December 28, 2013 |
Two avalanches that hit within hours of each other killed a skier and a snowmobile rider this week in Wyoming. Michael Kazanjy, 29, of Santa Ana was buried under 4 feet of snow at about 1 p.m. Thursday while skiing at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort with five friends, Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center officials wrote in an avalanche fatality report . Kazanjy, "the first skier who ventured onto a very steep, unsupported slope,” triggered...
December 1, 2013 |
Florida football Coach Will Muschamp didn't wait long to start making changes. The school confirmed Sunday that Muschamp fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis less than 24 hours after the Gators (4-8) completed their first losing season since 1979. Muschamp dismissed Pease and Davis a day after a humbling 37-7 loss to rival Florida State. The moves had been expected for weeks, as the losses mounted and it became clear Muschamp would revamp his offense.
November 25, 2013 |
SWEETWATER STATION, Wyo. - In the fading afternoon light, the barnyard is turning raucous: the chickens are clucking, peacocks are pacing and sheep are bawling, making the llama a bit nervous. The donkey just works his gums as though chawing on a plug of tobacco. Polly Hinds and Lynda German stand beaming amid the chaos, their old blue tractor in the background, framed by an endless expanse of prairie sky. For the two literary outliers, it is the end of another precious day on their unlikely experiment in the middle of Wyoming's nowhere.
October 16, 2013 |
POWELL, Wyo. - The autumn moon has taken its seat low in the evening sky as the cars arrive at Wyoming's last drive-in theater. Pokey Heny stands ready to indulge in another night of small-town sociability. At 52, the owner of the American Dream Drive-in leans out the snack bar door to collect a $15 per-vehicle entry fee. She greets people by their first names, telling a 4-year-old girl she likes her stuffed hippo, named Martha. Then a single mother and daughter roll up in an aging pickup.
October 10, 2013 |
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Every year, the day sneaks on up Judy Shepard to deliver its sucker punch from the past: The 12th of October. The day Matthew died. "It hits you and you say to yourself: Oh, this is the day," she says. "This is why I feel so terrible. " Fifteen years ago this week, gay college student Matthew Shepard was pistol-whipped and left for dead: unconscious, barely alive, lashed to a jagged wooden fence outside this small prairie city by two men disgusted by his homosexuality.
October 7, 2013 |
In the political year 2014, the marquee show will be the battle for control of Congress, with Democrats and Republicans each waging tough fights to seize back control of the House and Senate, respectively. But for sheer pop-some-popcorn-and-sit-back-and-watch entertainment, few contests can measure up to the Republican primary fight in Wyoming, where insurgent Liz Cheney, daughter of the former vice president and longtime state congressman, is bidding to unseat three-term incumbent Sen. Michael B. Enzi.
September 30, 2013 |
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming is a vast, beautifully rugged and sparsely populated state. Stick around long enough and you're bound to hear, more than once, its description as “a small town with really long streets.” The vintage is uncertain - the statement is variously credited to former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson and former Democratic Gov. Mike Sullivan, among others - but the depiction helps explain the close-quarters discomfort caused by...
September 28, 2013 |
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Cowboys were playing at home on a recent Saturday, which meant a big crowd, which meant Mike Enzi was outside the University of Wyoming football stadium, looking like an elderly but still popular homecoming king. Fans in brown and gold strode up to the state's senior U.S. senator to slap him on the back, offer an arm-pumping handshake or make small talk about farming, kids' soccer and his recent radio interview on the Middle East. At 69, Michael B. Enzi is the epitome of unassuming, a figure widely known and liked at home but scarcely seen or heard outside Wyoming or beyond Capitol Hill, even after more than 16 years in the Senate.
September 23, 2013 |
CASPER, Wyo. - These are boom times in the resource-rich Cowboy State, courtesy of an oil explosion whose ripples can be felt across the land. Good-paying blue-collar jobs in the petroleum and natural gas fields are as plentiful as pickups here, and the unemployment rate - 4.6% in July - remains far below the 7.4% national average. But critics worry that the prodigious oil output includes a potential byproduct. Despite such fast-dollar success, heavy reliance on a single industry known for its dramatic downturns could one day help paint the state into a precarious financial corner, they say. Many fear the day when Wyoming's oil market fails, as it last did in the mid-1980s, exposing a fundamental flaw in the state's job picture: The lure of the oil dollar has prompted teenagers to skip college, or abandon high school, for the petroleum fields - many without a Plan B if things go bust.
September 16, 2013 |
Grand Teton National Park is glorious in the fall, so what better way to appreciate it than with a new lodging-and-tour package that will take visitors to the park's back country in search of wildlife. The Wyoming Inn , near Jackson Hole's town square, and Eco-Tour Adventures have teamed up for this package that includes three nights' lodging and a full-day eco-tour for two, for $389.99 per person, double occupancy. Using four-wheel-drive vehicles, Eco-Tour guides will take guests through Grand Teton National Park to remote back-country habitats to search for moose, elk, black bears, bald eagles and other wildlife.