UW Researchers Advance Understanding of Mountain Watersheds

University of Wyoming geoscientists have discovered that the underground water-holding capacity of mountain watersheds may be controlled by stresses in the earth’s crust. The results, which may have important ramifications for understanding streamflow and aquifer systems in upland watersheds, appears Oct. 30 in Science, one of the world’s leading scientific journals.

UW Presidential Search has moved to the next stage; Semifinalists determined

The search for a new University of Wyoming president has moved to the next stage, as the first committee involved in the search has approved a list of semifinalists to advance to the second search committee.

The first committee completed its work in a full-day meeting today (Friday). The second committee is scheduled to begin considering the list of semifinalists Thursday, Nov. 12.

The meetings are closed to the public, consistent with the UW Board of Trustees’ plan to keep the names of candidates confidential until the list of finalists is released.

Events happening in Cody Saturday

(Cody, Wyo.) – Check out #whatshappening in and around the Bighorn Basin Saturday, November 7. Have an event you’d like shared? Click here, and we’ll add it.

Saturday, November 7

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Cody Cupboard is hosting a food drive at the Cody Auditorium at 1240 Beck Ave. Volunteers will be canvassing neighborhoods this morning. Cody Cupboard is in need of nonperishable, non-expired food items. Toiletries and monetary donations are also greatly appreciated.

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – On Saturday, Nov. 7 from 8 am to 12 pm, West Park Hospital is hosting the Cirque Du Health Fair! Learn more here. 

Dispatch: Theft of a PS3 and prescription medications; Suspicious vehicle; Harassment of co-worker; Tree damages shed

(Cody Police Department) – Here is the Thursday, November 5 recap of law enforcement activity in the Cody area. All persons arrested or cited are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.


None at this time.

Total 911 calls – 0


None at this time.

Total 911 calls – 0

At 12:17 a.m. an officer initiated activity at 19th St. ITA #15-123. Completed.

At 1:19 a.m. an officer initiated activity at Sheridan Ave. Foot. Completed.

At 2:05 a.m. an officer initiated activity at 19TH St. ITA #15-123. Completed.

Game & Fish catch poachers at Wyoming-Idaho border with decoy deer

(Jackson, Wyo.) – Wyoming Game and Fish law enforcement officers from the Jackson Region recently conducted a deer decoy operation on the west side of the Teton Range, near the Wyoming-Idaho border, in an effort to reduce the number of hunting violations occurring there.

Game and Fish officials have received several complaints of illegal deer hunting taking place in the area. The buck mule deer decoy was set up on the morning of October 10 and again on the evening of October 16 in deer Hunt Area 149, which had closed to Wyoming deer hunting on October 7.

Weekend Events happening around the Bighorn Basin

(Bighorn Basin, Wyo.) – Check out #whatshappening in and around the Bighorn Basin this weekend. Have an event you’d like shared? Click here, and we’ll add it.

Friday, November 6

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Cody-based band Rude Diary will be a regular act on the Friday night music scene in Cody throughout the winter, giving locals some tunes to enjoy long after the summer/fall rush has passed. They’ll be playing Friday, Nov. 6 starting at 6:00 p.m. Learn more here. 

Greybull man earns top honors in ag photo contest

A Greybull man’s photo of cows gathered under a bare tree and silhouetted beneath clouds tinted gold, purple, pink and orange by the morning sun won the Wyoming Business Council Agribusiness Division’s eighth annual Ag Photo Contest.

Todd Werbelow’s piece, titled “Morning Cows,” fetched the $300 grand prize and will be featured in a desktop calendar along with 11 other images captured by photographers around the state. Check out the complete calendar here.

A different dramatic silhouette, this of the sun glimmering between two cowboys riding high on a hill, earned Douglas’ Helaina True a first place nod in the youth division. True won $100 in prize money.

Sergeant 1st Class Matthew Bessler ‘disgusted’ by Sheriff Steward’s statement

(Powell, Wyo.) – The investigation of what exactly occurred Saturday, Oct. 10 at around 12 p.m. near the intersection of Lane 9 and Road 5 just northeast of Powell is now over. Late Thursday night, the Park County Sheriff’s Office released a statement announcing there will be no charges in the shooting of combat K9 Michael.

Read the full report here.

We spoke with Sergeant 1st Class Matthew Bessler of Powell this morning, and he gave us his reaction to the Sheriff Steward’s Statement.

“EYE AM GARRETT” Benefit for Garrett Randolph happening Saturday, Nov. 7

(Cody, Wyo.) – Last week, we shared a story about Cody local, Garrett Randolph, and his 10 year battle with an eye disease called Keratoconus.

Garrett is seeking the one sure shot he feels he has to keep his vision: Surgery. Specifically, INTACS for Keratoconus Treatment, during which semi-permanent inserts are put in to remedy the Keratoconus. For Garrett, the obstacle with this procedure lies not in the success rate or difficulty, but rather the financial aspect.

IMG_45621“Insurance won’t cover it, and it’s $21,000 for the surgery,” said Garrett. “Even though the success rate is so high, the insurance company won’t cover a dime because they see it as experimental.”

Wyoming to hoist Championship Banner Saturday; Wrestlers host Cowboy Open, and more

Here is a digest of Wyoming Cowboy and Cowgirl Sports news for the end of this week:

Cowboys Set to Raise MW Championship Banner on Saturday

h/t Wyoming Athletics/pitchenginecommunities

LARAMIE, Wyo. (Nov. 5, 2015) – Fans of University of Wyoming Athletics have a chance for a unique experience on Saturday, as the Cowboy basketball team will raise a Mountain West championship banner prior to its exhibition game with Fort Lewis. The Pokes won the conference tournament last March for Wyoming’s first MW tournament title in any sport. This MW banner will join the Cowboys’ two others in the rafters of the Arena-Auditorium after regular-season titles in 2000-01 and 2001-02. After the festivities and the 7 p.m. MT tip, the Pokes will seek a 25th-consecutive exhibition victory to add to a 45-6 overall exhibition record.

Worland resident, Chris Merritt, wins local BLM Firefighter of the Year Award

Worland resident Chris Merritt has been awarded the local Firefighter of the Year Award by the Bureau of Land Management Wind River/Bighorn Basin District (WR/BBD). The award recognizes a firefighter who exemplifies the qualities of leadership, motivation, work ethic, physical fitness and positive attitude.

“Being chosen for this award is a huge honor,” says Merritt. “I enjoy every day I come to work because it’s always a new experience and I strive to learn more.”

Chris Merritt, h/t BLM

Chris Merritt, h/t BLM

This was Merritt’s second season as a firefighter on the WR/BBD fuels crew. Prior to his work with the BLM, he served four years in the U.S. Army, which included a combat tour in Iraq.

Dumpster diving grizzlies relocated from Cody to Moran

(Moran, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department trapped and relocated an adult female grizzly bear and her two cubs on Friday, October 30. The bears were captured for frequenting a landfill near the town of Cody.

In cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the bears were relocated to the Blackrock Creek drainage approximately 25 miles east of Moran. The release site is located in currently occupied grizzly bear habitat.

Chris LeDoux’s son Ned honors his father by finishing his song, ‘You Guys Can’t Tell Me We Ain’t Got It All’

(Wyoming) – According to a recent article from, Country Western’s website, Wyoming icon Chris LeDoux’s oldest son, Ned LeDoux has stepped in to honor his father by finishing a song that his father had started before his death about the importance of family and a love for country music.

Ned took it upon himself to finish Chris’ song, “You Guys Can’t Tell Me We Ain’t Got It All”.

“Well we ain’t got much of nothin’, and some folks might call us poor. But we’ve got meat in the freezer, and credit at the store. And there’s cows out on the prairie, wife and children down the hall. Now you can’t tell me we ain’t got it all.”

“Just JUMP!”: 6 things a Cody girl-turned Ecuadorian Supermodel & Yogi learned from taking the leap

(Quito, Ecuador) – Carli Blankenship, 25, grew up in Cody. Since moving to the biggest city in Ecuador a couple years ago, she’s become a straight up South American supermodel. Oh, and she’s also a certified yoga teacher bringing playful Spanglish power vinyasa to the people of Quito.

We caught up with Carli on Skype to uncover six inspirational takeaways from a hometown girl making it big in the modeling world.

Carli Blankenship of Cody. Fashion shot for Fabricio Celleri’s runway and Winter ‘16 collection.’

Carli Blankenship of Cody. Fashion shot for Fabricio Celleri’s runway and Winter ‘16 collection.’

1. New people = New perspective