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  • Wyoming snowmobile fee increases garner user, legislative support

    Katie Klingsporn,|May 23, 2024

    A movement is afoot to increase Wyoming’s snowmobile permit fees to keep up with the rising costs of maintaining some 2500 miles of groomed trails. The staff that administers the recreation trails has identified a budget shortfall resulting from increased costs of equipment, fuel and other factors, said Chris Floyd, deputy director of Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources. “In short…our revenues have been quite steady for a long time,” Floyd told the Legislature’s Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee...

  • Mercantile menagerie

    Katie Klingsporn,|Jun 29, 2023

    DAYTON - A headless mannequin greets visitors to the Dayton Mercantile Museum, a silent docent ushering people into one of Wyoming's most eclectic collections. Here, on the second floor of a building built 131 years ago, exotic mounted animals adorn the walls and scores of arrowheads line glass cases amid old stamps and bottles unearthed in the yard. A piano stands in a corner, a nod to the room's original purpose and reminder of the lively dances that once filled it. Henry Baker built the first...

  • Crowds flock to Wyo. public lands during COVID summer

    Katie Klingsporn,|Sep 3, 2020

    Christian Vivet stood beside his camper at a riverside campground in central Wyoming’s Sinks Canyon State Park, peering through binoculars at the limestone cliffs above – a landscape vastly different from his home state of Florida. He had traveled to this relatively obscure campground with his wife and dog as part of a ten-week road trip through the western U.S. Unlike the hordes of people who have reportedly taken up domestic camper travel as a new adaptation to COVID-19, it’s an annual pilgrimage for the Vivets, who run a French bistro on a s...

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