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Gib Mathers

July 17, 2012 8:54 am

Sacred space

Heart Mountain pipe ceremony brings cultures together

Heart Mountain and the people who revere the mountain seemingly were able to summon an energy jump-start following a Crow Indian pipe ceremony there Saturday.

The ceremony was simultaneously sacred, serious and celebratory for natives and folks of European descent.

July 10, 2012 8:39 am

Mustang roundup

Pryor Mountain horses soon to be captured

Wild horses will be captured in the Pryor Mountains soon using bait traps instead of helicopters.

The “gather” could begin as early as next week. The last was in 2009, when 57 horses were removed.

Frankie Smith, also known as “Punkintown,” was born to clown around in arenas such as the Cody Stampede Rodeo.

He’s a circuit-riding rodeo court jester, and he’s funny.

“What are you doing?” asked the announcer, Randy Schmutz, at the Cody Stampede Rodeo Monday evening.

‘Grumpy’ flies in Park County skies this week

It was a flight down memory lane or a learning experience for those that boarded “Grumpy,” the B-25 at Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody on Monday.

Grumpy is like the planes Jimmy Doolittle’s Raiders flew to bomb Japan 70 years ago during World War II.

June 21, 2012 9:10 am

Hikers clash with mountain lion

Ron Vining didn’t think he would use the walking sticks he got for Father’s Day to protect his children and himself, but that’s what he did when he faced a mountin lion later that day.

Vining, of Powell, was hiking up Dead Indian Creek in Sunlight Basin Sunday with his wife, Leann, daughter and son-in-law, Alisa and Ryan Dempsey, and grandchildren Payton, Kensi, and Kanin, when a mountain lion crashed the party. 

None of the 46 runners who took part in the Kick Ass runs in Powell Saturday morning appeared to have their butts kicked. Rather, they enjoyed a good run/workout and breakfast.

“You run all the way to Plaza Diane where you can eat pancakes,” said Jess Campbell, run organizer and The Gym owner.

Park rangers continue to interview witnesses and hiking companions of an 18-year-old Russian woman who plunged 400 feet to her death Thursday near Inspiration Point in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone National Park. They are calling the fatal incident an accident, though it remains under investigation.

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is asking the federal government to expedite the process for delisting the grizzly bear.

Although Saturday is free fishing day, it behooves potential anglers to bone-up on Wyoming fishing regulations before wetting a fly or drowning a worm.

In conjunction with National Recreational Fishing and Boating Week, free fishing days are designed to educate folks about fish habits and the means to catch fish, said the Wyoming Game and Fish Department 2012-13 fishing regulations.

Gloom and doom is not in the immediate forecast for local irrigators, even though the mountain snow pack is nearly depleted.

As of Monday, the snow water equivalent in the Shoshone River basin was at 60 percent of the 30-year average, compared to 145 percent on the same date last year. The Big Horn River basin is worse — 57 percent, compared to 224 percent May 21, 2011. The good news is the Big Horn Basin is faring better than most of Wyoming, with the exceptions of the Madison and Yellowstone river basins at 78 and 73 percent respectively. The Upper Bear River basin was melted out, and the statewide SWE average stood at 22 percent.