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Wyoming Native Rob Wallace Runs National Christmas Tree Ceremony

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Things were busy at the Department of Interior this past Thursday. It was the annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree and caught up in all of the last minute preparations for the 90-minute event was newly appointed Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Rob Wallace.

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Powell man part of team to row across Atlantic

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The members of Carl Christensen’s “Fight OAR Die” team, from left to right: John Fannin of San Antonio, Texas, Luke Holton of Juneau, Alaska, Christensen of Powell and Evan Stratton of Denver, Colorado. (Courtesy photo)

Fight OAR Die. No, that’s not a typo. It’s the slogan for a group of military veterans who next week will begin a weeks-long journey across the Atlantic Ocean… in a rowboat.

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Thrills, chills plentiful for Halloween in Cowboy State

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As Halloween approaches, people around the Cowboy State are looking for a place to trick or treat, take the family or otherwise have a save good time celebrating. Halloween events around the Cowboy State are plentiful, ranging in venue from bars to restaurants, churches, civic centers and museums, all offering a different spin on the spooky season.

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Cheyenne’s Edge Fest Scores Hot Acts, Cool Vibes for Fifth Annual Event

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Cheyenne residents and area visitors from all over the region are in for stellar performances, great food and a happening party this Saturday, August 24 as Edge Fest takes over the new Civic Commons Park and Amphitheater on Cheyenne’s West Edge.

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Cheyenne Frontier Days: Behind the Chutes

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You can tell it’s Cheyenne Frontier Days because the heat has finally kicked up to the 90s in Cheyenne. When the July heat starts cooking, Cheyenne Frontier Days gets into gear. Part of the magic can be witnessed by locals and tourists who can step in the arena mud and dirt as part of the Behind the Chutes tour.

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More than 100 ride to raise money for cancer patients

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PEAKS fundraiser for cancer patients
Cyclists head out of Cody on Saturday during the annual PEAKS to Conga bicycle ride for charity. More than 100 riders took part in last weekend’s event to raise money for cancer patients in the Bighorn Basin, riding from Cody to Shell — a 66-mile journey. (Photo by Wendy Jo Corr)

The ninth annual PEAKS to Conga bicycle ride got underway shortly after 7 a.m. on Saturday when 100-plus bicycles hit Highway 14/16/20 east of Cody on a 66-mile journey to the tiny town of Shell as part of a fundraiser to assist cancer patients in the Bighorn Basin.

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Jonah Bank and Taco John’s Raise More than 14k for Suicide Prevention

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Jonah Bank and Taco Johns team up for suicide prevention

Jonah Bank and Taco John’s teamed up for the third year in a row to raise money for suicide prevention with Grace For 2 Brothers — a Cheyenne-based suicide prevention organization. This year, more than $14,500 was raised and the funds will be distributed to suicide prevention centers across Wyoming.

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Train engineer explains the origins of the ‘Big Boy’

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In this interview with the Cowboy State Daily, former steam locomotive engineer Bob Krieger — a member of the Sherman Hill Model Railroad Club, Inc. — discusses the Union Pacific Big Boy Locomotive and explains the allure of steam engines and trains in general. The model train layout in the background is in operation and can be seen every weekend at Cheyenne’s Frontier Mall.

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WyoCon features costumes, trivia contest, gaming

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WyoCon features costumes, trivia contest, gaming
Family members get their superhero on during a past WyoCon at the White Mountain Library in Rock Springs. This year’s WyoCon, to be held Saturday will feature events including a cosplay contest, a pop culture trivia game, panel discussions and presentations by Wyoming authors. (Photo courtesy of White Mountain Library)

Costumes, video gaming and panel discussions on major pop culture topics are on the schedule for this weekend’s WyoCon at the White Mountain Library in Rock Springs.

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Mother uses personal experience to help parents of premature babies

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Toby's Shower for Babies gives gifts to premies born in Rocky Mountain hospitals
Toby’s Shower for Babies founder Elizabeth Tolin assembles a basket April 4, which contains comfort items and information about caring for premature babies. Tolin’s organization delivers the baskets to six hospitals in Wyoming and Colorado every 3-4 weeks. (Photo by Ike Fredregill)

The events that followed inspired Elizabeth to found the non-profit Toby’s Shower for Babies, which delivers baskets full of comfort items and information about caring for premature infants to Newborn Infant Care Units in Wyoming and Colorado.

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Mixed Martial Arts finds home, big-name sponsorship in Wyoming

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As the Cheyenne Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy grows, primary coach and owner Matt Cano hopes to see Wyoming earn a place on the MMA map, but until then, he plans to keep rolling with his students and sharing his love for the sport.

“Spiritually and mentally, you’re in the zone with that training partner,” Cano said. “We share blood, sweat and tears on these mats. We’re all brothers and sisters here.”

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