“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

Pinnacle Bank needs your help to find our community’s heroes

Some superheroes are real. They are all around us, teaching us, supporting us… inspiring us. We all have witnessed a hero in our lives and in our community. This hero could be a teacher who never gave up on you, a helping hand in a time of need, or simply a friend and loved one.

With Pinnacle Bank’s Thank a Hero Contest, now is your opportunity to thank the heroes in your life and community by nominating them.

Pinnacle Bank will donate $5, up to a maximum of $1000 for EACH nomination. This money will be divided and donated to our local and state chapters of the following charities: American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, American Heart Association and Wounded Warriors.

Hunter encountered a grizzly bear Tuesday morning; Sustained minor injuries

The Game and Fish Department reported this morning that a grizzly bear incident occurred on Tuesday, November 3 near the Clark Fork River about a mile and a half from the Wyoming/Montana border.

The hunter, who asked to remain anonymous, reported that he had a run-in with a grizzly bear around 11:30 a.m. Game and Fish responded immediately, and the hunter was located in a riparian area which was covered in extremely thick sage brush, about 5-6 feet tall. From the evidence gathered by Game and Fish, it looked like the hunter likely jumped the grizzly in a daybed.

Archaeologists Search for 1877 Army Route

The Bureau of Land Management Cody Field Office partnered with the Office of the Wyoming State Archaeologist (OWSA) on a research project this past summer to find evidence of U.S. Army bivouacs associated with the Nez Perce National Historic Trail (NPNHT) near Clark, Wyoming.

The NPNHT follows the path of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce as they tried to escape the pursuing U.S. Army during the Nez Perce War of 1877. The 1,170 mile long route begins at Wallowa Lake, Oregon and ends at the Bear Paw Battleground in Montana. One segment of the trail follows the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River out of Wyoming and into Montana.

South Pass City’s Stamp Mill, Northern Arapaho Ration Tickets voted Top State Artifacts

In celebration of 125 years of Wyoming statehood, the Wyoming State Historical Society, in partnership with the University of Wyoming Libraries, invited the public to vote for their favorite Wyoming Artifact this past month.

Voting ended Sept. 30th and the winners are….drum roll….copied below;

The South Pass City Stamp Mill was voted the state's 10th top artifact

10th Place: South Pass City State Historic Site, Timber Framed, 10 Stamp California Quartz Mill.

Upon his return from Europe where he was studying art, Bierstadt embarked on a trip west with Fredrick Lander’s road survey expedition in the spring and summer of 1859 to sketch and photograph the western landscape for future paintings. These stereoviews probably represent the earliest photographs of Oregon Trail emigrant wagons crossing through what is now Wyoming. (Wyoming State Historical Society/pitchenginecommunities)

9th Place: Museum of the Mountain Man, Pinedale. Two rare glass plate stereo views circa 1859 by Albert Bierstadt

The ration tickets represent cultural adversity and renewal within Wyoming’s history. These tickets are from the Northern Arapaho tribe and are housed at the Plains Indian Museum in Cody.

8th Place: Plains Indian Museum, Buffalo Bill Center, Cody. Eighteen ration tickets used in 1905 by Arapaho families on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Lovell Schools implemented a ‘Shelter in Place’ yesterday afternoon

(Lovell, Wyo.) – Yesterday afternoon around 3:00 p.m. Lovell law enforcement arrested a man who was making violent threats after reportedly being fired from the local sugar factory. Read more about that story here.

Basin Reboot spoke with the Lovell School District’s Superintendent, Rick Woodford this morning, and he clarified that the school district implemented a “Shelter in Place,” yesterday afternoon. Kids were allowed to move around the building as normal, while staff had eyes on all entry points and remained on high alert. “We kept in very close contact with our local Police Department all day,” said Woodford.

Dispatch: Rifle in the canal, threats over cat getting out, foot chase downtown

(Cody Police Department) – Here is the Wednesday, November 4 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.

Total 911 calls – 4

At 12:21 a.m. an officer initiated activity at Area Two, Sheridan AVE/29th St,. Completed.

At 12:58 a.m. Suspicious Activity reported. Officer initiated activity at Pioneer Avenue, (Unknown Address), in Cody. Suspicious vehicle. Assistance Given.

At 2:09 a.m.  a traffic stop occurred at Alpine Ave/Heart Mountain St,. TS – Warned no headlights. Warning Issued.

UW awarded $17.4 million biomedical research grant

Biomedical research and education in Wyoming will be strengthened by a $17.4 million grant awarded to the University of Wyoming from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The Wyoming IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program will receive a five-year grant, marking the third time UW has received such an award. The funding will allow Wyoming INBRE to continue to support projects that focus on health issues important to rural residents, with an emphasis on cardiometabolic diseases and technology for chronic disease research and therapeutics.

Significant grizzly bear activity near the South Fork Highway

Wyoming Game and Fish Department alerted the BLM Cody Field Office that there has been significant grizzly bear activity at the Bobcat- Houlihan Trailhead, located approximately 30 miles southwest of Cody via Wyoming State Highway 291 (the South Fork Highway).

Last night, a grizzly sow and cubs broke into a pickup with a shell on the bed and pulled out a deer carcass. Please be extra vigilant if you are hunting or otherwise recreating in that area – it’s Bear Country! Learn more here.

Cody residence struck by bullet; Park County Sheriff’s Office seeking information

(Cody, Wyo.) – On October 31, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Park County 911 Center received a report of a bullet striking a residence at 39 Bohica Lane. Upon arrival, investigating deputies spoke to the home owners, Bard and Allison Betz, both age 57 and learned the following.

0 (11)Mr. and Mrs. Betz were inside their home around 6:00 p.m. when they heard a very loud noise. They looked around the interior of the home and discovered a hole in one of their interior closet doors where it appeared that a bullet had struck it. Upon further investigation, they discovered several other holes including one through an exterior wall. Evidence indicated that the path of the bullet went from the exterior wall, across a staircase and through a secondary wall near the family’s computer station. The bullet then continued across the room, through the closet door and into another wall where it became lodged.