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Historic Governors' Mansion Tinsel Through Time Exhibit Opens November 16

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Plans are currently underway for this year’s Wyoming Historic Governors’ Mansion
annual “Tinsel Through Time: White Christmas” event featuring collections inspired by a winter
wonderland and holiday décor through the ages.


This year’s festivities begin with an opening reception on November 16 from 4 p.m. to 8
p.m. and features entertainment and refreshments. The exhibit continues through December
22, Wednesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Also, visit the Historic Governors’ Mansion website at wyoparks.org to RSVP for a variety
of holiday events including two new “Craft in a Flash” offerings and Children’s Holiday Teas. The
children’s holiday teas each have a cost of $5.

 

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Tinsel Through Time: White Christmas has great partners in Visit Cheyenne, Pinnacle
Bank, Lowes, girls gone gourmet catering and Wyoming State Parks.

 

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307-777-6323www.wyoparks.org

 

 

Crews Removing Hazardous Trees at Hawk Springs

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Contact: Ann Rose, 307-837-2084

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hawk Springs State Recreation Area is currently experiencing extensive trimming and removal of hazardous cottonwood trees affecting the campgrounds along the reservoir. 

TigerTree, Inc. of Laramie has arborist crews working to complete the work in the next couple of months before the reservoir level rises. 

Although the recreation site is open, the public is cautioned to avoid areas where arborists and their equipment are working.

Once the tree services are completed at Hawk Springs, the crews will be moving on to Guernsey State Park where they will be trimming trees at the Sandy Beach campgrounds.

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Big Horn Basin Outdoor Recreation Collaborative to meet Saturday

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November 2, 2018

Contact: Brooks Jordan, 307-431-9921

FOR IMMEDIATE RLEASE

The Big Horn Basin Outdoor Recreation Collaborative is scheduled to meet this Saturday, November 3. at 10 a.m. at the USFS Medicine Wheel District Ranger Station in Greybull. 

The Collaborative is exploring ways to promote outdoor recreation, develop new recreation opportunities, and create a plan to enhance the Big Horn Basin's recreation-based economy and quality of life.

The Collaborative consists of citizens, local, state and federal government, business owners, and outdoor recreation interest groups.  The Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Office and Wyoming State Parks are facilitating the discussions and helping to inform members of potential funding resources to support their initiatives.  

The meeting is open to the public and comment is welcomed at 2:45 p.m.  For more information contact Brooks Jordan at 307-431-9921 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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State Parks' "Parks for Patriots" Program Offers Veteran Free Park Entrance Nov. 11

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Contact: Stephanie Dillmon, 307-777-5734

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

            As part of the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails “Parks for Patriots” programming which honors military veterans, day use/entrance fees will be waived November 11 for military veterans.

            All veterans with proof of their veteran status (ID card, letter from VA, etc.) can enter any Wyoming State Park and/or Historic Site free of charge. This applies to day use fees only. All other fees, such as overnight camping, must still be paid. This promotion is in effect during Flag Day, June 14, and Veterans’ Day, November 11.

Veterans eligible for the free entrance are defined as: a person who served in active military, naval, or air service and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. This does not include active duty military personnel.

For more information, please call Wyoming State Parks at 307-777-6323.

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Tim Haberberger Honored as the International Groomer of the Year

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Ron McKinney 307-332-5036

 

Tim Haberberger Honored as the International Groomer of the Year

 

Tim Haberberger of Alpine has been honored as the 2018 International Groomer of the Year by the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame.

He is the first Wyoming snowmobile trail groomer to receive this prestigious award which was presented during Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Eagle River, Wisc.

Haberberger and his family operate the Box-Y Lodge located 30 miles up the Grey’s River Road from Alpine – a remote location accessible only by snowmobile or snowcat during winter. He has been the State of Wyoming’s snowmobile trail grooming contractor in the Grey’s River and Blind Bull areas of the Wyoming Range for the past 20 years and owns and operates three Tucker Sno-Cats based out of the Box-Y and Alpine.

He personally grooms more than 2,800 miles per year – which equates to 500 to 600 hours in a Sno-Cat doing snowmobile trail set-up, dozing, and grooming in conditions that range from wind-swept flats to steep mountainous grades in very challenging terrain.

Besides being the trail groomer, Haberberger has also been very active in the development and operation of the Wyoming Range snowmobile trail system.

State Trails Program Manager, Ron McKinney, stated in a letter of support for this award that, “Most of the trail system in the north end of the Wyoming and Salt River Range would not be here today without Tim’s dedication to the sport. This system is now one of the most popular in Wyoming and we have Tim to thank for this,” McKinney said. “Not only does he provide some of the best maintained trails in the state, he also truly shows a passion and talent that is an example for other grooming operations around the country. And it is not a coincidence that growth of the Wyoming Range really took off – and the quality of groomed snowmobile trails vastly improved – immediately after Tim took over grooming in 1998.”  

Haberberger has faced many challenges while grooming over the past 20 years – including being caught in an avalanche with the groomer, as well as having to deal with major landslides that disrupted snowmobile trail routes in the Blind Bull and Grey’s River areas the past two winters. Without exception, he has always risen to the challenge and done his best to keep snowmobile trail access open.

Taylor Jones, president of the Wyoming State Snowmobile stated in a letter of support that “Tim was there to help when my club took on rebuilding the Blind Bull warming hut several years ago and always does his best to keep snowmobile access open; whatever it takes, he is always on top of it.”

Haberberger’s commitment was echoed by a local snowmobile club’s support letter stating, “Tim has been like the mailman in that he is always out maintaining our trails regardless of the weather. He has been out many times all night so we would have great trails the next day. He has been caught in bad weather, even avalanches, yet he never quits – he delivers like the mailman.”

Trails Program Manager McKinney added, “It’s truly a pleasure to see Tim Haberberger recognized at this high level for the dedication he has shown for the past 20 years providing high-quality, smooth trails for snowmobilers in western Wyoming while also putting his talents to work developing trails for access to world-class backcountry riding. Tim’s grooming contributions this year, and every year, show his tremendous dedication to something he truly loves. He continues to be a tremendous asset to Wyoming’s snowmobile trails program and we are proud to have him part of our team.” 

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Glendo State Park Project Necessitates Temporary Closures, Delays

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Contact: Bryan Johnson, 307-735-4433

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

            Gravel road reconstruction and maintenance operations will result in a Glendo State Park Cottonwood Road closure from October 12 through March 23.

            Cottonwood Road will be closed between North Sandy Beach Campground and Indian Point beginning at Cottonwood Creek. The project will raise the road grade and improve drainage at Cottonwood Creek.

            The public should be prepared for detours and truck traffic on Glendo Park Road and the Sandy Beach access road. Visitors can access Indian Point, Broken Arrow and Burnt Wagon campgrounds from the northeast park entrance at Muddy Bay via Glendo Park Road, Meadowdale Road and Highline Road.

            Pine Bluffs Gravel and Excavating is the general contractor on the project.

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Boysen Upper Wind River Campground Closed for Construction

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Contact: John Bass, 307-876-2796

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

            The Upper Wind River Campground and entrance off of US 20 at Boysen State Park is scheduled to be closed through January 19, due to construction.

            The project, repairing an erosion hole between the campground access road and the Wind River, will involve the armoring of the river bank and repairs to the roadway.

            During the closure, the public is invited to use the Lower Wind River Campground.

            Wilson Bros. Construction from Cowley has been awarded the contract for the project.

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Minuteman Missile film featured at Wyoming State Museum October 11

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The staff of Wyoming’s new Quebec-1 State Historic Site invites the public to a special showing of the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site park orientation film, “Beneath the Plains: The Minuteman Missile on Alert.”

The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m., October 11 at the Wyoming State Museum. It is free and the public is invited.

The film illustrates how the fear of a Soviet nuclear attack motivated the United States to create the Minuteman missile at the height of the Cold War,” according to Superintendent Eric Leonard of the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. The film includes interviews with historians and the men and women who operated the system in South Dakota and the other missile fields. The Minuteman National Historic Site is located near Philip, S.D.

The film features subtitles for the deaf, as well as an audio description soundtrack for visitors who are blind or have low vision.

Beneath The Plains was produced by Boston Productions Inc. (BPI), under contract to the National Park Service. BPI's creative team included Candy Moulton (producer), Mike Sullivan and Bob Noll (directors), and Ruth Mendelson (composer). Mark Southern and Eric Leonard of the National Park Service served as executive producers.

Funding for the film was provided by National Park Service entrance fees through a competitive process with other national park sites across the country. Other park projects funded by entrance fees include the visitor center exhibits installed in 2016 and the site improvements being constructed at Delta-01 and Delta-09 this summer.

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site's headquarters and visitor center is located off of exit 131, Interstate 90. The park consists of three sites along a 15-mile stretch of Interstate 90 in Western South Dakota.

Authorized by Congress in 1999, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site preserves components of the Minuteman II intercontinental ballistic missile system, interpreting the deterrent value of the land-based portion of America's nuclear defense during the Cold War era and commemorating the people and events associated with this recent period of American history.

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Wyoming Territorial Prison to begin new winter hours

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Territorial Prison Historic Site announces new Winter Hours

In response to the public’s request for winter hours and access, the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site in Laramie will now operate year round.  Starting Oct. 7, the prison and historic site will be open to the public Wednesday – Saturday 10 am – 3 pm.  Winter visitation hours will continue until May 1, when the site begins its summer season.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Wyoming State Parks to share this historic site’s story all year”, says Deborah Cease, superintendent. “In Wyoming tourism doesn’t end at Labor Day and winter visitors also want to experience culture and history, as well as recreational opportunities.” 

The museum and site will be closed on the following holidays: Thanksgiving (November 21 & 22), Christmas (December 25 & 26). 

For more information contact 307-745-3733 or www.wyomingterritorialprison.com

 

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