Category Archives: November

Val Valdez – November 30

World War II army veteran and prisoner of war Val Valdez stands in front of a box of medals and momentos at his home earlier this week. Valdez, 92, attempted to escape and was caught three times by the German forces during 14 months of imprisonment during World War II. While imprisoned Valdez witnessed first hand the holocaust and gave starving Jewish children his one slice a day ration of bread. Val and his wife Loyola recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.  To take part 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

World War II army veteran and prisoner of war Val Valdez stands in front of a box of medals and momentos at his home earlier this week. Valdez, 92, attempted to escape and was caught three times by the German forces during 14 months of imprisonment during World War II. While imprisoned Valdez witnessed first hand the holocaust and gave starving Jewish children his one slice a day ration of bread. Val and his wife Loyola recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. To take part 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

Aspen Miller – November 29

Buffalo Ridge 6th grade student Aspen Miller stands in front of a painting of Nellie Tayloe Ross on the second floor of the Wyoming Capitol earlier this year. Ross was born on November 29, 1876 and was the 14th Governor of Wyoming and  was the first woman to be elected governor of a U.S. state, and remains the only woman to have served as governor of Wyoming. Miller dressed up like Ross for a school project. "I like that Wyoming was the first state to have a woman for governor and was the first state to grant womens sufferage," Miller said about living in Laramie County. To take part 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

Buffalo Ridge 6th grade student Aspen Miller stands in front of a painting of Nellie Tayloe Ross on the second floor of the Wyoming Capitol earlier this year. Ross was born on November 29, 1876 and was the 14th Governor of Wyoming and was the first woman to be elected governor of a U.S. state, and remains the only woman to have served as governor of Wyoming. Miller dressed up like Ross for a school project. “I like that Wyoming was the first state to have a woman for governor and was the first state to grant women’s suffrage,” Miller said about living in Laramie County. To take part 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

Ann Esquibel Redman – November 28

Ann Esquibel Redman stands in her home with items celebrating her involvement with the U.S. Navy submarine the U.S.S. Cheyenne. Redman is retired from state government has volunteered for many local organizations. She also help start the Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education which created the Wyoming Latina Youth Conference. "I was raised that we should leave the world a better place than when we got here," Redman said about her efforts to make Laramie County special. To take part 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

Ann Esquibel Redman stands in her home with items celebrating her involvement with the U.S. Navy submarine the U.S.S. Cheyenne. Redman is retired from state government has volunteered for many local organizations. She also help start the Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education which created the Wyoming Latina Youth Conference. “I was raised that we should leave the world a better place than when we got here,” Redman said about her efforts to make Laramie County special. To take part 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

Lorraine Williams – November 27

Head cook for the Salvation Army's Thanksgiving dinner Lorraine Williams prepares to place some rolls in the oven Wednesday afternoon. Williams and a dozen other volunteers started preparing for the Thanksgiving day meal last Friday and have cooked 35 turkeys and 9 hams. The Salvation Army will feed 350 to 400 people in house and 150 meal will be delivered. "It makes me feel great to be able to help out," Williams said. To take part 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

Head cook for the Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving dinner Lorraine Williams prepares to place some rolls in the oven Wednesday afternoon. Williams and a dozen other volunteers started preparing for the Thanksgiving day meal last Friday and have cooked 35 turkeys and 9 hams. The Salvation Army will feed 350 to 400 people in house and 150 meal will be delivered. “It makes me feel great to be able to help out,” Williams said. To take part 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 Potticary and Linda Hilsendager – November 26

Bob Potticary laughs with Wyoming Home Services Certified Nursing Assistant Linda Hilsendager at his home. Wyoming Home Services or WyHS is a program that helps keep people at home instead of  going to a nursing home. Hilsendager has been working in the program in Cheyenne for 14 years and has helped Bob for the past three years. To take part 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 Potticary laughs with Wyoming Home Services Certified Nursing Assistant Linda Hilsendager at his home. Wyoming Home Services or WyHS is a program that helps keep people at home instead of going to a nursing home. Hilsendager has been working in the program in Cheyenne for 14 years and has helped Bob for the past three years. To take part 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

Keelan Anderson and Jaydon Aguiar – November 25

Keelan Anderson, left, and Jaydon Aguiar bow before practice at  Black Dragon Martial Arts earlier this month. Anderson and Aguiar were born on the same day and both started Tae Kwon Do lessons five years ago. On November 8th the two friends earned their black belts. "I would not be surprised if they have a bond for life," said their Tae Kwon Do instructor Jerry Davis. To take part 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

Keelan Anderson, left, and Jaydon Aguiar bow before practice at Black Dragon Martial Arts earlier this month. Anderson and Aguiar were born on the same day and both started Tae Kwon Do lessons five years ago. On November 8th the two friends earned their black belts. “I would not be surprised if they have a bond for life,” said their Tae Kwon Do instructor Jerry Davis. To take part 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

MX missle protest group – November 24

From left, Don Stoen, Aina Stoen, Janet Whitehead, Barbara Crowl, Mae Kirkbride, Barbara Guilford and Mary Shappelle stand in the backyard of Margaret Laybourne's home for a portrait for a birthday party. The group started out as "Wyoming Against the MX" and later called themselves "Wyoming Peace Initiatives" and have been protesting nuclear weapons since the 1960's. To take part 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 the published portraits, go online to ourfaces.wyomingnews.com. Michael Smith/staff

From left, Don Stoen, Aina Stoen, Janet Whitehead, Barbara Crowl, Mae Kirkbride, Barbara Guilford and Mary Shappelle stand in the backyard of Margaret Laybourne’s home for a portrait for a birthday party. The group started out as “Wyoming Against the MX” and later called themselves “Wyoming Peace Initiatives” and have been protesting nuclear weapons since the 1960’s. To take part 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

Glen Chavez – November 22

Barber Glen Chavez takes a break from working at Trujillo's Barber Shop on Randall Avenue. Chavez started cooking Thanksgiving dinner for servicemen after a customer and friend committed suicide during the holiday season in 2009. Chavez's Thanksgiving dinner has grown and feeds over 2500 people. He is collecting donations for the dinner at Trujillo's Barber Shop and still needs over 100 turkeys. "I love the culture, we make things happen," Chavez said, "if you have an idea this place lets you explore it." To take part 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

Barber Glen Chavez takes a break from working at Trujillo’s Barber Shop on Randall Avenue. Chavez started cooking Thanksgiving dinner for servicemen after a customer and friend committed suicide during the holiday season in 2009. Chavez’s Thanksgiving dinner has grown and feeds over 2500 people. He is collecting donations for the dinner at Trujillo’s Barber Shop and still needs over 100 turkeys. “I love the culture, we make things happen,” Chavez said, “if you have an idea this place lets you explore it.” To take part 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