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When Civil War veteran John Wesley Powell launched a trip from Green River through more than 900 miles of unexplored territory in the Colorado River Basin in 1869, he inaugurated an era of development in the West that continues today.

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It’s been a stutter start to the Nordic ski season at Happy Jack Recreation Area. After an abrupt end to the grooming season last March due to COVID-19, Mother Nature delayed the resumption of grooming efforts this winter. Snow cover continues to lag, but groomers with the Medicine Bow Nordi…

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Despite all that was terrible in 2020, it brought us a few eye-catching night sky events. Most recently, viewers looked up to see the “Christmas Star” with the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter. Back in August, the Perseid meteor shower, one of a number of annual meteor showers, did not disa…

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It was evening, the campfire was blazing heartily, and our group crowded round, enjoying the comradery. It was a balmy and clear summer evening in 1978. Our camp was somewhere northwest of Shirley Basin near Bolten Creek. There’s no way I could find the location today, but it was near Chalk …

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It was evening, the campfire was blazing heartily, and our group crowded round, enjoying the comradery. It was a balmy and clear summer evening in 1978. Our camp was somewhere northwest of Shirley Basin near Bolten Creek. There’s no way I could find the location today, but it was near Chalk …

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For those with a hankering to learn more about the great outdoors and garner the title of Certified Wyoming Master Naturalist, that opportunity has arrived. Many states have a Master Naturalist Program that trains participants to be environmental stewards and, most importantly, how to teach …

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For the tenth year, Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails is offering a series of free guided hikes at locations around the state on New Year’s Day, including Curt Gowdy State Park.

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The Winter Solstice arrives on Monday, Dec. 21. That means it is the shortest day of the year and, obviously, the longest night. In Laramie the Winter Solstice arrives at 3:02 a.m. That’s the precise time when the Sun reaches the Tropic of Capricorn. The solstice happens at the same instant …

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Meeting and greeting Santa at the Laramie Recreation Center is going to be different this year — what isn’t? — due to the pandemic.

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It’s a lovely day. The sky is blue, temperatures are a balmy 35 degrees and breezes are blessedly calm. While the temperature would feel nippy most other times of the year, for early December, it’s quite pleasant. I have no complaints.

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In the middle of winter, it is human nature to look forward to spring. We can also look back to luxuriant Laramie gardens of 2020 that took on special inspiration this past year.

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Wax the skis and snowboards, dig out the ski boots and locate the goggles; it’s time to head to the slopes. Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area opened for the 2020-2021 season yesterday and is open daily into April, if all goes as planned.

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Motorized recreation in the Snowy Range should go on as usual this winter despite the Mullen Fire’s burn footprint, which covers a large swath of the snowmobile trail network in that area.

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I pause and gaze across the wide valley. The far hillside in the Medicine Bow National Forest is a mix of green, brown and black. At first it looks like clouds are casting shadows across the landscape, but I realize there are no clouds; the sky is stunningly clear blue. Those aren’t shadows …

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The onset of consistent winter conditions and the lack of fire activity in the Mullen Fire burn area has enabled the Medicine Bow National Forest to lift the area closure that has been in effect since mid-September.

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For some high school students in Laramie, access to a bike is a necessary component to be able to attend school, hold down a job or even complete mandatory community service.

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The downhill skiing and snowboarding season is here. Colorado’s Keystone resort garnered the coveted “first to open” award for Front Range resorts, followed closely by Arapahoe Basin and Loveland. These three resorts typically vie for the earliest opening award each year.

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As we turn the corner from fall into winter, we humans have various responses. Some of us high-tail it south, avoiding the cold and snow all together. Others hunker down and wait it out until the days get longer and temperatures turn mild. Then there are those who don warmer clothing, and en…

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I wade tentatively into the water. The river’s bottom is mostly mud, making my footing tentative. It is slick; bentonite muck that is “slicker than snot on a marble floor,” or however the saying goes. I carry a large dip net, hoping to find critters to scoop up to identify — and then let go.…

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The Laramie High School TRACC Booster Club is offering the Laramie community a chance to earn some of that Halloween candy with a pre-trick-or-treating 5k next Saturday.

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I glance into the borrow ditch when movement catches my eye. It’s a skunk, meandering about. I don’t stop for a closer look but smile at my find. I keep pedaling down the highway in my tunnel of light.

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Laramie Middle School physical education is more than rope climbs and dodge ball these days, as a fleet of 26 mountain bikes is now part of the curriculum.

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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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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…