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HEADLINES: Extension office hosts honor camp for military kids … South Pass superintendent readies for site opening … RECAP: Local bus line now goes to Yellowstone … Locals plan readings for Poetry Month … Hippies take to the stage for ‘Hair’ …..

Written, Produced, Broadcast by KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

Extension office hosts honor camp for military kids

RIVERTON — The University of Wyoming Extension office is sponsoring a free day camp for 4-H members and military youth this month in Riverton. It’s planned for April 27 at the National Guard Armory, running from 10 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon. Organizers say participants should wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Snacks and a lunch will be provided. The deadline for registration has been extended to April 20. To register, contact the local extension office.

Brittany Johnson is the 4-H military educator for the extension office. She says the camps are focused on connecting students and bringing awareness to April as the Month of the Military Child. She said the month was established as such in 1986 by then Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger to recognize the contributions military children make when their parents serve. That was the incentive, she said, to hold the camp and others across the state – “to show appreciation to military youths and families for the sacrifices they make.” Activities will center on team building, science and healthy living.

South Pass Superintendent readies for site opening

SOUTH PASS CITY – Over in Wyoming’s historic gold mining settlement of South Pass City, Superintendent Joe Ellis is getting excited about this summer’s opening. He said the season’s going to be great because the Carissa Mill is opening for interactive tours and there’s a new interpretive trail with restorations of one-of-a-kind mining history. He expects to announce the summer schedule within the next few weeks.

History records that South Pass City became a gold mining boom town in 1868 when the discovery of the Cariso Lode brought thousands of miners, merchants and entrepreneurs to the settlement nestled in the Wind River Mountains. About 2000 people lived there at its peak, but the town died out when the color started to fade and South Pass became a ghost town. Then in 1968, as the town marked its centennial, a group of Wyoming citizens donated the town to the state of Wyoming. Since that time, South Pass has been restored to its previous splendor and just 10 years ago the state refurbished the mine that started it all – the Carissa. Tours of the mine are available upon request. 

RECAP: Local bus line now goes to Yellowstone

RIVERTON — The local bus line that transports people between Riverton, Lander and towns on the Wind River Reservation in Fremont County is adding a new line to Yellowstone. The new line offered by the Wind River Transportation Authority known as WRTA will offer the trips starting in June and running through September. Along the route, there’ll be stops in Dubois and Jackson, with each leg costing $25.

The information’s coming from Manager Ben Eastmond of the Riverton office. He said the trip to Yellowstone takes off at 6:15 in the morning from Riverton, then stops in Lander, Fort Washakie, Dubois and Jackson before reaching the Moran Post office where travelers can transfer onto the bus that goes to the park’s Grant Village campground. They arrive there at 9:45. From there, visitors can pick up an in-park bus route to tour Yellowstone. The total trip takes about five hours and costs $50 one way.

Eastmond said the new plan is a win-win situation for travelers, his bus line and the Linx Cooperative that ties together all the transportation operating in the greater Yellowstone area …. CLICK HERE

He said the added route will run on Mondays, Friday and Sundays. Tickets can be purchased at the local office on Airport Drive or online at The bus line will continue its regular routes, with the cost to ride remaining $1 or $2 for off-route pickup. Schedules can be picked up at the office.

Locals plan readings for Poetry Month

RIVERTON – Two poetry readings have been planned to commemorate April as National Poetry Month. The first will be on Tuesday, April 16, at the library in Riverton. They’re calling theirs the “Poem in Your Pocket” night. That starts at 7 o’clock. Organizers say come join them in reading an original or favorite poem or rip and read from the “Poem in Your Pocket” book. Interested readers can call the library to be put on the roster. The special guest for the night will be Wyoming’s poet laureate, Pat Frolander. The library’s on West Park Avenue.

The second poetry reading event will be the following night, on Wednesday, April 17, at the community college in Riverton. That event’s being planned by Jeff Stinson, the assistant librarian at Central Wyoming College. Readings will start at 6. To get on the roster there, call the college. He said poems can be original or favorites and there will also be an open-mike for spontaneous readers.

There’s no admission being charged for either event and refreshments will be served at both.

Hippies take to the stage for ‘Hair’

RIVERTON — “Let the Sun Shine In.” The tie-dye shirts, bell-bottoms and flowers have all been collected and are in place for the community college’s upcoming spring production of the musical “Hair.” Along with that now famous “Let the Sun Shine In” song, people may also remember the production for its hits, “Aquarius” and “Easy to be Hard.”

Members of the “Hair” cast, clockwise from top, are: Brianna Burlingham, Quincie Cowell, Cody Mock, John Sousa, Brittany Mack, Aaron King, Josiah Sifuentes, Anika Greenhalgh, Laurence Miles, Kim Baxter, Katie Wagner, Zedikiah Mills and Taylar Stagnar.

The hippies will take the stage on two weekends, this month. The show runs April 12-14 and 19-21. Tickets are $12 and $10 for students and seniors. The Friday and Saturday night shows start at 7:30 and show time for the Sunday matinees is 2:30. The Central Wyoming College box office in Riverton is open Monday through Friday afternoons, from 2-6.

Director Mike Myers said the musical that’s set in the turbulent anti-war movement of the 1960s is bound to bring back memories for baby-boomer theater patrons and provide a history lesson for younger generations. He said the Tony-winning musical brought about social and political change during tumultuous times.