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September wasn’t a particularly busy month but fall sports are kicking in and I think I made it out to what was probably the last grass fire of the season. I also had the opportunity to work with Participant Media for a TakePart.com story called “How the West Was Lost: Ranchers Devastated by Fossil Fuel Boom.” You can read the story here.

 

Barb Steen with Western Waste tosses bags full of recyclables from a pick up truck into a compactor truck Friday in a subdivision east of Dalbey Memorial Park.
Barb Steen with Western Waste tosses bags full of recyclables from a pick up truck into a compactor truck Friday in a subdivision east of Dalbey Memorial Park.
Dee Snyder, left, and Kelly Stone work with children Saturday making headbands during a Recovery Walk and Festival hosted by Sunrise Wellness and Recovery Center at Dalbey Memorial Park. Stone is the director of the center and hosted the event in honor of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Recovery Month.
Dee Snyder, left, and Kelly Stone work with children Saturday making headbands during a Recovery Walk and Festival hosted by Sunrise Wellness and Recovery Center at Dalbey Memorial Park. Stone is the director of the center and hosted the event in honor of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Recovery Month.
Kids an adults make tie die t-shirts Saturday during a Recovery Walk and Festival hosted by Sunrise Wellness and Recovery Center at Dalbey Memorial Park.
Kids an adults make tie die t-shirts Saturday during a Recovery Walk and Festival hosted by Sunrise Wellness and Recovery Center at Dalbey Memorial Park.
Michelle Young, right, talks to customers Thursday at The Treasury, a newly opened thrift store she manages in the Lakeway Professional Building. Young was laid off from a construction job in November of 2015.
Michelle Young, right, talks to customers Thursday at The Treasury, a newly opened thrift store she manages in the Lakeway Professional Building. Young was laid off from a construction job in November of 2015.
Gillette players Macradee Miller, left, and Jayce Kelley, try to keep the ball in play as Ashlyn Hamilton watches during Camel Invite play Friday against Wright at CCHS North Campus.
Gillette players Macradee Miller, left, and Jayce Kelley, try to keep the ball in play as Ashlyn Hamilton watches during Camel Invite play Friday against Wright at CCHS North Campus.
Ty Hample of Billings, Mont., works on his father, Kelly's, late model race car Friday night in the pits at Thunder Speedway. Kelly won the late model class Friday during the first night of three nights of racing in 16th annual East-West Clash featuring drivers from throughout the country.
Ty Hample of Billings, Mont., works on his father, Kelly’s, late model race car Friday night in the pits at Thunder Speedway. Kelly won the late model class Friday during the first night of three nights of racing in 16th annual East-West Clash featuring drivers from throughout the country.
Driver Dennis Torres of Rapid City, S.D., sits in his trailer in the pits Friday at Thunder Speedway during the first night of the 16th annual East-West Clash featuring drivers from throughout the country.
Driver Dennis Torres of Rapid City, S.D., sits in his trailer in the pits Friday at Thunder Speedway during the first night of the 16th annual East-West Clash featuring drivers from throughout the country.
Campbell County School Board members and others walk through an auditorium under construction Tuesday during a tour of what will become Thunder Basin High School in 2017.
Campbell County School Board members and others walk through an auditorium under construction Tuesday during a tour of what will become Thunder Basin High School in 2017.
A line of classic cars, including a 1966 Plymouth Barracuda, sit in parking lot at Walmart during a car show Saturday to raise funds for the Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals in Aurora, Colo.
A line of classic cars, including a 1966 Plymouth Barracuda, sit in parking lot at Walmart during a car show Saturday to raise funds for the Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals in Aurora, Colo.
Father Tom Fisk with Holy Trinity Episcopal Church leads a remembrance vigil for people affected by suicide outside of Walgreens on South Douglas Highway.
Father Tom Fisk with Holy Trinity Episcopal Church leads a remembrance vigil for people affected by suicide outside of Walgreens on South Douglas Highway.
Camel back Austin Clemetson runs the ball Friday against Cheyenne Central during a game at Camel's Stadium. Clemetson ran 180 yards on 12 carries and scored five touchdowns.
Camel back Austin Clemetson runs the ball Friday against Cheyenne Central during a game at Camel’s Stadium. Clemetson ran 180 yards on 12 carries and scored five touchdowns.
Basset hounds Watson, from right, Dazy and Deek bay and chill in the shade of a tree Saturday with John Pondish during the fourth annual Petapolooza at Cam-plex Park.
Basset hounds Watson, from right, Dazy and Deek bay and chill in the shade of a tree Saturday with John Pondish during the fourth annual Petapolooza at Cam-plex Park.
Mister, a punk rock maltese, climbs his owners leg Saturday with during the fourth annual Petapolooza at Cam-plex Park.
Mister, a punk rock maltese, climbs his owners leg Saturday with during the fourth annual Petapolooza at Cam-plex Park.
Dawson Miessler keeps his eye on an incoming volley Tuesday during a No. 1 singles match against Casper Nutrona at the Campbell County Recreation Center.
Dawson Miessler keeps his eye on an incoming volley Tuesday during a No. 1 singles match against Casper Nutrona at the Campbell County Recreation Center.
Chris Eutsler, sous chef at Gillette College, stands inside a hoop house at the Technical Education Center. Eustler uses tunnel garden to grow herbs and vegetables for farm-to-table cooking in the cafeteria.
Chris Eutsler, sous chef at Gillette College, stands inside a hoop house at the Technical Education Center. Eustler uses tunnel garden to grow herbs and vegetables for farm-to-table cooking in the cafeteria.
Steve Riss looks for what is left of a stone monument that once stood towered upon a rock precipice on the Gates-Yonkee Ranch off of Echeta Road west of Gillette. Riss believes a bolt of lightning destroyed the monument which had been there long before Homer Lee Gates homesteaded in the area in 1918.
Steve Riss looks for what is left of a stone monument that once stood towered upon a rock precipice on the Gates-Yonkee Ranch off of Echeta Road west of Gillette. Riss believes a bolt of lightning destroyed the monument which had been there long before Homer Lee Gates homesteaded in the area in 1918.
Participants in the Memory of the 8 5K run/ walk traverse 4J Road near the old Westwood High School during the 14th annual event in Gillette. Friday was the 15th anniversary of run which honors eight University of Wyoming runners killed in a car crash, one of whom, Morgan McLeland, was from Gillette.
Participants in the Memory of the 8 5K run/ walk traverse 4J Road near the old Westwood High School during the 14th annual event in Gillette. Friday was the 15th anniversary of run which honors eight University of Wyoming runners killed in a car crash, one of whom, Morgan McLeland, was from Gillette.
The Lions roar during halftime Friday as their team is announced on Junior Football Night as the Camels play Casper Natrona at Camels Stadium.
The Lions roar during halftime Friday as their team is announced on Junior Football Night as the Camels play Casper Natrona at Camels Stadium.
A hawk glasses the landscape from its perch on a telephone pole along Upper Powder River Road west of Gillette.
A hawk glasses the landscape from its perch on a telephone pole along Upper Powder River Road west of Gillette.
A Campbell County fire truck drives toward a blaze burning close to a home Monday on Stone Crest Drive West of Gillette. The fire burned about 11-acres and was caused by a spark from someone welding in the area.
A Campbell County fire truck drives toward a blaze burning close to a home Monday on Stone Crest Drive West of Gillette. The fire burned about 11-acres and was caused by a spark from someone welding in the area.
Charlei Ballou, 1 1/2, keeps herself occupied Thursday during a dedication ceremony at the newly opened Stocktrail Elementary School.
Charlei Ballou, 1 1/2, keeps herself occupied Thursday during a dedication ceremony at the newly opened Stocktrail Elementary School.
A full moon rises through the tree tops Thursday over downtown Gillette.
A full moon rises through the tree tops Thursday over downtown Gillette.
Campbell County School Board members and others tour a vocational shop Tuesday at what will become Thunder Basin High School in 2017.
Campbell County School Board members and others tour a vocational shop Tuesday at what will become Thunder Basin High School in 2017.
Tom Van Meter watches garbage fall into the top of his truck from a dumpster as he makes his rounds behind stores at a South Douglas Highway shopping center.
Tom Van Meter watches garbage fall into the top of his truck from a dumpster as he makes his rounds behind stores at a South Douglas Highway shopping center.
Coal cars are loaded and sprayed with binding agent Thursday on a rail spur outside of Rawhide Mine. After hemoraging jobs earlier this year, some in the coal industry say production is seeing an uptick.
Coal cars are loaded and sprayed with binding agent Thursday on a rail spur outside of Rawhide Mine. After hemoraging jobs earlier this year, some in the coal industry say production is seeing an uptick.
Don Heinbokel talks Monday morning in the home of Anthony and Michelle Renaud, seated behind him, in Gillette. Heinbokel, a homeless veteran who said he has spent years traveling, found a warm place to sleep Sunday after trying to find work for money at a local convenience store. A clerk posted a message to Facebook trying to help. The Renauds saw the post, picked up Heinbokel and brought him home.
Don Heinbokel talks Monday morning in the home of Anthony and Michelle Renaud, seated behind him, in Gillette. Heinbokel, a homeless veteran who said he has spent years traveling, found a warm place to sleep Sunday after trying to find work for money at a local convenience store. A clerk posted a message to Facebook trying to help. The Renauds saw the post, picked up Heinbokel and brought him home.
A pair of turtles bask in the lat afternoon sun Monday on a rock in the north end of Burlington Lake.
A pair of turtles bask in the lat afternoon sun Monday on a rock in the north end of Burlington Lake.
Wayne Holyoak looks over tossed pews Wednesday at Harvest Church off of Greenway Drive in Gillette. The church was broken into and vandalize sometime between Sunday afternoon and Tuesday morning.
Wayne Holyoak looks over tossed pews Wednesday at Harvest Church off of Greenway Drive in Gillette. The church was broken into and vandalize sometime between Sunday afternoon and Tuesday morning.
Tatum Barstad serves Thursday during a state No.2 doubles match against Laramie at CCHS North Campus.
Tatum Barstad serves Thursday during a state No.2 doubles match against Laramie at CCHS North Campus.
Gary Packard Sits in his SUV near a new oil well just outside his property line near Arveda, Wyo. on Sept. 17, 2016. Packard's ranch is peppered with abandoned methane wells abondoned by a succession of energy companies who held leases to mineral rights on his property.
Gary Packard Sits in his SUV near a new oil well just outside his property line near Arveda, Wyo. on Sept. 17, 2016. Packard’s ranch is peppered with abandoned methane wells abandoned by a succession of energy companies who held leases to mineral rights on his property.
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Cattle graze a pastures near the edge of a coal mine on LJ Turner’s historic ranch near Wright, Wyo. on Aug. 15, 2016.
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