News Briefs

UW Extension offers Gardening 101 with Gary Emmett

By UW Educator Melissa Cook
The University of Wyoming Extension office in Basin has partnered with Successful Gardens owner Gary Emmett to offer a free Gardening 101 class. The 90-minute event will be held on Friday, April 26, at the Burlington Fire Hall from 6:30-8 p.m.
Gardening 101 will cover the importance of soil fertility, dealing with Wyoming soils, composting, and soil additives. The class will end with an “Ask Your Professional Gardener” Q&A session with Emmett.
The Burlington Fire Hall has plenty of room, so bring a gardening buddy and join us for an evening of fun. Contact the UW Extension office at (307) 568-4160 or send an email to with questions. No RSVP required.
Gardening resources can also be found on the Barnyards & Backyards YouTube channel at and the UW Extension website at

SkyWest returns to YRA
CODY (WNE) — SkyWest Airlines will return to Yellowstone Regional Airport under the name of United Express.
“Commute Air has been unreliable, and we’re excited to have SkyWest back,” YRA Director Aaron Buck said during a February interview.
The largest regional carrier in the country, SkyWest will offer three daily flights starting May 23, four daily flights during peak summer season beginning June 27 and at least two each day year-round.
All airline flights leaving Cody this year will be bound for Denver.
“SkyWest has been an exemplary partner through the years, and we welcome them back,” said Ryan Hauck, executive director of the Park County Travel Council.
SkyWest served YRA for many years until 2022. It partners with major U.S. airlines United, Delta, American and Alaska.
SkyWest Airlines serves 237 cities in 42 states, Washington, D.C., Canada and Mexico and carried 38.6 million passengers in 2023. The airline features 485 aircraft in its fleet and recently announced the acquisition of up to 39 Embraer E175 aircraft, its most popular plane.

Northwest College Juried Student Art Show opens April 23
The 2024 Northwest College Juried Student Art + Design Exhibit will open in the Northwest Gallery located inside the Cabre Building on Tuesday, April 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
The artworks on display are created by 2023-24 NWC art and graphic design students working in a variety of 2D and 3D media. Serving as this year’s juror is Beth Korth, art education coordinator at Tippet Rise Art Center in Fishtail, Mont. Korth has conducted painting and printmaking workshops across the country and in Japan, and previously visited Northwest College last October for an artist’s talk and exhibition.
A small selection of artworks from the exhibit will be presented with Purchase Awards funded by the Northwest College Board of Trustees. The selected artworks will then become part of the college’s permanent collection.
The exhibition will remain on display in the Northwest Gallery through noon on Saturday, May 11 following NWC’s graduation ceremony. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information, contact Elaine DeBuhr, NWC Associate Professor of Art, at

BCAC seeks performers for Entertainment in the Park
The Basin City Arts Center is the new organizer of the Basin Chamber’s Entertainment in the Park event.
The center is currently looking for a variety of musical, theatrical, poetry and dance performers.
Entertainment in the Park starts on June 20 and runs through July 25, excepting July 4. It is held in Washington Park in Basin and starts at 7 p.m.
Additional volunteers and helpers are welcome, especially Thursday evenings to set up chairs and the sound system.
Those wanting to perform can contact Carmen Olson at 307-899-0446.

Stories had misleading headlines

Two stories with misleading headlines were printed in last week’s issue. In each case, the correct information appeared in the body of the story.
The date of the haystack supper in support of the Amish community in the Emblem area is Friday, April 19, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Emblem School.  The headline incorrectly stated it was April 18.
The Big Horn County Fair Board is moving away from offering event tickets online and back to selling them in person only.  The headline incorrectly stated that tickets would be available in person and online.
We apologize for the errors.

4-H Briefs
BHC 4-H signup deadline nears

The May 1 deadline to join Big Horn County 4-H is rapidly approaching.  4H empowers young people with skills to lead for a lifetime. It’s a research-based experience that includes a mentor, a hands-on project, and a meaningful leadership opportunity.
In addition, it gives you the opportunity to travel throughout Wyoming, the United States and even internationally and offer competitions and events to meet a variety of interests and skill levels.
To learn more about joining, you can contact Gretchen (Gretty) Gasvoda-Kelso, University of Wyoming Big Horn County 4-H educator at 307-568-4160 or 307-272-0576 or enroll online through ZSuite.  
Youth ages 5-7 can enroll as a Cloverbud.
Regular membership is for youth 8-18 years of age by Jan. 1.

Basin site of horticulture class
Avid gardeners gathered at the University of Wyoming Big Horn County Horticulture Expo April 9 at the Big Horn County fairgrounds in Basin.
UW Extension State Horticulturist Donna Hoffman and UW Ag and Natural Resource Educator Hudson Hill led an educational workshop that taught participants the importance of soil composition, soil temperature and which plants pollinate well with each other.  
Hoffman potted several arrangements that showcased the ease of growing your own herbs to planting varieties of vegetables in one pot.
The University of Wyoming Big Horn County Extension Office, located at 208 S. Fifth St. in Basin, has handouts with information about growing herbs, companion plants and vegetables in Wyoming.