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It’s not much to look at right now. Gazing across the prairie the grass is brown, requiring some imagination on how the five new spreader dikes spanning the drainage bottom enhance the vegetation growth in the spring. That growth is a boon for livestock grazing, but also benefits wildlife, e…

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Game and Fish collecting CWD samples from target areas

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Dan “Danno” Brain, with his dog, Dox, watching nearby, hefted the sledgehammer over his head and let it drop, careening into the rock below. The rock crumbled upon impact. Nearby, Keith Riddle looked out of place with his weed-whacker. Rather than grooming the edge of a lawn, he went after w…

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission recently approved the creation of a new wildlife habitat management area on the southern portion of the Pilot Hill parcel. The commission authorized the move during a meeting Sept. 9 in Thermopolis.

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I lifted my mountain bike, put the main bar atop my shoulder, and lugged it across the scree field. I teetered from one rock to another, thankful for my balancing abilities. Once back on solid ground, I located the trail, hoped on my bike and continued to the lake ahead.

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On a glorious fall afternoon last Sunday at Washington Park, a couple dozen people gathered to talk about health and go for a walk amid the falling leaves.

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Mountain bikers of all stripes have a new resource for discovering routes across Wyoming. Downhill hounds and seekers of gnarly rough paths, as well as those looking for a good route to enjoy with the family, can find new paths to meet their biking pleasure in the new book by Jerimiah Rieman.

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department reintroduced a native species of mussels to rivers in southeast Wyoming this summer after finding none in the state during recent surveys.

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Dobby, my young Australian shepherd, gnawed on the tree branch. I was a foot away taking a handsaw to the tree trunk. The dead pine lay prone across the Medicine Bow Rail Trail. As a volunteer, my goal was to get it off the trail, and Dobby wanted to help.

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The fourth season of work is getting underway as part of an ongoing project to rebuild trails on the Pole Mountain Unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest.

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It spans 91 water miles and boasts 360 miles of shore line. Flaming Gorge Reservoir, south of Rock Springs and Green River, straddles the state line with about three quarters of the reservoir in Wyoming and the other quarter in Utah. It is the largest reservoir in Wyoming.

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There’s gold in “them thar’ hills.” Of course the gold isn’t the kind you take to the bank, but it’s the bright orange, reds and yellows that attract leaf peepers to the byways and backcountry trails every autumn. While it’s easy to lament the passing of warm weather and long days, Mother Na…

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Drought and harsh winters have taken their toll on the health of some big game herds in southeast Wyoming in the last few years, which could translate into tougher hunting conditions as summer turns to fall. Here’s a look at how local herds are doing.

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A half-dozen bodies of water in southeast Wyoming are currently under an advisory from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality for harmful cyanobacterial blooms.

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The night sky took my breath away. I lay prone on the ground, far from city lights. A few minutes earlier I roused myself from my comfortable camper-shell abode. My goal was to watch the Perseid meteor shower on its peak night – August 11. I’d read that the best viewing was shortly before mo…

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Wyoming Conservation Corps, a stewardship program housed at the University of Wyoming, is getting ready to launch a truncated fall work season in lieu of its normal summer schedule.

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The rocky spire rose before me, some 50 feet into the air. I was in a cul-de-sac created by Mother Nature, surrounded by cliffs, rocky outcrops and other cool rock formations. If I were a geologist, I’d likely be drooling and certainly could describe the scene better. Alas, my rock knowledge…

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Black bear activity has increased this summer at Curt Gowdy State Park, located about 30 miles east of Laramie, and park visitors are urged to practice bear-safe habits while camping, hiking and biking.

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Brown trout enjoy clear, cold water. To make it even better, add in overhanging trees and shrubs, deep pools, and submerged woody vegetation. If the trout can easily move from spawning grounds to areas of refuge during periods of harsh conditions such as flooding or draught, the section of r…

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Dozens of equestrian enthusiasts from around Wyoming are expected to convene on the Pole Mountain Unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest next weekend to explore the trails via horseback.

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It is playtime on the prairie. Two swift fox pups dash to and fro in a game of tag. Six feet away, two more pick up the action and chase each other, round and round. Two others wander about while sniffing the ground, likely looking for edible tidbits. Finally, one fox stands still, looking a…

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Last March, Comet Atlas raced across the night sky but most of us couldn’t see it; it was too dim. Astronomers hoped for some comet fireworks by May but, alas, that was not to be. Comets are notoriously unpredictable. They can break apart unexpectedly and fizzle out of sight. That’s what hap…

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The U.S. Forest Service’s Pole Mountain Gateways project is set to officially get underway this weekend with the first of two volunteer trail-assessment days.

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Dobby, my 11-month-old Australian shepherd, took to camping like a duck to water. Speaking of water, he also took to water like a fish. While my two previous Australian shepherds, Darth Vader and Muggle, enjoyed a soak in a cool stream on a hot day, Dobby takes his passion for getting wet to…

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JACKSON — Three hunting advocacy groups have asked a federal court to join the legal dispute over what becomes of the National Elk Refuge’s feeding program.

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The U.S. Forest Service is planning a large-scale overhaul of the non-motorized recreation system on the Pole Mountain unit east of Laramie, with the first steps of the project set to begin this summer and fall.

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Blue flax, white phlox and occasional bright red Indian paintbrush are in bloom, providing nature’s red, white and blue celebration ahead of the Fourth of July. While the dump of snow earlier in the week made it feel more like winter than late spring for a couple days, heading into the weeke…

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After holding out throughout the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Laramie Range Epic mountain bike race announced this week that the 2020 event will take place virtually.

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It was a sight to behold and likely many space enthusiasts tuned in to the event. NASA live-streamed the historic event as the SpaceX Falcon 9 lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center. While witnessing the launch in person at Cape Canaveral was, no doubt, breath-taking and one of those you-h…

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A new initiative as part of Wyoming First Lady Jennie Gordon’s Wyoming Hunger Initiative aims to allow hunters to donate game meat directly to Wyoming food banks.

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Wyoming Free Fishing Day is June 6. That means both residents and nonresidents alike can fish for free without a license. There’s no need to wait for the free day, though. Grab the fishing license and dust off the tackle box; the fishing season is off and running.

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The Laramie Skatepark has re-opened after a few weeks of closure, and local skaters are looking forward to resuming a pastime with natural social distancing enforcement now that summer has arrived.

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Most people are itching to go on long bike rides, take hikes in the woods or maybe run around town wearing shorts. It is spring, after all.

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Dobby, my young Australian shepherd, pauses at the river’s edge. At nine months of age, it is the first time he’s ever seen a river. To him, I imagine the mass of moving water is a sight to behold. He looks back at me and then dabs a paw at the water.

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It’s been 25 years. It was mid-January of 1995 when the first wolves arrived in Yellowstone National Park. The gray wolves arrived from Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada and were the first to roam Yellowstone since the 1920s when the last pack was killed.

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Running, cycling and other endurance sports are generally solitary endeavors, but athletes find many ways to bring a social element to their training.

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The male sage-grouse did what most male grouse do this time of year at the crack of dawn: he strutted his stuff. He stood tall with his head held high, and tail feathers splayed in a magnificent display. He paused, swiveled around, likely showing off to the other nearby male grouse. Then the…

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JACKSON — In an ordinary summer a destination park as famous as Yellowstone brings on some 500 seasonal employees, about tripling its staff, to help handle the crush of 4-million-plus tourists drawn from around the world.

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After a week of snow and temperatures well below normal, the sun comes outtoday. Temperatures remain on the cool side for a couple days, but compared to the start of the week they’ll be downright balmy.