Are you ready for Real Food?

UW Extension invites Dubois area residents to make their own tortillas, granola, meatballs, and other recipes during the Real Food four-week healthy eating and cooking program.

The free series starts Tuesday Sept. 12 at the High Country Senior Center at 504 Hays Street. Classes are 5:30-7:30 p.m. through Oct. 10 (no class Sept. 19).

Participants learn nutrition basics and what healthy eating really means, said Laura Balis, UW Extension nutrition and food safety educator. The goal is to get started preparing and eating more fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and local meat and eggs, she said.

Activities cover these and other Real Food topics:              Real Food logo with hand-drawn look, second O in FOOD is pattern of fruits, vegetables.

  • distinguishing whole foods from processed
  • decoding ingredient lists and nutrition labels
  • avoiding untrue packaging claims
  • planning menus and keeping within a budget.

The program is sponsored by the John P. “Jack” Ellbogen Foundation and the Dubois-Crowheart Conservation District. For more information, contact Balis at (307) 332-2363 or

UW bulletin introduces Rogers Research Site, post-fire studies

A decorated U.S. Army officer quietly bequeathed his 320-acre mountainous property to the University of Wyoming in 2002 and since then UW faculty members and students in an equally quiet manner have been conducting studies relating to the improvement of forestry and wildlife resources in Wyoming and beyond.

Several of the research teams are now in the final stages of completing peer-reviewed bulletins detailing their investigations, including the restoration of ponderosa pine forest following a high-intensity wildfire in 2012.

Their studies are being conducted on land that was willed to UW by Col. William C. Rogers, who retired to southeast Wyoming’s rugged Laramie Mountains after his distinguished career in the military, which took him to the Western Front during World War II.

An overview of the research, a story about the most interesting Col. Rogers and details about the land he donated to UW are in RRS Bulletin 1, Introduction to the University of Wyoming’s Rogers Research Site, north Laramie Mountains, Wyoming, the first publication in the RRS series. In the coming weeks and months, additional bulletins will be released to the public that showcase early planning efforts and studies at the property near the prominent Laramie Peak northwest of Wheatland.

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Southeast Wyoming extension educator receives national achievement honor

Brian Sebade

A University of Wyoming Extension educator serving southeast Wyoming has received recognition for helping provide Wyoming residents agricultural and horticultural information.

Brian Sebade, based in Albany County, recently received the 2017 Achievement Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents (NACAA) during its annual conference Salt Lake City. Sebade also serves Carbon, Goshen, Laramie and Platte counties.

Only educators with 10 years or less of service in cooperative extension and exhibiting excellence in the field of extension education are eligible, according to the NACAA.

Sebade has worked in the northeastern and southeastern corners of Wyoming. Projects have included Master Gardeners, private pesticide applicator training, native plant identification and ecology, grazing management, invasive species ecology and management, small-acre outreach and horticulture for cold climates.

Sebade has also published many outreach articles for homeowners, small-acre landowners and agricultural producers in the Cowboy State, said the NACAA.

Sebade was an extension educator based in Crook County and served northeastern Wyoming for four years before transferring to Albany County in 2015 to work with residents in southeastern counties.

Sebade received his bachelor’s degree in 2008 and master’s degree in 2010 in rangeland ecology and watershed management, both from UW.

University of Wyoming assistant professor dies in motorcycle crash

Gustavo Sbatella responds to a question during the research poster session at the Powell Research and Extension Center field day July 13.

Colleagues and friends at the University of Wyoming are reacting to the death Wednesday evening of a fellow scientist killed in a motorcycle accident in Nevada.

Gustavo Sbatella of Powell died in the crash near Valley of Fire State Park in southeastern Nevada, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol, which said heavy rain contributed to the crash.

Sbatella, 52, was an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and was based at the Powell Research and Extension Center.

“We lost an indispensable faculty member,” said Jim Heitholt, head of the department. “He had a savvy for conducting research in weed science, and we as his colleagues became better scientists because of him.”

The dean of the college echoed the sentiment.

“Gustavo was an accomplished scientist, a wonderful human being and a friend. We will miss him,” said Frank Galey.
Sbatella was the extension irrigated crop and weed specialist and conducted research in the Big Horn Basin.

“Gustavo provided crop producers in northwest Wyoming and beyond with answers to their weed control issues and other production challenges,” said Heitholt. “Our crop producers loved him as much as we did.”

Sbatella also taught courses and mentored graduate students. He cared deeply about his students and making sure they were successful, said Heitholt.

“Students who worked in his program or had taken his classes not only learned the basics of how weeds grew, but also the practical aspects of how to employ environmentally sound control measures,” he said.

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Financial opportunities still available as eclipse draws near, says extension specialist

The days until the sun and moon do their dramatic dance across Wyoming are lessening but that doesn’t mean economic opportunities are dwindling for Cowboy State residents, according to the agricultural entrepreneurship specialist with University of Wyoming Extension.

“This is a rare economic opportunity even if you aren’t in the hospitality or tourism industry,” said Cole Ehmke.

The moon will pass directly in front of the sun Monday, Aug. 21, providing a two-minute blackout in a 70-mile wide beltline from Oregon to South Carolina. Ehmke said the crowds provide financial opportunities for anyone in prime viewing territories.

“If you’re in the band of totality or near a travel route, I’d sit everyone down and have a talk about what you or your business could do, then I’d get moving since there isn’t much time left to prepare,” said Ehmke.

Those opportunities could be:
*Providing places to stay prior to Aug. 21, including camper and tent spaces as well as housing.
*Providing places to watch the eclipse for those arriving Aug. 21.
*Providing services to travelers, such as bottled water and snacks.
*Selling solar eclipse souvenirs, such as t-shirts, provided they could be made in time.
*Organizing anything that could benefit from increased road traffic, including farm stands, garage sales and recreational offerings.

Ehmke said potential eclipse viewers have heard negative publicity about sold-out hotels and potential traffic jams.

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