Wyoming Stories

Wyoming Stories captures history through the memories of those who live here.

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Wyoming Stories
2:21 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Mark Soldier Wolf Talks About Life on the Res

Mark Soldier Wolf
Credit county10.com

Mark Soldier Wolf is a Northern Arapaho tribal elder. He grew up on the Wind River Indian Reservation, outside of Riverton. For him, the past is forever inscribed on the present, a sentiment he shares in this lesser known version of the Battle at Little Bighorn.

When Soldier Wolf returned to Wyoming from the Korean War, there were very few resources for veterans. In this story, he describes how he got his life back together, and the atmosphere of Riverton during wartime.

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Open Spaces
4:22 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

StoryCorps: CJ Box Talks With His Daughter About Their Favorite Pastime, Fly Fishing

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Wyoming writer CJ Box and his daughter, Molly Donnell, talk about one of their favorite pastimes: fly fishing. Box is a self-taught, avid fly-fisherman and from the time his daughters were very young he was intent on teaching them about the sport, too. He remembers the first time he handed his daughters fishing rods.

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Wyoming Stories
12:14 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Wyoming Stories Podcast #5

Stories about the Snowy Range Ski Area, a sticky car crash, and how the Centennial train depot became a museum.

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Wyoming Stories
10:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Frontier Life In Centennial

Melanie O'Hara and some of her collection of mining antiques.
Credit Micah Schweizer

Melanie O’Hara grew up on the far side of the Hogback in Centennial. She reflects on the astonishing diversity of Centennial in the 19th century.

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Wyoming Stories
9:58 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Wyoming Stories Community Recordings in Evanston

Evanston Listeners... Wyoming Public Media would like to record your Wyoming Story at the  Uinta Boces Education Center, room 202 on February 27 & 28.

To reserve a recording time in Evanston click here.

Wyoming Stories
9:23 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Wyoming Makes An Impression On Walt Niekamp

Walt Niekamp

Walt Niekamp and his wife, Dorothy, lived in Casper years ago where they taught in the Natrona County schools. He has never forgotten Wyoming’s hospitality and landscape. Walt describes how his love for Wyoming, as well as his own career in media, inspired him to support Wyoming Public Media.

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Wyoming Stories
11:56 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Murray Self Tells Three Centennial Classics

Murray Self
Credit Micah Schweizer

Murray "Murf" Self grew up in Centennial where his father Pat ran the Old Corral Hotel & Steakhouse. When Pat was eighteen years old, he started receiving a money from the VA on account of his own father’s death in World War I. This windfall marked the beginning of Pat Self’s tumultuous life with fancy cars.

Have you ever wondered why so many small towns have turned their old train depots into museums? In a story about his mother’s quest to open an interpretive center in Centennial, Self explains how.

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Wyoming Stories
10:48 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Running The Snowy Range Ski Area Is A Family Affair

Aaron and Becky Maddox, with their infant son Charlie.
Credit Andy Carpenean/Laramie Boomerang

Becky and Aaron Maddox own the Snowy Range Ski Area west of Laramie.  Becky is a fourth generation Laramie resident, and Aaron grew up in Steamboat Springs. 

The couple grew up skiing, and their love for the sport motivated them to invest their lives in Snowy Range.  Becky and Aaron describe how the ski area is not only their business, but is their passion, their family, and their life.

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Wyoming Stories
9:13 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Jackson Rodeo Legends Bill And Martha Saunders

Bill and Martha Saunders

Bill and Martha Saunders are long-time Jackson residents. The couple was instrumental in founding the Jackson Hole Ski Club, and their family was also central in Wyoming's rodeo scene. Bill and Martha share memories of their rodeo experiences, including Martha's tour with the Singing Cowboy, Gene Autry.

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Open Spaces
3:55 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

StoryCorps: Pete Simpson Discusses His Parents And Growing Up Near Heart Mountain

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This summer, StoryCorps set up a booth in Cheyenne to record Wyomingites interviewing one another and sharing their stories.

Today, we hear from two members of one of Wyoming’s most famous families.  Milward Simpson, the grandson of former Governor and U.S. Senator Milward Simpson, interviews his father Pete Simpson, a noted historian, educator, Republican nominee for Governor, and former legislator.  They begin their conversation talking about Pete’s parents.  

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Wyoming Stories
8:34 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Wild Times At The Stagecoach Bar

Wilden and Phil Round

Phil Round is a guitarist and singer from Jackson Hole.  He’s a member of the fabled Stagecoach Band, which holds down a weekly Sunday night gig and dance at the Stagecoach Bar in Wilson. Phil shares some early memories from the bar with his son, Wilden.

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Wyoming Stories
1:14 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Wyoming Stories Podcast #4

Stories from Jackson Hole about historic skiing, an indestructible skirt, and overcoming obstacles.

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Open Spaces
12:49 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Bill Briggs Makes History Skiing Grand Teton

Bill Briggs' ski tracks can be seen near the top of Grand Teton.
Credit Powder Magazine

Bill Briggs, a Dartmouth graduate from Maine, moved to Jackson Hole and became North America’s “father of extreme skiing.” In Jackson he worked as a climbing and ski guide for many years, driven by his own passion and encouraged by the supportive outdoor community to surmount the insurmountable. In 1971, Briggs was the first person ever to descend the Grand Teton on skis, a feat most considered to be impossible.  His friend Spark M asks him to describe the experience.

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Wyoming Stories
1:20 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Dail Barbour's Indestructible Skirt And Other Jackson Hole Memories

Dail Barbour
Credit Jennifer Tennican

Dail Barbour was twenty-four-years-old when she moved to Jackson Hole. She worked at the Wort Hotel, a historic inn in the heart of the city, where she was issued a remarkable uniform. 

Dail Barbour arrived in Wyoming the summer she graduated from high school, 1964. She and a few friends bicycled across the country. They spent a week in Yellowstone and Barbour swore she would return. Six years later, she moved to Teton County permanently, settling for some time in Wilson where she spent many days and nights at the legendary Stagecoach Bar.

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Wyoming Stories
1:48 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Wyoming Stories: A Quixotic Quest To Deliver 'Float-o-Graphs'

Marylee White and Charlie Thomas
Credit Micah Schweizer

Jackson resident Charlie Thomas recounts a local raft tour company owner's against-all-odds attempts to deliver 'float-o-graphs' to his rafting customers.

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Wyoming Stories
1:04 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Summer 2014 Community Recordings Schedule

Laramie: July 13 & 14 - Jubilee Days – Laramie Plains Museum

(To record your Wyoming Story in Laramie, click here.)

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Wyoming Stories
10:09 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Bert Raynes On His Love Of Nature

Bert Raynes
Credit Micah Schweizer

Bert Raynes, a distinguished naturalist in Jackson Hole, tells the story of how he became interested in wildlife. Bert has published many books about nature, and he continues to write a column titled “Far Afield” in the Jackson Hole News and Guide newspaper. Fellow Jackson resident Rebecca Huntington interviews him.

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Wyoming Stories
11:02 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Making A Difference In The Lives Of Students

Teffany Fegler
Credit Micah Schweizer

Teffany Fegler coordinates the University of Wyoming’s  Student Educational Opportunity Center in Ethete, WY. The daughter of two educators, she continues her family's legacy by helping students achieve the dream of going to college.

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Wyoming Stories
10:08 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Donna Robeson Remembers Life In South Pass City

Susan Layman & Donna Robeson
Credit Micah Schweizer

Donna Robeson’s great grandmother came to South Pass in 1868.  She was a converted Mormon from Scotland and married English immigrant Richard Sherlock.  They heard there was going to be a big gold strike, so they came to seek their fortunes in mining.  This dream didn’t quite pan out.  Instead, the family started hotel and ranching businesses to earn a living.  Donna tells historian Susan Layman what she remembers from her childhood, at the ranch and with her aunt and uncle in the hotel.

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Wyoming Stories
1:47 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Pam Spencer-Hockett Recaptures The Pioneer Spirit

Pam Spencer-Hockett
Credit Micah Schweizer

Pam Spencer-Hockett was one of Wyoming's first woman architects. The cabin she built with her husband in Atlantic City ties into her family's pioneer heritage.

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Wyoming Stories
10:22 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Wyoming Stories Community Recordings in Jackson

Jen Faulkner

Jackson Listeners... Wyoming Public Media would like to record your Wyoming Story at the Teton County Library on Friday, January 3 rd.

To reserve a recording time, visit the registration siteJackson Wyoming Stories Registration .

Wyoming Stories
12:28 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Christmas on New Year's

Snegurochka
Credit Viktor Vasnetsov

This holiday season, the Wyoming Public Radio news team is sharing stories about memories and traditions that stand out to them. Reporter Irina Zhorov’s family doesn’t celebrate Christmas, but there’s still a tree and a Santa, sort of. She writes about her family’s tradition of celebrating the New Year the way they did in the Soviet Union.

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Wyoming Stories
11:35 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Christmas and a movie

The cast of the movie "Neighbors"

This holiday season, the Wyoming Public Radio news team is sharing stories about memories and traditions that stand out to them. In this piece, news director Bob Beck tells us about a lonely Christmas in college.

It was 1981 and I was a junior at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.   Earlier that year my parents ended their 20 plus year marriage and my visit home after receiving that news was slightly uncomfortable.

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Wyoming Stories
11:19 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Building a Christmas tree

The Christmas book tree
Credit Alexandra Gutierrez

This holiday season, the Wyoming Public Radio news team is sharing stories about  memories and traditions that stand out to them. In this piece, energy reporter Stephanie Joyce tells us about overcoming the challenge of spending Christmas on a treeless island in Alaska.

Around the country, families spend their December nights trekking to nearby forests or tree farms to cut down big, bushy evergreens for their living rooms, and pulling out Christmas decorations to adorn their branches. Houses fill up with the tangy smell of sap and the sharp bite of pine needles.

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Wyoming Stories
11:05 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Food and friends on Christmas Day

The Biondolillos do nothing in moderation at Christmas -- including Santas.
Credit Chelsea Biondolillo

    

This holiday season, the Wyoming Public Radio news team is sharing stories about memories and traditions that stand out to them. In this piece, reporter Chelsea Biondolillo tells us about her family's tradition of welcoming those without anywhere else to go.

CHELSEA BIONDOLILLO: My family lives in Phoenix AZ, where a balmy 55 degrees is expected on Christmas Day. But our traditions started in Oregon, where my sister and I were born.

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Wyoming Stories
10:55 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Trimming the Christmas tree

The Belden Christmas tree in 2012.
Credit Willow Belden

This holiday season, the Wyoming Public Radio news team is sharing stories about  memories and traditions that stand out to them. In this piece, reporter Willow Belden tells us about her family's tradition of trimming the Christmas tree.

It’s the week before Christmas. Carols are playing, boxes of ornaments are strewn around the house waiting to be unpacked, and I stand in the living room, holding a pair of garden shears and scrutinizing the tree.

My uncle grasps a branch and holds it to the side. “How would it look if we got rid of this one?” he asks.

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Wyoming Stories
2:51 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Wyoming Stories Podcast #3

The Wyoming Public Radio news team offers some holiday memories.

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Wyoming Stories
10:24 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Sergio Maldonado reflects on Native identity

Sergio Maldonado
Credit P. Solomon Banda, Associated Press

Sergio Maldonado is a Mexican-Arapaho who grew up on the Wind River Indian Reservation outside of Lander, Wyoming.  He now teaches at Central Wyoming College in Riverton.  In these two stories, Sergio talks about his experience with the Arapaho and Shoshone tribes.  His personal history informs his understanding of Native identity.

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Wyoming Stories
4:13 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Togwotee Comes to Lunch

Tom Duncan
Credit Micah Schweizer

Tom Duncan grew up in Lander.  He comes from a family of Scottish immigrants that settled in Wyoming in the 1880s.  In 1900, Duncan’s grandfather trailed 5000 sheep to Fremont County, where he began a ranch along the western border of the Wind River Indian Reservation.  Duncan tells the family story of their Native American neighbor, Togwotee, for whom Togwotee Pass is named.

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Wyoming Stories
12:40 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Wyoming Stories Podcast #2

In honor of Veterans Day, stories from the Vietnam and Iraq Wars.

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