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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.

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has expanded the area in Wyoming where the collection of shed antlers and horn is prohibited in the spring to now include public lands in southeast Wyoming.

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Robins and bluebirds have arrived. By mid-day the air is warmish, and in no time the first dandelions will appear. In spite of what is happening in the human world, Mother Nature forges ahead as spring arrives. In Wyoming, spring is always a mixed bag with snow one day, rain the next and sun…

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Spring is never easy in southeast Wyoming — and let’s not even start on anything else that might be going on that has us feeling a little weighed down — so we might as well start dreaming about summer now.

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As sporting events and races get canceled or postponed around the globe, Laramie resident Even Brande got lucky. He managed to join 15,800 skiers for the Vasaloppet Nordic ski race in Sweden. The event, held on March 1, was held just before the onset of travel bans and “personal distancing.”

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A retired Wyoming Game and Fish biologist who spent most of his career in southeast Wyoming is set to be inducted into the Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame later this month.

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Trails on Pole Mountain have been getting some much-needed attention during the past three years. Trail maintenance is set to continue this summer, even as the Laramie Ranger District embarks on big-picture planning for non-motorized recreation across the entire unit.

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Dobby, my Australian shepherd, and I take off for our daily walk. At the bottom of my front steps, Dobby immediately flops into the snow and does his best otter impression, wriggling to and fro. He gets up, shakes off and takes three steps before doing the same antic again. He completes the …

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The gathering included the University of Wyoming trustees as well as staff, faculty, volunteers and students working at the Rocky Mountain Herbarium. All eyes were on UW student, Madison Dale, as she carefully took the plant specimen from its holding spot, pressed between sheets of newspaper…

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 The UW Nordic Ski Team more than doubled in size this year, going from about a dozen skiers to 27 athletes. While always a popular club sport at the University of Wyoming, the dramatic increase is due, at least in part, to a special program between the University of Wyoming’s Division of Ki…

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If winter is starting to wear you down, a trio of film tours stopping in Laramie in the coming weeks offer a chance to dream about warmer weather or celebrate the glories of snowy climates — all from the comfort of a warm theater.

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JACKSON — A former federal wildlife health chief says the National Elk Refuge’s plans to reduce feeding are “likely to fail” and it’s doubtful they’d slow the spread of disease.

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I slowly exhale, trying to ease my rapid breathing. Looking through the rifle’s spotting scope, I pull the trigger and let out a mental “Woo Hoo” when the light on the target turns green. I repeat the process four more times and, by the end, I have three targets lit up in bright green and tw…

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Domenic Bravo, former administrator of Wyoming State Parks, who spent the fall as a professor of practice at the University of Wyoming, was recently honored by the National Outdoor Leadership School with its Stewardship Award.

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Sunshine, temperatures in the low 80s and lots of green prairie. That sounds pretty pleasant after a week of harsh winter weather. While this nippy weather is here to stay for a while yet, now is the time to plan ahead to when the flowers are blooming and daily attire includes shorts and t-shirts.

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Laramie Audubon Society has planned a series of birding trips around the region this spring, with local hot spots and regional destinations on the list.

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Curt Gowdy State Park is adding several types of camping amenities to its roster, with everything expected to be ready for visitors by the time summer begins.

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Hank Edwards, who supervises the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Wildlife Health Laboratory, was recently honored by the Wyoming Chapter of the Wildlife Society as its Wildlife Professional of the Year.

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Snow is piling up in the high country. In fact, the snowpack in the Snowy Range is currently at 129 percent of average. Don Day, Jr., president and meteorologist with DayWeather, Inc., based in Cheyenne, maintains a running total of snowfall at a site near Keystone in the Medicine Bow Mounta…

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With the purchase of a 79.5-acre parcel in the Huston Park Wilderness last month, the U.S. Forest has consolidated the last wilderness inholding on the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests.