The International Climbers' Festival starts Wednesday, July 9 in Lander. Director Mandy Pohja says this is the 21st year for the rock climbing event and this year’s line-up is particularly strong.
"We have probably the most significant number of professional climbing athletes coming to Lander than any other year. And also more than any other festival in the world. So that is a really neat collection of professional climbers from the last 40 years of rock climbing that will be in Lander this coming weekend."
A wild horse sanctuary has been proposed on a 900-acre ranch outside Lander with hopes of providing a haven for as many as 250 horses. Bureau of Land Management spokesman Sarah Beckwith says the agency would pay the sanctuary, just as it does private landowners in the mid-West who adopt horses. The perk is that sanctuaries provide an opportunity for education.
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.
A wildfire is threatening some summer homes and campgrounds southwest of Lander.
The homes in Homestead Park and campers in Sinks Canyon were evacuated today as the Fairfield Fire spread in hot and windy conditions in grass and sagebrush. Forest Service spokeswoman Kristie Salzman said about 50 structures were threatened but it's not clear how many of them are homes and how many were occupied.
The area is a very popular spot in the summer, attracting rock climbers, mountain bikers and hikers.
Hundreds of rock climbers will gather in Lander next week for the 20th annual International Climbers’ Festival.
The event is meant to celebrate rock climbing, and organizer Brian Fabel says it will include a wide variety of educational clinics: “Everything from how to climb a difficult rock climb, taught by world-class athletes, to kids’ climbing clinics.”
“There’s something for everyone,” Fabel added, “and whether you’re a beginner to advanced climber, there’s a way to get some exposure to rock climbing and the rock climbing community here in Lander, Wyoming.”
In our occasional series “Upstarts,” we profile Wyoming entrepreneurs. There’s no shortage of self-starters in this state, many of whom build, grow or make things… But until recently, tech start-ups were almost unheard of in the Cowboy State. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez visited with Jason Kintzler, who founded the Pitch Engine software platform in his native Lander and authored the book, “The New American Start-Up.” She filed this report.
The State Senate has approved a bill that will study ways to keep the Life Resource Center in Lander open. The facility serves those with extreme disabilities. The House version of the bill looked at ways of phasing residents out of the facility with the option of closing it down. Senator Cale Case of Lander says the Senate wants to take a different approach.
Wyoming Shakespeare Festival Company, based in Lander, enters its thirteenth Summer Season bringing great classical theater to Wyoming audiences. The company tours the state offering an opportunity to Wyoming actors to broaden their performing experience playing some of the most coveted roles in theater. In 2012, King Lear is scheduled to tour in July.
The Lander Art Center is a nonprofit art organization located in beautiful Lander, Wyoming. It’s a membership-based organization relying on the involvement and financial support of the community.
The Center’s mission is to engage the community's young people and adults in visual arts through quality exhibitions and learning opportunities that will support a strong arts community in Fremont County.
The gallery-space features varied art exhibitions of local, regional and national artists rotating on a six-week basis totaling eight exhibitions per year.