By Dean Madley
92 year-old Lamar Empey from Wapiti, WY talks about the process of declaring the Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone “Wild and Scenic”. Kayakers are among the people affected, including Will Taggart and Aaron Pruzan (Jackson Kayak and Rendezvous Media) who are working on a kayaking documentary. I set out to make a teaser trailer for their film using the footage I got, and this short clip records some of what Lamar had to say about the process and the reasons behind declaring the river “Wild and Scenic”. His son-in-law David Ryan was a major part of those reasons. In the 1980’s David was killed in a landslide while climbing in the Grand Tetons. Mr. Empey decided he needed to ensure that the river David kayaked regularly could never be developed.
Reporter: Casey Sinclair
For 41 years Mrs. Rose Bigelow has been teaching students and 14 of those years she has taught at CHS. Mrs. Bigelow first started teaching in 1973 and has loved teaching ever since. “It’s all about the kids cause they really make it worthwhile” bigelow said.
Dr. Bigelow received a Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois State University and a Master's Degree from Montana State University. Mrs Bigelow first started teaching at CHS in 2000, 15 years ago. Mrs. Bigelow’s devotion for teaching over the years has helped many students learned what they need to succeed after high school.
Mrs. Bigelow has taught students for the majority of her life and plans on enjoying her retirement. As this being Mrs. Bigelow's last year at CHS she plans to leave a lasting impression on her students and fellow teachers. Mrs. Bigelow has taught countless students over her 41 teaching career but said “it was time for another chapter in her life”.
This year, the band has traveled to Casper, Denver and Cheyenne for multiple awards. Each time they have competed, they have won a superior award for marching and pep band along with awards for regular ensemble band. “I feel like we are more connected than any other band and anyone who plays music knows that connection is huge.” Trey Montgomery, a senior at CHS shares with his experience throughout the year. Trey also believes that the advisors have been a big part of the band’s experiences and have played a key factor in leading the band to their awards this year. “Again, they have that awesome connection and they are both young so we can really relate to them.”
Recently, the band has acquired a new addition to their set featuring Hope Beier, an Equestria singer. “Hope Beier, a very nice singer, she came to us after we decided to add a vocal piece to our music for the pop concert.” Mr. French explains to us. Twelve girls, tried out for the song, I Dreamed a Dream, from Les Miserables. Out of the twelve, Mr. French decided that Hope would be the best fit for the band. “The band is so good that it was really an honor to be able to sing with them.” Hope tells us. Hope has been singing since ninth grade and was inspired to sing this because of her grandmother. Cody High School is honored to have such exceptional talent within the band and choir.
Senior Malik Oilar has decided to dedicate the next two years of his life to becoming a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He will share his knowledge of the gospel in Santa Rosa, California. Malik has been planning on serving a mission from the time he was a child and believes his experience will bless the lives of many people, including his own.
Malik's family looked forward to the day when the letter containing his mission call would arrive in the mail. This call contains where Malik will live and serve for the next two years. Friends and family gathered in the Oilar's home to show their support of Malik's mission and watch his reaction as he discovered where he would serve. As the oldest child in the Oilar family, Malik has started the tradition to have loved ones guess where he will be serving before the call is opened, to see who can guess the closest location.
There are more than 88,000 LDS missionaries serving in hundreds of different countries and thousands of different cities, most of whom are under the age of 25. On the 8th of July, Malik will report to the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo, Utah and become one of the many missionaries of the LDS church. Starting in July, Malik will wake up each day at 6:30 A.M. and prepare himself for a day of studying, praying, planning, working, teaching, helping, and serving. Throughout it all, the common thread of mission life is a missionaries purpose: “Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement" (Lds.org)
Students at Cody High School experienced Native American culture Friday May 8th,Wyoming Native American day. The St. Labre Indian Catholic High School performed, various Native American dances, at Wynona Thompson. The dancers demonstrated Jingle Dress, Fancy Shawl, Grass, Cloth, and finished with a round dance incorporating the student body. Cody High School’s principal, Mr. Bart Bailey, organized the event. Bailey was St. Labre’s principal for seven years before coming to Cody. The Labre dancers were able to share and commemorate cultures of their individual tribes.