Category Archives: January

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

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

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

Bob Chaput – January 28

Cheyenne resident Bob Chaput laughs while preparing to give blood at United Blood Services earlier this month. Chaput has been donating blood in Cheyenne for the past 45 years. “Donating blood helps people and saves lives, and that’s why I do it,” the veteran said. About living in Cheyenne, Chaput said, “Believe or not, I like the weather here. It's always changing.” 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 resident Bob Chaput laughs while preparing to give blood at United Blood Services earlier this month. Chaput has been donating blood in Cheyenne for the past 45 years. “Donating blood helps people and saves lives, and that’s why I do it,” the veteran said. About living in Cheyenne, Chaput said, “Believe or not, I like the weather here. It’s always changing.” 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

Miranda & Cole Stanley – January 27

Miranda, left, and Cole Stanley pose for a picture at the Hynds Building during a portrait session on New Year’s Eve. Cole, 17, said Cheyenne’s East High was his favorite thing about Cheyenne, and his sister, Miranda, 8, listed her teacher and friends. Michael Smith/staff

Miranda, left, and Cole Stanley pose for a picture at the Hynds Building during a portrait session on New Year’s Eve. Cole, 17, said Cheyenne’s East High was his favorite thing about Cheyenne, and his sister, Miranda, 8, listed her teacher and friends. To participate in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call him at 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff

Living King’s Dream

Ray Montoya – January 26

Cheyenne Boxing Club coach Ray Montoya holds a picture of Tomas Pacheco at Storey Gymnasium earlier this month. Montoya gave Pacheco, the former club coach, credit for helping him change his life, as well as many others. "Pacheco always cared about how we turned out in life. From him, I learned how to protect these kids like he protected us.” Montoya has been a coach at the Cheyenne Boxing Club for 25 years and boxed for the club for 16 years.  Michael Smith/staff

Cheyenne Boxing Club coach Ray Montoya holds a picture of Tomas Pacheco at Storey Gymnasium. Montoya gave Pacheco, the former club coach, credit for helping him change his life, as well as many others. “Pacheco always cared about how we turned out in life. From him, I learned how to protect these kids like he protected us.” Montoya has been a coach at the Cheyenne Boxing Club for 25 years and boxed for the club for 16 years. To participate in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call him at 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff

Mykenzie Dean – January 25

Carey Junior High student Mykenzie Dean, 13, has her photograph taken during a portrait session at the Hynds Building on New Year's Eve. Dean was one of six local students selected to the All-Northwest Children's Choir in Seattle. Dean listed her family, friends, beautiful weather, schools and teachers as her favorite things about Laramie County.  Michael Smith/staff

Carey Junior High student Mykenzie Dean, 13, has her photograph taken during a portrait session at the Hynds Building on New Year’s Eve. Dean was one of six local students selected to the All-Northwest Children’s Choir in Seattle. Dean listed her family, friends, beautiful weather, schools and teachers as her favorite things about Laramie County. To participate in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call him at 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff

Sylvia & Amanda Lee Hackl – January 24

Sylvia Hackl, left, poses with her daughter, Amanda Lee, at their Cheyenne home earlier this month. Amanda is a junior at Cheyenne’s East High, and Sylvia an attorney. “Laramie County is a part of me, and I am a part of it,” Hackl said of her 33 years of living in Laramie County. “I love the connections between people, and you don't have to go very far to meet someone you know." Amanda Lee said, “I love the calm community of Wyoming compared to the big city. This is my home."  Michael Smith/staff

Sylvia Hackl, left, poses with her daughter, Amanda Lee, at their Cheyenne home. Amanda is a junior at Cheyenne’s East High, and Sylvia an attorney. “Laramie County is a part of me, and I am a part of it,” Hackl said of her 33 years of living in Laramie County. “I love the connections between people, and you don’t have to go very far to meet someone you know.” Amanda Lee said, “I love the calm community of Wyoming compared to the big city. This is my home.” To participate in WTE Photo Editor Michael Smith’s “Our Faces: Portraits of Laramie County” project, call him at 633-3124 or 630-8388 or email msmith@wyomingnews.com to make an appointment. Michael Smith/staff