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Poetry in Motion | Home Ten Sleep, WY


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Ride a Horse, Feed A Cowboy | Community Hulett, WY


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We commonly think of January as a time of renewal and resolution – however, in our family, fall has that same feel to it as well. Children return to school, activities and lessons begin again, students return to college and athletics are underway…the air simply buzzes with activity. Now here we are completing our THIRD issue – wow! Our company has grown like wildfire since our launch in January, and we are most grateful. I once heard that the HOW of what you do is not the key; it is WHY you do what you do that makes the difference. In that spirit, and in the spirit of fall and the excitement it brings, I wanted to share why WE do what we do. For us, Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine is a project designed to have mass appeal. We want to appeal to new parents just as much as we do our own grandparents. Our demographic in Wyoming is diverse as our topography; there are many interests and flavors of individuals out there. We strive to offer something for everyone, and above all, we strive to offer it with class. We are a publication dedicated not only to our beautiful photography, but diverse content and most importantly – a good deal of information, from all walks of life, and outside our own interests as individuals. We have been pleased to hear that the average reader enjoys taking time to savor our material. We hear often, “This is my friend/neighbor/ colleague in this picture!” or “I loved this event, this takes me back to when I was a child.” We have had readers go out of their way to call me and express their excitement over the information that they find inside our publication. This is exactly our goal, and it excites me to receive such a response. We aim to speak not only to the tourist, but the local as well. Who loves Wyoming more than those who live here?! Sharing the lifestyle we love every day further demonstrates what a great state we live in to those outside our borders. We have gained subscribers from coast to coast, even Hawaii, and have fans internationally – these Wyoming enthusiasts are excited about the life that we lead here in Wyoming. We also attract individuals who used to live in Wyoming and have moved elsewhere

– a portion of their heart remains within our state, and I have heard many kind thoughts from these individuals, sharing how through our pages they can remain connected to the land that they love – and visit often. In addition, we are extremely proud of the fact that we are created entirely within the state of Wyoming. From our printers to our internet host, our photographers to our new film crew, our expenses are covered by Wyoming people. The ad dollars you see spent with us are being returned to the Wyoming economy – to our friends, colleagues and neighbors throughout the state. It’s part of our dedication to Wyoming. This is a renewal of our promise to YOU, Wyoming – as we grow, we will maintain our image of a business with class. We are here to promote what you do, and the lives that you lead. We are real people who will look you in the eye and shake your hand. We put our names behind our work and stand on our principles. We live the same life you do – and we’re proud of it. We’re proud to offer a classy publication that speaks to a wide variety of demographics, while supporting our state’s economy at the same time. Thank you for helping us grow – we are humbled and appreciative, and we cannot take a single day for granted. We promise to work our hardest for you every day. ‘Til next time,

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Christi Chapman of Rawlins is a lifelong Wyoming resident who loves our beautiful state, the outdoors, and animals of all kinds. Her life has been spent working and living with dogs, horses and livestock, as well as informally dabbling in the study of ethology.  She currently lives and works in her hometown of Rawlins as a Certified Dog Trainer.  She lives with her 3 dogs and fosters a few others for several rescues in WY and CO. 

Editor/Publisher | Kati Hime

David Huber has been a lifelong resident of Worland. While growing up, he was involved with the family feedlot operation taking care of 10,000 head of cattle and 35,000 head of sheep. After going to college for photography, David moved to Seattle and did food photography for a menu company. After 4 years, he moved back to Worland where he met his wife (Heidi). They have 2 boys ages 24 and 16. Over the years David has photographed literally hundreds of weddings, families and senior portraits. He also photographs numerous sporting events like football, rodeo, soccer and just about anything considered a sport. See David’s work online at

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Chanda Snook of Hulett was born and raised just outside of Rapid City, SD, on her family’s working cattle ranch. Chanda married Clint Snook in 1993, and has two sons, Austin (16) and Taylor (13). As a family, the Snooks ranch northwest of Hulett, as well as owning and operating Snook & Sons Realty, also in Hulett. She has served as a Funeral Director Assistant for Fidler Isburg Funeral Chapels for the past 12 years. Chanda also owns a photography business, providing family, wedding, senior and event photography. View her portfolio at

Hamish Tear of Jackson is originally from an island on the west coast of Scotland, called Isle of Cumbrae. His work is chronicled over thirty years in national publications such as Sail; Cruising World; Powder; Ski; and yachting monthly (UK). Locally, in Jackson Hole, his writing and photography has been published in Teton Homes and Lifestyles, and Teton Valley Magazine.

We’d love to hear from you! Send us comments, questions, letters to the editor, or submissions for consideration. Mail: P.O. Box 2083 Laramie, WY 82073 Email: Opinions expressed in department columns are not those of Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine. Advertising and content subject to approval of editor. All contents (c) 2010. No portion of this magazine may be reproduced without written consent of the editor. Cover Design: Vedauwoo Aspen by Keith Turbitt’s Shutter-Vision Photography.


Keith Turbitt of Cheyenne incorporates his uniquely artistic vision and years of experience and study to create stunning photographic art for his clients. Providing Southeast Wyoming and Northern Colorado his expertise in wedding, senior, and family portrait photography, Keith captures the complex emotions, personalities and relationships unique to each client. Visit and experience Keith’s vision for yourself.

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Guardians of the Grasslands by Liz LeSatz, Wyoming Stock Growers Association Photography provided by the Wyoming Stock Growers Association

The Stock Growers Ag Land Trust recently completed one of the most extensive purchased conservation easements in Wyoming history. The Sommers-Grindstone Conservation Project covers nearly 19,000 acres of historic ranchland and wildlife habitat in Sublette County. Photo courtesy of the Wyoming Stock Growers Ag Land Trust.

state’s livestock producers. It was the second state cattlemen’s organization created in the United States and the first trade association established in the then Wyoming Territory.

A group of cowboys ride the Wyoming range at the turn of the century. The Wyoming Stock Growers Association was formed in 1872, 18 years before Wyoming gained statehood. Photo courtesy of the American Heritage Center.

The Wyoming Stock Growers Association: Protecting the state’s vital agricultural industry Serving as the steadfast “guardians of the grasslands” for nearly 140 years, the Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) is committed to supporting and advocating for the Wyoming livestock industry. WSGA protects Wyoming’s livestock businesses and families. A dedicated staff led by Executive Vice President Jim Magagna works to advocate on issues affecting the cattle industry, Wyoming agriculture and rural community living. The association lobbies and tracks issues at the state and national levels and works closely with agencies that write regulations affecting the industry. WSGA also participates in litigation on critical issues and works to enhance the public image of the cattle industry. “We work with our members on the front lines to protect and promote the great work they do each day to produce highquality, safe and nutritious food and fiber, while caring for their animals and protecting the environment,” Magagna said. The Wyoming Stock Growers Association was organized on April 4, 1872 to advance and protect the interest of the


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Many of the early members lived in places such as Omaha, Chicago, New York and Boston, but the majority were Wyoming men who took an active personal interest in the cattle business. It is the only organization in the state focused entirely on serving the needs of the cattle industry, which is the largest segment of Wyoming’s agricultural production. “As the industry continues to face many age-old issues and new opportunities, we seek to bring a fresh approach to addressing them,” Communications Director Kosha Olsen said. So why is there an organization dedicated solely to the cattle industry? Livestock production is vitally important to Wyoming’s economy and way of life. It is also critical to everyone’s daily life. From toothpaste to clothes, printer ink to car upholstery, agriculture products are found everywhere. Wyoming agriculturists pitch in a whopping $1 billion to the state’s economy and the U.S. ag industry plops down 20 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product. Sixty nine billion dollars in American ag products are exported each year and 15 percent of Americans are employed by agriculture and related industries. American farmers and ranchers account for only two percent of the population, and yet they manage to produce two trillion pounds of food each year. There are 11,000 farms and ranches in Wyoming. The Cowboy State’s farmers and ranchers care for 30.1 million acres, which produce food and fiber, wildlife habitat and keep lands free from development. Wyoming ranchers raise 1.3 million cattle and the cattle industry brings in 61 percent of all Wyoming ag sales. To put it in perspective, Wyoming raises enough beef in a year to produce ½ billion quarter pound hamburgers. Wyoming is also

one of the nation’s leading sheep and wool producers, marketing three million pounds of wool annually.



The Wyoming Stock Growers Association is proud to serve the families who contribute so much to the state’s economy and lifestyle. For more information about WSGA and the agriculture industry, visit, call 307.638.3942 or email The Wyoming Stock Growers Agricultural Land Trust: Conserving open spaces, ranching places Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the Wyoming Stock Growers Agricultural Land Trust is the state’s first Wyomingbased statewide agricultural land conservation organization. They focus specifically on conserving ranchlands and ranching operations to preserve wide-open spaces, natural habitats and the western lifestyle they support. Founded by a vote of the general membership of the Wyoming Stock Ranching is vital to Wyoming’s landscapes Growers Association in December 2000, the Stock Growers Ag Land Trust and way of life. The Focus Ranch conservation easement in Carbon County, WY and Routte has conserved more than 134,000 acres County, CO was a collaborative project with the of working ranchlands throughout the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust. state of Wyoming. The establishment Photo courtesy of the Wyoming Stock Growers was based on a growing need within Ag Land Trust. the ranching community to provide voluntary, private sector mechanisms that assist landowners in retaining their land in agriculture and in passing it on to succeeding generations. “We are celebrating 10 years of conserving critical ranchlands and helping to provide a future for coming generations of ranchers,” Executive Director Pamela Dewell said. “The wonderful foresight of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association membership has left a hugely positive impact on the Cowboy State.” The ag land trust board of directors and staff accomplishes their objectives through the use of conservation easements, increasing awareness of tools to maintain ranchlands, and assisting in research for new opportunities to conserve working agricultural landscapes.

WSGA Executive Vice President Jim Magagna joins other agricultural leaders at the signing of an important piece of livestock legislation by Governor Dave Freudenthal. Photo courtesy of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association.

Wyoming is known throughout the world for its open spaces, abundant wildlife, scenic beauty and ranching heritage. Ranches occupy the most agriculturally productive lands in the state. They are also critical winter range, birthing sites and travel corridors for Wyoming’s wildlife. The benefits of ranchlands extend far beyond the borders of ranches by connecting the fragmented and intertwined segments of public and private land ownership within the state. In many areas of Wyoming, ranches




production agriculture are truly lucky to be doing what we do,” RealRancher Dustin Cushman from Lusk, Wyoming, said in a post on You’ll hear funny and amazing stories from ranching families who have been on the land for generations. You’ll stand beside them as they watch over their livestock, ensure the health of the land and perform tasks you’d never dream of doing yourself. From laughter to drama to simply experiencing the everyday miracles of agriculture, you’ll find yourself captivated and drawn into a world you never before had access to. follows five Wyoming rural communities across America’s least populated state. Venture west to Boulder The Wyoming Stock Growers Association celebrates the animal where massive cattle drives are a biannual sight. Head on east to husbandry and environmental achievements of the state’s Shoshoni where they’ll teach you a thing or two about castrating ranchers each year at the Environmental Stewardship Tour. The calves. Then sidle up north to Kaycee where the Johnson 2010 recipients of the award were Ron and Linda Heward of the County crowd will give you a unique taste of the home of famed 7E Ranch in Shirley Basin. Photo courtesy of the Wyoming Stock musician Chris LeDoux. On your way back down swing over Growers Association. east again into Lusk where the 4-H program and area ranchers and ranchland are disappearing. Studies have predicted that 48 unite to rear the next generation of land stewards. As you finally million people will be added to the West by 2050, resulting in head south you’ll hit Baggs where the community offers stories 26 million acres of open space being ruined by residential and from the sagebrush plains to the high mountain pastures. commercial development. Of the 11 western states, Wyoming is The blog resulted from the efforts of Community Dialogues for expected to have the third highest growth rate. These pressures Rural Wyoming (CDRW), an initiative of the Wyoming Stock for land conversions are compounded by low profit margins Growers Association and Encana Oil and Gas, USA. CDRW from ranching, the increasing average age of ranchers, a lack was created as a compliment to the Governor’s conferences of recruitment of new individuals into the profession and high on “Building the Wyoming We Want,” which found that inheritance taxes. As the land becomes fragmented, the wildlife Wyomingites overwhelmingly value the state’s agriculturists. habitat, watersheds and scenic splendor sustained by Wyoming CDRW traveled to ranches for generations are being swept away. these five rural towns to listen to local voices and That is why the Stock Growers Ag Land Trust works so diligently encourage them to turn to protect these critical lands. Conservation easements are one their visions for their of the tools used to work with individuals and communities communities into actions. to maintain working ranches and agricultural landscapes. The consensus across Conservation easements are voluntary agreements that limit the the state was a need to amount and type of development that can occur on a property. tell rural and agricultural Easements are tailored to fit each specific property and each stories to a broader landowner’s differing needs and goals. Landowners continue audience. The Kukowski family works on their to retain all rights of property ownership to ensure the land is ranch in Sheridan County. The maintained as ranchland and open space for future generations. “Agricultural people need dedicated staff of the Wyoming Stock to disseminate truthful Growers Association works to advocate The Stock Growers Ag Land Trust’s work is supported by and positive messages on issues affecting the cattle industry, generous donors who are committed to preserving Wyoming’s Wyoming agriculture and rural about the agriculture community living. Photo by Crystal western heritage. For more information or to donate, visit www. industry to correct or contact us at 307.772.8751 or misperceptions,” a CDRW Lawrence. participant said. What you always wanted to know about the production of your food CDRW is implemented by WSGA and supported through funds from Encana Oil and Gas, the Wyoming Community Get ready to step outside your offices and suburban homes into Foundation and the Wyoming Beef Council. the lives of real Wyoming ranchers and farmers. Take a trip to the rolling hill prairies, sweeping plains and mountain vistas For more information on participating in Community Dialogues where these hard-working Americans fight to survive and thrive for Rural Wyoming initiatives or contributing to www. on the land they care for and call home., call WSGA Outreach Coordinator Liz LeSatz at 307-638-3942 or WLM The amazing stories of everyday agriculturists are just a click away at “Those of us involved in

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Agriculture Why Ruminants?

Column & Photography by James Waggoner

Cattle, sheep, goats, deer, elk and moose are examples of ruminant animals we might encounter in Wyoming. A ruminant is an animal that obtains its daily nutrients from plant material (grass, forbs, shrubs/trees, etc.) that it consumes during its daily grazing activities. Ruminant animals do not produce the enzyme cellulase which is necessary to breakdown the cellulose (the fibrous material in plants) into its simple chemical compounds that ruminants use as nutrients for growth, reproduction and survival. What makes the ruminant animal so unique is that it has one stomach, but that stomach consists of four distinct compartments. In contrast, a nonruminant animal such as a pig has one stomach that has only one compartment in which enzymatic and chemical digestion occur. The rumen is the largest compartment of the ruminant animal’s stomach and can make up 80% of the total stomach capacity. Next is the reticulum, followed by the omasum, while the abomasum is the last compartment of the complex stomach of the ruminant. Ingested plant material first enters the rumen where it is mixed with rumen micro-organisms that produce the enzyme cellulase. Cellulase is only found in the microbial world and is the enzyme that breaks down plant cellulose into its simpler compounds which are used by the microorganisms for growth and development. The byproducts of this microbial fermentation/breakdown process, such as volatile fatty acids, are used by the ruminant animal as their nutrient source for growth, production and survival. The fermentation process continues as the plant material moves

through the reticulum and omasum. Upon leaving the omasum, plant material enters the fourth compartment of the complex stomach, the abomasum. The abomasum is referred to as the “True Stomach” as this is where enzymatic and chemical digestion occur in the ruminant animal. Everything that happens in the non-ruminant stomach of a pig occurs in the abomasum of the ruminant animal. Put simply, the ruminant animal gathers plant material through grazing; these plants provide nutrients for the rumen micro flora, and the micro flora (through their fermentation process) in turn feed the animal. It is this fermentation process by rumen micro flora that enables ruminant animals to live on the fibrous (cellular) material found in plants. It is the result of the symbiotic relationship existing between rumen micro flora and the ruminant animal (domestic or wild) that allows us to harvest a crop (high protein red meat) from crop residues

(i.e. cornstalks) and plants growing on lands around the world that are unsuited for intensive agriculture. James Waggoner grew up in a small town south of Albuquerque, NM. Growing up, James was involved with his parents in a small familyowned livestock operation. He was very active in FFA, holding offices at the local, district and state levels. James received the American Farmer Degree from the National FFA Organization. He graduated from New Mexico State University with a B.S. (1970) and M.S. (1972) in Range Livestock Management and Production, and received his Ph.D. in 1975 from the University of Illinois in Beef Cattle Management and Nutrition with a minor in Agronomy (Forage Production). Following graduation James took a position at the University of Wyoming in the Animal Science Department; in 1994 he transferred to the Department of Range Management. During his tenure at UW, he has been involved in teaching, research and extension in animal nutrition, management, production and behavior. A Certified Range Professional, member of the American College of Nutrition, Certified Professional Animal Scientist, and Certified Mediator, James is also an entrepreneur. The last 26 years he has been involved with his wife (Sue) and two sons (Bill and John and their families) in a livestock operation (Wags Livestock) in the Laramie area. They specialize in producing high quality natural beef, lamb, pork and goat that they merchandise through Farmers’ Markets and a local food co-op.

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Wyoming is home to ten breweries throughout the state, each with their own style and atmosphere. Thus, the varieties of brews that are offered from our statewide beer manufacturers span the globe in the breadth of their offerings. From American style pale ales and German lagers to Belgian style wheat beers and English porters, Wyoming brewers continually create locally hand-crafted brews that represent some of the best beers in the world. In each issue of Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine, we will cover different beer topics and educate the reader to one of the world’s oldest crafts – the making and enjoyment of beer.

“Do not cease to drink beer, to eat, to intoxicate thyself, to make love and to celebrate the good days” ~ Ancient Egyptian Credo I overheard someone at a bar the other day tell his girlfriend, “You don’t want to order a lager, those are dark beers.” It took all my strength not to race to her aid and explain the truth about the liquid nectar that I adore, but it also made me realize that there are many simple misconceptions about beer such as the difference between ales and lagers. First of all, BEER is the overall generic term for fermented malt beverages. There are ONLY two kinds of beer – ales and lagers. So, what are the main differences between them and why do they occur? Simply stated, the temperature of fermentation and strains of yeast are the two most defining factors in the difference between ales and lagers. Ales originated in England and ferment typically “at room temperature” between 64 and 72 degrees F, while lager’s origins go back to the cold mountainous areas of Germany and ferment at lower temperatures, typically between 48 and 58 F. Fermentation is the process where yeast consumes the

Ales vs. Lagers by Tim Harland, VP of Sales & Marketing, Snake River Brewing

malt sugars and produces alcohol and carbon dioxide along with small amounts of other compounds which add subtle flavor complexity to the beer. With warmer fermentation temperatures, ale yeast (a.k.a. top fermenting yeast) will produce elevated ester compounds which come across the palette as fruitiness and give ales their characteristic complexity. Colder fermentation utilizing lager yeast (a.k.a. bottom fermenting yeast) limits the production of esters that are characteristic in ales. However, lager yeasts do produce elevated sulfur compounds which take extended cold storage (known as lagering) to be integrated into the beer and once absorbed, show on the palette as crispness and cleanness. Thus, lagers take longer to ferment than ales, sometimes by a factor of two or three. Both ales and lagers can be light or dark in color, have varying alcohol contents and be bitter or malty, but a simple way to describe the flavor difference is that ales can be referred to as being “fruity, complex, robust and angular” while lagers can be described as being “crisp, clean, smooth and rounded.” I recommend drinking these two different beer styles side by side to see if you agree. Do it in the name of science and research, then when totally certain you’ve understood the nuances between ales and lagers, go find the nearest Karaoke machine. **Next Issue: A Brief History of Beer** Tim “Beerguy” Harland is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Snake River Brewing Company. After graduating from Oregon State University and doning a suit and tie in California, Tim moved to Jackson Hole in 1993 site unseen and entered the brewing industry. Originally a home-brewer, Tim was one of the initial two brewers and bartended at Snake River Brewing before moving into sales and marketing. Snake River Brewing is recognized as the most awardwinning microbrewery in the USA since opening their doors in 1994. Tim lives in Wilson with his wife and two young sons, is a volunteer fire fighter, a Rotary member, is on the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a contributing columnist for the Rocky Mountain Brewing News.

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From Vine


to Wine

Winemaking 101 by Patrick Zimmerer Photo courtesy Table Mountain Vineyards

Harvest time is the defining moment in the winemaking process. From the Napa Valley to Wyoming, the process is relatively the same to create wine. Granted, Wyoming vineyards face a few extra weather related challenges for a harvest, but the vines overcome. Wine ultimately becomes a reflection of the soil, sun and growing conditions from that year. Each vintage speaks from the glass about the harvest. R.L. Stevenson once wrote, “Wine is bottled poetry.” Considering the steps to create wine, he may have been on to something. Our harvest runs from August until late September (or as long as Mother Nature allows) and growing grapes in Wyoming definitely deserves a few extra lines to the poem. Harvest - Winemaking starts in the vineyard as the wine quality is directly tied to the grape ripeness and quality. Sugar and acid level monitoring occurs in the vines as the grapes ripen. The grapes are tested for their sugar content (brix) and are picked between 18-30 degrees brix to create a wine from 10-15% alcohol. Crush - The grapes are processed through a crusher/de-stemmer. This machine removes the stems and crushes the grapes into a mash, known as must. Before fermentation, white grapes are pressed into juice, while reds are left to ferment with the grape skins to gain their color and complexity. Fermentation – Wine yeast is added to the juice/must and the fermentation

begins. The yeast converts sugar into alcohol, creating wine. The process takes 7-14 days depending on desired wine style and fermenting temperature. Once the fermentation nears its end, the wine is moved into sealed tanks to age and develop. The wine is moved or “racked” from tank to tank, removing sediment and clarifying the wine along the way. This process can last from 2 months to over a year. Bottling – Once the wine is stable, it is bottled in a sterile environment and sealed with a cork. The wine will continue to develop and evolve even after it is in the bottle. The wine is then aged even further, allowing for bottle shock and for the wine to come together in the bottle. It is a long journey from vine to wine, but always worth the effort. Now that you know a little more about the wine process, imagine how great it will be to enjoy that next glass. Until next time, Cheers! Patrick Zimmerer is owner and operator of Table Mountain Vineyards & Winery in Huntley, WY. Patrick is a fourth generation Wyoming Native and has a strong passion for Wyoming Agriculture and Wyoming businesses. Patrick also has a passion for locally made products and all things booze. To learn more about Patrick including his blog and posts, visit www. or find him on Twitter @tmvwinery.




Poetry in motion

orrest and Mary Clay’s Ten Sleep home could easily be titled, “Poetry in Motion.” The home, which sits on 7000 usable acres in the majestic Big Horns, is surrounded by poetic natural beauty. The feeling of motion was almost palpable as I sat with the Clays on their patio, visiting and enjoying the natural beauty of the area. Take, for instance, the natural artesian water system that flows through the Clays’ back yard. A series of three waterfalls cascade gently down the slope, crossing the yard and descending into a pond; from there it crosses under the path to the home and into a second pond. “The waterfalls never freeze,” Forrest tells me as he takes me on

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a tour of the home. “There might be a little ice along the side edges, but it never freezes.” The sound of water gently flowing isn’t the only source of motion; the movement of animals into and out of the area brings a natural sense of fluidity to the ranch. When I arrive, the quiet movement of cattle nearby catches my attention. They create a colorful picture, as the stark black of the cattle stands out against the vibrant green of the land and the deep orange-red of the nearby hills. As we enjoy the sunshine on the patio, Mary points out the markings on trees in the back yard, where elk and deer have rubbed their antlers on the trunks. Having wildlife in your backyard is a part of Wyoming life that many do not have

the ability to experience – although it can be rough on one’s landscaping. Deer, elk and cattle are not the only animal inhabitants sharing the landscape with the Clays – rainbow and brown trout both inhabit Canyon Creek, which runs through the property. Forrest, an avid fisherman, found the creek and fish to be an alluring feature of the ranch. The feeling of motion and fluidity may very well come from the historical significance of the area. Ten Sleep was aptly named by Native Americans, as they reached the area (a resting point) in ten sleeps’ (or days) time from various regional locations. The area is an archaeological treasure, and a portion of the Clays’ original purchase is now owned by the Nature Conservancy as the Ten Sleep Preserve. The area was also known as the Girl Scouts National Center West; many scouts and youth workers traveled through the area in its time. While the stunning landscape of the area makes the home a welcome retreat, the house itself is none the less inviting. Slightly over 4000 square feet, the home was finished over two years ago. The Clays and their extended family enjoy the home for weekend getaways and holidays. With two bedrooms, two

baths, a gourmet kitchen and an impressive media room, the home offers modern conveniences in a secluded mountain retreat. Upon arriving at the home, its stone exterior is striking against the mountainous landscape and vibrant green yard. Solid oak comprises the garage and entry doors, which have a unique, distressed appearance. The entry way features one of three unique iron chandeliers; the second is in the adjacent formal dining room, the third in the living area. Forrest shares that the chandeliers were specially built for the home. Hardwood flooring runs from the entry way through the dining room, gourmet kitchen and living area. The wooden ceiling gives the feeling of a warm mountain lodge, and



is joined by wooden posts and decorative beams. The soaring ceilings and use of angles and curves adds drama and intrigue to the design; canister lights and iron sconces add ambience and compliment the natural light. In the living area, a large picture window overlooks the pond; undoubtedly this view provides a relaxing scene after a day of exploring the mountains. The furnishings, in a mixture of textures, leather and wood, evoke the brown tones of the hardwoods as well as the brown notes in the stone on the fireplace. An inviting table and chairs, situated close to the fireplace, calls friends to sit and visit or play a game while facing the picture window and view outside. Today, I notice a solitaire game carefully laid out, proving that the home inspires relaxation and a moment to gather one’s thoughts. In the winter, a snowy scene can be viewed from the window while curling in front of the fireplace with

a good book. Across from the living room, the gourmet kitchen offers room for entertaining a crowd. A large, granite island features an eatin bar. A double wall oven, cook top and generous side-by-side refrigerator line the wall opposite the island. The refrigerator’s custom panels match the cabinetry perfectly. For the busy family or the couple who loves to entertain, a large and efficient pantry lies right around the corner of the kitchen. The kitchen features an eat-in area for intimate family dinners or daily breakfast. Above the kitchen table, a chandelier of elk antlers compliments the western decor. The formal dining room, on the opposite end of the kitchen, offers room for an elegant dinner party. A custom chandelier adorns the dining room table, and is flanked by solid wood cross beams. A member of the Clays’ collection of art is featured in the formal dining room.




The art collection extends throughout the home, combining a variety of media and textures: sculpture, paintings, and pottery are displayed. Western art is the general theme, with Native American as well as southwestern influences. This collection is particularly expressed in the lower level of the home, which is accessed via an impressive oak staircase. Forrest shares that the staircase was constructed in Utah specifically for the home, and installed in one day without a single hiccup. The staircase itself is a work of art in the home. In addition to the art, a framed keepsake notes Forrest’s service in the US Navy. Forrest shares that he served in both World War II and the Korean War. On the lower level, a media room features a drop-down screen with entertainment system and a custom bar. The western flavor is evident in the bar, featuring carvings and a distressed finish. The design of the bar is mimicked by the design of the adjacent gun cabinet, with space to explore the favorite pieces of any collection. Brick walls in the lower level lend a sense of strength and masculinity to the home. The brick surrounds the gun cabinet in shades of tan and brown, contrasting the dark brown hue of the gun cabinet and the wood in the bar. Upstairs, the master suite offers a feminine touch. A large, comfortable room with its own fireplace, master bath and walk-in closet, it offers luxury and comfort to match the remarkable views. Tumbled travertine tile flows throughout the bathroom, which includes his-and-hers vanities, jetted tub and open shower. The nearby walk-in closet features such unique features as roll-out racks and a floor-to-ceiling shoe organizer. Plenty of space is offered for a closet with mass appeal. The second bedroom offers luxury to guests, with an en suite bath complete with handicap accessibility. A separate fireplace keeps guests cozy for winter visits. A guest house, located within steps of the main home, offers additional housing for visitors. An added feature of the property is a small, rustic cabin, added by the Clays for guest housing or an additional getaway. Forrest takes me on a tour of the cabin; as we arrive, I notice a small sign above the door that reads “What the Hey!” This happy-go-lucky message shares its spirit with the cabin, a sunny, warm and cozy retreat. The cabin sits alongside Canyon Creek. In fact, the creek trickles over the road itself as it continues through the property, and its gentle burbles adds a feeling of calm to the cabin. Forrest shares that this cabin is one of his favorite features of the ranch, and it centers around the energy of the nearby creek. “I don’t know where else you can wash dishes and watch the creek,” he says. I thank Forrest and Mary for their time and make my way back home, through the winding mountains and gorgeous terrain. The energy one feels at the Clays’ ranch is catching; it’s almost as though it moves continuously through the area. Between the motion of water, the animals and people who have been drawn to the land for thousands of years, the poetry of the area is inspirational. When one appreciates the land for what it is, and feels the poetry in motion, then one can truly appreciate the beauty of Wyoming. WLM

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Entertaining Before the Snow Flies by Cyndi Martin

The dog days of summer are drawing to a close. For our family and many others, this period will bring about one of the busiest times of the year. Our out of town visits are ground to a halt and our family fun time is constricted. A new school year for the children and the revival of extra activities which have lain dormant during the summer are just pebbles in that mountain of commotion. Preparation for winter weather occupies much of our time. Yet, a heightened awareness of approaching colder days make us frantic to enjoy every outdoor pursuit offered up to us. Thankfully, Wyomingites are fabulous at offering opportunities. Just mention

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the desire to have an afternoon outdoor adventure to a group of Wyomingites and quicker than a search engine, you will have a short list of “must do’s before the snow flies.” Easy bike rides, best fishing spots, scenic hikes all within a short distance of our homes are an inquiry away. Sorry, no detailed day planner here, each of our regions of Wyoming are so vast and unique that someone could spend a life time journaling the best held secrets of this great state. Secrets that even young baristas already know and are ready to disclose at your slightest interest. Many more opportunities are extended to those of good nature and strong backs. Folks who raise livestock are preparing for the winter as well and often appreciate an extra hand. Outdoor adventures just seem to arise while helping friends with livestock. These crazy, upside down days that seem too busy for cooking could murder a budget or any semblance of a nutrient packed diet if it wasn’t for some simple organization. Most often a run to the fast food joint is not a planned event but rather an “every one is so darned hungry anything will do” type of event. Try this instead: Use the grilled leftovers from the night before to build a hearty sandwich. Use a baguette or other hard roll and layer meat that has been cut across the grain; add super thin, salad or grilled vegetables; drizzle the dressing recipe (see end of the article) over the filling and the pieces of bread as well. Wrap the sandwich tightly with plastic wrap and let it sit in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat, or pack it in a cooler. The dressing elevates

this simple sandwich to delicious deli cuisine. As we embrace these last days of warmer weather, decide which outdoor endeavors should be accomplished “before the snow flies.” Immediately discuss with folks some of their favorite places to go for your selected activity. Remember that even born and bred Wyoming folks are eager to try something new. The challenge is to embrace suggestions and go for it. Just remember to have a toothsome meal ready for once the adventure has been accomplished. Dressing One clove garlic, minced 1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice 2 tsp balsamic vinegar ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil Whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl and use. Cyndi Martin is the owner of The Copper Kettle gourmet kitchen store in historic downtown Laramie. Her days are filled with finding interesting tools for the store, making espresso for guests to the coffee loft and planning cooking classes for the store kitchen. Her evenings are filled with lively entertainment complements of her husband, three growing children and two dogs. A love for the outdoors and a caring community brought Cyndi and her family to Laramie five years ago.




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Does your home change with the seasons? Now that summer has drawn to a close and cooler days and nights are upon us, perhaps a look at how your home reflects these changes is in order! We’ve all heard of “spring cleaning” and “fall cleaning” but is this portrayed in the overall character of your home? Changing your home for the seasons does not take a large investment or a lot of time but is done with simple things. It is easy to use things you already have or even purchase a few new things to note the change in the seasons. Perhaps you have knick-knacks that are better suited for fall and winter that you can bring back out for public display. Putting out jewel –tone throw blankets and pillows brings an inviting sense of comfort to chilly evenings. Using candles with fall and winter smells and colors will add the extra warmth you may crave at this time of year. This can also be the time of year to switch

^ Home Decor The Season for Change by Carrie Poledna

around your photos and wall-hangings. These things can be done year after year It is a time to put your children’s school on any budget because when things are only used for part of the year, they will photos up or hang art that has a cozier feel or fall and winter colors. Just be sure feel new, but comfortable, when you pull them out for their next use! that your rooms are a “neutral” canvas with basic tones or that you pick photos, art and fabrics that connect with the colors already in your room so as to make a cohesive look. Take time to change the little things as well. Can you change out the over-used summer towels with a plush set of towels in your bathroom? Or put on that set of flannel sheets that makes you feel so comfortable on a crisp night? Maybe you have a spring-and-summer bedding set and a fall-and-winter bedding set that you can change for the season. Also, you can replace your light bulbs, especially in bedrooms, with soft-glow bulbs that will make the room feel warmer. Energy efficient window coverings will also prepare you for the cold ahead while making you feel more snug in your space!

Carrie Poledna is a Laramie, WY native now residing in Cheyenne with her husband, Kevin, and two young children. She is a lifelong student of the arts and has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from UW. Carrie spends her free time working on a variety of crafts, home projects, reading, researching the family tree, playing the piano and volunteering at the local crisis pregnancy center. Her latest interest is in digital photography and her favorite subjects, Allison and Andrew, keep her very busy! If you want to discuss more decorating ideas or any other artsy projects, email Carrie at

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UW Football


by Tim Harkins Associate Athletics Director for Media Relations, Public Relations and Broadcasting Photos courtesy University of Wyoming Athletics Department Right: Quarterback Austyn CartaSamuels, from San Jose, California, enters his second season with the University of Wyoming Cowboys.

Below: University of Wyoming Head Coach Dave Christensen.

Coming off their victory in the 2009 New Mexico Bowl, the Wyoming Cowboys will enter their second year under head coach Dave Christensen looking to build on the success they enjoyed a year ago. The Cowboys posted a 7-6 overall record in Christensen’s first season as a college head coach, and placed fifth in the Mountain West Conference with a 4-4 record.  They accomplished that after being picked to finish last in the MWC in a preseason poll by conference media members.  Wyoming achieved a successful first season under Christensen, while playing a schedule that was ranked as the eighth toughest in the country.  Three of the four teams that finished ahead of UW in the conference race ended the season in the Top 25 – TCU, BYU and Utah.  A fourth opponent, Texas, was the runner-up for the National Championship. With 16 of 24 starters returning, including seven on offense, seven on defense and both their starting punter and placekicker, the Pokes may just have the weapons to take another step forward in 2010.  In addition to the 16 returning starters, a total of 34 lettermen return – 14 on offense, 17 on defense and three on special teams. Of the 16 returning starters, six received postseason honors following the 2009 season.  On offense, quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels will enter his sophomore season after being named the 2009 Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year and earning Offensive MVP honors in the New Mexico Bowl.  The Cowboy defense will be led by senior free safety Chris Prosinski and junior middle linebacker Brian Hendricks, who both were named to the All-Mountain West Conference Second Team in ‘09.  Senior wide receiver David Leonard and junior punter Austin McCoy received Honorable Mention AllMWC honors a year ago, while starting strong safety Shamiel Gary returns after being named a First Team Freshman All-

American by the Football Writers Association of America. Christensen became only the second Wyoming head coach in history to lead the Cowboys to a bowl game in his first season -- the other being Paul Roach in 1987 – and Christensen became the first Cowboy head coach to win a bowl game in his first year. Now entering his second season in Laramie, Christensen doesn’t see a lot changing in terms of how his team will approach things in 2010. “Our main goal each and every year is to make it to the postseason,” said Christensen.  “We don’t like to focus on too many goals, but we like to focus on the process.  If you get better as a team on a daily basis and focus on the process, winning takes care of itself.  We emphasize to our players to concentrate on trying to get better every practice, every rep.  If you continue to do that daily and weekly, you will become a better football team. “We want to practice the same way we did a year ago – at a high tempo with a lot of reps.  We just want to continue to improve on our practice habits and our fundamentals, making our guys physically and mentally tougher.” Christensen was pleased with the progress his team made his first year, but he is also mindful that his team has a lot of room to grow to become the type of program that he aspires to build at Wyoming. “I think we’ve made a number of positive strides,” said




Christensen. “We’ve changed the landscape and the expectation level of what we’re trying to get accomplished within our football program.  I also know that we’re a much more athletic team.  We have much more team speed, but we are still at the early stages of building this program.  We have laid a foundation, and our players understand the expectation level and how we want things done.  But we’re still developing our players, and still in the process of recruiting players to compete at the highest level.  I would say our program is still on the ground level, but we made a lot of progress in our first year.” The head coach hopes that the experience his team gained a year ago will provide opportunities to continue that progress this coming season. “You hope that by having a more experienced team that you will also have a more mature team that does a little bit better job versus some of the high-caliber teams that we will play this coming season,” said Christensen.  “And with that said, you would hope, due to our maturity, when we get to the fourth quarter against top programs we will now have the added confidence to be able to knock off some of those types of teams.” In addition to another tough conference schedule in 2010, Wyoming will play arguably a more difficult non-conference schedule than it did a year ago.  The Pokes will travel to Austin,

Marcell Gipson, Cornerback

Brian Hendricks, Linebacker

Texas, on Sept. 11 to face the Texas Longhorns after hosting the Longhorns last season in Laramie. Texas of course earned a spot in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship game a year ago before losing to Alabama.  The following weekend, on Sept. 18, Wyoming will host Boise State in Laramie.  The Broncos defeated TCU in last season’s Fiesta Bowl, and BSU has been ranked in the Top Five of numerous 2010 preseason polls. After playing a very difficult schedule in 2009, how does Christensen think that will help his team prepare for the challenging schedule ahead this season? “I think our players understand that no matter how difficult a schedule may appear as you look at it to start the season, as long as you work hard and take care of business week in and week out, and do the things you need to win – protect the football, have great special forces and play solid defense – you’re going to have a chance to win,” said Christensen. “I think our kids believe now that they can win, no matter who they play.  It’s fine to look at the overall schedule now, but once we start camp in the fall, we will put that schedule away and focus on only one opponent – our next opponent.  We don’t talk a lot about the schedule.  We talk about the process and what we need to do to prepare for the team we’re playing next.” WLM

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Chris Prosinski, Free Safety; & Gabe Knapton, Defensive End

University of Wyoming 2010-2011 Schedule Date

Opponent / Event



09/04/10 09/11/10 09/18/10 09/25/10 10/02/10 10/09/10 10/16/10 10/23/10 10/30/10 11/06/10 11/13/10 11/20/10

vs. Southern Utah at Texas vs. Boise State vs. Air Force* at Toledo at TCU* vs. Utah* at BYU* vs. San Diego State* at New Mexico* at UNLV* vs. Colorado State*

Laramie, WY Austin, TX Laramie, WY Laramie, WY Toledo, OH Fort Worth, TX Laramie, WY Provo, UT Laramie, WY Albuquerque, NM Las Vegas, NV Laramie, WY

7:00 p.m. MT 5:00 p.m. MT 6:00 p.m. MT 12:00 p.m. MT 5:00 p.m. MT 1:30 p.m. MT 4:00 p.m. MT 12:00 p.m. MT 12:00 p.m. MT 4:00 p.m. MT 8:00 p.m. MT 12:00 p.m. MT

* denotes Mountain West Conference games

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A New Era

for The Swan

Column and Photography by Hamish Tear a trumpeter swan breeder and the species now had the recipe it needed most to make a come-back – a biological specialist empowering people to not only raise new and genetically strong populations of swans, but also to secure appropriate ranges of habitat. The WY Wetlands Society improves wetlands throughout the state, providing a habitat for waterfowl and other species

Bill Long, a biologist and conservation officer with Wyoming Game and Fish, founded the Wyoming Wetlands Society (WWS) in 1982. “The goal of the WWS is to improve wetlands throughout the state, and to provide habitat for waterfowl and other species for future generations,” he explains. The model and purpose of the WWS emulates that of Ducks Unlimited, which protects vast wetland expanses of Canada and several regions of the US. Long’s emphasis was on ponds and larger areas of open water, which are more useful to transient and summering waterfowl. Not only would the ponds attract and benefit plentiful birds like mallards and Canada geese, but rarer birds such as canvas backs and trumpeter swans would be encouraged. Ponds also comprise of complex biological systems and beneficial aquatic plants such as sedges, which in turn contribute to the larger ecosystem. “Wetlands are Nature’s most efficient water purifiers,” Long points out. “Siltladen or other polluted water is slowed and absorbed by the dense aquatic vegetation, impurities sink to the bottom and the cleanest of water flows out of the other side.” Wetlands help to control flooding from mountain snow run-offs or midsummer downpours; they are places of recreation for the human population. A complimentary, original goal of the WWS was to help with the reintroduction of trumpeter swans. Long had already been

Meriwether Lewis wrote about the trumpeter swan as he crossed the wetlands of Montana’s Blackfoot Valley in 1806. He was enchanted by the distinct trumpet call, and noted its wingspan of up to eight feet, making it North America’s largest waterfowl. Ironically, the Lewis and Clark Expedition would soon lead to the almost complete disappearance of this most beautiful and gracious bird. These easy-to-catch beauties were hunted for their skins and plumage for ladies fashion accessories – over 17,000 swan skins were collected by the Hudson’s Bay Company between 1853 and 1877. The species was thought to be gone forever, until a small population was discovered in select thermal wetlands in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming in the 1930’s. They had survived by chance because of the unique combined circumstances of their location: The rugged remoteness of the lakes hindered human discovery, and the thermal wetlands provided them with year-round water, food and secure nesting. There were a total of 69 birds which had become inbred and non-migratory. Their viability was therefore in question as reintroduction was considered. By the 1960’s, with enlightened hearts and minds, a few good people set to work to springboard a new era for the trumpeter swan. Eggs were taken from descendents of the 69 birds, some from remaining Canadian flocks, raised in zoos and bred by specialists, and then cross-bred for genetic diversity. By the 1980’s target numbers were being achieved, although not in the Rocky Mountain Region, and not as migratory species. The recovery efforts had relied on feeding and protecting the swans




and thus had removed the need for migration from the birds’ natural programming. In 1986, the WWS gained momentum in its goal of reintroducing a sustainable Rocky Mountain population of swans. “Swans are my Sanity,” Bill Long explained as he described the careful detail involved in the biology of introducing genetic biodiversity to new chicks and breeding swans. It is a slow yet rewarding effort, requiring continuous adaptations and experimentation. Just this spring Bill experimented with incubating swans’ eggs under domestic chickens. “The goal was for the swans to lay more eggs than they normally would – so we pulled their first eggs of the season in March, put them under chickens in my hen coop, and the swans laid more eggs to compensate – thus increasing our number of potential new chicks.” (This is known as ‘clutch manipulation’.) In May of 2007, Long appointed Drew Reed as Executive Director of the WWS. His undergraduate degree in Biology and Wildlife Management is an obvious qualification for such a task. “Fortunately I just love this work,” Drew informed me one day as we visited the various swan ponds on his daily feeding route. “Otherwise the hours could become overwhelming.” Drew’s days are especially long in the spring months. Swan families require constant feeding and care, between the widely scattered private ponds, and those at the ‘nursery’ with their new cygnets. Productive swan pairs that exist on private lands are ‘recovered’ birds – those rescued from collisions with power lines, automobiles, revived from lead-poisoning or otherwise maimed. They now provide valuable progeny as breeding pairs who live in protected areas and who bring a new clutch (about four chicks) to life every spring. Drew will drive up to a hundred miles each day and deliver about 1,000 lbs of dry pellet feed per week. He also doles out a bundle of grass to each clutch, which accustoms the young birds to their more natural type of nourishment – pond weed. In addition to the daily feeding rounds, Drew’s work consists of delivering nesting materials in early spring to islands on the breeding ponds; observation of the swans’ well-being; supervision and maintenance of the grounds and breeding facility; and organizing captures and releases. Most efforts at saving and maintaining wetland areas comprise of building water diversions or rebuilding washed-out dykes, head gates, and WY Wetlands Society members work yeardams which, round to ensure the needs of the swans are if depleted, met. fail to hold water where

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it belongs. His tasks also include PR, fundraising and grantwriting. An elaborate three-year scheme known as ‘The Canada Project’ was just concluded this spring. WWS members assist in preparing swans to Sixty eggs join the ranks of wild migratory birds through were flown months of effort. from Alberta or British Columbia each June (after an initial ten days of natural incubation under the mother), for further incubation in the offices of the WWS in Jackson. Once fledged, the birds were raised and fed with adoptive swan families in thermal waters which are fenced-in for protection from predators. In early September, as juveniles, their pin feathers were clipped on one wing (to prevent flight), then released on more open (yet still protected) waters. They continued to be fed and monitored, while mixing with wild migratory birds. After ‘Swan School 101’, they were ready to join the ranks of the wild migratory birds when mature in June. With the help of volunteers they were rounded up, tagged with an identifying leg band and tested for disease. They then were released into the wild in Montana, Idaho and Oregon. Similarly, ‘The Beaver Project’ has served to both aid wetlands and beavers. Rather than use earth-moving machinery to create wetlands, a beavertrans-location effort was introduced. With the help of a local beaver trapper, about sixty ‘problem’ beavers have now found new homes. Rather than face extermination by drowning, they have been relocated to areas where their silent hard work has enhanced wetland ponds, the dream of Bill Long since 1982. I think the beaver appreciate it too. WLM


Assessing Posture


by Dylan N. Milam, DC, CCSP, CSCS

The world we live in and the stresses we place on our bodies leads to common patterns of overactive and underactive muscles. Valuable information can come from a simple postural assessment. With a postural assessment we can identify muscles that tend to be “overactive” or “underactive.” Every joint in the body is controlled by a variety of muscles pulling in different directions. Our bodies were designed for movement, but the sedentary nature of most jobs today often forces us to remain in one position for long periods of time, usually sitting at a desk. This, in addition to poor posture, injuries, or incorrect workouts, causes some of these muscles to be used more than others. When this happens these muscles become overactive and dominant, while typically the opposing muscles become underactive. This can cause inappropriate wear on joints causing them to degenerate faster than normal and increase strain on supporting muscles and ligaments which can lead to or complicate other injuries. Overactive muscles are prone to be tight, adaptively shortened, overactive in functional movements, overactive when the body is fatigued, and overactive while learning new movement patterns. These are muscles that need inhibition and lengthening. While it is ok to strengthen these muscles, we want to be careful because that may feed into a movement dysfunction. Underactive muscles tend to be inhibited and weakened. Because of their weakness they cannot eccentrically control or decelerate joint movements and are unable to override the effects of the overactive muscles. These muscles need to be

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activated through motor pattern reeducation and strengthened. While stretching these muscles is ok, they usually are already lengthened. Therefore, overactive muscles need to be stretched and underactive muscles need to be strengthened. Another area that needs assessed from a muscle standpoint is muscle function. Muscle function refers to how the whole body works together to coordinate movements. In reality a muscle rarely contracts by itself, but rather it contracts in conjunction with many other muscles. It is important to remember the body functions as a Kinetic Chain. This means that everything in the body is attached and connected to every other area of the body meaning everything affects everything. For further guidance, have your posture and movement evaluated by a professional such as a chiropractor, physical therapist, or orthopedic specialist. By determining which muscles are overactive and which are underactive, stretching and strengthening programs can be prescribed to correct these imbalances. Dr. Dylan N. Milam was born and raised in Laramie, Wyoming and graduated with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Wyoming. Following undergraduate studies Dr. Milam attended Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon and earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. After graduating, he practiced in Portland for two years before returning to Laramie and opening a practice. Dr. Milam’s clinical focus, in addition to disorders of the spine and pelvis, is on conservative management of cumulative trauma disorders, sports medicine and functional progressive rehabilitation. Dr. Milam is a  Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist  (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.    He  is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) through the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP), which consists of extra training in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries.  He is currently working towards his Diplomate through the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians.


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Every year about 650,000 American women undergo a hysterectomy. This surgical procedure involves removing a woman’s uterus, and sometimes her ovaries and cervix. For many women, this procedure provides much sought-after relief from a variety of medical problems, including severe pain and heavy or prolonged periods. However, a hysterectomy is major surgery, with a significant recovery period and potential complications. It should only be considered when all other options have been exhausted. Fortunately, there are now more options than ever for women suffering from painful, heavy periods. These options range from less invasive surgical procedures to long-term drug therapy. Determining what is appropriate for you requires a careful medical workup by an experienced and qualified gynecological surgeon. One option now available, endometrial ablation, involves removal of the lining of the uterus - the source of bleeding during a menstrual period. For many women, this is a very effective solution, with up to 90% of women finding satisfactory relief of symptoms. After the procedure, most women report lighter or normal periods, and some have their periods stopped completely. One form of endometrial ablation, the new NovaSure procedure, has evolved to the point that it is considered a quick outpatient procedure that requires no incisions, uses only a brief anesthetic, and generally takes less then 15 minutes to perform. Many practices can perform this procedure in the office with only a local anesthetic. NovaSure Travis D. Klingler, MD has been in private practice since 2002. He attended Creighton Medical School and completed his residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita.  He currently serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine WWAMI program. Dr. Klingler enjoys life in Laramie with his wife and five children. He currently practices with Laramie Physicians for Women, where his special interests include Minimally Invasive Surgery and Advanced Laparoscopic Procedures. For more information on infertility and treatment options, contact Laramie Physicians for Women at 307-745-8991.

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New Hope for Women



with painful, heavy menstrual periods! by Travis D. Klingler, MD

uses precisely measured electrical energy, delivered through a slender, hand-held device, to remove the endometrial lining. Prior to recommending this procedure, however, it is important that your physician determine that you are an appropriate candidate, with a good likelihood of success. Your physician will take a complete medical history, and perform a physical exam. Other tests may include some blood tests, perhaps a biopsy (tissue sample) of the uterine lining, and possibly other more involved tests such as a hysteroscopy or ultrasonography. These tests can usually be done in your physician’s office, and are quick and fairly painless. NovaSure (like all uterine ablation procedures) is only appropriate for premenopausal women with heavy menstrual bleeding, who are no longer interested in getting pregnant. If you fall into this group, endometrial ablation may present a safe, effective alternative to hysterectomy. If you need additional information about endometrial ablation, ask your physician, or contact Laramie Physicians for Women at 307-745-1568.



The Shoot Out Cheyenne (TSOC) 24-hour film making festival is set for October 15 – 17. TSOC asks teams of filmmakers to trust their courage, imagination and determination by making a 7-minute film in just 24 hours. The challenge and skill involved becomes evident with the list of required technical, material, and timing ‘rules’ for creating the films. The event is open to the public – including teams consisting of family members, colleagues from work and video hobbyists to professionals. In 2009, TSOC attracted 21 teams from around Wyoming, Colorado and Kansas. Each film must be edited linearly “in-camera” meaning there is no external or nonlinear editing allowed. Teams may rewind tape, preview and tape over what was last shot. Completed films are then returned to the event organizers no later than 24 hours after the start of the event. All films must include five of eleven items announced at the start of the event in “The Brief ” which ensures that films are made during the designated time, and not pre-produced ahead of time. All films are judged with the Top 10 Films screening on Sunday afternoon, October 17. “To Be A Cowboy” produced by Emily Robinson of the Best of the West Film Club at the University of Wyoming won the award for Best In-Camera Editing. Robinson’s team was one of 21 entered in the 2009 edition of The For more information check out the website at Shoot Out Cheyenne 24 hour film or call 307-509-0182. making festival.

TSOC is sponsored in part by the Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority, Visit Cheyenne, Wyoming Film Office, Wyoming Arts Council, the Twisted Foundation, Wyoming Tribune Eagle and the Plains Hotel.




Pets and the Wyoming Family By Christi Chapman, Certified Dog Trainer Photography by Joan Adsit At a recent Farmer’s market, I watched a young girl of about 6 or 7 playing with a dog I am fostering for a regional rescue organization. The girl was giggling non-stop in delight at the way she was able to interact with the dog! Her older sister was amazed at how much fun she was having, and said she had never seen her sister get so excited when playing with an animal. She reported that the youngster had her own dog at home and she had never had that much fun with or even tried to interact with the dog. What makes a dog at a Farmers’ Market so entertaining and the dog in your backyard so mundane? It could be that like many families, we take the members for granted until a situation occurs where we begin to value that member more deeply. Most people consider their pets to be a part of the family. Family is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as a noun describing: #1, parents and children; #2, relatives; #3, a group or category of like things. By this definition pets are not necessarily included -- or are they? Let’s take a look at the third description of family for a moment: “a group or category of like things.” Are dogs/cats/pot bellied pigs and humans alike? We all belong to the classification of mammals. “Pet people” often consider their pets to be their “children” despite the obvious anatomical

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differences. Dr. Temple Grandin of CSU explains that most wolf and wild dog packs are familial groups and the leaders of such groups are most often parental figures. She suggests that most dogs in our society today are not in need of a pack leader as much as a parent for guidance and leadership. Including your pet in the family dynamics can create a relationship that is rewarding and enduring. When I was young we had a cat that followed us kids all over the countryside! We hiked the hills with our dog and cat in tow. Now that we have established a possibility for your pet to truly be considered a part of your family, let’s look at ways to involve your ENTIRE family in summer activities and fun! Whether your pet is a cat, dog, pot bellied pig or a hamster there are ways to interact that enrich not only our lives, but also the lives of our pets.

WLM | Wyoming is home to wide open spaces. Camping and hiking with your pet in the summer is great exercise and getting out into the open where your dog can roam off leash is motivating and enriching for the dog. Off leash hikes -- or for dogs without a superb recall, letting them drag a long lead -- allows your dog to move naturally as they would with a family “pack” in a wilder setting. This stimulates the seeking emotion, which is one of the core emotions that need to be actively engaged for an animal to feel truly balanced. Check out www. and search for WY. This site will direct you to dog friendly trails and camping spots, and offer information about locations. For those who are more into organized sporting events, the American Kennel Club has several trials and events in the late summer months in Wyoming. Visit to find more information on field trials, obedience, rally, showmanship, and agility or herding trials. Of special note, Worland will be hosting a Coonhound show August 20-21st and the Rocky Mountain Irish Wolfhound Association will be hosting a specialty event in Cheyenne September 3rd. These dogs are interesting and fun to watch! North American Dog Agility Council will be sanctioning agility trials in Casper, Buffalo and Gillette, with the championships to be held in Gillette September 20-26th. Agility is not just for the spry youngsters anymore! There are veteran and disabled categories too. Herding enthusiasts will delight in watching the cattle dog trials throughout the state during the county fairs. If you would like to get involved in one of these sports with your companion, a Google search can get you in touch with the right people for training and competition advice. I am a certified trainer. I was educated in the positive methods of training, and introduced to clicker training, but I didn’t really get the concept of it until I read the book by the developer of this method entitled Reaching the Animal Mind. The author,


Karen Pryor, is a genius. I highly recommend checking out this book! It is enjoyable to read and explains how this method works and why it is so easy and successful! With the use of a simple clicker, sold in most pet stores or online for about $2, you can teach ANY animal fabulous tricks and begin to truly communicate with your pet in a way you will both enjoy! There are no limits to the interaction you can have with your pet using this tool. Karen describes and offers links to view the practical application of using the clicker for amazing things such as teaching ponies to surf (something her young students came up with on their own!), a fish to swim through a hoop and a hermit crab to ring a bell underwater. So no matter what your pet of choice is, there are no excuses for not interacting! Clickers are so uncomplicated that children as young as 6 years can easily grasp the concept! Enlisting the assistance of a certified trainer familiar with these methods is encouraged, and that can be an activity in which the whole family can participate. Dogs in particular have a long history of working as partners with humans. However, a simple walk with your pet is just as rewarding and beneficial for you too. Just because you have a rat, or a pig, or a lizard does not mean you can’t take your pet out for a walk and interact! Pets are not accessories- they are our companions! Think about including them in your life! WLM



Home Family

Vaccinations Count!

by Dr. Kent Kleppinger

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Immunizations, baby shots, vaccinations—whatever name you call them are actually special in the state of Wyoming. We are one of the only states in the nation that fully fund the vaccinations for our children. It’s a huge step Wyoming takes to invest in our children’s future.

out of our continent and keeps it from spreading when it comes into the country from developing nations.

Our children receive nearly two dozen immunizations during childhood; most of them during the first year. The positive reasons for vaccines are to help prevent, even stop the spread of lethal illnesses like polio, pertussis (“whooping cough”) measles and rubella. While these illnesses can hospitalize and even cause death in younger children, some parents are nervous and even afraid of giving their kids vaccinations.

The vaccinations we give in our offices today are roughly 100 times “cleaner” than a generation ago, due to ongoing research and surveillance of the illnesses and changes needed to keep up with changing microbes. They are more effective and safer than they were for the parents of our children today. The “Old” vaccines are now no older than about the last 5 years since their most recent adjustment. And the “new” vaccines (for cervical cancer and a form of severe bacterial meningitis) are saving millions of dollars in family hospital bills and preventing major illness in children. One vaccine, the HIB Vaccine, outpaced its expectations.

One movement, founded by a Dr. Spears, recommends waiting to give shots until later when “the immune system is more mature” and even avoiding shots due to the cause of autism. Another group simply feels too many shots are given and “we did just fine with these illnesses”. Still another group rides on the urban legend that autism is caused by vaccinations.

The HIB Vaccine was advanced as possibly helping the number of ear infections in children and possibly pneumonia as well. Turns out it has erased one of the major meningitis causing illnesses in children. I used to do 2-3 spinal taps a month for meningitis due to this illness. Now, there are fewer than 2-3 spinal taps a year done in our community, thanks to a vaccine.

The truth is as simple as the internet. Word spreads on the net that is totally false and takes on a life of its own. Case in point is the argument that measles cause autism. That came from a fabricated medical report in England, totally made up by the physician author. Since then the article has been retracted, the author banned from medicine and his book profits court ordered to be given to London Children’s Hospital. Autism, it turns out, is a genetic disease totally unrelated to vaccinations. The internet still spreads that measles cause autism.

Wyoming has had the wisdom to see value in vaccinating our children and to pay for them. Families in some states may pay as much as $500 for a set of 6 month shots for their child. Here, the only charge is the nurse time it takes to administer them (around $30). Our state’s immunization levels are improving steadily since the state picked up the cost, and think of the millions of dollars Wyoming actually saves in paying for the illnesses it prevents with vaccinations. Overall, this is money very well spent. And that belittles the real reason for the vaccination program in Wyoming. After all, it’s hard to put a price on our children’s health and future.

Take polio for example. In the 18th century it spread to young infants as a relatively benign stomach illness. Water hygiene improvements moved the disease from infants to older children and adults and from 1900 on became the most crippling illness ever seen. President Franklin D. Roosevelt nearly died from polio. Vaccinations have nearly (but not completely) wiped it Dr. Kent Kleppinger, “Klep” to his patients, grew up in Casper, Wyoming and graduated with honors from the University of Wyoming. He received his medical degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and completed his Pediatrics Internship and Residency at Oklahoma Children’s Memorial Hospital in Oklahoma City. Following Residency, he did an additional year of Fellowship training in Ambulatory Pediatrics, where he had extra training in the fields of Pediatric Development, Adolescent Medicine and Pulmonary Pediatrics. Dr. Kleppinger has practiced Pediatrics in Laramie since 1985. In January 1999 he opened his current office, Laramie Pediatrics, PC. Dr. Kleppinger is Board Certified in Pediatrics and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Thoracic Society, AAP Section on Child Development and Section on Adolescent Medicine. He is currently the UW Athletics Team Physician, Medical Director to Cathedral Home for Children in Laramie and the Medical Director for WyoTech Student Health.

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A Hulett, Wyoming Tradition

Column and Photography by Chanda Snook

will continue with a branding of the Rogues Gallery on the corner of Main Street. In the evening, the toughest of nerves gather for the Cowboy Calcutta Poker Tournament. The Cowgirl True Western Benefit Concert will be held at 7:00 Saturday night at the Hulett Community Center, with Diane Tribitt, cowgirl poet, and the band Badger Horse performing.

In its fourth year, “Ride a Horse Feed a Cowboy” will be held this August from the 27th to the 29th. The event provides financial assistance to a local family in need – all wrapped up in a fun-filled event! With a new family selected every year, the fundraiser has grown by leaps and bounds!

On Sunday, the “Old West Cowboy & Indian Collectible Trade Show” continues at 8 AM. Cowboy Church will be held at 10 AM. “Last year was an awesome service, with a great message and lots of music!” Chanda says. She adds, “Come and see us this year! While you’re here, take a break from the activities and visit Devils Tower -- our nation’s first National Monument!” For more information on the event, please call Chanda Snook at 307-290-0400. WLM

“Seems like there is always some great family in need of some help,” event coordinator Chanda Snook says. “This year we are dedicating our event to a wonderful lady named Deena Parnell.” Diagnosed in March of 2010 with Metastatic Malignant Melanoma, Deena has undergone multiple surgeries and is currently undergoing radiation therapy. Deena was born and raised in Wyoming, and currently owns the Hulett Hardware Store with her husband. The event begins Friday with the “Old West Cowboy & Indian Collectible Trade Show”, which kicks off at 8 AM. Riders arrive in town around 4 PM on horseback. “Some people will ride 15 to 20 miles to get here,” Chanda shares. “Last year we had around 50 riders come in. Every year there are more and more!” Once in town the evening gears up with a good ol’ western BBQ. “We fed approximately 300 people [in 2009]!” Chanda says. After the dinner, a benefit auction is held. A wide variety of interesting items are donated for the auction, and the response is always enthusiastic. At 9pm the band Ruckus plays into the late hours of the evening. Diane Tribitt, a cowgirl poet and event performer, is hosting a Cowgirl Retreat on Friday night. Saturday’s events begin with a continuation of Friday’s trade show at 8 AM. The festivities continue with the annual business branding. “Last year, in 2009, it was Summit Bank’s 25th anniversary. We had everyone bring their branding irons to brand the bank,” Chanda says. This year, the branding fun

Community members enjoy an event full of food, music and fun, all to raise money for a Wyoming neighbor in need.



Cowboy Poetry


alive and well

in Wyoming America

Do Buses to Wyoming Stop Here? Hey Mister do buses to Wyoming stop here? I need to dip my sinker fly into a swift mountain stream I need to ride my horse flat out across the flats I need to see just how fast time can slow down I want to ride on the range I want to ride in the rodeo I want to go to a Wild West Show and pull my gun on Billy the Kid’s sister Hey Mister do buses to Wyoming stop here?

Lane Luttrell currently resides in Prairieville, Louisiana. In the 1960’s and early 1970’s, Lane had the privilege of working on three family ranches in south central Wyoming: Lee McQuay’s place, the Diamond Ranch and Howard & Audrey Brokaw’s 3 Circle Ranch. The 3 Circle is where Lane worked the longest, starting out working in the hay fields. Through the patience and tutelage of those Lane worked for, especially Howard Brokaw and his foreman Del Esquibel, he progressed to being a cowboy/ranch hand. Even in his youth, Lane knew that the Arlington-McFadden, Wyoming area, called “The Valley,” was a special place. He did not know then how much the people there would forever affect how he would live his life. “The Valley” is a beacon that over 30 years later, still shines out to Lane.

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when I stood in the prairie nothing was taller only I saw the full yellow arc of the sun connecting the circle to the pale white moon only I heard the birdsong cricket sounds of the endless prairie wind and sky flew by me as I raced across the mesa and skimmed the floor of an ancient sea I ran with the thunder of the power of the emptiness through the strong silence of the prairie when I could run no longer my breath steaming my chest foamed my legs weak I stood still and still I saw endless prairie tidal winds ebbed and flowed over the grass land where I grazed I lifted my head to the windsound of the wolf howling to the vastness an exuberant song of the sanctity of the loneliness of the endless prairie when I stood in the prairie nothing was taller I was the Buffalo

The Big Horn Big Band Saxes: Ron Wagner (Douglas) Karly Warner (Gillette) Jack Faubion (Gillette) Daryl Rossow (Gillette) Greg Smith (Gillette) Karia Schofield (Gillette)



Big Horn Big Band

Trumpets: Steve Oakley (Gillette) Kelly Glasser (Wright) Steve Schofield (Gillette) Adam Dean (Gillette) Sue Hayes (Gillette) Trombones: Bill Rathbun (Gillette) Brian Hendershot (Gillette) Phil Stahla (Gillette) Elin Mayo (Gillette) Ray Carlton (Gillette) Rhythm Section: Scott Engel - Piano (Gillette) Craig Jennings - Guitar (Gillette) Rich Gleason - Bass (Gillette) Tyler Young- Drums (Gillette)

Comprised of community members – including music professionals, realtors, teachers, professors, electricians and more – the Big Horn Big Band formed in the fall of 2005 by Gillette band teacher Steve Schofield and one of his former students, Steve Oakley. “We started to rehearse once a month to just play for ourselves and work on some songs that we wanted to play,” Schofield says. In the spring of 2006, they played their first gig – Sheridan Airport’s 75th Anniversary celebration. They followed this with performances at the Sheridan College Arts Festival, Gillette Summer Music in the Park and the first Gillette College Donkey Creek Jazz Festival, as well as a wedding – all in 2006! Since then, the group has participated in the Donkey Creek Jazz Festival every year, has been the featured entertainment of the Gillette Chamber of Commerce and a fundraiser for Cynthia Lummis for Congress at Devils Tower. They have performed at functions such as the Art Gala and Spring Fling staff celebration hosted by Campbell County School District, as well as private functions such as birthday parties. “This year, the Big Horn Big Band and a few other community members served as the pep band for the Gillette College Men’s & Women’s basketball teams,” says Schofield. A portion of the group has branched to form the Coaltrane Jazz Septet, a

By Steve Schofield and Kati Hime Photography provided by the Big Horn Big Band group of professional musicians from Gillette who perform a variety of jazz/swing standards, show tunes and modern jazz. The group joined forces with the Jazz Luck Club of Gillette, a group of individuals who wanted to learn more about jazz music. The club hosts a series of annual events: a Valentine’s dinner with live jazz music at a local coffee shop, as well as a Swing Dance and Latin Dance Night. Schofield says, “The Swing Dance and Latin Dance Nights are attended by well over 200 people dancing and having a great time!” Visit the group’s website at www.bighornbigband. com to hear a sample of their work. For booking availability at a reasonable rate, contact Steve Oakley at soakley@ For a calendar of 2010 events and contact info, visit the band’s website. Next time you’re in northeastern Wyoming, be sure to catch a performance – the Big Horn Big Band captures the essence of our musical history through the work of community members.



Carbon County A Land of Opportunity

Photography provided by Carbon County Visitors Council

Fishing in Carbon County is as therapeutic as it is adventurous!

A Celebration of Trout Fishing Opportunities in Carbon County by Jeff Streeter, Trout Unlimited This is not a where-to guide providing specifics to Carbon County’s best fishing. Nor is it a road map to all my favorite fishing holes. I won’t do that to you- promise. I refuse to rob you of the best part of a good day. I want to give you something more valuable. I want to invite you to a celebration of trout and exploration. Did you know that 55% of the North Platte River from the Colorado State Line to where Interstate 80 crosses at Fort Steele is publicly accessed water, more than 50 miles of great wade fishing? The Encampment River, a classic pool-drop wild trout fishery, runs undisturbed through 16 miles of public lands up stream of the town of Encampment; have you seen it? You should. Just yesterday I walked into great fishing water for the first time. It’s still the best part of a day, to lay eyes on a new piece of water; expectations high at the discovery of another “best fishing hole.” I’ve guided and fished in Carbon County since 1974. I’m still discovering new places. My invitation to you is this: buy a Medicine Bow Forest Service (FS) map, back it up

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with some Bureau of Land Management (BLM) maps, dust off your hiking boots, pack a lunch and one for a friend. Load up your day pack with insect repellent, sunscreen, water, camera, rain jacket, a hat, and get out there. Park your pick-up at the trailhead, tell someone where you’re going and start walking when the morning still has that cool, moist feeling. Enjoy the sunrise and treat yourself to the treasures of Carbon County, Wyoming. Do you know how many lakes are in the Snowy Range? I have no idea. I don’t need to know. What I do know is that I will never run out of new alpine lakes to fish. Study the maps, take a hike, float a river, listen to others and take notes, then go exploring. This is not a how-to fish guide. You can’t learn to fish by reading about it; you just have to go out and do it. A little instruction never hurts, but don’t judge a day’s fun by how



Find Carbon County by Kati Hime Planning that trip to celebrate Summer’s Last Hurrah? As the dog days of summer wind down and the air becomes crisp with the advent of autumn, one looks for opportunities to cram as much nature experience as we can into our busy schedules. In Wyoming, we know that winter is rapidly approaching, and with it shorter days and more time indoors. We want to do, see and experience before the snow begins to fly.

Don’t wait until someone tells you it’s good fishing. The experience is rich in Carbon County.

many fish you catch. Rather, hold on to an image from the day. Maybe you saw a perfect columbine, or more butterflies than you can count, a herd of elk in velvet or a child’s smile. Those are the important things, the fish are little more than a good excuse to close the front door behind you. Take the time to be observant, relax, breathe deeply, take it all in; then begin to fish, you’ll catch more and you’ll have more fun. If you become impatient with fishing, let it go for the day. Never, never let someone else define your good time. This is not a when-to fish guide. Don’t wait until someone tells you it’s good fishing. Go when you can’t stand to stay at home another minute. Go when you see the kids in Saratoga bicycling to the river with their spin rods. Go when you’re happiest. Go when you’re sad. Go to get away. Go to be close to someone or something. Just get out there and realize that the opportunities are endless. The experience is rich and the memories lasting, and they are all in Carbon County, Wyoming

When it comes to an outdoor experience mixed with a hometown atmosphere and a cultural flavor, take a look at Carbon County, Wyoming. The many quaint communities that comprise the county offer a hometown touch, complete with Wyoming hospitality: Baggs, Dixon, Elk Mountain, Encampment, Hanna, Medicine Bow, Saratoga, Savery, Rawlins and Riverside. Mom and Pop businesses are the norm in the area, and with it the personalized service that makes off-the-beaten-track exploration such a source of lifelong memories. One can find a plethora of activities year-round, including a variety of winter activities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Summer and fall hold a special attention in the county, with unparalleled scenery and abundant opportunities for the most outgoing adventure-seeker. With

Give fly fishing a try. If you already know how to fly fish, practice some more and get even better. When replenishing your fly box, be sure to save room for parachute adams, yellow humpies, and elk hair caddis. Push those other flies aside and make room for pheasant tail nymphs, princies, and hare’s ears, a wooly bugger or two and some black gnats for the alpine lakes. I’ll see you out there and we’ll celebrate together. Jeff Streeter began his guiding career on the North Platte River in 1974, just two months after graduating from college. Growing up on the shore of a lake gave Jeff opportunity to spend countless hours adrift with fly rod in hand and cemented his love of fishing. Serving as head guide for a Saratoga fishing outfitter and then Streams & Outdoor Rec. Dept. Manager for the Old Baldy Club gave Jeff unique insights into the North Platte River fishery. A certified fly casting instructor of the Federation of Fly Fishermen, Jeff teaches fly fishing courses through Western Wyoming Community College. Fly casting clinics, fly tying classes, knot tying sessions and talks on local aquatic habitat issues allow Jeff to involve the community of Saratoga in his favorite sport. A participant in TV programs for PBS and OLN, Jeff now works for Trout Unlimited as the North Platte River Water Project Manager, helping preserve and protect cold water fisheries in Carbon County.

mountain ranges such as the Sierra Madres and Snowy Range just a stone’s throw away, hunting and fishing explorations are abundant. Moose, elk, pronghorn antelope, a variety of deer and fish, and more are available in the area. Be sure to grab your camera and head out to the mountains for a day full of exploration! The changing colors and rushing Encampment and North Platte Rivers offer boundless




Discover scenic beauty and historical interest on Carbon County’s Scenic Byways.

Wild Bunch robberies. Along the way, visit the Little Snake River Museum in Savery, and the Grand Encampment Museum and Mining Town in Encampment. Learn about the rich mining and trapping history of the area. Be sure to have those cameras ready for Aspen Alley, wellknown for its statuesque gathering of aspen and other area trees. Pass through ranch lands as you arrive in Saratoga.

opportunities for beautiful photo ops. For some amazing scenic, historic and cultural opportunities, check out the following byways – grab your map and always check for seasonal closures before you head out. Seminoe-Alcova Back Country Byway: From Alcova in the north to Sinclair in the south, the 73 mile route passes through a variety of landscapes as it travels over the Seminoe Mountains. Find Alcova, Seminoe and Pathfinder Reservoirs, Fremont Canyon, the Pedro Mountains and Seminoe State Park via this route. Remote and rugged, its back country views are worth the trek! Snowy Range Scenic Byway: A 29 mile, high-altitude journey through the Medicine Bow National Forest, including portions of the Snowy Range and Sierra Madre mountain ranges. Follow WY Highway 130 from Laramie or Saratoga for jaw-dropping peaks, lakes and forests -- and loads to explore! For the history buffs: Check out Ryan Park Campground, formerly a Civilian Conservation Corps camp during the Great Depression and a prisoner of war camp during World War II! Follow the interpretive trail and signs that lead to the foundations for the old prisoner of war buildings – a gem of Wyoming and American history! The Outlaw Trail Loop: From Rawlins near Creston Junction to Saratoga, journey along outlaw country, the site of The

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Battle Highway: Along WY Highway 70 this drive is open Memorial Day through October. Journey across the Sierra Madre Mountains from Encampment to Baggs, through grand, sweeping views. History lovers, have your highlighter ready to mark this byway! Along this route, visit Battle ghost town and the Edison Monument – this marks the point where Thomas Edison’s revelation for the light bulb filament was born while fishing on Battle Lake. Got a bike? Pack it along! Light traffic and wide shoulders on this highway make it an excellent place for cycling. Be on the lookout for the pass through Aspen Alley -- be sure to ask the locals for help with directions! Still got that camera? Wildlife serves as your host, and autumn offers beautiful colors and photo ops as the leaves change. Culture your thing? Carbon County has it! Be sure to visit the Saratoga Museum, where interesting exhibits join a diverse selection of Carbon County historical items and materials. Visit the museum’s website,, for a list of upcoming special events. From guest authors to Native American dancers, the museum hosts a variety of fun and educational events annually. The museum attracts both locals and visitors alike, and is known for their support for the schools. Open Memorial Day through the second Friday in October, the museum hours are 1-4 PM. A must-see when you are in the area! When planning your vacation, visit The Platte Valley Community Center in Saratoga offers a variety of activities year-round, from film festivals and concerts to festivals. Be sure to check out this cultural center when you’re in town! We’ve merely scratched the surface on the adventures to be found in Carbon County – visit www.wyomingcarboncounty. com for more information! No matter your reason, be sure to explore Carbon County, Wyoming this fall – you won’t be disappointed! WLM



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Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine Fall 2010  

Our THIRD issue! Covering home, business, community, family, wildlife, athletics, travel and MUCH more throughout the state of WY!

Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine Fall 2010  

Our THIRD issue! Covering home, business, community, family, wildlife, athletics, travel and MUCH more throughout the state of WY!