Worland News 10-17-17

Written by on October 17, 2017

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Revised Wyoming K-12 education standards with a new Native American history component could be ready for State Board of Education review in January or February.
Laurie Hernandez is division director of standards and assessment for the Department of Education. She says a committee is being formed to develop the new social studies standards over the next couple of months, followed by review from the state education board.
Public comment was taken during the summer about what should be included in the standards, and teachers are being surveyed about which standards they thought could be updated and if they have any classroom practices that might be beneficial.
The Education Department also is conducting reviews of the math standards and extended science standards.

House Republicans are moving to revamp a century-old law used by presidents to protect millions of acres of federal land considered historic, geographically significant or culturally important.
Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah says the 1906 Antiquities Act has been misused by presidents of both parties to create oversized monuments that hinder energy development, grazing and other uses. Bishop, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, has introduced a bill that would restrict a president’s ability to designate monuments larger than 640 acres and grant veto power to states and local officials for monuments larger than 10,000 acres.
The bill comes as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that four large national monuments in the West be reduced in size, potentially opening hundreds of thousands of acres to mining and logging.

Nicole Harrison, assistant curator of the Whitney Western Art Museum, will present a lecture on Will James, famed cowboy author and artist, for the next meeting of the Pahaska Corral of Westerners.
The meeting occurs on Oct. 23 at the Governors Room in the Irma Hotel in Cody, Wyoming, beginning with a no-host dinner starting at 6 p.m. and followed by the presentation around 7 p.m. Both the dinner and the presentation are open to the public. Guests are welcome to attend only the presentation.
The life of Will James is one of mystery and mayhem, yet his creative works tell the story of a life he was meant to live. Born Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault in 1892 in the Québec parish of Saint-Nazaire-d’Acton, the boy grew up yearning to be a cowboy. Dufault traveled to western Canada in 1907 to fulfill his dream. By 1910 he had crossed the Canadian-U.S. border into Montana and changed his name to Will James. During his travels James managed to steal cattle, survive jail and a hospital stay, and attend art school.
Pining for the Old West, James illustrated the American cowboy before the effects of barbed wire and the automotive revolution took place. His drawings and paintings not only served as illustrations for the books and short stories he wrote, but also helped shape and extend the historical, cultural and mythological perceptions of the cowboy-hero in American culture.


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