Okay guys, no more excuses, Fremont County finally has a store dedicated just for you. Rusk is open in Lander at 300 Main Street, Suite B, right behind Old Town Coffee. With a variety of men’s clothing and accessories, Rusk features clothes for young men ages high school and up to adult professional styles.
“We’ve only been open two months, but people are already coming in and letting us know what they’d like us to carry,” said store manager Bobbie Anderson. “We’re getting new things in all the time and I think people will be amazed at how low our prices are. We’re running $5 to $10 less than what you’d expect at the brand name mall stores.” Anderson said the store has been generating a lot of traffic, especially from Riverton.
In addition to dress shirts and tees, and jeans and slacks, Rusk offers such accessories as hats, scarves, gloves and such.
Rusk even has a mascot, a welcoming cat called Twitch, who is known to follow customers around the store accepting head pats and ear scratches.
Rusk’s retail sales floor is the domain of Alika Pahoa, sales associate, who knows clothing and design and can assist customers for that “just right” look. “My parents work in Hollywood. Dad is a special effects coordinator and Mom is a costume designer (now working on ABC’s The River and on location in Hawai’i). I was a wardrobe personal assistant there, so I have a background in clothing design,” she said.
Pahoa has spent the last 18 months in Lander and loves it. “This is a great place, things are not rushed here and the scenery is so beautiful with unobstructed views of the mountains and valleys, I just love it,” she said. Somewhat surprisingly, Alika landed here to work construction with an uncle, then transitioned into the job at Rusk.
Rusk is owned by Sarah Hinkle, who also owns Blush, a women’s store, just around the corner from Rusk at 308 Main.
Prints and watercolors by Laramie artist Ginnie Madsen is the current exhibition at the Lander Art Center, which opened last Friday and will run through January 21st.
Arts Center Program Coordinator Lisa Hueneke said the six week-long exhibition is already drawing much positive response. Hueneke told County10.com News about the exhibition in the attached video clip.
Attention city residents:
Lander City Clerk Robin Griffin today said the City is looking for residents who would be interested in serving on several boards. Openings exist on the City of Lander Planning Commission and on the Board of Adjustment.
“We’re seeking volunteers to help with the development of the city,” Griffin said in a news release.
Interested individuals should send a letter of interest to Mayor Mick Wolfe at 240 Lincoln Street, Lander 82520 or call City Hall at 332-2870.
Burbot populations are receiving more attention from fisheries managers across their range. This stems from both a declining trend in burbot stocks and an increase in angler interest. Population declines have been attributed to a variety of factors, such as pollution, habitat alteration, and exploitation. Burbot are native to the Wind River drainage and these populations represent the southwestern extent of their natural range.
Also, burbot are an important sport fish in the Wind River Basin and cultural resource for the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapahoe tribes. Monitoring data on Wind River drainage burbot indicate both a declining trend in abundance and a shift in size structure. Factors thought to be influencing local burbot populations include entrainment in irrigation canals, loss of habitat due to extreme draw downs (as in Bull Lake), and exploitation. However, burbot generally are not well represented in most monitoring programs, so there is a degree of uncertainty regarding their status and the factors influencing their populations in the Wind River drainage.
Researchers emphasize that obtaining data from angler tag returns is crucial to the success of this study. The information gained will greatly improve the understanding of burbot ecology and guide their management in the upper Wind River drainage.
Photos courtsey of Montana State University
Deputies referred one case of animal abuse to the Wyoming State Livestock Board on Monday. A complaint received at the dispatch center indicated that a number of horses were starving at a location near Riverton, and that at least one of the horses kept there had died. An investigation is underway. Several other animal problems were reported to deputies yesterday, including a wandering cow and a big swine at large near Lander. Two deer versus vehicle incidents were reported, both in the Dubois area ,with no injuries reported to the drivers or passengers. The deer, however, were not as lucky.
“Leonard [Washington] and Adam [Waddell] really were competitive in the last seven minutes tonight,” UW head coach Larry Shyatt said. “I think us getting it inside kept us in the game for the last seven minutes, but we missed some open shots inside that ended up sinking us. We were good inside, but we just couldn’t get open on the outside to keep our offense balanced. I feel like that is on me because I couldn’t find ways to get our kids open tonight.”
Washington went 7-of-8 from the field and 4-of-4 from the charity strip to reach 18 points for the second time this season, while also adding two blocks and a steal. Three of his nine rebounds came on the offensive end. Senior guard Francisco Cruz scored 11 to reach double figures for the second consecutive game, while redshirt junior guard Luke Martinezadded five. Freshman forward Larry Nance Jr. also had two blocks.
The Cowboys shot 37 percent (16-of-43) from the field, but hit just one of 13 three-point attempts. DU became UW’s second opponent this season to top 40 percent from the field, hitting 43.6 percent (17-of-39) and 45 percent (9-of-20) from deep. Wyoming owned a 30-12 advantage in the paint, but was outrebounded 28-24.
“I have to give their defense credit.” Shyatt said. “They forced us to take contested threes all game. I really feel the difference in the game was they were getting open threes and we were not. Their three point defense is better than ours and it really showed when we couldn’t get an open look at three.”
Wyoming scratched out a five-point lead at 7-2 to start the game, courtesy of five quick points from Cruz in the first six minutes. UW began the game 3-of-7 from the field and held DU to 1-of-6 with three turnovers. The Pioneers worked back to tie the contest at 7-7, and the squads exchanged baskets over the next six minutes. Denver hit back-to-back buckets for a four-point advantage at 17-13, but an old fashion three-point play from Washington and free throws by junior guardDerrious Gilmore put the Cowboys right back on top, 18-17 with 1:20 to go. DU made the final two baskets to head into halftime with a 21-18 lead.
The Cowboys shots 38 percent (7-of-18) in the first half, but failed to connect from deep (0-of-4), while Denver hit 29 percent (7-of-24) and 25 percent (3-of-12). The Pioneers held a slight 17-12 advantage in assists, as both teams had seven turnovers. Washington scored seven in the first frame and Cruz had five.
It was more defense to start the second half, as neither team scored for the first three minutes. Cruz hit a jumper in the paint and Washington hit a layup to briefly give UW a22-21 lead, but DU crafted a six-point advantage at 32-26 midway through the half with a timely three. Cruz nailed two free throws, Washington added a layup and Gilmore converted a fastbreak layup to tie the game at 32-32 with 8:57 left, but DU responded with a 14-4 run to go up by 10 at 46-36 with 3:04 to go. Wyoming could only muster four free throws during the six-minute run, as the Pioneers capped it with back-to-back treys. Waddell ended the run with a layup, but Denver hit another three and cruised home from there.
Washington had 11 points in the second half, while Cruz contributed six. Wyoming shot just 36 percent (9-of-25) in the second half.
Wyoming continues its current three-game road trip at Utah Valley on Thursday. Tip is set for 7 p.m. in Orem, Utah.