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  • Couple unearths 60-million-year-old tree east of Buffalo

    Alex Hargrave, Buffalo Bulletin Via Wyoming News Exchange|Nov 22, 2023

    BUFFALO - Jeanne Peterson and her husband, Robert Suchor, weren't necessarily surprised to find an ancient tree beneath the surface of their property east of Buffalo. Destined to become an RV campground, the couple's land sits just south of the Bureau of Land Management's Dry Creek Petrified Tree Environmental Education Area, where petrified trees provide evidence of a much different landscape 60 million years ago than exists today. "There's more to the desert than meets the eye," Peterson...

  • Amateur radio-aided rescue highlights useful hobby

    Alex Hargrave, Buffalo Bulletin Via Wyoming News Exchange|Nov 23, 2022

    BUFFALO - Two miles from U.S. Highway 16, a Nebraska man drove his truck through Crazy Woman Canyon before he slid off the road on Halloween night. Unharmed, but without a functioning vehicle or a cell phone signal, Nicholas Cashoili turned to his ham radio - a device that needs only a radio frequency to make contact with other radios. On the receiving end of the signal was Jim Shirey, who sat in his living room in Buffalo with his handheld radio. From the time he wakes up until he goes to bed,...

  • Fall spawning: Story Fish Hatchery creates conditions ideal for trout eggs to thrive

    Alex Hargrave, Buffalo Bulletin Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 20, 2022

    BUFFALO - If you've caught a trout in Wyoming, chances are it grew from an egg spawned at Story Fish Hatchery. Operated by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the hatchery located just over the border from Johnson County is the state's primary source of trout eggs, which eventually grow to live in lakes for anglers to catch. October at the fish hatchery is reserved for spawning five varieties of trout: brown, brook, lake, splake and tiger. The role of fish hatcheries is twofold, according to...

  • Game and Fish taking measures against zebra mussels

    Alex Hargrave, Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 29, 2022

    BUFFALO — Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials are increasingly concerned about the discovery of adult zebra mussels in Pactola Reservoir, a body of water just 20 air miles away from the state line in South Dakota’s Black Hills. To mitigate the risk of contamination in Wyoming’s waters, the department will decontaminate all watercraft that have been used in South Dakota within 30 days of crossing the border. During the decontamination process, according to the department, the inspector sprays the interior and flushes the interior compa...

  • Game and Fish predicts good season for elk hunters

    Alex Hargrave, Buffalo Bulletin Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 1, 2022

    BUFFALO - This fall is a great time to be an elk hunter, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's 2022 hunt forecast. That's especially true for those who are willing to hunt antlerless elk. Elk populations are thriving statewide, according to previous Bulletin reporting. In most hunt areas, elk are at or above population objectives, leading officials to add more tags and change season limitations and opening dates to achieve desired harvest levels. "We're hoping for a better harvest...

  • Lusk man featured on Discovery Channel show

    Alex Hargrave, Lusk Herald Via Wyoming News Exchange|Sep 9, 2020

    LUSK – Todd Hoelmer's spot on Main Street is not a visible one. The white structure looks like an abandoned garage at first glance. Step inside, and it still looks that way, thanks to remnants of a 2015 flood Hoelmer said he is still dealing with. Past empty rooms with concrete floors is The Skeleton Closet, as indicated by his business card. The work area, illuminated by dim lights and filled with fossils of early mammals and dinosaurs alike, is where he restores and preserves these ancient a...

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