Some may think a high-profile murder, corrupt cops and county and town expenditures are news, they are, but, for me, people are news, too. People are the fabric of communities – from low-populated rural areas like Daniel, Wyo. to metropolises like New York City – and without them, a village or city would just be a grouping of houses instead of a community.
While working with the Pinedale Roundup I had the opportunity to meet, interview and tell the stories of some of the most interesting people I have, or probably ever will, come in contact with. Each one is different but weave together to tell not only their personal story, but one of the area as a whole.
- A Craftsman in Cora: Steve Yenko is a woodworker whose shop sits in the shadow of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. His work is unique, as is his methods and style.
- Flush, Pitch, Stoop: Hunting At Its Most Graceful: A quick detour down an alley found me face-to-face with a flock of falcons and Vahe Alaverdian, a master falconer from California.
- Young Joe Anspach Had A Farm: Quirky Joe Anspach raises, cares for and loves raising chickens and selling eggs.
- Down and Dirty Blacksmith Action: Bond, J.B. Bond, is a farrier by day. By night, he can be found in his studio pounding metal rods and sheets into unique pieces of art.
- From Pinedale to the Pacific: A Life In Pictures: Harold Faler, whose surname is synonymous with Pinedale, took the time to tell me about his experiences as a Naval photographer during WWII.
- 100 years of (incorporated) Pinedale: In 1912, a small hamlet beside Pine Creek picked itself up by its boot straps and became the furthest town from a railroad in the U.S. and one of the most pristine places to live in the country.
- The Cold man and the Lake: Chad Whitley takes spearfishing to a whole new level by free diving the frigid waters of Fremont Lake in November.
- Living the High Country Good Life: As a young man, Bob Gilbank wanted to make his living on top of a horse. Decades later, he’s still living at 10,000 feet herding cattle, chasing wolves and living the solitary good life.
- If at First You Don’t Succeed, Climb, Climb Again: Who says girls can’t climb hills on snowmobiles?
- The Poet on the Hill: Pinedale’s Poet Laureate Cork Kelley is lyrical in his speech, controversial in his viewpoints and sarcastic in just about every aspect of his life.