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It Doesn’t Make Any Sense But Salt Water Taffy is Wyoming’s Favorite Halloween Candy

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Halloween memes are great. There’s the meme that shows the Dole ‘fun-size’ mini salad, the Grim Reaper who decides not to take someone’s soul because she handed-out full-size Snickers, and the perennial Halloween Group Therapy session.

We love them all.

But is Halloween even going to happen in the year of the Coronavirus?

It is.  In fact, the decline in trick-or-treating and handing out candy is projected to be quite small.

Halloween candy sales are expected to reach $2.4 billion this year, down only slightly from $2.6 billion last year. (Yes, $200 million is a lot of money but the U.S. national debt is $27 trillion so nothing really matters).

The National Retail Federation estimates that 20% fewer trick-or-treaters will to venture out this year compared to last and only 11% fewer people are planning to hand out candy.

All of which, naturally, leads us to wonder: What is Wyoming’s most popular type of Halloween candy?

We found one survey that we’re throwing in the trash. A site called Zippia says Wyoming’s favorite is Hershey’s Kisses, those ubiquitous drops of chocolate wrapped in bright foil.

But Zippia’s methodology is suspect, with the site saying its analysts use Google Trends, but failing to explain how those analytics are used.

The survey that makes sense to us is from CandyStore.com.

Its methodology makes a lot more sense.  It’s based on actual sales.

“For over 13 years, we’ve been delivering bulk candy around the country. As bulk candy retailers and distributors, we’ve got a lot of candy sales data to comb through,” the company said.

What did the company come up with for Wyoming?  Salt water taffy.

This doesn’t particularly make sense to us. How does CandyStore.com know people are buying the taffy to hand out on Halloween?

The company said it analyzed its sales data from 2007 to 2019 with an emphasis on the moths leading up to Halloween. The site has also developed relationships with major candy manufacturers and distributors who contributed to the survey, the site said.

Bottom line: 25,864 pounds of salt water taffy was purchased in Wyoming last year during “Halloween season.” Close behind was Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups at 24,790 pounds. So it’s a close call.

Land-locked Wyoming is the only state where the sticky confection associated with the seashore is No. 1.

Looking at the handy-dandy CandyStore map identifying the top candies of all the states, you see a lot of Skittles, candy corn, and Reese’s.

The national top ten candies are:

  1. Skittles
  2. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  3. Starburst
  4. M&M’s
  5. Hot Tamales
  6. Candy Corn
  7. Snickers
  8. Sour Patch Kids
  9. Hersey Kisses
  10. Jolly Ranchers

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Yellowstone Asking People To Share Photo of Lost Dog To Reunite it With Family

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Credit the folks at Yellowstone National Park for not giving up and continuing to try to reunite a lost dog with its rightful family.

A lost dog was found by a couple in Yellowstone in late September and instead of letting it roam, they thought it might be safer in their hometown of Shelton, Washington.

So they took it back to their home and dropped it off at the dog pound.

Apparently, the dog is not chipped, doesn’t have a collar, and has no tags.

According to the pound, the dog is being fostered but is “lost and scared” so they are reaching out to the public and asking for people to share the photo in hopes that the dog’s owners are looking for their lost pal.

Although there are many offers to adopt the dog, they are asking folks to wait on that.

“For any adoption inquiries, please hold off on that and pray for a reunification for the time being. We will keep everyone updated,” they wrote.

The main Yellowstone National Park Facebook page is asking for help as well and is asking for as many people as possible to share photos of the dog.

“Please share this post to help locate her owner! If you have any information about this pup, please reach out to the City of Shelton Animal Control Department.”

Lost dog!This dog was found in Yellowstone on September 28, hitchhiked her way to Washington, and is currently being…

Posted by Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday, October 13, 2020

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Dave Simpson — Voting: It Isn’t Like Storming Omaha Beach

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LET’S RISK IT: If our fathers and grandfathers could scramble out of landing craft at Omaha Beach into a hail of enemy machine gun fire, I figure I can risk going to my polling place on November Third to cast my votes.

I go to the grocery store a couple of times a week, so it’s a good bet I can survive a trip to my polling place.

I can wear a mask, rubber gloves, and use plenty of hand sanitizer. So it seems like a reasonable risk to me – even though at 69 I’m more vulnerable to catching coronavirus – to visit our polling place in person.

The risk of voting in person is worth it to help avoid the difficulty that appears to be on the way of voting by mail, depending on the Post Office to get me a ballot and then get it back to the courthouse in time, then wondering if my votes were counted. Compared to landing at Normandy, doing my part for my country and voting the old fashioned way is a piece of cake.

That said, there are so many folks wary of the threat of Covid-19 that mail-in voting will be huge this year, and the Bush versus Gore chaos of 2000 could be surpassed as we go days or weeks without knowing who wins the presidency.

President Donald Trump sees the potential for fraud in massive mail-in voting, to which reporters who don’t like him add “without evidence” to their reports. (“Without evidence?” Where’s the evidence supporting the War on Poverty, throwing more and more money at education to get better results, and  layer upon layer of government programs of questionable value? Don’t hold your breath waiting for reporters to demand evidence that those efforts actually work.)

I grew up in Cook County, Illinois, and recall the election of 1960. Vote totals from our county were suspiciously delayed, and the clear indication was that they were waiting to find out how many votes John F. Kennedy needed to win. (The handful of votes from Hubbard’s Mountain Cupboard, Wyoming – near where I now live – were also held up in that election, but by a snow storm, not political shenanigans.)

I also remember the much more recent election in Minnesota where it took an incredible eight months of counting votes, recounting them, and official challenges to find out that incumbent Republican Senator Norm Coleman had been defeated by Al Franken by a little more than 200 votes.

And then we have “vote harvesting” in California, in which activists run around collecting the ballots of those too lazy or too uninterested to cast their votes themselves. What could possibly go wrong with that?

Joe Biden has reportedly hired hundreds of lawyers to fight all aspects of a potential Trump victory, so it could be quite a while before we figure out who wins this thing.

I’ll do my part to make things simpler by trotting down the road to cast my votes in person, the old fashioned way.

It’s a lot easier than facing a hail of German machine gun fire.

ALL HET UP: I don’t blame my Democrat friends (I have some, having worked in journalism for 40 years) for looking forward to this election. Because the poor dears have been hysterical for the last four years about virtually everything Donald Trump does.

They’ve got to be worn out, being in Chicken Little Mode (CLM) for all this time. And the level of hysteria skyrocketed last week with the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. What we are now seeing could be termed uber hysteria, as Trump prepares to nominate a replacement for the liberal icon Justice Ginsburg.

Trump says he will nominate a woman, which will make it harder for Democrats to accuse the nominee of being a sex pervert. But I’m sure they will find something despicable about any Trump nominee. Maybe cannibalism, eating babies for breakfast, or torturing cute little puppy dogs.

The hard part for Republicans will be whistling past the Merrick Garland graveyard. Explaining why this time is different will be their challenge.

Buckle up, folks. This is going to be quite a ride.

Dave Simpson can be contacted at davesimpson145@hotmail.com

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Wyoming’s Chancey Williams Says He is Frequently Mistaken For Prince Harry

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EPISODE 2 OUT NOW

NEW EPISODE OUT NOW @ flintrasmussen.comAccording To Flint episode 2 is available now. Flint sits down with Chancey Williams to talk about rodeo, music, and share great stories. Check it out and tell your friends. 🎧LISTEN:Apple: https://apple.co/30LHNgmSpotify: https://spoti.fi/33RTnZb TuneIn: https://bit.ly/3fLAVUxGoogle: https://bit.ly/2DPykvn

Posted by Flint Rasmussen on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

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As fans of country music star — and Wyoming native — Chancey Williams, we were aware of the musician’s birthday yesterday.

To see if he provided a glimpse on how he celebrated, we did some searching and although we were not successful in that pursuit, we did find something interesting.

Williams was a guest on a new podcast hosted by Professional Bull Riders entertainer Flint Rasmussen.

In the short but entertaining preview clip, Williams discusses how he is frequently mistaken for royalty — namely Prince Harry.

“We played over in France one year and I got stopped a lot,” Williams told Rasmussen.

“What do you do when you’re in a European country and people think you’re Prince Harry? Do you just go with it?” Rasmussen asked.

“I don’t speak any foreign languages so I just nod and smile,” Williams said.

Rasmussen reminded him that English is spoken in England to which Williams clarified he was talking about France.

“When I was in France and I would hear the words ‘Prince Harry’ and I would just nod and say ‘Oui’ and sometimes ‘Oui’ and ‘Si’, Williams said laughing.

Rasmussen brought up a popular meme from 2018 when Harry got married and someone photoshopped William’s head onto the Prince.

“I didn’t think anyone photoshopped them, I just thought they put a cowboy hat on Prince Harry,” Rasmussen said.

The full podcast can be heard here.

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Rusty Rogers: I Gave Obama An A+ For His Success In Changing The USA

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By Rusty Rogers, Guest Columnist

You may remember at the end of Obama’s first term he was asked to give himself a grade. He gave himself an A-. Most conservative pundits went a little ballistic of course. Most gave him around a C or B-, I gave an A+.

Why you might say? Well, let’s take a look at what he wanted to achieve. Though he never came right out and stated what he had in mind, (other than to fundamentally change America), it was clear to me that he intended to change America to a socialist country.

By the end of his first term he had achieved an amazing percentage of the necessary small changes. Vastly increased regulations and policies that restricted business growth and increased unemployment. He made several moves personally and officially to increase the division between black and white by huge amounts and between the police and society in general.

 All of his actions served another very important purpose as well. It tested the limits of Americans ability to be obedient little children. Depressingly it appears most of us scored pretty high in that department. As clearly demonstrated by our actions in the shutdown.

It should be clear to everyone by now that it was the wrong thing to do. So why was Dr. Fauci and fellow “scientists” so adamant to make it happen? After all it’s the exact opposite of what he said in 2009. I’ve gone through a lot of searching to figure that out and reached several conclusions. Has our attention span gotten so short?

Was it reaching for the emotional high of having such power that an entire country does what you want and eventually the world? Was it part of a concerted effort to get rid of a president you don’t want around? Was it monetary, after all Fauci has a financial interest in several drugs, no one really knows for sure how much or how many. Check out One America News Investigates.

Or was it part of a plan to bring America to its knees.

Most likely a bit of all of the above. You can’t fundamentally change a country without first destroying the system in place. Obama knew that which is why his actions were only the first half of a 16-year plan to as he put it, “fundamentally change America.”

The second greatest victory attributable to the socialist program is having turned Americans into docile little lambs being led to the slaughter. The greatest was turning us against each other once again. Our national health care officials say do this and we do it. Perhaps in the back of our minds a little voice says, “this doesn’t make sense,” but we obey anyway. When did we lose our backbone?

Did shutting down the world stop or slow down the virus? Maybe but a more accurate term would be delayed. The moment we got tired of hiding under the bed, the boogie man attacked. If we go back under the bed, the boogie man will just wait until we come out again. By shutting down society we made the so called second round far worse.

We never shut down for a disease before and we shouldn’t have this time. I find it amazing that we humans have the arrogance to think we can “manage” a virus. It is a life form we know mutates about every 6 months and for which we have never been able to create a real vaccine. Nor will we. When did we relinquish our common sense.

We have traded our traditional independence and free will for instructions from people who change those instructions depending on the political wind. You can’t trust the NIH or CDC, in fact I would say it quite likely you can’t trust any government agency. They are agenda driven. Why have we surrendered so easily? What has happened to us?

Some 3 percent of the population fought in the Revolutionary War, about 5 percent in the Civil War etc. Today’s military is about 1 percent or our population, what do you suppose the percentage is that are causing so much destruction and horror on the streets of America today?

I would personally guess less than ½ of 1 percent. Yet they are driving a change that will cost this amazing country far more than we can afford, in freedom and life. Far more than they themselves understand. What have we allowed to happen to our children?

We have got to start to take charge of our neighborhoods and cities. It is obvious that many mayors and governors are putting their constituents in serious danger in order to stop Trump. I’ve had several people scoff at me decrying the, to me, obvious. Stating that “no way would anyone do that”! Really?

Take a good look at every country over the last 170 years since Karl Marx condemned mankind to centuries of strife with his words.

Look at what has occurred in those countries where his followers advanced their causes. There is literally nothing they will not do and no one they will not sacrifice. The founders of BLM are only the first to freely admit to being Marxists. Many more will soon appear.

The most recent polls now show that more Americans believe Biden will be better at controlling the virus than Trump. Setting aside the obvious, Biden doesn’t even know where he is, what!? Obama and Biden had the more lethal H1N1 or swine flu and didn’t even respond until thousands had died. When the numbers began to climb too fast Obama ordered testing to be stopped. That’s how they manage a pandemic. And people want that back? Just how dumb have we gotten.

Have we become so easily controlled that even a suspicious story by an obviously slanted source can sway society. The polls as we already know are about as accurate as a 12 gauge at 200 yards. Yet a lot of Americans pay attention to them. I, for one, do not.

Every day on the news you have democratic pundits going on and on about how Trump delayed responding to the virus. How he has no plan and has refused to help the states. They either really believe what they are saying not realizing that we were all here for the whole pandemic; or they think we are the stupidest people on earth with absolutely no short term memory, long term either for that matter.

They couldn’t be much more insulting.

I know the virus is real, I know it’s very contagious and that it’s very survivable. Less lethal by a good amount than the Swine flu. However, I will not allow it to be used to keep me in my home while anarchists and communists destroy my country. I will not allow it to be used to suppress me while my freedom is stolen. It has been militarized and aimed at you, don’t let them use it to win.

Timberline Hospitalities Unveils Timberline Way Promise

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Timberline Hospitalities, a Wyoming owned and operated hotel company, is pleased to announce the unveiling of our new “Timberline Way Promise”.

Now, more than ever, we are committed to the health and safety of our hotel guests and team members. We have enhanced our mission of “Making Friends One Guest at a Time” through additional services that promote cleanliness, hygiene and social distancing.

From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been our priority to focus on our Cultural Approach. This includes being urgent, second and unique in embracing our part of flattening the spread of the virus.

We have moved quickly and have listened to our guests regarding what is most important to them when staying at our hotels. We are still working diligently towards creating a touch-free experience including curbside check-in, pre-arrival notifications, e-signatures for registration cards and receipts and much more.

Our Timberline Portfolio, at www.timberlinehotels.com, is prepared to welcome new and returning guests in our best condition ever because we care about people and love creating outstanding guest experiences. #togetherwearestronger #bettertogether

Country Band, Veterinarian, Bowling Alley Among Wyoming Coronavirus Relief Recipients

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

A popular Wyoming country music band, a Rock Springs veterinarian, an Afton bowling alley, a Cheyenne roller skating rink, and a number of restaurants and bars are among the 151 businesses to so far receive $50,000 through the state’s coronavirus relief fund.

The Wyoming Business Council, as of Tuesday, had distributed more than $12.4 million to 1,193 businesses under the state’s Business Interruption Stipend program, including the 151 companies that received the maximum allowable $50,000.

The relief program is one of three approved by Wyoming’s Legislature using the $1.25 billion in federal money made available to Wyoming through the coronavirus relief program approved by Congress.

The Business Interruption Stipend program is designed to provide assistance for any Wyoming businesses with 50 or fewer employees that suffered losses due to the coronavirus pandemic and related business shutdowns, along with the resulting general decline in the economy. 

Among the businesses receiving the maximum grant was Chancey Williams Music LLC, the corporation of Wyoming musician Chancey Williams. Williams said on his website that he has been unable to tour for several months, but has returned to the road, playing in venues with crowd sizes limited to 250.

Rex Rammell, a Rock Springs veterinarian and former candidate for both Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat and its governor’s office, also received $50,000, according to WBC figures posted on the state’s transparency website,

Dr. Rammell said the assistance was very welcome because his business declined significantly after the issuing of statewide health orders designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“It was devastating to our business,” said Rammell, who owns vet clinics in Rock Springs and Pinedale, along with a “pet resort.” “Business just dropped like a rock. We had a little stuff, like emergencies, but for the most part the economy just shut down. I ws very grateful we got some assistance to help bail us out.”

Also receiving the maximum grant was the Cheyenne roller skating rink Roller City and the Afton bowling alley Skyview Lanes.

A number of restaurants and bars, which were forced to close for on-premises service by state health orders, also received the maximum grant, including Roadhouse Brewing in Jackson, the Tortilla Factory in Cheyenne, and First Street Station Inc., which runs several restaurants in Laramie.

Some child care businesses, many of which were forced to close or severely curtail their operations, also received the maximum grant through the program, including Cheyenne’s Promise Patch, Giggles & Wiggles Preschool in Casper and Pumpkin Patch Preschool in Wilson.

Other companies receiving the maximum grant included movie theaters, fitness clubs, catering companies, an electronics manufacturer in Riverton, a Jackson dude ranch, a yoga studio and an auction business.

The other grants made to more than 1,000 businesses ranged from $454 to $49,760.

The Legislature set aside $50 million for the Business Interruption Stipend Program. So far, 3,311 businesses have applied for assistance.

The state is planning to accept applications for the other two relief programs beginning in July. One program, the Coronavirus Business Relief Stipend, will provide up to $300,000 for companies that employ fewer than 100 people that were forced to shut down or curtail operations because of state health orders issued to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The other, The Coronavirus Mitigation Fund, is designed to compensate businesses for expenses they faced directly related to the coronavirus, such as the purchase of cleaning products, personal protective equipment and the cost of hiring new employees to comply with public health orders.

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Visit Sweetwater County: Road Trip Into Wyoming’s Wild Natural Beauty

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WIDE OPEN SPACES, WILD HORSES AND WESTERN BEAUTY

A trip to Yellowstone is a bucket-list-worthy adventure, but the journey to the park can be just as unforgettable as the park itself.

Start a few hours south of Yellowstone, and drive through the incredible and untamed beauty of Sweetwater County to get a taste for Wyoming’s unique natural setting.

From state record-breaking trout to herds of wild horses, this is a place that’s rugged and ripe with opportunities for outdoor adventure.

Get off the grid and reconnect with nature as you whitewater raft, off-road on sand dunes, hike among ancient petroglyphs and let your spirit run wild.

FLAMING GORGE RESERVOIR

At the very edge of Sweetwater County, straddling the Wyoming-Utah border, is the breathtaking Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

The massive, twisting waterway is 42,000 acres of pure beauty. It provides awesome opportunities for boating and waterskiing, as the views around each bend are ever-changing and absolutely gorgeous.

You can even windsurf the lake, but it’s especially popular for its world-renowned fishing, as the reservoir is filled with trout, bass, and even salmon. Another way to experience the endless beauty here is to hike around the shores.

Rugged cliffs above the gorge and dense, lush forests provide wild and exciting trails. Rent a campsite beside the lake so you can sit back and enjoy this incredible place.

WHITE MOUNTAIN PETROGLYPHS

White Mountain Petroglyphs is a great hike for those who like their outdoor adventure with a side of history. The trails here take you past ancient rock carvings from between 1,000 to 200 years ago.

Take your time to examine the petroglyphs, which appear to depict elk and buffalo hunts, handprints, tiny footprints and other symbols and markings. Many tribes hold this place to be sacred, and you can feel something special in the atmosphere here.

KILLPECKER SAND DUNES

Next, make your way to the Killpecker Sand Dunes. As the second-largest active dune field in the world, featuring thousands of acres of shifting sand, it’s truly a sight to see.

You can also experience the dunes while exploring the larger Red Desert area, which contains the sand dune field. These are back country roads with no services, so it’s a good idea to fuel up a high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle. 

Just be careful — high clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended and weather conditions can and do change quickly making it imperative to be prepared at all times.

There are no services along the route as it winds its way through the beautiful and rugged landscape, and cell phone reception may be limited. It is always advisable to inform someone of your destination and the planned time of return.

BOAR’S TUSK

As you head north toward the sand dunes, it’ll be hard to miss Boar’s Tusk.

The lone butte is the remains of a volcano, composed of a rare, erosion-resistant volcanic rock called lamproite.

Drive a little closer to it to snap some photos and walk around… it’s a distinctive feature that adds character to the wild landscape.

PILOT BUTTE WILD HORSE SCENIC LOOP

If you’re short on time, then a scenic drive can give you a great sense of the wild western landscape with little effort… you won’t even need to get out of the car! 

The Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop is a unique opportunity to possibly see wild horses in their natural habitat. You’ll see herds of horses in all of their untamed glory, but plan to stop at the interpretive signs and scenic overlooks, too.

Just be careful — high clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended and weather conditions can and do change quickly making it imperative to be prepared at all times.

There are no services along the route as it winds its way through the beautiful and rugged landscape, and cell phone reception may be limited. It is always advisable to inform someone of your destination and the planned time of return.

GREEN RIVER WHITEWATER PARK

The city of Green River is a nice place to get back in touch with civilization during your outdoor excursion through the region. It’s also home to Expedition Island Park, a public green space that serves as the heart of the city.

Its history dates back to 1869 when John Wesley Powell launched his historic exploration of the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon from the island, and you can follow in his footsteps with a visit to Expedition Island’s Green River Whitewater Park.

The North Channel of the Whitewater Park is a great place for tubers and beginning kayakers and canoers to put-in; the gentle drops, deep pools, and shallower edges make it a great place to swim, take a float on a tube and get the hang of navigating the river on a boat.

The main channel, which contains Castle Falls, is a little more advanced, but it’s an exciting and easy way to get your feet wet for some fun whitewater rafting and canoeing.

Be safe — don’t forget to check current whitewater conditions with USGS!

SEEDSKADEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Another way to get wild in Sweetwater County is to meet some of the wildlife in the area. The Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge is absolutely amazing. 

Eagles, moose, pelicans, swans, deer, elk, antelope, jackrabbits, horses and more roam the landscape, which follows a portion of the Green River. The grassland is so wide and open that you might not see anyone else during a visit here.

The peace and quiet make for an incredible experience. Cruise around the roads, hike through the wilderness, backcountry camp and catch some fish in the Green River.

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

After spending a few days exploring, you’ll be re-energized to tackle the drive to Yellowstone.

The park is an absolute wonderland of natural beauty with geothermal oddities, incredible wildlife, and rugged mountains and canyons to explore. But as you experience all of the park’s jaw-dropping, bucket list-worthy sights, you might find yourself dreaming about the quiet beauty of Sweetwater County.

With so many different and unique ways to immerse yourself in the outdoor fun of Wyoming, Sweetwater County is an awesome stop on the way to Yellowstone or as a destination in and of itself.

Either way, experiencing the fun and outdoor allure of southern Wyoming is sure to create memories. It’ll turn even the least adventurous outdoorsman into a nature-lover!

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Visit Sweetwater County: EXPLORE THE WILD WEST

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MEET DINOSAURS & WILD HORSES!

Sure, National Parks like Yellowstone and Grand Teton are great ways for the family to experience the unique landscape and culture of the Wild West, but nothing can beat actually exploring the charming towns, peaceful lakes, somber mountains and sweeping prairies just outside the parks.

This trip runs through an authentic slice of Americana that will give everyone, from the kids to the adults, a taste of what makes this part of the country so special.

You’ll learn about when dinosaurs roamed the land, see unique wildlife that lives here today and get outside as you fully appreciate this little corner of the country.

SEEDSKADEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Seeing wildlife up close and personal in a natural habitat is always a special experience. The individual ecosystem of a place really plays a huge role in its culture and atmosphere, and Sweetwater County is no exception. Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge is preserving a wondrous slice of wilderness along the Green River, which gives visitors an opportunity to meet some of its native residents. Animals like moose, elk, wild horses, swans, pelicans, antelope, and more can be sighted year-round, and the river itself provides world-class fly fishing. Whether you want a peaceful encounter with nature or to immerse yourself fully, Seedskadee is pure, wild magic.

SWEETWATER COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

The history in Sweetwater County is just as fascinating at its wildlife. From the region’s prehistoric days below an ancient lake to the Shoshone and Ute tribes who first populated the area to the Oregon, California, Mormon, Overland, Cherokee, and Pony Express Trails that brought thousands of intrepid pioneers through, there is a ton to learn about. Hands-on activities for kids, endless information for adults, cool artifacts, and rotating exhibits combine to make a visit to the Sweetwater County Historical Museum well worth your while.

EXPEDITION ISLAND PARK

Another way to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air is to head to Expedition Island Park. Here you can fish for trout, take a walk around the Greenbelt Pathway and admire the landscaping, kayak, raft or tube at the Whitewater Park, picnic and more. Kids especially will love the splash park and playground. It’s a great way to burn off some energy or cool off and get refreshed!

GREEN RIVER BIKE PARK

If you’re a cyclist or you’re traveling with any, then the Green River Bike Park is a great stop. Coast across log bridges, tackle jumps, get some air against the walls and truck through exciting rough terrain on your bike. If you’re a beginner when it comes to mountain biking, there’s a skills zone where you can ease into the excitement of the more challenging obstacles, or watch the pros do their thing as you circle the smooth loop trail around the park via the Wilkin’s Peak Trail System, the #1 singletrack trails system in the state, according to Singletracks.com.

PILOT BUTTE WILD HORSE SCENIC LOOP

For an authentically Wyoming experience, you can check out a herd of wild horses on the Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop. Scenic overlooks make for great breaks from the road, interpretive signs add context to the route, and, of course, the wild horses are an incredible sight to see. There are more than 1,000 of them in this area, and you have the best chance to see them in the morning and late afternoon. The sunset is fantastic from atop White Mountain on this route, so plan accordingly if time allows! This scenic loop is best experienced from a high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle.

WESTERN WYOMING COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S DINOSAURS

Before there were wild horses in Wyoming, there were dinosaurs! Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs is right off the highway and contains five massive dinosaur skeleton casts that are on display for the public. Many of the fossils were found in the state and include the remains of a Plesiosaur, a T-Rex, a Camptosaurus and a Stegosaurus. The casts are free to visit, and the WWCC has a neat campus that’s worth checking out. Or just grab a bite to eat at the T-Rex Grill, located in the shadow of the beast’s bones.

REMEDIES GRILL

Another great option for lunch is the retro diner-style Remedies Grill. The storefront is actually part gift shop, part home medical supply company (which explains the name “Remedies”!) and part soda shop, but it’s loaded with local charm. The menu isn’t too big, with mostly burgers, salads, fish and chips and grilled cheeses, but everything is prepared to old-fashioned perfection. Finish it all off with a drink from the soda fountain and enjoy the quirky, friendly atmosphere!

WEIDNER WILDLIFE MUSEUM

Head back to the Western Wyoming Community College to check out another interesting display, the Weidner Wildlife Museum. The exhibit, open Monday through Thursday, features nearly 125 taxidermied specimens from around the globe. From bears and elephants to lions and rhinos to cheetahs and crocs, there are loads of specimens to examine at the free museum. Walking into a room stuffed to the gills with mounted creatures is not something you get to experience every day, and it’s worth a quick stop!

Between marveling at dinosaurs, watching wild horses run free, enjoying a root beer float at a vintage diner, and fishing in the Green River, there’s something for everyone to love in Sweetwater County. This hidden gem in the corner of Wyoming is loaded with enough to keep the family busy for days!

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Legislators: Next Special Session Won’t Deal With Massive Revenue Shortage

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

It is unlikely Wyoming’s Legislature will tackle the state’s budget problems in its next special session, the president of the state’s Senate said Friday.

Sen. Drew Perkins, R-Casper, said legislators probably won’t have enough information by the time they hold their next special session to deal with the revenue shortfalls expected for the state’s budget.

“If you’re going to make smart decisions, you’ve got to have enough data and you have to have data that shows some trends from which you can extrapolate the future,” he said. “We’re not even going to have two to three months of data on what the effect of the shutdown has been until the end of June.”

Legislative leaders have said the Legislature will probably convene again in late June to continue dealing with the impacts of coronavirus.

House Speaker Steve Harshman, R-Casper, agreed with Perkins the Legislature may not deal with revenue shortfalls until it meets for its regular session in 2021.

“As far as cutting budgets, that’s for later,” Harshman said. “That’s not for June, July or August. It might be a mission for the 66th (session of the Legislature). We’ll learn more every week.

Perkins said instead, it will probably be up to Gov. Mark Gordon to make budget changes needed in 2020 to begin adjusting to a projected revenue decline of 30% to 40%.

“I expect you’ll see the governor move aggressively to reign this in, to move it where he wants to go,” he said. “It’s very apparent the budget we passed was based on projections that will not happen.”

While the state budget approved for the 2021-2022 biennium was prepared with knowledge of declining coal tax revenues, the state’s oil industry has been hit in recent weeks with a price slump that saw prices dip briefly below zero. In addition, the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic is likely to produce cuts in other revenue such as sales taxes.

Perkins and Harshman met by video with reporters Friday to give their thoughts on the special session held May 15 and 16.

During the session, attended largely by legislators who took part through a video meeting app, lawmakers approved three bills that set up a series of relief programs for businesses and renters.

“It went amazingly well for having never done this before,” Perkins said.

Perkins added he was pleased with how many members of the public were able to watch the proceedings online.

The session was largely focused on how $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds shoujld be spent.

Harshman said while more federal assistance that could be used to balance state budgets would be helpful, policies that would allow the national economy to open back up would be even better.

“Everybody else has to open up,” he said. “We need factories going, we need electricity consumption to go up, we need people driving and flying again so our exports can go to market and we can keep people working.”

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