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Budding season

The Moorcroft Community Gardens face the unusually warm June weather with color and life as all but five of the 8 x 4 x 3 boxes are groomed and planted with this summer’s crops. Two of the three...

 

Black Hills National Forest announces 2021 Moon Walk schedule

The Black Hills National Forest announces the Moon Walk interpretive program schedule for the 2021 season. In its 26th year, Forest visitors will explore the importance of caves and karst systems, beavers, learn about the stars in the night sky and...

 
 By Grace Moore    Outdoors    May 27, 2021

Makeover complete for Noonan Park

Noonan Park is busier this week than residents have seen it for decades. The repurposing of the basketball court and the finishing touches to the new restroom facilities are joined with the...

 

NWWA Kids fishing day

On a blustery Friday morning last week, the Northeast Wyoming Walleye Association once again held their annual Kids Education Day in Coulter Bay for 42 Moorcroft youngsters and 15 from Upton. The...

 
 By Grace Moore    Outdoors    May 27, 2021

Let's go fishing

The Northeast Wyoming Walleye Association (NWWA) is hosting their annual Kids Fishing Derby June 5 with registration starting at 9 a.m. at The Reservoir in Pine Haven. Anyone big enough to hold a fishing pole and under 19 years old can enter. There...

 

Free Fishing Day

In conjunction with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s ”Free Fishing Day”, on June 5, daily use fees are waived at all parks/recreation areas that provide angling.   WyoParks locations offering free entrance are Boysen, Buffalo Bill,...

 

Keyhole Reservoir Spring Classic 2021

This year saw some great fishing despite the low levels on Keyhole Reservoir as 52 teams prepared to put all their cunning and knowledge of the sport in play to catch the biggest fish in this two-day...

 

Wyo Game and Fish issues 2K new elk tags as herds exceed goals

Elk populations in Wyoming’s major herds are nearly 30% over objective Wyoming Game and Fish Department personnel revealed as their governing commission approved hunting seasons and nearly 2000 additional licenses Wednesday. Some 101,800 elk...

 

Jail break

Caught in the act on Friday, several wooly residents north of Moorcroft decided they'd prefer to buffet on the other side of the fence....

 

Shed season, winter closure ending align in '21

JACKSON — Federal and state agencies have sorted out discombobulation that led to an awfully confusing 2020 onset to the popular antler gathering season in western Wyoming. When May 1 strikes in 2021, there’s one time to keep in mind: 6 a.m....

 

Temporary closures to protect nesting falcons and climbers

Rock climbing routes on the southwest face and the southwest edges of Devils Tower summit will be temporarily closed effective immediately to protect nesting Peregrine and Prairie Falcons. The...

 

Love is in the air...

The first signs of spring are bringing romance back, as was made apparent by these demonstrative fellows early on Tuesday morning as they strutted their stuff near town hall in preparation for...

 

Angler discovers rare winter algae bloom

GILLETTE — Paul Langevin first noticed the unusual substance beneath the ice on Keyhole Reservoir in December. As he’s done for decades, Langevin headed out on the frozen lake to bore a hole and drop a line. But when he broke through the thick...

 

The Forestry Corner

We all have seen aspen, growing on a hillside, with their lighter shade of green than the surrounding pine. Perhaps in autumn when patches of gold show up on a hillside and we say, “The aspen are changing color.” But have you noticed an aspen...

 

Keeping safe on Keyhole Reservoir

For ice fishermen and other winter enthusiasts wanting to visit Keyhole State Park this month, park supervisor Wade Henderson reports that, “The ice is anywhere between six and nine inches,...

 

The Forestry Corner

Welcome to the inaugural publication of The Forestry Corner. This monthly column is jointly produced by the Wyoming State Forestry Division and the Wyoming Tree Farm Committee, a landowner advocacy group, associated with the American Forest...

 

Cattlewomen signs promote beef in Crook County

Sheyanne Fosheim and Jaycee Garman with one of the Crook County Cattlewomen beef promotion signs. If you have seen some of these new signs around Crook County, they are brought to you by the...

 

Project to improve accessibility at Devils Tower

Work resumes this week on a project to improve accessibility at Devils Tower. Superintendent Amnesty Kochanowski said, “We want all people to be able to experience the nation’s first national...

 

Peregrine falcons have successful nesting season

Park staff have observed that three peregrine falcon chicks have fledged from their nest on Devils Tower. The confirmation of chicks leaving the nest means that all rock climbing routes have reopened...

 

Cyanobacteria bloom confirmed at Keyhole

The Wyoming Department of Health has issued a recreational use advisory for Keyhole Reservoir due to a harmful cyanobacterial bloom (HCB). On August 10, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality received a report from Keyhole State Park of dog...

 

Keyhole Reservoir under investigation for cyanobacterial bloom

A concerned visitor alerted Wyoming State Parks that their pets became ill after a recent visit to Keyhole State Park. Out of an abundance of caution, park staff posted warning signs and contacted...

 

Driskill honored with conservation award

The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust (WSGLT) has announced that Ogden Driskill will be the recipient of the 2020 Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award. Driskill is being recognized for his exceptional support of agricultural land conservation, private...

 

MRC 2020 Youth Rodeo Results

0-6 Barrels: Kase Lambert - 20.198 Jax Franzen - 20.799 Gavin Gorzalka - 22.506 Lila LaDuke - 24.518 Jentry Harrington - 24.845 0-6 Poles: Gavin Gorzalka - 21.28 Morgan Tysdal - 23.03 Tynlee Thomas - 23.40 Hartley Steele - 23.50 Mesa Dell - 24.03 Jen...

 

Keyhole campsites booked to capacity

Park superintendent Wade Henderson reports a full house at the various campsites around the lake every weekend this season, even with the need to make reservations to stay. “The Tree house and...

 

DEQ: Avoid and report possible harmful cyanobacterial blooms in Wyoming waters

With summer nearly upon us and more people heading to Wyoming’s lakes and reservoirs to recreate, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) and the Wyoming Livestock Board (WLB) want to remind...

 

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