February 10, 2017
Country music singer-songwriter Sarah Darling, like so many others, fell in love with Dubois. Like few others, she has had the means to make that love go global. The music video entitled “Where Cowboys Ride,” filmed for the lead single on her new album Dream Country, features typically heart-stopping images of our countryside. Here’s what she had to say about the experience:
“We started in Dubois, Wyoming. It was like something out of movie, and it’s hard to describe in words how beautiful it was. The landscapes are majestic everywhere you turn, like being in a postcard. The greatest part of the entire shoot was the beautiful people I met. … It’s a memory I will keep in my mind forever.”
To see the images, click on the headline.
February 9, 2017
Before being asked to serve as rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, among the other calls that Rev. Melinda Bobo answered was the invitation to head Dubois Search and Rescue. Now she has been appointed to another side job: Rev. Bobo was sworn in today as chaplain for the Fremont County district of the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
Besides offering counseling to highway patrol officers and their families under an employee assistance program, she may be called to provide spiritual help at road accidents.
February 8, 2017
The US Forest Service announced today that our local forest rangers have won the Regional Forester award for District of the Year for the Rocky Mountain Region, which includes all of Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Nebraska.
Wind River Ranger district staff were commended for partnering with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to restore nearly 80,000 acres of forest land to reduce vulnerability to climate change, as well as making improvements to the Simpson Lake Lodge and helping to create an interpretive program for a WWII POW camp located on Forest Service land. They were also praised for actions during last summer’s Lava Mountain fire, including collaboration with other agencies across district lines and fuel management policies that both reduced risk to firefighters and to structures.
The Forest Service announcement also points out that our rangers are active as volunteers in several local nonprofits, including the volunteer fire department, the snowmobile club, the charity Needs of Dubois, and the Bighorn Sheep Center.
February 7, 2017
It was 113 years ago this month that our legendary lumbermen, the tie hacks, set up their base camp in the mountains above Dubois and began hewing ties for the railroads that were rapidly expanding westward. But how to get all those logs off those rocky, almost impassable mountains? Read the entire remarkable story, rich with fascinating detail, on the website of the Wyoming State Historical Society.
January 23, 2017
Glamping on the River, which offers accommodation in an Airstream trailer, wall tent or rustic cabin in Dubois, has taken the clever approach of auctioning off spaces for your choice of 7 days surrounding the total eclipse of the sun. Dubois is right in the “path of totality” of the eclipse, which has been cosmically scheduled for August 21. Our altitude, remoteness, and clear skies will offer some of the best viewing anywhere. Bidding ends on February 15. For more information, click on the headline or call 307-455-3988.
January 19, 2017
Better known for training the great Clydesdales in Budweiser ads, Turtle Ranch west of Dubois now features in the latest ads for pickups on the Ford website. Click on the link above and scroll around the website for plenty of great shots of the ridges behind the ranch, and a few glimpses of beautiful women on equally beautiful horses. There you have it: The dreamscape for any would-be owner of a shiny new Ford truck.
January 18, 2017
A Wyoming style of drag racing, using real horsepower: That’s what one participant told a reporter from KCWY News who attended last weekend’s chariot races on the Scenic Overlook. “You know it’s a rush coming out of the gates,” added racer Darrel Graff. “That’s why you do it.” Dubois has been hosting old-fashioned chariot races for half a century. There’s likely to be another one, sometime next summer.
January 17, 2017
For the third straight year, visits to National Parks including Yellowstone have broken all previous records. This is creating serious problems for both the public and park managers, the Associated Press reports.
Yellowstone had 4.3 million visitors in 2016, after hosting 4 million for the first time the previous year. To address the problem of hour-long waits at the entrance, shortages of parking spaces and crowding on trails, the Park is now considering a reservation system and a daily limit for visitors (not just for those staying in campgrounds and lodges).
It has also urged visitors not to stop at the roadside to look at bears or to approach wild animals to take “selfies.”
The article describes “a crowded, Disneyland-like situation when people were expecting peaceful serenity.” More than ever, Dubois offers a wonderful sanctuary for those who want to limit this kind of stress, enjoying Yellowstone-like wonders without Yellowstone-like crowds.
January 9, 2017
Join members of the Dubois Association for Rails and Trails next Sunday, January 15, for Fat Tire Bike Demo Day at Deception Creek. DART has been grooming the trail so you can learn the joy of sailing down a snowy slope on two wheels. The Bike Mill of Lander and Teton Mountain Bike Tours from Jackson will provide a bike for you to try out.
January 5, 2017
It may seem to locals driving into town that the deer population is exploding, but according to Wyoming’s Game & Fish Department, it is merely healthy and growing slowly. Mule deer outnumber permanent residents of Dubois by 50%, at 1,532 mule deer. Game & Fish observers report this year’s count as the highest in nearly a decade, with enough fawns maturing to more than replace the herd.
January 3, 2017
The Wind River Valley is legendary for its great fishing, thanks in part to seeding from the Dubois Fish Hatchery, but also in part to a decades-old recycling program. Continuing a 28-year-old tradition, out-of-season Christmas trees from Dubois help to maintain the ecological health of nearby Ocean Lake. The program was started to honor an avid local fisherman.
December 21, 2016
After days of generous snowfall in the Dubois area and points west, the meadows and hills of Togwotee Pass are already latticed with snowmobile tracks. Snowmobile season now begins in earnest for the Dubois area, as the Lava Mountain Lodge west of town reopens for visitors. A look at their webcam shows what snowmobilers can expect, and there’s much more farther uphill.
Good news for townies as well: This also brings the return of prime rib to the Lodge’s Wilderness Boundary Restaurant every Wednesday night, including tonight. Book early!
December 15, 2016
Sure, winters can be cold and sometimes windy in Dubois, a wildlife biologist wrote this week on Facebook, “but deer handle that with their heavy winter coats.”
“Plus, the wind sometimes comes as a chinook sweeping down from the mountains. As the air descends, it increases in barometric pressure, heating up at a rate of 5.5°F per 1000 feet drop in elevation. The warm, dry air — also known as adiabatic wind —melts off the snow. A strong chinook can melt a foot of snow in a single day, though Dubois rarely has that much snow. Thousands of deer and elk take advantage of this local climate, populating the hills around Dubois and in many cases right in town itself.”
He remarked about seeing deer right on the main street, wandering off toward the cemetery.
We knew they were there already, but this year some observers not native to Dubois are keeping closer track of the deer, documenting one of the longest land-based migrations on earth. In a collaboration between Wyoming Migration Initiative, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and The Nature Conservancy, scientists are working to understand and help preserve the migration routes that assure healthy lives for local mule deer.
December 8, 2016
When Jordan Dresser returned to the Wind River Reservation near Dubois after graduating from college, he began working at the local casino. He was excited when they expressed interest in establishing a museum on the premises to tell the stories of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho, but learned that the tribes no longer had possession of many artifacts. Most were located in museum collections around the country. How, he wondered, could Wind River get them back?
Learn the answer on Monday, January 16, when What Was Ours, directed by Mat Hames, premieres on Independent Lens from 10:00-11:00 PM ET (check local listings) on PBS.
December 7, 2016
With some of the clearest skies in the nation in mid-August, as well as clean air, huge open vistas, high altitude, and a location right in the “path of totality,” Dubois may be the best place in the country to view the total eclipse on August 21, 2017. The town is busy preparing to make this adventure the best possible experience for those who have planned to be here for those important few moments. There’s so much else to enjoy in the upper Wind River Valley when the sun is shining at full brilliance — which it usually does, most of the year — and the town is planning how to help visitors discover all they can do with the rest of their time here.
November 25, 2016
The first wild horse sanctuary on a Native American reservation has opened near Lander, and the Toronto Star has featured it in its travel section. Government funds pay to feed the horses, and public tours are part of the arrangement. The sanctuary includes a small visitor center and a vehicle that takes visitors into the fields to see the horses up close.
November 23, 2016
Members of St. Thomas Episcopal Church were busy last week packing Thanksgiving meal basics for those in town who find it a challenge to buy the turkey and stuffings for themselves. Dinner boxes went out from the church to the High County Senior Center and also through the town’s food bank, which has been operating out of the church each Saturday morning since the 1980s, with help from volunteers from the school, the Boys & Girls Club, and more.
November 19, 2016
One of the most charming myths about Dubois is that the earliest residents wanted to name the town “Neversweat,” but were not allowed to do so. Relying on information from a recently re-issued oral history of the area, a local resident reveals the real deal about Neversweat in her latest blog, and goes on to ponder a totally new reason why the town might deserve that name.
November 8, 2016
Again this year, supporters of the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center competed to out-bid each other for “sheepish” collectables at the town’s go-to gala, the Bighorn Bash, on November 5. All in good fun, this was the town’s way to support its most distinctive institution, which commemorates and educates about the large herds of bighorn sheep that roam the mountains nearby. Among the items that went for thousands: a box with a ram’s head carved on the lid, made from ram’s horn. This was the biggest Bighorn Bash yet, and all tickets were sold out days in advance.
October 28, 2016
“Many fly fishermen around the world would like once in their lives to have the chance to catch indigenous cutthroat trout, which is nowhere in the U.S. better protected than in Wyoming,” writes Eva Geigl of the Royal Flyfishing Shop in Bavaria. “These native trout live in Wind River Country in dream-like, unspoiled rivers and streams.” Read her fascinating account in full, translated by the head of Bitterroot Ranch east of Dubois.