Pole Mountain roads open for the season

Campgrounds, day-use sites and roads on the Pole Mountain Unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest are all open for the season, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Tie City, Vedauwoo and Yellow Pine campgrounds are open on a first-come, first-served basis. Roads that were closed during the past couple months are now open, but motorized users must remain on designated routes. An annual shooting restriction is in effect through Sept. 10. Anyone with information about damage to a game camera on Vedauwoo Road should contact law enforcement officer Hannah Nadeau at 307-343-2335. Call 745-2300 to report off-road or shooting violations to the Laramie Range District. Free motor vehicle use maps are available at the Laramie Ranger District Office, 2468 Jackson St., or at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/mrb/mvum/maps.

Prescribed burns to begin at Pole Mountain

The U.S. Forest Service plans to begin prescribed burns on the northern part of the Pole Mountain Unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest during the next few months, depending on favorable weather and fuel conditions. Smoke will likely be visible from Wyoming 210 and nearby forest roads. Crews will target juniper patches, deteriorating aspen stands and dead understory in stands of ponderosa pines. Targeted areas are surrounded by either moist vegetation or burn lines from previous fires, both of which act as a fire break. Crews will contact recreationists in the area, and signs will be placed on adjacent roads. Burn sizes will be up to 100 acres at a time. The project is part of the ongoing Pole Mountain Vegetation Project, a multi-year effort with the goal of creating a healthy, resilient, diverse forest. Call the Laramie Ranger District at 745-2300 for more information.

Hapi-ness 5k returns at junior high

The 31st running of the Hapi-ness 5k is set for 9 a.m. today at Laramie Junior High School, 1355 N. 22nd St. Registration is $20 for adults and $15 for children. Proceeds will be donated to a family in the junior high community fighting cancer. Go to www.facebook.com/hapi5k for more information.

Wyoming Marathon Races back for 40th year

The 40th running of the Wyoming Marathon Races is set to continue at 7 a.m. May 28 at the Lincoln Monument Rest Area. The event includes the Vedauwoo 5k, Medicine Bow Half Marathon, Wyoming Marathon and Rocky Mountain 50k. All races take place on an out-and-back course that heads east toward the Vedauwoo area from the starting area along dirt and paved roads. A portion of proceeds will be donated the Cheyenne Boys and Girls Club. Go to www.wyomingmarathonraces.weebly.com for more information.

Families invited to camp at Curt Gowdy

In celebration of Great Outdoors Month, the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails is hosting the Governor’s Campout, set for 4 p.m. June 2 at the Aspen Grove Trailhead. The event is free for families with children from 4-15 years old, and registration is now underway. Tents, sleeping bags and other equipment will be provided. Dinner and breakfast will also be provided, along with activities. The event is scheduled to end at 10 a.m. June 3, just in time for the ninth Summer Outdoor Slam. Contact Ashley Rooney at 307-777-6560 or ashley.rooney@wyo.gov to register.

Game and Fish announces Free Fishing Day

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Free Fishing Day is set for June 3. During the annual event, fishing licenses are not required for lakes and reservoirs throughout the state, excluding Yellowstone National Park and Wind River Indian Reservation. All other fishing regulations still apply. On the same day, daily use fees will be waived at all Wyoming state parks that offer fishing, according to Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails. Those parks include Boysen, Buffalo Bill, Curt Gowdy, Edness K. Wilkins, Fort Phil Kearney, Glendo, Guernsey, Keyhole, Seminoe and Hawk Springs.

WY Outside Challenge underway

The 2017 WY Outside Challenge, a program aimed to encourage families to participate in outdoor activities, is now underway. To participate in the challenge, Wyoming youth can go to www.wyoutside.com to download a scorecard, on which they will find challenge activities such as sleeping under the stars, catching a fish, climbing a tree, going snowshoeing and much more. Points are awarded for each activity, which participants can document with a photo while keeping track of their score. Every participant who scores 200 points by Dec. 31 will receive a certificate and entry into a prize drawing. Contact administrative coordinator Ashley Rooney at 307-777-6560 or ashley.rooney@wyo.gov for more information.

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