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National Cowboy Museum awards film by South Dakota director

PIERRE, S.D. — The film, “Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs,” produced and directed by Midland, South Dakota native Justin Koehler about the rodeo legend born northwest of Fort Pierre, will be named the Best Documentary Film by the National Cowboy Museum at its Western Heritage Awards night on April 14 in Oklahoma City.

“It’s a huge feather in his cap,” said Cindy Bahe on Feb. 28. She is director of the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center in Fort Pierre. “I just hope it’s going to bring more awareness to Casey and his history.”

It also should provide Koehler with some new possible backers to help him finance the film’s distribution, she said.

The prestigious award will put Koehler in the same field of dreams as legendary filmmaker John Ford, and Western movie legends John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Clint Eastwood, Jimmy Stewart, Tom Selleck and Kevin Costner, and cowboy poet, singer and actor Red Steagall, who have received the Western Heritage awards.

The emcees at the Western Heritage Awards on April 14, in fact, include a famous old flame of Casey Tibbs: actress Katherine Ross, who will make the presentations along with her longtime husband, Sam Elliott, who also has been honored by the Cowboy Museum.

“He will probably make some joke about it,” Bahe said of Elliott’s possible stance on Casey Tibbs having dated Ross long ago.

Koehler, who lives in Colorado, called Bahe to tell her the news.

“The Western Heritage Award is like the Academy Award of the Western genre,” Koehler said in a news release from Bahe. “It’s a very prestigious award for anyone producing films, literature or music honoring the American West and the men and women who shaped it.”

Koehler premiered the film last spring in Rapid City and has shown it across the nation and Canada, hitting California, Texas, New York and Georgia, he said.

Bahe said more than 1,000 attended two showings last year in Pierre in the Riggs High School theater, The Capital Journal reported .

Koehler also has shown it at film festivals.

The film includes interviews from about 30 people, including local friends and family members from South Dakota as well as celebrity friends of Casey’s, such as Charlie Daniels and Steve Ford. It also includes rare footage of many bronc rides by Casey which haven’t been seen in decades, if ever, Koehler said.

The Tibbs Center in Fort Pierre, Casey’s hometown, has supported Koehler’s project, with lots of hours of research and other help and by footing the $3,000 bill for turning historic film footage of Tibbs on old reel-to-reel formats into digital formats which Koehler could use in his new film, Bahe said.

“We have been honored to work with him over the last four years,” she said. “Justin has worked feverishly on a cheap beer budget and crafted a top-shelf whiskey creation.”

Rodeo champion Cole Elshere of Faith, South Dakota, played Casey in the film in several rodeo ride scenes. The outfit he wore is on display in the rodeo center in Fort Pierre, Bahe said.

She plans to be at the awards banquet in Oklahoma City, Bahe said.

Koehler still is seeking financial support to finish paying movie interests for the rights to commercially show the rare footage he has of Tibbs’ many rides, Bahe said.

The attention from the Western Heritage award can only help, she said.

Town Crier: Sports & Recreation

Fireball friends and family

The Fireball 500 Club will host the 2018 Friends and Family Tournament, an invitational four-member team handicapped tournament, at 1 p.m., on April 7 at Sunrise Lanes. Entry fee is $22 per person.

Each team entry must include at least one Fireball 500 Club member. All bowlers must be sanctioned. Entry forms will be available at El Mark-O Lanes and Sunrise Lanes. The annual general meeting will be held just prior to the tournament.

Fencing classes March 19

The Casper Recreation Center will be offering another session of Fencing (Foil) classes for ages 9 through adults beginning March 19.

In this introductory class to the Olympic sport of fencing, students will learn to use the foil and basic foot work including advance, retreat, and lunge. Students with prior experience will continue to build on their skills and learn lines of attack, lines of defense, bouting rules and skills, and strategies. Classes are held on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and are taught by Michael Bailey and Vincent Crolla. The registration fee is $86 for the nine-week session and for those students who don’t have their own equipment, there is an additional $15 equipment fee.

For more information, please call 235-8383, stop by the Casper Recreation Center at 1801 E. 4th St., or visit

Water egg hunt March 24

Have fun this Easter with a water egg hunt. Eggs will be hidden, sunken and floating around the Casper Family Aquatic Center on Saturday, March 24.

The egg hunt for children ages 6 to 12 starts at 11:30 a.m. Children 5 and under will search for eggs starting at noon. Eggs will be exchanged for awesome prizes. There will also be fun carnival games on the pool deck.

Regular admission is $6 or the use of a pool pass. Once the eggs have been found, stay and enjoy the pool for the rest of the day. Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the water.

For more information please call the Casper Recreation Center at 235-8383 or follow the Casper Recreation Division on Facebook.

Fireball friends and family

The Fireball 500 Club will host the 2018 Friends and Family Tournament, an invitational four-member team handicapped tournament, at 1 p.m., on April 7 at Sunrise Lanes. Entry fee is $22 per person. Each team entry must include at least one Fireball 500 Club member. All bowlers must be sanctioned. Entry forms will be available at El Mark-O Lanes and Sunrise Lanes.

The annual general meeting will be held just prior to the tournament.

Temporary greens open at muni

The Casper Municipal Golf Course will have temporary greens available for play on the Park and Highlands courses. The cost of play is $5 and golfers may play as many holes as they like. Golf cart rental will only be available when conditions are not too wet or snowy. The driving range is currently closed, but will be open once the snow has melted from the range.

All golfers must check in and register play at the Golf Pro Shop in the lower half of the clubhouse. Season passes are also currently available for purchase at the Pro Shop or at the Casper Recreation Center (1801 E 4th St). Season passes are available for purchase for $575 for adults (19 years of age or older), $250 youth (13-18 years of age), $125 children (12 years of age and under). PGA Golf Professional Gary Marsh is available in the Pro Shop at 307-233-6620 for all of your golfing and equipment needs.

For more information on the 2017 golf season or pass promotions, please log on to or follow Casper Municipal Golf Course on Facebook.

New session of youth gymnastics

Improve coordination, strength, and flexibility with the Casper Recreation Center’s gymnastics classes beginning Saturday, March 17 or Wednesday, March 21.

The Gym Jam class for toddlers age 18 months to 3 years and their parents is held on Wednesday afternoon from 4 to 4:40 p.m. This class creates an enriching parent/child environment focusing on movement, tumbling, games, music, and social interaction. Registration fee is $50 for the seven-week session.

Tot Tumbling for ages 3 to 4 is held on Wednesday from 4:45 to 5:25 p.m. Children will have fun learning to tumble and be introduced to gymnastic equipment including balance beam, vault, and bars. Registration fee is $66 for the 9 week session.

Youth Beginning Gymnastics is for ages 5 and over and is held on Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:25 p.m. or Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. Students will learn balance, coordination, and body awareness while working on tumbling, balance beam, vault, and bars. Registration fee is $78 for the nine-week session.

Advanced Beginning and Intermediate Gymnastics is for ages 6 and up who have taken the beginning class and have permission from the instructors to move up. This class is held Saturday from 11:05 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration fee is $105 for the nine-week session.

For further information or to register for upcoming classes, please call the Casper Recreation Center at 235-8383, register online at, or stop by 1801 E 4th St.

Spring fun for kids

Parents can take the evening off while the kids enjoy Kids Night Out from 4 to 7 p.m., on Saturday, March 10, at the Casper Recreation Center. Kids age 5 to 12 are welcome. They will swim, play games, create crafts, enjoy pizza and a drink for dinner, and have a great time! Cost is $16 for non-members, $14 for Rec Center members.

Spring Break is almost here and the Casper Recreation Center has some great activities planned for elementary children, ages 5 to 13. Sign up your children for the Spring Break Camp that runs March 26 to 30. Activities will include games and sports, arts and crafts, ice skating on Monday, Wednesdayand Fridayand swimming on Tuesday and Thursday. Bring warm clothes for skating, sack lunch and morning snack, and swimsuit and towel for swimming. Leaders are scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the children are fully supervised at all times. The fee for the entire camp is $87 or there are a limited number of daily registrations for $18 per day.

Pre-registration for these activities is highly recommended as space is limited. Registration can be done in person at 1801 E 4th St., by phone at 235-8383 or online at

Umpire school March 20

Casper Youth Baseball needs umpires. It’s a great opportunity for those who enjoy baseball while making money and having fun.

Most of the umpires are between 13 and 16 and play baseball. The league needs more umpires in that age group, as well as adults to fill the umpire shortage.

The Umpire School, required for school-age students, begins its six week course at 7 p.m., on March 20 at Casper College Thunderbird Gym, room 158. The registration fee is $30.

The comprehensive Tuesday/Thursday course teaches rules, field mechanics and handling game situations. The mandatory March 20 class is information filled and extremely important.

CYB also needs experienced umpires who have been away from baseball or who are new to Casper and would like to umpire. For adult veteran umpires, the optional course is recommenced for teaching local rules and mechanics.

Contact Kirk Nelson at Bush-Wells Sporting Goods, 235-6671, or check the Casper Youth Baseball web site for more information.

Fireball 500 results

Following are results of the Fireball 500 Club 2018 Sweetheart Bowl, held Feb. 10 at Sunrise Lanes. It was a four-person, members only handicapped tournament.

High series, Missy Music, 529. High game, Debra White, 191.

1. Marla Whitaker, LaVone Bachler, Zelda Jensen, Phyllis Rufenacht, 2,269; 2. Kay Griswold, Debra White, Diana Porter, Debbie Carabajal, 2,213; 3. Laurie McNally, Tonya Yelton, Bonnie Wamsley, Debra Zeigafuse, 2,165; 4. Ann Robinson, Pat Jensen, Renae Berlinger, Julie Wamsley, 2,106; 6. Missy Music, Lyla Harmon, Julene Lindberg, Vivian Murphy, 2,103.

Barre fitness at rec center

The new Barre Fitness class will be offered on Thursdays from 12:05 to 12:45 p.m. beginning March 29. Based on the American Barre Technique® this class is a low impact, ballet inspired workout that effortlessly fuses ballet, aerobics and yoga. ABT sculpts, defines and transforms the entire physique while simultaneously increasing flexibility, decreasing body fat and slimming the body’s overall shape.

Come and try out your first class for free; just sign in at the front counter or with the instructor. Register for the full session of classes (the best deal), buy a Fitness Punch Pass ($65 for 10 classes), or pay $7 per class. For further information, please call the Casper Recreation Center at 235-8383, stop by 1801 E. 4th Street, or visit us online at See what’s happening on the Facebook page—search Casper Recreation Division.

Badges for boxing

A new program in cooperation with the Casper Boxing Club and Police Athletic League has begun for ages 8 to 18. Badges for Boxing builds strong communities and strong character. Meet once a week for boxing activities, community projects, food, fun and games. Sign up now at CBC, 910 Barbara St., or call 259-3243. Also, check out the Facebook page, CBC PAL.

City needs softball umpires

Spring is around the corner and the softball season is approaching. The Casper Recreational Leagues Association, in conjunction with the City of Casper Recreation Division, is looking for umpires for the upcoming summer softball season. Anyone interested in umpiring adult softball this summer should attend the Umpires Clinic at the Casper Recreation Center, 1801 East 4th Street, Thursday, April 12, beginning at 6 p.m. The clinic will include information about umpire registration, league rules, pay rates, and scheduling. A follow-up meeting and clinic will be held on Thursday, April 26, at 6 p.m. at the Casper Recreation Center. All interested umpires should attend.

Additional information is available at the Casper Recreation Center, 235-8383.

Register for aquatic center classes

Registration is now open for all aquatic classes and swimming lessons held at the Casper Family Aquatic Center.

Infants and toddlers get acquainted with the water in Parent-Tot classes. Children ages 3 to 5 grow confidence in the water through two Preschool levels. Participants 5 years and older learn to enjoy the water safely through our Learn-to-Swim levels.

Water aerobics is a great way to increase range of motion, improve muscular strength and experience a low impact aerobic workout. Morning Easy Does It is great for seniors or anyone wanting to relieve symptoms of arthritis. Morning Aqua Interval combines high intensity and low intensity work/rest periods in repeated succession for a unique aerobic workout. Evening Fitness Swimmer is for participants who want to improve their fitness through a guided workout; this class covers drills, all the strokes and training techniques.

The Casper Family Aquatic Center is excited to offer expanded Mermaid swimming lessons with weekday evening and Saturday morning options. The mermaid program is broken into three different levels: Merguppies, Merlings and The Mermaids. It is the goal of the mermaid instructors to motivate your child to learn swimming and water safety skills through a unique swimming experience.

Participants interested in developing specific strokes may register in new Swim Clinics. Clinics are designed for adults and participants who have successfully completed Learn-to-Swim Level 4. Clinics will cover elementary backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and sidestroke.

Register online at or contact the Casper Recreation Center at 235-8383. For more information on aquatic classes and programs follow the Casper Recreation Division on Facebook.

Burning slash piles on mountain

The Bureau of Land Management will be burning slash piles on Muddy Mountain, Casper Mountain and Bates Creek area.

The slash piles and debris were created from forest health and hazardous fuels reductions projects on BLM-administered lands in the Casper Field Office.

Burning has already begun and may continue until the spring of 2018 as conditions allow. All prescribed burn projects will be conducted in accordance with approved burn plans.

For more information, please contact Craig Short at 261-7698.

Josh Galemore, Star-Tribune 

A jet takes off from the Casper/Natrona County International Airport on Jan. 3. The Wyoming Legislature passed a bill aimed at improving statewide air service. The bill includes funding from the state's "rainy day" fund. 

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