New online resources from UW Extension focus on community development, leadership

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Duane Williams

Two new online learning activities free from University of Wyoming Extension are now available online for Wyoming community leaders and anyone interested in working to improve their communities.

“Clues to Successful Community Development” focuses on core characteristics researchers have identified in thriving rural communities. Access it at

“Community Development: What’s HOPE Got to do With It” explores the concept of hope and how it is reflected in successful leaders. Access it at

Each self-paced program provides information, interactive elements and practical research and advice and can be completed in about 30-60 minutes.

Duane Williams, University of Wyoming Extension community development educator, said participants will take away tangible skills they can use in their communities.

He said, “Knowing how your community measures up on factors for success can be helpful in guiding future actions and investment. Successful community development is not magic or accidental but rather the accumulation of hard work and sound investments.”

Other free courses from UW Extension include “Wyoming Tax Facts” and “Personal Financial Literacy: Understanding and Avoiding Credit Pitfalls.” Go to and click the Extension Online Courses button.

UW Extension offers four-session, teen-focused diabetes programs in Lander, Riverton

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Nutrition and food safety educator Laura Balis

Information to help teens with diabetes or pre-diabetes and their families is being offered during four-week programs this January in Lander and Riverton.

Learning to eat and live well with diabetes is the focus of the free “Dining with Diabetes in Wyoming” sessions, said Laura Balis, University of Wyoming Extension nutrition and food safety educator.

“The program helps individuals learn strategies to manage their diabetes through menu planning, carbohydrate counting, portion control and label reading,” said Balis. “Participants have the opportunity to sample healthy foods made using the concepts taught.”

Topics covered include What is Diabetes?; Carbohydrates and Sweeteners; Fats and Sodium; and Vitamins, Minerals and Fiber, said Balis.

Space is limited to 16, and dinners are provided. Lander enrollment is at, and Riverton enrollment is at, or by calling 307-332-2363 for either location.

Programs in each town are 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Riverton sessions are Tuesdays, Jan. 8-29, at the Fremont Center, 1010 Fairgrounds Drive. Lander sessions are Wednesdays, Jan. 9-30, at Lander Valley High School, 350 Baldwin Creek Rd.

Balis is presenting the sessions assisted by Hannah Kesterson, a Colorado State University dietetics intern.

The Riverton Lion’s Club is sponsoring the programs.

Find everything turkey in new UW Extension guide

Let’s Talk Turkey makes confident cooks.

In time for Turkey Day, UW Extension has issued a guide to preparing the bird with less stress and guesswork. “Let’s Talk Turkey” covers buying, thawing, roasting, storing and reheating.

“Whether cooking the turkey is a first-time event or annual tradition, there are always questions,” says nutrition and food safety educator Vicki Hayman of UW Extension in Weston County. “Here’s where to find all the basics.”

The new online resource is at Enter “turkey” in the search bar. “Let’s Talk Turkey” offers these tips and more:

  • A frozen turkey CAN be roasted and ready for dinner without thawing.
  • If buying fresh, hold off purchasing a turkey until one or two days before cooking.
  • To avoid contamination in the kitchen, never wash raw poultry.
  • Enjoy watching the pop-up thermometer, but to test for doneness, use a food thermometer.

For more information, contact your UW Extension county office at or call the U.S. Department of Agriculture meat and poultry hotline at 1-888-674-6854.

“Let’s Talk Turkey” is one of more than 500 how-to guides from UW Extension (see that help extend skills in cooking, baking, gardening, landscaping and more. YouTube video series from UW Extension include “From the Ground Up,” “Barnyards and Backyards and Exploring the Nature of Wyoming.”


Training registration opens for those seeking new commercial applicator license

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Jeff Edwards, extension pesticide applicator training coordinator

Registration is now open for a three-day program to assist obtaining new commercial applicator licenses through the University of Wyoming Extension.

Wyoming statutes require anyone applying pesticides, restricted use or not, and receiving payment to do so, to have a commercial applicator license, said Jeff Edwards, UW Extension pesticide training coordinator.

This year’s training session for those seeking new licenses is Tuesday-Thursday, Jan. 22-24, at the Ramkota Hotel in Casper. Those attending have the option of taking examinations on Thursday and receiving their licenses.

Topics covered include core materials, state statutes, application procedures, pest identification and management and other license category-specific information, said Edwards.

“This course is specifically designed to educate individuals who are new to pesticide application,” he said. “To receive your license, you must pass the core exam plus a minimum of one category exam with a 70 percent or better.”

Class registration fee is $95 per person.  Electronic registration is preferred and is at

Edwards also highly recommends downloading (for free) or purchasing the training manuals and reading them prior to class.  The training manuals needed are available at Printed materials can be ordered online using the order form link on the page or by contacting the UW Extension Office of Communications and Technology at 307-766-2115.

Everything horses is topic of free UW Extension workshop

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Come with questions. Everything Horses! is a free workshop in UW Extension’s “Landowner Solutions” series. Photo: Shutterstock

Casual learning and conversation about horse nutrition, care and a new phone app for appraising horse health are on tap at a free workshop in Glenrock Nov. 28.

“Because the subject is everything horses, no horse subject is off limits,” said University of Wyoming Extension educator Scott Cotton. “We invite everyone to come with questions.”

“Everything Horses!” is at the Glenrock Community Library, 506 South 4th Street, Wed. Nov. 28 at 3 p.m.

The class is free but registration is requested to ensure class materials for every participant. For more information or to register, contact Cotton at 307-235-9400 or