By on February 10, 2015

American Sniperess

American sniper Chris Kyle, whose story has now been immortalized in the hit Clint Eastwood film, continues to live on through his wife. Taya Kyle joined the Weatherby team in fulfillment of her husband’s dream. A video produced and posted on YouTube by the legendary rifle manufacturer is making the rounds on the Internet.

Taya’s pronghorn hunt in Wyoming is chronicled by a camera crew in the short three-minute video titled “He Is With Me.” She bags a beauty and the narrative is powerful, but it’s the Wyoming landscape that deserves the Oscar in this feature.

“I feel like, in a way, it’s OK because we still get to do things together,” Taya says in the voiceover while the camera pulls back slowly from her wedding band, to her cradling the head of a harvested pronghorn in her lap, to finally revealing a vast Wyoming backdrop of sage and sky.

Yellowstone Yeti?

Washington State is generally believed to be the accepted North American stomping grounds for the mythical Bigfoot. But this time, the cryptid ape-like creature turned up in Yellowstone National Park in an innocent video originally posted on YouTube by Mary Greeley.

Greeley thought she was merely lensing a bison herd meandering through Yellowstone back in December, but a more recent remix of the video by ThinkerThunker claims four sasquatches can be plainly seen lurking in the background.

The reedited version has elicited the usual commentary from the peanut gallery. From crackpots to conspiracy to cover up, the debate raged yet again at Huff Post, The Missoulian, Above Top Secret and everywhere else we saw it.

The buzz reached park officials who poo-poo’d it as nonsense.

“People say a lot of crazy things about Yellowstone all the time and Bigfoot is just one of them,” YNP mouthpiece Al Nash told KTMF, a Cheyenne radio station.

SI goes big in the Tetons

Kudos to Sports Illustrated and their good taste on two fronts. First, the sports magazine has decided to use a plus-size model as part of their much-anticipated annual swimsuit special edition. That’s a first.

Secondly, one of the plus-size models used is flashing her Tetons in Jackson Hole. Robin Lawley, the supermodel of plus-size models will be featured somewhere in the magazine somewhere in front of the most iconic mountain range in the United States.

Lawley might have been standing shin-deep in Hedrick’s Pond. It’s hard to tell. Anyone know?

Mulie march captured

NY Times science reporter James Gorman wrote an interesting piece tracking area mule deer’s 150-mile migration – a journey Gorman compares to the famous herds of the Serengeti chasing the rain.

The Hoback-to-Red Desert migration is perhaps the longest such bi-annual migration in the Lower 48. Efforts to better understand the wildlife that use the route (mainly mule deer but also pronghorn and elk) began in earnest in 2011.

Our favorite part of the story was Gorman’s description of capturing mule deer for sampling.

“Capturing and collaring the animals is a bit like a mule-deer rodeo. New Zealanders developed a technique for shooting nets from a helicopter, in which the pilot flies the way a cowboy rides a cutting horse. The pilot isolates a deer, flying close enough for a gunner to fire a net that traps the deer. The pilot then lowers the craft so the ‘mugger’ — the gunner or another crew member — can jump to the ground.”

Lungs for life

It’s a tough road ahead for Scott Singleton. The popular real estate broker has been diagnosed with Interstitial Lung Disease, an irreversible scarring of the lung tissue and is facing a near million dollar, dual-lung transplant surgery. Singleton’s insurance won’t cover the total.

Longtime business partner and friend David Yoder started a fundraising page for Singleton. Chip Marvin, Bland and Liza Hoke, Diane Nodell, Bomber Bryan, and Yoder are among 25 supporters who have pledged donations so far. Singleton is at $13,400 of a $100,000 goal on the online fundraising site found at “Lungs for Life – Scott Singleton.”

Singleton sold his home and moved the family to Needles, California, where he is able to breathe easier at 400 feet above sea level.

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