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He was a stinker. As a young pup more than 15 years ago, Muggle, my Australian shepherd, was a tough one to train. My previous dog, Darth, had one goal each day: to please me. Muggle’s goal was slightly different: to please him.

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Get ready for a busy fall weekend in Laramie. There’s a full slate of outdoor activities on the schedule today, whether you prefer trails, parks, races, fundraisers, solo adventures or all of the above. Here are a few of the many events going on today.

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The Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming is hoping to play in a role in helping Wyoming communities expand their outdoor recreation industries.

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Personnel from three local agencies were honored by the U.S. Forest Service earlier this summer for wide-ranging efforts over the last eight year to improve river habitat in the Upper North Platte River watershed.

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Laramie’s youngest anglers will have the chance to test their skills this weekend as the annual Huck Finn Fishing Derby returns for another year.

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For the third year in a row, substantial improvement work is scheduled for the popular trail network on the Pole Mountain Unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest, which sits a few miles east of Laramie.

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A walk in the woods at Happy Jack earlier this week yielded dozens of sightings of plants, birds, insects and animals beneath the watchful eyes of a group of Laramie students.

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Some of the best disc golf players in the region are set to convene in Laramie today for the second JackalOpen 2019 presented by UniWyo Federal Credit Union, which is set for the Spring Creek Disc Golf Course at LaPrele Park.

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When snowboarder Gus Sigel competes on the regional or national stage, he always has a piece of Wyoming with him in the form of a pair of worn Carhartt overalls.

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Motocross racing is set to return to Laramie this weekend as the Laramie Dirt Riders host a race sanctioned by Tri-State Dirt Riders and the High Plains Motocross Association.

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A 21-mile trail through the Medicine Bow National Forest has a new benefactor in the form of a nonprofit organization with a specific purpose.

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A new memoir chronicles the history of rock climbing as it changed in the 1970s and 80s, with Wyoming native and University of Wyoming graduate Todd Skinner among its main subjects.

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Optimist Park is set to become a colorful place this weekend, with the grays and browns of the Wyoming spring replaced by rainbow-tinted runners.

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Collaboration and partnerships in the conservation world are set to be the focus of a talk next week at the University of Wyoming.

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There’s nothing like a bomb cyclone to get one in the mood for summer. Despite Laramie’s mercurial spring weather — and a blizzard notwithstanding — summer is indeed around the corner, ready or not. Here’s a rundown of events and races going on in southeast Wyoming during the next few months.

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department captured and collared 34 bighorn sheep in January as part of an ongoing project to learn about disease pathogens in the species, as well as learn more about the herds in southeast Wyoming.

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Thirty years ago, the Centennial Poker Run was an excuse for a mid-winter party. Now it’s a destination event for hundreds of people and part of Centennial’s mountain town culture.

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The University of Wyoming is one of the best colleges in the country when it comes to winter, according to a College Consensus, a website that aggregates college rankings and student reviews.

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A documentary film about six runners training for life-changing challenges is set to be screened in Laramie this weekend, in advance of widespread release later this month.

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Conversations about hunting, wildlife management, public lands and conservation have moved squarely into the podcasting world in the past few years, with the digital platform well-suited to in-depth discussions about specialized topics.

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Common Outdoor Ground, a new volunteer group focused on public lands in southeast Wyoming, logged more than 800 hours of volunteer work during its first year of existence.

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Winter weather has arrived, and the new season brings a slew of ways to maximize the fun outside. There’s something for everyone, whether you prefer skiing, wildlife watching, drilling holes in ice or just watching movies about people doing things outdoors.

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A new 5K scheduled for Saturday morning is intended to raise money for University of Wyoming law students who want to attend national competitions.

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A majority of likely voters in Wyoming said conservation issues were very important when it comes to deciding whether to support a public official, according to a new poll organized by the University of Wyoming’s Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources.

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The first trails at Happy Jack Recreation Area were cleared in the summer of 1979. Quintin Skinner was coaching the University of Wyoming Nordic Ski Team which, back then, was a NCAA team and not, as now, a club sport. At that time UW had an A, B and C men’s team and a full Women’s team with…

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A captive-raised female black-footed ferret had what might be her last glimpse of humans Thursday afternoon at her new home in the Shirley Basin a dozen miles north of Medicine Bow.

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View the Parks and Recreation Guide at: www.cityoflaramie.org/parksandrec. Be sure to like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/laramie.parksandrecreation/). We share lots of useful information and exciting news on our Facebook page!