusted. 512-797-1664.
Antique Collector Looking For Oil Company Gas Pumps, Globes And Signs. Will pay fair market value! Also looking for general antiques for our antique shop. Please go to our website FrontierAutoMuseum. com. Located in Gillette WY, our passion is to preserve Wyoming history and the nostalgia of the past, especially Parco, Sinclair, Frontier, Husky and any car dealership along with all brands. We are also always looking for WY license plates and WY highway signs and State Park signs. Please call Jeff Wandler 307-680-8647 firstname.lastname@example.org or daughter Briana Brewer 307-6602402 email@example.com.
We Pay Cash For Mineral & Oil/Gas Interests producing & nonproducing. 800-733-8122.
Want to purchase minerals & other oil/gas interests. Send details to: PO Box 13557, Denver, CO 80201.
June 2, 1899 Spring 1916
1878 June 2, 1899 Spring 1916
GANG / MONIKER / OUTLAW(S):
George Currie aka Big Nose George aka George Parrott aka Flat Nose Dutch Charley Burris
GANG / MONIKER / OUTLAW(S):
Wild Bunch Gang William Carver aka News Ben Kilpatrick, aka Tall Texan Harvey Logan, aka Kid Curry Harry A. Longabaugh, aka Sundance Kid Robert LeRoy Parker* aka Butch Cassidy Lonnie Logan
GANG / MONIKER / OUTLAW(S): Bill Carlisle aka White Masked Bandit
*There is no official confirmation that Butch Cassidy colluded in the Wilcox robbery as no one specifically named him at the time.
G R A T I TBY GAYLE M. IRWIN
I look out the windows of my house and see beautiful songbirds. I turn on the tap inside and fill my water glass. I walk to the basement and start the washing machine. I step outside, turn on the outdoor spicket, and water sprinkles upon my lawn and garden. I start the engine of the Toyota sedan sitting in my driveway. I drive to the grocery and either enter to buy food or pull into a parking spot to have a store employee bring my online order to my car.
Fresh water, easy to obtain – for me. Millions of people around the world have no such “luxury.” A vehicle – many others don’t have a working car and some still travel on foot or by animal. Fresh vegetables from the garden and stores stocked – even minimally – with groceries, when millions of men, women and children around the world possess little to no food … or the access is difficult, even for growing their own (drought, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.). Internet availability – even in the U.S., many rural areas have spotty – or no – service. Cell phones, electricity –nonexistent in many parts of the world.PHOTOS BY GAYLE IRWIN Tom turkey on street. Jeremiah the dog play posing on the deck.
How many times do I turn on the tap, drive my car, travel to the grocery store, order pet food and groceries online, take a photo with my smartphone, or do any number of other things without a thought? I’m guilty of taking these, and much more, for granted. I grumble at the water bill, become irritated with other drivers, and whine when the store runs out of items I wanted to buy. I’m guilty of being ungrateful, especially for what many of us call “the little things.”
I recently began correcting that often unconscious behavior. Daily, after I pour my morning coffee I sit on the couch with my two dogs, and I purposely think of three things for
which I’m grateful. I know I could name more than three, and sometimes do, but I wanted to start small. Many days are quite busy between family obligations, work duties, pets to care for, a house to clean, writing projects to complete, etc. To think of three “I’m grateful fors” takes minimal time and reciting those three-plus things aloud starts my day on a positive path. I find myself smiling more at people I meet, saying “thank you” to that grocery clerk, wishing the person at the restaurant drivethru “a very nice day,” and other pleasant words and actions to perhaps give another human being the opportunity to consider things they are grateful for – the person (me) who smiled, was courteous, kind, respectful, considerate.
We’ve arrived at the month of gratitude. November for Americans is a time of thankfulness. My resolution a few months ago to be grateful for three things every day increased this month to six: three in the morning while drinking my coffee, and three in the evening before I fall asleep.
These are not difficult to think about and express.
share life with loyal, loveable pets … and have been throughout my life. I live in a comfortable house on a quiet street, and there is heat in our home as winter arrives. Thinking of six things for which to be grateful for each day is not hard. Practicing that attitude of gratitude provides a perspective-changing life and opportunity to positively impact others.
I sponsor children in various countries through an international relief organization. One lives in Ethiopia where war and drought and lack of medical care kill people daily. My small monthly contribution seems miniscule for what she, her family and fellow Ethiopians face every minute of every day. However, for that one girl, that one family, that one village, the monthly support brings medicine, water, food, education and spiritual nourishment – often a difference between life and death.
I live in a beautiful state with nature all around, oftentimes in my front and back yards. This year’s autumn painted colorful scenes in my neighborhood as well as upon the mountains and prairies. Both of my parents are still living. My book authorship and freelance writing work continues to grow. I’m about to retire from my part-time day-job to continue that growth. I help animal rescue organizations and other causes I believe in. My husband is kind and supportive. I’m blessed to
I turn on the tap and get clean water. I drive a nice, gently used car. I travel to the grocery store which has items to choose from for purchase. Red and orange tomatoes, green beans, yellow squash and crispy leaf lettuce from the garden filled my refrigerator earlier this year. I have a cell phone and computer, and internet access is reliable. I can walk to a health clinic or drive to the hospital. No bombs or machine guns go off in my neighborhood. I own a home and have a lovely space where I write. Several book signings are scheduled before Christmas. I’ve published new books this year and helped a friend publish her first one. Amazing people in my life encourage me, laugh with me, and give me a shoulder to cry on when needed.
My “I’m thankful for…” list is full, and my gratitude cup runneth over. I hope yours does too, as you stop to ponder those things for which you’re grateful.
Happy and blessed Thanksgiving! W