All posts by Kristine Jackson

Ted Gostas – February 7

Former prisoner of war and painter Ted Gostas holds up a self-portrait in his home Wednesday morning. Gostas was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a POW for five years, one month and 15 days. The veteran was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star Medal for the ordeal. He later used art and writing to help himself and other veterans cope with after-effects of war. “My favorite thing about Cheyenne is that people leave me alone so I can do my paintings, poetry and writings. The weather, however, I hate,” Gostas said. To participate in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. To see all of the portraits published so far, go online to ourfaces.wyomingnews.com. Michael Smith/staff

Former prisoner of war and painter Ted Gostas holds up a self-portrait in his home Wednesday morning. Gostas was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a POW for five years, one month and 15 days. The veteran was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star Medal for the ordeal. He later used art and writing to help himself and other veterans cope with after-effects of war. “My favorite thing about Cheyenne is that people leave me alone so I can do my paintings, poetry and writings. The weather, however, I hate,” Gostas said. To participate in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff

Michelle Swanson – February 6

Local baton coach Michelle Swanson spins a glow-in-the-dark baton during a class at the David R. Romero Youth Activity Center last month. “As a Cheyenne native, you make lifelong connections and friendships,” she said. “So going out on a limb and starting a business is easier with all the connections to fall back on for encouragement and support.” To participate in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. To see all of the portraits published so far, go online to ourfaces.wyomingnews.com. Michael Smith/staff

Local baton coach Michelle Swanson spins a glow-in-the-dark baton during a class at the David R. Romero Youth Activity Center last month. “As a Cheyenne native, you make lifelong connections and friendships,” she said. “So going out on a limb and starting a business is easier with all the connections to fall back on for encouragement and support.” To participate in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff

Irrina Johnson – February 5

Laramie County Community College student Irrina Johnson poses for a portrait in Storey Gymnasium last December. Johnson is a Certified Nursing Assistant student and thinks the people of Laramie County are easy going and don't sweat the small stuff. To participate in WTE Photo Editor Michael SmithÕs ÒOur Faces: Portraits of Laramie CountyÓ project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. To see all of the portraits published so far, go online to ourfaces.wyomingnews.com. Michael Smith/staff

Laramie County Community College student Irrina Johnson poses for a portrait in Storey Gymnasium in December. Johnson is a certified nursing assistant student. She said she thinks the people of Laramie County are easy-going and don’t sweat the small stuff. To participate in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff

Giovanni Trevino – February 4

Cheyenne Boxing Club member Giovanni Trevino poses for a portrait after sparing at practice last month in Storey Gymnasium. Trevino, 16, stated the activities available for youth is what makes Laramie County special. “In my spare time, (it’s participating) in boxing, my church youth group and having fun at the YMCA,” he said. To participate in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. To see all of the portraits published so far, go online to ourfaces.wyomingnews.com. Michael Smith/staff

Cheyenne Boxing Club member Giovanni Trevino poses for a portrait after sparing at practice last month in Storey Gymnasium. Trevino, 16, stated the activities available for youth is what makes Laramie County special. “In my spare time, (it’s participating) in boxing, my church youth group and having fun at the YMCA,” he said. To participate in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff

Georgia Richards – February 3

Cheyenne resident Georgia Richards smiles during a portrait session at the Hynds Building on New Year’s Eve. “I am so grateful for the local health-care providers that have been there for me. Because of them, I am a breast cancer survivor,” Richards said of living in Cheyenne. To partic-ipate in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. To see all of the portraits pub-lished so far, go online to ourfaces.wyomingnews.com. Michael Smith/staff

Cheyenne resident Georgia Richards smiles during a portrait session at the Hynds Building on New Year’s Eve. “I am so grateful for the local health-care providers that have been there for me. Because of them, I am a breast cancer survivor,” Richards said of living in Cheyenne. To participate in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff

Jim & Matthew Mitchell – February 2

Jim Mitchell laughs with his son, Matthew, at St. Peter’s Church on Dell Range Boule-vard in early January. “It has everything you need minus the wind,” Jim Mitch-ell said about living in Cheyenne. “Our community has great services for Mat-thew, and we are close to Denver so I can take him to Rockies games.” To participate in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. To see all of the portraits pub-lished so far, go online to ourfaces.wyomingnews.com. Michael Smith/staff

Jim Mitchell laughs with his son, Matthew, at St. Peter’s Church on Dell Range Boulevard in early January. “It has everything you need minus the wind,” Jim Mitchell said about living in Cheyenne. “Our community has great services for Matthew, and we are close to Denver so I can take him to Rockies games.” To participate in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff

Pam Babcock & Larry Milbourne – February 1

Pam Babcock and her hus-band, Larry Milbourne, laugh during a portrait session at the Hynds Building on New Year’s Eve. Milbourne said the small-town feel of Chey-enne makes it a great place to raise his and Pam’s two daughters. “We love it. We are close to the mountains, and we like hunting and fishing,” Milbourne said. To participate in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. To see all of the portraits pub-lished so far, go online to ourfaces.wyomingnews.com. Michael Smith/staff

Pam Babcock and her husband, Larry Milbourne, laugh during a portrait session at the Hynds Building on New Year’s Eve. Milbourne said the small-town feel of Cheyenne makes it a great place to raise his and Pam’s two daughters. “We love it. We are close to the mountains, and we like hunting and fishing,” Milbourne said. To participate in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff

Ellie Fogg – January 31

Carpenter Elementary first-grader Ellie Fogg thinks about ways she is mean to her brother during a portrait session at the school Thurs-day morning. Fogg said her favorite thing about the area is going to the park to play. To participate in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. To see all of the portraits pub-lished so far, go online to ourfaces.wyomingnews.com. Michael Smith/staff

Carpenter Elementary first-grader Ellie Fogg thinks about ways she is mean to her brother during a portrait session at the school Thursday morning. Fogg said her favorite thing about the area is going to the park to play. To participate in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff

Bill, Brice, Elliott & Cooper Inman – January 30

Bill Inman, the owner of a local roofing company, sits with his identical triplet grandsons, from left, Brice, Elliott and Cooper at Bill’s son’s home in December. Today, the boys celebrate their second birthday. Of living in Laramie County, Inman said, “It’s wonderful place to raise my kids and their kids.” To participate in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. To see all of the portraits published so far, go online to ourfaces.wyomingnews.com. Michael Smith/staff

Bill Inman, the owner of a local roofing company, sits with his identical triplet grandsons, from left, Brice, Elliott and Cooper at Bill’s son’s home in December. Today, the boys celebrate their second birthday. Of living in Laramie County, Inman said, “It’s wonderful place to raise my kids and their kids.” To participate in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff

Sherry Welch & Tamar Maljian – January 29

Sherry Welch hugs her granddaughter, Tamar Maljian, during a portrait session last month at Storey Gymnasium. When asked what they like about Laramie County, Welch said she likes the close proximity to the mountains, and Maljian mention the first-rate schools. To participate in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. To see all of the portraits published so far, go online to ourfaces.wyomingnews.com. Michael Smith/staff

Sherry Welch hugs her granddaughter, Tamar Maljian, during a portrait session last month at Storey Gymnasium. When asked what they like about Laramie County, Welch said she likes the close proximity to the mountains, and Maljian mention the first-rate schools. To participate in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County ” project, call 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff