Emilene Ostlind

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The Science of Play: A summer tour of climbing in Wyoming

July 8, 2014

There are a dozen more climbing gems around the state I haven’t visited this summer — Fremont Canyon and Wild Iris, Devil’s Tower and Cirque …

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Search for water at Steamboat Mountain

June 5, 2014

The Red Desert reveals its secrets to those willing to explore on foot.

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Wyoming’s wind, cold followed spring breakers to Utah

April 22, 2014

Winter-weary Wyomingites escape high-altitude, ice-encrusted tundra by migrating to the Utah desert, but they don’t always find what they’re looking for.

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Destination nowhere: Winter in the Red Desert sand dunes

March 25, 2014

Even in the coldest of winter, Wyoming’s Red Desert is alive with a beautiful, shifting landscape.

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The Muries: Wilderness Leaders in Wyoming

March 20, 2014

The Murie Center carries on the conservation biology and ecology efforts of couples Olaus and Mardy Murie and Adolph and Louise Murie.

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Celebrate the Olympics with a local ice skating adventure

February 20, 2014

You don’t have to travel to Sochi to get your thrills on the ice rink. Just pick the nearest lake in your Wyoming atlas.

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Cover more ground with a snow bike approach to backcountry skiing

January 24, 2014

Emilene Ostlind recently made her first successful attempt to access backcountry skiing in Wyoming’s Gros Ventre Mountains by fat bike.

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Night Ski: Embrace the Cold

December 19, 2013

As the winter solstice approaches, staying in the holiday spirit in Wyoming requires making some peace with both the cold and the darkness.

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Wyoming cautiously reviews insurance exchanges

January 17, 2012

There are approximately 83,000 uninsured people in Wyoming — a situation that puts families at risk of illness, bankruptcy and death — and an insurance …

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Second Saturday Scotch Tasting: Connoisseurs of Scotch whisky gather in remote Atlantic City to sip and discuss

December 27, 2011

The monthly “Second Saturday” scotch tasting in the Miner’s Delight Inn Bed and Breakfast in Atlantic City has steadily fermented into the rhythm of cultural …

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John Mionczynski: A biologist revered and ridiculed

September 20, 2011

John Mionczynski has spent decades tracking evidence of the creature known as Bigfoot. But to cast him off as a paranormal nut would be unfair …

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Wyoming’s sage grouse strategy sets bar for rest of the West

August 9, 2011

Doug Cooper stands on a ridge looking east across the grassy swales of the 7 L Livestock Company ranch just north of Casper. One hundred …

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Clock ticking on sage grouse listing

August 9, 2011

Related Story: Wyoming's sage grouse strategy sets bar for rest of the West
In hopes of keeping the greater sage grouse off the endangered species list, …

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It may be High Noon for tumbleweed

May 24, 2011

Westerners know as well as anyone the damage that invasive weeds can wreak on crops and rangeland. Tumbleweeds cause a unique set of problems. Once the …

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Fox Guarding Pinedale Henhouse? Critics Call Wildlife Count “Unsound Science”

July 12, 2010

At first glance the Mesa southwest of Pinedale, Wyoming, is wide and empty. Perched in the sky at 7,600 feet, this table of land is …

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The Trappers’ Point Antelope Trail – A Precarious Wildlife Corridor

May 10, 2010

Pinedale— Trappers’ Point lies on an unassuming knoll along Highway 191, about six miles west of Pinedale proper. According to a large wooden sign …

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D-Day For Sage Grouse Listing: Test of Wyoming Policy

March 3, 2010

By Emilene Ostlind
LARAMIE – Wyoming’s greatly-used, little-appreciated sagebrush ecosystem and one of Gov. Dave Freudenthal’s most elaborate initiatives are rapidly approaching a critical milestone.
At …