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WYOMING WEEKENDS The WREN Magazine, Wyoming Rural Electric News, volume 63, number 6, July 2017 (ISSN 1098-2876) is published monthly except for January for $12 per year by Linden Press, Inc., 2710 Thomes Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82001. Periodicals postage paid at Cheyenne, WY (original entry office) and at additional mailing offices. Postmaster – Send address changes to: The WREN Magazine, Wyoming Rural Electric News, c/o Linden Press, Inc., 223 S. Howes St., Fort Collins, CO 80521, (970) 221-3232. Include 3-digit co-op code. WREN Magazine is owned and controlled by rural electric cooperatives in the interest of the economic progress of rural areas specifically and the entire population of Wyoming and the nation generally. WREN Magazine has a total average monthly paid circulation of 40,006 for 11 months ending in May 2017. WREN Magazine is delivered to rural electric member/consumers and other subscribers throughout the entire state of Wyoming and the nation.
Glendo State Park
Saving Wyoming’s Architectural Treasure for Future Generations RACHEL GIRT
Southern Lady Creates Stories in Wyoming’s Black Hills: Andi Hummel
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I went to the Lincoln Memorial and read the Gettysburg address and Lincoln’s second inaugural address, with the inspiring words…
SHAWN TAYLOR execu t ive d irec to r
“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan — to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace
A SUGGESTION FOR CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT…AND THE MEDIA… AND THE CITIZENS OF THE U.S.
promise I’m keeping to my resolution of staying positive
and not getting political—or at least not too political—and this column is simply what the title says: a suggestion. It’s a suggestion that could have been made during the Obama and Bush administrations, and probably even further back, but it just came to me a couple of months ago. In March, I, along with thousands of cooperative directors, managers and employees, were in Washington D.C. to visit our elected officials and representatives from several federal agencies. The purpose of the trip is to remind folks in the Beltway what’s happening in rural America and the important role the cooperatives play in the success of America. This was all well and good and I appreciate those folks from Wyoming who made the trip out with me. But during some free time I decided to play tourist and visit some of the monuments and memorials that I hadn’t been to in a while, or in one case at all.
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among ourselves and with all nations.” He talked about healing the nation that had been divided by a civil war and slavery (not petty politics). Then I stood where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and I looked across the reflecting pool to the World War II, Vietnam, and Korean War memorials, with the United States Capitol off in the distance. It's truly an awe-inspiring view. Next I was off to Dr. King’s memorial. This is a newer installation that I hadn’t been to before. Like the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King’s inspiring words are spread throughout the beautiful memorial. Quotes such as: “We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice” and “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stand in moments of convenience and comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and
controversy.” Again like Lincoln, Dr. King was trying to heal a nation divided by color (not by political party). “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” is a quote that comes from one of the more impressive memorials, in my opinion: the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. It’s impressive because of the size — I assume to reflect the length of his presidency — but like the other memorials I find it impressive because of the words and feelings it inspires. “We have faith that future generations will know that here, in the middle of the twentieth century, there came a time when men of good will found a way to unite, and produce, and fight to destroy the forces of ignorance, and intolerance, and slavery, and war.” And one of my favorite quotes: “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.” FDR was not only trying to heal a nation reeling from the Great Depression, but a world divided by war. My suggestion to Congress and the President is that this August when Congress is not in session, they should all stay in D.C. and go visit these memorials and monuments to read the words of these inspiring leaders. Maybe then they can come back to work with a new sense of patriotism and respect for not only the positions they hold but for the people who sent them there.
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Great Turnout at Niobrara Despite Bad Weather
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NRECA Calls for Nominations The Wyoming Rural Electric Association (WREA) Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for candidates to represent Wyoming on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Region VII standing committees.
espite a late-spring snowstorm, Niobrara Electric Association, Inc. had no problem making a quorum at their 71st Annual Meeting in Torrington
on May 18. Hickory Creek Catering provided the dinner. All three districts had directors up for election this year in Districts 1-3, respectively: President John Hester, Vice President Joel D. Wasserburger and William Wilson. None were challenged and all three were re-elected to serve another 3-year term. Several scholarship recipients were in attendance and received certificates
Region VII members have two representatives on each of three committees: Regulations; Legislative; and Cooperative Management & Employee Issues. Wyoming will be accepting nominations for one seat on the Cooperative Management & Employee Issues Committee.
and each spoke briefly about their future plans. The meeting ended with door prizes as no other issues were brought up for voting this year.
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Committees generally meet once per year, and members are paid a per diem and reimbursed for all travel expenses. Board members will vote on the nominated committee members at the annual NRECA Wyoming Membership Meeting on September 14. Members and employees from any Wyoming co-op except Lower Valley are eligible (Lower Valley belongs to Region IX).
Those interested in serving or nominating someone should submit names in writing to: Nominating Committee, WREA, 2312 Carey Ave., Cheyenne, WY 82001. Include the name of the nominee along with his or her mailing address and phone number. Please mail nominations by August 15.
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omeone will spend six weeks exploring Wyoming’s rugged
landscape in a mobile 265-foot tiny house, designed by Casper native Shawn Rivett.
The tiny house and its selected adventurer will spend time in each of the four destinations, where he or she will be able to explore the area and experience its offerings and activities.
As part of the “Call of the WY” promotion this summer, the Wyoming Office of Tourism (WOT) has partnered with four Wyoming destinations—Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, Wind River Country, Visit Pinedale and Sweetwater County Travel & Tourism—to be the home base for the tiny house and selected adventurer this summer. “While Wyoming has so much to offer across our nearly 98,000 square miles, we’re thrilled to be working with these four in-state partners,” said Kristin Phipps, brand integration senior manager at Wyoming Office of Tourism. 8
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“As we continue to reinforce Wyoming’s brand to a national audience, we wanted to be sure that the destinations we worked with on this promotion are close to iconic and nationally recognized landscapes and we’re pleased to be collaborating with such great partners.” The tiny house and its selected adventurer will spend time in each of the four destinations, where he or she will be able to explore the area and experience its offerings and activities. The six-week promotion will kick off in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/
Yellowstone Country on July 2 and conclude in Sweetwater County on August 13. Part of the larger “That’s WY” campaign for the Wyoming Office of Tourism, the “Call of the WY” promotion included a casting call that invited interested adventurers to tell WOT about themselves and why they would like to spend six weeks under Wyoming’s big blue skies as they explore the state’s wide-open spaces.
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WHERE IN WYOMING? This red Pegasus spreads its wings in front of an auto museum, which opened in January 2016.
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JUNE'S ANSWER: This is the last remaining bar in Shoshoni, which was founded in 1905 as a railroad stop. In 1907, a devastating fire destroyed most of the townâ€™s structures. Photo by Maggie Budd
LANDER, Wyo., July 3.â€”United States Commissioner John J. Spriggs held court under the shade of the trees of the court house lawn with a group of Indian witnesses to inquire into the case of Willie Allen, the noted Shoshone rider, charged with the manufacture and sale of moonshine on the Shoshone reservation. Allen offered to plead guilty to the charge and take all the punishment upon himself, but the hearing brought out the fact that Marshall Washakie has escaped to Montana and Surrell agreed to turn state's evidence. It is thought likely that Washakie will be apprehended and brought back for a hearing. Allen claimed to have gotten the recipe and still from R. L. Evans who formerly ran the hotel at Fort Washakie. Surrell was sent out to bring in the still by the commissioner, but it is thought to have been hidden by Washakie before he took his departure for other hunting grounds. Allen was remanded to jail and probably will be held there until the meeting of the federal grand jury at Cheyenne this fall.
One Indian Is Bound Over But Washakie Is Among Those Missing
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Long-time Farm and Ranch Families Sought for Honor WYOMING STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE Applications are being accepted for Centennial Farm and Ranch honorees, a program that recognizes farm and ranch families that have owned and operated the same agricultural property for 100 years or more. The deadline to apply is July 17. The Centennial Farm and Ranch program was re-established in 2006. Partners in the program are the Wyoming Stock Growers, the Wyoming Wool Growers, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, the Wyoming Rural Electric Association, the Wyoming Business Council, and the Wyoming Livestock Roundup. A formal ceremony will take place at the Wyoming State Fair in Douglas on August 19. Wyoming’s ranch and farmlands are disappearing at an alarming rate. Farmers and ranchers have withstood drought, economic downturns, development pressure, and other manmade and natural threats to their land and yet they have managed to preserve these important pieces of Wyoming’s agricultural heritage. These ranches and farms are not just history, but remain vital today and highlight the importance of agriculture to Wyoming.
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Kids and Families Encouraged to Get Outside WY OUTSIDE
re you ready to get outside? The WY Outside Challenge is
For more information about WY Outside contact Ashley Rooney
underway! It’s time to show your
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outdoor enthusiasm with the WY
Outside Challenge, a fun-filled, yearlong event that encourages youths and families to explore the
snowshoeing and climbing a tree.
Points are awarded for each activity
For the second year in a row,
own score, taking a photo of each
this hands-on, outdoor program provides participants with an opportunity to complete a wide variety of outdoor activities throughout 2017, then document and submit their accomplishments with photos.
and participants keep track of their completed challenge. All entries for the 2017 Challenge are due by December 31, 2017. All printed photos and scorecards should be submitted to the WY Outside Administrative Coordinator. Every participant who
To participate in the 2017 WY
obtains 200 points will receive a
Outside Challenge, Wyoming
certificate proclaiming them a
youths and families can visit
“WY Outside Challenge Master,”
wyoutside.com and download the
signed by Governor Matt Mead
official scorecard. The scorecard
and Superintendent of Public
contains WY Outside Challenge
Instruction, Jillian Balow. They will
activities such as hiking, camping
then be entered in a drawing to
in a yurt, sleeping out under
receive additional outdoor-themed
the stars, catching a fish, going
State Parks Photo Contest Open WYOMING STATE PARKS, HISTORIC SITES AND TRAILS
Photographs must be submitted via email to email@example.com in JPEG format, and must be at least 300 dpi (2
WYde Open Spaces, a photo contest with prizes such as annual parks passes, outdoor gear and cameras, opened June 1. Sponsored by the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails, the yearlong contest features three categories:
MB or greater), but not larger than 25 MB. Each photographer may enter up to 10 photos in total.
1. NATURE: the beauty of nature in State Parks 2. HISTORY: the rich history of Historic Sites 3. PEOPLE: the joy of people at State Parks and Historic Sites. Entries will be judged on creativity, aesthetic appeal, artistic quality, and whether the image exhibits the beauty and wonder of Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails. Winners will be announced March 1, 2018. For more information, visit wyoparks.org/ photocontest or call 777-6323.
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GLENDO STATE PARK
AMENITIES Boat Dock/Ramp Campsites Beach Fishing Swimming Hiking Trails Mountain Biking
LOOKING FOR A QUICK GETAWAY?
Why travel across the country when there are so many great things to see and do right here in Wyoming? This year, we'll take a look at Wyoming's State Parks. Give them a visit and enjoy everything our great state has to offer.
THIS MONTH? SPEND A FEW DAYS BOATING IN GLENDO STATE PARK.
lendo State Park is the perfect place to stay
and play for any water sport enthusiast. Most of the large campgrounds have access to the reservoir’s shoreline, and boat ramps also are available. Since 2010, Glendo has established over 45 miles of diverse non-motorized trail for hikers and mountain bikers, wildlife
Glendo State Park is one of southern Wyoming’s most popular boating parks. The park surrounds Glendo Reservoir on the North Platte River and offers visitors waterskiing, swimming, fishing, and other water-based activities. The fishing is so good, in fact, that anglers have caught state record fish here, including White Crappie and Quillback Suckers.
and nature watchers, with views of Glendo Reservoir and Laramie Peak, the highest and most prominent peak of the nearby Laramie Range. An additional 15 miles of trails will be completed over the next five years. 14
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It’s a good idea to make a reservation at Glendo State Park if you’re planning to camp over a holiday weekend. Two Moon is the largest and most popular camping area. Located on a bluff overlooking the water, it has pine trees for shade and wind protection. Most of the sites are level and there is a paved road through the area.
The Sandy Beach camping area has approximately two miles of beach for swimming, waterskiing, and kayaking. There are a limited number of sites available for reservation on the beach, with more recently built away from the shoreline. This area of the park has room for hundreds of visitors to stay and play.
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DID YOU KNOW? Wyoming and Nebraska tangled over rights to the North Platte River as early as the 1880s, occasionally ending up in the U.S. Supreme Court. It took 11 years to resolve one lawsuit, the Court ultimately ruling that Wyoming was entitled to 25 percent of the river. Operating under this decree, the Glendo Reservoir was authorized in 1944.
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architectural treasure for future generations PHOTOS AND STORY BY RACHEL GIRT
he first comprehensive
expansion of the central utility
renovation in the Wyoming
plant; the remodel and expansion of
Capitol's 129-year history is
the tunnel that connects the Capitol
fixing critical safety issues,
to the Herschler Building; and the
replacing outdated, failing systems
rehabilitation and expansion of the
and almost doubling the building’s
public meeting spaces.
The Legislature saved more than
Improving safety issues To make the building safe for future generations, the Capitol is undergoing a much-needed comprehensive repair. The Capitol has very few smoke detectors and no smoke evacuation
“The time to do this project is
$100 million before authorizing the
now as the Capitol had real safety
or fire suppression systems. Fire
project in 2014. The major project
and smoke could spread quickly
components, total approximately
throughout the building, because
$219 million of the $299 million
there are no reliable smoke and fire
budget for the project. The other
partitions to separate one space
$80 million has been allocated to
from the other. In a fire, occupants
furnishings, equipment, design
would have less than five minutes
The Capitol Square Project is
services, a contingency fund to
to evacuate the building safely, and
comprised of four interrelated
address unanticipated needs
many parts of the building and
components: the rehabilitation
for the project, and temporary
the site are not compliant with
and restoration of the Capitol;
space for offices relocated due to
standards set by the Americans
replacement, relocation, and
with Disabilities Act (ADA).
issues,” said House Speaker Steve Harshman, who serves on the Capitol Rehabilitation and Restoration Oversight Group (Oversight Group).
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Photo by Cara Eastwood Baldwin
Follow the construction progress and see behind-the-scenes photos on social media.
Although the Capitol and its grounds are closed to the public during the restoration, taking a sidewalk tour around the Capitol is a way to appreciate the detail in the architecture. You can visit the Capitol exhibit at the Wyoming State Museum
to learn more about the building's significance to our nation’s history, as well the architectural and design elements. The
museum, located at 2301 Central Avenue, just a short walk from the Capitol, is open 9 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through
Saturday and admission is free.
Learn more and sign up for project updates at www.wyomingcapitolsquare.com.
The damaged external entablature, made of sheet metal, is being replaced and a structurally sound steel system will secure it to the building. The repaired stone appears lighter in color but will match the rest of the sandstone as it weathers with time. The new entablature is also shown in this picture above the stone. The building’s plumbing and steam systems are badly corroded. Water and sewer pipes suffer frequent leaks causing substantial damage. The removal of the dropped ceilings has uncovered hidden archways, coffered ceilings, historic paint, and decorative columns. The invasive infrastructure work necessary to repair the building allows for the restoration of many of these elements.
The entire electrical system in
in some areas while in other places
issues. The existing elevators will be
the Capitol is obsolete, considered
water has infiltrated the building
replaced with larger versions and
hazardous. The building’s plumbing
through cracks. To fix this, the entire
relocated out of the monumental
and steam systems are badly
entablature, except for decorative
corridors. The internal staircases in
corroded with frequent leaks that
elements, will be replaced.
the House and Senate Chambers
cause substantial damage. The existing heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system frequently fails. While the exterior sandstone is generally sound, some stones are damaged and loose, even to the point of falling off the building. To maintain the Capitol’s historic look and stay cost–effective, the project will only replace stone for life safety issues and water management.
will extend to the garden level,
Repairing the Capitol
providing a second means of egress in an emergency. Restrooms will be
As part of the Capitol’s
located on every floor on both the
rehabilitation, all mechanical,
east and west sides of the building.
electrical, and plumbing (MEP)
Prior to the renovation, the main
systems will be reorganized in
public restrooms were on the
vertical chases from the garden
level through the attic, removing the unnecessary piping and ductwork and allowing for more efficient systems.
The addition of new MEP systems, the replacement of elevators, and the increase in restrooms have consumed more space in the
Peeling paint on the metal
Two new elevators and interior
Capitol, requiring the relocation
entablature has caused corrosion
staircases will help address egress
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previously housed there. The
Bebout, who is the co-chairman of
altered during previous renovation
Herschler Building, due to its
the Oversight Group, along with
proximity to the Capitol, is being
Governor Matt Mead.
renovated and expanded to accommodate these displaced office needs. The Capitol Extension also will be expanded to create meeting rooms and other public service spaces like eventually a Student Learning Center.
“Visitors will see more of the
When complete, the Capitol will
original grandeur of this beautiful
have four public meeting rooms,
building than has been seen for over
including two new rooms on the
a hundred years,” said Tony Ross, a
first floor that each will seat 45
former President of the Wyoming
people, an existing third-floor meeting room that seats 45, and a
Senate, who serves on the Oversight Group.
restored Territorial Chamber that
Among the project’s most notable
will seat 70. When these rooms
features is the restoration of the
are not in use by the legislature
two-story grandeur of the historic
The restored room is envisioned in a watercolor design sketch by Paul Brown, a member of the project team. The stained glass laylight and the chandelier were in another room and will be returned to their original location in the historic chamber.
A comparison of what the ceiling of the Capitol Rotunda looks like today (black and white photo) and the preliminary design (far right, in color) which depicts the original 1888 design.
A design sketch showing how the removal of the Herschler Building's atrium restores the views to the Capitol.
Increasing public meeting space Another principal driver of the project has been to provide the
for committee meetings, they
Wyoming Territorial Assembly
will be available to the statewide
Chamber. This spectacular room,
elected officials and for official state
complete with an ornate stained-
glass laylight in the ceiling, will
opportunity for increased public
The renovation also will add six
participation in the legislative
public meeting rooms in the Capitol
process. Previously, only a handful
Extension. Four of these rooms will
of people could fit into the meeting
seat 75 people, and two of them
rooms during legislative committee
will seat 100. Space for a 250-seat
hearings. That will change with the
auditorium has been set aside for
"What I'm looking forward to is
become the Capitol’s largest public meeting room. The Wyoming Capitol earned its National Historic Landmark status, not for its architecture, but for its historic importance in the history of women’s suffrage. Throughout the building, dropped tile ceilings have been used to
having a real people's house where
Restoring historic elements
the citizens of Wyoming can come
The invasive work to repair
plumbing systems. With the new
here, participate in the legislative
the Capitol has created a rare
systems running through vertical
process, and see their five elected
opportunity to restore historic
chases, the dropped ceilings are
officials," said Senate President Eli
elements that were significantly
no longer necessary, and the
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cover mechanical, electrical, and
monumental ceiling heights will be restored, exposing previously hidden historic decorative elements, such as coffered ceilings, cornices, ornate columns, and arched
Completion in 2019 Visitors will see these many restored historic features when the Capitol reopens in mid-2019.
“The restored Capitol will stand
Natural light will transform the
of Wyoming statehood and all it
building with the removal of the
encompasses,” Governor Mead said.
tile ceilings, because the windows
“It will welcome visitors and those
throughout the Capitol were
who participate in government.
partially blocked by the lower
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ceilings. Skylights and laylights
important building in the state. It
for the next century—a symbol
throughout the building are
represents the ideals of the people
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of Wyoming, now, just as it did
the building with natural light.
when the cornerstone was laid 130
Additionally, on the east wall of
the House Chamber, three historic windows that were filled in during the 1970s will be restored. All of the interiors will be repainted
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with historic paint finishes, including the House and Senate Chambers. The decorative ceiling in the Rotunda will be returned to its 1888 design. As for the other parts of the building, as much of the historic fabric as possible will be retained. The woodwork and marble tiles are only being replaced or repaired
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THE MOB BOSS BY BRUCE CONNALLY, DVM
was driving between appointments when the cell phone rang. “My dad has a filly that can’t breathe through one nostril. Can you come out to see her?” The woman, Veronica, explained that this had begun a few days ago and the filly was not getting better. We set up an appointment.
“Hello,” he rasped in a deep, heavy voice. Marlon Brando in The Godfather could not have looked or sounded more sinister.
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The morning of the appointment, I was driving toward the foal when my phone announced an incoming text. I pulled off into a driveway to read the message from Veronica. She couldn’t be there and her dad had a physical therapy appointment. Would I be able to delay for an hour? I said I could do some errands first but I might not have time for an extended treatment if her horse needed it. The return text was grateful and assured me the filly really needed to be seen.
I arrived at the horse pasture about 10 minutes early. A big brick house was another quarter mile up the road with a long black limousine parked out front. I reached for my cell phone but the battery was dead. By this time the horses were curious and came over to the fence. A red roan yearling filly was obviously my patient. She was not breathing through her right nostril as she reached her nose over the fence to say hello.
A black Cadillac Escalade with dark tinted windows eased into the drive. The black limo and Cadillac triggered something in my mind. A mob guy? I wondered. As the door of the Escalade opened my fantasy suddenly seemed more real. Inside sat a tired-looking man in his 60s with slicked back black hair. His shirt opened low revealing a dark, olive chest adorned with a heavy gold chain. The one-bytwo-inch rectangular ring on his left hand was encrusted with what appeared to be diamonds. A huge gold watch wrapped tightly around the thick left wrist. “Hello,” he rasped in a deep, heavy voice. Marlon Brando in The Godfather could not have looked or sounded more sinister. “How are you?” I asked tentatively, my imagination doing backflips. “Not as good as you,” he said sliding slowly out of the Cadillac and
pressing his thick left hand with the big ring to his chest. “I had a heart attack three weeks ago.” Reality seemed to slap me in the face. This wasn’t The Godfather. His vocal cords had been bruised when they put an endotracheal tube in his throat in the emergency room. He is standing with his hand on his chest and my cell phone is dead. If he has another heart attack I can’t call 911. My CPR training is way out of date. I can do chest compressions but I am NOT doing mouth-to-mouth. I have a big dose syringe in the truck that I can use to give him oxygen. And why the heck didn’t Veronica mention this in one of her texts! “Did you see the filly?” he rasped between painful breaths, bringing me back to reality. “Yes,” I answered, trying to focus on the horse and not on the obviously sick man in front of me. “We need to catch her to see what is in that nostril.” He looked at me but didn’t answer. “She isn’t halter-broke, is she?” I asked with sudden understanding. “No. We will have to get her in those pens behind the house,” he rasped, holding his chest tighter as if just thinking about it made him hurt.
pens. His voice was better but his attitude was still sore. “This getting old is not what it was cracked up to be,” he growled.
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“Is your daughter coming?” I asked, unwilling to have him helping with the horse. Before he could answer, a white Escalade appeared. A pretty woman in her 40s with the same olive complexion and black hair climbed out. Veronica’s white blouse, dark slacks, and dress shoes were not appropriate for handling an untrained horse.
“What do you want me to do?” she asked. I sent Dad for a halter and Veronica for a bucket of water. The filly was quiet and gentle but could not be restrained. I quickly injected sedation into her neck as she wheeled away. After 15 minutes and another drive-by sedation I was able to put a halter on the young horse. Veronica held the halter and I examined the nose. There was something in the nasal passage.
After several minutes I was able to grab the object with a long forceps. It was a twoinch-long piece of bone with a tooth. Apparently the filly had been kicked in the nose by another horse. The kick had fractured off a piece of her hard palate and thrust it into the nasal passage. The tooth was the small first premolar horsemen call the wolf tooth. Veronica seemed relieved that the filly could breathe normally again. Her father remained taciturn and walked toward the house. I drove away with the whole mobster fantasy replaying in my head. The foreboding voice of a black-haired man with a huge diamond ring was rasping, “If you mess with my daughter you will be sneezing teeth!” W
Dr. Bruce Connally practices equine medicine in central Wyoming and northern Colorado from his home in Berthoud, Colo.
“We are not doing that today,” I stated firmly. “That horse is in better condition than you are right now. Get your daughter to help and call me when you have her in the pen.” A day later I got another text. The filly and her mother were in the pen. When could I come out? We set up a time with a promise that Veronica would be there. Unfortunately when I arrived the young horse and her mother were in the pen but no humans were to be seen. Eventually Dad came walking down to the WREN | JULY 2017
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Lost Forts of Casper BY JOHANNA WICKMAN | 2016 | 112 P.
Description by The History Press
Three army outposts built before and during the Civil War protected critical routes along the western trails at the North Platte River near what later became Casper. All had been abandoned by 1867, and their dramatic stories are mostly forgotten. The Post at Platte Bridge was a vital outpost on Albert Sidney Johnston’s Utah War supply route. Camp Dodge and Platte Bridge Station, also called Fort Caspar, guarded telegraph lines from Native American sabotage. Violent winds, horrendous blizzards and scorching summers made life miserable. Tension reached a fever pitch at
the Battle of Platte Bridge when Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho
attacked a cavalry detachment led by Caspar Collins. Today, a
PUBLISHER: The History Press
reconstructed Fort Caspar stands as a vigilant reminder of the struggles at those lonely frontier stations. Local historian Johanna
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Wickman chronicles military efforts to keep the peace, wage war and merely survive.
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Pastureland, a pond and forestlands combine on the Hummell property to welcome all types of wildlife, which often inspire Andi's creative writing.
SOUTHERN LADY CREATES STORIES IN WYOMING’S BLACK HILLS: ANDI HUMMEL BY GAYLE M. IRWIN
hen tourists flock to Devils Tower and motorcyclists roar into nearby Hulett for August’s Ham ’n Jam,
Andre'lle “Andi” Hummel basks in the serenity of her pine-laden quarter section north of town. She and her husband Ben purchased the first 120-plus acres more than 20 years ago. They worked up a garden, planted a small orchard, and added a few chickens. They adopted Nike, a stray pup “with a reputation,” Andi said. They also remodeled the 1932 house, and fought bats, skunks, and feral cats for “squatters’ rights.” “We found a haven, a hideaway, and added a few more acres when an
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adjoining piece came up for sale.” After her husband passed away, Andi decided to remain. “Ben did so much. I try to keep up, but my son and grandson pitch in, and together we get the work done." A native of Florida's Gulf Coast, Andi spent many years in Pennsylvania after she and Ben married. He retired in 1993 and the couple headed west, looking for adventure. "We found it,” she said. “I had never been west of the Mississippi River, and, before we came to Wyoming, I had never encountered so much quiet, so much space.” That quiet and space helps Andi, a writer, compose her historical fiction
and poetry, plus a little nonfiction. She is currently creating a collection of short stories. She also edits and tutors aspiring writers. Perseverance encompasses her life, as a person and a writer. She coaches other wordsmiths to employ that trait, telling them, "Don’t give up. When you’re writing a story, you have your own voice and style— develop both. Don’t let others talk you out of the way you write; it’s your story!” Andi studied journalism in college and has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, including Highlights for Children and GRIT. She also put her writing and editing skills to use as a member of a public relations team for a major medical center in Pennsylvania. Although she admits she misses the Gulf Coast, especially in winter, “I care about the people who live here, and they make me feel they care about me. I like the attitude, the willingness to help. I appreciate that assistance, and the nearness of family, and the respect I'm given when I need ‘alone time’ to write." Nature and people stimulate Andi’s writing, which she does in her home office. She also says she might be mowing or walking the dog when an idea, a paragraph, or a scene comes
Built in 1932, the house in Wyoming’s Black Hills region was remodeled by Andi and her late husband Ben.
to mind and she must write it down. "I stop what I'm doing, run inside and scribble down a thought—I have sticky notes all over the house.” A member of Power River Energy Corporation, Andi not only values the electricity the cooperative provides for reading and running her computer, but she also appreciates how the company has assisted her granddaughter, Faith with her college education through scholarship funds. Faith, her parents, and younger brother live in Hulett, and Andi enjoys having them nearby. This persevering woman misses Ben but finds family and friends a balm to her heart and writing helps soothe the ache. “Writing poetry relaxes me. When I’m missing Ben and see an animal I normally don’t see, I’ll sit and play the words into a poem,” Andi said. “There's also SaraBeth, my BoxerCatahoula mix rescue who rescued me, and Charles and Simon, the cats—they keep me laughing." With her resolute spirit comes recognition of dependence on others. Andi readily acknowledges many have helped her through rough times in Wyoming.
Andi and her rescue dog, SaraBeth enjoy the tranquility of Andi's property north of Hulett.
I am, having a shoulder to lean on
sunny Florida Gulf Coast! But, there
“The area is a symphony of natural and cultural history,” Andi noted. “Deer, coyotes, badgers, geese—a plethora of wildlife frequents this property. I love to look out my window and see the animals. I love the quiet. I love the land, but I don't
are more stories to tell, and there
own it . . . it owns me." W
helps. If I hadn't had shoulders, many shoulders—human and otherwise— I’d never have survived the first two years in Wyoming after I lost Ben—I’d have turned tail and run back to my
may be enough adventure left in Wyoming to keep me here a while,” she said.
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Heat oil to 350-375°F Mix flour, salt, pepper, sugar and beer to make a simple beer batter (using the beer to adjust the thickness to your liking). Use kitchen shears to cut up the center of the underside of the lobster tail. Crack open the shell, and carefully peel out the large piece of tail meat. Rinse the meat and pat dry with a paper towel. Dip in beer batter mixture, and carefully lower into the hot oil (sometimes the tails curl up while frying). Fry until golden brown. Do not overcook or they will become rubbery. Drain tails on several layers of paper towels placed on a rack. Squeeze lemon over the top if desired. Dip in melted butter and enjoy.
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“Midnight Mare Watch” March, 2 a.m. VIRGINIA R. WAKEFIELD, CHEYENNE, WYO.
I overheard the mares a’talkin’,
Old Izzy snorted in agreement,
As I slipped inside the barn;
Her comment short and terse:
Three old heavies standing placidly,
“I’ve foaled outside for many springs;
I stopped to hear them yarn.
“Things could sure be worse!”
I shivered as I eavesdropped,
“Ya know,” said Spot, her belly sagging,
Adjusted to dim light.
“My baby’s due; this barn is warm;
Not one was a’foalin’
“We’d better get to foaling
On this cold Wyoming night.
“Before the next spring storm!”
Old Mabel nickered softly
I slipped outside in wonder
And said, “SHE ain’t so bright,
At the talk that I had heard,
“SHE’s losin’ sleep on these midnight strolls,
I’m sleep-deprived and freezing,
“Don’t SHE look a fright?
And this has just been weird!
“While WE have found the Hilton,
Back to bed I staggered—
“With room service pretty good,
Another watch in vain,
“Knee-deep in straw and alfalfa hay—
These ole mares have got it figgered—
“I like this neighborhood!”
Who’s got who well-trained?
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National Day of the Cowboy DUBOIS | JULY 21-22 Meet and mingle with real cowboys! Friday night see a real Ranch Rodeo with working cowboys at the Clarence Allison Memorial Arena. Saturday watch a cowboy parade at 10 a.m., see Wild West shootout re-enactments on Main St., savor western recipes, and shop in charming western shops and street fair. Info 455-2556, dubioswyomingchamber.org, duboiswyoming.org
Story Hour: Ages 0–5 yrs., 10:30a, free, Big Piney Branch Library, info 276-3515.
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Casper Married to the Landscape: A large-scale exhibition of recent oil paintings by Aaron and Jenny Wuerker: Tues-Sat 10a-5p; Sun noon-4p, The Nicolaysen Museum, 400 E. Collins, info thenic.org or 235-5247.
Centennial Nici Self Historical Museum: Thurs-Sun, noon-4p, 2734 Hwy 130, info Vicki Seifert at fvseifert@ msn.com
Cheyenne FOURTH MONDAYS Laramie County Cowbelles Meeting: RSVP by Friday before. $13, info 547-3423 or Carole Goertz email@example.com.
Chugwater THIRD MONDAYS The Chugwater Historical Group presentations: 7p, Community Center, info 422-3509 Ruth Vaughn.
FRIDAYS Farmers’ Market: 8–10:30a, Chugwater Town Park.
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Clearmont Historical Center: 2–4p, free. Story Time: 4:30p, free, Clearmont Branch Library, info 758-4331.
Cody Country Art League Gallery: 9a–5p Mon.–Fri., info 587-3597.
The Wyoming Fiddler Assoc. District #2 Jam: Cassie’s Supper Club: 1–4p, info 754-2687 Jerry.
Story Time: 12:30–1:30p, free, Crowheart Elementary.
Dubois JULY 15
Fence Removal in the Whiskey Basin Habitat Management Area: Lend a hand removing unused wildlife-hazardous fencing in the habitat area. Involves a strenuous hike and outside work, but it will be fun and satisfying! 8a-4p, info 455-3429.
Genes, Genomes & Big Game, Oh My!: Learn new genetic insights about Wyoming’s bighorn sheep herds from UW’s Sierra Love Stowell, 7p, Dennison Lodge, info 455-3429.
Casting for Recovery Retreat: Flyfishing instruction & breast cancer information are provided. Free for those in treatment or survivors of breast cancer, Absaroka Ranch. Info castingforrecovery.org or call 1-888-553-3500.
Sheep Trap Trek: Strenuous hike to view an ancient Sheepeater Indian bighorn sheep trap. 10a-3p, National Bighorn Sheep Museum, 10 Bighorn Lane, info 455-3429.
Kiwanis/WHF Wellness Screening Blood Draw: 7-10a, Headwaters Conference Center, info 455-2243.
Dubois Museum: 9a–5p Mon–Sat, info 455-2284.
Elk Mountain ONGOING
Elk Mountain Museum: 10a-3p Tues-Sat, info 760-0766.
Encampment JULY 22
Living History Day and Mountain Man Rendezvous: Grand Encampment Museum, 807 Barnett Ave., Info GEMuseum.com or 327-5308.
Grand Encampment Museum: Tues-Sat, 9a–5p; Sun noon-4p, info GEMuseum.com, 327-5308.
Ethete JULY 21-23
Annual Celebration & Indian Powwow: Native American Indian dancers and drumming. Sample Indian food and handmade traditional crafts. Ethete Road and US Hwy. 132, info info@windriver. org or 332-2992.
Fort Bridger TUESDAYS
Bingo: 6:45p, American Legion Hall, info 780-5489 or 780-8079.
Gillette JULY 13-16
Wyoming State Quilt Guild Show: Vendors and classes. Free admission, classes varied prices. Gillette Community College, 300 West Sinclair. Info wsqg.org or Kandi Davis kandidavis322@ charter.net or 752-1123.
Ava Community Art Center: Info avacenter.org or 682-9133.
Preschool Story Time: 11a, free, Greybull Library, info 765-2551.
Preschool Story Time: 11a, Guernsey Public Library, info 836-2736.
Book Discussion Group: 7p, info 575-1384.
exhibition. Free, Tues-Thurs 10a-6p, and Fri & Sat 10a-4p, 214 Main Street, info 332-5772, landerartcenter.com.
Lander’s Community Concert Series’ 70th Anniversary Barn Dance: Grab your partner and come scoot your boot! Tickets at door, 7-9p, 1445 W. Main Street. Tickets at the door, info 335-8778 or museumoftheamericanwest.com
Tri-City Arts Guild: 6:30p, info 575-1384.
Pioneer Museum: Tue–Sat 10a– 4p, free, 332-3373.
VFW Bingo: 1p, VFW Hall, info 836-2631.
American Legion Riders: 2p, Crazy Tony’s Bar & Grill, info 5750838.
Hartville SECOND SUNDAYS
Hartville Museum & Community Center: Free Music Jam/Carry-In. 4–6p, info 836-2288.
Hulett Museum and Art Gallery: 8a–4p Mon–Fri, free, info 4675292.
Jubilee Days: Robert Fuller, star of the Western TV show Laramie will be at multiple events July 13-15, info visitlaramie.org or call 1-800-445-5303.
Albany County Cattlewomen Ranch Tour: Meet at Wyoming Territorial Prison Park parking lot to visit ranches in Upper Big Laramie Area south of Woods Landing. Tour leaves at 9a, info 760-5590 Sandra Eike.
Tours of Historic Jay Em on the Rawhide: By appt. 735-4364 (Marjorie Sanborn) or 322-2839 (Hazel Mudgett).
Story Time for Preschoolers: 10:30a, Lyman Branch Library, info 787-6556, on Facebook, or at uintalibrary.org.
Powder River “Let ‘Er Buck” Ranch Rodeo: $10, $5 youth 10-15 yrs., Harold Jarrard Park, info kayceerancrodeo.com or Tammie Neville tammie@ rtconnect.net or 738-2450.
Lander JULY 12-16
International Climbers Festival: 500+ climbers gather to celebrate climbing. Slideshows, climbing clinics, trade fair, trail run, film festival, yoga, music, parties, an art crawl, contests, and world-class rock climbing. Multiple locations, info 332-3892 or climbersfestival.org.
JULY 14–AUG. 26
Lander Art Center: “…and then there was darkness: Great American Eclipse.” A special Eclipse Arts and Science
Birthday and Anniversary Dinner: Meat provided, Bring a side dish. 5p social hour, 6p dinner, Senior Center.
Tour of the Historic Double Dee Guest Ranch/Amelia Earhart Cabin: "Amelia Earhart" performance and live music. Tour leaves the museum at 9a, free, info info@meeteetsemuseums. org or 868-2423.
Mountain View MONDAYS & THURSDAYS
Story Time for Preschoolers: 10:30a, Uinta County Library, info 782-3161, on Facebook, or at uintalibrary.org.
Historic Pitchfork Ranch Tour: 9:30a tour leaves museum, free, info info@meeteetsemuseums. org or 868-2423.
Bingo: 7:30p, free, VFW Hall.
Duffy Hudson and his One-Man Show: portraying George Burns, 6:30p. West Texas Trail Museum. Info 756-9300.
Pine Bluffs TUESDAYS
Bingo: 7p, 25¢ per card, 14 games, recreation meeting room, info 245-3301.
Rally Rib Fest: Diehl’s Supermarket, 11a-5p.
West Texas Trail Museum: Mon– Fri, 9a–5p, free, info 756-9300.
Riverton Rendezvous Balloon Rally: Summer fun for young n’ old. Watch the sky fill with colorful balloons from all over the region. Friday Evening Car Cruise & Parade; Sat & Sun pancake breakfast, balloon liftoff and tethered rides, and more. rivertonrendezvous.com.
Story Hour: 3–5 year olds, 10a; 0–3 year olds, 11a; Moorcroft Branch Library. Coffee & Donuts and Musicians Jam: 9a–noon, Senior Center.
Prayers and Squares: 9a–noon, free, Hunter Hall, info 742-6608.
Lego Club: 10a–noon, ages 8 & up. Free, Lyman Branch Library, info 787-6556, on Facebook, or at uintalibrary.org.
Medicine Bow ONGOING
Medicine Bow Museum: 10a–5p, Mon–Sat, info 379-2383 or 7102383.
Bingo: 6:30p, Community Hall, info 399-4751.
Meeteetse JULY 14
Outdoor Cowbilly Concert: With "The Gypsy Cowbelle" and "Packin' the Mail." Authentic Mexican cuisine by "Nena's." 6-8:30p, Free admission, info firstname.lastname@example.org or 868-2423.
2017 Wild Horse & Burro Adoption/ Event Schedule
Cheyenne Frontier Days July 21-30 Cheyenne, WY
Wyoming Honor Farm May 19-20 Riverton, WY
Wild Horse Ecosanctuary June 3 Deerwood Ranch, WY Rock Springs Wild Horse Holding Facility June 16-17 & July 7-8 Rock Springs, WY
Mustang Days Wyoming State Fair August 15-19 Douglas, WY Youth and Mustang (YAM) Veteran and Mustang (VAM) August 26-27 Rock Springs, WY
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Wyoming Honor Farm September 8-9 Riverton, WY
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WHAT’S HAPPENING JULY 31-AUG. 5
Fremont County Fair: PRCA rodeos, exhibits, talent contests, daily carnival fun, wiener dog races, monster truck and demolition derbies. 1010 Fairgrounds Dr. fremontcountyfair.org or 856-6611.
Saratoga Museum: 10a-4p Wed-Sat, noon-4p Sun, $5 adults, $3 ages 13-17, free 12 & under, 104 E. Constitution Ave.
Art Shelter Gallery and Shop: Open 7 days a week, free, coffee and tea for browsers.
Sheridan JULY 10-16
WYO Rodeo Week: PRCA Rodeo, World Championship Indian Relay Races Wed-Sat, info sheridanwyorodeo.com.
First Peoples’ Pow Wow and Dance: Wed & Thurs 3-5p, grand finale Fri. immediately after WYO Rodeo Week parade, free, lawn of Sheridan Inn.
Third Thursdays Summer Street Festival: Live music, food, cold drinks, crafts, shopping and more. 5-9p, Historic Main Street area.
Concerts in the Park: 7:30p, Kendrick Park, info Sheridanwyoming.org.
Sheridan Farmers Market: Live music, 5-7p, Grinnell Plaza.
Sundance JULY 23-30
Sew It, Grow It, Show It at the Crook County Fair: Team roping, kids activities, youth rough stock rodeo, pig wrestling, free concert and more, info crookcofair.com, crookcofair@ rangeweb.net or 283-2644.
TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS IN JULY & AUGUST
Sundance Sip N Walk: Live reenactment through Sundance's Wild West History! 6p & 7:30p, Crook County Museum, East Cleveland St.
Rex Young Rock Club: 7–8p, Senior Friendship Center.
Lunch Bunch Book Discussion Group: 11a, free, Crook County Library, info 283-1006 or email@example.com. Crook County Museum: Mon–Fri 8a–4p, free, Courthouse basement, info 283-3666. ZUMBA Dance Fitness Classes: Mon-Thurs, info dhooper123.zumba.com or 629-0575.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group: 1p, free, chapel at Torrington Community Hospital, info 534-7039.
TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly): 8–10a, Senior Friendship Center, info 334-3358 Dana Williams or 532-0728 Judy Stellpflug.
Ten Sleep Youth Rodeo: Free rodeo for kids 2-14 years to compete in barrel racing, pole bending, steer riding, mutton busting, Goat tail tying, stick horse race, and more. 9a, Ten Sleep Rodeo Grounds, info Becky Cooper 366-2748.
Acoustic Open Mic Night: 7p, Ten Sleep Brewing, info tensleepbrewingco.com.
Open JAM Night: 7p, Ten Sleep Brewing, info tensleepbrewingco.com.
Thermopolis JULY 10
Arts in the Park: performance by John Roberts y Pam Blanco, 7p, Pavilion, info thermopolischamber.org.
Chamber of Commerce meeting: Noon, Cedar Pines Golf Course, info 468-2642.
Summer Reading Program: 722 Fourth St., info 468-2324.
TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS
Dance Exercise at the Senior Center: 1113 Second St., 9a, call Karen Carter 468-2858
WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS
Inyan Kara Bow Hunters Archery League Shoot: 5:30p, 1001 2nd St., info Tabby Tierce 629-0707.
Wheatland THIRD THURSDAYS
Platte County Chamber Meeting: 5-7p, location changes each month, info 322-2322.
Smokin Waters Gold Invitational: Info thermopolischamber.org.
Washakie Museum: Mon-Fri 9a–5:30p, Sat 9a-5p, Sun noon-4p, info washakiemuseum. org or 347-4102.
4-H/FFA Horse Show: Info thermopolischamber.org.
WJRA Rodeo: HSC Fairgrounds, info thermopolischamber.org.
Wright Centennial Museum: Info 4641222, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. wrightcentennialmuseum.org.
Torrington SECOND TUESDAYS
Coffee with Local Commissioners: 8-9a, free, Java Jar, info, 532-5162.
Dinner: 5–7p, Wright Community Center.
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FRIDAYS IN JULY & AUGUST
Friday Nights at the Museum: Historical presentations, 6p. Crook County Museum, info 283-3666.
Burnout Wednesday: Live music and street festival featuring a motorcycle burnout contest on 3rd St.
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Blacksmith equipment. Power hammer, anvils, cone, swage block. Retired now and spending time in Wyoming. Neil Brown 260-413-0626.
Free Butcher Supply Catalog. Meat Grinders, Saws, Slicers, Cutlery, Seasonings – everything for the home butcher. Pioneer Butcher Supplies in Loveland CO, since 1975. 1-888-891-7057 toll free.
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PHOTOS AND ESSAY BY TY STOCKTON
ome say Wyoming is basically just one small town with really long streets. That may be an oversimplification, but thereâ€™s also some truth to it. WREN | JULY 2017
Since the advent of social media, we’re even closer to others all across the state, and even a bit beyond Wyoming’s borders. You may recall that my son Colby got interested in raising and showing cattle with the CatchA-Calf program at the National Western Stock Show. Despite our lack of experience with growing and showing cattle, we were delighted when Colby was awarded a NILE Merit Heifer. The 20 to 25 youngsters selected for the program are required to complete monthly tasks, get the heifer bred, bring it back to Billings the following October and show it in the NILE livestock show’s bred heifer class. Colby's heifer was donated to him by Bob and Cathy Redland of Redland Red Angus near Hysham, Montana. We had a sizeable learning curve to tackle at the beginning, but that’s one of the great things about the NILE program—it’s a built-in network of help for greenhorns like us. Bob was only a phone call away when we needed help, and he always gave us great advice. We can now halter and lead the heifer with ease, and she’s even stood still for a few baths. With his newfound confidence, Colby is now off and running on his plans to build his own cattle empire. “I think I want to start selling calves to other 4-H and FFA kids,” he told me shortly after we brought the heifer home. 38
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“Don’t you think you ought to concentrate on raising your first heifer?” I asked him. “Oh, I can do that,” he said, “but if I get 20 or 30 more heifers or cows, I can have more calves to sell.” I knew right then we were at the precipice of a bumpy ride down a very steep slope, and we were going to need some help to find the brakes. Additional help came through Facebook. My wife Amy read a post about a 17-year-old girl in Sheridan who is doing what Colby was hoping to do. Haley Timm has been raising and selling club calves for three years. She started with a single heifer, and now has 10 cows that are producing some very impressive calves. Amy tracked down the girl’s mom, Marci, and arranged a meeting of our respective entrepreneurial offspring. Haley and Marci took us on a tour of their ranch and answered questions about how Haley got started raising the calves, how she chooses which bulls to breed to which cows, and how she avoids genetic problems. They also asked about Cheyenne, and we learned they used to live there. At one point, an answer to one of our questions involved the girl’s father, who was out working and wasn’t able to join us that day. “Arland pulled that calf,” Marci said. “That’s my husband.” Amy and I looked at each other, because it’s not a very common
name, but it sparked something in the recesses of our minds. “If you don’t mind my asking,” Amy said, “where exactly did you live when you were in Cheyenne?” Marci named the county road we live on, and Amy and I grinned at each other. This was just too weird. “The house number wouldn’t happen to have been…” I began, and Marci named the exact address my family now calls home. “How did you know?” she asked. “I didn’t know,” Amy said, “but I thought it might be possible, because your husband’s name is scratched into the concrete on the pad outside our garage.” Sure enough, these people we’d never met before had built and lived in our current house. Maybe it’s a good omen. Haley has turned her passion into a successful business, and Colby has the same dream. Maybe if Colby—if he listens to Haley’s advice and learns from the generosity and guidance of the NILE Merit Heifer program and Mr. Redland—will be similarly successful. We’re lucky to live in this spread-out small town with its very long streets that lead to such great people who are always willing to help. W Ty Stockton is an outdoor writer and photographer based near Cheyenne. His work can be found at tystockton.com where you also can listen to his The Great Outdoors radio show and blog.
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Children are natural explorers and luckily there’s a lot to explore in Wyoming! You don’t need to go on a road trip to discover something new or interesting—you just have to go outside.
Pick a few small rocks. Share them with someone else and talk about which one you each like best! Find 4 objects you can climb over, climb under, climb up and climb down. Turn over a rock and use a magnifying glass. What do you see under there? Take a photo of a bug or animal. When you get home, work with an adult to learn its name.
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