Cody’s Millstone Brewer: Bringing microbrews to the people

(Cody, Wyo.) – Wyoming might be a little behind on the microbreweries game, but we’re catching up, fast.

For instance, did you realize Cody’s Millstone Brewery currently has nine beers on tap that were all brewed in house? Check them:

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“Places like us and Pat O’Hara and WYOld West … it’s very exciting to be part of this with those guys – developing a new sort of beer market in the area,” said Millstone Brewer Zack Warner.

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Millstone’s brewing room

Warner, whose dad has been homebrewing since he can remember, didn’t start out brewing at Millstone.

Aurasma: It’s changed Livy, & might just change our community/the world

(Cody, Wyo.) – Imagine seeing an image, any image, and being able to “click” on it with your phone to see a video that tells you everything you wanted to know about that image … A video that brings that image to life. 

No, you’re not in Harry Potter world. You’re in the real world. Welcome to Aurasma.

Cody’s Livingston Elementary School is the second local entity to make use of this new-world phenomenon (Cody Earth Aware was the first, last year).

Wyoming Supreme Court upholds district court’s decision in Cook v. Landerman case: A story of advocacy

(Cody, Wyo.) – Those who practice law know fraud cases are some of the toughest to prove in court. The plaintiff must show “clear and convincing evidence” (“Clear and convincing evidence is the ‘kind of proof which would persuade a trier of fact that the truth of the contention is highly probable“) of being a victim of fraud.

“The odds are really against winning a fraud case because the burden of proof is higher; you have to have proof of clear and convincing evidence,” said Cody attorney Steve Simonton. “It’s above preponderance of the evidence and below proof beyond a reasonable doubt. It fits in between, and therefore it approaches kind of a criminal case level of proof.”

New Hot Springs County Airport: Come celebrate its GRAND OPENING Nov. 7

(Cody, Wyo.) – GDA Engineers is proud to announce the completion of the new Hot Springs County Airport.

(h/t GDA Engineers)

(h/t GDA Engineers)

The new airport is located approximately 10 miles Northwest of Thermopolis, WY off Highway 120. Planning for this new airport began in the 1980’s and officially started with a groundbreaking ceremony on September 13, 2012. Construction consisted of six major phases which began on October 16, 2012 and will be concluded this fall. The airport will be open to the public and pilots on November 7, 2015.

Winter is coming

We tip our hats to Dusty Lasseter for this snap that has us shivering. Soon, it won’t be just a dusting of snow on those mountains, but rather a blanket so thick we won’t see through it til “Summer is coming.”

Get your coats ready…

CLOSE UP Photo Gallery: New GIANT crack in the Bighorns – more perspective

(Ten Sleep, Wyo.) – We tip our hats to Randy Becker of Casper for these five phenomenal photos providing even more perspective on this insanely large and deep crack in the Bighorns that opened up just within the past week.

Makes you want to go see it in person, now!

Photos: Hootin’ Howlin’ Halloween Family Fun Day at BBCOW this afternoon

(Cody, Wyo.) – This afternoon from 2-4:30 pm marked the Hootin’ Howlin Halloween Family Fun Day at Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody.

Families trick-or-treated through BBCOW, checked out Suli the turkey vulture and Teasdale the great horned owl, from the Draper Museum Raptor Experience, voted on the (impressive!) staff pumpkin carving contest, and had fun exploring the museum’s many treasures while playing the parts of their costumes.

Below, some photos from today’s adorable Halloween festivities at BBCOW … we especially love the staff pumpkin photos:

Cutest & most WYOMING proposal ever

(Cody, Wyo.) – Hayden Bales and Susan Maslak of Cody are happily engaged to be married. How they got engaged might just be the cutest and most authentically Wyoming proposal we could imagine.

(h/t Annalea Avery Photography)

(h/t Annalea Avery Photography)

We have to agree with local photographer Annalea Avery, who said of the couple during their engagement shoot, “One of the most unique proposal stories yet….. I think the moose paddle tells it all. She said yes!”

(h/t Annalea Avery Photography)

(h/t Annalea Avery Photography)

Hayden, the lucky groom, shared the story with us:

Photo Gallery: This IS Wyoming

(Bighorn Mountains, Wyo.) – We’ve got to send out a big hat tip to Jenny Booth for these phenomenally #WYOMING photos of a recent hunting trip in the Bighorns. The moose and calf, the dog, the cowboy with his meat for the winter … These scenes seem out of a movie. But it’s just another Wyoming outing for us who call this wild, wide open place home.

Jenny said of the photos:

Video: Cody, Wyoming … Mountain Biking Mecca

(Cody, Wyo.) – Over the past couple months, Trail Source has built several new mountain biking trails in the Beck Lake area of Cody.

These new trails have drastically changed the outdoor opportunities landscape in our little town.

Here’s a cool/short video tribute to the two newest trails, only completed within the last week or so, Trail Source finished before recently leaving town:

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Snapped: Park County Treasurer’s Office of Oz

(Cody, Wyo.) – Well, we’ve got some pretty cool folks serving our county! 🙂 LOVE the Wizard of Oz theme and dedication!

Head into the Park County Treasurer’s Office today, and you might just find yourself on a yellow brick road … Hopefully you’ll be able to find “Kansas” again without having to click your heels, though 😉

We tip our hats to Leslie Morris for this photo!

Yellowstone Quake is auctioning off painted pumpkins at their Halloween game! And hosting a haunted house

(Cody, Wyo.) – Last night, Oct. 29, during a team dinner for the Yellowstone Quake Hockey Team, all the players got into the Halloween spirit painted some seriously creative pumpkins! (Don’t miss the pumpkin gallery at the end of this!)

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There is a Quake home hockey game vs. the Billings Bulls at 7:30 pm on Halloween, Oct. 31, at which these wonderfully artistic pumpkins will be raffled. The game is at Riley Arena.

Spectators can purchase raffle tickets and choose their favorite pumpkin. The drawing will take place in the 3rd period of the Quake game.

Highway patching on U.S. 16 east of Worland now complete

(Worland, Wyo.) – Two sections of U.S. 16 east of Worland were the focus of highway patching efforts this week.

(h/t WYDOT)

(h/t WYDOT)

“We have very poor soil quality between Worland and Ten Sleep, and we’ve had deterioration of the driving surface through Blue Ridge on U.S. 16,” according to Wyoming Department of Transportation district maintenance engineer Pete Hallsten of Basin.

Hallsten said WYDOT maintenance crews patched two quarter-mile sections of highway this week on U.S. 16, and some of the work involved excavating bad soils under the existing asphalt prior to paving.

Dispatch: Arrests; Possible drug use in presence of children; Auto burglary; Theft

(Cody Police Department) – Here is the Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 recap of law enforcement activity in the Cody area. All persons arrested or cited are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Arrests/Citations:

None at this time.

3 total 911 calls 

15 total reports in the Cody Police Department News Release

KEY: RP = Reporting Party MVC = Motor Vehicle Crash LEC = Law Enforcement Center WHP = Wyoming Highway Patrol CPD = Cody Police Dept. PPD = Powell Police Dept. TS = Traffic Stop YNP = Yellowstone National Park

A * at the end of a report indicates a report marked with “See Case.” 

Wyoming High School Football Playoff Brackets: See who our Bighorn Basin teams are up against

(Laramie, Wyo.) – The Wyoming High School State Football Championship playoffs begin today, Friday, Oct. 30. We’ve got a few teams from the Bighorn Basin in the lineup for the playoffs: Powell in 3A; Greybull, Thermopolis and Lovell in 2A; and Meeteetse in 6-man 1A.

Check out the brackets for the playoffs to see who our teams are matched against, below (we included 4A and 1A 11 man, too, in case anyone was curious!)


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Standing Proud: One woman’s story of coming to love herself & spreading that love to others

(Cody, Wyo.) – Melissa Kraft has known what it’s like to live life with one leg since before she was a year old. Now, at 35, she finally is finding out what it’s like to live with nothing to hide.

“When I was 11 months old, I was up in the Bighorn mountains with my parents and a group of people cutting down trees for firewood,” said Melissa. “A guy from a separate party cut down a tree that hit a dead tree, and mom and I were sitting on a nearby stump. The tree fell on my mom and I – I was on her lap, and it just cut my ankle off. My dad had to wrap my ankle and put it in a cooler, and I got life flighted to Salt Lake. It was 1980.”

It’s not just tricks … “Trunk or Treat” on Halloween at Cody United Methodist Church

(Cody, Wyo.) – During the Cody Downtown Trick or Treat, there will be another place for kiddos to go and get some candy (and hot chocolate and hot dogs!).

On Halloween, Sat. Oct. 31 from 4 – 6 pm, the Cody United Methodist Church’s Youth Group is sponsoring a “Trunk or Treat” via the back door to the church. A neat way to add on to the Halloween trick (trunk!) or treating fun on Saturday!

The church fellowship hall also will be open and serving belly-warming hot dogs and hot chocolate for a little more sustenance than candy can offer.